How to Plan a Colorado Winter Wedding or Elopement

Are you thinking about having a Colorado winter wedding or elopement? If so, I’m here for it! Colorado in winter is absolutely beautiful. Imagine saying your vows against snow-capped mountains with crisp winter air filling your lungs. Whether you’re eloping in a more secluded spot just the two of you or celebrating with your loved ones in a cozy mountain cabin, Colorado offers a magical winter wonderland for your big day. 

In this post, I’ll share my best advice and tips for planning an intimate winter wedding or elopement in the Colorado mountains. 

bride and groom catching snowflakes during their Colorado winter wedding

Why Should You Have a Colorado Winter Wedding?

Winter isn’t usually the most popular choice among couples unless you really love winter. And honestly, if you aren’t a fan of cold temps and snowy mountains, then winter elopement might not be for you. 

However, if you’re still on the edge and not sure whether or not you should elope in winter, here are some benefits to a Colorado winter wedding:

  • Winter in Colorado transforms the landscape into a peaceful, snowy paradise, offering a stark yet stunning contrast to the bustling, vibrant summer. The snow-covered mountains and quiet forests create an intimate atmosphere perfect for a heartfelt elopement.
  • Winter elopements feel more adventurous and cozy at the same time. 
  • It’s definitely more unique than the typical wedding season, offering more privacy.
  • Winter landscapes provide a stunning backdrop for all your photos!
  • You may or may not get off-season deals for travel, lodging, vendors, and more.

Finding the Perfect Location for Your Colorado Winter Wedding or Elopement

Choosing the best location depends on many factors. Are you local? Do you need to travel? Will you have guests? Other factors include general safety, accessibility, and activities you can and want to include in your day.

  • Breckenridge is a great location to choose if you’re flying into Denver. It’s close to the city and relatively easy to get to, as well! With its cozy lodges and stunning snowy sceneries, it’s a top pick for convenience without compromising the beauty.
  • Ski resort towns are great for couples who want to include some adventure and winter activities in their Colorado elopement. Towns like Crested Butte, Vail, and Telluride (and Breckenridge, too) are a good option! 
  • For other options, you can check out my blog on the best places to elope in Colorado here! And if you aren’t sure if the location you’d like to visit is good for a winter wedding or elopement, send me a message, and I’d be happy to chat with you!

Colorado winter wedding landscapes

Best Time for Your Colorado Winter Wedding or Elopement

For a snowy scene, aim for December through April. Remember, weekdays provide more intimacy, and avoiding holidays helps dodge the tourist rush. Planning a ski trip? Avoid peak times like Christmas or spring break for a more secluded experience.

When choosing a winter date, you want to be flexible, too. You never know when a snow storm might roll through or other road closures. So, having a window of days allows for last-minute adjustments. This would work best if you don’t have guests coming or if they are also very understanding and flexible with your date.

I also recommend checking in with your photographer and other vendors on what kind of rebooking/plan B policies they have in place.

What to Wear for Your Winter Wedding or Elopement

LAYERS!! It’s going to be cold and snowy, so it’s important to dress appropriately. I recommend wearing thermal leggings or other thermal undergarments to help you stay warm without being overly visible. Definitely choose boots with good insulation and grip and forget about wearing any traditional footwear – you are going to freeze, and it would also be slippery and incredibly unsafe!

You can also select a suit made from heavier fabrics like wool or tweed, which offer more warmth and allow you to layer thermal wear underneath. 

You can also choose warm accessories, such as a scarf, fur coat, elegant gloves, or mittens!

Embracing the Snow

If you’re planning a winter wedding or elopement in a place that actually experiences real, snowy, and cold winters, you must be prepared for the snow. So plan and dress accordingly! I also recommend having a plan B somewhere indoors in case of really heavy snow. 

But in general, snow adds a touch of magic to your elopement day! A snowy day can provide a romantic, unique setting that will really set your day apart from the rest. 

Winter Activities for Your Adventure Elopement

  • Ski or Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice Fishing
  • Dog Sledding
  • Snow Shoeing
  • Ice Skating
  • Sledding
  • Build a Snowman
  • Have an Epic Snowball Fight

Follow these activities with a cozy night in your cabin with a nice dinner, dessert, and each other’s company.

bride and groom covered in snowflakes during their Colorado winter wedding

Let’s Plan Your Colorado Winter Elopement Together

I hope this post has helped you plan the perfect Colorado winter wedding or elopement.

If you’re planning your winter elopement day, you may be on the lookout for your dream Colorado elopement photographer and adventure buddy! If so, I’d LOVE to meet you! You can learn more about me here! If you’re ready to inquire – send me a message!

And if you’re looking for more elopement planning resources or inspiration for what your day could look like, check out the rest of my blogs here!

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