If clear skies are on your happy list, then get yourself to Denver. With 300 days of sunshine every year, you’re as close to a beautiful day-guarantee as you can get in the Mile High City.
Surrounded by the exquisite peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is no slouch when it comes to natural beauty. Yet if you just can’t decide between an urban affair or a wedding au naturel, then rest easy: this city offers views of the Rockies even when partying in the heart of downtown.
Denver’s eclectic and gourmet-minded culinary scene has put it on the foodie map, so if innovative cuisine crafted with locally sourced ingredients and artful presentation is a must-have for your shindig, then pull up a seat and get cooking with Denver.
Denver is known as the Mile High City because it is situated a mile above sea level. Thanks to physics, this fun fact means that golf balls go further and alcoholic beverages settle stronger. So embrace Denver (and science) to get the most out of your wedding fun.
If saving the planet is at the top of your priority list, you’ll find plenty of kindred spirits in Denver. Staying green while wedding planning is often a challenge, but with the support of the locals, this city makes it a cinch.
It’s time to turn your eye toward what you and yours will wear on your wedding day. The search for the dress is, of course, the first piece of this puzzle. This isn’t any old frock: you’re looking for the most flattering, fabulous gown of your life. So how do you know what will work? Will there be a magical, “yes, of course!” moment, or more of a gradual understanding of what you want to don before walking down the aisle? Perhaps now is the time to introduce an important player: your local bridal shop. Denver’s sartorial experts are primed and ready to help you find what’s right. Get your bridesmaid game in order while you’re there so you can begin to see your vision come together (cue your happy dance). If the shop of your choice can help with a great suit, so much the better—the men in your wedding deserve something striking, too. Next, it’s time to get down to the bling. You and your partner are both going to need wedding bands, so head to a wedding ring and jewelry shop to choose adornments that suit you both. This might be a good time to pick up fun little extras, like thematic cufflinks or that pair of diamond studs you’ve had your eye on (that “something new” is a great excuse). Now that you know you won’t be showing up naked to your own wedding, you can let the rest of your worries fall by the wayside.
You’ve already hired a fabulous local photographer to put your wedding day on the books, so now concern yourself with how to look super-smokin’ in those precious photos. Feeling great about your appearance will boost your confidence in front of the camera and show off your I’m-so-in-love glow. But for the love of Adonis, don’t take on more tasks in the run-up to your wedding: Denver hair and makeup experts will help highlight your gorgeous self and take the pressure off your blow-drying skills on your wedding day. Visit your salon several weeks before the wedding to decide whether you’ll go coiffed or au natural when it comes to your tresses. Similarly, your makeup pro can help select a shade of lipstick that will go the distance and give you a Angelina-esque pout. (Note: we suggest a waterproof mascara in case that first look tugs hard on your heartstrings.) To smooth out any last rough edges, take a little time off the week before your wedding and slip into a local spa for a facial and a killer manicure. Now that you’re slaying your wedding look, all those last-minute details will seem so much less consuming—and your reflection much more so.
It’s easy to get so caught up in guest lists, floral arrangements, caterers, and DJs that the wedding ceremony itself seems to come second to reception details. Make sure your “I dos” are just as memorable as your cake flavor by planning a ceremony that showcases the union your loved ones have gathered to celebrate. (After all, Aunt Susie didn’t take the red eye to Denver just to dance to “Single Ladies” at your reception...although if she did we wouldn’t hold it against her.) To make your ceremony meaningful and personal, meet with several Denver wedding officiants before choosing the one you and your partner connect with the most. We know you’ve envisioned walking down the aisle countless times, but whose music will accompany your walk to the altar? Research local ceremony musicians to find the perfect tear-jerking soundtrack. Your wedding day will fly by in the blink of one teary eye, so let Denver’s experts make every second count.
