Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to save money on your wedding – Part 1

Calluna Events was just interviewed and featured in an article in 5280 Magazine on how to save money for your wedding. We thought we'd share the entire article with you.

To-Do’s that Save on your “I Dos”

We asked Boulder-based wedding consultant Heather Dwight, owner of event-planning company
Calluna Events, for some tips to keep the bottom line manageable on the big day.

1. Dress for Less
Local bridal salons often host trunk shows where gown designers bring in their latest looks and offer a 10 to 15 percent discount if you snap up a dress that day. Try
d’Anelli Bridal and Tux in Lakewood. (Calluna Events note – check out Anna Be in the Highlands or the Bridal Collection in Denver for their trunk show schedule). Or peruse a few high-end consignment shops for huge markdowns on once-worn designer dresses.

2. Do It Yourself
Dropping $15 apiece on printed place cards that end up on the floor spattered with cake frosting at the end of the night is excessive. Printing up even 100 or so of these would rack up $1,500 – for place cards! Instead try a DIY option for your stationery. Visit Vintage Glam Weddings (
http://www.vintageglamblog.com/) for adorable DIY inspiration on everything from invitations to decorations to party favors.

3. Flower Power
Choose decorations that are easily transportable from church to party. For example, floral arrangements on the altar can easily double as entryway décor at the reception. And, look for seasonal flowers that are grown locally – less expensive than shipping in. (Calluna Events note – and more eco-friendly too!)

4. Cocktail Cuts
Shortening your cocktail hour is an oft-overlooked way to save megabucks on your alcohol. Instead of an hour, go for 45 minutes. Your guest will never know, and 15 minutes saves a drink per guest. (More if your wedding is doubling as a college fraternity reunion.) At dinner, consider skipping the bubbly; many folks don’t care for Champagne, so why not have them toast with whatever they’re drinking? Also forgo the passed wine or stationary bottles. Guests likely won’t consume as much if they have to order from the bar or wait staff.

This article courtesy of the April 2009 issue of 5280 Magazine. Pick it up on newstands now to see more great tips on saving money, not just for weddings but for your whole life!

More wedding saving tips coming soon!

Thanks for reading!
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Calluna Events vendor spotlight- Bella Fiori Flowers

We have worked with Bella Fiori several times over the past few years on weddings in Boulder, weddings in Denver and weddings in the mountains of Colorado mountains. Most recently we worked with them on Anna & Sam's wedding at Beano's Cabin in Beaver Creek. We love their style and the way they capture exactly what the bride was envisioning for her wedding in flowers!

Business Name: Bella Fiori
Years in Business: 6
7711 West 6th Avenue, D
Lakewood, CO 80214
Most memorable wedding yet: Gosh, there isn't one wedding in particular that I would say is the best. I've loved so many of the weddings I've designed, different parts to each wedding makes them special in my mind.
I love it when a bride & groom: Have done a bit of research and have an idea of what flowers they like and color ideas.
Favorite thing to do for a wedding: My favorite style of floral design is English Garden. We don't see this look to often in the weddings we design here in Colorado. When we do get a bride that mentions English Garden we get quite excited. My other favorite thing to design is reception room full of elevated centerpieces, I love large arrangements of flowers preferably with lots of flower types and textures.
My favorite kind of bride is: A happy one!
What sets us apart from other florists: My team and I love flowers, we obsess about flowers, we dream about flowers. When unpacking and conditioning flowers we look at every one and will ohh & ahh over the lovely blooms.
Trends we are seeing for 2009: This year is quite different than the past few years. In the past we did a lot of monochromatic themes. This year we have a lot of garden variety themes - lots of colors, flowers and textures. Almost all of our weddings are using elevated centerpieces - our brides want a big wow factor.
Calluna Events,
Colorado Wedding Planner

Monday, March 30, 2009

Calluna Events vendor spotlight - A Spice of Life Catering

Today's vendor profile is on A Spice of Life Catering. Not only did they just partipate in Calluna Events 5th anniversary celebration this past weekend, they have been a constant caterer on our vendor referral list over the past five years. We love that they are a local Boulder catering company and that they not only provide excellent food but an amazing level of service. We know that our clients are going to get taken care of with A Spice of Life.

