Bozeman, MT is one of the Rocky Mountains' loveliest resort cities, located within easy driving distance of spectacular natural areas in the American West such as Yellowstone National Park. The city, which sits in the shadow of several picturesque Rocky Mountain ranges, is home to some of the world's most acclaimed wedding venues, including Springhill Pavilion, which has been consistently voted as one of the nation's top wedding destination locations by Bride Magazine. Several area sites were featured in the acclaimed Robert Redford motion picture The Horse Whisperer, making it a great choice for couples looking to recreate some of the area's cinematic magic in their wedding photos. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Big Sky Weddings
Big Sky Weddings is an upscale two-season resort in Big Sky, located just 70 minutes from the attractions and skiing opportunities of Bozeman. The gorgeous mountainside condominium resort boasts majestic mountain views and rustic outdoorsy accommodations, hosting weddings and special events between Thanksgiving and April and also between June and September. Couples are welcome to invite up to 300 guests to stay at the resort for wedding festivities, which can be hosted at a number of onsite venues, including the all-weather Lone Peak Pavilion, the Talus Room banquet hall, and the Huntley Dining Room, which features stunning floor-to-ceiling window panoramas. All couples can make use of the hotel's audiovisual equipment, built-in dance floors, in-house catering and bar services, and valet parking services for all guests. Romantic honeymoon suites are available at discounted rates following ceremonies, ranging from rustic log cabins to luxurious hotel accommodations.
50 Big Sky Resort Rd, Big Sky, MT 59716, Phone: 800-548-4486
2.The Big Yellow Barn
The Big Yellow Barn is a local Belgrade landmark, originally constructed in 1917 on a plot of land located less than seven miles north of the city of Bozeman. The beautifully-renovated barn is available for special event rentals throughout the year, including wedding ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. More than 200 guests can be seated for formal dinners within the barn, which also features a full built-in dance floor for reception festivities. Outside, gorgeous green expanses make for perfect scenery for outdoor weddings or romantic photography. Amenities offered onsite include a climate-controlled bridal suite and fully ADA-compliant family restrooms. Ample onsite parking is offered at the venue, along with chartered bus services from several area hotels.
9466 Springhill Rd, Belgrade, MT 59714, Phone: 406-579-3415
Firelight Farm is one of Bozeman's loveliest historic venues, set against the backdrop of the picturesque Bridger Mountains. The family-operated farm estate is home to 160 acres of rolling Gallatin Valley landscape, showcasing extensive areas of cottonwood trees and the beautiful historic Farmer's Canal waterway. Couples can marry at the venue's historic first-class barn, which boasts two levels of flexible event space and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Posh interior design elements include rustic wood paneling, romantic lighting, and contemporary-style ironwork. A fully-equipped bar and kitchen are available for catering and beverage services, while the barn's grounds are open to couples for spectacular wedding photography landscapes. Adjacent to the barn, couples can stay at the facility's renovated silo, which acts as a private suite area.
140 Quentin Way, Bozeman, MT 59718, Phone: 406-600-6762
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4.Foster Creek Farm
Foster Creek Farm is a tranquil farmstead that once belonged to Belgrade's historic Samuel P. Miller homestead, showcasing gorgeous historic farm buildings that date back as far as 1890. A beautifully-restored and remodeled 1923 barn serves as the focal point of the farm, accommodating up to 275 guests for weddings and receptions and offering amenities such as climate control, a full catering prep kitchen, and a spacious deck with sunset views of four area mountain ranges. A full bridal suite is available for bridal party preparation for big days, along with a romantic cabin that offers additional suite space for preparation and honeymoon stays after the wedding. Glamping tents are available for ceremonies, accommodating up to 34 friends and family members.
2577 Foster Creek Rd, Belgrade, MT 59714, Phone: 406-589-5750
5.The Gallatin River Hideaway
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The Gallatin River Hideaway is an intimate 88-acre ranch located along the banks of Bozeman's Gallatin River, located near the region's Four Corners mountain range area. The property offers two very special wedding and reception venues at its Creekside and Bridal Veil areas, both of which are set against the backdrop of gorgeous natural trees and landscapes. Both venues offer use of an indoor-outdoor pavilion area that features a dance floor, gazebo, stage, and grassy meadow areas for vows or scenic wedding photography. Couples can also make use of the venue's fire and horseshoe pits and extensive outdoor seating areas for outdoor ceremonies. The venue is LGBTQ friendly, making it a great choice for gay and lesbian couples looking to tie the knot in the Bozeman region. Guest cabins and treehouses are available for overnight stays following weddings, included in two- and three-day wedding package rentals.
