Summer and fall weddings may be the most popular seasons for couples tying the knot, but there’s just something romantic about a winter wedding—maybe it’s the blanket of white snow in the background or the fact that you have to snuggle up close to get warm. Sure, you may need an extra layer or two in the winter, but there’s nothing more gorgeous than a white dress against a winter white backdrop or a photo of the two of you cuddling underneath a blanket in your wedding attire.
If you’re searching for the perfect spot to have your winter wonderland wedding, here are a few places to keep in mind for the snowglobe-like wedding of your dreams.
There’s probably not a place more picturesque than Warren, Vermont. A small town with a major ski resort (Sugarbush), Warren tends to look more like a movie set than a real city. A wedding in Warren guarantees charming views of the Green Mountains and a bunch of gorgeous snow in the winter, with an average of about 112 inches each year.
Because Warren is the epitome of a winter wonderland, it’s got several choices of wedding venues, including the Sugarbush Resort where you can take your wedding pictures on a chair lift and dance the night away in one of their luxurious cabin-style event spaces. Another lovely option would be The Inn at the Round Barn, which is located right in the Green Mountains and provides an idyllic, farm-style setting to say “I do.”
Park City, UT
Park City, Utah is home to several ski resorts, and was the home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and has plenty of beautiful views of the Wasatch mountains. Not only are the views amazing, but the amenities that Park City has make it the perfect winter wedding destination for a long weekend. You and your guests will never run out of things to do from skiing at the Park City Mountain resort to taking a hot air balloon over the city to shopping on historic Main street.
The wedding venues in Park City are as stunning as the surrounding scenery, and especially at the Empire Canyon Lodge in Deer Valley, which is located at the base of the chutes and offers sweeping views of the mountains. The venue itself is rustic and cabin-like, but with modern slate and granite fixtures, cedar walls and vaulted ceilings.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
If you’re looking for unbelievable winter wedding photos, South Lake Tahoe, California is your safest bet. In addition to the average 143 inches of snow per year, the lake itself is crystal blue and serene, making for a spectacular winter wedding background. Although Lake Tahoe feels remote, about three million people visit each year for the skiing, lakefront activities, and the beautiful scenery, so it’s safe to say you’ll have all the amenities you need.
South Lake Tahoe wedding venues all definitely have that wow factor, but Heavenly Mountain Resort is easily one of the most breathtaking spots to get married in the country. With the option of two mountain-top ceremony spaces, your wedding will not only have views of the mountains, but also Lake Tahoe below.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park may be one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets. Located between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is comprised of over 30,000 acres of rolling hills, waterfalls, and stunning river views. Although Cuyahoga is amazing in the autumn with magnificent views of the changing foliage, winter in this national park is sure to not disappoint with lake-effect snow from nearby Lake Erie.
If you wish for your wedding ceremony to be inside the park, you’ll need to secure a special-use permit and work with the National Parks Service to arrange for vendors and seating. You could also opt to have your ceremony and reception at the Happy Days Lodge, which is run by the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A former youth camp, this rustic lodge has views of the nearby meadow and hiking trails, which would be the perfect backdrop for a quiet winter wedding.
Taos, New Mexico
Home of the famous Angel Fire ski resort, Taos is a mountain gem in northern New Mexico. Although it’s known for its many ski resorts, Taos is also a city filled with art, culture, shopping, and food, which would make it a perfect destination wedding for you and your family and friends. Whether it’s the remarkable architecture of the adobe haciendas or the views of the Sangro de Cristo Mountains, you can be sure there won’t be a bad seat in the house if you choose Taos for your winter wedding destination.
For a truly scenic and snowy wedding, choose the Taos Ski Valley resort, which offers magnificent views of the mountains and a rustic alpine atmosphere at The Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant for your ceremony and reception. Frolic out in the snow by the resort or hit the slopes after you say your vows.