Colorado mountain weddings are a big deal. So big, that in 2018, there were 36,840 weddings in the Centennial State. And the average cost of a Colorado wedding? A white-hot $27,646. Needless to say, Colorado wedding venues have become big business in the last decade.
With more than 400 unique wedding venues in Colorado, finding the right one can be a daunting task. In our collection below, we look at the higher end of the spectrum, where you’ll get sweeping mountain views, gorgeous reception halls, a range of total guest capacities, and the chance to give your guests the Colorado destination wedding experience they’re looking for.
We’ve broken down our 15 Best Colorado Wedding venues by season, experience, capacity, and destination to help you discover which is best for your mountain wedding.
Vail weddings are staggeringly beautiful, and as far as site fees go, the average price is fairly standard. The average site fee for a Vail wedding is a little over $2,000, however, the amenities, views, and experience at each venue can vary significantly. For example, the Express Lift venue is $500 for the site and just $95 for food+beverage per person, however, you won't get the stunning views and experience of a site like The 10th, which runs upwards of $7,000 (depending on day and season) and $215 per person for food and beverage.
Below are three of our favorite Vail wedding venues, and all the information you need to help you make a decision.
(All photos courtesy of Vail.com)
The Holy Cross Event Deck is Vail's flagship wedding ceremony venue and provides stunning, 360-views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. You'll need to bring your guests up on the gondola, which costs $18 per person, and the venue is capped at 180 guests. It's only available mid-June through mid-September, so winter weddings are out for this venue (we list several winter wedding venues in Colorado below).
Site fee is between $2,000 and $5,000, and available times include every two hours, 10:30am-6:30pm.
After a spectacular ceremony on the event deck, you can head to the Eagle's Nest—the closet reception location to the ceremony site. The beautiful site has huge windows that look out over the mountains and enough room for up to 250 guests. For a cocktail hour, set up a bar on the outdoor deck to let guests take in the scenery while the bride and groom are finishing up photos.
The 10th is Vail's newest wedding venue and brings together a ceremony site and a reception hall. Up to 185 guests can gather on the deck for the ceremony, then head into the reception where floor-to-ceiling windows provide a stellar backdrop for dinner and dancing. This is currently our top pick for a Vail wedding venue thanks to its views, exquisite menu, and elegant reception hall.
Weddings in Beaver Creek, Colorado, located just 15 minutes west of Vail, have their own unique feel full of sophistication, mountain beauty, peace and quiet, and intimate ceremony/reception options. If you're looking for a small wedding in Colorado, we'd recommend looking into Beaver Creek for its one-of-a-kind experiences, like the sleigh ride to Zach's Cabin or the Tuscan-flavored Il Podere, which features authentic Italian stone.
The average Beaver Creek wedding cost varies, depending on what you need. For example, a 50-person event at the prestigious Charter Complex runs between $5,000 and $13,000, but this will increase as you add more guests, or choose a more secluded mountain location.
The highlight of any wedding at Zach's Cabin is the charming sleigh ride you and your guests (up to 100) will take to the rustic cabin in the woods with gorgeous views of the entire valley. Inside, the cabin is beautifully decorated, and the large deck is perfect for photos and cocktails. Weddings here run between $15,000 and $30,000 in total, which includes tables and chairs, food and beverage, and transportation to the cabin.
Beano's Cabin is perhaps one of the most refined options in Beaver Creek. The cabin features a wrap-around deck, a unique ceremony site, the option of an outdoor reception, and a gorgeous interior design that melds rustic elegance with pure luxury. Weddings here typically cost between $30,000 and $60,000 in total, however for that price tag you get some amazing amenities, including:
We have several homes in our luxury rental portfolio that have been used as small wedding venues in quintessential Colorado destinations, and few are as beautiful as Il Podere. Located in the hills of Cordillera outside of Beaver Creek, this retreat has 7 bedrooms that can sleep up to 18 guests. It's set on 230 acres of pristine mountain terrain, giving you plenty of privacy and unrivaled mountain views. Click here to learn more about having your intimate wedding at this fantastic and unique venue/accommodation perfect for a small destination wedding.
For a true one-of-a-kind ceremony, have your Colorado winter wedding at Cresta Mountain Lodge, located right on the slopes of Beaver Creek/Arrowhead. With a huge back deck perfect for after-ceremony cocktails and ski-in, ski-out access, you and your guests can experience world-class skiing as a part of the celebration. Click here to learn more about having your wedding at Cresta Mountain Lodge.