135 Hideaway Dr, Bozeman, MT 59718, Phone: 406-539-8413
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6.Hart Ranch Weddings and Events
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Hart Ranch Weddings and Events is a stunning year-round wedding venue in Gallatin Gateway, located on a beautiful 50-acre ranch facility overlooking the gorgeous Spanish Peaks. The venue showcases versatile event spaces that can be rented throughout the year, including an open-air chapel, a cocktail patio, and the venue's post-and-beam Montana Barn, which can seat up to 300 guests. A well-appointed bride's room and groom's shack are available for use with all rentals, along with a fire ring, a reflection pond, and areas for outdoor ceremonies and wedding photography. Antique photo staging is available from the venue's antique story, including horse and carriage staging. All-inclusive wedding services are available for ceremonies, receptions, elopements, and engagement parties, including event planning services, a preferred vendor list, and full setup and cleanup.
73800 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730, Phone: 406-763-1001
7.The Lazy B Farm
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The Lazy B Farm is one of Montana's most-photographed venues, featured in wedding magazines around the world and recognized as a prominent set backdrop for the Robert Redford film The Horse Whisperer. As one of Bozeman's premiere wedding and event venues, the venue is located atop a spectacular area of Gooch Hill, offering panoramic views within the heart of Big Sky Country just a short drive from Yellowstone National Park. Several beautiful indoor and outdoor wedding venues are offered for ceremonies and receptions, showcasing vibrant floral landscaping, majestic trees, and a picturesque century-old barn facility. Onsite staff can work to accommodate wedding themes and plans of all types, ranging from small intimate ceremonies to lavish celebrations for extended guest lists.
10401 Gooch Hill Rd, Bozeman, MT 59718, Phone: 406-587-5709
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Mandeville Creek is a family-operated farm venue in Bozeman, originally founded in 1890 by Canadian immigrant Gordon Mandeville in the shadow of the beautiful Bridger Mountain range. Today, the countryside venue is open to the public for private special event rentals, offering scenic accommodations for rustic farm weddings and receptions. Couples can marry in indoor and outdoor event spaces, which feature beautiful decor elements to match with any personalized wedding theme or decor colors. A spacious bridal suite offers extensive room for bridal preparations, featuring a dressing area complete with a lovely full-length prep mirror. Pre-ceremony and wedding photography can be taken at the venue with photographers and vendors of couples' choice. Several nearby lodging options offer deals with the venue, perfect for wedding parties traveling into the area from out of town.
1121 Mandeville Ln, Bozeman, MT 59715, Phone: 406-580-5014
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Rialto Bozeman is the cultural heart of downtown Bozeman, offering dynamic theater and event spaces overseen by Montana-based promoters Logjam Presents. The gorgeous venue is a great choice for couples looking for an outside-the-box wedding venue option, featuring three artistic spaces for ceremonies and receptions, including a black box theater that can hold up to 400 event guests. Low-key cocktail receptions and engagement parties can be held at the Burn Box, which showcases excellent catering and beverage options, including craft beers and low-octane cocktails. Couples can also take rehearsal dinners to the next level at the venue's Light Box gallery, which showcases a gorgeous central skylight and ample seating for dinner guests. All rental packages include three-course buffet dinners, signature cocktail offerings, and audiovisual setup and use throughout the event.
10 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, Phone: 406-404-7911
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10.Rockin' TJ Ranch
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Rockin' TJ Ranch is a unique farm and banquet hall wedding venue in Bozeman, set alongside the banks of the picturesque Hyalite Creek, which offers views of stunning cottonwood tree groves and five nearby mountain ranges. The venue is conveniently located just three miles from the city's downtown district, offering convenient access to nearby skiing, fishing, hiking, and outdoor recreational activities at sites such as Yellowstone National Park. Couples can work with all-inclusive event staff to plan spectacular weddings for up to 300 guests at the venue, which showcases gorgeous natural wood beam design and a flexible open floor plan. Services offered include onsite catering and bartending, a fully-equipped bridal suite and salon, and unique outdoor reception amenities like corn hole games, poker tables, and creekside chairs. Cuisine options offered range from American and Italian to Cajun, Japanese, or Thai, with special accommodations for dietary concerns available upon request.
