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Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Loveland , CO

LOCATION

2939 N. County Rd 31D
Loveland, CO US 80538 (map)

PHONE

877-667-3999

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Voted 1st Place Winner of the "Best Place to Get Married" Readers' Choice Award by the Loveland Reporter-Herald in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is a romantic and... Read more
Voted 1st Place Winner of the "Best Place to Get Married" Readers' Choice Award by the Loveland Reporter-Herald in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is a romantic and beautiful wedding site open year 'round. Renowned for our scenic setting in the Rocky Mountain foothills, you'll love the tranquil beauty of our 3,200 acre ranch. Rustic elegance describes our three reception venues, each with its own outdoor ceremony site:

-The Heart Song wedding site (formerly name Renaissance) is our newest venue and encapsulates the beauty of Sylvan Dale with our hope for rebirth after the Floods of September 2013. Profess your love surrounded by the beauty of the foothills and enhanced by a breathtaking background of regal red-rock cliffs.

-The River Bend ceremony site allows you to say your vows on lush green grass under whispering pines near the banks of the Big Thompson River. It has been revitalized and is more beautiful than ever.

-The Heritage has all the warmth and charm for a beautiful rustic elegant wedding featuring log trusses, stone wall fireplace, covered wooden porch, reception area.

Enjoy an affordable, memorable and sustainable wedding at Sylvan Dale! Our eco-friendly ranch can plan a "green" reception with meals made from locally-grown organic food. Outdoor activities abound to entertain guests and bridal couples on their honeymoon. Gracious and professional, our experienced wedding coordinator will help plan and host the wedding and reception of your dreams!

Sylvan Dale's services include:
- Ceremonies and receptions
- Rehearsal dinners
- Honeymoons
- Bachelor/ette parties
- Bridal showers
- Catering and bar service
- Overnight lodging Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1946
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Farm / Barn, Inn / Bed & Breakfast
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Rustic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
125
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
13
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
3200
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
30
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Oh man where to begin?? Not very many people can say that their wedding day was as amazing as mine and trust me when I say, other than family and one amazing DJ that credit goes to Sylvandale Ranch and their incredible staff! They helped with everything from prep to clean up, and Ge did everything possible to keep everything on track and organized!! Not to mention the sheer beauty of the venue even with the recent construction!!! They made the day what it was and I will not hesitate to spread the word and be a return customer! Thank you for making my wedding the best experience I could have asked for and so much more!!!
Oh man where to begin?? Not very many people can say that their wedding day was as amazing as mine and trust me when I Read more...
Oh man where to begin?? Not very many people can say that their wedding day was as amazing as mine and trust me when I say, other than family and one amazing DJ that credit goes to Sylvandale Ranch and their incredible staff! They helped with everything from prep to clean up, and Ge did everything possible to keep everything on track and organized!! Not to mention the sheer beauty of the venue even with the recent construction!!! They made the day what it was and I will not hesitate to spread the word and be a return customer! Thank you for making my wedding the best experience I could have asked for and so much more!!! Read less
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Tina
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We were extremely pleased with Sylvan Dales ability to recover from devastating flooding and give us the wedding of our dreams. They were reliable and very easy to work with. We always knew how things were progressing. Ge Moore was an outstanding event coordinator and we had complete faith in her ability to make this an outstanding event. We would with out hesitation recommend this venue.
We were extremely pleased with Sylvan Dales ability to recover from devastating flooding and give us the wedding of our Read more...
We were extremely pleased with Sylvan Dales ability to recover from devastating flooding and give us the wedding of our dreams. They were reliable and very easy to work with. We always knew how things were progressing. Ge Moore was an outstanding event coordinator and we had complete faith in her ability to make this an outstanding event. We would with out hesitation recommend this venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We married on horseback on top of Eagle Ridge. The view was spectacular. The staff was very accommodating and made great effort to make our wedding a memorable event. We look forward to returning again.
We married on horseback on top of Eagle Ridge. The view was spectacular. The staff was very accommodating and made great Read more...
We married on horseback on top of Eagle Ridge. The view was spectacular. The staff was very accommodating and made great effort to make our wedding a memorable event. We look forward to returning again. Read less
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Caren
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
The whole experience at Sylvan Dale was beyond perfect. Thanks to the wonderful staff we didn't have a single hiccup or issue. The setting is beautiful and natural, the people are courteous and professional, and the price was extremely fair. We had an amazing experience for our 20 year renewal and could not have had a more perfect day.
The whole experience at Sylvan Dale was beyond perfect. Thanks to the wonderful staff we didn't have a single hiccup or Read more...
The whole experience at Sylvan Dale was beyond perfect. Thanks to the wonderful staff we didn't have a single hiccup or issue. The setting is beautiful and natural, the people are courteous and professional, and the price was extremely fair. We had an amazing experience for our 20 year renewal and could not have had a more perfect day. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
8/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch was the perfect location for our wedding. It was private and the perfect size for our wedding. Since the majority of our guests came from outside of Colorado, Sylvan Dale was perfect so that we could have the wedding, the reception, and the lodging all in one location.

Alaina Johnson, the wedding coordinator at Sylvan Dale, was amazing at communicating promptly with us. She even helped up navigate guests to the ranch around a bike race that got scheduled to run past the ranch, closing down the roads on one of the days that many of the guests were traveling to the ranch.

Our wedding was absolutely perfect, we just wish that the storm hadn't rolled through 3 weeks later, flooding the entire venue and destroying an amazing and beautiful place. We will definitely be back to spend our first year anniversary there in August.
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch was the perfect location for our wedding. It was private and the perfect size for our wedding. Read more...
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch was the perfect location for our wedding. It was private and the perfect size for our wedding. Since the majority of our guests came from outside of Colorado, Sylvan Dale was perfect so that we could have the wedding, the reception, and the lodging all in one location.

Alaina Johnson, the wedding coordinator at Sylvan Dale, was amazing at communicating promptly with us. She even helped up navigate guests to the ranch around a bike race that got scheduled to run past the ranch, closing down the roads on one of the days that many of the guests were traveling to the ranch.

Our wedding was absolutely perfect, we just wish that the storm hadn't rolled through 3 weeks later, flooding the entire venue and destroying an amazing and beautiful place. We will definitely be back to spend our first year anniversary there in August. Read less
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David
Wedding:
8/24/2013
4.6/5.0
We ended up working with Ge, and she made sure our stay along with our guests was what we wanted. We ended up missing the early horse ride, but she was able to still get us in on a private ride for the same day. She kept in contact with us almost on a daily if not weekly basis.

