How To Elope in Colorado: The Ultimate Colorado Elopement Guide

Posted On | April 14, 2023

Wondering how to elope in Colorado? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! As proud Coloradans who’ve spent our entire lives exploring this beautiful state and have helped 200+ couples plan their elopements here, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Whether you want a mountaintop ceremony or a secluded forest escape, we’ll help you create an adventurous and unforgettable elopement experience that truly reflects who you are.

A groom spins his bride in front of a waterfall in Colorado on their elopement day

What is an Elopement?

Elopements have been around for ages, but let’s face it, they haven’t always had the best reputation. When most of us think of eloping, we picture cheesy Elvis impersonators and drive-thru chapels. But times have changed! More and more couples are choosing to ditch the big, traditional wedding and opt for a more intimate and authentic celebration that truly reflects their relationship and values. And guess what? You don’t have to do it in secret! These days, many eloping couples choose to involve their loved ones in the festivities, whether that means bringing a few close friends along for the ride, or inviting their families to join in the adventure. So if you’re considering an elopement, don’t let outdated stereotypes hold you back. Embrace the freedom, the romance, and the beauty of doing things your way!

We define an elopement as a small, intimate wedding with zero to thirty guests that is focused solely on the couple getting married.

An elopement, in our eyes, is a celebration of love that’s shared with only the nearest and dearest. It’s about cherishing the intimacy between two people who are committing to a life together. We believe that an elopement can be just as meaningful and memorable as a traditional wedding, even if it’s a small affair with just a handful of guests. After all, it’s not about the number of guests or the extravagance of the ceremony, but rather the depth of the love and the commitment that two people share.

Each and every elopement looks different. However, when we help couples plan their dream elopement, we always focus on three things to create a day they’ll never forget:

  1. Creating space for a meaningful ceremony, whether it’s just the couple, with their loved ones, or both
  2. Slowing down and leaving space to soak up each moment of the day
  3. Celebrating in a way that feels best to each couple, which could include going on an adventure, relaxing with friends and family, or a combination of the two!

Check out some common elopement myths and misconceptions that we busted!

Who are Colorado elopements for?

A Colorado elopement is for couples who…

  • Want to be more intentional on their wedding day instead of getting sucked into what society says you have to do
  • Value experiences over things
  • Love to try new things and explore new places
  • Don’t like being in front of large groups of people
  • Are adventurous at heart and want a wedding day as adventurous as you are
  • Like to be outdoors exploring in nature every chance you get
  • Want to create a day that feels authentic to who you are

How much does an elopement cost?

In 2022, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. was an astonishing $30,000. And the bulk of that money was spent on entertaining guests, rather than on the couple themselves! It’s one of the reasons why elopements have become such a popular alternative to traditional weddings. When you elope you get to decide exactly where your hard-earned dollars go. Whether you want to keep things simple and spend only a thousand dollars or go all out and plan the elopement of your dreams, it’s completely up to you. The beauty of elopements is that you get to choose what feels authentic and brings you the most joy, without the pressure of pleasing anyone else.

Do I have to hike to have a Colorado Elopement?

Not at all! While there are definitely some benefits to hiking on your elopement day (like getting away from the crowds and accessing locations you can’t get to otherwise) we realize that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. We encourage our couples to think of the best day you can dream of! Maybe that’s trying something new and going on a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. Maybe it’s dogsledding after your share your vows (like Brittany and Ray did). Or, perhaps you are the kind of couple who wants to 4×4 to the top of a mountain pass with your family (like Kayla and Jeff did).

No matter what, as long as you are adventurous at heart and love new experiences, we can help you plan a wedding day as adventurous as you are, hiking or not!

A couple in wedding attire paddle in an alpine lake in Colorado during their elopement

How Long Does It Take To Plan an Elopement?

We have worked with couples who have booked anywhere from a year and a half to less than a week out from their wedding day. As long as you’re willing to stay on top of communication and planning, you can make it happen in whatever timeframe you have! On average our couples start planning their elopement day about nine to twelve months out so they have the best chance for availability and being intentional about their wedding day.