651 Lynx Ln, Bozeman, MT 59718, Phone: 406-585-0595
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11.Roy's Barn and Lodge
Roy's Barn and Lodge is a picturesque Montana farm venue in Belgrade, anchored by a gorgeous historic barn venue constructed in 1904. The venue is perfect for couples looking for an authentic rugged Montana wedding experience, set on a beautiful historic farm property with stunning nearby mountain views. Event availability is offered between June and October, with only one wedding booked each weekend to ensure personalized event attention for all couples. Venue spaces can accommodate up to 200 guests and can be used for ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinner events. Amenities included in wedding rental packages include a fully-equipped catering prep kitchen, a wet bar, a pool table, and a year-round vacation home for honeymoon stays offering five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
7851 McGuire Rd, Belgrade, MT 59714, Phone: 406-388-2018
Springhill Pavilion is well known as one of Bozeman's most beautiful event venues, immortalized in the acclaimed Robert Redford film The Horse Whisperer. The lovely venue, which is located just 20 minutes north of the city of Bozeman in Belgrade, showcases dramatic vistas of the awe-inspiring Ross Peak and other nearby mountain ranges. It has been voted as one of the top 10 wedding locations in the country by Bride Magazine, showcasing stunning indoor and outdoor venue areas for ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. An elegant dining hall features a large antler chandelier and space for catered buffets, with a preferred vendor list available for all rentals. Outside, a romantic gazebo makes a perfect place to say vows, surrounded by twinkling white lights strung throughout the property's trees. Discounts are available for accommodations at several area partner hotels and lodges.
8360 Springhill Community Rd, Belgrade, MT 59714, Phone: 406-586-8884
The Baxter is a renowned multi-location wedding venue in Bozeman, operated out of the city's historic 1929 Baxter Hotel, which was designed in spectacular Art Deco style by architect Fred Willson. Though the seven-story hotel no longer features overnight accommodations, it is still in use as a special event rental facility, home to ornate lobby furnishings and several stunning historic ballrooms that can be used for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Catering and dining are offered by the complex's Bacchus Pub and Ted's Montana Grill restaurant, including reserved space for wedding rehearsals and bachelor and bachelorette parties. Nearby, the Baxter Ranch sits on 270 acres just outside of the city, offering space for beautiful outdoor weddings on the banks of its picturesque natural creek. Grand tent space is available for receptions, along with bartending services, audiovisual equipment, and a bridal preparation suite.
105 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, Phone: 406-582-1000
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14.The Chateau Event Center
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The Chateau Event Center is a gorgeous French-style chateau and event center located just four miles outside of the city of Bozeman, offering 2,200 square feet of event space hosting up to 144 guests for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The lovely chateau is set on the banks of serene Hyalite Creek, adjacent to conservation areas that are populated with cottonwood trees, deer, foxes, and landscaped flower gardens. Couples can marry outside on the chateau's grounds or inside its beautiful French Medieval-style building, which features rustic sconces, stucco walls, beamed ceilings, and wrought-iron chandeliers. Several outdoor patio spaces are available for guests to relax on during receptions, along with a well-lit dance patio for evening festivities. The venue's grounds are also home to a large play area for younger and older children, making it a great choice for couples with family-friendly guest lists.
1568 Cobb Hill Rd, Bozeman, MT 59718, Phone: 406-600-4161
15.The Ponds at Dry Creek
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The Ponds at Dry Creek is one of Belgrade's most scenic wedding venues, showcasing a lovely 2,400-square-foot covered pavilion underneath the spacious, scenic Montana sky and mountain landscape. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can accommodate up to 300 guests within the venue's indoor and outdoor spaces, which are set on several acres of perfectly-manicured lawns overlooking tranquil fishing ponds. Couples can marry outside on the venue's grounds or inside its pavilion space, which features 1,100 square feet of adjoining deck space. Fully-stocked trout ponds make for a great unique fishing opportunity for receptions, engagement parties, or bachelor parties.
