If you’re in search of a destination wedding that combines breathtaking landscapes with rustic charm and a touch of elegance, look no further than Aspen, Colorado.
This gem of the Rocky Mountains offers natural beauty and luxurious amenities—the perfect combination for an unforgettable wedding weekend.
Today, we’re excited to share tips and insights to help you plan a beautiful destination celebration in Aspen. And with some help from us, a stress-free celebration, too!
The Allure of Aspen
Aspen is a top wedding destination for many reasons. First, its natural beauty is unparalleled. The town is surrounded by the stunning peaks of the Rocky Mountains, offering breathtaking views in every direction.
In addition to its natural beauty, Aspen is known for its luxe amenities. From high-end resorts to cozy mountain lodges, it has a wide range of accommodation options to suit any taste.
Plus, with its reputation as a ski resort town, your guests will have plenty of opportunities to explore the stunning natural surroundings. Loved ones can enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking and mountain biking in the summer. Every season offers something fun!
Getting to Aspen
Despite its remote mountainous location, Aspen is surprisingly accessible. Your guests can fly into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, just a few miles from town, or into Denver International Airport and enjoy a scenic drive through Colorado’s stunning landscapes.
And for those flying out of Dallas: you can often find direct flights to Aspen through American Airlines.
Best Time of Year to Get Married in Aspen
Long story short: Summer into the cusp of fall (June-September). It’s still warm during the day but a bit cooler at night. Plus, it’s quieter near the end of summer as everyone starts to wrap up their vacations.
Spring: Spring weddings in Aspen are ideal for outdoor ceremonies amidst nature’s colorful canvas of blooming wildflowers and lush greenery. The weather is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from cool to pleasantly warm.
Summer: The days are long, and the weather is generally warm and sunny, perfect for outdoor celebrations. And with the mountains in full bloom and numerous outdoor activities available, your guests can enjoy hiking, biking, and scenic gondola rides.
Fall: Also known as the “golden season,” this is a breathtaking time to say “I do” in Aspen. The town transforms into a kaleidoscope of rich autumn hues as the leaves change, creating a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos. The weather remains pleasant, with crisp, cool days and comfortable evenings.
Winter: Winter weddings in Aspen have a cozy and magical feel, perfect for intimate indoor ceremonies or outdoor celebrations amidst the snow-capped mountains. Your guests can also enjoy various winter activities, like skiing and snowboarding. And then, top it all off with a hot cocoa or hot toddy by a crackling fire.
Create a Weather Backup Plan
While the mountains offer unparalleled beauty, weather conditions can be unpredictable. Managing weather contingencies and having backup plans are essential for a seamless and stress-free wedding day.
Working with experienced vendors familiar with mountain weather patterns is a smart move. Have a clear communication plan with your venue and vendors to decide on weather trigger points for implementing backup plans, such as moving the ceremony indoors or setting up additional guest heaters.
Providing thoughtful weather-appropriate favors, such as cozy blankets or personalized umbrellas, will keep your guests comfortable and prepared for any changes.
Most of all, embrace the unexpected with a positive attitude. And remember, a little rain or snow can add an extra touch of magic to your mountain wedding!
Find the Perfect Wedding Venue in Aspen
In Aspen, where natural beauty blends seamlessly with rustic elegance, finding a venue that complements your vision is an exciting endeavor. Think picturesque mountain lodges and historic landmarks, intimate chapels and luxurious resorts. The options are plentiful!
Here are some top wedding venues to put on your favorites list:
Hotel Jerome, Aspen’s historic and luxurious landmark since 1889, offers modern comforts amid timeless elegance. Discover curated rooms, award-winning dining, a luxury spa, and a warm ambiance. With unparalleled service and mountain views, it’s the quintessential choice for an extraordinary mountain getaway.
The St. Regis, a haven of luxury and sophistication, captivates guests with its majestic mountain setting. Offering curated accommodations, exquisite dining, and a world-class spa, it promises an indulgent escape.
The Little Nell, Aspen’s crown jewel, epitomizes refined luxury and alpine charm. With slope-side access and breathtaking mountain views, it offers curated suites and exceptional dining experiences.
Chaparral Ranch exudes rustic elegance. Offering cozy cabins and charming lodges, it provides a true mountain retreat. With access to outdoor adventures and a warm ambiance, Chaparral promises a delightful escape for those seeking nature’s embrace and a touch of mountain magic.
