Tea parties are very “spring”- pastel colors, feminine tea cups, and pretty flowers. How about giving tea for your favors, you can make your own loose leaf tea combinations or flavors.
Put a crown on it
How ethereal does a flower crown look!? Instead of a veil, wear a flower crown that compliments your bouquet and wedding colors.
Pretty in pastel Perfect shades of blush, pale blue, and other pastel colors give a soft, romantic vibe to your wedding. Your bridesmaids will look gorgeous in one pastel tone, or have a few different colors in a complimentary style.
Seasonal Sips Add two seasonal cocktails to a “his/hers” signature cocktail menu! We love the lavender lemon drop for her and the whiskey smash for him.
Simple decor Springtime blossoms are out, making your venue already gorgeous with little need for dramatic decor. Use pretty flowers, and spring time details like little watering cans. How fun is this arrangement?!
Prepare for weather Springtime weather can really vary. You may have a warm, sunny and perfect day, or you could have wind and rain, or here in Aspen there could even be snow. Make sure you have a weather backup plan so on your wedding day you aren’t scrambling to avoid inclement weather. Offering your guest items specific to the weather is a fun idea as well. Have umbrellas on hand for a rainy day, a sunscreen/bug spray stand for “like summer” heat and blankets for an day that is unusually chilly.
Springtime is an absolutely beautiful time of the year to tie the knot. With gorgeous flowers and the weather beginning to warm up, it is a romantic setting. As you continue planning your Aspen spring wedding, we hope these ideas can help make your day as special as possible.
Happy New Year! For those of you tying the knot in 2017, it is probably an exciting milestone to get to your special year! Although we are all for planning a wedding based on your taste and unique personalities as a couple and not only going off of what is “hot” in the wedding world, we thought it would be fun to highlight a few wedding trends you should expect this year.
The Dress: Many 2017 brides are saying yes to off the shoulder gowns. Both long sleeved and short sleeved looks are popular. Lace and tulle are still big, with lace becoming bolder and tulle being mixed with other fabrics. Blush gowns are also still a popular choice.
For bridesmaids dresses, bold colors and brighter shades are popping up. Pinks, purples, greens and yellows are favorites.
The Food: For cocktails, bartenders are seeing a move to serving more classic cocktails including moscow mules, Pimm’s cup, and the sidecar. Having passed appetizers with a complimentary drink is also a popular choice. Such as mini tacos with a mini margarita. The nostalgic tiered wedding cake is coming back after years of cupcakes, pies and assorted desserts being favored. Having a nighttime passed dessert “hour” similar to cocktail hour is also seen as a great way to keep the party energy flowing. Local flavors are also a main event. Serving special local area foods and drinks is fun for the guests.
The Photos: Social media integration is definitely key for many 2017 couples. Photo booths that share directly to social media, instagram videos, drone photography, and custom Snapchat filters are popular.
The Flowers:Romantic, soft blooms are still big. Peonies are still popular along with garden roses, ranunculus and dahlias. Loose petals mixed with greenery as a type of garland runner down farm type long tables is a huge trend for table decor.
The Palettes: Soft colored neutrals like charcoal, blue-greys and browns are creating a sophisticated trendy feel. Strategically places metallics are also big. Brides are still loving copper, rose gold, pewter but using them to create shine in certain special areas.
What do you think about these 2017 wedding trends? Will you be incorporating any of these things into your own special day? What details are you most excited about for your own wedding? Source:Huffington Post
Whether you wouldn’t say I do without the littlest guests or you envision an elegant adults-only occasion, plan ahead and let guests know early if their little ones are welcome. Here are a few things you will need to consider.
First off, it is your wedding. You can chose to have it a kid-free event if you want. This may make sense if your event is formal or late in the evening. Also, consider if the majority of your guests live local. It can be difficult to exclude kids when travel is necessary.
