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Unique Send-Off Ideas

Sending off a bride and groom at the end of their reception is a classic tradition that lives on today. The sendoff can add an extra bit of style and personality to the end of a couple’s big day. However, keep in mind that many venues have restrictions on what may be allowed. If your chosen venue does not allow sparklers or loose materials (like confetti or flowers) just know that there are a plethora of options for you to choose from. Remember, noise-makers like cow bells or tambourines could make for a memorable exit. You may have to put your thinking cap on, but once you start thinking outside the box your grand exit will become more personalized than you could have ever imagined.

Streamers or ribbons add a pop of color that can tie into your color scheme and are a great idea for a daytime getaway. These wands are an awesome no-mess option and can also become a noise-maker, if you so choose, by simply adding small bells to the top of the wooden dowels. This alternative can complete your day by adding a touch of lightheartedness and whimsy.

Do you love neon colors? Do you want your send-off to illuminate the night sky? Glow sticks may be the perfect option for your special day. These glow sticks can be handed out while guests are still on the dance floor which would give your reception a club atmosphere and delightful pictures.

If your chosen venue does not allow sparklers or loose materials (like confetti or flowers) just know that there are a plethora of options for you to choose from. Remember, noise-makers like cow bells or tambourines could make for a memorable exit. You may have to put your thinking cap on, but once you start thinking outside the box your grand exit will become more personalized than you could have ever imagined.

Image 1: Laura Murray / Image 2:  Paula Bartosiewicz

DIY Wedding Do’s and Don’t’s

DIY Wedding do’s and don’t’s are the first thing you should be researching if you’re considering doing anything for your wedding yourself. There’s pinterest and wedding blogs telling brides they can do it all on their own. However, there are somethings you should leave to the pros and not stress over.

Do’s

Favors

DIY wedding favors are a brilliant idea.  It adds an immediate personal touch to your wedding. At the end of your wedding when your guest are on their way out, grabbing a favor you made yourself is a great way to give them a part of who you are as a couple. Favors can be put together weeks in advance while you’re sitting in front of your television. They can be anything  from homemade cookies frozen in advance to a cute mini bar in ajar.

Guest Book Alternatives

Guest Books are starting to morph into other alternatives. When exploring pinterest there are so many different alternatives for a do-it-yourself type  to consider. DIY wedding guest book alternatives are an easy way to add a personal touch to the reception area. Not only is it personal for you it is also personal for the guests. Creating a guest book alternative is also not nearly as daunting as many other diy options out there.

Bridal Party Gifts

Choosing your bridal party is one of thee first tasks when planning your wedding. Once you have the group set, you can start thinking of gifts that would fit each member. You know your friends best; therefore, you know which gifts they would appreciate. Why not make it yourself?

Don’t’s

Invitations

Unless you are a graphic designer or calligrapher an invitation is something you should leave to the pros. Making your own invitations is a huge time commitment that requires a lot of dedication as they should all match. There are so many different options to find your invitations with places like Etsy and Minted. If you are dead set on doing your invitations yourself consider downloading a template online.

Catering

This should not even be considered! Not only is catering your own wedding a huge time commitment it also causes you to lose out on a lot. Caters do so much more than just making the food for you and your guests, they set the tables, they refill water glasses, they take out the trash, etc. Without a cater you are left to find your own wait staff that would have been included with a cater.

Photos

This is the most memorable part of your wedding. Wedding photos will be showed off for generations to come. Self timers should not be something you have to figure out the day of your wedding day. When hiring a professional photographer you can focus on the ceremony and the reception instead of worrying about whether or not the moment has been captured.

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Elegant and Romantic Restaurant Wedding

This elegant and romantic restaurant wedding in the heart of downtown Denver was the perfect way to celebrate Kristin & Brett’s love and commitment to one another. With the help of an incredible team, this foodie couple was able to transform the contemporary urban eatery into a romantic, elegant, and warm soiree with their closest friends and family. Kristin, who is an event planner herself, gave attention to every single detail of the day. There was not a inch of the restaurant that didn’t incorporate a piece of her vision and style. You can also see this wedding on Rocky Mountain Bride CO Spring & Summer 2017. Or in the latest issue of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine!

