Engagement season is one of our favorite times of the year – the planning begins, the opportunities endless, and the excitement brewing. Selecting a venue is among one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a couple, setting a blueprint for the remainder of your wedding planning. With an endless variety of show stopping, stunning, picture perfect Colorado venues, we’re highlighting a few of our favorites. The can’t-go-wrong, is-this-too-good-to-be-true, trusty Calluna Events favorites. Sit back, relax, and enjoy part one of our three part series on Top Colorado Wedding Venues: The Front Range.
Remarkable hospitality is the name of the Four Seasons’ game. This community of “hospitalians” (verbiage kindly taken from our friend Bobby Stuckey) is unbeatable in service, attention and overall genuine quality of care. Pair that with effortless sleek design around every corner and you’ll spend most of your visit picking your jaw up off of the ground. We were fortunate to work with FS Denver for both Lesley + JD’s and Alexandra + Noam’s wedding. Food, ambiance, impeccable service, high class rooms….what more would you want?! If chic decor and luxury treatment is wrong, we don’t want to be right.
Why we love it: The all-in-one iconic Boulder venue with picturesque views.
It’s pretty hard for the St. Julien not to come to mind when discussing top wedding venues. This obvious choice fits the bill for so many of our couples. We’ve have been a preferred vendor for this venue since they opened and we can’t speak higher on this tried and true Boulder venue. Their incredibly accommodating and talented staff makes every wedding wish come true. If you’re opting for an intimate gazebo ceremony, dining al fresco in the lawn or hosting a full blown, gold-gilded ballroom reception, this place hits a home run every time. From aspects of the ceremony layout, cocktail hour and reception, we have transformed the space in a multitude of ways and love bringing the client’s new vision to life. Who could resist an outdoor ceremony space that showcases the breathtaking view of the Flatirons?! It’s truly our local gem.
Join us as we host the “Spring Dow the Aisle” bridal tea this February for a contemporary bridal showcase to ease all of your wedding planning woes!
For the Creative
There are so many different design directions to take with this blank space, just pursuing the grounds gets our creative juices flowing. The abundant outdoor space – a paved patio, garden & barn area – is paired with two gorgeous (and large!) interior rooms accommodating up to 210 guests. The exposed brick, beams and natural lighting sets an edgy and urban tone, simply begging to be beautified by the most creative, artsy, inspired couple and design team. We fell in love with this venue in early 2014 and dressed the space with Modern Marie Antoinette inspired details to celebrate 10 years of Calluna Events.
For the Nature Lover
The Farmette – We adore this DIY farm turned wedding venue in our lovely little town of Lyons! When the farm to table trend exploded (and we don’t see it going anywhere!) we knew there couldn’t be a more perfect venue. It’s so stripped down to the bare elements of Colorado nature and with some gentle tending it can become one of the most chic outdoor wedding spaces. With a vintage airstream, goats, chickens and flowers grown on-site, the space is intimate, enchanting and rustically charming.
River Bend – Equally adorable, this is the the newest venue in the Lyons Farmette family. Rivers Bend came to be after owners Betsy & Mike purchased the land affected by the devastating floods and turned the property into a gorgeous riverfront haven for weddings. We hosted dear Lana’s of Lana’s Shop wedding here and are looking forward to working here again in the upcoming season. Once again, farm to table weddings hold a special place in our hearts – and this space is completely idyllic for that local experience.
We hope everybody enjoyed our first segment of the perfect Boulder holiday venues! With some of our favorite holidays around the corner, we knew that Boulder Venues part II was an absolute must. Whether you are looking to host an intimate gathering full of delicious food and tasty drinks, or a large holiday bash in the heart of downtown Boulder, we have the perfect spots for you. Want to make the holiday planning even easier? Let us take the reins, and help you plan your gathering to make the holidays hassle free! Don’t forget its never too a late to book us for you holiday party!
Enjoy! xx, Calluna
Chautauqua Dining Hall: 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO
“After a hike on the nearby trails, before a concert in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium, or anytime you’d like to meet friends and family in Boulder’s most scenic setting, the Dining Hall is the perfect place to go. And there’s no finer venue in Boulder for weddings, private parties, or any type of special celebration.” Chautauqua offers several spots for private dining, including the West dining hall which can accommodate up to 80 guests seated and 100 guests cocktail style.
