Weddings

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens offers the most unique venue in Vail, CO for your special day. The Gardens is a picturesque and serene location just a 5 minute walk from Vail Village. Our setting allows for intimate elopements surrounded by flowers within the aspen trees or weddings up to 100 guests at the base of our waterfall. Below you will find information on the venue, pricing, reservation forms, photos and a list of suggested vendors.                                        

 Please feel free to contact our Events Coordinator with further questions via email [email protected] or by calling  970-476-0103 x 3.

Event Details

We are pleased that you are interested in reserving Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, which is the highest public botanic garden in North America. The combination of beautiful colors and incredible rugged beauty of the Gore Range Mountains in the background make this a very special location. Below you will find information regarding the use of the Gardens. Your contribution supports the care and maintenance of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

  • We offer weddings during two different time slots for your wedding; Monday-Sunday 12:00-3:00 PM or 3:00-6:00 PM. Setup and breakdown is included in that time frame.
  • We are limited to two private events per day in the gardens, and all agreements are made on a first come, first served basis.
  • Reservations are confirmed only by receipt of payment. Additional charges will be incurred for any equipment or staff needs that you may require.
  • Chairs are permitted on the Rock Garden Terrace for weddings of up to 100 guests; you may also consider the small amphitheater in the Children’s Garden for weddings under 50 guests. Chairs must be reserved through Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
  • There are several electrical outlets located in the Gardens for a simple PA system. Amplified music requires a special permit, and is not encouraged.
  • For use of the Ford Amphitheater, please call the Vail Valley Foundation - 970-949-1999.
  • There is no alcohol permitted in the Gardens without a special event permit.
  • Glass containers are not allowed in Ford Park.
  • While we do our best to reroute the park visitors during your event, this is still a public park and cannot be blocked off in any way from public access.
  • While every effort is made to insure the water features are fully functional for your event, the operation of the water features cannot be guaranteed. These features may be turned off for maintenance, repair, or water conservation at any time. In an effort to minimize noise, the Alpine Rock Garden waterfall is turned down each Friday to its lowest flow rate.
  • The Town of Vail may institute paid parking during special events.
  • Weddings & Events operate rain, snow or shine. Indoor backup for weddings may be arranged through your host hotel or reception venue. Please contact them for details.
  • Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are part of the multi-venue Ford Park. During our exciting summer season many events are simultaneously scheduled. Though we are not responsible for any events that are planned through Town of Vail, Vail Recreation District (Softball fields), and or Vail Valley Foundation (Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater) our organizations work closely together to manage this space for the enjoyment of all.

Pricing

Monday-Thursday –  $1000 per 3 hour time slot

Friday-Sunday – $1500 per 3 hour time slot

Elopement – $300 (6 guests or less)

Wedding Photography ONLY – $125 

Wedding Planning - Eventique Productions

Base package for Weddings at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens $650 

  • Initial site meeting and walk through including 5 hours of pre planning and coordination
  • Use of Aisle Planner software with checklist, design resources, and timeline management for client use
  • All communication with planner to be through Aisle Planner software
  • Full email, phone, text access to planner begins 3 days prior
  • Event Architect on site at Alpine Gardens from set up to break down
  • Location set up and load in for all vendors
  • Clean up of ceremony site
  • Set up of small décor items
  • Emergency kit
  • First look coordinate or keep you hidden
  • Distribute final payments to vendors if needed
  • Cue the ceremony and bridal party
  • Guest assistance to and from ceremony signage set up in gardens
  • Assist photographer for photos in gardens
  • Can upgrade for pre-planning and reception site day of assistance 


Additional planning hours can be purchased at a rate of $75 per hour or 10 for a discounted rate of $650 directly through Eventique Productions – Sarah Siegel – [email protected] – 303-349-1534.

 

 

 

 

Wedding Photos

Professional photos may be taken in the Gardens with a $125 donation. If you are planning a wedding, in Vail and would like to take your before or after-wedding photos at the Gardens please fill out our Wedding Photography Form.  

Suggested Private Event Vendors List

Hotels/ Restaurants/ Venues:

Sitzmark Lodge 183 Gore Creek Dr Vail, CO 81657 970-476-5001 www.sitzmarklodge.com

Manor Vail Lodge 595 East Vail Valley Drive Vail, CO 81657 970-476-5000 / 1-800-950-8245 www.manorvail.com

Larkspur Restaurant 458 Vail Valley Drive Vail, CO 81657 970-754-8048 www.larkspurvail.com

Vail Resorts Hospitality Courtney Smith 970-754-7733 [email protected]

 

Music and Bands:

The Vail Valley String Quartet and Trio 970-328-1911 www.vailvalleystrings.blogspot.com

 

Ordained Officiant:

Tara van Dernoot 970-471-4711 [email protected] www.vailareaweddings.com