Thursday, February 25, 2010

Money Saver Wedding Idea -- Centerpieces that Double as Wedding Favors

When trying to stick to your wedding budget, you often have to compromise one thing that you want in order to have something else that you prefer. One way to help with this is to have your centerpieces, which often consist of expensive flower arrangements, double as favors your guests. An eco-friendly example of this is to use potted plants as the center pieces and let the guests take them home at the end. Potted plants are generally much cheaper than decadent flower arrangements and can often have the same effect. You can even use food for a centerpiece that will look beautiful when guests enter and serve as a tantalizing treat during the reception. Further, in this case, don't worry about supplying a gift for every guest. Your friends and family will appreciate the gesture but won't worry over the fact that not everyone took home a gift.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Vendor Spotlight -- Julie Afflerbaugh Photography

Calluna Events loves working with photographer, Julie Afflerbaugh, whose passion for life comes through in her photography. As she says on her website, "My passion became documenting all the joys in life; marriage, pregnancy, childhood and relationships. I feel blessed to photograph weddings and portraits all over the country and cherish lifetime connections with my clients ." Here, she's been kind enough to answer a few questions about her company. Thanks Julie!

1. Name of business

Julie Afflerbaugh Photography

2. Years in business
3 years

3. Location
Boulder, CO

4. Most memorable wedding...
Weddings are so full of surprises, and I think that is what makes each one so unique. As a photographer, I love when something a bit unexpected happens because usually it makes for incredible photographs. At a wedding t his fall, it snowed a bunch during the ceremony. When we exited the church, the landscape was transformed and we were able to capture some beautiful shots of the bride and groom playing in the snow. It wasn't what the couple had planned, but in the end they loved the results!

5. I love it when a Bride and Groom are...
playful and affectionate

6. Favorite part of a wedding...
Oh I have so many! The first glance when the couple see each other for the first time is so emotional. I love when this moment is private and happens before the ceremony because it allows the couple to really take it in.

7. Our favorite kind of bride is...
not afraid to show a bit of flair! We love a great pair of yellow wedding shoes or a big flower in the hair...anything that brings some personal style to the photographs.

8. What sets us apart from other wedding photographers is...
our relationship with our clients. It is truly our pleasure to be invited to photograph such a special event in people's lives. We love the chance to get to know our couples and customize the photography to fit their unique style.

9. Trends we are seeing for 2010...
Playful engagement shoots and Day After sessions that really showcase the personality of the couple. In chatting with one of my 2010 couples, I discovered that the groom was really into wine so we arranged to take engagement portraits at a favorite wine bar in downtown denver. My couples really want their photos to represent who they are and not look generic.

10. One tip for getting great photos on a budget is...
make sure your digital negatives are included in your package so that you can make your own prints.

Photo compliments of Julie Afflerbaugh

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vendor Spotlight -- Tee and Cakes

Business Name: Tee and Cakes
Years in Business: 2 Years
Location: 1932 14th Street Boulder,

Most memorable wedding yet:
A wedding I did this year with a couple who personalized every little detail down to the paper flowers and handmade paper bride and groom topper that was placed on their cake. I love crafty and fresh ideas!

I love it when a bride and groom:
Collaborate on their cake. It is nice to see the stereotype of the bride getting to pick all of the details for the cake proven false.

Favorite thing to do for a wedding:
I love to do a smaller cake for the bride and groom and wedding party with cupcakes as well. I think that the dessertscape if you will really adds flavor and dimension to the cake table.

My favorite kind of bride is: A bride that has a firm grasp on what style she likes but is open to some new ideas as well. One that leaves all of the details up to me:)

What sets us apart: I think what sets us apart from other vendors is the care and love that we put in our cakes. We like to keep the shop "Mom and Pop" and not a wedding factory. I love making wedding cakes and I want that to come across to our clients. We still make every little bit of the cake by hand which is not always the easiest way but it is the tastiest!

Trends we are seeing for 2009 and beyond: I think some trends for 2009 are keeping things local (using fruits and ingredients that can be sourced closer to home) and fresh. I do see the trend also headed for more non traditional cakes such as the smaller cutting cake with other things such as cupcakes and smaller desserts to fill in for servings. Stay tuned for some exciting new ideas from Tee & Cakes in the months to come! A totally new way to look at your wedding cake.

Anything else you would like to add: The only other thing that I would like to add is that we are truly honored to be making the cakes we do for the couples we do. Working with the people that we work with to make a clients event run smoothly. We are so lucky to do what we love everyday and grateful for the community love.
Photo compliments of Tee & Cakes.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Winter Wedding Inspiration

I looked out the window today and realized that it was after 5:00 pm and still light. While winter isn't exactly 'on the way out' just yet, things are definitely headed that way. Spring weddings are becoming an increasingly popular topic of discussion and research. But I didn't want to give up on the magic of a winter wedding just yet, and I was reminded of an absolutely gorgeous inspiration board found on the website, Green Wedding Shoes, that I wanted to share. It combines the beauty of winter white and ivories, with a bit of lux bronze and gold, gorgeous elements from nature, and rustic charm.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Green and Sustainable Wedding Rings

