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How To: Wedding Seating Assignments

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You’ve been planning your Aspen wedding for months, your RSVPs are back and now is the time to tackle the dreaded wedding seating chart. There are many options for setting up the tables, whether you want long tables or rounds. Here are some tips for getting through the wedding seating assignment process easily.

 

1. Decide whether you want to assign tables or both tables and seats. We highly recommend assigning tables. Although some weddings are informal, when meal time comes the chaos of finding a seat when you have no assigned spots can be hectic. Additionally, you may have people moving chairs to join tables so some tables will have 12 and others only 8. Guests will appreciate having an assigned table. However, assigning specific seats is optional. Assigning wedding seats can be helpful when having a plated meal so the caterers can easily see who ordered what meal. If you decide to assign seats you will need both escort carts at the reception entrance (or a seating chart) and place cards at the table.

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2. Head Table or Sweetheart Table? Another thing to think about is whether you want to sit at the center of a long table with your wedding party (and maybe their significant others), or if you want to have your own table with just the two of you.

3. How many guests you will have at each table? First of all, determine what type of tables you will have and how many you need. Let’s say you have 100 guests, you could decide to have 10 tables of 10. Another option is to have a mix of tables of 8 and tables of 10. If your venue has tables already, they likely are the 72 inch rounds. These can fit 10 people. If you have 60 inch rounds it would be more like 8. Farm tables (10′) can seat 10-14 people. If you have Chiavari chairs you can fit more because the chairs are very narrow, however you want to consider the table will be full with decor, plates and cups, and more so it can get cramped with more people.

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4. Create a layout of your floor plan. A great way to see how everything will fit in the room is to create a rough sketch of the room and where everything will go.

Once you have the tables laid out and labeled, it will be easy to see where to put everyone.

5. Assign Tables. You will need your entire guest list (need tips for creating the guest list? Go here.) and either a pencil, sticky notes or an online program that will allow you to easily change things if needed. Start with your families. The parents should be close to the head table. You can either choose to seat the parents and grandparents from both sides together, or have a table for each side (with their relatives or friends). You can get feedback from the parents if you need help deciding. If your parents are divorced you will want each parent (and spouse) to host their own table. For the head table, you can choose to include only the best man, maid of honor and their spouses and seat the rest of the wedding party at a separate table. Or you can have everyone at the table. Begin grouping people together by how you know them. For example, church friends, work friends, relatives on brides side, relatives on grooms side, college friends… etc. Avoid seating people together that have a bad history, you don’t want drama at your wedding. Always seat married couples together at the same table. Children should sit with their parents, or you could designate a kids table. For friends, if your group is large you may need to split into two or more tables. If you are inviting work friends you can have a table for “work.” For single friends, you can choose a table of all singles, or mix half single friends with married couples. Never put only one or two singles at a table with couples. Try to avoid a table with all strangers as well. Lastly, seat younger guests closer to the music and older guests farther away. Keep in mind, you can’t make everyone happy. Just do your best to put the tables together.

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6. Assign Seats. If you wanted to assign particular seats at the table, then you can do that now. Keep in mind you will need to make place cards and have someone (wedding planner or coordinator, caterer) put them out at the correct spot.

7. Create the Seating Chart. You have a few options for letting your guests know their tables.

  • Escort Cards- Have a card for everyone with their name and table number. You could also attach these to a favor as well. One fun idea is have glasses of champagne lined up with each persons escort card attached. They can grab the champagne and be ready for the toasts. Arrange the cards alphabetically by last name, not by table.
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  • Seating Chart- This is the easiest way. Make sure to list people alphabetically and not sorted by tables. This makes it easier for people to find their names quickly. Another great idea is to have a small map showing the table layouts. It can be difficult, especially when tables have names in addition to numbers.
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    Photo: Rusticweddingchic.com

We hope this guide to creating your table assignments and seating chart was helpful. Although this part of wedding planning can be stressful, don’t worry about it too much. If you still have questions about the seating, feel free to comment below.

April 1, 2016 |

Aspen Venue Spotlight | Aspen Meadows Resort

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Aspen Meadows Resort, a Bauhaus-inspired boutique hotel, has been voted a top events locale and we can definitely see why. If you are still trying to find your perfect Aspen wedding venue, we suggest taking a closer look at this stunning choice.