The serving staff were friendly and on top of everything. And they asked questions if something wasn't right. And they stayed on top of things when it came to cutting the cake. They definitely deserve a huge kudos for making sure everyone was served at both the dinner and the reception.

Even the front desk was great, checking in with me to see if I needed Ge when she walked into the office. They answered any questions we had, and if they didn't know the answer, they would promptly find someone that could help us.
We ended up working with Ge, and she made sure our stay along with our guests was what we wanted. We ended up missing the Read more...
We ended up working with Ge, and she made sure our stay along with our guests was what we wanted. We ended up missing the early horse ride, but she was able to still get us in on a private ride for the same day. She kept in contact with us almost on a daily if not weekly basis.

The serving staff were friendly and on top of everything. And they asked questions if something wasn't right. And they stayed on top of things when it came to cutting the cake. They definitely deserve a huge kudos for making sure everyone was served at both the dinner and the reception.

Even the front desk was great, checking in with me to see if I needed Ge when she walked into the office. They answered any questions we had, and if they didn't know the answer, they would promptly find someone that could help us. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
My wife and I were recently married at Sylvan Dale and we couldn't have been more delighted with the staff and facilities. Our sincere thanks to the wonderful staff, especially Alaina the Wedding Coordinator, and Sue and Hannah at the front desk! We had family fly in from Japan and from all over the United States and everyone absolutely loved the ranch. The ranch grounds are absolutely gorgeous, the current website just doesn't do the place justice. My wife and I highly recommend the Sylvan Dale to anyone thinking about a Colorado wedding.
My wife and I were recently married at Sylvan Dale and we couldn't have been more delighted with the staff and facilities. Read more...
My wife and I were recently married at Sylvan Dale and we couldn't have been more delighted with the staff and facilities. Our sincere thanks to the wonderful staff, especially Alaina the Wedding Coordinator, and Sue and Hannah at the front desk! We had family fly in from Japan and from all over the United States and everyone absolutely loved the ranch. The ranch grounds are absolutely gorgeous, the current website just doesn't do the place justice. My wife and I highly recommend the Sylvan Dale to anyone thinking about a Colorado wedding. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
7/20/2013
4.9/5.0
Alaina was very helpful and was able to make much of our requests possible. Sylvan Dale was a beautiful place to get married and they set everything up very nicely. The food was delicious! The only hard part was only having an hour and a half to set up. I was unable to be there to help which made it hard however the room is already fairly decorated. The only other complaint is that the room where the men got dressed is small and there is no sink in the room.
Alaina was very helpful and was able to make much of our requests possible. Sylvan Dale was a beautiful place to get Read more...
Alaina was very helpful and was able to make much of our requests possible. Sylvan Dale was a beautiful place to get married and they set everything up very nicely. The food was delicious! The only hard part was only having an hour and a half to set up. I was unable to be there to help which made it hard however the room is already fairly decorated. The only other complaint is that the room where the men got dressed is small and there is no sink in the room. Read less
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Deb
Wedding:
7/20/2013
4.9/5.0
We worked closely with Alaina since January to plan a wedding at Sylvan Dale. It was truly a delight from beginning to end! Alaina was easy and professional to work with and always promptly answered our questions. She met with us a number of times and was always knowledgeable, flexible and prepared. The outdoor wedding site on the river bank and the reception hall was beautifully set up. The food was delicious and attractively presented. Other staff with whom we worked were just as delightful and helpful, especially Sue Buchman.

A few suggestions for the future. First, the dressing room in the Heritage is VERY small and VERY warm. Access to a sink and a window would be a tremendous help. Second, perhaps the wedding party could be allowed access more than 1.5 hours prior to the ceremony to decorate? We wanted to decorate the reception hall with small white lights, however, since we were not allowed in until 1.5 hours before the wedding this would not have been possible. Luckily, the week before the wedding another couple rented the Heritage for the entire day to decorate, and they donated the lights they hung. Alaina arranged for us to use those lights for our reception. If that had not been the case, there would not have been time for us to hang lights. The 1.5 hours includes getting dressed as well as pre-ceremony pics - not leaving much time to decorate. Finally, if there is a way that Sylvan Dale could use a more neutral chair color for seating (i.e. green chairs in the Heritage), it would be a real help. Unless a bride has green in her colors, one must also rent chairs or covers, which does add to the expense.

We have been to Sylvan Dale many times over the last 25 years; we will most certainly continue to come back and will definitely recommend it to others. Many, many guests commented on the wonderful facilities and friendly staff during the wedding and reception. Thank you all so very much for helping Anna and Kevin have the wedding of their dreams!
We worked closely with Alaina since January to plan a wedding at Sylvan Dale. It was truly a delight from beginning to Read more...
We worked closely with Alaina since January to plan a wedding at Sylvan Dale. It was truly a delight from beginning to end! Alaina was easy and professional to work with and always promptly answered our questions. She met with us a number of times and was always knowledgeable, flexible and prepared. The outdoor wedding site on the river bank and the reception hall was beautifully set up. The food was delicious and attractively presented. Other staff with whom we worked were just as delightful and helpful, especially Sue Buchman.

A few suggestions for the future. First, the dressing room in the Heritage is VERY small and VERY warm. Access to a sink and a window would be a tremendous help. Second, perhaps the wedding party could be allowed access more than 1.5 hours prior to the ceremony to decorate? We wanted to decorate the reception hall with small white lights, however, since we were not allowed in until 1.5 hours before the wedding this would not have been possible. Luckily, the week before the wedding another couple rented the Heritage for the entire day to decorate, and they donated the lights they hung. Alaina arranged for us to use those lights for our reception. If that had not been the case, there would not have been time for us to hang lights. The 1.5 hours includes getting dressed as well as pre-ceremony pics - not leaving much time to decorate. Finally, if there is a way that Sylvan Dale could use a more neutral chair color for seating (i.e. green chairs in the Heritage), it would be a real help. Unless a bride has green in her colors, one must also rent chairs or covers, which does add to the expense.

