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 intimate spots for you to say “I do”. Check out our comprehensive Colorado elopement package filled with locations, vendors, and tips for your Colorado elopement.
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.
How to Elope in Colorado
This is a long resource packed with awesome tips and inspiration. Use the links below to jump right to the section you’d like to learn how to get married in Colorado together.
- Vendors For Your Colorado Elopement Package
- Places to Elope in Colorado
- When to Elope in Colorado
- Permits and Wedding License in Colorado
- Places to Stay in Colorado
Are you just starting your planning and don’t know where to begin? Start with our How to Elope guide to walk you through the entire elopement process.
Vendors to Build your Perfect Colorado Elopement Package
So you’re thinking about eloping in Colorado, but how much does it cost to elope in Colorado?
The cost of eloping in Colorado all depends on your budget. When you’re thinking about what you need for your elopement, you want to consider what you’ll be doing during your wedding day. Elopements have a pretty big range when it comes to an average price because it all depends on what vendors you decide to include on your wedding day.
Please note that you are not required to include every vendor type in your package.
Are you ready to start planning your Colorado elopement?
Check out our vendor categories to consider when thinking about your elopement package:
These vendors are where most of your elopement budget will be going towards, but for good reason. On average, our photographers will charge $2,500-$6,000 per elopement. This depends on how many hours of coverage (half-day versus full-day) a couple is looking for their Colorado elopement package.
Like elopement photographers, videographers are going to be a great investment for your elopement day to document your adventures together. On average, our videographers will charge $2,500-$6,000 per elopement. Keep in mind, this depends on how long you want your elopement footage to be. For example, a full-day video coverage would cost more versus covering just your elopement ceremony.
You don’t necessarily always need a wedding planner for your elopement adventure, but having a planner does help if couples have a very clear elopement vision. The average price for our planner members is $1,000-$3,000. Planners are also great for couples who don’t want to DIY or worry about anything, or couples who live far from their elopement destination.
On average, our officiant members will charge $500-$800 per elopement. Officiants are great to orchestrate your favorite traditions and wedding vows. It’s also important to note that some other vendors are also officiants, so we recommend always asking.
Since you’re planning an elopement, you’ll need less floral arrangement than your average traditional wedding in Colorado. If you aren’t down to DIY your own bridal bouquet, then a florist in Colorado can average to $300 to $600.
Are you looking to elope in Vail, Estes Park, Breckenridge, or Aspen? Even though there are plenty of public land options to consider eloping to in Colorado, there are also some pretty neat private venues in Colorado too. Our team loves private venues because they do offer you more privacy and flexibility when you two are going to elope. Private venues, on average, will charge $300 to $4,000, depending on the location.
Best Places to Elope in Colorado
So you’re ready to start planning your elopement package in Colorado, but you’re probably thinking, “where can I elope in Colorado“? From planning a whimsical Colorado waterfall wedding ceremony to preparing to explore one of Colorado’s expansive national parks, there are a ton of places to elope in Colorado.
Colorado has some of the best views and iconic national parks we have ever seen. All these parks do require some type of permit, fee, and application. Our team has included the park’s permit information linked within each location, so you can easily plan your special day in Colorado as you read along.
Why should you hire an elopement professional for your adventure? By hiring one of our amazing vendors, you’ll not only be ensuring you get the most killer photos ever for your wedding, but you’ll get a pro at finding the most hidden and remote elopement spots in Colorado. We’re going to mention some of our favorites, but your photographer, videographer, or planner will help you find the best trails within any of the locations you’re loving.
Check out some of our favorite Colorado elopement locations:
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 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, so plan accordingly and double-check with the park. Something our couples should also consider is renting a lakeside cabin since the Rockies is about a two-hour drive from Denver.
Having a wedding ceremony at Rocky Mountain National Park does have its fair share of rules, including acquiring a $300 permit. Get together with your elopement team to make sure you’ll be leaving no trace during your wedding day.
Another option you can have is to plan an Estes Park elopement. Estes Park is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park, and you can find a bunch of wedding venues within the area. The same permit fee for RMNP also applies to your Estes Park wedding ceremony. This area is super popular, but you do have up to a year in advance to put in your request.
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.
Are you sure you want to elope here? Check out our Rocky Mountain elopement guide.
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 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. The application fee is $100, and it’s also important to note the locations where you can have your wedding ceremony including locations along the edge of the dunes, the picnic areas, and the Amphitheater.
Black Canyon National Park
Are you looking to have a mountain view elopement? You’ll see some of the steepest cliffs and oldest rocks at this Colorado national park. Black Canyon National Park also requires a permit ($100 application fee) and contains restrictions on certain areas.
Reaching out to the park and connecting with one of our members is the easiest way to come up with a game plan on where you can plan your elopement ceremony within the park.
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 don’t require a permit, the locations are also first-come, first-served.
We also want to remind couples to be mindful to leave no trace at all elopement locations.
Are you sure you want to elope here? Check out our Garden of the Gods location guide.
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.
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. Colorado is an ideal elopement destination 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 all four seasons in Colorado, the 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.
Permits and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Places to Stay in Colorado
Check out some of the best places to stay in Colorado for your elopement.