Your Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, Idaho Wedding Planning Guide
If you’re thinking of getting married in eastern Idaho, chances are Idaho Falls and Blackfoot have popped up on your radar. Idaho Falls and Blackfoot are both charming cities that rest along Snake River. These two beautiful cities are among the bigger cities in Idaho (though Idaho Falls is the bigger of the two), which means there’s plenty to see and do while you’re in town and that there are plenty of pretty wedding venues for betrothed couples to choose from.
If you’re thinking of getting married in Idaho Falls or Blackfoot, this guide is for you! Whether you’ve already picked your wedding city or are still deciding, this guide will cover everything you need to know about getting married in Idaho Falls or Blackfoot. In this post, I’ll talk about which seasons are ideal for your wedding date in these towns and highlight the best wedding venues in each city. As a bonus, I’m also going to talk about the attractions you can enjoy while you’re visiting Idaho Falls or Blackfoot for your wedding and, since I’m a wedding photographer, I’ll be giving some helpful wedding photography tips throughout this post!
When Should You Get Married in Idaho Falls or Blackfoot, Idaho?
Which season is the best for an Idaho Falls or Blackfoot wedding? You could go with spring, when Mother Nature graces Idaho with endless blooming flowers. Or with summer, when it’s warm enough to party all night long in the beauty of the great outdoors. Then there’s fall, when the air is crisp and the leaves are putting on a dazzling color display. Or, finally, in winter, when Idaho is blanketed in snow and the whole state feels like a winter wonderland.
So which season should you pick? As a local wedding photographer, I’ll admit that, personally, I’m biased: I love spring and summer weddings in Idaho. Truly, one of the best things about getting married in The Gem State is getting to enjoy how gorgeous Idaho is. And when it’s warmer out, you can take advantage of the state’s natural beauty for your ceremony, reception, and photo sessions without having to bear frigid temperatures all day.
With that said, which season you should choose for your wedding date is a completely personal choice. Often, couples will choose to have a fall or winter wedding because it matches their wedding aesthetic, or just because that’s the only time that works for their schedule. Either way, I’ve been to so many beautiful fall and winter weddings in Idaho. So if that’s what works for your vibe or your planning needs, you can definitely still have a stunning wedding in fall or winter!
If you are having your wedding during one the colder seasons, I’d recommend making sure you take advantage of the beauty of the season for your wedding pictures. Even if you’ll be having your wedding entirely indoors, I’d highly suggest setting aside some time to take some killer portraits out in the snow or in front of some autumn leaves, which will provide a breathtaking backdrop. While it’s not practical to have your entire wedding outside when it’s cold out, a short photo session can help ensure you still capture the season’s vibe in your wedding pictures.
Wedding Venues in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, Idaho
If you’re planning a wedding in Idaho Falls or Blackfoot, you’ll have no shortage of venue options! In this next section, I’ll highlight some of the best wedding venues in these two Idaho towns. While most of these are outdoor venues that are better suited for spring or summer weddings, I’ll also include some great indoor venues for couples who are having fall or winter weddings, as well as some indoor-outdoor venues that give you the best of both worlds.
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Wedding Venues in Idaho Falls
Pine Hill is easily one of the top outdoor wedding venues in Idaho Falls. The best thing about this venue is how incredibly beautiful all 40 acres of the property are. Pine Hill has numerous outdoor spaces for your ceremony and reception, and each is almost prettier than the last. They have rolling hills, tall forests, water features, an apple and pear orchard, a 5,000 square foot metal barn, views of the mountains, and views of the Idaho Falls city skyline. They also have a main house that can be used during your wedding, which has a bridal suite, a groom’s dressing room, indoor restrooms, and kitchen access for your caterers.
New Sweden Hall at Riverdale Grange
New Sweden Hall is a historic and quaint wedding venue. The building on this property used to be a school house, but it’s now a unique and delightful place to tie the knot. This venue has a picturesque outdoor space where you can have your ceremony, while the interior of the school house can serve as your reception spot. The exterior of the New Sweden Hall school house is all old-world charm, while the interior is fresh and bright, making it the perfect blank canvas for your wedding decor.
The DEC is a modern indoor wedding venue located in downtown Idaho Falls. The event space at The DEC is sizable (it can accommodate up to 340 people) and its decor blends farmhouse elements with modern industrial touches. The DEC is a wonderful venue option if you’re looking for an elegant indoor space for your wedding.
The Barn on 1st
The Barn on 1st is a recently renovated barn venue. The renovations have given this barn venue an updated, sparklingly clean look, while also preserving its historic charm, including its unique architecture. Unlike most of the barns in the Idaho area, which have traditional gable roofs, the Barn on 1st has a tall curved roof, which gives this rustic venue a grand feel.
Wedding Venues in Blackfoot
Rose River Receptions
Rose River Receptions is a beautiful indoor-outdoor wedding venue that rests along the Snake River. This venue has a lovely rustic vibe, both along the river at their outdoor ceremony site and inside their large reception venue. Rose River is a great all-year-round venue option, as the venue looks gorgeous during every season and it’s well set up to accommodate any type of weather. Rose River is beautiful all on its own but it’s also very versatile. If you browse the photo gallery on the Rose River site, you can see just how different this venue can look depending on your decor and season.
