Guide to Elopements & Weddings At Sunrise Amphitheater, Boulder

Guide to Elopements & Weddings At Sunrise Amphitheater, Boulder

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Boulder, Colorado, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture. I have guided many couples through their wedding days in Boulder from micro weddings to elopements. There is a location that fits your needs! For couples seeking a unique and unforgettable wedding experience, the Sunrise Amphitheater emerges as an ideal venue that promises to transform your special day into a magical celebration. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the enchanting world of Sunrise Amphitheater and explore why it’s the perfect setting for a sunrise wedding in Boulder.

The Venue’s Charm & Logistics

bride and bridesmaid walking down the nature aisle surrounded by evergreens to the ceremony site where the groom and guests await at the Sunrise Amphitheater in Boulder on a beautiful summer afternoon.

Perched atop Flagstaff Mountain, the Sunrise Amphitheater offers panoramic views of the surrounding foothills and the city below. This intimate venue exudes a timeless charm, with its stone architecture blending seamlessly into the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. As the sun rises, the amphitheater is bathed in warm, golden hues, creating a picturesque backdrop for your wedding ceremony.

You can rent the amphitheater for either blocks of one hour or three hours and they have Boulder resident rates or non resident rates. One hour time blocks start at 6:00am & end at 9:00am & the 3 hour time blocks start at 10:00am-9:00pm with up to 100 guests.

Morning one hour time blocks are the perfect recipe for intimate elopements that is just the two of you or a micro wedding with all the guests are down to be the early bird that gets the worm. The one hour time blocks don’t have a mandatory hour between reservations but starting at 10:00pm the 3 hour time blocks do and they cannot be booked. This time is used for the coming and going of parties and you can decorate on a first come first serve basis. Please review their regulations here on decorating. No structures are allowed, confetti, flower pedals, drones and more. It is a worth a read to follow the rules and practice “Leave No Trace.”

Bride and Groom Overlooking Boulder and the foothills from Sunrise Amphitheater on their summer wedding day

One Hour Times

6:00-7:00am, 7:00-8:00am, 8:00-9:00am

Boulder Residents $100, Non Residents $150

Blush floral bouquet with babies breath. Bouquet detail shot.

Three Our Times

10:00-1:00pm, 2:00-5:00pm, 6:00-9:00pm

Boulder Residents $300, Non Residents $400

To see if your desired date and time are available visit their website.

Timing is Everything: Sunrise Wedding
Choosing to exchange vows at sunrise adds an ethereal touch to your wedding day. The soft morning light, crisp mountain air, and the tranquil ambiance contribute to a magical atmosphere that is simply unparalleled. The amphitheater backdrop faces east over and looks down at on the cities in the foothills as the sun rises and you are surrounded by all the lush forest vibes all around. The symbolism of beginning your journey together as the sun rises speaks to new beginnings, fresh starts, and the promise of a beautiful life ahead.

One of the most captivating aspects of a sunrise wedding at the amphitheater is the harmony of nature. The chirping birds, rustling leaves, and the gentle breeze become a part of your ceremony, creating a symphony that enhances the emotional and spiritual significance of your vows. The natural elements seamlessly blend with the heartfelt exchange of promises, making the moment even more profound.

Planning a sunrise wedding requires thoughtful consideration of logistics. Begin by consulting with the park authorities to ensure proper permits and compliance with regulations. Inform your vendors and guests well in advance about the early start time, providing them with the opportunity to prepare for the unique experience. Consider providing cozy blankets or shawls for guests to stay warm during the cooler morning temperatures.

Don’t forget to hire a skilled photographer who can expertly capture the beauty of the sunrise and the intimate moments shared between you and your loved ones, (kahummm-I would loveee to!) The soft, natural light of the early morning will provide a unique and dreamy quality to your wedding photos, ensuring that the memories of your special day are preserved in the most enchanting way possible.


Winter: The road to the amphitheater is closed.

Spring: Always beautiful, chance of afternoon showers is always a risk and common in Colorado. They don’t last long and are really beautiful, especially for photos. Defiantly worth noting!

Summer: June/July is when you will see the wild flowers pop up! I love taking my couples down to my favorite spot and capturing the wild flowers and all their glory surrounded by the mountains! Always a risk with Colorado’s known afternoon showers. I sure do love how the sky gets to be a deep blue and everything around is contrasted with color thanks to the rain. Don’t ever panic if your wedding ends up having a little bit of rain. All of my best wedding galleries had some rain before it cleared up. You get the best of both worlds for epic photos!

Fall: Beautiful as always. All around a beautiful location!

Bride and Groom enjoying the wild flowers. Wedding venues with wild flowers near Boulder, Colorado and Sunrise Amphitheater

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Choosing the Sunrise Amphitheater in Boulder for your wedding is a decision that transcends the ordinary. The unique blend of natural beauty, symbolism, and the serene atmosphere creates an unforgettable experience that will be etched in your hearts forever. As you embark on your journey as a married couple, the Sunrise Amphitheater serves as the perfect backdrop to the beginning of your happily ever after. It checks all the boxes from being budget friendly with beautiful views near Boulder/Denver.

March 13, 2024


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