Five Emerging Luxury Wedding Trends for Colorado Destination Weddings

The wedding celebration is a chance to express yourself! Brides and Grooms are now using their wedding day to make a statement, present a focus or create a sense of elegance that is important to them. The festivities may even involve be a cause they support, like a recent wedding I did at a country club. The couple wanted to fund the drilling of drinking water wells in South Africa. Instead of gifts from guests, they simply asked guests to anonymously donate to this cause. It was tasteful, and well done.

Each and every wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event! It’s not a simple “party” where you call a few friends over, have a drink and watch the “big game.” This IS an event! Something that takes meticulous planning and preparation to ensure that all the pieces come together perfectly, by design. Each key element is then delivered flawlessly at the right time and tempo, in a manner that reflects you and your personalities. Couples are now using their luxury Colorado wedding to make their signature event (yes, event) a cornerstone of their family legacy more than ever.

When you consider that there are 85,000 weddings a year in the U.S., Colorado luxury destination weddings seem to be blazing the trail for others to follow. What are the emerging luxury wedding trends being seen at Colorado destination weddings?

  1. Black tie is back – formal, with the desire for everyone to be dressed up; more of a “vintage” feel that focuses on lavishness and luxury.
  2. A White Tie Affair – White palettes reign, into ivory, with a luxurious, rich feel that whispers class and elegance. Yes, it’s now proper to have a wedding party dressed in all white, and trend that began with Chelsea Clinton and the royal wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton. White flowers are in, but formal events can still have personality with a splash of color. Brides are also choosing a theme to express themselves too!
  3. Elegance AND Fun – Couples want elegance, but then want it to end, moving on to absolute exuberance (fun). The night does not end with the reception. The ceremony is on site; followed by a formal cocktail hour; then dinner; dancing (for the older guests) and it ends.  Sort of.  Then, you guessed it – the younger folks continue at an “after party” off-site; and yes, they often take Matt from Amoré DJ Entertainment to the “after party” as their DJ to continue the celebration off-site.
  4. Surprise!!! – It’s all about the moment of surprise! Luxury brides want a tasteful surprise. Tasteful and modest, yet lavish. Grooms are now jumping on board and welcome the idea of a surprise, too. Most of all, newlyweds want to really “WOW!” their guests. They don’t want this to be just another wedding. The “WOW!” goes far beyond cheesy DJ LED uplighting done in pink, turquoise or purple; and certainly not another choreographed dance, but I mean really “WOW!” guests with something new, fresh, creative and reflective of them! (Things like fireworks; dancers; special audio or video tributes; celebrity guest appearances and more.)
  5. The “A” list – with many Colorado destination weddings, luxury brides are narrowing their guest list to an “A” list of “must have” attendees, a “B” list of semi-close friends and family, and a “C” list that includes everyone under the sun. The smaller, more intimate “A” list is definitely in for the luxury bride wanting a Colorado destination wedding. She’s going to take excellent care of her guests with a multi-course gourmet meal and pamper them in utter opulence! Some brides even splurge, putting up their “A” guests in a swank cabin, cottage or lodge for the night at a place like the Aspen Lodge, or the Della Terra Chateau in Estes Park. As guests retire for the evening, muffins or breakfast foods are set out for them to take back to their rooms for the next morning. Nice touch!

Certainly, brides wanting a luxury Colorado destination wedding can have the best of both worlds. Colorado is the place for destination weddings, offering brides options like no other place on the planet, including gorgeous venues (from cozy, to rustic, elegant or natural); great service; unique, secluded scenic spots for pictures; a fantastic seasonal climate for weddings with an ambiance for creating those family fun “vacations” that happen before (or after) for guests; lots of mountains; more than 300 days of sunshine; and, without a doubt, the best pool of wedding professionals anywhere, all working together to create a fun, unique and worry-free wedding! The possibilities are endless!

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5 Tips for Creating a Wedding Reception That Reflects YOU! – PART 1

Your wedding ceremony is over, and now it’s time for the celebration to begin. The reception is your chance to treat your guests to a celebration that is, well, YOU! It should reflect you – your style, culture, heritage, and traditions, including food, color, music, flowers and more.

 

If you’re looking for fun, creative and innovative ideas, we’ve got the scoop on how to make your celebration stand out, and leave your guests saying, “WOW – what a reception!” and “That was SO them!”

Location, location, location

The first step in planning your reception is to choose the right venue. This depends on the location of your ceremony, as well as your budget and the size of your reception.

