I was born and raised in Colorado, which I believe qualifies me to say that this is a beautiful state. Most of the clients that I photograph get married in Colorado, and it made me think of a question recently. Where should you get married in Colorado?
In this blog post, I am going to help you decide where you should get married in Colorado. From choosing Colorado for a destination wedding or getting married locally, this blog post is for you! Additionally, I am also going to share some venues and other resources for inspiration.
The parts of Colorado
When most people think of Colorado, they first think of the mountains. The mountains are a large part of our state, but it isn't all of it.
There is a lot of agriculture in Colorado and the eastern side of the state is primarily just plains. The plains have a great view of the front range, but if you are planning a destination wedding, my guess is that you want to be in the mountains.
I like to divide Colorado into three zones: the eastern plains, the Front Range, and the mountains. Each one of these zones I will describe further.
Other than agriculture, and oil & gas, there isn't much that goes on in the eastern side of Colorado. This is still a huge part of the state and I have a lot of respect for it, but there are not a lot of options for weddings.
Many weddings that I have photographed on the eastern plains are usually local country weddings. They aren't at a venue but rather at someone else's home.
Towns and cities include
La Junta, Lamar, Limon, Burlington, Yuma, Fort Morgan, Sterling, Holyoke, Wray, Julesburg, Springfield, and Kim
The Front Range is where the mountains begin. A lot of cities such as Denver and Colorado Springs may not technically be in the Front Range, but they do have a spectacular view of them.
In my opinion, the Front Range views are just as beautiful compared to actually being in the mountains. Also, the gateway into the mountains in Golden through I-70 is breathtaking.
Once you get far into the mountains, the cost of venues will increase dramatically, so getting married in the front range or the surrounding areas isn't a bad idea.
Great venues to check out
- Boettcher Mansion - Golden
- Tapestry House by Wedgewood Weddings - Laporte
- Ellis Ranch - Loveland
- The Hillside Vineyard - Fort Collins
- Gateway Canyons - Gateway
- Spruce Mountain Ranch - Larkspur
- Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs
TOWNS AND CITIES INCLUDE
Wellington, Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Johnstown, Lyons, Longmont, Boulder, Brighton, Thornton, Westminster, Denver, Golden, Lakewood, Aurora, Bennet, Strasburg, Littleton, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Larkspur, Peyton, Calhan, Colorado Springs, Cañon City, Pueblo, Rye, Walsenburg, and Trinidad
Obviously, this is going to be the definite picture-worthy part of the state. With all the spectacular mountains, this isn't something you want to miss! From valleys, passes, ski resorts, fourteeners, and iconic mountain towns, there is just so much available to explore!
Mountain VENUES TO CHECK OUT
- Della Terra Mountain Chateau - Estes Park
- Westin Riverfront Resort - Avon
- Bella Vista - Steamboat Springs
- Wild Basin Lodge - Allenspark
- Mountain Wedding Garden - Crested Butte
Ski Resort VENUES TO CHECK OUT
- Keystone Ski Resort
- Breckenridge Ski Resort
- Crested Butte Ski Resort
- Copper Mountain Ski Resort
- Winter Park Ski Resort
- Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort
- Beaver Creek Ski Resort
- San Sophia Overlook - Telluride
*Note: with the Epic pass (Vail Resorts) or Ikon pass (Alterra, & partnership resorts), you are able to get skiing access at these resorts during the winter time. Personally, I love skiing and both of these passes are great to get!
TOWNS AND CITIES INCLUDE
Walden, Craig, Steamboat Springs, Rangely, Red Feather Lakes, Estes Park, Grand Lake, Granby, Kremmling, Meeker, Rifle, Gypsum, Edwards, Winter Park, Breckenridge, Vail, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Aspen, Leadville, Delta, Paonia, Crested Butte, Montrose, Gunnison, Salida, Buena Vista, Telluride, Lake City, Creede, South Fork, Westcliffe, Monte Viste, Alamosa, Cortez, Durango, Pagosa Springs, Antonito.
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