Getting Married in Salida

Creekside Chalets would be delighted to host your wedding party and guests! Our cabins’ sleeping accommodations are very versatile, making them a great choice for a variety of groups. So, whether you’re interested in renting just a cabin or two or all of our cabins, we can help you get set up with the lodging that you want and need for your special day.

Although Creekside Chalets & Cabins may just serve as lodging for your wedding party or guests, we know and love Salida, Colorado and the surrounding areas, and we’ll be more than happy to suggest some picture-perfect wedding venues nearby! Whether you’re interested in an indoor or outdoor event, this area is home to a number of places that may just be the perfect fit for your wedding.

Read on to get more information about local venues, vendors, state marriage requirements, and more!

Mountain Weather

If you’re unfamiliar with Colorado mountain weather, keep in mind that it can be fickle at all times throughout the year. During the summer,  afternoon thunderstorms are common. If your wedding is scheduled for the spring or the fall, weather can vary widely during these times. It may be snowing one day and very warm the next. If you’re planning a winter wedding, you could see a few flakes or snow or a full-blown blizzard. Make sure to plan ahead with weather in mind so that you’re ready for all possible scenarios.


Suggested Wedding Venues

Hutchinson Ranch Wedding and Events

This beautiful and historic ranch offers a serene and picturesque setting for your special day. You’ll have your choice of various sites on the property as well as a recently finished Events Barn. Hutchinson Ranch is located just two miles west of Salida off Rainbow Boulevard.

The Barn at Howard Creek Farm 

“The Barn offers an intimate space for your guests for your ceremony and reception. The 1890’s 11-acre property is an active farm complete with honey bees, growing hops, hay pastures and more. They are located on the Arkansas River. The gorgeous views of the 13,000 foot Twin Sister peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range are the perfect backdrop for your I Do’s.”

Salida SteamPlant

The SteamPlant Event Center offers a stylish and urban venue for your special day. It’s just steps from the banks of the Arkansas River. With gorgeous views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains, you’re sure to have some stunning wedding photos.

Settings Event Rentals

Settings Event Rental in Salida, Colorado has everything you need to elegantly equip a wedding, dinner banquet, cocktail party, special event or festival. They specialize in destination weddings and know how difficult it is to plan a large event which is even more difficult from afar. With years of experience behind them, they assist with all the items you need, right down to the last fork, knife, and spoon!

Getting Your Marriage License

If you’re getting married in Salida but you’re traveling from out of state, you’ll obviously need to get your marriage license before the ceremony. (If you’re a Colorado citizen, you can get your marriage license at your local Clerk and Recorder’s office, too.) In Salida, you’ll find the Clerk’s office at the Chaffee County Courthouse, located at 104 Crestone Avenue. When you apply, you’ll need to fill out some paperwork, show your IDs, and pay the license fee. The license is good for 35 days, but it is only valid within the state. You can get more information on what’s required for your marriage license by visiting the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder website.

Preferred Caterer


Located in the heart of downtown Salida, Colorado, Amicas is a community tap-house and scratch kitchen full of good energy and great flavors. Amicas focuses on keeping the ingredients as clean and locally-sourced as possible.

Amicas has had the extreme privilege of having great customer and employee loyalty for over a decade and counting. This has allowed ongoing benefits and proud sponsorships for cultural, environmental, educational and athletic programs within our own community and elsewhere. Amicas takes great pride in their summer and school lunch programs through the Boys and Girls club as well.

“Let us make your event or meeting effortless and delicious! We can deliver and serve or you can pick it up. Order from our catering menu, regular menu, or we will personalize one just for you!”

Additional Caterers

Salida is home to a several caterers who can provide the service you need for your wedding. Smoking Bones Catering provides catering services for large and small weddings. Their catering menu includes a variety of barbecued and smoked meats as well as a number of side options that run the gamut from quinoa salad to mac and cheese. They’ll happily work with you to create the perfect menu for your event and can provide vegetarian options as well.

At Kalamatapit Catering, their chefs will create a unique and personalized menu for your wedding using local and organic foods. If you or your guests have any special menu needs, including vegan, gluten-free, or vegetarian items, they will ensure that those needs are fulfilled. SOL Catering & Bartending is an experience driven catering & bartending company offering full service experiences, and they put an emphasis on natural, locally sourced, high quality ingredients, and offer Gluten Free/Vegan/Vegetarian options upon request. They try their best to use minimally processed fresh food, USDA hormone and antibiotic free meats, locally sourced produce and goods, and as much organic and all natural ingredients as possible. If you have a favorite local restaurant that you adore, feel free to ask if they also provide catering services. A number of restaurants offer these services.

If you’re planning on serving alcohol at your event, give the pros at Bash Cocktail Catering a call. They can help you out whether you just need a bartender for your wedding or if you’d like them to plan your entire cocktail bar and serve drinks.


Add an extra touch of elegance to your wedding with some beautiful floral arrangements and bouquets. Rancho Verde Flowers will create custom arrangements for your wedding using fresh flowers from their gardens whenever possible. The floral department at Brady’s West is also very experienced at creating lovely wedding arrangements.


Phytology Flowers works directly with the wedding couple to make a unique floral setting for their rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. Hannah, the owner and head designer’s background is in counseling and horticulture makes her extremely proficient in attending to the needs of the client. Whether incorporating grandma’s brooch, your specialty glass collection, or paper airplanes into your wedding, she can make it possible!”


Your wedding will be one of the most memorable days of your life. Preserve the memory of this day with a quality wedding photographer. Catherine of Catherine Eichel Photography uses a bold and emotional photographic style along with classic editing techniques to ensure that the beauty of each photo stands the test of time. (A few of Catherine’s photos are below.) Andrea at Autumn Twilight Photography prides herself on providing responsive and professional service. She’ll work with you to create a wedding photography package that meets your needs and your budget.


Avery Bechtel helms Paper Posey Photography. She was voted Best Photographer in the Best of Salida Awards for four consecutive years. Her style aims to capture not only the love between the newly married couples but also the beauty of the natural surroundings. Beth of Yellow Feather Photography offers full-day wedding packages, but only photographs a limited number of weddings in order to ensure quality standards. Her packages include an online gallery, a flash drive or DVD with all of the full resolution images, and a custom slideshow or website.