Thursday, July 28, 2011

Should you hand cancel your wedding invitations?

photo by SweetLetter Press

What does it mean to hand cancel and should you send your wedding invitations this way? 

At Calluna Events we've mailed out several wedding invitations for clients this year. Our service includes cleaning up the guest list and preparing addresses in the correct format, coordination of calligraphy, assembly of the invitation, hand-stamping and finally mailing. 

The USPS states that hand cancelling is "a cancellation on postage stamps that is applied manually (rather than mechanically with a canceling machine) on mailpieces that are non machinable or do not meet USPS dimensions."

Each time we go to the post office we request that they hand cancel the invitations to prevent marks, smudges and otherwise damage to the outside of the envelope. The last invitation we sent for a bride included a twine tie around the package and if this had gone through the machines it may have caused an indentation, or worse, ripped the envelope. The last thing you want for your beautiful, hand-calligraphied invitations is for them to arrive damaged and smudged in your guests mailbox. 

Most post offices will do this service however we've found that some of the smaller ones do not. Some even charge for the service, requiring additional postage on the envelope. Luckily my last mailings had the additional postage already included so they took care of it.

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Calluna Events :: Colorado wedding planner

Friday, July 15, 2011

Farm To Table Inspiration Shoot as seen on Style Me Pretty!


We are so excited to announce that our Farm to Table wedding shoot is featured today on Style Me Pretty! We'll be doing some more posts with the actual images but you can see the post HERE and read about our shoot below. Thank you to all the wonderful vendors who made this happen!!

From Angie Wilson Photography… Heather Dwight of Calluna Events and I (Angie Wilson Photography) paired up to plan and execute a farm to table themed wedding shoot.  After deciding on Frog Belly Farm (an actual working farm in North Boulder) as the location, we visited the farm to gather ideas and inspiration. Beehives, old wagons and trucks, tall trees, old watering cans and milk containers, farm animals and rows upon rows of herbs and vegetables were a few of the things that inspired us at the farm.  Our desire was that the design & decor fit with the farm but wasn’t too rustic or “farmy”. We focused on incorporating pieces and elements you’d find on a farm – the beehives, lilacs (which were in bloom during the shoot) and farm equipment – for a more DIY approach – but still incorporated elegant pieces to round out the feel into a warm, lovely, laid-back style.
Heather had wanted to incorporate buttons and fabric flowers into a wedding for some time. She had found inspiration for buttons in centerpieces and favors as well as fabric flowers in bouquets and boutonnieres and we loved the idea of incorporating these into the overall feel to tie the pieces together. Buttons were used in the centerpieces, on the trim for the napkin treatment and in the honey favors. Fabric flowers were handmade by the florist – Brighter Day Floral – and were incorporated into the bouquets and boutonnieres as simple treatments that blended beautifully into the arrangements. The old farm table with an assortment of eclectic chairs was placed beneath the branches of a tall willow tree.  The chandelier that hung from the tree featured florals and beeswax candles by Brighter Day Floral.  Our inspiration for the florals was to incorporate as many locally grown flowers and keep with the farm feel – however we wanted to steer clear of a full wildflower look.  We also included herbs to incorporate the “farm to table” theme. The arrangements were set in vintage milk glass vessels to incorporate an elegant but vintage farm vibe and to tie in our “milk” theme.  In keeping with the organic farm style the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere were wrapped in twine and buttons were added to the stem. Each place setting included the guest’s wedding favor—a small jar of fresh honey—topped with fabric and buttons and tied with twine.  The honey was actually provided by Calluna Events Associate Coordinator, Spice Jones, who in her first year as a local beekeeper yielded five gallons of honey!
We decided to partner with local letterpress extraordinaire Brad of Smokeproof Press. Heather had worked with Brad on several occasions and thought his design would be a perfect pairing with our theme. Brad went above and beyond by creating an entirely new suite of letter pressed pieces that modeled our farm theme. Menu cards were letter pressed with dotted lines, with the intention of handwriting the menu in pencil. These were then inserted in envelope “seed packets”. Also featured on the menu card was a perforated edge that guests could tear off to write notes to the couple. These notes were then hammered into an old farm board with rusty nails. Each letter pressed table card featured a different farm vegetable.
Lemon Sprinkle Events designed the dessert table—featuring goodies you might find at a local farmers market or roadside stand – honey sticks, mini bundt cakes, fresh picked cherries, cream puffs, cherry pie pops and more—atop an old wagon borrowed from the farm.  A DIY fabric bunting, button and paper details and handmade fabric flowers adorned the dessert display.  Smokeproof Press printed labels on wooden craft sticks to identify each dessert –in a similar fashion as the vegetables in a garden might be labeled.  The cake, pie pops and cream puffs were made by Slice, while the rest of the desserts were provided by Lemon Sprinkle Events.
The bride’s dress was a design by Modern Trousseau from anna bé (sash by Vera Wang).  Both the bride and groom wore jewelry designed by Todd Reed, a Boulder-based jewelry designer who specializes in raw diamonds and high carat recycled gold jewelry.
Event Planning: Calluna Events / Photography: Angie Wilson Photography / Floral Design: Brighter Day Floral / Stationery: Smokeproof Press / Dress: anna bé / Dessert Table: Lemon Sprinkle Events / Cake: Slice-The Designer Cake Studio / Jewelry: Todd Reed Designs / Location + Catering: Frogbelly Farm / Make-up: The Face Lab / Fashions: Andres Mendoza