Business Name: A Spice of Life Catering Services and Event Centers
Years in Business: since 1987- 22 years
Location - 5541 Central Ave, Ste 272 Boulder, CO 80301
Most memorable wedding yet: Jamie Gardner’s wedding at Planet Bluegrass in September because she was a breeze to work with and incorporated a lot of creativity into the wedding. There was a fabulous sushi bar, the Spice of Life staff built a walkway out of crocs for the guests to choose from, and we served first class food in a very rustic setting beneath sandstone cliffs and the river.. The best part was having the opportunity to not only contribute to her wedding, but also to the rehearsal dinner.
I love it when a bride & groom: are playful with their food options and willing to work outside of the box. They are also as invested in the details as much as we are—they are ready to set their day apart with our fresh ideas.
Favorite thing to do for a wedding: - I love the full service aspect of wedding coordinating. The details set us apart and allow for creativity and organization. An outstanding menu, of course, takes the wedding to the next level.
My favorite kind of bride is: one that has confidence in our services from the beginning to the end. She is also willing to give input, but open to guidance at the same time.
What sets us apart from other caterers: Most caterers just provide food. A Spice of Life provides all services, and enables the bride to be a guest on her special day. Spice also makes a commitment to the environment every day. We are amongst the few elite companies who adopted the Eco-Cycle zero waste program through composting and recycling. Furthermore, each client that we work with becomes a part of our close knit “Spice family.” Our experience and talents have named us the Best of Boulder since 1999.
Trends we are seeing for 2009: comfort foods and locally grown products are a hit. Brides and Grooms are craving your classic meat and potatoes with a twist.

thanks for reading!
Heather Dwight
Owner & Colorado Wedding Planner

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Special thank you!

I wanted to thank all of the vendors who made the Calluna Events 5th anniversary party such a success! Without their support, the event would not have been possible - or nearly as fabulous!
These vendors are the cream of the crop in Denver & Boulder weddings! Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!
xo - Heather

the perfect petal

Bella Fiori Flowers

Starkey Productions

Vendor Spotlight - Plum Sage Flowers - a Denver based florist

We are so excited to finally work with Plum Sage Flowers this year. We have two weddings scheduled together, one in Boulder at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa and one at the Alpenglow Stube in Keystone. We love Erin's style & creativity which is fresh, modern and unique. She really takes pride in getting to know her clients and what their vision is for their wedding.

Business Name: Plum Sage Flowers
Years in Business: This is the 4th
Location: We have a design studio in the Highland neighborhood of Denver
Most memorable wedding yet: Joe and mine (it was only last June.....). A fabulous weekend at Devil's Thumb Ranch filled with peonies.
I love it when a bride & groom: Are truly in love Favorite piece to do for a wedding: The bridal bouquet, dog collars, orchid parasols (a Plum Sage original) and on-site cake decorating My favorite kind of bride is: Excited! Open to ideas and eager to discuss flowers, color and texture.
What sets us apart from other florists: We are a small company that specializes in attentive service and boundless creativity.
Trends we are seeing for 2009: Less of the "required" traditions such as cakes, toss bouquets, and pin-on corsages. More unique concepts that are meaningful or fun to the couple such as lockets (with family member's photographs) tucked into bouquets, photo booth guest books, or late night grilled cheese for hungry, dancing guests. We are inventing flower brooches and umbrellas and using vintage glassware of all shapes and sizes.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Calluna Events 5th anniversary party a huge success!

table by Plum Sage Flowers

Last night was amazing! I'm overwhelmed by the support, love and enthusiasm that was in the room at the Rembrandt Yard last night as we celebrated the 5th Anniversary of Calluna Events. Here are some teaser photos from Grant Oakes Photography . Special thanks to Grant for taking so many wonderful photos and for sending them over right away! Enjoy!

the chef from A Spice of Life

I gave a thank you speech

Jamee from Jamee Photography, Paige from Paige Eden Photography, and Kristie from Delilah's Flowers

Me with my friend Lindsay. Lindsay designed and printed all the cute signs for the evening.

our private party sign with all our vendors

current Calluna Events clients, Sara & Chad eye the cupcakes from Tee & Cakes

another view of the European Flower Shop table

friends enjoy the party! - Karl, Charlotte, Brandon & Jay

Michelle from The Knot, Erin from Plum Sage Flowers and Catherine from TDA Design

More photos to come this week!

