The Best Wedding Venues in the Western Slope. A guide to Western Colorado's top wedding locations

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

One of the most attractive features of getting married in Colorado is that we have almost every imaginable background at our fingertips. Whether you love epic mountain ranges covered in snow, sprawling vineyards with lush green vines, flat-topped red rock mesas, or sandy deserts filled with cacti, you can find it in Western Colorado. Our amazing scenery makes this a perfect place to get married, whether you are a Colorado local, or have never been here before. We have just as much variety available in wedding venues, which range from rustic barns surrounded by wide open space to the one-of-a-kind landscape found on the Colorado National Monument. You can venues for every price point from luxury, to practically free. Join me on a little tour of Western Colorado's best wedding venues, from Montrose and Ouray to Grand Junction, Palisade, Glenwood Springs and beyond!


MOUNTAIN VENUES


If there is one thing Colorado is known for, it is our beautiful mountains. If you want to say "I do" on top of a mountain, you can't find a better place. Instead of spending a premium to hold your wedding in an exclusive ski town like Vail, Aspen, or Telluride, consider these nearby locations with just as much mountaintop "wow" factor for a fraction of the price tag.

The Colorado mountains are a perfect place for skiers and outdoor enthusiasts to say "I do!"
Are you an adventurous couple with a heart for the outdoors?
Do you love skiing and playing outside?
You can get all the views without the huge price tag if you avoid the big ski towns
Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Grand Mesa Colorado

What I love about Powderhorn Mountain Resort:

- Off the beaten path and much less crowded than larger mountain resorts

- Easily accessible from Grand Junction or Denver

- Beautiful mountain views and tree lines

- Great weather year-round

- More affordable than luxury ski resorts

- Great outdoor dining and reception area


Powderhorn Mountain Resort website


Ready to REALLY embrace your adventurous side? Colorado is full of possibilities!
There are endless options for campgrounds that you can transform into a wedding space
Just add your wedding decor to the outdoor space
Thunder Mountain Lodge, Grand Mesa Colorado

What I love about Thunder Mountain Lodge:

- Lots of access to outdoor recreation

- Beautiful mountain and lake views

- Cabin rentals for getting ready and lodging

- Create your own look with decor and rentals

- Accessible for DJ

- Affordable


Thunder Mountain Lodge website


Colorado is full of mountain lodges and campgrounds perfect for hosting weddings in the outdoor wilderness, and this is just one example. The benefit about being in the great outdoors is that you can dress the natural landscape up any way you want to bring your desired wedding look to life.


VINEYARD VENUES


Wine lovers know there is no better place to get married than amongst pretty rows of grapes growing in romantic perfection. Colorado might not be the first place you think of for a vineyard wedding, but the elevation and sunny weather in the western side of the state make it ideally suited for growing grapes as well as our famous Palisade peaches. If an orchard or a vineyard wedding appeals to you, western Colorado's venues offer an experience like no other.


Wine lovers will love the romantic vibes of a vineyard wedding
Add to the vintage vibe by bringing in statement rental pieces for guests
Maison La Belle Vie, Palisade, Colorado

What I love about Maison la Belle Vie:

- On-site suite for getting ready

- Convenient ceremony site

- Smaller venue for more intimate wedding

- Lots of indoor and outdoor spaces for guests to enjoy

- Delicious catering with French cuisine

- Easily accessible


Maison la Belle Vie website


Want a vineyard venue that also provides lodging? Try Wine Country Inn in Palisade, Colorado
The views from the vineyard are amazing at sunset
Your guests can enjoy the wedding and stay in the Inn's accomodations
Wine Country Inn, Palisade, Colorado

What I love about Wine Country Inn:

- Wedding party and guests can stay on-site before and after wedding

- Conveniently located near freeway exit

- Beautiful vineyard and views of Mt. Garfield

- Designated ceremony site

- Lots of amenities available on-site


Wine Country Inn website


Wine country nestled in the center of downtown Grand Junction
Two Rivers Winery, Grand Junction, Colorado

What I love about Two Rivers Winery:

- Conveniently located near downtown Grand Junction, Colorado

- Offers lodging for wedding party

- Views of the Colorado National Monument


Two Rivers Winery website


BARN VENUES

Colorado is home to all of the cattle and cowboy boots you can imagine, and if that is your style, you are in luck!


