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Best Ideas for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Weddings in Colorado

More and more couples these days worry that their wedding might have too large an environmental “footprint.”  We wanted to share in detail Colorado’s own Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s (Steamboat area) publication for hosting a truly green and sustainable wedding, it is that good. The tips give a range from modestly to extremely eco-friendly wedding ideas.The full guide can be found at http://sscra.cms.digital-ridge.com/media/54948/Zero-Waste-Wedding.pdf.


Of the 2.5 million U.S. weddings annually, the average event costs $30,000 and produces 62 tons of carbon-dioxide and 500lbs of waste. From Low Impact to Zero Waste, small adjustments to your wedding can make a huge difference in cost to you and your family as well as on the impact of the local, regional, and even global environment. By greening up your event in any of these areas below, you can reduce these numbers. In addition to the economic and environmental benefits of a Green Wedding, there are social benefits as well. By talking to your vendors about green choices, you can help change the way people think about consumption.

Announcing the big day! From paperless invites to online web sites, the electronic age has helped green weddings.

For Save the Date cards: Often a necessity to ensure a good turnout, think about ways to reduce the excess in stamps and carbon dioxide used to transport snail-mail the old fashioned way.

* Green Newbie: Use postcards instead of a full card and envelope

** Enthusiast: Find something reusable like a bottle opener or USB drive that they won’t throw away

*** Environmentalist: Send a colorful email with a link to your website

Websites: Use the tech option to cut down on frequently asked questions and correspondence with your guests. Provide: Maps and directions, important location information such as preparing for high altitude and weather changes, lodging links and online registration, introduce the other family with photo albums…

* Green Newbie: Unique registry: honeymoon focused gifts like tours, lodging, and restaurant certificates

** Enthusiast: Have guests RSVP as a “Green Guest” to cut down on paper invitations

*** Environmentalist: Have a link to purchasing carbon offsets for long distance travelers

Invitations: It’s hard to let go of this tradition, but you can reduce the cost and waste and still have some fun with it! Let them know what’s coming by announcing your Zero Waste Event!

* Green Newbie: Use recyclable or reforested paper products

** Enthusiast: Make homemade invitations with home made paper or reused sources

*** Environmentalist: Use seed paper strips that guests can plant in their garden

Other ideas: Send a video or an audio clip, inscribe it in reclaimed wood.

Approaching the big day! As the clock ticks down to your special day, there are a million and one details that you cover to make sure the day is the best it can be. Here are some ideas to help.


* Green Newbie: Look for inexpensive rentals for the men, and truly “reusable” dresses for the ladies!

** Enthusiast: Pay attention to the materials: organic, peace silk, bamboo or hemp

*** Environmentalist: Go vintage! Reusing and altering beautiful vintage clothing, now that’s unique!

Decorating the Event: Decorations can be a big chunk of the bill, so from designing on a dime to sensible floral arrangements, get creative and start early with this one!

* Green Newbie: Home made candles, local river rocks, edible favors, reusable ribbon, fruit, evergreens

** Enthusiast: Go with potted flowers or local wildflowers and reuse them as gifts for the guests of honor

*** Environmentalist: Use antique doors for an archway and solar lights for evening ambiance

Welcoming your Guests:

* Green Newbie: Give your guest gifts in a reusable cloth bag

** Enthusiast: Give a USA-made reusable water bottle or coffee mug for use during their stay

*** Environmentalist: Fill the reusable bag with homemade or locally purchased gifts without packaging

Zero Waste for the Food and Beverage portion! Whether or not your event is hosted by a restaurant or hotel, you can arrange it to be a Zero Waste event. Cutting down on food waste can divert up to 95% of this type of waste, while supporting the local dirt program if there is one.

* Green Newbie: Make sure the venue host recycles and has reusable tableware

** Enthusiast: Schedule your wedding at Zero Waste restaurants or venues. (The more couples start asking for this, the more it will be provided!).

*** Environmentalist: Schedule your event outdoors, catered by a local provider, and provide Zero Waste supplies.

MORE: Compostable Tableware: All products available in [the YVSC’s] Zero Waste kits are made from recycled paper, plant starch, or sugarcane and are fully compostable and provided locally by Steve Green Company.

Options to Tableware: Reusables don’t create any waste. If you don’t have enough, ask guests to bring their own or rent from local suppliers. Serve finger foods and utilize bread bowls and ice cream cones to avoid the need for tableware. Use cloth napkins and towels to cut down on paper waste.

Composting and Recycling:  Make sure your guests know if they have entered a “Zero Waste Zone!” Download signs off the Zero Waste Page on the YVSC website http://www.yvsc.org/programsprojects/zerowaste/ (Zero Waste is the largest program of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and diverts an average of 25,000 gallons of waste annually from the landfill through educational efforts, large public event consulting and volunteerism, and through its partner program Sustainable Schools.)


Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding in Colorado

 At Save the Date, as many as half of our clients do not live in Colorado, but wish to plan a “destination” wedding here.  Some have contacts of some sort with Colorado already; some may have vacationed or skied here before, and others have never been to Colorado at all but just see it as an awesome place to get married! All are great reasons to think about the beautiful state of Colorado as a wedding destination.

Destination weddings present great opportunities to gather family and friends for a mutual “vacation.”  But they present challenges as well. Here are a few pieces of wisdom to keep in mind as you think about your Colorado destination wedding.

  • Do I need a local wedding planner? Strongly consider hiring an independent Colorado wedding planner at the outset to help you to find the right venue.  There is enormous variety in Colorado as to style, location and cost of venues, and unless you are able to spend significant time in the state researching on your own, you could be lost trying to figure it out without help.  Also, for most venues you will not have “one stop shopping” – you will need to hire all of your local vendors (floral, rentals, photographer, music, etc.) yourself, again putting you at a disadvantage without knowing the community, and being able to attend meetings.  A competent Colorado wedding planner will be able to recommend trusted vendors that fit your budget, and can also do an enormous amount of research on your behalf.

    Be cautious in relying wholly on a “wedding coordinator” who works for the venue.  Many venues offer wedding or event coordinators.  But a venue coordinator is not a substitute for an experienced planner and designer, who works solely for you, not for the venue. An on-site coordinator generally cannot help you design your wedding, research and meet with vendors, and manage contracts, and will not create comprehensive budgets and schedules. In fact, many venue coordinators require that couples, particularly those having destination weddings, hire an independent Colorado wedding planner to insure that things go smoothly.

  • Understand Colorado weather.  If you haven’t spent much time in Colorado, familiarize yourself with our sometimes crazy weather, before you choose either a date or a venue. For example, June, the quintessential month of brides, can be extremely stormy, and either quite warm, or quite chilly. September is usually lovely, and very popular for weddings – but snow happens. And don’t forget, the weather in the mountains is overall cooler and even more unpredictable and prone to extremes than in the foothills or on the front-range. Choose a venue that is appropriate for your wedding vision and the season; plan proper attire; and have a backup plan for bad weather.
  •  Be mindful of altitude.  Among the most desirable and dramatic wedding venues for many couples is the top of a ski mountain – such as those at Vail, Breckenridge, or Aspen.  But even if you don’t want the very top, just a beautiful mountain or foothills location, you might still be at significant altitude.  Denver itself is 5,280 feet higher than New York City, and Colorado Springs is 1000 feet higher than that. Estes Park, at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, has a number of gorgeous wedding venues, but it stands at 7,500 feet. Breckenridge, before you even go up the ski peaks, is at a lofty 9,600 feet!Bottom line, while a young couple and their friends might do fine at a higher altitude by drinking extra water and getting a little extra rest, older guests and those with health problems might experience significant discomfort, or may not even be able to come. So think carefully about who you really want to be at your wedding, and if altitude will put a strain on your favorite people, ask your planner to help you find a location that is a little lower in altitude, and also which does not require strenuous walking.  This is another area where your Colorado wedding planner’s knowledge is gold.Also keep in mind that alcohol goes a lot further at altitude – consider ways to temper the amount of alcohol consumed by your guests, so that no one overdoes it inadvertently
  • Be mindful of distance.  It’s also important to think of your guests when it comes to the difficulty factor in getting to a destination location.  Many couples not familiar with Colorado do not have a good sense of its size, and also that the most beautiful places in Colorado are often the hardest to get to. For example, everyone loves Telluride.  But it is either a very long drive from Denver International Airport, or an expensive extra flight.  Not to pick on Telluride – the same is true of many locations, and many you don’t even have the option of flying into.
  • Visit in advance.  Even if you have hired a Colorado wedding planner, you should try to visit Colorado at least once or twice before your wedding. You will want to give your planner as much opportunity as possible to get to know you, and also ideally you should try to meet with a few key vendors, such as your photographer and florist, as well as visit your venue – so there are no surprises!

Save the Date Events has extensive experience planning destination weddings across the state of Colorado. Learn more about our services go to http://www.savethedateevents.com/wedding-planning or simply call us today at 303-887-9862 to discuss your Colorado wedding!


To Trend or not to Trend in the New Year?

We are so excited for the 2017 wedding season – for both our existing clients and those we will soon meet!

This time of year we are always flooded with information about “Wedding Trends” for the coming season. Everywhere you look there are articles and blogs about what is “trending” for the coming year, or what trends are over, what trends to avoid, etc. etc.

