Idaho is home to epic landscapes from mountain ranges to lakes. It’s an adventure lover’s paradise with an endless opportunity to escape into nature. Even though there are no official National Parks within Idaho’s borders (other than a small portion of Yellowstone), that doesn’t mean there aren’t some pretty amazing elopement locations here!

Whether you’re searching for a venue for a big wedding or an intimate elopement, I’ve compiled a list to walk you through the best mountain wedding venues throughout Idaho that will give you all of the National Park vibes!

This guide will show you the best adventurous wedding venues, how much a mountain wedding costs, and how to plan a destination wedding in Idaho.

How Much Does a Mountain Wedding Venue Cost in Idaho?

The biggest expense for couples getting married is typically the venue. The Knot did a study in 2022 and found that the average cost of a wedding venue that year was $11,200, about 40% of a couple’s budget.

The average cost for a venue in Idaho, however, was only $4,300. Weddings in Idaho have a significantly lower average cost at $19k compared to the national average of around $30k.

Wedding venues in Idaho range from as little as $200 to over $5k depending on the type of venue that you want.

When Should You Start Planning Your Destination Wedding in Idaho

It’s best to start planning your destination wedding as soon as possible. While I’ve known couples who pulled off their Idaho wedding in as little as 2 months, I would recommend planning at least 6 months in advance to have the best choices for venues and vendors and to have less stress pulling everything together.

Many wedding vendors will book up to 2 years in advance, so it’s always best to start planning as early as possible.

Idaho Mountain Wedding Venues

Lazy H Ranch

This rustic lodge is surrounded by natural hot springs and views of the Sawtooth Mountains. They have 18 bedrooms with overnight accommodations for up to 50 people. It also has a private 4,000 foot runway for anyone wanting to fly in or out!

Venue Name: Lazy H Ranch

Location: Atlanta

Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor & outdoor options

Schweitzer Mountain

North Idaho’s most popular ski resort, Schweitzer Mountain is home to beautiful views all year round! The resort offers indoor and outdoor venue options for weddings throughout the year with full amenities.

Venue Name: Schweitzer Mountain

Location: Athol

Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor & outdoor options

Wedding Size: Up to 300 guests

Firebrand Cocolalla

Situated on 20 acres of wooded land, Firebrand Cocolalla is an outdoor wedding venue in North Idaho. It’s beautifully decorated with dozens of fairy lights strung throughout the trees giving it a whimsical forest feeling.

Venue Name: Firebrand Cocolalla

Location: Cocolalla

Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor

Wedding Size: Up to 200 guests

Redfish Lake Lodge

This charming lodge sits on the north tip of Redfish Lake in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains. It was built in 1929 and has been carefully cared for to retain its rustic charm. It sits on 16 acres of U.S. Forest Land with lodging, dining, has cabins throughout the property, as well as several motel style buildings to stay in.

Venue Name: Redfish Lake Lodge

Location: Stanley

Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor & Outdoor options

Wedding Size: Up to 40 guests for indoor weddings and up to 225 guests for outdoor weddings

Ponderosa State Park

Sitting on the shores of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, is Ponderosa State Park. A beautiful location with mountain views and lake access. The park has cabins available to rent as well as a day use area you can reserve, making it the perfect backdrop for adventurous couples.

Venue Name: Ponderosa State Park

Location: McCall

Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor

Wedding Size: Up to 150

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Sitting in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is the perfect backdrop for an adventurous wedding! This ranch sits on almost 900 acres and offers views of the surrounding mountains, options for indoor or outdoor weddings, with a cozy, rustic ambiance.

Venue Name: Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Location: Stanley

Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor & Outdoor options

Wedding Size: Up to 50 guests

Cider Mountain

Cider Mountain is a beautiful North Idaho wedding venue with a rustic charm. With lodging for up to 40 guests to stay on-site, a bridal suite, and grooms lounge, this venue offers everything you need for your wedding! 

Venue Name: Cider Mountain

Location: Athol

Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor

Wedding Size: up to 200 guests

Stanley Chapel

This non-denominational chapel in Stanley Idaho is perfect for couples that want to balance tradition with adventure. This is a rustic chapel with exposed overhead log beams, wooden floors, and big windows with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Venue Name: Stanley Chapel

Location: Stanley

Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor & Outdoor options

Wedding Size: up to 200 guests

Farragut State Park

Sitting on the shores of lake Pend Oreille in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains is Farragut State Park. Known for it’s stunning mountain and lake views, this park is a popular spot for weddings and elopements. There is a covered day use area that you can reserve for your wedding.

Venue Name: Farragut State Park

Location: Athol

Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor

Wedding Size: Up to 150 guests

Check out my full guide to eloping at Farragut State Park

How to Plan a Destination Mountain Elopement in Idaho

Hire a Local Photographer or Planner

The best thing you can do when planning a destination wedding is work with someone who knows the area. Finding a planner (or a photographer who helps with planning) who knows the area you want to get married in will be a huge help in planning your day. They will be able to make recommendations for the best locations, vendors, and times to plan out your day.

Did you know I’m an elopement photographer based out of Idaho?

Yep! I specialize in helping couples plan and document personalized and adventurous wedding experiences all over the Gem State! I’d love to help you bring your dream of a mountain wedding to life. View my elopement packages or contact me to get started!

Pick a Venue

Now that you’ve hopefully found a few options that you love, it’s time to narrow down your options and choose one that fits your needs for your day.

Choose a Date

Once you have chosen your dream venue, it’s time to start looking at dates! If you are getting married in an outdoor venue, keep the weather in mind. Idaho experiences all 4 seasons, meaning cold winters with heavy snow in some areas and dry, hot summers with a high possibility of wildfires in certain parts of the state. 

If you have concerns about when the best time would be to book your date, check with your photographer or planner.

Reserve Your Venue

Once you have decided on a date, it’s time to make it official and book your venue! Make sure to get permissions or obtain any necessary permits for any locations that require them.

Hire Your Vendors

Now that you have a date and venue booked, it’s time to start pulling together the rest of the vendors for your day. The most common wedding vendors for weddings in Idaho are:

  • Photographer and videographer
  • Florist
  • Catering
  • Hair and Makeup artist
  • DJ
  • Planner

Check with your planner or photographer if you need recommendations for the best local vendors!

Make Your Travel Plans

Plan out your travel to get to your destination wedding. If you’re flying, this would include airfare, transportation to and from the airport or possibly a car rental.

Book Your Accommodations

Also book your overnight accommodations for you and anyone you’re bringing with you. If your venue also has a lodge, see about booking onsite with the venue for a fun experience to stay close to your venue! Also check out Idaho’s Airbnb’s for a unique place to stay.

Apply for a Marriage License

Take your partner and visit the County Recorder’s Office and apply for your marriage license. In Idaho, marriage licenses are issued in-person by County Records and may require an appointment made ahead of time. You will also need a valid form of I.D. and proof of age. For full details, see my guide to eloping in Idaho.

Plan Your Day

Now for the fun part, plan out your entire day! Create a timeline for your day, choose the music for your first dance, and plan out all the little details of what your day is going to look like.

Looking for a more in-depth guide to planning your elopement in Idaho? Check out my free guide eloping in Idaho!

Get Married!

The day is finally here and it’s time for all of your planning to come together! You get to marry your best friend and have the best party of your life!

I hope this guide was helpful and that you found the perfect wedding venue for your mountain wedding! If you’d like a planning partner and photographer for your adventure wedding, please contact me! I help couples like you plan and document adventurous elopements throughout Idaho!

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