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Estes is a dreamy destination for couples seeking a picturesque setting to say their “I do’s.” At Taharaa Mountain Lodge, we understand the significance of this special day and are dedicated to helping you host a memorable wedding weekend. To ensure you create unforgettable moments for your wedding in Estes Park, here are some valuable tips to guide you through the planning process. Hosting and planning a wedding weekend in Estes Park is a great way to make sure your guests have the best experience. Typically our couples have guests who are coming from out of state, so having a wedding weekend planned for them is the perfect way to make them feel welcome and make sure they are able to enjoy their time in Estes Park. Here are a few tips on creating a memorable wedding weekend in Estes Park.

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1. Start Early: The key to hosting a perfect wedding weekend in Estes Park is to begin planning well in advance. Securing your venue, booking accommodations, and coordinating with vendors can be time-consuming. Booking early ensures you have the best choices at your disposal.

2. Embrace Nature: Estes Park is known for its natural beauty, so make the most of it! Consider planning outdoor events like a rehearsal dinner, a post-wedding brunch or even a picnic at Sprague Lake. These gatherings allow your guests to fully appreciate the stunning surroundings.

4. Plan Activities: Transform your wedding weekend into a mini-vacation for your guests. Arrange activities such as hiking, horseback riding, or even a guided tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. These activities will not only entertain your guests but also provide them with a true Estes Park experience. 

5. Welcome Bags: Greet your guests with personalized welcome bags. Include local goodies, maps, and a schedule of the weekend’s events. This thoughtful gesture will set the tone for a memorable wedding weekend.

6. Wedding Favors: Show your appreciation by giving your guests wedding favors that reflect the Estes Park experience. This could be locally crafted items, like candles or chocolates, as a reminder of your special day. We love a caramel apple from Laura’s or Taffy from the Taffy shop!

7. Plan Ahead for Weather: Estes Park weather can be unpredictable, so prepare for all possibilities. Have a contingency plan for outdoor ceremonies and receptions, and consider renting a tent if needed.

8. Capture the Memories: Hire a professional photographer and videographer to capture all the moments of your wedding weekend. These memories will last a lifetime and can be cherished for generations to come.

9. Embrace the day of with the ease of getting ready at the lodge: Many of our brides decide to have a hair and make-up team come to their location and help the bridal party get ready for the big day. We offer space for both parties to get ready, right on-site which makes planning simple and convenient. 

10. Lodging on site: Most of our couples chose to stay the whole weekend in one of our suites. Our wedding packages include two nights lodging in a Honeymoon Suite, but sometimes couples decide to stay an extra week for their honeymoon! We have two suites perfect for a romantic week away.  The Taharaa Suite has a Southwestern Theme and features a double-sided fireplace in the living room. It also has a private patio, so you can enjoy the stunning views. The Cattle Baron Suite is our largest and features high ceilings and a Mountain View. There is even a wet bar and fireplace!

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A wedding weekend in Estes Park, hosted at Taharaa Mountain Lodge, is destined to be an unforgettable experience. By following these tips, you can ensure that your celebration is filled with cherished moments, stunning scenery, and the love and joy that your wedding deserves. Estes Park is not just a destination; it’s an enchanting experience, and your wedding weekend can be a beautiful chapter in your love story.