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14 Cozy Ideas for an Aspen Winter Wedding


The chill is in the air, but your winter wedding day doesn’t have to be icy. With snow and wintry temps here to stay awhile in Aspen, it can be difficult to imagine and warm and cozy winter wedding, but it is possible. Keep your guests comfortable with these details that everyone is sure to love!

Don’t get the blues.
While winter whites and icy blues are a popular (and pretty) palette choice for many winter weddings, it isn’t your only option. Tone down the chilly factor with some warmer tones.

  • Go rustic with wood tones, plaid, and warm textures.
  • Shine on with metallic details, and rich jewel tones.
  • Classic neutral browns and pastel blue hues pair perfectly with pinecones and snow.
  • Festive holiday red makes a statement and can match with many neutrals for a fun vibe.

S’more love.
Who doesn’t love s’mores? A fire will keep things hot as you dance into the night!

  • A firepit outside the reception will keep everyone toasty for the night.
  • Setting up a s’more bar is a fun favorite. Elevate the average s’more with flavored marshmallows and different chocolate/toppings.

Light it up.
The darkness of winter doesn’t have to be depressing. Adding fun lighting can give your special day a personal touch and create the atmosphere you want- whether it’s playful or romantic.

  • Place lots of candles to add romance. This is a simple decor detail that makes a big impact (budget friendly!)
  • String twinkle lights over the dance floor for a magical touch.
  • Unique lighting fixtures- chandeliers, uplighting etc. are a fun statement piece and can change the vibe of your wedding.

Bundle up.
Nothing says warm and cozy like winter layers! Soft knits and faux fur are the perfect touch.

  • Place warm, soft blankets or shawls around for guests to wrap up in.
  • Add winter accessories to your wedding day style. They will not only look cute but keep you warm and toasty too!

A whole latte love.
Keep the hot beverages coming through the night! Why wait until dessert for warm beverages, your guests will love the option to warm up with a steaming mug.

  • Serve hot cider, coffee, tea or a hot cocoa bar with all of the fixings!
  • Personalize your drinks by having a signature bride/groom drink, special cups or straws.
  • Hire an espresso stand to come whip up coffee confections!

We hope these cozy ideas will keep your Aspen winter wedding warm!

Photos // Premier Party Rental
Robin Proctor Photography , Robin Proctor Photography, Premier Party Rental, Eat Catering , Bundles

December 11, 2017 |

Winter Wonderland: 5 Musts For a Winter Wedding in Aspen


Snowy mountain peaks in the background, toasty fires and rich hues make winter weddings in Aspen so gorgeous. While a winter wedding is a magical thing, there are also lots of details to consider to ensure your day goes off without a hitch!

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Photo by Robin Proctor Photography

Here are some important things to consider when planning your Aspen winter wedding.

  1.  Bundle up!
    1. If you are desiring outdoor photos, make sure to have a plan. Dressing warm enough is crucial! You don’t want to be frozen during your vows. Wearing cozy winter accessories like a faux fur coat, scarf, mittens, and many more can be a great way to look fashionable while staying warm.

You (and your bridesmaids) can also wear tights under your dress. If it’s long, no one will even know and you can stay warm and toasty during photos. Watering eyes, chapped lips and skin will not look great in photos, so be sure to have chap stick and tissues on hand.

2.  Be wary of the weather. Aspen weather can be unpredictable- sunny one day and then a snowstorm moving in the next. Have backup plans for anything you are hoping to host outdoors. If you have guests coming in from out of town, there is a possibility of delayed or cancelled flights. Make sure they have a little wiggle room and if possible leave a few days between when they fly in and your wedding day.

3.  Add seasonal elements. Whether you choose to decorate in “winter white” or a mix of rich, warm tones, adding greenery, plaid, metallics or other winter themed accents is a gorgeous touch. Candles also add a romantic, warm vibe to the room. Even during a dark, stormy winter night.

4.  Choose your location wisely. Having both the ceremony and reception at one location is ideal in winter. You don’t want to risk having to drive to a reception during inclement weather. Add in some extra time to travel to your ceremony in case weather is bad.

5.  Get creative. Special touches will make your wedding unforgettable. Have a hot chocolate station or blankets to warm everyone up. Serve comfort foods- soup shooters, mac and cheese, grilled cheese. Add a dessert display with your favorite holiday desserts or have horse and carriage or gondola rides to transport your guests to the festivities.

Photo by Tara Marolda Photography

Photo by Robin Proctor Photography

Winter Bridge

Photo by Robin Proctor Photography

Photo by Robin Proctor Photography

 Photo by Tara Marolda Photography

Winter weddings in Aspen are magical! These are just a few of our tips to make sure your Aspen wedding goes off smoothly. Are you having a winter wedding? Share your favorite winter wedding detail below!! Still planning? Find your top wedding vendors here.