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With sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen Meadows offers a quintessential Aspen experience. The mountains are the perfect back drop for saying “we do.” Located on the Roaring Fork River with views of the Rockies, this spot is truly perfect for your wedding.

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We spoke with Jason MacEachen from Aspen Meadows to learn more about the special things about this amazing aspen wedding venue.

What makes Aspen Meadows a memorable wedding venue?

Aspen Meadows offers personalized planning services. The goal is for their brides and grooms to have a day that is worry-free. Aspen Meadows offers a seamless transition throughout your day, with their wedding packages covering all day, and the option of different spaces for each of part of your wedding. The various spaces can accommodate up to 350 guests, so it is a great location for all wedding sizes from intimate to grand.

 The typical couple will start off their celebration with an afternoon ceremony in Anderson Park, cocktail hour in the Barksdale Lobby and then dinner and dancing in the McNulty Ballroom. The perfect celebration of life ties in Aspen’s natural beauty with grand contemporary style.

The Ceremony

During the warmer spring and summer months, you can head outdoors for your ceremony. One option is Anderson Park, an open meadow with magnificent views of Aspen Mountain and is surrounded by beautiful aspen trees. Another place for a ceremony is the stone paver Merrill patio, which also boasts stunning mountain views.

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The Reception

If you desire an indoor venue, the McNulty Ballroom is a beautiful location with large floor-to-ceiling windows showcases the outdoor mountain views, bringing outside, in. With a sophisticated contemporary style, the room is a blank canvas offering you room to transform the room any way you wish.

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The Resort
Aspen Meadows is a luxury hotel with over 40 acres located in the historic West End of Aspen. It will be convenient for you, your wedding party and your guests to stay for the entire weekend and enjoy easy travel to the wedding festivities and the many amenities this hotel has to offer. The 98 spacious guest suites have contemporary décor and provide comfort with beautiful views.

Aspen Meadows is truly a one-of-a-kind wedding venue offering luxury and comfort to ensure you and your significant other have a flawless wedding day. With exceptional service, extensive offerings, many options and beautiful spaces for all of your wedding day events, Aspen Meadows will provide a memorable wedding.

Interested in learning more about Aspen Meadows Resort? Visit their website or contact them.

March 28, 2016 |

Creating a Timeline for Your Aspen Wedding- Part I

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After many months of planning you are coming up on your special day! To make sure that your wedding day runs as smoothly as possible, we recommend creating a day-of timeline as a guide. Work with your aspen wedding planner or other vendors to create a schedule including every moment of your day.

Answer these important questions as you begin to build your day-of timeline.

  • Are you doing a first look/pictures before the ceremony?

  • How many hours will your photography package cover?

  • How many hours do you have at the venue? Is your reception and ceremony at one venue?

  • If not, how long do you have in between?

  • What is your ceremony start time? How long is your ceremony?

  • What time do you need to be out of your venue?

  • When is last call? How long should you designate for clean up?

  • How long do you have your vendors for? (Day of coordinator, DJ, Photographer, etc.)

  • Are you getting your hair and makeup done? How many people (bridesmaids, mothers, etc.)

  • How many toasts do you have?

  • Are you doing the traditional dances (first dance, father/bride, mother/groom etc.)

  • Are you doing any other traditions (garter toss or bouquet toss)?

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Consult With Vendors

It is important to get their feedback on the timeline as they have experience and can tell you how much time is needed for key events. Allowing extra time will allow you to relax and not be rushing from one thing to the next. Hiring a wedding planner or day of coordinator can ensure that everything will run smoothly on your wedding day. They can also help you create the timeline as they have worked many weddings before.

 

Getting Ready

One place that typically runs a little long is hair and makeup. The most important thing to consider is the time that you are leaving by. Everything in the morning revolves around this time. Generally you want to allow for about 30 mins per service and per person. For the Bride schedule about 45-1 hour per service as you will want to take extra time. Make sure to check with your hairdresser and/or makeup artist to see what they recommend in terms of time.

 

Chelsea and Kate from Gold Leaf Event Design and Production recommend “assigning each bridesmaid and family member getting hair and/or makeup done a set time and working with the stylists to make sure there is ample time for everyone.”

They also “encourage not leaving the bride until the end because you may feel rushed to get your hair and makeup done. The bride should go in the middle so you still look very fresh but have plenty of time.”

Your photographer will typically arrive one hour before the bride is ready to go. Generally they will arrive during hair and makeup if you want some getting ready shots. They will also get detail shots of your dress, shoes, jewelry.

