Wild Basin Lodge – Allenspark, CO

On our tour of the Estes Park area wedding venues, we took a little jog south of Estes to the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO.  When you walk into the lodge, the first thing that will hit you is the huge stone-hearth fireplace decorated with aspen greenery, harvested by the Wild Basin Lodge staff.  From the rough-hewn logs to the polished bar, Wild Basin features a mixture of rustic charm, and classic elegance.

One of the oldest lodges in the area, Wild Basin has been around since the early 1900’s, but has only been in it’s current facility for about 10 years. The tour of the Wild Basin lodge was truly enjoyable. Hillary and Denise really made us feel at home while we were there. The lodging is limited to 6 lodge rooms, but as a wedding or reception venue, Wild Basin can handle 200 guests.

Business Name: Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center

Primary Contact: Hillary Hanson

Title: Marketing Manager

Address: 1130 County Road, 84 West, Allenspark, CO 80510

Phone Number: (303) 747-2274

Contact Email: [email protected]

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Q: How many guests can you accommodate?

A: 200

Q: How long has your venue been in business?

A: 10 years on 12.21.11!

Q: How long has your venue been hosting weddings?

A: Throughout operation (10 years)

Q: How many weddings do you host a year on average?

A: 150

Q: What is the cost (or range) for your venue?

A: $67-$142 per person for an all inclusive wedding package

Q: Do you host Ceremonies, Receptions, and/or Honeymoons?

A: Yes, we also host day after brunches, rehearsal dinners, elopement weddings, anniversary dinners, vow renewals, and private events.

Q: Do you have different options or packages available for weddings?

A: Yes, we cater our wedding packages to each couple and their unique needs.

Q: What special amenities do you have to accommodate weddings?

A: Our facilities boast 2 outdoor ceremony sites with stunning views, 2 large reception rooms, 6 lodge rooms, and every single wedding package includes the couple’s choice of ceremony and reception site, all tables, linens, silverware, china, chairs, crystal, a complimentary champagne toast, bridal coordination, a bridal captain, a full reception meal including two appetizers, two entrée selections, organic sautéed vegetables, choice of a starch item, and loads of other inclusions!

Q: Do you offer any wedding services?

A: Couples often choose The Wild Basin Lodge for our flexibility, exemplary reputation for customer service, and on-site bridal coordination.

Q: Do you have an on-site coordinator for the day of the wedding?

A: Yes, we include an on-site coordinator, coordination and planning services prior to the big day, and a bridal captain to ensure that things run smoothly throughout the reception.

Q: If so, what services do they provide?

A: Our coordinators and captain ensure that a timeline of the wedding is pre-approved by couples and their families. Coordinators run rehearsals so couples don’t have to spend additional funds hiring officiates or wedding planners for an additional day. Wild Basin brides can rest assured that their coordinator will handle all processional queues, scheduling of decorating time, keeping photographers on schedule, entrances into the reception, serving private appetizers, the first dance, toasts, and cake cutting coordination.

Q: Do you have any restrictions on outside wedding vendors?

A: We welcome any and all outside vendors for weddings at The Wild Basin Lodge. We have a preferred vendor list if couples are looking for the top vendors in our area.

Q: What are the benefits of booking their wedding here?

A: We help couples plan a dream wedding that is as unique as they are, and we help them every step of the way. Our friendly staff will answer questions 7 days a week, our beautiful location wows guests year-round, and our award-winning cuisine is made on site with quality ingredients. We have remained at the top of our industry throughout our ten years in existence, and continue to host some of the best weddings and events in the nation!

Q: What do brides tell you is the reason that they choose your venue?

A: We consistently are told it’s for three reasons: our stunning location, our world-class food, and our outstanding customer service.

Q: What makes your venue unique?

A: Our location with gorgeous mountain views can’t be beat and the value of our all-inclusive wedding packages is excellent. We only host one wedding each day so we can guarantee our couples that their events will be private, personalized, and catered to their exact specifications.

Q: What kinds of things can a Bride expect when she contacts you, and throughout the process?

A: Couples can always expect to be greeted with a friendly and knowledgeable staff member who can cater tours and inquiries to anyone’s specific needs. We are always happy to give an in-depth tour of our stunning facilities, but if a site visit simply isn’t possible, we will assist our clients using photographs, video, and email. We highly encourage engaged couples to contact us any time throughout the planning process to schedule a tasting, a details meeting, or to ask us any questions they may have before the big day.

