How to avoid these three big pitfalls in wedding planning!
The most expensive parts of a wedding are often the mistakes you make while planning! We can help you avoid making those wedding planning mistakes. A wedding planner's job is to do three things -
The mistakes! WHat they are, how to avoid them.
The most expensive part of planning a wedding is making mistakes! This info will hopefully help you to make great planning decisions!
FIRST - Think about the budget, make it match the vision. We wrote a blog post HERE on how to think about budgeting for a wedding.
We LOVE gorgeous tablescapes! Here's how they are created!
Every great tablescape starts with a vision. You want your guests to experience a specific feeling when they sit down at your table. All the little details on the table is what makes that experience happen. Linens, flatware, glassware, plates and chargers, placecards, centerpieces, candles, pretty little sprigs of greenery or herbs, a menu, and table numbers are just some of the top-of-table things you should think of.
Chargers! Lets talk about what they're for, why we use them, and when to not use them!
Flatware - Commonly mis-named silverware. This should only be called silverware if it exactly that - silver (not the color... the metal!).
Glassware should be set for the meal service. Don't have superfluous glassware on the table that you won't need.
We have a love affair with linens!
It might be the last conversation you want to have as a newlywed couple, but finances play a huge role in a successful marriage. The recipe for a happy marriage is made of trust and open communication. This is especially important when it comes to money. Money is the #1 leading cause of stress in a relationship with more than 35 percent of respondents stating money played the main factor. Couples who are on the same page about finances feel more secure, argue less, and even have a better sex life. If you’re a newlywed couple, discuss these financial topics together to start your marriage on the right foot.
Are you a spender or a saver? Either way, don’t commit financial infidelity by making secret purchases without telling your spouse. A study from CreditCard.com found that 20 percent of married couples made a purchase of at least $500 USD without telling their spouses with six percent admitting to having a separate bank account the other wasn’t aware of. It’s great to be able to spend independently, but keeping secrets won’t do anyone any good. Communicate expenses and share passwords with each other so you can both view online what your financial situation looks like. You don’t have to tiptoe around each other when you want to make a purchase but there should also be a balance of wants vs. needs items.
Ask for help
If you feel that you’re at a dead end and your conversations about money aren’t productive or helpful, seek help from an outsider. It’s okay to ask a financial adviser, coach or accountant for help when managing your finances - single or married. Seeking a professional’s opinion might ease tension if you often argue about finances. An accountant or financial expert can help with complicated money matters such as investments and taxes, and they will also save you time in the long run. You will need to pay for such services, but depending on your current financial situation, they may be able to save you money in the long run, in addition to saving you stress, time and disagreements. Discussing money in a marriage can be tricky or even downright uncomfortable, but it starts with open and honest communication. With the right money management skills, spending habits, and patience, you will be on your way as a team to overcome any financial situation.
Nataly and Scott came all the way from Texas to get married in the winter in Colorado's gorgeous front range. They chose this destination wedding option that matched not only their budget but their vision. They got an awesome photographer, a fabulous officiant, a lovely dinner for family and friends, as well as a great planner, if I do say so myself! All completely within budget. Just because you're not spending 100k on the wedding doesn't mean you don't get a lovely day that reflects the two of you and entertains your intimate guest list! Be you, be authentic, and be direct about your planning. Make the right decisions to make your guest experience feel right! We can help! Thanks to Meredith Harris for the gorgeous photos! Great job to Yours Truly Cupcake for the cakes! More details about elopements here!
Colorado Elopement Planner. Destination Elopement Planner.
TEXAS NATIVES FOR A WINTER PARK Elopement
.Brynn and Stephen came from Texas to the snowy mountains of Colorado for their destination elopement. They braved the extremely chilly weather (a whopping 15 degrees outside) and exchanged their vows at the top of Winter Park. They kept some in some traditions with a bridal bouquet, a cake to cut after the ceremony and sharing a first dance as husband and wife at the restaurant they ate at afterwards. But they also threw in their own flair with Brynn's amazing black dress and her cowboy dressed in jeans. It was the perfect touch to this couple's destination elopement.
If you want to read more about their special day, Brynn was kind enough to write her own blog post about the elopement! Check it out HERE!
COLORADO ELOPEMENT PLANNER. DESTINATION ELOPEMENT PLANNER. SMALL WEDDING PLANNER.
Where in the world will your elopement take you?
Colorado Elopement Planner. Destination Elopement Planner.
Let us help you plan your perfect elopement
"An act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married."
Well in this day and age, elopements tend not to be a dramatic escape from an ivory tower and a battling family... more so a moment in time where two people, madly in love, take their first steps as husband and wife with a great big adventure. There are many layers to an elopement although it seems like the simple alternative to having a grand wedding. There is still a fair amount of planning involved especially if you aren't just going down to the courthouse to sign the marriage license. Here at Sweetly Paired we take care of it all for you! The location, the photographer, the reservations and even getting you a wonderful cake that the two of you can keep all to yourself. What I'm saying is that you can literally have your cake and eat it ALL too.
Whether you are planning to have your elopement here in Colorado or are looking to have a destination elopement we are the resource for you! Check out our packages HERE or speak with us directly HERE for a consultation meeting to learn more about the services and how we can whisk you away on your next great adventure.
Colorado Elopement Planner. Intimate Weddings. Colorado Small WEddings.
top 5 Colorado Mountain Venues
Donovan Pavilion is located in Vail, Colorado. Donovan Pavilion is an events facility tucked in between Gore Creek and the South Frontage Road near West Vail. We have worked there on numerous occasions and are always more than happy to be back in such a gorgeous location. The mountain views are hard to beat and the facility provides the best staff for any type of event. They are impeccable and incredibly knowledgeable not only about their venue, but about the area surrounding. So it is perfect for out of town guests as well who may want to find fun things to do while they continue their stay in Colorado.
The outdoor ceremony space at the Donovan backs right up to the river which creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere as you hear the crisp mountain water making its way down the stream. The surrounding areas make for some of the most beautiful wedding photos (as you can see in the ones we've posted below). Then there is the inside of the facility with its tall, vaulted ceilings, multitude of windows to let in natural light, and the beautiful wood finishings to bring a element of drama and nature into the room.
Check out more of the Donovan at their website here for more photos and information.
Vail Wedding Planner. Donovan Pavilion Planner.
OUR TOP 5 PICKS FOR BEST MOUNTAIN VENUES IN COLORADO
As we continue on during planning season, we know it can be challenging choosing a wedding venue. There are many factors to take in to account including your budget, your guest list (how many and where they are traveling from), your overall vision and theme, and your undying love for the mountains! Well if a mountain wedding is something that you have always dreamed of then spend the next week checking out our blog posts about our absolute favorite mountain venues right here in Colorado. Whether you are a native or are planning your destination wedding, these mountain venues offer some of the most scenic view you will ever lay eyes on... and who doesn't want that in their wedding photos?
Here are our top 5! We will be showcasing each one in a post over the next 5 days with our thought, our advice, and some of the most beautiful mountain wedding photos you will ever see.
1. Donovan Pavilion - Vail, CO
2. Park Hyatt - Beaver Creek, CO
3. Ten Mile Station - Breckenridge, CO
4. Sunspot - Winter Park, CO
5. Spruce Saddle, Saddle Ridge, Wedding Deck - Beaver Creek, CO
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Lilli Black is a wedding coordinator, planner and designer in Denver Colorado. She works in Denver, as well as all over Colorado. She has been in the wedding industry for many years, and has planned more than 1000 weddings in Colorado.