Wedding Tips and Resources for Wedding Planning During COVID-19

We are living in times of uncertainty, but we are hopeful that we will all celebrate again soon. We want to offer our tips on how to stay happy and healthy during this period of social distancing and self quarantines along with some great resources for wedding planning during this time. The #CallunaCrew is here for you.

XO,

Calluna


WEDDING RESOURCES

Harpers Bazaar : We Spoke to 15+ Luxury Wedding Vendors About What to Expect When Postponing Your Wedding

Brides : 12 Places to Shop and Try On Wedding Gowns and Bridesmaid Dresses from Home

Brides : What to Know if You’re Planning a Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brides:The 15 Best Change the Date Cards to Send If Your Wedding is Postponed

Brides:Planning a Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic? You Should Be Asking Your Vendors These Questions

Martha Stewart Weddings: Your Guide to Sending Postponement Announcements If Your Wedding Date Changed Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Junebug Weddings: 5 Ways to Support Small Businesses in the Wedding Industry During COVID-19

Ruffled Blog :Stuck at home? Here’s your 14-day Virtual Wedding Planning Bootcamp

HEALTH + WELLNESS RESOURCES

Get Creative with Brit + Co : Take advantage of free online classes through 04/09.

Zen out on Headspace: Take a minute to breathe and try Headspace for free.

Dance and get your heart rate up with The Class : Try two weeks for free.

Connect and chat with family and friends on Zoom, Google Hangouts or FaceTime.

Take a listen to a good health + wellness podcast.

Master the art of cooking at home.

It’s okay to lay on the couch! Binge watch these shows.

Start a virtual book club with friends or family.

Take virtual museum tours at world famous galleries.


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Calluna Tips: 4 Fun Fall Date Night Ideas

We admit, we are going to miss summer… but these slightly cooler temperatures have us ready to start sipping on warm apple cider and embracing the beautiful season of Fall. While it’s easy to stay cozy inside during the cooler months, we have some absolutely great date ideas to keep things exciting with your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancee or hubby!

Enjoy! Xo, Calluna


Everybody knows that fall is the season full of delicious food and tasty flavors. From homemade pies to fabulous fall cocktails, the opportunities for a scrumptious fall feast are endless. Try a cooking class for an action packed date night, not only will you gain some culinary skills but you and your date will have a great time in the kitchen. For our Colorado locals check out some of the fabulous classes offered by The Lyons Farmette, Sur La Table and Cook Street like “Quick Pickling,” “Fabulous Fall soups,” and “American pies.”

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Lyons Farmette (upper) || Manzanita Photography (lower)


Summer picnics seem to get all of the attention, but we believe that nothing says Fall like a cozy picnic stocked with delicious cheeses and a good bottle of wine. Embrace fall rustic décor, and set up your picnic with mason jars, warm plaid blankets and classic picnic baskets. Want to make your picnic effortless? Check out Cured’s amazing options for picnic baskets…all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cured (upper) || Pete Krumhardt via Midwest Living


Enjoy a night out on the town with your date and check out some of the fantastic shows coming to Colorado this fall! The Ellie Caukins Opera House will be putting on Swan Lake beginning the first week of October, and we think the ballet will make for an incredibly romantic fall date night! Not a ballet-loving sort of couple? Check out some of the hilarious comedy shows the Dairy Center for the Arts will be putting on in Boulder. For more information on events in Denver and Boulder click here & here!

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Colorado Ballet


Fall in Colorado means some seriously gorgeous shades of yellows, oranges and reds occupying the trees, and there is no excuse to not get outside and see the beauty! So lace up your hiking boots, put on some layers and make a fabulous Fall hike the perfect date. The West Maroon Trail, The Booth Creek Trail and the Staunton Ranch Trail are perfect for a healthy fall date.

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Photo Credit: Jason J. Hatfield via 5280 Magazine


Featured Photo: Manzanita Photography

5 Tips: How to Personalize Your Wedding

Here at Calluna, we know that a gorgeous wedding is all in the details. You’ll be celebrating your special day surrounded by your family and loved ones, and a little personalization goes a long way! Adding personal touches will make your guests feel special and instantly welcomed. We have a compiled a list of five tips on easy ways to personalize your wedding day and make the celebration just a little bit more special!

