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Weddings in Aspen

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Say I Do to Aspen for a Wedding To Remember

 

ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 2018) — Weddings in Aspen run the gamut from casual and rustic to elegant and over-the-top. A wedding set amongst Aspen’s natural beauty coupled with the fun of an adventure vacation and numerous activities to keep family and guests entertained days throughout makes for an unforgettable destination wedding.

The Backdrop

From celebrating at night (wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelor or bachelorette parties) to recovering the next day (breakfasts, brunches, luncheons), Aspen’s diverse venues have what you’ll need.

Elegant Options. Aspen’s hotels offer the exquisite facilities and experienced personnel essential to a seamless celebration. One of Aspen’s favorite wedding venues is the Victorian-era Hotel Jerome boasts a a beautiful ballroom in graceful cream tones (www.hoteljerome.com; 970.920.1000). Nestled at the foot of Aspen Mountain, five-star, five-diamond The Little Nell hotel is the place for an Aspen mountaintop or mountain base affair (www.thelittlenell.com; 970.920.6322). The majestic St. Regis Resort, Aspen has the largest ballroom in Aspen, an outdoor courtyard that can be tented and a smaller courtyard surrounded by Aspen trees perfect for a ceremony (stregis.com/aspen; 970.920.3300). For more intimate affairs, the Caribou Club, Aspen’s  exclusive private venue, is available for special events (www.caribouclub.com; 970.925.2929).

Mountain Venues. Mountain venues combine the refinement of Aspen with the rugged beauty of the surrounding peaks for an unforgettable wedding. Perched atop Aspen Mountain looking out over Aspen Highlands’ Bowl, the Wedding Deck is accessible by the Silver Queen Gondola, and is designed specifically for wedding ceremonies. After the ceremony, guests can celebrate at The Sundeck restaurant.The lodge atmosphere features high ceilings, rough-hewn timbers, and a wrap-around deck overlooking miles of Rocky Mountain wilderness. In the same building, the elegant Aspen Mountain Club is available for smaller affairs (www.aspensnowmass.com; 970.429.6971). On Buttermilk Mountain, Bumps (at the base) and the Cliffhouse (on top, with breathtaking views) are great options for the outdoorsy couple (970.923.0426). T-Lazy-7 Ranch is set in the gorgeous Maroon Creek Valley and features a Western log lodge and outdoor grounds for parties (www.tlazy7.com; 970.925.4614). And for the ultimate adventure, the Pine Creek Cookhouse combines stunning views of the Ashcroft Valley and Star Peak with gourmet mountain cuisine in an impeccable log cabin setting (www.pinecreekcookhouse.com, 970.925.1044).

Cultural Alternatives. Looking for something different? Bask in the beauty of wildflowers and quiet paths at Theatre Aspen's Hurst Theatre. Both the theater and lobby are available during late spring, summer and fall (www.theatreaspen.corg, 970.925.9313). Or make history at The Wheeler-Stallard House, the large, authentic Victorian house that hosts the Aspen Historical Society and weddings and other events on its shady lawn from July to late September (www.aspenhistory.org; 970.925.3721). The Aspen Meadows Resort is located on the world-famous, Bauhaus-inspired campus of the Aspen Institute and can accommodate groups and weddings of any size, boasting gourmet catering services and sweeping, panoramic views of the surrounding slopes. (www.aspenmeadowsresort.dolce.com; 970.925.4240).  

Barefoot in the Park. For an affordable and beautiful wedding venue, reserve one of Aspen’s public parks. All one needs is a written Parks Use Permit, granted by the City of Aspen. (970.920.5120)

Here Comes the Bride (and Groom)

In Aspen, soon-to-be couples have been known to show up on their big day in kayaks, motorcycles, paragliders, and even hot-air balloons.

  • Horse Around. There are few things more romantic than an old-fashioned horse-and-carriage ride to and from your wedding through Aspen’s downtown streets. Aspen Carriage Company will customize a ride for the big day. (970.925.3394)
  • Rolling Start. Aspen’s bike shops are happy to outfit the bride and groom with wheels, from a romantic tandem cycle, stylish beach cruisers or a four-wheeled, covered buggy – the latter being a great option for the wedding party. Try Aspen Sports (www.aspensports.com; 970.925.6331) or Hub of Aspen (970. 925.7970).

Pre-Nup Primp and Pamper

  • Remède Spa at St. Regis Resort, Aspen. The 15,000-square-foot resort spa offers customized treatments and Remède signature treatments incorporating Aspen’s alpine and mineral environment. Remède Spa offers complimentary oxygen in the post-treatment oxygen room, as well as luxurious treats including chilled champagne and truffles. (www.remede.com/aspen; 970.920.6783)
  • O2 Aspen. A bamboo-floored yoga and pilates studio in a new location, O2 Aspen offers yoga classes for all levels, and a day spa featuring Chinese herbal medicine, massage, acupuncture facials, and other beauty treatments. (www.02aspen.com; 970.925.4002)

Activities for the Crowd

No matter how adventurous your entourage, they will have the vacation of their lives in Aspen. Here are just a few ways guests can spend their days.

  • Golf at one of the area’s world-class courses such as The Aspen Golf Club, ranked as the 21st Best U.S. Municipal Golf Course and the No.1 Municipal Course in Colorado by Golfweek Magazine. (www.aspengolf.com; 970.429.1949)
  • Whitewater Rafting on the nearby Colorado, Roaring Fork and Arkansas rivers. Local adventure company Blazing Adventures specializes in a wide array of adventure activities including whitewater rating for individuals or groups. (www.blazingadventures.com; 970.923.4544)
  • Hiking a casual nature trail to summiting a “fourteener” (a peak more than 14,000 feet tall). Hire Aspen Center for Environmental Studies guides for only $40 per hour for mellow to difficult hikes (www.aspennature.org) or local outfitter Aspen Expeditions for more adventurous  guided trips. (www.aspenexpeditions.com;  970.925.7625)
  • Off-Road Excursion in a guided Jeep tour on the backside of Aspen mountain. Enjoy stunning mountains from a comfortable Jeep with Blazing Adventures’ Colorado Jeep Tours. (www.blazingadventures.com;  970.923.4544)

 

Leave the Details to Aspen’s Party Pros. This town knows how to throw a party, from an extravagant gala to an intimate soirée. So no matter what your hopes are for getting hitched, Aspen’s planners can carry them off without a hitch.

  • Bluebird Productions has planned countless perfect nuptials right down to the garnish on the plates (www.bluebirdaspen.com; 970.948.7757).
  • DL Event Planning is experienced in  full-service destination event, party and wedding planning that will exceed expectations and ensure flawless events (www.dleventplanning.com; 970.925.4223).
  • Marcie Kneiper of Creative Weddings and Celebrations has over thirteen years of experience planning weddings and special events in the Aspen area (creativeweddingsandcelebrations.com; 970.704.1300).
  • Whether extravagantly elegant, mountain casual or an enchanting theme, EKS Events will coordinate a flawless event (www.eksevents.com; 970.704.9318).
  • Aspen Eventworks plans exquisite events ranging from corporate to private (www.aspeneventworks.com; 970.618.5750).
  • Nancy Snell Events is a full-service agency ready to prepare an unforgettable celebration (www.nancysnellevents.com; 970.925.9207).
  • Chelsea Dillon and Kate Ryan at Gold Leaf Event Design and Productions provide full-service destination event planning, event marketing and event design (www.goldleafevent.com; 970.379.5432).

 

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Maureen Poschman • [email protected]

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For visitor information, visit www.aspenchamber.org, or call 1.888.290.1324 or 970.925.1940.

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4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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