The Dunbar is a private retreat offering 160 acres of pristine landscape, breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, and three exquisite homes. Rent one or all three houses for complete privacy and revel in priceless views of Independence Pass and Aspen Mountain.
Pine Creek Cookhouse offers a memorable experience with breathtaking views of wetlands, meadows, and a backdrop of towering Aspen tree peaks. Enjoy an intimate gathering inside the cozy log restaurant or a larger celebration on the tented grounds.
Once you’ve shortlisted potential venues, schedule visits to experience the spaces firsthand. Walkthrough the ceremony and reception areas, and envision how your wedding will unfold. Pay attention to the ambiance, décor, and overall atmosphere.
And keep in mind, with Aspen being a popular wedding destination, venues can fill up quickly, especially during peak wedding season (June-September). To secure your preferred date and location, booking your venue well in advance is essential.
Accommodation and the Guest Experience
Happy guests contribute to a joyous atmosphere. So taking care of your guests’ accommodation and management needs will go a long way in making your Aspen wedding a resounding success.
Aspen has an incredible range of accommodation options. Aside from Hotel Jerome, The St. Regis, and The Little Nell listed above, you should also check out:
W Aspen exudes contemporary glamour and mountain chic, offering a vibrant escape in the heart of Colorado. With stylish rooms and suites, cozy fire pits, and an inviting rooftop bar, it’s the perfect fusion of luxury and adventure.
Limelight Hotel gives guests prime access to Aspen’s vibrant downtown and breathtaking slopes. Modern rooms and suites make it a cozy haven after days filled with adventure. Relax by the outdoor pool or hot tubs, and savor delectable cuisine at the lively lounge.
Once your loved ones arrive, why not roll out the red carpet with a welcome gift with insider information on local attractions, the best dining spots, and transportation options to get around town?
Then, kick off the festivities with some pre-wedding fun! How about a fabulous welcome dinner or a laid-back get-together the night before the big day? It’s the perfect opportunity for your guests to connect, share the excitement, and set the mood for the grand celebration ahead.
Incorporating Aspen’s Natural Beauty into Wedding Themes and Décor
Aspen’s natural beauty is a gift that keeps on giving and incorporating it into your wedding themes and décor will create an enchanting ambiance like no other.
If you’re having an indoor ceremony or reception, think of bringing the outdoors in with floral arrangements inspired by the surrounding mountain blooms or incorporating elements like pine cones, rustic wood, and moss into your table settings and centerpieces.
Embrace the colors of the season, be it the vibrant hues of summer wildflowers or the warm, earthy tones of autumn leaves. Let nature be your guide!
Outdoor Ceremony and Reception Ideas for Mountain Weddings
There’s something magical about exchanging vows amidst the grandeur of the mountains. And with the stars as your backdrop and the mountains as your stage, an outdoor mountain wedding will create an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones.
Consider setting up an arch or altar adorned with local flowers and greenery for your outdoor ceremony.
For those saying “I do” in the warmer months, consider providing parasols or handheld fans to keep everyone cool and comfortable.
In winter, embrace the season with a cozy ceremony by the fire pit or under a twinkling canopy of string lights.
As the day transitions to the reception, take advantage of the natural setting and choose an open-air reception. A tent with open sides allows guests to savor the mountain views while providing shelter from the elements.
Destination Wedding Planning Done Right
Hiring a wedding planner for your Aspen destination wedding can be the secret ingredient that turns your dream celebration into a stress-free reality. Here are just a few of the ways partnering with us can make all the difference:
- Local Expertise: A wedding planner with experience planning weddings in Aspen brings invaluable local knowledge. We know the best venues, vendors, and hidden gems, ensuring you get the crème de la crème of Aspen’s wedding scene.
- Streamlined Planning: Planning a destination wedding can be overwhelming, but a planner streamlines the process. We’ll handle logistics, timelines, and vendor coordination, freeing you to focus on cherishing the journey.
- Weather Contingencies: Aspen’s weather can be unpredictable, but we’ll have backup plans to keep your day seamless, rain or shine.
- Guest Management: From travel arrangements to accommodations, we’ll assist your guests, providing a warm and welcoming experience throughout their stay.
Best of all, with a planner by your side, you can have peace of mind, knowing that an experienced professional is handling every aspect of your wedding, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the joy of the occasion!
Contact us, and let’s start planning your Aspen wedding today!