Planning a budget Colorado Mountain Wedding? Colorado brides and grooms don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to exchange their wedding vows in a spectacular location with million dollar views. When looking for an inexpensive wedding venue, make sure that there are no hidden fees or requirements. Venues often have a “preferred vendor list,” so using your own caterer (or other service provider) may be more expensive or not allowed at all. Sundays tend to be less expensive too. So if you’re flexible on days of the week, stay away from Friday and Saturday wedding ceremonies and that will help you stay within your budget. Read our blog post about mid week weddings as a way to save money and still get the venue you want.
With the proper planning, you’ll be able to host an affordable wedding ceremony and reception that is both elegant and memorable.
Below is a list of some of our favorite budget wedding venues.
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, CO
(Up to 50 Guests) The towering red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods Park are a spectacular backdrop for your Colorado wedding, and the area is free! Weddings at the Garden of the Gods are allowed provided they are small, brief ceremonies, and no receptions are allowed in the park unless you are having a picnic at the Scotsman or South Spring Canyon Picnic areas.
Club Tico, Fort Collins
(Up to 299 Guests) Since the 1920’s Club Tico has served as one of Fort Collins’ most unique and beautiful locations for special events and wedding celebrations. The recently renovated venue is located in historic City Park and offers convenient access and parking. Club Tico rents for only $65 per hour, and includes audio/visual, dance floor, podium, stage lighting, staff support, security service, projector, linen service, skirting service and more! Learn more about Club Tico here.
Crystal Rose Event Center at Lookout Mountain
Close to Denver, at the crest of the mountain, the Crystal Rose Lookout Mountain wedding venue offers amazing views of Denver, and an outside Patio Garden. All inclusive wedding packages start at just $44.95 per person. Crystal Rose was recently named the best place to have a Colorado wedding and reception, and they provide one of the most all inclusive Colorado Wedding Packages in the state. Learn more here.
Deer Creek Valley Ranch, Bailey, CO
(Up to 180 Guests) Inspired by their own amazing Love Story, owners Tim and Christian have offered their Ranch as an intimate and elegant country setting for weddings and receptions. When you host your wedding at Deer Creek Valley Ranch, you can chose between a lakeside gazebo or Evans Bridge Meadow for the ceremony, and you can save money with “Value Season” Rates, or the “30 in 90″ Discount Special. Learn more at their website.
Washington Park Boathouse
Up to 150 Guests. You can rent the Washington Park Boathouse for 9 hours for just $600, and that includes alcohol service! Washington Park is on US National Register of historic places as well as the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. Designed by Jules Jacques Benios Benedidct, the structure was completed in 1913. You and your guests will enjoy a spectacular view of Washington Park’s legendary flowerbeds and broad landscape that personifies the “City Beautiful Era” of Denver’s early years. Bridal room, staging kitchen and on-site facilitator included. Learn more here. The Denver Park and Recreation Department has a number of budget-friendly wedding venues available including Chief Hosa, Flemming Mansion, City Park Pavilion and more.
Mount Vernon Event Center
Up to 300 Guests. The Mount Vernon Event Center in Golden, CO has a number of budget wedding ideas listed on their website, and has both indoor and outdoor ceremony options available. Just 15 minutes from downtown Denver in Golden, Colorado, the location combines urban convenience with mountain grandeur.
How about the most spectacular /most budget-conscious wedding venue you can find in Summit County, Colorado? For about $100, you can reserve Sapphire Point, (between Frisco and Breckenridge) the only designated wedding site in the Dillon Ranger District. Exchange your wedding vows on a rocky outcropping with a panoramic view of the Ten Mile Range in the background, and Lake Dillon just below. You’ll want to be sure to check out our photographers page to find the right person to document this momentous day. Follow your ceremony with a wedding reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion, or an outside reception on the grass at Point Dillon Park & Lawn.
Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne, CO
(Up to 450 Guests) Owned and operated by the Town of Silverthorne, the Pavilion opened its doors in 2001 as an affordable, stylish venue to serve the local community and visitors. The Pavilion sits at the edge of the famed Blue River in the heart of the Town Center and boasts nearly 12,000 square feet of space. Learn more about the Silverthorne Pavilion. Cost of renting out the entire pavilion runs between $500 – $3100, depending on day of the week and time of year. Summit County residents are eligible for a discount, and the site fees includes use of all Pavilion grounds and indoor furniture, set up and take down time before and after your event, set up of indoor tables and chairs, and an attendant on hand to help oversee your event.
