5 Tips For Eloping in Breckenridge, Colorado
Updated: Aug 23
Chelsey + Colin decided to elope on the side of a mountain in Breckenridge, Colorado and it was every bit as amazing as you would expect. The sea of mountains in front of us and the sound of the breeze blowing through the trees. It was the perfect adventurous day, and as they said to me so many times, this day was "so them." I was so happy to share in this special, intimate day with them. We cried, laughed, danced, popped champagne, and celebrated their love in the most authentic way.
Cheers to Chelsey + Colin!
5 Tips For Your Adventurous Elopement in Breckenridge
1. Pick the season you want to get married in!
There will be access to different spots around Breckenridge + in the mountains depending on the time of year. Most spots that require or encourage a 4WD vehicle are only open from October to May when the snow and ice isn't an issue. So if you're hoping for snowy elopement photos, you will want to pick somewhere that either doesn't require driving off road, or you may decide to snowshoe! Luckily you have multiple options depending on how adventurous you want to be!
Boreas Pass is closed from October to May due to snow - wildflowers are beautiful in July through September.
Breckenridge Gondola - Summer operation is June through September from 9:30AM to 6PM (it is free).
Lastly, you also want to take into consideration the sunset or sunrise during each season through the year. During the summer months the sun doesn't set until 8 or 9PM, and during the winter is could be closer to 5PM. The same difference goes for sunrise. I work hand-in-hand with my couples to make the perfect timeline for their elopement so we get the most stunning images of their love story.
2. Dress appropriately for the season you want to get married in!
This also depends on the seasons, but I always recommend bringing a pair of good shoes (hiking boots or snow boots) + bring your other shoes (if you want) that you can change into when we get to the desired location of your elopement. Sometimes you won't have to walk far, there are certain places that are directly off the road. However some places might require a hike (up to several miles), so always be prepared for those conditions.
If it's winter you'll want to have a jacket/gloves/hat. If it's summer, it can still get cool during the mornings/evenings so packages a jacket and other accessories accordingly so you won't get chilly. Always check your weather app ahead of time to be prepared for what you should bring with you.
3. Weather in the mountains is always unpredictable, it's best to prepare for anything and not let it get to you if your wedding day weather isn't exactly what you had hoped (hail in the Summer, smoky mountains from summertime fires, 70-degree days in the winter, etc.). Don't let the weather hinder the real reason why you are eloping.
4. Don't forget to get your marriage license! (per Summit County, Colorado)
There's only one location in Breckenridge where you can obtain your license - Summit County Clerk & Recorder. They ask that you fill out the Marriage License application ahead of time, and they prefer typed instead of handwritten). The greatest part is that there is no waiting period in the state of Colorado for Marriage Lincenses, couples can apply within 35 days of their ceremony and licneses are issued the day that the couple applies!
*It only takes 20 minutes unless there is a wait and the cost for the license is $30!
Did you know that Colorado is one of only states where you don't have to have an officiant? The term is called self-solemnization and it basically means that you and your partner can marry each other without the need for someone else to make it official! This is super great for eloping couples because that is one less vendor that you need to worry about. You technically do not need to have 2 witnesses either, so eloping just the two of you is that much easier!
Lastly, if you're a dog lover like me, Colorado allows you have your dog "sign" as your witness if you want! How cool is that? All you have to do is get a little ink on their paw and put in on the line! Easy + fun!
5. Make sure you have the required permits for certain locations or required reservations if you are looking at a more heavily trafficked area.
Sapphire Point - reserve your date/spot with recreation.gov or call White River National Forest at (877) 444-6777.
Quandry Peak or McCullough Gulch Trails - need a require reservation for parking. Call (970) 668-4169.
Please keep in mind that these are some of the most heavily trafficked areas in Breckenridge and are extremely popular for elopements + intimate weddings. If you're looking for a more secluded area to celebrate your love story, I have plenty of recommendations!