There’s one thing that’s universally true about dog-people: dogs are our family! To us, it makes perfect sense to include our dogs in our wedding days as flower girls, ring bearers, or just adorable fluff balls. But, if you haven’t noticed already, there aren’t that many venues that allow you to have dogs there, and if they do allow it, not many say it outright on their websites! Who has time to slide into the Instagram DM’s of every venue they are considering. Well, lucky for you, I did some of that work for you and have vetted (see what I did there, because dogs go to the vet) some of the best venues in Colorado based on their dog-friendly wedding policies! And guess what? That doesn’t mean you are just restricted to outdoor venues! Plenty of these places are indoor venues too. Woohoo!
If none of these places are your cup of tea, a lot of my amazing couples include their pups in their engagement sessions if they can’t come to the wedding! So, keep that in mind as an option, too.
Outdoor Dog-Friendly Wedding Venues
Lone Hawk Farm – Boulder, CO
This super spacious farm venue in Boulder is such a good place for pups!! Lone Hawk Farm’s outdoor ceremony sites are nice and grassy, and there’s plenty of space to run around with them for photos. Unlike some of the other farm venues, your dogs are less likely to encounter other animals (llamas, alpacas, chickens, other dogs) so if that is an issue for your pups, this spot might be a great option! It is pretty isolated and the main road nearby is very quiet, so off leash roaming is definitely doable here.
Evergreen Red Barn – Evergreen, CO
A darling little venue that you can see from the road because of it’s distinctive red coat of paint! The Evergreen Red Barn ceremony site is outdoors, but the dogs are even allowed inside to hang out during dinner at this laid-back spot. Every time I’ve been here, I’ve seen a rainbow or had an incredible sunset! Better yet, they are very LGBTQ+ friendly!
Planet Bluegrass – Lyons, CO
Another outdoor venue with fun dog features like a river, a giant open field for fetch, and an open sided reception pavilion so your dog won’t feel claustrophobic inside! If I took my pups to Planet Bluegrass, they would just swim in the river all day long! There aren’t any other animals nearby, except for one duck that swims along beside his owner when he tubes down the river. That only happens seasonally though 😉
Shupe Homestead – Boulder, CO
Another charming outdoor farm venue in the Boulder area that allows you to bring your pup, Shupe Homestead!! Unlike some of the other spots, I don’t think the owners of Shupe would be too happy about your dog jumping into their gorgeously manicured pond. But, there is still tons of space for them to play, and ceremonies normally happen outdoors. The property is safely distanced from roads and is fenced so is pretty safe as far as venues go! There are some horses on the neighboring properties, so if your dog likes to bark at larger livestock (what the hecc are those giant dogs anyway?), maybe check out one of the other venues instead.
AA Barn – Grand Lake, CO
AA Barn is a laid back picnic site off of a river in Grand Lake featuring a large barn, this spot is the perfect mountain playground for your pups! A river runs through the site and there are fields of long grasses for bouncing and running through. The tent for the reception also means that your dog can freely roam asking for table snacks from your guests! When I was last there, the dogs made sure to follow all the guests back and forth from the grill to the tables in case any scraps fell. This spot is pretty isolated, so is a better situation for off leash dogs than many of the others on this list!
Lyons Farmette and Riverbend – Lyons, CO
Lyons Farmette and Riverbend are two of Boulder’s lovely farm venues, these two allow dogs but also have tons of other fun critters on site. Chickens, alpacas, and more hang out on the grounds, so only bring your pup if they are well behaved around animals, big and small. That said, they are some of my favorite venues and offer some adorable charm, gorgeous flowers in the summertime, and amazing views! If your dog loves water, they will definitely try and jump into the creek on the property too!
Wash Park Boathouse – Denver, CO
If you’ve ever spent much time in Denver’s gorgeous Wash Park, you’ve definitely seen the stunning Wash Park Boathouse that sits on the end of one of the lakes. Turns out, it makes a great wedding venue! It’s available to rent through Denver Parks and Recreation, but they book up super quick for the peak summer dates. A friend of mine had to camp outside the booking office to get the wedding date she wanted. It makes sense when you can get such cool wedding locations for literally thousands less than a traditional wedding venue. The park is still open to the public during your event, so best keep your dog leashed up and close to you while you party.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch – Tabernash, CO
This incredible mountain retreat has some of the best views out of any Colorado wedding venue. Their ceremony sites are out of this world, and dogs are welcome to join you when you get married at Devil’s Thumb Ranch! The indoor areas are quite rustic, so dogs indoors isn’t a problem. There are tons of horses, deer, and elk that roam the property, so maybe don’t let your dog run free as they might disappear into the hills and never come back!
