10 Historic Colorado Wedding Venues We Love

Make a little history of your own at one of these notable spots.
by Carrie Chambers

Boettcher Mansion

900 Colorow Road, Golden; (720) 497-7630; JeffCo.us/boettcher

The 20th-century Arts & Crafts mansion sits atop Lookout Mountain in Golden and maintains its original cathedral-beamed ceiling and large stone fireplace in the Fireside Room -- a perfect setting for you and up to 200 guests to toast to the future. For more intimate parties (up to 40), gather in the Carriage House with French doors that lead out to the mansion's flagstone patio or gather at the Gazebo (up to 20) and exchange vows in the fresh mountain air. A list of preapproved caterers features a diverse list of menu and price options.

The Boulder Theater

2032 14th Street, Boulder; (303) 998-9416; BoulderTheater.com

Let your love story play out in one of Boulder's most versatile landmarks; this local treasure boasts beautifully preserved spaces for intimate or large weddings (up to 700) encased in Colorado's finest examples of Art Deco architecture, including a stunning multicolored façade and two authentic 22-foot murals that frame the main room. The theater has three full-service bars that can accommodate any budget. Bonus: The caterer of your choice is welcome.

Briarhurst Manor

404 Manitou Avenue, Manitou; (877) 685-1448; BriarhurstWeddings.com

A romantic setting that is recognized statewide for its award-winning menus, Briarhurst has also earned a reputation for being one of the “Best Places to Pop the Question.” The charming, pink sandstone estate is on the National Register of Historic Places and features elegant Victorian-style dining rooms that seat up to 500 guests, romantic patio gazebos and fragrant rose gardens. The manor is nestled at the base of Pikes Peak and just minutes from Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds.

Garden of the Gods Trading Post

324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs; (719) 685-9045; GardenoftheGodsTradingPost.com

Built in the early 1920s, this historic trading post resembles the homes of the Pueblo Indians and offers incredible views of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods and its breathtaking red rock formations. It's now Colorado's largest trading post and has a collection of beautiful art, pottery and jewelry from the indigenous tribes. Exchange vows in the serene garden or the garden level Conference Room that adjoins a tiered patio garden and is the perfect intimate setting for up to 120 guests. The Trading Post welcomes outside caterers, but has an in-house bar service for your champagne, wine and beer needs.

Historic Hoverhome

1309 Hover Road, Longmont; (303) 774-7810; StVrainHistoricalSociety.org

Planning an intimate affair? The dark woodwork, beautiful lighting and open floor plan in this landmark home gives it an elegant charm that is perfect for smaller celebrations. The English Tudor, Gothic Revival home was built in the early 1900s and houses the original furnishings of the Hover family. During the colder months, host an indoor wedding with 50 of your loved ones or take advantage of the first floor that opens up into the gardens for parties of up to 150. Keep in mind, there is no refrigerator or stove in the old-fashioned kitchen, so you'll need to use a licensed caterer who can work with limited kitchen access.

Gorrono Ranch

565 Mountain Village Boulevard, Telluride; (970) 728-7446; TellurideSkiResort.com

In the 1800s, Gorrono, named for the family that built it, was a Basque sheep herder's farm, but it's now one of the San Juan's premier, upscale wedding venues with breathtaking views of the Wilson Mountain Range. In the winter, ski down to the site or bundle up and take a sleigh ride up to the main lodge, which accommodates up to 200 and features spacious dining rooms and stone fireplaces.

Magnolia Hotel

818 17th Street, Denver; (303) 607-9000; MagnoliaHotelDenver.com/denver.aspx

Combining contemporary style and classic elegance, this chic boutique hotel is located downtown in the landmark First National Bank/American Bank building and has been meticulously restored to reflect the appearance of the original 99-year-old structure, complete with terra cotta details. The 4,000-square-feet Magnolia Ballroom seats 200 (or 300 for a cocktail reception) and features floor-to-ceiling columns, a magnificent glass atrium ceiling and was voted one of the best venues in 2010 by Colorado Knotties! All food and drinks must be provided by the hotel.

Mile High Station

2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue; Denver; (720) 946-7721; MileHighStation.com

Once upon a time this was a bustling station that employed hundreds of local ironworkers, but now the historic site accommodates up to 1,200 (550 seated) guests to witness your own history! Though the original architectural beauty has been carefully preserved, including the elevated mezzanine (perfect for cocktail hour), the beautiful cherry wood chairs, exposed brick and custom chandeliers will reflect your contemporary style. Choose from a long list of preapproved vendors.

The Stanley Hotel

333 E Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park; (970) 577-4018; StanleyHotel.com

Known for its architecture and spectacular views of Rocky Mountain National Park, The Stanley has certainly made a name for itself, even attracting the attention of American novelist Stephen King. This grand hotel, built in 1900 from the timber of the surrounding forest, inspired King's The Shining and even offers guests ghost tours. But the weddings hosted by this local gem are anything but scary. Hold your ceremony before a roaring fire in the cozy, connecting Pinon and Billiard rooms; dine with guests in the exquisite Concert Hall with dramatic high ceilings and its own verandah overlooking the mountains or spin across the dance floor of the MacGregor Ballroom. The Stanley is perfect for intimate parties of 40 or large gatherings of 200 and has a full-catering and event-planning staff.

Tapestry House

3212 North Overland Trail, LaPorte; (970) 472-1010; TapestryHouse.com

Another Best of 2010 choice, this Northern Colorado venue has all the warmth and charm of a country home and all the beauty of an elegant Victorian manor. Whether you're inviting 10 or 225, this historic home will suit your needs with romantic, old-fashioned porches, handcrafted woodwork and Old-World staircases, a rustic, stone barn built in 1880 and meticulously manicured grounds with flower gardens, fountains and century-old trees. Choose your own caterer, but if they're not preapproved, you'll also need to hire Tapestry House waitstaff.

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