October 11, 2017 |

Submit Your Wedding to Aspen Wedding Guide


Immortalize your wedding day and give recognition and thanks to local wedding vendors in the Aspen area; a win-win for everyone involved. 

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Whether you’re a couple, wedding planner or vendor, the wedding planning process always seems to take eons and then boom, the big day is over in the blink of an eye. Perhaps unbeknownst to you, there’s a super easy way to make weddings last much longer than the date on the invitation. 


Aspen Wedding Guide makes it simple for you to submit your wedding to our blog for everyone to see. It really is as easy as one, two, three.

  1. Click “Submit A Wedding” on our homepage.
  2. Fill in the form that takes 10-15 minutes, tops!
  3. Submit! (We usually review and post weddings within a couple of weeks)

Yes, we promise it’s that simple. Submitting your wedding is a great way to cherish those special memories forever and it also provides inspiration for other couples going through the tedious wedding-planning process. Not only will other couples read your post and use it for inspiration, it is also a chance to give recognition and thanks to local wedding vendors in the Aspen area; a win-win for everyone involved. 

We kindly ask that you share any social media handles of vendors, giving credit where credit is due. Your vendors will be over the moon that you took the time to acknowledge them.

From your flower arrangements to your food, we want to know the nitty gritty of your wedding day and what made it special to you. Submitting a wedding to our blog is a unique opportunity to immortalize one of the most important days you will experience. Our goal is to publish the beauty of every wedding that takes place in the Aspen, Snowmass and surrounding areas. What are you waiting for? 



“Are you a vendor? Use our email template as an easy way to encourage your clients to submit their big day to the Aspen Wedding Guide.”



August 18, 2017 |

REAL ASPEN WEDDING: Lindsay and Raul’s Intimate Little Nell Wedding


Lindsay and Raul’s wedding was a beautiful, intimate affair. Their ceremony and reception locations both boasted stunning mountain peak views for an Aspen feel. The couple had delicious food and many fun, personalized details including a Chipotle burrito Groom’s cake representing where they first met. What a perfect day!

Wedding Date: 04/07/2017
Bride and Groom: Lindsay Altenbaumer and Raul Ganzalez

Where did you have your ceremony? St. Mary of the Crown – Carbondale, CO

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How did you meet? Raul and I met while I was in law school at the Chipotle cantina and we dated for five years before we tied the knot in Colorado.

How did you decide on this location? We wanted a small Catholic church with beautiful scenery. St. Mary of the Crown was an easy choice, as it provided the small church feel with gorgeous views of Mount Sopris. Also, Father Rick is fluent in Spanish and was able to communicate important portions of the mass to Raul’s family.

Where did you have your reception? The Little Nell – Aspen Mountain Club

How did you decide on The Little Nell – Aspen Mountain Club for your reception? Coming from Texas, we were looking for a venue/location that did not involve as much humidity & heat, and the top of Aspen Mountain was an easy selection for that preference. Plus, The Little Nell accommodated every food request to perfection!


How would you describe your wedding? Intimate with beautiful scenery!

What is your best memory from your wedding day? Having everyone we love joined together in such a great location and, of course, marrying my love.

Lindsay, Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? Having everyone we love joined together in such a great location and, of course, marrying my love. Enjoy the benefits of a destination wedding, visit, visit, visit!! It is an excuse to vacation while you plan!

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white wedding cake burrito cake


Aspen Wedding Vendors

Photographer:Robin Proctor Photography

Wedding Planner:Blue Bird Productions

Ceremony: St. Mary of the Crown

Reception: Little Nell- Aspen Mountain Club

Wedding Cake: D’Elissious Cake Studio

Hair: Meghan Fisher


Flowers/Decor:Carolyn’s Flowers


Wedding Venue and Reception::The Little Nell

Rehearsal Dinner: Chair 9

Brunch:Element 47




Thank you to Bride, Lindsay for sharing their special day. We wish you and Raul many years of happiness together as Mr. and Mrs.!

August 11, 2017 |

Vendor Spotlight: Premier Party Rental


A wedding in Aspen is one of the most breathtaking and picturesque places to tie the knot. It’s no wonder that we work with an array of talented, hardworking vendors that help transform wedding visions into reality. 

To kick off the 2017 wedding season in the beautiful state of Colorado, we decided to get to know our vendors on a more personal level. Our first vendor spotlight highlights the work of Premier Party Rental. We spent some time talking with them to get an inside scoop on what it takes to be a successful vendor.

