TIPS FOR PLANNING A MOUNTAIN WEDDING
Mountain weddings are truly breathtaking. And yes, we may be a little bias (living and planning events near Mt. Lassen and Lake Almanor year-round). But seriously think about it. The scenery alone takes your breath away — beautiful and lush greenery, stunning mountain peaks, and glistening lakes. Nature at its finest. Who wouldn’t be bias?
Most people think planning a mountain wedding can be costly and overwhelming, but at Lassen Flowers + Events, we are here to tell you that it can actually be cheaper, easier, and less stressful than planning a big city, beach, or destination wedding.
Here are a few tips to planning a mountain wedding:
Hire a Local Planner. Again a tad bias, but for good reason. A local planner will know the ins and outs of the area. They will know exactly where the best locations are around that lake, in that forest, or on that mountain top. They will have great relationships with the local vendors to get you the best bang for your buck. They also will know all the vendors around town (not just the ones who have websites). Usually the best baker in town isn’t online.
Set a Budget. This is essential before all planning. Think about how you want your wedding to look, what you’re willing to spend on each category (photographer, flowers, venue, invitations, etc.), and how many people you would like at your wedding. When your local planner has an idea of your budget and how much you want to spend on each piece of the puzzle, she/he will be able to negotiate prices, and let you know where you can move puzzle pieces. For example, renting a venue in the city normally starts around $2,000, but in the mountains it can be as low as $100 (national park, campground site, etc.). Now you’ve got more monies to budget elsewhere, or save for the honeymoon!
Pinterest. Having a Pinterest board that you can share with your local planner is ideal. You may not have time for phone calls, texts, or emails, so sharing images you love with little notes via Pinterest is in one word…amazing! From your wedding bouquet and center pieces to your table design and color theme, every detail is right there and easy to view.
Be Prepared. Mountain weddings can be a little bit removed from services and stores that we rely on in the city. Your emergency kit should be stocked with everything from bandaids and Benadryl to superglue and Hydrogen Peroxide. Talk to your planner about what she has in hers — there’s always a great story behind some of the more unusual items in the kit.
Consider the Elements. If you are getting married on grass or dirt, consider a shoe with a thicker heel or a wedge heel (cowboy boots work great too), and always have a wrap or coat that compliments your dress. It can get a bit chilly when the sun goes down.
Weather Plan. Always have a back-up weather plan. Work with your planner to create a plan and establish how it will be communicated to your wedding party, vendors and guests. Make sure that you have allowed adequate time for reception rooms to be reset by the catering staff and for the florists to move any outdoor decor to your indoor location.
Comfortable Guests. Have water, sunscreen (parasols for the ladies, maybe), and bug spray for your guests depending on the season. If it’s an early spring, fall or winter wedding, providing a few rolled up blankets is a nice consideration.
No matter what happens, your wedding will be truly memorable. Enjoy every moment.