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Calluna Events & Anna Be talk about wedding trends and Anna Be presents FIVE

Heather Dwight of Calluna Events and Breanna Doll from Anna Be sat down with Christine Chang, of Denver's 7News last weekend to talk about wedding trends, what is hot right now. We also gave a preview into FIVE, an event that Anna Be & Calluna Events are planning to mark Anna Be's 5th anniversary as well as highlight the best of the best wedding vendors in Colorado and showcase some of the best trends Denver wedding vendors are seeing.

To see the live interview click here

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Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner

Wedding Inspiration :: vintage, whimsical, romantic

I received an email tonight from a client who is having her wedding at Della Terra this fall. She is a lovely bride and I love her style! We've been working on decor options and she sends me the best images to convey what she is imagining for her day. These images were on a recent email to the baker to give her a sense of the overall feeling of the day so she can incorporate them into the cakes. Giving your wedding planner - or any vendor for that matter - this kind of visual is always helpful. We LOVE inspiration boards for this reason! They help us to see inside your head!! 

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Images from Style Me Pretty

Friday, July 8, 2011

: From the Magazine to your Reception Table :

We’ve all seen the décor in Archictural Digest, Elle, and Martha Stewart. This look of simple, contemporary and elegant always nicely compliments the room and the vignette, but imagine the look of these arrangements as your centerpieces! Grandeur and fabulous flowers do not have to cost a fortune! Often filling simple, tall, glass cylinders with flowers like hydrangea, forsythia, or stock can create a beautiful, classic look!

Try to choose colors that compliment your theme but do not become “matchy-matchy.” With a theme like peach, coral or pink, try to use grays or taupe to coordinate the colors! Expert designers agree that the magazine look can be achieved in big or little styles. Mini centerpieces full of anenomies or sweetpeas can be very modern looking in simple vases!

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Calluna Events

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Who Said Brown is Boring?!

We don’t know about you, but we are really into this year’s trend of grays and neutrals, and different browns mixed with hot summer colors. There are lots of options in terms of hues, fabrics, materials and ideas! Think: burlap, stone, coffee beans, raffia, birch tree bark, fiddlehead ferns, leather, chocolate cupcakes – just to get you thinking!

Hot pink and brown has been done, but what about neon teal and stone? Or lilac, brown and hot orange? Cast iron and copper and smoke? Get creative with place cards, invitations, stemware and even your bouquets and accessories! Here are some photos to get you started.

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Fun, Quirky Ideas for the Cake!

While the bride and groom atop the cake can be sweet, quaint and classic, it is becoming trendy to switch it up and bring some custom individuality to the top of your cake! For custom made pieces, one of our favorite sites is, which provides artisans and craft-people of the world the opportunity to share, sell and advertise their wonderful creations, so you don't have to hit Jo-Anne Fabrics and come up with it on your own!

Look at these fun ways to top your cake, courtesy of Skunkboy Creatures and Vintage Proverbs (

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cat & Levi :: Della Terra Mountain Chateau Estes Park wedding

Cat & Levi
Della Terra Mountain Chateau :: Estes Park, Colorado
July 3, 2011
Photography by :: FLOURISH Photography

This past weekend we had the honor of working with Cat & Levi to coordinate their wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateau. For those of you who haven't been to Della Terra! What an incredible mountain wedding venue. It is a gem! Located near the Fall River Road entrance of Rocky Mountain Park, Della Terra is the ultimate Colorado Mountain venue. We love everything about working with them. Pam and the staff at Della Terra are the consummate professionals and have nothing but the best in mind for brides and grooms wanting a truly unique and seamless experience. 
We simply LOVED working with Cat, Levi and Cat's parents, Karen & Michael. What a joy it is to work with such wonderful people. We worked with them long distance for a year to plan their destination wedding in Estes Park. It was truly a pleasure helping recommend vendors and pull of their details and logistics together to make their day a reality. 

We also had the opportunity to work with some Colorado wedding vendors we've never worked with! Special thanks to Jessica and Derek from Flourish Photography for sending us these teaser pictures. We also had the opportunity to work with Footers Catering, a first for Calluna Events. As well as C'est Chic Cupcakes! Yum! And some of our favorites, European Flower Shop for florals.


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Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner