Colorado Elopement Packages
Colorado has been gaining popularity as an elopement destination for its stunning views, epic mountain tops, and low-key officiant rules. We love seeing the amazing adventures that our Colorado vendors go on with Wandering Weddings clients. In this guide, we’re going to give you the rundown on putting together your Colorado elopement with amazing vendors and gorgeous locations.
You’re here, which probably means you are thinking about eloping and considering Colorado as your location. You decided to elope so you could plan the most amazing adventure day that prioritizes what you want. But, getting down to planning can feel overwhelming between permits in different states, national park restrictions, and vetting vendors from miles away. It might feel simpler to go with a pre-built elopement package, but if you do, you lose what you came here to do. Plan the wedding that YOU want.
We started Wandering Weddings because we want you to be able to have the wedding you dreamt of but make the planning easier on you. So, we’ve put together everything you need to build the perfect elopement package that still keeps your unique vision at the forefront. Let’s dive in!!
What you need in your Colorado Elopement Package
Here’s where everything starts! What do you actually need to elope in Colorado? Well, since Colorado is a state where you can self-solemnize, you really only need yourselves and a marriage license. But, don’t you want at least some photos and a little decor? Here’s our list of suggested vendors to check off when putting together your elopement package and considering your overall elopement budget:
- Hair and Makeup Artist
How Much Does it Cost to Elope in Colorado?
- Location: Free to $3,000
- Permits: Free to $800
- Officiants: $300 to $500
- Photographers: $1500 to $8,000*
- Videographers: $1250 to $7,000*
- Outfits: $200 to $1,500 per person*
- Florists: $200-$1,000
- Hair and Makeup Artists: $100-$200 per person
- Elopement Planner: $1,000 to $3,000
- Accommodations: $250 to $1,200 per night
- Catering: $80 to $1,200
- Travel: $20 to $500 per person
* Indicates a “spend what you want” category. That means, while we have an average figure listed, you can go far above this average if it is an important vendor to you!!
Extra Costs for Eloping in Colorado
Vendor Travel Fees
While there are tons of amazing vendors in Colorado, a lot of them are based in Denver and your adventurous elopement is maybe 2-3 hours away from their facilities or offices. Make sure you ask about travel fees and budget an extra $150-300 per vendor.
Cold Weather Clothing
If you live in Miami and are planning an elopement in Colorado in November, you’re going to want to invest in some cold weather outdoor gear. Base layers, puffy coats, snow boots, and hand warmers should definitely be on your packing list! Check out REI Co-op for some budget-friendly options on your outdoor gear.
Most of the pretty views in Colorado are going to require that you drive at least 2 hours from the airport. You’ll likely need a rental car if you are coming in from out of state. If you’re planning an elopement from October to May, get a car that has AWD or 4WD. Traction laws apply on the high altitude curvy highways that you may need to travel en route to your elopement location.
Altitude Acclimation Period
Altitude sickness is a real downer and is even worse if you’re feeling it on the day of your elopement. If you are considering a mountain elopement in Colorado, give yourselves a few days in Denver to acclimate before you head up into the hills. It will add some money to your lodging budget as you may, but we think it’s worth it not to feel awful on the big day!
There are times of the year when Colorado is more expensive than others depending on the various tourist seasons. During winter, the mountain towns (especially ski resorts) are a lot more expensive to stay in since many people are there for ski vacations. Expect lodging in the mountains to be 2-3x more than “normal” during the winter months.
The peak fall leaf season is extra busy in Colorado, and while it may not impact lodging fees in the same way, it makes travel much more difficult. Drives into the mountains take twice as long and many iconic locations like Kenosha Pass and Idaho Springs are very crowded. You may have a harder time finding last-minute reservations for meals, lodging, or national park access.
Example Elopement Packages in Colorado
There are a ton of amazing vendors to choose from in Colorado who could help you out with your elopement. You can really fit your elopement package into any budget. We’ve put together some example packages for inspiration for you, and to show just how much elopement budgets can vary based on what you want to do!
