4 Tips for Throwing a Mountain Wedding

Mountain weddings are iconic. There’s nothing like choosing a venue that simply speaks for itself. Sure, you want everything to be just right from the table settings, to the general set up, to the food your guests will be eating, but there’s no denying gorgeous mountain views while celebrating your nuptials. With that in mind, let’s take a look at several tips you can utilize for pulling off a mountain wedding for the ages. Let’s dive in and take a look. 

Create a Top Three List

No two couples are exactly the same, so sit down with your fiance and go over your top three must-haves for the wedding. You might be surprised that you both agree on an open bar and great food, but disagree when it comes to the band and decor. Finding a balance and narrowing down the most important aspects of the wedding together can work wonders when it comes to keeping things on the same page for the big event. Besides, this wedding is celebrating your relationship so ensuring you’re both getting what you hoped for is a must. 

Choose the Right Venue

While this may seem obvious, choosing the proper venue is typically one of the hardest parts of the entire wedding planning process. Your venue is where your guests will sit, where you’ll say “I do” to your partner, where you’ll take a majority of your wedding photos, and is generally the backdrop to your entire event. Considering that, choose wisely. 

At Glenwood Canyon Resort, we offer four stunning venues for our wedding guests. Two are situated along the banks of the Colorado River, one is indoors with the option of moving onto an outdoor terrace, and the fourth is the outdoor terrace itself. The outdoor terrace with the option to move indoors is great for weddings where the weather isn’t looking too agreeable for your big day. 

Plan for the Weather

Speaking of weather, the weather in Colorado, particularly the mountains, can be a bit all over the place. Due to this, it’s important to genuinely plan for the weather to go awry. While everyone hopes for a beautiful, sunny day to celebrate their outdoor wedding in the mountains, it’s not always in the cards. 

So, work with your wedding planner to concoct a weather plan. This includes how you’ll communicate with your guests, vendors, and wedding party. Hope for the best weather possible but definitely plan for the worst-case scenario. 

Remember the Essentials

There are a few items that are absolute essentials when it comes to having an outdoor wedding. Firstly, if you’re having an outdoor wedding in Colorado, make sure you have water consistently available to your guests. Between the general elements, the drinking your guests will be doing and the altitude, ensuring your friends and family are well hydrated is a must. 

Additionally, sunscreen is important. If the day of the wedding is looking to be a spectacularly sunny day, having sunscreen on offer to your guests can go a long way. Trust us, spending time in the sun in mountain elevations can do a number on your skin if you don’t take the right precautions. So, help your guests take care of themselves! Lastly, to ensure mosquitoes stay away from your guests, have bug spray on offer too. 

Celebrate Your Nuptials at Glenwood Canyon Resort

There are numerous aspects, both big and small, of the wedding planning process to keep in mind when getting everything together. Keep our suggestions in mind as you compose the mountain wedding of your dreams. Interested in celebrating with us here at Glenwood Canyon Resort? Get in touch with us about our wedding packages! Give us a call at 800-958-6737 to get the process started. 

3 Reasons Why You Should Consider an Outdoor Wedding

When it comes to weddings these days, it feels like there are too many options to choose from. In essence, your wedding day is about bringing everyone you care about together to witness a momentous moment in you and your partner’s life together. The moment, however, can get bogged down with costly location rentals, food items half the group isn’t thrilled with and tacked on extras.

With all that in mind, let’s go over a few reasons as to why an outdoor wedding might be the perfect fit for you. Check them out below. 

Scenery Galore

There are so many gorgeous outdoor locations to host your wedding. Whether it’s beachside, near a lake, on a rooftop, or in a garden, you have plenty of options to choose from regarding your vision and interests. At Glenwood Canyon, we offer spectacular panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado River runs right through the resort property. 

The great thing about outdoor venues is there is often a lot of space for your guests, meaning you don’t have to worry as much about the number of guests you can invite to your nuptials. Don’t forget, an outdoor wedding venue also lends itself to some amazing photographs for both you and your guests. When it comes to atmosphere, it’s hard to beat an outdoor location. 

Decoration Freedom

Indoor wedding venues can be restrictive when it comes to decorating for your wedding. If you’re finding it hard to nail down a location that fits your vision, an outdoor space might be the best option for you. 

After all, an outdoor wedding is all about freedom. Depending on your theme, you can bring your own furniture for decorating or choose more thematic items like hay bales for a country wedding theme. If you plan on having a heavily themed wedding, consider an outdoor space so you’ll have more opportunities to arrange things as you see fit. 