Make sure the invitations make it clear that the parents are the only ones invited. If the kids are invited, include their names on the invite as well. You may want to make a phone call to let the parents know as well. Some people may get mad at you if you chose to not invite children, it is your choice, so don’t feel like you owe people an explanation.
Can you invite some kids and not others? This can be a tricky situation. Choose a rule and stick to it. If you are having a flower girl and ring bearer these kids should be invited to the reception in addition to their jobs in the ceremony.
If kids will be at your wedding you should serve a separate kid-friendly option. Good choices include chicken fingers, mac and cheese and fruit. For kids 7 and up, they should be fine at a separate kids table.
Another option is hiring a babysitter to watch the younger children in a separate room at the venue. Have activities such as coloring books, crafts or small toys to keep them busy.
Lastly, if you are having kids at the wedding, don’t sweat the small stuff! Kids bring a lot of fun and laughs to a wedding. Don’t throw a fit if one of the little ones isn’t behaving or is becoming the center of attention. You will likely have a lot of fun photos and memories to look back on.
Are you having a kid-friendly or adults only wedding? What made you to decide one or the other?
Happy Fall! Fall is a beautiful time to tie the knot in Aspen. The trees look beautiful, the air is crisp and the colors and flavors are cozy and warm. Apples are a big part of fall, and can be used in a multitude of ways during your wedding. Nothing quite says fall than a visit to the apple farm and sipping on spiced apple cider. From apple foods to apples as part of the decor, we have 11 simple ways to incorporate this fall flavor.
These are just a few ways to get the flavors of fall into your beautiful Aspen wedding. Adding seasonal touches can save you money on decor and create a cohesive wedding. Along with these ideas for food, drinks, decor, and favors, you can use the warm and cozy colors, plaids, and other symbols (pumpkins, etc.) to really add to your fall Aspen wedding.
As the weather gets cooler, many of us enjoy the comforting fall foods, hearty soups, sweet apple crisp, warm drinks, pumpkin spice everything! If you are planning a fall wedding, taking flavors from the season and putting them on your wedding reception menu is a great way to highlight Fall. If you are stuck on how to begin putting together a wedding menu, you have come to the right place!
With advice from Katie Baum, Founder and Executive Chef at Eat, we have some top tips for choosing fall flavors and for putting together a special wedding menu that your guests will be talking about for weeks after the wedding.
What should you consider when planning a menu?
KB: “Make sure when choosing a menu for your wedding that your caterer sits down with you and truly takes the time to get to know you, so that they can personally design a boutique menu for you and your guests. If quality is important to you, ask where the ingredients are coming from. Have your chef craft a menu specific to what’s in season and what you love!!”
What are your favorite ingredients to use in Fall?
KB: “Fall is the time of year in Colorado where most of the produce is at it’s peak, and when you have the most ingredients readily available. I design all my menus for our events around the week’s harvest and what I can heavily source locally.
My favorite ingredients right now are the following: All herbs, Shishito Peppers, Hatch Green Chilies, Butternut Squash, Corn on the Cob, Peaches, Plums, Heirloom Tomatoes, Squashes, Pumpkin, Root Vegetables such as Parsnips/Beets/Rutabaga, all varieties of Melon, etc….. I love cooking with Citrus to make dishes vibrant, and adding fresh herbs to any dish makes it combine and elevate to a new level!!”
What are some of your favorite dishes for a fall menu?
Toasted Farro with Roasted Hazel Dell Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Butternut Squash with Fine Herbs, Lemon & Toasted Pepitas
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Browned Butter & Hazelnuts
Harvest Soups – any thing you have in your pantry and refrigerator from your farmers market or CSA to make a lovely pot of goodness!!
Bonfire Coffee Rubbed Salmon (Wild Alaska Direct)
Meat & Cheese Boards / Charcuterie Platters
Cumin & Honey Roasted Farm Carrots with Herb Gremolata
Fresh Pestos & Chimichurri Sauces
Wild Rice Risotto with Blistered Tomatoes, Fresh Corn & Herbs
Juniper Berry & Bay Leaf Grilled Pork Chops (or Tenderloin) with Roasted Apples
What are some special local foods to add to the menu?
