The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Located along the scenic Seward Highway in Gridwood Alaska, Alyeska Resort Alaska is a beautiful hotel and special events venue. It is nestled into the Gridwood Valley, which is a glacier-carved valley surrounded by stunning mountain and waterfront views. This resort extends all the way to the top of Alyeska mountain, for those who prefer to look out over the valley. This venue is available for wedding ceremonies and receptions year round and it can accommodate small- or medium-sized wedding parties.
Columbia Ballroom. The Columbia Ballroom is located at the bottom of the mountain and it is the largest indoor special event space at this venue. It can comfortably seat up to 200 guests, with enough space for a dance floor and a DJ booth or small band. It features floor-to-ceiling windows for sweeping mountain views.
Kahiltna Court. Kahiltna Court is an indoor/outdoor space that features vaulting ceilings decorated with sparkling chandeliers. The outdoor balcony portion of this space is open during the spring and summer months and it has views of the Alyeska mountain, as well as rolling green foothills. It can accommodate up to 200 people with the use of the balcony or 150 people without the balcony.
The Bore Tide Deli. Those who want to take their event to the top of the mountain may want to consider the Bore Tide Deli. This space has panoramic views of the Gridwood valley and it is surrounded by the natural greenery of the region during the spring and summer. During the fall and winter, it is typically dusted with snow. This space is large enough to seat up to 200 guests.
The Seven Glaciers Restaurant. For a more intimate mountaintop reception, the Seven Glaciers Restaurant is a good choice. It can accommodate between 50 and 75 guests and it features casual seating. This space is also popular for rehearsal dinners and post-wedding brunches.
Our Lady of the Snows. Couples who want to have their ceremony on site can exchange vows in the Our Lady of the Snows chapel. This chapel is non-denominational and has the ambience of a rustic mountain lodge. It can seat up to 200 guests.
What You Should Know
While Alyeska Resort Alaska hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions, it does not host only ceremonies. This means that couples who want to have their ceremony at this location must also have their reception here. However, couples can choose to have their ceremony at a separate location and still have their reception at this resort.
This venue has a catering team on site that works closely with couples to create customized menus that reflect the style of their wedding. This catering team can accommodate nearly any dietary restriction and they also create customized wedding cakes.
Alyeska Resort Alaska offers on-site accommodations for wedding guests. Standard rooms as well as suites are available. Couples who book a block of rooms for their event may be eligible for discounted room rates.
Alyeska Resort Alaska is a beautiful, unique venue and it offers wedding parties a number of fun extra perks.
- Complimentary tram rides available
- Hiking and snowshoe trails on-site
- Skiing opportunities during winter
- Guided bear and wildlife viewing tours
- Chartered fishing trips
- Guided river rafting trips
- ATV mountain tours
- Winter and summer dog sledding excursions
From the Vendor
Alyeska Resort, a uniquely Alaskan venue
Dramatic mountain and rainforest vistas abound at Alyeska Resort and the options are endless for your dream wedding. Ascend the aerial tram to say ’I do’ at the top of Mt. Alyeska. Celebrate with an exquisite meal in our stunning ballroom, and dance the night under away the midnight sun.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Hotel, Mountain, Restaurant, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
Guests loved it!Reviewed on 11/04/2013 Cassandra S
We always enjoy our stays at the Alyeska Resort so it was a perfect fit for our wedding. Our guests had an amazing time. The hotel is beautiful and the rooms are very nice.
Love love loveReviewed on 9/26/2013 Amber L
Amazing place to have a wedding!
Perfect LocationReviewed on 1/23/2013 Liz F
Alyeska has always been a special place for my husband and I. We always went there to spend special occasions. We got engaged there over a weekend so it just made sense to get married there. Everything was perfect and the staff is very accommodating to all your needs. It is beautiful winter and summer!
Alyeska was the perfect place for our spring wedding. Stephanie was fantastic to work with. She is prompt with responses to emails, but does not pester you with questions. The food and cake exceeded my expectations (we went with the chicken and prime rib; opted out of the seafood option because the salmon was dry). The banquet service was great and the staff very friendly and helpful. The only snafu we encountered was that they changed the ceremony from the slope to the Boretide deck the day before the ceremony since it was so warm the snow was too soft (chairs and guests would sink). Although this seems unavoidable, it was not great to learn about it at 5pm the night before the wedding. It ended up being a great place to have the ceremony and probably easier on the guests. We skied down from the ceremony to the reception in Kahiltna court, which was a blast! My only regrettable experience was with the spa (although I had a fantastic massage there after the wedding). I had trouble getting a clear idea on how to do the wedding make-up and they were fairly rude on the phone after my initial phone call when I followed up for more details and to change the time. They do not facilitate a bridal party getting ready together, you cannot be in the same room for nails, make-up, etc. Nevertheless, I did a make-up trial there out of convenience. It went comically poorly. I looked like a clown, though I couldn't tell until I went outside because the lighting in the spa (including the makeup room) is so dim. I literally had pink stripes on my face. The makeup artist was very, very nice, but admitted that it looked strange when I came back in to inquire about the racing stripes she said "oh, that does look strange, how did I not notice that?" Even after the revision, I felt like a child doing their makeup for the first time. I ended up having a friend do my hair and makeup. Our guests had a great time and many of them took advantage of the stay and ski deal. We were lucky and had fantastic weather, there was still good snow cover, but skies were blue and sunny all week. If I had to do it again, I would do it exactly the same!
