18 Breathtaking Small Wedding Venues in Colorado, plus Colorado Small Wedding Packages

When you’re planning a small wedding, the two biggest items to check off your list are usually where you’re going to get married and your photographer! This guide covers both!

Bride and groom walking down the aisle of their backyard wedding in Colorado

The biggest question that couples usually have when we first start to chat about their micro wedding day is about where they’re going to have it! Colorado has so many beautiful places to get married, so it’s hard to know where to start!

This guide is a great place to get started, with a list of several of the beautiful places you can have your small wedding in Colorado. This list is focused on micro weddings, which many generally consider to be between 10 and 50 guests. 

Common questions on small wedding venues

Are there affordable places to have a small wedding in Colorado?

Absolutely! As you’ll see from this list, there are a number of places you can have a microwedding in Colorado for as little as a few hundred dollars, which pales in comparison to the thousands of dollars that are typically spent on traditional wedding venues. While most traditional wedding venues in Colorado start at around $7,000-$8,000 on the low end and go up much higher from that, there are small wedding venues available for much less!

How early do I need to book?

How early you need to book depends on where you want to get married! Some places on this list, such as Maroon Bells and Rocky Mountain National Park required a LOT of advance planning. With Maroon Bells, you should plan to book a year in advance, and Rocky Mountain National Park sells out of their limited permits very quickly. Other places may not allow you to book until 6 months out. 

Regardless, your location is one of the first things you should consider and be prepared for it to require planning well in advance sometimes!

Why do we need to book a place for our microwedding? Couldn’t we just pick some trail and have our small wedding there?

A common misconception that I run into is that you can really just pick any place to get married if it’s on public lands. Unfortunately that is not the case!

It’s important to understand that even public lands have their own sets of rules for things like how many people you can have, do you need a special use permit to have a ceremony there, etc.

The rules vary depending on what body manages the land i.e., the National Park Service, the city or county parks and recreation department, the National Forest, etc. And while I know that sounds overwhelming to navigate, this is where having a good photographer really is to your advantage! Colorado-based photographers should be very familiar with all the rules here in our state, or know how to help you figure them out!

Another thing to consider is Leave No Trace principles and just the logistics of having that many people in a crowded area. Outdoor spaces are popular in Colorado! You won’t be alone on the trail most of the time, especially with the more heavily trafficked or popular locations. 

Imagine having 25 or 30 people in an area where others are constantly walking through or by you or your guests! I’ve been there when the maid of honor or other relative is trying to kindly ask a stranger if they could share the space, and that person feels they don’t have to move if they don’t want to (since it is public land after all). It’s not ideal, and who wants strangers in their wedding ceremony photos?

This is why I highly recommend reserving a place or booking a venue for any of my couples that plan to have more than 10 guests for their day.

 As I mentioned above, there are options for every budget, and the benefits will make your day SO much more enjoyable!

Small wedding cake with flowers on top sitting on a table with white linens and maroon napkin

Colorado small wedding venues

1. Maroon Bells

Located near

Aspen, Colorado

Cost

$200 to reserve the amphitheater

Guest capacity

50 guests

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

The amphitheater is reserved for your use so you should have total privacy.

What else you should know!

Read more about Maroon Bells Weddings and everything you need to know about booking your day here at this guide.

Maroon Bells in Colorado on a sunny summer day

2. Sunrise Amphitheater

Located near

Boulder, Colorado

Cost

The fee for a one hour reservation is $100 for residents of Boulder and $150 for non-residents. The fee for 3 hours is $300 for residents and $400 for non-residents.

Guest capacity

150

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

A private reservation

What else you should know!

The Sunrise Amphitheater is a location that you can reserve through Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks here. The views are great from this location, and it is very popular for weddings!

3. Juniper Mountain House

Located near

Evergreen, Colorado

Cost

Ceremony only package for up to 60 guests is $1,750 for 2021 dates, which includes a wedding arch, string lights, bench seating for guests, and a one-night stay for the couple, as well as a champagne toast. Add-ons and more inclusive packages are also available for small weddings between 21-50 guests. 

Guest capacity

Up to 60 people, depending on the package selected.

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

A private reservation

What else you should know!

Juniper Mountain House is an adorable small mountain lodge in Evergreen, and since it is primarily a boutique hotel, they take a limited number of weddings. Which means it’s important to book very early! Also note that parking is very limited and your guests will most likely need to take a shuttle. Get more information on micro weddings at Juniper Mountain House here at their website.

4. Rocky Mountain National Park

Located near

Estes Park, Colorado

Cost

$300

Guest capacity

Guest capacity depends on the ceremony site and ranges between 10 and 30 people. Vehicle limits also vary by ceremony site and range from 3 vehicles and up.

