Unless you’ve been hibernating all winter, or living with monks in some Tibetan village (one with no power), you’ve most likely heard the news of England’s Kate Middleton marrying the United Kingdom’s heir to the throne, Prince William. I have to admit, I will certainly be tuned in on April 29 along with an estimated 2 billion other obsessed royal watchers. I actually prefer to think of us as shameless romantics. After all, I was one of the 750 million people tuned in when William’s mother, Princess Diana, married Prince Charles back in July 1981. Wow – almost 30 years ago. No wonder we’re more than ready for another royal event!
While we may not necessarily host royal weddings at Teton Springs Resort, we certainly know how to throw a mean nuptial! First of all, Teton Springs is located in one of the most spectacular places on earth, Teton Valley, Idaho. This resort can certainly accommodate indoor events, but save the cozy Headwaters Grille or the gracious Snake River Room for the winter wedding. With the jaw-dropping scenery in virtually every direction you look, an outdoor summer ceremony at Caddis Lake, the historic Rammel Barn or the Gazebo at Headwaters Park is the only way to go. With the Teton and Big Hole Mountains as your backdrop, who on earth needs Westminster Abbey?!
I’ve attended the small, intimate wedding at Teton Springs and also the large ceremony where we’ve shared this natural landscape with 400 plus people. The end result is the same – perfection! The friendly and knowledgeable staff consistently put together a seamless event and pays attention to all details, large and small. Everything needed to create the perfect celebration is available at this four season destination resort including gourmet catering and first class on-site hotel lodging and luxury mountain log homes. Families quickly scoop up these deluxe three, four and five bedroom homes that dot the golf course. They are surprisingly affordable and so top shelf.
Most couples tying the knot at Teton Springs also use this momentous occasion to spend time in the grandeur of this Yellowstone-Teton region. Their families and guests are intuitive enough to follow suit. As a lodging guest at this resort, the term “perfect day’ takes on many meanings – enjoying the 25 meter outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, mountain biking and hiking, basketball and tennis courts, fitness center, or reeling in a monster cutthroat in one of the resort’s stocked ponds (fly fishing instruction offered too – for all ages!). The full service Stillwaters Spa & Salon is an integral part of this destination resort experience and specializes in massage therapies and body treatments and also offers an entire menu of unique services for the entire wedding party, including the grooms! Lodging guests also enjoy privileges on the resort’s private 18 hole & par 3 Byron Nelson designed courses at the Headwaters Golf Club.
And that’s just the beginning! Nearby activities include whitewater rafting on the famous Snake River, fly-fishing expeditions, horseback trips into the Tetons, hot air ballooning, wildlife safaris, guided Naturalist hikes, day trips into Yellowstone & Teton National Parks, and mountainside music festivals. It’s also easy to get here from anywhere in the USA. Guests flying commercially can arrive in either Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls; it’s only a one hour’s drive from both airports. So, a word to the wise when planning your wedding at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa – estimate high when gauging how many guests will check off “yes” on the RSVP. After all, it’s more than a wedding; it’s a trip to paradise.
Say “I Do” in the Tetons. Unlike William and Kate, you may not be a royal, but at Teton Springs you’ll certainly be treated like one!