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What strikes both anticipation and anxiety in the minds of any future bride and groom is the hunt for the all-important wedding venue. While the exchange of vows can be celebrated on top of a Rocky Mountain 14-er or a grand ballroom at a fancy hotel, the location for the ceremony and the reception must be absolutely perfect in every way. The Denver area just happens to offer the most amazing variety of hotels for weddings that span from the traditional Brown Palace to the eclectic Curtis, you can even celebrating the most special event with romance and ghosts.

The Curtis
1405 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 571-0300

For those who search for the out-of-the-ordinary and distinctive touch, The Curtis has character. It offers fun banquet rooms with fresh and original settings that will make the most memorable of weddings possible. The menu, cake and all of the place settings, tables and chairs will be taken care of. Catering staff and bartenders can take care of even the high-maintenance wedding planners. When it comes time for the guest rooms, The Curtis’ options are decorated with modern furnishings and pop culture décor that no guest will forget such as the Fun & Games Floor, the Sci-Fi Floor, The Floor of Champions and even a TV Mania Floor. No one will be bored around the hotel with the lobby board games such as Candy Land, Monopoly and even Twister. As an added bonus for the wedding attendees, there will be warm chocolate at check in and The Curtis is a pet-friendly hotel.

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The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
321 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202

Nothing says romance like an elegant ambiance and rich history that comes with hosting a wedding at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in downtown Denver. In 1892, the beautiful hotel first opened its doors to a booming Denver society, and it has not strayed from a tradition of elegance since. Except for crackers and sandwich breads, the hotel still makes all of its own baked goods in its 65-year-old carousel oven. The Brown Palace can coordinate and put on a fantastic wedding with such fancy perks as white glove service, floor-length elegant linens and a butler passing around the hors d’oeuvres. The salon and spa will take amazing care of the bridal party for the all-important hair and pampering. The stellar service and attention to detail provided by the event planners will leave the wedding party, as well as their guests, with beautiful and classic memories.

The Stanley Hotel
333 Wonderview Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 577-4000

Imagine a wedding set on a giant patio completely surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The romance and charm of the historic Stanley Hotel will create beautiful and possibly even haunting memories. Not only does it offer the spectacular outdoor spot on which to say those vows but it also has five gorgeous ballrooms in which to host both the ceremony and reception. The hotel has been renovated and well kept with the same romantic vision that F.O. Stanley originally created. The wedding attendees will have plenty of adventure in store for them from taking in the shops in the quaint town below and even hunting for ghosts. This beautiful haunted hotel is not only well known for being the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel “The Shining.” This hotel is also known as one of the most haunted hotels in America. Visitors can take the famous ghost tour to become their own ghost hunters.

The Oxford Hotel
1600 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 628-5400

The Oxford Hotel in the heart of downtown Denver brings back an old-fashioned elegance that is missing in most wedding venues. Special touches that are lost on most hotels such as a warm lobby fireplace that greets guests when they walk in, large claw foot tubs and room keys that are actual keys are found here. The ceremony and reception can be taken care of by The Oxford’s event planners that will help coordinate everything down to the very last detail. The luxurious reception rooms can handle 100-200 guests depending upon the set up, and the menus provided by McCormicks will be talked about long after the weekend. The Oxford also happens to have a well-known spa.

The Ritz-Carlton Denver
1881 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 312-3800

The bride, groom and their guests will be treated like royalty at The Ritz-Carlton in Denver. This hotel offers elegant and gorgeous ballrooms for both the wedding and the reception. It has a whole team of wedding advisors that can be hired to provide the most fabulous ideas and attend to every detail. The concierge will go out of their way to help with the needs of every guest. Guests who have spent their wedding nights here have nothing but great things to say about their stay. The Ritz-Carlton has three rooms available for the ceremony and five rooms for the reception that can handle anywhere from 50 to 500 attendees, depending upon the set up. How about a couple’s massage in the impressive 6,800-square-foot spa area to pamper wedding party guests? The Ritz has it all.

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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.