Colorado Micro Weddings Guide and Pricing 2022
So you and your partner have decided that you want to have one of the best affordable wedding experiences a couple can have. You realized that maybe, just maybe, having a Colorado micro wedding is the key to that happiness. Well, I’m here to tell you that you are on the right path! The most important part of your wedding day is that you and your boo celebrate in a way that fills you with joy. This Colorado Micro Weddings Guide and Packages will help fill in so many of the other details and show you how.
First off, let’s get to the juicy details – my package details.
My Colorado Micro Weddings Packages:
Epic Gorgeous Colorado Locations:
I provide you with a list of stunning locations to choose from that will set your heart afire. Lakes, red rocks, mountain views – there’s an option for everyone
This option is the most affordable way to get married, while still having a ceremony in the mountains.
Close to Denver:
All locations are within 1.5 hours of Denver, so you’ll e able to save on gas, and find an awesome airbnb in central locations like Denver, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, and Boulder.
I’ll provide a timeline of the event, along with where you need to be and when, so that you don’t have to stress at all.
Top Colorado vendor recommendations:
I’ll give you the top vendors to hire so that you can have the Colorado micro wedding you deserve – from hair and makeup, to florists, officiants and more!
All travel included, no extra fees
All travel fees are included, so no extra costs or wondering if you have to pay more because gas prices have gone up.
Sneak peaks within 5 days
Holy camolies that’s fast! Of course it is, I want you to relive the day immediately!!
Fully edited hi-res photos available for you to download for free
These photos are yours and you are meant to enjoy them forever and ever and make sure that all your family and friends do too. I highly encourage you throwing these photos up in your best friend’s bathroom because they want to see you so happy.
A SUPER FUN micro wedding experience!
That’s what this whole dang thing is all about!! Seriously, take a load off your shoulders. I’m here to help you have fun. I’m here to make sure your day is exactly what you want. You deserve a meaningful fun day and we’re going to make it happen!
Who this package is for:
My Colorado micro wedding package is for the couple that wants a really simple, stress-free, affordable, already assembled wedding experience. You aren’t interested in a custom experience, with adventure activities, that takes a while to plan and coordinate. You do want to have your ceremony in the mountains with gorgeous views.
Why you shouldn’t do less than 2 hours
While Colorado micro weddings can be short and affordable affairs, you still want enough time to get married and experience the moment without feeling rushed. Every aspect of your Colorado micro wedding, even the shorter portions, will take up time. For instance, you should anticipate 15 minutes for a ceremony, at least 20 minutes to walk back and forth from your vehicles to the ceremony spot. Right there you have at least 30 minutes taken up. If you want photos of you and your partner, you’ll definitely want more than 25 minutes to get those photos. You can of course take just a few, but will that really capture your relationship? Will that really be enough time for you to loosen up and feel comfortable being free and yourselves in front of the camera? What if you want individual shots of you and your partner, each of those should take at least 5 minutes.
In my experience shooting over 100 micro weddings and elopements, one hour is definitely not enough time. That’s my expert advice, which is what I’m here to provide you :).
My Colorado Micro Wedding Packages are $1,400 for 2 hours and includes all the above and more!
What about Adventure Elopements?
If you want a fully customized experience, that’s focused on you and your partner, and includes all the activities you want (whether it be getting ready, star-gazing, hiking, helicopter rides, jeep rides, picnics, meals, boats etc…) you’ll want to check out my adventure elopement packages. This is my bread and butter and most popular option!
Now let’s get to a super thorough and wow this is actually a really helpful Colorado Micro Weddings Guide:
Weddings used to be one-size-fits-all. Everyone was expected to get married in the same way: Buy a giant white dress or shimmy into a black suit, and walk down the aisle of the family’s religious institution while the father of the bride tried not to cry and Great Grandma told everyone about the good ol’ days. After that, there tended to be formal photos, a grand entrance, a giant cake, mandatory first dances, bouquet tosses, and greeting hundreds of guests who the new couple may or may not know. (If you are wondering why weddings involved such specific traditions, check out the history of these traditions here.)
Regardless of style or interests, weddings tend to be fairly cookie-cutter (and not necessarily Funfetti). For some, the traditional wedding style works great. For others, there has always been a desire for something less extravagant.