Mont Vista Chateaux is one of our luxury rentals that many guests have used as a ceremony site, reception hall, and accommodation for their Colorado destination wedding all in one, for one daily rate. This gorgeous estate, set in the hills just outside of downtown Breckenridge, has a stunning back deck, several living areas, and 8 bedrooms + 2 sleeping areas that can accommodate up to 24 guests. Click here to learn more.
TenMile Station is perhaps Breckenridge's most iconic wedding venue. Set in the serene National Forest on the mountain, this venue hosts up to 200 guests and includes a ceremony site and reception spot that both offer tremendous mountain views. This venue is only available in the summer, from late May to September, and cost estimates run between $30,000 and $60,000.
(Photo courtesy of IN Photography)
When you want the scenery and rustic elements of a mountain wedding but the elegance of a traditional ceremony, consider Sevens. It's located on-mountain with its own ceremony and cocktail deck and an exquisite dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the mountains. Open from April to November, this is the perfect venue for a spring or fall wedding ceremony for up to 100 guests.
(Photo courtesy of Breckenridge.com)
Keystone Ranch is the perfect option for couples looking for the pristine beauty of a golf course wedding, the rustic comfort of the Colorado mountains, and the convenience of an easily-accessible venue. While technically in Keystone, 30 minutes outside of Breckenridge, it's still an exceptional venue near the charming town and less than two hours from the Denver airport.
Telluride wedding venues offer some of the most dramatic scenery and breathtaking backdrops anywhere in Colorado. And considering site fees are more or less average compared with other ski resorts (anywhere between $2,000 and $5,000) really the only "drawback" (if you can even call it one) is that Telluride is pretty remote. However, for many, this is exactly what makes a Telluride wedding so memorable.
There are several wedding venues all around Telluride, however, we've narrowed it down to a few we believe are truly spectacular.
Telluride comprises two main neighborhoods: Town and Mountain Village. The two are connected by a 13-minute gondola that makes one stop halfway between at about 10,500 feet, which is the San Sophia Station, famous for its staggering beauty. It's here where you could spend your ceremony for up to 200 guests. From here, you could have your reception at the same site, head to nearby Allreds, or back to town, but a ceremony here is an experience you and your guests will remember forever.
Depending on your date, costs range from $3,000 to $4,000 to reserve the site.
(Photo taken by Dyan Kethley Photography)
Some couples exchange vows midair while skydiving, others have done it on a deck at sea. But in Telluride, you'll have the option to hold your ceremony at the base of the resort's most challenging on-piste terrain: The Revelation Bowl. Make no mistake, the only way to get to this unique ceremony site is via a black diamond ski run or a steep hike, but for adventure-loving couples who want a unique way to say "I do," few places are better than this.
Located at the very end of the prestigious Russel Drive where the pavement meets the powder is the Russell Estate, which includes a main home, a guest house, sprawling outdoor space, and plenty of room for your private, small wedding. With eight bedrooms, this home can accommodate up to 20 guests. In the winter, it's true ski-in, ski-out, and from the hot tub, you can even wave at the skiers swooshing by. Similar to Breckenridge's Mont Vista Chateaux, this is an excellent spot for intimate weddings to have their rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and accommodation all in one location. Click here to learn more about having your wedding at the Russel Estate.
If you've ever skied at Telluride, you've likely passed the epic party that is Gorrono Ranch, and now it can be your private wedding site. With multi-tiered decks, you'll have the option to have your ceremony anywhere on the grounds, the cocktail hour in another nearby location with equally amazing views, and your choice of several reception areas. The site is available for weddings year-round, and in the winter, guests can be transported by a sleigh carried by a snowcat. This venue has the most amenities, including dressing rooms, various cabins that can be designated for other purposes, and full catering.
Wherever you choose to celebrate your wedding, we have dozens of luxury vacation rentals perfect for accommodating large groups. Also, we were recently shortlisted by the Luxury Travel Guide for the 2019 Wedding Awards, showcasing exceptional wedding venues from around the world. Give us a call and let us know you're planning a wedding, and we'll see what we can do to help you find the perfect lodging options for you and your guests.