Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Conscious Weddings Workshop

"Statistics show that the most stressful times for couples are transitions; getting married, having a baby, moving, etc. Yet our culture tells engaged couples that they're supposed to feel more in love than ever during their engagement."
-- Sheryl Paul M.A.

Are you recently engaged, and concerned how the stress of planning the wedding will affect your relationship? This is not unusual to feel. It's completely normal to feel anxiety, doubt, and confusion as you move from single to married. Luckily, however, here in Boulder we have an amazing resource available to engaged couples. Let Internationally renowned wedding counselor, Sheryl Paul, and premarital counselor, Leila Talore, help you through this process while retaining both clarity and connection with your partner.

On April 25, they will be hosting the inaugural Conscious Weddings Workshop, right here in Boulder. Some of the things covered will be:

1. Answer the million dollar question: are your doubts stemming from truth or fear?
2. Discover the key conversations to have with your partner during this potent transition.
3. Understand why feeling disoriented and anxious is a normal part of your transformation from single to married.
4. Learn how to stay centered and calm even when you're feeling overwhelmed.

To find out more and to register, visit the Conscious Weddings website.

Find out more about Sheryl Paul and Leila Talore here.


Thanks for reading!
xo
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Photo compliments of Conscious Weddings.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Professional wedding photographers are worth it!

Weddings can be costly, so it's logical to simplify your wedding budget. However, wedding photographers should not be the expendable cost. The photographer plays a quintessential role in the wedding process and therefore must be professional. A bride must not settle for a family member or random "Craigslisted" student to take this position. Professional photographers know the ins and outs of weddings; they know how to be in the right place at the right time. The best photographers will act as a wedding planner by sitting down with the bride-to-be and creating a timeline of important events. This allows the sequence of the photography to run with ease. It is unlikely the Cousin Steve has the aforementioned knowledge that is invaluable to the wedding photo quality. Seek out a photographer who pays attention to detail and is organized. Along with the right timing, the photographer must provide backup in case of emergencies. Extra supplies such as a back up flash, waterproof equipment, and even an alternative type of camera are needed to avoid the worst-case scenario event. For instance, at a recent wedding we attended, we witnessed the photographer reviewing photographs on her laptop in the transition between cocktail hour and dinner. A mid-wedding review may be necessary to confirm that the high quality photographs are turning out. These beneficial and minute details should be considered when choosing to hire a professional photographer rather than the typical "friend-of-a-friend" photographer.


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xo
Heather
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Calluna Events Wedding Tip - Break in your wedding shoes!

Many brides forget to break in the shoes they plan to wear the day of their wedding. Because you'll be wearing your shoes for up to 10 hours in a row we highly suggest you break them in! Put them on and wear them around for short periods of time, at least one month prior to your wedding. You could wear them while vacuuming the house or walking the dog, just kidding!

Photo compliments of Gray Photography.
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xo
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Monday, March 22, 2010

Get "Frisky" With Your Wedding Accessories!

It's often said that a girl can never have too many accessories. So what better way to expand your collection, not to mention add eye-catching details to your wedding dress or those of your bridesmaids, than to support your local, one-of-a-kind boutique, Frisk. Frisk was begun in 2004 by Donna, Jessica and Amanda Rubino, a mother and two-daughter team who had a passion for vintage jewelry. Frisk pieces are stylish, one-of-a-kind, and conveniently located in the heart of Boulder. Unique jewelry like Frisk's will be sure to make a statement, whether you're buying for your wedding party, for yourself, or as a gift for the bride. Be sure to check them out on their website, http://www.girlsforfrisk.com/!

"Our jewelry is one of a kind and can be customized to add personal touches for bridesmaids and for the bride herself." -- Donna Rubino

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xo
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Money Saver: Budget Friendly Wedding Dresses: Shop Vintage!

Every couple likes to stick to a budget and save a little money here and there, right? Why not start the budget off on the right foot by looking for a gently used or vintage wedding dress? You may be saying, "But it's my wedding day. I want my dress to be special and one-of-a-kind." No problem! For something classy and unique, shop vintage. Visit Ebay, vintage shops or thrift stores to find your perfect dress for half the price or better! The dress will stand out because of its distinct qualities and you won't have to worry about the bride-next-door wearing the same thing. Your friends will marvel at your ability to shop smart and fulfill part of the famed saying, "something old, something new...". Plus, wedding dresses are usually only worn once so it's easy to find one that's in good shape. Photo compliments of 1weddingsource.com.

Thanks for reading!

xo
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wedding Cake Alternatives -- Krissy's Cake Balls


If you're looking for something outside of the wedding cake box, be sure to check out Krissy's Cake Balls. I mean, really, who at wedding says, "please give me the big piece." No, the common heard phrase is, "I just want a little sliver." With Krissy's Cake Balls, your wedding guests can have a bite sized treat instead of a whole piece. Add to that the fact that you can sample more than one flavor with these little delights, and you're sure to have a crowd pleaser with a stand full of Cake balls. Krissy's bite-sized cakes come in decadent flavors such as red velvet dipped in white chocolate, 'chocolate sin,' and gluten free vanilla and chocolate. They can also be made in a variety of colors to match your wedding!

