Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Making Your Out of Town Wedding Guests Feel Welcome

Weddings are a time to celebrate with friends and family, often times with people who travel to join the festivities. As an out of town guest, attending a wedding can seem somewhat daunting being in a foreign place surrounded with strangers.  We have some great tips to help your out of town guests feel right at home for your wedding this season! 

As your RSVPs start to trickle in, begin assembling welcome packages that you can send to them months prior to the wedding.  As if you don’t have enough on your plate already, this little extra task will ensure that everyone feels welcome and will undoubtedly create an a memorable introduction to how special your wedding day will be.  These pre-wedding welcome packages can be almost free and can be a fun task for your Maid of Honor or for one of the bridesmaids! Think of including a local area map with notes on it of some of your favorite hikes, attractions, and must sees for your guests while they are in town for your wedding.  Including a mini brochure of restaurants and favorite special attractions that hold a special place in you and your sweetie’s heart is also a great way to help introduce your guests to your destination while reminding them why they are making the trip! Lastly, important contact information and phone number can be a helpful way for guests to feel more at ease as they travel to help celebrate with you.

Custom wedding map included in invitation by Smoke Proof Press

Custom Wedding Maps from Laura Lavender

Bird Dog Press and Keira Ritter

Another great way to help make your out of town guests feel more at home is to welcome them with a small gift basket.  These can be inexpensive and will help to create the best start to their trip imaginable.  A nice welcome note signed by the bride and groom thanking them to come will bring warmth to the hearts of your guests.  A great idea for these welcome bundles is to include some of your favorite local snacks and treats.  A huge trend we’re seeing this summer in our weddings is Colorado honey.

Bird Dog Press and Keira Ritter

These small tasks will help to create a comfortable welcome for your out of town guests and are also a great way to share with your guests a little bit more about what you and the happy groom love about where you are hosting your wedding! 

Much love
Colorado Wedding Planner + Stylist 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Nuni + Andrew :: Urban Denver wedding meets style in a skate warehouse

Nuni + Andrew
Stylish urban skate warehouse Denver wedding
May 2012
No Love Skate Warehouse 

Working with Nuni and Andrew we had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with Design Works in Denver as well as with LMD Productions on all lighting and AV needs to transform the NoLove Skate Warehouse into a stylish, modern setting for their post-wedding reception. Picture a true warehouse - bare walls, cement floors, exposed pipes and graffiti and then see below to for the transformation. 

Nuni and Andrew met through their love of skateboarding and decided to host their post wedding party and the NoLove Skateboarding warehouse that Andrew owns. During the week friends meet here to skate and hang out. So it was a truly challenging yet inspiraitonal exepience for us to work with all the vendors to transform the space and give Nuni and Andrew the feeling they wanted. 

We centered the inspiration on Nuni's favorite flower, red tulips. She wanted a simple design of red and white for the flowers and decor. Floor to ceiling drape covered the walls but let the graffiti peak through to keep the skate warehouse vibe for the party. 

We had the pleasure of working with Hosea Rosenburg, James Lee and Karen Doolittle of Blackbelly Catering on the coursed meal for Nuni and Andrew. The food, drinks and service were incredible! If you need a top notch caterer in Denver doing local, high end food for events you need to call Blackbelly Catering. Their team is amazing and the guests were very impressed with the presentation and taste of each course. Not to mention the inventive drinks by Mixologist James Lee! Having Blackbelly Catering at your event is a true culinary experience! 

Event Design + Planning :: Calluna Events
Catering :: Blackbelly Catering
Mixologist :: James Lee of Blackbelly Catering
Photography :: Eric Casanova Photography
Decor and Design :: Denver Design Works
Lighting and AV :: LMD Productions
Rentals :: Event Rents

Much love,
Calluna Events 
Colorado Wedding Planner + Event Stylist