Post # 1
I am in need of help. We are planning an August 2014 wedding. We originally wanted to get married at the Chapel of Transfiguration. Seeing the price of $3000 for just the ceremony put that on hold at the moment. We love the idea of the chapel, but that is a lot to spend(We were thinking $1000 or less). We are spending a lot of money to get there and probably will not have the budget for that. My future BIL is a minister and wants to marry us, which I understood is legal in WY. So now I have nothing. No church(location), no cake, no flowers, nothing. We are thinking of renting a house(or two) for our group of people that will be coming with as my thinking is it would be less expensive. Its all a mess and I have no idea what I am doing! HELP Please!!!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@Erinplus6: Hey lady. I live in Wyoming (although not in Jackson, so I don’t know of any specific resources to suggest). You should know that it’s one of the very most expensive areas in the country, and destination weddings there do NOT come cheap. Your best bet for planning a wedding there if you don’t have any family or resources there might be to hire a wedding planner… but again, that’s more money.
Don’t want to discourage you and it’s a stunningly beautiful area… but very pricey.
For a house rental, check out airbnb.com or frbo.com to see options.
In terms of ceremony legalities, yes, any ordained minister can marry a couple. (Our officiant is a friend who got that Universal Church of Life online certification). You need to buy a marriage license which costs $30 – all you need are IDs and some info like parents’ place of birth.
Post # 4
You have plenty of time to put together this event, even DW-style.
Yellowstone is one of my absolute favorite places in the US – I’m jealous!
Did you see this site?
Mammoth Chapel is probably not all that expensive. I’d call the park to find out.
I have the impression that doing it in Jackson or the Tetons would be more expensive than doing it in Yellowstone, but could be wrong.
Post # 5
@lolot: Thanks! I knew Jackson was one of the most expensive places to live, guess I should have figured it was expensive for everything lol. I have looked at VRBO and think we found something but it is in Big Sky, MT. It is so much harder figuring out everything from being so far away. My second thought was to do Mammoth Chapel at Yellowstone which is only $100 from what I have read. The Chapel of Transfiguration is so beautiful though. But $3000 for not even an hour ceremony would definitely hurt my budget.
Post # 6
@Erinplus6: I don’t have any suggestions, but I just looked at pictures of Chapel of Transfiguration. OMG!!! That is just beautiful!! But yeah, $3000 is A LOT of money for not even an hour. I have rented an entire lodge on the shore of Lake Tahoe for three nights for $3700. But I love the Tetons, they are just spectacular!! Keep us posted! Good luck!!
Post # 7
@Erinplus6: I planned and paid for a wedding in Jackson Hole! It was all cancelled (my dad was dying), but I have oodles and oodles of reserach data saved. I wasn’t going to spend more than $10k.
What is your budget? How many guests? I can give venue suggestions. I visited many of them!
Do you have to get married in a church?
Yellowstone is kind of hard for weddings since stuff is so remote. Mammoth is where people have gotten married, but vendors are slim up there.
Post # 8
@sienna76: Thank you so much. Our budget is right around 10K. We are having 20 or so people come. We are now talking about getting married at Mammoth. FI is actually calling them today. We are simply taking everyone out to dinner after the wedding/pictures. But any information you can give me is appreciated!
Post # 9
@Erinplus6: Here is a link to some Yellowstone/Mammoth planning I posted for someone else:
There are few resources up in the Mammoth area – logding options (which fill up SUPER quickly in the summer), florists, etc. For dining, there’s really only the Mammoth Hotel Dining Room. The link will take you to photos to see if it’s fancy enough for your tastes. Otherwise you’d have to go to a near by town and these towns are really tiny and far away.
In Jackson, you might consider the Snake River Grill for a small reception. They have a private room, although it says it can fit 16, maybe 20 can work with a phone call.
Another option is Calico (Italian) for a restaurant reception:
Post # 10
This is another church in Grand Teton near signal mountain lodge.
It has amazing views of Jackson Lake with camping and picnic areas. You can have your reception outside or nearby at Signal Mtn lodge. They have wonderful food.
I know how hard and stressful it can be to plan a DW. I would be happy to help you with planning. I live in Jackson and can meet with vendors etc… (we can call it research for mine and dh’s big family wedding on our five year anniversary). We eloped in Jamaica a year ago this month.
I emailed you about the cake also with my personal email address so we can share ideas and photos. I hope this information helps.