Kristin brought in the fabulously talented Liz of Siloh Floral Artistry to help bring her vision to life. Together they came up with the concept of having a “living” art piece as the backdrop for their ceremony. Kristin and Liz wanted to create an intimate and unique element that would combine abstract art with romantic and feminine florals. What came to life on the wedding day was a ten foot high and ten foot wide painted canvas with blooms and foliage spilling out of the canvas to make it appear alive and growing. It was absolutely incredible and so jaw dropping! It later doubled as the photo booth backdrop. 

This romantic restaurant wedding was held at The Kitchen. Outside, the city of Denver bustled by while guests enjoyed a family-style meal seated down long wood tables under the warmth of candlelight. The tables were adorned with beautiful and lush centerpieces in muted and neutral tones that spilled onto the tables.

The invitations and the menus were created by Sweet Letterpress. All of the signage for the wedding was hand-lettered by Taryn from Taryn Eklund Ink. From the custom cocktail boards, the guestbook globe, and the calligraphy on the mirror in the restaurant, everything had a personal touch from the bride and groom. 

With a fairly feminine and soft vision, Kristin wanted to incorporate a masculine element that would represent more of Brett’s personality and interests. There was a whisky tasting and cigar bar table for the groom with his groom’s cake, accented with brass and copper lanterns, terrarium with succulents, and moss.

The day was captured beautifully on film by the wonderful Connie Whitlock.

Photography: Connie Whitlock | Florals: Siloh Floral Aristry | Planning: A Vintage Affair Events | Venue and Catering: The Kitchen | Invitations and Menus: Sweet Letterpress | Calligrapher: Taryn Eklund Ink | Ceremony & Reception Music: Elite DJ | Napkins: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Chargers: Yonder Floral and Decor House | Tables: Alexan Events | Photo Booth: Flash Box Photo Booth | Cakes: Gateaux Bakery | Makeup: Kelsey Zabawa | Hair: Chad Cantu | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Dress Boutique: Anna Be | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

Vendors: What to Book & When

The trees and flowers are blooming which means Spring is upon us and so is the start of Colorado’s wedding season! If you are joyfully looking forward to your wedding this year we wish you all the best and hope your wedding is all that you dream of. If you are newly engaged, (congratulations!) or still looking for vendors for later this year, check out this guideline from WeddingWire about when you should be hiring certain vendors.  And continue reading for some helpful do’s and don’ts from A Vintage Affair on the planning process! Hopefully this will help you with your own planning process and make it a little more fun!

A little recap! And a few extra tips from us.

12 months before: Ceremony & Reception Venues, Wedding Planner

You want to book the venues as one of the first vendors because it will determine your wedding date. If you book far enough out a planner can help you choose the venue if you would like, but it’s hard to book other vendors without your date set.

Do: When looking into venues consider who you and your fiancé are, what you like to do and your aesthetics. Are you two big foodies? Your favorite restaurant could be a great reception spot. Check out these restaurant weddings! The Kitchen and Coohills. Do you two like to spend time outdoors? Consider something out of the city, a little closer to the foothills, or even in the mountains like Lyon’s Farmette, Vail Nordic Center, Taharra Mountain Lodge.

Are either of you from a state with more water? There are a few venues with running rivers or a lake on property! See Piney River Ranch, Riverbend, Evergreen Lake House. Do you both lean towards a more modern or industrial style? Maybe look closer into the city, as there are venues that cater to this style. Places like Blanc, Moss and McNichols Building may be great for you. Remember, it’s about you two that day, so choose what makes you both happy!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest page and WeddingWire’s venues page to check out even more venues!

When it comes to the planner, make sure you connect. You will be working with your planner the duration of the planning process whether that be five months or a year and a half.

Don’t: What I’m about to say will hold true to ever vendor on this list. Maybe parents, other family or even friends will be helping you pay for the wedding, totally normal. What we want you to remember is that it’s still yours and your fiancé’s special day. Take the others opinions into consideration, but don’t make big decisions based on what whoever’s paying wants, especially if it goes against what you really want. There are ways to thank those helping you with the wedding, without compromising your dreams.

10 months: Photographer, Videographer, Florist, Caterer

Do: Again, you want to make sure you vibe well with your photographer. Aside from one another, you and your fiancé will be with your photographer more than anyone else that day. You want to make sure you both get along well with whoever you choose. The same goes with the videographer.