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The Ceremony

If you are doing a First Look and pre-ceremony photos allow approximately 2-3 minutes for each shot you want. The First Look photos typically take a half hour. When it comes to photos, factoring in additional time is never a bad thing. Some pictures may take longer or need adjustments. Guests will typically arrive 30-45 minutes before the ceremony. The bride should hide away about 45 minutes before if she doesn’t want to be seen before the ceremony. This is a good time to relax, fix makeup and have a champagne toast with your bridesmaids! 

A half hour long ceremony is pretty typical. It is just long enough to be able to personalize things but not too long for people to sit through. After the ceremony the bride and groom will sign the marriage certificate. Additional photos can be taken between the ceremony and reception. The cocktail hour should run no longer then an hour. If you didn’t have a first look, the bride and groom should allow 30 minutes after the ceremony for photos.

 

The Reception

Consider the key events to put together your reception timeline.

 

  • First Dance: The bride and groom can choose do the first dance immediately after entering the reception. However, you can also do the first dance following dinner to open up the dance floor.
  • Other dances: Father/daughter, mother/son and any type of anniversary dance are done after the first dance.
  • Greeting: A welcome is given by the father of bride or father of groom. This can be followed by a prayer (if religious) before the meal as well.
  • Toasts: Toasts are usually done during the meal. The maid of honor and best man will give their toast and then the bride/groom can follow if desired. Make sure to let those doing toasts know about how long they should be. Do not open up the floor for toasts, you may be there all night.
  • Cake cutting: This is usually done following the toast or after the meal before dancing.
  • Bouquet/garter toss: If you choose to do these traditions they are usually done about 2 hours before the end of the reception, after the cake cutting.
  • Sunset photos: The bride and groom may want sunset photos. Give about 15 minutes for these photos. Make sure to check ahead to see the approximate time for the sunset.
  • Grand exit: If you are doing an exit with sparklers (or something else) have the guests line up about 10 minutes before you want to leave.
 

This guide will help you begin to put together the pieces to form a successful wedding day timeline. Always work with your vendors for help when putting together the timeline. They will know a realistic amount of time for each event and advice you on the order of events. We will be sharing a sample timeline you can use as a start soon, so check back.

We would like to extend a “thank you” to Chelsea and Kate from Gold Leaf Event Design and Production for their contribution to this post.

Photos pictured are from Robin Proctor Photography.

March 8, 2016 |

Aspen Wedding Ceremony Sites

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If you are in the midst of planning your wedding, choosing a venue for your Aspen wedding ceremony is a crucial part. There are many stunning locations around Aspen. Whether you want an outdoor mountain view ceremony or an indoor religious ceremony there are many options for you. Another important detail to consider is if you want your ceremony location to be in the same venue or a different one than your reception. Hiring an Aspen wedding planner can be extremely helpful when planning all of these details. Below we share a few of our favorite ceremony locations in Aspen. For even more, visit our post here.

Aspen Golf Club

The beautiful background of the stunning greens, water and rolling hills makes for a special Aspen wedding ceremony. This PGA award-winning course offers a challenging course in the heart of the Rockies and just minutes from downtown Aspen. Golf lovers will especially enjoy it! The groomsmen or bridal party can enjoy golfing together before the wedding!

 

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Aspen Historical Society

The Aspen Historical Society offers three different unique sites to host your Aspen wedding ceremony:

  • The Wheeler/Stallard museum- This Victorian Mansion delivers an eclectic blend of Victorian charm and Aspen hospitality. The perfect blend of elegant and casual, this one of a kind Aspen wedding venue is one of the most magnificent buildings in Aspen history. Built in 1888, The queen Anne style- Victorian along with the grounds (and entire city block) will provide a unique ambiance for your event.
  • Ashcroft Ghost Town- Located in the beautiful Castle Creek Valley this historic ghost town provides an extremely unique setting for your Aspen wedding.
  • Holden/Marolt– The Holden/Marolt museum and grounds are a crown jewel among Aspen venues. Located on the edge of Aspen, the grounds offer a rustic, casual setting for your wedding. With beautiful views of the mountains and the rustic barn in the back, your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come.

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Aspen Meadows

Aspen Meadows offers a variety of beautiful function spaces with floor to ceiling windows and elegant but simple décor. The different spaces, from the lush green lawn of Anderson Park, to the stunning McNulty Ballroom, will fit any wedding size or wedding style. Additionally, the resort amentities and accommodations are convenient for your wedding guests and wedding party.

