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Why You Should Plan a Winter Wedding at C Lazy U Ranch

November 29, 2023

Choosing a date for your big day is most likely the first big decision you’ll make about your wedding — and it’s not an easy one. All of the seasons have their own appeal, but the most underrated season might just be the perfect way to add magic and elegance while setting your wedding apart from the crowd. 

That’s right, we’re talking about the enchantment and breathtaking beauty of a winter wedding! 

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What are the Benefits of a Winter Wedding?

Winter weddings at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado offer numerous benefits over other seasons. For starters, winter weddings are less common than other seasons, which means that you can have a more unique and memorable experience. Adding to that memorable experience is the snow-covered landscape, which provides a stunning, “winter wonderland” backdrop for your wedding photos. To top it all off, winter weddings are more budget-friendly than summer weddings, as the minimum for ranch buyout is less expensive during the winter season (November – April) compared to the high-demand summer season (May – October).

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What Makes a Winter Destination Wedding on the Ranch So Remarkable?

In addition to the picturesque winter scenery pulled straight from a postcard or Thomas Kincaid painting, C Lazy U Ranch offers unique experiences that make winter wedding celebrations nothing short of jaw-dropping. For example, you can arrive or depart by horse-drawn sleigh, adding an extra touch of glamor to your wedding day. You and your guests can also enjoy our all-inclusive family-friendly winter activities, such as horseback riding, ice hockey & skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing. You’ll also have access to the award-winning Lazy You Spa, and when the day is over, you and your guests can retire to private luxury lodges stocked with cozy amenities and real wood-burning fireplaces. 

What Should be Considered When Planning a Wedding at Our Guest Ranch?

When planning a winter wedding at C Lazy U Ranch, you should consider factors such as ceremony and reception locations, food and beverage menus, and ideal accommodations on ranch. The ranch offers all-inclusive wedding packages that include luxury accommodations, all meals, most activities, and an on-site wedding coordinator to help you plan your dream wedding. Our wedding coordinator knows everything there is to know about the ranch, and can walk you through all our options to ensure you and your partner have everything you need for the best day of your lives! 

Read More: The C Lazy U Winter Packing List

What are the Options for Ceremony and Reception Spaces?

Winter ceremonies take place in the spacious and elegant Main Lodge, Patio House, or Hay Meadow just across Willow Creek. Our weather contingency plan includes the Main Lodge or the Patio House. All winter Receptions are done in the Main Lodge or the Patio House.

How Do Guests Travel to the Ranch?

We suggest all guests travel through DIA and take individual or shared shuttles to get to the ranch. You can let professional drivers take care of the travel if you prefer to not drive.  Alternatively, you can rent a car and enjoy other nearby attractions such as skiing at Winter Park Resort or Ski Granby Ranch

Visit our travel information page for directions and travel recommendations. 

Any Insider Tips for a Spectacular Winter Wedding at C Lazy U?

Some insider tips for couples considering planning a winter wedding at C Lazy U Ranch include: 

  • Welcoming guests with a curated welcome bag featuring some fun winter goodies, such as a mug or thermos, cozy blanket, or wrap. 
  • The ranch can prepare a hot chocolate station for guest arrival.  
  • The ranch can plan a unique outdoor fireside event complete with s’mores kits, hot cocoa, and a roaring fire. This can be done by the pond at the yurt or at the ranch’s warming hut by the ski hill.  
  • If the group is into downhill skiing, the ranch has an amazing alpine touring program where guests can hike up and ski private powder runs on the property. 

Related: 8 Reasons to Plan a Winter Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation 

Celebrate Your Love in a Western Winter Wonderland

The most important thing bridal parties and guests should be prepared for at C Lazy U is having fun! The ranch is truly a winter wonderland, so bring your warm winter coat, boots, hat, and gloves and plan on having the time of your life riding horses, engaging in the activities, and connecting with those you love. The ranch brings the wonder and inner kid out in all of us. Your guests will thank you for choosing a location that is centered on celebrating the outdoors and all that life has to offer in the wintry Rocky Mountains. 

Contact us with any questions you may have, and get started planning your dream wedding today! 

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