May 8, 2014

How To: Make Two Families Become One on Your Wedding Day

How To: Make Two Families Become One on Your Wedding Day

Photo by: Kate Holstein Making 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. Two families become one on wedding day 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! Two families become one on wedding day 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. Two families become one on wedding day Read our Latest Post about Wedding Rings for Men
May 27, 2014

When Smaller Weddings can be Better

How to Make a Large Wedding Personal and When Smaller Weddings can be Better

Flashy, 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. 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! image 4 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. smaller weddings can be better 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 Aspen Wedding Planner - Themed tables such as these tables with the couples favorite rock band names [caption id="attachment_1032" align="aligncenter" width="736"]Photo from Pinterest 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. smaller wedding can be better - Photos of you and your guests strung up at the rehearsal dinner Smaller weddings can be better   Looking for more reasons why smaller weddings can be better? Check out these sites: Huffington Post The Knot
June 4, 2014

Bachelorette Party in Santa Fe

Santa Fe: A place where the wine tastes crisper, the sun feels warmer, the art appears brighter, and the history reaches deeper. An artist’s oasis in the New Mexico desert, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States. The nightlife may not compare to the likes of Vegas or New Orleans, but what Santa Fe lacks in nighttime revelry it makes up for in artistic authenticity. Here are our ideas for an ideal bachelorette party in Santa Fe! For the month of June, Santa Fe is our favorite place to host a destination bachelorette party. Bachelorette Party in Santa Fe Things to do Around Town Art One of Santa Fe’s most notable attributes is its plethora of galleries. Hundreds line the city streets and they range in prices and artistic styles. The largest concentration, with some of the most notable galleries, is on Canyon Road. An art district all in itself, this area is one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of Santa Fe. As early as 1610, Spanish settlers would walk their burros up the road to gather firewood in the neighboring mountain forests. It remained this way until the early 1900s, when artists began to move in and turn it into the art-centric area it is today. This area is a must see in Santa Fe. Bachelorette Party in Santa Fe Shopping The historical part of town has a great deal of jewelry shops with Native American style metalwork and rare stones. Many Natives post up near the plaza to sell handmade pieces. Take some time to pick out a nice rehearsal dinner piece or a special gift for the bride or bridesmaids. They are wearable art that you or a loved one will cherish for years to come. Bachelorette Party in Santa Fe Restaurants Get your stomach ready, because it’s about to digest some of the best Mexican food north of the border…and lots of it! Two of our favorite spots for lunch and/or dinner are The Shed near the Plaza and Harry’s Roadhouse, which is slightly out of town. Get there early or make reservations if your group is large. Need a break from the beans and cheese? Il Piatto near the plaza will feed your pasta-craving soul with its “Italian Farmhouse” style cooking. The menu offers everything from calves tongue to pumpkin ravioli. This restaurant is a good reason to take a night off from Mexican food. [caption id="attachment_1058" align="aligncenter" width="601"]Bachelorette Party in Santa Fe Photo from Heritage Hotel[/caption] Beauty and Relaxation Spa time at The Inn at Loretto Go ahead…take the plunge into one of the most remarkable spas in Santa Fe, and quite possibly in the entire southwest. The creatively homey atmosphere and the elevated hospitality relax you the second you walk in the door. Our favorite treatments were the Loretta Pedicure, the Mindfulness Massage with custom scents, and their Signature Organic Facial. The prices are a bit steep, but the experience is worth every bit of strain placed on your wallet. [caption id="attachment_1060" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Bachelorette Party in Santa Fe Photo by Inn at Loretto[/caption] Makeovers at the Cos Bar Test run your wedding faces before the big day with makeovers at Cos Bar near the Plaza. This fragrant-filled store is one of thirteen luxury cosmetic stores in the country and touts some incredible brands. You may leave there with enough makeup for 20 weddings…but it’s a risk worth taking. Bachelorette Party in Santa Fe The Outdoors Santa Fe is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which boast some of the highest peaks in New Mexico. To get fully immersed in this beautiful mountain range, head to Santa Fe National Forest, an hour away. The 1,558,452-acre area covers a range of elevation, from 5,300 to 13,103 feet. Because of this, many of the trails can be accessed year round. If Santa Fe National Forest is too much of a trek, there are several accessible trails only a short drive from downtown. The Chamisa Trail is 4.75 miles round-trip and takes you through rolling terrain, boundless meadows, and lush evergreen forests. For a slightly more challenging feat, try the Aspen Vista Trail, one of the most popular uphill treks in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. If you’re group travels to the area in the winter months, make sure to check out the 1,284 acres of skiable terrain at Taos Ski Valley. It only takes two hours driving northeast of Santa Fe to find the powder. Take a day trip there and stop and have dinner in the town of Taos on the way back. Bachelorette Party in Santa Fe Whether you are getting married or are in charge of planning a destination bachelorette party, consider Santa Fe as your destination. The beautiful city will not disappoint. Contact Gold Leaf Event Design & Production for any of you wedding or event planning needs.
June 8, 2014

A Honky-Tonkin’ Buddy Program Bash

This Year’s Buddy Program Bash is Going to be Bigger and Better Than Ever Before!

The Buddy Program Bash 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. Buddy Program Bash 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. Buddy Program Bash _MG_3704 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 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!