KB: At EAT, we spend time gathering our ingredients from all the local farms we are lucky enough to be surrounded by. My favorite local farms to use for ingredients are:
Two Roots Farm
Merrill’s Family Farm / Cedar Ridge
Hazel Dell Mushrooms – Fort Collins
The Fall 2016 Pantone palette lays out ten gorgeous shades for a fall Aspen wedding. From the vibrant brights to muted neutrals and the pinks and blues in between, these shades are not only perfect for a wedding but many of them are unique choices. The shades touch on the typical fall colors, but with a twist.
“Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.” Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™
Here are some of our favorite shades and how they are being used in weddings this fall!
Fall is a romantic time to say “we do.” With gorgeous colors, crisp air and warm details, the decor is sure to be beautiful. Here are a few of the fabulous fall wedding trend details that we are loving for Fall 2016.
Photos (Clockwise from top left)
1. Leah Banick Photography 2. Wedding Chicks 3. ModWedding 4. Sarah Kathleen Photography 5. WeddingoMania 6. Marcy Benincosa
Source: The Knot
Metallics- bronze, rose gold, brass, gold, copper.
Pies (This fall wedding trend is still going strong!).
Simple cakes with blooms or greenery.
Smaller cutting cakes with unique dessert options for guests.
Fun with Food
Creative food and drink stations are a huge 2016 fall wedding trend. Guests will love coffee carts, craft beer tastings, build your own taco bars, cocktail bars, s’mores bars, candy apple bars, popcorn bars, hot chocolate bars, cider bar, food trucks.
Table Decor and Florals
Tall Candles and Candelabras for a more formal look.
Rustic and natural look with greenery, beautiful leaves, red apples, wild looking bouquets.
Fun signage and chalkboards
What is your favorite fall wedding trend detail, decor or food?
You just got engaged, (CONGRATS!) and now you are beginning to plan your special day. One of the most important details involves your wedding vendors. As you begin to meet with and decide on your vendors, keep these questions in mind. You don’t want to be surprised on your wedding day, so make sure you are completely comfortable with your vendors policies and prices.
These are specific questions that you should ask all vendors (venue, caterer, photographer, florist etc.)
How long have you been in business?
Can I see references?
Can I see examples of your work?
What kind of insurance do you have?
What is your payment structure like?
What is your cancellation policy?
What are your emergency plans? (If they were to fall ill, be unavailable, weather issues etc.)
Do you have any other fees? Travel fees?
Do you subcontract with other vendors?
What happens if you go out of business?
Are you available on my date?
What do you include in your packages/service?
Have you worked with a wedding my size? Budget?
What is the most challenging situation you have dealt with at a wedding and how did you handle it?
How can I get in touch with you with questions/concerns?
How many weddings will be on my date or around my date?
Will you be the exact person at my wedding or will an assistant/coworker be there in your place?
These are important questions for you to ask! Additionally, you want to make sure you feel comfortable with and are able to effectively communicate with your vendors. Since these people will be around you on your wedding day, you don’t want someone that you don’t enjoy being around. Choose vendors that you get along with and that click with your personality.
Have you found your vendors? What was the most important question that you asked during the process?
The weather has been hot across the country, and summer wedding season is in full swing. Are you having an outdoor wedding? Keep yourself and your guests cool with these tips.
Fondly Forever Photography // Brides
1. Have available shelter. If you are dreaming of an outdoor wedding, have a plan in place that factors in a shaded spot. If your guests are baking in the sweltering summer sun during your ceremony they are going to need to cool down. Consider having a venue that will allow both indoor and outdoor! A tent is also a good idea.