Riffs Urban Fare: 1115 Pearl St, Boulder, CO
“Riffs is the perfect Downtown Boulder venue for hosting your next small gathering. We can accommodate parties up to 20 people during regular business hours in either our Pearl Street-facing Sunroom or central high-topped bar area. Take advantage of Cocktail Hour pricing Monday-Friday for the quintessential after work get together or late afternoon soiree. For a larger party, restaurant buyout is most definitely possibly depending on time and size of the party”
Boulder Cork: 3295 30th Street, Boulder, CO
“At the Cork, we know how to make your group events memorable ones. We offer a variety of menus, spaces and dishes for every occasion, whether you’re hosting a banquet with business colleagues, a small holiday party with friends and family, or a joyous wedding reception with 150 guests. The comfortable, warm atmosphere at the Boulder Cork will ensure everyone feels at home at our table, and the food will leave your guests admiring your taste.”
Basta: 3601 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO
“Basta can help with your event and catering needs. Oyster bar, salumi, passed-or-plated appetizers, anything up to a multiple course dinner experience. Yes, we have pizza too.
Holiday parties are available for lunch and happy hour. Total restaurant buyouts are also available, but are very limited.”
The Mediterranean Restaurant: 1002 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO
“The Mediterranean restaurant is quite simply Boulder’s best venue for your party, business gathering, rehearsal dinner, wedding or special occasion. Uniquely designed and equipped with an experienced and dedicated event staff as well as a menu ideally suited for events of any size*, occasion or budget.Our facility boasts an exquisite ambiance, entirely customizable menus & beverage programs, an independent full-service kitchen & bar and even a secluded patio” The Med can accommodate up to 100 guests for a seated party.
Aji Latin American Restaurant: 1601 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO
“Let Aji cater your next event! Our experienced chefs and exceptional service staff will create a memorable occasion that will fit both your personal tastes and budget. With personalized attention, we offer comprehensive event planning, elegant presentation, and extraordinary cuisine.. Aji’s larger layout accommodates up to 200 people for passed appetizers & cocktails, 120 for a seated dinner, coursed or buffet.”
Mateo: 1837 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO
“Opened in 2001 in Boulder, Colorado, Mateo is a Chef and Owner operated restaurant, featuring simple dishes inspired by the Provence Region in Europe. The wine list focuses on small batch French and Italian Varietals and compliments the seasonally changing menu. The space is bright and streamlined revealing a clear, uncomplicated aesthetic.” Depending on numbers, a buyout of the space is possible.”
Flagstaff House: 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, CO
“Your special event should be more than just special — it should be perfect, yet personal, and utterly unforgettable. Let Flagstaff House create your private event in a gorgeous setting, with excellent service and outstanding cuisine. We are just five minutes from Boulder, offer a variety of rooms and terraces accommodating 12-200, and offer all day, afternoon onlyand evening only events.”
Blackbelly Market: 1606 Conestoga Street #3, Boulder, CO
“Blackbelly Market is the first restaurant by award-winning chef Hosea Rosenberg. Our menu is founded upon locally-sourced, sustainable, organic food. Our bar features seasonal cocktails, local beers and a world class wine list. Blackbelly is located in Boulder’s up and coming East Boulder neighborhood. Our restaurant features plentiful parking and a range of seating options, including dining room tables, a chef’s counter, a quaint bar and 2 outdoor patios.”
PMG: 2018 10th Street, Boulder, CO
“At PMG, it doesn’t matter how much you know about wine. This is not a club. All that matters is that you enjoy eating and drinking. For those seeking additional education, PMG features monthly blind tastings, guest sommeliers and winemakers, and enthusiastic and informative staff members who are happy to nerd out as much as you want to.” PMG would be the ideal spot for a small gathering for friends who enjoy tasty food and delicious wines.
Photo via Mark Antonation
Featured Image via: The Mediterranean Restaurant || Image: Chowen Photography