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Lauren & Shane’s Wedding Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings!

Lauren and Shane’s wedding was probably one of my favorite’s ever. They were so fun and genuine to work with. They also have amazing style which was so fun to pull into their design. Click here to see the feature on MARTHA!

Venue: Blackstone River’s Ranch / Planning & Design: A Vintage Affair / Photographer: Ashley Sawtell / Flowers: Park Floral Design / Invites: Carolyn Jane Design / Dress Boutique: Anna be  / Dress Designer: Watters  / Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Chris Webb / Calligraphy: Taryn Edlund / Cake: Whisk & Bean / Linens: La Tavola / Make up: Liz Wegrzyn / Hair: Hair Artistry by Hilary

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!

Vivid & Colorful Wedding at Crooked Willow

Katie & Wes’ fun and colorful wedding was such a joy to be a part of! We LOVED this day and this couple! This gorgeous wedding is now featured on Green Wedding Shoes! Click here to see more of it!

The couple chose to seat their 75 guests at two long farm tables, which were a real focal point for the evening. The wooden tables were set with vintage china, delicate grey runners, and a gorgeous mix of florals in wood boxes, delicate brown bottles, and beautiful smoky glass and stone urns filled with textural and lush blooms in a deep and saturated color palette. Watercolor painted place cards, loose artichokes and beautiful votives finished off the tables perfectly. Overhead, an eclectic mix of Edison bulbs were hung to give the tables a gorgeous glow.

Some of our other favorite details included a whiskey tasting, Free People bridesmaid dresses, and custom made cowgirl boots for the bride! This wedding is so much FUN. We hope you love it as much as we do!

photography: Connie Whitlock // venue: Crooked Willow Farms Larkspur, Colorado // event design + planning: A Vintage Affair Events // florals: Bare Root Flora // wedding dress: Rivini from Little White Dress // bride’s custom boots: Cry Baby Ranch & Liberty // bridesmaid dresses: Free People // hair: Alicia Cox from Twig Hair Salon // makeup: Liz Wegrzyn Makeup Artist // groom’s suit: Andrisen Morton // groomsmen suits: Studio Suits // stationery: paper & cup design // calligraphy: Taryn Eklund Calligraphy // catering: Biscuits & Berries // rentals: Events Rents // officiant: Gaddy Noi // lighting: Lighting and Design by Scott // pocket watches: Pocketwatch Keepsakes // custom stained glass window: TrickyPeaseDesigns // table runners: La Tavola

Bright Desert Inspired Mountain Wedding featured on Brides.com

While Annie and Cody wanted to get married in the Rocky Mountains they also wanted to incorporate bits of New Orleans into the wedding since the couple lived there together. What transpired was a mountain chic celebration with Southern details, like a second-line exit from their ceremony and barbecued shrimp appetizers, at the Red Sky Ranch in Wolcott, Colorado. The incredibly creative and talented bride even created her own invitation suite and the results are astounding and bring life to the desert inspired mountain wedding! See more details and photos here on Brides.com where the wedding is now featured!

Photography: Laura Murray // Planning & Design: A Vintage Affair //  Venue: Red Sky Ranch // Flowers: Lalé Florals  // Cakes: Megan Joy Cakes // Music: The Motet // Lighting and Draping: Elite DJ  // Stationary: Flower & Bone // Table Runners: La Tavola // Wood Tables and Chairs: Tents and Events // Clear Tent: Alpine Party Rentals // Copper Mugs: Allwell Rents //  Hair & Makeup: 3 Little Birds Salon //  Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier  Dress Boutique:  Anna Bé // Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds

Timeless Backyard Boulder Wedding

There is nothing quite like timeless yet relaxed backyard wedding. This one was especially perfect. The black Free People bridesmaids dresses with their delicate leather detailing were just stunning.  The clear tent with chandeliers and bistro lights let guests dine under the stars.  And guests found their seats with dainty deckle edge calligraphed place cards with a navy ribbon with rosemary tied to them. The classic delicate tablescape was a joy to design and one for the books! Ali made the most gorgeous flowers.  The couple chose a fondant cake made by Intricate Icings textured to be reminiscent of hobnail glass. Additional hand piped embroidery along the top and bottom edges mimic the lace pattern on the bride’s gown. Intricate sugar flowers cascade across the front for a romantic feel. And the talented Ashely Sawtell captured it all.

Planning & Design: A Vintage Affair
Photographer: Ashley Sawtelle
Florist: Ali Fortunato
Calligrapher: Taryn Eklund Ink
Tent & Other Rentals: All Event Rentals
Caterer: Footers Catering
Dessert: Intricate Icings Cake Design
Music: The Motet
Hair: Keva Morris
Make up: Makeup Madame: Lindsay Ambrosio
DJ: Derek Russo: The Higher Sound
Cocktail Table & Napkin Linens: La Tavola
Rugs: Yonder

Amy & Will’s Bohemian Crooked Willow Wedding

If you love flowers and sweet, pastel hues, today’s Colorado farm wedding, captured by Laura Murray Photography will win you over big time! Amy and Will wanted their wedding to be a laid-back and fun experience for their friends and family…and they wanted it to reflect their affinity towards all things bohemian, whimsical and romantic. We worked with them to bring their aesthetic and ideas to life and chose a beautiful (and enviable) pastel color palette of peaches, pinks, creams, dusty blues, and sage greens that we know you’re going to love!