If you love Colorado, chances are you love the Rocky Mountains. And if you’re looking to get married in the great outdoors of Colorado, you should definitely be looking at some of the beautiful wedding venues in Vail.
Compared to other mountain towns like Breckenridge or Dillon or Winter Park, Vail has a decidedly European feel to it. The hotels and lodges resemble the buildings in the mountain towns of the Swiss Alps. And the whole village is extremely walkable.
Besides the main streets full of shops and restaurants, Vail boasts a super long walking trail that skirts the creek flowing through the town. There are playgrounds and covered bridges along the way, and you can even walk all the way to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, home to a summer concert series.
It’s a classy town that feels a bit upscale, but with the winter tourism and easy access to the slopes at Vail, you can easily see why.
Vail is beautiful in all seasons, whether you’re planning a snowy winter wedding or a lush summer wedding by the creek.
So read on and discover some of my favorite Vail Wedding Venues and think about whether Vail is the right town for your wedding!
8 Amazing Vail Wedding Venues
1. Piney River Ranch
Piney River Ranch is hands down my favorite wedding venue in Vail. Despite the bumpy service road you have to take to reach the venue, you are heavily rewarded when you get there. The venue features an outdoor ceremony deck with spectacular, up-close, views of the Gore Ranch and an alpine lake. Their wooden reception space can be decorated minimally or full-out, depending on your tastes (hint: it’s beautiful either way!). There are also cabins and glamping tents onsite your guests can rent. Plus there is a fire pit and the ability to take a canoe out on the lake at sunset.
In case you need more convincing, check out my full guide to getting married at Piney River Ranch, which has tons of photo examples of this venue.
And then check out Rachel and Jon’s full Piney River Ranch wedding story.
2. Sonnenalp Hotel
If you’re looking for a hotel in the Vail village to get married at, the Sonnenalp is my favorite choice. Even more Swiss feeling than some of the other buildings in Vail, the owners of the hotel have made a real effort to make this space feel old world and modern at the same time. The getting ready spaces have beautiful white walls (perfect for natural looking photos). You have the option to get married by the creek, which flows through the back part of the property. Or you could choose to get married at the Vail Interfaith Chapel (more info below), which is located just across the street. The recpeption space at the Sonnenalp is absolutely beautiful, with floor to ceiling windows that can open up to the back lawn in good weather.
Check out Chris and Heather’s wedding for more inspiration.
Vail wedding deck is the ceremony space at the top of Vail mountain. Also known as the Holy Cross Event Deck, it’s the perfect space for an intimate wedding ceremony. The views are unbeatable (and really one of the few places to get unobstructed views in the Vail area). The stone amphitheater can seat up to 100 of your friends and family. The ceremony site itself is a few hundred yards walk from the gondola exit, but it’s paved, so it’s accessible to wheelchairs. You can decorate the stone patio with florals of your choice, or leave it naked and open to the view (both are beautiful options!). The restaurant at the top of the gondola is a great place for your cocktail hour and reception, but you could also host your reception at the base of the mountain in Vail Village.
The ceremony space is available: Mid-June through Mid-September, and is rentable in two hour time blocks.
4. Vail Golf Club
Vail Golf Club is a beautiful mix of wide open spaces, flanked by mountain peaks. The ceremony site is a short shuttle ride away from the Clubhouse, where receptions take place. The wedding island is surrounded by water and reached by crossing over a quaint bridge before you walk down the aisle. The Clubhouse borders the golf club, and has floor to ceiling windows that frame the mountain peaks (wait until you see them at sunset!).
5. Larkspur Events and Dining
One of the options near the Vail village is Larkspur Events and Dining. The back lawn is the perfect spot for a ceremony with views of the Gore Range. It’s a large open space, so can accommodate large or small weddings. There is also some nice foliage around the edges of the property that allow good spots for portraits and group photos. You can choose to host your happy hour outside on the patio by the restaurant, then dinner indoors. Or you could choose the Larkspur for your ceremony and choose another restaurant for your reception.
Katie and James’s wedding featured a ceremony at Larkspur, photos up the mountains, and a reception at the nearby Vail Manor Lodge.
6. Donovan Pavilion
With the ability to host events up to 200 people, Donovan Pavilion is a pretty space nestled into the base of a mountain. The results are a beautiful outdoor patio space where you can hold your ceremony surrounded by evergreen and aspen trees. Indoors the huge open space has large windows and high beamed ceilings, which makes the space feel open and bright, even on cloudy days. With it’s proximity to the town of Vail, you could even build in time for portraits higher up the mountain if you wanted the views. Donovan Pavilion offers great weekday pricing.
Betty Ford Gardens is also nearby, along with Vail’s covered bridges so there are plenty of photo opportunities!
7. Vail Interfaith Chapel
If you want to get married in the mountains but also want to get married in a church, the Vail Interfaith Chapel is a great option. In the spirit of inclusivity and spirituality for the Vail Valley, the Chapel hosts services each week for a variety of faiths (Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Presbyterian) and is a wonderful spot for a more traditional wedding ceremony. The white exterior of the church blends in with the European feel of the Village and the interior boats vaulted ceilings and cool chandeliers. While you can’t host a reception at the Interfaith Chapel, the building is literally steps from the Sonnenalp Hotel and other nearby hotels in Vail Village.
You can see the church and surrounding green spaces at Kelsey and Paul’s wedding.
8. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
While Beaver Creek isn’t technically in Vail (it’s about a 20 minutes drive from Vail Village), I’m including it here because it’s proximity makes it a great option to consider if you’re looking to get married in the Vail Valley. There are several ceremony spots to choose from, based on the size of your wedding. My favorite is the grove in the Aspen trees which is perfect for more intimate weddings (and absolutely stunning in the fall!). Indoors there are several options for large and small weddings, from ballrooms where you can host live bands, to small fireside spaces perfect for intimate dinners.
The hospitality standards are high at this hotel and your guests will feel really taken care of during their stay!
So there you have it! Some of my favorite spots in Vail for your wedding. Have a favorite? Let me know about it!
Looking for more venues to explore? Check out my list of the Best Colorado Wedding Venues.
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