Why Should You Elope in Colorado?

a couple in wedding attire stick their tongues out to catch rain during their Colorado elopement

It’s Easy To Get Married

You can self-solemnize in Colorado. This means that you are not required to have an officiant or any witnesses for your marriage to be legal – it can literally be just you two and the mountain views! (Bonus: You can even have your dog sign your marriage license!)

Stunning Scenery

Colorado has pretty much every kind of scenery you can think of: valleys, peaks, lakes, forests, waterfalls, open fields, and even deserts! The best part is you can usually visit several locations in a day so you can soak in all the scenery Colorado has to offer. Check out our list of the best places to elope in Colorado!

Year-Round Adventure

Your wedding day is the perfect chance to create a day around activities that reflect your relationship and values. Whether you prefer more relaxing activities, like soaking in a hot tub, or adrenaline-pumping activities, like snowmobiling, Colorado has an amplitude of year-round ways to enjoy the outdoors.

360 Days of Sunshine

For adventurous couples who love to explore the outdoors, you spend the majority of your elopement day outside. With 360 days of sunshine a year in Colorado, you don’t have to stress if it’s going to rain on your wedding day (and in the small chance it does, we’ll make sure you’re prepared!)

When Is the Best Time of Year to Elope in Colorado?

In Colorado, there’s no bad time to have an adventure. From snow-capped peaks to wildflower-covered meadows, Colorado offers stunning landscapes year-round. As photographers who have captured elopements in every season, we can attest to the beauty that each one holds. Whether you’re looking for a winter wonderland or a summer escape, Colorado has it all. Here’s a snapshot of what each season has to offer. Get more detailed information about the best month to elope in Colorado!


As two born and raised Coloradoans, we can’t help but love winter elopements in the Rockies! From November through April (and sometimes even into May and June at higher elevations), winter in Colorado offers a chance to say your vows in a real-life snow globe. Winter elopements are perfect for couples seeking solitude (trails are usually less crowded), and who don’t mind a bit of chill. However, it’s worth noting that many mountain passes and roads close for the winter season around October or November and don’t reopen until around Memorial Day weekend.


In Colorado, spring is a unique season that can offer a little bit of everything. In the mountains, spring is still very much winter-like with March being the snowiest month of the year. However, ski resorts often stay open through early May, making it the perfect time for couples who love skiing or snowboarding but are wanting warmer temps. At lower elevations, like Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs, spring weather can be unpredictable with rain, snow, or wind being just as likely as a warm, sunny day. It’s important to be flexible when planning a spring wedding in Colorado, but the beauty and adventure of the season make it worth it!


Summer in Colorado runs from mid-June through August. If you are apt to warmer temperatures, this is the best option for you. Even though down in the city temperatures can be hot and in the 90s, when you are at a higher elevation in the mountains that 70-80 degree air is perfect! July is one of our favorite summer months for an elopement in Colorado because it’s wildflower season. Most roads and mountain passes are open by mid to late June depending on the snowfall during the previous months. Do you dream of taking a hike along a trail surrounded by a field of wild columbine and bluebells, exploring an alpine lake, or hiking to the top of a mountain peak? Then summertime in Colorado is for you!


Fall in Colorado is September and October. Yes, November is technically still a “fall month”, but we usually start seeing snow mid to late October and November is very much a winter month in the mountains. As the days get shorter, the trees explode in vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds, creating an awe-inspiring backdrop for your elopement. While it’s difficult to predict when the changing leaves will be at their peak due to various factors, the last two weeks of September and the first week of October typically offer the best chance to witness the breathtaking fall colors in Colorado. With milder temperatures and stunning foliage, fall is an ideal season for couples looking to tie the knot amidst Colorado’s beauty.

Where is the Best Place to Elope in Colorado?

Because Colorado is full of endless beauty, it can be HARD to figure out where to elope (and if it’s even legal!)  

Whether you envision enormous sand dunes, an alpine lake, the top of a mountain, a valley full of wildflowers, towering waterfalls, golden aspen groves, or a snowy tundra, Colorado has them all!

We’ve put together a list of 50+ of our favorite elopement locations and the best small wedding venues in Colorado to help you narrow down your choices!

50+ Best Places to Elope in Colorado

Colorado Elopement Photographer

Best Small Wedding Venues in Colorado

Finally, we’ve created several in-depth guides for our favorite locations with everything you need to know about eloping there! Check them out below!

In-Depth Guides To Our Favorite Towns for Elopements in Colorado

For more tips, tricks, and advice to help you pick the perfect elopement location in Colorado, check out the following guide!

Should We Invite Guests to Our Colorado Elopement?

On your elopement day, it’s important to remember that this is YOUR day to celebrate your commitment to each other. It’s a day solely focused on the love and connection between the two of you. This means that you have complete control over who you want to share that moment with, and who you don’t. Whether you choose to elope just the two of you, or with a small group of family and friends, it’s completely up to you.

A bride and groom are surrounded by their loved ones as they are toasted during their Colorado elopement day

Reasons to Have Guests at Your Elopement

  • You have a few close family or friends that you can’t envision getting married without
  • You’re ok with having your ceremony at a more easily accessible location
  • You’ve always imagined celebrating your wedding day with a few key people who have supported you and your relationship wholeheartedly


  • You’ve always envisioned marrying your partner alone, in the mountains, just the two of you
  • You have strained relationships with family members who you know would make your wedding day about them more than you two
  • You want the freedom to do whatever you want on your wedding day and don’t want to be held back by other’s interests or capabilities
  • You feel in your gut that it’s what you want to do

How to Include Your Family on Your Elopement Day – Even if They’re Not Present

  • Collect letters from family and friends and build time into your elopement day to open and read them together
  • Have a post-ceremony Facetime call with your family
  • Text a selfie from your wedding day to your family
  • Have a small reception when you get back home to celebrate with family and friends
  • Plan two days of festivities – one day where you two get to do whatever your heart dreams up and one day to spend celebrating with family
  • Check out our guide for how to involve your family for more ideas!

What Should You Wear for Your Colorado Elopement?

The coolest thing about having an elopement in Colorado is that you get to do it your way. You literally get to choose which traditions you want to keep in your clothing (like a suit and tie) and which traditions you want to break (like choosing a black instead of a white wedding dress). When it comes to dressing for your elopement day the #1 rule is it feels like you!

A groom in a wedding suit looks out the window as he prepares for his elopement in Colorado

For Pant Wearers

If pants appeal to you on your elopement day remember that the perfect suit doesn’t have to be black. This is YOUR day and feel free to express your favorite colors, patterns and self through what you wear.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the traditional box. Consider different colors, patterns and textures. You don’t have to wear all the same color suit. You can mix and match colors and materials.

Most importantly, be sure whatever you choose is easy to move around it. Try out walking up stairs (you’ll likely do a little bit of hiking on your elopement day in Colorado) sitting on a chair and on the ground. Bend over to tie your shoe. These are all important to make sure you’ll be comfortable and soak up all your wedding day has to offer without hiking up pants or splitting a seam.

Two brides walk in a sunlit meadow during their Colorado elopement

For Dress Wearers

If you are down to get a wedding dress dirty and compete in the best dirty dress competition then you are our couple! Since you will likely be having an outdoor elopement in the mountains of Colorado, we have a few helpful tips. There is almost always a breeze in the mountains and dresses with lighter and flowy fabrics pick up that wind beautifully and make for some epic photos. When you’re trying on dresses, give it a twirl, pick it up and see how it flows and make sure you’re comfortable enough to spend a whole day exploring in it.

If you are planning a longer hike for your elopement in Colorado, you may want to pack your dress in your backpack and change at the top. Be sure to skip heavy beading, stiff corsets and heavy layers to make packing your dress easier.

a bride switches from high heels to hiking boots during her colorado elopement

What Shoes to Wear for Your Elopement

We may argue that your shoes are THE most important attire on your wedding day – especially because you chose to elope in a freaking epic location in the Colorado mountains. The last thing you want is cold feet or a blister because you didn’t wear the right shoes.

If you are planning to hike for your elopement, you will definitely want to skip the flats and wear a durable hiking boot. We love a bride in a dress and boots! Don’t worry, not all good hiking boots look like hiking boots – there are some cute options out there as well! We love DannerREI, and Sierra Trading Post for finding great hiking boots. Just be sure they are supportive, don’t rub anywhere, and are waterproof for creek crossings and mud puddles.

