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New Mexico Wedding Locations

Whether you’re eloping in Taos, planning a large wedding at El Monte Sagrado, Taos or are having a big affair at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, you’ll need a wedding officiant. If you’re looking for a unique wedding location this page is here to help! You can also give me a call to hear more about these places to have your wedding.

Following are some favorite places I’ve officiated in northern New Mexico. There are certainly more locations and we are happy to officiate at the spot you’ve chosen. We’ve broken our list into two sections:

  1. Venues that charge a rental fee
  2. Public land that you can use without getting a permit or paying a fee

Rent these Taos County Wedding Locations

SpiriTaos Gardens

The SpiriTaos Gardens offer quintessential Taos Mountain views flanked by lush meadows and earthy, natural gardens. The setting is idyllic, quiet (except when the neighboring cows are hungry) and intimate. Less than 5 minutes from The Love Apple for a perfect post-wedding romantic dinner. Book a package that includes the SpiriTaos Gardens or choose this venue for $250 when using Dan Jones as your Taos wedding officiant.

Hacienda del Sol

Hacienda del Sol has a patio beneath mature trees for a cool, shaded wedding with a stunning mountain view. They offer wonderful all-inclusive packages and are just minutes from the center of Taos. Walk to The Love Apple for dinner!

Adobe & Pines Inn

The Adobe & Pines Inn is nestled into a lush setting of mature trees and the owner loves to pamper you during your stay. Their beautiful labyrinth is perfect for our unique spiritual labyrinth ceremony. Add $125 to our elopement packages and we’ll book the labyrinth. Or, book directly with Christine at Adobe & Pines for your accommodations and memorable wedding on the grounds.

El Monte Sagrado

Elope at El Monte Sagrado or plan an elegant affair for hundreds. The Sacred Circle, originally a ceremonial spot for the Taos Pueblo, is a spiritual spot encircled by ancient cottonwood trees, a rushing stream with pools and waterfalls. There are many more intimate places on the grounds for your elopement. This 4-star resort is ready to provide a polished wedding experience from start to finish.

Taos Art Museum at Fechin House

Fechin House, Studio and Taos Art Museum are versatile venues! Choose the studio with its beautiful mountain view (add $150 to one of our packages and we’ll book it for you; there are limited time slots available at our special rate) or book their garden location yourself. The studio can accommodate up to 40 people and the patio and garden areas work beautifully for groups up to 100.

Sagebrush Inn & Suites

The Sagebrush Inn & Suites offers classic Taos vignettes within their adobe walls. We can book the private Fireplace Room for you – add $200 to one of our packages. Or work directly with them to plan your wedding. For weddings and receptions they offer the largest indoor space in Taos!

Other Wedding Venues for Rent near Taos

There are many more options within minutes of Taos. For a large wedding, try the KTAOS Solar Center with their stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the ability to manage a large guest list. There are wonderful spots (including the option of a labyrinth) at both the historic Ojo Caliente or Blue Sky Retreat Center at San Geronimo Lodge. More quintessential Taos gardens make a great venue at either The Old Taos Guesthouse Inn or experience the magic of the Taos Artisan Inn that is Casa Gallina. Consider something truly unique and memorable – Hotel Luna Mystica – book yourselves and your wedding party a vintage trailer(s) and have your wedding on-site with expansive views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

san geronimo labyrinth full

Free Taos County Wedding Locations

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Overlook

By far our most popular spot for elopements and intimate weddings is the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Overlook, 20 minutes from town. The bridge is a top tourist destination in northern New Mexico, yet our spot is away from the crowds. If you don’t mind “being on the edge” and an occasional person walking by, this spot offers expansive vistas. Easily accessed by a 10 minute walk on a solid, level path to a vantage point looking back up at the bridge, down into the gorge and river while standing in the wide open sage flats with the stunning Sangre de Cristo mountains as a backdrop. Note: This location should be avoided June 10-30 due to clouds of biting “no-see-ums.”

John Dunn Bridge

Get married on the beach at the John Dunn Bridge, 30 minutes north of Taos. It has the added attraction of being the confluence of the Rio Hondo and Rio Grande. If you’d rather be above, overlooking the Rio Grande Gorge and John Dunn Bridge, we offer a spot in the sage where the views are more expansive.

El Nogal Campground

The El Nogal Campground is a close-in option (less than 10 minutes from the Plaza) when you want a mountain feel. Choose a sprawling juniper, cottonwood shade or streamside spot for your elopement. If you’re a mountain biker, this is the Taos terminus for the famous South Boundary Trail.

Taos Ski Valley

The Taos Ski Valley is packed with its own venues and possibilities. One sweet spot for a winter elopement is a 5 minute walk from the main parking area. Your pictures will sparkle and give the illusion that you’re off in a remote forest setting. (Not recommended on weekends during ski season.)

San Francisco de Asís Mission

If you’d like your pictures to hint at the historic past of Georgia O’Keeffe or Ansel Adams, San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos (10 minutes south of the Taos Plaza) is a charming spot.

A wedding outside the San Francisco de Asis Church

Bareiss Gallery

Bareiss Gallery, just 10 minutes north of Taos Plaza, offers remarkable and uninterrupted views of Taos Mountain and the Sangre de Cristo range. We’ll be happy to make arrangements for you to use this unique setting.

Comanche Creek Brewery

Are you a beer lover? How about something truly unique! The Comanche Creek Brewery, 50 minutes from Taos on the scenic Enchanted Circle Drive, offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. And what better way to toast your vows than with your favorite brew?

A wedding in early 2021 at the Comanche Creek Brewery

Rio Pueblo de Taos

We’re exploring future options about 20 minutes south of Taos along the rim of the Rio Pueblo de Taos gorge just above its confluence with the Rio Grande. There are lots of spots and scenic vignettes for your pictures. Find the spot that’s right for you on an easy walk from 2 to 30 minutes on a surfaced path.

The Rio Hondo makes a great wedding photo backdrop

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