Post # 1
So, I was all set on the Estes Park YMCA for October 13, 2012 (fall, elk watching, maybe catch some Aspens turning…) but started freaking out this morning thinking about snow showers, freezing rain, and miserable guests. We will have an indoor backup for the ceremony and an indoor reception, but now I’m worried that October in Estes could have bad weather and just not be a good time for out of town guests. What do you think? Are we better off sticking to the lower altitudes in mid-October? Thanks for your input!
Post # 3
I was up there yesterday for a wedding (yes, 5-6 weeks prior to your proposed date) and it was gorgeous! We were sweating for the 4pm ceremony. The weather could be beautiful, crisp, cold, warm, rainy, sunny, snowy– you can’t predict it. So if you want your wedding there, go for it. Your guests will plan appropriately and as long as you have a back up in case something goes wrong, you should be fine. Just remind folks who aren’t from CO how unpredictable weather can be and to check the forecast religiously!
Post # 4
@radical4peace:So I have done a lot of wedding cake deliveries in Estes Park in october, and it was a significant change from the first week of October to the middle/later date. During the later date (last year on the 24th) the aspen had already turned, and only a slight few were still golden. It was a later summer, and later fall feeling this year, so you might get lucky. I don’t know if you have looked into Sylvendale Ranch, its considered loveland but is near the canyon, and has gorgeous grounds, they still have the mountain feel, and very outdoors.It is a little lower in Altitude, so it’ll be a touch warmer than estes.
Last year when we delivered the cake on the 24th the weather ended up being a bit brisk, and she ended up wearing a light shawl for the ceremony and pictures, but not unbearable, and from the guests I knew at the wedding, no one was freezing. It had snowed a few times in October before their wedding. (they were at Della Terra)
the YMCA is GORGEOUS though, good luck, and hope this helped!!!!
Post # 5
I love Estes in the autumn! I’ve never seen freezing rain there except in February. I think you’ll be fine in mid-October. It might rain, but I used to love going hiking all the way up to Thanksgiving. Colorado has also been experiencing record high temperatures, so it will probably be plenty warm!
Post # 6
Thank you so much for all of these messages, ladies! I really appreciate it as I try to narrow down our options. 🙂
Post # 7
Estes Park is always beautiful, and in Colorado the weather can always change. I photographed a wedding there in the middle of October and we had snow, so plans changed. However, the wedding was beautiful and everyone had a great time.