Top 5 rules for your Breckenridge Elopement
- Make the day all about you and what you want to do!
- Alpine lakes face east, so sunrise is your best time to elope.
- Dress for the weather.
- Plan for a weekday to avoid crowds.
- Breckenridge is fun all year-round, so choose your favorite season!
Why have a Breckenridge Elopement
Breckenridge is one of the most popular places in Colorado, and most popular mountain locations in all of America, for a very good reason! You have stunning views, endless mountain ranges and alpine lakes, and all-year fun. So if you want the best wedding experience, you absolutely can’t go wrong with a Breckenridge elopement!
All year round fun
Breckenridge is fun to play in all year round. From the snow-capped mountains in the winter to the wildflower covered landscapes of the summer, there’s always something to do. In the winter you can ski, snowboard, snowmobile, ice climb, snow shoe, and so much more. Spring and Fall bring opportunities to mix it up. It starts to snow in October and the mountain trails don’t fully melt out until June. So you can play around in snow, mud, or dry land through the Spring and Fall. Don’t forget the stunning golden aspens of the fall. People come from all over the country to see those trees. Summer is when the wildflowers bloom, the animals are roaming, and the landscapes are just so very lush. Hiking, biking, camping, boating, fishing… the list goes on.
Close to Denver
A lot of people come to Colorado to get married because the landscapes are just so specatcular. Whether you fly into Colorado, or you already live here, Breckenridge is one of the most easily accessible locations to get to. Only 1.5 hours from Denver, you can get there and back for a full day experience, or stay in one of the many awesome hotels, chalets, and airbnbs. Or, you can use Breckenridge as a jumping off point to other great mountain areas, whether it be Buena Vista, Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park or more.
Your dog can witness your Breckenridge Elopement
That’s right! In Colorado, your dog can legally witness your Breckenridge elopement. So grab a dog friendly ink pad, and get their paws up on your marriag elicense. After all, they are part of your family.
You can marry yourself during your Breckenridge Elopement
Again, Colorado delivering the goods. You don’t need an officiant to get married in Colorado! You also don’t need witnesses. It can just be you two, and me of course ;). All you need to get legally married in Colorado is the wedding couple’s signature. Pretty badass.
Where to have your Breckenridge Elopement
There re so many gorgeous places for your Breckenridge Elopement that you’ll have no problems finding the perfect one!
Sapphire Point is a famous wedding location that overlooks Lake Dillon, with towering mountains in the background. This is a perfect spot for you to get married, especially if you want to include guests. You’ll need to reserve your location on the government rec site. To learn more you can check out my comprehensive Sapphire Point Elopement Guide.
Loveland Pass is a mountain great location that’s only a few minutes away from Breckenridge. This spot has alpine lakes, towering 360 degree views of mountains, and epic landscapes. It’s easy to get to, and not too crowded. A perfect location for a small micro wedding or smaller elopement.
Lake Dillon is a fantastic lake that sits between Breckenridge, Frisco and Silverthorne. In the winter it is frozen over, but in the summer it’s lush, with lots of boating opportunities. There are plenty of locations all around Lake Dillon, including Sapphire Point! This is a perfect spot for a water based Breckenridge elopement.
Boreas Pass is a towering pass that has two distinct features – one, the towering mountains. Two – Aspens! The Aspens in this area really shine, and are great to be around in both the summer and the fall. Especially the fall, when the leaves turn from green to gold. But don’t discount the winter time, when the views of the snow-capped mountains are simply stunning.
There are tons of Alpine Lakes in Colorado, and Breckenridge is home to many of them. Some are even really easy to get to. If you want a combination of gorgeous lakes, towering mountains, lush green landscapes, and even waterfalls, look no further than a Breckenridge elopement.
Secret hidden locations 😉
There are the obvious choices, and then there are the hidden gems. Part of working with me is that I get to show you some of my favorite locations that are not so well known. That you may not even find on common websites like All Trails. Breckenridge is a big place, and I’d love to show you all it’s majesty!
When to have your Breckenridge Elopement
We already talked about how Breckenridge is a year-round playground. So really, it’s all about figuring out what you want to feel during your elopement, and what you want to do (more on that below!).
Fall in Breckenridge is gorgeous as the Aspens’ leaves starting changing from green to yellow. All the mountain ranges are covered in these gorgeous golden hues. It will start snowing in October though, so you can expect colder temperatures.
