How to Plan Your Aspen Elopement In 2024

Posted On | June 5, 2024

Bride and groom hold hands while walking through a meadow after their Aspen elopement. Behind them are vibrant yellow aspens and the Maroon Bells.

If you’re dreaming of a unique, intimate wedding day surrounded by nature’s beauty, an Aspen elopement might be exactly what you’re looking for. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, vibrant culture, and year-round outdoor adventures. And when it comes to elopements, this picturesque paradise offers an unbeatable experience that’s perfect for couples seeking an unforgettable experience! 

Why Should You Plan an Aspen Elopement?

Gorgeous Scenery

Aspen is synonymous with natural beauty, boasting majestic mountain peaks, lush aspen groves, and crystal-clear streams at every turn. Imagine exchanging vows against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains or saying “I do” surrounded by vibrant fall foliage!

Endless Adventure Opportunities

For adventurous couples, Aspen is a dream come true. From skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling in the winter to hiking, paragliding, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the summer, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy together.

World-Class Dining and Accommodations

When it comes to dining and accommodations, Aspen is world-renowned as a luxury destination for a reason. From cozy bed and breakfasts to luxurious mountain resorts, you’ll find a wide range of options to suit your style and budget. And when it comes to food, Aspen’s culinary scene is second to none, with four Michelin star restaurants alongside cozy local fare. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner for two or a festive reception with family and friends, Aspen offers plenty of delicious options! 

When is the Best Time to Elope in Aspen?

A bride and groom kiss in a grove of red aspens.

Fall Aspen Elopement

Months: Late September to mid-October 
Average High/Low Temperatures: 50°F/30°F

Fall is one of the most popular times to explore Aspen due to the vibrant foliage painting the mountainsides in shades of gold, red, and orange. Expect crisp, cool days perfect for hiking, leaf-peeping, and enjoying the changing colors of the season. Elopements during the fall months can feature stunning backdrops full of fall color, with snow often making its first appearance of the season in late September/early October.

Winter Aspen Elopement

Months: December through March 
Average High/Low Temperatures: 35°F/11°F

Winter in Aspen is a true winter wonderland, with snow-capped mountains and lots of opportunity to get outdoors and explore. Expect crisp, cold days perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and cozying up by the fire. Elopements during this time can feature snowy landscapes, with the option for romantic ceremonies in a cozy lodge or even on the slopes themselves.

Spring Aspen Elopement

Months: late March through early June  
Average High/Low Temperatures: 55°F/25°F

Spring in Aspen is a mixed bag. March is often the snowiest month with snow showers continuing sometimes into late May. As the snow begins to melt, expect lush greenery and rushing rivers, creating a stunning backdrop for your elopement. Spring weather can be extremely unpredictable, so be prepared for anything from sunshine to rain showers!

Summer Aspen Elopement

Months: Mid-June to early September
Average High/Low Temperatures: 76°F/45°F

Summer in Aspen is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. Expect warm, sunny days perfect for hiking, biking, and exploring the great outdoors. Elopements during the summer months can take advantage of the long daylight hours and mild temperatures, with options for ceremonies in alpine meadows, beside pristine lakes, or even atop a mountain peak. Just be prepared for occasional afternoon thunderstorms, which are common in the high country during the summer months.

A bride and groom hold hands and exchange vows at the Maroon Bells Amphitheater during their Aspen Elopement.

Best Places to Elope in Aspen

NOTE: We do our very best to stay updated on the current permit requirements for each location, however you should always verify the current restrictions for each location on your own since they are subject to change! Anytime you venture out in nature, please be sure to respect the land and practice the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.

Maroon Bells Amphitheatre Elopement 

Best Time of Year: June through early October 
Maximum number of people: 50
Maroon Bells’ Website

Home of the most photographed peak in the lower 48 states, the Maroon Bells Amphitheatre is one of the most popular venues in the entire state. There’s so much to say about Maroon Bells that we created the Maroon Bells Wedding Guide with everything you need to know to plan your Maroon Bells wedding, as well as our favorite tips and tricks for snagging a sought-after reservation. For Maroon Bells inspiration, check out Abby and Luke’s summer Maroon Bells wedding or  Braydon and Emily’s or Nick and Ashley’s fall Maroon Bells wedding! 

A man and woman hold hands looking in opposite direction while sanding on the banks of a river in Aspen, Colorado. behind them are mountains covered in yellow and green aspens.

Aspen Valley Elopement 

Best Time of Year: Available year-round, but might require snowshoes in the winter 
Maximum number of people: 10 

This location, exclusive to We, the Light couples, is perfect for a small ceremony with up to 10 guests. It has gorgeous mountain views, hillsides covered with Aspens, and a creek that meanders through. 

Ashcroft Ghost Town Elopement 

Best Time of Year: June through September 
Maximum number of people: 70
Ashcroft Ghost Town’s Website

11 miles south of Aspen, Ashcroft Ghost Town is the perfect spot for history lovers. Located on USFS White River National Forest, it can be reserved for ceremonies June through September and boasts picturesque aspen groves, several historic buildings, and gorgeous views of Castle Creek Valley. 