Indoor Dog-Friendly Wedding Venues In Colorado
Montclair Civic Center – Denver, CO
Another one of Denver’s amazing Parks and Recreation wedding locations, this intimate venue (that means small in wedding speak) allows dogs inside and out! I love the charm that the Montclair Civic Center building itself has, and the trees around the park are so huge since it’s in one of the older areas of Denver. There is a playground in the same park, so maybe not the best spot to let your dog run totally off leash.
Lionsgate Event Center – Lafayette, CO
The Gatehouse and Dovehouse at Lionsgate are some of my favorite venues in Colorado. It’s just a bonus that they are only five minutes away from my house! They are packed full of vintage charm, and the ceremony sites are some of the most stunning in Colorado. One of the best dogs ever hung out with some of the most wonderful humans ever on their wedding day there (pictured below). Before that wedding, I didn’t know they allowed dogs (and I have photographed there SO many times). So, I’m stoked to include them on this list. Beware, there are free roaming chickens that live on the Dovehouse grounds! Because of that, leashes are strongly encouraged for dogs that like to chase chickens. The property also backs up onto a very busy road, so keep that in mind for your pups safety.
Skylight – Denver, CO
I photographed here for the first time in 2018, just after it opened. Skylight is a stunning minimal whitewashed industrial space, and when I messaged them today I jumped for joy when they said they allow dogs!! This is one of my favorite venues EVER, especially in Denver, so I am pumped to include them in the list. They’re tucked right in the Sante Fe Arts District, so the opportunities for fun, artistic photos are all over. I’m always a huge fan of clean spaces that let you really make them your own, and Skylight is an amazing example of that!
Ironton Distillery – Denver, Co
Down in Denver’s trendy RiNo area, Ironton Distillery is a super unique space with one of the biggest patios in all of Denver. Better yet, they have firepits outside so you can host an outdoor event year round. There are a bunch of beautiful indoor spaces that you can use for your event yet. The best news, DOGS ARE ALLOWED. Their only stipulation is that you keep your furry friend leashed while you’re at the event. They are awesome and have almost all of their information about booking the event on their site!
Space Gallery – Denver, CO
Space Gallery and the Annex are both in Denver’s art district, Space has a gorgeous minimal vibe but it’s a gallery, so the walls are normally full of colorful art work. Bonus, you have to do way less decorating if you have your wedding there since you can just enjoy the art all around you. I love that weddings in art galleries feel funky and different, but you can still make it just as elegant as a ballroom! Space is also one of the few larger venues in Denver that allows food trucks. Gotta love that.
Grant Humphrey’s Mansion – Denver, CO
Grant Humphrey’s Mansion is so pretty inside and out! The house is run by the History Colorado Center which means all those gorgeous vintage elements are perfectly preserved. They usually do ceremonies outside, but there is an indoor option as well. Dogs are welcome for their outdoor ceremonies, but you’ll need to talk to them about the rules for your dog coming indoors. This could be a situation where you need to hire someone or have a friend take your pup home during the reception.
The Studio Boulder – Boulder, CO
A clean, modern, industrial space in Boulder that allows dogs?! What more could you want? Definitely check out The Studio Boulder if you’re getting married outside of Denver but want that industrial chic vibe and your dog in attendance! Surprisingly, Boulder doesn’t have that many venues in the town itself, which makes this spot even more of a gem!
Hamill House – Georgetown, CO
Can you tell I love historic house wedding venues?? Well, here’s another one. Hamill House is in Georgetown, which means it’s just far enough up I-70 that you feel like you’re on a mountain getaway, without being 200 miles from Denver. What more could you want! Check out this spot if you want those mountain vintage vibes.
Hotel Colorado – Glenwood Springs, CO
I have a weird obsession with Glenwood Springs. One of my favorite restaurants of all time is there, my favorite jewelry store (and I’m not a jewelry person) is there, and the little town is just so precious. My mom, sister, and I took a little staycation at the Hotel Colorado a few years ago, and the first thing I noticed? Dogs. Everywhere. You wouldn’t expect it from such a gorgeous, high-end hotel, but they love their pups. So, this one is finishing the list of the best dog friendly wedding venues in Colorado. You can’t go wrong if you want an amazing mountain getaway.
I’ll continue updating this list as I find more venues that are dog-friendly in Colorado, but if you know of any that I missed, comment below! I’ll do some research and add them if they need to be part of the list.
If you are having your dog at your wedding and want to make sure your photographer will take amazing photos of them during the day…Oh, hi there. I’m Kate and I’m obsessed with your dog.