I'm so glad you are here to check out some recent work. I'm a Colorado wedding photographer that shoots all around the country. The blog is filled with full wedding and portrait sessions, and includes weddings planning tips and inspiration.
January 13, 2024
If you’re planning to host a winter wedding and have been researching the best locations, states, and venues to do so, then you might have stumbled upon a few Colorado winter wedding venues already. Colorado has been an increasingly popular state to get hitched in for many reasons. The rise of the destination wedding makes Colorado a perfect nominee- it’s central to the country, a large airport hub in Denver, and has a plethora of beautiful mountain towns with epic scenery and charming vibes. The state also has some very experienced vendors in almost every corner of the state, with many high end, award-winning planners, venues, photographers, and other other skilled wedding experts.
Weddings come in all shapes and sizes in Colorado. Elopements are wildly popular in the remote areas with glaciers, alpine lakes, gorges, and hot springs in mind. There are also some luxury resorts and venues that can accommodate million dollar budgets. Either way, guests will always enjoy the experience of venturing out to the mountains for their friends and loved ones special day.
Colorado is also beautiful year round. (Did you know that Denver prides itself on getting 300 days of sunshine?) The summers are beautiful, but the winters might be Colorado’s highest tourist season. With 28 ski resorts in the state, and winter-centered resorts and spas, you’ll never run out of fun things to do in the colder months. It might just be….the perfect place to get married in the winter?
Winter conditions can vary depending on where you are located in Colorado. The city of Denver has a very mild winter- with most snow only sticking to the ground for a few days before it melts away. (Again, there is 300 days of sunshine!). The higher altitude towns will have more of the stereotypical ‘Colorado winter’ with snowy days and perhaps even some road closures. The ski towns are usually equipped to handle such conditions, but a lot of roads in the backcountry mountain towns may only be openly seasonly, and could be closed from November to June.
The average winter temp in a ski town like Vail might be around the high 20’s/low 30’s Fahrenheit. The ski towns are usually bustling with travelers and winter sports enthusiasts. This can definitely drive up costs on airbnbs or hotels.
A lot of people getting married in winter in Colorado! It does make a dreamy setting to have a light snowfall in the windows, as guests cozy up by the fireplace with fur blankets and hot toddies. It’s festive, fun, and unique. Guests usually stay a few days extra before or after their friends wedding to enjoy the ski towns and the winter offerings.
When it comes to wedding planning specifically, couples can have a huge advantage picking a winter wedding date. Most of Colorado’s busiest wedding season is from May-October. A lot of wedding vendors book out these dates fast. Some venues even have a two year waiting list during these months! The ‘off-season’ does have a perk of having more availability for venues, planners, photographers, and so much more. You’ll more likely to be able to book the vendor of your dreams, and sometimes even for an off-season price!
There aren’t many cons to hosting a Colorado winter wedding, other than the unpredictability of weather. As mentioned before, most ski towns are equipped to handle harsh winter conditions, BUT there can’t be any promises. Sometimes the main highways will have to be closed due to weather, accidents, or even pre-planned avalanche control.
The best way to combat these unpredictable factors, would be to have vendors come up to your location a day in advance. If you can, host them in a hotel a night or two before your wedding day, so that they have extra time to get to your mountain area and can avoid any of the weather related headaches that the roads and weather might bring.
On the wedding day, some things to consider when hosting your wedding in the winter would be; weather, road conditions, seasonal venue options, and early sunset times. I mentioned before the things to consider when planning around weather, but it should also be discussed how weather can affect the actual wedding ceremony. It should be important to plan an indoor option for your ceremony and reception. It would be LOVELY to host an outdoor ceremony in the winter, and people have been lucky and have done so, but in case of severe winter conditions, an indoor backup plan is key!
Also consider road conditions for the guests traveling to your venue. Make sure the road will be plowed and perhaps consider some wiggle room for ceremony start time so that guests can get there safely.
It should also be noted that not all of Colorado’s wedding venues are open year round. A LOT of venues are only open seasonly. The venues that are open for the winter months will most likely be the ones that can accommodate guests, have access to plowed roads, and are larger facilities that are more than just a wedding venue. The venues that are specifically only for weddings will usually be closed by November or December, and will not host weddings again until late May.
Below is my list of venues that are open for winter events and that I think are beautiful and have lovely reviews.
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