Post # 1
Hi ladies! I’ve been lurking for awhile now. You ladies have been such an awesome inspiration! I’m hoping you’ll have some more ideas for me.
My betrothed and I are in the beginning stages of planning a Oct 2011 Denver wedding. We definitely want to have our ceremony and reception in one location. Guest list is around 100 guests. We are looking for venues that have something for the guests to do between the ceremony/reception so folks aren’t just standing around. I was pretty set on the history museum but they are closing this year for construction and won’t reopen in time for our date. Other venues I’ve looked at are the Nature and Science museum, the aquarium, Children’s museum, etc. Unfortunately it appears these places are going to break our budget with their catering. We are not art folks so the art museums are out. We are leaning towards a Friday night event.
Do any of you know of a location that is interactive for our guests and won’t kill us with fees? He lives in Cali and I in Kansas so neither of us are really familiar with the Denver and the internet can only do so much. The more unique the better!
Thanks so much for your help!
Post # 3
October might be perfect for the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield—they’re southwest of the city but still owned/run by the regular denver botanic gardnes. In october they have a corn maze and hayrides—woud that appeal for intermission entertainment? I seem to recall their fees were pretty reasonable (much more so than the ‘regular’ gardens in the city’.
Post # 4
If you are looking for a really unique place, I don’t know what your budget is but you could check out Cherokee Ranch and Castle, just south of Denver. For a Friday night event fee would be lower, same for Sunday I think. I thought it would be out of reach for us but we got a really good deal. It is a totally private, beautiful place, and our guests had guided tours of the castle during cocktail hour–fantastic as the sun is setting! During the planning when I was there to make arrangements also saw elk on the grounds. You don’t have to use their catering; they do provide a list of caterers that you have to choose from, but you still have good flexibility. By October may have to have the ceremony inside and I believe inside can fit up to 100. We were married around that time of year, still just able to be outside (September), with 75 guests, and had a gorgeous fall day that I will always remember! Just an idea anyway.
Post # 5
If you haven’t made a decision yet, consider the “Salida Steam Plant” in Salida CO. About 140 miles South West out of Denver off Hy 285. It would be a real Colorado destination wedding in the Heart of the Rockies. Right on the Arkansas River, views to die for, in one the coolest towns in the state and at a fraction of the cost of places like Vail, Aspen or Breckenridge. I think Sunday 10/10/10 is still available.
Post # 6
How about museums in surrounding towns to Denver? CO Railroad Museum is in Golden, and could get you some great pics. http://www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org
Post # 7
If you want to stay in Denver proper, depending on your budget, the Botanic Gardens is a gorgeous location (but expensive). Also try the Grant-Humphrey’s Mansion. I’m not sure what the rules are, but maybe you can do a tented event at one of the city parks? Oh, and the Zoo! I think that’d be fun, but it all depends on the theme/effect you’re looking for.
Great resource: Wedding Sites & Services. Their website isn’t fantastic, but if you can request a guidebook, bingo! It was my bible when we were venue hunting. It lists all venues by location on the Front Range, whether or not accommodations are included, capacities, menu samples, price ranges, etc. Good luck!
Post # 8
If you are still looking, the Grant-Humphrey’s Mansion is reasonable and unique. Depending on how many guests you may have it could work. Less than 100 would be fine. We did a wedding there last year. For us, the downside was… the ceremony was outside on the lawn, the reception was on the main floor and the celebration in ballroom downstairs. Three separate setups on 3 separate levels, without the use of an elevator was difficult. Most importantly, The Bride and Groom enjoyed it.
Post # 9
We looked at Boettcher Mansion at the top of Lookout Mountain. It’s very nice up there. They have a small nature center or the guests could wander around the trails.