A complete guide to every wedding venue in Boulder County, from downtown Boulder to Longmont, Lafayette, Lyons, and Allenspark, along with the best locations for your wedding day portraits and engagement sessions!
I might be biased since I’ve lived and worked in Boulder for over ten 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. This list of venues goes from small and affordable to large and luxurious, so there’s something here for every budget. And no matter where you get married, the mountains are never far away!
To narrow down your search for the perfect Boulder wedding 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 reception 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 with an outdoor ceremony 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. (Planning your wedding from out of state? Many venues offer virtual tours as well!)
Boulder County wedding venues on the map
Central Boulder wedding venues
Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Events Center
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.
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 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!
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.
I have a complete guide to Sunrise Amphitheater weddings if you’re considering this spot for your big day!
The St Julien Hotel
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!
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
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.
Chautauqua Dining Hall
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!
The Studio Boulder
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!
CU Koenig Alumni Center
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!
Website: Flagstaff House
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.
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
The Kitchen + Upstairs Cocktail Lounge
Website: The Kitchen
The Kitchen and sister restaurant Upstairs Cocktail Lounge are the perfect venues for a foodie couple! While not a traditional wedding venue, their restaurant is one of the very best in Boulder, and can accommodate up to 60 guests seated at The Kitchen, or up to 40 guests Upstairs. And the light Upstairs is so dreamy, you’re guaranteed to get good photos!
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.
Website: Hotel Boulderado
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
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. Learn more about Wedgewood Boulder Creek weddings here.
Boulder Country Club
Website: Boulder Country Club
Boulder Country Club is one of the most exclusive wedding venues in Boulder County. They only host one wedding a day, but can accommodate anything from intimate weddings to 250+ person affairs. The ceremony site is on a beautiful green lawn with views of the foothills.
Website: Boulder Theater
Boulder Theater is the perfect wedding venue for couples that love live music! An iconic theater in downtown Boulder, right off Pearl Street pedestrian mall, this art deco style venue can host large weddings for 100-200 people. And with the large stage as the focal point, it’s perfect for weddings with a live band to get the party going.
Millennium Harvest House Hotel
Website: Millennium Harvest House Hotel
The Millenium Harvest House Hotel has over 18,000 sq. ft of indoor event space, along with a pavilion and a huge outdoor garden that borders Boulder Creek. Their Grand Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed views of the Flatirons.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder
Website: Embassy Suites
Embassy Suites is one of Boulder’s newest hotels and wedding venues. This venue has over 6,000 sq. ft of event space, and can host anything from small and intimate receptions to big weddings for up to 750 guests.
Longmont and Niwot wedding venues
The St Vrain
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.
YA YA Farm & Orchard
Website: 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 Longs Peak, 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!
Lone Hawk Farm
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 a down-to-earth wedding in a beautiful setting. The big barn is perfect for receptions and dancing, and the big yard (with a covered patio from the shade) for cocktail hour.
Website: Haystack Hearth
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 courtyard is lush and green, and perfect for cocktail hour and dancing under the market lights. The big yard has plenty of trees for shade for your ceremony, and there’s lots of room to play in the field with views of Haystack Mountain for sunset photos.
The Greenbriar Inn
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.
Website: Shupe Homestead
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.
Lyons and Allenspark wedding venues
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.
Wild Basin Lodge
Website: 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!
Colorado Mountain Ranch
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 in Gold Hill. Their outdoor ceremony site is nestled in the woods with views of Longs Peak, and the lodge can host receptions of up to 150 guests.
Stone Mountain Lodge
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!
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.
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!
Mon Cheri at Colorado Cherry Company
Website: Colorado Cherry Company
Mon Cheri Events is a seasonal wedding venue with an outdoor ceremony site and tented reception area, right off highway 36 between Lyons and Estes Park.
Sunshine Mountain Lodge
Website: Sunshine Mountain Lodge
Sunshine Mountain Lodge is an affordable and rustic wedding venue in the woods south of Allenspark, that’s perfect for intimate weddings with 50-80 guests. They have cabins on site, and can accommodate around 40 guests.
Website: Villa Tatra
Villa Tatra is a a venue on the outskirts of Lyons that’s perfect for intimate weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other small events. The Eastern Europe-inspired venue can accommodate up to 45 guests in their two dining rooms, and their garden patio can be used for wedding ceremonies.
East Boulder County wedding venues
The Boulder Farmhouse, formerly know as Milston Well Farm
Website: The Boulder Farmhouse
The Boulder Farmhouse is a historic farmette in east Boulder County, and it’s perfect for intimate weddings in a relaxed setting. The venue changed their name from Milston Well Farm at the end of 2019. Their red barn (complete with string lights for dancing under) is absolutely beautiful, and the tree lined fields can also host party tents – or a long farm-table dinner under the tree canopy! There’s a charming cottage for getting ready in. And as a bonus for being east of the mountains, golden hour here is the best light for photos anywhere in Boulder!
Lionsgate Event Center
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 toured the venue.
If you want more information about any of these Boulder County wedding venues, start by checking out each venue’s website for detailed info. Then schedule a tour of the venues you’re most interested in, because nothing beats seeing a place in person. Many venues also offer virtual tours, if you are planning your wedding from out of state.
Best AirBnBs in Boulder
Are you traveling in from elsewhere in Colorado or from out-of-state for your Boulder wedding? I’d highly recommend renting an AirBnB for your trip rather than staying in a hotel. It’ll give you ample space for getting ready without seeing each other, having a hair and makeup artist come over, or just getting better photos of your preparations in a cute home with good lighting than in a small hotel room.
There are hundreds of AirBnB listings in Boulder, but I’ve spent hours and hours scrolling through them to pick out the most photogenic listings that I’d personally love to stay in. Some are small, perfect for just a couple, while others are big enough to host your wedding party or families all in one place.
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