Calling All Mountain Brides! Did you have issues with altitude?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Mine was at a mountain ski resort at about 9,200 ft. The only altitude related incident we had was when the photographer had an asthma attack because we had to sprint back inside to hide from the rain. Other than that, no other reported issues. We had some older folks who were from out of town up and dancing and they were all ok. 

Post # 4
200 posts
Helper bee

Wasn’t a wedding, but the only time I’ve been affected have altitude sickness was in mountains at ~11,000 feet. My mum felt faint and needed some oxygen tank/mask. I felt sluggish and tired but didn’t need additional oxygen. I think you should be fine at 8,000. It was worse because we have JUST flown in. If you slowly acclimate (like stay in Denver for a day before) then that should help too. 

Post # 5
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I dont think 8000 would cause problems, unless of course you have people with emphysema or something

Post # 6
9688 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We also got married in the mountains in Colorado. 90% of our guests were from out of town and a lot were from sea-level locations. No one had a problem at the wedding. My husband’s grandparents flew in from New Jersey and did just fine, no issues at all.

I’d only be concerned if they were hiking to the ceremony or something.

Post # 7
6606 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

mariana1114 :  Ours was in the mountains in Moab, maybe 8000 feet or so, but folks could easily drop down to town which was closer to 4 or 5 if I’m remembering correctly.  It was no big deal for us, we live at 6, too.  However our families are from the coasts so they had some adjusting to do.  The only one with an actual problem was my Mother-In-Law as she has heart issues.  She mostly just hung out, enjoyed the scenery and didn’t try to move around a lot.  She was still able to help with setting up the florals and things and walked her son down the aisle, so wasn’t completely left out of the process.  The only precautions we took were to keep her from walking much and provide chairs wherever we were.

We were more concerned about the weather than the elevation, when it came down to it.  June in the desert – we had reminders on our website to keep guests safe and got them all a gallon of water with their welcome bags.  It rained, lol.  The wedding party did some hiking for pics when the weather wasn’t bad, but no one else had to unless they felt like it, so altitude really wasn’t a problem at all.

Post # 8
235 posts
Helper bee

I went to a friends’ wedding that was on top of a mountain in Aspen. It was beautiful, but none of us could dance for very long. Hard to get enough air in your lungs. 

Post # 9
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

While my wedding was in Las Vegas, which is pretty low, we had both sets of parents visit us at our home in northern Nevada, which is around 7,000 feet right before the wedding. My parents had no issues, but both of his parents did. However, his dad had quadruple bypass heart surgery earlier that year, and his mom was also in poor health. Our friend, who also visited at the same time, had no issues at all, and he lives almost exactly at sea level.

In my experience, high altitude typically is not a big deal, unless people have prior health issues.

However, you might get the odd ball guest, that while despite being young and healthy, just can’t handle the altitude. My hubby’s older brother is one of them. He’s young, healthy, but gets super tired and sick feeling at any higher altitude than what he’s used to.

Post # 10
3456 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t get married in the mountains, but I live at 12k feet. I was sick for 2 months when I first moved here over a year ago. Even now, when I go to sea level and return, it takes me a few days to get back to “normal.” I am very nervous to have guests from out of town because they almost always struggle with the altitude. I don’t mean to be all doom and gloom, but it is definitely something to consider. Even if you tell your guests about the altitude in advance, I find that most people don’t know how altitude affects them until they get there. 

Post # 11
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal

I just got back from a 3-day company retreat in Beaver Creek, CO and no one in our group had issues. The group ranged from 32-70 and the resort is at 8,000 ft. 

Post # 12
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

 I live at 7,000ft and whenever we have FI’s family or friends stay with us (from Buenos Aires – sea-level) it is very little if any problem for them. The only one who has said anything about it was his BFF who is a runner and he said it like it was a good thing. I am not sure if this is helpful info or not.

But, I really would not worry about this much hun. You have bigger fish to fry 🙂

Post # 13
465 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

mariana1114 :  I’m having my wedding in Santa Fe, and everyone is from much lower elevations. I’m planning on telling everyone to drink plenty of water and be careful when drinking. I only really care about this because I was once thrown up on the first week back at college due to people forgetting about the elevation difference. That, and I have some guests hiking (we will be a DW) so I want to make sure everyone is having fun and is careful. 

ETA: since I’m having a Destination Wedding I plan on having gift bags when guests arrive with specialized wedding water bottles so they’re nice and hydrated 🙂

Post # 14
27 posts
  • Wedding: March 2018

Remember to remind people that alcohol will hit them harder and faster at altitude!

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