When you narrow down your selection of caterers, it is okay to go to more than one tasting. We’d probably recommend narrowing it down to two but no more than three. Menus are a great way to figure out what you’re going to serve, but until you actually taste what the caterer has to offer, you won’t know for sure if you like it or LOVE it!

Here at A Vintage Affair, we have a love affair (get it?!) with flowers. So we get excited to discuss your flowers, hear what you want and help you find which florist we think you’d mesh with the best. Again, take your style into consideration, are you more romantic, free spirited, traditional or a mix? All florists have their own signature and style. Chat with your planner about it and they can point you in the right direction.

Don’t: Even if florals may not be in your top priorities it is definitely important to seek florists out early on.  Again let your planner know your priorities so they can point you to someone who would work well with you, your vision and your budget. But it’s always sad when a couple leaves florals last, because they aren’t as focused on flowers so the florists we would recommend to them are already booked. As you can see from this list, florists book out months in advance so better sooner than later.

9 months: Band or DJ

Do: Consider the range in prices for bands. They can range vastly among bands and with the amount of people you want to hire. If you’ve always imagined a band at your wedding but don’t have the budget for a 10 piece band consider going down in number of band players.  A three to five piece band can be just as awesome! A guitar, drums, and bass with a vocalist is a good starting point and then you can add on keys & horns etc… 

8 months: Ceremony Music (if different from Band or DJ), Guest Accommodations, Officiant, Wedding Dress, Stationery Save the Dates

Do: When making guest accommodations check if hotels can provide transportation to the venue for potential guests staying there. Some venues even have an arrangement with venues and transportation companies and if a certain number of guests are staying on property they will work directly with a transportation company to book a bus.

7 months: Cake Baker, Bridesmaid Dresses, Honeymoon Travel Consultant
6 months: Stationery Invitations, Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist, Rentals

Do: We absolutely recommend doing a trial with both your hair stylist and makeup artist before the wedding date. It helps ensure that you are on the same page with each other on what you want and you’ll know if you really do like that look from Pinterest or if you need to change it up a little bit.

5 months: Men’s Attire, Accessories, Transportation
3 months: Favors, Wedding Rings

While you do not have to follow this guideline exactly, it is a good place to start. Our biggest takeaway: don’t wait to book your vendors! Happy happy wedding planning to all of you. Remember to enjoy the process, have fun planning!

Vibrant Planet Bluegrass Wedding

 So excited to see Sara & Glenn’s beautiful vibrant Planet Bluegrass wedding featured in MyWedding magazine this season. Lale Florals knocked it out of the park from embellishing the couples’ custom built chuppah with a colorful and natural landscape that complemented the beauty of the area to the unique and beautiful bouquets and reception flowers. The day was beautifully captured by the talented Michele Hart!

This ceremony was definitely one for the books! As Sara was walking down towards, a gust of wind whipped her veil around  and eventually blew it off.  Instead of worrying Sara and her parents laughed it off and continued down the aisle. During the ceremony, the rabbi invited both Sara and Glenn’s parents up where they danced together in a circle, laughing and smiling, celebrating the joy of their children’s’ marriage. It was a ceremony filled with so much love and happiness, you couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear.

The ceremony set the tone for the rest of the day. Sara and Glenn, family and friends enjoyed the evening eating and dancing. Surrounded by love and laughter it was a day no one will soon forget. We wish Sara and Glenn all the best!

Photography: Michele Hart | Venue: Planet Bluegrass | Planning: A Vintage Affair Events | Florals: Lale Florals | Caterer: A Spice fo Life | Cake: Bridesmaid | Desserts: Tee & Cakes | Makeup: Allison Beach | Hair: Indie Six | Band: The Fever | Rabbi: Itzhak Vardy | Transportation: Ace Express | Wedding Dress: Emma & Grace Private Label | Bridal Shop: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio | Groom’s Suit: Zegna Suit | Paper Goods: The Bride and Groom!