Q: What advice do you have for a Bride thinking about booking her wedding here?

A: Plan early! We will only host one wedding a day, and our most desired dates in peak season are booking out fast.

Q: Do you have any other general suggestions for the wedding couple?

A: Your wedding is a special day that’s all about you! Including unique aspects that define you as a couple will make the day even more significant, so plan your wedding the way that you want it.

Five Emerging Luxury Wedding Trends for Colorado Destination Weddings

The wedding celebration is a chance to express yourself! Brides and Grooms are now using their wedding day to make a statement, present a focus or create a sense of elegance that is important to them. The festivities may even involve be a cause they support, like a recent wedding I did at a country club. The couple wanted to fund the drilling of drinking water wells in South Africa. Instead of gifts from guests, they simply asked guests to anonymously donate to this cause. It was tasteful, and well done.

Each and every wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event! It’s not a simple “party” where you call a few friends over, have a drink and watch the “big game.” This IS an event! Something that takes meticulous planning and preparation to ensure that all the pieces come together perfectly, by design. Each key element is then delivered flawlessly at the right time and tempo, in a manner that reflects you and your personalities. Couples are now using their luxury Colorado wedding to make their signature event (yes, event) a cornerstone of their family legacy more than ever.

When you consider that there are 85,000 weddings a year in the U.S., Colorado luxury destination weddings seem to be blazing the trail for others to follow. What are the emerging luxury wedding trends being seen at Colorado destination weddings?

  1. Black tie is back – formal, with the desire for everyone to be dressed up; more of a “vintage” feel that focuses on lavishness and luxury.
  2. A White Tie Affair – White palettes reign, into ivory, with a luxurious, rich feel that whispers class and elegance. Yes, it’s now proper to have a wedding party dressed in all white, and trend that began with Chelsea Clinton and the royal wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton. White flowers are in, but formal events can still have personality with a splash of color. Brides are also choosing a theme to express themselves too!
  3. Elegance AND Fun – Couples want elegance, but then want it to end, moving on to absolute exuberance (fun). The night does not end with the reception. The ceremony is on site; followed by a formal cocktail hour; then dinner; dancing (for the older guests) and it ends.  Sort of.  Then, you guessed it – the younger folks continue at an “after party” off-site; and yes, they often take Matt from Amoré DJ Entertainment to the “after party” as their DJ to continue the celebration off-site.
  4. Surprise!!! – It’s all about the moment of surprise! Luxury brides want a tasteful surprise. Tasteful and modest, yet lavish. Grooms are now jumping on board and welcome the idea of a surprise, too. Most of all, newlyweds want to really “WOW!” their guests. They don’t want this to be just another wedding. The “WOW!” goes far beyond cheesy DJ LED uplighting done in pink, turquoise or purple; and certainly not another choreographed dance, but I mean really “WOW!” guests with something new, fresh, creative and reflective of them! (Things like fireworks; dancers; special audio or video tributes; celebrity guest appearances and more.)
  5. The “A” list – with many Colorado destination weddings, luxury brides are narrowing their guest list to an “A” list of “must have” attendees, a “B” list of semi-close friends and family, and a “C” list that includes everyone under the sun. The smaller, more intimate “A” list is definitely in for the luxury bride wanting a Colorado destination wedding. She’s going to take excellent care of her guests with a multi-course gourmet meal and pamper them in utter opulence! Some brides even splurge, putting up their “A” guests in a swank cabin, cottage or lodge for the night at a place like the Aspen Lodge, or the Della Terra Chateau in Estes Park. As guests retire for the evening, muffins or breakfast foods are set out for them to take back to their rooms for the next morning. Nice touch!

Certainly, brides wanting a luxury Colorado destination wedding can have the best of both worlds. Colorado is the place for destination weddings, offering brides options like no other place on the planet, including gorgeous venues (from cozy, to rustic, elegant or natural); great service; unique, secluded scenic spots for pictures; a fantastic seasonal climate for weddings with an ambiance for creating those family fun “vacations” that happen before (or after) for guests; lots of mountains; more than 300 days of sunshine; and, without a doubt, the best pool of wedding professionals anywhere, all working together to create a fun, unique and worry-free wedding! The possibilities are endless!