Enjoy! Xo, Calluna


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Photo Credit: Steve Stanton Photography (upper) || James Christianson Photography (lower)


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Photo Credit: Heather Gray Photography 


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Photo Credit: Steve Stanton Photography


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Photo Credit: Dawn Sparks Photography


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Photo Credit: Jason & Gina Photography (upper) || Gino Siller Photography 


Featured Photo: Rachel Havel Photography

3 Tips: How to Use Pinterest for Wedding Planning

Everybody knows that Pinterest can be incredibly inspirational (and maybe even a little addicting). Whether you are browsing for fitness tips or an exciting new recipe, Pinterest has it all. However, as event planners we know that Pinterest is an especially useful tool for future brides, wedding planners and wedding lovers everywhere. We know that Pinterest can be a little overwhelming sometimes, especially for new users, so we have compiled a list of five tips on how to maneuver Pinterest for wedding planning in an effective and fun way!

Enjoy! Xo, Calluna


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Photo Credit: Jessica Christie Photography (top) || Michele Hart Photography (bottom)


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Photo Credit: James // Schulze Photography (top) || James Christianson (bottom)


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Photo Credit: Jessica Christie Photography (top) || Tess Pace Photography (bottom)


Featured Image: James Christianson Photography

The Wedding Guest Book: Three Fun & Unique Ideas

A guest book is a fantastic way to look back and remember all of the family and friends who shared your special day with you. Traditionally, couples use a guest book to document sweet notes and wishes from their wedding guests, and while we love tradition, we also love when couples mix it up. We have compiled a list of our favorite unique guest book ideas that will appeal to all types of couples. With these fresh and creative takes on the wedding guest book, you and your hubby will look fondly upon your wedding day for years to come.

Enjoy! Xo, Calluna


 The Photo Guest Book: Your guests are already dressed up for the occasion, so why not document how fabulous they look with a photo guest book? Have guests snap their own pics on polaroid cameras, or have a photo-booth set up with fun props! We absolutely adored Annie & Thomas’ polaroid display at their Summer 2015 St Julien Wedding!

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Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography


The Video Guest Book: Technology has become a huge part of weddings, and many couples are choosing to incorporate modern elements into their celebration. We love the idea of a video guest book where guests can leave a special message for the newlyweds. Not only will it capture the heartfelt emotions of your guests but you can also watch it for years to come!

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Photography Credit: One Love Photography 


The Interactive Guest Book: Giving your guests an opportunity to have a little fun with your guest book is a great way to start the party! We adore the idea of a puzzle guest book, where each party-goer signs a piece of the big puzzle. You can get the puzzle pieces custom made or monogrammed at sites like Bella Puzzles Shop or Beaucoup, to make it more personal. We also love the idea of fitting your guest book to the theme of your celebration…Having a mountain wedding? Have guests sign beautiful rocks that you can keep in your future home. Getting married on a sandy beach? Pick out shells with your future spouse and have each guest sign a beautiful shell.

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Photo Credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat (upper via Real Simple ||  Kelly Ewell Photography (lower)


Featured Photo: Laura Murray Photography

The Do’s & Dont’s Of Social Media at Weddings

To tweet or not to tweet? Social media has become a huge part of our lives, and a significant part of the wedding world. Whether you chose to have a celebration full of instagrams, tweets and snapchats or a technology free day, there are most definitely some guidelines we think are important to follow as the host and as the guest. We have compiled a list of the essential Do’s & Don’t of social media at weddings to give you the inside scoop on when its okay to snap and post!


For the Bride & Groom:

DO come up with a hashtag. Using a hashtag for your wedding is a great way to capture all of the special moments that occur throughout the wedding in one place. Some of our #callunacouples have been tremendously creative like #hailtothekings from Annie and Thomas King’s gorgeous wedding last summer at the St. Julien, #oliveuforever from Mari-Katherine and Tomas’ Greek-Spanish bash up in Craig, and #exchangingvauxs from Molly and Nick’s mountain wedding at Spruce Mountain Ranch. Make sure to include the hashtag you pick on your wedding website, save the dates or invites to get the word out there!