Heather Dwight,
Calluna Events, Colorado Wedding Planner

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Calluna Events celebrates five years in business and throws a party to celebrate!

I am proud to say that Calluna Events turns five this year! It was March of 2004, and I had worked for a Boulder based non-profit organization for six years, planning events and fundraising as their Development Director. I decided I needed a change. I had planned several friends weddings and had just finished a business course through the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. Through my experience helping plan friends' weddings and what I learned in the business course, I decided to launch my own company! Fast forward five years, many, many events later, here we are. Calluna Events, a Boulder wedding planning company, is entering our sixth season of serving Colorado brides!

We are having a party to celebrate this Friday, March 27th at the Rembrandt Yard in Boulder. I am honored to be a wedding planner in Colorado and am having this celebration to thank everyone - current clients, past clients, wedding vendors & venues in Colorado, staff, friends & family for their support in helping Calluna Events get this far.
Hors d'oeuvres provided by Catering by Design & Spice of Life Catering.

Beer, wine & Calluna champagne cocktail by Bottles

Music by DJ Russo

Decor by TDA Design

Flowers by European Flower Shop, Perfect Petal,
Bella Fiori Boulder Blooms & Plum Sage Flowers

Cupcakes by Tee & Cakes
Cookie favors by Shamane's Bake Shoppe with hangtags by BirdDog Press

Rentals & decor by All Event Party & Tent Rentals

Paper products & napkins by The Envelope Please

Dresses by Anna Be

Slide show of Calluna Events weddings by Recherche Photography & ELC Images

Candy table by Calluna Events with chocolate by Chocolove

A Town Car will be provided for those who imbibe a bit
by Foothills Limousine
The event will begin at 6pm for those of you who want to stop by
early but we will be celebrating late into the evening.
Special thanks to all of the amazing vendors listed above.
Without them this party would not be possible!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bird Dog Press - Boulder area wedding stationer

Calluna Events LOVES the BirdDog Press. Owned by our friend Alli Bozeman, Bird Dog is the letterpress studio in the Boulder, Colorado area for all things lovely and unique for your Colorado wedding (or anywhere for that matter, they ship!). Alli has an amazing sense of style and really knows how to capture, on paper, what the bride & groom are looking. Not only do we recommend Bird Dog Press to our discerning clients who want something truly unique and stylish, I also personally used Bird Dog Press for my own wedding this past September. Business: BirdDog Press
Years in Business: 3 years Location: 324 Main Street, Lyons
Most memorable wedding yet: heidi & kevin's vintage animal illustration place cards or joanne & jake's "no theme" typography-only designs with witty wording
I love it when a bride & groom: not only marry one another but also their eclectic style, a true appreciation of that extra something that goes into handmade
Favorite thing to do for a wedding: custom handmade guestbooks My favorite kind of bride is: one with a sense of humor and a vision to collaboratively translate to paper via press
What sets us apart: truly, madly, deeply custom paper goods, 100% handmade, exceptionally eco-friendly
Trends we are seeing for 2009: color palettes of plum, kelly and mimosa, eco-conscious chipboard/kraft paper/wood veneer materials, more folks are thinking beyond just the invitation and going for more interactivity with guests: stickers for welcome bags, flags for cupcakes, bookmarks for placecards, ...

happy reading!