We had some trouble initially with getting info from them as far as options and pricing went. They are pretty expensive, and hardly anything is included. They have a dance floor, sound system, chair covers, etc., but you have to pay extra for each, so be prepared for lots of little monetary additions. On the day-of it was incredibly smooth, gorgeous and well run. -The food was amazing (we had a plated dinner with duo steak and salmon)! They worked really well with our wedding coordinator. -You cannot cancel the room block at all, unlike other hotels we looked into. You have to decide right when you sign up, and are financially responsible for any unfilled rooms. -Some of the confusion may have been due to Alyeska changing their event coordinators while we were planning. Stephanie Moline, the coordinator when our wedding actually occurred, was pretty good, though the coordinator doesn't work Sunday or Monday, and she's sometimes hard to get ahold of because she's away from her desk dealing with other events during the day. Email worked best, and be prepared for the occasional multiple day delay in response. -All in all, you get what you pay for, so even though it was expensive, it was gorgeous!
Excellent customer service, beautiful setting, delicious food and beverages. My wedding was truly a dream come true thanks to Stephanie and her talented team at Alyeska Resort. Thank you!
Wedding reception venueReviewed on 3/06/2014 Louise T
My favorite place- great, organized and beautiful. Expensive but worth it. The first hotel coordinator was terrible, but she quit and I got a better coordinator.
Honey moonReviewed on 9/05/2012 Hannah M
Wonderful place for the romantic weekend. Stay at the hotel where there are 4 great restraunts, order room service with champange for breakfast, pool and large hot tub, relax at the spa. Or go in town, beautiful trails to hike, several amazing restraunts, free bus to take you troughout the town provided by the hotel.
Alyeska WeddingReviewed on 8/15/2012 Lindsay B
The venue is beautiful, the food is fantastic, and the serving staff on the day of is amazing! On the day of the wedding, we had no problems at all. It was a pretty rocky road leading up to the day though. The events Coordinator is very difficult to correspond with, but VERY good at her job. If you're a bride that needs a lot of communication with the venue, perhaps this is not the place for you.
Great caterers and friendly staff.Reviewed on 7/16/2012 Rachel S
They made a fabulous buffet and wedding cake for us. It was a little pricey, but I suppose it is your wedding day, so it's okay!
ALYESKA RESORT & HOTELReviewed on 2/06/2012 Samantha H
Had a winter wedding reception here; Was over my expectation! Beautiful & Friendly! If I had to do it all over again - This would be it!
Amazing serviceReviewed on 3/17/2011 ANTONIA O
Overall greatReviewed on 9/16/2010 Jennifer B
Alyeska is absolutely beautiful! The social coordinator there that we worked with was mostly friendly and helpful. A few times for booking things we received responses like "that should be fine," but nothing seemed definite. However, on the day of our wedding, everything was perfect! The room was set up exactly like we asked, the food was great and the servers treated us like royalty. Alyeska is slightly more expensive than some of the other places we looked, but it's all inclusive (ceremony site, reception site, food, beverages, place settings, etc) so it was well worth it, especially because we were planning from afar. And, the top of the mountain made for fabulous wedding pictures.
A Gorgeous Setting!Reviewed on 8/31/2010 Maricel M
a GORGEOUS setting. I had my reception at the Kahiltna Court Ballroom which has a balcony overlooking the pond and it is GORGEOUS. Even with rain and fog, it is beautiful. And I bet it's even beautiful in the winter, too. The view and the atmosphere definitely make up for the not so easy to work with staff....just an FYI.
Excellent VenueReviewed on 8/26/2010 Elizabeth T
Absolutly a beautiful venue. One of the best descisions I made.
Meet The Coordinator
Stephanie Moline loves weddings! Born and raised in Rochester NY, Stephanie came to Alaska to find out what all the fuss was about. She met her husband, Sean, while working in Seward as a deckhand. They tied the knot in May of 2013, and have added two furry rascals (Tybee and Simon) to complete their family. Stephanie's love of weddings comes from an obsession with matrimonial movies and planning. She will work hard to make sure your day is just as you imagined! With Alaska and Alyeska Resort as your backdrop, you will have a wedding day to remember.