A couple embraces during sunset at the top of Independence Pass during their Aspen elopement. Behind them the sky is a mix of purple and pink clouds and a dramatic mountain view.

Independence Pass Elopement 

Best Time of Year: June through early October 
Maximum number of people:
Independence Pass’ Website

Independence Pass connects Aspen to the town of Twin Lakes and is usually open Memorial Day through early November. There are numerous scenic locations along the pass that are perfect for an elopement ranging from easily accessible waterfalls and overlooks to miles-long hikes to alpine lakes. It’s a great choice for couples hoping to explore lots of different scenery in a short amount of time! Check out Tyler & Paige’s Independence Pass elopement for inspiration! 

Twin Lakes Elopement 

Best Time of Year: June through October 
Maximum number of people: 15
Twin Lakes’ Website

While not technically in Aspen, Twin Lakes is a great choice for couples wanting a combination of water, aspens, mountain views, and a bit of history. Share your vows on the lakeshore, or hike to an abandoned lakeside resort! Check out Jess & Ken-Ichi’s two-day Aspen and Twin Lakes elopement for inspiration! 

Best Micro Wedding Venues in Aspen 

Mollie Gibson Park Wedding

Best Time of Year: Available year-round 
Maximum number of people: 2 to 100
Mollie Gibson Park’s Website

Located at the base of Smuggler Mountain and with gorgeous views of Aspen Mountain, Mollie Gibson Park can be rented for outdoor ceremonies for up to four hours at a time at least seven days in advance. 

The Little Nell Wedding 

Best Time of Year: Spring through Fall 
Maximum number of people: 10 to 250 
The Little Nell’s Website

The Little Nell has two different outdoor ceremony spaces, both accessible via gondola. The Wedding Deck has sweeping views of the Elk Mountain Range and is available for summer and fall weddings. The Wedding Overlook sits atop Aspen Mountain and is available for spring, summer, and fall weddings. 

Snowmass Wedding Terrace Wedding 

Best Time of Year: Summer and Fall 
Maximum number of people: 10 to 146 people 
Snowmass Wedding Terrace’s Website

Located on-mountain and accessible by vehicle, the Snowmass Wedding Terrace has views of the valley and forest, as well as lots of foliage. 

Beyul Retreat Wedding 

Best Time of Year: Available year-round 
Maximum number of people: 25 to 100 
Beyul Retreat’s Website

Offering all-inclusive service, Beyul Retreat can provide you with the perfect wedding accommodations including full service catering, lodging, ceremony space, reception space, and anything else you need across their 32 acre property! A great option for couples hoping to do minimal planning. 

Best Micro Wedding Reception Venues in Aspen 

Rotary Pavilion 

Best Time of Year: Memorial Day through Labor Day 
Maximum number of people: 10 to 50 
Rotary Pavilion’s Website

Hotel Jerome

Best Time of Year: Available year-round 
Maximum number of people: 20 to 200 
Hotel Jerome’s Website

The Edge Restaurant & Bar 

Best Time of Year: Available year-round 
Maximum number of people: 10 to 50 
The Edge’s Website

Hotel Jerome

Best Time of Year: Available year-round 
Maximum number of people: 20 to 200 
Hotel Jerome’s Website

Casa Tua 

Best Time of Year: Available year-round 
Maximum number of people: 10 to 20
Casa Tua’s Website


Best Time of Year: Available year-round 
Maximum number of people: 10 to 30 
Betula’s Website

Highlands Alehouse 

Best Time of Year: Available year-round 
Maximum number of people: 10 to 130
Highland Alehouse’s Website

Pine Creek Cookhouse 

Best Time of Year: Available year-round 
Maximum number of people: 10 to 160 
Pine Creek Cookhouse’s Website

How to Get Married in Aspen

Let’s talk about the practical stuff: getting your marriage license. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! 

In the state of Colorado, you can go to ANY country clerk in the state to obtain your license. If you’re staying in Aspen, the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder will be the closet location! As of May 2024, appointments are still required to for marriage license applications, so be sure to plan ahead! You’ll need to bring along a form of ID (usually your drivers license or passport), as well as $30 to pay the fee. 

In Colorado, you have the option to self-solemnize your marriage, which means you can legally marry yourselves without the need for an officiant or witnesses. It’s a unique and romantic way to tie the knot and perfect for couples who want to exchange vows in a private and intimate setting. Because no witnesses are required, you can even have your dog sign with their paw print! 

After you’ve exchanged vows, be sure to sign your marriage license and submit the signed license to the same Clerk and Recorder’s Office that you picked it up from to make it official! 

For more in-depth information on obtaining your marriage license, check out our post on How To Self-Solemnize In Colorado

Real Aspen Elopements

The Proof Is In The Pudding! Check out a few of the Aspen elopements We’ve Photographed

Nick & Ashley

Leave No Trace Guide

Jess & Ken-Ichi

Braydon & Emily

Tyler & Paige

Aspen Elopement Vendors 

As you’re planning your Aspen elopement, it’s inevitable that the need for additional vendors will come up. Here are a few of our favorites in the area! 

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.

Aspen Elopement + Small Wedding Packages

Aspen is THE spot to elope if you want adventure, stunning scenery, and wildflowers galore. 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

8+ 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.

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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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