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes, in order to have a ceremony, vow or letter reading, or anything resembling a ceremony, a special use permit is needed. If you are unable to get a permit for your wedding, you could have your ceremony elsewhere and still take couples photos in the park without the special use wedding permit.

Privacy estimate

There is no exclusive use of any area, and it’s important to be aware that Rocky Mountain National Park can get very crowded at certain times of day, especially during the high tourist season.

What else you should know!

Check out this post for more info on Rocky Mountain National Park micro weddings.

Lesbian couple eloping in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

5. Panorama Point in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Located near

Golden, Colorado

Cost

150 for weekdays and 300 for weekends, for a 2 hour reservation block.

Guest capacity

25 people

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

Golden Gate Canyon State Park does not reserve more than one wedding at a site at a given time, but your reservation does not provide exclusive use of the area. Other park guests may still be present.

What else you should know!

Due to the high number of visitors in the fall, Golden Gate Canyon State Park does not accept wedding reservations for Saturdays or Sundays for the last two weekends in September and the first weekend in October. 

There is parking for up to 15 vehicles. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance. More details can be found here at this page.

6. Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Located near

Idaho Springs, Colorado

Cost

All inclusive elopement and microwedding packages start at $1,800.

Guest capacity

Up to 175 guests can be hosted at this venue.

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

A private reservation

What else you should know!

Find more information on their website here or reach out to the venue for more info.

7. Sapphire Point

Located near

Dillon, Colorado

Cost

$110 for a 2 hour reservation, plus a $10 reservation fee

Guest capacity

35 people

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

Even with a reservation, Sapphire Point cannot be closed off to the public and public access cannot be impeded.

What else you should know!

Sapphire Point is a popular spot for weddings, due to its affordability and beautiful views of the Dillon Reservoir and the surrounding mountains! It’s worth noting that the area is somewhat small and 35 people will definitely be a squeeze! Also parking is limited to 22 spots, which may be used by other visitors as well, so carpooling is recommended where possible!

You can find more info here and make reservations here.

Chipmunk sitting on rocks at Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado

8. Treehaus Colorado

Located near

Boulder, Colorado

Cost

Thursdays start at $2,000 and Saturdays at $3,000. Cost includes dinner and a cocktail for the couple, and a mini wedding cake or dessert for the couple. More add-on available.

Guest capacity

Contact venue for details.

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes, only available Thursdays and Saturdays

Privacy estimate

A private reservation.

What else you should know!

Treehaus Colorado is a small wedding and elopement venue located 30 minutes outside of Boulder, CO. Located on a 2.5 acre forest, this venue has several adorable options for your day, including an airstream, a conservatory, and a treehouse! Find more info here.

9. Della Terra

Located near

Estes Park, Colorado

Cost

Elopements up to 10 guests are $1,200, while 50 guests or less range from $2,000-$2,500 depending on hours reserved. Includes guests tables, chairs, and linens for a toast, champagne toast, access to getting ready area, and more. Add-ons are available for additional charge. (2020 pricing)

Guest capacity

Up to 50 for intimate wedding packages. More guests can be hosted with larger packages.

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

A private reservation

What else you should know!

Elopement and small wedding packages are offered on Mondays through Thursdays only. For October and May, dates may only be reserved 60 days in advance. Between November and April, dates may only be reserved 90 days in advance. For June through September, dates may only be reserved 30 days in advance.

More info here at their website.

Bride and groom hugging while 3 small wedding guests look on at Della Terra micro wedding

10. Gazebo at Boettcher Mansion

Located near

Golden, Colorado

Cost

$150, plus a refundable $100 damage deposit

Guest capacity

About 10-20 guests could comfortably stand around the gazebo.

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

Not closed to the public, but you should not have an issue with too many other people around.

What else you should know!

Boettcher Mansion is a historical home located outside of Denver on Lookout Mountain. The home itself, as well as another small home on the property can also be rented for additional costs to host more guests or a wedding reception. The gazebo sits outside the property and can be rented separately for a nominal fee. The gazebo would be appropriate for a ceremony with a limited number of guests (around 10-20) that can gather around the gazebo area (standing room only).

More info here on their website.

11. Shupe Homestead

Located near

Longmont, Colorado

Cost

Ranges from $3,900-$4,400 depending on guest count. 

Guest capacity

Micro wedding packages for up to 40 guests are available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Packages for up to 50 guests are available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

A private reservation.

What else you should know!

Find more info and get in touch with the venue at their website here.

