The 14 Best Winter Wedding Venues in the U.S.
Late spring, summer and early fall are typically considered prime wedding season. And we get it; ideal outdoor temperatures and long sunny days are hard to pass up. But we at the Knot are here to vouch for winter weddings—snow, cold weather and all. Our reasoning is simple: Why wouldn't you want to get married during the most wonderful time of the year?
Across the country, if you know where to look, you'll find picturesque winter wedding venues perfect for your winter wonderland wedding. From ski resorts with dreamy mountain views to chateaus and estates with cozy-yet-luxurious interiors, your big day during the winter season will fill your heart with warmth (no matter how cold it is outside).
If you want to get married over the winter months, we recommend going all out by finding the most scenic, romantic event space that satisfies your taste. Of course, snow is a stunning backdrop for a winter wedding day, so keep that in mind when selecting a wedding location while also considering how inclement weather could affect getting to and from your venue. Also, because you'll likely be indoors the majority of your day, you'll want to find a place with indoor spaces that reflects your style. Finally, don't forget to keep your wedding photos in mind. The sun sets much earlier December through mid-March, so plan accordingly.
Now, let's get to the fun part. If you're eager to begin planning your winder wedding but not as excited about locating your perfect venue, you're in luck. We've done the work for you by sourcing 14 idyllic winter wedding venues throughout the United States. Keep reading to uncover the perfect location for your winter wedding.
Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, Colorado
Within Colorado's Rocky Mountains is Della Terra Mountain Chateau, a luxury inn located on 14 acres at the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. When snow falls at Della Terra, the resulting scene is truly what you might imagine when you image a mountain wedding in the winter. And when you're not in awe of the landscape, you'll instead be in awe of the expansive chateau itself—fit with a lodge room (inclusive of a two-story fireplace and waterfall), a theater room, a sauna, a spa, a loft bar and fourteen luxury suites. During your special day, you'll wed at one of two ceremony sites: indoors in the Celebration Place or, if weather permits, outside at the Devotion Place.
Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden, Vermont
Across the country, in Vermont, you'll find another wondrous mountaintop destination: Mountain Top Inn and Resort in the breathtaking Green Mountains. The second-least populated state, Vermont is a great choice for a destination wedding—and the Mountain Top Inn and Resort is an even greater spot to bring your getaway to life. There's a lot to love about the 700-acre Mountain Top Inn and Resort, such as the 740-acre lake, meadows, woods, gardens, mountain views, an exceptional staff and the magnificent lodge, cabins and guest houses. Regardless of the winter season, you can hold your outdoor ceremony on the terrace surrounded by outdoor heaters and amazing vistas. If you're hosting an intimate wedding, you can do so here, too, in the great room inside one of the venue's 24 guest houses.
Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid, New York
Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is situated on the shore of Lake Placid's Mirror lake, with the Adirondack Mountains in the distance. It's a great destination for a winter wedding weekend, starting with an indoor welcome party or a rehearsal dinner inside the Generations Tap & Grill dining room. On your big day, host an outdoor wedding ceremony on the rustic Boathouse deck or on the edge of the lake under Golden Arrow's wedding arbor. Post-ceremony, you'll celebrate in one of four indoor reception spaces: the Black Forest Room, the Upstairs Private Dining Room, the Four Seasons Lakeside Ballroom or Generations restaurant.
The Westin Snowmass Resort in Snowmass Village, Colorado
Back in Colorado, another amazing (and extra wintery) option is the Westin Snowmass Resort in Snowmass Village. You'll delight in the mountain and valley views, and you can add extra special elements—such as custom ice sculptures and ice bars—to your special day. The Westin staff is "committed to helping you feel your best on your wedding day" and will bring your wedding ideas to life, from intimate weddings to large extravaganzas. There are several venues within the Westin Snowmass, including the stellar Westin Terrace, an open-air terrace featuring seven fire pits and accommodating 150 guests for a wedding ceremony or standing reception.
The Vineyards at Mt. Naomi Farms in Park City, Utah
The Vineyards at Mt. Naomi Farms is a one-of-a-kind Utah barn venue on a vineyard, with views of the Wellsville Mountains in the distance. A winter wedding here will have you in the holiday spirit not only because of your beautiful surroundings, but also because of the barn's charming interior. Highlights include vaulted ceilings, wood beams, a stained glass window, snowflake-like chandeliers, a glass wall bringing the outside in, and a spiral staircase. The venue also helps to simplify the wedding planning process by providing tablecloths and napkins, a catering kitchen, a sound system, a dressing room, and setup/takedown services for tables and chairs.
Sands Point Preserve in Sands Point, New York
You'll think twice about hosting your nuptials outside once you see the palatial interiors at New York's Sands Point Preserve. Encompassing 216 acres, the site is home to Hempstead House, a Tudor-style mansion dating back to 1912, and Castle Gould, a 100,000-square-foot medieval structure. Both are seriously swoon-worthy. Hempstead House has a 60-foot-tall entry foyer illuminated by stained glass windows, a sunken palm court, winter and summer living rooms, a mahogany library, a dining room, a billiards room, stone-carved fireplaces, and marble bathrooms. Castle Gould has a 7,000-square-foot New York State-certified sound stage (called the "Black Box"), a clock tower, and a Great Hall decorated with vaulted ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers, luxurious drapery and large windows with views of the Long Island Sound.
