Follow me:

Wedding Wednesday: Day 1 of Venue Shopping

Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday, where I hash out the wedding decisions Raymond and I are making, basically in real time.  Today, we’ll dive into our first of three days of venue shopping.  PLEASE NOTE, these thoughts are purely my own, and none of this content is sponsored.

Over 4th of July weekend, Ray and I visited our first three potential venues. While all were absolutely stunning and stayed strong to our goal of making our wedding a true “Colorado-feeling” event, we did have some things we liked and didn’t like about each of the venues.

On the morning after the Zac Brown Band concert, Ray and I got to Breckenridge early in the morning to visit the only venue in Breckenridge that’s large enough to hold the group we are planning to inlude.  Ray was especially excited to check out the ski tools that are still sitting out next to the chair lifts nearby.

7 15 15_1


TenMile Station

Ceremony Space-

7 15 15_3

Reception Space-

7 15 15_2

Pros: We have very strong connection to Breckenridge (which you’re aware of if you’re a long-time reader 🙂 ), an obviously stunning view surrounding the entire venue, everything is available within the single space (no travel between the ceremony and reception locations), and a fantastic deal is available for guest rooms for our guests coming to town.

Cons: Incredibly high ceilings that it would take a lot of work to make it feel intimate, guests would have to cross the dance floor to get to the bar area, not a comfortable amount of space to fit a band, and only available on July 3 (holiday weekends are terrible for traffic in the mountains.)

Verdict: Cut, primarily due to the lack of availability date wise

On July 5th, we left Breckenridge early in the morning to head to the next venue…

 

Piney River Ranch

Ceremony Space-

7 15 15_5

Reception Space-

7 15 15_4

Pros: I mean… look at that view. It’s, by far, the best view I’ve seen in Colorado.  They have plenty of space for our large group of family and friends, as well as fitting a large band.  They also have a great rain space as a ceremony plan B, which is a necessity for Colorado weddings.

Cons: This space is SUPER rustic, maybe a bit more than we bargained for – 45 minutes down a dirt road, rustic. The fact that we’d need a large amount of transportation, as well as the fact that they will only do buffets, may be too much for us to handle.

Verdict: Keep, because we could definitely make this space work for us, but the buffet-only is going to be hard to overcome.

Cordillera Lodge & Spa

Unfortunately, it was pouring rain on our visit to this beautiful space, so these images come off the Cordillera website.  Sorry they’re a bit blurry!

Ceremony Site-

Overlook-Lawn

Reception Site-

Alpenglow_Lawn

Pros: Absolutely stunning ceremony space and we loved the flow for guests – they would travel immediately to a cocktail hour, then into a dramatic entrance for the reception.  We also liked the flexibility available on the lawn, that we would be able to create any type of atmosphere we’d prefer with the tent selection.

Cons: Honestly, our biggest negative with this space was one that we thought would be a positive.  Since this resort is at least 15 minutes away from the closest town, we thought our guests might feel like they were stuck on an “island” rather than being able to experience all of the fun Colorado has to offer (hiking, walking around town, etc.)

Verdict: Cut, as we are hoping to plan several events across the weekend for our guests to enjoy.  We’re thinking that this space would limit our options.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

What makes a great vacation to you?  Activities galore, vegging out on the couch, or just learning away at museums?

Create a great life!

Previous Post Next Post

You may also like

No Comments

  • Reply Happily TwentySomething

    Oh, I loveee the 2nd venue! I think I like a nice mix of all 3 on a vacation. Definitely a lot of lounging but a day or two of adventure and learning breaks things up a bit! Good luck with your continued venue search, can’t wait to see more!

    July 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks! Thus far, it’s definitely our top pick. It’s just the 45 minutes down a dirt road that makes us a bit iffy, haha!

      July 15, 2015 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    I love love love activities, but I also like balancing it with some downtime. When I’ve traveled to a destination wedding, I loved having the ability to explore, but also being a bit removed from things the day after as I recovered was perfect!

    July 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Haha, so true! Definitely something good to take into consideration. 🙂

      July 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    Venue shopping is soooo fun but can be stressful! I was dead set on a venue and changed my mind at the last second and I’m so happy I did. Just go with your gut and everything will work out! They are all beautiful, you really can’t go wrong 🙂

    July 15, 2015 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      That’s kind of what I’m hoping will happen. I was set on Cordiellera, but when we visited, it just didn’t feel right. Crossing my fingers!!

      July 16, 2015 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Wedding Wednesday Vail: Weekend 2 of Venue Shopping | Semi-Sweet Tooth

    […] to our first weekend of venue shopping, this past weekend was a breeze.  We now understand what we’re looking for in terms of a […]

    July 22, 2015 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Wedding Wednesday: We picked our wedding planner! | Semi-Sweet Tooth

    […] went out of her way to actually provide us with the tour of Cordillera before we even signed with them.  Showing us that they truly cared about us right off the […]

    September 16, 2015 at 2:38 am
  • Leave a Reply