Colorado Elopement Packages
Colorado is one of the top elopement destinations many of our couples contact us about. The great mountain state is a gorgeous destination for your adventure elopement with many stunning and intimate spots for you to say, I do. Colorado is also a favorite among our Wandering Wedding photographer members. Thus, we found it important to create a comprehensive list of locations, vendors, and tips for you to be aware of when you elope in Colorado. From permit questions to location ideas, we got you covered.
Are you recently engaged? Do you love to hike? Are you looking for some epic backdrops for your wedding ceremony portraits? If you answered yes, then you came to the right place to build your Colorado Elopement Package.
Disclaimer: While we don’t offer bundled elopement packages, we do provide you with all of the information and resources you will need to create your perfect elopement package. Our Wandering Weddings members are also amazing vendors to ask questions. These members have plenty of experience curating awesome elopement experiences for couples.
Are you just starting your planning and don’t know where to begin? Start with How to Elope, our guide that walks you through the entire process and provides additional resources to bring your vision to life.
Colorado Elopement Locations
So you’re ready to start planning your wedding elopement package in Colorado, but you aren’t sure where you should exchange your vows with your husband or wife to be. From gorgeous springs to expansive national parks, there are a ton of places to elope in Colorado.
Rocky Mountain National Park
One of the most popular locations in Colorado is Rocky Mountain National Park. This location has something for every couple. There are private, blue lakesides and views of the spectacular mountain peaks. Some of the best elopement ceremony sites include the 3M Curve and Sprague Lake. Keep in mind, however, Trail Ridge Road is closed during the winter. Something our couples should also consider is renting a lakeside cabin since the Rockies is about a two-hour drive from Denver. Another thing to consider is permit fees. Having a wedding ceremony at Rocky Mountain National Park does have its fair share of rules, including acquiring a $250 permit.
This Rocky Mountain National Park Intimate Wedding Mountain elopement is great inspiration for couples looking to plan a wedding ceremony and include their closest family and friends.
Mesa Verde National Park
This national park is filled with gorgeous history. Established in 1906, this park has been preserved and has a unique archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who lived there over 700 years ago! With that said, if you and your honey are history buffs, then this is the perfect spot to say, I do. Mesa Verde‘s permit application form should be filled out before, and this location is ideal for Colorado micro weddings. Thus, this is perfect for your Colorado elopement.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
If you’re looking for something different and daring for your elopement, then you should definitely add Great Sand Dunes National Park to your Colorado elopement package list. This location is perfect for a boho or western-styled destination elopement. Keep in mind that a special permit is required to get married at Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Black Canyon National Park
Are you looking to have a mountain view elopement? You will see some of the steepest cliffs and oldest rocks at this Colorado national park. Black Canyon National Park also requires a permit and contains restrictions on certain areas. Thus, this is a great time to hop over to the links we are providing to create an easy list of things you will need to complete for your Colorado elopement package.
Garden of the Gods
If you are looking for a ceremony location near Colorado Springs, then this is a great option to consider. This stunning red rock location is a national natural landmark and will give your pictures gorgeous backdrops. The best part about the Garden of the Gods? This location is free and open year-round, which makes this package perfect to add to your list if you’re looking to create a cheap Colorado wedding package. However, since the locations within the park are permit free, the locations are also first-come, first-served.
Overlooking Indian Peaks Wilderness is Lost Gulch. This is a scenic elopement location near Boulder, CO. You can experience some epic sunsets and views at this location over the boulder formations. Lost Gulch is ideal for couples looking for a beautiful location with a smaller permit fee.
This is certainly a lake with a view. The lake is gorgeous year-round, but it is also completely different throughout the year. During the summer months, for example, you can drive up to the lake and enjoy the gorgeous views. During winter, however, you can hike along the snow-covered road to the ice wonderland. Whenever you decide to plan your visit, keep in mind the rules and permits for Brainard Lake.
Near Aspen, you will find the famous Maroon Bells. This mountain elopement location is stunning during the spring, summer, and fall. You can really appreciate the color of the changing leaves during the fall season. This location is also one of the most photographed mountains in Colorado. We suggest renting the amphitheater for your elopement, even if you have no guests. This $200 fee will allow you to have that intimate and jaw-dropping view you are looking for as you plan your Colorado elopement at Maroon Bells.
Sapphire Point Overlook
Sitting between Keystone and Breckenridge is a gorgeous Sapphire Point Overlook. This point gives visitors views of mountain ranges and jaw-dropping sunsets. If you haven’t realized, there are no short of mountain locations in Colorado to pick from. With this epic mountain view, however, comes a need for a reservation. Sapphire Point is a day-use area and can be reserved for two hours, which makes it perfect for your elopement ceremony and portraits. The fee is currently $110, but this is subject to change.
Who wouldn’t want to plan their elopement at a location named Loveland Pass? This is another popular location with incredible mountain views in every direction you look. A pro tip from some of our members is to hike along the trails to get away from tourists. Hiking also allows you to truly enjoy the journey to your final destination.
Seasons in Colorado
The mountain state is beautiful year-round. You can actually enjoy all four seasons here, which makes Colorado an ideal area to look into if you are trying to get portraits that reflect a specific season. It is also important to remember that even though you can enjoy the different seasons, Colorado weather can also be ridiculously unpredictable. It can easily be 90 degrees in the city, for example, but it can be in the 40s if you decide to go up a mountain for your elopement. Thus, layers are your best friend!
Looking for Something Different? Go Skiing for Your Elopement.
We have to mention winters in Colorado! Colorado is a popular destination for people to enjoy winter sports, such as skiing. If you and your partner enjoy winter sports, and the cold doesn’t bother you, then consider planning a winter elopement on top of one of the many mountains in Colorado. If you are looking for a ski resort, then we recommend Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Steamboat Springs Ski Resort, and Keystone Resort to name a few.
Things to Know for Your Colorado Elopement Package
You Can Self-Solemnize Your Marriage
Did you know that self-solemnize means you can legally marry yourselves? Well, you can do just that in Colorado. Since you can marry yourselves in Colorado, there is also no need for an officiant or witnesses. Other states in the U.S also allow self-solemnization, but Colorado has the least requirements. For more information on how to self-solemnize in Colorado, head to their website for the marriage license paperwork you would need to complete. Thus, if you want a truly intimate ceremony, then you should consider having a Colorado wedding ceremony.
Not all of us love adventures that come along with hiking up to a mountain. In Colorado, you can actually drive your car up a mountain up to 14,000 feet! This gives couples multiple options of places to get married in the mountains of Colorado that are more convenient to get to.
If you decide to have your wedding ceremony at one of the locations we mentioned above, then you should double-check to see if that location requires a permit to get married. Please note, that most of these places will require a permit and/or fee. We suggest hopping over to their websites on the latest permit information. If you decide to have your elopement wedding at one of Colorado’s state parks, then you need to get a permit from the state, county or city.
Top 5 Things to Remember When Planning an Elopement in Colorado
- Colorado experiences all four seasons!
- Some mountains receive more than 300 inches of snow every year!
- Ski season is a popular time to visit Colorado.
- Remember to obtain permits and pay location fees (if applicable).
- Colorado has SO many mountains and gorgeous views. Pick one and enjoy your special day.
Vendors to Build your Perfect Colorado Elopement Package
The following Colorado elopement photographers live in or work in Colorado full-time and would be the perfect place to start your elopement planning.