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First Wedding of 2019!

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We’d like to take a moment to highlight our first wedding of 2019. Sarah Noel and Garrett Kintzele of Anchorage, Alaska celebrated their wedding on January 19th, 2019. The two said their vows at the charming St. Malo’s Chapel on the Rock, 2.5 miles from the Lodge. Sarah jokes that Garrett struggling, out of nerves, to get her wedding ring on was one of the most memorable moments of the day.

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The bride wanted to achieve a personal touch by incorporating music throughout their wedding weekend. “We are both musicians, so tying everything together with amazing playlists and musicians was a must. From the getting ready playlist in the morning, to our former college band director playing the organ for our ceremony, to bringing in a top-quality swing band, we wanted our guests to find the joy in music we both have.” The couple and their guests danced the night away with Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles.

Swing Dance Dip

Sarah and Garrett chose to have an Old Fashioned with Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon as their specialty drink. She says that Breckenridge Bourbon is a staple in their liquor cabinet at home and was the go-to when the couple was in college at the Colorado School of Mines.

And talk about personalized décor… Sarah and Garrett featured dinner tables named after famous Lord of the Rings locals and had a seating diagram map to match. “[Those] touches came from our love of fantasy, and knowing that many of our guests have that same secret love. We thought it would be a fun way to bring everyone together with a subtle nod to our nerdiness.”

From start to finish their wedding was intimate, memorable, and outright fun. Sarah notes, “the staff at the Wild Basin Lodge made everything relaxed and helped to make a friendly atmosphere. Everyone was wonderful to work with and it felt like they were all invested in making the event happen, not because it was just their job, but because they were invested in us.”

We are honored to have been a part of their celebration and their lives. We hope that all our couples feel this way because we truly are devoted to making your day amazing, not because it’s a business model, but because you deserve it.

Sarah & Garrett’s Vendors

Dress (Pure Magnolia) and Caplet: Bateau Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Dessy

Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Bow Ties: The Tie Bar

Baker: T & Cakes

Florist- Rocky Mountain Wildflowers

Hair & Makeup- Bella Capelli

Music- Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles

Officiant- Father Ronald Cattany

Photographer- Heather Mason Photography

Real Weddings – Wild Basin Lodge

Real Weddings – Wild Basin Lodge

Gain inspiration from past Wild Basin weddings

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming; there are so many decisions to make! Take a look at real weddings that have taken place at Wild Basin to glean ideas for your wedding, and to simply enjoy the beauty and happiness. They’ll make you smile! Learn more about hosting your wedding at Wild Basin Lodge.

Scroll down to see some of our favorite real weddings held at the lodge.

Samantha & Marc

The beauty of the early August colors don’t compare to that of the genuine smiles.

Kimberly & Travis

A beautiful dress with illusion sleeves.

Angela & Michael

Fall colors and bright floral arrangements.

Photography: True Photography


Debbie & Jay

Fall magnificence and big smiles.

Photography by Kelly Lemon Photography.

Molly & Matt

The beauty is in the detail.

Photography by Mallory Munson Photography.

Justin & Lindsey

A romantic spring wedding.

Austin & Kirsten

The bride’s big smile is infectious.

Lauren & Daisy

Their 1920’s theme makes us jealous of their creativity and style.

Photography: Lady Ilg

Madison & Adam

The attention to detail was impeccable.

Nikita & Gabriel

There is something about a traditional Indian wedding that just radiates beauty.

Alexa & Dylan

Their winter wedding was stylish and warm.

Madison & Shawn

A beautiful and natural summer wedding.

Madison & Scott

A beautiful, foggy fall wedding.

Mountain Winter Weddings

Reasons why they are are worth your consideration

When we think “wedding” often the mental image accompanying the word is of summer. We love summer weddings here at Wild Basin Lodge, but equally adore winter weddings. Here is why mountain winter weddings are worth considering.

They are unique

Wedding season is traditionally in the summer. How many save the dates do you have on your fridge for the months of June, July, and August? By the end of the season they are likely to be one big blur of wedding fun. Winter weddings stand out in your guest’s memory as something unique and special. They will always remember the winter wonderland backdrop and the seasonal touches.

