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A few weeks ago, we shared our best tips for narrowing down your guest lists. Now, we’re thinking of an even bigger picture. When planning a wedding, there are so many details to think about! And just like sitting down to write your guest list, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Today, we’re hoping to help you stay organized and focused on what’s most important to you. Here’s how to create a priorities list for your wedding:

Make a master list

Write down everything you can think of that you need to do or arrange for your wedding. Include big items like booking a venue and hiring a photographer, as well as smaller details like ordering invitations and picking a color scheme out favors. Don’t worry about putting things in any particular order at this point, just get everything down on paper. If this sounds stressful, don’t worry, that’s where your wedding planner comes in! They’ll have a list of items already prepared (including items that you didn’t even think about!) 

Group similar items together

Once you have your master list, group similar items together. For example, you might put all of your DJ options in one section, or group all of the details related to your ceremony in one and reception in another. This will help you start to see the big picture and get a better idea of what needs to be done first.

Number your items in order of importance

Now it’s time to start putting things in order of importance. Number each item on your list from 1 to 10, with 1 being the most important. This will help you focus on the most important tasks first and ensure that nothing gets forgotten along the way. This is a great place to start thinking about your budget. Make a list of things you’re willing to compromise on and perhaps even more importantly, things you’re NOT willing to compromise on. 

Start with the big items

The first step is to tackle the big items on your list. These are the things that need to be done first in order for everything else to fall into place. For example, booking a venue, hiring a photographer and starting conversations with catering should be at the top of your list. Once you have the big items taken care of, you can move on to the smaller details.

Don’t try to do everything yourself

One of the biggest mistakes that couples make is trying to do everything themselves. Wedding planning can be a lot of work. In fact, it can take 36 DAYS (or more) when you add together the research, phone calls, emails, tours, meetings, etc. It doesn’t have to be all-consuming as this is where a wedding planner comes in 😃 This will take some of the pressure off and allow you to enjoy the process with less stress! 

Make time for fun

Like we mentioned earlier, it’s no shock that wedding planning can be stressful, so make sure to schedule in some time for fun. Go on date nights, take dance lessons together, or just spend some time relaxing with your fiancé. This will help you stay sane during the planning process and ensure that you’re still enjoying one of the most precious times in your life- your engagement!

Revisit your list often

Your priorities list is a living document that should be revisited often as your wedding day approaches. As you check items off of your list, you may find that other tasks need to be moved up in importance. Don’t be afraid to make changes as needed – this is your list, and it should reflect what’s most important to you.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a priorities list that will help you stay organized and focused as you plan your wedding. With this list in hand, you can rest assured that everything important will be taken care of, and you can enjoy the lead-up to your big day. Need a little guidance? Let’s chat! 

Cheers! 

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It’s one of the most common dilemmas when planning a wedding – how do you narrow down your guest list? With so many people you want to invite, it can be tough to know where to start. Here are a few of our best tips to help you pare down your guest list and make sure that the most important people in your life are there to celebrate your big day:

Start with the must-invites

The first step is to include yourselves and then make a list of the people you absolutely must invite. This will usually include immediate family members, plus any close friends or family who matter most to you as a couple. Think of it this way, when you look back at your wedding photos 5 years down the road, will all of those people still be in your circle? 

Consider your budget

One of the main reasons couples have to cut down their guest list is because of budget constraints. If you’re on a tight budget, you may need to be more selective about who you invite. Consider your priorities – if you really want to invite everyone, you may need to compromise on other aspects of your wedding, like the venue or catering.

Think about your venue capacity

The size of your venue will also play a role in how many people you can invite. If you’re set on a certain venue but it has a smaller capacity, you may need to slim down your guest list accordingly.

Make it an adults-only affair

If you’re not planning on inviting children to your wedding, that can help narrow things down quite a bit. This can be a tough decision to make, but it may be necessary if you’re trying to keep your guest list manageable.

