Thursday, June 30, 2011

As You Wish

We recently sat down with Allison Farrar of As You Wish. We can't wait to work with Allison and her team on an event. We love the services she is offering and think they will compliment the work we are doing with our clients. We just know a partnership will be spectacular!

Name of business: As You Wish :: We are a full service personal assistant company that does everything from errands, concierge, organizing, design, calendar coordination, corporate & personal events to pre-arrival planning in the mountains. We handle corporate events, meetings, off- site retreats, holiday parties and golf tournaments. We strive to be a resource for our clients. We also love working with wedding planners for last minute details for their brides!

How long in business: Started in 2010

Location: Serving clients in the Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, Boulder, Eagle, Pitkin & Summit Counties… and growing!

Most memorable job... They are all memorable and all very different, but I would have to say a “Kick-Off to Summer Soirée” we put on for a client this past spring. It was at a private home in Cherry Hills Village in their beautiful backyard … we set the tone with summer pastels in the tablecloths and flower arrangements. White lights and candles set the intimate mood. Chef Troy and his team at TAG catered the event with cocktails flowing. It was just great to see our client relaxed and all of their guests excited for the arrival of the summertime season. 

What we love doing for our clients: We really love taking the mundane tasks out of our clients lives so they can enjoy their families, businesses and all that Colorado has to offer!

Most incredible or outrageous request so far: A “Chirp-Mitzvah” … yes, a bar mitzvah for our client’s parrot!

Our favorite kind of client is... someone who breathes a sigh of relief after our job is done! And then calls us again.

What sets us apart from other personal concierge is... We work at the highest level of confidentiality and are members of the Concierge Association of Colorado. We know about the latest restaurants, spas and happenings in town. Our membership also allows us to obtain theater and sporting tickets for our clients. Our blog also highlights; Etiquette & Tips, Around Town & a Monthly Colorado Calendar.

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Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner

Monday, June 27, 2011

Calluna Events is WeddingWire rated for 2011


Calluna Events is WeddingWire rated for 2011. Special thanks to our past clients for all of our reviews and for making Calluna Events a rated business with

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Anxiously engaged? Struggling through the motherhood transition? Resisting life's changes?

Conscious Weddings eCourse

The Conscious Weddings E-Course 

Are you scared that you're making a mistake? Do you worry that you don't love your partner enough? These are normal questions, yet our culture doesn't support brides in asking the hard questions and instead encourages them to funnel their anxiety into the planning. Yet it only takes a few minutes a day to transform your engagement anxiety and fears about marriage into serenity, thereby avoiding turning into Bridezilla and truly preparing yourself for a happy marriage. 

If you want to have a truly joyous wedding and begin your marriage with the best chance for success, you must make dealing with your engagement anxiety and marriage fears more important than any item on your wedding to-do list.

The Conscious Weddings E-Course is the anti-anxiety medication for your soul. Give yourself this gift today!

It’s an instant download of comfort, inspiration, and practical tools for managing your anxiety and realizing your clarity and love. This is the only e-course available to help you transform your engagement anxiety and marriage fear into clarity and serenity.

It includes seven downloadable lessons of exclusive videos, MP3 interviews, articles, checklists, and exercises. And one of the greatest benefits is a lifetime membership to the Conscious Weddings password-protected eCourse Forum where you will connect with other women who are willing to be honest about what they're really feeling during this life-transforming time.

About Sheryl ::
Sheryl Paul, M.A., pioneered the field of bridal counseling in 1998. She has since counseled thousands of people worldwide through her private practice, her bestselling books, “The Conscious Bride” and “The Conscious Bride’s Wedding Planner,” and her websites. She’s regarded as the international expert on the wedding transition and has appeared several times on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, as well as on “Good Morning America” and other top television, radio, and newspapers around the globe. Phone and Skype sessions available internationally.

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Callluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mat & Abby :: an outdoor yet elegant Moab wedding

Abby & Mat
September 9, 2010
Whispering Oaks Ranch :: Moab, UT

Abby & Mat are super sweet and we felt so lucky to be able to assist them with the planning of their destination wedding in Moab, Utah. Friends and family travelled from all over to Moab to celebrate with the couple.  The wedding weekend was held at the Whispering Oaks Ranch - a 50 acre stunning ranch that sites high on a mesa - just outside of Moab, UT. Abby, Mat and their friends are huge bikers and climbers so having their wedding in an area that is KNOWN for both it's climbing and mountain biking was an obvious choice. 

More than any other couple we've worked with lately, Abby & Mat really wanted their wedding day to reflect them! They brought pieces of Boulder, Colorado with them and Antonio Laudisio and his crew from Laudisio's in Boulder made the trek down to provide an incredible family style meal that rivaled anything you'd get in their restaurant. 

Outside of Laudisio's, Timmy D'Antonio Photography and Calluna Events,  both Boulder based wedding businesses who made the trip to Moab with them, Abby & Mat chose to support the local community in Moab by getting their cake and flowers locally. The flowers were provided by Moab florist Manna Floral Design and the gorgeous cake was provided by Luscious Layers a Moab wedding baker.



Cute luminaria the bride printed to go along with the typewriter theme
cloths pins attached seating cards to the spokes of a mountain bike tire

the tables were named after places that were special to the couple
Food & Drink :: Abby & Mat printed menus that spoke of Laudisio's and the family style food being served

their wedding ceremony took place outside on a bluebird day!
simply stunning backdrop

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Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wedding Registry 101

Photo from
Interview with an Industry Expert: Liz Cabigon, Retail Bridal Consultant

Question: When during the planning process do most couples register?

Liz: It really depends on whether the couple is going to have a shower or not. If you are, many couples register 6-9 months before the day of the wedding. If you’re not, it’s typical to register 3-6 months before. I think that about 6 months out from the big day is the best time register, it will give your friends and family time to look over your registry and make their purchases and it will also give you time to make any adjustments or changes as you begin planning your life together.

Question: Can you register too early?

Liz: It’s never too early to register, a lot of companies offer wedding tool kits to go along with their registries. This may include a variety of planning tools that you may find useful.

Question: Should you bring along family when you register?

Liz: That is up to how comfortable you are about registering. It’s always nice to have input from family and friends, but sometimes it’s more efficient to register alone since you know what you like and what you want.

Question: Should you plan your registry beforehand, such as how many items you register for?

Liz: As a rule of thumb you typically register for 2 ½ times your guest list. This allows for a wider selection for your guests to choose from. You should also be sure to include a range of price points. You should never feel guilty if you register for expensive items because guests always have the option to pitch in together on items. That way, you register for what you actually want and need and if these items don’t get purchased you have a set wish list for all those gift cards!

Question: How can you let your guests know about your registry?

Liz: A popular trend for brides is having their own wedding website. If you don’t have your own site, another option is to include your registry information in your invitations. A lot of retailers will provide you with attachments for your invitations. If you have already sent out your invitations and you don’t have a website you can find a retailer that will provide you the tools to create a website so that you can let your guests know where you have registered.

Kassidi :: Calluna Intern
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Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Let the games begin! Fun for outdoor weddings

Outdoor games during a wedding :: Chautauqua Lawn :: Boulder, CO :: Julie Harris Photography
Let the games begin! Fun for outdoor weddings

So you’ve planned the perfect outdoor wedding in Boulder, Colorado. You have the tent, the guests, the scenery, and lets not forget the fresh air! With the perfect setting, your guests will want to enjoy the outdoors and move around a little before the reception! Games and outdoor activities are a fun way to have guests really remember the unique Colorado sunshine and atmosphere.

From horseshoes to badminton to hulahooping to limbo to cornhole to bocceball… the options are practically limitless. The photos will be charming, the guests will be entertained and the party will be legendary!

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Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner

Monday, June 6, 2011

Choosing your wedding cake

Katie & Donovan's cake :: The St. Julien :: Beth Photography
The wedding cake can be one of the most important aspects of a reception when it comes to our sweet toothed Bride and Groom, however a traditional cake is just not always as exciting to some as it is to others. The wedding cake can be an absolute masterpiece created by some of the finest bakers in the area, but they don’t have to be five-tiered fondant covered pieces stacked on top of one another. Some couples are trying a totally different take by creating a cake in shapes of animals, or a recreation of a memorable place they love, or even using delicious cupcakes to celebrate with their guests.