Heather Dwight,

Owner Calluna Events & Colorado Wedding Planner

Monday, March 23, 2009

Colorado Wedding Vendors week end wrap up with Calluna Events

photo by IN photography

We had a super productive and fun end of last week with meetings, walk throughs and even a wedding show.

We finally met Mark & Michele Sprague -DeVries of IN photography after hearing such wonderful things about them and receiving some amazing promo pieces from them. Not only is their photography stunning, the marketing for their business and their brand it top notch. With a Colorado wedding photography market that is inundated with wedding photographers, Mark & Michele have really set themselves apart and above the masses with their skill and brand. They are also such a fun couple and I really enjoyed meeting with them. I can't wait to work with them soon!

We also had fun doing a final walk through with one of our St. Julien brides with Tiffany Setzke. We love working with the St. Julien staff for our weddings there. They make our job easier by being so on top of things!

I was also able to re-connect with Stuart Noble from Starkey Productions, a Denver based company that provides bands, DJ's and entertainment for any wedding or event. Stuart and I have worked together on several Colorado weddings and we were reconnecting about our April 5th wedding at the St. Julien where their band SoulX will be playing.

Today I attended the Lionscrest Manor wedding show in Lyons, Colorado. Calluna Events had a table that we shared with Nancy & Amy from The Envelope Please, the most wonderful stationery store in Boulder for all your wedding stationery needs. We were able to connect with Colorado brides but also see familiar faces of many of the best Colorado wedding vendors such as Spice of Life Catering, Greenspoint Catering, European Flower Shop, Boulder Blooms, Greenbriar Inn, Booth 66, 9th Avenue Liquor and many more!

Owner, Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Meet the Calluna Events staff - Gabbie Sarbaugh

The Calluna Girls: Gabbie, Heather & Spice

Name: Gabriele Sarbaugh
Position with Calluna Events: Assistant Coordinator
Years with Calluna Events: 2 – this is my 3rd season.
How I got started with Calluna Events: I found Calluna Events online while looking for a wedding planner to intern with to complete my college degree. I emailed Heather, we set up an interview, and I've spent the past 2 wedding seasons by her side learning the ropes and "ins and outs" of day-of-coordination.
Most memorable wedding I’ve worked with Calluna Events: The most memorable wedding I've worked was Heather's own wedding. Not only was it a beautiful and memorable wedding, but it was such an honor to be asked and trusted with the oversight of Heather's special day.
Most challenging situation during an event: For me, one of the most challenging and stressful situations during an event is making the "rain call" and determining/executing plan B. One of the most memorable situations I experienced was at a wedding up at a private residence outside of Nederland. The ceremony site was outside and a considerable walking distance from the covered cocktail and reception area. Transportation had been arranged to take the arriving guests down to the ceremony site, but there was not enough space on all of the buses, vans, and golf carts for all of the guests to occupy at the same time. We had been watching the sky for rain clouds all afternoon and it looked as though the weather was either going to hold long enough for the ceremony to complete or blow over. Just before the bride emerged from her bus and walked down the aisle the sky opened up with rain and lightening. With some guests taking cover on buses and others under trees, we waited for the bride and groom to make a decision to either wait out the storm or conduct the ceremony in another location. Trying to communicate with each other using walkie talkies and soaking wet the Calluna Events team finally got all of the guests and ourselves to a make-shift ceremony site. But despite the change in plan the bride and groom made the best of the intimate setting and couldn't have been happier.
I like working with this type of bride: Most of the experiences I've had with brides are on their wedding day. And my favorite weddings have been with brides who are relaxed, down to earth, and who are enjoying every moment of their day while trusting the Calluna Events team handle everything except the "I dos"
Favorite trend, décor or element of a wedding I’ve seen: I'm always excited to see the color scheme of the wedding and how the colors are incorporated into the design elements and flowers. One of my favorite colors schemes was the tangerine orange and grass green of Heather's wedding. The colors complemented each other beautifully and popped against the muted earthy tones of the venue. Another of my favorite wedding in terms of decor was the " 'Anthropologie' meets sophisticated shabby-chic" of Lida and Jonathan's wedding. The center pieces were beautiful and unique and the elements of the decor really showed the style of the couple. This can be seen on the Calluna Events blog at HERE.
Describe your planning & work style: organized and always ready and willing to do whatever needs to be done.
How can a couple imprint their personality into their wedding? A couple can imprint their personality into their wedding by doing something as simple as adding elements of their heritage, religion, or relationship or even picking a theme around a passion they share as a couple.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Higher Sound - Colorado Wedding DJ