We have been to Sylvan Dale many times over the last 25 years; we will most certainly continue to come back and will definitely recommend it to others. Many, many guests commented on the wonderful facilities and friendly staff during the wedding and reception. Thank you all so very much for helping Anna and Kevin have the wedding of their dreams! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/13/2013
4.0/5.0
I loved the venue, and the food was great. It's an absolutely beautiful location, and if you're looking for a ranch that is a little more affordable than some others in the area, Sylvan Dale is a great option! The only issues we had were with booking, and we were given some misinformation regarding some of the details of the wedding. This caused some issues for us as we had to find another location for the nights before the wedding. We also weren't able to taste the food prior to the wedding, so I was relieved that the food was good. Most of our issues came with some miscommunication issues with the wedding coordinator, so I would suggest clarifying everything in the initial meeting with her. Other than the issues I listed, our wedding was perfect, and I am so glad we did our wedding at Sylvan Dale!
I loved the venue, and the food was great. It's an absolutely beautiful location, and if you're looking for a ranch that Read more...
I loved the venue, and the food was great. It's an absolutely beautiful location, and if you're looking for a ranch that is a little more affordable than some others in the area, Sylvan Dale is a great option! The only issues we had were with booking, and we were given some misinformation regarding some of the details of the wedding. This caused some issues for us as we had to find another location for the nights before the wedding. We also weren't able to taste the food prior to the wedding, so I was relieved that the food was good. Most of our issues came with some miscommunication issues with the wedding coordinator, so I would suggest clarifying everything in the initial meeting with her. Other than the issues I listed, our wedding was perfect, and I am so glad we did our wedding at Sylvan Dale! Read less
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Deb
Wedding:
7/6/2013
4.4/5.0
Alaina and Hanna were wonderful to work with. They were flexible with meetings and arrangements.
The lodging situation as to guest check in and confusion with room reservations were a little stressful, but all worked out in the end.
Deb
Alaina and Hanna were wonderful to work with. They were flexible with meetings and arrangements.
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Alaina and Hanna were wonderful to work with. They were flexible with meetings and arrangements.
The lodging situation as to guest check in and confusion with room reservations were a little stressful, but all worked out in the end.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
2.4/5.0
Was very disappointment by the extremely rude girl that worked at the front desk. We did not pay this amount of money to have our guests treated that way.
Was very disappointment by the extremely rude girl that worked at the front desk. We did not pay this amount of money to Read more...
Was very disappointment by the extremely rude girl that worked at the front desk. We did not pay this amount of money to have our guests treated that way. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.1/5.0
They did a fantastic job accommodating us! I didn't have to stress about a thing because I knew everything was planned well in advance and the staff did an amazing job putting it all together! My only complaint is all the hidden costs...
They did a fantastic job accommodating us! I didn't have to stress about a thing because I knew everything was planned Read more...
They did a fantastic job accommodating us! I didn't have to stress about a thing because I knew everything was planned well in advance and the staff did an amazing job putting it all together! My only complaint is all the hidden costs... Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Can't say enough great things about Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch as a wedding site! The area is beautiful, the staff, every single person we interacted with, was superb, the food was delicious. A special Thanks to Alaina, our wedding coordinator and her assistant Hannah for taking such good care of us and making the whole wedding flow so smoothly. I highly recommend Sylvan Dale for a true Colorado wedding experience!
Can't say enough great things about Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch as a wedding site! The area is beautiful, the staff, every Read more...
Can't say enough great things about Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch as a wedding site! The area is beautiful, the staff, every single person we interacted with, was superb, the food was delicious. A special Thanks to Alaina, our wedding coordinator and her assistant Hannah for taking such good care of us and making the whole wedding flow so smoothly. I highly recommend Sylvan Dale for a true Colorado wedding experience! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
6/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Sylvan Dale was an amazing venue and the perfect place for our wedding. All of the staff was friendly and helpful and super accommodating to all of our requests. Alaina did a great job making sure everything ran smoothly and I didn't have to stress about anything on my big day. Thank you all so much!!!
Sylvan Dale was an amazing venue and the perfect place for our wedding. All of the staff was friendly and helpful and Read more...
Sylvan Dale was an amazing venue and the perfect place for our wedding. All of the staff was friendly and helpful and super accommodating to all of our requests. Alaina did a great job making sure everything ran smoothly and I didn't have to stress about anything on my big day. Thank you all so much!!! Read less
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Virginia
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.7/5.0
They were very kind and helpful with everything we wanted. They also made planning very simple and were able to accommodate our requests. They were a little pricey but I feel that it was worth the extra cost.
They were very kind and helpful with everything we wanted. They also made planning very simple and were able to Read more...
They were very kind and helpful with everything we wanted. They also made planning very simple and were able to accommodate our requests. They were a little pricey but I feel that it was worth the extra cost. Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
5/24/2013
4.2/5.0
Our wedding at Sylvan Dale was fantastic. Alaina was there to help us step by step. I do wish she would have come to confirm setup a little more with me the day of, but everything worked out well.
Gorgeous venue, and for those that have guests from out of state, accommodations are on-site, making it much easier on guests.
Food is delicious. Bride and groom are well taken care of throughout the evening. There was even an assistant to help me carry my plate through the buffet line!
Our wedding at Sylvan Dale was fantastic. Alaina was there to help us step by step. I do wish she would have come to Read more...
Our wedding at Sylvan Dale was fantastic. Alaina was there to help us step by step. I do wish she would have come to confirm setup a little more with me the day of, but everything worked out well.
Gorgeous venue, and for those that have guests from out of state, accommodations are on-site, making it much easier on guests.
Food is delicious. Bride and groom are well taken care of throughout the evening. There was even an assistant to help me carry my plate through the buffet line! Read less
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Graham
Wedding:
5/24/2013
4.7/5.0
Alaina was great! She was friendly, accommodating, and professional. Our guests, family, and friends, all commented on the attentiveness of the SDGR staff. The only reason this review didn't get a full 5-star rating is the price of food... The food was very tasty, but options were limited, and not much of a value. I guess when you require the food to be purchased in-house, you charge what you want! Overall it was a great experience, and the beautiful scenery and exceptional service made the day for us.
Alaina was great! She was friendly, accommodating, and professional. Our guests, family, and friends, all commented on the Read more...
Alaina was great! She was friendly, accommodating, and professional. Our guests, family, and friends, all commented on the attentiveness of the SDGR staff. The only reason this review didn't get a full 5-star rating is the price of food... The food was very tasty, but options were limited, and not much of a value. I guess when you require the food to be purchased in-house, you charge what you want! Overall it was a great experience, and the beautiful scenery and exceptional service made the day for us. Read less
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Scott
Wedding:
5/19/2013
4.5/5.0
Fantastic service! The staff was not only incredibly helpful, but they were extremely responsive and professional. Alaina Johnson was always available to help out and took major last minute changes in stride and worked them out. Thanks for a great job!
Fantastic service! The staff was not only incredibly helpful, but they were extremely responsive and professional. Alaina Read more...
Fantastic service! The staff was not only incredibly helpful, but they were extremely responsive and professional. Alaina Johnson was always available to help out and took major last minute changes in stride and worked them out. Thanks for a great job! Read less
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Becky
Wedding:
5/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Sylvan Dale was the perfect spot for our special day! The staff was amazing and was willing to help with whatever we needed. It was so nice to have one place that took care of pretty much everything (ceremony, reception, lodging) and it was extremely affordable! overall we spent around $7000 for ceremony, reception with buffet and open bar for 100 guest (the food was amazing) We also reserved and paid for lodging on the site for around 30 guest that was included in the $7000. So overall it was really affordable. And the VIEWS!! It was so beautiful! Right at the base of the Rocky Mountains! I could not have asked for a more perfect place! I absolutely recommend Sylvan Dale to any couple!
Sylvan Dale was the perfect spot for our special day! The staff was amazing and was willing to help with whatever we Read more...
Sylvan Dale was the perfect spot for our special day! The staff was amazing and was willing to help with whatever we needed. It was so nice to have one place that took care of pretty much everything (ceremony, reception, lodging) and it was extremely affordable! overall we spent around $7000 for ceremony, reception with buffet and open bar for 100 guest (the food was amazing) We also reserved and paid for lodging on the site for around 30 guest that was included in the $7000. So overall it was really affordable. And the VIEWS!! It was so beautiful! Right at the base of the Rocky Mountains! I could not have asked for a more perfect place! I absolutely recommend Sylvan Dale to any couple! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Alaina did a great job coordinating our day.
Alaina did a great job coordinating our day.
Alaina did a great job coordinating our day. Read less
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Leah
Wedding:
4/21/2013
5.0/5.0
We are so happy that we had our wedding at Sylvan Dale! Alaina the wedding coordinator was accessible, friendly, and flexible. It was so easy to work with her! Our ceremony and reception were beautiful and affordable. Our guests enjoyed the food and the atmosphere and Alaina kept our event on schedule. We would absolutely recommend Sylvan Dale to anyone and hope to visit again soon!
- Leah and Nick
We are so happy that we had our wedding at Sylvan Dale! Alaina the wedding coordinator was accessible, friendly, and Read more...
We are so happy that we had our wedding at Sylvan Dale! Alaina the wedding coordinator was accessible, friendly, and flexible. It was so easy to work with her! Our ceremony and reception were beautiful and affordable. Our guests enjoyed the food and the atmosphere and Alaina kept our event on schedule. We would absolutely recommend Sylvan Dale to anyone and hope to visit again soon!
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Pam
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