Thanks for reading!
xo
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Photo compliments of Krissy's Cake Balls

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Add Some Organic to Your Wedding Reception Drink List

Environmentally conscious wedding gurus are starting to seek out trendy, eco-friendly alternatives for every facet of their big event. With the growing concerns about added sugars and pesticides in juices, consumers are looking to healthier drinks to satisfy their thirst. Organic wine, sparkling mineral water, and organic fruit juice are the perfect choices for this summer's wedding reception. Many companies offer a variety of natural teas with health benefits such as anti-cancer compounds, antioxidants, and metabolism boosts. These bright, bubbly teas can be garnished with fresh fruit slices to add a colorful addition to your summer wedding. For the more sophisticated palette, organic wine, derived from fertilizer-free grapes, can be consumed alongside the fruity concoctions to add an elegant appeal to your drink selection.

Thanks for reading!
xo
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Money Saver Wedding Idea -- Location Location Location!!

When planning a budget conscious wedding, your location can be a big help! Many churches are a lot less costly than other venues and may even offer their services for free if you are a member. Churches are classic, can be decorated to your taste, and are perfect for a traditional wedding. Also, consider hotels where it is possible to rent a great room for the ceremony which can then be used as a reception hall after a bit of remodeling. In the end, it could be less expensive than paying for two different venues. And most importantly, for this season don't forget about parks and recreation areas. Local parks can make the ideal location for a picturesque yet still money conscious wedding. And Colorado is the perfect place for it! With our state's recreational upkeep, it's easy to find a terrific summer venue. Chautauqua Park in Boulder is an idyllic site with a mountain backdrop and the beauty of the plains shining through.

Thanks for reading!
xo
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Add Some Eco-friendly to Your Wedding Toss

The wedding toss is a sweet and timeless custom that has been commonly accepted among couples across the globe. Originating in ancient Rome, this tradition consists of tossing rice at the newlywed couple during their departure to signify fertility, abundance, and good luck. However, the leftover rice has been found to cause harm to birds as they attempt to ingest it. The wedding toss can be modernized to reflect the creativity and flair of the couple while simultaneously protecting our ecosystem. For the feminine touch, toss pure, biodegradable lavender buds that emit fragrance when crushed. For a lively, summer wedding, have guests fling water soluble and biodegradable "ecofetti" or party poppers that can be found in an array of vibrant colors. The more romantic types should consider using freeze-dried rose petals that still maintain the color, shape, and size of the petal. Another great alternative is to celebrate eco-friendly style by enclosing birdseed in decorated "feed" bags that can be given to each guest during the reception. Guests will feel like they have truly taken part in a "green" wedding when they are given individual birdseed bags to commemorate the wedding couple's sendoff.

Thanks for reading!
xo
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Every Cake Needs a Stand -- Custom Cake Stands from Raise the Cake



Everyone knows that a cake cannot stand alone. But seldom do you actually stop to think about, let alone notice, what your cake is standing on. The cake, as it were, tends to steal the thunder. Well no longer! Kathy Jo Peterson, owner of Raise the Cake, knew from years as a wedding planner that the magic was in the details. Several hundred 'ordinary' silver cake stands later, she started looking for new, creative ways to raise wedding cakes. And thus, Raise the Cake was born. These cake stands are custom designed to fit your unique cake and your unique wedding.


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xo
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Photos courtesy of Raise the Cake

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wedding Flowers -- Set the Stage and Define Your Style

What is the first thing you notice when you look at a wedding picture? Ok, ok, it might be the wedding dress or the person in it if you know them, but the thing that really catches your eye is the flowers! Having just recently visited the European Flower Shop, the importance of flowers to many brides is fresh in mind. Only then did I realize how much goes into choosing flowers and arrangements to match a wedding. For the day done right with minimal stress, get to know the florist you're working with. Help them imagine your bouquet with you because although they can give you a description, and sometimes a photo, you won't know what your bouquet really looks like until the day of your wedding. Communicate with your florist about the mood you want to set and leave it to them to create a masterpiece! You'll feel much more at ease if you can delegate some wedding day responsibilities to the people helping you along the way. Come the day of your wedding, you want to be able to relax in confidence as the flowers make your wedding unique. They add aroma, color, and personality! Select flowers that create the signature ambience you want at your wedding. They can bring style and joy to what might otherwise be a simple atmosphere and liven up any setting, all while exuding a feeling of elegance and romance which will make any bride happy.

Some of Calluna Events favorite florists include Brighter Day Floral, Plum Sage Flowers, European Flower Shop, Boulder Blooms, Sturtz & Copeland, Bella Fiori Flowers, the Painted Primrose and Delilah's of Denver.

Bouquet compliments of European Flower Shop and photography by Julie Harris Photography.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Calluna Events Wedding Tip: Assign a Family Member to Work With Your Photographer


During your pre and post ceremony wedding photographs it is very helpful to assign a family member or two (one from the bride's side and one from the groom's side) to assist the photographer with their must take list. Since your photographer will most likely not know who Aunt Martha or Uncle Eddie is, this person is key to efficient photos because they are able to gather these people around during the photography process. Another tip is to let your family & wedding party know exactly when your photographs will be taken and make sure they know where to be so you're not running around the cocktail hour trying to track down stray flower girls and grandmas.

Photo compliments of Jenna Walker Photography.