Prioritize close family and friends

If you’re still having trouble narrowing things down, try focusing on close family members and friends. These are the people who will be most invested in your big day, so they should take priority over more distant relatives or acquaintances.

Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone

If you have distant relatives or family members in your life who you’re not particularly close to, don’t feel like you have to invite them just because. The same goes for friends who you haven’t seen in years – it’s okay to leave them off the guest list.

Use a wedding website

If you’re still struggling to keep track of your guest list, consider using a wedding website like The Knot or Wedding Wire. These websites offer guest list management tools that can make things a lot easier. Plus, they can be a great way to keep your guests updated on all the latest wedding news.

In the end, it’s up to you to decide who you want to invite to your wedding. Just remember that it’s YOUR day, so don’t feel pressure to please everyone. Focus on the people who matter most.

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When it comes to the wedding registry, the options are endless. It can be overwhelming trying to decide a balance of practical and “just for fun” items to include. After all, you don’t want to end up with a bunch of stuff you never use. So, while there are plenty of articles out there that supply you with a list of what to include on your registry, here’s some items we think you can do without.

1. Fine China 

You might think you need a 12-piece set of expensive china, but the truth is, you probably won’t use it very often. If you’re not planning on hosting Thanksgiving dinner anytime soon, save yourself the hassle and skip the china. Unless it’s something you’ve always dreamed of owning or you have the extra storage space, opt for dishware that’s more practical. Don’t worry about getting a set just because someone told you it’s a must-have for every bride. (Hint: it’s definitely not!)

2. Crystal Stemware 

Similar to fine china, crystal stemware is something else you probably won’t use very often—if ever. If you’re not planning on having many formal dinner parties in your future, there’s no need to add stemware to your registry. Instead, focus on getting items that you will actually use and will make your everyday life easier. 

3. Kitchen Gadgets 

When it comes to kitchen gadgets, there are some things that are essential—like a good set of knives or a quality blender—and then there are those that are less necessary—like an egg maker or a popcorn machine. When registering for kitchen gadgets, think about which ones will actually get used and which ones will end up collecting dust in a cabinet somewhere. Chances are, unless you’re an avid cook or baker, most of those specialty kitchen gadgets will go unused. So save yourself the headache down the road and only register for the essentials. 

4. Things That Aren’t “Gift-Worthy” 

Okay, this one may sound confusing. What we mean is that sometimes couples put things on their registry that are rather mundane. For example, if you put things like trash bags, laundry soap, or windex on a registry, your guests are more likely to avoid purchasing those items. Think about it, when a guest chooses a gift, they’re hoping that you think of them every time you use it. While being practical when choosing items for your registry is important, being overly mundane is a mistake to avoid.

5. Bath Towels 

Nowadays, almost everyone has a nice set of bath towels—so there’s no need to register for more unless you’re in dire need of an upgrade (in which case, go ahead and add them to your list). Instead of towels, focus on other bathroom essentials like a shower curtain or bathroom rug—something that will make your daily routine a little easier (and more enjoyable). 

Ultimately, your wedding registry should be a reflection of your style and taste as a couple. It should be filled with items that you will love and use often. With that said, there’s no need to go overboard. Stick to the basics and skip the unnecessary items. Your future self will thank you later!

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We get it. After choosing your cake, decorations, venue, attire, and everything else under the sun, having to deal with another big decision-like your ceremony music-might seem like a daunting task. However, the music that plays throughout your ceremony helps to set the tone for your entire day, and the decision should not be overlooked or swept aside. But don’t panic, today we’re giving you a quick guide to choosing ceremony music so that you can check it off your to-do list and feel good about your decisions!

The first step when selecting the music for your wedding ceremony is to think about the overall tone you want to set for your special day. Do you want it to be romantic? Fun and upbeat? Sentimental? Once you have an idea of the feeling you want to create, you can start narrowing down your song choices.