Wentworth By The Sea Hotel & Spa in New Castle, New Hampshire
New England's Wentworth By The Sea Hotel & Spa is a Marriott hotel located on New Castle Island in New Hampshire. Getting married by the water is always a wonderful idea—even in the winter—and that's exactly what you'll do here. The pristine building has 12 events room, totaling 14,156 square feet of event space, so you'll be sure to find a room that matches your wedding style and size. (It can accommodate events with up to 500 guests.) Another perk of hosting your big day at Wentworth By The Sea is access to a Marriott-certified wedding planner who will help with all of your wedding planning details, like deciding on your budget, picking your menu and table settings, and finding vendors to execute all the details.
Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan
Castle Farms has won our Best of Weddings award countless times, so it's a no-brainer that the Northern Michigan event venue landed in this winter wedding venue roundup. The castle was originally built in 1918 by Albert Loeb to model the stone barns and castles in Normandy, France, and it changed ownership a few times over the past century. Most recently, in 2001, Castle Farms fell under new ownership and was restored with a new roof, wings from the original blueprints, and gardens. From November to April, wedding ceremonies are hosted indoors, but you won't be missing out. In fact, with venue names like King's Great Hall, Chapel and Gallery, the interiors at Castle Farms will leave you and your spouse feeling, well, royal.
Saphire Estate in Sharon, Massachusetts
Less than an hour from Boston, New England's Saphire Estate is a lovely destination for a winter wedding. There's much to love at Saphire Estate: The property boasts views of Lake Massapoag, fountains, gardens and woods (AKA amazing photo ops). The delights continue inside the manor house, too. For example, your guests will enjoy the newly constructed cocktail space, embellished with a fireplace, gold chandeliers, and a quartz bar top. Saphire Estate is entirely yours during your wedding, and services include a personal event producer, a separate event manager, a wedding guidebook, a complimentary food tasting, a private wedding suite, a coat room attendant—and much more.
Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
Exposed bricks, original wood floors, 15-foot ceilings, hand-painted murals and 100-year-old wood beams are a few highlights of Pennsylvania's Rusty Rail Brewing Company. Photos from real weddings at Rusty Rail showcase how well the space fits a winter wedding—or, if you celebrate the occasion, a Christmas wedding. You'll choose either the Pardee Room or the Great Room (or both combined), and the venue fee is great because of its inclusions: a one-hour ceremony, a five-hour reception, china, flatware, glassware, tablecloths, napkins, gold or silver chargers, a wedding planner, a private lounge, a wedding party suite and so much more. Depending on your big day budget, Rusty Rail offers many different packages and add-ons to customize your experience.
Blackberry Ridge Golf Club in Sartell, Minnesota
Next on the list is Central Minnesota's Blackberry Ridge Golf Club. Your indoor event will take place in Blackberry Ridge's clubhouse, a nice setting with high ceilings, a fireplace, chandeliers and French windows. It's an exquisite family-run venue suited for parties up to 300, and the services are also exceptional. Table and chair setup, china, flatware, glassware, linens, napkins, a wedding cake, dessert service, a private wedding suite, a furnished patio, a photo booth, sparklers, a full-service bar, and more are included between the Blackberry Wedding Package and the Premium Package.
Rainbow Ranch Lodge & Restaurant in Gallatin Gateway, Montana
Montana's Rainbow Ranch Lodge and Restaurant is perfect for a Western winter wedding. The lodge is located along the Gallatin River in the mountains of Big Sky, and it features 21 rooms, a fine dining bar and restaurant, and several rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception sites. A short drive from Big Sky Ski Resort and Yellowstone National Park, it's another amazing option for a destination wedding weekend. The lodge has spaces for weddings of all sizes (the barn and events tent has a capacity of 300, and the main lodge lounge can hold 50), including elopements. What's more, an elopement package includes your ceremony, a one-night stay at the lodge, dinner for two at the on-site restaurant, an officiant, a photographer, a wedding cake, a bouquet, a boutonnière, and champagne and dessert when you arrive.
Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York
We already mentioned Lake Placid in this list, but New York's Whiteface Lodge gave us reason to do so again. In the Adirondacks' High Peaks region, this venue oozes rustic charm thanks to its timber design. Warm woods, fireplaces and forest-inspired decor will have you feeling the warmth and coziness you likely associate with the winter and the holiday season. Indoor event spaces include the Mountain View Terrace, the Whispering Pines Room and, our personal favorite, the Kanu dining room. (It has major winter vibes.) Other winter-appropriate amenities at Whiteface Lodge include an ice skating rink, a game room, a movie theater and a bowling alley.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, California
Last but not least, we have the West Coast's Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. The ski resort and self-described "enchanting mountain destination" is unique in that you'll choose from two mountain resorts, 11 ceremony sites and 10 reception sites for your special day. Despite cool temperatures, Mammoth Mountain encourages you not to shy away from embracing the outdoors on your big day. For example, you can head atop the mountain to take photos with the Eastern Sierra in the background. If you want to get your heart racing in a different way, you can also ski or snowboard down from the summit after saying "I do."