Affordable…budget…cheap…inexpensive…call them what you want, but many brides and grooms are looking to stay within a strict budget for their wedding, and saving money on their venue is a great way to start. Many of the venues and ceremony sites listed below are under $1,000, and some are even free! Colorado brides and grooms don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to exchange their wedding vows in a spectacular location with million dollar views. With careful planning, a DIY attitude and plenty of visits to Pinterest, you can save money and host an elegant and memorable wedding. Read our budget wedding tips and then check out the list of budget and affordable wedding venues below.
Tips for planning your budget Colorado wedding.
When looking for an inexpensive, or budget wedding venue, make sure that there are no hidden fees or requirements. Wedding venues often have a “preferred vendor list,” so using your own caterer (or other service provider) may be more expensive or not allowed at all. Sundays tend to be less expensive too. So if you’re flexible on days of the week, stay away from Friday and Saturday wedding ceremonies and that will help you stay within your budget.
With the proper planning, you’ll be able to host an affordable wedding ceremony and reception that is both elegant and memorable.
Below are some of our favorite Colorado budget wedding venues & Ceremony Sites.
Garden of the Gods – Colorado Springs
(Up to 50 Guests) The towering red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods Park are a spectacular backdrop for your Colorado wedding, and the area is free! Weddings at the Garden of the Gods are allowed provided they are small, brief ceremonies, and no receptions are allowed in the park unless you are having a picnic at the Scotsman or South Spring Canyon Picnic areas.
Club Tico, Fort Collins
1599 City Park Drive
Fort Collins, Colorado
(Up to 299 Guests) Since the 1920’s Club Tico has served as one of Fort Collins’ most unique and beautiful locations for special events and wedding celebrations. The recently renovated venue is located in historic City Park and offers convenient access and parking. Club Tico rents for only $65 per hour, and includes audio/visual, dance floor, podium, stage lighting, staff support, security service, projector, linen service, skirting service and more! Learn more about Club Tico here.
Wheatridge Recreation Center Ballroom
The Wheatridge Recreation Center Ballroom is suitable for all types of events from small, intimate gatherings to large groups up to 250 guests. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the right amount of space, time and extras needed for your event. In addition to the Ballroom, there are two small activity rooms across the hallway available to rent.
Fort Collins Lincoln Center
With six unique venues, Fort Collins Lincoln Center offers a variety of options to accommodate your wedding day needs. The Art Gallery and Founder’s Room are intimate and elegant, ideal for small receptions or a unique cocktail hour. The Terrace and Rooftop Deck offer open-air outdoor settings, great for garden weddings and lively receptions. Canyon West, their Grand ballroom, and the Columbine Room are perfect for larger elegant events. All spaces are available for wedding ceremonies and receptions; you can even rent multiple rooms for a truly personalized event. Whatever your event, they have the space for you.
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
(Up to 140 Guests) Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is a great option when planning an affordable wedding in Colorado. Located just west of Loveland along the Big Thompson River, they’re convenient and accessible year ’round. The staff at Sylvan Dale can orchestrate your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception while providing comfortable accommodations for everyone. Site fees start at just $1,900 (Nov – April) with catering from $43pp. And, as a working Dude Ranch, there are plenty of activities for your guests.
Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster, CO
From a lush rainforest with 1,600 free flying exotic butterflies and an amphitheater next to a trickling creek, to a spacious ballroom and open patio overlooking a soft palette of colorful annuals, there are many beautiful and unique locations for your ceremony, reception, or civil union. Butterfly Pavilion accommodates engagement pictures, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and day after brunches… and is a great place to entertain out of town guests!
Sunshine Mountain Lodge – Allenspark, CO
(Up to 100 Guests) Come experience the benefits of the fresh mountain air, pure water and abundant sunshine on 5 wooded acres. A perfect option for your affordable Colorado wedding. Sunshine Mountain Lodge can accommodate 40 overnight guests and up to 100 for the ceremony and reception. Rates start at only $990/night. This rate includes the entire facility, fully equipped kitchen, tables and chairs and more. And you can even bring your pets!
B Lazy 2 Ranch – Fraser, CO
Conveniently located in the beautiful Fraser Valley the B Lazy 2 Ranch is the perfect location for your dream wedding ceremony and reception. The Ranch has spectacular views of the Continental Divide and a convenient location, close to Winter Park, and Denver. yet when you are at the Ranch you feel like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle. Wedding packages begin at just $3,500 (for 50 – 99 guests) and include alter, historic barn, benches, lighted tent and more.
