All Things Wedding

Best Wedding Venues in Denver

by Hunter Kemp
Posted March 29, 2021
denver wedding venues

Though it’s known as the Mile High City, Denver’s altitude probably won’t be what takes your breath away — instead, it’ll be the city’s outdoor attractions, fantastic food scene, bright sunshine, and happy vibe. It’s a very walkable city with so much to offer — a large number of well-known sports stadiums, museums, restaurants, and breweries are all located close to each other in the downtown area. Denver is also a very environmentally-friendly city with a strong connection to nature. Not only does it have 200 parks within the city itself, you can find almost 20,000 acres of parks in the Rocky Mountains at its doorstep! Denver’s rich history and gorgeous mountain views make it a perfect place to get married, and we’ve made a list of some of the most enchanting venues this exciting city has to offer.

Best Big Guest List Venues

Mile High Station

This historic venue combines enchanting elements of its past with a beautiful, contemporary atmosphere. The building was once the workplace for hundreds of ironworkers, but it has since been completely restored with an incredible attention to detail. You’ll fall in love with the preserved brick exterior and exposed I-beams, and your guests will marvel at the building’s gorgeous contemporary features: the in-house A/V system and spacious patio are just a couple of the modern elements that make the Mile High Station a great wedding venue. Its “industrial chic” vibe is a really cool one, as it offers a blend of old and new, powerful and soft, masculine and feminine. The Mile High Station gives you endless possibilities for your wedding, even down to the unique wedding invitations it could inspire!

Butterfly Pavilion

Though only fifteen minutes from downtown Denver, this beautiful venue feels like it’s from another world. The Butterfly Pavilion offers a variety of unique places for you to hold your ceremony and reception, and each of them delivers an exotic and romantic vibe. The venue’s outdoor ampitheater sits alongside a bubbling creek, the large ballroom and patio share a view of gorgeous, colorful annuals, and the vast indoor rainforest houses over 1,500 exotic butterflies. Get married against a backdrop of lush green plants, and enjoy cocktails with a view of the Butterfly Pavilion’s beautiful grounds. If you’re looking to make the ceremony even more unique, hold it in the tropical butterfly room. The free-flying butterflies will fly around and land on you, creating a truly magical atmosphere. At the end of the night, celebrate your marraige with a butterfly release for a really special moment. If you’re into sustainability, this venue is an even more perfect choice– all proceeds from your wedding will go towards environmental education and protection.

Best Countryside Venues

The Barn at Raccoon Creek

Located on the historic Grant Ranch, this elegant venue is both rustic and sophisticated. You’ll be blown away by the barn’s unique ambiance — the gorgeous wood interior makes the space feel warm and inviting. Twinkling fairy lights are strung along the high ceiling, creating a cozy background for dinner and dancing. Outside, you’ll find stunning views of the ranch’s well-kept grounds as well as the majestic Rocky Mountains. Exchange your vows in the shade of a large cottonwood tree, letting the cool breeze rustle the pink flowers around you and dance in your hair. Enjoy cocktails in the Reception Courtyard under more fairy lights, and play lawn games on the open grass if you’re up for that! There’s a large pond on the property, as well, and it’s a perfect spot for wedding photos. For some really stunning shots, have your pictures taken at sunset so that the vibrant colors of the sky will be reflected in the water behind you. Every part of your wedding experience here will be exceptional, including your preparation at the Bridal Cottage and Groom’s Loft! The Bridal Cottage, like the barn itself, was renovated in 2015 and has everything you’d want for you and your bridal party. For the groom and his groomsmen, the Groom’s Loft has a foosball table, TV, shower, and comfy leather chairs to relax in. What more could they ask for?

Lyons Farmette

A wedding with alpacas and dwarf goats may sound unconventional, but hear us out! This charming farm on the banks of the St. Vrain River is sure to win your heart. The Lyons Farmette is family-run, and the flowers and vegetables from its four acres of gardens will provide some of the food and decor for your wedding. How special is that? The ceremony itself will take place alongside the farm’s boutique flower garden, so you’ll be able to see exactly where your floral decorations came from. The small farm is a perfect setting for an intimate wedding with a natural, authentic spirit. The Lyons Farmette also allows you to add something really unique to your wedding: animals! Alpacas, llamas, goats, and chickens are raised on the farm, and any of them can be a fun part of your special day. Guests love taking photos with the friendly animals, and they always find them very entertaining. If this wasn’t enough, the farmette offers other extras that can add a charming, vintage vibe to your wedding. A vintage Airstream trailer is home to the bridal suite, and there’s a 1954 Chevy truck to take photos with. We know you’ll fall in love with this enchanting venue!

