Searching for Salida wedding venues? Ready to turn your dream Colorado mountain wedding into a reality? Well, you’re in luck! Look no further than The Barn at Howard Creek Farm! Located in Howard, CO, just a quick 15-minute drive from towns like Salida, and about two hours from Denver and Colorado Springs, our venue is more than just a picturesque location – it’s where magical moments come to life.
Address: 356 County Rd 4 Howard, CO 81233
Plan Your Dream Wedding at Howard Creek Farm
We’ve created this helpful map so you can visualize your wedding experience at our Colorado barn wedding venue. Plan a hiking excursion, try a new restaurant, visit our local secret spots, and make your wedding an unforgettable experience.
Picture this: embraced by the breathtaking Rockies, our Colorado mountain wedding venue sets the stage for an unforgettable celebration. Whether you’re envisioning an intimate affair or a grand event, our venue provides the perfect blend of rustic charm and sophistication.
Our Unique Colorado Wedding Venues
The Barn at Howard Creek Farm is equipped with multiple venue spaces, both indoors and outdoors for each style and size of wedding, including a beautiful wedding meadow.
- The Barn: Enter our historic 4,000-square-foot barn, an ideal backdrop for an unforgettable reception accommodating up to 150 guests. The warm radiance of Edison bulb string lighting sets the scene for a captivating evening, while handcrafted farm tables and vintage chairs add an elegant touch.
- The Courtyard: Immerse yourself in our enchanting outdoor courtyard, where guests can unwind by the firepit beneath the soft glow of the string lights. Capture timeless photos against the backdrop of the stunning Twin Sisters Mountain Range, the Arkansas River, our charming vintage farm truck (cutely named Thunderbolt), and the grand Elm tree.
Each breathtaking space is packed with a distinctive ambiance and comes with an array of amenities including a dressing room for the bridal party, handicap-accessible facilities, and wireless internet. We can’t wait to host your special day!
Rave Reviews from Our Clients
Reviewed by Lucy B.
Our September wedding at the Barn at Howard Creek Farm was everything we hoped for and more. First, the Barn is gorgeous, with unbelievable mountain views. Second, Salida (which is only about 15 minutes from the venue) is such a cute mountain town for the bridal party, family, and guests to explore in the days before and after the wedding. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Aly and Orlin (the owners of the venue) are so wonderful. They have thought of just about everything to make weddings at the Barn run smoothly and to make your wedding day great–picturesque ceremony site, amazing farm tables, cute string lighting, two bars, a lovely bridal suite, and nice bathrooms are all included at this venue. Aly and Orlin were communicative, flexible, accommodating, and also just fun people to be around. Also, we are a gay couple, and we can confidently say that this place and the owners are LGBT-friendly–inviting and welcoming to all types of couples. We could not have found a better venue, and we are so happy we got married at the Barn at Howard CreekFarm!
Reviewed by Megan C.
We LOVED getting married at The Barn at Howard Creek Farm! During our very first visit almost two years ago we immediately felt so comfortable thre and like we had found the perfect place for our big day. Aly and her family are truly such amazing people and the barn/its surroundings are breathtaking. We also hired Aly as our day of coordinator and she was so terrific and made the whole experience so easy and wonderful. Above anything else at our sunset ranch wedding, our guests complimented the venue the most. Everyone really loved it.I would 100% recommend getting married at The Barn at Howard Creek! In fact, I wish I could do it again.
At Howard Creek Farm, we believe in going above and beyond to ensure your special day is seamless and enjoyable. Our all-inclusive wedding packages contain elements you didn’t even know you needed.
Our Barn Wedding Reception Space
- The barn is equipped with both an indoor and outdoor built-in bar and offers stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Arkansas River. Additionally, you have the option of entering or exiting the barn through the river, which adds a distinctive touch of the wilderness to your event. Lastly, there is abundant seating available for up to 150 guests, accompanied by a remarkable arch. The rustic elegance is enhanced by the presence of handmade farm tables and a mix of vintage and antique chairs.
