Holly & Grant | May 17th | Boulder, Colorado
From the bride:
Our wedding was a combination of a cocktail party and a garden party – casual and fun. Neither Grant nor I are big party people – we just wanted an environment where we could mingle and enjoy the presence of all our friends and family.
We got married on my parent’s property in Boulder, under an arch that my father built. We had a classical guitarist play as we entered. There were no bridesmaids or groomsmen. The ceremony was short and sweet. Grant and I wrote it together and we heard throughout the rest of the day that it sounded just like us.
We had a large (40×60) tent in the yard with lights. The reception was mostly a chance to mingle and chat with people – and enjoy the good food and good wine and beer. We had local brews (selected by Grant) and wine options from California and New Zealand (selected by my dad).
We had lights strung across the tent and beautiful flowers on the tables. We did splurge for the ‘harvest tables’ which added a little bit of rustic charm to the decor. I really just wanted to flowers to be the focus of the day, and they were.
Neither Grant nor I are dancers, but there was something about our first dance. You hear about everyone else disappearing and having it just be the two of you – that happened to me while we danced – I loved it.
First, you hear all the time that you won’t remember your wedding day – that you will not be aware of the details you stressed over…and that was certainly true for me. So keep that in mind as you think about which napkin color to get.
Second, unless you are planning a tiny event or have years to plan, I would get a planner. Even if you think you can handle it, having someone to help with narrowing selections for vendors, who could do the leg work when it came to nailing down a contract or getting an update from a vendor was so wonderful. It allowed me to continue to work and have a life while I planned the wedding.
Third, really REALLY plan your guest list – make a list, have your fiancé make a list, go over the lists together, set them aside and go over them again later. Really think about how many people you want at your day. Grant and I ended up with about twice what we wanted (it turned out okay) but it was definitely the biggest stressor of the entire planning.
Lastly, try to enjoy the process. It will get stressful, but try to remember that at the end of the day, you will be married to the person you love – and the entire day is all about that.
Holly’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Event Planner: The Wedding Studio (HIGHLY recommend her!). Hope listened to what I wanted and brought me options. She was always willing to make changes and adjustments. She was available when I needed her and basically saved my sanity through the whole process. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Florist: The Perfect Petal. My floral designer was brilliant. The nature of what we wanted (mostly little containers of different sizes with individual flowers or small arrangements) necessitated intensive set-up on site. The layout was amazing – saturated colors through the tent, but not overwhelming or fussy. She also made us flower arrangements for the cake and the arch (for the ceremony). She listened to input and made changes. I would work with her again, no question.
Caterer: Footers Catering. Footers was amazing – our food station idea was a little bit different, but they worked with us to get a menu we all liked. They made changes to recipes and tweaked flavors for us. Their staff was incredible – friendly and helpful – throughout the evening. And the food was incredible! My only regret was that I didn’t get to eat more of it!