The Best Places To Get Married in Colorado
We’re going to the mountains, and we’re going to get married...
For many people, their wedding day is something they’ve dreamed about ever since they first heard the phrase “I do.” For some, it’s just a bit of a hassle you have to get over before you can go on the honeymoon. Whether you’re prancing down the aisle or really just in it for the gifts, one thing all betrothed couples can agree on is that the perfect wedding starts with the perfect setting. Luckily, perfect settings is what we at Plum Guide know best, so we’ve acted as de facto wedding planners and scouted out the best places to get married in Colorado – and of course, the very best homes for family, friends, and newlyweds to stay in the run up for the special day. You never know, you might end up having your honeymoon right here.
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding we can’t think of a better place to get married than Colorado, with its jaw-dropping mountain scenery and beautiful summer weather. Telluride is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the state, and it’s easy to see why – you might be tempted to double check the date on your phone when you first arrive at this Victorian mining town, which has carefully maintained many of its historic buildings from as far back as the 19th century. It’s a scenic alternative to more modern resorts, with old buildings like the Sheridan Opera House offering a great setting for wedding photos. There’s also plenty of fine dining options to salivate over, including steakhouse Chop House and gourmet French restaurant La Marmotte, so you’ll have no trouble booking a luxury rehearsal dinner for all the guests. (Well, maybe just your favourites – that dry-aged bison ribeye shouldn’t be wasted on your cousin’s annoying girlfriend, after all.)
Built from the 1960s onwards as a ski resort for the wealthy, Vail may not have the same centuries-old historic prestige as other areas, but it makes our list of best places to get married in Colorado because of its absolutely charming atmosphere. Designed in the style of a Bavarian Alpine village, this is the closest thing to a European destination wedding you’ll get on this side of the pond and as a bonus you won’t have to battle against any of the pitfalls that come with ancient buildings, like poor central heating (nothing ruins a wedding like the bridesmaids shivering the whole way through). There’s no end to scenic photo spots in Vail, from the coloured fairytale style houses in Lionshead to the bright floral beds in the Betty Ford Alpine Garden: the highest botanical garden in the US, which can also be hired as a wedding venue. Or perhaps you’ll hold a romantic shoot in your Plum home – just you, your soon-to-be-spouse, and your photographer capturing those special, intimate moments before the big event.
Aspen has an undeniable aura of glamour and glitter that isn’t entirely due to the sun reflecting off the perfect snowdrifts – it’s the favoured ski resort of the rich and famous, and if you keep a sharp eye out on the slopes you might just spot a few celebrities amongst you. But that’s not why we think it’s one of the best places to get married in Colorado: that’s all down to the beauty of the mountain peaks, and the sheer luxury you’ll find here. And if it’s luxurious enough to impress us, you know it’s good. Aspen seems almost made for weddings, and you’ll want to stick around for much longer than just the big day. After all, you need to leave enough time to soak away those pre-wedding stresses in the mineral waters of the Glenwood Hot Springs, take in the spectacular mountain views with a ride on the Silver Queen Gondola, and savour a meal of wagyu beef and lobster ceviche at Nobu outpost Matsuhisa. Go on, order a bottle of their best champagne – you’re getting married, after all.
If you’ve got your heart set on a winter wedding, may as well go all out and make sure it’s the most wintery wedding anyone’s ever attended. Breckenridge is gorgeous year round, but we think it really comes into its own in the winter; skiers, snowboarders and hikers will all find themselves perfectly at home on the trails and slopes of this mountain community, so if you’re the kind of couple who love the great outdoors there’s no better place to start the rest of your lives together. Put the bride in a fetching white snowsuit (we’re kidding… or are we?) and get some outdoor heaters to put a new spin on the phrase white wedding. If your upcoming nuptials are in January, you might even get to pose with some of the magnificent sculptures created in the International Snow Sculpting Championships – now that would be a wedding photo with a difference. No matter how you choose to celebrate the day, you just have to end the evening with a dip in your Plum home hot tub to warm up. Practical and romantic.