Planning a Bachelorette weekend for a special bride? Aspen is the perfect destination! Glamorous, scenic and a mix of adventure and relaxation, there is something for everyone in your party to enjoy. Here are some ideas to help you plan!
The Viceroy, Snowmass Village: Is a popular choice for Bachelorette parties. They have luxurious 4 bedroom penthouses, a great option for keeping everyone together during the trip They have a 14 passenger shuttle that can be used to venture out into Aspen for a night out on the town without the worry of having to drive.
Hotel Jerome: Is a luxurious option with gorgeous views and a great location close to downtown. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the many outdoor activities along with world-class dining and shopping.
Frias Properties- Another great option is renting a condo or home for the weekend! It’s a great way to have everyone in your group stay under one roof with enough space. Guests of Frias Properties enjoy health club privileges and also receive complimentary airport transportation.
Planning our your meals is important. Dinner reservations are a must in Aspen, especially for a large group. Both the Viceroy and Hotel Jerome have great dining options on property.
At the Viceroy, bachelorette parties can enjoy custom dinners in private dining rooms at TORO. Or for those looking for a more interactive meal, cooking classes with the executive chef. Must have dishes include the Hawaiian Tuna “Nikkei” and the Charred Brussel Sprouts- to die for! Sip on The Painkiller-(diplomatico reserva, bacardi 8yr rum , pineapple juice, coconut cream , orange juice) served in a fun pineapple glass!
Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar is a casual hot spot with vintage cocktails and small bites to eat.
Other fun options we love:
Element 47 at the Little Nell is a favorite of locals and tourists, Element 47 features impeccable service with the local, seasonal flavors of Colorado. Great ambiance and an extensive wine list! Brunch here is also amazing, mimosas- need we say more!
Matsuhisa is a popular spot among sushi lovers! The charming little blue and red Victorian house doesn’t look like your typical sushi restaurant, but once inside it’s a sophisticated, Japanese style restaurant.
Venga Venga Cantina is a fun spot to get the party started. Mexican cuisine, lots of specialty cocktails and tequila tastings. They also have an Apres ski happy hour 3-6 pm Thursday-Saturday with live music.
There is a lot to do in Aspen throughout the year.
If you come in the winter, for those that love the outdoors, take advantage of the amazing skiing or snowmobiling. Summer, enjoy hiking or river rafting!
Another great option for active groups include private yoga sessions on the Ying Yang.
Your group of ladies will be sure to enjoy some pampering during a spa day! Treat yourself to a massage, facial or get your hair and makeup done at Full Circle Salon and Mobile Beauty. You could even book them to come do your makeup in the hotel suite!
The Viceroy, Snowmass Village also has an amazing, luxurious spa with a variety of treatment options. You will want to spend the day here!
Ready to get the party started?
If you are making it an extended weekend, Thursday night free concerts on Fanny Hill followed by drinks at Base Camp afterward is a must!!
Check out Belly Up Aspen. This is a music venue and is busy at night!
A few bars open until 2 include Red Onion, Justice Snows, Eric’s Bar and Zane’s Tavern.
Escobar is a nightclub that has neon lights, a modern, cool crowd and music spinning. Perfect for dancing! Book a table to ensure you can get in and enjoy this hot spot.
These are a few ideas to make your bachelorette weekend getaway to Aspen one that is unforgettable! Thank you to Katie de Besche Director of Catering at Viceroy Snowmass for her contributions to this post.
Jill Pidcock became an ordained minister in 1994 and has since been officiating and creating ceremonies, providing spiritual counseling and facilitating classes and workshops.
Looking for an Aspen wedding officiant? She will work with you to design your wedding ceremony, and take the time to get to know you as a couple to create a very personal ceremony. Her goal is to enhance your wedding day celebration and build a rich and memorable experience.
We spoke to Reverend Pidcock to find out more.
Q: Are there any restrictions on type of ceremony or requirements to use you as an officiant?
A: No, there are no restrictions.
Q: How long is your typical ceremony?
A: 20-30 minutes
Q: Will you attend the rehearsal?
A: Yes, a wedding package includes a consultation, pre-wedding counseling, rehearsal and a personalized ceremony.
Q: Do you offer any options for personalization?
A: All of my ceremonies are personalized and customized. My focus is to create a ceremony for my couples that is a true reflection of them.
Q: Can there be readers or participation by family/friends?
A: Absolutely – these are encouraged. Examples of additional elements you can include in your ceremony are: Kids Participation, Pet Participation, Gifts to parents, Rose ceremonies, Sand, Hand Fasting, Four Direction Ceremony, Blessing at Reception.
Q: Can the couple write their own vows? Do you offer any guidance on writing vows?
Yes, I do. I can help make writing your own vows a very comfortable, easy process.
Q: How much communication can the couples expect prior to the wedding day?
A: Typically my couples have an average of 4 “meetings”, but I do not limit this.
Q: Do you offer marriage counseling?
A: Yes, I do. I have been a spiritual counselor for over 30 years.
Q: Will you give a sermon?
A: No, however, the ceremony is customized to include whatever the couple wants.
Q: Are you able to perform an interfaith or non religious ceremony?
Q: Can you marry at a non-religious site outside of your place of worship?
If you’re interested in learning more about Reverend Jill Pidcock…
Valentine’s Day, the holiday celebrating all things “love” is just a few days away. Although you may not be tying the knot ON Valentine’s Day, these ideas can help you up the romance factor at your own Aspen Wedding. Here are a few ways to make your wedding day full of love.
Light it up: Set the stage for a romantic vibe with different lighting. Chandeliers, candles, up lighting, or even a personalized monogram will add a special touch.
Engagement inspiration: Where did your significant other pop the question? Use this setting and any other fun touches to make your wedding day reflect your love story.
Choose the right hues: Pale pinks, whites, and reds are the typical colors of Valentine’s Day. For a softer vibe, choose pretty pastels. For a more passionate feel, deeper hues like a bold red or purple are a good option.
Share your love: Details of your relationship can add a creative and fun touch. Have your table numbers share something special about your relationship such as dating milestones (first date, favorite place..etc.) travel destinations, special quotes or poems, fun facts about each other- the options are endless.
Make it a family affair: Have a table with wedding day photos from your family members.. parents, grandparents, great-grandparents are all great to include.
Choose a song that means something: A song that is special to you or lyrics that remind you of your relationship are good options to include in your ceremony and reception.
Fit in some alone time: On your busy wedding day, making some time to enjoy the moment with just the two of you is important. Sneak off to a quiet corner for a champagne toast and soak in the fact that you are now married!
Grand exit: We love a fun getaway! Make a statement with a horse drawn carriage, vintage car, or your dream car.
Wedding Date: 12/30/2017 Bride and Groom: Camaran Roberts and Brent Allen
Camaran and Brent tied the knot on a warm, winter evening with 30 of their closest friends and family. They got married at The Aspen Chapel and continued the festivities with celebrations downstairs in the Aspen Chapel Gallery. Guests mingled, the string quartet played, food abounded, and the hot chocolate flowed! The bride and groom were sent on to their intimate Aspen carriage ride with sparklers at the end of the evening.
Where did you have your ceremony? The Aspen Chapel
Camaran fell in love with the Aspen Chapel the first time Brent took her to Aspen in December 2015. Brent proposed on New Year’s Eve 2016 on top of Buttermilk mountain when they returned for a trip the following year. They chose to get married at the Aspen Chapel as it was a part of their winter tradition and was an important piece of their story.
Where did you have your reception? Aspen Chapel Gallery
How did you decide on Aspen Chapel Gallery for your reception? Easy proximity from the ceremony for guests, just downstairs! Plus was a fun surprise to see what kind of art went up as the exhibits change frequently.
Where did you book your accommodations? Element at Basalt
What was the mood at your wedding? Very intimate and romantic. Camaran wanted to have twinkly lights and enjoy the city of Aspen at night when the streets feel magical.
What is your best memory? So many – how does one choose just the single one!?! First dance, it was to Storybook Love from The Princess Bride. Was the perfect moment!
Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? I did mine from Texas and used Aspen Wedding Guide as my handbook. Have the wedding that you want. All the vendors I contacted were so helpful as well! My biggest help was I had a day-of-coordinator who was a godsend!
Are you starting to plan an Aspen Wedding? Engagement season is nearly over, (Valentine’s Day is a very popular day to pop the question) and newly engaged couples are beginning planning for 2019 and 2020 weddings. Regardless if you have been planning the details of your wedding your entire life or if you haven’t thought about your special day at all, planning a wedding can be frightening. There are a lot of aspen wedding vendors to hire and lots of details and logistics to hammer out. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed or caught up in your to-do list. This should be an enjoyable process!
One of the first tasks you should do is choose your wedding date. You can’t really do much else without having this set in stone! While this date may change slightly do to venue availability, having somewhat of an idea in mind is key. Here are some tips for getting started.