Food Flexibility

Lastly, outdoor weddings give you the chance to plan your own food menu. When choosing a hotel or hall, you often have to choose from set menus and only have the option of your chosen location’s chefs. When you choose to have an outdoor wedding, you can create your own menu and select your own catering company. So, you’ll not only be able to choose all the food you’d like but you can also decide how long the food is served too. 

Considering this, plan the ultimate feast for you and your guests. Being able to pick and choose the food you’d like to eat at the wedding will also ensure all guests are happy and well-fed. When it comes to weddings, keeping everyone happy and pleased is part of the success and outdoor weddings are sure to tick a lot of your boxes. 

Have an Outdoor Wedding at Glenwood Canyon Resort 

Interested in throwing an outdoor wedding? Get in touch with us here at Glenwood Canyon Resort! You can get in touch by calling us at 800-958-6737. We look forward to planning with you.

Why You Should Have Your Outdoor Wedding in Colorado

A photograph of a couple enjoying their outdoor wedding in Colorado.

Find the perfect venue for your outdoor mountain wedding at Glenwood Canyon Resort along the shores of the Colorado River in beautiful Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Tips for Planning Your Outdoor Wedding in Colorado

If you’ve always dreamed of tying the knot in an outdoor wedding ceremony, Glenwood Canyon Resort in Glenwood Springs is a laid-back, picture-perfect Colorado wedding venue for nature lovers. These tips will help you plan the Rocky Mountain wedding you’ve always envisioned:

Is the venue available?

The best places to get married in Colorado book up quickly; Glenwood Canyon Resort is no exception. Save the dates by contacting the resort’s experienced wedding specialists as early as possible.

Is it the right size?

The number of people on your guest list will impact where your outdoor wedding in Colorado takes place. With four ceremony venues available for nuptials, Glenwood Canyon Resort can accommodate a range of group sizes.

  • The Canyon Club Grand Room in the Canyon Club Event Center seats 80 people comfortably. It opens onto the spacious Canyon Club Terrace, an expansive deck that overlooks the Colorado River. The Terrace also features the No Name Bar, a natural gathering spot for post-ceremony cocktails.
  • The most sought-after wedding venues at the resort are the two riverfront locations. The East End is spacious and tranquil; the West End, surrounded by tall trees, is a favorite locale for wedding photos. Both sites offer knockout backdrops of the cliffs and river in Glenwood Canyon.

Is it affordable?

Costs can add up quickly. Glenwood Canyon Resort can customize wedding packages to suit your budget.

Is there on-site catering?

Planning an outdoor wedding in Colorado can get tricky if on-site food service is not available. In-house catering eliminates food-related hassles and stress. The chef at Glenwood Canyon Resort can prepare a menu that appeals to your taste and style— whether that’s perfectly prepared bacon-wrapped filet mignon or something more laid back, like a fajita bar with all the fixings.

Are there nearby accommodations?

Your guests will need a place to stay, especially if they are traveling in from out of town. Part of what makes Glenwood Canyon Resort an ideal destination wedding venue is its fun and unconventional accommodations. As a full-service campground, wedding guests can pitch a tent or pull up in their RV. They’ll never forget the time they bunked in the rustic riverside camper cabins or slept in a tiny-house-like resort cabin. Your guests with kids will fall in love with resort’s cozy new cottages that comfortably sleep a family of four. And for the bridal party, the Canyon Club Suites, two spacious condos, are upscale and beautifully-appointed—an elegant, elevated space for pre and post-ceremony celebrating.

Is the venue accessible?

If it requires hiking boots, a backpack or a four-wheel drive to reach, you might want to rethink your venue. Always keep your guests in mind when choosing outdoor wedding locations in Colorado. Centrally located, just off I-70 at the No Name Exit, Glenwood Canyon Resort is an easy drive from major cities and airports in Denver, Colorado Springs or Grand Junction.

Are there activities for guests nearby?

Your outdoor wedding in Colorado can also be an opportunity for your guests to enjoy a mini-vacation of their own. Pick a place with lots of things to do in the vicinity. On-site activities at Glenwood Canyon Resort give guests the opportunity to conveniently book rafting trips, zip line excursions, and high ropes adventures! In Glenwood Springs, just two miles away, they can also enjoy hot springs, spas, nightlife, entertainment, shopping and more.

Get started planning your Colorado mountain wedding at Glenwood Canyon Resort – call us today!