Normal Maclean once wrote about the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula, Montana, in his well known novel "A River Runs Through It." The area is so beautiful that a movie version was created in 1992, featuring Tom Skerritt and Brad Pitt. And it's no wonder, with such a mix of beautiful landscapes, exciting adventures, and eclectic residents, hosting your wedding in the Bitterroot Valley is just the start to creating an amazing wedding. The views in the Bitterroot Valley rival those of locations near Glacier or the Gallatin Canyon. Not to mention, planning a wedding here is more affordable than most destination locations.
There are so many options when hosting your wedding in Western Montana - from choosing an brand new "Montana inspired" venue, an old barn, transforming a room in an event center, creating a setting along the banks of the Bitterroot River, or making a backdrop of the surrounding Bitterroot & Sapphire mountain ranges.
Western Montana offers the charm of a bygone era and is rich with history. For example, Stevensville is Montana's oldest settlement, and many of the original reasons people moved to the Bitterroot Valley are reasons why it still flourishes - mainly timber, agriculture, and ranching. Many of the buildings in Bitterroot Valley towns still reflect a "wild west" heritage and cattle ranches and cowboys are still alive and well in the valley. It may be "rustic" in the Valley to some, but that's what gives it charm, and the nearby town of Missoula still provides sophisticated services you would find in any major city.
A Western Montana wedding ensures your guests experience adventure and a way of life not found in many other places. Accommodations to suit a wide variety of traveler are available, and there are plenty of activities to keep guests busy! From fishing and floating, to hiking or exploring on horseback, your guests will remember your wedding weekend for the rest of their lives!