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Looking for the best small wedding venues in Colorado? YESSSSS!! That means you’re ditching the traditional big, fancy, expensive wedding and trading it for a smaller, more intimate wedding with close family and friends! Friend, we think you just made the best decision of your life!

Your wedding day is one that hopefully is focused on you and your partner committing your life to each other. You’ll get all dressed up, read your vows to each other, maybe exchange rings, and hopefully cheers to some champagne after saying “I do”. That all sounds perfect, but there are a few other decisions you have to make before you get to that point.

One of the first things you need to find when planning your intimate wedding in Colorado is finding the perfect small wedding venue. Because you’re planning a smaller wedding (likely 50 guests or less), you’ll want to make sure that your wedding venue is a perfect reflection of you two.

Maybe you want a physical venue with a building where you can host your informal reception at afterward. Or perhaps you want to get married in the middle of the mountains with mother nature as your only venue. No matter what your style of wedding is, here are the top 50+ best small wedding venues in Colorado.

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Estes Park Small Wedding Venues

 

Rocky Mountain National Park

bride and groom during a small wedding ceremony in Rocky Mountain National Park at 3M Curve

Capacity: 10-30 people 

Seating for Guests: No

Cost: $300

Dogs Allowed: Dogs are only allowed within 100 feet of the road and must be on a leash. They are only allowed at a few specific wedding ceremony locations throughout the park. RMNP is not recommended for couples who want to include their dog on their wedding day.

Onsite Area for Reception: Some locations do have seating, but most do not.

More Information: Rocky Mountain National Park

Example Small Wedding: Small Winter Wedding in RMNP or Fall RMNP Dream Lake Elopement

Hermit Park Pavillion

Capacity: 150 people 

Seating for Guests: No seating is provided for a ceremony, but there is a covered picnic shelter for a reception. You are also allowed to bring in your own rental chairs.

Cost: $500

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

More Information: Hermit Park Pavillion

O’Connor Pavillion

Capacity: 140 people 

Seating for Guests: No seating is provided for a ceremony, but there is a covered picnic shelter for a reception. You are also allowed to bring in your own rental chairs.

Cost: $3,000

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: O’Connor Pavillion

Black Canyon Inn

Capacity: 100 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $1,500+ for ceremony only, $4,000+ for ceremony and reception 

Dogs Allowed: No 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

More Information: Black Canyon Inn

YMCA of the Rockies

Bride and groom walking down the aisle after small wedding at YMCA of the Rockies

Capacity: 100-400 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $1,050+ for ceremony only, $2,750+ for ceremony and reception 

Dogs Allowed: Yes  

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: YMCA of the Rockies

Example Small Wedding: YMCA of the Rockies Elopement

Taharaa Mountain Lodge

Capacity: 2-50 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $800+ for 2-20 guests, ceremony only, $3,000+ for ceremony + reception up to 50 guests  

Dogs Allowed: No

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Taharaa Mountain Lodge

Livery

Capacity: 30 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $750 to $950

Dogs Allowed: 

Onsite Area for Reception: No 

More Information: Livery

Boulder Small Wedding Venues 

Stone Shelter

bride and groom kiss during small stone shelter wedding in Boulder Colorado

Capacity: 100 people 

Seating for Guests: No seating is provided for a ceremony, but there is a covered picnic shelter for a reception that can comfortably seat 25, 75 outdoors 

Cost: $50-$275 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Stone Shelter

Example Small Wedding: Stone Shelter Wedding in Boulder

Wood (Jaycee) Shelter 

Capacity: 100 people 

Seating for Guests: No seating is provided for a ceremony, but there is a covered picnic shelter for a reception that can comfortably seat 50 

Cost: $50-$275 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Wood (Jaycee) Shelter 

Halfway House 

couple celebrating after small wedding at halfway house in boulder colorado

Capacity: 49 people 

Seating for Guests: No seating is provided for a ceremony, but there are picnic tables that can be used 

Cost: $50-$275 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Halfway House 

Chautauqua Green

Capacity: 10-100 people 

Seating for Guests: No, but you may bring your own  

Cost: $0 for groups under 50, $100 refundable deposit for groups over 50 

Dogs Allowed: Yes  

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes, for an additional fee at the Colorado Chautauqua  

More Information: Chautauqua Green

Sunrise Amphitheater

Capacity: 50+ people

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: $100-$400

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: No

More Information: Sunrise Amphitheater

Breckenridge Small Wedding Venues 

Windy Point Group Campground

Bride and groom kissing after ceremony during small wedding at Windy Point Group Campground

Capacity: 100 people 

Seating for Guests: No (but you are allowed to bring in chair rentals)

Cost: $273+

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Windy Point Group Campground

The Lodge at Breckenridge

Capacity: 50+ people

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: $4,500+

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: No

More Information: The Lodge at Breckenridge

Sapphire Point Wedding

sapphire point wedding photographer

Capacity: 30 people

Seating for Guests: No (but you are allowed to bring in chair rentals)

