Getting married in Northern Colorado is one of the best decisions you can make. Our communities—from the farmland of Berthoud through Old Town Fort Collins and into the mountains of Estes Park—offer diverse and beautiful backdrops for every stage of life. And they certainly offer backdrops you’ll want to remember forever in your wedding photos.
We rounded up some of our favorite venues, including both intimate reception locations and all-in-one event services. So, whether you want an urban party in downtown Fort Collins or a dude ranch retreat, you’ll find it right here. Enjoy!
Photo courtesy of The Agave Room
Though The Agave Room is one of Fort Collins’ most popular event venues, its location above The Rio makes it unconventional in the best way. Located in the heart of Old Town, the building and ballroom were built in 1901 with beautiful hardwood floors, large windows, a suspended balcony and soaring 25-foot ceilings. With its own private entrance and stairway, the venue can accommodate between 30 and 200 guests and offers food and beverage options from the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant. Margaritas, anyone?
Situated at 9,600 feet next to Rocky Mountain National Park, The Barrel is a stunning beer garden where owners and founders Ingrid and Lou Bush exercise their passion for craft beer, wines, spirits and the community space of the bar. Hosting an event here allows you to bring your own music and your own food, whether its a catering company or a local food truck.
Photo courtesy of Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra
A landmark of Loveland culture, Chapungu Sculpture Park is a one-of-a-kind outdoor exhibit. The 26-acre gardens—both natural and landscaped—display 82 monumental stone sculptures from Zimbabwean artists. From artistic depictions of family to beautiful representations of nature, the park offers various displays and reflections. Just minutes from downtown Loveland, the sanctuary event space is available year-round for outdoor weddings.
The land at Dao House sits on what was once a gathering place of peace for rival Native American tribes in the region. Over the years, it has operated as a homestead, a ranch and a fox farm before becoming a lodge for the first time in 1948. In 2015, Dao House emerged as a meeting point of western and eastern cultures. Today, they offer lodging, equestrian experiences and wellness activities, including an oxygen lounge, internal martial arts, personalized retreat programs and shorter wellness getaways. For information about on-site weddings and lodging, click here.
Ginger and Baker opened the doors to their café, market and bakery, restaurant, teaching kitchen, and rooftop bar in 2017, bringing a new, one-of-a-kind venue to the River District. Located inside the historic Northern Colorado Feeders Supply building, their event spaces offer stunning decor and jaw-dropping backdrops with added bonuses like in-house catering and florist services, custom linen and more. They have four spaces available, including The Rooftop and The Teaching Kitchen!
Happy Heart Farm has a long and noteworthy history here in Fort Collins and in the entire state of Colorado. To learn more about that history, check out How Fort Collins’ Happy Heart Farm Was Born + How They Transformed Colorado. And if you want an open, outdoor, farm wedding that will be as gorgeous in person as it is in the photos, you’re looking in the right place. Their venue has hosted some of the area’s most beautiful events, including the famous Farm Dinners hosted by Fortified Collaborations.
Less than an hour from Fort Collins and just 30 minutes from Loveland, The Lyons Farmette is a private residence on the grounds of a working organic farm and education center in Lyons, Colorado. Started by long-time Colorado residents Betsy and Mike, the venue has hosted beautiful farm dinners, events and weddings in a characteristic setting that displays their passion for art, animals, locally-grown food, education and environmental sustainability.
The Mish is nestled against the Cache la Poudre River just 30 minutes outside of Fort Collins in Bellvue. Here, the sounds of the river and the sounds of live music reverberate in the canyon to produce some of the best outdoor live shows in the region. They also offer a restaurant, an indoor venue for concerts during the winter, plenty of on-site parking and private event opportunities.
New Belgium Brewing is Fort Collins’ landmark brewery and the largest craft brewery in town. They’re one of many reasons our community has been celebrated for its environmentally-friendly efforts and they’ve created a perfect place to celebrate local, craft beer culture in town. And did you know you can rent space in this beloved brewery? Options include the sunny West Wing which is directly adjacent to the lively tasting room and has its own bar, and the Brewhouse where you can celebrate while famous New Belgium Beers brew in the background.
Photo courtesy of Rist Canyon Inn
Rist Canyon Inn is a 120-year-old farmhouse nestled amongst old growth trees, lush golden pastures and a glistening creek. From the Ceremony Pasture, which offers 16 acres and handmade benches, to the Bellvue Event Hall and the gorgeous White Pine Cabin, these are spaces you’ll want to remember forever.
The Stanley Hotel is a luxury hotel, a dining destination and an adventure all rolled into one. And the luxurious atmosphere and legendary stories are the factors that make this wedding venue unconventional. In addition to its historic rooms, legendary grounds overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park and destination dining services, its storied and haunted past reaches back more than 100 years has made it one of the most famous hotels in the country.
Situated on 20 acres of horse property, the amenities and backdrops at Stonewall Farm in Berthoud include more than 7,000 square feet of patios, a custom stone wall with a wood burning fireplace, a 40-foot heated pool, multi-level gardens, a vineyard, a four-stall barn and sprawling fields. The photograph opportunities here are endless and may even include a horse or two!
Photo courtesy of KJ & Rob via Sweet Heart Winery
Sweet Heart Winery is an intimate winery headquartered in the Sweetheart City. Using grapes from both California and Colorado, they craft wines that reflect all of the love and dedication put into them. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect setting for a wedding? Situated alongside the Big Thompson River at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the venue combines rugged Colorado atmosphere with winery elegance and can accommodate both ceremonies and receptions.
Sylvan Dale Ranch has been family owned and operated for over 70 years in Loveland. Immersed in the natural splendor of Northern Colorado, guests get the chance to go horseback riding, participate in the challenge course, go fishing, play in game courts, take nature hikes and more. Upon arrival, they even get to embark on a Welcome Wagon ride! As an all-in-one venue, their team can orchestrate the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, dining and lodging with customizable wedding packages.
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