Recently, we’ve seen an evolution in the wedding industry. They range from traditional weddings to micro weddings, to commitment ceremonies, and elopements. We have seen weddings on top of mountains, on ski slopes, or in intimate settings where it is just you and your partner. The truth is, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to getting hitched. Each type of wedding caters to a different type of person. And that, my Amores, is a beautiful thing?
Which Wedding Style is Right for You?
So with all of the options on the table, what style of wedding works best for you? The first step in answering this burning question is understanding what the different types of weddings entail. So let’s dive in, with a focus on Colorado micro weddings: what they are, how to plan them, and whether this style of wedding or something slightly more adventurous, fits your style best.
In the end, it is my hope you find a way that celebrates your unique love in the way you (and not society!) have always imagined. Ready? Let’s do this thing.
What is a Micro Wedding?
Generally speaking, micro weddings are very short wedding ceremonies. They normally feature the actual commitment (vows, ring exchanges), and then a little time for photos and maybe one small activity.
MICRO WEDDINGS INCLUDE:
MICRO WEDDINGS DO NOT INCLUDE:
(This is what elopements are for, but we will get into that later!)
The Cost of Colorado Micro Weddings
The obvious benefit of a Colorado micro wedding is cost. These days, the average cost of a wedding is over $33,000 (cue cold sweats and assuring your partner that won’t be your wedding.) The average cost for a Colorado micro wedding can be a fraction of the cost. Having fewer guests and time correlates with fewer expenses, and that can take a load off for many couples.
The bottom line – Colorado Micro Weddings are an affordable and wonderful option for couples that want to celebrate their love, and do so in a condensed format surrounded by nature.
Another benefit of a Colorado micro wedding is flexibility. With fewer guests, you have more venues to choose from, since a larger venue will not be required to squeeze in so many people! You can even have a micro wedding in an outdoor space. However, it is important to keep in mind that while a small group of guests may be more manageable, there will still be constraints on your location. Most likely, even your most hardcore group of family and friends won’t be able to journey to your favorite mountain top if this is what you and your partner had in mind to celebrate your “I do’s!”. You may still need to take into account seating, accessibility, and other factors.
Colorado Micro Weddings can cost anywhere from $1,100 up to a few thousand dollars, depending upon whether you have to travel, have lodging, include other vendors or more.
How Much Do Micro Weddings Vendors Cost:
Travel: $20 – $3,000
** Attire: $0 – $2,000
** Bouquet: $100
** Hair and makeup: $250
** Officiant: $400
** Lodging: $0 – $3000
** Venue – $0 –
** = optional! All of the starred costs above are optional because you may already have your outfit, or you may want to do your own hair and makeup. Or maybe you choose a venue that’s free (ahem, I can give you the lowdown on that info). You can really save a whole lot money depending upon what you choose to do. For instance, in Colorado you can legally self-solemnize. That means you don’t need an officiant – you can just marry yourselves!
Micro Weddings vs. Traditional Weddings
If you want to throw an epic private party for all your family and friends, then you want to have a traditional wedding. A traditional wedding features a ceremony, and then a big reception. These receptions are oftentimes hosted in venue spaces, and can cost tens of thousands of dollars. From DJs, catered food, to table settings – the costs add up, as do the planning requirements.
Don’t get me wrong: I love a good wedding. The food, the dancing, the part where we have to tell the bartender to start switching Uncle George to water shots. However, for many couples, the idea of organizing, planning, and especially paying for a large traditional wedding can be overwhelming and not at all what they desire. At some point in the planning process, the couple (maybe even you!) realizes that all this planning has now become about making all the guests and family happy, not the actual couple!
Micro weddings provide a more manageable number of people, with more of the flexibility to determine who to include. (After all, a traditional wedding can host over 300 guests!)
Traditions are generally more flexible in a Colorado micro wedding when compared to a traditional wedding ceremony. If you wish to leave the religious aspect out or add in your own personal or cultural tradition (a special dance? A furry friend ring bearer?) then a micro wedding tends to be more accepting of these personalized traditions and desires.
Micro Weddings vs. Elopements (aka the Authentic Wedding)
Old books and movies give the impression of elopements as “secret and scandalous”. Picture a Montague and Capulet feel (pulling out some of that classic Shakespeare).
