Vail Weddings-Best Venues


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Looking for something exceptional for your Vail Wedding? Vail, Colorado has a wonderful array of wedding venues for your special day.  Enjoy a storybook wedding at one of two stunning wedding decks, an intimate chapel, an elegant restaurant, a grand ballroom, a lovely outdoor gardens, golf courses, or terraced patios.  Choose the perfect setting for you.Here are some of our favorite places to get married in Vail. Trying to decide which is the best venue for your event can be very difficult and time-consuming, we hope this list of Vail wedding venues helps make your decision easier and leaves you feeling confident and delighted with your choice of where to tie the knot.



See Also: Beaver Creek Wedding Venues

Vail Wedding Venues

The Wedding Decks on Vail Mountain

Ceremonies at the Vail Mountain Wedding Decks (there are two) are truly unforgettable and the perfect place for a true storybook mountain wedding.

The Holy Cross Event Deck has big, stunning 360 degree views both decks are an ideal outdoor spot to say your vows. In the summer guests can hike or take the gondola up to the site. There is a lovely stone stage area that looks out over the Vail Valley and the Gore range, it is breathtaking. The guests sit in a lovely stone amphitheater area that is built into the mountain, it is very natural, and just looks lovely. There is no restaurant here so guests would need to take the gondola back down to a reception at the base of the mountain, in town. Located at the top of the Gondola in Lionshead.

The Event Deck at the 10th is a beautiful deck that is part of the 10th Restaurant. This makes having the ceremony and reception super easy because it is in the same area. The Event Deck at the 10th also has breathtaking views of the Gore Range and is an iconic ceremony site on Vail Mountain. This deck is located at the top of the Gondola in Vail Village

Guest Capacity:

The Holy Cross Event Deck can hold 180 seated guest and no limit on standing guests.

The Event Deck at the 10th holds 210 guests for plated dinner, 185 guests for music and dancing.

Venue Information:

  • The Holy Cross Event Deck is available summer only (June-September) and in 1.5-hour time slots at: 10:30 am., 12:30 pm, 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. time slots have an on-mountain food requirement.
  • The Event Deck at the 10th is available year-round but requires a full 5-hour buyout for events  between 10:30 am -10 pm Open for public lunch service, as well as winter dinner and après ski.


Donovan Pavilion

The Donovan Pavilion is a wonderful place to have a wedding. First off, the building is BEAUTIFUL, with big timber beams and lots of stone, wrought iron chandeliers and huge floor-to-ceiling windows, it is just stunning. This 5,200 square foot pavilion is surrounded by a lovely 50-acre park that is lush green in the summer and snowy fields in the winter and a creek side fire pit that can be used year round. Located in West Vail with lots of parking.

Guest Capacity: Sit-down dinner for 200 /cocktail reception for 230 people.

Venue Services:

  • Enjoy a full time professional management team if needed.
  • For casual gatherings of less than 60 guests, use the complete kitchen facilities for preparing, baking, warming, and serving.
  • State-of-the-art audio visual equipment, including flat screen TV, microphone, podium, easels, and CD player.



Larkspur Restaurant

Located at Golden Peak, Larkspur Restaurant has everything you need for a beautiful, elegant wedding. The venue is situated at the base of the ski mountain with a charming patio and private green space that has lovely views of Vail Mountain and Gore Range, and is breathtaking for an outdoor wedding. If the weather is not cooperating they also have the Great Room, located inside of Golden Peak, adjacent to the restaurant. This is a large, accommodating, spacious room with a towering fireplace made of stone, perfect for indoor ceremonies. The Great Room can also be the perfect reception hall.

Guest Capacity: 3-room restaurant can hold varying party sizes. With all options being utilized, Larkspur can hold 800 people.

Venue Services:

  • Full-service bar, Colorado-themed beers and signature drinks
  • In-house stereo system
  • Sparkler send-off instead of throwing rice,
  • S’mores roasting dessert station complete with fire pits and cushy seating.

Video about Larkspur Restaurant

Sonnenalp Hotel

The Sonnenalp Hotel offers lots of variety and choices for your ceremony and reception. Enjoy a lovely, intimate creekside lawn ceremony, or a lovely glass-enclosed terrace ceremony or take advantage of the Vail Interfaith Chapel that is located right across the street. Sonnenalp can accommodate small intimate weddings, larger parties at their restaurants and really big groups at the Bavarian Ballroom. Whatever size party you have Sonnenalp will make it a truly magical day.

Guest Capacity

  • Grand Bavaria Ballroom can hold 220 people
  • Ludwig’s Terrace Restaurant can hold 160 people
  • Bully Ranch can hold up to 90 people
  • Swiss Chalet can hold up to 90 people
  • Kings Club can hold 100 people cocktail reception

Venue Services:

  • On-site lawn ceremony, dining, a variety of reception venues, and lodging.
  • 5 different restaurant spaces to accommodate your party’s size
  • An on-site expert to assist you with your planning needs.
  • Full set up of tables, chairs and linens
  • Discounted wedding group lodging rates for your guests.
  • A personalized food tasting to decide your menu choices

Video about the Sonnenalp Hotel

Piney River Ranch

Truly, one of Vail’s most iconic wedding destinations. Piney River Ranch at Piney Lake is a 40-acre ranch that sits right under Gore Range and is one of the most breathtaking outdoor ceremony sites in the state, and that is saying something. This venue has two custom log pavilions, a ceremony waterfront wedding deck, four guest cabins, a lakeside yurt, three glamping tents, camping, an on-site restaurant and bar to entertain your guests. Located just 10 miles north of Vail Village. Piney River Ranch is only open and accessible between June 21st and September 30th each year.

