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Mountain Wedding at Massanutten Resort

If you love the Shenandoah Valley, consider a mountain wedding at Massanutten Resort. Meet Event Specialist Matt Clements and learn more about this four season resort.

Mountain Wedding at Massanutten Resort

Massanutten Resort is a “one stop shop” for weddings, says Matt Clements, Wedding & Catering Specialist. “We’re located on 6,000 acres in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and offer gorgeous views of the mountains and valleys.  We also have a scenic venue for the ceremony and reception in one location.”

Mountain Weddings at Massanutten Resort
The scenery at Massanutten provides beautiful backgrounds for wedding photos.

Since it’s a full service wedding venue, Massanutten has catering, bridal party suites and guest accommodations. And with an expansive lineup of activities, it makes the perfect spot for a wedding weekend.

The resort is an easy drive from Harrisonburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD. Since your wedding is the only one held that day, Matt and his staff give you their undivided attention. And the resort is LGBTQ friendly. “Our resort is open to everyone and we strive on making you feel welcomed and valued,” says Matt.

The Conference Center at Massanutten Resort

Mountain Wedding at Massanutten Resort
The veranda at Massanutten Resort’s Conference Center. Perfect for an outdoor ceremony.

You’ll host your wedding celebration at the Massanutten Conference Center. It accommodates up to 160 guests. The veranda is an ideal outdoor ceremony space. It’s also used for cocktail hour and just steps away from the center’s Grand Ballroom. While you enjoy dinner, the staff turns the veranda into an outdoor lounge, complete with furniture, fire pit and lanterns.

Mountain Wedding at Massanutten Resort
You can view the mountains from inside the conference center.

Conference Center rental is $3000 and you have the veranda as well as the ballroom for six hours. The center has first rate in-house audio/video systems. Choose a buffet or seated reception. Prices start at under $50 per person. And because Massanutten’s package includes a day-of wedding coordinator, you’ll have peace of mind.

Matt Clements truly knows the definition of day-of wedding coordination. He makes sure your wedding runs smoothly by creating your day-of timeline. And he helps you select your menu as well as conducts your tasting.

On wedding day, Matt oversees vendor installations and sets up your personal decor. He also coordinates your ceremony and cues your vendors for special reception moments like the first dance. At the end of the evening, Matt evens packs up your personal items.

If you’re making it a wedding weekend, Matt can help with your rehearsal dinner and guest departure brunch. He’ll also point you in the right direction for accommodations and activities.

Your Wedding Coordinator: Matt Clements

Because trust is crucial when it comes to your wedding vendors, here’s who you’ll work with at Massanutten. Matt started his hospitality career as a teenager, working weddings and events at a country club. He’s also been a banquet captain at two hotels and an events manager for a private dining club. To top it all off, Matt has even had his own event planning business.

Matt Clements Massanuten Resort Weddings
Matt Clements, Wedding & Catering Specialist at Massanutten Resort

“I would describe myself as very personable,” says Matt. He loves meeting new people, getting to know them, and making them feel at ease. “I think this is a very valuable quality, if not a needed one, in the wedding and event planning business. Couples want to know that you have their interests at heart and you’re truly invested in the special day they’re planning.  How better to start this process than getting to know them and establishing a good personal working relationship?”

Matt’s advice for anyone who’s planning a wedding is to ask questions – and more questions. “It’s better to know than to assume. Be prepared for the unexpected. Trust me, it will happen,” he says. “We perfectly plan but there is always something that could happen that you didn’t expect.  Don’t let it throw you off, just quickly resolve, and carry on.”

To learn more about a mountain wedding at Massanutten Resort, call Matt at (540) 289-4905 or email mclements@massresort.com. And find your wedding style and more great venues on Blue Ridge Bride.

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