Known for its luxury and access to the outdoors, Vail, Colorado, can be a daunting place to decide on a wedding venue, and it’s not for the reasons you may think. Vail wedding venues are all stunning in their own right and the most difficult choice is almost always having to narrow down the options and weigh the pros and cons. As a Vail wedding photographer, I wanted to create a guide for couples in the planning process to help simplify the decision and break down the options for Vail wedding venues.
Without further adieu here is our Vail Colorado Wedding Venue Guide:
No one can argue the acclaim and elegance of the Four Seasons Resorts, but this location’s offerings as a Vail wedding venue set them apart from the rest. With the highest botanical garden in the United States, a pool terrace with stunning mountain views and intricate design accents, outdoor ceremony and reception options can accommodate 200+ guests. As a Vail photographer, this location is a particular favorite with options to shoot portraits indoors and outdoors. The Bighorn Ballroom and The Meadows spaces offer indoor options for groups and access to a wide range of capabilities to support a completely custom event. Some of the options even include igloos for dining under the stars. The benefit of this Vail wedding venue comes from the complete flexibility to customize and imagine your wedding day along with the help of a comprehensive staff to plan everything in-house.
Up next is a gem for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to have the option of inviting all of their friends and family, but maintain the feel of a romantic mountain elopement. The Piney River Ranch is a 40-acre property in the White River National Forest. The primary ceremony space is a beautiful deck over a lake beneath the Gore Range. You can host your Vail wedding completely under the star-covered sky or take advantage of their rustic log pavilions, glamping tents for guests, and on-site bar and restaurant. They also offer onsite catering and event supplies to bring all your planning under one roof.
With towering alpines and elegant European architecture, the Sonnenalp Vail has been operating for 40 years as an award-winning resort in the heart of the Vail Valley. In walking distance to the village, they offer an array of options from their Grand Bavaria Room, to the creekside or the terrace and everything in between. Their rooms boast views of Vail Village and Gore Creek, and they offer luxury dining, spa, and accommodations for every event. For the elegant bride looking for luxury and relaxation, this is the Vail wedding venue for you.
When you envision a luxury mountain ski resort, there’s a good chance an image of the Sebastian comes to mind. As a photographer in Vail, CO, I love the romantic lodge-style accommodations and stunning backdrops it affords. Depending on the style of reception, it’s nearly 8,500 square feet of event space that can accommodate anywhere from 280-330 guests. With in-house catering services and a well-coordinated service team, the caliber of a Vail wedding at the Sebastian is unmatched.
A sprawling 5-acre property, the Manor Vail Lodge is an oasis for couples looking for a garden-style wedding with rustic charm. Aside from the various outdoor options, they offer a large ballroom, the Fitz Restaurant, and the Ridge + River Mountainside Kitchen. With stunning accommodations, several on-site catering options, and Rocky Mountain charm, this is sure to wow guests for your Vail wedding.
Couples looking to host an extravagant event in any season, will find the Larkspur Events & Dining to be their Vail wedding venue of choice. With the luscious green colors of summer on the lawn or the snowy majesty of the Golden Peak slopes in the winter, this venue can host up to 500 guests whether you’re looking for an indoor or outdoor option. With in-house coordinators and catering, you can entrust your large-scale wedding to good hands and enjoy the Vail wedding of your dreams.
If you’re looking for a romantic garden wedding within steps of Vail Village, this may be the perfect spot. With a tranquil waterfall surrounded by Rocky Mountain florals, this DIY location is perfect for creating a custom event without breaking the bank. The Alpine Plaza, Rooftop Terrace, and Children’s Garden Amphitheatre can accommodate 30-100 guests. If you’re looking for a more intimate elopement, they offer custom packages as well. As a Vail wedding photographer, I see a lot of value in working within your unique budget to create the Colorado mountain wedding of your dreams.
For an intimate wedding steps from Vail Village and at the base of Golden Peak, Tivoli Lodge offers dramatic mountain backdrops and can accommodate up to 60 guests with ease. With a dedicated team to ensure your vail wedding is seamless and dreamy, elegance and luxury are guaranteed. With a mountain lodge feel, your guests will be greeted with hot chocolate and cookies, grand fireplaces, and complimentary ski valets to celebrate your nuptials. For a true winter wonderland, look no further than this Vail, Colorado, wedding venue.
Imagine your Vail wedding surrounded by creeks, rolling hills, and gorgeous mountains in a timber and stone lodge. With Donovan Pavilion you get all the perks of a Vail mountain wedding on a secluded 50-acre property. The details are endless from chandeliers to etched windows and firepits. With accommodations for up to 200 guests in a covered pavilion along with an outdoor patio dotted with string lights, this venue is the perfect canvas to bring in all of your dream vendors to make your day special.
Last, but certainly not least, the Vail Racquet Club Mountain resort is your chance at a 20-acre mountaintop property surrounded by the White River National Forest. They offer the most exclusive experience for their weddings by permitting only one wedding a weekend, so the property is completely yours for the event. With the benefits of being one of Vail’s largest resorts, they can accommodate both large and small groups and the benefits of an onsite Heirloom Restaurant with two levels and floor-to-ceiling views of the sweeping mountainscape.
I hope you enjoyed my Vail Colorado Photographers Guide to Wedding Venues. Whether you’re planning a Vail elopement or an extravagant wedding for all your friends and family to enjoy, Vail has something for everyone.
Hi, I am Alicia of Alicia Pfaff Photography. I am a Telluride-based award-winning wedding photographer who passionately cherishes photographing couples and their families on their wedding day. I bring a high level of professionalism, a long-lasting friendship, and unique natural and colorful images that stand the test of time. I will showcase your story and your precious moments. I will be there to help you every step of the way, direct you and take the lead to help create those timeless images, but also move back to capture and document your love story throughout the day. With me, you get a genuine, personal, and detailed experience every step of the way.
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