Frequently Asked Questions
Can we have more than 30 guests
Lots of our intimate ceremony sites max-out at 30 guests. Also many of the restaurants can't accommodate more than 30 in their private or semi-private area. And, we've found that ceremonies over 30-guests run more like a traditional wedding (think choreographing, DJ, dancing, etc.) than the spirited elopement-style, off-the-beaten-path, simple, meaningful and marriage-minded style in which this package was created. Therefore, 30 is our maximum. For over 30-guests, there is literally ONE site/restaurant venue that we can accommodate - but note: its got to be that elopement-style vibe that we described.
Can we bring our own photographer, florist or officiant?
Officiant: yes. Florist and photographer: No, and here is why. Gorgeous weddings are what attracts our clients to the package. We want to ensure that you receive something similar to what you see on our website. Therefore, we work with professional photographers & a professional florist in which we have established relationships for this package. We are happy to embellish the package by adding-on extra photo hours, creating centerpieces, crowns, or whatever your heart's desire.
With 20+ years in the industry, boy can we tell some stories! In the past, when we've worked with outside "professional" photographers who were really not so professional: disregarded our timing/logistics, got lost/confused, really didn't have a wedding photography business (were in school learning the trade), and even "got sick" just days before the wedding. Therefore, we include photographer with downloadable high-resolution images (with printing rights) in the package. After booking our package, you'll receive a list of at least 6 photographers from whom to choose. They are familiar with our wedding day sequence, the ceremony sites, and are proven quality (we've worked with some of them 15+ years). If you'd like to add-on enlargements and albums, you can work directly with the photographer post-wedding for those items.
Can we stay in Denver and have a wedding in the mountains?
Because many of our ceremonies are in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, we require that your lodging the night prior and the night of the wedding is within 20-minutes of the ceremony site. We have streamlined the timing & logistics so that you get photography coverage of wedding preparations, the cermeony, post-wedding formals, and the speeches/cutting of the cake. If your lodging or preparations are outside of the 20-minute drive to the cermeony site, we will may have to add extra photography/coordinating hours to the package.
Do you do same-sex marriages
Yes, ..... and, so do all our vendors.
Beside the package price, what else do we need to budget?
The intimate wedding package covers most items with a wedding, but it does not cover everything. Below are some other possible additional cost for you to budget (yes, we help make recommendations and referrals for other services):
Can we write our own vows? What are the ceremonies like?
Yes - this is quite common. You simply email those vows to your officiant before the cermeony. Alternately, many couples will write them in a Moleskin journal and bring it to the ceremony site. At the appropriate time, the officiant will eloquently ask you to present your vows to each other.
This package is very much "elopement-style". It means that generally we arrive to a ceremony site, pick a pretty spot and exchange vows. There is no "hoopla" with choreographed processionals (entrances) and recessionals (exit). The ceremony scrips are kept very simple, though most of our officiants do nice mentionings about marriage and will say a blessing (i.e. the Apache blessing). The ceremonies last around 15 minutes.
Though, some of our couples will have a maid-of-honor and/or a best man stand up with them. We do bring an BlueTooth speaker so that the bride and her escort can have an entrance to a song. Sometimes the couple decides to walk in together. But basically, it is kept very minimal and very simple (i.e. a maximum of two groups of people walking out to the same song). More simplified yet, some couples decide to arrive to the ceremony site 15-minutes prior to their guests (great for photos) and then greet their guests at they arrive to the site.
Can we have a moh and BM?
Generally, most our intimate ceremonies do not have any attendants; some may have just one maid/matron of honor and one best man. If you do decide that you want a larger wedding party with choreographed entrances and exits, we can help arrange that. It does mean that a wedding rehearsal is required (otherwise, it can totally "flop", and we don't want that). You can choose a rehearsal the morning of the wedding (starting at $250 additional fee), or to do a rehearsal the afternoon prior (starting at $300 additional fee). This is the account for extra planning & choreographing, day-of coordination timing and travel time/expense. Of course, this is also highly dependent on the availability of the wedding venue. Other fees may apply (i.e. gondola or ski lift foot passes for rehearsals the day prior).
How does this entire process work?
We make the planning very easy with providing you guidance. It goes in waves. Of course, the first step is to book the package, which is also synchronized with picking the date and ceremony site. If you are struggling with that, we recommend booking the Getting Started Colorado Site Report.
After booking our package, we move into booking the vendors and providing you with guidance on restaurants, lodging and hair/makeup. We provide you with "homework" items that are broken-down into easy, focused task - just one or two at a time so as not to overwhelm. Around the same time, we'll be establishing your logistics: timing/sequencing for a great wedding day flow. Once that is established, the custom designed florals and cake can begin - simply email us images. Finally, we put the finishing touches on your wedding with details like songs, getting ready, and confirmations to all the vendors.
What do you do for a weather backup?
The good thing is that in 8+ year of offering this elopement-style package, we've only had to use a weather back-up plan twice! A typcial weather pattern for the spring & summer in Colorado is a late afternoon thunderstorm. We can usually wait it out for 15-30 minutes, and it will clear. The fall weather is more dry and predicable, but that isn't to say there won't be freakish weather that rolls through. Again, it is sually quick and we can wait it out. Winter weather is something different: our clients that plan the outdoor winter wedding usually have a unique spirit. They get married wearing capes and snowboots the natural beauty and snow regarless... and we love it! Here are some options that we often consider in case it just looks like the weather will be socked-in for the day:
Why an intimate, small wedding PACKAGE? What is your story?
We are meticulous and passionate about providing gorgeous small weddings and elopements clients the same quality of larger weddings. It should still feel like a wedding with amazing photography, gorgeous florals, gourmet cake, onsite assistance, and a meaningful ceremony - with the ease of a professional planner who has years of experience specifically with small weddings. Don't tell... but we like to surprise our couples with special details like a cake stand gift, or a custom topper - and, if it gets chilly, we even pack some real fur stoles for that luxurious feel.
It can be a little difficult planning a small wedding, especially from out-of-state. (from Wendee) I know because I've had personal experience planning my own small wedding. In 2007, I had spent over 10 years planning corporate events and large traditional weddings. I didn't want a large wedding. Even working with vendors and venues that I knew, many had a hard time conceptualizing my vision of a 20-person wedding. I had to be very specific and descriptive as they immediately went to visions of a 100-person bash. I had to end up explaining to people that I was planning a small family event and not even use the word "wedding." I ended up renting a 9-person vacation house in which everyone was housed for four days under the same roof - it was a blast! We had the ceremony there and walked to a next-door high-end restaurant. Our friends and family raved for years about how the fun from our wedding weekend. Though, I continued to plan large weddings until 2011 when I became pregnant with my son. As my value systems changed, I knew that so would the service I provide to my clients. I believe in making marriages meaningful; I believe in the importance of close family and friends; I believe in sharing the beauty and nature of Colorado with our couples in their most important moments of life; and, I believe that those moments should be peaceful and intimate. I love providing this service to couples who have those similar values and small wedding visions - we can make it a reality for you.