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WEDDING TIPS FOR A SUN VALLEY WEDDING

Sun Valley Wedding, Photo: Kristin Cheatwood Sun Valley Wedding, Photo: Kristin Cheatwood

Photos: Kristin Cheatwood

Planning a wedding in Sun Valley? Why not learn from the pros—former brides. Check out the dos and don’ts we’ve gathered from Sun Valley weddings and ensure that your wedding day, or week, is the very best it can be.

1. DON'T STRESS

The best way to ensure a stress-free day is to plan ahead. The biggest cause of wedding stress: Last-minute details that show up unannounced. So hire a wedding planner to help guarantee that everything is under control. That way the duty doesn’t fall on close family and kin and everybody from the mother of the bride to your sisters, girlfriends and the groom get to relax and have fun with you.

 

2. HAVE FUN

One of the most common tips given by all our Sun Valley brides is to remember to have fun at your own wedding. Sounds elemental. But in all the details and planning, it can often get overlooked. Plan a wedding to reflect your personal style, as well as your likes and loves ... and the rest should take care of itself. Just remember to plan a few moments to actually enjoy some of the activities and festivities that you have planned.  

 

3. RENT A TENT

Our mountain weather can be, if nothing else, completely unpredictable. We have a saying here that “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change.” While a bit of a local exaggeration, it has snowed in July and even August (a magical occurance, to be certain, but a shock to anybody in a spaghetti strap sun dress). Of course, it won’t do that on YOUR wedding day, but rent a tent or have a contingency plan ... just in case. You don’t want to be caught out in the cold.


4. ALLOW FOR DOWNTIME

You and your beloved will be busy greeting out-of-town guests, family, friends and distant relatives that you may have never even seen before. It can be a whirlwind of activity and socializing, so remember to plan a few moments all your own. This can be as simple as a walk by the river after the ceremony or a moment of reflection before your first dance. Everybody is gathered in celebration of you, so take a few moments to enjoy it together.

Sun Valley Wedding, Photo: Kristin Cheatwood


5. GET COMFY

When choosing foot attire (a tip specific to the ladies), don’t forget to consider the location. Many popular outdoor wedding locations, such as River Run and Trail Creek, are located on grass, which can make walking in high heels in front of 200 guests a challenge. Consider a wedge or platform sandal if you still want height, but leave the spiked heels (which will only sink into the grass) at home—or save them for the rehearsal dinner.


6. ASK FOR HELP

Enlist the support of family and close friends for special projects related to your big day. A sincere request can make them feel special, and helps to include them in the memory of creating your wedding celebration. It also provides a great way for members from both sides of the family to get to know each other.

 

7. PLAN ACTIVITES

Remember that not all of your guests will be consumed with wedding details, so plan fun activities and gatherings for them to participate in while visiting you in Sun Valley. Hiking, biking, golf at Sun Valley Resort (with 45 holes and stunning views), fly fishing, waterskiing, skeet shooting at the Gun Club, horseback riding, ice skating at the historic Sun Valley outdoor rink—there is so much to do, your guests might appreciate a little direction with a few planned events. This also has the added bonus of creating opportunities for guests to mix and mingle ... and bond over shared experiences.

 

8. WELCOME GUESTS

Put together a welcome packet for all of your out-of-town guests—include things like a map (with a list of your favorite local haunts, hikes and watering holes), sunscreen and a small water bottle (exposure at altitude demands more water and lots of sunscreen). Add locally made snacks or goods (issues of Sun Valley Magazine are always full of all kinds of fun stuff to do in the area), dining out suggestions and a full schedule of wedding events.


9. ALL THE EXTRAS

Consider having wraps and throws on hand at evening events to help guests bundle up against the chill so they can enjoy the clear Idaho night skies in warmth and comfort. Plan to be up late? Provide small flashlights in a bucket on the way out to help guests locate their cars.


10. BE FLEXIBLE

It can save the day and what unfolds may surprise you.

 

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