When it comes to packing for your elopement, you don’t want to miss a thing! We’re here to give you tips on what to remember so you don’t have to worry about it the day of when you’re far from home!
Wedding day outfits: Sounds like a no-brainer but make sure you pack your full outfit for the day of. Often times wedding gowns require certain underwear and bras to ensure you cant see it. For the grooms, it comes down to the little things like handkerchiefs and socks. Be sure to properly pack your garments so they don’t get damaged during travel. Ask your hotel or Air BnB if you can expect an iron, if not, pack one or plan to stop at the store upon arrival.
Accessories: Whatever you plan on wearing on the day of your wedding, make sure it’s packed! That includes jewelry, heels, and your comfortable shoes. If you plan on changing your shoes and even if you don’t, its nice to have as an opinion for getting those photos on top of a hill or if you start to get blisters. The best advice we have here is to break in those heels first!
Vows: After writing your vows, you don’t want to leave them behind! Take a photo of handwritten notes or email typed notes to yourself just in case. We highly suggest using a moleskin book to read them off of vs using your phone.
Lipstick: While you might be getting your makeup down for the big day, most makeup artists will suggest you use your own lipstick so you can have it with you for touchups throughout the day.
The Rings: Here’s what could be another “no brainer” but when the nerves hit, its easy to forget! Pack these in your carry-on so you can relax during your flight.
Weather options: Pack back-up accessories to accommodate for the weather such as a fur coat, umbrellas, sunglasses, sunscreen, or anything else you can think of. For our brides at Custom Weddings of Colorado, we do pack fur coat options as well as umbrellas! We want you to have nothing on your mind but enjoying your big day.
When it comes to packing for your elopement, the best practice is to make a list and double-check. At Custom Weddings of Colorado, we are happy to go over lists with couples to ensure they bring everything they need and ultimately have peace of mind. We can help with your dream elopement, destination wedding, or micro wedding in Colorado. Contact us today!
The ceremony is arguably the most special part of your entire wedding day, it’s the moment you commit to your partner for the rest of your lives. The best part is you can make it all your own – a memory you and your partner will cherish forever.
To make your ceremony extra special, there are a number of rituals and traditions you can incorporate. We have listed some of our favorites in this blog.
Write Your Own Vows
Plant a Tree
Many couples are choosing to plant a tree together as a symbol of their new relationship and how they will grow together. You don’t need to dig into the earth and get dirty either. It can be as simple as you both pouring soil into a pot and adding a few seeds to it.
TIP: many venues, especially on public lands, will not let you plan on their grounds. We recommend a potting ceremony and then taking the plant back to your own home and then putting it in the ground on your personal property.
The Champagne Toast
Another meaningful way to highlight your union is to incorporate hand-binding into your ceremony. Basically, your officiant will place a ribbon or delicate binding around your hands while saying vows of commitment.
Say a Prayer as a Family
Childlike Descriptions of Love
If you are choosing to have an adult-only wedding, there is still a way to include the children of friends and family. In the months leading up to your wedding, get your guests to ask their children what love means to them. Your officiant can then incorporate these sweet and special answers into your ceremony.
Combine Family Traditions
If you and your partner have different faiths or very strong family traditions, find ways to incorporate both into the ceremony. This makes everyone feel welcomed and loved and sets the tone for your life as a married couple.
Thinking about writing your own wedding vows? It’s always so romantic when couples do this because they are sharing a piece of their hearts with each other and their guests. It can feel like a huge undertaking, so we’re sharing some of our favorites tips with you
What to Include
Share personal anecdotes. Was there a moment when you knew your partner was the one? Let them know in your vows. Keep in mind that any guests in attendance might not be familiar with the story, so consider that when you write it out. You want everyone to be able to follow along.
Why and how you fell in love. There is no such thing as too sweet or cheesy at weddings! This is your chance to tell your partner why they are the only one for you and why you want to spend forever with them.
Quotes. Try adding quote from your favorite movie, song or book. It should be something you both enjoy or make sense for you as a couple. From there, you can expand on why its important to you.
Tips for writing vows
Take your time. Give yourself plenty of time to write your vows and don't put it off until the last minute. It is easier to express yourself when you aren't under a time crunch~
Have a notable beginning, middle, and end. It's true for any writing, a good speech has a notable beginning, middle, and end. Sometimes its easier to write your middle and then fill in the intro and conclusion.
Get inspired. If you’re feeling stuck, jot down your favorite memories with your partner or what you ike about them. Watch movies you both love and listen to your song(s) to spark creativity.
Practice. Practicing will prevent you from fumbling over your words on the day of. You’ll likely be a little nervous and filled with emotion the day of so you’ll be glad you practiced. When practicing and for the real thing talk loudly and slowly to ensure everyone can hear and understand.
