Planning Your Breckenridge Elopement | A Guide
Chances are if you researched Colorado you came across this gorgeous mountain town called Breckenridge. Breckenridge is super popular for their amazing ski and snowboarding opportunities but it isn’t a place just for snow sport junkies! Being only 1.5 hours from Denver, this mountain town offers a variety of landscapes and activities. If you are looking for a place with a mountain-feel full of activities and places to eat, Breckenridge is the perfect spot for your Colorado Elopement!
Reasons To Choose Breckenridge For Your Elopement Location
- It Is Accessible 365 Days Of The Year
- Brewery and Dining Options Are Abundant
- Lots of Outdoor Activities To Choose From
- Amazing Outdoor Elopement Locations
- Great Lodging Options
- Amazing Mountain Views
Best Time Of The Year To Elope In Breckenridge
The best park about choosing to elope in Breckenridge is that it is open year-round! Unlike other rural mountain towns, Breckenridge has great accessibility in the winter time. This makes it a prime spot for winter elopements- although you may have to snow shoe to your ceremony location depending on the time of year.
Eloping in such an accessible mountain town also means very busy locations. Weekends are by far the busiest spots in areas like this so choosing a weekday for your elopement is the best decision you can ever make. If you are looking for seclusion and intimacy for your elopement, we highly recommend considering choosing days like Monday thru Thursday. Heck, even if you don’t care about privacy- eloping during the week means you get the place to yourself and less chances of photo bombers!
Best Places To Elope in Breckenridge
One of favorite locations for elopements because of how accessible it is! If you are looking for the views without the hike, Loveland Pass can be a great option for you. Make sure you check out our quick guide on how to elope here!
Hoosier Pass is one of the lesser traveled mountain passes in Breckenridge. We recommend you hike a little bit for the best views and more privacy!
If you are looking for some leaf color change on your elopement day, Boreas Pass has some amazing fall colors!
The alpine selection in Breckenridge is so abundant! Depending on the time of the year, you can either hike to some amazing mountain waters or you can drive up to them like Blue Lakes. Eloping near mountain ranges and bodies of water is definitely one of our favorites to photograph.
You can’t miss Lake Dillon when driving through I-70. This big alpine lake sits at 9,017 ft of elevation with a shore length of 26.78 miles! There is so much room to play and although you can’t swim in it- there are other fun things to do on it like paddle boarding or Kiteboarding!
Many Outdoor Locations
Breckenridge offers so many different landscapes. Think alpine lakes, waterfalls, high alpine views and forests. We can’t lis them all here so if you need help finding the perfect Breckenridge location for your elopement with under 8 guests- Contact Us so we can help!.
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Places Suitable For 10+ Guest Elopements
If you are looking to have over 10 guests for your elopement, renting out a area like sapphire point is the best idea. Most outdoor locations have a much smaller capacity for an elopement of high guest count. Sapphire Point costs $110 to reserve for a 2 hour slot and it overlooks Lake Dillon offering amazing mountain views. The spot is a short walk from the parking lot and it is accessible year-round. Here is the link to rent it!
Windy Point Campground
You can get great views from Windy Point Campground if Sapphire Point doesn’t have availability. It is a great alternative and you still get to drive around the lake to get photos with awesome Lake Dillon views.
The Lodge At Breckenridge
The Lodge is also a great area to elope in Breckenridge if you are looking to include guests in your elopement. They offer elopement packages for their deck which has an amazing overlook with a gorgeous mountain backdrop. If you are looking to include a small reception style celebration after your elopement, they also offer restaurant space so that you can have a sit down celebration meal with your loved ones. Check them out here.
This is great option for those looking to have a more family-oriented elopement! River tree lodge is an awesome cabin in Breckenridge that can accommodate up to 19 guests for your elopement. Lake Dillon is only 5 minutes away for your portrait session and the cabin sleeps 19 guests. Check out the listing and Sabrina+Kenneth’s Elopement at River Tree Lodge.
Tips For Your Breckenridge Elopement
Where To Get Your Marriage License
You can get your marriage license at Summit County Clerk And Recorder. You can receive your license 35 days in advance or same day if needed. Appointments are not necessary but always check in because rules change! Its $30 and both partners need to be present with valid identifications.
Breckenridge sits at 9,600 ft above sea level. It is super important that you acclimate to the elevation at least 2 days before your elopement day to lessen the chances of altitude sickness-especially if you plan to hike! Drink a lot of fluids leading to your trip as well.
Having a high-clearance 4WD/AWD vehicle is always a good idea when visiting Colorado Mountain Towns. Colorado actually has a state law during the winter that you must have 4WD/AWD to drive on I-70 ( the highway that takes you to Breckenridge). Having a capable vehicle also opens up so many more activities!
Eisenhower Tunnel + I-70 Highway Traffic
If you are driving from Denver Airport to Breckenridge, mornings and late night are best during the week. The absolute WORST time to drive to the mountains from Denver is Friday afternoon and sometimes Saturdays. If you are trying to drive back to Denver, Sunday afternoon is also terrible so avoid that as much as possible! During the winter time, the Eisenhower tunnel can close unexpectedly due to crashes etc. If that happens, driving through Loveland Pass is an option but not to the faint of heart. If windy roads and snow scare you don’t drive through the pass.
It is more likely than not that you will want to experience fun activities in Breckenridge that require some sort of gear. Thankfully, there are many gear rental shops including our favorite REI. Don’t let lack of gear prevent your from trying new activities in CO!
Take The Bus Shuttle
Breckenridge offers FREE bus shuttles to Frisco, Silverthorne and Breckenridge. So you technically don’t need a car if you are staying in the city . You will need a 4×4 car for you elopement though!
For more affordable lodging Silverthorne, Alma, and Frisco are cheaper options.
Fun Things To Do
- Kite board On Lake Dillon
- Take The Free Gondola To Peak 8
- Paddle board On Lake Dillon
- Snowshoe One Of The Trails
- Scenic Hot Cocoa Sleigh Ride Or Private Sleigh Ride
- Go Skiing
- Snow Tube At Frisco Adventure Park
- Hike One Of Breckenridge Favorite Summer Trails
- Schedule a private sleigh ride with Breckenridge Sleigh rides.
- Visit one of their winter festivals
- Snow cat ride up a mountain!
Places To Eat For Your Breckenridge Elopement
If you are looking for for more chain restaurants like Wendy’s or Chipotle Silverthorne is your best bet but if you are looking for something unique and local to Breckenridge here are a few options:
- If you are looking for a more exotic cuisine: Hearthstone
- Windy City has great Pizza
- Giampietro Pasta and Pizzeria for the Italian food lovers
- If breakfast if your thing Gold Pan is great
- If you want a romantic and historical experience Briar Rose is amazing
- Fatty’s has great American fare
- Broken Compass has a great brewery option
- Any brewery really
- For Burgers Flip Side is yummy
Breckenridge Elopement Packages
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Meet Your Breckenridge Elopement Photographers
We are Laura + Hugo!
Hi friends! We spend too much time exploring our Colorado backyard so that we can help couples like you find that perfect spot! Breckenridge is definitely one of Colorado’s gems and the perfect place for your elopement.
If you are looking to create an epic experience, get help with location suggestions, get a timeline curated for you that makes sense and get some dope photos, we are you peeps! Contact Us to schedule a zoom call- It is super important to us that we are the right fit for you;. If you haven’t already, check out our pricing too.
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