Ready-Rooms for the Bride & Groom
- The bridal party can make use of a lovely barn loft that covers an area of 800 square feet. This loft features plenty of natural light and impressive qualities. It offers enough room for the bride and her bridesmaids to prepare and share special moments together. The intimate and personalized atmosphere of the loft is ideal for exchanging sincere vows. Moreover, there is a unique 25ft Grain Silo set aside for the groom and his groomsmen, providing a memorable backdrop for pre-wedding moments.
Our Outdoor Courtyard
- The outdoor courtyard is decorated with shimmering string lights, which give it a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Visitors can relax and create unforgettable moments by the firepit while enjoying the night sky.
Preserving Timeless Memories
- The Twin Sisters Mountain Range, Thunderbolt vintage farm truck, Arkansas River, and an ancient elm tree serve as fantastic backgrounds for photo ops. These photos are meant to last a lifetime and we want them to be just as breathtaking as the real experience was.
- With more than 15 years of experience, our on-site wedding planner is available to help. There are wedding planning packages that can be customized to meet your specific needs. These options range from day-of coordination for $1,500 to comprehensive planning packages priced at $3,000. Our goal is to make sure your ideal wedding comes to life.
Planning Your Wedding at The Barn at Howard Creek Farm
Howard Creek Farm offers extensive assistance to our patrons to get the best out of your wedding planning, while also providing a touch of town charm.
- Venue Tours: We schedule personalized property tours tailored to your needs — intimate or virtual. Each tour offers an overview of our property and amenities and provides couples with the opportunity to envision their celebration in our unique spaces.
- Regional Wedding Shows: Our team also helps with information and access to regional wedding expos and bridal shows where you can explore a wide range of wedding services, from invitations to honeymoon destinations. Numerous professionals gather under one roof, offering a one-stop shop for all your wedding needs.
- Vendor Coordination: We take the stress out of wedding planning by coordinating directly with vendors. We streamline the setup and tear-down process, ensure all separate components are synchronized, and see to it that your day runs smoothly.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What factors should I consider when choosing a wedding venue?
When selecting the ideal wedding venue, several crucial factors should be considered to ensure a seamless and memorable celebration. Here are key factors to ponder:
- Choose an event venue that is convenient for both you and your guests.
- Consider the accessibility and proximity to accommodations, especially if you have out-of-town guests.
- Clearly define your budget and inquire about the venue’s pricing structure.
- Factor in any additional costs for amenities, catering, and decor.
- Ensure the event venue can comfortably accommodate your guest list.
- Be mindful of space restrictions for both the ceremony and reception areas.
- Assess the venue’s aesthetic appeal and if it aligns with your desired wedding theme.
- Consider the architectural features, lighting, and overall atmosphere.
- If planning an outdoor event, have a backup plan for inclement weather.
- Check the seasonality and weather patterns for your gathering dates.
- Inquire about the amenities provided, such as dressing rooms, catering facilities, and audiovisual equipment.
- Confirm if the event venue offers in-house services or allows external vendors.
- Evaluate the dining and catering options offered by the venue or if they allow external caterers.
- Consider dietary restrictions and menu customization.
- Check the logistics for setting up and dismantling decorations.
- Confirm the venue’s policies on setup time and access.
- Ensure there is ample parking for guests.
- Consider transportation options, especially if the venue is in a remote location.
- Check the venue’s availability on your desired wedding date.
- Inquire about any potential scheduling conflicts or shared spaces with other events.
- Research reviews and testimonials from previous couples who have used the venue.
- Seek recommendations from friends, family, or wedding professionals.
- Confirm the venue’s licensing and compliance with local regulations.
- Inquire about any restrictions or permits required for specific activities.
- Choose a venue that is flexible and accommodating to your unique preferences.
- Confirm their policies regarding outside vendors, decor choices, and event duration.
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Where can my wedding guests stay?
Salida presents a variety of accommodation choices, ranging from Airbnbs to motels to cabin rentals. Among our top recommendations are The American Classic Inn, The Amigo Lodge, and The Loyal Duke.
How do we book your venue for our wedding?
Booking Howard Creek Farm for your wedding is a simple process. First, reach out to our team either through our website, email, or phone. Then, we’ll guide you through our available dates, wedding packages, and pricing. You can then take a virtual or in-person tour of our property to help finalize your decision. Once you’re ready to book, a 50% deposit and a signed contract will secure your wedding date. We look forward to helping you plan your special day!
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Do you have a list of preferred vendors?
We allow access to a variety of reputable local businesses that can help you achieve your specific vision for your wedding day. From creative event rentals, specialty bars, and local catering options, to talented photographers like Paper Posey Photography and trusted florists, we have a strong network of resources that you can pull from. Here are just a few of them:
Howard Bridal Salon
Howard Bridal Salon is your premier destination for finding your dream wedding gown. With a curated collection of dresses, ranging from timeless classics to contemporary designs, the salon offers an attentive shopping experience. Their expert consultants are dedicated to helping customers fulfill their bridal dreams.
Howard DJ brings the beats to your special day, ensuring a memorable and lively atmosphere. With a vast music library spanning various genres, their experienced DJs know how to keep the dance floor alive and cater to diverse musical preferences.
Elevate your wedding with the beauty of blooms from Howard Florist. From bridal bouquets to centerpieces, Howard Florist creates bespoke designs tailored to your vision and theme.
Howard Wedding Planners
Howard Wedding Planners are the architects of your dream wedding, turning visions into reality. With meticulous attention to detail and a knack for seamless coordination, they handle everything from venue selection to day-of execution. These event planners collaborate closely with couples, ensuring a stress-free wedding day. You can also supplement with the knot worldwide or wedding wire for the best experience.
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When is the best time to plan a wedding in Salida?
Colorado, home to the beautiful Colorado Rockies, is a four-season destination, each season offering a unique charm. The spring and summer months (late May to August) offer warm temperatures, perfect for outdoor weddings. Fall (September to October) presents a stunning display of changing foliage. Winter weddings (December to February) can have a pristine backdrop of snow, but the weather can be unpredictable. We suggest planning with the weather in mind for outdoor weddings. Please note, that we are closed during winter.
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What activities do you recommend for guests near the location?
Explore the stunning attractions and recreation spots surrounding our location, offering guests a range of activities.
- Hiking, hot springs, rafting, skiing, snowmobiling at Buena Vista– 25 miles
- Hillside hiking near Chaffee County
- Stargazing opportunities at Westcliffe- 48 miles
- Wildflower viewing at Crested Butte- 92 miles
- The Rocky Mountains Dinosaur Resource Center at Woodland Park- 94 miles
- World-class skiing at Breckenridge- 79 miles
- Mount Princeton Hot Springs- 21 miles
- River rafting and kayaking in Arkansas Valley
- Aerial Gondola across the Royal Gorge- 57 miles
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Are there any other Salida wedding venues near the Colorado mountains?
Yes, there are several other wedding venues in the nearby area. Some notable options include Steamplant Patio, The Event Center, Everett Ranch Weddings, Blue Coyote Ranch, Three Peaks Ranch, Puma Hills Mountain Retreat, and Edgewood Inn each offering its unique charm and amenities. If you’re interested, we can provide more navigation details.
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We’d love to Hear from You!
Thanks for considering Howard Creek Farm as your dream wedding venue! Have questions or want to discuss your vision? We’d love to chat. Reach out via email or give us a call at 720-937-1475. Fill out our website’s inquiry form for a prompt response from one of our event experts.
Consider sharing your preferred vendors when booking to make your wedding uniquely yours. Personalizing your experience ensures your day aligns perfectly with your vision. We can’t wait to be part of your wedding journey!