 

Classic Vail Wedding

Alba and Jordan’s  classic Vail wedding took place at Donovan Pavilion the second weekend of October in the lovely mountains of Vail, Colorado.  The fall colors made a stunning backdrop for their mountainside first look.  And Becca, the couples adorable pup was the cutest “Dog of Honor”. Alba has such a classic style which made for a timeless and romantic day at the iconic venue. Congrats again Alba & Jordan!

Photography: Irving Photography / Venue: Donovan Pavillion / Planning: A Vintage Affair Events / Floral: Petal & Bean / Catering: Gourmet Cowboy / Dessert: Whole Foods / Music: A Music Plus / Transportation: Colorado Mountain Express (CME) / Hair: Hair Artistry by Hilary / Makeup: Liana Kathryn Makeup/ X-back Chairs: Charming Chairs

Magical Mountain Wedding

 The day before Whitney and Eric’s wedding it rained for the entire day. And then on the day of….it rained and rained. But, right before the ceremony, it just stopped. The fog hovered over the mountains and it was so peaceful, it really created a magical mountain wedding! It was a day they will never forget, nor will anyone who witnessed it .

From the Bride: We are that couple that met in a bar but ended up with a happily ever after! We shared some tequila and the rest is history. I can attest to the old saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder as we started our relationship overseas and it was over Skype dates, a twelve-hour time difference and longing to be back together that sparked our love. Our first date was when Eric came back to the states for one of his best friend’s weddings. We were inseparable ever since.

A few years later, Eric took me on a summer trip to one of his favorite places, Telluride, where he proposed at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls…swoon! Having been born in Colorado, we visit often and it has always had a special place in our hearts. We knew right away a mountain wedding was a must!

Planning a wedding in Colorado while living in Florida required a relaxed and carefree attitude. We actually booked our wedding venue without ever seeing it in person! I was very lucky to have found the venue, our phenomenal photographer and exceptional florist on Instagram. I put all my trust in my vendors and let the experts take over. This gave results better than I could have imagined and definitely made things much easier for me.

We wanted our guests to feel relaxed yet be awed by an extravagant experience. We envisioned a dreamy, romantic and chic boho vibe. We chose to go with shades of neutrals and incorporate some natural elements. As everyone who knows me is aware I have an absolute love for lavender so we enjoyed including it into our decor, using fresh sprigs on our place settings, creating a signature lavender infused cocktail and designing a crate of dried lavender to hold our escort cards. The florals were soft with pops of color to keep a fun summer feel. I gave full rein to our florist and she put together incredible bouquets with an assortment of florals that were even accented with fresh mint! She also made a stunning hair piece that really complemented the style I was looking for.

The most memorable part of the wedding for us was writing and exchanging our vows in front of our dearest family and closest friends. The dinner was exquisite with four courses and complemented by some incredibly funny and heartfelt toasts! The party carried on as the band rocked the dance floor late into the night. We chose to take a special moment together at the end of the evening. As the guests were lining up outside for our exit we shared one last dance together, just the two of us, to Lover of the Light by Mumford and Sons. It was as if everything went into slow motion. It was such an incredible way to take in all the delight of the day. Our wedding was more magical than I ever could have imagined. It rained for almost two straight days before the wedding but hours before the ceremony it cleared and made for the most mystical backdrop as the clouds filled the mountaintops.

To anyone currently planning, start early if possible, absolutely get a planner, and let go completely of any expectations once the day arrives. It truly will be the best day ever!

Photographer: Windsome & Wright / Planning: A Vintage Affair / Floral: Siloh Floral Artistry / Stationery: The Wells Makery / Venue: Beano’s Cabin / Officiant: Mountain Do / Cake: Mountain Flour / Make up: Liz Wegrezyn / Hair: Brittani Estes / Band: Tunsia / Videography: Films About Love / Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau

See their wedding being featured on Style Me Pretty!

Elegant & Intimate Mountain Wedding

Jessica and Kiffer’s intimate mountain wedding was absolutely stunning! From the ceremony at the Vail Wedding Deck ( I mean look at that view!!), to the elegant reception, marvelous food presentation by Hooked, and the of course the couple themselves. Not to mention the bride’s amazing wedding dresses including a top she designed herself! Such a joy to witness these best friends tie the knot and celebrate with their closest friends and family. Thank you Jessica and Kiffer for letting me be a part of your special day.