If you are not hiking for your elopement you still may want to consider just wearing hiking boots still. Although it’s not as necessary if you are not clocking miles on your elopement day, hiking boots are an all-around comfortable, sturdy shoe that will serve you well. If you’re not into wearing hiking boots, be sure that the shoes you choose don’t have a heel, have good tread on the bottom (no slick, plastic bottoms), and are waterproof.

a groom points to mountain while hugging the bride during their colorado elopement

Dressing for Cold Weather in Colorado

If you are planning an elopement in Colorado anytime from October through mid-May, you are definitely going to want to layer up to stay warm and cozy on your elopement day. Trust us when we say your day and snapping epic photos in the mountains will be much more enjoyable if you plan for the following:

  • Wear warm layers under your clothes: Investing in warm merino wool base layers is something you won’t regret. If you are concerned about how they will look under your attire, you can find nude, white or black leggings to match. Pro tip: Sometimes base layers create static with the dry air in the winter – just rub a dryer sheet on the outside of your base layer and the inside of your pants/dress so they’re less clingy.
  • If you’re wearing a dress/pantsuit we highly recommend purchasing a coat, scarf, or shawl that you are ok being photographed in. An example may be a fur/pea coat, a faux fur shawl or a scarf to drape over your shoulders.
  • Bring gloves and hats: Fingers and ears are the first things to freeze. You can even purchase gloves to match your outfit!

What Should You Do During Your Colorado Elopement?

We believe in creating a wedding day that feels 100% like you two. Your elopement is an opportunity to ditch the traditions that don’t resonate with you and focus on celebrating your unique love story. You have the freedom to make your day entirely your own, whether that means getting ready together or skipping the bouquet toss. Our goal is to help you create a day that feels authentic to you and is the best possible celebration of your love.

Here are some ideas on how to make your elopement in Colorado feel unique!

two women hold eachother's faces and snuggle while getting ready for their Colorado elopement

Elopement Ideas for Getting Ready

  • Take a bath together or soak in the hot tub before getting dressed for the day
  • Play a round of your favorite board game
  • Make breakfast and coffee together and enjoy it on your back deck
  • Copy your vows into your vow book
  • Exchange gifts
  • Facetime friends or family
  • Listen to your favorite record
bride and groom smiling as groom puts on bride's wedding band during mountain elopement in colorado

Elopement Ideas for Your Ceremony

  • Play rock, paper, scissors to see who says their vows first
  • Hire a private musician to play your favorite song
  • Have your first dance with the mountains as your witness
  • Have your pups sign your marriage license
  • Perform a unity ceremony
  • Create a time capsule to open on your anniversary
bride and groom laugh while popping champagne after their wedding ceremony during their Colorado elopement

Elopement Ideas for Celebrating After Your Vows

  • Toast with your favorite bottle of bourbon
  • Celebrate with mini cupcakes
  • Visit a brewery or distillery
  • Have a private chef cook you a meal
  • Read letters from your loved ones
Couple looks at the moon rise on their elopement day in Colorado

Elopement Ideas for Epic Photos

  • Go on a sunrise hot air balloon, helicopter, or plane ride
  • Stargaze and soak up the Milky Way
  • Explore a new trail on a 4×4 tour
  • Ride a gondola to the top of a mountain
  • Explore a Via Ferra
couple watches the sun set during their snowmobile elopement in Colorado

Elopement Ideas for the Winter

  • Rent snowmobiles
  • Try out a dog sled for the first time
  • Take a peaceful sleigh ride through the meadows
  • Tube down a sledding hill
  • Snowshoe to an epic lookout
  • Ski or Snowboard
  • Visit the Ice Castles in Breckenridge
Couple paddles around an island in a Colorado alpine lake on their elopement day

Elopement Ideas for the Summer

  • Flyfish in the Colorado River
  • Paddle on an alpine mountain lake
  • Rent a pontoon and explore the islands in Grand Lake or Lake Dillon
  • Go camping
  • Horseback ride to some epic views
  • Roast s’mores over a campfire

What Time of Day Should You Plan Your Colorado Elopement For?

