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6 reasons to get married in crested butte, colorado:

Outstanding Wedding Photos. Thanks to Mother Nature, you have your choice of gorgeous venues in Crested Butte. Whether you’d like to get married in the warmth of the summer with the sunlight slowly fading over Mount Crested Butte or with a chill in the air and a backdrop of aspens glowing in full bloom, the beauty of the bride will only be enhanced by the spectacular settings of this region, known as the wildflower capital of the world.

Easy-to-arrange Ceremonies.From beautiful cakes to live music to stunning photography and that all-important hair and makeup primping session for the big day, everything you need for the perfect wedding is available in Crested Butte. You can even choose from a variety of transportation options, including a fleet of shuttles (ranging from 20 to 50-passenger vehicles) and a horse and carriage. And in these parts, travel by ski, mountain bike or horsebackis possible as well!

Accommodations to Please Everyone. Your brother and his family can enjoy a luxurious vacation home on Seventh Avenue or Sopris, while your parents and future in-laws enjoy the amenities of a full-service hotel at the Elevation Hotel & Spa or the Grand Lodge.  Another option, especially for large weddings, is the Lodge at Mountaineer Square. City folk can enjoy a true getaway by tucking into a cozy cabin in the woods with a Pioneer Guest Cabin. The Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association can help: www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com  

Year-round Destination Wedding Justification. Called “the last great Colorado ski town,” a wedding during the season will delight the skiers attending your special event as well as snowshoers and dogsledders. Even when the snow has melted there’s still plenty to do — from mountain biking and horseback riding to fly-fishing, white water rafting and jeep and pontoon boat tours. A word of warning: every season in this Colorado paradise is addictive! For more activity info visit www.skicb.com 

Delicious Dining. Crested Butte is known for having the most fine dining per capita than any other small town in the U.S. Stroll shop-filled Elk Avenue, and when you get hungry there are close to 40 restaurants to choose from. Whether you’re craving a quick burrito or a traditional French feast you can find it here. Escape to Soupcon Bistro for a pre-wedding date so you and your sweetheart can enjoy an intimate meal and a break from all the wedding craziness. Maxwell’s Steakhouse is an excellent choice for a rehearsal dinner, and if you have time to party with your bridesmaids, the Princess Wine Bar is just the place. 

What a Gorgeous Place to Return to. You’ll want to spend every anniversary here. Wave good-bye to friends and family and start your honeymoon right away in Crested Butte, reliving your wonderful ceremony and launching into your new life together. Weddings here create memories that will never fade. One last tip: Before you leave to catch your flight at the adorable Gunnison airport (GUC), book your return visit. 

Find more romantic motivation here: www.gunnisoncrestedbutteweddings.com