It is important to remember that this is your day, and the way you want to design your cake is entirely a representation of what you love and want to share with the people you love. Cupcakes too can be made into a variety of different flavors and organized in the most unique and beautiful ways using classic perceptions of traditional wedding cakes. Using tiers to arrange the small cakes has an illusion of a traditional cake, but a modern take on the celebratory sweets. Fresh flowers too, are a perfect way to make your cake more of a piece of artwork rather then food. Be sure to talk to your baker or bakery about what you see as inspiration and definitely what you envision your cake looking or tasting like. Do not fear to request an unusual idea, because it is likely they would love a challenge! 

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Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Make an entrance at your wedding!

John & Melissa's wedding entrance :: Devil's Thumb Ranch :: Jamee Photography
Add Personality to your Wedding with an Exceptional Entrance!

Many couples choose a traditional walk down the aisle, with a soft melody playing as the wedding party steps formally into the ceremony, and finally the bride and her father as the guests watch smiling quietly. In recent years however, some couples have broken the mold by putting a little bit of personality into their wedding entrance! Brides and grooms are now dancing, skipping and laughing their way down the aisle and into their receptions bringing an unexpected spin to the traditional wedding entrance.

Some brides and grooms take the time to sit down and totally choreograph their entrances, while others just throw on some music and let their friends and family break it down. Choosing an entrance that puts a smile on your face and the faces of your guests can brighten your special day, whether the best man is doing “the worm” or the bridal party just has a little skip in their step walking in to your favorite song. Check out this unique wedding entrance that had the internet buzzing!

At one of our weddings this season at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Leah and Bret entered their reception under a tunnel of glowing light sabers to the theme of Star Wars. Their special entrance got their guests up and laughing, a great way to liven up your reception dinner. Adding personality to your entrance is all about creating something memorable for you and your guests, breaking the stiffness of the traditional wedding processional and just enjoying your special day by making it your own. So turn up the song you danced to at prom, your first date or just one that reminds you of a special memory and create a wedding entrance that you will remember for a lifetime!

Leah & Bret's wedding :: Stanley Hotel :: Leah Lund Photography

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Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hot trends in Groom's formalwear

Grooms attire :: photo from Recherche Photography
What are the men in the wedding wearing these days? Much of the time the focus is on the bride and what she and her attendants are wearing, but the trends in men's formal wear show that the guys can have fun too! 

Here are some recent trends we are seeing for the men in bridal party:

Mixing up the color schemes

If this is a formal affair and is in need of some Hollywood glamour, then by all means, dress it up; however if your wedding is more casual and fun and modern – skip the tux and opt for a blazer and a bright tie or pocket square, or socks! Casual can be cool if done correctly. With matching khakis and bright colors, the groom and groomsmen can look formal while maintaining “guy chic.” This year, especially for spring and summer – light and dark colors mixed are a big hit. Light colored suits like sand and seer sucker paired with darker colors like navy, black, dark green are big. For all things preppy and formal online, try JCrew, Banana Republic or Vineyard Vines. Locally, Weekends, Nordstrom or The Regiment Shops of Colorado in Boulder.

Try the tie!

While the bowtie and cummerbund has been “in,” in recent years, the tie is in these days. While the super-modern skinny tie may not be your man’s idea of fashion, ties are classic and look terrific and often less 1950 than your cummerbund combo. This year, you could find lots of darker suits paired with light or even super bright colors, i.e. navy jackets and hot orange skinny ties.

Go past the bridal party

Keep the dad’s and granddad’s involved and part of the celebration by coordinating their outfits with the groomsmen. Nothing is cuter than your grandfather in a navy jacket and bright orange tie.

Customize the Groomsmen

As you might have somewhat different outfits for your bridesmaids and it helps set them apart – why not do the same for the groomsmen? Get them each different colored ties/pocket squares or individual cufflinks!


Shake up the Boutonnieres

This goes for the bridesmaids as well, but you can absolutely vary the boutonnieres per groomsman according to their different ties (see above) or pocket squares! Think bright orange freesia for a bright orange tie, while a yellow ranunculus might go perfectly with a bright yellow tie. 

Thanks for reading! 

Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner