Post # 1
So we are a couple from Texas, currently living in Korea, planning a destination wedding in Colorado for Summer 2010.
Anyway, we haven’t put any deposits down yet, we are just doing research right now, but we think that we want a small ceremony (we won’t have more than 20 guests most likely, and probably more like around 14) at Sprague Lake of Rocky Mountain National Park.
And then we want a small reception at perhaps fawn brook inn at allenspark
Any help or suggestions or tips for us? Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
I’m not a local from Colorado, so I can’t give you any specific advice, but what you’ve shown here looks AWESOME!!! Good luck, fellow expat-wedding-planner! 🙂
Post # 4
You’ve definitely picked some gorgeous areas!
A couple things I thought of: It costs $20 per car to enter the park so you might want to encourage your guests to carpool as much as possible. They’ll probably want to do this anyways since it’s so much more fun to check out the scenery than to keep your eyes on the road!
I’m not sure what time you were thinking of having your ceremony, but in the mountains you can almost always count on afternoon storms during the summer. They don’t last long (maybe 2-4pm) but you definitely don’t want to be on top of a mountain when they come through. (Oh, and it’ll probably be a good bit cooler than what you’re used to. ALWAYS pack layers!)
I’m not sure if you googled it, but it will take about 50 minutes to get from the lake to Allenspark even though it’s only 20 miles.
I haven’t been to Allenspark myself, but I worked for a riding stable on the other side of the park that also has a stable there. It’s definitely a gorgeous area. Good luck planning and let us know if you have any other questions!
Post # 5
caitlanc gave some great advice. I’m in Denver getting ready to start planning a summer 2010 Estes Park wedding. The pictures you posted are beautiful!
Post # 6
Since you’re in Korea and I would assume you don’t have a lot of chances to come to CO to look at spaces and find vendors, I would hire a wedding planner.
There are a lot of wedding planners in CO and some are very affordable (such as myself). At the same time, you’ll want someone that has the knowledge of what vendors to use or not use.
Let me know if you need any help!
Post # 7
I’ve been meaning to come back and post this but keep forgetting. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Sara’s $2000 Wedding blog, but they also got married in Allenspark. I’d definitely recommend digging through her old posts.
Post # 8
Yay Colorado! Estes Park will be a great place. Caitlanc said it, I would advise to go for a morning or night ceremony. Storms will come almost every day to the mountains between 2-4pm. Watch out for that and make sure to have some chairs and extra water for people not used to the altitude.
Post # 9
Just went to a wedding in Loveland, outside of Estes Park at the Sylvan Dale Ranch (http://www.sylvandale.com/weddings/wedding_main.html). it was beautiful, picturesque and FUN! Outside of the rockies themselves, but they have great deals for lodging, entertainment for guests, and yummmmmmy food!
Post # 10
If you need a good wedding planner in Colorado, I would try The Celebration Studio (http://www.thecelebrationstudio.com). They do amazing work! That is who we used and we were VERY happy and got several compliments from our guests on how wonderful our wedding was.