Plan your rehearsal dinner to be a celebration of family rather than a last-minute stressor.
By Kaleigh Lawson
The rehearsal dinner is you and your partner’s last night with your separate family and friends before you become a family of your own. Though you cannot go wrong with a traditional location, why not think outside the box with these beautiful, Colorado-esque spots?
Take your mountain wedding to new heights by hosting the rehearsal dinner under the stars on Vail Mountain. Located at mid-Vail, The 10th gives you and up to 180 guests panoramic views of Gore Range. “I would describe The 10th as ‘mountain contemporary’ in feel and very simple in design, which makes it ideal for an event that someone may want to infuse their own style into,” says Liz Biebl, senior manager of communications at Vail Mountain. The food is French, Swiss Italian and Rocky Mountain alpine cuisine, perfect for treating guests to an upscale experience. And they’ll love entering and exiting the party by gondola. the10thvail.com
Give your rehearsal dinner a bit of Western flair at The Fort in Morrison. This restaurant replicates an 1833 fur-trading post and offers a cozy-yet-sophisticated space for an intimate dinner in the Tower Room (16 people) or larger party in the St. Vrain Council Room (100 guests). The Fort specializes in game meats and steaks and was featured in The New York Times and Bon Appétit. Add more flair to your meal with live entertainment, such as a Native American flutist or a flamenco guitarist with dancers. Another top pick for a classically Colorado dinner: The Wooden Nickel. As the oldest saloon in Crested Butte, it’s an ideal location for a country themed rehearsal dinner. Built in 1929, this historic building offers space for up to 100 guests. thefort.com, woodennickelcb.com
For Denver dinners, try Wynkoop Brewing Co. in LoDo. Known for their sudsy selection of brews, Wynkoop has many historic spaces perfect for private events. The Sundeck is ideal for parties of up to 75 guests and offers wall-to-wall windows. For a larger rehearsal dinner, the 18th-century Mercantile Room can hold up to 120 guests. Newly renovated, this room has hardwood floors with an antique back-bar and large arched windows. wynkoop.com
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