The staff at Sylvan Dale, especially Alaina, went above and beyond to make my daughter's wedding perfect. Alaina was there throughout the event to make sure our every need was met. The food was fabulous, the location was beautiful, and we all had an absolutely wonderful time. The next morning the wedding party enjoyed breakfast together and a gorgeous Colorado morning walking along the river banks and saying goodbye slowly. Perfect, perfect. Thank you, Sylvan Dale!
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The staff at Sylvan Dale, especially Alaina, went above and beyond to make my daughter's wedding perfect. Alaina was there throughout the event to make sure our every need was met. The food was fabulous, the location was beautiful, and we all had an absolutely wonderful time. The next morning the wedding party enjoyed breakfast together and a gorgeous Colorado morning walking along the river banks and saying goodbye slowly. Perfect, perfect. Thank you, Sylvan Dale! Read less
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Jann & Jim
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Alaina was cheerful, practical and extremely flexible. She was available to answer questions and to meet our needs. In spite of last minute weather changes she rolled with what ever needed to be done and with whatever changes need to be made to meet the quests' and bridal party's needs.
Alaina was cheerful, practical and extremely flexible. She was available to answer questions and to meet our needs. In Read more...
Alaina was cheerful, practical and extremely flexible. She was available to answer questions and to meet our needs. In spite of last minute weather changes she rolled with what ever needed to be done and with whatever changes need to be made to meet the quests' and bridal party's needs. Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Throughout our planning process we knew weather might be a factor. Of course it was and we got one of those heavy Colorado spring snowstorms. We had to move the ceremony inside. It went very smoothly and our guests tell us it was perfect. The fireplace was lit just before the ceremony and provided a beautiful backdrop for the wedding party. We could not have been more pleased.
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Throughout our planning process we knew weather might be a factor. Of course it was and we got one of those heavy Colorado spring snowstorms. We had to move the ceremony inside. It went very smoothly and our guests tell us it was perfect. The fireplace was lit just before the ceremony and provided a beautiful backdrop for the wedding party. We could not have been more pleased. Read less
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Jesse
Wedding:
3/23/2013
4.4/5.0
Everything was great, despite the snow!
Everything was great, despite the snow!
Everything was great, despite the snow! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Everyone at Sylvan Dale was so easy to work with. They were all so flexible with everything from the initial planning to the blizzard of a day the wedding was. They made it possible for me to have a stress and worry free wedding day!!!
Everyone at Sylvan Dale was so easy to work with. They were all so flexible with everything from the initial planning to Read more...
Everyone at Sylvan Dale was so easy to work with. They were all so flexible with everything from the initial planning to the blizzard of a day the wedding was. They made it possible for me to have a stress and worry free wedding day!!! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
3/16/2013
4.6/5.0
It was a wonderful day! The venue was great and provided us with an memorable, stress-free, and enjoyable event!
It was a wonderful day! The venue was great and provided us with an memorable, stress-free, and enjoyable event!
It was a wonderful day! The venue was great and provided us with an memorable, stress-free, and enjoyable event! Read less
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Corin Blanchard &
Wedding:
12/22/2012
4.5/5.0
Highly professional team that was extremely supportive, incredibly organized, and completely responsive! The price was amazing for the location, lodging, and services provided. The food was superior quality, and the schedule was admirably honored. There was just the right amount of direction given by the onsite coordinator to assist us in making the best decisions and arrangements for the weekend. In general, accommodations were made at every turn however there was some inflexibility with decor in the venue due to the Ranch's other holiday activities, which we did not know until about a month in advance. There was also some challenge with internet connectivity during the reception (which was problematic only because we were relying on a web-streamed music service, which was not wise on our part) and overall the onsite sound system, while affordable, was not the best. We did this wedding as frugally as we could and still have it feel elegant, warm, inviting, and very Colorado - Sylvan Dale Ranch was the perfect choice for this balance! We highly recommend this event venue, and were impressed over and again with their property, services, affordability, and professionalism.
Highly professional team that was extremely supportive, incredibly organized, and completely responsive! The price was Read more...
Highly professional team that was extremely supportive, incredibly organized, and completely responsive! The price was amazing for the location, lodging, and services provided. The food was superior quality, and the schedule was admirably honored. There was just the right amount of direction given by the onsite coordinator to assist us in making the best decisions and arrangements for the weekend. In general, accommodations were made at every turn however there was some inflexibility with decor in the venue due to the Ranch's other holiday activities, which we did not know until about a month in advance. There was also some challenge with internet connectivity during the reception (which was problematic only because we were relying on a web-streamed music service, which was not wise on our part) and overall the onsite sound system, while affordable, was not the best. We did this wedding as frugally as we could and still have it feel elegant, warm, inviting, and very Colorado - Sylvan Dale Ranch was the perfect choice for this balance! We highly recommend this event venue, and were impressed over and again with their property, services, affordability, and professionalism. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Miscommunication when it came to lodging made it a bit stressful in planning but luckily wedding not during the peak season so everyone that didn't wait until last minute to make room reservations were able to stay.
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Miscommunication when it came to lodging made it a bit stressful in planning but luckily wedding not during the peak season so everyone that didn't wait until last minute to make room reservations were able to stay. Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
9/15/2012
4.8/5.0
Amazing, beautiful venue with an incredible staff that is so professional and kind! They really make you feel special and thanks to everyone involved, our wedding was PERFECT! Can't wait to go back and enjoy even more of the wonderful things Sylvan Dale has to offer!
Amazing, beautiful venue with an incredible staff that is so professional and kind! They really make you feel special and Read more...
Amazing, beautiful venue with an incredible staff that is so professional and kind! They really make you feel special and thanks to everyone involved, our wedding was PERFECT! Can't wait to go back and enjoy even more of the wonderful things Sylvan Dale has to offer! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
Alaina did an outstanding job! Everything was tremendous with only one small exception. The line for hor dorves (spelling) was too long and it could have been done differently to allow people to get their snacks much sooner. Overall, Great Job!
Alaina did an outstanding job! Everything was tremendous with only one small exception. The line for hor dorves (spelling) Read more...
Alaina did an outstanding job! Everything was tremendous with only one small exception. The line for hor dorves (spelling) was too long and it could have been done differently to allow people to get their snacks much sooner. Overall, Great Job! Read less
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Tom
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Great venue... Excellent food...& Excellent service from everyone!
Great venue... Excellent food...& Excellent service from everyone!
Great venue... Excellent food...& Excellent service from everyone! Read less
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Dawn
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Sylan Dale Guest Ranch went above and beyond in every aspect.
Outstanding food that our guests raved over.
A wedding planner who is calm, sweet, helpful, thoughtful, caring, inciteful, friendly and, apparently, experienced enough to forsee and prevent any glitches.
And when the cake was delivered unfinished (embelishments) by a Loveland company, the Sylvan Dale staff went out of their way to see to it that the mistake was corrected. Outstanding, every one of them.
Sylan Dale Guest Ranch went above and beyond in every aspect.
Outstanding food that our guests raved over.
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Sylan Dale Guest Ranch went above and beyond in every aspect.
Outstanding food that our guests raved over.
A wedding planner who is calm, sweet, helpful, thoughtful, caring, inciteful, friendly and, apparently, experienced enough to forsee and prevent any glitches.
And when the cake was delivered unfinished (embelishments) by a Loveland company, the Sylvan Dale staff went out of their way to see to it that the mistake was corrected. Outstanding, every one of them. Read less
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Lauri
Wedding:
4/28/2012
4.0/5.0
Slyvan Dale is simply a beautiful place to get married. The weather was marvelous and The Heritage was the site of my ceremony in front of a fireplace with a western and Native American atmosphere. Complimentary honeymoon cabin provided the night of the honeymoon and was a very cosy fun time. Opened the window to hear the river splashing on the banks. Loved it and a beautiful day in Colorado!
Slyvan Dale is simply a beautiful place to get married. The weather was marvelous and The Heritage was the site of my Read more...
Slyvan Dale is simply a beautiful place to get married. The weather was marvelous and The Heritage was the site of my ceremony in front of a fireplace with a western and Native American atmosphere. Complimentary honeymoon cabin provided the night of the honeymoon and was a very cosy fun time. Opened the window to hear the river splashing on the banks. Loved it and a beautiful day in Colorado! Read less
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Nikki
Wedding:
2/19/2012
5.0/5.0
The staff at the Sylvan Dale were so friendly and helpful. Our wedding was beautiful and everything went smoothly, thanks to our Sylvan Dale wedding coordinator.
The staff at the Sylvan Dale were so friendly and helpful. Our wedding was beautiful and everything went smoothly, thanks Read more...
The staff at the Sylvan Dale were so friendly and helpful. Our wedding was beautiful and everything went smoothly, thanks to our Sylvan Dale wedding coordinator. Read less
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susan
Wedding:
9/24/2011
3.7/5.0
Beautiful location. Sue was a pleasure to work with. Some of the constraints put on the bride during planning seem a little inflexible and unreasonable. The indoor room was warm and uncomfortable but the front deck was a nice solution.
Beautiful location. Sue was a pleasure to work with. Some of the constraints put on the bride during planning seem a Read more...
Beautiful location. Sue was a pleasure to work with. Some of the constraints put on the bride during planning seem a little inflexible and unreasonable. The indoor room was warm and uncomfortable but the front deck was a nice solution. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
6/19/2011
1.8/5.0
If you want a gorgeous outdoor wedding in the foothills, the Sylvan Dale setting is incredible; however, our experience planning an outdoor wedding reception was frustrating and confusing. The mission statement they advertise is that "Every effort will be made to customize arrangements to meet your needs and create the wedding of your dreams." But over and over, throughout the planning process, many of our requests for personal touches and basic preferences were denied due to "policies" or extra costs which kept surfacing along the way. This led to a lot of stressful re-planning and anxious attempts to problem-solve on our part.