Best Affordable Venues

The Lumber Baron Inn and Gardens

This 1890s mansion sits right in the heart of Denver’s historic district, offering a distinctive Victorian charm that you’ll notice as soon as you set foot on the property. The Highland Ballroom on the third floor is particularly special — the cathedral ceiling is covered in stars, and the room also has access to the mansion’s top turret. There, you can enjoy spectacular views of downtown Denver. The ballroom is a perfect space for dancing, and the mansion also has multiple dining parlors for dinner or cocktails. There are three bars on site, one of which is out in the gardens in case you’re planning to hold the event outdoors. In the warmer months, get married beneath the lattice gazebo among towering cottonwood trees and colorful flowers. Then, continue the celebration onto the mansion’s large patio. Weddings at the Lumber Baron include a “full mansion takeover,” meaning that all of the bed-and-breakfast suites are reserved for those close to the couple. To make your experience even more memorable, they’ll bring you a gourmet breakfast in bed! 

Skylight

Skylight has been home to a variety of photography and art galleries over the years, and its open layout makes it a really cool place to hold weddings! The venue’s white brick walls, exposed wooden beams, and huge skylight create an elegant and minimalist feel that’s incredibly versatile — add unique lighting, plants, or anything else to give it the vibe you’re looking for. One of the best parts of this venue is definitely its flexibility, and not just in terms of decoration. Skylight allows any vendors into the space at no extra cost, allowing you complete control over the food, music, flowers, and anything else you want at your wedding! On top of that, the venue has a 24-hour rental policy. Use the space however you’d like during that time without worrying about a set schedule or curfew! Another one of Skylight’s high points is its hidden courtyard that would be perfect for your wedding ceremony or even a cocktail hour. The courtyard is connected to the main space by a roll-up door, allowing for guests to move easily between the two areas. If you’re a creative couple who wants a flexible space, there’s no better place than Skylight to have your wedding!

Estate Venues

Villa Parker

This majestic mansion delivers a distinctly elegant and romantic feel through its unique Mediterranean style — the terracotta roof, impressive arches, Spanish tiles, and dark wood details will make you feel as if you’re getting married in the hills of Italy. Whether you’re looking to hold the ceremony indoors or in the Courtyard outside, you’ll find the same Tuscan beauty and romantic atmosphere. Outdoors, exchange vows beside the tiered stone fountain and among a vast garden of vibrant flowers. With the bright blue sky above you and Colorado’s sprawling hills stretching far into the distance, you’ll feel the same sense of peace and happiness that so many other couples have experienced at the Villa. After the ceremony, enjoy cocktails on the tree-canopied patio. If you’re worried about the notoriously unpredictable Colorado weather, don’t be! All the staff here are prepared to move everything inside with short notice. The indoor spaces at Villa Parker are just as gorgeous as the outdoor area, especially the ballroom. It features a glass ceiling with rustic chandeliers, allowing you to end your special day with a magical night of dancing under the stars.

Grant Humphreys Mansion

Grant Humphreys Mansion is a classic and beloved wedding venue located near downtown. The mansion was built in 1902 with an impressive attention to detail, and celebrations of all kinds have been hosted here since before 1930. Sitting on a large hill overlooking beautiful gardens, the building also has a view of the Rocky Mountains. It’s a real oasis in the heart of Denver, and its elegant, vintage style will transport you even farther from the city to a different time and place. Inside the building, your guests will love exploring the various rooms and hidden details of the mansion. You’re all free to walk through the house and marvel at the classic ballroom, library, and beautifully decorated formal dining rooms and parlors. Hold the ceremony or cocktail hour outside on the south terrace, where you’ll have a stunning view of the Front Range. The venue also comes with a variety of extra features to make your wedding experience even better. A screen and projector, market lights inside and out, a piano, wifi, and 12 up-lights in various colors are just a few of the things you’ll have access to when you book a wedding here.