Aspen Wedding

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
July 1, 2014

Summer Lovin in Aspen

Summer Lovin in Aspen: We have now officially entered the summer season! This is a time for barbecues, pool parties, outdoor weddings, luaus, and more. These are the delightful months when our senses defrost from the harsh winter and the chilled spring. The days lengthen, the evenings linger, and we take it to the outdoors. Celebrations occur all over the world when the summer solstice arrives. Here in Aspen, the saying goes that we come for the winters but we stay for the summers. The snow-packed mountains draw us here in the cold months, but the warm days and brisk nights of summer are where we fall in love. Many of our brides and grooms would agree with this. That is why summer is our busiest time of the year at Gold Leaf. Here are our some of our favorite things about summertime: Summer Lovin' The Sunsets: That last moment of the day when the sun is hanging on for one more picture before it makes its way behind the distant peaks for the night. That’s the time of day we live for at Gold Leaf. It’s where we get the best photographs and the most memorable moments for our clients. Everyone loves a good sunset, but add a blushing bride and a lucky groom in the foreground and you have yourself an image that will last a lifetime. Summer Lovin' The Wildflowers: In the Colorado high country, a breathtaking adornment of summer is the wildflower. Packs of them can be seen almost anywhere. They’re sprinkled on the rolling meadows, situated throughout the Aspen groves, and, if the flowers are not endangered or taken from a national forest, they can be seen filling out bouquets for a bride and her bridesmaids. Summer Lovin' Extended Days: Everyone loves the long days that the summer months bring. With more sunshine, events can start later and last longer. Plus the light provides even more opportunities to capture those special moments. Summer Lovin' Fresh Fruit: A Colorado summer would not be complete without your favorite succulent fruits. Berries, peaches, pears, and mangos are officially in season! But, just like summer, these delicious drupes won’t last long so get them while you can! Summer fruits are splendid to eat on a daily basis for pure enjoyment, but they also make great desserts for events. No one can turn down a homemade peach cobbler or a luscious berry pie. It’s simply an impossible task. Summer Lovin' These are some of our favorite things about the summertime. Make sure to tell us what you like most about this season!
July 23, 2014

Unique Wedding Gifts

The Gold Leaf Guide to Unique Wedding Gifts

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The gifts we buy for our favorite couples should reflect their personalities. As each of their relationships and stories are unique, we’ve created a guide to assist guests in making their “perfect present” shopping list. Whether your summer calendar is filled with weddings for your most traditional friends, or you have a wacky wedding to attend, we have fun and imaginative ideas to ensure your gift won’t go forgotten! Enjoy these unique wedding gifts.

Attending weddings has become quite expensive; as it’s rare a guest list only consists of people who live in the place where the wedding is taking place. If you have several friends attending the same wedding, you can suggest going in on what we call a “themed” unique wedding gift. Rather than getting your best bud a spatula that’s left over on their registry, have 11 of your friends purchase gift certificates to their favorite spots to dine! 12 pre-planned date nights lets the newlyweds off the hook for the cost of date night, once a month for the first year of their marriage.   unique wedding giftsWith summer in full swing, and whether the newlyweds are already living together or moving into their new digs, a grill is a hot pick for a summer wedding gift. The cost of a grill and all of its tools can be rather pricey; therefore this is a great idea for a “group” gift. Costco has a variety of options, and a fabulous return and exchange policy… Just in case! Unique Wedding GiftsFor the sporty couple, who already has a complete kitchen (or doesn’t want one)… His and hers golf bags, tennis racquets, bikes, camping gear or hiking shoes make great gifts! Typically the “sporty” couple is also the “nutrition conscience” couple, in which case you can’t go wrong with a Vitamix. unique wedding gifts unique wedding giftsFor our lakeside brides, we found this very rare, super exclusive company called Below the Boat, you can select which lake your friends are getting married near, and Below the Boat creates a work of art out of wood for the couple to hang in their new home. Another intimate and thoughtful gift is a woven photo blanket. With the excessive picture taking and easy access to our friend’s photos, this is a huge hit for the photo-happy couple! Lake Michigan wedding giftWhether you create something personal or buy something expensive, your presences is more important to the couple than your presents and they’re going to be happy you’re spending the most important day of their lives with them!
August 12, 2014

Say “I Do to” Your Bridal Hair!

Not sure what to do with your hair for the big day? We’re here to help! say i do to your bridal hair When it comes to choosing the perfect hairstyle for your wedding day there are endless possibilities! Prior to any pre-wedding day cuts, it is crucial to keep in mind texture and length. Selecting a style that compliments your face and type of dress is important; as it can completely alter the overall “bridal look” you’re going for.   We love hair accessories! A veil, headband, head wrap or crystal comb will help complete your already flawless ensemble. Regardless of wearing your hair up, down or in-between, take all aspects of your personal style into account so you can say I Do to your bridal hair! say i do to your bridal hair  The formal bride: If the wedding is being held at a more traditional venue such as a synagogue or church it’s likely for women to be more inclined to choose a more elegant and formal look. An up-do, the most traditional hairstyle for women is a great choice for a black tie affair. Up-dos stay in place throughout the entire night (and sometimes bobby-pins can be found for days after). They appeal to women with longer hair and fine texture. If the back of the dress needs to be featured, hair up, and off the neck helps to do just that! say i do to your bridal hair The contemporary bride: Whether your hosting a formal event or a casual soiree, the half up-do is a great mix between sophisticated and feminine. It’s a convenient technique for the bride who would like to keep their hair out of their eyes, while enjoying a refined “completed” style and executing the sexy look of wearing your hair down. say i do to your bridal hair Women with short and long hair can pull off this fun vibe. Including braids, bows or crystal clips is a great way to help complete this contemporary style. say i do to your bridal hair The free-flowing bride: Theless formal the wedding, the freer you should feel to let your hair hang down. Leaving all of your hair down is a great look for outdoor weddings, and less traditional celebrations. Adding waves gives hair dimension, while bringing focus to the front of the wedding dress. If you’d also like to show off the back, a side sweep could also be a great choice for you! This style attracts women who have thick, lengthy hair and is complimented nicely with a floral headpiece. say i do to your bridal hair You can find other great bridal hair blogs on: Style Me Pretty & Tie The Knot