Some things to consider and make sure you're okay with before you book an outdoor event here:
-Know it's hard to know what all the policies/extra costs are up front, because they only surface as you talk details, and they are issues you'd never expect to be a problem at a standard wedding venue.
-Know that at any time, they may schedule other same-day/same-time events on the neighboring grounds.
-For an outdoor reception, know you will need to rent most everything, from linens to tables (they don't allow you to use their tablecloths, napkins, dining chairs/tables at their outdoor events, even though they are part of the event "package" you purchase). You can use their picnic tables with attached benches, if that fits the atmosphere you want to create, although you will still can't use their napkins etc.
-You or rental company staff will have to set up/take down tables and chairs. You will also handle everything else not belonging to Sylvan Dale, since "Policy" says the staff is not allowed to help you with personal things you bring in for wedding use.
-Verbal promises may not get carried out, so make sure you have all inclusions in writing on the contract. Even then, things may get dropped or changed. In our case, we had prioritized in the contract to have 3 buffet lines set up for our large group. Instead, they had 2 lines, causing many guests to wait 40-45 minutes be called to the buffet. We were embarrassed & felt horrible seeing everyone sitting there without food late into the reception. This item was simply CHANGED on the contract after the wedding was over. We gave feedback to Sylvan Dale about this and other issues. They have refunded a token $200, but gave no explanation of how this could happen or why it disappeared from the contract. We will assume this was a result of some kind of oversight.

