Destination Wedding Planner

April 18, 2014

Wedding Rings For Men

Choosing a wedding ring is quite the process especially when you are a guy who has never worn any jewelry before. Choosing a wedding ring is just like choosing to be branded for life. We have noticed that there is a growing appeal of non-traditional wedding rings for men. wedding Ring for men Most of the men we know, hang out with, and marry, tend to be very active. They are always skiing, mountain biking, building, working construction, or going to the gym. None of these activities are the most conducive to wearing a large wedding ring or thick band. At Gold Leaf, we believe that the “now” trend should not usurp control over the wishes and dreams of the couple. For some, the idea of tattooed wedding bands may resonate, while others may be rushing to the jewelry store in desire of a more traditional route with diamonds and precious metals. However, there are many other options for wedding rings for men including:
  • - Wooden Rings
  • - Cement Rings
  • - Titanium Rings
  • - Deer Antler Rings
  The choice is entirely up to you…

Antler wedding ring

These are just a few of the many options that are an alternative to the classic wedding rings and bands available for men.

Tattooed wedding ring

Wedding band tattoos have gained popularity in the last few years and are a great alternative for wedding rings for men. Wedding tattoos rid shoppers over the common anxieties that arise when picking a jewel or band for their betrothed. Questions like: White gold or platinum? How many carats? What cut? How much of my annual income should I spend? No longer exist. For some couples, a tattoo ring helps signify the permanency of their love and devotion to one another. Because, although it may fade, a tattoo lasts a lifetime.

Those who have a history of losing jewelry or who work in a trade where it’s hard to wear a large rock or band on their finger may find a wedding ring tattoo more acquiescent to their lifestyle. The design is completely customizable with endless variations for each couple. The tattoo does not necessarily have to wrap around the wedding finger like a ring. It can be an initial, date, or symbol placed on the finger or palm. What is your favorite wedding ring for men? Read our blog post on how to let your personality Shine through on your wedding day. Read our blog post about Pintrest perfect event planning here.
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
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!