Colorado mountain wedding locations
Location! Location! Location!
So you and your partner have settled on Colorado for your special day. Congratulations! You have already displayed exceptional taste. When it comes to planning a wedding, one of the first details you want to secure is where and when the ceremony and reception will be held. Venue selection, as many professional wedding planners will tell you, is going to be first on your list of “to-do’s”. Many are booked far in advance and you shouldn’t settle for a backup plan on your special day. How to narrow the possibilities? Breathe. We know the air is thin up here and it can definitely feel overwhelming. You’re in good hands! We have compiled the best experience in the business and are here to give you some pointers. It is not just about selecting a location, but finding one that suits you and your guests and will allow you to create the Rocky Mountain wedding of your dreams!
The central mountain region of Colorado offers everything from world-class resorts to lesser known “locals-only” gems. You will have your choice of everything from private home rentals and ranches, to town and county owned venues, to ballrooms and beyond. Make sure to speak with local vendors who specialize at working in these unique locations.
When it is time to make a decision, keep in mind some key factors that are important to you and your partner. Do you want the fresh air feeling of an outdoor venue like Rocky Mountain National Park? Or will the views from a ballroom work? Would you prefer the hustle and bustle of a Main Street location off the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort or Winter Park? Use these criteria when coming up with your list of your needs and wants in a venue.
Now that you have your list of potential locations, there are several other logistical questions to consider:
1. What is a realistic and comfortable budget?
2. How much of this budget is being spent on the venue versus the rest of your vendor team?
3. Can the venue accommodate your desired amount of guests?
4. Can the ceremony be on-site as well?
5. Are you able to use the vendor(s) of your choosing, such as catering, or does the facility provide their own?
6. Are you able to provide your own alcohol or does the venue help provide that for you?
7. How easily accessible is the venue for your guests to get to and from?
8. Is there enough parking for guests and vendors? What are the group transportation options?
9. Can guests stay on-site or near by?
10. Would there be enough power to accommodate all of your needs, specifically a band?
11. Are pets allowed?
12. Are there any guests with mobility issues (wheelchairs)?
13. Are there any religious traditions that need to be considered?
14. What is the rain/snow plan? And yes – we need a rain plan in February and a snow plan in July. Welcome to Colorado!
15. What are the times of the rental? Most venues rent the spaces for either eight, 10 or 12 hour blocks. If you have a large décor installation in mind, you will need to provide vendors with adequate time for set-up and strike.
Remember, for most couples hosting a wedding at any venue in the Rocky Mountains, it is a destination wedding for the guests. Many of them will make a mini vacation out of it, spending a few extra days either to get to your location or at the location itself. This is an important factor in your decision, but don’t make it a deal breaker. Do make sure you can find spaces for a welcome party, rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch that can accommodate all of your guests.
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