12. Evergreen Lake House

Located near

Evergreen, Colorado

Cost

Fees range from $700 to $5,000 depending on what room(s) are rented and what days/times the rental is requested.

Guest capacity

Maximum guest count is 200. Ceremony area can hold up to 100 chairs, with additional standing room.

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

A private reservation

What else you should know!

Evergreen Lake House is managed by the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District, and is available for rentals from Mid March through the first week of December. There are different rooms available for rent, depending on your needs. Outdoor ceremonies can be held on the deck facing the water and can accommodate up to 100 chairs. Get more info here.

13. Halfway House

Located near

Boulder, Colorado

Cost

Fees for residents of Boulder, CO are $50 for 1 hour and $175 for 3 hours. For non-residents, fees are $100 for 1 hour and $275 for 3 hours.

Guest capacity

49 guests

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

A private reservation.

What else you should know!

The Halfway House is a stone shelter that is popular for both weddings and picnics. It has a patio that overlooks the Boulder valley and has tables both inside and outside the facility. You can find more info here.

14. Garden of the Gods

Located near

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Cost

Free!

Guest capacity

Garden of the Gods has six designated ceremony locations, with a guest capacity ranging from 25 to 50 people.

Reservation or Permit needed?

No

Privacy estimate

There is no exclusive use of any area and it’s worth noting that especially on weekends and during mid-day, this location gets very crowded!

What else you should know!

Check out this post for everything you need to know about a Garden of the Gods micro wedding.

Bride and groom kissing in front of red rock formations

15. Lily Fresh Farm Event Center

Located near

Keenesburg, Colorado

Cost

Ranges from $1,445 to $3,995 depending on day of the week and season for venue only. All inclusive packages are also available.

Guest capacity

Maximum capacity at this venue is 250 guests.

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

A private reservation.

What else you should know!

Located northeast of Denver and just 30 minutes from the Denver International Airport.

You can find more info on this venue here at their website.

16. YMCA of the Rockies

Located near

Estes Park, Colorado

Cost

Outdoor ceremony site fees range from $1,200 to $1,600 depending on the site and includes a 4 hour block of time. (2020 rates)

Guest capacity

Sara Smith outdoor chapel site can host up to 150 guests. The Overlook outdoor chapel site can host up to 100 guests.

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

A private reservation.

What else you should know!

YMCA of the Rockies has two beautiful outdoor ceremony sites. The Overlook chapel has beautiful views of Rocky Mountain National Park. Receptions are available for additional fees. 

Get more info here on their website.

17. Roxborough State Park

Located near

Littleton, Colorado

Cost

Ceremony site fee varies between $75-300, depending on ceremony site and day of the week. Additional $10 reservation fee and $45-55 Special Activity Agreement fees apply.

Guest capacity

25 people and a 10 car maximum

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

Although the park does not schedule overlapping events, you cannot restrict other park guests from the areas. 

What else you should know!

Roxborough State Park has two designated areas for weddings, Fountain Valley Overlook and Lyons Overlook. The Fountain Valley Overlook is very close to the parking area, making it a more accessible location, while the Lyons Overlook is about a 1 mile hike round trip (although you can rent a golf cart to take you down the trail to the overlook).

Get more info here.

Eloping couple touching foreheads and smiling together in Roxborough State Park in Colorado

18. Airbnb or VRBO

Located near

Varies

Cost

Varies

Guest capacity

Varies by property

Reservation or Permit needed?

Yes

Privacy estimate

Completely private, since you are reserving the property.

What else you should know!

Airbnbs and VRBOs are becoming a very popular option with couples that are planning smaller weddings. There are many beautiful properties throughout Colorado with great views, and you have total privacy for your event! You can read more about the benefits of having an Airbnb wedding in Colorado at this post. 

It’s important to note though that currently Airbnb has limited guests to 16 people total, so for many micro weddings, you’ll want to look at VRBO instead.

Chat with your photographer for more micro wedding options!

Even though this list provides some great popular options, it is not exhaustive! One of the best things about hiring a photographer that specializes in elopements or micro weddings is that typically they can offer more help with things like finding your perfect location, vendor recommendations, and more. This is something that most traditional wedding photographers don’t include since there is usually a wedding planner or venue coordinator to help couples with larger weddings.

Because elopement and micro wedding photographers spend SO much of their time finding amazing locations and venues and this is part of the value we provide, often we reserve the hidden gems and favorite spots for our clients! So chat with your photographer if you’re still looking for a location! They may know of a spot you’ve never heard of!

Colorado small wedding venue locations

Here is a map of the small wedding venues listed in this post!

More FAQ

What counts as a small wedding?