The Processional

Bergreen Photography @bergreenphotography | DJ/Guitarist w/ Aisle Finesse @aislefinesse

The processional is the music that is played as you walk down the aisle. It sets the tone for the ceremony and should reflect your personal style as a couple. If you are looking for something traditional, “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel is a classic choice. If you want something more modern, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri has become a staple song choice in the wedding world. Ultimately selecting a song that is special to you and your partner should always be the top priority. Our advice? Choose any song that’s meaningful to you and consider playing the instrumental version as you walk down the aisle.

The Recessional 

Red Aspen Photography @redaspenphotography | Moments Notice Entertainment @moments.notice.entertainment | Crooked Willow Farms @crookedwillowevents

The recessional is the music that is played after you are announced as husband and wife and you and your party walk back up the aisle together. Often, this song choice is joyful and celebratory. Popular choices for recessional music include “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder and “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. The goal when selecting this song is to bring lots of energy and excitement into the rest of the evening, after all, you just tied the knot!

Other Parts of the Ceremony 

There are other parts of the ceremony where music is played as well. For example, many couples choose to have some sort of unity portion of their service (like combining sand, tying rope, locking a wine box, etc.) Sometimes couples will select a special song to be played or sung during these moments. If you want to set an intimate tone during this portion of your ceremony, consider asking a family member or friend to sing/play an instrument. Also, remember to think about a “pre-ceremony” playlist and include songs that are soft, elegant, and express who you are as a couple. Whether your ceremony includes a DJ or live music, we recommend that the “pre-ceremony” playlist starts 30 minutes before it’s showtime.

Cocktail Hour

Molly Margaret Photography @mollymargaretphotos

Finally, while it is not technically part of the ceremony, many couples like to have music playing during the cocktail hour as guests are mingling. This can be anything from classical music to pop hits. 

Ultimately, there are many factors to consider when choosing ceremony music for your wedding day. With a little bit of planning, you can choose music that perfectly reflects your style as a couple and creates an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Pro tip: your wedding planner has tons of experience in this area, so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations! Cheers!

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We get it. Honeymoons can be EXPENSIVE. And after dropping a pretty penny on the wedding, the last thing you want to do is spend a fortune planning your honeymoon. But what if we told you that it’s possible for you to have your cake and eat it too? Whether you’re looking for an exotic locale or a quiet getaway, this blog post will provide you with some great ideas that will kickstart your dream honeymoon WITHOUT breaking the bank.

Thailand

Thailand is a popular destination for couples on a budget. The country has beautiful beaches, friendly locals, and activities to keep you busy for weeks. For the best beaches and hiking trails, we recommend Phi Phi Island or Ko Ngai. Thailand is also relatively inexpensive to travel around and with a bit of planning, you can find cheap accommodation and food options, making it the perfect destination for a budget-friendly honeymoon.

Vietnam

Vietnam is another great option for couples looking to save money. The country has a lot to offer visitors, from stunning natural scenery to interesting historical sites. For couples looking to relax on the beach, we recommend Nha Trang or Mui Ne. If you’re interested in exploring the country’s culture and history, then Hoi An is a great place to start.

Bali

Bali is another great option for couples looking to save money on their honeymoon. The island has stunning beaches, lush jungle, and plenty of cultural experiences to enjoy. Plus, accommodation and food are relatively affordable compared to other international locations. For the best affordable honeymoon destination in Bali, we recommend Seminyak. Bali is also known for hosting incredible experiences on a tight budget. This article explains some of the best activities to take advantage of while in Bali.

Mexico

Mexico is a great choice for couples who want to enjoy a luxurious experience on a smaller budget. The country has plenty of activities to keep you busy, from exploring ancient ruins to relaxing on the beach. Plus, Mexico is home to some of the most affordable all-inclusive resorts. We recommend options like the Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa or the Iberostar Tucan.

United States

But who said your honeymoon has to be out of the country? If you’re really looking for a honeymoon destination that won’t break the bank, consider going to a place that is closer to home. If you’re hoping to experience an urban setting, consider San Francisco, California. If you’re hoping to achieve a beach/resort feel, consider Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Are you and your S/O adventurous? Consider camping at Yellowstone National Park. Are you a history junkie? New Orleans, Louisiana offers some of the best historic sites and museums in the country. Choosing a place close to home will save on travel expenses while still guaranteeing a great experience.

So, there you have it – five of the best honeymoon destinations on a budget. Whether you’re looking for an exotic locale or a quiet getaway, one of these destinations is sure to be perfect for you.

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Pets are members of your family, so it’s only natural to want to include them in your wedding day celebration! Luckily, there are many fun and creative ways to do it! In this blog post, we will discuss some of our favorite ways to include your pets in your wedding. Whether you want them to play an important role or just be a part of the fun, we have plenty of ideas that will work for you.

Sharee Davenport Photography | @shareedavenport | Lake Estes Marina Pavilion, Estes Park

1. Name a signature cocktail after them

This idea is becoming increasingly popular in the wedding world. If you’re having a signature cocktail at your wedding, why not name it after your pet? It’s a fun way to include your pet in an unexpected way that is sure to be a hit with everyone.

Root & Blossom Photography | @mikeandmandi_ | Tivoli Turnhalle, Denver

2. Adorn them with a special wreath or outfit

This idea is a great way to show your guests that your pet is not only a part of the festivities, but he looks the part! You can find outfits that match your wedding attire, like pet dresses, bowties, and dress shoes! Or, you can opt for a simpler version by purchasing a flower wreath from your florist or a generic one from Amazon.

3. Add their images/illustrations/names to unexpected places

For a personal touch, add your pet’s image or name to some unexpected places. This is a great way to include them in the festivities without making it too over-the-top. You can add their image or illustration to things like your save the dates, invitations, programs, and even thank you cards! If you want to include them the day of, consider adding their images/illustrations/names to welcome signs, place cards, cake toppers, or even party favors.

4. Include them in the ceremony

One of the best ways to include your pet in your wedding is to have them be a part of the ceremony. While it may seem over the top, having your pet walk down the aisle with you is a fun way to incorporate them and to show your guests that your pet is a special part of your life. They can also walk down the aisle with one of the bridesmaids or groomsmen, or even as the ring bearer!

Bergreen Photography | @love_adventurously @bergreenphotography | Trout Haven Resorts, Estes Park, CO

5. Include them in your pictures

Pets+photos=memories that will last a lifetime! Include your pet in some of your wedding day photos by having your photographer snap a few shots of you and your furry friend. For an extra special element to your big day, consider setting up a special photo booth where guests can take pictures with your pet & some other fun props.

Final thoughts

These are just a few ideas on how you can include your pet in your wedding day. Get creative and think outside the box to come up with unique ways that are meaningful to both you and your S/O. They will be sure to enjoy being a part of your big day and will make it even more special!

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Ashley Kidder Photography | @ashleykidderphotography

When planning your wedding ceremony, the most important thing is to make sure that it reflects you and your fiance’s personality, style, and values. If your family has played a significant role in you and your fiance’s relationship, thoughtfully including them in your ceremony is the perfect way to honor them. They can play a special role and add an extra layer of meaning to the occasion. If you’re not sure how to go about incorporating family members into your wedding, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we will outline 6 unique ways to include them in your big day.

Ask them to share advice or a special toast, poem, or blessing

One way to include family members in your ceremony is to ask them to share some words of wisdom or a special toast, poem, or blessing. This is a great option if you have family members who are particularly eloquent or have played an important role in your relationship. They can share their thoughts on love and marriage, offer some advice for the future, or simply express their excitement for the two of you. Not only will this be a meaningful moment for you and your fiancé, but it will also be a cherished memory for your family members.

Let whoever you feel most comfortable with walk you down the aisle

Another way to include family members in your ceremony is to let whoever you feel most comfortable with walk you down the aisle. This could be your father, mother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, or another close relative. The most important thing is that you do what feels right for you.

Ask a family member to perform the ceremony

If you’re looking for a truly unique way to include family members in your ceremony, why not ask one of them to perform the ceremony? They can personalize the ceremony to reflect your relationship and your shared values, and they will be able to add their own special touch to the occasion.

