Nestled into the mountains just outside Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods offers a Colorado landscape unlike any you’ve ever seen. Its rugged red rocks and winding mountain trails make it an extraordinary place to explore and a secluded, stunning place for a wedding. Keep reading to learn more about how to plan your Garden of the Gods wedding with this helpful guide!
A Garden of the Gods wedding can cost as little or as much as you want to spend! At a minimum, you’ll need to pay $30 for a wedding license, but considering it’s totally free to get married at Garden of the Gods, you don’t have to spend much more. That said, you’ll probably want to budget for things like travel, photography, attire, venue fees, catering, and décor for an offsite reception.
Garden of the Gods is pretty spectacular any time of year; some seasons just require a bit more layering! In the winter, dustings of pillowy snow covers the red rock formations and paths. In summer, warm temps mean fewer layers but can make for toasty days full of sun. Spring and fall are great for milder weather, and while spring brings vibrant wildflowers, fall ushers in stunning autumnal colors.
Garden of the Gods Park is a popular tourist venue, so if you want to avoid crowds, consider having your wedding on a weekday or at least at sunrise. You and your guests will appreciate having a few passersby throughout your intimate vows and photos!
Garden of the Gods has several sites that can accommodate a small wedding. While no location fees are associated with Garden of the Gods, these sites are first come, first served (without reservations). Jaycee Plaza and High Point have room for up to 50 people, and Sentinel Plaza can accommodate up to 25. However, parking can sometimes be an issue for larger groups, so in my opinion, if you want a larger Garden of the Gods wedding, you may want to consider a nearby resort venue.
That said, there are two picnic areas at Garden of the Gods (Scotsman Picnic Area and South Spring Canyon Area) that are sweet spots for a post-ceremony picnic, but keep in mind that no décor or alcohol are allowed on site, so you’ll need to keep things simple.
If you want a celebration that includes a larger guest list and some more modern amenities, check out these two venues:
Garden of the Gods Resort: This resort offers spacious, luxury accommodations amidst some of Colorado’s most spectacular views. With a gorgeous onsite spa, dining, and recreational activities, it’s a great way to turn your wedding day into a wedding weekend. Check out their website to see why they received the vote for #2 in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice 2023, Best Resort for a Destination Wedding!
Creekside Event Center: This beautiful venue offers modern farmhouse vibes and chic rustic touches amidst a remarkable Colorado landscape. Beautiful gardens, architectural features, and dynamic surroundings make this a great option for a ceremony, reception, or both!
Getting your marriage license in Colorado is about as simple as it gets! Bring the required documentation to a county clerk’s office (it doesn’t have to be in the county where you plan on getting married,) pay your fee, and that’s about it! File your license within 30 days, and you’re officially hitched with a Garden of the Gods wedding!
The best way to get to the Garden of the Gods is by car. Driving will be your best option, whether you drive your own car, rent a car, or book a Lyft/Uber. There is a public bus that can take you there, and during the summer, the Garden of the Gods runs a free shuttle for up to 14 guests at a time around the park.
Garden of the Gods is a short 10 – 15 minute drive outside of Colorado Springs, where there are plenty of places for your guests to stay. Whether you reserve a block of rooms at a nearby hotel or resort or they find their own Airbnb accommodations, your guests will definitely be able to find somewhere comfortable to rest. The Garden of the Gods Resort is always a luxury option for an unforgettable getaway!
Taking the time to explore the park is a must when you’re visiting the Garden of the Gods. Still, its proximity to Colorado Springs also makes it ideal for skiing, snowboarding, shopping, dining, and more! It’s a great destination for adventurers and anyone searching for a mountain respite.
When you have a wedding somewhere as beautiful as Garden of the Gods, you’re definitely going to want to make sure you have a fantastic photographer to capture every moment! That’s where I come in. I would feel honored to help you capture your planned – and spontaneous – memories from your wedding day.
If you have any other questions about a Garden of the Gods wedding, I’m here to help! Let me put my Colorado wedding expertise to good use and help you plan the wedding of your dreams. It would be my pleasure!