The Local Colorado Elopement
- Marriage License: $30
- Self Solemnize
- Location: Free
- Local photographer for one hour of coverage and location planning: $1,200
- Hair and Makeup: DIY
- Clothing: $200
- Florals: DIY bouquet and boutonniere ($50 in materials)
- Travel: $20 in gas to get to a local hike
- Dinner afterward at a local restaurant: $100
The Mountain West Elopement
- Marriage License: $30
- Officiant for Ceremony: $400
- Permit for Ceremony Location in a National Park: $250
- Photographer for half-day coverage with digital images included: $3,500
- Florals for two people (like two bouquets, or a bouquet and a boutonniere): $500
- Hair and Makeup: DIY
- Clothing and Accessories: $400
- Ceremony Decoration: DIY ($100 for materials)
- Travel: $200 in gas to drive round trip to Colorado
- Airbnb for three nights near the National Park: $600
The Luxury Travel Elopement
- Marriage License: $30
- Self Solemnize (make sure your state allows you to)
- Permit to use National Park: $100
- Photographer for a full day of coverage with digital images included: $7,500
- Videographer for ceremony only with highlight film: $1,200
- Hair and Makeup (not both!): $125/person
- Clothing: $750
- Florals for one person (like just one bouquet): $175
- Picnic Grazing Board from a Local Butcher: $80
- Bottle of Champagne to Pop for a celebration photo op: $40
- Travel: $400 for flights + $325 for car rental
- Dinner afterward at a nice local restaurant: $200
Vendors for your Colorado Elopement Package
We have amazing vendors all over the world for our elopement packages, but Colorado is a hot spot for incredible photography and videography talent. There are tons of amazing vendors for you to choose from in every category of Colorado. Here are some of our favorites!
Many people put a good chunk of their budget towards a photographer for their elopement and for good reason! If you don’t have a planner, your photographer is going to be your go-to local expert for locations, timeline creation, and suggestions for lodging, activities, and more! Not to mention, your photos are what you’ll have left to share your adventures with friends and family. In Colorado, photographers generally range from about $1,000 to $7,500 for 1 hour of coverage to all-day coverage. Your photographer will help advise you on how much time you’ll need for your elopement, and most will have suggested packages for different elopement styles. Take a look at our amazing Wandering Weddings photographers who will love hearing all about your elopement plans below!
Traveling photographer for the adventurous, bold, and fun! Defying traditions and crushing expectations, one couple at a time!
Captured by Marcela
Run Wild With Me Photography
Sydney McRae Photography
Your Pro-Photographer, Planner, Travel Guide, Trusted Friend, and Adventure Buddy All Wrapped Into One!
Rachel Beckwith Photography
Map and Compass Photography
Dawn McClannan Photography
Telling your story through a unique and meaningful experience for passionate and adventurous souls!
Mikayla Renee Photo
Beautiful photos are why you're here but I'm also committed to making sure you have a lovely, stress-free experience!
Like photographers, videographers create amazing lasting memories of your adventure elopement that are amazing to share after the fact! It can be so special to share your vows and ceremony with loved ones… or just keep it to yourself and cry happy tears every time you rewatch your highlight reel. Videographers also offer a variety of packages from an all-day hike into the mountains packages, to ceremony-only offerings that just give you a simple edit including your audio. Many also offer a short emotional trailer-style hype video of your day that is an awesome addition to a longer video that might have audio or more footage of your adventures! In Colorado, videographers range from about $1,200 to $8,000 depending on hours of coverage and deliverables. Check out our awesome Wandering Weddings videographers below!
Planners for your elopement can be a great option if you are planning from another state, need some help creating your vision, or want specific setups at various locations for your elopements. We have seen planners set up amazing picnic sites for our couples while they’re busy saying their I Do’s, and create amazing arch and flower arrangements for ceremony decoration. So, if you want to take your elopement up a notch, consider a planner to help with the logistics. Elopement planners in Colorado range between $1,000 to $5,000 depending on scope and location of the elopement day.
Colorado is special because you don’t need an officiant to get married. But, if you would like to have someone help you create a meaningful ceremony and give you some pointers on vows and readings, there are some incredible folks in Colorado who officiate elopements. You can find officiants who specialize in a variety of different types of ceremonies, from religious to focused on your dogs and peppering in some quotes from the Office. They range in price from $300 to $800 depending on location and what you want to include in your ceremony. Many planners, photographers, videographers, and florists double as officiants as well. So keep an eye out for vendors who can offer multiple services for you.
Whether you’re just looking for a quick bouquet or a more elaborate ceremony site decoration project, you’re going to need a florist! Most can work with a wide range of budgets depending on the types of flowers and size of your decorations. Keep in mind that florists will need access to your ceremony site prior to the wedding to set up. Make sure you check the rules of the ceremony site you have rented to make sure you can decorate the space with flowers. National parks and local parks tend to have stricter “leave no trace” rules about what you can bring and decorate with.