A traditional wedding ring is symbolic of a commitment that is pure, unblemished, and lasting. However, this idyllic view of a wedding ring can become soiled when unraveling its origins. Most consumers don't know that gold mining has become one of the dirtiest businesses in the world, with the production of one gold ring leaving 20 tons of mine waste. Gold mining practices can obliterate natural areas, poison drinking water, pollute the air, hurt workers, and endanger or displace communities. Of course, no consumer intends to contribute to the negative environmental, social, and economic impacts of gold mining, but the notion of letting go of a luxurious ring for a recycled gold substitute seems a little lackluster. Fortunately, many jewelry stores have begun to specialize in ecologically responsible jewelry, creating a competitive market for "green rings" and eco friendly jewelry substitutes. Christine Lennon notes this growing market in her article entitled "The New Gold Standard" in TIME Magazine's April 2009 issue:

These environmental commitments aren't exclusive to small, independent jewelers. In fact, major brands like Cartier and Tiffany & Co. were among the founders of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) in 2005. "It is our duty to provide our clients with creations that are beautiful, desirable ... and responsibly made, be it ethically, socially or environmentally," says Pamela Caillens, the corporate-responsibility director at Cartier. "As times change, so do society's expectations."

We should applaud these major companies for setting such a positive example in the jewelry retail industry, while simultaneously allowing consumers to have the option to choose a cleaner wedding ring alternative.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Calluna Events Wedding Tip: Get Creative With Your Wedding Photos!!

Capture the fun, spirit and unique side of your wedding! In conversations with your photographer, find out if they are willing to find settings that are out of the ordinary and set aside a little time after your ceremony for you and your new husband to play! This image by James Christianson, one of our favorite Colorado Photographers, shows one of our most endearing couples, Katie & Simon atop a walkway for the gondola at Keystone. Yes, Katie & Simon had to have an adventurous spirit, but so did James. If shots like this are something you are interested in - select a photographer that is willing to think outside the box!

Photo compliments of James Christianson Photography

Thanks for reading!
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Calluna Events Celebrates Valentine's with Bridal Lingerie on the Front Range

In honor Valentine's Day, it seemed only appropriate that Calluna Events do a blog on lingerie. So let's get a little naughty, shall we?
First up is Boulder-based Christina's Luxuries. Christina's is home to not only lingerie, but clothing, swimsuits, and accessories. You can also add Christina's to you registry, so there's no guess work for the buyer of such delicate gifts. Their bridal lingerie collection includes designers such as La Perla, Nicole Miller and Sue Wong.
If you're looking for even more one-on-one attention for your bridal lingerie purchase, check out the T-Bar, located on Pearl Street. This store has a fun and carefully selected fashion forward collection. Bring along the mother-of-the-bride, your maid-of-honor and your teenage neice and outfit everyone according to their style and comfort level.
If you want to get a little creative, and aren't afraid to have your comfort level pushed, drive to Denver and visit Pampered Passions. Here, in addition to beautiful bridal lingerie, you can find the most extensive collection of bedroom accessories you can imagine, from kama sutra bridesmaids gifts, to edible body powder, to glow in the dark body paint.
Lastly, but definitely not least, if you want a luxurious one-stop shop, visit Anna Be, also in Denver. This bridal boutique screams class and sophistication, and you can shop your wedding dress and bridal lingerie together. So enjoy a glass of bubbly while you are personally attended to.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Wedding Transportation at Your Fingertips -- Forget Me Not Adventures!

Among all the details that go into planning a wedding, especially in the mountains, shuttling guests safely and timely may be low on the priority list. Obviously there are a number of companies in the area that provide coaches, party busses and limos. But how do you choose one in the hope that they are reliable? What if the equipment is old? Unprofessional drivers? Driver gets lost or is late?

Forget-Me-Not Adventures has been working with Calluna Events for several years with the goal of preventing a tragedy on such an important day. They provide a peace of mind knowing that your wedding party and guests are transported on time, door-to-door...easily, safely and comfortably!

Forget-Me-Not Adventures coordinates reliable group transportation to and from hotels, rehearsals, wedding sites and receptions. Their service removes your worries about timely arrivals, departures and driving concerns.

Recent wedding parties have offered the following comments:

"Thank you so much for your professionalism and attention to details. Because of you, I was able to enjoy my son's wedding without worrying about our guests' safe and reliable transportation." Olivia Edwards

"Thank you Rene, for arranging safe, fun and classy transportation for our daughter's wedding guests in Boulder. We didn't worry about a thing with you in charge."
Cindy and Charlie Jones

Forget-Me-Not Adventures can be found at:

Thanks for reading!
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Vendor Spotlight -- Bird Dog Press

Business Name: Bird Dog Press

Years in Business: 3.5 years
Location: Lyons, CO

Most memorable wedding yet:
Jake & Joanne and Keira & Joe, both typography heavy solutions that
really broke the mold as far as typical wedding invitations and
typical clients go. Truly great collaborative efforts.
Favorite thing to do for a wedding:

My favorite thing right now is mixing media. Duplexing papers, using
combinations of screen printing, offset & letterpress
What sets us apart:
Our non-traditional approach sets us apart, combining alternative materials & processes, and we can do everything in-house, from concept & design to printing & finishing
Trends we are seeing: Again, the unexpected, taking a 100% recycled chipboard cardstock and printing shiny metallic inks on it. I'm not sure if it's a trend, but it's what inspires me this year.