Cost: $118

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: No

More Information: Sapphire Point Wedding

Example Small Wedding: Sapphire Point Small Wedding

Keystone Resort Wedding

Capacity: 30+ people

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: Starting at $2,000 for ceremony only, $11,500+ for ceremony and reception 

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

More Information: Keystone Resort Wedding

Apache Ranch

Bride and groom laughing after small Wedding at Apache Ranch

Capacity: 30 people

Seating for Guests: No, but you are allowed to bring in your own 

Cost: $850 per night, 3-night minimum 

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: Ceremony only June through October, small receptions allowed January-May 

More Information: Apache Ranch

Example Small Wedding: Small Wedding in Summit County

Crested Butte Small Wedding Venues

Mountain Wedding Garden 

Ceremony during small wedding at the Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte

Capacity: 150 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: $800+ for ceremony only, $1,950+ for ceremony and reception 

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

More Information: Mountain Wedding Garden 

Town Ranch Event Area

Capacity: 200 people 

Seating for Guests: No, but you are allowed to bring in your own 

Cost: $650 for ceremony only, $1,575 for ceremony + reception 

Dogs Allowed: No

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

More Information: Town Ranch Event Area

Woods Walk

Capacity: 30 people 

Seating for Guests: No, but you are allowed to bring some in 

Cost: $1500

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: No

More Information: Woods Walk

Peanut Lake

Bride and Groom dancing after small wedding ceremony at Peanut Lake in Crested Butte

Capacity: 100 people 

Seating for Guests: No, but you are allowed to bring some in 

Cost: $1,500

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: No

More Information: Peanut Lake

Gunsight Bridge 

Capacity: 30 people 

Seating for Guests: No, but you are allowed to bring some in 

Cost: $1,500

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: No

More Information: Gunsight Bridge 

Sopris House

Capacity: 18 person overnight guest capacity, 25 for a sit down dinner, 75 for cocktail and standing reception

Seating for Guests: Yes  

Cost: $3,000 + 2 night minimum buyout 

Dogs Allowed: No

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Sopris House

Scarp Ridge Lodge 

Capacity: 18 person overnight guest capacity, 50 for a sit down dinner, 75 for cocktail and standing reception   

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $5,000 + 2 night minimum buyout 

Dogs Allowed: No

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Scarp Ridge Lodge

Rocky Mountain Biological Lab

Capacity: 75+ people

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: $4,950+

Dogs Allowed: No

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

More Information: Rocky Mountain Biological Lab

Grand Lake Small Wedding Venues  

Point Park Dock

Sunrise ceremony during small wedding at Point Park Dock in Grand Lake, Colorado

Capacity: 30+ people 

Seating for Guests: No, but you can bring in your own 

Cost: Free – ceremonies are allowed on a first-come, first-served basis 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: No 

More Information: Point Park Dock

Example Small Wedding: Small Wedding in Grand Lake

Snow Mountain Ranch

Capacity: 250 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $3,500 – $6,000

Dogs Allowed: No 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Snow Mountain Ranch

Example Small Wedding: Snow Mountain Ranch Wedding

AA Barn Group Picnic Site

Capacity: 100

Seating for Guests: No chairs, but picnic tables are provided for use 

Cost: $108 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: AA Barn Group Picnic Site

Granby Ranch

ceremony during small wedding at Granby Ranch

Capacity: 30-250 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: $4,000+ for ceremony only, $13,000+ for ceremony and reception 

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

More Information: Granby Ranch

San Juan Mountain Range Small Wedding Venues 

Ridgeway State Park

Capacity: 100

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $135-$250 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Ridgeway State Park

The Observatory at Alta Lakes

Capacity: 12- 45 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $7,000 for 3 days/2 nights with under 12 guests, $15,000 for 4 days/3 nights with 13-50 guests. Both packages include lodging for up to 12 people.  

Dogs Allowed: No

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: The Observatory at Alta Lakes

Aspen Small Wedding Venues 

Maroon Bells Amphitheatre 

Small wedding ceremony at the Maroon Bells Amphitheatre in Aspen, Colorado during the fall

Capacity: 50 people

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: $200

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: No

More Information: Maroon Bells Amphitheatre 

Example Small Wedding: Maroon Bells Wedding

Colorado Springs Small Wedding Venues 

Jaycee Plaza

small wedding ceremony at Jaycee Plaza in Garden of the Gods

Capacity: 50

Seating for Guests: No, chairs are only allowed to be brought in for elderly or disabled guests 

Cost: $0 – on a first come, first served basis. 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes, nearby pavilions can be rented for $150

More Information: Jaycee Plaza

Example Small Wedding: Garden of the Gods Elopement

Rhize Mountain Retreats

Capacity: 10-20 people 

Seating for Guests: 

Cost: $2,500+ for under 10 people, $7,500 for up to 20 people  

Dogs Allowed: No

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Rhize Mountain Retreats

Sentinel Plaza

Capacity: 25

Seating for Guests: No, chairs are only allowed to be brought in for elderly or disabled guests 

Cost: $0 – on a first come, first served basis 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes, nearby pavilions can be rented for $150