How about the most spectacular /most budget-conscious wedding venue you can find in Summit County, Colorado? For about $100, you can reserve Sapphire Point, (between Frisco and Breckenridge) the only designated wedding site in the Dillon Ranger District. Exchange your wedding vows on a rocky outcropping with a panoramic view of the Ten Mile Range in the background, and Lake Dillon just below. You’ll want to be sure to check out our photographers page to find the right person to document this momentous day. Follow your ceremony with a wedding reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.
Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne, CO
400 Blue River Parkway
Silverthorne, CO 80498
(Up to 450 Guests) Owned and operated by the Town of Silverthorne, the Pavilion opened its doors in 2001 as an affordable, stylish venue to serve the local community and visitors. The Pavilion sits at the edge of the famed Blue River in the heart of the Town Center and boasts nearly 12,000 square feet of space. Learn more about the Silverthorne Pavilion. Cost of renting out the entire pavilion runs between $500 – $3100, depending on day of the week and time of year. Summit County residents are eligible for a discount, and the site fees includes use of all Pavilion grounds and indoor furniture, set up and take down time before and after your event, set up of indoor tables and chairs, and an attendant on hand to help oversee your event.
Missouri Heights Schoolhouse in Carbondale, CO
(Maximum 100 Guests ) With spectacular views of Mt. Sopris, and a 1/2 day (four hour) rental at only $200, the Missouri Heights Schoolhouse may be the best budget Colorado wedding venue we’ve found yet! You can rent it for 3 days straight for only $450! The schoolhouse is the only remaining historic building on the mesa that is available for public use. And, there is a chalk board and a three person swing set. Learn more about the Missouri Heights Schoolhouse.
Rocky Mountain National Park
What better place to tie the knot than in one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country. Rocky Mountain National Park has over a dozen spectacular locations for you and your partner to hold your wedding ceremony — and the permits are only $150! There are restrictions, and the use of these areas are not exclusive…but, the views are incredible. Guests can stay in Grand Lake, camp at RMNP or lodge in Estes Park.
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk
111 Richman St,
Black Hawk, CO 80422
(Wedding packages start at just $65 per guest). Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk offers an idyllic Colorado wedding location as one of the most luxurious resorts in Colorado. In addition to their superb mountain location – which presents a wide array of photographic backdrops – you’ll have your choice of wedding sites throughout the resort, featuring everything from grand to intimate.
2506 W. Colorado Ave. #C
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
One of the things our couples love most about The Loft is that they are an open venue. That means you may bring your own caterer and alcohol or even your own food! You may choose your own vendors and will never be forced to use the people that they recommend. (although they are awesome!) Freedom of choice…that’s what The Loft is all about.
City Park Pavilion
1700 N. York St.
Denver, CO 80202
City Park Pavilion
(Up to 350 guests) The City Park Pavilion is on the US National Register of Historic Places and Colorado State Register of Historic properties, and is available for weddings from mid-April to mid-October. The fee is just $350 to $600 per event, plus a security deposit.
Other ideas for Colorado Weddings on a Budget
- Be sure to check out all of the upcoming bridal shows and wedding events in the Denver area. Brides and grooms can learn about venues, caterers and specials that can save you money.
- Brides — Another way to save money is to buy a used or closeout wedding gown. There are plenty of high-end boutiques selling lightly used, designer wedding dresses at a fraction of the cost of new. View all consignment wedding dress shops here.
- Save on your wedding officiant. If you’re not getting married in a religious ceremony, you can save money by having a close friend or relative perform the wedding ceremony. It’s easy and free to get ordained at the Church of Universal Life. You can even go to confession online! So, you know…there’s that too.
The natural beauty of Colorado makes almost any location a perfect venue for your wedding ceremony. Go on a hike and exchange your vows overlooking the Continental Divide, or mountain bike up Peaks Trail out of Breckenridge or Frisco and get married with Mount Guyot in the background. The opportunities, like the natural beauty of the Colorado Mountains, are endless.
Mountain Celebrations made planning our wedding on a budget easy! We found inexpensive venues and all the services we needed. I couldn’t have planned our wedding without mountaincelebrations.com! – Melissa C, Littleton, CO