White Mountains wedding venues
At Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield, New Hampshire, every season is wedding season. Thanks to New England’s ever-changing palette and the area’s blue-tinged peaks (57 to be exact), this resort nestled in the White Mountains creates a picture-perfect wedding day. And when guests check in, the resort’s impressive list of activities will keep everyone busy through the wedding weekend, making this resort a popular wedding destination.
Mountain View Grand weddings
During spring, summer and fall, panoramic views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains create a stunning backdrop for an outdoor wedding. At Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, the venue options are plentiful.
The resort’s most sought-after wedding venue, the Grand Fountain Terrace embodies quintessential mountain splendor with its graceful waterfall, garden pond and views of the Presidential Range. A gleaming-white footbridge leads guests to the Crystal Ballroom for a seamless transition between ceremony and reception. Appropriately named after the stunning, crystal chandelier suspended from the room’s hand-painted dome, this elegant venue offers wall-to-wall mountain views.
There’s even some romantic lore around the gazebo that graces the Grand Fountain Terrace. At one time, the gazebo was a hidden gem on the resort, tucked away where employees married in secret because rules forbid dating among staff. Today, the gazebo has been restored and relocated to the Grand Fountain Terrace so that guests can enjoy their own wedding ceremonies at this romantic treasure.
The Overlook Lawn boasts another gazebo. Estimated to be 100 years old and once located on the outer edge of the Mountain View Grand Golf Course, the gazebo was restored and relocated to its current location, where breathtaking views of the golf course expanse and the Presidential Mountain Range create picture-perfect wedding ceremonies.
For intimate weddings, the Waterfall Terrace offers a mid-sized setting in this stately English garden, complete with pond, waterfall and views. The nearby Garden Room, perfect for small weddings, features the Garden Deck, overlooking the ceremonial Waterfall Terrace and the distant White Mountains.
During the winter months, Mountain View Grand is a favorite for winter weddings with brides adoring this wonderland setting. Many couples choose to exchange their vows in front of the Presidential Ballroom’s roaring fire as fresh snow blankets the vistas. Stunning chandeliers glitter nearly 14 feet above the 3,876-square-foot hall, and just outside, the Presidential Promenade offers outdoor ceremonies during the summer months on the estate lawn, all just steps away from the main hotel.
Stunning destination weddings
Once couples (and their guests) arrive at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, there’s no reason to leave. A true destination wedding location, the hotel offers everything needed for the perfect wedding weekend.
Starting with the rehearsal dinner, the 1865 Wine Cellar transcends mere dining with the finest New England fare and its gleaming 6,500-bottle décor. The finest of dining experiences, 1865 is reserved for guests 15 and older, and so the Harvest Tavern, with its modern take on classic favorites, is perfect for family-style rehearsal dinners.
The day before the wedding, brides can pamper themselves at the Mountain View Grand Spa, where a private soak in the hotel’s Italian Revival-style Tower Spa offers 360-degree views of the White Mountains and an aromatic, detoxifying bath in the infinity tub. The next day, the bridal party can return for all the wedding fixings, where two salons, five stations and a ladies lounge will leave the party feeling rejuvenated after a morning of hair, makeup and nails.
Meanwhile, the groom’s party can venture off for a morning of golf at one of New England’s Top 25 golf courses — Mountain View Grand Resort’s very own course. Or better yet, the group can “get axed” during a friendly competition of axe throwing. With a little training, one practice throw and three tries at a target 20 feet away, the groom and his party can wield a 3 ½-pound axe with a 28-inch handle for pre-wedding bragging rights.
During the wedding reception, the couples’ every detail is taken care of, right down to custom food selections. Boasting its own pastry team, Mountain View Grand can create the wedding cake of your dreams — as well as doughnuts, pie bar or apple crisp. Your wish is their command.
After the wedding (and the post-wedding brunch), many guests choose to tack on extra days at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, where the list of family activities is as endless as the views. After a stay at Mountain View Grand, guests will understand why the hotel was awarded a Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Award as one of the Northeast's best resorts. From campfire s’mores to wine tasting, from dogsledding to mountain biking, any wedding can become a vacation when hosted at the right destination.