91 W Dry Creek Rd, Belgrade, MT 59714, Phone: 406-599-0939
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16.The Woodlands At Cottonwood Canyon
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The Woodlands At Cottonwood Canyon is a rustic event venue in Bozeman that offers wedding ceremony and reception rentals May through October, with reservations available seven days a week for event flexibility. The venue, which was opened in 2004, is set among majestic trees in the shadow of the area's beautiful mountain landscapes, creating a quintessential Montana backdrop for outdoor wedding celebrations. Ceremonies can be held within the venue's lush green meadow areas or within its spectacular great room, which can host up to 200 wedding guests into the late evening hours. A patio offers dance floor space, with tables, chairs, and linens included in all event rentals. No restrictions are placed on caterers or beverage vendors, allowing couples to design their wedding festivity plans any way they like. An onsite honeymoon cabin is available for overnight stays for the happy couple following festivities.
141 Old Timber Way, Bozeman, MT 59718, Phone: 406-763-4542
16 Best Wedding Venues in Bozeman, Montana
- Big Sky Weddings, Photo: kristina_1994/stock.adobe.com
- The Big Yellow Barn, Photo: micromonkey/stock.adobe.com
- Firelight Farm, Photo: Stanislav/stock.adobe.com
- Foster Creek Farm, Photo: demy89/stock.adobe.com
- The Gallatin River Hideaway, Photo: The Gallatin River Hideaway
- Hart Ranch Weddings and Events, Photo: Hart Ranch Weddings and Events
- The Lazy B Farm, Photo: Robert Crum/stock.adobe.com
- Mandeville Creek, Photo: Mandeville Creek
- Rialto Bozeman, Photo: Rialto Bozeman
- Rockin' TJ Ranch, Photo: Rockin' TJ Ranch
- Roy's Barn and Lodge, Photo: Peter/stock.adobe.com
- Springhill Pavilion, Photo: IVASHstudio/stock.adobe.com
- The Baxter, Photo: Serhii/stock.adobe.com
- The Chateau Event Center, Photo: The Chateau Event Center
- The Ponds at Dry Creek, Photo: Jacob Lund/stock.adobe.com
- The Woodlands At Cottonwood Canyon, Photo: The Woodlands At Cottonwood Canyon
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More Ideas: Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman
The Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is a research and history museum and a repository for federal fossils in Bozeman, Montana. A Smithsonian Affiliate and college-level division of Montana State University, the Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is renowned for displaying an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils, including a full-scale Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and is one of the finest research and history museums in the world. The Museum is part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail and the official repository for paleontological specimens, MOR features a variety of permanent indoor and outdoor regional history exhibits, rotating exhibits from around the world, planetarium shows, lectures, symposiums, educational programs, and a museum store.
Museum of the Rockies was founded in 1957 by Dr. Caroline McGill, which was originally named after her as the McGill Museum and who also served as the Museum's first curator. Dr. McGill’s many gifts to the Museum included a remarkable collection of historical objects from Montana that was housed in three Quonset huts on the University campus. The Museum has been led by many good directors, with the last one being Sheldon McKamey became the Executive Director in 2003 and currently leads the Museum. Under his expert guidance, today the Museum continues to focus on Paleontology, Montana History, and Native American History, as well as presenting a variety of rotating exhibitions from around the world, and permanent exhibits like the Living History Farm, the Martin Children's Discovery Center, and the Taylor Planetarium. Today, the Museum is both an independent nonprofit institution and a college-level division of Montana State University that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Museum of the Rockies (MOR) features a range of paleontological collections that date back more than 500 million years and focus on the history and geographical aspects of the Rocky Mountains and the animals and people who have called the region home. The Museum also houses the largest collection of dinosaur remains and fossils in the country, including the bone from the thigh of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skull ever found.
Permanent exhibits at the Museum include ‘Enduring Peoples’ which narrates the life of American Indians who lived on the Northern Plains near the Rocky Mountains. The ‘History of the Northern Rocky Mountain Region’ showcases the inhabitants of the Rocky Mountains from fur traders, and gold seekers to Native Americans and white settlers who lived in the region from the frontier day through World War II. Other exhibits include The Living History Farm, which includes the Tinsley House, where life in a turn-of-the-century home is demonstrated by costumed interpreters and the 40 foot, 104-seat domed Taylor Planetarium.
