Post # 1
We’ll be getting married next Columbus Day Weekend at a ski resort in VT and, well, my only question is where to have the ceremony. I keep coming back to the idea of having it at the top of the mountain, which would require everyone to ride the chair lift up. My big concern here is the grandmothers and a couple other elderly folk. Has anyone else had mountain top ceremonies where people came in on chairlift? Any issues to note??
Post # 3
I personally would not have it on the top of the mountain.
I know for my grandma, there’s no way in hell she could do a chair-lift even if they stopped it at the top and bottom. Also keep in mind for the elderly, it’s slippery when you get off a chair lift!
Also think about anybody with kids, trying to hold the babies/toddlers. And you don’t want an older kid jumping out of the lift and breaking his leg at your wedding.
Edit to add: I think a gondola ride would be okay for everyone. But not a ski-chair lift.
Edit again to add: Don’t forget that some people are terrified of heights.
One more edit: Also don’t forget about getting people back DOWN.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I love the idea of a mountain top ceremony, but I agree with the PP that the logistics are a nightmare for many types of guests. At the top of the mountain a ski lift drops you at a small hill with a moderately steep incline. I would venture to say that elderly people would have trouble with that incline, as would people with babies/small children. And yes, there is a safety issue with riding in the lift chair, and that heights issue as well. A gondola would solve all of those issues, so if you have a gondola option the logistics are much earier.
Post # 5
Gondola for sure! But I love the idea, the view.. the moment.. will be so beautiful!
Post # 6
As someone who had an unusual wedding spot (waterfall) you really need to take your guests into consideration. While I’m sure it will be beautiful, there are things to be concerned about such ad @abbyful mentioned. I would also be concerned about how well an elderly person can handle the altitude of being on a mountain as well as the cold for that long?
Post # 7
Do it!! It will be beautiful 🙂 I say that because we looked at it and it shouldnt be as big of deal as people are thinking. Talk to the mountain most have access roads and can drive up people not comfortable on the chairlift. The place we looked at has a ramp at the top so its not a steep incline at all and they slow down/stop the chair at the top if need be. They might be really accomodating. If they offer summit wedding they have most likely have all the answers you are looking for.
Post # 8
You guys are the best! Thank you all so much for your input!!!! 🙂
Post # 9
haha omg i’m picturing my grandma trying to hop on a chair lift. So would not end well! They must have roads for driving up the mountain. Talk logistics with the mountain people and they should be able to give you the info you need.
Post # 10
@Bellayella: You may have already decided, and may not need my input, but…. my brother and SIL got married in MI at a ski resort. They did their ceremony at the top of the mountain, so all guests and bridal party took the chair lift. To take guests’ comfort into consideration, they spoke with the resort about a van ride up the hill for those who chose not to take the chair lift, and let guests know in advance how to access the van ride. Both of the grandmothers decided to take the chair lift and loved it! We have some AMAZING photos of their ride up!
Post # 11
I think you need to consider your guests and their comfort level. I am absolutely terrified of heights and it is much worse when I feel “open” like on a chair lift or something only enclosed in glass, etc. If my only daughter wanted to get married on a mountaintop and I had to ride a chair lift, I couldn’t do it. I would spend my time crying at the bottom of the mountain. Please consider your guests.
Post # 12
Thank you ladies SO much! As much as we wanted to, we decided NOT to have our ceremony on the mountain top accessible only by a chair lift but indoors in a beautiful, post-and-beam location. In the end, I just couldn’t bear putting my grandmother on a chair lift.