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Erica · Getting married on 10/10/2020
We weren’t able to give the full deposit down and we asked if we could do half the depot now and the other half in 60 days and they were totally okay with that.Sent on 05/02/2019
The Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon's reply:We were so happy to work with you to make things flow smoothly and we so look forward to assisting you guys with the rest of the details as your planning proceeds! Thanks for sharing your experience, Erica.
Emily Eynon · Getting married on 08/22/2020
A romantic and authentic Montanan wedding
I have attended a couple of weddings at The Woodlands and each were absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! I hope to get married myself there someday! The venue gives off an authentic Monana feel, with the towering trees and twinkly lights illuminating the night I truly felt like I had stepped into a Western fairy tale. Anyone would be the luckiest to tie the knot here!Sent on 01/28/2019
The Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon's reply:Oh, thank you, Emily! We are always delighted when people take time out of their busy day to post and share a personal experience about our special little corner of the world. We hope you get married here someday too! We will look forward to helping you through that exciting stage in life when the time is right. All the best, Elsa
Gladys Kanode · Married on 07/21/2019
There's no better place
Elsa and Taye are the best! They made the whole process so easy for us and fun to plan. We have a son who has special needs and they made sure we had anything we needed for him on our big day. It was an absolutely great day in a beautiful setting!Sent on 12/11/2019
Meghan · Married on 06/22/2019
The Woodlands Venue sits in a canyon very dear to my heart already, and the fact it was just as beautiful was all the more amazing. The package deals they offer give you so much flexibility to really make your day unique and special, and they are very patient with working with you to make it just how you want. We also had a rainy start to our wedding day making the day really chilly, but they worked with us to dry things off before the ceremony and add heaters for our guests. As a nursing student, it was great to be able to have them do most of the decorating, because I did not have a lot of time with semester to do those things myself. The whole experience was very relaxed, and if I had questions they answered them promptly and fully. The venue makes the wedding have that cozy Montana feel with its beautiful setting, yet elegant if you wish with the decor pieces. I really appreciated the experience, and cannot thank the managers and owners enough for providing such amazing service to make our day that much more spectacular.Sent on 06/25/2019
The Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon's reply:Oh, Meghan, you made our day as we read about your experience here at The Woodlands! We want all those things. . .relaxed, beautiful, ease. . . for our couples and I am so glad that you were cozy and comfortable in our great room regardless of Montana's infamous weather fluctuations. May you have a beautiful marriage and hold these memories in your heart for always!
Lianne · Married on 09/01/2018
Stunning venue. The location is unbeatable and the service unbelievable. We were able to carry out a becautiful wedding on the more DIY (do it yourself) level and appreciate that so much was still included in the basic package. The add on items we did pick were a hit especially the fire bowls. Instantly adored Chuck who as an owner was our main go to person. He has a true gift of being calming, patient and real. At one point in the evening I looked around at everyone having fun in such a spectaular place and it felt surreal- like a scene from a fairytale. As the mother of the bride I am so very grateful for The Woodlands. If you are considering having your event there I highlt recommend it. One idea I wish we would have done was to give little flashlights to guests when they left since that would have been fun and they could have used them getting to the parking lot.Sent on 09/03/2018
The Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon's reply:Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Lianne! It was so fabulous to work with your wonderful group. I hope everyone takes the time like you did, to step back, take a deep breath and soak it all in... .the beauty, the joy, and the love.
Janice · Married on 08/04/2018
I highly recommend the Woodlands! Our daughter’s wedding 3 weeks ago was absolutely picture perfect in every way. The property is breathtaking, and the building is stunning in its rustic elegance, with a roomy foyer, and a large reception room with a fireplace that flows onto a patio with fire columns for chilly nights. There is a groom’s room, complete with tv and fridge, that also accesses a patio. Great place for the groomsmen to congregate and get dressed before the ceremony. And for the bride and her girls, there is a lovely loft upstairs with natural light, a full service kitchen, a lounge area, ample mirrors, a full bath, and a balcony overlooking the main patio. Ideal for pre-wedding photos and a refuge for the girls throughout a very long day and night.Sent on 08/29/2018
Elsa and Taye will work with you to find vendors, figure out your style, and help you to create the mood you want and carry out your vision of your perfect day. Thank you Elsa and Taye!
