One of the best things about living in Colorado is all the amazing outdoor activities that are available right on our doorsteps: skiing and snowboarding, white water rafting, hiking, rock climbing, golf (to name just a few!). So if you’re an active, sporty couple with a love for nature, then a Colorado destination wedding could be just the thing. Gorgeous vistas, the chance to participate in your favorite activities with your friends and family…what could be better? But how about weaving a little of your passions into the wedding theme too? A few whimsical touches that reference your favorite pastimes can really add personality and make your event stand out. Here are some fun outdoor activity-based wedding theme ideas to inspire you!

Ski & Snowboarding Wedding Theme Ideas

  • Set the scene for a destination wedding in Aspen with a ski pass Save the Date.
  • Name your tables after major ski resorts and create a custom ski trail map as your table plan.
  • Vintage ski gear can add an elegant touch to your décor, like old wooden snow shoes, antique skis, and vintage ski resort posters.
  • Serve warming après ski favorites at cocktail hour like mulled wine and hot cocoa.
  • Have your cake designer add mountain detailing to the fondant for a subtle Alpine twist to the traditional wedding cake.

Hiking Wedding Theme Ideas

  • Help guests find their way to their seats with compass escorts that double up as favors.
  • Pay tribute to the gorgeous wildflowers on the Colorado trails by including locally sourced, seasonal blooms in your bouquets and table arrangements.
  • Set up a DIY trail mix or granola bar where guests can put their own mix together from a range of tasty options.
  • Set up trail-inspired directional signs at your venue, pointing guests to the ceremony and reception. They also make adorable table name signs!
  • Have a cake topper that pays tribute to your sense of adventure, like ‘And so the adventure begins’ or ‘You are my greatest adventure’.

Camping Wedding Theme Ideas

  • Give your tablescape a camping chic vibe with pretty lanterns, enamelware mugs or plates, and touches of flannel.
  • Some kind of tent is a must for a camping chic wedding, from a traditional marquee to a Bedouin tent or yurt.
  • S’mores and camping go hand in hand, so set up a s’more station and let your guests make their own, or send them home with a s’mores kit as a fun favor.
  • Set up a fire pit with lots of comfy chairs, pillows and blankets for guests to sit around and enjoy hot cocoa and campfire chat late into the night.
  • A vintage camper is the perfect photo booth or mobile bar addition to your camp themed wedding. Guests will love it!

Canoeing & White Water Rafting Wedding Theme Ideas

  • Old canoes make great décor pieces at a wedding. You can fill them with ice and drinks for a self-serve bar, use a half-canoe as an altar or an escort card display, or suspend one above the main table with flowers hanging from it for an eye-catching installation.
  • Mini oars make creative place holders at each seat tied with a sprig of flowers or herbs.
  • A set of wooden paddles makes for an unusual guest book alternative that you can display as a piece of art on your wall at home.
  • As you exit the ceremony, have the groomsmen form an arch with oars instead of swords.
  • If you love being on the water, a lakeside ceremony is a must, so why not have the bride make the ultimate entrance by boat?

Golf Wedding Theme Ideas

  • Send out scorecard style save the dates, complete with mini golf pencils inscribed with your names and wedding date.
  • Tuck a tee or two into the groom and groomsmen’s boutonnieres to honor their favorite sport.
  • Speaking of groomswear, it’s only fitting that the man of the hour dons a green jacket for the wedding, just like the Masters champion!
  • Tuck numbered pennants into your centerpieces as table numbers in a nod to the numbered holes on a golf course.
  • What would a golf-themed wedding be without a golf cart getaway? Add a ‘just married’ sign for an extra touch!

Of course, you don’t need to go overboard with any of these wedding theme ideas when you choose to have a destination wedding in Colorado. The spectacular mountain scenery will do most of the work for you!

Top image by Lacie Hansen

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