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Weddings | Bespoke Under the Big Sky

Intimate Weddings

As the world’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ranch, our historic Montana property hosts one-of-a-kind destination weddings. Ten square miles of river, forest, valley and vista provide almost limitless opportunities for breathtaking ceremonies, intimate brunches and festive receptions. Ranch weddings are designed to avoid the stress associated with metropolitan venues and destination wedding arrangements in tourist hubs. We offer custom, fully inclusive weddings for up to 75 guests with a property buyout.

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Group Activities

Twice daily activities are included in your group’s stay at The Ranch. The following activities can be safely executed for your group following social distancing guidelines. Depending upon the size of the group, some activities will be split into smaller groups of 10 people or less. Click on the headers to read more about these activities or peruse our full list of activities.

Horseback Riding | Gain new perspective atop one of our 73 beautiful horses as you ride through The Ranch’s valleys, hillsides and mountains.
Cross-Country Biking | Travel the breadth of The Ranch via mountain bike or e-bike. Book a guided trail ride with our General Manager Jon Martin, an avid cross-country cyclist.
Hiking & Geotagging | Challenge your team to the six-peak challenge during your stay. Use GPS to find coordinates atop The Ranch’s six peaks on hikes or on bikes.
Guided Meditation | Tune your senses to nature during a guided meditation in the great outdoors with Instructor Mary Ferrari.
Art in Nature | Tap into your creative side during an Art in Nature class with Artist-in-Residence John Piacquadio. Turn this into your happy hour activity.

Target Sports | Target sports like sporting clays, pistols, archery and disc golf have been shown to hone concentration and coordination. Break off into smaller groups to try your hand on our five shooting ranges, two archery ranges and disc golf course.
Buckle Barn | Turn our Buckle Barn into your private backyard. Choose to relax by the fire pit or try curated activities, like corn hole, ping-pong, soccer, frisbee or roping.
Ropes Course | Reserve the ropes course to test your limits and encourage team mates to climb higher, jump further and fly faster down our zip lines. (Course requires resting for sanitation)
Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt | Scavenge across the range on a photography adventure that spans your stay. Download the instructions and keep an eye out for the clues during your activities and down time.

Sapphire Mining | Channel your inner prospector while you search through gravel from Rock Creek’s nearby sapphire mountain. Detailed and focused guests will be rewarded.
Frontier Skills | Leave The Ranch with more confidence in your own abilities and the skills to go further on your adventures. Learn to build a shelter, find water, set a snare and start a fire.
Master Naturalist Class | Learn to spot flora and fauna, understand the eco-system and journal like Merriweather Lewis and William Clark did on their expedition across the Louisiana Territory.
Silver Dollar Saloon | Reserve the Saloon as your private clubhouse for a morning or afternoon. Challenge colleagues to darts, billiards, bowling, shuffleboard, checkers, chess or watch a movie in the private movie theater.

Sample Wedding Itinerary

Scroll right to view how we ensure a bucket list trip for every guest.

Event Venues

Scroll right to view all The Ranch’s venues that are available for your authentic Montana wedding.

Sample 3-Night Menu

Welcome BBQ Dinner

Main Courses: Whole roasted pig with Carolina barbeque sauce and Stone Ranch wagyu beef brisket with Oaxacan barbeque sauce and red rainbow trout with fermented green garlic.

Sides: Cast-iron mac and chese, cornbread and honey butter, coleslaw, collard greens, green salad with buttermilk dressing and lemon/dill vinaigrette, Dixon melon salad with roasted passila peppers and almonds, and ranchero beans.

Dessert: Apple crisp with cinnamon whipped cream.

Rehearsal Dinner

Appetizers: Raw bar – fresh and smoked Olympic Peninsula shellfish, accoutrement and petit lettuces and radishes. Cured meats and Montana cheeses.

Dinner (Plated family style according to preferences): Yellowstone grass-fed beef bavette, grilled Bitterroot Valley chicken with white barbeque sauce, wild Alaskan salmon with preserved lemon and horseradish, fingerling potato with Manchego cheese and aromatics, creamed corn with espelette chili, grilled broccoli salad with white beans and grilled onion, farm heirloom tomato salad with watermelon vinaigrette and picholine olives, garlic bread, grilled farm vegetables with red wine vinaigrette, cast-iron mushrooms and sage.

Dessert: Macerated strawberries with angel food cake and vanilla whipped cream.

Reception Dinner

First Course: Bibb lettuce, Champagne vinaigrette, fromage blanc, Montana-grown Paradise peaches, purple basil, pickled Hungarian pepper and chanterelle mushroom conserva.

Second Course: Alaskan halibut with sweet corn sauce, summer squash relish, chive and radish sprout.

Third Course: Yellowstone grass-fed beef tenderloin, Montana farro, farm rappini, wild mushrooms and red pepper harissa condiment.

Fourth Course: Dessert bar, including butterscotch budino, chocolat pot de crème, macarons and pecan shortbread cookie.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does my wedding need to be a buyout of the property?
  • What are your all-inclusive wedding rates?
  • Do I need an on-site planner?
  • How many people can attend a wedding at The Ranch?
  • Can some of my guests stay off property and just attend the ceremony?
  • Is there back-up space for inclement weather?
  • Do you have on-site catering?
  • Can I celebrate my honeymoon at The Ranch?
  • Is social distancing practiced on activities?
  • How will we get our group from the airport to The Ranch?
  • Are spa treatments included in the pricing?

Yes, a large wedding must be a buyout of all The Ranch’s accommodations and services for a minimum of three nights, so that we can provide first-class services to all your wedding guests. If you are interested in eloping with a group of 16 or less, you do not need to buy out the property.

Please note that during the spring, winter and fall, a buyout is more likely to be available and at a reduced rate from our peak summer season.

Buyouts for groups of 17 or more start at $72,000 per night plus a 20% Ranch fee. We are happy to create a custom quote for your party. Please fill out our wedding and event request for proposal at the bottom of our events page.

Yes. If you are interested in a wedding at The Ranch, we encourage you to find a wedding planner that can help bring all aspects of your destination wedding together in our beautiful setting. Though we provide catering, set-up, on-site coordination, staff, accommodations, activities and more, a wedding coordinator works with you through all aspects of the process, including liaising with your guests and creating a unique vision. If you don’t have a wedding planner in mind, we can recommend trusted vendors.

We can host up to 75 people during the majority of the year. Elopement services area available for 16 or fewer guests.

No, The Ranch is designed to be an all-inclusive resort, so our services are based on providing activities, dining and amenities for guests staying on-property.

Yes. The majority of our guests plan an outdoor ceremony, and most of the time the ceremony goes off without a hitch. However, Montana weather (and all weather) can surprise us. In that case, we will propose a beautiful indoor space that will complement your wedding vision.

Yes! All of our catering is on-site, and it is all prepared by our world-class Relais & Châteaux culinary team. Please see above for sample menus prepared by Executive Chef Josh Drage. Our menus are created based on the preferences of the bride and groom.

Yes. Many couples enjoy the idea of combining their wedding and elopement with a stress-free honeymoon in five-star comfort. Please see more information about couples accommodations, activities and treatments on our honeymoon page.

Yes, The Ranch has added more activities to ensure there are a plethora of safe and fulfilling outdoor activities for your group. View the list above to learn more about what’s available for groups.

Guides and staff will wear masks and gloves during the moments when social distancing isn’t possible. We will ask guests to do the same in those rare instances. Out on the trail or activity, once six feet of distance can be maintained, face masks will not be required. If a guest does need assistance that requires guides to go within six feet it is mandatory that wranglers and guests put on their masks.

In order to execute this, we ask that all guests walk or bike to their activities (to avoid vehicle usage). We also stagger our activity start times to avoid crowds in the Rod & Gun Club. We ask that you be on time for your activity. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you may not be able to take part in your activity.

Read more about our activities department’s efforts to provide safe and sanitary fun.

Airport transfers are available and included from Missoula, Butte and Anaconda airports. A Ranch employee will greet guests at the airport and drive them to The Ranch. Masks will be required during transportation. Water and snacks are available for the drive.

If guests prefer to drive themselves or do not wish to wear masks, a Ranch employee will greet guests at the airport and provide a complimentary private vehicle from Enterprise car rental agency for guests to transport themselves to The Ranch. They will be ushered to The Ranch with our driver leading the way. (Advanced notice required)

Each individual, couple or family group will receive their own vehicle so that social distancing with non-family members will be maintained.

Your Group Coordinator will collect all flight/travel information prior to arrival in order to provide transportation for all guests.

No, spa treatments are additional. Please see the list of what is not included in our pricing on our all-inclusive page.