We love this family fun filled wedding. To start, the location is very unique. They chose the Aspen Recreation Center (first time a wedding has ever been held at this venue), it has gorgeous views, and lots of family fun activities like rock climbing wall, batting cages, swimming and ice skating.
Congratulations Lisa and Scott! Thank you for sharing your story and wedding tips.
Wedding Story: Engaged in October 2015 at the top of Independence Pass. Married in Aspen in front of more than 100 friends and family. Dated on/off for 7+ years. Have a daughter together. Lisa LOVES Aspen/Snowmass and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. First wedding ever to be held at the Aspen Recreation Center. Our brothers officiated and married us- very personal and warm! We also read our own vows! Farm-to-cocktail drinks, exquisite food, climbing, batting and skating for all ages. A weekend of activities pre and post wedding event.
How did you decide on your ceremony location? We definitely wanted to be outside and Iselin Field provided us with a stunning outdoor location- perched between Aspen Highlands and Tiehack looking directly at Pyramid Peak. The grass was green, the trees were in their peak leaf changing phase and a dusting of snow recently hit the high peaks.
How did you decide on your reception location? We knew we were going to invite and welcome kids with our family/friends so we were looking for an untraditional site where there would be an overabundance of activities for the kids of all ages.
What was the mood at the wedding? Unique and different? We wanted to have a very relaxed and comfortable setting that felt like us and allowed everyone to have a good time getting to know each other and with the food, drink and rock climbing/ice skating/batting cages as entertainment.
Best memory from the wedding day? How can I pick just one? Loved the final moments of getting my dress on with our daughter, my soon-to-be husband and our babysitter all working to zip me into my dress. We had a few minutes of unexpected calm before we headed over to the ceremony site which was quite lovely. My husbands personal vows were amazing- and us climbing the rock wall together- racing actually- made us smile (with all of our guests watching).
Any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? Be prepared to take many trips to that destination beforehand if you are eager to get all the pieces right. Luckily, the Roaring Fork Valley is my favorite place in the world so I had no problem heading there regularly sometimes with and sometimes without my now husband.
Aspen Meadows Resort, a Bauhaus-inspired boutique hotel, has been voted a top events locale and we can definitely see why. If you are still trying to find your perfect Aspen wedding venue, we suggest taking a closer look at this stunning choice.
With sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen Meadows offers a quintessential Aspen experience. The mountains are the perfect back drop for saying “we do.” Located on the Roaring Fork River with views of the Rockies, this spot is truly perfect for your wedding.
We spoke with Jason MacEachen from Aspen Meadows to learn more about the special things about this amazing aspen wedding venue.
What makes Aspen Meadows a memorable wedding venue?
Aspen Meadows offers personalized planning services. The goal is for their brides and grooms to have a day that is worry-free. Aspen Meadows offers a seamless transition throughout your day, with their wedding packages covering all day, and the option of different spaces for each of part of your wedding. The various spaces can accommodate up to 350 guests, so it is a great location for all wedding sizes from intimate to grand. They also conveniently do their own award-winning catering and include chairs, tables, linens, glassware, flatware and plates. The catering team will work with you to create unique menus custom to your tastes.
The typical couple will start off their celebration with an afternoon ceremony in Anderson Park, cocktail hour in the Barksdale Lobby and then dinner and dancing in the McNulty Ballroom. The perfect celebration of life ties in Aspen’s natural beauty with grand contemporary style.
During the warmer spring and summer months, you can head outdoors for your ceremony. One option is Anderson Park, an open meadow with magnificent views of Aspen Mountain and is surrounded by beautiful aspen trees. Another place for a ceremony is the stone paver Merrill patio, which also boasts stunning mountain views.
If you desire an indoor venue, the McNulty Ballroom is a beautiful location with large floor-to-ceiling windows showcases the outdoor mountain views, bringing outside, in. With a sophisticated contemporary style, the room is a blank canvas offering you room to transform the room any way you wish.
Aspen Meadows is a luxury hotel with over 40 acres located in the historic West End of Aspen. It will be convenient for you, your wedding party and your guests to stay for the entire weekend and enjoy easy travel to the wedding festivities and the many amenities this hotel has to offer. The 98 spacious guest suites have contemporary décor and provide comfort with beautiful views.
Aspen Meadows is truly a one-of-a-kind wedding venue offering luxury and comfort to ensure you and your significant other have a flawless wedding day. With exceptional service, extensive offerings, many options and beautiful spaces for all of your wedding day events, Aspen Meadows will provide a memorable wedding.