Red Barn Events
If you want a country vibe for your Idaho wedding, Red Barn Events has got you covered. Red Barn Events is a wedding venue that includes (as you might guess from their name) the use of a classic red barn, which is massive. This barn also has a loft space, which is great for taking in the view or getting some super unique couples shots.
Red Barn Events has a number of different outdoor spaces for your ceremony, which allows you to customize your natural backdrop, or you can move things into the barn for your ceremony if the weather’s not ideal. Likewise, receptions can be held either outside or inside this pretty venue’s barn.
Also worth noting, there are tons of lovely spots to take photos on the grounds surrounding Red Barns Events, so you’ll have no shortage of beautiful scenery to choose from for your wedding portraits.
Garden of Eden Wedding Venue
Garden of Eden is a charming garden venue that’s a great option for couples who are planning a smaller wedding in Blackfoot. The combination of the beautiful landscaping of the garden and the intimacy of this space gives the Garden of Eden a bit of a fairy garden vibe. As I mentioned, this venue is only for smaller weddings: the garden can only accommodate weddings with 50 or fewer attendees. However, if the size restriction works for you, it’s a really pretty option (and it’s also very affordable!).
Things to Do in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, Idaho
Idaho Falls and Blackfoot are both towns that run on agriculture, but they’re not short on cultural attractions. When you visit Idaho Falls or Blackfoot, you can spend time out in nature or take in some local culture— or, of course, do both! Let’s take a look at what you can do in these charming Idaho cities while you’re in town.
Things to Do in Idaho Falls
Hit the Trails
The Idaho Falls area has a number of great hiking trails. Some notable ones include the Lava Trail (a rocky trail), the walking trails at Russell Freeman Park, and the Cress Creek Nature Trail.
Hit the City Trails: River Walk
In addition to having great hiking trails out in nature, Idaho Falls has six miles of paved trails that run through the city, which together make up the River Walk. Strolling along River Walk is a great way to explore the city! While all six miles of River Walk are beautiful, I’d definitely recommend making sure you go by the Falls of Idaho Falls themselves, which are along the Greenbelt Trail area of the River Walk.
Book Some Tee Time
There are three Championship golf courses in Idaho Falls (along with driving ranges, putting greens, and a 6-hole short course). If you’re a golf lover, swing by Sage Lakes Golf Course, Pinecrest Golf Course, or Sand Creek Golf Course to enjoy some relaxing tee time while you’re in Idaho Falls.
Visit the Museum of Idaho
If you’re a history or science fan, swing by the Museum of Idaho, which is located in downtown Idaho Falls. The Museum of Idaho is a history and science museum focused on the natural science and cultural history of the great state of Idaho.
Go to the Idaho Falls Zoo
Idaho Falls is home to one of the best zoos in Idaho, the Idaho Falls Zoo. At the zoo, you’ll see a wide range of animals, including lions, zebras, penguins, lemurs, sloth bears, snow leopards, kookaburras, and much more. The zoo also has a petting zoo, which is great if you’re traveling with kids (or if you’re a kid at heart yourself), and a bird aviary.
Enjoy a Baseball Game at Melaleuca Field
Idaho Falls is home to a minor league baseball team, the Idaho Falls Chukars. If you’re in town during baseball season, it’s definitely worth stopping by Melaleuca Field to take in a game.
Blackfoot Idaho Attractions
I can’t talk about things to do in Blackfoot without giving out shout out to the Idaho Potato Museum. It’s no secret that Idaho is associated with potatoes— and Blackfoot is arguably the potato capital of Idaho, since it produces more potatoes than any other Idaho city. And, of course, it’s also home to the Idaho Potato Museum.
At the Potato Museum, you can can check out exhibitions about the history of the potato, visit their gift shop (full of every potato-related item you can imagine), and dine at the Potato Station Cafe. You can also take in the sight of the world’s largest baked potato and potato chip.
The Bingham County Historical Museum is located in a 15 room mansion that looks like a plantation home. On the inside of the museum, you’ll find numerous unique historical exhibits, including a collection of Native American artifacts local to the area and a collection of classic dolls.
Visit Sage Hill Casino
Gambling isn’t legal in Idaho, unless you’re at an Indian casino like Sage Hill, which is owned by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Located just a few miles south of Blackfoot, Sage Hill is a fun place to test your luck, play some slots or table games, and see if you’ll win big.
There you have it: my round up of all the best wedding venues and things to do in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, ID! Which wedding venue is your favorite? Did I miss any great venues or things to do in these Idaho towns? If you have any thoughts on this post, please reach out— I love hearing from you!
Also, if you’re planning your Idaho Falls or Blackfoot wedding and are looking for a wedding photographer, I’d be thrilled to shoot your wedding. I give every wedding I shoot 110%— my number one priority is making sure you get the stunning wedding pictures you dream of and that you have an incredible time while doing it! Contact me hereand let’s chat about your wedding!