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Monday, February 16, 2009

Photo of the Week - Bride's Colorado Wedding Venues

Photo of the Week

This isn't my regular photo of the week, it's the cover of the latest Bride's Colorado. We are thrilled to announce that we were featured in an article on fabulous venues in Colorado. So this week's photo of the week is actually several...read on!


My portion of the article (page 94) focused on venues in the Front Range. They quoted us on three of the nine venues we wrote about: Villa Parker, JW Marriott Denver in Cherry Creek and The Seawell Ballroom. So here's the full info on several of our favs!

Fabulous Denver Wedding Venues

Well, let me start by saying there are countless incredible venues in Colorado, so narrowing it down to Denver and surrounding areas makes this task a little easier! Some of these venues that I specify are popular favorites others are my hidden little treasures that when you see, you will wonder how they’ve been kept secret for so long! Here’s a list of my favorite venues:

For the more quaint guest list, under 100 guests.

Boettcher Mansion: You could certainly add a few more to the list, but Boettcher Mansion is the ideal venue for that 80-100 person guest list. It’s perfect for those wanting a truly rustic mountain atmosphere, and the Arts and Crafts architecture is astoundingly magnificent. The patios of the venue are simply perfect for outdoor ceremonies and cocktailing. With wildlife roaming the property during the day, and breathtaking views of the big city lights at night; this venue encompasses all that is beautiful about Denver.


Villa at Parker: For those who want a ‘home wedding’- only not their home- Villa at Parker is the location for you! While the entire property certainly accommodates a larger number of guests, I believe it provides an intimate setting for those who want an elegant sit down dinner for 100. Specifically renovated to accommodate events and be a venue location, the Villa is an incredible estate. It’s completely private with a charming garden setting for a ceremony; a delightful terrace for mingling and tossing back a few martinis’s with your guests; and plenty of space for dancing and celebration!

The Denver Botanical Gardens is unsurpassed for a breathtaking natural setting! Holding up to 50 guests for a sit down dinner, the All-American Garden is their only outdoor venue with a tent already in place, and it’s surrounded in its entirety by the gardens. Beautiful and scenic, the grounds are always blossoming in vibrant colors, so you can keep your decor simple!



For the average size wedding of 100-200.

JW Marriott in Cherry Creek: I love the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek, they are consistently fabulous! Incredibly accommodating, easy to work with, savory food, and an exceptional staff! The resort has some wonderful ballrooms, but it’s the outdoor terrace that I adore. Easily transformable and adaptable to changes in weather, and so versatile for d├ęcor that every time I design an event there it’s a completely different and dramatic space!


Dunafon Castle: My all time favorite wedding venue is stately Dunafon Castle! This 17 acre, private residence and restored castle provides your guests with a majestic Colorado mountain experience. The castle is so unique it complements every wedding style from contempo chic to a classic atmosphere! It sits in a valley, with multiple lakes, a river running around the property, and a mountainside that they light up at night. One of the best elements is that a portion of the money you spend on your site fee is donated to charity, so you can feel good that you’re helping support a worthy cause.


Sanctuary: a truly exquisite Colorado experience with a grand fireplace, wooden beams and chandeliers. Truly a superb setting for a reception, and phenomenally breathtaking views for photo ops!

For that great big wedding over 200+.

Once you tally over 200 on your guest list the options for sit down dinner venues start decreasing rapidly. I know a select few wonderful hotels that can handle the 200 + size guest list, and a few unusual venues as well.

The Ritz-Carlton, Downtown Denver: The Ritz-Carlton in Beaver Creek has always been a joy to work, and now I’m thrilled they’ve built one in downtown Denver with a wide selection of luxurious ballrooms to choose from. This venue is absolutely perfect for the stylish bride who desires superior service and magnificent cuisine.

Grand Terrace at Green Gables Country Club: When tented the terrace at the outdoor Grand Terrace at Green Gables Country Club can hold up to 400 guests. This is a unique venue with simply fabulous views. The lakeside ceremony location is just spectacular, and the view of the lake and golf course from the Grand Terrace are unparalleled in Denver.

The Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts has a remarkable space that can hold up to 500 of your closest family and friends. The space is so unique with its fiber optic ceiling and the option of hanging absolutely anything (including centerpieces) from the ceiling! One of my favorite aspects of this location is their desire to work with you to create a dynamic space with great lighting effects. Add to that the incredible panoramic views of the Front Range and it’s a truly dramatic space for your wedding!





















1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I absolutely fell in love with castle Dunafon but there wasn't much in the means of pricing. Can you be of any assistance?