Thursday, January 12, 2012

Top 10 Colorado Wedding Venues :: our picks!

As Colorado Wedding Planners we are fortunate to work at some of the best wedding venues in the entire state.  Here’s a pick of our favorite top 10 Colorado Wedding Venues in no particular order.

1.     Devil’sThumb Ranch, Tabernash, Colorado
Recherche Photography
With over 5000 acres of ranch land in the Rocky Mountains near Winter Park 65 miles away from Denver, Devil’s Thumb Ranch is a venue for a truly adventurous outdoor wedding with all the comforts of a top-notch resort.  This site features on-site lodging for guests and can accommodate up to 160 people in the Broad Axe Barn reception room.  Devil’s Thumb offers a variety of summer and winter recreational activities and spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery overlooking the Continental Divide.  If you want your big day to be away from the city, surrounded by Colorado wilderness then this is one venue you can’t overlook!

2.     St.Julien Hotel & Spa, Boulder, Colorado
Recherche Photography
One of the most beautiful and modern hotels in Boulder, the St. Julien in Boulder is a far cry from the simple, rustic Colorado bride’s idea of an outdoor wedding.  With luxurious accommodations including a full service span and tons of fantastic restaurants and bars only minutes away, this site is all about elegance and comfort.  The St. Julien offers a beautiful gazebo with breathtaking views of the Flatirons and over 16,000 square feet of function space.  A wedding at the St. Julien is attended to by top-notch staff and amazing on-site catering.  If you’re looking for a stunning outdoor location with all the upscale amenities of a chic urban hotel, then the St. Julien is right up your alley.

3.     DellaTerra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park, Colorado
Jenna Walker Photographers
Della Terra Mountain Chateau is the epitome of mountain elegance and romance.  Just outside Estes Park, this site is located in a gorgeous setting but sacrifices nothing in the way of luxury or exquisite details.  With both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces and a rustic but opulent interior reception area your wedding will be oozing romance.  Fantastic on-site suites are available and Della Terra welcomes outside vendors and caterers.  Although, this venue is a popular location, you can be sure to enjoy an intimate experience on your special day as they ensure to host only one wedding at a time.  This is one Colorado venue that meshes perfectly the natural beauty of the Rockies with a stunning first-class chateau. 

4.     SpruceMountain Ranch, Larkspur, Colorado
from Spruce Mountain Ranch
At a slightly lower altitude but no less spectacular surroundings, this venue lets you and your guests experience the foothills of the mountains reminiscent of a classic Colorado ranch.  They offer a wide selection of ceremony and reception sites, even with the option for an entire ranch buyout.  For up to 250 guests, Spruce Mountain provides inclusive packages that take care of all your reception and ceremony site needs.  With wide open spaces on over 400 acres of ranch property and a simple lovely charm, Spruce Mountain just south of Denver is and ideal location for a picturesque Colorado wedding without a westward trek into the mountains. 

5.     RembrandtYard, Boulder, Colorado
Recherche Photography
“Why settle for a hotel ballroom when you can be surrounded by original works of art, and stunning mountain views?” this direct quote from the Rebrandt Yard says it all.  As a dual functioning gallery and event center this is located in downtown Boulder right off Pearl Street.  With the option to utilize two separate floors or both for larger events, you can have an intimate indoor wedding with a marvelous backdrop of the Flatirons through their floor to ceiling windows.  This site is perfect for a fresh modern look and feel without the surrounding hotel atmosphere in a beautiful downtown location. 

6.     Crooked Willow Farm, Larkspur, Colorado
from Crooked Willow Farm
Equestrian splendor is what you will encounter at Crooked Willow Farm.  Over 90 acres of unique space with thick history in horsemanship and elegant room offering including a loft, ballroom, and stable corridor are available here.  The farm atmosphere of this site is coupled with sophisticated and unique architectural details.  Located in Larkspur between Colorado Springs and Denver, Crooked Willow provides a gorgeous scenic site for your wedding without a remote mountain location. 

7.     Four Seasons Vail and Four Seasons Denver, Colorado

The two  locations offer the full spectrum of Colorado extravagance.  The Four Seasons is a 5-star hotel and it two locations in Denver and Vail are unique to their setting.  The Vail location, found just at the bottom of Vail Resort, is not only surrounded by breathtaking scenery but exemplifies the best in a Colorado luxury alpine lodge and resort.  Its counterpart in Denver has an updated, more modern feel for a bride seeking an urban wedding experience in the heart of downtown.  Whether you are seeking a location surrounded by nature or nightlife, the Four Seasons is a great option for your Colorado wedding. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver brings luxury to a new altitude.  The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Denver features the very best this city has to offer with the largest guest rooms in Denver, guests can enjoy sweeping views and luxury to match.  The Bachelor Gulch location is nestled in an exclusive enclave on Beaver Creek Mountain and embodies Rocky Mountain luxury and the adventurous, pioneering spirit of the American West.  If you want a luxury, 5-star accommodations and service for your wedding, the Ritz Carlton is a wonderful choice.

9.     Beano’s Cabin, Beaver Creek, Colorado
Jenna Walker Photographers
Located on the mountain of the beautiful Beaver Creek Ski Resort property, Beano’s Cabin provides just the right amount of mountain luxury and rustic wilderness.  With more intimacy than a large hotel or a sprawling ranch the cabin setting is a dream setting for brides looking for the ultimate Colorado experience. The site has a large outdoor lawn available for ceremonies and an indoor space that accommodates 100-150 guests with the option of adding a tented deck in the summer.  Beano’s Cabin also prides itself on an impeccable wait staff and is just outside of Vail, CO surrounded by posh lodging and dining options and an endless supply of summer and winter recreational activities. 

10.   Chautauqua Dining Hall, Boulder, Colorado
Gary Oakley Photography
This site is at the base of the Flatirons in South Boulder, a historic old-fashioned location with large open spaces for outdoor weddings.  In addition, a wedding at Chautauqua can take place at the Sunrise Amphitheater just up the road with reception space on-site at areas accommodating up to 180 guests for plated dinners.  Abundant guest lodging is available on-site as well as cottages ideal for bride/groom wedding preparation.  The unique historic atmosphere of this venue makes for an unforgettable wedding right up against Boulder’s Flatirons. 

Other favorite Colorado wedding venues include:
Flagstaff House Restaurant
The Kitchen
Lyons Farmette
Planet Bluegrass
Westin Riverfront Hotel
Larkspur Restaurant
Top of Vail Mountain
Top of Beaver Creek Mountain
and of course the many private residences we’ve worked at!

xoxo Much love,
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding and Event Planners


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