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Why Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue Is The Most Important Part of Your Big Day

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Rustic Wedding venue in mountains of Colorado

Hey there, lovebirds and wedding enthusiasts! If you're reading this, you're likely in the midst of planning the most special day of your life – your wedding day. It's a time filled with dreams, emotions, and endless decisions to make. One of the most crucial choices you'll make is selecting the perfect venue for your celebration. Here at Shaw's River Ranch, nestled in the heart of Salida, Colorado, we know a thing or two about why your choice of venue can make all the difference.

1. The Scenic Backdrop

Picture this: saying your "I do's" with the South Arkansas River gently meandering by, and the towering 14,000+ foot mountain ranges framing your special moment. The view at Shaw's River Ranch is nothing short of breathtaking. Choosing a venue with stunning natural beauty as the backdrop to your wedding is like adding magic to your photographs and creating lasting memories that will leave your guests in awe.

Rustic Wedding venue in mountains of Colorado

2. A Memorable Experience

Your wedding venue isn't just a location; it's an experience. It sets the tone for your entire day. When you choose a location as unique and picturesque as Shaw's River Ranch, you're ensuring that your big day will be remembered not just for the ceremony but for the unforgettable surroundings that provided the setting for your celebration. The bridge and groom will receive a complimentary night in our luxury one bedroom suite. You also have the option of booking an intimate rehearsal dinner.

Rustic Wedding venue in mountains of Colorado

3. Versatile Spaces

Every wedding is unique, and your venue should be able to adapt to your vision. Shaw's River Ranch offers versatile spaces, from open meadows to charming creekside areas, providing you with the flexibility to create the wedding ceremony of your dreams. Whether you want a rustic, country-style wedding or a more elegant affair, our ranch can accommodate your needs. Not only will you receive a beautiful ceremony, but you will also have exclusive use of The Lodge with games, a bar, amenities and more for your guests.

4. Convenience and Comfort

The last thing you want on your wedding day is stress. A well-chosen venue offers convenience and comfort for you, your bridal party, and guests. At Shaw's River Ranch, we're committed to providing a comfortable, spacious environment with all the amenities you need. We also share a list of recommended vendors to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch.

5. Local Flair and Destination Appeal

Salida, Colorado, is a gem nestled in the Rockies, and having your wedding here adds a dash of local charm and destination appeal to your special day. Your guests will appreciate the opportunity to explore this beautiful region, making it a mini-vacation they'll never forget.

Rustic Wedding venue in mountains of Colorado


Choosing the right wedding venue is one of the most significant decisions you'll make during your wedding planning journey. It's not just about the location; it's about creating an experience that reflects your love story and leaves an indelible mark on your heart and the hearts of your guests. When you choose Shaw's River Ranch, you're not just selecting a venue; you're choosing an extraordinary backdrop that will set the stage for your perfect day.

So, if you're dreaming of a wedding surrounded by natural beauty, with a touch of Colorado charm and breathtaking vistas that are second to none, we invite you to explore what Shaw's River Ranch has to offer. Your love story deserves a setting as unique and unforgettable as the love you share. Cheers to a spectacular wedding day!

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Why Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue Is The Most Important Part of Your Big Day

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