Ask family members to be your witnesses

Another way to include family members in your ceremony is to ask them to be your witnesses. This is a simple but significant way to involve them in your big day. Your witnesses will sign the marriage license and will be there to support you and your fiance as you exchange your vows. Plus, this will make for a great photo opportunity that you will cherish forever.

Have family members enter the ceremony just before you

If you want to make a grand entrance on your wedding day, why not have your parents, grandparents, or other significant family members enter the ceremony just before you? This will allow them to take their seats and be seated before you make your grand entrance. It’s a small but special way to involve them in your big day and give them the honor they deserve.

Ask a family member to perform special music

Finally, another great way to include family members in your ceremony is to ask one of them to perform special music. It’s a great way to add a personal touch to your ceremony and to involve your family members in a meaningful way.

We hope that these ideas have inspired you to include family members in your wedding ceremony. What’s your favorite way to incorporate family members in your wedding ceremony? Let us know in the comments!

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Kate Merrill Photography | @katemerrillphoto | North Star Gatherings

Picture the reception of your dreams. It probably includes a few touching toasts, some delicious food, great music, and a packed dance floor. However, ensuring that your dance floor is full all night long might be easier said than done. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we will discuss some expert tips on how to keep your guests moving and grooving from start to finish. So put on your dancing shoes and let’s get started!

Make sure that your guests are comfortable

The first tip to keep in mind is to make sure that your guests are comfortable. This means having plenty of space on the dance floor and making sure it’s not too crowded. If your guests are crammed together like sardines, they’re not going to want to stay on the dance floor for long. This is where you can rely on your wedding planner for tips on how big your dance floor should be depending on the size of your guest list!

Take a group photo

One of the best ways to get everyone in the mood for a night of dancing is to take a group photo on the dance floor before you start. This will help your guests loosen up and it will also give you a fun memento to look back on. After the photo, make sure to get the music started right away. Guests won’t be able to resist busting a move if they’re already out of their seats for the photo!

Have a wide variety of music

One of the most important things to remember when trying to keep your dance floor full is that you need a good mix of music. This means having a variety of genres and tempos throughout the night. You might even consider opening your dance floor up to song requests. Just remember to ask your DJ beforehand if that is something they can execute.

Show them how it’s done

Finally, remember that your guests will need a little encouragement to hit the dance floor. So don’t be afraid to get out there and show them how it’s done! Get your partner to bust a move to encourage your guests to do the same. They’ll have a blast and you’ll be sure to keep the dance floor full all night long.

Now that you know some of the best tips for keeping your dance floor full, it’s time to get planning! With a little bit of thought and preparation, you can ensure that your wedding reception is one to remember. So get out there and dance the night away!

Do you have any other tips for keeping the dance floor full all night long? Share them with us in the comments below!

For more wedding planning tips and advice, be sure to check out our website or inquire today! We would be happy to help you with all your wedding needs.

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Lauren Casino Photography | @laurencasino | Rocky Mountain National Park

When it comes to choosing a wedding photographer, there are many things to consider. Do you want someone who will document the entire day, or just the ceremony and reception? What type of photography style do you prefer? What’s the budget? In this blog post, we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of choosing a wedding photographer. We’ll help make the process easier for you by providing some simple tips on what to look for, and maybe even more importantly, what to avoid!

Do:

– Do your research before meeting with any photographers. Look at their portfolios and read reviews from past clients. This will help you get a feel for their style and see if they’re a good fit for your vision.

– Do have a budget in mind (and stick to it!) Wedding photography can be expensive, so it’s important to know how much you’re willing to spend before meeting with any photographers. 

– Do meet with a variety of different photographers. This will help get a sense of their personality and see if you click. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them on your big day, so it’s important that you feel comfortable around them. Plus, this will allow you to compare styles, prices, and personalities to find the perfect match.

