Dude Ranch Weddings in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado

January 5, 2013

Mix history, nature and western hospitality for wedded bliss–– dude ranch weddings!

by Darley Newman

Always dreamed of a wedding with horses? Seeking a beautiful backdrop with history in the great outdoors? Want photos of your bridesmaids in cowboy boots? 

A variety of dude ranches offer unique destination weddings in romantic and intimate wedding venues in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, California and beyond. Depending on the size and scope of your guest list, you can choose from a variety of settings with great food and adventures for you and your guests.

One advantage of a dude ranch wedding is that you can get privacy by doing a ranch takeover–– meaning it's just you and your family and friends celebrating together at a dude ranch. 

To help you narrow your search, below are three great ranches that specialize in ranch weddings. Giddy-up!

Eatons' Ranch- Dude Ranch Weddings in Wyoming
Great for History Buffs

Looking for meaningful history for your Wyoming wedding? Eatons' Ranch has a rich history and beautiful Bighorn Mountain setting. During the first two weeks of June, the last two weeks of August, and any time in September, ranch weddings can be arranged for large or small groups. With a capacity of 120 and a location near Sheridan, Yellowstone, Cody and historic battlefields, Eatons' Ranch is a good pick for history lovers. In fact, the Eaton Brothers are credited with launching the dude ranch industry.

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A wedding dress hangs outside of Eatons' Ranch, a Wyoming dude ranch wedding venue, teeming with history.

 

C Lazy U Ranch- Colorado Ranch Weddings
Great for Luxury Seekers

A luxury guest ranch located in Granby, C Lazy U Ranch specializes in elegant ranch weddings for up to 110 people. With a group of 30 or more, you can book the ranch exclusively.

C Lazy U is known for its gourmet food and full service Western hospitality, making this guest ranch a good pick for couples that seek to be pampered surrounding their nuptials. The ranch provides a wedding coordinator to help with the details, which can include a reception outside by the pond, in a Rocky Mountain meadow or in the arena or lodge. An added bonus to this guest ranch is the secluded honeymoon cabin, ensuring romance during your luxury ranch wedding.

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Bridesmaids don cowgirl boots at a ranch wedding at C Lazy U.
 

Bar W Guest Ranch- Ranch Wedding in Montana
Great for big Montana Landscapes

Have a large group for a scenic Montana wedding ceremony and reception? Bar W Guest Ranch accommodates up to 400 guests for ranch-style weddings with Montana flair. Located on Spencer Lake in the resort area of Whitefish, this Montana guest ranch has indoor and outdoor venues for your nuptials. You can have your ceremony at the base of Spencer Mountain with the surrounding pine-covered ridges as your backdrop or in the ranch's 6,200-square-foot lodge, which has 6 bedrooms, three common spaces, and a game parlor. The lodge also makes for a nice setting for those guests who stay at the ranch. 

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An outdoor wedding at Bar W Guest Ranch. Guests may also wed in indoors or in a gazebo on the lake.

 

Learn more about winter dude ranches and ranch vacations in the Equitrekking Vacation Guide, a global resource for guest ranches, cattle drives, working ranch vacations and riding holidays and Top20Ranches.com.

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