The vows have been said, the veil has been lifted, the first kiss as a married couple has been shared. What’s next? Dancing, dancing, and more ever-loving dancing! The Mile High City has ample room to celebrate your nuptials, whether you’re looking to bust a move in front of a Rocky Mountain sunset or in Denver’s thriving downtown area. Pick a venue best suited to your big celebration, be it under the stars or high above the urban bustle. Then fill that space with the designs of local florists, tastes from Denver’s best caterers, and music as lively as the Rockies are tall. Eat, drink, be merry and then limber up: it’s time to show off those moves.
With countless restaurants seasoning the city of Denver, the hardest part when picking a venue for your rehearsal dinner will be deciding where you don’t want to eat. To narrow down your options, consider the size of your wedding party and availability of private rooms. With a larger party, kick off your wedding weekend with local flavors and a view of the city at 1515 Restaurant where you and your guests can raise a glass in one of the city’s oldest buildings. Looking for a more intimate setting? Bistro Vendome offers classical French cuisine and more than 65 selections of French wine. Thanks to the variety of menus and cuisines in this city, you can’t possibly pick a bad place to pop the bubbly. Salut!
Your wedding weekend doesn’t have to end when you and your new spouse make your grand getaway at the end of the reception. Raise a glass one more time with close friends and family at a farewell brunch the next morning. Celebrate with a hearty American breakfast at Beatrice and Woodsley or with one of Snooze Eatery’s six variations on the classic eggs benedict. Located in a refurbished gas station, Root Down is a high end eatery based on sustainability that offers delicious dishes with plenty of gluten free and vegan alternatives (this place is a popular pick so reservations are encouraged!). No matter where you spend your first morning as newlyweds, you’re sure to find more than enough brunch options—and bottomless mimosas—in the Mile High City. Check out our recommendations below for local spots with scrumptious spreads that can help you plan brunch for a crowd.
It’s easy to think of your invitation as a few pieces of paper informing folks that you’re getting hitched, but here’s an insider tip: your invite sets the stage for your whole wedding, and it’s worth the extra effort to do it right. Connect with a local invitation and paper goods boutique to get started with your design. Whether you go printed or calligraphy, highly ornate or minimalist, it’s ideal to have a Denver professional on your side to take you through this process. Make it a gift for your guests by including all sorts of helpful gems, like a stamped RSVP card, a loose idea of the day’s schedule, and some hints about how to dress and what kind of food and beverages they’ll expect. When your friends open their mailboxes and pull out your invitation, they’ll be wowed by your effort and attention to detail (and if they’re not, well, there’s no accounting for poor taste).
Is the air lighter up here or is it just us? Help your guests adjust to the Mile High City by greeting them with a wedding welcome bag of hand-picked local goodies. Denver is a cornucopia of unique flavors and designs—did someone say craft beer?—so there’s no shortage of supplies when it comes to giving your guests a piece of the city to take home at the end of the weekend. Fill a customized Denver tote with regional favorites, and show your guests how much you appreciate them with personalized thank-you or welcome notes. Check out B&B’s recommendations, then mix and match to wow your guests with your own personalized wedding welcome bag.
If your invitations are the storefront sample, wedding favors are the icing on the wedding cake. Although your wedding weekend must eventually come to an end (sigh), treat your guests to long-lasting (or edible) mementos to take home after the reception. Fill a Fortune-It Cookie with a personalized thank you, or toss in an equally sweet treat with caramel-covered apples from Daffy Farms. In a gesture less likely to give your guests cavities, include a trendy drawing of the Denver skyline to remind wedding-goers of the beautiful scenery surrounding your special weekend. By giving your guests a simple parting gift, you’ll ensure the party continues long after you and your spouse make your grand exit.
In the Mile High City, the list of possible activities is nearly a mile long. No matter when you have your wedding, Denver’s lively outdoor and urban scenes offer plenty to keep you and your guests occupied year-round. In the colder months, hit the slopes and ski or snowboard on the famous Rocky Mountains. In spring and summer, climb those same mountains on nature hikes leading to gorgeous views of the Colorado landscape. Not super outdoorsy? Swap your skis for sips of locally crafted beers as you tour Denver’s famous breweries, or stroll through downtown Denver soaking up culture and working up an appetite on an art walk through the city. Looking for more ideas? Check out “What to Do in Denver” from the New York Times or The Travel Channel’s Top 7 Things to Do in Denver.
