5 Things to Consider BEFORE You Start Planning Your Wedding

Allow me to join all of your friends + family in wishing you congratulations on your engagement! You're embarking on one of the best whirlwind, emotion-filled, roller coaster rides of your life. It's seriously the best!

And while there are tons of great blog posts and pins that will assist in those first steps of the planning process, the list below includes decisions and tasks to tackle BEFORE you commit to anything concrete.

Photo by James & Schulze

Photo by James & Schulze

1. Determine and discuss the most important elements of your wedding day, to YOU and YOUR FIANCE. Throughout the planning process, you'll be greeted with tons of ideas, feedback, and statements such as "you have to do this at your wedding" or "at my wedding, we did this, and you should too." Having a firm foundation for what's most important, you keep the focus centered on YOUR celebration and away from less desirable ideas, undoubtedly, coming your way.

2. When you know what's most important, you can move on to deciding where to host your shindig! Location can be a point of contention if you or your fiance, or both, are not natives of your current locale. Do you get married where you are now? And have guests travel to where your roots, as a couple, are growing? Do you get married in your hometown? Your fiance's? Or do you want your beginning as a married couple to be in an exotic location? Something low-key and destination?

3. Once you've decided, geographically, where to host your wedding, chat about whether it will be a big, over-the-top celebration or an intimate soiree with those closest to you. Whatever you decide will be a key component when it comes to discussing more important items like overall budget, budget allocation, venue parameters, and oodles of other things.

4. Set up an email account to be used solely for the wedding. When you begin contacting potential vendors and signing up for the latest wedding trend emails, you don't want your personal or work inbox to be overrun. By creating a wedding-specific email account, you can keep all things wedding separate from that super important project at work. It also allows you and your fiance to have one, shared source of communication for vendors + wedding related tasks, keeping you on the same page. 

5. Hire a wedding planner! Contrary to popular belief (and, ahem, popular wedding websites), we are a necessity vs. a luxury. And, I know I'm not alone, when saying, that your planning process is much better when we can be involved from the very beginning. There can be financial advantages to hiring a planner, but most importantly, a couple benefits from our expertise and network of vendors. In most, cases a professional wedding planner is doing his/her gig full-time. Much like you're a full-time, valued professional in your chosen career path, a great planner is an invaluable resource and critical piece of the puzzle. Choose someone you're comfortable with, locally, or in your destination city. We'll be working together, closely, for an extended period of time. It's important that we jive on a personal level and can trust one another.

I promise, by thinking and talking about the items above, your planning process will run much smoother and everyone involved, including you, will appreciate your thoughtful legwork.

Until next time,


{Published} COUTUREcolorado

Need a little urban, boho inspiration? Head on over to COUTUREcolorado to see how we mixed Denver's city landscape with soft and romantic elements at Lindsay + Jaron's Moss Denver wedding!

Meigan Canfield Photography

Want to see more? You can check out their full gallery here

Why "Day-Of" Wedding Coordination Is Anything But

Okay planning couples, let's have a serious chat about "day-of" wedding coordination and why it can't ever be "just the wedding day."  Don't get me wrong, the presence of a good professional coordinator, on the actual day, is included and is utterly priceless. However, every couple and every wedding is completely different! It takes time for said coordinator to truly understand your expectations and seamlessly execute YOUR vision and plans, with YOUR vendor team.

Dawn Sparks Photography

Dawn Sparks Photography

You've, no doubt, spent several months, and in some cases 1 year+, planning your big celebration.  The main reason (or hopefully) for hiring a coordinator for your wedding day is so that you can enjoy the beginning of your marriage with those closest to you! Would you honestly trust someone who has NO idea what you've put in place, to execute your vision to perfection, while you sit back and sip champagne? Without first communicating with you about every aspect of the day? I'm willing to bet the answer is, "NO." In order to do that you have to establish a rapport and have a trusting relationship with a procured professional. THAT TAKES TIME! Even professionals who offer their services as hourly labor need to have some sort of pre-communication and "big picture" idea to work with. 

In addition to communicating with everyone involved, beforehand, it's important for your coordinator to be included at the venue's final walk through (typically 30-45 days prior to your wedding day). Not only to fully understand how you expect the room to be set, but to clearly communicate that expectation to your vendors, well in advance of showtime. It is also at this point, that any changes to a standing rental order (i.e. tables, linens, chairs, centerpieces, etc...) are recognized, allowing plenty of time for those changes to take effect. 

 A professional coordinator needs to be fully informed, in advance, of any and all important times (i.e. ceremony start, reception start, venue access, etc...). You may have developed an extremely detailed timeline and shared it with vendors, friends, & family. Can you imagine if you didn't discuss any of that with your coordinator before the actual wedding day? He/she probably wouldn't arrive at the right time and/or be able to know if any of your vendors arrived at the right time. And, as detailed as your timeline may be, chances are, there are some "little" items missing that need to be vetted for your vendors to execute their individual responsibilities. For instance, what time should everyone line up for the ceremony? Who is cuing the musicians for song changes during the processional? Who is performing the welcome/blessing upon your introduction into the reception? When are you doing your first dance? Is it before or after you cut the cake? When is the band eating and taking a break? And on and on and on...

