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How to Plan the Perfect Fall Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Fall in Vail offers a kaleidoscope of colors for your big day. The mountains offer a perfect backdrop for a fall wedding in Vail with a myriad of indoor and outdoor sites to choose from. Vail not only offers a breathtaking mountain range as your beautiful venue, but it also offers every single aspect of a dream wedding. Invite your family and friends and head to Vail for the wedding ceremony of your dreams. Have everything you could ask for and more with your new spouse in Vail, Colorado.

Bride and groom toasting and kissing in limo

Flowers & Wedding Cake

Look no further than Stephanie Fleck, the owner of Vail-based Party Girl Events, o plan your wedding and execute all the little details for a perfect mountain wedding. From wedding stationery and place settings, to helping you choose the perfect place for your venue, Stephanie is here to help. A self-proclaimed hospitality queen, Stephanie knows the best local bakeries to create and deliver your decadent wedding cake. Whether you want pressed florals on your buttercream, fondant frosting, or sugar flowers to adorn your wedding cake, Stephanie and Party Girls Events can make it happen for you.

A Secret Garden, an award-winning florist located in Vail Village, has been making brides happy for more than 25 years. Stephanie, who frequently works with A Secret Garden, has noticed a recent trend in white roses, orchids, and baby’s breath for the bridal bouquets. If white flowers are not your style and you prefer something more colorful, rustic, or elegant, A Secret Garden can deliver modern mountain luxury floral design in warm fall colors.

Rehearsal Dinner Venues

The traditional rehearsal dinner can be held at one of several outstanding Vail restaurants. For breathtaking Gore Range mountain view, spacious dining area and unique fall menu, host your event at The Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse. Framed with stunning aspen trees and the gorgeous colors of the fall, your rehearsal dinner (or wedding) will be an event to remember.

Closeup of table set for wedding rehearsal dinner

If you prefer to hold your rehearsal dinner slopeside, try the Vail Chophouse in Lionshead, featuring mountain views, delicious food, and a perfect venue for the wedding eve. Known for their steaks and seafood, the Vail Chophouse is a favorite restaurant for many Vail aficionados.

You’ll find a multitude of restaurant options in Vail Village as well, including the La Tour Restaurant & Bar for an elegant rehearsal lunch or dinner, and Ludwig’s glass-enclosed Terrace in the Sonnenalp Hotel with creekside views.

Indoor and Outdoor Wedding Venues

Outdoor fall wedding at the base of Vail Mountain

You hired a meticulous and passionate wedding planner for the big day. You selected exquisite flowers and ordered your wedding cake. So, the next big decision is where are you going to have your fall Vail Mountain wedding? There are so many spectacular choices—you simply can’t go wrong.

In Vail, the most stunning venue is Donovan Pavilion, an architectural achievement adorned in timber and stone with metal botanical accents. This 5,200-square-foot pavilion was built exclusively for meetings and events and is exceptionally popular for weddings. The facility, which can accommodate up to 200 guests, was recently remodeled and features a mountain modern décor replete with an upgraded, sophisticated dressing room for the bride. The dressing room is spacious enough for your beautiful wedding dress, you, your bridesmaids, and perhaps a hair stylist and makeup artist, to gather before the big moment. Located near West Vail, Donovan Pavilion is situated on 50 acres of park and open space. It is an alpine paradise for a mountain venue.

For a more rustic, western-style wedding, consider either 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott or Piney River Ranch, north of Vail. Both venues offer views, views, and more views. With natural beauty abounding, glamping options for the wedding party and closest friends, and unforgettable outdoor ceremony sites, either of these options will make a fall mountain wedding dream come true. We guarantee that the photo proofs will be hard to choose from when selecting your favorite pics!

Prefer an elegant indoor venue? Look no further than the Vail Interfaith Chapel located in Vail Village for your ceremony. The natural beauty of the altar window in the Vail Chapel is perfect for sharing vows. The chapel is located on the banks of Gore Creek and during fall is lit up by the golden yellow aspen leaves that surround the area. Steps away are numerous indoor wedding reception venues      and a plethora of luxury hotels. Add a dance floor into the mix, your closest friends, and a view of the mountains, and you have the perfect wedding reception backdrop.

The natural beauty of Vail extends to Camp Hale, where the mountain wedding opportunities are truly unique. With expansive mountain views, rustic architecture and groves of aspen trees, an autumn wedding at Camp Hale is hard to top. Heated tent, dance floor, ceremony island, benches, arbor and wireless PA system – they have thought of every detail. This private property run by Nova Guides can also add on to your mountain wedding menu with overnight cabins, transportation, a bonfire, s’mores package, fly fishing guide, cocktail hour, a jeep photography package and more. They even allow you to bring your own caterer if that’s your preference.

On top of Vail Mountain sits Eagle’s Nest, just steps away from the high-speed Eagle Bahn gondola in Lionshead. Nearby, Vail Mountain’s wedding deck overlooks the famous Mount of the Holy Cross in the Holy Cross Wilderness. Looking out beyond the wedding deck, an impressionist painting of mountain peaks unfolds with omniscient dots of golden yellow fall foliage. This magnificent backdrop has been the outdoor venue for many weddings because of the natural beauty that abounds at Eagle’s Nest.

With all the details in place, now you can design a wedding invitation adorned with an aspen leaf motif and a fall color palette to get everyone in the mood for your fall wedding. Fine-tune your guest list and be prepared for a huge turnout, because who doesn’t want an excuse to visit Vail?

Be sure to plan plenty of outdoor activities and excursions for the few days leading up to the big day as there are so many adventurous things to do in Vail in the fall, including hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing and soaking in the gorgeous mountain scenery. It’s also a great way to get acclimated to the elevation for the wedding day.

Family hiking through golden aspen trees

When all is said and done and your special day has passed, your wedding portrait will remind you what a wonderful choice you made. And, Vail will always be here for you to return on many anniversaries to come.