On a positive note, the food was GREAT. It was a beautiful event, but largely due to our eventual decision to hire additional outside wedding workers to help us with all the things Sylvan Dale couldn't do. Sylvan Dale's onsite coordinator tried to be helpful and did what she could to present the "policies" as issues came to light, but it has to be hard to keep up with all of them! Working with this group was a stressful experience, and therefore we'd recommend consideration of other outdoor reception venues.

Congratulations & better luck to you! :)
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If you want a gorgeous outdoor wedding in the foothills, the Sylvan Dale setting is incredible; however, our experience planning an outdoor wedding reception was frustrating and confusing. The mission statement they advertise is that "Every effort will be made to customize arrangements to meet your needs and create the wedding of your dreams." But over and over, throughout the planning process, many of our requests for personal touches and basic preferences were denied due to "policies" or extra costs which kept surfacing along the way. This led to a lot of stressful re-planning and anxious attempts to problem-solve on our part.

Some things to consider and make sure you're okay with before you book an outdoor event here:
-Know it's hard to know what all the policies/extra costs are up front, because they only surface as you talk details, and they are issues you'd never expect to be a problem at a standard wedding venue.
-Know that at any time, they may schedule other same-day/same-time events on the neighboring grounds.
-For an outdoor reception, know you will need to rent most everything, from linens to tables (they don't allow you to use their tablecloths, napkins, dining chairs/tables at their outdoor events, even though they are part of the event "package" you purchase). You can use their picnic tables with attached benches, if that fits the atmosphere you want to create, although you will still can't use their napkins etc.
-You or rental company staff will have to set up/take down tables and chairs. You will also handle everything else not belonging to Sylvan Dale, since "Policy" says the staff is not allowed to help you with personal things you bring in for wedding use.
-Verbal promises may not get carried out, so make sure you have all inclusions in writing on the contract. Even then, things may get dropped or changed. In our case, we had prioritized in the contract to have 3 buffet lines set up for our large group. Instead, they had 2 lines, causing many guests to wait 40-45 minutes be called to the buffet. We were embarrassed & felt horrible seeing everyone sitting there without food late into the reception. This item was simply CHANGED on the contract after the wedding was over. We gave feedback to Sylvan Dale about this and other issues. They have refunded a token $200, but gave no explanation of how this could happen or why it disappeared from the contract. We will assume this was a result of some kind of oversight.

On a positive note, the food was GREAT. It was a beautiful event, but largely due to our eventual decision to hire additional outside wedding workers to help us with all the things Sylvan Dale couldn't do. Sylvan Dale's onsite coordinator tried to be helpful and did what she could to present the "policies" as issues came to light, but it has to be hard to keep up with all of them! Working with this group was a stressful experience, and therefore we'd recommend consideration of other outdoor reception venues.

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Sally
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.7/5.0
I couldn't have been happier with how our wedding went here. The place is absolutely beautiful and the wedding coordinator was great, she also responded to my messages within 1 day and we answered questions through telephone and emails with no issues. The site was set-up upon arrival (white chairs and wooden arch), and I was able to get dressed in one of their rooms in the Jessup Lodge (for no charge), and it was plenty big for me and 4 other girls. Everything went as planned, we never felt rushed, we were able to take pictures of the wedding party pretty much where ever we wanted as long as we didn't disturb others (there were people that were BBQing by one of the ponds). I would highly recommend this place to get married, we had no issues and they were wonderful to work with!
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I couldn't have been happier with how our wedding went here. The place is absolutely beautiful and the wedding coordinator was great, she also responded to my messages within 1 day and we answered questions through telephone and emails with no issues. The site was set-up upon arrival (white chairs and wooden arch), and I was able to get dressed in one of their rooms in the Jessup Lodge (for no charge), and it was plenty big for me and 4 other girls. Everything went as planned, we never felt rushed, we were able to take pictures of the wedding party pretty much where ever we wanted as long as we didn't disturb others (there were people that were BBQing by one of the ponds). I would highly recommend this place to get married, we had no issues and they were wonderful to work with! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
7/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Thank you so much for everything! Our wedding was amazing and everything we hoped for. The Ranch is beautiful and our guest really enjoyed it!
Thank you so much for everything! Our wedding was amazing and everything we hoped for. The Ranch is beautiful and our Read more...
Thank you so much for everything! Our wedding was amazing and everything we hoped for. The Ranch is beautiful and our guest really enjoyed it! Read less
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Ann and Rob
Wedding:
6/26/2010
3.2/5.0
The area and facility is beautiful but I felt like the wedding coordinator was completely over scheduled. We spent a lot of money on the wedding and renting guest cabins, many hidden fees. Be cautious when comparing venues
The area and facility is beautiful but I felt like the wedding coordinator was completely over scheduled. We spent a lot Read more...
The area and facility is beautiful but I felt like the wedding coordinator was completely over scheduled. We spent a lot of money on the wedding and renting guest cabins, many hidden fees. Be cautious when comparing venues Read less
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East meets West in Colorado
Wedding:
10/3/2009
2.6/5.0
We were recently married at Sylvan Dale. We had a wonderful evening wedding. The setting was absolutely beautiful!