Catering companies don’t have to be for big parties! There are so many options when it comes to treating yourself to a great meal after your elopement ceremony. Catering companies are a great resource for small private dinners at picnic sites, private rental properties, and farms. Local butchers often offer grazing board packages that elevate your picnic to the next level! If you just want a luxury dinner and don’t want to go out or do the dishes, a private chef would be a great fit for your elopement day!
Best Places to Elope in Colorado
We’ve gone over all the other vendors you’ll need for your Colorado elopement package, but we saved the best for last. There are incredible options for locations to get married in Colorado from private venues on mountainsides, to stunning backpacking trails, to beautiful parks in the bigger cities. Unsurprisingly, the views of the Rocky Mountains draw adventurous couples from all over the world!!
Like most popular destinations, many of the prettiest spots to elope in Colorado require permits and reservations in advance. But, there are still some popular sites that still let you drive up to a gorgeous view last minute.
It would be nearly impossible to fit everything we know about elopement locations in Colorado into one post. So, we’re going to touch on some of our favorite locations here, but check out these small wedding venues for your Colorado micro wedding here. Don’t forget our local vendors will have insight into many of these locations as well and can be a great resource when you’re planning your day.
Rocky Mountain National Park
One of the most popular locations in Colorado is Rocky Mountain National Park. There are blue lakesides, views of spectacular mountain peaks, and beautiful forest scenery.
Having a wedding ceremony at Rocky Mountain National Park does have its fair share of rules, including acquiring a $300 permit and restrictions on what sites you can use to say your wedding vows. We go into detail about navigating a Rocky Mountain National Park wedding in our dedicated Rocky Mountain elopement guide.
Are you looking for some inspiration? This Rocky Mountain National Park Intimate Wedding is great 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 partner are history buffs, then this is the perfect spot to say, I do.
Mesa Verde‘s permit application fee is $50. Make sure to turn in your application a couple of weeks prior to your special day. Our team also loves this location because it’s ideal for Colorado micro weddings.
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 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. The application fee is $100, and it’s also important to note the locations where you can have your wedding ceremony are restricted. But, they do include locations along the edge of the dunes, near the picnic areas, and in the Amphitheater.
Black Canyon National Park
We see your Grand Canyon elopement and raise you in one of the most stunning (but least well-known) canyons in the Rocky Mountains. You’ll see some of the steepest cliffs and unique geology at this Colorado National Park, without as many tourists as some of the other locations here. Like the other national parks, Black Canyon National Park also requires a permit ($100 application fee) and has restrictions on areas where you can elope.
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 the park perfect to add to your list if you’re looking to create a cheap Colorado wedding package. However, since the locations within the park don’t require a permit, the locations are also first-come, first-served, and not private.
Are you sure you want to elope here? Check out our Garden of the Gods location guide.
Indian Peaks Wilderness
Extending along the Peak to Peak Highway through stunning cities like Boulder, Allenspark, and Lyons, Indian Peaks is hiding some of our favorite elopement locations in Colorado. Lost Gulch Overlook is an iconic rocky cliffside just outside of Boulder in this area. But, it can be quite crowded!! If you’re looking for more seclusion, hike into Brainard Lake or Lake Isabelle for a secluded high alpine view of craggy ridges and lakes.
Check out our Colorado location guide for more specifics on these gorgeous areas, and make sure you visit our Boulder elopement location guide.
Near Aspen, Colorado, you’ll find one of the most famous views in Colorado, the Maroon Bells. This mountain elopement location is stunning during the spring, summer, and fall. It is busy year-round and requires a reservation. If you do reserve the site though, you get a dedicated ceremony site a little ways from the main tourist area that gives you a surprising amount of privacy!
The $200 permit fee at Maroon Bells gets you a jaw-dropping view and the intimate elopement you are looking for as you plan your Colorado elopement at Maroon Bells.
Sapphire Point Overlook
Videography by Skyewater Photo + Film
If skiing, mountain biking, or general mountain adventuring is on your elopement to-do list, Summit County (made up of Keystone, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, and Dillon) might be a great spot to check out for your elopement. One of the most popular locations for elopements in the mountains is Sapphire Point Overlook. It’s stunning year-round and gives you views out over a mountain lake with large peaks in the distance. You can access it year-round thanks to the handy parking lot, though the snow gets quite deep in the winter. It is truly magnificent year-round!