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DON’T post your engagement on social media before telling your loved ones. Facebook and other social media platforms may be the easiest way to spread your exciting news but your parents, siblings, and grandparents will most likely appreciate hearing the news from you first. After you’ve talked to them, feel free to post away!

DO be clear with your guests. Some couples chose to go technology free while others love the idea of sharing their day with the world. If you have specific guidelines about how you want social media to be used, make sure you share that information with your guests to ensure that there is no miscommunication.

DON’T overshare. Being engaged and getting married are exciting times, but you want to be weary of sharing specific details like the cost of things. While everyone is undoubtedly excited for you, keep things internet appropriate.

Photo Credit: Heather Gray Photography 


For the Guests:

DO post lots of pics, but make sure you have the bride and grooms permission before posting any pictures of them.

DON’T be on your phone the entire evening. While social media can be an amazing way to connect and share all of the special moments of the wedding, make sure to be present and enjoy the celebration around you.

DO take a group selfie. A group selfie is a great way to get the crowd relaxed and ready for a fun night. Squeeze all your loved ones into a big photo and look back on the moment with laughter. Yes, we all thought we would never own a selfie stick but sometimes they come in handy!

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DONT get in the way of the professional photographer. While you may be beyond excited to share some of your fabulous pictures with the world, make sure the bride and groom get the shots they need.

Expert Tips: Hiring a photo booth for the big day? Look at for companies that can post the pictures directly to facebook like The Vanity Booth Co. Not only will you have a blast taking goofy pictures but you wont have to worry about uploading a single thing! Want to utilize your hashtag and get everyones instagram pics in one place? Try out Artifact Uprising, they can turn instagram pictures into a beautiful book.

Photo Credit: Jessica Christie Photography


Featured Photo: Laura Murray Photography

Mothers Day: A Guide to Mothers Day in Boulder

Mothers Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mother (or mother figure – shoutout to the aunts, family friends, and grandmas out there!) to show them you love and appreciate them. While we know your mom will probably love anything you get her, we have come up with some great ways for you and your mama to bond. Whether your mom loves to relax at the spa getting pampered or spend her days exploring nature, we have some great ways for you and your mom to spend a fabulous day together in our beautiful state of Colorado!


Eat & Drink:

With CU graduation festivities occurring the same weekend, Boulder and the restaurant scene might feel a bit more crowded than usual. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do something special with your mama. Everybody knows that good food and delicious drinks are key to an amazing time, so enjoy these ideas for an unforgettable meal with your mom on her special day!

Cured: Cured is a small local shop that specializes in delicious cheeses, meats, wine, spirits and unique grocery items. Taking a picnic to go is a great way to avoid the graduation crowds while also enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Cured offers a range of picnic options that include some delicious fresh cheeses, crackers and desserts. You, your mom and your taste buds will not be disappointed with these amazing baskets! Pick out your delicious basket here!

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Photo Credit: Cured

Sur La Table and Food Lab

Try one of the fabulous Mothers Day inspired cooking classes that Sur La Table and Food Lab are offering. Both classes will teach you how to create amazing flavors and you and your mom will bond over the delicious food. Sur La Table’s menu includes sweet French toast dippers and fresh smoothies while Food Lab will teach you how to create delicious avocado toast, drop biscuits and more!

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Photo Credit: Food Lab Cooking School 

Dushabne Teahouse & The St Julien Hotel 

Theres no better way to celebrate mom than with teatime! Both Dushabne and the St Julien offer delicious and elegant tea services right in the heart of downtown Boulder. Dushabne’s tea time comes with tasty cocktails and lite fare while the St Julien creates fresh tea sandwiches made with local ingredients, so clink your tea glasses and enjoy the day!