But today, elopements are increasing in popularity for one major reason: They allow the couple to have a celebration catered entirely to their desires. (After all, this is your day!)
The main difference between a Colorado micro wedding and an elopement is that the entire focus of this day is on you two, and you can craft it to be whatever your heart desires, and that means it can be a whole lot bigger while still saving a ton of money. Where micro weddings tend to be roughly 2 hour affairs, elopements can be multi-hour, all day, or even multi-day events. This allows for a lot of flexibility in where you choose to hold the ceremony, the traditions or activities, and the guests you invite. (Because let’s be honest, a rock climbing wedding may be perfect for you and your boo, but may not work into Grandma Ethel’s schedule. So you decide to elope, with Grandma present in the morning and rock climb with your boo at sunset. With elopements, you can have your cake and eat it too ;))
Another important thing to keep in mind is that if you have a traditional wedding, it’s a bit rude to throw multiple wedding celebrations and parties after the wedding. But, if you have an elopement or micro wedding, you can party with each of your friends to celebrate your marriage whenever you choose.
Although I would never suggest a couple make a big life decision on price alone, it is worth mentioning that elopements are VERY cost-effective. The average adventure elopement costs between $4,500 – $9,100.
If you want more information about elopements, check out my Colorado Elopement Packages Guide 2022.
Micro Weddings vs. Elopements (aka the Authentic Wedding)
Remember, just because your Colorado micro wedding is a shortened affair, does not mean you want to rush through each of the aspects. You still want to enjoy and savor the moment, and be able to capture the love you and your partner share. Below is a standard elopement timeline:
Travel: $20 – $3,000
6:10 PM – Ceremony
6:25 PM – Family Photos
6:40 PM – Couple Portraits
7:20 PM – Individual portraits
7:30 PM – Champagne Popping / Cake Eating
7:50 PM – Head back to start point
8:00 PM – End of MicroWedding
I ideally like to spend at least 1.5 hours taking portraits (the more the better, which is better suited for elopements than micro weddings). This doesn’t mean you are posing in front of the camera the whole time, it just means we’re focused on you and your partner having a damn good time celebrating your love. This provides enough time for you two to get comfortable in front of the camera, be yourselves, and have some fun.
Everything you do on your day will take time. Sometimes, more than you expect. Whether it’s family photos, champagne toasts, cake cutting, pet playing, individual portraits – you’d rather have enough time without stress, than be too short on it. For all these reasons I don’t offer micro-wedding packages of less than 2 hours. I want you to feel comfortable, like you are getting all that you need for your day, and I want to make sure you’re having a lot of fun and capturing all the important moments.
Can Guests come to your Colorado Micro Wedding?
Yes, you absolutely can bring guests to your elopement! Remember, this is a day for you, designed by you, meant to be a celebration of you and your boo. You craft the day that you want. If that includes guests, great! You’ll want to find a location and activities that can accommodate your guests. Best not to plan for an epic 10 mile hike if you have guests who can’t manage that distance.
Can we bring our dog, cat, or pet to our elopement?
Absolutely! You just have to make sure that pets are allowed. Some locations allow pets anywhere, some only allow them on leashes.
But here’s one of the coolest things about Colorado – your pet can legally sign your marriage license! That’s right, your fur-baby can be a legal witness to your wedding. I’m telling you, nothing beats Colorado.
Determining if a Colorado Micro Wedding is Right for You
Micro weddings, like bangs and jean shorts, are not for everyone. However, for the right couple, a micro wedding could be the perfect fit. At the end of the day, the style of celebration will depend on the intimacy you desire, the customization you have in mind, and the traditional aspects you would like to implement. If a micro wedding sounds like it might be right for you, Colorado Microweddings is a fantastic resource to help you start planning.
Making Your Colorado Micro Wedding Special
I’ll scream it from every rooftop, sing it in the shower, and preach it to anyone willing to listen: your wedding day, whether that be a traditional wedding, a micro wedding, or an adventure elopement, should be about you. A celebration like this has no room for societal or familial pressure. It should not have any pressure at all.
I encourage every one of my Amores to take a tried and true look at what is important to them on one of the biggest days of their lives. This day must be authentic to their story and desires because let’s face it, traditions and style may change, but what you celebrate together as a couple will stay constant.
Meet the Best Colorado Micro Weddings 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.