I have a few suggestions for anyone thinking about using Sylvan Dale:
1. They do NOT have a bridal suite or even a nice place to get ready. We ended up booking a cabin and the space was not large enough nor was the setting for the 'getting ready' pictures acceptable.
2. Make sure YOU are the organized one. I had several emails go unanswered and I had to coordinate the final walk thru (when we showed up they did not have us on their schedule and were told that if the appointment that was 1/2 an hour late arrived they would have to help them). I also had to call to set up the rehearsal time (I wonder if I had not called if we would have had a rehearsal). After we paid our deposit I had initiate all contact.
3. Plan on covering the chairs--it was 100% worth the cost. I can't believe a place that does so many weddings for such a high price can have such ugly chairs! It made the room! (We used La De Da in Loveland).
4. Realize parking is an issue. We were the only wedding that evening and only had 80 guests and we filled up the parking lots.
5. Count your empty bottles before leaving for the evening. I was never told we ran out of wine but we got charged for all the bottles we had allocated (hmmmm, how convenient).
6. They are totally inflexible on beer and wine--your special requests will not be granted.
7. They were very strict about the times you are allowed for set up. There was not a wedding before ours but they would not allow our florist to arrive early for set up. This also applies to check in. Our wedding ceremony was at 5, cabin check in is at 3. I was told we could not get in early to our cabin so we ended up paying for an additional night just to make sure we had plenty of time to get ready since our pre-wedding photos started at 3.
8. Realize the quote per person does not include the 20% planning fee or the gratuity. Any gratuity that you leave will be distributed between all the staff at the ranch. So, if you think the bartender did a great job but the coordinator really dropped the ball you can't allocated tips based on individual service just overall service.
9. The food is wonderful!!! All the guests commented on how great it was.
10. The reception set up was on time and the hall was very clean.
11. The wait staff looked very professional and did a great job.


Like I said above, our wedding was wonderful it was the planning and little details that were cause for concern. Just know you will have to do more leg work that you might be expecting and you will may have to spend a little more. The outdoor setting was worth the little details being a pain but I felt ripped off by the 20% planning fee.

I wish I would have know a bit more before basing my decision on the setting. I would have given up some of the outdoor setting for a bit more organized planning and feeling like I was more that just an event they had to work. That is what did not match up for me.
We were recently married at Sylvan Dale. We had a wonderful evening wedding. The setting was absolutely beautiful!
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We were recently married at Sylvan Dale. We had a wonderful evening wedding. The setting was absolutely beautiful!

I have a few suggestions for anyone thinking about using Sylvan Dale:
1. They do NOT have a bridal suite or even a nice place to get ready. We ended up booking a cabin and the space was not large enough nor was the setting for the 'getting ready' pictures acceptable.
2. Make sure YOU are the organized one. I had several emails go unanswered and I had to coordinate the final walk thru (when we showed up they did not have us on their schedule and were told that if the appointment that was 1/2 an hour late arrived they would have to help them). I also had to call to set up the rehearsal time (I wonder if I had not called if we would have had a rehearsal). After we paid our deposit I had initiate all contact.
3. Plan on covering the chairs--it was 100% worth the cost. I can't believe a place that does so many weddings for such a high price can have such ugly chairs! It made the room! (We used La De Da in Loveland).
4. Realize parking is an issue. We were the only wedding that evening and only had 80 guests and we filled up the parking lots.
5. Count your empty bottles before leaving for the evening. I was never told we ran out of wine but we got charged for all the bottles we had allocated (hmmmm, how convenient).
6. They are totally inflexible on beer and wine--your special requests will not be granted.
7. They were very strict about the times you are allowed for set up. There was not a wedding before ours but they would not allow our florist to arrive early for set up. This also applies to check in. Our wedding ceremony was at 5, cabin check in is at 3. I was told we could not get in early to our cabin so we ended up paying for an additional night just to make sure we had plenty of time to get ready since our pre-wedding photos started at 3.
8. Realize the quote per person does not include the 20% planning fee or the gratuity. Any gratuity that you leave will be distributed between all the staff at the ranch. So, if you think the bartender did a great job but the coordinator really dropped the ball you can't allocated tips based on individual service just overall service.
9. The food is wonderful!!! All the guests commented on how great it was.
10. The reception set up was on time and the hall was very clean.
11. The wait staff looked very professional and did a great job.


Like I said above, our wedding was wonderful it was the planning and little details that were cause for concern. Just know you will have to do more leg work that you might be expecting and you will may have to spend a little more. The outdoor setting was worth the little details being a pain but I felt ripped off by the 20% planning fee.