Guest Capacity: Can accommodate up to 200 people

Venue Services:

  • Offering engagement photos or couple’s photos starting at just $200.00
  • Offering in-house catering and delicious “ranch-style” buffet wedding dinner.
  • Complimentary parking
  • Onsite lodging accommodations available
  • In-house tables, chairs, and benches for up to 200 guests
  • Private use of the ceremony deck, reception pavilion, adjoining cocktail pavilion, bridal suite and groom’s lounge



Vail Interfaith Chapel

The Vail Interfaith Chapel is located in the heart of Vail Village. It is a lovely chapel that serves many faiths and all are invited to worship within its walls. The chapel sits on Gore Creek and is very close to many reception and lodging options in town making it very attractive and convenient wedding venue. To schedule a date and time for a wedding and rehearsal contact your specific congregation directly.

Guest Capacity: Seats 300 people

Venue Services:

  • Piano and organ are available.
  • The fee for the chapel allows for a one-hour rehearsal and a two- or three-hour wedding ceremony.


Eagle Vail Pavilion

The Eagle Vail Pavilion is a lovely venue situated on the Eagle Vail Golf Course. This elegant but laid-back pavilion offers event lawns, a pond with a fountain, wrap around decks, a beach with a fire pit, beautiful landscaping and a full catering kitchen. Beautiful, hardwood floors, big floor-to-ceiling windows, lots of open space and an airy atmosphere lends itself to the perfect place for your ceremony and reception. This is a beautiful venue that is more affordable than most others in the area.

Guest Capacity: Can hold about 200 people.

Venue Services:

  • Choose and use your own vendors or choose from a list of local vendors that the pavilion can recommend.
  • Abundant Parking


Betty Ford Alpine Garden

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is an AMAZING venue and is the highest public botanical garden in North America. Surrounding the bride and groom in an array of high-altitude flowers, flowering bushes, aspen trees, blue spruce, rock paths, and waterfalls. It offers a natural element unlike any other venue on this list. This intimate garden is just a 5-minute walk to town and just steps from Manor Vail, the perfect place for your reception.

Guest Capacity: Holds up to 100 guests

Venue Services:

  • Two time slots are available for weddings; Monday-Sunday 12:00-3:00 PM or 3:00-6:00 PM. Setup and breakdown is included in that time frame.
  • Electrical outlets are available
  • Photography and event planning services are available

Video of the Betty Ford Gardens

All of these venues on our list are wonderful and highly recommended, each one is unique and offer different amenities and options but all are professional and have been doing weddings for years and can promise the most beautiful results for your special day. Come and experience the magic of being married in the spectacular mountains of Colorado.



See Also: Wedding Bands with Mountain Designs


Please leave a comment if you have attended any weddings at these venues or if you have gotten married at any of these venues or if you see any errors in this information. We would love to hear your thoughts about your experiences. Thanks for reading!


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  • Hey!
    I live in Grand Jct Co just a few hours away from Vail. It is such a beautiful place and somewhere I would love to get married if given the opportunity! Colorado has such wonderful scenery and Vail really can make you feel like you are on top of the world...or at least a beautiful mountain. The added benefit of having a wedding in Vail would be your guests can sight-see and take advantage of all the outdoor activities. You also could have a wonderful honeymoon without going too far! I enjoyed this post so much!

    • Hi Kara,
      Thank you for your comment, yes Vail is a beautiful place, as is Grand Junction, and it really is a magical place for a wedding.

  • Love your information on venues for weddings in Vail, Colorado. I am planning a wedding so this is really useful information. Thanks so much! :)

    • I am so glad you found this information about Vail Wedding Venues helpful. Good luck with your wedding planning.

  • These wedding venues sound AMAZING! Especially the Holy Cross Wedding Deck. I'm going to have to show my friend who just got engaged this site :) She'd love to get married there.

    • Hi Thomas, yes the Vail Wedding Decks are amazing with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Keep in mind that the Holy Cross Deck is only open in the summer but there are many other year-round venues just in case your friend is in need of a winter wedding venue. Also, there are other wedding options in Beaver Creek, which is only about 10 miles away from Vail so check those out to. Here is a list of Additional Wedding Venues in Beaver Creek and the Vail Valley to help your friend plan.

  • Thank you for this article, it's perfect timing. My son proposed to his fiance this summer on Vail Mountain. They had met during the previous winter as ski instructors. They are now planning their mountain wedding for next summer, so this information is much needed.

    • Congratulations, that is wonderful to hear. Vail is a beautiful place to get married. I see that your son and his fiance have a special connection with the mountains. With so much history around Vail Ski Mountain, you may want to show them the list of Mountain-Themed Wedding Bands. Wedding bands that feature the Gore range or another favorite mountain will make their wedding rings even more special and honor their love of the outdoors and each other.


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