boulder Wedding Guide

A complete guide to Boulder county wedding venues, the best local wedding vendors, and epic locations for your Boulder wedding photos and engagement sessions!

So You Want To Plan a Boulder Wedding?

I might be biased since I’ve lived in Boulder for nine years now, but you’ve picked an amazing place to get married. Boulder County has a huge variety in wedding venues, from industrial chic and modern to historical and outdoorsy. And no matter where you get married, the mountains are never far away!

To narrow down your search for the perfect Boulder venue, think about what you want your wedding day to feel like. Can you picture yourself playing cornhole with your friends during cocktail hour? Or is sipping craft cocktails by the Boulder creek more your style? Do you want an indoor ceremony, in case the Colorado weather decides your wedding could use hail … in June? Or is showing off the mountains you love to all your guests more your style? 

Once you have a vision, start browsing through the different venue websites to see what fits your style, then schedule tours with all your favorites. There’s nothing like seeing a venue in person to help make up your mind!

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About the Boulder Wedding venues

Learn more about each of the Boulder wedding venues so that you can pick the perfect one!

Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Events Center

Location: Downtown Boulder Website: Rembrandt Yard

Rembrandt Yard is an arts gallery and event center in downtown Boulder, and one of my absolute favorite venues in the area! Many couples combine a ceremony at Sunrise Amphitheater with reception at Rembrandt Yard, but their indoor ceremony space is also beautiful – and perfect for colder weather weddings.

See a full Rembrandt Yard wedding I’ve photographed.

The St Vrain

Location: Longmont Website: The St Vrain

If you’re looking for an industrial chic venue, The St Vrain is your place! Located in Longmont, this venue has beautiful exposed brick walls, the best designed getting ready suites I’ve ever photographed, and the perfect combination of old and modern vibes.

See a full St Vrain wedding I’ve photographed.

Lyons Farmette

Location: Lyons Website: Lyons Farmette

The Lyons Farmette is one of my favorite venues to photograph, because there are SO many beautiful spots around the property. It doesn’t get much better than an old airstream as the getting ready suite, beautiful flower gardens, a greenhouse, alpacas and hens, multiple ceremony setup options, playing cornhole with your friends during cocktail hour, and dinner under the twinkle lights on the lawn.

See a full Lyons Farmette wedding I’ve photographed.

Sunrise Amphitheater

Location: Flagstaff Mountain Website: Boulder OSMP

Sunrise Amphitheater is by far my favorite outdoor wedding ceremony site in Boulder! It’s accessible from May through October (until it snows), and you can drive right up there. The natural setting and views over Boulder are the perfect way to showcase this town we love to your guests. There are lots of beautiful spots for portraits right by the amphitheater, and also further up Flagstaff at Lost Gulch. Combine a ceremony here with a reception at Rembrandt Yard, Chautauqua Dining Hall, CU Koenig Alumni Center, or Riverside!

See a full Sunrise Amphitheater ceremony I’ve photographed.

The St Julien Hotel

Location: Downtown Boulder Website: The St Julien Hotel & Spa

The St Julien can host everything from intimate ceremonies to big weddings. Located downtown Boulder, you can easily combine a wedding here with portraits in the mountains. The St Julien also has beautiful rooms that are perfect for your getting ready photos, so if you want everything in one place, this might be the venue for you!

See a full St Julien wedding I’ve photographed.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary art

Location: Downtown Boulder Venue website: BMoCA 

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the most stylish venues in the Boulder area, with a bright and open event space with exposed brick walls and lots of natural light.

Dushanbe Teahouse

Location: Downtown Boulder Venue website: Dushanbe Teahouse 

Dushanbe Teahouse is one of the most unique Boulder wedding venues. The building was a gift from Dushanbe, Boulder’s sister city in Tajikistan, and was built there by over 40 artisans before being shipped to Boulder and put together here! It’s a popular choice for rehearsal dinners and intimate weddings. There’s a beautiful outdoor ceremony site under a canopy of greenery, and receptions can be held either on the patio by the creek or inside the teahouse.

 

The Studio Boulder

Location: Boulder Venue website: The Studio Boulder

The Studio Boulder is a dynamic space that functions as a shared workspace on weekdays and event venue by night/weekends. It can be dressed up like a traditional venue, but the industrial chic design is perfect for down-to-earth couples who are excited about getting their friends together for an epic wedding dance party! Oh, and it’s dog friendly!

Chautauqua Dining Hall

Location: Boulder Venue website: Chautauqua Dining Hall

The Chautauqua Dining Hall was built in 1898, and has been hosting weddings for over 100 years now! You can have a ceremony on the big lawn with views of the flatirons, move to the covered porch for cocktail hour, then finishing the evening with dinner and dancing inside the dining hall. This is one of the most iconic venues in the area for a reason!

 Lionsgate Event Center

Location: Lafayette Venue website: Lionsgate Event Center

Lionsgate Event Center has three different venues on site: the Gatehouse, the Chandelier Barn, and the Dove House. There are endless photo opportunities on the property, and both indoor and outdoor ceremony locations. Check out their website for photos of the outdoor ceremony locations – they were all covered in snow when I took these photos 😉

CU Koenig Alumni Center

Location: Boulder Venue website: CU Koenig Alumni Center

CU’s Koenig Alumni Center is one of many wedding venues on the CU Boulder campus. The venue has a big private backyard with views of the Flatirons, and a party tent, gazebo, and the perfect outdoor dance floor with string lights. You also get access to the first floor of the historic home (great as a backup for cocktail hour if those Colorado afternoon rain storms set in!), and as a cool extra bonus, all CU Alumni get 10% off their rental!

