Gaylord Rockies Resort Wedding
Massive Colorado Venue for Weddings at Gaylord Rockies Resort
For all those people with 1500 friends this might be the wedding venue for you. For Bill and Kelli their wedding was more in the 40 some guest range. The day was overall rather chill. We arrived to the resort and the women were getting the finishing touches on the hair and makeup. We then had a quick tour from the bride cause she is just that nice to get some exercise and show us where they would be that day.
The guys has just done a few runs on the waterslide or gotten their hair done at the barber shop. The ceremony was out on the astroturf lawn outside the ballroom. People on the second floor would stop and spectate from behind the glass wall. The ceremony was rather simple with an officiant standing off to the side making it have the self officiated feel in the photos. We did some bridal party photos inside in the main area of the resort.
With their being an indoor waterfall it was really challenging to communicate making me think some walkie talkie radios would have been nice. After that we went out for some sunset photos and later some dusk photos. Dusk can be a really good look when you are getting married on the east side of Denver further from the front range mountains. In the reception they had some cold sparklers that would shoot out during the formal entrance and for the first dance. One thing we will note is we love it when the DJ has the uplighting as it really adds a lot of the space in color for the background of photos.
Gaylord Rockies Resort Review:
The Gaylord Rockies is massive and if I read it right they can accommodate a reception for 10,000 people. As I doubt anyone who do that large of a wedding how about handling 5 weddings with 2000+ guests? Most people are thinking 100-150 people for which they have 54 spaces that can accommodate that size. For those in the 200+ guest range there are another 37 places. Some wedding venues tout being able to hold 2 wedding simultaneously but how about 100? Granted this is just the reception spaces.
As far as the ceremony sites it looks like there is mainly 1 outdoor one but as you might guess you could do many indoor ceremonies. The overall idea is if you want a place with a good potential of availability this might be the hotel with that potential. It seems like it is its own little community. As for service I read they employ 1500 people which upon seeing the staff parking lot in the back I think I saw about 1200 vehicles. The rooms we were in were rooms – nothing extravagant. I am sure they have those over the top rooms at over the top prices.
It is really one of those places you can come and never leave. This was the first wedding venue we used an outdoor flash indoors and well it worked great. The point of that is the ceilings were so high in this one area that to get the ideal lighting we needed a flash 4x more powerful than what goes on top of the camera. The staff there was awesome and for being such a large venue it really didn’t feel crowded. Sure – there was a huge party going on for some C++ conference but outside of that it was rather chill and likely would have felt empty.