Our average elopement coverage is eight to hours. While it does mean that we get to spend some quality time together, it definitely does not mean it’s an all-day photoshoot!

We typically only spend about two hours on couples portraits of just the two of you two broken up throughout the day. The rest of the time is spent telling the story of how your wedding day unfolds: getting ready, traveling to/from your ceremony location, getting you married, and any activities you’ve planned to celebrate or explore!

All-Day Elopement Timeline Examples

Even though we only spend about two hours on your couple’s portraits, we want to make sure they are the best dang pictures you’ve ever had of yourselves! One key factor in getting you drop-dead gorgeous photos is lighting. As a photographer, we know the importance of lighting and when the best times of day are to capture that magical “golden hour” light.

a couple in wedding attire dances in a sundrenched field of wildflowers during their elopement in Colorado


Golden hour, while not technically an hour, is the time just after sunrise or just before sunset when the sun is low in the sky. On most days during this time (with the exception of super cloudy days!) the lighting is absolutely perfect! It has a very soft, dream-like quality that creates gorgeous portraits. This glowy light limits harsh shadows and can help make skin look extra smooth and creates warm, vibrant colors in your images.


Since sunrise changes daily, the best way to figure out what time to start your sunrise session is to look up sunrise in the time zone of that location for the day of your session. We always like to make sure we’re at your portrait or ceremony site about 15-30 minutes before sunrise to make sure we are able to get into the perfect position to catch the alpenglow on east-facing mountains and the first glow of the sun. So, if you are planning a sunrise first look or sunrise ceremony, plan to spend some time directly after that focused on your couple’s portraits before we lose that golden light.


Just like sunrise, sunset changes each day as well. We like to time your couple’s portraits to end just after the sun disappears over the horizon. After true sunset time, we may hang out for an additional 10-15 minutes to see if the clouds will light up hues of pastel pinks and orange for a gorgeous photo op. Be aware that in the summer months in Colorado, sunset may not occur until 8:30 or 9:00 pm at night depending on the location! Because this timing is late to go to dinner, many of our couples opt for a picnic or brewery/restaurant earlier in the evening to celebrate before heading out for your couple’s portraits.


Yes! There are a few factors that can come into play when determining when the lighting will be best. The two biggest ones that we run into are locations in the mountains and foothills, and the weather. Mountains can block the sun significantly later in the morning and earlier in the evening than locations with unobstructed views.

A couple hold each other while watching the sun set during their elopement in Colorado

When this happens, one of our favorite tools to use to determine exactly when the sun will make its appearance or disappear for the day is Google Earth Pro. Unlike its cousin, Google Earth, Google Earth Pro is a FREE application that must be downloaded to your desktop. It allows you to pull up a 3D version of the location you’re shooting at, enter in the date and time you’re considering for your elopement (be sure to pay attention to time zone!) and see exactly where the sun will be throughout the day!

The other factor that changes the golden hour is the weather. Obviously, if there is a heavy layer of clouds in the sky, the sun will not shine through enough to get that golden light. Don’t fret! That even, gorgeous lighting is also some of our favorite because creates flattering light, we can photograph in pretty much any direction we want (instead of being directed by the direct sun), and colors turn out much more realistic and true on a camera.


While we’re always prepared to shoot in any lighting scenario (and often do when shooting all-day elopements!), we love to set our couples up for the best experience possible and be able to give you photos that are reflective of what you see on our website and in our galleries, which includes choosing a time for your ceremony and portraits with the most flattering light. When the sun is high in the sky or directly overhead, it often creates dark shadows on people’s faces, causes a lot of squinting (that sun can be brutal on the eyes!), and is not as flattering. Although we heavily push for sunrise/sunset photos, if mid-day is the only time available, while not ideal, it’s not the end of the world! We’ll simply find a source of shade to shoot under to help soften the light (trees, bushes, or buildings can all work great!)

What About Blue Hour?

The hour or so between when the sun sets and when it becomes too dark to see without a flashlight is called “blue hour” and is our second favorite time of day to capture dreamy portraits. During blue hour, we’ll break out some lanterns or hang out around a campfire. It’s a great time for the two of you to relax and snuggle while waiting for the stars to come out!

