Story by Gina Smith | Photos by Captured with Grace
Authentic, themed weddings are here to stay and Colorado’s Wild Western heritage is an aesthetic gift that keeps on giving.
If you are looking for a unique venue and love all things cowboy, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is the perfect fit for your western wedding.
In addition its 8300 square feet museum hall filled with rotating exhibits and one of a kind collections, this venue offers a versatile, climate controlled pavilion that seats up to 150 of your closest friends and family. Your rental also includes two outdoor garden stages to choose from for your rustic ceremony. The Pavilion Stages overlooks iconic Pikes Peak and the Tent Stage offers a natural, manicured garden backdrop.
The garden grounds lead to their historic Priefert Arena, the perfect back drop for photos or a western-themed mobile bar.
To make the most of the western wedding theme, a planner can help you style your day with country-style decorations and organically florals. Wedding rental companies are also excellent resources for adapting this venue to fit the flow of your event. Your rental comes with tables and chairs, a sound system and projector, and an on-site coordinator as well!
If you really want an authentic western wedding, you can dine in the arena with holding pens, bleachers, barns and roping. It will be the most amazing hoedown ever! Consider entering your reception or ceremony on horseback or by horse-drawn carriage. Be sure to make the most of this historic wedding venue by leaning into its surroundings.
Why you can feel good about hosting your event here:
Operating since 1979, this landmark was created to preserve the heritage of cowboy contests and The Hall of Fame is a 501-C-3 non-profit education institution. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy educates the public about rodeo, its history and impact on Western American culture, and provides recognition to rodeo notables of the past and present and serves as an inspiration for the future.
We spoke with the ProRodeo’s newest Events, Marketing & Membership Coordinator, Ashley Affleck-Johnson:
What is the most popular time of year for weddings at PRHoF?
June through August are our busiest time for weddings at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Summer weddings are especially popular with two of our venues, the Seasonal Tent and Hal Littrell Pavilion, being located in the Gardens, which offers a magical backdrop to the couple’s special day.
From a couples’ perspective, what do you think is the best part of having a wedding at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame?
The uniqueness of the venue. From the Gardens to the ability to rent the Museum Hall, itself—it’s a unique opportunity to have their ceremony and reception somewhere not only beautiful, but a venue that offers a memorable experience for their guests.
If a scheduled outdoor ceremony gets rained (or snowed) out…is there an option and space to bring it indoors?
With notice, our Seasonal Tent has sides that are put on to enclose the space and keep it dry and party ready. The Pavilion has a wall of sliding glass doors that can be closed to the elements or opened to let in the beauty of the Gardens. For cooler season weddings, the Museum Hall is inside the Hall of Fame with its the cathedral ceiling.
What’s the most unique feature or decoration you’ve seen at a wedding hosted at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame?
A bouncy house was brought in for a wedding one time, which was a fun feature!
The ProRodeo Hall of Fame is a long-standing member of The Colorado Wedding Magazine Vendor Community.
For more information on the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame you can contact the venue to book a tour.
Photography: Captured with Grace (@captured_with_grace)
Venue: Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame (@prorodeohalloffame)
Benefactor: Inside Out Youth Services (@insideoutys)
Keynote: Tirzah Stein of NearlyWed Coaching (@nearlywedcoaching)
Hat Vendor: Unicorn of the West (@unicorn_of_the_west)
Dessert: KB Sweet Treats (@kb_sweettreats)
Floral Designs: Sweetwater Flower Market (@sweetwaterflowermarket)
Rentals: Event Rents (@eventrents)
First Toast: Donovan Kennedy, level 3 Sommelier WSET and co-owner of Hillside Gardens @hillside_gardens_cos
Bartending: Chef in Boots (@chefinbootsllc)
Mixers + Beverages: Pikes Peak Lemonade (@pikes_peak_lemonade)