Meadows at Marshdale, Evergreen, CO
(40 – 180 Guests) The Meadows at Marshdale offers several venues ideal for weddings. Used for receptions and retreats, this Rocky Mountain oasis combines elegance and charm, setting the stage for an unforgettable wedding ceremony.Depending on the size of your group, you can choose from the Red Barn, Grandview Terrace or the Guest House. 20% discount for ceremonies taking place Oct. 16 – April 14. Rental rates range from $950 – $3200 for a 6 hour rental. Other properties and options available.
Missouri Heights Schoolhouse in Carbondale, CO
(Maximum 100 Guests ) With spectacular views of Mt. Sopris, and a 1/2 day (four hour) rental at only $100, the Missouri Heights Schoolhouse may be the best budget Colorado wedding venue we’ve found yet! You can rent it for 3 days straight for only $350! The schoolhouse is the only remaining historic building on the mesa that is available for public use. And, there is a chalk board and a three person swing set. Learn more about the Missouri Heights Schoolhouse.
Rocky Mountain National Park
What better place to tie the knot than in one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country. Rocky Mountain National Park has over a dozen spectacular locations for you and your partner to hold your wedding ceremony — and the permits are only $150! There are restrictions, and the use of these areas are not exclusive…but, the views are incredible. Guests can stay in Grand Lake, camp at RMNP or lodge in Estes Park.
Golden Hotel, Golden, Colorado
The Golden Hotel offers one of the most idyllic wedding reception sites in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. When you are searching for the perfect wedding location, look no further than their award-winning property. Located on Clear Creek, The Golden Hotel features a mountain lodge ambiance with a wealth of full service amenities. Enjoy a location where your wedding vision can come to life and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Weddings at Evergreen Lakehouse, Evergreen, CO
Close to Denver, and yet another spectacular, inexpensive venue, the Lakehouse in Evergreen is an excellent choice for weddings and events. The facility is available from mid-March through the first week in December. Many beautiful weddings have been held at the Lake House and numerous public events take place throughout the year. Provided in the rental costs are tables, chairs and district staff members.
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk
(Wedding packages start at just $65 per guest). Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk offers an idyllic Colorado wedding location as one of the most luxurious resorts in Colorado. In addition to their superb mountain location – which presents a wide array of photographic backdrops – you’ll have your choice of wedding sites throughout the resort, featuring everything from grand to intimate.
Stone Mountain Lodge, Lyons, CO
Imagine saying your wedding vows with a lush green backdrop, ducks swimming across the Pond, and towering Red Cliffs. The Stone Mountain Lodge property offers this most unique setting for your special Colorado wedding. Their Front Range location makes it convenient to have your outdoor wedding in the Colorado mountains without being too far away. And don’t worry, if it rains, your ceremony can be set up inside the tent, just in case. They have various Wedding Packages to suit your specific needs and budgets.
Other ideas for Colorado Mountain Weddings on a Budget
- Be sure to check out all of the upcoming bridal shows and wedding events in the Denver area. Brides and grooms can learn about venues, caterers and specials that can save you money.
- Brides — Another way to save money is to buy a used or closeout wedding gown. There are plenty of high-end boutiques selling lightly used, designer wedding dresses at a fraction of the cost of new. View all consignment wedding dress shops here.
- Save on your wedding officiant. If you’re not getting married in a religious ceremony, you can save money by having a close friend or relative perform the wedding ceremony. It’s easy and free to get ordained at the Church of Universal Life. You can even go to confession online! So, you know…there’s that too.
The natural beauty of the high mountains of Colorado makes almost any location a perfect venue for your wedding ceremony. Go on a hike and exchange your vows overlooking the Continental Divide, or mountain bike up Peaks Trail out of Breckenridge or Frisco and get married with Mount Guyot in the background. The opportunities, like the natural beauty of the Colorado Mountains, are endless.
Mountain Celebrations made planning our wedding on a budget easy! We found inexpensive venues and all the services we needed. I couldn’t have planned our wedding without mountaincelebrations.com! – Melissa C, Littleton, CO