When the mountains call your name, you answer – especially when they’re beckoning you to find the perfect spot for your adventure wedding.
Mountains are majestic, jaw-droppingly beautiful, and serene, making them the ideal locale for your wedding or elopement. But how do you decide where to say “I do”? You start your search for the best mountain wedding venues.
At Your Adventure Wedding, we’ve photographed countless mountain weddings around the world. That’s why we’ve decided to compile some of our favorites for you can choose a unique, mountainous spot for your ceremony.
More and more couples are opting to exchange vows in rustic, adventurous locations. The modern wedding doesn’t have to be confined to a chapel, country club or even within the country you’re from! If you’re looking for something a little outside-the-box, check out these 15 mountain wedding venues.
Have a need to plan your adventure wedding within the USA? Rattlesnake Lake is a pristine lake just a stone’s throw away from Rattlesnake Ledge in North Bend, Washington. The lake is surrounded by gorgeous views of the Evergreen-covered mountains but is still accessible if you have less mobile guests attending your wedding. You can opt to go straight to the lake or trek up to the ledge itself.
The Maroon Bells in Aspen may be one of the most photographed places in Colorado, but for good reason. Often a draw are the two snow-capped mountains (Maroon Peka and North Maroon Peak) surround a reflective lake, offering a beautiful panoramic view. An easy 1-mile hike through the White River National Forest reveals blissful wildflower fields (when in season) on your way to the lake. There are also less adventurous options if you’re guests are not on the super active side. And then the two of you can sneak away afterwards to adventure together for hiking wedding photos!
Great Smoky Mountain National Park is America’s most visited national park, but that doesn’t mean you can find hidden spots to conduct your adventure wedding. This mountain range covers 800 square miles of territory with multiple hideaways where you can still catch a view. The mountains are known for the fogs that wind around their peaks and canyons.
Looking for a true escape? Venture to the Amangiri Hotel – a whole 25-minute drive from the closest town (Page) in Southern Utah. Nestled between slot canyons and winding mesas, the Amangiri Hotel is the perfect mountain wedding venue for hiking, climbing, and a taste of Navajo culture.
If you seek mountains that are full of mystery and magic, then Isle of Skye Scotland is likely a top choice in mountain wedding venues for you and your love! Countless trekking options await you along with higher intensity options like kayaking, canyoneering, exploring other islands, ruins, waterfalls, and 360 views!
Banff is a world-renowned resort village located in the province of Alberta, Canada. Visitors travel far and wide to see Banff’s spectacular mountain views and diverse flora and fauna. On Banff Avenue, you’ll find the usual comforts of souvenir shops, boutiques, restaurants, and hotels – making Banff a convenient yet adventurous wedding location. Just watch out for grizzly bears!
If you’re looking for the quintessential mountain wedding escape, then the Swiss Alps should be high on your list. Marry high above the clouds (or within the clouds!) – surrounded by stoic mountains and lush greenery – for an adventure wedding you’ll never forget. And even though Switzerland is a popular wedding destination, there are plenty of secret places where you can have a secluded ceremony.
Svalbard is another mountainous escape, only this time scattered across an archipelago of arctic islands in Norway. If you dream of seeing a polar bear in the wild, this is the place to be! Expect to arrive at your wedding location after a thrilling snowmobile ride. You can also try your hand at dog sledding or visit local museums and breweries.
The Himalayan Mountains are a hot spot for adventurous hikers who are also looking for a taste of Nepalese culture and a bit of soul searching. In visiting the Himalayas for your adventure wedding, expect to explore mountainous peaks, historical temples, majestic waterfalls, deep canyons, and more. Plus, you can beat the yum factor of Nepal’s traditional dishes.
A location becoming popular for hiking elopements are the Faroe Islands. Once there you’ll embark on a five senses experience! Your eyes will be in constant curiosity or bewilderment! Not to mention all of the options for hiking on all of the 16 remote islands. Even after the many weddings and elopements on the Faroe Islands our team has done, there are still several handfuls of locations we await to pitch to potentially new clients that have ZERO tourists and are on private property! Dare you to be the first there with us!
Australia has many mountain wedding venues to offer. One of the best is the Glass House Mountains – the home of craggy peaks, heath-covered bluffs, and over 20 plant species. Plan your wedding in the majestic mountains with fun activities like hiking, rock climbing, and abseiling! Are yo ready for a badass hiking elopement?!
Head south to Patagonia for a wedding adventure in the exotic Torres del Paine National Park. Get adventure elopement photos of the famed “W”-shaped granite peaks in the background, Grey Glacier, and an array of wildlife – from alpacas to ostriches to flamingos to foxes. This Patagonia wedding venue is perfect for avid travelers and extreme sports enthusiasts!
Morocco is a favorite mountain wedding destination of the Your Adventure Wedding team because it’s home to the highest peak in Africa, Toubkal, which towers at over 13,000 feet! If you’re looking to have an adventurous hiking wedding but also access to luxury accommodations (if you so choose), the Atlas Mountains may be a perfect venue for you!
At Your Adventure Wedding, we’ve always thought that hiking weddings were a badass way to get married. So if you’re looking for the ultimate thrill, look no further than Cotahuasi Canyon in Peru. Cotahuasi calls all adventure seekers with the appeal of their towering peaks and low low canyons (at a depth of 3,354 meters, it’s twice as deep as the Grand Canyon!).
The Icelandic Highlands are a vast plateau that covers most of Iceland (all of the interior). Its characteristic volcanic desert, crazy shaped mountains, vivid greens, waterfalls, and glaciers, and breathtaking views make them a unique location for a destination wedding. Most venture to the Highlands for silence, serenity, and its natural beauty. Grab your hiking boots, bundle up, and trek to the rugged ceremony of your dreams!
These are just a few of the many mountain wedding venues you can choose from when planning your adventure wedding. In fact, at Your Adventure Wedding, we’ve helped countless couples find off-the-beaten-path locales for their weddings or elopements. Still on the search for the perfect mountain ceremony spot? We can help!