Use a Book. We’re all about embracing technology but if you’re not memorizing your vows, please don't read them off your phone. You’ll be glad you didnt when you get back the photos. We highly recommend writing them down in a small moleskine notebook as an alternative!
My Small Wedding Plan
We love it when you have a meaning for ceremony, and what better way to express your love than by writing your own vows. Of course if you're a more traditional couple, you can combine your own vows with traditional ones and have the best of both worlds.
Either way, we want your wedding to exceed your expectations. Reach out to us for help with planning your colorado elopement or micro wedding.
When it comes to your wedding, what are you and your fiancé dreaming about the most? Stunning outfits? A mountain landscape? Top shelf bar? Whatever it is, that’s where you should start. To do this you can use wedding magazines. Print out photos, or do it entirely on a digital platform.
If your focus is the gown and you have a type of gown in mind, put that in the center of your board and expand from there. If you are dreaming of a floral boho dress for example, then you might want to consider reception locations that fit that vibe. The location could help to inspire your colors, which can then influence your flowers and cake.
Questions to ask yourselves:
Here are some things to consider
Try on dresses/suit and take in to consideration the time of year you plan to get married. Warmer months may opt for linen suits and colder weather couples may lean towards long sleeves dresses or to add a fur shawl.
A wonderful aspect of small weddings is the ability to take them almost anywhere. Location options for your small wedding are different from big weddings.
To start, those picturesque ceremonies with mountain backdrops are typically only obtainable for those with a slim guest count. That’s because access and space at the site are limited.
You can host your small wedding reception at a restaurant or in an Air BnB. Unlike larger weddings which are held at banquet halls and other facilities, there is no minimum requirement for the alternative locations. Meaning, you and your spouse can pick more unique spots to host both the ceremony and reception.
What type of flower arrangements are you going to have and what colors do you want them to include? Some couples opt for white, simple bouquets and others want large bouquets with vibrant colors and maybe even feathers!
The best part of a vision board is it allows you to see your dream wedding in advance! You can then see what fits and what could be adjusted in order to have your vision come to life in a cohesive way.
As founder of Custom Weddings of Colorado, we’re all about small weddings! There are so many benefits to these and we’re outlining some of them for you below.
It’s no secret that the more guests you have, the harder it is to connect with all of them on your big day. Smaller weddings allow for not only you as a couple to interact with the guests, as outlined below, but also for your guests to mingle together.
Time with your guests
Unlike traditional weddings with 150 plus people where couples headed to each table for a few minutes, while micro weddings allow for quality time with all your guests. You’ll have plenty of time to take pictures, have conversations, and ultimately make memories with each of your guests
Takes the pressure off a bit
Introverts, rejoice! Smaller weddings are less pressure because your vows aren’t held in a giant location packed with people; some of whom are friends of family you haven’t spoken to since the last family wedding. Instead, it is your closest friends and family that get to witness your day. It’s the most important people in your lives that you are comfortable with and that fact alone often puts couples at ease
All the benefits of eloping
The benefits of eloping are saving money, breathtaking locations that aren’t available to large crowds, and the intimacy of the moment. Micro weddings have ALL that while including your closest friends and family so you don’t have to comprise
More space in the budget
When you’re paying per person, each little item can really add up when you have 100 plus guests. According to Wedding Wire’s 2020 wedding report, nearly 60% of couples end up increasing their initial budget. That’s likely because while some costs are fixed, others are calculated based on the number of guests. If you want to have wedding favors, a dessert bar, a taco truck, custom napkins, bubbles to blow for your exit, ect...it all adds up and is based on the guest coun
Smaller weddings mean more opportunities. So many of our couples get married in beautiful locations that don’t allow for large crowds. Not only that, but reception locations truly open up with small weddings. Rather than a banquet hall with two to three entree options, small weddings can be held in restaurants with the full menu available or you could hire a private chef. When it comes to staying over for the big day, small weddings can rent one or two Air BnBs rather than a hotel block, which makes for a wonderful bonding weekend between the guests.
When it comes to weddings, we truly believe smaller is better. Both you, your guests, and your wallet can benefit. If you’re looking for help planning your micro wedding in Colorado, reach out! We’d love to answer your questions and be part of your special day.
When it comes to picking a color scheme, there are many directions you can go, so that can feel overwhelming. We are here to help guide our couples to help them choose the best color scheme for their big day. There is more to it than simply picking your favorite colors! There are many hues and factors that come into play
We are here to help with figuring out your color scheme as well as navigating other aspects of the planning process. Contact us for more details, we are here to help!
Wendee Vezzetti: mother, student, planner, gardener, mountain biker, entrepreneur, librarian, hiker, snowboarder, reader, dork, chocoholic, trail runner and creative.