If you’re looking to get married at a dreamy destination in the Rocky Mountains but don’t want to ask your guests to drive hours and hours to get there, then Breckenridge & Keystone are most likely two of the places where you’re looking for that perfect venue.  Both towns/resorts offer a wide variety of picture-perfect venues, Timber Ridge in Keystone and Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge being two of the venues we work at the most.  Couples have asked us which is our favorite and that’s like asking us which we think is cuter, puppies or kittens.  We love both!  (though Mark would probably say puppies : )

Since these two phenomenal wedding venues are similar but different, I totally see how it would be hard for a couple to decide between the two.  We’ve spent a lot of time at both so I thought I’d share some insight in to what we know about each venue.  I should preface by saying, I am simply speaking from a photographer’s perspective and have no special interest in either venue.  Nor do I have any knowledge of the cost, capacity, etc. of either venue.  I hope to give you a better idea of generally what each location is all about and at the bottom of this post will connect you with the right people to call if you think Timber Ridge or Ten Mile Station is the perfect venue for you!

GETTING THERE

Timber Ridge (Keystone): Getting to Timber Ridge involves two separate gondola rides that take a total of about 30 minutes.  This is a surefire way to make an impression on your guests.  The views are out of this world and the enclosed cabin keeps everyone safe and warm.  However, those weary of heights may not be very happy that this is the only way to get to your wedding : )

keystone ski resort gondola ride to north peak
The second gondola ride to Timber Ridge.

Ten Mile Station (Breckenridge): Getting to Ten Mile Station is about a 10-15 minute drive from downtown Breckenridge, most of which is on a dirt road that criss-crosses the ski runs up to Ten Mile.  Guests are typically shuttled from their hotel to Ten Mile via a transportation company that the Bride & Groom have arranged.  This drive may not be the same as a gondola ride but it’s still an experience in itself.  While many people have ridden down a ski run, not many can say they’ve driven up one in the middle of the summer.

The driveway of Ten Mile Station.

GETTING READY

I typically see couples get ready at their house or condo accommodations. However, both venues provide a private area for the bride and her bridal party to keep their personal belongings and wait while guests are arriving.  At Ten Mile it’s a small room in the lower level, at Timber Ridge it’s a large restroom.  

Jamienne and her mom moments before heading to the ceremony. Timber Ridge.
Kelsey’s bridesmaids helping with finishing touches to her dress. Ten Mile Station.

THE CEREMONY

Timber Ridge (Keystone):  Timber Ridge offers two ceremony locations.  On the deck just outside the reception doors or on the Anticipation ski run, a very short walk from the reception.  There’s a bit of give and take with these two options.  While the ski run offers wide open views of the glorious mountain peaks in the distance, the terrain you’ll be walking on to get down your aisle is a bit rough.  Nothing crazy but you’ll have to take it slow in heels.  The deck is much easier for everyone to move around on but the trees make the mountain views less visible.

Anticipation ski run is one of two gorgeous locations for a wedding ceremony at Timber Ridge.
The deck at Timber Ridge is the second of two options for your ceremony site.

Ten Mile Station (Breckenridge):  Ceremonies at Ten Mile Station take place on the patio just outside the reception space with great views of the mountains.

The ceremony site at Ten Mile Station is conveniently located on the patio.

THE SETTING

Both Timber Ridge & Ten Mile Station offer seclusion and the feeling that you have the entire mountain to yourself.  You’re completely removed from the general public.  While Ten Mile Station only holds one event at a time, Timber Ridge is part of a larger building called The Outpost that has one other restaurant (Alpenglow Stube) available for weddings at the same time.  Alpenglow Stube is a smaller space for smaller weddings and we’ve never seen a wedding there interfere with a wedding at Timber Ridge.  If there is a wedding taking place at the Stube at the same time as your Timber Ridge wedding, there is a good chance you won’t even notice it.

Timber Ridge
Ten Mile Station

THE RECEPTION

I think the best I can do here is just share photos!  Both spaces are gorgeous in their own right, rustic but not too much so. Both are great canvases to add your own personal style.  We’ve seen both venues decorated in various styles and color schemes…all gorgeous.

Cocktail hour at Timber Ridge.
The interior of Timber Ridge.
The dinner and dance floor setting at Timber Ridge.
Cocktail hour at Ten Mile Station.
The interior of Ten Mile Station.
Dinner at Ten Mile Station.

CONCLUSION

Hopefully this little comparison of Timber Ridge vs. Ten Mile Station has given you an idea of what each venue has to offer!  You can’t go wrong with either and can be certain that both offer remarkable settings for a Colorado mountain wedding that your friends and family won’t soon forget.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Both venues are owned and operated by Vail Resorts.
Click here for more information about Timber Ridge.
Click here for more information about Ten Mile Station.

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