Montana Wedding Venues – Guest Ranches

Ok, so I swore that when I set out on my own blogging adventure, I wasn’t going to start a wedding blog. I’m still not, I promise. While this blog remains a space for design, inspiration, etc… it’s also about helping you connect to other people and places in the Rocky Mountains. I’ve also had a few requests for ranch recommendations lately, so I thought I would take advantage of the info round up and share it with all of you.

There are endless incredible barns, cabins, backyards, and bluffs for your Montana wedding, but this particular post will focus on venues with 1). on-site accommodations and 2). activities for guests (i.e. fishing, hiking, horseback riding). So if you’re tying the knot and ISO of the a ranch getaway , here are a few suggestions.

** Disclaimer: Do not send me hate mail because some of these venues require a second mortgage/the sale of a kidney. The internet is vast. Some of you might be trying to plan an intimate destination wedding, some of you might fly to NYC on a private jet to shop for your wedding dress. I’m not a mind reader… I’m just a MT girl standing in front of the internet asking it to love her (bonus points for knowing the movie reference).  ANYWAY, I’m not going to touch on budgets in this post… you’ll have to do your own digging in that department. **

In no particular order…

1. Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky

lone mountain ranch wedding
Photography: Britt Rene Photo || Design & Styling: Buzzworthy Events SF

2. Rainbow Ranch, Big Sky

Rainbow Ranch Wedding by Tori Pintar
Photography: Tori Pintar via Black Tie Bride || Flowers: Katalin Green

3. Bar W Guest Ranch, Whitefish

Photography: Green Door Photography || Design & Flowers: Habitat Events

4. The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough

Paws Up Wedding by Michele M. Waite
Photography: Michèle M. Waite via Elizabeth Anne Designs || Event design + coordination: Carter & Cook Event Co. || Floral Design: Habitat Floral Studio

5. The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg

ranch at rock creek wedding
Ranch at Rock Creek by Rebecca Hollis
Photography: Rebecca Hollis || Design & Florals: Beargrass Gardens

6. Chico Hot Springs (this might fall into the “resort” category but it’s one of my favorite places in Montana… plus there are horses… and a pool… and this view.)

Chico Wedding by Treehouse Photography
Photography: Treehouse Photography

7. 320 Guest Ranch, Big Sky

320 ranch wedding
Photography: Cluney Photo via SMP || Design: Social Hour Events

8. Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, Emigrant, outside Yellowstone National Park

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Wedding by Lauren Brown
Photography: Lauren Brown || Design + Flowers: Lukas Trudeau Events

9. Grizzly Creek Ranch, Emigrant (outside of Yellowstone National Park)

Photography: Mary Dougherty

10. Green Valley Ranch, Coram (outside Glacier National Park)

Photography: Angela Cox Photography via Montana Bride

11. E Bar L Ranch, Greenough (I can find very little about the E Bar L online. This link is for their FB page. If you have more info for them let me know… better yet, if you are the E Bar L Ranch and you need a website, tell me!)

E Bar L Ranch Wedding
Photography: Green Door Photography || Design: Habitat Events

The Dude Ranchers’ Association has a great list of Montana ranches. I do know some of them have weddings. Even if you’re not looking for venue, one of them might be the perfect honeymoon location. Here are a few more locations on my radar. Sadly, I couldn’t find any wedding related images for this post and/or the wedding info was lacking, but I think it’s worth reaching out if you’re on the venue hunt. Good luck!

- Triple Creek Ranch (I mean… how is it that a celebrity hasn’t had a big to-do here yet?!?!)

- McGinnis Meadows Ranch

- There’s this Elkhorn Ranch and this Elkhorn Ranch. As if that’s not already confusing… there’s also Elkhorn, Montana… which is actually a ghost town.

- Sweet Grass Ranch

- Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

- Covered Wagon Ranch

- Nine Quarter Circle Ranch>/a>

Will someone get married in one of these places and send me the pics!! Please.


  1. says

    Just loved the post. The various ranches included in this post are just amazing, it is actually very difficult to decide the best one from them, as they are just too beautiful. I would love to visit 320 guest ranch and The Ranch at Rock Creek.

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