Photo by: Jose Villa

Here’s what they had to say:

Q: How long have you been in business? 

A: We have been in business for 7 years and were established in 2010.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?  

A: We love meeting with all the different brides and grooms that come to the valley and helping contribute to making their dream wedding come together!

Q: Do you have any favorite venues? What makes them unique? 

A: Anywhere in the Roaring Fork Valley is our favorite! We get to work in one of the most beautiful locations in the country, so wherever you choose to have your event, you’ll surely have the best views!

Q: How far in advance do people need to be planning and securing their rentals?

A: We recommend starting the process a minimum of 6 months prior to your event, not only does this help guarantee that your items will be reserved but ensure you have time to find the best style that fits your event! 

Q: What’s your number one tip when it comes to wedding rentals?

A: Plan early and estimate costs a little on the high side to be sure you’ll have enough of the items you want. 

Q: What’s your preferred wedding trend: rustic or modern? Why? 

A: The rustic is definitely the most popular trend we see here in the mountains and works great with our Rustic Farm Style tables and chairs, but we never shy away from a beautiful modern look or even a nice mix of the two! 

Q: What’s the hottest wedding-rental splurge people will be going for this summer?

A: Farm tables! We have them in two styles: both banquet and round. They are definitely a big hit for the summer!

Q:  Fill in the blank: “One thing most people don’t know about wedding rentals is ____.” 

A: They often times get forgotten or put off until last minute, but please don’t wait. It is very important to get rentals secured early on and ensure you have the items you desire for your event! 

Whether you’re working with Premier Party Rental yourself or attending an event adorned by them, you can’t ignore their quality and passion for creating a one-of-a-kind experience accompanied by memories that will last a lifetime. 

If you’re interested in using Premier Party Rental for your wedding…

Contact them:

Premier Party Rental

(970) 963-8368

62 Cty Rd 113

Carbondale, CO 81623

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May 21, 2017 |

6 Creative Spring Wedding Ideas


Springtime is about a month away, a you are likely deep into planning if you are saying “we do” this spring. Here are a few fun, creative spring wedding ideas that will make your wedding unique.

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  • Tea for two
  • 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.


February 10, 2017 |

2017 Wedding Trends


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

January 7, 2017 |

Kid Friendly or Adults Only Wedding?


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.

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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?



Photo: Robin Proctor Photography

September 30, 2016 |

Fall in Love: 11 Ways to Use Apples in Your Wedding


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.

Eats and Sips

fall-wedding-ideas-11_detail Apple Cider Station and Apple Cider Donuts. Photos: Amanda Dumouchelle

a6279f6e272c22bcfa28cb548a8f92dd Caramel Apple Bar. Photo: ajeventsblog

apple-pie-moscow-mule-9-of-12 Apple Pie Moscow Mule. Recipe: The Cookie Rookie

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evermine Caramel Apples To-Go. Photo: Evermine

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a5f75da0212b844fdf5149ba08fcf520 Apple Pie in a Jar. Recipe: Glorious Treats


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a0e1a61d063929bba4f6d220e1337d5b Apple Candles. Photo: Little Green Notebook

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Tanja-Lippert Apples at the Ceremony. Photo: Tanja Lippert

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.

What is your favorite thing about fall?

September 21, 2016 |

Creating Your Fall Aspen Wedding Menu


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?

“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
Roaring Gardens
Merrill’s Family Farm / Cedar Ridge
Hazel Dell Mushrooms – Fort Collins

A few of my favorite (mostly local) products:

  • Bluegrass Soy Sauce
  • Banyls Vinegar
  • MM LOCAL Tomatoes
  • Justin’s Peanut Butter
  • Horsetooth Hotsauce
  • Colorado Beer Pickles
  • Sasso Salsa
  • Grains – farro, quinoa, millet, wheat berries, etc….
  • Red Wine/White Wine


Other tips for putting together your menu and choosing a caterer:

  • Consider your budget, your caterer can work with you.
  • Choose your venue first. Many venues have lists of preferred caterers and will charge you a fee for using an “outside caterer.”
  • Ask your caterer where they source their food from.
  • Book early. Many of the best catering companies will book out at least a year in advance.
  • Find out about how they would work with dietary needs if you have any.
  • Find out what their services and fees include.
  • Decide if a buffet, plated or family style meal is what you want.
  • Work with companies that share your beliefs and ethics and ask where your food and ingredients come from.

    We would like to extend a special thank you to Katie Baum for her contribution to this post.

    Eat’s mission is simple. Healthy cuisine can be joyful, creative – and, of course – beautiful & delicious! To learn more about Eat, visit their website.

    **Photos via Eatcatering on Instagram

September 14, 2016 |
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