If you are in the midst of planning your wedding, choosing a venue for your Aspen wedding ceremony is a crucial part. There are many stunning locations around Aspen. Whether you want an outdoor mountain view ceremony or an indoor religious ceremony there are many options for you. Another important detail to consider is if you want your ceremony location to be in the same venue or a different one than your reception. Hiring an Aspen wedding planner can be extremely helpful when planning all of these details. Below we share a few of our favorite ceremony locations in Aspen. For even more, visit our post here.
The beautiful background of the stunning greens, water and rolling hills makes for a special Aspen wedding ceremony. This PGA award-winning course offers a challenging course in the heart of the Rockies and just minutes from downtown Aspen. Golf lovers will especially enjoy it! The groomsmen or bridal party can enjoy golfing together before the wedding!
The Aspen Historical Society offers three different unique sites to host your Aspen wedding ceremony:
The Wheeler/Stallard museum- This Victorian Mansion delivers an eclectic blend of Victorian charm and Aspen hospitality. The perfect blend of elegant and casual, this one of a kind Aspen wedding venue is one of the most magnificent buildings in Aspen history. Built in 1888, The queen Anne style- Victorian along with the grounds (and entire city block) will provide a unique ambiance for your event.
Ashcroft Ghost Town- Located in the beautiful Castle Creek Valley this historic ghost town provides an extremely unique setting for your Aspen wedding.
Holden/Marolt– The Holden/Marolt museum and grounds are a crown jewel among Aspen venues. Located on the edge of Aspen, the grounds offer a rustic, casual setting for your wedding. With beautiful views of the mountains and the rustic barn in the back, your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come.
Aspen Meadows offers a variety of beautiful function spaces with floor to ceiling windows and elegant but simple décor. The different spaces, from the lush green lawn of Anderson Park, to the stunning McNulty Ballroom, will fit any wedding size or wedding style. Additionally, the resort amentities and accommodations are convenient for your wedding guests and wedding party.
There are many beautiful parks in the City of Aspen that would make for a stunning ceremony spot.
John Denver Sanctuary– This gorgeous landmark is dedicated to the late John Denver. The park is located on a peaceful pond with remarkable views of the Aspen Mountain. This spot, located in the heart of town along the Rio Grande Trail is a definitely must-see when traveling to Aspen. Hosting your wedding here would make it even more special.
Stein Park– This simple park is nestled nest to the Roaring Fork River along the Ro Grande Trail. The beautiful surrounding foliage and quiet nature is part of what makes it a great spot for a wedding ceremony.
Triangle Park is a small neighborhood gathering spot, but the lush lawn and surrounding trees make it a great spot for saying “We do.”
This wedding deck is unlike anything else. Located at an elevation of 11,212 feet with breathtaking views of the Elk Mountain Range it is truly a romantic spot for saying your vows. Ride the Silver Queen Gondola up and enjoy champagne at the top. Following the ceremony, you can conveniently move to either the Sundeck or Aspen Mountain Club and continue the party.
This legendary resort is located at the base of Aspen Mountain and nearby the gondola plaza. With the outdoor Fountain Courtyard and the indoor Ballroom, you can choose from the captivating mountain views or the romantic champagne and chandelier filled formal space.
The Roaring Fork Club is a private club located in the charming town of Basalt (20 mins from Aspen). With hundreds of pristine acres, majestic mountain views, and an elegant lodge and many amentities for your guest this venue is perfect for your entire wedding weekend. Your ceremony will be the full Rocky Mountain experience with an upscale flair.
Hotel Jerome is a luxurious location rich in history and charm making for an unforgettable wedding. With indoor and outdoor locations, stunning views of the Aspen Mountain and a classic contemporary feel, your event will be the epitome of sophistication.
The Lynn Britt Cabin combines rustic and elegance with the beauty of the mountains. This cozy rustic log cabin is located at the top of Burlingame Lift. The location boasts incredible views and is uniquely secluded.
Maroon Bells are the most photographed mountain spot in North America. For an outdoor wedding, Maroon Bells is a dreamy choice. A lovely platform overlooks a meadow with the Maroon Lake and majestic Maroon Bells in the background.
Nestled into the Ashcroft Valley, the wedding meadow is sheltered by trees on one side and tranquil wetlands on the other. Towering 14,000 foot peaks serve as the backdrop for your ceremony. Your guests will enjoy the stunning Elk Mountain views seen during cocktail hour. A quick walk after the ceremony will bring you to the Pine Creek Cookhouse where you can enjoy your wedding reception.