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 permit fee for your reservation is currently $110, but this is subject to change. If you are thinking about using Sapphire Point for your elopement, be sure to click through to our Colorado location guide for more specifics on rules, permits, and how to make sure hikers don’t intrude on your ceremony.
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. Like Garden of the Gods, this area is free and doesn’t require a permit for a small group. It’s the best option for epic landscapes on a budget.
Videography by Castlehouse Videography
We have to mention skiing when talking about locations in Colorado! Much of the stunning mountain scenery is used by winter sports fanatics during the snowy season (December through March). 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.
We have even more location ideas and detailed guides on so many more fantastic Colorado elopement locations in our Colorado Location Guides including…
- Small wedding venues in Colorado
- Small wedding venues in Denver
- Wedding Venues in Boulder
- Estes Park wedding venues
When to Elope in Colorado
The mountain state is beautiful year-round, so it’s no surprise that you can elope in Colorado any time of the year. But, Colorado does experience four seasons with drastically different weather and scenery. Here’s what you can expect from the unpredictable Colorado weather during each season!
Winter (November through March)
While “winter” covers about half the year in Colorado, the weather still changes a lot during the season. November and December are quite cold, but the snowpack doesn’t usually build up at higher elevations until January and February. At lower elevations, snow never sticks around for more than a few days thanks to the 360 days of sunshine. If you want snow at your wedding, plan for a higher elevation (check out our Colorado location guide for more suggestions) and shoot for January through March. If winter photos are your dream, make sure to choose outfits that allow you to wear base layers and invest in some good boots and a down jacket if you don’t have one already.
Spring (April and May)
In some places, spring means warmer temperatures, peaceful blooming trees, and a steady temperature increase until summer arrives. That’s not how Colorado likes to do springtime weather. There, the temperature vacillates from day to day between 75 degrees and 40 degrees. You might be getting a tan and hiking in shorts one day, then sitting and watching a blizzard out the window the next. Especially in the foothills and mountains, snow is still absolutely a possibility during spring. If you’re planning on a spring elopement in Colorado, plan for all the weather contingencies to make sure you’re comfortable on your wedding day.
Summer (June through August)
Colorado channels its desert vibes during the summer with highs at lower elevations possible in the high nineties, and high eighties in the mountains. It is a gorgeous time for a hiking elopement in the mountains as all the roads will be open and you won’t be battling feet of snow. Locations like Loveland Pass are much more accessible during the summertime!
Summer is also wildfire season in Colorado, so make sure you have a backup location in place in case smoke or burn areas are near your original location. Our local vendors are the best resource for dealing with extreme weather contingency plans!
Fall (September and October)
Colorado’s foothills and mountains are full of aspens that turn gold in the fall and make for some stunning scenery. There are many views and areas famous for their fall color in Colorado like the Peak to Peak highway, Estes Park, Vail, and Kenosha Pass. Traffic increases to the mountains this time of year, but it is well worth the wait to get up to the most epic views. In springtime, the weather can be a lot more unpredictable with snow possible in the high country starting in late September. The temperatures will vary day to day, especially in October at both lower and higher elevations. It will also be a lot cooler as soon as the sun sets!
Getting a Marriage License in Colorado
How much does it cost to apply for your marriage license in Colorado? In Colorado, the fee to apply for your license is $30, and you can use your license the minute you get it! There’s no waiting period, and your license will be valid for 35 days from the issue date.
Check with local governments on how and when you can obtain your marriage license.
We Heard a Rumor… Can You Marry Yourselves in Colorado?
You can self-solemnize in Colorado, which means you don’t need an officiant during your wedding ceremony to make your license official! Since you can marry yourselves in Colorado, there is also no need for witnesses. Deciding to self-solemnize is the perfect option for couples who want to plan an elopement with just the two of them. It’s an intimate, emotional, and fun way of tying the knot too! Other states in the U.S also allow self-solemnization, but Colorado has the least requirements (which we love).
For more information on how to self-solemnize in Colorado, head to their website for the marriage license paperwork you would need to complete. So if you want a truly intimate ceremony, then you should consider having a Colorado wedding ceremony.
If you decide to have your wedding ceremony at any of the elopement 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 going to their websites for 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.