How To: Make Two Families Become One on Your Wedding DayMaking two families become one on your wedding day can be quite a task. You may both come from very different backgrounds and places, your families may even speak different languages, but there is one thing in common - they are all here to celebrate with you! Many brides and grooms lose sleep and stress about bringing so many different people together at their wedding so here are a few tips on how to make two families become one on your wedding day: 1. Tell your photographer to take a variety of group shots. This will help diminish any awkwardness by pulling guests' attention to the camera. Plus, it'll be a memorable image when you flip back through your photo album and see an image of the groom's husband chatting up the bride's grandma. 2. If your ceremony is religion-based, make sure to incorporate members from both sides of the family and not just those that are closely related or in the wedding party. Include those friends or distant relatives that mean something to you in the day's festivities. Have a few people do a reading at the ceremony. 3. Brides, don't be shy on the dance floor. Grab the groom's uncle, grandfather, godfather, or another important male in his life and go for a spin on the dance floor! It may take the groom’s relative by surprise, but he will remember the thoughtful gesture forever! 4. Say hello to EVERYONE. Yes, this is a daunting task, but a necessary one. Let your photographer know you will be on the move and so he/she can capture the moments when you and your newly wedded partner greet each table or group. 5. Employ your more outgoing wedding party participants, particularly your fearless friends, to pay attention to the guests who may need a little TLC. Perhaps it's a friend of your mother's or an out-of-town guest of the groom's parents, or an old work colleague that feels slightly out of place. A small conversation or gesture of inclusion may help make the event feel more personal and memorable for that guest that does't quite feel like they belong. Read our Latest Post about Wedding Rings for Men
How to Make a Large Wedding Personal and When Smaller Weddings can be BetterFlashy, big, and over the top events have long been the favored route for many when planning their party. We’re in search of the awe factor, that certain pizazz that gets the guests talking. But size doesn’t always matter. In fact, sometimes, smaller weddings can be better. In the past year, intimate events have come into the mainstream. We constantly have brides and other clients desiring warmer and more personalized experiences. And we’re loving it! Here’s why smaller weddings can be better… While big, festive events are often heavily talked about, an intimate event has the opportunity to leave a lasting impression. In a wedding setting, for instance, two families have the opportunity to truly get to know each other and form a lasting bond. When guest lists top 300, the bride and groom do not have as much time to spend talking to each of their guests. And, often, unwanted family members appear when guest lists get too big. However, if Dad is insisting on inviting the family dentist or the estranged fourth cousin, a bigger event can still be made to feel smaller with simple, personalized touches. This helps the long list of attendees become more familiar with the bride and groom. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite personalized touches that make an event feel intimate and personal, regardless of its size. A few ideas since we have so many and love to personalize events, include: - Personalized chargers - Themed tables such as these tables with the couples favorite rock band names [caption id="attachment_1032" align="aligncenter" width="736"] Photo from Pinterest[/caption] - Escort cards that include the table names of your favorite places in the area you are getting married or nicknames for some of your guests. - Photos of you and your guests strung up at the rehearsal dinner Looking for more reasons why smaller weddings can be better? Check out these sites: Huffington Post The Knot
This Year’s Buddy Program Bash is Going to be Bigger and Better Than Ever Before!The soiree of the summer is just around the corner and Gold Leaf has the great pleasure of being a part of it! Join us on the evening of July 10 at Marolt Open Space in Aspen, Colorado to party outside under the big top for a truly great cause. Proceeds from the Buddy Program Bash will go to the Buddy Program, a youth mentoring not-for-profit organization serving 973 youth, many of whom are considered at-risk, in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Buddy Program has been serving youth in the community for 40 years with five programs throughout the valley, including one-on-one mentoring, group/experiential mentoring, and financial literacy education. In addition to mentoring experiences, the organization provides professional case management, extracurricular activity scholarships, continuing education scholarships, therapeutic counseling and other benefits. Mentors and mentees stay together in our community program for an average of 4.4 years, over twice that of national mentoring programs. On the evening of July 10, Marolt Open Space will be bustling from 6 p.m. onwards with culinary delights from Aspen’s top restaurants, creative cocktails, a lovely dinner, a silent and live auction, and live music all through the night. The theme is Boots and Bustiers and , don’t forget your cowboy boots! Come join us for the Buddy Program Bash. The evening of the summer is almost here and we are still looking for donations for both the silent auction and the live auction. If you would like to donate an item or an experience to this great cause, please email Barbara@goldleafevent.com. Your item will have exposure to a very large, sophisticated and influential audience. To buy a ticket, or find out more about the Buddy Program, please click here. Don’t miss your chance to “Kick it up for the Buddies” and have a Honky-Tonkin’ good time at the Buddy Program Bash!