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Aspen Parks and Recreation

There are many beautiful parks in the City of Aspen that would make for a stunning ceremony spot.

  • John Denver Sanctuary– This gorgeous landmark is dedicated to the late John Denver. The park is located on a peaceful pond with remarkable views of the Aspen Mountain. This spot, located in the heart of town along the Rio Grande Trail is a definitely must-see when traveling to Aspen. Hosting your wedding here would make it even more special.
  • Stein Park– This simple park is nestled nest to the Roaring Fork River along the Ro Grande Trail. The beautiful surrounding foliage and quiet nature is part of what makes it a great spot for a wedding ceremony.
  • Triangle Park is a small neighborhood gathering spot, but the lush lawn and surrounding trees make it a great spot for saying “We do.”

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Aspen Wedding Deck(Little Nell)

This wedding deck is unlike anything else. Located at an elevation of 11,212 feet with breathtaking views of the Elk Mountain Range it is truly a romantic spot for saying your vows. Ride the Silver Queen Gondola up and enjoy champagne at the top. Following the ceremony, you can conveniently move to either the Sundeck or Aspen Mountain Club and continue the party.

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St. Regis Hotel

This legendary resort is located at the base of Aspen Mountain and nearby the gondola plaza. With the outdoor Fountain Courtyard and the indoor Ballroom, you can choose from the captivating mountain views or the romantic champagne and chandelier filled formal space. St-Regis-aspen-colorado-wedding

 

 

The Roaring Fork Club

The Roaring Fork Club is a private club located in the charming town of Basalt (20 mins from Aspen). With hundreds of pristine acres, majestic mountain views, and an elegant lodge and many amentities for your guest this venue is perfect for your entire wedding weekend. Your ceremony will be the full Rocky Mountain experience with an upscale flair. Roaring-Fork-Club-Basalt-Colorado-Wedding

 

 

The Hotel Jerome

Hotel Jerome is a luxurious location rich in history and charm making for an unforgettable wedding. With indoor and outdoor locations, stunning views of the Aspen Mountain and a classic contemporary feel, your event will be the epitome of sophistication. The-Hotel-Jerome-Aspen-Colorado

 

 

Lynn Britt Cabin

The Lynn Britt Cabin combines rustic and elegance with the beauty of the mountains. This cozy rustic log cabin is located at the top of Burlingame Lift. The location boasts incredible views and is uniquely secluded. Lynn-Britt-Cabin

 

 

Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells are the most photographed mountain spot in North America. For an outdoor wedding, Maroon Bells is a dreamy choice. A lovely platform overlooks a meadow with the Maroon Lake and majestic Maroon Bells in the background. Maroon-Bells-aspen-colorado-2

 

 

Pine Creek Cookhouse

Nestled into the Ashcroft Valley, the wedding meadow is sheltered by trees on one side and tranquil wetlands on the other. Towering 14,000 foot peaks serve as the backdrop for your ceremony. Your guests will enjoy the stunning Elk Mountain views seen during cocktail hour. A quick walk after the ceremony will bring you to the Pine Creek Cookhouse where you can enjoy your wedding reception. pine-creek-cookhouse-robin-proctor

 

 

Snowmass Club

With high, snowcapped peaks, perfectly manicured lawns and wildflowers, the Snowmass Club setting is a special one. With breathtaking vistas of Mt. Daly and the expansive Elk Mountain Range, the Snowmass Club is the perfect setting for a wedding of any size. Snowmass-Club-colorado

 

 

Viceroy Hotel

The regal and rugged property at Viceroy Snowmass is the ideal venue for a stylish Aspen wedding ceremony. Any time of year is a great time for a wedding. The Viceroy has a beautiful wedding lawn with gorgeous views. Viceroy-Hotel2

 

 

T-Lazy-7 Ranch

Located near the world-famous Maroon Bells, T-Lazy-7 Ranch is a scenic spot. The exquisite meadow is a perfect location for your wedding ceremony. The rolling pasture coupled with lush Aspen trees and the magnificent 14,000 foot Pyramid Peak in the backdrop will make for amazing photographs to capture your day. T-Lazy-7 Lodge is an exquisite place for a reception as well with vaulted ceilings, wrap around balcony and garden patio. Enjoy dancing, dining and late night s’mores in the crisp mountain air.