The Tinsley House
The Tinsley House is one of the Museum’s permanent exhibits and is preserved as the Museum as a living history museum. Originally located in Willow Creek, the 100+-year-old house was moved to its present site, which is now in front of the museum, in 1989. Constructed of timber logs from the Tobacco Root Mountains, the turn-of-the-century home is a living example of how pioneers lived in the 1800s in the Gallatin Valley. The house features a kitchen, water pump, and functioning outhouse, children can play with contemporary toys and try on vintage clothing, and costumed interpreters demonstrate how life was lived.
Curatorial Center for the Humanities (CCR)
The Curatorial Center for the Humanities (CCR) is a new addition to the Museum and provides curatorial and storage areas for the museum's collection, which includes archaeological, art, Native American, historical, and photographic items. Designed by Slate Architecture of Helena, the 20,000-square-foot features office and work space, storage space and halls for exhibitions.
The Museum of the Rockies (MOR) offers a range of educational programs for adults and children, ranging from summer camps and family days to workshops, classes, and lectures. The Museum provides a variety of family programming that focuses on science, culture, and history, daily and weekly drop-in programs, and a variety of community events from annual parade entries for the Sweet Pea Festival of children's activities at the Bogert Farmer's Market
The Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is located at located on the Montana State University campus at the corner of W. Kagy Blvd. and 3rd Avenue and is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Museum of the Rockies Store sells healthy snacks and beverages, and there are vending machines and a small eating area located on the lower floor of the Museum.
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600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717, Phone: 406-994-2251
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More Ideas: Montana Grizzly Encounter
Montana Grizzly Encounter, founded in 2004, offers a natural and spacious habitat for rescued grizzly bears. Located in Bozeman, Montana, this Grizzly Bear Rescue & Education Sanctuary also provides the public with a place to learn more about grizzlies, as well as an opportunity to view the powerful creatures up-close surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Each one of the bears that call Montana Grizzly Encounter home were born in situation of inhumane captivity, throughout the country, and as such, aren't able to be released into a wild habitat.
The rescued bears at Grizzly Encounter are provided with the best life possible for them. At the same time, visitors to the bear sanctuary are offered a chance to see and gain a better understanding of these amazing creatures safely and up-close. School groups are able to visit Grizzly Encounter for free, and thousands of students learn about grizzly bear conservation and safety every year. As a result, Maggi, Jake, Sheena, Bella, Brutus, and Montana Grizzly Encounter are helping to ensure the existence of wild grizzly bears in the nation's forests for future generations.
Believing that grizzly bears are a valuable part of the region's wild natural heritage that deserve to be protected, the founders of Montana Grizzly Encounter created their sanctuary. The founders consider the place for any bear to live is in the wild, however, some grizzly bears aren't able to survive in the wild for a number of reasons. Many bears have suffered severe cruelty in unfortunate captive situations. Grizzly bears are now only found in two percent of the area that they once inhabited within the continental United States, and will only be able to continue to reside in the wild if people take an active interest in their survival.
The mission of Montana Grizzly Encounter is two-fold. The first part is to provide rescued bears that aren't able to be released into the wild with a humane and proper home, and to help end the cruelty to the animals. The second is to provide the public with education about grizzly bears with the aim to promote preservation and appreciation of the bears in their natural habitat.
In order to succeed in their mission, Grizzly Encounter offers the public a chance to watch rescued bears living in a natural setting with plenty of space for them to happy. By doing so, it encourages visitors to have a greater appreciation for grizzly bears and their counterparts in the wild and to learn more about the species. The sanctuary also offers educations to the public about bear safety in order to try to lessen the danger in the wild from interaction between humans and bears, which causes injury to both too often. In addition to people visiting the sanctuary, Grizzly Encounter provides similar education through media to the public at large.
The founder of Montana Grizzly Encounter, Casey Anderson, grew up surrounded by animals and wilderness in Montana. He became an animal trainer and keeper at wildlife parks after college, and traveled to elephant orphanages in Kenya. Eventually, Brutus, a baby grizzly bear born in an overpopulated wildlife park, entered his life. Casey saved Brutus from being euthanized and created a sanctuary just for him, which soon grew to a home for several bears.
80 Bozeman Hill Road, Bozeman, Montana, Phone: 406-586-8893
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