The Mt. Crested Butte Wedding Garden is continuing to grow in popularity because it meets the balance of a beautiful venue surrounded by a well-maintained garden, with easy access that still allows privacy, all while not blowing your budget. Because of this balance, the Wedding Garden is known to completely book every Saturday, June – September about a year out. Today I’m throwing out a few suggestions for ceremony set up in the garden area.
Follow the Path
Photo captured by Third Eye Photography
If you have less than 60 guests in attendance, you will be able to fit enough chairs on both sides of the path (slightly more on the left side). This layout gives your guests an amazing view across the valley. Some guests seated on the right side will be in the shade.
Disregard the Path and Look Across the Valley
Photo captured by Matt Burt
This layout can hold up to 150 people comfortably and allows for an amazing ceremony backdrop. The one downside to this layout is that guests have to step over a rock at the beginning of the aisle.
Disregard the Path and Look Toward the Pine Trees
This is a good layout for a ceremony with 75 to 175 guests. The one downside to this layout is that the mountain view is to your guests left so they will have to turn to see it.
A variation to this layout would be not including a center aisle and have the wedding party enter along the path from the viewer’s right.
Photo captured by Sweet Tea Studios
Reception in the Garden Area
Photo captured by Xavier Fane
This is a fun and unique setup if you are not holding the ceremony in the garden area. In the image above, a 20×20 tent was set up for the DJ and dance floor with a 10×10 tent for the bar. Patio heaters and bistro lights were strung between the two tents to create a warm ambiance.
It is important to note that you can not use stakes in the garden area due to water lines in the grass. Be sure to clarify with your rental company that they have means other than stakes to weigh their tents down.