There are a number of factors that go into choosing the perfect wedding venue for your big day. Personal style, number of guests, price, and — let’s not forget — location.
Denver couples have plenty of outdoor space and sweeping mountain views to act as a backdrop for their wedding, but what about a more urban setting?
From historic gems to modern spaces, here are the best wedding venues in downtown Denver for couples who want to stay within the Mile High city limits.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Few occasions sound more memorable than a night at the museum. And that experience can be made possible by hosting your wedding at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
The museum offers multiple options for holding your ceremony and reception and features modern touches like tall windows, large atriums, and unique structures that could only be found in a museum. Plus, you can’t beat the city and mountain views that can be seen from the rooftop terrace.
Mile High Station
With its industrial design and historic background, Mile High Station is a true Denver gem. The landmark building that was once the Midwest Steel and Ironworks building has been restored and transformed into the Mile High Station to capture the industrial history and stories that the building represents.
Whether you’re having an intimate wedding or a large one, there are plenty of spaces to hold the celebrations at this venue. With style features like exposed brick and standout light fixtures, this venue offers plenty of photo opportunities. Bonus: there’s a large onsite parking lot that can hold more than 200 cars. A rare feature for a downtown venue!
For an upscale and classic wedding celebration, consider Ritz-Carlton. With both indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, this hotel offers many options for all types of weddings.
Throwing a large wedding? The main ballroom can fit up to 500 people and features luxurious details like sparkling chandeliers. If you’re looking for something more intimate, then the outdoor terrace is the space for you. Whichever you choose, the Ritz-Carlton offers all of the glam and luxury of a downtown wedding.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street offers a breath of fresh air in the center of the city. For those who want a nature-filled wedding without having to leave downtown, the Botanic Gardens is the venue for you.
Celebrate your wedding day among the flora and fauna in one of their expansive gardens that offer plenty of gorgeous views. There are also several indoor spaces available for those who want to be inside while being just a few feet away from nature.
Tucked away in the Santa Fe Arts District, Moss Denver is an urban and industrial space ideal for intimate weddings. The original building was built in the 1900s and renovated with modern details to create the warm, contemporary space that it is today. Moss offers two event spaces complete with large windows, chandeliers, exposed brick, and Edison light bulbs and can hold up to 200 guests.
Denver Athletic Club
Denver Athletic Club offers, arguably, the best downtown views in the city. Take one step onto the rooftop and you’ll be greeted by sweeping views of the skyline and surrounded by tall buildings. This venue is ideal for couples who want to host a true urban wedding. Weddings at the Denver Athletic are open to member and non-members alike.
Roof16 is a peaceful hint of nature in the concrete jungle. A well-manicured landscape with swaths of wildflowers allows you to keep a bit of a garden vibe even in the middle of the city. Imagine the sunset reflecting off the foothills and Denver skyline as you dance the night away under string lights, and you can see why this would be a popular spot to get married.
The space is furnished with a stylish, sleek, modern look — we’d describe the decor as vintage chic. This wedding venue is full of surprises, including a quirky banana-yellow ski gondola on the patio lawn.
Part of the National Register of Historic Places — and initially set to be demolished in the 1960s — the Denver Clocktower is truly a one of a kind wedding venue in downtown Denver. Now, guests can enjoy the top five floors for private events and see behind the spectacular clock faces up close. Two balconies offer panoramic views of the city and mountains as well.
The beauty of blanc is in its versatility. With a variety of spaces including an industrial modern warehouse, a sunny gallery with exposed brick, a lush courtyard oasis, and charming barn, there are plenty of opportunities for wedding guests to connect and socialize. Somehow, the venue manages to be both intimate yet spacious.
This Denver wedding venue is an eclectic, exciting blank canvas, with the ability to add some personal touches to emphasize you and your partner’s personalities and styles.
The Santa Fe Art District is home to creativity in many forms — one such business is SKYLIGHT, which has hosted artists, photographers, and of course, newlyweds. The vibrant white brick begs you to bring your own creativity to the venue to design a custom look and feel for your wedding ceremony and reception. Personalization and customization is the name of the game at SKYLIGHT, so you can really make the space your own!
The Oxford Hotel has been doing weddings for more than 100 years, so it’s safe to say they’re doing something right. The hotel has an air of timeless, historic luxury which your guests will love. There’s dedicated spaces for both large and small celebrations, and the food is prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
The Oxford Hotel can help you with planning events beyond your ceremony and reception too. Rehearsal dinners, welcome receptions, bridal party excursions, and farewell brunches are all on the table if you want to keep the party going.
If you’re looking for a wedding that screams different, the Curtis Hotel is your best bet. Themed rooms and floors paired with colorful, artsy vibes make it a very memorable place to say I do. This hotel manages to be playful and quirky with its retro pop culture references while still being stylish and modern, which is a hard balance to strike. Guests can enjoy the lovely outdoor patio area and even play games while they celebrate you and your partner on your big day.
The Ramble Hotel
Located among the outstanding restaurants, bars, and boutiques of the RiNo district, The Ramble Hotel has made its mark in the area as one of the best wedding venues in downtown Denver. This venue is the height of luxury — historically inspired and elegant with deep, rich color, it’s sure to make any pictures turn out amazing.
It’s really the details that elevate The Ramble Hotel. Each detail, texture, pattern, and piece feels carefully hand-selected to add to the spellbinding ambiance of the building.
Brittany Hill by Wedgewood Weddings
Though Brittany Hill by Wedgewood Weddings isn’t technically in downtown Denver, it’s just north of it, so we figured we’d still count it. After all, its hilltop location offers stunning views of the city and mountains on the horizon. This venue has a dream-like quality to it, with large floor-to-ceiling windows to take it all in from above the city.
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