It is totally worth the drive to host your wedding at an out-of-the-way, secluded venue
Your guests will be wowed by this beautiful white barn
Imagine your wedding decor in this beautiful space
A lovely space for your bridal party to get ready

Hold your ceremony at the pond, or on the wide open property with a mountain range arch
Vista View Events, Rifle, Colorado

What I love about Vista View Events:

- Out of the way, secluded location

- Beautiful 360 degree scenery

- Bridal getting ready room and full kitchen on-site

- Multiple ceremony site locations

- Elegant barn setting


Vista View Events website


Getting married in a beautiful barn is SO Colorado!
With its gorgeous wood interior and jaw dropping chandelier, this barn was MADE for weddings
Built with every detail in mind, and a beautiful getting ready area upstairs
Orchard River View, Palisade, Colorado

What I love about Orchard River View:

- Built entirely for weddings with every detail in mind

- Full bar service

- Gorgeous outdoor space for ceremony

- Wood interior with getting ready area restrooms

- Plenty of space to host large weddings and events


Orchard River View website


A big, beautiful barn to hold all of your guests
Antler Ridge boasts beautiful sunsets that are truly unforgettable
Antler Ridge, Montrose, Colorado

What I love about Antler Ridge:

- Secluded setting on a sprawling piece of property

- Guest suite on site for getting ready

- Ceremony location by pond

- Large barn holds lots of wedding guests

- Beautiful sunsets for taking photos in the evening


Antler Ridge Barn Venue website



DESERT VENUES


If the sand and the wide open space of the desert call to you, then western Colorado is where you want to be. The Cacti. Red rock. Mesas. They are all so magical and unique to the Western United States, and they make for a one-of-a-kind wedding experience. Grand Junction, Colorado is home to the Colorado National Monument, a mini Grand Canyon filled with beautiful views, herds of Bighorn sheep, rock formations, and twisty trees. If you aren't afraid of heights, this is a great place to set up a ceremony and say "I do" amid the splendor of the desert scape in front of you. Ceremonies on the Colorado National Monument are as simple as getting the required permit, and picking out your favorite spot. Try to plan your ceremony just before sunset for the most epic experience.

Colorado National Monument offers amazing views you just can't get anywhere else

What I love about Colorado National Monument:

- Looks amazing year-round

- All you need is a simple permit

- Pick your favorite scenic view

- Unique desert landscape

- A short drive from Grand Junction, Colorado


Colorado National Monument is a short drive from downtown Grand Junction, but you'll feel like you're in another world
Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Colorado

Although it is not technically in Colorado, our next location is just a short drive away. Moab, Utah is home to a unique desert landscape filled with red rock sands and amazing arches that make for a dramatic wedding backdrop. Couples getting married in Moab are limited only by their imagination, as there are endless possibilities for locations that will be uniquely yours. If you are adventurous and free-spirited with a love for the outdoors, Moab is the perfect place for you. Coordinate with a wedding planner or photographer to scout out a spot that will be picture perfect for your ceremony in the desert, and be prepared to be amazed by the scenery around you.

Wide open spaces and desert scenery abound in Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah

What I love about Moab, Utah:

- Endless options for outdoor ceremonies

- Beautiful desert background

- Unique arches

- Boho feel

- Remote and uncrowded

- Access to adventure and outdoor recreation


Check out Under Canvas Moab for lodging ideas


Tucked away in the middle of Unaweep Canyons you will find a secluded retreat known as Gateway Canyons Resort. The canyon formed by two creeks has some of the most beautiful red rock formations you will ever see, and the resort itself is a luxury destination of its own. With beautiful accommodations, pools, restaurants, and every imaginable outdoor recreation opportunity from horseback riding to helicopter rides, Gateway Canyons is a picture perfect place for weddings.

Gateway Canyons Resort is the luxury wedding destinationin the desert you've been dreaming of
You and your guests can relax in the pool, eat at the restaurants, and enjoy all the beauty around you
Gateway Canyons Resorts is the perfect getaway from intimate elopements to traditional weddings
Gateway Canyons Resort, Gateway, Colorado

What I love about Gateway Canyons Resort:

- Completely secluded location

- Luxury accommodations

- Gorgeous 360 degree views

- On-site restaurant

- Spa and pools on location

- Access to outdoor adventures

- Wedding coordinator on-site


Gateway Canyons Resorts website


HISTORIC VENUES


Colorado has a rich and beautiful history, and these classic wedding sites pay tribute to the past while remaining beautiful locations for couples getting married there today.

Step back in time with a classically beautiful wedding venue
Rent a suite for the full experience
Antique furniture gives your wedding a vintage vibe
Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

What I love about Hotel Colorado:

- Beautifully maintained historic setting

- Antique architecture and details on site

- Accommodations available for bridal party and guests

- Brides suites are spacious and beautiful

- Updated reception areas

- Lovely landscaping and grounds

- Courtyard for ceremony with romantic fountain















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