First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve decided to elope! Colorado is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, scenic vistas, and diverse outdoor activities, making it the ultimate destination for couples seeking a memorable and adventurous elopement experience. With towering peaks, lush forests, and crystal-clear lakes, it’s no wonder that Colorado elopements have become increasingly popular. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about how to plan your dream Colorado elopement, from selecting the perfect location to understanding the legal requirements and more.
Colorado offers a wealth of stunning natural backdrops and unique experiences for couples looking to elope. You could see the snow-capped peaks, alpine lakes, lush meadows, and dramatic canyons. Colorado has it all and you’re bound to find the perfect place. I love helping my couples find a location that’s the perfect fit! It could take a strenuous hike to get to, or it could be an easily accessible spot right off the road.
Make sure to keep these things in mind especially if you’re planning on bringing guests, and if they have any mobility issues. The great thing about eloping in Colorado is that no matter what fitness/adventure level you’re at, there’s something for everyone and I’ll help you every step of the way! A Colorado elopement is not just about the ceremony; it’s about creating lasting memories with your partner as you embark on this new chapter of your life together.
Colorado’s climate offers a wide range of options for couples to choose from, whether you dream of a winter wonderland, a vibrant springtime, a sunny summer, or a golden autumn backdrop for your elopement. Colorado loves to mess around. It could be a beautiful sunny morning and then all of a sudden BAM! There’s the afternoon thunderstorm or even some snow. Always be prepared. Bring plenty of layers!
If you’re looking for white snow capped mountains on your special day I would suggest looking at months as early as October through to April. Our winter snow tends to last quite a while up in the mountains. Just remember that depending on your location snow and winter weather can last up until June. Also, make sure to check that you’re able to get to the spot you want at the specific time of year. Many roads to more isolated locations are closed until mid summer when all the snow has melted.
If you’re looking for more color I would wait until the summer months which tend to be starting around June. Colorado weather is unpredictable, so expect the unexpected! Along with the weather is the altitude. I highly suggest getting into town a few days before you say, “I do” and drink PLENTY of water! This will help you adjust to the altitude before going on your big adventure. Plus, it’ll give us some time to meet up and grab a drink before the big day!
With so many picturesque locations to choose from, selecting the perfect spot for your Colorado Elopement can be a daunting task. Here are some factors to consider:
Consider the ease of access to your chosen location, especially if you have guests attending your mountain elopement. Some remote spots may require a hike or off-road travel, while others are easily accessible by car. The great thing about Colorado is that you don’t have to hike for miles and miles to get a stunning view. Some of the best views can be reached by just a few steps past the parking lot.
Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean it has to be just the two of you, but of course it totally can be! The best thing about eloping is that YOU get to make the rules, no one else. If you only want it to be you and your partner that’s amazing. If you want a couple friends and family members that’s great too! However, just remember the number of guests you want to have when looking at locations because some spots have a limited number of guests allowed.
Many public lands in Colorado, such as national parks and forests, require permits for elopements. Be sure to research the specific requirements for your chosen location and obtain any necessary permits well in advance. I will help you contact whoever you need to and we’ll make sure you’re all situated before it’s wedding time! The last thing you want is a park ranger coming up to you mid ceremony and asking if you have a permit or kicking you out.
I’m also around to help you out as much as you need! I can help recommend places and give you an idea of what will work best depending on your vision! Overall, the ideal location will be wherever you feel happy and excited to tie the knot.
Here are a couple popular locations to check out and get you started on thinking about where you’d like to elope in Colorado!
As I already mentioned with our weather, Colorado offers year-round opportunities for elopements. Each season has its unique charm and potential challenges. Here’s a brief overview of what to expect during different times of the year:
Springtime in Colorado is marked by snowmelt, and longer days. While most people think of March as the beginning of Spring, here in the mountains there is still plenty of snow. We usually get our last big snow storm right around April or May. The weather can be unpredictable, and can be quite wet and muddy, but it’s an excellent time for couples seeking a mix of snowy landscapes and budding greenery.
Summer is a popular time for Colorado elopements due to its warm temperatures and even longer days. However, afternoon thunderstorms are common, so plan your day accordingly. I always suggest sunrise or sunset for the ceremony and the main chunk of portraits so we avoid storms as much as possible. They can be quick and leave a beautiful rainbow, or can be a pain. Clear umbrellas are always a great prop to have just in case!
Autumn in Colorado is characterized by vibrant foliage, crisp air, and generally mild weather. It’s an ideal time for couples seeking a colorful backdrop for their mountain elopement.
Winter elopements in Colorado offer a magical, snowy setting. However, be prepared for cold temperatures, potential road closures, and limited access to certain locations. As I mentioned above, depending on where you choose to elope, some roads may be closed so it’s important to check ahead of time and choose a location that is still accessible in the winter months.
Colorado is one of a few states that does not require you to have an officiant at your wedding. It’s called self-solemnizing and means that you can legally marry yourselves without an ordained officiant. Of course you may choose to have an officiant, or even a friend (who doesn’t have to be ordained) but you’re also able to marry yourselves without an officiant, witness or ceremony for that matter. All you need is a marriage license, easy peasy! And if you want to have a witness but don’t want to deal with any other humans (trust me, I get it) just bring along your pup and they can sign your marriage license as a witness! How cool is that?!
In order to obtain your marriage license, you need to visit a County Clerks office in Colorado. Make sure to grab this BEFORE your elopement! Sometimes you’re even able to get it the day of, but double check with the specific county to see their requirements. Both parties must be present, and you’ll need to provide proof of identification, such as a driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate. The license fee is $30 and is valid for 35 days from the date of issuance. You can get your marriage license in any Colorado county and use it throughout the state. After the ceremony, you’ll need to complete the certificate and return it to the County Clerk’s office within 63 days to receive your certified copy.
Eloping gives you two the freedom to make your day however you want! What makes you two you? What activities do you enjoy doing together? I will happily argue that elopements should and can be just as long (if not longer) than a traditional wedding. Be intentional with your day! How do you want to celebrate? You’re in one of the coolest, most adventurous states so let’s make the most of it! There are so many amazing things to do on your elopement day!
A Colorado elopement offers a unique and memorable way to celebrate your love story. With careful planning, you can create an unforgettable experience that truly reflects your relationship and the adventure that lies ahead. So, pack your bags, grab your hiking boots, and get ready to embark on the romantic mountain elopement of your dreams in the beautiful state of Colorado! Are you ready to start planning your elopement?! I know it can seem like a lot, but I’m here to help! Feel free to reach out and fill out a contact form so we can get started creating your perfect adventure!
I hope this guide of how to elope in Colorado helps you with your elopement journey! Check out my other blog: 5 Reasons to Elope in Colorado for some more tips and advice about your Colorado elopement! If you’d like to see some elopements in some of the locations I mentioned above, check them out here!
Cheers! And happy planning!