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Dan Jones, Wedding Officiant

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Choosing a Venue

You and your fiancé have an exciting time ahead of you as you collaborate to make an infinite number of decisions about your upcoming wedding. Early on you’ll be deciding where to have your wedding. Many decisions can’t be finalized until you have made this critical choice. Finding a unique wedding location is one of the more personal decisions you’ll be making.

For many people the venue is a foregone conclusion, i.e. your place of worship. But for many people this is no longer an option for many reasons. In the Rocky Mountain West the mountains are a favorite destination. In Taos and northern New Mexico there are infinite choices available.

You can start by quizzing yourselves about what factors are important to you. Do you want the wide open skies above you? A place in nature unfettered by human activity? Or do you have a little more sophistication in mind for your wedding venue? Do you want to travel from the site of your ceremony to your reception location? Or do you like the idea of having everything in one place?

New Mexico wedding locations are varied. Taos offers such unique opportunities as being wed in a hot air balloon or on a trail in the stunning Sangre de Cristo mountains. Or you might find a backdrop view of sacred Taos Mountain a pleasing choice for your guests. You can achieve that from a field of sage outside town or in a labyrinth at San Geronimo Lodge, the Sacred Circle at El Monte Sagrado or from an intimate and serene courtyard behind Hacienda del Sol. Most B&Bs in Taos offer enticing packages to make sure your wedding day is memorable – for you and for your guests.

In Colorado I have officiated weddings in many outdoor locations: mountain parks outside of Denver, at trail heads in Summit County or atop a ski mountain at several different resorts. In Denver there are colorful places such as the Botanic Gardens or any number of elegant golf courses. Ask a few of your friends for ideas if you’re stuck. Surely they’ll have attended a wedding or heard of a special location.

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