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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
March 13, 2015

Table Design to Inspire

Alright folks, if you are in the midst of planing a wedding, you have a lot going on.  You may or may not be shocked at the amount of decisions you have in front of you (really, really fun decisions), but a lot none the less.  One of our favorite parts of weddings, and events in general, are the place settings, paper suites, and table design.  The host really gets their own personal touch involved and to see what the planners do with it is just amazing.  We have been so fortunate to design beautiful table accents and work with amazing photographers!  We have taken some of our favorite paper goods, decor accents and table designs, to give you all a little Friday (late) afternoon inspiration.

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 Classic and elegant, we personally love the added background as opposed to a solo monogram.

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We think this in general is an amazing way to keep a particular feel in your wedding, but we also think they would look wonderful sitting in the chairs of special guests such as parents or the wedding party.

wedding design Absolutely stunning regardless, but again this is a beautifully creative way to keep  theme relevant and unique.

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This idea is becoming more and more common and we can see why!  Adorable and thought provoking. Placing these at each table gives the guests of the wedding an opportunity to give you ideas and well wishes long into your marriage.

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We LOVE the creativity behind this, and it's ability to relate.  So many couples find adventure and enjoyment in traveling together, seeing the world, and creating amazing memories.  Passport stamps help tie the theme into the smallest details.

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This isn't a table setting, or really paper goods at all, HOWEVER we love the dark, whimsical, "Alice in Wonderland" feel that got all of our wheels turning.  Please someone call us for an "Alice in Wonderland" wedding!

April 1, 2015

Bliss & Bespoke Retreat

In an industry that revolves around creativity, beauty and detail, the opportunity and desire to learn is never ending. Just a few weeks ago we were fortunate enough to attend Bliss & Bespoke, a luxury retreat for wedding planers located in Charleston, South Carolina.  Not only was the retreat located in one of the most beautiful places in the country, our itinerary was packed with a wealth of information, friendly industry faces, and yes..beauty.

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We began each day with a breakfast to socialize, network, and enjoy amazing food.  Our days were compiled of meet and greets, classes, workshops, discussions, and more..amazing food.

With speakers such as Lynn Easton, and Mindy Rice, we were continuously learning the in's and out's of the business.

bliss and bespoke We were always welcomed by sophisticated yet warm table scapes and design.

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We attended a floral design class directed by the ever talented Mindy Weiss.  Here are very own Kate Ryan takes her new talents to a vibrantly gorgeous level.

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Cannot get more beautiful.

Among the many thank you's we have to extend a great one to the River Oaks team for providing exceptional hospitality.

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An exquisite venue, complete with modern English luxury, while still promising the old Southern charm lakeside, and moss hanging from oak branches.

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This retreat comes highly recommended by the Gold Leaf girls, as we experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity, and are forever thankful for the experience and knowledge soaked in from all who attended. Until next time, Charleston!

October 16, 2015

Winter Wedding Stocking Stuffers

Okay, maybe you aren't giving everyone a welcome gift in a stocking, but we think it would be amazing if you did!

It's no secret the Gold Leaf team gushes over a dreamy white winter wedding and we love the creativity that comes along with the not-so-typical cold weather nuptials. Welcome boxes are a perfect outlet for that roaring creativity and we have put some of our favorite finds together for you to pack up for guests.

Smores

We think this idea could be so cute, especially if planned correctly! Does your welcome dinner venue have a fire pit? How about the hotel? This would be a little tough to travel with, so if you could utilize this right away, you could make your guests feel extra toasty. (We also love this idea for place cards, more and more weddings are featuring outdoor fire pits and s’mores for dessert!)  Check it out here!

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Jet lag? Family-lag? Wedding guests are always in need of a pick-me-up and chocolate covered espresso beans are the perfect treat! This site also makes these amazing personalized bundles of coffee grounds as well! You’re party won’t stop!

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We cannot get enough of these socks! They are the absolute cutest idea thanks to Brit + Co. (whom we adore)!  Socks are so versatile and will be enjoyed by both men and women at your wedding. Depending on where your wedding is being held, see if there are any known sock companies in that state, for example: Vermont is known for their Darn Tough’s (and other things…we’re talking to you maple syrup) it keeps it fun and very relevant!

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Branders customizes anything under the sun for a very affordable price. What happens more at a wedding, ESPECIALLY in the chilly air? Teary eyes and runny noses, help keep guests comfy with their own pack of tissues.

whiskey

Chances are there is going to be some cider poking around a winter wedding, spice it up with everyone’s favorite cinnamon whisky! Just be sure it isn’t first thing in the morning :)