Destination Colorado mountain wedding weekend
Destination wedding weekends in Colorado are all the rage for the 2018 & 2019 wedding season. What do you need to know when planning yours.
Everyone asks for the over the top mountain ski lodge with giant logs, oversized fireplace, wood floor, wood ceiling, wood walls & walls of windows with the quintessential Colorado mountains in the back ground capped with snow, or at color change. Most couples are asking that all of their guests can stay on site, not having to leave and have tons of Colorado mountain activities available through the resort. Is this all possible, yes, of course. Then while touring couples will add, of yeah, we want to include the Friday rehearsal dinner for everyone since no one lives here and everyone is traveling, then of course, Saturday is our ceremony & reception and we are obviously paying for all of those meals and the open bar, and on Sunday we want to to brunch with a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar; and oh yeah - we think it is tacky to have our guests pay for their own cocktails so we want to hose everything for everyone. We have a $45,000 budget, do you think we can do all of that in our budget. This is usually where I fight back out loud laughing.
Without some understanding as to what an average one day wedding costs, the above may seem doable in a budget of $45,000, however, the reality is - it is not. A one day wedding with receptions for 120 - 150 people, on average, in the Colorado mountains with all of the above bells and whistles, the view, the over the top mountain ski lodge with giant log pillars, beams and a barn feel with the amazing mountain view is going to cost $45,000. What does that include? One ceremony site, a photographer, a videographer, one reception site, hosted cocktail hour, dinner (appetizers, salad, 2 sides, rolls, 2 meats), the cake, DJ with 4 hours of dancing, tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, 20 hours of wedding planning and 8 hours of day of coordination, hosted cocktails for 5 hours, and your room for one night.
When you want to do everything hosted for three days, except for the lodging and activities, you're looking at $90,000-$120,000 all day long. That said, if you're willing to think outside the box and be non-traditional, allowing for a little more of the wild side of Colorado, then you can pull off your desired three day wedding weekend for $45,000 when you trust your wedding planner & their team to create the vision on a a smaller budget. What do you have to give up to get it done?
The over sized, over the top rustic barn - ski lodge feel needs toned down - a lot! You can still ahve the wood walls, wood ceiling, and rustic Colorado views! Guests need to pay for their own lodging, guests pay for 1/2 their meals (added to lodging costs) guests pay for their own activities. When you trust your wedding planner, a highly experienced wedding planner such as Jennifer Lane Events, in Denver can deliver your dream wedding weekend in the mountains for $45,000 and it still be reasonable for all of your guests to come too.