You’ve hired a caterer, chosen a bakery, and picked out a delicious menu for your wedding reception. You obviously take your food very seriously and we do too, which is why we’ve provided you with a handful of restaurant recommendations to appease any hangry wedding guests (looking at you, Uncle Earl). Enjoy food and beer pairings at Euclid Hall or taste hot dogs like you’ve never known them at Biker Jim’s. Looking for an elegant dining experience? Feast at the award-winning Rioja, where celebrity chef Jennifer Jasinski will wow your taste buds with mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes that are just as beautiful as they are tasty. No matter where your hunger leads you, restaurants in Denver won’t disappoint, so encourage your guests to eat their way through the city for the true local experience.
Want to win host of the year? Send your guests’ travel stress packing by suggesting the perfect Denver accommodations for any budget. The unbeatable views and impeccable amenities at Comfort Suites Golden West at Evergreen Parkway make it an obvious choice for guests looking to spend a luxurious weekend with natural views just a short drive away from downtown Denver. Who says the bride and groom are the only ones allowed to have a romantic weekend? Have guests cozy up in the charming Castle Marne, Denver’s top-rated bed and breakfast. No matter where your guests decide to kick off their dancing shoes, make sure they rest in comfort with the perfect accommodations that fit their price range and style. Have a look through our suggestions for a sweet spot to stay in Denver below.
So you’ve got the ring, now where to show off that sparkle? From various locations in downtown Denver to the gorgeous parks and ranches just outside of town, choosing a backdrop for your engagement photos is no easy feat. Should you pose in front of a colorful urban mural or the natural majesty of the Rocky Mountains? You might try exploring a diverse array of flora in the Denver Botanic Gardens or pose amidst modern architecture at the Museum of Contemporary Art or Denver’s Art Hotel. Want to steal away from the city? Don your comfiest (and most fashionable) boots and hike through any one of Denver’s state parks. In the Mile High City just about any location you choose is guaranteed to be stunning. To streamline your search, we asked a few Denver wedding photographers to share some of their favorite locations for engagement photos, so take a look at what the pros are saying before planning your own session.
When you think of Denver, Colorado what probably comes to mind are the Rocky Mountains, red canyons, the Colorado river and miles and miles of wide, open space. What you probably didn’t imagine are brothels-turned-bistros, and wine cork art. While the natural landscape makes Denver the perfect location for the adventurous bride’s bachelorette party, this city is just as conducive to those who prefer wining and dining to hiking and climbing. From exploring the Colorado wilderness to touring art museums and breweries, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate your favorite bride-to-be in the Mile High City. Take a look at our Denver bachelorette party ideas as you begin the planning process.
From outdoor exploration and professional sporting events to great food and drinks, Denver is any guy’s dream bachelor weekend (did we mention the food and drinks?). As your buddy’s best man, your job is make sure he has the best final weekend with his bros before heading down the aisle—no pressure. Although hiking, climbing, and skiing may be the obvious choices, surprise the groom and friends with a weekend that encompasses all that the Mile High City has to offer. Need some help? We got you. Here are just a few ideas for making the weekend an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
You chose a scenic and vibrant location for your wedding, but you’re not the only one impressed by all that Denver has to offer. Unfortunately, this location draws crowds all year long and you’ll want to choose a wedding date that doesn’t interfere with other local events. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Denver events and put them on your radar.
When planning something as complex and significant as your wedding day, sometimes you just want friendly experts to step in and share some pearls of wisdom. Lucky for you, we know people (we’re sitting right here—wink wink). And we’ve got your back: insider tips, exhaustive research, and inspiring takes on all aspects of the planning process, compiled here specifically with your wedding location in mind. You’re just a few clicks away from wedding planning peace of mind… You’re welcome! (No thank-you note required.)
Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Denver, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry: