The “Kingdom” of Breckenridge is THE mountain weddings capital of Colorado
Trig: I grew up 20 miles from Breckenridge just over Hoosier Pass. I clearly remember being fascinated by the sign that greeted drivers coming in from the South that said, “Welcome to The Kingdom of Breckenridge”. Turns out, that’s a tongue-in-cheek nod to an old publicity stunt back in the 1960’s. Breckenridge proclaimed itself as a “seceded” kingdom and required “visas” to enter the resort town.
Clearly, there’s never been any authentic “monarchy” in Breck. Yet, it’s clear that when it comes to mountain towns “with it all”, it is still the king and especially when it comes to weddings.
What makes Breck different than all the other ski resorts and towns? Breckenridge is the only one to have it all: a truly developed town with arts, shopping, food, and nightlife scene and a massive ski resort. Yes, technically Vail is a larger town and much larger ski resort. However, the Vail Valley is so long and spread out that it doesn’t really feel like a “proper” town to me. Case in point? You can park on the streets in Breck, near the stores and bars you want to go to. I dare you to find street parking in Vail. Lol.
The stand-out feature for weddings in Breck is the wide, stunning valley that the Ten Mile mountain range creates around Breck. Whereas Vail is much tighter and steeper (that’s what makes Vail so awesome for skiiing: the vertical rise), the views around Breckenridge go on for miles. As a wedding photographer, I love the majestic vistas and the more open landscape leaves room for a ton of great wedding venues.
Also, one of our favorite wedding planners in the whole state is based out of Breckenridge: Distinctive Mountain Events. We jump at any reason to work with them, and plus we get to go up to my childhood home and spend the weekend with Nana when we book weddings here!