How To Plan A Wedding

You don’t have to go into debt to pay for your wedding. Here are three tips on how to plan a wedding inexpensively, but will help you create a stylish, contemporary wedding and at a bargain.

Black and white of bride and groom kissing overlooking Woodland Park from the Devil's Playground on the Pikes Peak Highway.
Tammy and Bryan had a Pikes Peak wedding celebration on the shore of Crystal Lake along the Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Invite Fewer Guests 

A small guest list means fewer people to entertain. A smaller guest list is an intimate experience and is often more memorable than a “big party.”

Get Married In Colorado Springs For Free

Colorado Springs offers visitors and residents alike some of the most scenic open spaces in the country. Often they are way more scenic than a traditional wedding venue. The best part? They’re free.

Schedule Your Wedding For A Weekday

A wedding on a weekday dramatically lowers the cost of products and services like flowers, DJ’s, caterers and photographers. Bonus: If you limit the wedding and reception to 4-hours or less, you save even more. To get your creative juices flowing here are three weddings with couples who thought a little differently about their wedding day, saved a bundle and pulled it off magnificently.


Chelsea and Ryan’s wedding ceremony was held at the Garden of the Gods. The Garden of the Gods is the crown jewel of free wedding locations in Colorado Springs. There are a number of unique and out-of-the-way spots for a small wedding ceremony. Chelsea and Ryan were married in front of the Siamese Twins rock formation. It was a short hike in their favorite sneakers to get to the ceremony. Afterwards Chelsea’s grandfather hosted a barbecue for the happy couple in his backyard.

Bride and groom kiss in field overlooking Cheyenne Canon.

Some of the best pictures come about because of unique, off-the-beaten-path wedding locations.North Cheyenne Cañon is one such place. This park is 15 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs and has some amazing Rocky Mountain scenery. Helen and Kendall were married there on a Wednesday morning at a little pullout along Gold Camp Rd. The ceremony lasted just a few minutes. The picnic afterwards with their children and close friends was magical. The backdrop was simply amazing.

Champagne flutes with champagne and white napkis.

Another fantastic spot for a wedding is Monument Valley Park. This thoroughfare runs along Fountain Creek and features several different open spaces. The best way to see them all is by bicycle. Start at the America The Beautiful park and ride up to Criterium Bicycles to get an idea. It’s a great bike ride and there are dozens of possibilities.

Amy and Kyle exit their wedding ceremony at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Amy and Kyle were married in the Heritage Gardens across from the historic Van Briggle Pottery Building. Bird seed is allowed there. A wonderful reception at a nearby community center featured Bristol Beer, Front Range Barbecue and the local blue grass band Grass It Up. I hope this post inspires you to create the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.  — Sean