While I could talk, for literally hours, about why a "day-of" coordinator's responsibility really encompasses the month (or more!) before the wedding, I think you get the picture. As a side note to all of the above, I also highly recommend that you don't sacrifice the thousands of dollars you've spent thus far by skimping on the wedding day management of those dollars.

In an attempt to change the stigma and misconceptions of this commonly known service, when you contact Pink Champagne Events, you'll receive information about our "Wedding Day Planning + Coordination" services. I trust, based on several conversations with colleagues, that my fellow planners have already or will soon, change their service wording.

For more helpful hints to seamlessly communicate and transition your plans to your wedding day coordinator, check out this post

Until next time,


{Published} Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine Blog

I'm so honored to announce that Christina + Jason had their lovely Estes Park wedding published on Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine's Blog! Happy (early) 1st Anniversary, you two! :) To see the full feature on RMB click here. For an extended look into their wedding, you can view their gallery here.

Image by Caroline of Pippins Pictures Photography

{Published} Wedding Chicks Happy Hour

A fab image, captured by Haley Sheffield, from Joy + Cody's fabulous late-August wedding was the spotlight of the Wedding Chicks Happy Hour, yesterday!  While the showcased image is below, you can check out even more images of their extremely detailed and lovely affair here.

Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine Cover - WINNER!!

Firstly, THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Sara + Brian's image in the RMB Cover Contest!  I'm thrilled to announce that THEY WON!!! You'll see this gorgeous couple grace the cover of Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine's 2014 Summer issue! Secondly, I wanted to share some insight behind the photo. Sara + Brian had a fabulously detailed and stylish, late-August wedding in Estes Park. After the ceremony commenced, guests headed up to the pavilion for cocktails and nibbles, while Caroline (Pippin's Pictures), Sara, and Brian trekked off for the newlyweds' photo session.  Immediately following that session, the couple was introduced into their reception, had dinner, and started celebrating with everyone who had joined them. Fast forward about an hour...behind-the-scenes, Caroline and myself, were commenting on how gorgeous the light was and what a glorious sunset we were about to witness.  We also chatted about the difficult decision to pull our very happy and celebratory couple away from their festivities for MORE pictures in the sun-kissed light!  I am SO SO SO happy we made the decision to do that, because the winning picture was from that 2nd newlyweds' session!!  And...I'm sure Sara + Brian as just as thrilled that they took Caroline up on her offer for the fabulous re-do of their bride + groom portraits!  Congratulations again to the happy couple and "Cheers" to Caroline for capturing such a lovely image and the cover of RMB!

Sara + Brian RMB Cover Winners

{Married} Meredith + Greg | Beaver Creek, CO Wedding

Aspen grove, antlers, and magnificent watercolor.  Those are the 3 things that come to mind when I think about Meredith + Greg's lovely Beaver Creek wedding.  Their very intimate ceremony took place in the aspen grove outside the back doors of the stunning SaddleRidge Restaurant and was officiated by Meredith's father, Harvey.  Following the ceremony + cocktail hour, guests moved into the dining area where each table was adorned by various shaped centerpieces with different types of flowers, herbs + plants, and antlers!  Having a traditional Colorado wedding allowed Meredith to incorporate her LOVE of antlers into her decor. Throughout the entire day, watercolor was an ever present detail in every aspect.  From their save-the-dates and invitations, to the ceremony programs and escort cards, rounded out by the table numbers and burlap runners, Meredith completely outdid herself!  And, it all played beautifully together. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your special day!

Venue: Saddle Ridge

Photographer: Laura Murray

Florist: Bare Root Flora

Catering: Saddle Ridge Restaurant

Hair: Brandice Boss

Makeup: Cassandra Garza with Pink Lashes MUA

Linens: Hand colored burlap by the bride

Baker: Batter Cupcakes

Stationery: Hand colored by the bride

Ceremony Guitarist: Friend of the couple

DJ: A Music Plus

Officiant: Harvey Martz (Father of the Bride)

Transportation: Beaver Creek Village Transportation

Hotel: The Charter at Beaver Creek and The Osprey


{Married} Katie + Tom | Vail, CO Wedding

Katie + Tom were SO. MUCH. FUN. to work with!  They both have jobs that keep them extremely busy and so naturally, in their limited downtime, they like to have as much fun as possible. I literally walked away from every meeting with a sore stomach from laughing so hard.  I don't know how their photographer, Joni Schrantz, was able to keep her focus with these two and capture the amazing pictures she did!!  Although it was a very classy wedding and reception in Vail, they met every decision with a casual, carefree, "it's one day" kind of attitude!  My kind of couple! :)

Ceremony Venue: Beaver Creek Chapel

Reception Venue: The Arrabelle at Vail Square

Photographer: Joni Schrantz

Hair: Brandice Larsen

Makeup: Cassandra Garza with Pink Lashes MUA

Catering: Arrabelle Hotel

Baker: Pastry Chef at Arrabelle Hotel

Florist: Petal & Bean

Linens: Chair Covers & Linens

Transportation: Vail Coach

Officiant: Pastor Mark Huggenvik (with BC Chapel)

Ceremony Guitarist: Steve Shurack

DJ: Rockin' Roger