A couple kisses in front of the milky way rising over the mountains at the end of their elopement in Colorado

What About Star Photos?

About an hour after the sun sets is when the stars start to become visible to the human eye, as well as when we can start taking star photos. Depending on if there is a full or new moon, we can capture anything from the landscape illuminated by moonlight to the milky way rising over the mountains! Star photos are an excellent and unique way to end the day!

How Do You Plan A Colorado Elopement?

You likely chose to elope because you wanted to create a day that felt more authentic to who you two are. You may also have chosen to not have a traditional wedding because of all the stress and planning that goes into a big wedding day. Elopements are definitely more simple in their nature, and you don’t have to pick out tiny, meaningless details like centerpieces, but below are some tips for what you consider when planning your elopement:

A couple kisses while hiking with backpacks to their ceremony spot in Colorado during their elopement


Yes, you decided to plan an elopement in Colorado! Now what? Here are the first things you need to get in order before our elopement day:

Note: Colorado is at a high altitude. Many locations are often 8,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation, especially in the mountains. If you are traveling from a lower elevation area, we highly suggest arriving a few days early to adjust to the altitude. This will give you time to rest up, drink plenty of water and acclimate!


It’s finally here – the day you’ve been planning and dreaming of for a while now. Here are some tips to make it go smoothly:

  • Set your alarm earlier than you think. If you’re planning on doing your own hair and makeup or hiring a professional, leave an extra half an hour of time. This is the part of the day that tends to push the timeline back. Do yourself a favor so you can enjoy every minute and build in some extra time by waking up 30 minutes earlier than you need to.
  • Drink lots of water! If you are not used to the high elevation in Colorado, you’ll especially want to make sure you are drinking plenty of water leading up to and on your elopement day. Keeping hydrated is one of the best ways to prevent altitude sickness. Plan to pack at least 1-2 liters of water for each of you to drink for the whole day. Just remember, if you’re not peeing regularly, you are likely dehydrated. 
  • Have your backpack ready to go with all the essentials:
    • Water
    • Food
    • Extra layers for warmth
    • Marriage License (and pen!)
    • Blanket
    • Champagne to celebrate with
    • First aid kit
    • Hand warmers and foot warmers
    • Rain jacket
  • Be up for changing plans and an adventure.
  • Get married – that’s all that matters in the end!


You did it! You did the only thing that mattered – got married to your adventure partner for life! Congrats! Now it’s time to soak it all in. Many couples plan to stay in Colorado for a few days to a week afterward to soak in the post-marriage bliss. Consider turning your trip to Colorado into a honeymoon afterward. Road trip to see a different part of the state (we love Garden of the Gods and Great Sand Dunes National Park). Stay in a fancy mountain resort like Devil’s Thumb Ranch or Mt. Princeton Resort and live it up with room service, a spa treatment or a soak in the hot springs after a hike.

As you’re finding your groove as newlyweds, here are a few things to consider for after your wedding day:

  • Mail your marriage license or drop it off at the county clerk and recorder’s office – many offices will give you a pre-addressed envelope to mail your license back into them.
  • Relive the best moments from your day with a sneak peek from your photographer! You may choose to share these with family and friends to let them in on how you chose to celebrate the day.
  • Announce your marriage to family and friends – whether that’s with a selfie you took after your vows on the top of the mountain or a sneak peek picture you got from your photographer, it’s fun to share the news!
  • Decide who’s going to take who’s last name – or if you two are changing names at all!
  • Print your photos! Yes, technology is super cool these days that you can click a button and see all the images from your wedding day on your phone. But, did you fall in love with a picture of you two at the top of a mountain peak? Then blow that baby up big and order a canvas to hang over your bed so you remember that moment every time you wake up! There is also something so special about being able to snuggle up on the couch and flip through a physical wedding album on your anniversary! Your wedding photos deserve a real, tangible place in your home.

What Should You Pack for Your Colorado Elopement?

As you are gearing up for your wedding day, you want to make sure that you have all the essentials to make your day go smooth.


  • Backpack (to pack all your stuff in – duh!)
  • Marriage License
  • Pen (to sign the marriage license)
  • Vow Books
  • Rings
  • Any other special items for your ceremony
  • Permit (if needed)
  • Mini Bluetooth speaker (be sure to make sure your playlist is downloaded for offline use!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Warm jacket (wind-proof)
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm layers
  • First Aid kit
  • Water (we recommend at least 1 liter per person – more if you are going on a strenuous hike)
  • Snacks/food
  • Picnic blanket
  • Hand warmers
  • Headlamps (if hiking near sunrise/sunset)

How Do You Get Legally Married in Colorado?

A couple in wedding attire sign their marriage licenses on a snowy day in Colorado

Colorado is pretty much the easiest state in the United States to legally get married in! Colorado is the only self-solemnizing state (besides Washington D.C.) where couples can legally marry themselves without a judge or officiant and without any separate applications or conditions!

What does this mean?

That Colorado is the PERFECT place to get married for couples who want to create a wedding day designed around them and not be limited by needing an officiant or witnesses present.

You can go to any clerk and county recorders office in Colorado, pick up a $30 wedding permit and you are ready to go. Most offices will give you instructions for filling out the marriage certificate. Bring your certificate with you on your elopement, sign that paper after your vows and you are legally married in Colorado. All you have to do is drop it back off at the clerk and recorder’s office or mail it back in. The biggest thing to remember is that your marriage certificate must be returned within 35 days of applying for it! So if you head into town early and mail it back when you leave, you should be good to go.

Check out more detailed info on how to legally get married in Colorado for your elopement.

Disclaimer: definitely do your own homework ahead of time to confirm what is needed for your marriage license because we’re not handing out legal advice!

Make It Official And Start Planning Your Colorado Elopement!

we’re more than just your photographer

We’re not kidding. We’re here to make this process easier than “accidentally” binge-watching the newest season of your favorite show. Every single elopement package includes:

  • Adventure Elopement Planning Guide with step-by-step plans, insider tips and resources from the 250+ elopements we’ve planned.
  • A custom location guide with hidden gems for you to explore and info on accessibility, privacy, permits and photos.
  • Unlimited communication – You can email us anytime, anywhere, about anything – no question is too silly.
  • Recommendations for vetted, LGBTQ+ affirming elopement vendors.
  • A custom timeline that allows you to have the epic and stress-free elopement day of your dreams.
  • Local knowledge about Colorado’s quirky features, like weather patterns, seasonal closures, last-minute back-up locations, and dealing with high altitude and wildlife .
  • We’re CPR, AED & Wilderness First Aid Certified and always travel with backups of anything we might need.
  • A built-in back up photographer you know you can trust (because we’re a team).
  • Day of coordinator (you don’t need to look at your watch one time), best friend, and hype girl.
  • A polaroid memory to take home as a tangible keepsake on your wedding day.

If it’s on your elopement to-do list, we’re here to help check it off.

Colorado Elopement + Small Wedding Packages

Meet Larissa and Bailey! We are two born and raised Coloradoans who specialize in planning and capturing epic elopements for our couples that feel authentic to who they are. Loveland Pass is THE spot to elope if you want adventure and stunning scenery. We specialize only in Colorado and can help you plan the perfect just-us day or a celebration with up to 30 of your friends/family.

What’s Included

3+ Hours of Photography Coverage

We intentionally document your day with both digital and film. Includes high-resolution digital images, printing rights, a shareable online gallery, and free album design.

Full Elopement Planning Assistance

When we say we help with it all, we mean it. Location scouting and ideas. Vetted and LGBTQ+ allied vendors who know elopements. Recs for activities to do on your elopement day. Stress-free timeline planning. Planning resources and ideas. Unlimited communication because we never leave you high and dry.

Overwhelmed with How To Plan A Colorado Elopement?

Download Our Free Colorado Elopement Planning Guide & Checklist

40+ pages of ideas, tips, and a step-by-step checklist to make your dream elopement come to life.

wedding couple in the mountains on cover of We, The Light Photography's Colorado Elopement Planning Guide and Checklist

Are You Freakin’ REady?

We’re 100% here for whatever day you’re dreaming up. Fill out our contact form to start chatting.

Are You Freakin’ REady?

We’re 100% here for whatever day you’re dreaming up. Fill out our contact form to start chatting.

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