2. Stay hydrated. It may be the last thing on your mind, but ensure you continually drink water throughout the day. Get dehydrated will make you feel sick and exhausted. Designate a bridesmaid to keep refilling your drink. Even if you will be drinking alcoholic beverages, make sure you alternate with water. (Don’t want to mess up your lipstick? Use a straw!) Also, have plenty of ice cold drinks for your guests. Keep the alcohol for after the ceremony, but it is a great idea to put out some water or lemonade for guests to enjoy before the ceremony.
3. Fan favorite! Keep guests cool by creating programs that double as fans. If your dance floor will be warm, rent a few fans to blow cool air. You don’t want the dance floor empty because it is too sweltering to move!
4. Fun frozen treats How fun would it be to serve chilled sweet treats during the cocktail hour! Mini ice cream cones, popsicles, popsicles served with champagne, ice cream sandwiches. mini milkshakes! The options are endless (and delicious).
Exquisite Weddings Magazine
5.Be prepared. Have supplies on hand to allow guests (and yourself) to freshen up. Include in your bathroom basket mini deodorants, sunscreen, blotting papers, wipes, cooling mist, and more.
6. Timing is Key. If you wedding is in the summer, don’t time your wedding to start in the heat of the day. Wait until a little later or do it earlier. Also, it is a good idea to visit your ceremony spot to check out where the sun will be during your ceremony.
Brides-to-be (and Grooms!), stay cool and beat the heat for a fantastic wedding day. We wish you the best day ever!
The day before the wedding, you will likely have a lot to look forward to and nerves will be high. The rehearsal dinner will be a fun part of the wedding festivities, however the actual rehearsal can be work. Consider these top tips to ensure your rehearsal runs smoothly and everyone feels confident for the real thing!
Give yourself extra time
Always overestimate on how much time you will need for the rehearsal. You don’t want to be rushed or overstay and miss your dinner reservation. Usually an hour should be adequate.
Arrive on time
Make sure that your entire wedding party, officiant, wedding planner, and anyone else needed for the ceremony arrives early. If someone cannot attend have someone fill in so that their spot is not empty.
Make it professional
Another thing to note, if you have a wedding planner or day of coordinator, they will be running your rehearsal. If you don’t, check with your venue to see if they will have someone to help direct. Other people that can run rehearsals include officiants or friends/relatives that are organized and can pass on directions.
Have all items with you that you need to practice with. This includes music, any readings, your shoes (if you want to practice walking with them). You should have the order of how people will be walking down the aisle already done. You can order people based on height, closest in relation, etc. It is also important to know how you want everyone to enter. Will the Groom/groomsmen come down the aisle paired with a bridesmaid or will they walk in on the side. Is the bride walking down with Dad, Mom and Dad or someone else. Also bring any questions you need to figure out before the big day. Jot down anything you need to remember.
Have fun, but not too much fun
Another thing to note, if the bridal party is intoxicated, they likely will not be paying attention and will not remember what they practiced the next day. Keep away from the booze until after.
Run through at least twice
Although you don’t need to read every line and do every step, it is a good idea to do it through a few times until everything runs smoothly. By the time you head to dinner everyone should be comfortable about what to do during the ceremony. If anyone is nervous, practicing will help with the nerves. Here are some steps to follow for the run through.
1. Line up the bridal party how they will be standing during the ceremony.
2. Practice the Recessional first. Have the bridesmaids, bride, groom and groomsmen exit how they will after the ceremony. Have them stay in order and line up.
3. Have them practice the Processional.
4. Run through the order of events during the ceremony.
5. Decide where the bridal party should meet after the ceremony is over. Direct them where to go so you aren’t looking for them afterwards.
Iron out any details
First, discuss the order of events with your officiant to make sure everything you want is included. Determine what will happen after the ceremony. Will you have a receiving line? Will you go to take photos while your guests enjoy cocktail hour? Your wedding coordinator and photographer can help you with the timeline.
Finally, follow these tips and your wedding rehearsal will run smoothly and leave everyone feeling confident and ready for an amazing wedding!! We wish you a very special wedding day!