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Today we’ll be taking a virtual tour of the incredible Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center in Estes Park, CO. Our tour guide is Rachel Ward Oppermann, the venue’s marketing manager. Enjoy!

Tell us a bit about your venue:

We are a private, secluded mountain wedding venue just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Our all-inclusive wedding package encompasses event planning, day-of coordination, 5-star food, everything needed to eat off of and drink from, all staffing to execute the wedding, and much more.

Read the full interview after the cut!


What makes your business unique?

Views from our lodge, and river and meadow ceremony sites look into the national park. There are no other business around, only vacation rentals. We host only one wedding each day. With no other businesses around and because we only host one wedding each day our couples experience a truly private, secluded experience.

Our Rocky-Mountain-elegant lodge is sophisticated and well maintained yet rustic; it embodies the mountain-lodge-feel couples who are looking to marry in the mountains are looking for.

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Do you target any particular niche?

N0 – we welcome anyone and everyone who wants to marry in the mountains.

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What’s your favorite part of the job?

Experiencing the anticipation and excitement of the couple and their friends and family on their wedding day. Witnessing smiles, hugs and tears never gets old. Also, it is very fun to see how each couple decorates the lodge to make it their own.


How do you help couples customize their weddings?

Our all-inclusive wedding package provides everything needed from a venue perspective, but is highly customizable.

For all things related to our services, including the sequence of events, the food served, the layout of the rooms, and more, the couple works with our in-house event planner to make each element of their wedding timeline reflect who they are.


Do you have any funny stories about a past wedding or event?

“Whip/Watch Me Nae Nae” came on during one couple’s reception recently. Grandma took center stage and proceeded to teach all the little kids (8 and under) how to do the dance. It was so unexpected; we still chuckle at the memory.

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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

To provide a snack and water for the couple after their ceremony, but before they enter their reception. Most often couples do not have much chance to eat during the day. We don’t want them hungry or dehydrated on their big day.

wild-basin-lodge-14Photographer credits: Visual Poetry by Meghan, Maiigo Photography, Mallory Munson

Any tips for brides on the hunt for a venue?

Don’t be afraid to ask the venue all of the questions you have. The more each of us knows about the other’s expectations upfront, the better the relationship will be. If a venue doesn’t have time for your questions it is a red flag; consider choosing a different venue.

Venue Walkthrough: Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center (1)

Thanks Rachel! For more information about Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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