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September 5, 2014

Top 15 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen

Deciding where to plan your wedding? Look no further!

Here are the top 15 reasons to have your wedding in Aspen:

  1. Mountains are the defining landscape feature of Aspen, Colorado and they provide a breathtaking backdrop to any wedding ceremony. One great option is to ride the Silver Queen gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain, and get married on top of the world (or what feels like the top of the world) with the Elk Mountains in the background and we are sure you will feel Aspen was the right place for your wedding within seconds.Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  2. The incredible local cuisine and fine dining options in Aspen offer your guests an opportunity to experience a fabulous meal, in a picturesque town, while still feeling intimate and cozy. Matsuhisa Aspen is a wonderful example of this. Every foodie knows Nobu, and this is his fabulous Aspen outpost.HarknessWeddTop 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspening_Reception_034-2791216565-O
  3. Mountain Elegance: Aspen can’t look bad. She is a town that allows you to chose just about any month of the year (avoid April and November - these months mark the end of the ski and summer seasons and many local places shut down to regroup for the next season’s guests) to host your wedding and you are always promised fabulous photos, and wonderful Colorado weather. The summers are warm but not humid, the winters provide a white blanket of snow at all times and the fall produces color changes on the trees that are overwhelmingly beautiful.Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  4. Aspen has 5 star lodging accommodations as well as charming, quaint and budget friendly hotel options. Every end of your guest spectrum will be happy with the accessibility to the downtown area as well as the range in pricing they can chose from while staying in Aspen.Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  5. We’ve made it to number 5 without stating the obvious, and now it shall be: For the Outdoors activities! Your guests will have options that range from skiing, snowboarding, river rafting, hiking, biking, walking, pool lounging, outdoor dining, and more, to indulge in their free time. The landscape is so beautiful, that even those less active guests, sitting outside enjoying the view, in the summer or winter (most places accommodate outdoor seating even in the winter with heat lamps) will be a complete treat and something they will enjoy.0548HalWilliams2012-997789-4
  6. Aspen is the playground for the rich and famous, so if you have a cousin, friend or guest you know who loves people watching and celeb spotting Aspen will not disappoint! The likes of Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, the Hilton sisters, Rhianna, Goldie Hawn etc etc etc etc are constantly seen coming off the chair lifts, enjoying an apres drink outside of the local eateries and shopping about town. You will feel like a star yourself just being in Aspen!Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  7. Have you given some thought to hosting an eco- friendly wedding? Aspen event planners and venues receive this request often and are happy to oblige. From biodegradable and eco friendly decor, minimizing products that will end up in a landfill and providing options for floral and decor from the natural elements easily obtained in Aspen, a green-minded bride can feel happy she is doing her part for the environment while inviting guests to a memorable and beautiful event.Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  8. Aspen has numerous venues that provide a wonderful and memorable ambiance for smaller parties. If a small, intimate wedding is something you are dreaming of, there are so many options for where to host this event. Your party will not feel overwhelmed by an event space, and will feel like the event space you chose was custom built to suit the needs of a smaller party.Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  9. Large parties have their choice of fabulous venues as well. There are different locations within Aspen’s city limits and just beyond that can host very large parties that still have an intimate feel. No one knows this better than the Gold Leaf team, as they are continuously producing events for 400+ people without service, decor, or production value suffering.Top 15 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  10. You can tastefully incorporate the natural elements. Even if you are not the outdoorsy type, it is a natural and beautiful thing when the natural elements of the surroundings are incorporated into the wedding venue. The Aspen trees translate beautifully onto items like paper goods, table decor and even the food! Check out this beautiful Aspen tree inspired wedding cake (you’re getting the idea now):Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  11. Ever felt like taking a ski run in a wedding gown? Aspen is a wedding locale that can accommodate special requests such as this (and we have seen this done)! Fireworks displays, horse and carriage rides, and partying over 11,000 feet up a mountain with your guests are all possible when you chose to have your wedding in Aspen!Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  12. The international vibe in Aspen is undeniable. People come from all over the world to experience the splendors of this mountain town. Many of your guests will be quick to recognize that the people they are sharing the lift with may be speaking another language. And if your guests are from outside of the country, this may make them feel all that more at ease. This international mix provides for something different than your average out-west ski town. The influx of international guests influences the level of service you will enjoy in Aspen as well as the continued effort of the town and establishments within it to always work to provide a memorable and lasting experience. We want to make a good impression after all!Top 15 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  13. Aspen has a nightlife! This is somewhat unusual for mountain ski towns, but Aspen is the exception at most of what it provides. From night clubs with DJs and bartenders ready to get you on the dance floor, to comedy shows, and bars with more of an out-west feel, your guests will not have to tuck in when the lights go out. The party is just getting started!Top 10 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  14. The shopping in Aspen is a draw for some and just an added perk for others. Aspen is home to high-end boutiques such as Gorsuch, Christian Dior, Prada, Gucci, Moncler and more. Small boutiques are a plenty as well, with specialty shops and art galleries spotting the downtown area. An afternoon could easily be spent strolling in and out of these store fronts or just enjoying the fresh air while window shopping.Top 15 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
  15. Gold Leaf Event Design & Production first opened its doors in Aspen! We love our home base and are always thrilled when a bride and groom decide this is where they would like to get married. Aspen is a beautiful location for any event but especially a wedding and the planning process starts by giving us a call! If you haven’t made your mind up yet, we would love to provide you with information to further help you in your wedding planning process!Top 15 Reasons to Have Your Wedding in Aspen
September 17, 2014

Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

Every woman loves to be a bridesmaid, however very few of them like being pushed into wearing and often times purchasing an unflattering dress. Your bridesmaids should be excited about their wedding wear on your big day, and with Gold Leaf’s quick and easy tips on bridesmaids’ dresses, we can help guide you to picking the perfect dress for your best buds! Here three rules on picking the perfect bridesmaid dress: Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress 1). First off, it’s always crucial to keep in mind your bridesmaids’ body types and color pallets. Not all dresses compliment every body type. Not to worry though, there are several cuts to choose from such as the long elegant dress, the short and sassy number, a strapless beauty or a more conservative look, just to name a few. Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress 2) If one dress cannot be decided on for all of the girls, due to different body types or tastes, there’s always the option to mix and match! Some women can sport a long, flowing dress whilst others compliment short and flirty ones. Some girls may prefer strapless while others want the extra support. All of these are visually pleasing as long as you are consistent with a color palette and theme. Let them choose what makes them more comfortable. Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress 3) How do you pick a eye appealing palette and theme? It’s important to choose a color palette that is prominent in your wedding. Do not feel limited to one color. You can have multiple shades of the same color or a combination of ombréd colors. Mismatched patterns within the same color pallet work as well! This is a unique way to set your wedding attire apart from others. Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress There are endless ways to deck out your bridesmaids in stylish dresses. The key is to keep consistency throughout all of them. And, of course, to enure they don’t upstage the bride! Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress Note: Make sure to be sensitive to your bridal party’s finances when it comes to picking a dress. If there are a few different styles the ladies can choose from, having a lower budget dress in the mix is ideal! Three Rules on Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress      
December 11, 2015

Fun Wedding Paper Goods

Happy Friday! For #FunFriday, we've decided to write about some of the #weddings we have done in the past that had some paper goods we just adored. Paper goods are so important to depict the type of event you would like to have. It all comes down to paper quality, color scheme, and most importantly, the design of your paper goods. Here at Gold Leaf Events, we work with some of the top designers in the country to deliver the best looking and best quality paper goods to our client based on their desires for their event. It's all in the details! And that's what we love here in Aspen. Collage 2 We sometimes ask local artists to draw maps of Aspen, or wherever our event is in the world, so guests can navigate their weekend with ease! FotorCreated We love all unique paper goods. The invite in the bottom center has a wax stamp on it with twine wrapped around it. Totally unique and desirable.   An invite, menu for your dinner, program for your event weekend, or any other paper goods you may have for your special day should touch your heart. They should represent you and your future plus 1. The options are endless in creating paper goods that are one of a kind and are meaningful to you! Have a beautiful weekend! Love, The Gold Leaf Events Team xo
September 14, 2016

Kiss Kiss

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Ancient lovers believed a kiss would literally unite their souls because the spirit was said to be carried in one’s breath.  Our favorite part after "I do!" is the one special kiss as a married couple. Here at Gold Leaf we are complete suckers for a love story and lucky for us we are in the perfect position to watch those stories blossom into happily-ever-after before our eyes. We wanted to share some of the beautiful endings we have witnessed, sealed with a kiss.???? Kiss Bride Photo 1 & 2Photo by Scott Clark  •••••••••••• Photo by Olivia Rae

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Photo by Lara Rios •••••••••••• Photo by David Knutson

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 Photo by Ashley Sawtelle •••••••••••• Photo by Lisa Anne

Tiffany + Tom by Adonye Jaja •••••••••••• Photo by Adonye Jaja ••••••••••••

We love being a part of these couple's happily-ever-after memories.  Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this; some people search forever for that one special kiss.

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