More Information: Sentinel Plaza

Three Graces Plaza

small wedding at Three Graces Plaza in Garden of the Gods

Capacity: 25

Seating for Guests: No, chairs are only allowed to be brought in for elderly or disabled guests 

Cost: $0 – on a first come, first served basis 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes, nearby pavilions can be rented for $150 

More Information: Three Graces Plaza

Example Small Wedding: Garden of the Gods Elopement

High Point 

small wedding ceremony at High point in Garden of the Gods

Capacity: 50

Seating for Guests: No, chairs are only allowed to be brought in for elderly or disabled guests 

Cost: $0 – on a first come, first served basis 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes, nearby pavilions can be rented for $150

More Information: High Point 

Example Small Wedding: Garden of the Gods Winter Elopement

Idaho Springs Small Wedding Venues 

Blackstone Rivers Ranch

small wedding ceremony at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Capacity: 50+ people

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: $1,800+ for elopements, $6,000+ for traditional weddings  

Dogs Allowed: No

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

More Information: Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Example Small Wedding: Blackstone Rivers Ranch Wedding

North Star Gatherings

Capacity: 30-170 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes  

Cost: $8,900 – $10,200 

Dogs Allowed: No 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: North Star Gatherings

Chief Hosa Lodge 

Capacity: 20-100

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $640-$1680+ 

Dogs Allowed: No 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Chief Hosa Lodge

Christies of Genesee 

small wedding ceremony at Christies of Genesee

Capacity: 20-150

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $2000+

Dogs Allowed: No 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

More Information: Christies of Genesee 

Vail Small Wedding Venues 

Piney River Ranch

ceremony during small wedding at Piney River Ranch

Capacity: 60+ people

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: Starting at $6,000 (includes food and beverages)

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

More information: Piney River Ranch

Mount Of The Holy Cross Overlook Observation Site (AKA Julia’s Deck)

Capacity: 30 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost:$300 for 3-hour rental 

Dogs Allowed: Yes 

Onsite Area for Reception: No 

More information: Mount Of The Holy Cross Overlook Observation Site (AKA Julia’s Deck)

The Top of Vail Mountain

ceremony during small wedding on the top of Vail Mountain

Capacity: 50+ people

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: $2,000-$30,000

Dogs Allowed: No

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

More information: The Top of Vail Mountain

Additional Colorado Small Wedding Venues 

The Surf Hotel

Capacity: 30-150 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $9,000+ 

Dogs Allowed: No 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

Towns Nearby: Buena Vista, Salida 

More information: The Surf Hotel

Golden Gate Canyon State Park Red Barn Group Picnic Area 

Capacity: 25

Seating for Guests: No (but you can bring in your own chairs)

Cost: $150-$200

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

Towns Nearby: Golden

More information: Golden Gate Canyon State Park Red Barn Group Picnic Area

Evergreen Lake House 

Capacity: 100

Seating for Guests: Yes 

Cost: $800-$9,000 depending on the day and time of year 

Dogs Allowed: No 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes 

Towns Nearby: Evergreen

More information: Evergreen Lake House

Juniper Mountain House

Capacity: 2-60 people 

Seating for Guests: Yes

Cost: $695 for couple-only elopement ceremony with one-night lodging included, $1,850 for ceremony only with guests with one-night lodging included 

Dogs Allowed: No

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

Towns Nearby: Evergreen

More information: Juniper Mountain House

Your Favorite Mountain Town Vacation Home Wedding

Capacity: Depends on the size of the house, but this is a good option for less than 15-20 people. You MUST speak with the owner to ensure they allow events prior to booking. 

Seating for Guests: No, but you could bring in your own chairs if needed

Cost: Varies depending on rental price

Dogs Allowed: Depends on the rentals restrictions 

Onsite Area for Reception: Yes

Example Small Wedding: Snowy Breckenridge Airbnb Wedding or Small Wedding on Vail Pass in Colorado

More information: VRBO’s Colorado Mountain Home Options

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  1. please reach out..looking for a place for a february intimate wedding

  2. Kimberly Morris says:

    Looking for a place for and intimate wedding 4/3/21

  3. Erin says:

    If I’m having an intimate wedding of about 10 people, do you know if I have to get married at one of the event decks on top of Vail mountain, or can we do a ceremony at a random location at the top??

  4. laurie langley says:

    Please explain Keystone Resort. Seems you’re lumping several Keystone venues into one price. Could you breakdown info and pricing for each Keystone wedding venue please

    • Hey Laurie! Great question! Yes, there are several different options available at Keystone Resort! Since this is a good overview for small wedding veues in CO with a starting point for each, I didn’t want to get into the nitty-gritty details. If you head to the link I provided (https://www.keystoneresort.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/weddings.aspx) it has more info on the options that Keystone Resort provides. I also always recommend reaching out to the individual venue to get the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their wedding options. Happy planning!

  5. Lana Kelley says:

    Hi,

    Looking for a small venue for 8 family members , in the mountains (possibly Beaver Creek) for a 50th wedding anniversary. Lodging, dinner, cake, renewal of vows.

  6. Great share! Thanks for the information. Keep posting!

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