Boulder Wedding venue GuideA complete guide to all Boulder county wedding venues, and epic locations for your Boulder wedding photos and engagement sessions!
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!
Boulder Wedding Venues Map
About the Boulder Wedding Venues
Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Events Center
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.
Check out photos from a full Rembrandt Yard wedding here!
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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!
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 stadium and the Flatirons. You don’t have to be a Buff to enjoy these views – it’s by far one of the prettiest ceremony locations in Boulder county!
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!
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
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!
Flagstaff House is the perfect venue for foodies, because their restaurant is by far one of the best in Colorado! The restaurant has huge panorama windows looking out over Boulder, along with a large deck (great for small ceremonies, and 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.
Hotel Boulderado is a historic landmark, and has been hosting guests and events for over a hundred years now! It’s one of the few wedding venues in Boulder county that can host receptions of over 200 guests in their ballroom. But if a big wedding is not your style, they also have a more intimate porch in the internal courtyard, and the mezzanine and grand staircase make for a beautiful ceremony backdrop. And their hotel rooms are perfect for vintage charm as you get ready for the big day!
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.
Wild Basin Lodge
Wild Basin Lodge is located right at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in Allenspark. It’s a really quiet area with hardly any traffic going past, so if you want to be by yourself in the mountains, this is your venue. They have two different outdoor ceremony sites (you can see the river site in the slideshow – the meadow was covered in snow when I took these) and an indoor reception space, and friendly and helpful venue coordinators who’ll help you plan the perfect wedding!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Milston Well Farm
Location: East Boulder County Venue website: Milston Well Farm
Milston Well Farm is a historic farmette in east Boulder County, and it’s perfect for intimate weddings in a relaxed setting. Their red barn (complete with string lights) is absolutely beautiful, and the tree lined fields can also host party tents – or a long farm-table dinner under the tree canopy! And as a bonus for being east of the mountains, golden hour here is the best light for photos anywhere in Boulder!
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.
Haystack Hearth is a family-owned business in Niwot (between Boulder and Longmont), with five acres of private yard for your wedding, along with a large courtyard and indoor getting ready rooms. The yard is right behind the homestead, and has plenty of trees for shade, and there’s lots of room to play in the field with views of Haystack Mountain at sunset.
Pastures of Plenty
Pastures of Plenty was originally homesteaded in 1887, and is now a full service farm-to-table event facility. It’s located north of Boulder / east of 36. The 35-acre family farm is surrounded by fields of flowers – you can even get your wedding bouquet made with flowers from their fields! They also have in-house catering that specializes in farm-to-table dinners.
Ya Ya Farm & Orchard
Ya Ya Farm & Orchard is a working farm and orchard located between Longmont and Lyons. With mountain views of the foothills and a large yard for your outdoor ceremony, Ya Ya is a beautiful Colorado farm wedding venue. And the orchard, complete with apple, pear, and cherry trees, is the perfect setting for your photos!
Shupe Homestead is located west of Longmont in Hygiene. Bordering open space, the property has wide open fields that are perfect for dreamy sunset photos. The outdoor ceremony garden has views of Long’s Peak and the foothills, and shade from big trees. There are several patios for your cocktail hour, and an open reception hall with panoramic windows.
Boulder Engagement Locations
Looking for beautiful locations for your Boulder engagement photos? Check out my 23 favorite engagement session locations!
If you’re getting married in Boulder County, I have a special offer for you. Because I love working as a Boulder wedding photographer, you’ll get an extra hour of coverage added to any wedding collection for free! (Why do I do this? So that I can capture more of your wedding day rather than be stuck in traffic on I-70 😉