 

 

Theater Aspen

This unique venue is located adjacent to the John Denver Sanctuary. The contemporary style features a stunning pavilion with ponds, greenery and mountain views. The natural beauty mixed modern elegance is the perfect blend. 3kwq0ejm9a

 

 

The Gant

With dramatic mountain views and a spacious rooftop deck, the Gant is a gorgeous alpine location for your Aspen wedding ceremony. A destination hotel located on the base of Aspen Mountain, there are many ceremony locations for couples to choose from at The Gant. Ute-Terrace-1

 

 

The Inn at Aspen

The only ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of the Buttermilk Mountain, The Inn at Aspen offers a tranquil, high-meadow setting just minutes from downtown Aspen. With 5,000 square feet of event and reception space, The Inn at Aspen can accommodate groups from 10 guests to 200.

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Interested in learning more about one of these gorgeous ceremony sites? Go here for more details and contact information. Thank you to Robin Proctor Photography, The Venue Report, and Luminance Photography for the photos used in this post.

February 26, 2016 |

Lucky in Love: Emerald Wedding Details That Dazzle

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St. Patrick’s Day is a few weeks away, and although you may not be having a wedding filled with shamrocks and leprechauns, these gorgeous details will have you feelin’ lucky!  Grab a Guinness and soak in this stunning emerald wedding inspiration for your own special day.

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  1. Gold and emerald are the perfect pair! Make glittered champagne glass for all of your bridesmaids. Or rim the top of the glasses in gold edible glitter! If you are really ambitious you can do it for all guests for a special touch. (Photo: Happy Wedd)

  2. Amazing bridesmaids looks. Each girl chose her dress in a shade of dark green. The maid of honor stands out in a glittering gold ballgown. (Photo: Chic Vintage Brides)

  3. These stunning green glitter bridesmaids dresses are unique and beautiful for an emerald wedding. View the full wedding here. (Photo: Green Wedding Shoes)

  4. Make the cake table stand out with a sparkling tablecloth! (Photo: Megan Clouse Photography)

  5. This table is pure perfection! Glittery gold chevron runner, gold beaded chargers, romantic flowers and gorgeous pops of emerald. (Photo: Happy Wedd)

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  1. This engagement ring is drool-worthy! Emeralds make amazing stones for engagement rings. (Did you know that this shade of green symbolizes beauty and eternal love?) (Photo: Style Me Pretty)

  2. You will certainly turn heads walking down the aisle with these stunning Badgley Mischka pumps. (Photo: Amber Gress via Ruffled)
  3. This sweetheart table is fantastic (that door)! Vintage meets rustic with these golden hues, romantic candelight and DIY details. (Photo: Readyluck via Style Me Pretty)
  4. Lush greenery plus metallic details make for one beautiful modern wedding. See all of the details here. (Photo: Hey Wedding Lady)

Tie The Knot

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  1. Did you know, handfasting is a wedding tradition in Ireland. You hold hands, right to right and left to left so that your wrists cross. Ribbons are wound around creating an infinity symbol. This where the expression “tying the knot” came from. What a unique and meaningful thing to add to your ceremony. (Photo: Fly Away Bride)

  2. Instead of an archway, your venue fireplace makes the perfect ceremony focal point. Lots of candles flickering and lush greenery will give you an ethereal look as you say “we do.” (Photo: Katie Stoops Photography via Style Me Pretty)

  3. An Irish Mule makes the perfect signature cocktail. Copper plays well against the Emerald green. Instead of the typical vodka used in a Moscow Mule, swap Jameson. (Recipe from Hatchery)

  4. Wow! Who needs traditional wedding cake when you can serve your guests double chocolate brownie Irish car bomb cheesecake desserts! (Recipe from Half Baked Harvest).

