Affordable Colorado Wedding Venue 

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Are you looking forward to saying, “I do,” on your wedding day, but pricey venues have you thinking, “I don’t!”? It’s no secret – the venue is usually the biggest cost in a wedding. Keep the expense of your wedding down with an affordable wedding venue in Colorado. Choosing your wedding venue is one of the most important decisions to make when planning your wedding. It’s important to book a venue as soon as possible. Don’t settle for just any inexpensive wedding venue. Let us show you why Loveland’s wedding event center, Ellis Ranch, is a great choice for your Colorado wedding.

Why It’s So Hard to Find an Affordable Wedding Venue in Colorado

As you start planning and budgeting for your wedding, you’ll want to save enough for your venue. There are a few reasons why wedding venues can get so expensive. First is the guest list. If you’re planning a large affair with over 200 guests, your choices in venues become more limited – and more costly. Another reason is availability. If you’re looking at the most popular wedding venues, you’re also looking at some of the more expensive venues. The price tag of a venue tends to go up when there’s high demand for it. Did you know that winter-time events are 50% more affordable than any other time of the year?

Finally, and perhaps the toughest problem to avoid, is simply the nature of weddings. Weddings have many moving parts. In order for everything to run smoothly, they require advance planning and extra personnel on the day of the event. All that extra care and planning can get expensive, especially if the venue doesn’t have a lot of wedding experience. That’s what sets Ellis Ranch apart. We’ve been hosting major events for over 60 years, and with a nickname like “The Wedding Ranch,” weddings are one of our specialties.

There are also many other ways to cut down the cost and make your wedding affordable. Let’s dive into some of our favorite price cutting tips.

Top tips for planning an affordable wedding to remember

  1. Choose a versatile venue

Ellis Ranch Event Center and Wedding Park in Loveland, Colorado, is an excellent example of an affordable wedding venue in Colorado that offers versatility. A venue that can accommodate both your ceremony and reception can significantly cut down on transportation costs and rental fees. Look for a place that requires minimal decoration due to its natural beauty or existing decor.

  1. Prioritize key elements

Determine what aspects of your wedding are most important to you and your partner. It could be photography, food, or the atmosphere. Allocate more of your budget to these areas and cut back on less critical elements. For example, instead of a live band, you might opt for a DJ or a curated playlist. You can also cut out pricey add ons that aren’t really necessary, like printed programs.

  1. Embrace natural beauty

Colorado’s scenic landscapes are perfect for adding a stunning backdrop to your wedding without the high cost of elaborate decorations. Utilize the natural beauty of your venue, such as the picturesque setting of the red cliffs of the foothills at Ellis Ranch, to enhance your wedding ambiance.

  1. Consider off-peak timing

Booking your wedding during off-peak seasons or on a weekday can often reduce costs significantly. Many venues may offer lower rates during these times, allowing you to enjoy the same beautiful setting at a more affordable price. At Ellis Ranch, we are an affordable wedding venue in Colorado all year round. 

  1. DIY decor and details

Embrace do-it-yourself projects for elements like invitations, centerpieces, or even your bouquet. Personalized, handmade items not only save money but also add a unique and intimate touch to your wedding. Gather friends and family for a crafting day to make these projects more fun and less stressful.

A Wedding on a Budget – Ellis Ranch

At Ellis Ranch Event Center and Wedding Park, we pride ourselves on being an affordable wedding venue Colorado. We know that weddings need extra attention, and we’re prepared to make your special day run smoothly – without the high price tag. Our rustic location is just secluded enough that you feel surrounded by wilderness – but accessible enough for your guests. To help you stick to your budget, we give you the freedom to choose your own caterer, photographer, and DJ. That way, you can prioritize within your budget and spend your money on the aspects that matter most.

We have two beautiful venues to choose from. Our Ellis Ranch Event Center that has a 450 person capacity – A beautiful rustic barn style venue that is perfect for larger weddings, fundraisers, company parties, etc.  Our Carriage House accommodates up to 150 guests and features a wedding gazebo and beautiful rustic wood benches.  The guests see a view of gorgeous trees and both stunning mountain sides.

Don’t let the high cost of a wedding venue keep you from having the wedding of your dreams. You can find a Colorado wedding venue on a budget – one that has experience hosting weddings and gives you the freedom to choose what matters. For the best rustic wedding event center in Loveland or Northern Colorado, choose Ellis Ranch. We are your trusted, affordable wedding venue in Colorado. Contact us today to set up a tour and learn more about having your wedding in Sweetheart City, Colorado.

Check out some 5-star reviews from our happy wedding couples

“This was the perfect venue for our wedding and it turned out beautifully! We were looking for a venue where everything we needed was all in one place and Ellis Ranch made this so easy for us. The venue is so big and can accommodate so many people. The indoor/outdoor option of the Event Center was perfect for our winter wedding! We could have had the ceremony inside our outside which made the day really stress-free. The vendors they work with also are SO amazing! They all work with this venue so it’s very convenient and they were all great!” -Emma

“Shawn and Kim are really great folks. We chose this venue as they were very flexible with vendors, and don’t rob you of your money in requiring certain things. I bought just a few things for decor, otherwise, you can save the hassle and rent anything from them. They were very affordable for what we wanted in our wedding, and not that I’d get re-married, but if I had to do it again I’d choose them!” -Kallie

“We have an up-and-coming wedding in June of 2024! We are very excited. This place has so much to offer and is very affordable. They cover all of your wedding needs. I love that this place lets you self-cater which makes the wedding even more affordable. Budget friendly and amazing Venue. It’s very pretty and doesn’t blow budget at all. Thank you to the family that runs this place.” -Jackie

Our business is family-owned and operated and has been a premiere wedding and event destination spot since 1963. We would love to show you around! To schedule a tour or request information, please contact us. You can also give us a call at 970-593-9570. Ellis Ranch Wedding and Event Center is conveniently located at 2331 Ellis Ranch Lane, Loveland, CO 80538. We are one hour north of Denver and one hour south of Southern Wyoming. We are also one of the most affordable wedding venues in Colorado.

You might also be interested in our blog: How to Save Money on Your Colorado Ranch Wedding.