Top Crested Butte Wedding Venues

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Crested Butte is one of the top elopement and wedding locations in Colorado, thanks to its secluded location, fun downtown, and beautiful surroundings. If you’re thinking of hosting your nuptials in Crested Butte, make sure to check out this list of top Crested Butte wedding venues first!

Where is Crested Butte?

You’ll find the small town of Crested Butte in the Elk Mountain range in central Colorado. The town can be reached via a scenic road from Gunnison or by a few different mountain passes that may not be accessible year-round. Because of its remote location, Crested Butte is an ideal area for an elopement or intimate wedding. 

Outdoor Wedding venue at Woods Walk

Types of Crested Butte Weddings

Once you’ve decided to exchange vows in Crested Butte, the day is your oyster! Here are a few types of weddings that Crested Butte is perfect for:

  • Hike-To Elopement. With all of the alpine lakes, picturesque trails, and high elevation mountain passes in the Crested Butte area, your ideal private elopement spot is just a hike away! A hike-to elopement is a special experience, especially if you two are nature lovers who are ready to tackle a challenging trek. Plus, in Colorado you can marry yourselves, so take the opportunity to plan an unforgettable ceremony at sunrise on Snodgrass Peak, or take first look photos among the wildflowers on the trail to Emerald Lake.

  • Scenic Wedding in Nature. For those who are less excited about hiking steep trails at high altitude and taking sweaty elopement photos, there are still lots of opportunities to wed in nature near Crested Butte without getting out your hiking boots. Reserve the aspen-lined Woods Walk area, or drive to Lake Irwin for a ceremony and barbecue with your closest family and friends in tow. 

  • Private Ceremony and In-Town Celebration. If you want to keep the ceremony private but then go all-out for a big party afterwards, a Crested Butte wedding is perfect for you. That’s because there are so many gorgeous private spots where you can elope just the two of you (and a photographer, of course), and there are also lots of great venues in town that are perfect for your celebration! Rent out one of Crested Butte’s restaurants in an old Western building for a meal and dancing, or choose one of the nearby ranches to accomodate a large guest list. 

  • Ceremony and Reception at a Crested Butte Venue. If a full-on big wedding is more your style, there are rustic Crested Butte wedding venues for you, too. Some even have dedicated outdoor ceremony locations, then event halls for a sit-down meal and party. 
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Mountain Wedding Garden in July

Crested Butte Wedding Venues

Here are just a few favorite wedding venues in the Crested Butte area. Choose the option that best fits your budget, style, and guest list. Then start planning your special day!

Rocky Mountain Biological Labs

This field station is part of an old ghost town in the wilderness near Mt. Crested Butte. While the station functions as a real biological laboratory most of the time, it also doubles as a unique wedding venue! The community center event space has high ceilings and plenty of windows, and is surrounded by fields of wildflowers and craggy mountains. 

Cost: $7000 on weekends, $4950 on weekdays. 

Crested Butte Museum

Crested Butte’s museum shows exhibits that are focused around the town’s history, featuring explorations of Crested Butte mining, ranching, and outdoor recreation. Host your wedding ceremony or dinner among the exhibits with up to 80 seated or 120 standing guests. 

Cost: $250 an hour or $1000 for the whole day. 

Harmel’s Ranch Resort

A half hour drive from Crested Butte is Harmel’s Ranch Resort, a scenic spot with cabins and an outdoor area on the Taylor River that are perfect for a low key wedding. This ranch resort is far easier to get to than the town of Crested Butte, so invite guests from all over to join you in the great outdoors! The resort will even cater the wedding for you, making the planning that much simpler. 

Cost: $35-$45 a person for meals, $2500 for the grounds.

The Chalet

Looking for a fancier Crested Butte wedding venue? Try renting The Chalet, where you can throw a celebration inside their event barn and dance the night away! This luxurious lodging and event property is located on 50 acres on Round Mountain, and is extremely private. 

Mountain Wedding Garden

The Mountain Wedding Garden is right in Crested Butte, where you have access to the same mountain views and fairytale-like fields of wildflowers as you would in the surrounding wilderness without having to leave town. There’s an outdoor aisle and ceremony area and an indoor event room here for your special day. 

Cost: $400-$1800 depending on the date. 

Bonez

This Mexican-style tequila bar and restaurant makes for a unique Crested Butte wedding venue. Rent the whole space for your party, or host a cocktail hour in the garden room. The space can accommodate 44-150 guests, depending on which room you occupy. 

The Club at Crested Butte

The Club at Crested Butte features a spacious clubhouse and world-class golf course with stunning views. Host your wedding here for gorgeous sunset views over the Elk Mountain range, and exchange your vows outdoors. The Club can fit up to 200 guests.

The Wooden Nickel

If the old timey saloon vibe is what you’re after on your wedding day, rent out Crested Butte’s The Wooden Nickel. This funky bar served as the town’s tavern from 1880 right up until prohibition, and now makes for a fun reception hall. 

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Reception at Bonez on Main Street

Document Your Crested Butte Wedding

Wherever you choose to celebrate, make sure you have a photographer there to capture all of the sweet moments with friends and family! Document the behind-the-scenes getting ready time, the love and joy of a first look, portraits with dramatic Crested Butte backgrounds, and everything else along the way. 

I’m Mikayla, and I photograph elopements and intimate weddings all over Colorado! I love helping couples plan the perfect day in Crested Butte and delivering them a beautiful gallery. If Crested Butte has made your list of possible elopement locations (and it totally should), then reach out today so we can start planning, or take a look at my Colorado Elopement packages! Or take a look at my Colorado wedding Packages! A beautiful, relaxed, and memorable wedding is only a few steps away…

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Mikayla is a Colorado elopement and wedding photographer. In addition to delivering beautiful galleries to her couples, Mikayla provides epic location recommendations, connects couples with talented vendors, processes any permits, and provides tips for a stress-free day!

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