Vendor Spotlight: Grand Lake Lodge – A Mountain Wedding Dream

Planning a wedding in the picturesque landscapes of Colorado? Look no further than the enchanting Grand Lake Lodge, a venue that promises a perfect blend of rustic charm and natural beauty. With Aspen & Ivy having planned and executed many events at this mountaintop gem, our familiarity with this stunning location allows us to offer insider tips to make the most of your wedding experience. Let’s delve into some recommendations that will ensure your celebration at Grand Lake Lodge is as enchanting as the venue itself.

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Encourage Your Guests to Stay On Property

Grand Lake Lodge isn’t just a venue; it’s an experience. Encourage your guests to extend the celebration by staying in the cabins on the property. Each cabin offers newly renovated accommodations with stunning views, providing a unique opportunity for your loved ones to immerse themselves in the serene mountain atmosphere. 

The porch swings, outdoor pool, and fireside seating overlooking Grand Lake are the perfect place for your guests to spend time together between your wedding events. And the ease of guests being able to walk to your ceremony and reception will save you money on transportation costs.

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Remember It’s an Open Air Pavilion

Nature is your backdrop at The Pavilion of Grand Lake Lodge. While the views are breathtaking, it’s important to ensure everything stays in place during your reception.

Plan for something to hold down place cards and table numbers. The mountain breeze adds an extra touch to your décor, but a little precaution ensures everything stays right where you want it.

Advise your guests to bring a coat or sweater for the evening. Even in the warmer months, mountain evenings can get cool, so it’s better to be prepared for a comfortable and cozy celebration.

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Be Mindful of the Altitude

With an elevation that takes your breath away, quite literally, it’s essential to be mindful of the altitude. At your ceremony and reception, provide a water station. Staying hydrated is key at higher elevations, and having a water station ensures your guests remain comfortable throughout the celebration especially in the warm summer months.

It’s important to inform guests that alcohol tolerance changes with elevation. Sipping cocktails with a view is a must, but it’s wise to remind your guests that the effects of alcohol can be stronger at higher altitudes. Encourage drinking in moderation on your wedding website and wedding day signage for a joyful and safe evening.

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Plan for Sunset Photos

Capture the magic of your day with breathtaking sunset photos against the stunning mountain backdrop. 

Build a time to sneak away from the reception for sunset photos into your timeline. Trust us; the golden hour at Grand Lake Lodge is a photographer’s dream. Allocate a moment to escape the festivities and capture the romance of the setting sun.

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As you embark on your wedding planning journey with Aspen and Ivy, let Grand Lake Lodge be the canvas for your mountain wedding masterpiece. With careful planning and consideration for the unique aspects of this venue, your celebration is bound to be an unforgettable mountain experience for you and your guests.

Photography | Bree Woolliscroft Photography

Planning | Aspen & Ivy

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