Getting married in the mountains
For years, as a child, my summer holidays have had the name of a place, always the same, but never identical to itself for the great variety of experiences and sensations that each time promised and managed to keep. That place was an enchanted valley in the Dolomites. And in this place, after a long time, as an adult, I returned, precisely in a summer as problematic as this one, full of unknowns and uncertainties. It took a few days to find the same charm almost intact because nature there fortunately has not yet been offended by man and the immense spaces with which the mountains offer themselves are generous with trees, meadows, flowers, perfumes.
Those who choose to get married in the mountains must first of all choose the season. Summer or winter? This decision, due to the strong contrasts it envisages, requires completely different solutions, both of which are full of suggestions. Getting married in the mountains in the winter months means privileging white, that of the bride’s dress and that of snow, elegance, the rarefaction of the landscape, the refinement of the atmosphere.
The price to pay for so much wonder could be having to deal with a climate that is not too benevolent, but it is worth taking the risk if you gain a similar charm in return. However, fascination is guaranteed even for those who decide to get married in the mountains in the summer.
In this case the dominant color will be green, in its more or less intense shades; that of pastures, trees, meadows and then the blue color of a sky that when it is clear can hardly be equaled in beauty. The landscape, compared to the winter one, is more lively, richer in details and certainly allows more composed scenarios and settings. Characteristic villages, mountain pastures with animals in the wild, huts, woods, streams, ponds… open-air sets made available free of charge for those who decide that a wedding in the mountains is the right choice.
The organization will certainly be a bit more laborious and will have to be studied more carefully, but the results will reward any difficulties encountered. Whatever the chosen season, the solutions offered throughout the territory are always rich and all tempting. Lunches organized in the shelters or in the mountain huts in an atmosphere so warm and welcoming as to have the feeling of being in the family, tastings of typical dishes (each valley in the mountains has a remarkable assortment), live music performed by the characteristic instruments or choirs alpine, everything that contributes to warm the atmosphere and make you forget the cold outside.
In summer, the heat, never excessive and unbearable as it often is on sultry days in the city, offers the freedom to appropriate the spaces to organize the least obvious wedding lunch imaginable, a picnic on the grass. Creativity and imagination will transform it into an original and nice wedding banquet. With all the space available it will be difficult to escape the desire to dance, even trying typical dance steps accompanied by the characteristic alpine music.
For those who decide on more comfortable solutions, cabins and shelters have organized outdoor spaces with breathtaking views and with a service that does not make you regret that offered by expensive restaurants, often a little anonymous and approved.
If these arguments were not stimulating enough, I will try with the persuasion of the words of an English poet of the nineteenth century, John Ruskin, who perhaps, not surprisingly, compares the mountain, for its sacredness, to a cathedral, therefore the ideal place to celebrate a wedding. “The mountains are the great cathedrals of the earth, with their portals of rock, the mosaics of clouds, the choirs of streams, the altars of snow, the vaults of purple glittering with stars.”