When you think of the American West, you might think of untamed landscapes and rugged elegance. And if you’ve seen the wildly popular television show Yellowstone, your mind may transport you to Montana, where you pull on your boots and ride across never-ending grassy fields.
What you may not think of is how the Western spirit has captivated the wedding world. In fact, Etsy’s 2023 Wedding Trends Report announced that one of the top trending themes is “Western Weddings.” The site has seen a 40% increase in searches for Western wedding gowns and a 19% increase in searches for Western wedding décor.
But you don’t have to look the part to be a part of this trend. You might simply want to head west (or south!) and enjoy what these rustic but romantic destinations offer.
Let’s take a look!
Western Wedding Venues We Love
Western charm doesn’t just mean cowboy hats and boots (though those can certainly add a fun touch!). It’s the blend of elegance and simplicity that defines these destinations.
Rustic ranches, historic lodges, and mountain resorts provide versatile settings that effortlessly accommodate both formal and laid-back celebrations.
The result is a refined yet approachable wedding, allowing you to celebrate in style without sacrificing the warmth and comfort of an intimate gathering.
Some of our top Western-style venue picks are located in Montana and Tennessee. Here is a little information about each.
The Ranch at Rock Creek (Montana)
The Ranch at Rock Creek boasts a picturesque backdrop that’s second to none. Imagine exchanging vows under an expansive sky surrounded by rolling meadows, tranquil rivers, and towering mountains.
The venue features luxurious accommodations ranging from historic barns to exquisite lodges, each designed to provide comfort without compromising the authentic Western aesthetic. Handcrafted furnishings adorn cozy interiors and thoughtful amenities cater to every need.
The Ranch at Rock Creek delivers in abundance for couples who want to infuse their wedding with an adventurous spirit. Think horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and archery. The range of activities available ensures your guests will have an unforgettable experience during their stay.
The Resort at Paws Up (Montana)
Nestled within 37,000 acres of pristine wilderness, The Resort at Paws Up is a majestic canvas for your wedding day.
Have a breathtaking outdoor ceremony set against a backdrop of towering pines. Then sip cocktails by the fire before settling in for a luxury dinner. Or go rustic with a chuck wagon meal on picnic tables beneath an expansive sky. Whatever you choose, the venue’s versatility allows you to craft a wedding that perfectly reflects your unique love story.
Paws Up also offers various lodging options. You and your guests can choose from spacious cabins, safari-style tents, and lavish homes—each meticulously designed to provide both comfort and the signature rugged elegance Montana is known for.
You’ll also find an array of exciting activities to fill your wedding weekend. Horseback riding through scenic trails, fly-fishing in pristine waters, and exploring the wilderness on guided hikes are just a few options available to you and your guests.
Southall Farm & Inn (Tennessee)
Southall Farm & Inn offers a range of spaces that cater to all kinds of visions. The Orchard event center boasts sliding glass walls that open to an outdoor patio and lawn. The Amphitheater offers an open-air ambiance and features a waterfront stage. There’s also a Conservatory Terrace, Covered Bridge, Jammery, and more.
The heart of Southall Farm & Inn is its collection of guestrooms and cottages. The inn offers a range of thoughtfully designed rooms that exude warmth and character, each appointed with meticulous attention to detail. Guests are treated to breathtaking views of rolling fields, lush gardens, and the meandering stream that winds through the property.
Beyond the charming accommodations, the venue presents a variety of outdoor activities. Guests can explore walking trails, try their hand at fishing, or simply swing from a hammock beneath the shade.
RT Lodge (Tennessee)
RT Lodge’s setting is nothing short of captivating, with a backdrop of lush forests, rolling hills, and serene ponds. The venue’s rustic architecture and design seamlessly blend with the natural surroundings and create an inviting and awe-inspiring ambiance.
Imagine exchanging vows under the canopy of towering trees, surrounded by the tranquil sounds of nature – it’s a haven where your love story becomes one with the beauty of the landscape.
The lodge itself exudes timeless elegance with its historic architecture and tasteful décor. The interiors are adorned with a blend of modern amenities and vintage touches. And each beautifully appointed guest room and suite provides you and your guests with a tranquil retreat.
It’s also worth noting that the lodge’s natural surroundings offer a plethora of activities, from hiking and exploring nearby trails to unwinding by the serene lake.
Tips for Planning a Western Destination Wedding
Planning a destination wedding in the western landscapes offers a unique opportunity to infuse your celebration with the spirit of adventure, natural beauty, and local culture.
To ensure your Western destination wedding is everything you’ve dreamed of and more, here are some tips to guide you through the planning process.
Create Authentic Experiences: Incorporate local elements, like region-specific cuisine, traditions, and décor, to create a wedding that reflects the destination. A Colorado craft beer tasting, Tennessee barbecue feast, or cowboy boots for your wedding party are the kinds of authentic touches that make your celebration stand out.
Embrace Nature-Infused Décor: Bring the beauty of the outdoors in with natural elements like wildflowers, pine cones, and driftwood to create a rustic and romantic atmosphere. Incorporate the colors of the landscape – earthy tones, deep greens, and sky blues – into your palette for a harmonious blend with your surroundings.
Include Adventure-Driven Activities: Many couples seek adventurous activities for their guests to enjoy during their destination wedding. You can offer excursions like guided hikes, horseback riding, and kayaking to allow your guests to immerse themselves in the destination’s natural beauty.
Let’s Head West Together
If the allure of a Western destination wedding has captured your heart, let’s work together to make it happen!
Contact us to start planning the wedding of your Western dreams.