Colorado Airbnb Wedding

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updated for 2024

planning a colorado airbnb wedding

Getting married at an Airbnb was made popular in 2020 following Covid wedding restrictions. Airbnb weddings are amazing because they can allow you and your guests the ability to stay on site. This means so much more flexibility for your day! Airbnb weddings are often more stress-free, perfect for an easy going couple. If you are looking to have an Airbnb wedding in Colorado– I'd love to be your photographer!

UPDATE for 2024: Airbnb has unfortunately banned all events. However, VRBO is still allowing weddings and events. Some Airbnb's do have separate listings for their homes off site, so you might be able reach out directly rather than booking through Airbnb. 

Once you have a date and location, it's time to secure the rest of your vendors.

secure your vendors


There are so many Airbnb's to choose from, if you book with me, I'll help you find the perfect spot!

CHOOSE An airbnb


Your photographer will be able to help you location scout and plan, so it's best to secure them early!

book photographer


Chat about your priorities with your partner– budget, how many guests,  etc.

start planning


Your license must be both signed in CO within 35 days from the date of issue and must be returned for recording within 63 days.

sign & return license


the process


start the planning process

When dreaming up your wedding, no plans are too far fetched– the world is your oyster! Think about what is important to you and your partner and how you want to infuse your personalities into your wedding day. 

Some questions to ask yourselves: 
  • Do you want guests at your wedding?
  • Do you want to stay on-site?
  • Do you want to get ready together?
  • Are you having your ceremony at the Airbnb?
  • Do you want to have a reception after your ceremony?

find your photographer

Even with smaller Airbnb weddings your photographer is still a big choice! If you book with me, you will even have my skill set in helping you locate and choose a venue. You want to choose a photographer whose style you love but also whose personality you really vibe with. 

When choosing your photographer, ask some of these questions: 
  • How long have you been photographing weddings? 
  • What part do you play in helping us plan and scout?
  • Do you have vendor and location recommendations? 
  • How would you describe your photography style?

choose aN Airbnb

There are so many amazing Airbnbs (or VRBOS) to choose from! 

Here are a few factors to consider when selecting your venue: 
  • What is your budget? 
  • Do they have an event fee? (Sometimes this can be upwards of $3000! So make sure to take that into account when considering your budget)
  • Do they allow off-site guests? Or is the occupancy just folks staying on-site? 
  • Where will your ceremony take place? 
  • Is there a rain plan? 
  • Do they allow tents? 
  • What are the noise ordinances? 
  • What are the hours of use? 
  • What is the parking situation like? 
  • Is there room for catering and other vendors?

secure your colorado vendors

It truly takes a village!  Make sure you reach out to vendors well in advance to ensure they're available for your date. 

Some vendors to consider for your wedding day: 
  • Planner
  • Florist
  • Officiant 
  • Private chef
  • Hair and/or Makeup Artist


sign & return your marriage license

In order to be legally married in Colorado, you must obtain a marriage license. 

Here's the detailed breakdown: 
  1. Fill out an application online here. 
  2. Schedule an appointment online at your selected courthouse. Make sure you bring with you: A valid ID (passport, drivers license), Social Security Numbers, and $30. 
  3. Your license is good for 35 days. 
  4. Return in person or by mail to the county clerk who issued it within 63 days. And don't forget to make a few certified copies while there, they cost $1.25!

some of my favorite

Colorado airbnb Wedding Venues

As a Colorado wedding photographer, I've been to a lot of Colorado Airbnb weddings and venues! Colorado has a wide variety of different wedding Airbnbs, from A-frame cabins to large mountain chateaus. Whatever your vision is, Colorado will likely have an Airbnb that you'll love! 

apache ranch


This venue is located just outside of Silverthorne, there are tons of great restaurants and breweries nearby. This venue can be booked with lodging or in off-season for ceremony only!


Steamboat springs

This venue is about 1.5 hours from Steamboat but is easy access to tons of open space. The property is private and filled with wildflowers and aspen trees.

mountain refuge

la plata

This Southwest Colorado Airbnb wedding venue is situated on a private pond and surrounded by evergreens. It is the perfect spot for intimate elopements or larger 50 person gatherings.

Colorado springs

This is the venue I'm getting married at! This spot has sweeping views of Pikes Peak and has plenty of space for you and 20 of your guests to stay on-site. 


river ranch


This venue was a top contender for my wedding day because of the beautiful open space and charming river running throughout. There is room for 24 guests to stay on site.



This beautiful log cabin home has room for 8 guests and allows a whopping 99 person wedding occupancy, making it the perfect spot for your larger Airbnb wedding venue!

Lake front

pagosa springs

This rustic lakefront Airbnb is situated, literally lake front. It is in a neighborhood which limits the ability for noise and later evening gatherings. But it is a beautiful home in a beautiful area!

castles ranch


This Airbnb and Lodge is incredibly unique, with some of the coolest landscapes I've ever seen. There are several different lodging options, a river and hottub. 


south forks

This lodge style venue has tons of space and lodging for you and all your guests. There are hot tubs and a river running throughout, not to mention a gorgeous cliff face and meadow backdrop.

want to view even more venues? send me a message to receive my airbnb venue guide!

When is the Best Time for a colorado airbnb wedding?