A winter Breckenridge Elopement will have snow-capped mountains and lots of fun activities. If you love skiing or snowboarding, this is your time to shine! You can also rent snowmobiles or go snowshoeing. This is also a perfect time to get cozy with a fireplace.
A spring Breckenridge Elopement will be balanced between falling and melting snow. It’ll snow into June, and the trails won’t fully melt until then either. So prepare for an assortment of weather options. This is the least popular time to have a Breckenridge wedding.
A summer breckenridge elopement is filled with warm and hot days, cool nights, endless wildflowers, and lush green landscapes. It’s a fantastic time to get married, especially if you want star photos because the milky way is directly overhead. And you’ll have all the summer activities ready for you.
As mentioned above, each of the seasons has particular weather to consider. In the mountains, you should always expect some sort of change in the afternoon. During the summer, you should always expect rainstorms and thunderstorms in the afternoon. You won’t want to be above alpine level then, for safety reasons. Snow will fall from October through June.
Sunrise or Sunset:
A lot of alpine lakes face east, so you can expect the best light to be during sunrise. Sunris typically is going to be colder, and you’ll be starting really early, but you’ll have far less people around. Sunset will have warmer temperatures but you’ll also be around way more people, though potentially less tired :).
How to have your Breckenridge elopement:
Planning your Breckenridge elopement can be easy peasy!
Step 1: Dream Big
This is where you start dreaming about all the things you want to do and feel during your elopement. What type of scenery do you want to see, what type of weather, what type of ideas. Lay it all out!
Step 2: Big Picture Decisions
This is when you decide on your photographer (oh hey there!) and date.
Step 3: General Plan
For general planning you’ll want to decide what activities you want to do and whether or not you’ll have guests.
Step 4: Detailed Planning
This is for planning out the timeline, choosing other vendors, logistics and checklists. Making plans to obtain your marriage license. This is also where you will get your lodging and transportation taken care of.
Step 5: Finalize Your Plans
Last minute checks!
Step 6: Elope
Step 7: Relive the day!
What’s the point if you can’t relive the day over and over and over again! You’ll get your photos, and then you can print them out and plaster them all over your walls, as well as your friends and family.
Can Family come to my Breckenridge elopement?
Absolutely! If you want family at your elopement you can definitely make it happen. Some locations are perfectly designed for guests. You can also split your day up, and have part of the day just for you two, and the other part of the day with your family. If they aren’t able to attend, there are different ways you can include them. Check out this really helpful resource on how to have a family elopement.
What to do during your Breckenridge Elopement
There are so so so many things you can do during your Breckenridge Elopement. Check out this comprehensive guide for all the things you can do during your Breckenridge Elopement. Here’s a top 10 list:
- Mountain Bike
- Celebrate with family and friends
How to prepare for your Breckenridge Elopement
One of the most important things you’ll need to consider when preparing for yoru Breckenridge Elopement is what to wear. You absolutely don’t want to be too cold, or too hot, or just basically uncomfortable. For the winter, make sure to bring lots of layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and toe, foot, and body warmers. For summer, bring light layers so that if you are cold you can layer up, but if you are hot you can dress down.
Put together a list of steps to help you plan out your elopement and make sure you are prepared. Be sure to have a checklist that you can easily reference. To get a pre-made one, check out my free elopement planning guide and checklists.
Breckenridge Travel Logistics
It is so easy to get to your Breckenridge Elopement. Most people will be coming from Denver, Boulder or Colorado Springs. If you are flying into Colorado, I recommend flying into Denver. From there you can easily rent a vehicle and drive right to the mountains. While in Breckenridge, there are a few local transportation options. You can even check out the gondolas in town that will take you to the top of the mountains!
Breckenridge Elopement Packages
My Breckenridge Elopement packages include the following:
- Location Recommendations
- Outfit Recommendations
- At least 2 outfit changes
- Timeline recommendations
- Planning recs throughout
- Free hi-res photo downloads
- Sneak Peaks within 7 days
- Full gallery within 8 weeks
$2,400 – 8 hours
$1,400 – 4 hours
$900 – 2 hours (my most popular package)
$600 – 1 hour
All packages are for 1.5 hours within Denver. Travel fees apply to locations outside 1.5 hours.
Meet the Best Colorado Engagement Photographer for You
Hi there! I’m Adam. I’m an adventure elopement photographer because I love crafting a truly unique day for the couple, not bound by expectations. If that sounds like something that stirs your soul, gets ya moving, and you want to chat with the best Colorado Micro Weddings photographer for you, send me a note, and let’s have a free consultation. I can’t wait to hear from you.