Clean air, a thriving arts scene, delicious restaurants, acclaimed breweries, and beautiful views make Denver, Colorado, known as the Mile High City, one of the most spectacular choices for couples looking for the perfect place to pledge their love. We’ve discovered a handful of venues that are not only picturesque but also affordable, so whether you picture your wedding day in an expansive botanical garden, a famous ballpark, or something in-between, Denver can be the optimal destination for your I Dos.
Named as one of the “25 Most Beautiful Wedding Venues” by Martha Stewart Weddings, York Street Gardens offers an urban oasis of foliage ranging from roses, orchids, and bromeliads to Bonsai trees, cactus, and lacebark pines.
Outdoor wedding sites that can be rented for ceremonies and receptions include the Annuals Garden and Pavilion, Romantic Gardens, South African Plaza, Water Garden Gazebo, and the fairytale-like Woodland Mosaic & Solarium. These stunning spaces will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the steppe region of South Africa, a royal garden in France, a water world filled with aquatic plants, or a number of other nature-rich fantasy lands.
For couples wanting more protection from the elements, York Street Gardens provides indoor or tented event spaces that range from a greenhouse-esque, plant-coated glass structure to a grand pavilion. This is one of the rare wedding venues that’s a great choice for any wedding style – and you can’t beat the price.
Typical Cost: Starting fee for ceremony and reception site is $750
Capacity: 80 – 1,200 depending on event space
Bonus: This venue can simplify your big day by providing tables and chairs, setup assistance, a bridal suite, and a golf cart shuttle service.
In the heart of Denver lies a stunning 6,900 square-foot building that was the drafting center for the Midwest Steel & Ironworks company. Although it’s been restored, this 1903 structure still exudes the lively ambiance of the Progressive Era. Its design elements include Early Industrial, Art Deco, 1920s Nouveau, and Mid-Century Modern, making it a great space for couples wanting an alternative, urban chic, or Art Deco wedding.
Enhancing the compelling design are exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and Calypso chandeliers. In warmer months, a sheltered patio can be enjoyed for an intimate cocktail hour, used for overflow seating, or commissioned as an elegant outdoor lounge space. Ironworks is a go-to choice for couples hoping for a wedding venue with an impressive, aesthetic flair of drama and intrigue.
Typical Cost: $1,000 – $4,000
Bonus: This venue provides complimentary parking for over 100 vehicles.
This landmark wedding venue, founded in 1884 in downtown Denver, features numerous event spaces from grand to retro with an ever-present ambiance of historic grace. While there are ten event spaces, of indoor and outdoor experiences, the Grand Ballroom and Sundeck are the most popular for ceremonies and receptions.
The Grand Ballroom is freshly renovated and features a dazzling chandelier, wall sconces, high ceilings and ample room for dancing. When the weather is warm, the 9,700 square-foot Sundeck is a favorite event space, offering jaw-dropping views of Denver’s skyline, a sweeping display of stars, and room for 400 of your nearest and dearest.
In addition, the venue’s full services ensure you won’t have to worry about a bridal suite, tables, chairs, setup and cleanup, china, linens, flatware, glassware, lighting and sound, and parking – it’s all included.
Typical Cost: Starting site fee for ceremonies is $500, and starting site fee for receptions is $1,250
Bonus: There is a talented on-site culinary team that can provide American, Italian, Mexican, or Mediterranean fare, which can be served as hors d’oeuvres, a buffet, a plated meal, stations, a cocktail reception, or family style.
Lovers of art and a clean, contemporary backdrop will adore Walker Fine Arts. The 3,800 square-feet of this modern, urban-chic gallery is filled with an impressive collection of international and local contemporary artists, in addition to rotating exhibits representing a comprehensive range of styles.
For those looking for a more intimate wedding space, the conveniently moveable, interior walls of the gallery can be relocated to accommodate almost any layout preference. This space is a must for couples desiring a wedding where culture, simplicity, and style abound.
Typical Cost: $1,800 – $3,500
Bonus: Minimal decorations are needed, as the art provides such appealing focal points.
Colorado Rockies fans will rejoice when discovering they can not only watch their favorite baseball team at Coors Field, but they can also say their I Dos on the spot where their favorite players slide in for a run. Beyond home plate, your Colorado wedding ceremony and reception can commence on the main concourse, the warning track, or at one of the various club levels or conference centers.
The Mountain Ranch Club is one of the most popular choices for receptions, as it offers stellar views of the baseball field and the Rocky Mountains, an elegant pressed-tin ceiling, tasteful baseball-themed décor, and a two-tiered outdoor patio space. There’s also no need to look for outside catering as Aramark, the exclusive caterer at Coors Field, can whip up everything from ballpark classics to fine dining favorites.
Typical Cost: $1,500 – $3,000 for site rental, and $20 – $55 per person for food
Bonus: The field’s prime location in downtown Denver makes it adjacent to many hotels and cultural hotspots.
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Bailey Gaddis is a travel writer and author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. In addition, she works as a childbirth preparation educator and birth doula who supports mothers-to-be and new mothers. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.