Colorado temperatures vary greatly from season to season (and even day to day!!) Here are some weather related tips for your Colorado elopement.

Summer is one of my favorite times to photograph in Colorado
 because the weather is so predictable. Temperatures are relatively mild (especially comparing it to Texas, my home state!)

Spring can be colder than you might think!
Especially if you're wanting to go into the mountains. And there might not be as many flowers and fauna since it takes longer for the winter ice to melt. 

Fall has the most gorgeous colors, but it comes and goes quickly!
Fall is my favorite season in Colorado. The orange and yellow leaves are absolutely magical. But Fall can come and go quickly. Sometimes those gorgeous leaves only last a week. But if you plan it right (and with a little luck) your wedding would be stunning. 

Winter can be freezing or mild.
Winter in Colorado is always a toss up. It can be frigid or mild. Always plan for it being cold. (Layers, proper transportation, etc.) 

my take...

When would I plan a Colorado Airbnb wedding? Go with Summer or Fall! If you're wanting those gorgeous fall colors, aim for late September. Luckily though, Colorado is beautiful all year round– you really can't go wrong!

who to invite to your Colorado airbnb wedding

Choosing who to invite to their wedding is probably the biggest stressors for couples eloping or having an intimate wedding. But at the end of the day, you are choosing to have a non-traditional, unique and authentic experience with just you and your partner– so you should do whatever feels best to you. 

Some things to consider if you choose to invite friends and family: 

1. Is everyone on your list fully onboard with your decision to marry your partner? Are they fully onboard with your vision to have a small wedding and the way you see your day? 

2. Would it be impactful to you to have some of your guests hear your vows? Or is that something you want to be private and intimate? 

3. Is there anyone on your guest list who you're concerned will hijack your day? Make it about them? Provide any unnecessary stress and anxiety for you?

4. Does your Airbnb location have a capacity limit? Will you be able to have the day you've envisioned with X number of people or will you need to adjust your vision to invite more people?

5. How will travel and lodging work? Will you need additional resources to include more people?

Remember, this day is about you and your partner. There is no right or wrong answer! I want you to have the best day ever that fully is the day you've envisioned. You've likely chosen to have an Airbnb wedding because you want to break free of the stress and norms of a big wedding. So stick with your guns and choose the day that is right for you! 

COLORADO airbnb wedding vendors

With a smaller wedding, your vendor list will likely be smaller than those planning a traditional wedding, but you're still going to want the dream team of wedding vendors! Here are some of my favorite hair and makeup artists, videographers, officiants and florists. 

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Are airbnb weddings allowed?

Weddings are no longer allowed when booked directly through Airbnb. I recommend reaching out to the venue owner directly or going through VRBO. All of the venues I recommend have been researched recently and do allow events ranging in size.

frequently asked questions

+ Reach out to the owner directly on your booking site of choice. 
+ Inform them you're interested in booking them for a wedding. 
+ Expect to pay an event fee anywhere from $500-$3000. 
+ Get everything in writing!

How do i get married at an airbnb?

I provide a guide with all my favorite Airbnb, VRBO and lodge style venues, but all communication, booking, etc. is done by you. My guide does have capacity, location, rules/regulations and the event fees to save you time in your search! And let's be honest, the searching is usually the hardest part!

Will you help with booking?

Some venues do allow pets, but this is something you should definitely clear with the owners beforehand and expect to pay some sort of pet fee.


Again, check with the owners! But most venues that allow events will also allow for rentals and the like to be brought in. 


Colorado is beautiful all year round and it totally depends on the vibe you're going for! Check out the above info on my suggested times. 


The choice to have a non-traditional wedding venue does come with risks inclement weather. But Colorado weather passes quite quickly, there have been times when I’ve had a wedding with torrential rain and hail and in 30 minutes it has completely cleared and been sunny and beautiful. To reduce the risk of afternoon showers (which are incredibly prevalent in Colorado) have a morning ceremony! In the event of rain I have 15+ clear umbrellas for you and your guests. But remember, rain or shine, you’re getting married!!


I am located in Denver, Colorado. But I will travel wherever! Lodging fees do apply if your location is more than 2 hours away. I offer discounted rates for certain "bucket list" wedding locations. 


My style is a mix of photojournalistic and traditional. I love capturing candid moments, the authentic smiles, the natural tears, the goofy glances— all the things that make your wedding authentically you. But I also want to make sure that you get the shots you've been waiting for. I want you to have the classic images of you and your partner seeing each other for the first time, or your first dance, or just a big family photo that your mom will display in her home.


Yaaaaas!! I’m so excited for you! For next steps, send me a message! I’ll help you every step along the way, from sending you potential Airbnb venues to finding the perfect photo locations. I am your photographer and your guide!


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Hey there! I’m so glad you found this wedding guide, I hope it was helpful! I’m a wedding photographer based out of Denver and serving locations across Colorado and beyond. I’m originally from Texas but beelined it here as fast as I could. I’ve always loved the Colorado way of life– the mountains, the food, the people, it’s unlike any place I’ve ever been! Being an elopement photographer here is a dream. I love serving fun and in love couples. If you’re wanting candid, authentic imagery with a creative twist and a luxury experience, I’m your girl! I’d love to learn more about you and your special day! Can’t wait to hear from you!