Winter weddings are becoming more and more popular with less expensive price tags and beautiful scenery, especially in Estes Park. With a winter wonderland backdrop and snow-capped mountain peaks around you, it’s no wonder brides and grooms come from all over to have their winter wedding in Estes Park. To help you get started, here are a few tips on how to start planning your winter wedding.

Have a plan B

First and foremost, when planning a winter wedding in Estes Park, it is always a good idea to have a plan B. Weather, no matter what time of year, in Estes Park can be un-predictable, but especially in winter. Have a backup plan to hold your ceremony inside somewhere if the weather is not cooperating.

Provide hot beverages

Work with your wedding venue or caterer to provide a hot beverage bar for your guests. Great items to consider include hot chocolate or tea or provide an adult drink like a hot toddy.

Consider heated elements

Find a venue that will allow for heated structures like heating lamps or heaters to help keep everyone cozy and as warm as they can be during the ceremony. Or if heaters aren’t available, provide scarves or pashminas for your guests to borrow.

Snow protection

Be prepared for snowfall with transparent umbrellas. The umbrellas will help keep everyone dry if there is heavy snowfall, plus the transparent material won’t distract from the elements and allows people to still see what is going on.

Dress for the day

When choosing your wedding dress, plan for the elements. Consider a wedding dress with long sleeves or a coordinating jacket or sweater to help keep you warm. Do the same for your bridesmaids and pick coordinating pieces that are styled for warmth and comfort.

Prep your guests

When having a winter wedding in Estes Park, it is always a good idea to prep your guests for the different outdoor elements they will experience. Create a Colorado-friendly list of tips for packing for the winter weather. During the winter months, it is always a good idea to dress in layers, have proper shoes that are manageable in the snow, and of course, sun protection. It is also always a good reminder to prepare them for the altitude i.e., drinking plenty of water and possibly packing altitude sickness medication.

Group lodging in Estes Park

Mountain Masterpiece Vacation Home

If your destination wedding requires lodging for your guests, then consider booking accommodations at Rocky Mountain Resorts. We offer a variety of Estes Park group lodging options for your winter wedding. Choose from seven beautiful properties that include cabins and vacation homes with outdoor hot tubs, vacation rentals with wood or gas burning fireplaces, plus scenic options along Fall River with mountain views.

Complete your perfect winter wedding with group lodging options at Rocky Mountain Resorts!