At Flathead Lake Lodge, we know that planning a wedding is a massive undertaking. We also know that selecting your wedding venue is an important part of the process. And with 2021 wedding trends that include micro weddings, customizable experiences, personal touches and longer celebrations, we’d like to introduce you to our Montana guest ranch and invite you to consider us for your small destination wedding.

And while our standard wedding packages is for 100-125 people (which includes lodging, meals and unlimited access to one of the country’s most expansive recreation programs), the lodge is a prime location for a smaller, more intimate wedding.

Here’s why:

1. Sense of family.

We know that when it comes to planning a small wedding, you want to have your closest friends and family present to celebrate the occasion. Here at the lodge, our foundation was built on family and we specialize in making connections and memories. Over the past 75 years, we’ve seen numerous couples exchange their vows here and it’s been an honor for us to be the place where they start their lives as a couple.

2. Intimate spaces among our 2,000 acres.

While our guest ranch has 2,000 acres set along Flathead Lake and stretching up into the Swan Mountains, there are several locations that are ideal for intimate wedding vows, including our main lodge (the fireplace makes a great backdrop), one of our lookouts points that has Flathead Lake in the background, the island and more.

3. Personalized touches.

When it comes to smaller weddings or micro weddings, personalization is key. From customized itineraries and menus to add-on amenities and live music, our team can work with you and/or your wedding planner to create the event you want. In addition, our controller/gift shop expert Jena Barrows can work with you to create a customized welcome box with items from Flathead Lake Lodge, as well as personal touches that are significant to you and your partner. In addition, a member of our team can also brand cowboy boots, hats and more for your wedding guests.

4. A longer celebration.

At Flathead Lake Lodge, all of our destination wedding packages include three full days and three full nights with your friends and families. While much has changed over the last several months, one of the standout things we’re taking away from 2020 is the importance of what matters most–the people we love. With longer celebrations at our Montana guest ranch, we work with each of our couples to create custom experiences, with activities that can include sailing, sunset lake cruises, horseback trail rides, a mountain meadow steak fry, sunrise yoga and more. Plus, by incorporating a longer stay, you’ll be able to have more time with each of your guests and allow you to create those closer connections.

Weddings at Flathead Lake Lodge are typically held in spring (May/June) and fall (September/October). If you’re interested in learning more about the lodge for your small wedding, visit To inquire about wedding dates for 2021 and 2022, email

Happy planning,



Over the years, Flathead Lake Lodge has had the distinct privilege of seeing couples from all over the country exchange vows. We feel lucky to have been a small part of these weddings…call us sentimental, but we’re looking forward to being a part of future celebrations.

For brides, grooms, spouses and partners looking for a perfect wedding destination, Montana’s Flathead Lake Lodge may be the place for you. At our family-owned and -operated guest ranch, your backdrop could be Flathead Lake or gorgeous mountain views. Each wedding at the lodge is customized to meet your style and preferences, with options that range from country chic to beautifully elegant black-tie affairs.

If you’re considering a destination wedding in Montana or the West, here are four reasons we invite you to consider choosing Flathead Lake Lodge to exchange vows.

1. Rustically Beautiful Location

Flathead Lake Lodge is a family-owned guest ranch that has been hosting guests from all around the world for 75+ years. The lodge is located on the shores of Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the West. With 2,000 acres and shoreline access, our wedding parties can choose from various ceremony locations, including an island on the lake, a lush mountain meadow or a shaded tree-lined setting. Your guests also stay on-property in lodge rooms and cozy cabins, giving them the ability to combine your wedding celebration with the perfect three-day getaway in the heart of Montana, where everyone will make memories for years to come.

2. Custom Wedding Packages

Each wedding at the lodge is completely customizable based on your vision for the day. Imagine riding a horse up the aisle or cruising in on one of our historic sailboats to meet the love of your life to say “I do” with the waters of Flathead Lake as your backdrop. Or maybe you’ve always dreamt of having a reception in the outdoors and dancing to live music under twinkling lights. No matter your vision, chances are we can make it come to life.

Each of our wedding packages include a three-day/three-night stay for groups of 100 – 125 people, with lodging, meals and expansive activities that include horseback riding, 10+ miles of mountain biking trails, sailing, kayaking and rodeo activities, all included within your wedding package.

3. Vibrant Colors of Spring and Fall

Destination weddings at the lodge are typically slated for May through early June and September through early October, which means your wedding will be set against two of the most vibrant times of year in Montana. While summer gets abundant amounts of attention in Big Sky Country, a wedding in spring or fall may be one of our best-kept secrets.

Photo: Rebecca Hollis

4. Onsite Wedding Specialist

To help make your perfect day (and three-day celebration) run smoothly, our onsite wedding expert is here to help you. With 27 years of experience at Flathead Lake Lodge, Deb has tackled everything you can possibly imagine and will make sure your vision comes to life for your wedding day, from custom menus to picking your ceremony and reception locations and group events to additional add-on amenities.

Photo: Rebecca Hollis

At the end of the day, our primary goal for your destination wedding is to help make your perfect day come to life. At Flathead Lake Lodge, we see every wedding as an opportunity to provide a unique and customized experience for you and the ones you love most, with the goal of creating a memorable and positively unforgettable experience for everyone.

For more information about planning your destination wedding in Montana and Flathead Lake Lodge, call us at 406-837-4391 or email Deb at

Until next time,