Photograph of Keira & Joe's wedding invitations by Bird Dog Press.
Photography by Julia Vandenoever Photography

Thanks for reading!
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Mermaid Style Wedding Dress Inspiration

There's a lot of talk on wedding sites and blogs of the trendy "tea length" wedding dress, which falls just above the ankle to mid-thigh. This style, while absolutely adorable and perfect paired with a vintage-themed wedding, however, isn't for everyone. Luckily, another big trend for wedding dresses this year is the mermaid style. This style is incredibly elegant, and most importantly, timeless. So with that in mind, we put together this inspiration board for a mermaid wedding dress.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading!
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Sunday, February 7, 2010

DIY Save-the-Date Ideas

So you got engaged over the holidays, you've set the date, and now you're ready to start thinking about sending out your Save-the-Dates. If you've got the time and are hoping to save a bit of money on this end of things, we at Calluna Events dug up a few cute DIY Save-the Date ideas.
From Style Me Pretty, we found these great luggage tag inspired Save-the Dates (see photo above). They're super easy to make, and fun to receive.

But maybe you're hoping to save on paper, and enjoy video editing. If this sounds like you -- or your fiance(e) -- then this idea might be perfect for you. Video save-the-dates are becoming more and more popular. They help you keep your wedding 'green,' and they add a very personal element to your invitation. I find this one from Green Wedding Shoes incredibly romantic and creative.

Lastly, this Save-the-Date is a favorite. It's perfect if you're planning on having a vintage-inspired wedding, and I love the instructions for 'how to tie a knot' that are included:

If, however, you're looking for something a bit more traditional, below are links to a few of Calluna Events favorite places for stationary and printed materials.
The Handmaiden Papeterie
Sweet Letter Press
JS Design
The Envelope Please

Thanks for reading!
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Friday, February 5, 2010

Money Saver Wedding Idea -- Ordain a friend!

There's a new trend popping up everywhere in modern weddings, and it also happens to be a great way to save money as well. As it turns out, hiring an Officiant can turn into a costly affair. Having a friend get ordained and marry you is not only a fun alternative, but considerably less expensive. Plus, then your friend gets to tell everyone that he/she is now an ordained minister!

It is important, however, to check with the local county clerk's office where you're going to be married, because in certain states, registration or proof of certification may be required. Below are some websites where your new officiant can go to get ordained:
Universal Life Church
Esoteric Interfaith Church
Universal Life Church Monastery

For more information, visit:
Martha Stewart Weddings
Tres Sugar

Photography from Kelly & Matt's wedding by Marilee Langner Photography.

Thanks for reading!
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Eco-Friendly Wedding Decor/Wedding Favors -- Repurposed Flatware

Becoming environmentally conscious in your everyday life is becoming not only more and more popular, but more important as well. At Calluna Events we try to encourage a 'green' aspect in every wedding we plan. Because taking care of the world we are married in is important to us, and to those that come after us. That being said, we don't want to sacrifice any bit of the glamour and wonder of your dream wedding, so we've scoured the world for wedding tidbits that are not only amazing, but eco-friendly as well. Recently, we stumbled on a a woman who takes old dishware and repurposes it into adorable, artsy, and totally unique dishware sets. Not only are these dishes truly beautiful, but they can then either add a whimsical touch to your own kitchen, or be given away as wedding favors.

Check out Sarah Cihat's rehabilitated dishware!

Thanks for reading!
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Monday, February 1, 2010

Calluna Events is a Style Me Pretty Little Black Book Member for 2010!

Style Me Pretty Little Black Book Certified

For the second year in a row we have been included in the highly coveted Little Black Book of Very Important Vendors by Style Me Pretty.

Style Me Pretty is a style savvy wedding resource devoted to the modern bride. They cover everything from gorgeous real weddings to up and coming vendors and seasoned pros in the invitation, floral, fashion and photography industries. They feature only the most chic and style centric wedding related content, continually discovering new and brilliantly talented vendors, brides with an eye for all things gorgeous, and the personal loves of editor, Abby Larson.

Their readers looks far beyond your cookie-cutter wedding ideas and strives to design an affair that is both personal and incredibly charming. The average SMP visitor is 21 and 37, with the median age of 27. Approximately 90% of our brides will be married in the coming year, 8% are industry experts and 2% are wedding junkies.

Launched in February of 2007, Style Me Pretty has become a mainstay in the wedding industry. With nods in nearly every major bridal magazine, including Real Simple Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Elegant Weddings and Modern Bride along with features in such publications as Blog Watch in the Wall Street Journal, SMP is quickly becoming one of the most read wedding resources on the web.

It's truly an honor to be included in their Little Black Book for the second year in a row! To see our listing on Style Me Pretty click HERE.

Thanks for reading!
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner