Phone: (720) 497-7630
Boettcher Mansion weddings are some of my most favorite to photograph because I love the look and feel of this wedding venue as well as its incredibly convenient location. It’s located on Lookout Mountain, just west of the downtown Golden area making it one of those great Colorado wedding venues providing the best of both worlds in allowing you to have a mountain wedding while also being close enough to the Front Range to give your guests way more options for lodging and staying close to the city if needed. I especially love that you can get a gorgeous epic mountain view here as well as the pretty woods for your wedding photos. The woods look great year round and so does this venue. It has a really great historic hunting lodge type of feel to it with exposed dark wood beams, a large stone hearth, and lots of cool little rooms to explore and get lost in. The max amount of guests is 150 at Boettcher Mansion and the latest an event may go at this venue is 11 pm.
As I mentioned above, the location of Boettcher Mansion is pretty hard to beat for those who want to help their out of town guests get a taste of the Colorado mountains without forcing everyone to travel long distances to get there. It’s located on Lookout Mountain which is only a 15-20 min drive from downtown Golden. It’s easy to use Golden as your base for your wedding weekend with tons of options for food, beer, and hotel accommodations. Plus Golden is only a 20-25 min drive to Downtown Denver (and there is a light rail station just south of town that drops off at Union Station in Denver with connections to Denver International Airport) so both your out of town guests and your local guests will find it an easy place to get to in order to celebrate with you.
Boettcher Mansion looks and feels like a hunting lodge because once upon a time that’s exactly what it was. Charles Boettcher, a man who made his fortune with the Ideal Concrete Company which was housed at another gorgeous, historic Denver area building (821 17th Street, look it up on google maps!) decided he wanted to build a summer home and retreat on Lookout Mountain after helping to pave the road that winds up the mountain from Golden. (Btw, tell your guests who are staying in Golden to take this route to your wedding if they want the more beautiful scenic route!) His descendants actually lived here through the 60s and eventually the home and the land was donated to Jefferson County eventually becoming the beautiful municipal wedding venue that you can rent today! You can read a little more about the history of this special place HERE.
The Boettcher Mansion is a huge wedding venue and because it’s a historic Arts and Crafts style mansion, it has a lot of different rooms inside to use for staging, getting ready, or other small spaces needed for your wedding day. The main spaces used for weddings at Boettcher Mansion are the Fireside Room and the Fireside Patio since they are the largest areas and are side by side making it so you can host an outdoor wedding ceremony and then move the party inside for dinner.
The Fireside Room is an incredible space for hosting your wedding reception. It’s wide open with a cathedral style ceiling with wood beams running across it. Overhead there are large square-shaped chandeliers with warm glowing lanterns hanging from all four sides of the chandeliers. These chandeliers add a bit of a modern touch that nicely balances out the historic old hunting lodge feel of the space. The walls are made of stone with arched doorways. At one end of the space there is an area perfect for a buffet table and the other side has a large piano with room for a DJ. There is a huge stone hearth along the interior wall making the space feel even more grand. I love how cozy the Fireside room feels despite it being such a large space. You definitely need a photographer who can handle low light spaces well if you book your wedding at Boettcher Mansion. Since I’m a photographer, I’m normally more drawn to venues with incredible natural light, but Boettcher Mansion is one wedding venue I give a pass to in that regard because it’s just so darn charming.
Located just outside of the Fireside Room on the South side of Boettcher Mansion is a nice large outdoor patio space that is used for outdoor wedding ceremonies and you can also use it for an outdoor reception if you prefer to be outside for dinner. The patio space is oriented a little bit south east facing so it can get a bit of a harsh side light if you point your ceremony chairs facing south toward the woods. If I were planning my wedding here, I would look into options to have my ceremony more backlit by the sun with the chairs facing more west if possible though I’m sure Boettcher Mansion has lots of resources for helping you determine the best setup for the amount of guests that you are hosting. The patio is a fairly narrow space so that may limit what you’re able to do in regard to the setup of tables and chairs. Boettcher Mansion also has a $500 fee for setting up the outdoor bistro lights on the patio but I think this is well worth the cost since they provide such a beautiful atmosphere.
The Carriage House at Boettcher Mansion is generally used more as an indoor cocktail hour option or for smaller meetings and non wedding events. Once upon a time this space housed the families Model T Cars. I like the way the exterior looks with the beautiful stone walls, french doors with glass panes, and the pretty plants surrounding the flagstone patio.
The lobby is usually the first area your guests see if they walk inside from the parking lot and has a nice two story open air feel to it. It’s a great place for welcome signs, guestbook and gift staging area.
The Aspen Room is located on the first level and is often used as a staging area before the start of a wedding at Boettcher Mansion to hide away from guests before the ceremony begins.
The Pine Room is above the Aspen room on the 2nd floor so it’s another fairly large room that could work for the finishing touches of getting ready and to hide away before the start of the wedding ceremony. I’ve also seen couples use it to have a breather together after their ceremony to sign their marriage license and have a moment alone before greeting their guests.
The Columbine Room has a table in it so I could see it being useful for a simple meeting space on a non wedding day or for signing the marriage license at a table.
The Forest Room is one of many little rooms tucked away on the 2nd floor in this wedding venue mansion.
The Meadow Room is on the first floor and is a pretty little room that guests walk through to reach the women’s bathroom.
The upstairs sunroom connects the Pine room to the Columbine Room. The men’s restroom is on the 2nd level so these rooms are generally used for the groom and his friends when getting ready.
The downstairs sunroom connects the Aspen room to the Meadow Room. Both of the sunrooms are on the west side of the mansion getting a lot of light pouring in from the windows in the afternoon.
There is a really cool stone gazebo at Boettcher Mansion that you can get creative with how you want to use it on your wedding day. A previous couple of mine had the option for guests to wander down the path to explore the gazebo area to find their table seating for dinner. It makes for some cute wedding photo backdrop options too. If you are hosting a smaller elopement style wedding you can actually rent the gazebo separately for your wedding. I’ve outlined the pricing for the gazebo in the pricing section toward the bottom of this page.
The forest nature preserve area of Boettcher Mansion is beautiful. It’s one of the reasons why I love this wedding venue at any time of the year because the evergreen trees here provide beautiful scenery even during the dead of winter with no pretty snow on the ground to work with. And when you do have snow to work with too, it makes it even more magical for your wedding photos. I love that you can get pretty sunshine streaming in through the trees too.
This is my absolute favorite spot at Boettcher Mansion to get epic scenery for couples getting married there. It’s a little bit hidden and most might not even realize it’s there without searching for it. It does require walking over to the edge of the parking area but it’s well worth the extra time to make your way over there on your wedding day. You will definitely want to work the time into your schedule to get photos there. It’s not a huge space to work with but the mountain views are stunning, especially at sunset!
Wedding prices for Boettcher Mansion Fireside Room and Main House are split into the regular season and the off season which is quite common for most wedding vendors here in Colorado. As with many wedding venues, the prices are higher for Saturday dates than other days of the week. So if you’d like to save money on your wedding at Boettcher Mansion, you can prioritize getting married on a Thursday or in the off season. The regular season runs from May to October and the off season is November through April. Luckily this is one of the few wedding venues that I feel looks beautiful at any time of the year since its beauty doesn’t rely on plants being alive quite as much as other venues do.
Boettcher Mansion also rents out the Gazebo for smaller elopement style wedding events. Boettcher Mansion allows the gazebo to be rented up to 4 months from your wedding date so if you need to lock in your wedding location with more time leading up to your wedding, this probably won’t work for you but if you are planning an event with less lead up time it could be perfect!
You get 2 hours of time for $300 and can potentially add on an extra hour for $200.
Fridays or Sundays: $6,000
Fridays or Sundays: $5,000
Address: 900 Colorow Rd, Golden, CO 80401