If your ceremony and reception are going to be taking place at the same site (i.e., a hotel or lodge) like the Embassy Suites Hotel in Loveland or the Hilton Fort Collins Hotel, you need to consider what, exactly, your guests will do in the transition time, especially when you and your new spouse are having photos taken.

Will there be entertainment, music and food?  If so, where?

For a more intimate gathering, consider an outdoor reception, like the Preserve at Bingham Hill or the Tapestry House in LaPorte; an elegant chateau like Della Terra in Estes Park; or a rustic setting like Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch or the Aspen Lodge.

Many hotels also have beautiful patios, grassy areas, or verandas, making it easy to coordinate and transition from ceremony to reception. If you’re looking for contemporary flair, rent out a room in an art museum, hit the zoo, live it up at an amusement park, hop on a boat, or dance under the stars on a city rooftop like the Lincoln Center Rooftop Deck in Fort Collins.

After you’ve made your decision, use the location as the foundation for the remaining elements of your party.

Elegance and Charm

Some couples spend a lot of their budget to make their reception exude elegance, with exquisite floral arrangements, centerpieces, custom lighting, and more. For an up-scale reception in a hotel ballroom or country club, the formal black-tie affair is now back, complete with a four- or five-course meal.

The focus is on the food service complete with white-gloved waiters and dishes crafted to appeal to the eye as much as the palate. If you’re on a tight budget, but still want a classy reception, consider a morning ceremony followed by a champagne brunch and coffee bar with a Barista.

Themed Reception

Another trend now is a themed reception. This year, I performed at a Mardi Gras-themed wedding; two Russian weddings, complete with appropriate music, food, traditions and activities; a Vietnamese wedding; a Chinese wedding; a 1920s authentic themed wedding (with authentic music – not just big band 1940s tunes, but authentic 1920s selections); and a Hawaiian luau, and more.

I even had a “princess fairy-tale wedding” where the Bride had an amazing wedding cake that is every girl’s dream, and she named each table for a Disney princess, accented with princess movie theme music for her ceremony. It was exactly what she wanted for her “Princess Theme” wedding.

For something a little more casual and simple, try a Hawaiian luau. You can hand out plastic leis to the guests, play Hawaiian music, and serve traditional island food like roast pig, cocktails and tropical fruits. Other hit themes I’m seeing a lot of include: Victorian, Roaring 20s, 30s or 40s and even retro 80s themes – complete with narrow ties, crazy hair and hot pink!

There are no rules, just what you want based on what you like and what your vision is of a fun, memorable event.

Buffets Aren’t Just for Dinner

Candy, espresso, muffins, desserts and more for your wedding!

A fun trend I’m seeing a lot more at weddings lately is the “Candy Buffet.”  It’s almost like giving your guests a cavity as a party favor in a joking way I suppose, but they add fun and color to any wedding.

Candy Buffet

All it takes is a table with some old-fashioned glass candy jars. Or put your own creative spin on it – at a the wedding we did, they had giant martini, brandy and margarita glasses like you’ll find at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Fill them with an amazing variety of old-fashioned bulk candy, or your modern favorites. Provide some small paper bags coordinated with your color scheme and a couple of scoops.

It was cool, creative, different and fun!  (Caution: if you are going to have 40 kids under the age of 8 attending, really think about what might happen when you combine sugar + 40 kids in a confined space before dinner.)

Dessert Buffet

As an alternative to a wedding cake, many couples are opting for a dessert buffet with an array of cakes, pies, warm cookies, cake pops, truffles, mini-cheese cake squares, brownies, pastries, and even ice cream (complete with every topping you can think of).

Espresso Bar

Another trend is to have an espresso bar, complete with a Barista who whips up made-to-order coffee and hot drinks.  Would you ever imagine that a hot cup of Joe would be more popular than beer, wine or a mixed drink at a wedding?  I’m seeing it more and more…and love the idea!

Having an espresso bar is one of the hottest services you can offer at your wedding.  Your guests can mosey on up to the counter with the option of ordering a “double, half-decaf, non-fat, cappuccino with a vanilla shot, hold the whip!”

Muffin Buffet

At another recent wedding, the Bride and Groom offered an amazing spread of just about every muffin variety you could imagine from a local bakery, pre-wrapped and ready for guests to take home and enjoy the next morning at the gorgeous Estes Park wedding venue, Della Terra. Another couple opted for a variety of dessert wines, each specifically paired with selected fine chocolates. The guests loved it!

There are no “right” or “wrong” answers, you can be creative and share the things that you enjoy.  So, my advice is:  have fun, be creative, and be yourself!  Let your wedding celebration reflect the two of you…from your colors, to the food, and the flavors and flair you choose to make this a memorable occasion for your guests!