Post # 1
So I think I’ve read every possible location, and even dug deep on Google, to try and find a beautiful location that doesn’t cost me $2,000 just for the venue. I’m at a loss. I’m to the point of just saying forget it and having the wedding in a park somewhere! These places think their B&B backyards are worth $2k are nuts. I know it’s a business but come on! We are hoping for only 60 guests, but if we could knock it down about 30 people that would be even better; unfortunately, 30 is the total of just our immediate family + aunts/uncles. ::sigh::
Anyone have any suggestions? I think I’m going to have to give up my dream of a Colorado rustic/lodge type wedding or even a quaint barn because they are ridiculously priced. I loved Chatfield Barn but for a Saturday it’s about $1,950–just the location! Can’t do it. I know I’ve addressed that my mother thinks Fridays, Sundays or even Mondays are out–but she will not listen to me. She still thinks no one will come. My thoughts, if they are close to me then they’ll come. If they aren’t then they won’t and they can stay home.
Post # 3
I feel your pain…I went through it last year! Have you checked out the YMCA camps in Estes Park (YMCA of the Rockies) and Winter Park (Snow Mountain Ranch—you should be aware, on this one, that they’ve done quite a bit of clearing due to pine bark beetle—best to go check it out). Not sure how much they charge, but I’ve heard of affordable weddings at both.
Also look at Jeffco Open Space: I’ve had two different friends get married at Beaver Meadows, out on 285. You can use the little amphitheater (no shelter), or there are a few buildngs you can use, too.
YOu might also like Sunshine Mountain Lodge, in/near Allenspark, on the east side of Rocky Mtn NP. You can rent out the whole place—5 acres, plus cabins—or just part. It’s where the woman from 2000dollarwedding.com got married—AND they’re featured today on offbeatbride.com (which is what reminded me).
Beyond that, I’d start checking the areas available at different state parks.
Post # 4
I had the same problem and refused to pay those over the top fees just because I said the word "wedding"! But, I have found a few options that were decently priced and nice. Chief Hosa in Golden is nice, I think reasonable and they will take care of everything for you. I think it’s part of the Denver Parks system. Also have you checked into the Boathouse in Wash Park or the Pavilion in City Park? Those are also reasonable. If you don’t mind doing some setup, Dekeovend Park in Centennial is very nice as well. Check out shelter C… very lodge like and can accomodate up to 200 people, I think. The park is beautiful. That’s where I decided on in the end.
Post # 5
I hear ya Curly Sue. I gave up my dream of a mountain Colorado wedding. I just couldn’t justify having a wedding in the metro area to save cash. It isn’t what I wanted at all. So the FI and I are backing bags and heading to Hawaii instead for something more scaled down and family and close friends only.
I don’t think I have any more suggestions to offer up. Pretty much what I was going to mention has been covered.
Post # 6
We had our wedding at Marys Lake Lodge in Estes Park and they were very affordable (but we had our wedding in the offseason for just that reason). Another option is to contact a wedding planner who’s familiar with the area you’re interested in. Our DOC was Laurie Bien of Estes Park Wedding & Event Planners (www.estesparkeventplanners.com) – she’s a native and has a lot of experience with RMNP. Her rates were reasonable & she was SUPER helpful.
Post # 7
I just booked the pavilion at Lake Estes Marina for my rehearsal dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the price. I think they do weddings, too.
Post # 8
HI there. What about the AA Barn in Grand Lake. It’s rustic but it’s on the river, has weather shelter AND you can bring your own caterer. Contact the Forest Service for more info but the last event I did there was . . . $125 site fee for a Saturday, IN JUNE!!!! Good Luck!
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Post # 9
I married the year of the Hayman fire and our mountain venue burned a few days before the ceremony!!
We ended up having our ceremony at Fox Run Park, which is close to Black Forest. It’s a nice venue and only costs a small amount to rent.
http://adm.elpasoco.com/Parks/Reservations_and_Rentals.htm There’s a covered are you can rent too. The park rules in 2002 were no alcohol and no powered music but an acoustic band was allowed. My family is Irish born so we had the reception at the golf course around the corner. 🙂
I’m photographing a wedding at Elk Ridge Ranch in Brek this coming summer and it’s stunning. The website is down right now so can’t tell you how much the rental is but the views are incredible.
I can email a pic or two of our ceremony at fow run if you contant me. My email is on my website admirePhotography.com
Best of luck!
Post # 10
Not sure if you found a place yet, but I’m getting married at Snow Mtn Ranch (YMCA facility previously mentioned) and I think it is fairly cost-effective. The lodge we are renting for our reception, Legett, holds up to 250 and costs $1600 (last year’s price) but they have tons of ceremony as well as reception options. If you have a small wedding that gives you tons more flexibility. Plus, the rooms are reasonably priced, and if you book 20 bedrooms they cut your site fee in half. I have seen some really beautiful pictures from a wedding up there that was held in a reunion cabin, which is 8BR and supposedly holds up to 40 people! So if that many people can sleep in there, you could most likely do a ceremony there. 🙂 PM me if you have more questions about the site, I have been really happy with everything about SMR.