With the Bridger Mountains as the background, the Springhill Pavilion (located on a working cattle ranch) is an obvious choice for a Bozeman-area wedding. Sally and Chum Howe have run the Pavilion for 23 years and say that even though they’ve hosted more than 1,100 weddings, every wedding has something a little different because they don’t limit their guests to certain caterers or music. Robert Redford helped to make the Pavilion nationally known as he danced there in the film “The Horse Whisperer,” and with a little luck and plenty of advanced notice, you and your sweetie can dance there as well.
Next door to Big Sky sits the relatively young Moonlight Basin. With an extravagant lodge and The Timbers Restaurant, Moonlight has been treating their guests to the lap of luxury since 2001. With an in-house event coordinator, they offer personalized wedding services to accommodate up to 175 guests. Although they don’t normally do winter weddings, you might be able to squeeze one in during the slower times during January and April.
The Rock Creek Resort, located only 60 miles south of Billings in Red Lodge, offers facilities for 25-300 guests and enough extracurricular activities to fill an entire summer. The Beartooth Highway climbs out of Red Lodge and takes guests to Yellowstone, or for those who wish to golf, there’s a course in town. Hiking and backpacking, as well as spring backcountry skiing, abound at this destination-style resort.
Nestled at the base of the Swan Range just outside of Bigfork, the O’Duchain Country Inn can handle the most intimate or elaborate wedding event. Their pavilion can host up to 250 guests while the lodge can sleep 21 for close family. The Inn is a bed and breakfast and they ask that wedding parties reserve the Inn for at least two nights. If you don’t know the in-laws very well, this is your chance. The Swan River is less than one block away so if the in-laws get too much, tying on a blue dun and casting into the Swan will be one way to regain your composure.