With high, snowcapped peaks, perfectly manicured lawns and wildflowers, the Snowmass Club setting is a special one. With breathtaking vistas of Mt. Daly and the expansive Elk Mountain Range, the Snowmass Club is the perfect setting for a wedding of any size.
The regal and rugged property at Viceroy Snowmass is the ideal venue for a stylish Aspen wedding ceremony. Any time of year is a great time for a wedding. The Viceroy has a beautiful wedding lawn with gorgeous views.
Located near the world-famous Maroon Bells, T-Lazy-7 Ranch is a scenic spot. The exquisite meadow is a perfect location for your wedding ceremony. The rolling pasture coupled with lush Aspen trees and the magnificent 14,000 foot Pyramid Peak in the backdrop will make for amazing photographs to capture your day. T-Lazy-7 Lodge is an exquisite place for a reception as well with vaulted ceilings, wrap around balcony and garden patio. Enjoy dancing, dining and late night s’mores in the crisp mountain air.
This unique venue is located adjacent to the John Denver Sanctuary. The contemporary style features a stunning pavilion with ponds, greenery and mountain views. The natural beauty mixed modern elegance is the perfect blend.
With dramatic mountain views and a spacious rooftop deck, the Gant is a gorgeous alpine location for your Aspen wedding ceremony. A destination hotel located on the base of Aspen Mountain, there are many ceremony locations for couples to choose from at The Gant.
The only ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of the Buttermilk Mountain, The Inn at Aspen offers a tranquil, high-meadow setting just minutes from downtown Aspen. With 5,000 square feet of event and reception space, The Inn at Aspen can accommodate groups from 10 guests to 200.
Aspen locals tie the knot at Hallam Lake. Congratulations to Haley and Jason.
Haley and Jason’s October 5th wedding proved to be an excellent time to capture the fall colors of Aspen Colorado.
Aspen wedding planner Windy Gillespie created a Victorian-rustic wedding theme and incorporated vibrant rich colors, real antlers, pine cones, vintage place settings, decorative mercury glass centerpieces and mismatched picture frames to compliment the natural elements of Hallam Lake and the rustic urban feel of the Elks Club Lodge.
How did he propose? Jason (the groom/husband) took me to Kenichi, favorite restaurant of ours where we had our first date in Aspen. We had an amazing meal, walked home and went to unlock the door. He started checking his pockets and told me he forgot something at the restaurant. When I asked him what he forgot, he said he forgot to ask me to marry him. And he popped the question right in front of our stoop! Perfectly simple yet perfectly us.
How did you decide on Aspen for your wedding location? Aspen is our home and one of the most beautiful places in the world. We wanted to share this special place with friends and family coming from around the country.
How did you choose your venue? We chose the ceremony venue (ACES at Hallam Lake) because it was so close to in town and easy to get to, but more importantly it was a gorgeous nature preserve with beautiful views. It was important to us to have our guests feel like they can see what Aspen had to offer! It was perfect with a small blanket of snow on the surrounding trees. We couldn’t have planned better. We picked Elks Club Lodge for our reception because it almost had “urban” Aspen feel since it was so close into town. We went from a meadow to a historic building!
Were there any special or unique details, entertainment or activities at the reception? The building has a roof, which was really fun to run up to and cool down, taking in all the views of downtown Aspen. We also had a photo booth with funny ski-related props and outfits. What really kicked up the party a notch was Windy bringing in light-up tambourines, hand held bubble machines, and other things people could play with while dancing. They were a hit with our guests and made the pictures look phenomenal!
What was the wedding cake flavor? We had three different flavors of cupcakes (we really aren’t wedding cake people) and they were Pina Colada, White Russian and Strawberry Daquiri. So fun and creative.
Favorite memories: “Jason and I did a first look and seeing him then was the best moment of my life.”
“Seeing my dad before the ceremony was our special time that I’ll never forget – he was so proud of me!”
We at Aspen Wedding Guide have noticed over the years that couples can’t get enough black and white photos of their weddings. Especially with the advent of digital photography which allows such ease between both color and black and white options, many brides request them of their photographers.
The locations are peerless: Top of Aspen Mountain, T Lazy 7 Ranch, Maroon Bells, plus several around the town of Aspen. The Aspen Chapel and street scenes we’ve included are popular with couples and our blog readers have seen many others!
For couples seeking a beautiful outdoor Aspen wedding, Maroon Bells is a dream venue. The natural shape of the valley funnels your guests from Aspen toward the magnificent vista made popular by its pleasing aesthetic shape and situation. And it is surprisingly easy to create a perfect wedding day at this setting. Because you need specialized details and advice to pull off your wedding celebration at Maroon Bells, we have it all here for you.
