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From rivers and creeks to ponds, lakes and reservoirs, waterfront locations are among the most popular (and most beautiful) types of Montana wedding venues around. There are thousands of bodies of water throughout the landlocked state, and while they may be different from the coastal beaches and beach wedding venues found in other parts of the country, these waterfront spots are just as picturesque.
For our favorite Montana wedding venues on the water, check out the list below:
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Diamond B Weddings & EventsThis northwestern Montana venue is rustic wedding perfection. Located just steps from the Flathead River, Diamond B Weddings & Events offers unbeatable privacy and a beautiful setting that captures the true spirit of Montana. Plus, the giant red barn is the perfect backdrop for wedding portraits! One thing that sets it apart from other Montana wedding venues are the five-star reviews from past clients who rave about the venue's welcoming and accommodating staff. You'll have access to the property for the entire weekend (no need to stress out about cleaning up immediately after your reception) and the staff will even pack up your decor and prep your rentals for pick-up the next day. So helpful!
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The Ponds at Dry CreekOn our list as one of the more traditional places to get married in Montana, The Ponds at Dry Creek is an ideal venue for couples wanting to combine showstopping mountain views with classic style and elegance. Located near Bozeman in Montana's famous Big Sky Country, this venue offers a 2,400-square-foot, wood floor pavilion that can accommodate up to 300 wedding guests. The pavilion is surrounded by numerous ponds and fountains, and the property has three furnished cabins where you can stay overnight.
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Gallatin River HideawayThis spacious property (88 acres, to be exact) has two secluded waterfront venues to choose from. The Creekside Pavilion is an open-air tent, while the Bridal Veil Pavilion is more comparable to a barn venue with a hard roof, concrete floors and a high ceiling. Both locations have their own ceremony gazebos and are just steps from Gallatin Creek. We personally love the venue's three cozy treehouses that double as private honeymoon suites!
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Bar W Guest RanchGet hitched with Spencer Lake as your ceremony backdrop at Bar W Guest Ranch. In addition to the waterfront wedding area, this picturesque venue offers a variety of other event spaces, including the main lodge, horse pastures, and a private trout pond. Wherever you are on the property, you're guaranteed to have amazing views of the surrounding forest and mountains in the distance. The maximum capacity at Bar W Guest Ranch is 400 people, and the venue has a slew of overnight accommodations (including glamping tents) that are perfect for destination weddings.
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KwaTaqNuk Resort & CasinoKwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino, located on the south end of Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana, is the ultimate destination for couples who want an all-inclusive venue. Not only does this resort offer unbeatable scenery and luxury waterfront accommodations for your guests, but the wedding packages include catering, bar services and event coordination. Looking for an experience that you can't find at most other waterfront wedding venues? Exchange your vows aboard The Shadow, a 65-foot boat that will take you and up to 140 guests on a wedding cruise around the lake.
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Gallatin River LodgeLocated along the Gallatin River, this venue offers Western-style charm with modern updates and amenities. Event catering is provided by the venue's restaurant, The Gallatin River Grill, and you can stay right on the property in one of the lodge's many guest rooms (making it another great spot for Montana destination weddings). This award-winning venue was recently named a top small hotel in the United States for 2017, so it's no surprise that it's on our list as one of the best places to get married in Montana. Another fun fact: The Gallatin River and its surrounding scenery was used as the backdrop for the 90s film A River Runs Through It featuring Brad Pitt.
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Elk Lake ResortOutdoor-loving couples who truly want to be one with nature on their big day will feel right at home at Elk Lake Resort. This off-the-grid venue is tucked away in southern Montana's Centennial Valley, about two hours from the Idaho border. While its one of the more remote waterfront wedding venues—the main road leading to the resort is gravel and the closest cellular reception is two miles away—you're rewarded with 360-degree views of pristine and untouched landscape that will make you feel like you're in another world. Cabins at the resort are updated and inviting, or guests can bring their own tents or RV's. If you're planning to spend several days at Elk Lake Resort, it's also a fantastic spot for fishing, horseback riding, bird watching, snowmobiling, and water sports.
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