Breckenridge Elopement Guide – Eloping in Summit County, Colorado

As a Breckenridge elopement photographer I may be a bit biased but I truly believe that Breckenridge is one of the best places to elope in Colorado, especially those coming in from out of state. Why? It’s beautiful, has tons of lodging and restaurants, has some incredible hikes, and is an easy (depending on the weather …) two hour drive from the Denver airport. If you are wondering how to elope in Breckenridge, Colorado, this is for you!

A quick note: For simplicity’s sake I’m using the term “Breckenridge” but this article really applies to all of Summit County – if you’re thinking of eloping in Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone, Blue River, Silverthorne, or anywhere nearby, this is for you!

Why you should trust me

I‘m Jen Dz. I make eloping in Breckenridge easy and unforgettable.

Over 20 years ago we took a family trip to Breckenridge and it changed the trajectory of my entire life. It ignited a love of the mountains and an obsession with living there as quickly as I could!

I call Boulder home these days but Breck will forever be near and dear to my heart. I know the area like the back of my hand and can't wait to show you all of my secret spots!

Breck by the numbers ….

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of spots that will take your breath away

Summer Elopements in Breckenridge (June – August)

When is the best time of year to elope in Breckenridge?

Summer in the mountains is GLORIOUS. They say people come to Colorado for the winters but stay for the summers and I think that is probably true! Warm days give way to cool, comfortable nights. If you want to hike for your elopement or spend an entire day outdoors, summer is probably for you. Summit County is a popular destination for summer travelers and town will be busy but it’s never too crazy (and there is always lots to do!).

Fall Elopements in Breckenridge (September – November)

Fall is a transitional time everywhere but nowhere is that more true than in the mountains. September starts off warm but by early October the aspens have changed and snow is on the way. September and early October are my FAVORITE months in the mountains – the temperatures are usually a little cooler, most of the tourists have gone home, and the leaves make everything so, so dreamy. By the time you get into October (and definitely by November!) snow becomes more common. The great thing about this time of year is that you have a good chance of having snow on the ground … without having to deal with SUPER deep snow that makes travel difficult. I LOVE fall!!

Winter Elopements in Breckenridge (December – April-ish)

In case you haven’t heard the news, winter in Colorado is kiiiiiiiiiiiind of a big deal. Summit County has some of the best and most famous ski areas in Colorado and people flock in from all over the world to play in all that snow. It also means that there can be a LOT of snow! If you want to elope in a winter wonderland, winter in Breckenridge is MAGICAL. Winter in the mountains lasts way longer than what you traditionally think of as “winter”. March and April are typically our snowiest months.

Spring Elopements in Breckenridge (April-May)

I’m going to be honest here – spring is my least favorite season around here. They don’t call it “mud” season for nothing! March, April, and May can be really snowy and once all that snow starts to melt it gives way to mud. Roads that close seasonally are still closed and the weather is very unpredictable. This is usually the time of year that I start talking to couples about choosing a lower elevation location (or heading to the desert).

Breckenridge Elopement Locations

One of the biggest things you will have to decide when eloping in Breckenridge is where to have your ceremony (and first look and picnic and first dance …). Fortunately, you have TONS of options!

Please note: In accordance with Leave No Trace principles I’m not going to give specific locations here (I keep these for the couples I work with!) but hopefully this will help you get inspired!

At an Alpine Lake

Breck has loads of beautiful lakes which require varying lengths of hikes to get to. From super short walks from the car to multi-mile treks into the mountains, there is an alpine lake for anyone!

Next to a Waterfall

While this part of Colorado doesn’t have quite as many waterfalls as some other areas, it still has a few! The waterfalls here area easy to access when the roads are melted out and can make a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony!

Elope at an AirBnB or on private land

Another great option for couples who are bringing guests to their elopement or having an intimate wedding is to rent a beautiful VRBO or AirBnB to base their festivities out of. You can have your ceremony at the cabin and then head up high for photos.

couple eloping on mountain pass in Colorado

On a Mountain Pass

Breckenridge is surrounded by mountains which means it’s also surrounded by beautiful drives THROUGH the mountains. These passes are easy to access without a long hike (although you can also hike up there if you want!)!