Narrow the search: One way to quickly narrow down specific dates is to consider the day of the week you want to choose. Typically, weddings are held on weekends with Saturdays the most popular choice. This is most convenient for guests, but there are no hard rules about this! Fridays, Sundays and even other days of the week.
Decide on your season: There are lots of things that can be determined by the month you tie the knot in. First major factor, (although you can’t determine this exactly ahead of time!) the weather. Do you want a wintry wonderland with snow? Or are you envisioning a warm sunny day? Fall foliage? Spring blooms? Consider the local weather, Aspen obviously has more weather differences then if you were to get married in a more mild climate. Of season weddings can provide some cost benefits and vendor availability will be higher, but you may have to sacrifice things like type of flower due to seasonal availability.
Consider special dates and holidays: 4th of July, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, religious holidays, Father’s/Mother’s Day, etc. are usually not the best choice. While a holiday wedding can still be fun, but guests may not want to cancel their holidays celebrations and traditions to attend your wedding. The cost of travel can also be significantly higher during these times and you may have guests coming from out of town. A plus is that Some holidays fall on long weekends and this can make it more convenient for people to travel.
Other special dates you may want to rule out (or not!) are anniversaries, birthdays of close relatives or friends. You may WANT to choose your grandparents anniversary or the day you met.
Think about timing: Is there a busy season at work that would be impossible for you to focus on your wedding prep? Is there a time of year which is more convenient to take time off? For example, if you are a teacher with summers off this would ideal. If you are an accountant, right before tax day would be less than ideal.
Give yourself plenty of time: You don’t need to rush with the planning process (unless you want to!) Make sure you will have enough time to book vendors you want and figure out all the details. Many vendors book up qucikly and are currently booking for a year or even more ahead.
Be flexible. While you may be set on a particular day i.e. September 22nd, your venue may not be available that day. Have a few dates in mind and if you aren’t willing to compromise, you can choose to prioritize your day instead and find a new venue/vendor etc.
We hope these tips will help you get started on choosing a date for your wedding!
Wedding Date: 08/06/2017 Bride and Groom: Jennifer Murer and Blake Yutuc
Jen and Blake tied that knot on the most perfect beautiful clear day at Maroon Bells in front of 45 of their closest family and friends. Their joy-filled ceremony was special and unique. They exchanged personal vows and had a tree planting ceremony. Their “best day ever” continued at The Westin- Snowmass village, where guests enjoyed interactive pasta, prime rib, and salad bar stations. Everyone danced the night away with a drink in hand and sent the beautiful couple off with sparklers.
Bride, Jen shares more about what made their wedding a special day below!
Where did you have your ceremony? Maroon Bells
How did you decide on this location? When Blake and I got engaged we both wanted to have our wedding surrounded by the beauty of nature. We are absolutely in love with the mountains and Texas kind of lacks in that geographical department. That is when our ceremony location hunt began in Colorado. I searched for weeks for the perfect location and that’s when I found Maroon Bells. I looked at Blake and said “I’m done! This where we are getting married!” He fell in love as soon as I showed him the pictures. The anticipation of reserving Maroon Bells was killing me and I was filled with endless joy when we were finally able to reserve!
Where did you have your reception? The Westin- Snowmass Village
How did you decide on The Westin- Snowmass Village for your reception? We took a trip up to Aspen a year before the wedding to really grasp and feel the vibe of reception locations we were looking at online. Since all our family and friends were traveling to Aspen and had never been to the area, we chose to have our reception at the hotel that all our guests would be staying at. After visiting hotels and their reception spaces we decided that The Westin in Snowmass Village had everything we wanted for our guests and reception. We chose the Garden Terrace Tent that had the perfect view of the Northern Mountains.
Where did you book your accommodations? The Westin- Snowmass Village
What was the mood at your wedding? Our ceremony was extremely personal and full of infectious joy. We decided that we wanted our officiant to incorporate our love story, how Blake knew I was the one, and how I knew he was the one. Sharing how we met and these personal moments with our closest friends and family really helped to deepen the connection we already shared, as they were able to get a glimpse into our relationship from the beginning up to this point in time.
What is your best memory? The reception displayed the general vibe of our relationship and both the love we share for each-other and the love that our guests felt from our relationship. The fact that our guests were able to fully let go of everything else for a few hours and be present in the moment celebrating our love was absolutely beautiful.
Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? Give yourself plenty of time to research and research more. Also, receiving suggestions from locals on vendors or restaurants for your rehearsal dinner is best, so join a local Facebook group where you are having your wedding.
Wedding Date: 07/15/2017 Bride and Groom: Susan Lubbers and Mac Weaver
Mac and Susan wanted to tie the knot in a church ceremony with a traditional Aspen feel for the reception. They shared a mutual love of Aspen which is why they chose it as their destination. Bride, Susan shares more of what made their wedding day special and unique below.
Where did you have your ceremony? Christ Church in the West End.
How did you decide on this location? We wanted a church wedding and Mac was raised in the Episcopal church. We met Fr. Jonathan Brice over dinner last winter, and immediately knew that he would be an important part of our wedding.
Where did you have your reception? Hotel Jerome – Library Room
How did you decide on Hotel Jerome – Library Room for your reception? We wanted a traditional Aspen reception location, one that spoke to the history of the town. No better place than the Jerome! We love the Library Room and it was the perfect fit for our small wedding party.
Where were your accommodations? Private homes around town, Jerome
What was the mood at your wedding? Intimate, family-centric. We were surrounded by family and friends with combined marriage terms of over 350 years! Two couples have been married over 50 years. We’re inspired and completely in awe of the example our family has set for us.
What is your best memory? Walking up at Maroon Lake and seeing Mac for the first time, feeling the stress and wedding jitters completely dissipate. I also had my first CO moose sighting on the drive up Maroon Creek to the Bells!
Another special moment was walking down the aisle, having my Mom give me away (Dad is deceased).
Lastly, after all the family and couple photos between the ceremony and reception, Mac and I walked hand in hand across the rugby field from John Denver to the Jerome, just taking in the entire day.
Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? Talk to several vendors, don’t be afraid to ask very specific questions and pay attention to details.
Do you have any additional thoughts or photos you would like to share with us?
Mac and I met through work, and the first thing we chatted about was our mutual love of Aspen, so it only made sense to get married there. We planned a very intimate family event (25 people total) so that we could enjoy the weekend and spend time with our closest family members – grandparents, parents & siblings, and godparents.
Wedding Date: 09/10/2017 Bride and Groom: Heather and Jason Ripke
Heather and Jason tied the knot in a gorgeous “dream come true” ceremony at the Little Nell on top of Aspen Mountain. Their guests enjoyed a glass of champagne on their gondola ride up and were welcomed to the ceremony by a string duo. Heather’s father and 5 year old daughter walked by her side down the aisle. Their ceremony was very personal to them. Friend, Mike officiated their wedding and they each wrote their own vows. After the ceremony, guests went to the Aspen Mountain Club deck for cocktail hour.
Bride Heather shares with us below about what made their wedding day special.
How did you decide on this location?
We knew we wanted a destination wedding yet something different from the normal beach wedding. I searched mountain weddings on Pinterest and I came across a picture of a wedding out on the Wedding Deck at The Little Nell and absolutely fell in love. I contacted The Little Nell and we had our venue booked within a day. Getting married at The Little Nell was a once in a lifetime opportunity. There is no other place like it and we will forever be grateful for our family and friends that took time off of their lives to travel to Colorado to experience our special day with us, and to all the vendors and employees at The Little Nell that went out of their way to make our day extra special.
How did you decide on The Little Nell – Aspen Mountain Club for your reception?
We saw one picture of the Aspen Mountain Club and knew that was where we wanted our wedding reception. We (and all of our guests) had to travel to Aspen from Iowa so we wanted to stay on top of the mountain as long as possible to enjoy the atmosphere and view.
What was the mood at your wedding?
Romantic and Memorable. With such a stunning backdrop, we wanted to play up the romance with our floral arrangements. We wanted our guest to have fun and leave with a once in a lifetime experience.
What is your best memory from your wedding day?
We have so many best memories from that day. We decided to forgo a first look, so we saw each other for the first time that day as I walked down the aisle. Writing our own vows also made the ceremony more special and unique to us. Surprising Jason, the Groom, with a Daddy Donkey(what she calls him) cake from Hayden, his stepdaughter, was a special moment. Also seeing our family and friends experience such a perfect day at the most amazing venue we could have dreamed of was amazing.
Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding?
Do your research and rely on your venue if that’s an option. Leann Katchuk from The Little Nell was spectacular. She was always available and extremely accommodating on everything and anything we wanted and or needed. Pick vendors that you mesh up with well. Robin Proctor was the first photographer that we contacted and we chose her. We spoke with 5 difference florist’s before settling on Carolyn’s Flowers. Listen to your gut and don’t settle, pick what you want.
