by Tracy Block
If you are dreaming of getting married among sweeping mountain views and the best of Colorado food and beverage, Copper Mountain is the destination for you! On the fence about the idea? Denver and Eagle County airports offer easy transportation for our out-of-town guests, to start. Once you are here, you will relish the fact that everything you need is located onsite – lodging, activities, shopping, dining, and even a gym and spa!
Not sure about winter versus summer? “Copper Mountain is truly magic in the winter,” says Leisure Group & Wedding Sales Manager Shannon Bianco. “We have an outdoor ceremony site where the bridal party can ski from the top of the Super Bee lift right into their ceremony site at the base. We can also set up a private fire pit outside the reception for your guests to make s’mores and drink hot toddies,” she says. (Mic drop!)
For those who prefer a warm-weather affair, you can still take the ski lift up to a mountaintop ceremony. Summer photo opportunities are endless. Backdrops can include rivers, wildflowers, the golf course and various bridges.
What do you do if you can’t decide between a winter or summer wedding at Copper? “Your wedding should be a reflection of you both,” says Bianco. “Close your eyes and imagine the Big Day. Is it a winter wonderland in the snowy mountains? Or, perhaps a spectacular summer backdrop with wildflowers and a pink sky?” Once you can both envision the setting, it will be easier to choose. Or, you can always call Shannon to paint more of these fairytale scenes for you!
There are so many reasons why Copper is a suitable wedding venue, and they go far beyond panoramic mountain views. It is the perfectly sized venue for your guests to enjoy a weekend away – without getting lost, or bored!
Where will the ceremony take place?
You will work with an onsite coordinator to hand-pick your ceremony site, which can include a decorated arch on the mountaintop for incredible photo opportunities or a base area site with panoramic golf course and Ten Mile Range views. Depending on your preference, you can choose to tie the knot indoors or outdoors. Current options include:
Koko’s Hut: This venue is located on the mountain, with guests taking the chairlift to access! (There is a shuttle option, too, for less-adventurous guests.) Koko’s accommodates up to 100 guests and has a Plan B option if the weather doesn’t comply.
Chapel: The onsite chapel is a traditional setting with a mountainous vibe for up to 160 guests.
Copper Vista: If you’re ski and snowboarding pros, you’ll love the idea of getting married at the base of the Super Bee Lift! Nearby the Copper Creek Golf Club, you will have a smooth transition from ceremony to reception, where 240 guests are welcome. A rain location is also included if weather doesn’t go according to plan.
Mezzanine: If you like the mountain lodge feel, this is your kind of venue. The quieter locale sits on the third floor of Copper Station and overlooks Grand Hall, along with views of the golf course. Up to 200 guests can be accommodated at Mezzanine.
Additionally, there will be a brand-new wedding venue accessible from the top of the American Eagle Lift. Details, pricing and the opening date will be announced soon!
What about the party?
Now that you’ve made things official, it’s time to commemorate your Big Day! In true Copper fashion, you can expect nothing less than attentive hospitality. Your choices for reception venues are:
Grand Hall: This is your stomping ground if you have a large party. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning mountain views – a backdrop everyone will remember!
JJ’s Rocky Mountain Tavern: Rustic mountain charm in a cozy ambiance, JJ’s accommodates a more personal party. Take advantage of the patio, which offers gorgeous golf course views!
CB Grille: Elegant and quaint, this restaurant is set in Center Village and prides itself on unique and local eats.
Hasty’s: Warm and inviting, the fireplace and wood panel décor here sets a more intimate mood.
What will we eat?
Copper Mountain’s food and beverage program is second to none. Everywhere you go, you will find everything from mouthwatering entrees and delicious comfort food to innovative cocktails and Colorado brews. For your wedding, you will work with the catering manager, who will tailor the menu to your tastes and preferences. Copper offers turnkey, stress-free catering that is convenient for receptions of all sizes, from groups of 20 to 300.
Food and beverage offerings run the gamut, from brunch menus and dinner buffets to late-night snacks and specialty treats. “We already have a fabulous wedding menu with many options to choose from, but nothing is set in stone,” says Bianco. “Perhaps you have a favorite recipe? We are always happy to talk with the chef, and specialty/featured cocktails are always a big hit.”
How to Plan a Unique Wedding at Copper
Although you can feel confident handing the reins over to the wedding team at Copper, it is understandable that you may want to infuse your own flavor into your Wedding Day. You will have full access to your space to make it your own! “We recently had a wedding that rented a mini burro with bags of favors harnessed to him,” Bianco says. “He walked around the outdoor deck area during the cocktail hour while guests took favors from his little bag. It was so adorable!”
When seeking unique touches, you can always go the Pinterest route. Or, revisit the root of your love; where you met, the places you have traveled, life milestones you’ve shared together – and get creative from there!
How to Book Your Wedding
Fittingly, to begin the process, you will Request a Proposal on the Copper Mountain website. Along with basic contact information, make sure to have your date (or range), budget, attendee, lodging and venue information handy.
To get a better visual of what your wedding at Copper Mountain might look like, you can browse Wedding Reviews and peruse photos from recent onsite receptions.
According to Bianco, some weddings are booked as far as three years out, or as close to one month before (pending availability). The sweet spot, however, is between 1-1.5 years in advance. Your top priorities should be securing your date and finding your venue. “After that, everything else will fall into place,” says Bianco.