Photography: Kindling | Planning: A Vintage Affair Events | Bouquets and Boutonnieres: The Perfect Petal | Ceremony Site: Vail Wedding Deck | Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion | Dinner: Hooked | Cakes: Whole Foods | Food Display: Party Girl Events | Set Up & Tear Down & Bartender: At Your Service | Guitarist & DJ: Jon Linder | Bride’s Skirt: Hayley Paige | Bridal Boutique: JLM Couture Flagship Salon | Bride’s Ceremony Top: Her Own Design | Bride’s Reception Top: Grace Loves Lace | Bride’s Hairpiece:  Viktoria Novak | Makeup: Anais Naw

 

Fall Wedding Inspiration

So many beautiful bridal inspiration shoots are built around the bride of course, which we love. But so many men out there are just as stylish and bespoke as the lovely ladies in their lives, so we wanted to highlight a couple who both love fashion and style, and who wanted to see that reflected throughout the aesthetics of their wedding day. Photographer Cassidy Brook was looking to highlight color with a stylish green groom’s suit, which was where our design ideas began to take shape. We wanted an organic, modern look to the shoot and a warm and textural fall feel that we thought would not only inspire stylish couples but feel relatable and attainable. Adding in tones and shades of marsala and deep fuchsia gave us just the palette we were wanting–fresh and fallish, yet sophisticated.

We outfitted our real couple in a stylish emerald green suit by ASOS and a stunning halter gown by Willowby paired with a flowy skirt from WToo and stunning ring by Susie Saltzman. It’s a tossup whose updo we loved more–his stylish manbun or her beautiful braided look by KIS Hair and Makeup Design! We outfitted their bridesmaid in a gorgeous deep fuchsia halter gown by BHLDN. We kept flowers organic, romantic and textural and we LOVE how the color palette married with the incredible fall colors of the landscape.

The Manor House recently added a new ballroom and we felt like it perfectly married the modern yet still organic feel we were going for. The table set in front of the fireplace was a stylish focal point for the shoot. Velvet is a favorite for fall weddings and we loved the unusual shade of this Rose Velvet Linen from La Tavola–a neutral but with more depth. We set the table with modern gold candelabra and stylish brass votives, which were a lovely tie-in to the gold rimmed plate and flatware from Crate and Barrel. A concrete vessel filled with lush and textural dahlia, garden roses, pieris buds, grapes, crabapples, blackberries and mint gave the table an organic yet elegant vibe. Stationery from Julie Ha Calligraphy completed the look.

See it here on Joy Wed!

Photography: Cassidy Brook | Planning & Design: A Vintage Affair Events | Flower Design:  Bare Root Flora | Wedding Dress: op Vanu by Willowby and Effie skirt by WToo | Hair & Make up: Kis Hair & Make-up  | Wedding Dress Boutique: A & Be Bridal Shop | Cake: Wildflower Cake |Stationery: Julie Ha Calligraphy | Venue: Manor House | Ring & Earrings: Susie Saltzman | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Groom’s Attire: ASO | Bride Model: Talene Weeks | Groom Model: Jon Weeks

Creative Boho Wedding

Bailey and Chad had an awesome, creative boho wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. This stunning venue is located at the foot of the Gore Range right next to Piney Lake in Colorado. To help Bailey’s vision of a chic boho wedding come to life she brought in the talented Rachel with March Floral Designs. Rachel knocked it out of the park with her creative ideas from a wildflower semi-circle garland ceremony piece for the couple to stand in which was perfect since it didn’t block the views, to the bridesmaids similar yet each one uniquely different bouquets with mismatched ribbon or leathers strands, to the head table adorned with the garland repurposed from the ceremony with flowers and candles spread throughout and vines that sprang from the table and cascaded to the floor! 

Other amazing details that came together to create this gorgeous day included calligraphed watercolored escort cards hung on a macrame backdrop with a guestbook sign to match, and calligraphed signs of the bar menu, welcome sign and large chalkboard sign with a love quote to hang in the newlyweds home.  An extra special detail was that their first dance and ceremony were held on the deck of the Ranch overlooking the lake and the mountains.  This charming day was captured so beautifully by Kellsworth Photo. See it here on Green Wedding Shoes! Congratulations again Bailey & Chad!