Have an intimate wedding at Sapphire Point

Sapphire Point is a perfect spot for those who want to bring guests to their elopement. This beautiful spot overlooks Lake Dillon, is an easy walk from the parking lot, and can be reserved for an hour or two for a really good price.

Where to Stay in Summit County for your Elopement

Summit County is made up a few different towns and all have their own vibe. While they are all reasonably close together, choosing the right one will help set the stage for your day!

Breckenridge

“Breck” is beautiful and bustling with a thriving downtown area, tons of restaurants, lots of lodging, and heaps of things to do. Most of my couples base their elopements out of Breck.

Frisco

I adore Frisco. It’s quite a bit smaller than Breck but still has ample shops and restaurants. The downtown is just adorable and because its located right off I-70 it makes a great jumping off point to other parts of Summit County.

Blue River

If you don’t mind being farther from town and other amenities and want more of a cabin type vibe, Blue River is beautiful. Blue River sits just below Quandary Peak, about 20 minutes outside of Breckenridge. There is a lodge with a restaurant there but mostly you are looking at renting a house or cabin.

Pick the right basecamp for your Breckenridge Elopement!

Silverthorne/Dillon

These would probably be my least favorite choices for places to stay. These towns have more of a commercial feel (want to go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond? This is where you’d go!). Having said that, lodging is less expensive here and you are still surrounded by beautiful mountains.

What You Need: A Marriage License

What you DON'T Need: Witnesses or an Officiant!

How to Get Married in Summit County

Getting married in Summit County (or anywhere in Colorado) is incredibly easy! You will need to pick up your marriage license at a County Clerk's office no more than 30 days before your elopement. More info on getting a marriage license in Summit County is here.

How to Elope in Breckenridge, Colorado

I’m putting this first on the list not because I’m biased (well, maybe I’m a little biased …) but because doing this step first will make everything else SO much easier! An experienced elopement photographer will help you with every other step of this process – from picking a location to coming up with a timeline for your day. (Pssssst … I know Breck like the back of my hand and would love to help you out! Click here to schedule a free consult!)

1. Choose Your Breckenridge Elopement Photographer

Your photographer will help you pick the perfect location for your elopement (and for any other stops along your day!). Every photographer is different but for me, this is where I take a deep dive with my couples into the kind of things and places that would make their day as epic (or as easy!) as they want!

2. Choose your elopement location

The most common vendor my couples also hire is hair and makeup. A good hair and makeup person (I have some awesome recommendations!) can help you feel fabulous on this day – and keep you from having to worry about doing your own beautification! Who doesn’t like a little pampering?! Other common vendors include florists, cakes, or a private chef to make dinner at your AirBnB!

3. Book any other vendors

4. Obtain Any Necessary Permits

Some Breckenridge elopement locations require permits. Your photographer will help you figure out which permits (if any) are necessary and how to get them.

5. Get your Marriage License

Getting a marriage license in Summit County is super easy! Colorado does not require any kind of officiant or witnesses. Simply go to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office (an appointment may be necessary) and get your license. There is no waiting period, blood test, or any of those shenanigans! Your dog can even sign your license with it’s paw print!

At the end of the day, this is what all this planning was about! Marry your person and enjoy every freaking minute of it!

6. Have the best damn day of your life.

Where to Eat + Drink in Breckenridge + Summit County

Whether you are looking for a spot for a tiny reception or a place for just the two of you to grab a beer after a hike, these are some of my favorites!


Real Breckenridge Elopements

Mountain Home Retreat

Mountain Cabin Getaway

Cabin on Peak 7

Location: Breckenridge

Sleeps: 6

Allows Pets: No

Allows Weddings: No

Location: Breckenridge

Sleeps: 10

Allows Pets: No

Allows Weddings: Yes

Location: Breckenridge

Sleeps: 8

Allows Pets: No

Allows Weddings: No

$433/night

$261/night

$275/night

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Huge Deck and Amazing Views

Dog Friendly Chalet

Pet Friendly Mountain Escape

Location: Breckenridge

Sleeps: 10

Allows Pets: No

Allows Weddings: Yes (12 people max)

Location: Breckenridge

Sleeps: 8

Allows Pets: Yes

Allows Weddings: No

Location: Breckenridge

Sleeps: 8

Allows Pets: Yes

Allows Weddings: No

$750/night

$275/night

$175/night

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