A Guide to Hosting your Dream Colorado Wedding Weekend at Granby Ranch

February 23, 2024
A Guide to Hosting your Dream Colorado Wedding Weekend at Granby Ranch

Feature Image by Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Colorado is one of the most sought after wedding locations in the United States. That should come to no surprise with the state’s soaring mountain peaks, lush alpine meadows, and great weather. However, narrowing down the numerous wedding venue locations can be a daunting task. If you’re after a picturesque Colorado wedding venue, look no further than Granby Ranch. This Colorado wedding venue overlooks the continental divide and provides not only epic views, but the perfect location for your dream wedding weekend in the mountains.

Follow along and discover the beauty of Granby Ranch and its surroundings!


Photo by Lauren Nicole Photo


Arrival & Accommodations:

If you’re coming from out of state, that’s no problem! Granby Ranch is roughly 2 hours from the Denver International Airport. However, there are a lot of options for your guests to make it safely to the property for your celebratory wedding weekend including rental cars, shuttles, a train or bus. Whichever they choose, the route is scenic and will be a preview to what they can anticipate all weekend.

Granby Ranch is a 5000 acre property meaning there are loads of accommodation options including 2-3 bedroom condos, penthouses, and beautiful private homes. Additionally, the main lodge is centrally located and easily accessible to all of your guests.

Check out some of our favorite rentals for your guests:

Learn more about Granby Ranch’s accommodation and transportation options here.


Ceremony & Reception Venues:

Granby Ranch is an oasis of beautiful wedding venues for you and your partner to choose from. Of course, you’ll want to say “I do” at Vista Ridge which is the stunning ceremony site on top of the mountain. The space can accommodate up to 250 guests and is available during the months of May – October (first week).

Vista Ridge: A Colorado wedding isn’t complete without epic views. Choosing to say “I do” at Granby Ranch provides you access to the breathtaking Vista Ridge. You and your guests will ride a chairlift to the top where an Aspen grove awaits. Don’t worry, you and your wedding party will have access to the Mountain Yurt to sip on mimosas and apply finishing touches before the big ceremony.


Photos by Kara Moore Photo, Shea McGrath Photography, and Jonathan Kohlwey Photography


Slope Side Great Room Reception: The Slope Side Great Room is perfect for those wanting a little indoor and outdoor celebration space. This venue features a large private deck with views of a lush valley of Aspens and Ponderosa Pines, plus access to the Base Lawn for cocktail hour and the outdoor fire pit for star gazing between late night dances. Could it get any more perfect?

Photos by Kara Moore Photo, Brittany of Alchemy Creative, Danielle Tolson Photography, and Shea McGrath Photography


Base Lawn Tented Reception: After descending from the mountaintop, why stop enjoying the views? Host your wedding reception on the Base Lawn in a large tent. Start with an outdoor open-air cocktail hour followed by dinner and dancing inside.

Photos by Lauren Nicole Photo, Danielle Tolson Photography, and Shea McGrath Photography


8350 Bar & Bistro Reception: This intimate space accommodates up to 40 people and is perfect for smaller wedding celebrations. The venue features a built-in-bar, lounge and table seating, a cozy stone fireplace and beautiful panoramic views from the patio deck. If you’re hosting a larger wedding, consider the 8350 Bar & Bistro for your rehearsal dinner location.

Photo by Chandler Kim Photography 


Activities in the Area:

There is plenty in the area to keep you, your wedding party and guests entertained all weekend long. Schedule spa services for you and the bridal party as a pre-weekend treat and send the boys off to the golf course for a round of 18. Meanwhile, within 20 minutes of the property your guests will have the following activities to indulge in:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Horseback riding
  • Fine Dining
  • Paint and Sip
  • Axe Throwing
  • Kayaking/paddleboarding/pontoon and boat rentals/white water rafting
  • Deep lake fishing/Fly Fishing
  • ATV Tours
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Springs

Be sure to list these activities on your wedding website so guests can pre-book activities that may need reservations.

Those who are not a part of the Rehearsal Dinner, will have plenty of options to choose from for delicious eats. Whether they stay on-site and enjoy Bluebird Bistro or First Chair Cafe, or decide to venture off-site there is no shortage of options nearby.

Photo by Shea McGrath Photography


Bring your Colorado Mountain Wedding to Life:

If you’ve been dreaming of a picturesque wedding weekend in Colorado, here are just a few more reasons to say “I do” to Granby Ranch:

  1. Couples who book Granby Ranch receive a full-service experience from the team and an on-site coordinator that handles all internal logistics. They will work closely with your wedding planner to ensure everything runs smoothly!
  2. Let Granby Ranch make it easy for you! They provide a list of rentals so you don’t have to. Learn more here.
  3. The team at Granby Ranch provides full execution of table and all catering set up and take down.
  4. Want to keep the party going after hours? Couples can offer a late-night party until 1AM on property in at Bluebird Bistro

Ready to say “yes!?

Inquire about hosting your wedding at Granby Ranch today by filling out this contact form.

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