Elisa · Married on 07/16/2017
We loved our experience at The Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon. Nestled back in the mountains among the aspen and pine, you wouldn't believe you were 15 minutes from town. We had guests from all over the country and they just couldn't stop saying how breath taking the site was. We couldn't agree more. The whole staff made planning our wedding in under a year easy! Simple and classy Montana mountain venue.Sent on 09/04/2018
Rebecca · Married on 08/13/2016
We knew very quickly that this was where we wanted our wedding--indoor/outdoor possibilities (because Montana), space for both bride and groom to hang out and get ready (because we wanted it to feel like everyone could be there hanging with us before the ceremony), and far enough out of town that you feel remote, without being so far away that people don't want to make the drive, have to drag overnight, or leave early to get home. We chose the most inclusive package because though it cost more, it added an incredible about of value and actually prevented us from having to spend more on smaller hidden costs that you might not think of right away--like chairs for the ceremony (they have benches), centerpieces for the tables, linen consultation and rental, and a whole lot of other decor extras, plus a honeymoon cabin! We had a wonderful experience, and got so much positive feedback from our friends and family. We couldn't have asked for a better venue.Sent on 12/08/2016
Stacia · Married on 07/01/2016
Absolutely gorgeous venue that provides so much! Was a breeze working with Taye. She helped with so many details.Sent on 09/03/2016
Jaime · Married on 08/08/2015
We loved having our wedding at the Woodlands! The guests adored the location and even with some rain on the big day the facilities worked fantastically well. Wish we could married here every year!Sent on 11/16/2015
Carissa · Married on 08/02/2015
I love Elsa. As simple as that. I couldn't imagine pulling our wedding off without her organization, support and overall cheerful demeanor. For the stressed brides, Elsa will bring the calm to the storm.Sent on 08/08/2015
We booked the Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon without ever seeing the venue. Crazy, right? My husband and I live in Houston and decided on a destination wedding in Bozeman. With funds running low, we didn't have the extra money to make a trip up to Montana to look at venues. Based on the website and my conversation with Elsa, we knew the Woodlands was the perfect place for us to get married. And my, we were right! We finally saw the venue the week of the wedding and our breath was taken away by the beauty of the whole place. Our entire wedding party kept telling us they couldn't believe how beautiful the venue was!
Planning a wedding from 1500 miles away is hard, but with Elsa as our coordinator, everything came together perfectly. We literally had the perfect day we had always wanted. Throughout the entire process Elsa and Taye were always quick to respond and answered every question we had. I can't praise them enough.
Karyn · Married on 09/15/2012
Elsa and the entire woodlands crew were awesome! It is so beautiful there and I never worried once the day of my wedding as everything was out together so nicely. They had me completely at ease from day 1. I recommend them for any occasion!!Sent on 09/26/2012
eliza · Married on 07/20/2012
Perfect setting for a rustic montana wedding. Mountains, meadows and beautiful indoor spaces and amenities! Loved everything about it and am so thankful i had my wedding here! Elsa was a pleasure to work with and provided everything we needed (even a last minute request for a steamer :)) Highly recommend!Sent on 08/09/2012
Paige · Married on 06/16/2012
The Woodlands was the perfect venue for our summer wedding! The location has adequate outdoor space, as well as indoor space incase the weather is not ideal. The owner, Elsa, was extremely helpful during the entire planning process, and wonderful to work with. Even on the day of our wedding she was lending a helping hand. Our day could not have gone any better, everything turned out more beautiful than I had pictured in my mind. It is amazing how the Great Room can be transformed to whatever style you desire with your decorations. I highly recommend the Woodlands to anyone searching for the perfect outdoor location!Sent on 06/23/2012
Jessica · Married on 09/17/2011
Elsa and the Woodlands crew were perfect! I couldn't have asked for a more perfect night thanks to them! I highly highly recommend The Woodlands for your perfect day!Sent on 07/16/2012
Danielle · Married on 09/04/2011
Elsa and her husband have built a perfect location to hold a wedding. Or any event I'm sure!Sent on 04/27/2012
We saw The Woodlands first, then went on to about 3-4 more venues. We returned to The Woodlands and signed as soon as we could. It is secluded from everything except drop dead beautiful scenery. I know not many of my friends can say they said their vows with mountains in the background.
The venue has a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor space, and it accommodated everything we needed. There were dressing rooms for both the bride and groom sides (with a private entry to a bathroom for the brides' side), space for our escort card/photo table, a photo booth, gift table, dessert table, and DJ table, in addition to 12 dinner tables and our sweetheart table. We had dancing and the bar outside, and it was absolutely perfect weather. Who knows what you're going to get in Bozeman in September!?