– Do ask about what’s included in their packages. Some photographers offer add-ons like engagement shoots, albums, or prints. Make sure you know what’s included so there are no surprises down the road. Also keep in mind that many photographers offer a discount if booking multiple services.

Do:

– Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. If you know someone who recently got married, ask them who they used and if they were happy with their service. We also have a KICK-ASS set of photographers that we highly recommend.

– Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. If there’s a specific shot you’re hoping to get, or a type of photo album you prefer, make sure to let your photographer know. They should be more than happy to accommodate your requests.

– Don’t wait until the last minute to book your photographer. Popular photographers can get booked up months in advance, so it’s important to start your search early.

– Don’t forget to read the fine print. Make sure you understand everything that’s included in your contract before signing on the dotted line. This would be a good time to review their cancellation or rescheduling policy. We know that life happens, things come up, so it’s a good idea to avoid the stress later by reviewing their policies now.

Skye Water Photo + Film | @skyewater | Chatfield Botanical Gardens

Final thoughts

Now that you know the do’s and don’ts of choosing a wedding photographer, the process should be a little easier. Just remember to do your research, set a budget, and ask plenty of questions.

If you’re still on the hunt for great vendors for your wedding, or you would like some more guidance during the selection process, feel free to reach out to us via email or fill out an inquiry. We would be happy to chat! Cheers!

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An engagement photoshoot is one of the first steps taken towards your big day! Each outfit should be planned ahead of time to ensure that you look (& feel) your absolute best. However, we know that planning the perfect outfit can be easier said than done. So whether you’re here looking for ideas or just need a little guidance, read on for our ultimate guide to dressing for an engagement photoshoot! (P.S. If you’re local to Denver,  check out a few of our recommended kickass vendors we have here).

1. Be comfortable

First and foremost, always be sure to wear clothes that you’re comfortable in. If you can find something to wear that reflects your style and personality, you really can’t go wrong. Remember, the goal of your photos is to reflect you and your partner’s love for one another, and that starts with feeling good in what you’re wearing.

2. Complement each other

Secondly, try to choose an outfit that compliments your partner’s. Don’t misunderstand us- “complement” does not mean “match.” If you’re unsure of what colors go well together, consider heading to the paint department at a big box store and check color swatches! Another pro tip- consider the location/setting of your photoshoot before choosing your outfit. For example, earth tones such as gray, green, brown, beige, or white photograph great in outdoorsy settings. If you’re taking pictures during sunset, try wearing pastel colors like yellow, orange, pink, or light blue. If you’re taking photos in a city setting, opt for colors such as black, white, navy, or red.

3. Accessorize

Thirdly, be sure to clarify with your wedding photographer beforehand how many outfit changes are included in your package. We recommend keeping your outfit changes to a minimum in order to save time. However, you can easily change up your look by adding or exchanging accessories! Handbags, belts, hats, statement earrings, jackets, jewelry, and shoes can transform any outfit with ease. We recommend bringing a few of your favorite items along with you to your shoot!

4. Consider the season

Lastly, remember to consider the time of year your engagement shoot is taking place. Spring is a time of renewal, so why not reflect that in your outfit choice? Opt for something fresh and airy, like a white dress or a light-colored floral top. For summer, you’ll want to beat the heat and go for something breezy, like a light-weight skirt or dress. For fall, you can’t go wrong with a cozy sweater or jacket to keep you warm and snug. Winter is all about layers, so don’t be afraid to pile on a chunky sweater under something like a warm brown leather jacket!

Final thoughts

Once again, we can’t stress the importance of making sure your engagement photos are an accurate representation of you and your partner. If you normally wouldn’t be caught dead in a suit and tie, don’t wear one just for the sake of your photos! These photos are likely to make their way onto your wedding website, invitations, and probably the mantle above your fireplace. Choose an outfit that you feel most confident in and the rest will surely follow!

So there you have it- our ultimate guide to dressing for an engagement shoot. For more tips and tricks like these, be sure to follow our Instagram and check out our new blogs posted every month! 

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