February 19, 2016 |

14 Romantic Wedding Ideas You’ll Love!!

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Valentine’s Day, the holiday of love is just around the corner and even if you aren’t getting married on February 14th, you likely want a wedding day full of romance! Whether you want classic romance, sweet and cozy, or modern details there are fun, LOVE inspired ideas for every style of Aspen bride. Every wedding day is a romantic experience, but additional details can make it unforgettable. Here are a few of our favorites:

DECORATE

  1. Make a statement with flowers! Have your florist create an arrangement in the shape of a heart.
  2. Light up your reception room with a glow. In addition to lots of candles, create a romantic ambiance using colored lighting. Pink, magenta, fuchsia or amber colors are best.
  3. Use candlelight. Turn off the overhead lights and use candles to illuminate the room.
  4. Create an aisle pathway with pink ombre roses to your ceremony site.
  5. Use heart shaped balloons for a fun and playful touch. These are great for photo props too!
  6. Put together a heart-themed sweets table. Put up signs with sweet nothings and serve heart shaped or decorated desserts.
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3. Cynthia Brown Studio
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  1. Serve heart shaped ice cream or have heart shaped ice cubes with your signature cocktail. (We love “Kiss on the Lips, a pink sugar rimmed Cosmo or the Chocolate Cherry Cha-Cha with a cherry garnish!)
  2. Place small bowls of conversation hearts or red cinnamon hearts on the bar and cocktail tables.
  3. Go big on the desserts! Valentine’s Day is known for chocolate so serve up decadent treats like chocolate lava cake, red velvet cake, chocolate mousse, and more.
  4. Send guests home with a sweet treat- chocolate truffles with a mini bottle of champagne. Attach a personalized “valentine” letting them know how special they are to you.

ENJOY

  1. Play a slow, popular love song from the last five decades. Everyone from young friends to parents and grandparents will enjoy it.
  2. Have a sweetheart table for just you two at the reception. Decorate it with lush flowers, lots of candles and chair signs.
  3. Send a love note to your significant other the morning of the big day.
  4. Sneak off together for a few minutes during the night for a kiss and a toast to your future life together with strawberries and champagne!
February 5, 2016 |

Modern Luxury – Modern Aspen Weddings

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Have you seen the latest Modern Luxury Magazine – Aspen, Winter edition?

Inside you will see 4 highlighted weddings, dream venues with mountain splendor and tips and ideas for planning an Aspen wedding, including Pre-wedding pampering  for the groom!

Featured weddings include this one coordinated by Jane Floyd and Associates  and photographed by Otto Schultz at the top of Aspen Mountain, plus 3 more weddings featuring local wedding vendors.

 

See the Featured Weddings

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Check out the food & drink guide!  We’ve never seen a more complete and helpful guide.  SEE HERE

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December 27, 2015 |

Ana and Csaba Wedding – Intimate Wedding on Top of Aspen Mountain

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  An Aspen wedding at 11,212 feet on top of Aspen Mountain. Eat, drink and be married!

Ana and Csaba could easily be called the most loved young couple in Aspen.  They met while working at The Little Nell and tied the knot at the same location, the Wedding Deck at the top of Aspen Mountain.  When planning their wedding, the most important thing was to share with their closest family and friends their Aspen lifestyle and everything they love about living here.

Ana shares some tips and advice for brides planning a wedding in  Aspen Colorado.

How did you decide on your ceremony location?
     We wanted the most amazing view in Aspen – the Top of Aspen Mountain

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How did you decide on your reception location?
     Place where we met – Location:  Aspen Mountain Club
Accommodations
     The Little Nell & Snowmass Club
What was the mood at the wedding?
     We wanted a big feast that included the most amazing food and wine for a very intimate wedding with our closest family and friends.
Best memory from the wedding day
     The ceremony, when we first saw each other.
Any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding
     Think as if you will be the guest at your own wedding. What things you would like to do, what memories you want to take away, and most importantly what do you want to remember from the entire weekend.
Making it really special:  We focused on the memories and moments together. We wanted our guests to remember places, flavors and feelings of those moments. The Nature and Beauty of Aspen made it very special and memorable. We put together a week full of activities for everyone to enjoy with amazing meals, parties and adventures, highlighting the best of Aspen.

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Love the turquoise converse and captain hats!

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The evening was filled with singing at the table and lots of laughs.

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Csaba is an advanced sommelier, can you tell?

 

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Ceremony and Reception Site: The Aspen Mountain Club at The Little Nell | Wedding Planner: Jason Burns from Burns & Madsen | Flowers: The Aspen Branch | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Hair&Makeup: Full Circle Salon  | All Photography by: Robin Proctor Photography

December 14, 2015 |

‘Tis the Season for Gifting: Create a Stylized Gift Box

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We are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holidays! Trees are decorated, candles are lit and many of us are checking our list (and checking it twice) to buy special gifts for those we love. One special way to gift give this year is to create a themed box. We spoke to Wesley Brown, owner of Bundles for pro tips  on how to style the perfect gift box.