Elsa was very helpful at providing floorplans and options for our setup with the amount of guests. And, as the number kept fluctuating (99% of our guests came from out of state) she was right there with a revised floorplan for us.
There is a huge parking lot, but because our guests were unfamiliar with the area (and would be drinking quite a bit) we provided transportation to and from the event. It was a perfect idea. Everyone had a great time and everyone had a ride home.
We stayed on the premises in a cabin after the night was over, and she even brought us food and dessert for us to eat later. She also allowed our friends to decorate the cabin so we would have a nice surprise when we got there.
The space requires almost no decorating (which was a concern of mine - we were coming from so far away that I couldn't bring anything with me even though I had grandiose visions at one point). We had flag banners for the banquet tables, flowers on the dinner tables, and 200 tea lights strategically placed. With the sconces, chandeliers, and fairy lights in the dining area you really don't need much else.
Another benefit was that Elsa also had worked with almost all of our vendors on prior weddings (and even her own!) so our "team" was a well-oiled machine.
I'd love to do it again every year!
Megan · Married on 08/14/2010
Elsa has been wonderful to work with during this past year of planning and especially on the day of. It was also a great help that my other vendors (DJ, caterer, photographer, officiant, bartender etc) knew the layout of the Woodlands and knew you. They all said the same thing: “Elsa is so great to work with!”Sent on 09/01/2010
The Woodlands itself was gorgeous. So many guest came up to me during the reception telling me what a beautiful location it was—worth the drive! (most of the guests had driven from Billings or further). I loved that the bridal party and then my dad and myself crossed the bridge on our way to the isles—the way I felt coming across that bridge is something I will never forget. The patio with the gas burners was also a huge hit and keep people up and mingling. A few initial pictures are up at Blu.Bird’s blog and they look so beautiful with the backdrop of the lush wooded hillside in some, and the mountains in others. This woodsy yet elegant feel was exactly what we were looking for for our wedding—and the Woodlands was perfect!
Amanda · Married on 06/07/2008
They were so helpful and accomodating - it made it a wonderful day for us.Sent on 08/17/2008
Kate · Married on 09/04/2014
SO BEAUTIFUL! Our wedding was absolutely perfect and the Woodlands made it complete. The Ceremony and Reception areas are both gorgeous! They offer the best flexibility with the ability to use any outside vendors, which is an option most local venus do not offer. Best. Venue. Ever.Sent on 09/16/2014
debbie · Married on 09/01/2007
Beautiful site, I had the wedding of my dreams! I didn't plan for the costs of renting linens and plates, silverware, glasses, etc. which got pricey but otherwise was perfect.Sent on 08/12/2008
Hailey · Married on 07/21/2013
Elsa is great to work with and the venue absolutely perfect!!! We got a ton of compliments on the location.Sent on 08/07/2013
Elizabeth · Married on 08/09/2018
The only advice I would give would be to have very clear expectations about how you are going to do your seating. We HAD to have a seating arrangement because of family issues, the day before we had some seating issues, but they were handled quickly.Sent on 08/28/2018
If you are using the honeymoon cabin for that evening be sure to send someone down to stock it with some water and snacks.
The Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon's reply:Thank you for sharing your experience Elizabeth. We so appreciate the feedback we get from our couples and you are not alone in finding the seating chart aspect challenging as you try to figure out who goes where and who gets along with who. ;) (Whew!) I am so glad that once you got it dialed in, that we could execute just what you asked for. We hadn't thought to put water bottles down in the cabin since our mountain well water is so delicious and we work hard to reduce plastic waste but I will be sure to share that with future couples so they have the option. Congratulations Elizabeth! I hope you are enjoying your first full year together.
Beth · Married on 09/18/2016
The Woodland is a gorgeous venue and they really provide great flexibility to customize they services that you want. It was so great to have everything in one location for our wedding.Sent on 04/11/2017
Kara · Married on 08/05/2012
This venue is absolutely stunning. I can't believe how many of our guests have reached out after the wedding to tell us that the venue was the most beautiful wedding location they'd ever been to. Elsa is very friendly and really willing to let you come up as many times as you need to before your event to look at the venue. Sometimes she was kind of slow to respond, but that is understandable given she has weddings there 4+ days a week from April through October. We found this venue to be pricier than others in the Gallatin Valley, but the ambiance made it worth it for us.Sent on 08/14/2012