Wedding Date: 09/03/2017 Bride and Groom: Meg and Zach
(From the Bride)
Zach and I met in Aspen, Colorado. Zach (originally from Orange County, CA) picked Me (Meg) up in the Gant Van from the airport with my mom. What we thought would be a mother-daughter vacation turned into the beginning of a wonderful love story.
After being in a long distance relationship for a year, I moved out to Aspen to be with Zach. We both lived and worked in Aspen until 2015 when we decided to move to California to be closer to family. We decided to have a destination wedding in Aspen because it is so near and dear to our hearts. We had an intimate wedding of 70 guests and had activities throughout the weekend. We had a welcome reception at the Gant Aspen and served vegan friendly options, bison sliders, and more. A selection of Colorado Bourbons (along with full bar) was also hosted at the Welcome Reception. We really liked having the activities planned because it gave our guests a chance to get to know one another before the wedding day. Once the wedding came around everyone knew each-other. The morning after the wedding we went Paragliding with Aspen Paragliding, then embarked on a 3 week honeymoon through Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.
How did you decide on this location? I wanted a ceremony location that was outdoors but had an easy plan for rain, because we all know how afternoon showers can come unexpectedly. I also liked that it was affordable, had a scenic backdrop, and was only a 10 minute walk for everyone from the center of town.
How did you decide on Hotel Jerome for your reception? The Hotel Jerome was a short distance away from the Theatre Aspen. I love how historical the hotel is and it definitely has the mountain chic vibe I was looking for.
Where did you have book your accommodations?The Gant
What was the mood at your wedding? Full of love and happiness!
What is your best memory from your wedding day? Seeing my husbands face when he saw me walking down the aisle (we didn’t see each-other before the wedding)
Meg, Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? Plan activities throughout the weekend so the guests can get to know each-other before the big day. I had a small wedding of only 70 guests, but the dance floor was always full. I think the fact that everyone had met almost everyone else by the time the reception rolled around definitely helped. Also, I would advise people to definitely have an open bar! People come from very far and spend a lot of money to witness your marriage – you want them to enjoy themselves!!
Aspen Wedding Vendors Welcome Reception:
Venue: The Ute Terrace at The Gant Aspen
Food: The Gant Aspen
Music:Live music by Mark Nussmeier
Snowy mountain peaks in the background, toasty fires and rich hues make winter weddings in Aspen so gorgeous. While a winter wedding is a magical thing, there are also lots of details to consider to ensure your day goes off without a hitch!
Here are some important things to consider when planning your Aspen winter wedding.
If you are desiring outdoor photos, make sure to have a plan. Dressing warm enough is crucial! You don’t want to be frozen during your vows. Wearing cozy winter accessories like a faux fur coat, scarf, mittens, and many more can be a great way to look fashionable while staying warm.
You (and your bridesmaids) can also wear tights under your dress. If it’s long, no one will even know and you can stay warm and toasty during photos. Watering eyes, chapped lips and skin will not look great in photos, so be sure to have chap stick and tissues on hand.
2. Be wary of the weather. Aspen weather can be unpredictable- sunny one day and then a snowstorm moving in the next. Have backup plans for anything you are hoping to host outdoors. If you have guests coming in from out of town, there is a possibility of delayed or cancelled flights. Make sure they have a little wiggle room and if possible leave a few days between when they fly in and your wedding day.
3. Add seasonal elements. Whether you choose to decorate in “winter white” or a mix of rich, warm tones, adding greenery, plaid, metallics or other winter themed accents is a gorgeous touch. Candles also add a romantic, warm vibe to the room. Even during a dark, stormy winter night.
4. Choose your location wisely. Having both the ceremony and reception at one location is ideal in winter. You don’t want to risk having to drive to a reception during inclement weather. Add in some extra time to travel to your ceremony in case weather is bad.
5. Get creative. Special touches will make your wedding unforgettable. Have a hot chocolate station or blankets to warm everyone up. Serve comfort foods- soup shooters, mac and cheese, grilled cheese. Add a dessert display with your favorite holiday desserts or have horse and carriage or gondola rides to transport your guests to the festivities.
Winter weddings in Aspen are magical! These are just a few of our tips to make sure your Aspen wedding goes off smoothly. Are you having a winter wedding? Share your favorite winter wedding detail below!! Still planning? Find your top wedding vendors here.