Nestled among the spectacular cliffs of the Colorado Rockies, Vail offers both the charm of a European mountain village and the rugged natural splendor of the mountains to create a visual landscape that’s the epitome of powerful beauty.
This charming town has fully solidified its reputation as a world-class vacation destination. Since its incorporation in 1966, Vail has blossomed into an epicenter for luxury, complete with innovative dining experiences, rich cultural opportunities, and endless outdoor adventures.
This town knows how to treat visitors right. With its pedestrian-friendly heated streets linking the three major base areas, as well as the country’s largest free public transportation system, visitors can explore the endless array of après ski hot spots without turning an ignition. What could make a wedding weekend more fun than a whole town that’s “ski in, ski out?”
This tiny town of only 5,000 people originated because of its ideal skiing conditions. With nearly 200 trails and over 5,000 miles of skiable terrain, Vail has something to offer every ski and snowboard enthusiast, from beginner to professional.
As magnificent as the Colorado Rockies are, it’s your shared love that will shine most during your Vail wedding ceremony. It starts with your ceremony musicians who will set the tone for the ceremony with their sublime tunes and chords. Then, your talented Vail wedding officiant will lead you in making the commitment of a lifetime. The images of the day may fade over time, but you’ll cherish the memories from the ceremony forever.
It’s time to celebrate! Your friends and family have traveled from far and wide to be with you on your special day — now it’s time to give them a party they’ll never forget. Get the celebration started with a shared meal from one of Vail’s skilled caterers. Then, showcase your best moves while dancing to the sweet beats of your band or DJ. Cap off the night with a sweet sparkler exit, and be sure to thank your wedding planner for executing every last detail seamlessly.
Start your wedding weekend with a special meal for your closest friends and family. For a town of only four and a half square miles, Vail is home to some of the finest dining experiences imaginable for your pre-wedding meal. Choose Terra Bistro for a local, environmentally conscious meal, or Sweet Basil for a taste of their innovative yet approachable cuisine.
Start your first day as a married couple off right with a fabulous day-after brunch. Take your guests on a gondola ride up to the top of Vail Mountain for an exclusive breakfast at Game Creek Restaurant. Or, if a low-key meal is more your style, consider working with your caterer to bring the farewell brunch to you.
Welcome your guests to the world-class town of Vail with a world-class wedding welcome bag. We teamed up with Laura Pearson of L Elizabeth Events to come up with tons of Vail-inspired welcome bag ideas. Check out the article to get the inspiration flowing.
Before your reception ends, be sure to hand out favors to your guests as a “thank you” for all they’ve done to make the day so special. We absolutely love the idea of using Vail itself as your inspiration for the gifts. We’ve gathered lots of ideas for Vail-inspired favors and created a wedding favor guide with our top picks.
The activities in Vail vary widely based on season. In the summer, popular activities include rafting, fishing, hiking, and playing golf. In the winter, activities revolve almost entirely around Vail’s white powder slopes — skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Vail Resort’s Activities Explorer will help your guests craft the perfect itinerary based on season, location, and activity type.
Guests from out of town will want your recommendations for the best spots to grab a meal in Vail. If you're a destination bride or groom with no clue of what to suggest, don't panic! Fodor’s Travel has curated a guide to the valley’s best spots. The best part about this guide is that it's interactive, so your guests will be able to filter for price and type of cuisine as they make their dining arrangements.
Vail is a first-class destination with accommodation options that can’t be beat. From single-family house rentals in the valley to mountaintop suites with panoramic views of the Rockies, your guests will find the perfect home away from home during their stay.
Capture your engagement glow with a photo shoot set in magnificent Vail. Vail’s esteemed photographers are some of the best in the business, and the natural beauty of this resort town cannot be beat. Take a look at our engagement shoot location recommendations to get your planning underway. You’ll be so glad you did.
Your maid of honor will have no trouble making arrangements for the ultimate bachelorette bash in Vail — if she looks at our recommendations first. Between the first-class dining, pristine slopes, and unique spas and boutiques, your weekend will be the epitome of luxury. So get ready for an awesome party in Vail before you wear the veil.
Vail is a top bachelor party destination for adventurous grooms! Rent out a house in Cascade Village (bonus points if it has a hot tub) and take the lift up to Vail Mountain for easy access to the slopes in the winter. Or, if your trip falls during the summer months, then a group rafting excursion is a must. For all of our best ideas and tips, check out our Vail bachelor party ideas.
The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Vail events and add them to your radar.
Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Vail, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry: