I think the Stoneflower gives you the feeling of having a backyard wedding, without all the headache of actually having your own back yard wedding. The property is laid back and so friendly! Stoneflower is up and coming and not quite on the map yet, which I think is going to change very soon, because they are just in their first few years of event planning and weddings. I LOVE Stoneflower Weddings for the stunning views of Paradise Valley in an open field with uninterrupted views of the Absaroka Range. It also sits perfectly on the Yellowstone River with a private staircase down to the shoreline. AND did I mention that it’s a short drive to Yellowstone National Park if your guests want to check that off their bucket list. (Also, John Mayer is their neighbor.)
About Stoneflower Weddings
From their website… “The Stoneflower property dates back over 100 years and has been in the same family for 3 generations. The property sits far back from the road and other houses, creating a secluded retreat. The ranch consists of over 70 acres including horse grazed pastureland, a large mowed lawn area perfect for a jaw dropping ceremony, an orchard, and river access. We are a boutique venue, focusing our energy on building an incredible experience for our couples, we provide the perfect environment for a relaxing wedding getaway. When you book with us, you not only get the day of your wedding, but you get the days surrounding your wedding. Our main package is for Thursday to Sunday, meaning, you have time to really enjoy some of the local flavors and hot spots, float the famous Yellowstone River, soak at Chico or Yellowstone Hot Springs, enjoy live music in our plethora of local bars and music venues, take a day trip into Yellowstone, or just relax on the riverbank with the people you enjoy. We do only 15-20 weekend packages per year, because, we want to be able to focus on our couples and their dream wedding. We pride ourselves in providing a property and experience that our couples and their guests will never forget.”
Ugh, I LOVE them.
Where is Stoneflower Weddings?
Just 25 minutes outside of downtown Livingston Montana It’s located at 2043 E. River Road, Livingston, MT. A short drive down Paradise Valley!
- Driving Time From Bozeman: 27 minutes
- Driving Time From Livingston: 22 minutes
- Driving Time From Billings: 2 hours 2 minutes
- Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport: 37 minutes
- Billings Logan International: 1 hour 47 minutes
How to Drive to Copper Rose Ranch
Once you type in 22043 East River Road Livingston MT into google maps, it will take you right there! The only thing you need to be cautious of is when we have road constructions in the summer which could cause you to have to sit and wait in traffic for 20 minutes. So, make sure to let your guests know on the website if they need to add more time.
Here are some FAQ’s About Stoneflower Weddings from their website as well!
Do you require Wedding Day Insurance?
“We sure do! Event insurance can be purchased through your own insurance or through online options.”
Are we required to rent the house?
“The house rental is included in the total price package, but it is a separate contract and payment plan with Key Montana Property Management. After signing your contract with us, Key Montana will reach out with your welcome packet.”
Are there any restrictions we need to know about?
“Fireworks are not permitted at Stone Flower, and the use of open flame is not allowed during our fire season when there is a fire ban within the county.”
“Any use of candles must be approved by the facility. All candles must be contained or enclosed in glass. The flame must not reach higher than 3” below the height of the glass. Flameless candles are preferred, especially with the Paradise Valley breezes. Lighted candles are hard to keep lit.”
“No rice, confetti, food, balloons, wish lanterns, potpourri, or glitter will be allowed. Please check with management of Stone Flower, for approval on what is to be used outside.”
“If alternate lighting/lanterns/hanging decorations are desired, the Renter must arrange for an approved vendor to install them. Outdoor solar lighting is provided in the courtyard area and may not be moved or adjusted by the Renter on the day of the event.”
“Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.”
“Children and Guests’ Safety: No unsupervised children are allowed on the premises, especially near (animals, the river or the farm equipment). Approach to the river is done so at the guests own risk, and is not permitted while alcohol is being served. Please keep children in view at all times.”
Can my dog be in my wedding?
“We are a dog friendly venue, within reason, please contact us so we can have a conversation about the details!”
Can I have things shipped to the Venue?
“Do to the majority of our weddings being couples from outside Montana, we do allow shipping to the venue, but, that being said, Stoneflower cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items. It is the client responsibility to make Stoneflower aware if something is going to be shipped to the property.”
What is Stoneflower’s Alcohol Policy?
“Alcohol is not provided by StoneFlower. Caterers or a bartending service will assume liability of alcohol service. We require a minimum of $1,000,000 insurance liability policy for any bartending service. Alcohol cannot be served to minors. If at any time, the catering staff, bartender, any Stoneflower representative, or security officer deems alcohol consumption to be excessive, the staff has the authority to close down all alcohol service and/or evict inebriated guests from the premises. Alcohol service must cease by 2:00am with no exceptions. A security officer is required at events exceeding 35 people in which alcohol is served, we make arrangements for security.”
Planning Your Stoneflower Wedding
Top Venue Features
- Whole weekend rental of the facility
- Tons of parking
- Clean and nice bathroom trailer for guests
- Amazing views of the mountains
- Right on the Yellowstone River
The Best Time of Year to Get Married at Stoneflower
May to October are the available months you can get married at Stoneflower. The best time of the year to get married here is always going to be hard for me to pinpoint, because I feel like it changes every year. However, I think that May is a very under-booked month! June, July, and August will always be the busiest months for weddings because of those warmer temps. Also, keep in mind that we do tend to have afternoon storms in Livingston that last about an hour. So be sure to always prepare yourself and be a little flexible on the wedding day. August is fire season and will smoke out the mountains. We do and NEED to take fire season seriously in Montana or we can lose our forests, farmers crops, and people’s homes. So, if you are wanting a fire pit or fireworks at your wedding look into May or October.
Where to Stay Near Stoneflower Weddings
I personally love the cottage that they have on property! It was the home that the owner’s grandma lived in and she was a painter! It’s a beautiful and homey vibe like I have never seen in a wedding venue before. The property is on a working ranch and consists of over 70 acres including horse grazed pastureland, a large mowed lawn area, an orchard, and 1/4 mile of Yellowstone river access. Stairs lead down to the Yellowstone River for access to the water and world class trout fishing. Berries, vegetables and fruit trees grow in the fenced off orchard right on the property. You are sure to see deer grazing in fields and osprey, eagles & birds flying over the river. When you go onto their website for weddings you will see this whole listing….
“Our beautiful River Cottage is available as a vacation home for your family & friends or a wedding venue with accommodations. This historic home is surrounded by 360 degrees of postcard worthy views, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and an incredible kitchen with double ovens for you or your caterer to use. Pictures cannot do the property justice. The Cottage sits on a bend of the Yellowstone River which allows you to sit on the deck and look directly south up the Yellowstone River toward the towering peaks in The Abasaroka Range and Yellowstone National Park. You will feel like you are part of an old family & part of history as you relax into the unpretentious and comfortable home – clearly filled with generations of love and memories.
BEDROOMS: The home comfortably sleeps 6 people in 4 beds. There is an additional sleeper sofa for 2 more people in the den. The Master Suite of the Cottage has one king bed with windows facing the majestic mountains and attached private full bathroom. The Guest Room has one Queen bed with an attached full bathroom that is also accessed through the kitchen. The third bedroom is just off the back-entrance area on the North end of the home and has 2 single (twin) beds. All rooms have closets and dressers or armoires for storage, fresh new bed linens, and a variety of pillows and blankets for your comfort.
COMMON AREAS: A large family room has an A-frame style window perfectly framing the mountains and the pasture where horses used to be kept. Lots of cozy seating and space for gathering, reading, creating or resting. The room is surrounded by the owner’s family art and you’ll find yourself inspired & transported to another time. There is also a cozy den and dining area just off the kitchen, comfortable seating and a television with satellite TV. Views from this room are the river & more mountains.
KITCHEN: The kitchen has been hailed by the many caterers and chefs that have cooked in it as “one of the best” for throwing a party. A large middle island, double ovens, pantry, prep areas and full refrigerator.
AMENITIES: The home has WIFI, satellite TV. There is no A/C, as most homes do not have in Montana, but stays remarkably cool with keeping the windows (with screens) open during the cool mountain evenings, and shutting them up and drawing shades during the day.”
Here are some other options surrounding the area as well!
Paradise Valley Airbnb’s/VRBO’s
Paradise Valley Hotels, Lodges, & Resorts
Stoneflower Wedding Package(s) / Wedding Cost
Thursday through Sunday Package:
Wedding Production Fee: $9,000
House Fee: $1,500 (This does not include taxes 8%, insurance $159.00 and cleaning fee $250.00)
You are also welcome to rent the house for more time if they are available, it is $500/additional night.
How Much Does It Cost to Get Married at Stoneflower Weddings and Events?
What’s Included in Your Stoneflower Wedding Package:
- Package includes:
- Tent (40×40)
- Bathrooms (ADA Compliant)
- Tables (14-72” rounds)
- Chairs (112 white vinyl with padded seat)
- Head tables ( 3-6’ reclaimed teak)
- 6 benches (6-6’ reclaimed teak)
- Mobile Bar (Alcohol Not Included)
- PA system
- Dance Floor (24’x24′)
- Outdoor covered dining area
- 8 wine barrels
- Ample parking
- River access
- House (3 nights)
- Set up/break down
- Vendor coordination for day of
- Help with day of schedule
- 70 acres of property
Stoneflower Wedding Vendors
Not included in the Stoneflower’s wedding day package are: Caterer, Bar Service, Planning service, Tableware, Linens, Florals, and DJ’s. So, below I have listed my favorite wedding vendors around the area to help you fill in those blanks…
Rental Companies for tableware and linens:
Sweets and Treats
Hiring Your Stoneflower Wedding Photographer
Well… I clearly love it here if I am writing a whole blog to try to get you to tie the knot here! But who am I? I am Leanna Krenik, and I am the proud owner of Leanna Joy Photography, and the images in this blog are pictures I took of a wedding at Stoneflower Weddings in August 2023. I am based in the mountains of Bozeman, but I love taking this one woman show on the road. My photography style is best described as bright, colorful, and full of my client’s personality! When I’m shooting, I am a full-time photographer and part time hype woman. I am happy to crack jokes the whole time, help you pose, and pump you up. Feel free to check out my website to learn more about me, and look through some of my work.
I know you have a million options and ideas running through your head right now. I know you’ve probably looked at so many venues, your head is spinning. I highly suggest taking a deep breath, a swig of your wine, and then contacting Stoneflower to see if they are the best fit for you! I always think that walking through the property is the best way to see if you can envision yourself saying “I do” here. I suggest making a date out of everything you do when it comes to wedding planning. Make it fun! So, go see the venue, then head to Follow Yer Nose BBQ or Old Saloon for dinner and talk it through together! And as always, if you have any questions please never hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun Activities to Plan for Your Stoneflower Wedding
Stoneflower offers so many amazing amenities every day for you! But, if you’d like to add in a fun activity for your family and friends to feel the Montana vibes, check some of these options out…
Similar Venues You Might Enjoy in the Area
Sample of a Timeline for a wedding at Stoneflower:
Arrive at property around 4pm.
Unload into house and garage with the help of Stoneflower team.
Quick walk around property with Suzanna.
Relax and settle in.
7pm-Dinner at Chico or Yellowstone Valley Grille.
9pm-Relax around fire pit with friends and family.
9am-Grab coffee and a pastry from Wildflour Bakery.
10am-Hike to Pine Creek Falls or float the Yellowstone River.
1pm-Lunch at Old Saloon, Emigrant Outpost or Chico Grill.
3pm-Check out the local shops in town, peruse the shelves at Wheatgrass and Elk River Books. Stop for a beverage at The Mint, Neptune’s or Katabatic Brewery. Stop in to see the art at The Frame Garden, The Danforth, The Center for Art and Culture, Medicine Bird or Visions West plus many others…
6pm-Rehearsal Dinner at Stoneflower, basic set up will have been completed while you were out enjoying yourself.
8pm-Soak at Chico.
9am-Coffee and Cream Catering arrives to keep everyone supplied with caffeine.
10am-Stoneflower team sets up ceremony area to your specifications. Couple will be getting ready in designated areas.
12pm-Tent layout is completed.
4pm-Linens and decor are put on tables; bar area is setup and drinks are on ice. DJ arrives.
4:30pm-Bartender arrives, first look for couple.
5pm-First guests begin to arrive, they can grab a drink, play some yard games and enjoy hanging out by the river.
6-7pm Cocktail hour-family photos. Stoneflower team moves chairs from ceremony area to under the tent if needed.
7pm Dinner and Toasts
8:30pm-Stoneflower team removes tables and chairs from dance floor if needed.
Couple sneaks away for sunset photos.
12am-Stoneflower team cleans up and you head over to the sitting area by the garage to wind down from the night.
10am-Mimosa or coffee brunch.
Stoneflower finishes clean up and hauls all garbage.
You get to relax and get ready to head to your next destination.
Checkout is around noon, but can be flexible.
I hope this helps you as you’re planning your day! This venue is truly beautiful and I love recommending it to those still in search of the perfect place!