Our advice? Be skeptical of anything with the word “trend” in it! Often it is just someone’s idea of the opposite of something that was “trendy” last year. For example, we have seen blogs claiming that white weddings are out, and therefore more colorful weddings are what’s in. Says who? And the risk is that if you try too hard to be trendy, or to avoid things that you are afraid are not trendy, you’re not going to be happy with the result.

Wedding design is much like clothing and accessories: there is fashion, and then there is style. Fashion is a designer’s idea of what will interest and excite the marketplace. Style, on the other hand, is intrinsically about who you are as a person, and represents the image you want to present to the world about yourself, consciously or unconsciously.

So if you and your fiance are most comfortable in cowboy boots and hats, and it reflects your personality and lifestyle, it will always be “in” – and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! The same goes for any other look that is “you,” whether it be vintage, rustic, glam and pizzazz, or romance and lace. Chances are that someone, somewhere, will have an opinion on whether or not it is “trendy” – ignore it!

At Save the Date! everything we do is about bringing your personality and your style to your wedding. And we guarantee that, just as there is only one you, your wedding is not going to be like anyone else’s!

Happy planning and have a blessed 2017!

Save the Date Events Selected as a Top 10 Colorado Wedding Planner

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We are truly honored to be selected by mywedding.com as one of their top 10 favorite wedding planners in Colorado.

Are you planning a Colorado wedding for 2017 or 2018? We would love to hear about it and see how we can help with design, planning, and coordination. Save the Date Events is a premier wedding and event planning firm based in Denver and providing unparalleled service across Colorado including Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Estes Park, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park, Tabernash, Crested Butte, Glenwood Springs, and Telluride.

Learn more about our services today!

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Whimsical Elegant Denver University Club Wedding

When we learned that Kayla and Alex had begun their journey together at a hot air balloon festival, we were so inspired to find a way to incorporate this fanciful image, as well as their love of travel, into their elegant Holy Ghost Church wedding, with the wedding reception at the Denver University Club. Our imagination ran free as we conjured up a dozen ways to bring this flight of fancy into the decor and overall feel of the wedding. The crowning jewel was a beautiful lighted hanging hot air balloon sculpture created by Scott Hittleman, of Lighting by Scott, which we hand draped with fabric in the couple’s colors of cream, purple, and gold, and festooned with flowers.

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The balloon hung directly over the dance floor, and added such magic to the rich wooded atmosphere of the beautiful University Club. We added touches of whimsy throughout – vintage travel postcards we scattered on the dinner tables, vintage suitcases held the cake and escort cards, and hot air balloon cake pops complemented the cake table. Kayla herself made adorable hot air balloon centerpieces, which were filled with flowers by Love Letters Floral. 20160409_162934_001 20160409_172117_00120160409_164150_001We also wanted to honor Alex’s recent graduation from the firefighter academy and added something just for him – a getaway transportation in the form of a vintage firetruck!20160409_145515 20160409_145451_001The couple had huge fun cruising downtown Denver in the open air cab!

Event Planning & Design :: Save the Date! Events
Venue :: Denver University Club
Photographer :: Studio JK Photography (not shown)
DJ :: Quality Mobile Sound
Guitarist & Bagpiper :: Michael Lancaster
Floral :: Love Letters Floral 
Linens :: Chair Covers & Linens
Lighting and Decor :: Jennifer Bohl; Lighting by Scott
Hair & Makeup :: Beauty on Location Studio
Cake/Desserts :: Azucar Bakery; Ooey Gooey
Transportation :: Bill Hoeft (Firetruck); A Advantage Limousine

Planning Your Denver Holiday Party

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With the start of fall, the holiday season will be here before we know it. If you haven’t started thinking about planning your corporate holiday party or event, now is the time to book your venue or restaurant, get the guest list ready, and decide on decor, menu, and entertainment!

Here are 3 tips to help you get started planning your holiday party or event:

  1. Determine your guest count and budget for the event. Before choosing a venue for your holiday event, it’s important to know the approximate budget and expected guest count for your party. Create a rough guest list first and confirm the budget range with your team.
  2. Consider unique locations such as art galleries, lofts, restaurants, private home rentals, wineries, breweries, and historic mansions to host your event. Denver has so many incredible options to choose from!
  3. Hire a professional event planner to assist with venue selection, budget planning, theme/style/design, booking the caterer, hiring AV services, managing rentals, selecting and sending invitations, managing RSVP’s, and coordinating the event. An experienced Denver event planner will not only save you hours of time, she will work with you to create a unique and memorable event that inspires and delights your guests.

corporate event planner denver coSave the Date Events offers partial and full-service event planning, design, and coordination for your holiday party, retreat, meeting, or corporate event in the Denver area. Whether your event is for 8 guests or 800 guests, our award-winning team of planners is ready to help!

We also have extensive experience planning events across Colorado including all of the mountain towns such as Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Winter Park, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, and Telluride. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you plan an incredible celebration!

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