The US Forest Service manages this popular scenic area, providing a lovely private platform (which they call an amphitheater) that overlooks the meadow with Maroon Lake and the majesty of Maroon Bells as a backdrop. Reservations to use the platform for your wedding must be made on the website recreation.gov at a cost of $250. We don’t have to tell you to plan ahead! These slots reserve about a year in advance. There are a few constraints on this heavily trafficked, popular site. Saturday morning or afternoon wedding slots are available from the beginning of June to the end of September and the area accommodates only 65 people. (See our blog on Winter Wedding Tips.) Further, birdseed, confetti, and electrified music are not allowed. With your reservation, five vehicle permits are granted; local bus service is plentiful and easy but most people hire a professional transportation service to shuttle wedding guests find the best companies here. If you are wanting a real rustic reception, the large East Maroon Portal is a group campsite that can accommodate your party and its only yards away from the amphitheater.
Limits, rules, and constraints aside, let’s talk about planning your wedding! And many local wedding planners create fabulous, memorable events every summer. Indeed, Jane Floyd speaks calmly about the task since she has managed so many! “The bride deserves to have the day off,” Jane says. And a wedding planner takes all the details of working with a governmental agency off your shoulders. Our local Aspen wedding planners provide experience and relationships that produce perfect Aspen weddings every time.
Jane Floyd and Associates, a boutique company, as well as many of our other wedding planning professionals know the particularities of Aspen weddings: the unpredictable weather, photography in the harsh sunlight, and the 9500 feet of elevation. They will consider all the difficulties of a Maroon Bells wedding including: choosing the best date and time, the fixing of a reception seven miles away in Aspen at a fabulous hotel venue, the problem of transporting everything a bridal party needs (including her guests!), and the necessities of producing your perfect event outdoors beautifully.
Planning a destination wedding in Aspen can be challenging. We recommend hiring a wedding planner to help you find the perfect location, the best vendors and to handle all of the bookings, details and coordination. We have the best wedding planners in the Aspen valley listed on this site under Wedding Planners. When searching for an Aspen ceremony site, there are many to choose from and most of them offer incredible views of the mountains, aspen trees, streams and valleys. Below are just a few of the many Aspen ceremony sites available.
The Aspen Wedding Deck – Contact a wedding planner or The Little Nell directly for a site visit. The Aspen wedding deck offers a spectacular setting for your wedding. The Sundeck and the Aspen Mountain Club is adjacent to the wedding deck and offers a beautiful-breathtaking reception site for your large or small wedding.
The St. Regis Hotel – Offers a beautiful wedding ceremony site surrounded by aspen trees, conifers and other native Colorado plants. The hotel completely remodeled the large ballroom that can accommodate 600 guests, as well as other indoor and outdoor spaces.
The Roaring Fork Club – Offers indoor and outdoor locations. Including the wedding lawn, the Members’ Lodge and the River Cabin, for a more quaint, rustic style wedding.
The Hotel Jerome – Offers indoor and outdoor locations. The courtyard offers spectacular views of Aspen Mountain and the rich Hotel Jerome history and charm, makes this an unforgettable place for your Aspen wedding.
John Denver Park– Located in the heart of town and along the Rio Grand Trail and its a must for any visit, but to have your wedding here, would be really special. The views are wonderful and the creek is an added bonus. Contact Aspen Parks and Recreation to reserve the park.
Maroon Bells – The most photographed mountains in North America is located in Aspen! Just 10 miles from Aspen up Maroon Creek Rd. Ask your wedding planner, or go to Recreation.gov to reserve the Maroon Bells Amphitheater for your wedding ceremony.
Snowmass Club – Offers breathtaking vistas of Mt. Daly and the expansive Elk Mountain Range. The Snowmass Club is the perfect setting for a wedding of any size.
The Viceroy Hotel – Any time of year is a great time for a wedding. The Viceroy has a beautiful wedding lawn with gorgeous views.
Lynn Britt Cabin -A cozy rustic log cabin near the top of Burlingame lift. Incredible views and unique location.
Pine Creek Cookhouse
Where legendary views of 14,000 foot peaks meet legendary dining. Nestled in a virgin Aspen grove at the base of the Elk mountain range, top quality ingredients and impeccable preparation combine to create an unparalleled dining experience. The Chef sources all ingredients locally and regionally, highlighting the amazing bounty of organically and naturally raised produce and meat available on the Colorado plateau.