Kathleen + James, Broadmoor Hotel {Colorado Springs Wedding Planner}

Meet Kathleen. A sweetheart from Texas and the only daughter in the family. Meet her groom, James. A gentleman and a man committed to serving our country. I have to say that James gets an award for his active involvement in the planning.  Guys, you can be a man's man and take notes at a tasting!   They were a simple couple who wanted a traditional Catholic Ceremony and classic Reception in the Broadmoor's main ballroom. Their colors were tastefully done in red, white and blue to symbolize their dedication to James' service. Kathleen looked stunning and was such a beautiful bride inside and out.  I enjoyed working with them and their families...we had a lot of laughs! Thanks Kathleen and James for letting me be a part of your special day!

Ceremony: St. Pauls Catholic Church
Venue: The Broadmoor
Photographer:  Majesty Photo
DJ: Standing Room Only
Florist:  Ambience Floral
Wedding Coordinator:  Luxe Weddings

Save The Dates!

It's the first impression to your wedding.  What do you want it to say?  Some couples bypass the save the date altogether but I don't recommend that.  With a little thought and planning, your save the date can say something about you, your wedding and your style.  Here are a few key questions for your Save The Dates...

What are your wedding colors?  Pick these colors first and then incorporate them into your design.
Where is your wedding going to be?  A beach?  A barn?  A formal country club? Set the tone of your wedding with a fun out of the box save the date or a formal invitation.
How do you want to personalize it?  Everyone loves getting a picture of the soon to be Mr. & Mrs.  but you can also add a design element or monogram that you can use on the invitations and on other various details in the wedding.  Envelope liners and personalized stamps are also a sweet and detailed touch.
Do you know proper addressing etiquette?  Remember that it pays to work with an invitation studio because they will make sure all your guests are properly addressed.  For example, spell it out. Don't abbreviate apt., st., ave. etc. or Cities and States.

Save the Dates are typically sent out 6-9 months in advance and I always recommend finalizing the couples website before sending these out because that's what guests will want to see next.

Kiwi Cards is an invitation studio in town and I loved designing these current save the dates for my bride.  Here is an example to the above questions...
We wanted her save the dates to be more than just a card and we wanted it to excite her guests when they opened it.  My favorite invitation line is, Envelopements and we used their pocket envelope to put the save the date in.  The inner envelope has a floral design that we also used on the envelope.  We wrapped this inner pocket envelope with purple twine and sealed it with her monogram.  (Remember, first names only prior to marriage.  After the ceremony, use the last name initial).
Her colors are purple and grey so that was the color of the save the dates (pretty easy!)
We added the monogram and floral design that we will use throughout her entire wedding.   Think invitations, programs, menu cards, dance floor, etc.
We added a touch of floral to the envelope which we will use in the details of her wedding.
We used the same fonts throughout and mixed in block and script font.
We personalized it with their picture and their cute banner for the date.  She even sat on a blanket that incorporated her colors.  (Details!!)

The outer Envelope complete with floral accent.

After opening the outer envelope, an inner pocket envelope is inside.  The anticipation builds!

Personalized Monogram wrapped with twine.

The inner envelope and save the date card inserted.  

Gorgeous Save the Date Card!  See the floral accents used again.

We are now getting ready to design her invitations and this is a perfect starting point because we have all the basic elements for the design.  I definitely recommend working with an invitation studio and if the budget doesn't allow for this, hire a Planner and pay a little extra for them to help you on the paper products.  This can be an overwhelming part of the process but with a little help from an expert, this can be fun and stress-free!

Happy Planning!

Lauren + Josh - A Garden Chic Vintage Wedding {Colorado Springs Wedding Planner}

Meet Lauren and Josh, two of my loveliest clients from 2012.  Lauren had a vision of a chic, vintage wedding set in her parent's backyard and their home truly had a perfect backdrop for a garden wedding.  The breathtaking views off the back deck coupled with gorgeous landscaping and a large fire pit made this celebration a charming, intimate affair. I have to give Lauren's sweet parents so much credit for meticulously getting the landscaping done and for coordinating the flowers through out their patio and deck area with the wedding.  Jamie, Lauren's mom did a beautiful job on their house in preparing it for her daughter's wedding.

Lauren and Josh's colors were red and seamist and the dark red floral was an ideal contrast with the vintage white milkglass vases.  Some of her lovely details included a love story chalkboard, sundae chairs for the bride and groom and dancing under the beautiful strands of cafe lights.  It was all tastefully put together with such style and grace from this lovely couple and family.

Florist: Twigs & Posies
Photographer:  Alpine Photographic, Ken Mellott
Cake:  Boonzaaijer's bakery
DJ: Jeramey Reed, A Music Plus
Wedding Dress: Something New Boutique
Wedding Coordinator:  Luxe Weddings

Save money on paper products from Zazzle

For brides on a budget or maybe you just want to save a little money on paper products, check out Zazzle!  They are offering 50% off select wedding paper products with code: weddingtrnds

Happy Planning!