Finding the perfect setting is at the top of the list for anyone planning a party and can often dictate many of the details that follow. In Colorado, we are fortunate to have a selection of unique and delightful locations from which to choose.
One of the area’s best kept secrets is the Three Tomatoes Steakhouse and Club, located at Golden’s Fossil Trace Golf Club. In 2013, the club will have undergone renovations to the banquet room and restaurant, complementing the new ceremony garden. Co-owner Peggy Beck says booking weddings during the week can be a good deal for brides-to-be, but the staff’s attention to detail results in a positive experience anytime. “It’s a feel-good kind of place,” she says.
The Ritz-Carlton Denver recently launched its outdoor plaza terrace, which is “ideal for creating dramatic and transformational backdrops,” says Allyson Fredeen. Another new development: a partnership with Chef Keegan Gerhard of D Bar Desserts to create innovative wedding cakes at the AAA five-diamond hotel. Overall, Fredeen is pleased to see clients flocking to prestigious venues and a return to luxurious details.
Four Seasons Hotel Denver is headed into its third year hosting guests at “romantic weddings, rewarding corporate events and elegant gala fundraisers or cocktail receptions,” says Director of Catering Amanda Reeve. Enhancements have been made to the EDGE bar patio, now covered and heated, making it ideal for smaller events, while the rooftop pool terrace remains a popular option. Reeve is seeing trends toward late-night snacks, photo booths and “wow-factor” lighting.
The Venue at Crooked Willow Farms, south of Denver, features 10 event spaces, including five ceremony locations, but they never book more than one event each day, so efforts are focused on “delivering an exceptional experience,” says Patty Moser, our goal is to have the client use the spaces however they want.” Moser says that regardless of the event, whether a wedding or a corporate get-together, they offer an authentic Colorado experience, juxtaposing elegant design elements with the opportunity to say hello to mascot Lola, a friendly 900-pound pig.
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is also celebrating renovations in its public spaces, including some of the dining destinations. The historical five-star and five-diamond property features 185,000 square feet of meeting and event space, highlighted, says Marketing Manager Lindsey Hafemeister, by “unparalleled service and a wide range of spectacular outdoor and indoor venues with adedicated conference and catering staff for every event.
Planning a mountain wedding? An iconic location is the Vail Wedding Deck, sitting 10,350 feet above sea level and affording a “magnificent view in a beautiful, outdoor setting,” says Vail’s Sara Lococo. She’s seeing a trend toward smaller ceremonies, ideal for the mountaintop locale that fits up to 180 people
The Gondola Ballroom and Lift Café are focal points of the AAA four diamond Westin Riverfront’s latest expansion. The Beaver Creek resort offers a spectacular mountain setting and exceptional service that is perfect for intimate weddings and extravagant black-tie events. Kristen Pryor, director of sales and marketing, says, “We host more than 30 weddings each year, but we strive to make each bride and groom to feel like they are the only couple to ever get married at our resort.”
Dana R. Butler is a freelance editor and writer based in Denver.
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