I’ll be adding more photos of the outdoor space once it’s all green and pretty this spring/summer!

 

Wedgewood Boulder Creek

Location: Boulder Canyon Venue website: Wedgewood Boulder Creek

Wedgewood Boulder Creek is one of the busiest wedding venues in the area, and a popular choice for outdoor weddings in summer/fall. They have two different ceremony sites; the one you see above, and a smaller site down by the creek. You can do cocktail hour inside or outside, and receptions are held in the large party tent that’s connected to the venue.

Stone Mountain Lodge

Location: Lyons Venue website: Stone Mountain Lodge

Stone Mountain Lodge is an affordable wedding venue located right off US 36 north of Lyons. It has a nice open ceremony site on the lawn, receptions in the party tent (or outside, if you’re feeling brave), and a beautiful pond with ducks that adds to the chill vibes. You can even take a fourwheeler to the top of the ridge for portraits to get mountain views!

Flagstaff House

Location: Boulder Venue website: Flagstaff House

Flagstaff House is the perfect venue for foodies, because their restaurant is by far one of the best in the Boulder area. The restaurant has huge panorama windows looking out over Boulder, along with a large deck (great for cocktail hour in summer). This venue is easily combined with mountain photos further up on Flagstaff, and it’s a popular choice for receptions after Sunrise Amphitheater ceremonies.

See a full Flagstaff House wedding I’ve photographed.

Photos coming soon. 

Riverbend

Location: Lyons Venue website: River Bend

River Bend is the sister venue of the Lyons Farmette. The property sits right on the banks of the St Vrain River, with the dramatic red stone cliffs as your backdrop. You can even rent out a collection of tiny homes from Wee Casa right next to the venue!

Photos coming soon. 

Folsom Field

Location: Boulder / CU Campus Venue website: Folsom Field Events

You don’t have to be a Buff to get married at Folsom Field – but as a former CU student I have to say it’s one of the best wedding venues in Boulder! Folsom Field Events has four different wedding spaces (the Rooftop Terrace & Lounge is my favorite). Three of the four venues have patios with views of the Flatirons!

Photos coming soon. 

Planet Bluegrass

Location: Lyons Venue website: Planet Bluegrass

Planet Bluegrass is located on 20-acres on the northern end of Lyons, right on the St Vrain River front. There’s the most beautiful little sandy beach on the river, and 100-ft redstone cliffs as your ceremony backdrop. And their Wildflower Pavilion is the perfect open-but-indoor reception venue!

Photos coming soon. 

Lone Hawk Farm

Location: Longmont Venue website: Lone Hawk Farm

Lone Hawk Farm is an organic farm and wedding venue west of Longmont / north of Boulder. With gardens, orchards, and farm animals, it’s a great wedding venue for couples who want casual vibes. 

Photos coming soon. 

Wild Basin Lodge

Location: Allenspark Venue website: Wild Basin Lodge

Wild Basin Lodge is located right at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in Allenspark. They have multiple outdoor ceremony sites and an indoor reception space, and friendly and helpful venue coordinators who’ll help you plan the perfect wedding!

Photos coming soon. 

The Riverside

Location: Downtown Boulder Venue website: The Riverside

Riverside is located downtown Boulder, in a historic building with a huge patio right on Boulder Creek. The indoor space has exposed brick walls and reclaimed hardwood floors, perfect for a classic or industrial chic wedding. 

Photos coming soon. 

Colorado Mountain Ranch

Location: Gold Hill Venue website: Colorado Mountain ranch

Colorado Mountain Ranch has been around for over 70 years, and is the perfect wedding venue for couples who want to stay close to Boulder while still getting the full mountain feel. Their outdoor ceremony site has views of Longs Peak, and the lodge can host receptions of up to 150 guests. 

Photos coming soon. 

Lionscrest Manor

Location: Lyons Venue website: Lionscrest Manor

Lionscrest Manor is a picturesque 50-acre private estate in Lyons, and can fit weddings up to 250 people. Their lawn ceremony site has views of the sandstone bluffs that surround Lyons, and receptions take place in the two story ballroom. 

Photos coming soon. 

The Greenbriar Inn

Location: Between Boulder and Lyons on 36 Venue website: The Greenbriar Inn

The Greenbriar Inn has been hosting weddings for over fifty years now! It’s located on 20 acrees of beautiful foothills right north of Boulder off highway 36. There are three different outdoor ceremony sites, and four indoor reception spaces that can seat anywhere from 6 to 130 guests. 

Boulder Elopement Locations

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Boulder Engagement Locations

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PERMITS + RULES AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Learn how to get your Boulder marriage license, and any permits for outdoor ceremonies and photos on Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.

How to get a Boulder marriage license

1. Apply for a marriage license in person between 8am-4:15pm at one of the three county clerk’s offices. The application process takes about 20 minutes, and you don’t need to make an appointment.

2. You can start the application process online via this link, and read the full requirements for which documentation you need to bring with you here.

3. Once you get your marriage license, you have 35 days to use it, and you can use your license anywhere in Colorado, regardless of which county you got your license in.

4. One of the unique things about getting a marriage license in Colorado is that you don’t need witnesses or an officiant. You can “officiate” your own ceremony!

Boulder OSMP Wedding Rules and Regulations

  • If you will have more than 25 people on OSMP land, you need a Special Use permit.
  • You generally cannot get a Special Use permit for weddings on OSMP locations outside of the Shelter & Facility rentals.
  • If you are doing photos anywhere on OSMP land, your photographer needs a Commercial Use permit.

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