One of our favorite Colorado wedding DJ's is Derek Russo. Derek just launched his new business, Higher Sound, but we've been working with Derek as a DJ on weddings since 2007. Derek brings a unique style and sound to your wedding.

Business Name: Higher Sound
Years in Business: less than 1 as Higher Sound, DJ–ing for many more
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Most memorable wedding yet: Kyle & Sarah Patterson - Winter Park, CO July 2007
I love it when a bride & groom: communicate well with me, and are really happy to be getting married!
Favorite thing to do for a wedding: playing that unexpected song that gets everyone dancing.
My favorite kind of bride is: one who remembers to take time out to enjoy the process and most importantly their wedding day.
What sets us apart from other DJ’s: I’m a local Boulder resident, I am the sole owner/operator of my company, so you get first class service that you won't find anywhere else.
Trends we are seeing for 2009: Breaking the mold of traditional wedding songs - customizing your wedding to fit your vision.

Contact: Derek Russo - derek@thehighersound.com or 303.503.3598

Check out Derek & Higher Sound at the Calluna Events 5th Anniversary Party at the Rembrandt Yard on March 27th.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wedding Vendor Profile - The European Flower Shop - a Boulder based wedding florist

Business Name: European Flower Shop
Years in Business: 15 years
Location: 1501 Lee Hill Road #4 Boulder, CO 80304
Most memorable wedding yet: A Hindu Wedding that lasted 4 days
I love it when a bride & groom: have traditions and sense of style that makes there wedding uniquely different.
Favorite centerpiece to do for a wedding: A beautiful tree of crystals and orchids for a centerpiece.
My favorite kind of bride is: one who has a good idea of her colors, style, and if fun and eager to do something different.
What sets us apart from other florists: At the European Flower Shop we take floral design to an artistic level, there are florists, and then there are florists who are true artists and take floral design to a different level.
Trends we are seeing for 2009: The trends I see for this year are budget conscious brides, who still want things to be beautiful, yet, simple and tastefully done. We learn that less can be more

Meg & Jay - A Fall Wedding in Boulder, Colorado

Meg and Jay met at a company where they both worked as raft guides. Their passion for each other and for life in general was evident when we first met them and while working with them on the planning of their wedding. Meg was such a joy to work with! She had such a sweet personality and disposition and would say things like, “I’m so sorry I’m calling you, is now a good time?” or “Am I bothering you?” Even the night of the wedding she kept asking me if I had eaten yet. She never wanted to impose herself on you and that’s what made her so endearing! I kept reassuring her and telling her that she could call no matter what, and that no – she wasn’t bothering me, I’m here to help you! That’s what you’re paying me for.
I think it was ingrained in her – and definitely was part of her Southern upbringing. Meg was raised in the south by a very southern and very lovely woman. Meg, like many brides we work with, was torn with having her wedding reflect her and Jay, but also reflect the traditions that were important to her family. Knowing this I was able to help them plan a wedding that truly reflected their personalities, from the Christian ceremony held outdoors in nature to the Volkswagen Van groom’s cake and the plantable trees they gave their guests as favors.
Their ceremony took place on the back lawn at the Greenbriar Inn in Boulder, Colorado. McCumberland Gap played the ceremony and cocktail hour music. Meg was simply stunning in her gown! Flowers were provided by European Flower Shop and both the groom’s cake and wedding cake were provided by Tee & Cakes, both in Boulder Colorado.
Photography by Jenna Walker Photography.
To see more photos from their wedding go to the Calluna Events website.
Heather Dwight
Owner & Colorado Wedding Planner