 

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Aspen Wedding Guide (AWG): As we head into the holidays many of us will be attending parties, get- to-gethers, gift swaps etc. What are some of your favorite hostess gifts?

Wesley Brown, Bundles (B): I believe that it is always important to think about the person who you are gifting for – What kind of life do they lead, what kind of gift would fit into their home. While we believe in elevating everyone’s gift, we also believe in being practical. For example, if you are attending a holiday party where you know that the hostess loves to cook, it would be amazing to bring a high end salt for seasoning or a cutting board to help with entertaining.

 

AWG: There are endless options of gift basket themes (movie night, spa theme, coffee and chocolate, etc.) what are a few of your favorites?

B: This is a tough one because I love all of our gift boxes. But,  I would have to say my two favorite are Bundles of Yum and the Staycation box. I am a huge foodie so any gift that arrives with classic salt caramels and a traditional munchie mix has me smiling. And our staycation box is the perfect amount of pamper. We have some amazing organic skin care companies that make their products right here in the valley. And everyone deserves to spoil themselves from time to time.

Classic Box | Bundles

Classic Box | Bundles

AWG: What besides baskets do you recommend using as a container?

B: Our new favorite vessel is our handmade wooden keepsake box. These boxes are made to be reused once the actual gift has been delivered. They are great to keep coasters in or organizing a desk.  If you are giving a gift to someone who has to travel after the holidays then I would recommend using something that they don’t have to stress over fitting into their suitcase. Either a reusable tote or a gable box. Also, when choosing the vessel think about what you are wanting to put inside. This will determine what size vessel you will want to use.  

 

Cheers Gift Box | Bundles

Cheers Gift Box | Bundles

AWG: What are your tips for making the basket look amazing?

B: Presentation is everything. A cohesive basket can be as simple as having the products be part of the same color family or making sure you include small, medium, and large products to make the box feel full. Also, make sure that you have matching ribbon and a hang tag to complete the look. Pretty packaging can easily be the reason why someone picks your gift off the shelf versus another one. 

 

AWG: What items are your “must haves” to include in a gift basket?

B: The must haves will definitely depend on who your giftee is, but personally my favorite products are Helliemae’s classic salt caramels, Osmia’s body mousse and our classic wine/champagne totes from Maptote. 

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Bundles of Yum Gift Box | Bundles

 

 

Here are some step by step tips for putting together the perfect basket:

 

  1. Choose your “basket.” A custom tote, wooden box, etc.

  2. Choose your theme. What does the giftee enjoy? Gardening, movie nights, pampering, gourmet food, cooking, chocolate… etc.

  3. Choose one main “gift.” Wesley advices choosing one splurge item and then having smaller items that go along with the theme.

  4. Make it cohesive. Have gifts that compliment each other. For example if you are giving a bottle of wine include coasters, wine glasses, corkscrew. If you are sending hot cocoa, include a mug and marshmallows or peppermint chocolate stir sticks.

  5. Make it personal. Include a handwritten note or card. This personal touch is important.

  6. Wrap it up! Get all of your items secured in the packaging, add some ribbon and you are ready to go! You may need to include some “filler” to stuff the empty space with.

Will you be creating a gift basket this holiday season? Share below your themes!

 

A special thank-you to Wesley Brown of Bundles, for her contribution to this post. We wish you all a very Happy Holidays!

 

Bundles is Aspen’s premier local gift box business. “We create our ‘bundles’ with products all from Colorado based producers and deliver them to your door. We have a variety of sweet and savory delights to fulfill all your gifting needs. Our boxes are put together with the intention of sharing local goodies with you and supporting the local community in the process.” Visit their website for more information.

 

 

December 8, 2015 |

Intimate Mountain Top Aspen Wedding

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Congratulations Kristi Bowden and Mike Wheeler

Married on September 12, 2015

This outdoor chic wedding happened on top of Aspen Mountain.  This intimate destination wedding centered around close family members.

Wedding and Event Planner: Burns & Madsen

Wedding submitted by Illinois photographer Salvatore Cincotta Photography

Ceremony Venue: Aspen Mountain Wedding Deck      Reception Venue:  Hotel Jerome     Florist and Decor:  The Aspen Branch    DJ: Naka G     Cake:  Elissa Buckley     Sound and Lighting:  Halcyon Productions

 

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November 9, 2015 |
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