Typically elopements are considered to be 10 guests or less, and micro weddings are considered to have between 10 and 50 guests.

Is 50 guests a small wedding?

Yes, typically less than 50 guests is considered to be a small wedding.

Are small weddings better?

For some people, small weddings are better than traditional weddings. It all depends on what your priorities are! Big weddings are great if you love big parties or if it’s important to have lots of people there to celebrate with you. Smaller weddings are typically better for more intimate celebrations and being able to connect more with your future spouse. You can spend more time focusing on each other and making your day special for you two.

What can you do for a small intimate wedding?

The beauty of having a smaller wedding, as opposed to more traditional weddings, is that you can spend your day doing whatever you want! Plan brunch with your friends, go on an epic hike, or spend a low key day relaxing on the beach before saying your vows. The options are endless!

How much is a small wedding?

Small wedding costs vary greatly, but typically cost less than a traditional wedding. Your biggest costs will be your ceremony or reception location, food and beverage costs for guests, and your photographer. If you’re traveling for your wedding, this can also be a significant cost. While the average traditional wedding costs $33,900, you can expect to spend less than half of that (or less!) on a small wedding.

Bride and groom hold hands while officiant leads small wedding ceremony in front of trees and wooden arch

Colorado small wedding packages

I’m more than just a photographer…I’m here to help you have the best day ever!

Based on my experience, especially with elopements and micro weddings, couples need more than just a photographer.

Unlike with a traditional wedding, you may not have a venue coordinator or wedding planner helping you think through logistics, locations, or all the little details that really add up!

But here are just a few of the ways I can help you, all included with my custom elopements and micro weddings:

  • Elopement & Micro wedding VIP Planning Guide exclusively for Wild and Found couples
  • Questionnaires to help you through the planning process
  • Personalized location assistance
  • Local vendor recommendations
  • Logistics help and a custom timeline
  • Gear and day-of checklists customized for your day
  • More one-on-one planning help

I don’t just show up and take photos on your day. I’ll be here for you every step of the way. 

What makes me different is that my number one goal is to be here for YOU–not just as your photographer…but as your adventure partner, friend, and guide to the epic day your love story deserves!

The Ultimate Full Day Custom Colorado Micro Wedding Package

Includes 12 hours of photo coverage.

Personalized assistance with locations, local vendor recommendations, custom planning tools, checklists, and more. I’ll be there to help you every step of the way.

You get an entire gallery of edited, high-resolution images great for printing, PLUS websize images ideal for posting to social media.

Includes the rights to print, share, and download all of your images.

Travel included!

$6,000

8 Hour Custom Colorado Micro Wedding Package

Includes 8 hours of photo coverage.

Personalized assistance with locations, local vendor recommendations, custom planning tools, checklists, and more. I’ll be there to help you every step of the way.

You get an entire gallery of edited, high-resolution images great for printing, PLUS websize images ideal for posting to social media.

Includes the rights to print, share, and download all of your images.

Travel included!

$4,500

4 Hour Custom Colorado Micro Wedding Package

Includes 4 hours of photo coverage.

Personalized assistance with locations, local vendor recommendations, custom planning tools, checklists, and more. I’ll be there to help you every step of the way.

You get an entire gallery of edited, high-resolution images great for printing, PLUS websize images ideal for posting to social media.

Includes the rights to print, share, and download all of your images.

Travel included!

$3,000

Are you planning an Colorado elopement or microwedding?

I’m more than just a photographer. Helping couples create their dream day is what I do best!

Get in touch with the contact form below and let’s chat about your vision!

Get more elopement and microwedding info here!

Or check out more elopement planning resources…

A complete guide to Airbnb Weddings and Airbnb Elopements in Colorado
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Couple hugging each other on their hiking wedding in Colorado
Elopement Photographer Kim from Wild and Found Photography

Hi I’m Kim, a Denver, Colorado based photographer specializing in Adventure Elopements in Colorado and worldwide! Photographing couples on the most special day of their lives is a true honor for me. But I’ve made it my mission to take it one step further than that. When you work with me, you’re getting more than just a photographer. I’m here to help you with all of the planning resources you need to have the most amazing elopement day ever! That includes everything from assistance with location ideas, timeline planning, and lots more free resources. So you can forget the work, and focus on having fun!

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9 thoughts on “Colorado Small Wedding Venues and Packages”

  1. This is insanely useful! Thank you so much for taking the time to put all this together and answering all the questions I didn’t even know I had.

  2. This is SUCH an extensive guide and must have taken you so long to compile. Thanks for sharing a lot of misconceptions about using public land–I’m sure it’s little known to non-Coloradians!

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