I wish I would have know a bit more before basing my decision on the setting. I would have given up some of the outdoor setting for a bit more organized planning and feeling like I was more that just an event they had to work. That is what did not match up for me. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
8/2/2008
4.2/5.0
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blucas
Wedding:
10/6/2007
4.8/5.0
If you're looking for a beautiful venue to hold an outdoor wedding in Colorado, I highly recommend Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and Sue Bennett. They were such a pleasure to work with and made sure our weekend went off without a hitch (well, except for us getting married!). We rented out the whole ranch for 3 days and our guests had a ball. They all said it was the best wedding they ever went to.
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If you're looking for a beautiful venue to hold an outdoor wedding in Colorado, I highly recommend Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and Sue Bennett. They were such a pleasure to work with and made sure our weekend went off without a hitch (well, except for us getting married!). We rented out the whole ranch for 3 days and our guests had a ball. They all said it was the best wedding they ever went to. Read less
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jwt723
Wedding:
7/23/2006
3.5/5.0
I really loved the beauty of the area it was stunning!! It made for wonderful pictures. The coordinator really worked hard to make our day special but did stay out of the way enough to make it our day not hers. Would totally recommend this place to anyone wanting a mountain view wedding.
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I really loved the beauty of the area it was stunning!! It made for wonderful pictures. The coordinator really worked hard to make our day special but did stay out of the way enough to make it our day not hers. Would totally recommend this place to anyone wanting a mountain view wedding. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
7/1/2006
0.0/5.0
The ranch is beautiful. The outdoor atmosphere was exactly what we were wanting for our reception. ::cue the tears:: It has been over two years since my wedding and I still am upset with the multiple issues we had with them and the money we wasted. First issue - there was a wedding immediately before our event and basically, we had to kick them out of the space. (This should not have been our job to manage their other weddings!) Then obviously, the space was completely dirty and we had to try and set up while the staff was still cleaning. Bottom line, we didn't get to use the space during our contracted start time. My guests and florist actually helped finish setting up. HOW UTTERLY EMBARRASSING!! During our planning phase, we told the site coordinator that we were having a live band play for the night. Well, during our event, we were actually told to stop playing or have them play quietly for 30 minutes because someone else was getting married across the pond. So, they were shoving weddings into the day as much as possible and it caused issues left and right. We were not told this beforehand. If we were, I could have made plans around it - to have the band stop playing while we did our cake cutting and toasts or something. 4 days before my wedding they called me and asked if I could find other people to cut my cake since they were going to be short staffed. I was appalled - we paid for a space and services and should receive them. Let alone to ask me 4 days before the wedding. Then the worst thing ever... the ENTIRE water system goes out at the ranch during our event. We had no running water. No toilets to use. We rented one of their cabins specifically so elderly folks could have a bathroom to use, & we could have a place to stay and be able to shower the night of. What a waste of $ since that didn't pan out. Because there was no water, we couldn't wash out the troughs that were holding drinks. They told us we had to provide our own ice for the drinks, but told us to plan on buying 10 bags... we really needed about 40-50 so one of the GM had to make a huge ice run. Oh and after we put all the ice in the troughs where they were suppose to go... one of the staff members comes over and tells me that it is broken and will leak. So then we had flooding issues around it. Would have been nice to know that BEFORE the day of, or heck, before we put all the ice in! Our guests had a hard time finding where we were at (I don't blame them with 4 other weddings going on at the same time). We even brought balloons and signs to help. So there wasn't enough parking. We had things stolen while there - the highest item was a camera. We had a smaller reception with close family and friends - so I know my guests would not steal from each other. At about 10pm when the night was over, we gathered our things and decided to drive around to try and find an open hotel so we could have a place to sleep that had running water... how romantic. Luckily, by 10:30 we were notified the water was back on so we didn't have to deal with that stress. But it was long after my event was over.

After all this, we were not refunded a penny. What is worse, is no one ever ONCE gave us an apology. I could have had a better day if I paid the city $100 and used a public park. What a waste of money... this place was not cheap.

I highly suggest if you book this place to ask when and how many other weddings they will be holding that day.
The ranch is beautiful. The outdoor atmosphere was exactly what we were wanting for our reception. ::cue the tears:: It Read more...
The ranch is beautiful. The outdoor atmosphere was exactly what we were wanting for our reception. ::cue the tears:: It has been over two years since my wedding and I still am upset with the multiple issues we had with them and the money we wasted. First issue - there was a wedding immediately before our event and basically, we had to kick them out of the space. (This should not have been our job to manage their other weddings!) Then obviously, the space was completely dirty and we had to try and set up while the staff was still cleaning. Bottom line, we didn't get to use the space during our contracted start time. My guests and florist actually helped finish setting up. HOW UTTERLY EMBARRASSING!! During our planning phase, we told the site coordinator that we were having a live band play for the night. Well, during our event, we were actually told to stop playing or have them play quietly for 30 minutes because someone else was getting married across the pond. So, they were shoving weddings into the day as much as possible and it caused issues left and right. We were not told this beforehand. If we were, I could have made plans around it - to have the band stop playing while we did our cake cutting and toasts or something. 4 days before my wedding they called me and asked if I could find other people to cut my cake since they were going to be short staffed. I was appalled - we paid for a space and services and should receive them. Let alone to ask me 4 days before the wedding. Then the worst thing ever... the ENTIRE water system goes out at the ranch during our event. We had no running water. No toilets to use. We rented one of their cabins specifically so elderly folks could have a bathroom to use, & we could have a place to stay and be able to shower the night of. What a waste of $ since that didn't pan out. Because there was no water, we couldn't wash out the troughs that were holding drinks. They told us we had to provide our own ice for the drinks, but told us to plan on buying 10 bags... we really needed about 40-50 so one of the GM had to make a huge ice run. Oh and after we put all the ice in the troughs where they were suppose to go... one of the staff members comes over and tells me that it is broken and will leak. So then we had flooding issues around it. Would have been nice to know that BEFORE the day of, or heck, before we put all the ice in! Our guests had a hard time finding where we were at (I don't blame them with 4 other weddings going on at the same time). We even brought balloons and signs to help. So there wasn't enough parking. We had things stolen while there - the highest item was a camera. We had a smaller reception with close family and friends - so I know my guests would not steal from each other. At about 10pm when the night was over, we gathered our things and decided to drive around to try and find an open hotel so we could have a place to sleep that had running water... how romantic. Luckily, by 10:30 we were notified the water was back on so we didn't have to deal with that stress. But it was long after my event was over.

After all this, we were not refunded a penny. What is worse, is no one ever ONCE gave us an apology. I could have had a better day if I paid the city $100 and used a public park. What a waste of money... this place was not cheap.

I highly suggest if you book this place to ask when and how many other weddings they will be holding that day. Read less
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Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch responded with the following comments:

Hi Folks,

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch would like to respond to this very old negative review on the Wedding Wire web site.

This review dates from at least 5 years ago, when our ranch used to do self-service weddings at our location. We found that many families and guests of the bride and groom were unfamiliar with what is required to manage a smooth, well-run wedding when they "did it themselves" and the ranch was often held responsible for mistakes made by the guests.

We have not allowed self-service weddings at our ranch for the past 5 years. Now, all of our weddings have a Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch wedding coordinator present to ensure a successful, enjoyable and memorable event for the bride and groom, their families and friends.

We would appreciate if Wedding Wire visitors would review our web site, www.sylvandale.com, for our current wedding offerings and call our wedding coordinator so we can work with you to make your wedding dreams come true.

Find out why we have been voted the Number One "Best Place to Get Married" in Loveland four years in a row! This was determined by write-in votes from readers of our local Loveland Reporter-Herald newspaper.

Best regards,

Mary Bahus-Meyer
Marketing Director
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
www.sylvandale.com
970-667-3915

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