A snowcapped mountain backdrop

Outdoor ceremonies aren’t only for summer. Imagine taking your vows in front of the stunning snowcapped Rocky Mountains. Whether it’s a sunny day with bright blue skies or overcast with snow flurries, the brilliant white snow complements the forest and makes the mountains stand out magnificently. Photographers love snowy conditions and come away with some of the most beautiful, unique photos we’ve seen. See examples in our gallery.

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Outdoor winter ceremonies: they don’t have to be miserable

Guests get to expand their wardrobe with cute winter clothing. Blankets personalized with your names and wedding date will help to keep them warm, and make great gifts. An outdoor hot chocolate bar will give them something warm to sip on. The wedding party can get creative with warm clothing – the possibilities are endless!

Cozy mountain lodge atmosphere

Picture your guests warming up with a warm cocktail next to a roaring fire. Your reception decorated with seasonally influenced centerpieces. The snowy Rocky Mountains on display from the warmth of the reception room. It would be like a coveted ski-lodge vacation, but without the cheesy sweaters and in celebration of you!

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Winter is a not the height of vacation season

Speaking of all those summer save the dates… why put off your wedding another year so as not to overwhelm friends and family with one more travel commitment? Summer can be a busy time for your guests; a winter wedding is easier to attend.

They are less expensive

Many vendors and venues, including Wild Basin Lodge, offer off-season pricing. Now, that is just icing on the wedding cake!

Plan your winter wedding

Contact us to learn more about planning mountain winter weddings at Wild Basin Lodge.

All-Inclusive Wedding Package

All-Inclusive Wedding Package

We are proud to introduce our new all-inclusive wedding package, the Wild Basin Wedding™

This package was built from the hard work of our planners and the award-winning components of packages that came before it.

The Wild Basin Lodge is blazing a trail for couples and setting trends in the industry. We are one of the last dedicated all-inclusive wedding venues in Colorado and we’re eager to host your wedding with our all-inclusive wedding package. It all started in 2001 when two people fell in love. While planning their own wedding they met many challenges that made no sense to these two very busy individuals. There were options upon options, which made pricing seem confusing and illogical. No one would let them customize their own nuptials!

Despite the difficulty, everything worked out and they planned the wedding of their dreams. Afterwards, not wanting to return to reality, they decided to open a business together. Finding a new path in life led them to Allenspark, Colorado, where they fell in love with the beauty and charm of the Wild Basin Lodge. Although The Wild Basin Lodge charm was buried under many cleanings and a couple of renovations, they were off and running. Thousands of events later, they have streamlined the Wild Basin Lodge process and created a package that caters to all types of couples, providing the seamless experience they couldn’t find for themselves.

The Wild Basin Wedding™ makes wedding planning fun by facilitating the planning of all details provided by the lodge and coordinating with your vendors. Also, and importantly, it encompasses an honesty-in-pricing structure that brings clarity to your decision making process; both benefits alleviate stress, which is our goal in working with you.

To read more about our process please take a look at our brochure.

We are ahead of our industry bringing you the best of the best for one low, simple price. We are thrilled about our new pricing model and we can’t wait to share it with the wedding world!

Wild Basin Q&A – Vendors

Wild Basin Q&A – Vendors

Your Questions Answered: Rocky Mountain Wedding Vendors

Wedding vendors are always a big topic of conversation when planning your event. As one of the best wedding venues in Colorado we make sure that your vendors are also taken care of. Most of your wedding vendors are going to be staying with you for over 4-8 hours, so you will need to keep them in mind while you plan your Rocky Mountain wedding!

Wild Basin Q&A:

A list of possible vendors at your wedding:

  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Officiate
  • Florist
  • Cosmetologist
  • Coordinator
  • Planner
  • Bartender
  • Chef
  • Wait Staff
  • Banquet Staff
  • Entertainment (dj/band)
  • Cake/Pastry Chef

When should my vendors arrive?

Vendor arrival time on the day of your wedding all depends on your timeline. Your coordinator and/or planner should be there in the morning before you arrive at your venue preparing for your day. Cosmetologists need to arrive the morning of to help you look and feel beautiful, always keep in mind that sometimes it takes longer so always have some extra time with them! Photographers and videographers need to come prepared to shoot at or around the same time your cosmetologist arrives to capture some amazing “getting ready shots”. The florist and cake/pastry chef should arrive in the morning or early afternoon to delivery the flowers and sweet treats, you could even chat with your venue and have them drop off the day before and use their cold storage space. During the afternoon when it comes closer to the time of your ceremony your entertainment (band/DJ) should arrive to start the set up process, even though they don’t need direction from you at this time you can breath a sigh of relief that they are good to go and ready for when that first dance comes! The officiate should be arriving the same time the entertainment arrives, to get the lay of the land and have a chat with you about any last minute changes in vows or speeches. If you hired a caterer they should be arriving right before the ceremony to start setting up with all of the staff that is needed. Here at the Wild Basin Lodge we are a full service inclusive wedding venue. That means that we have your bridal coordinator, wedding planner, bar manager, bartender, internationally acclaimed 5-star chef, wait staff and banquet captain on staff and included in your package! Our banquet captain and bridal coordinator will manage your vendors for you.

Should I feed my vendors?

During your planning you should make sure that there is time built in for these hard working individuals to sit down and enjoy a meal and some quiet time before continuing on in assisting you in making your dream day real. Usually your photographer/videographer, coordinator/planner, bartender, chef, wait/banquet staff and entertainment are with you until the end. These would be the vendors that you would need to put on your vendors headcount to the venue so they have a meal waiting for them. You don’t want any hungry photographers or light-headed band members running around your wedding! Here at Wild Basin Lodge we make sure that your vendors are taken care of; they are waited on as one of your guests. The bartender, chef and wait/banquet staff are included in your package – no need to include extra meals for them.

When should I meet with my vendors?

Meeting with vendors is very important! This is one of the biggest days of your life, you are starting a new one with your partner and you need to make sure you get along with your vendors. Weddings are an emotional time and you need your day to go off without a hitch, so in choosing people you mesh well with help your day run smoothly.

  • Photographer/videographer – Choosing a company to capture your day is important, getting along with this said company is even more important. You not only hire them to photograph your day but edit these photos/video and get it to you in a timely manner. 6-8 months before is the best time to hire.
  • Officiate – Depending on your needs, 8-10 months before the wedding you should meet with your officiate and form a relationship with him/her, you will remember them fondly when reminiscing about your wedding day.
  • Florist – depending on your florist guidelines, 6-8 months before the wedding day you should sit down and start planning the types of flowers you are in need of, because sometimes flowers are not available the same time of year you are getting married.
  • Cosmetologist – Picking out a cosmetologist is definitely a personal preference. Wedding season does get quite busy for this industry so picking and booking as soon as you have the date is wise. I would also meet with your cosmetologist 6 weeks before your wedding day to do a trial run of your wedding day look. (For the brides, you can always book your bridal photos the same day so you can have hair and makeup done for the photos!)
  • Coordinator/Planner – This should be an immediate pick and hire, having your coordinator or planner next to your side through the whole process makes your life much easier. With Wild Basin Lodge our coordinator and planner are included in the package price!
  • Bartender – Unless you have a specific bartender from your favorite restaurant picked out I would use the staff at your venue. If you book with Wild Basin Lodge your bartender and bar manager are included to help you choose the best bar package for you.
  • Chef – Breaking bread with friends and family is a huge part of your wedding day! So you want the food to be amazing, right? Make sure you choose someone that is delicious at his/her craft and meet with them for a tasting at least 2 months before your wedding day to taste the food and make meal choices. Wild Basin has a 5-star international acclaimed chef on staff that you have access to any time you have questions.
  • Entertainment (DJ/band) – you should research live entertainment 10-12 months out because they are in high demand. They help make the party exciting and get the dancing going so start early to make sure you get the one you love.
  • Cake/Pastry Chef – Hire your baker 8-10 months away from your wedding date and 4-6 months have a cake tasting and pick your cake design.

Should the venue know who your vendors are?

Your venue should absolutely know who your vendors are. Here at Wild Basin Lodge we love our couple’s vendors! We even have a preferred vendors list that has our greats in the industry that have never let our couples down and always delivered fantastic work every time.