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Get Pampered: A spa day is always a good idea! Thankfully Boulder has some fabulous places for you and your mom to get pampered. Whether you want to do mani/pedis or a full day at the spa, you and your mom will be able to enjoy total relaxation.

Ten20: We absolutely adore the environment at Ten20 salon in Boulder. Not only will you get to enjoy high quality manicures and pedicures but you get to enjoy TV shows and movies on a flatscreen at the same time. And if that doesn’t sound amazing enough, complimentary m&m’s and refreshments come with your treatment!

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Photo Credit: Ten20 | A Nail and Waxing Spa

St Julien Hotel & Spa: Looking for a full day at the spa with mom? The St Julien offers 10,000 feet in spa facilities with a gorgeous pool, steam and sauna. The spa menu includes a variety of treatments including rejuvenating facials and relaxing massages perfect for any day of pampering.

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Photo Credit: St Julien Hotel & Spa

Alchemy Face Bar & MUD Facial Bar: Alchemy offers some amazing skin care services that will leave you and your mom feeling absolutely fabulous. Not looking for a facial? Have the ladies at Alchemy give you and your mama makeovers before you guys enjoy a nice dinner out! Want more info..? Check out our Vendor Spotlight on Alchemy here! MUD is also another great option for you to take your mom and treat her to some skin rejuvenation. Offering quick thirty minute facials, MUD has treatments ranging from the detox (to clear up that skin!) to the fresh facial which brightens the skin with kale and lemon! Check out our Vendor Spotlight on MUD here!

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Photo Credit: Alchemy Face Bar


Get Active: Get outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery this mothers day! If you’re looking for a leisurely hike or a more intense sweat sesh, Colorado has options for everyone!

The MD5K: “This year, help Mom celebrate Mother’s Day her way at the 2016 Mother’s Day 5K & Brunch on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Denver’s City Park. With gourmet brunch from Goddess Catering including with every* entry, this year’s MD5K promises to be better than ever!” This run is a great way to bond with your mom while getting your workout on!

Yoga Class: Boulder is packed with some seriously amazing yoga studios, so taking a class with mom would be a great way option! Check out CorePower Yoga for relaxing and challenging class options, or Radiance Power Yoga for classes of all levels!

Hiking: Luckily the weather is supposed to warm up this week, so embrace the warm temps and get outside! Whether you’re looking to hike at some local trails in Chautauqua Park, or you want to venture out to Rocky Mountain National Park, these Colorado trails will not disappoint! The hikes at Chautauqua will provide some breathtaking views, and the hikes at Rocky Mountain national park range from waterfall hikes to summit hikes.

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Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain National Park


Featured Photo: Laura Murray Photography

The Honeymoon: Trip Ideas for Every Couple

Honeymoons may be one of the best parts of getting married. After months of planning and celebrating, you finally get to spend some alone time relaxing as newlyweds. Depending on the personality of the couple, honeymoons can come in all shapes and sizes. Some couples dream of a classic beach vacation surrounded by white beaches and blue waters, while others fantasize of getting cozy in a quaint cabin in a ski town. We have compiled a list of honeymoon (or “mini-moon”) ideas that will appeal to any newlywed couple!

Enjoy! Xo, Calluna


For the Adventurous Couple: Some couples look forward to total relaxation on their honeymoon, but others crave constant adventure. Whether you’re looking to spend the days zip lining or exploring new and exciting local cuisine, an adventurous honeymoon is a great way to make new and exciting memories.

Montana: For the ultimate adventure seekers, Montana will not disappoint. Whether you’re looking to ski at some of the best ski resorts in the country or camp underneath the clear night skies, Montana has everything the adventurous couple needs. Looking to take advantage of the world-class ski resorts? Big Sky Ski Resort offers fabulous winter and summer activities like skiing, dog sledding, zip lining and snow mobile tours!

South Africa: From safaris to wine tasting, South Africa has endless opportunities for adventure. Spend your days exploring South Africa’s coast and diverse terrain and your nights enjoying unique South African cuisine and wine. Feeling especially adventurous? Take a tour to see some of the largest great white sharks on Earth! After an exciting day, unwind with a glass of wine at Creation Wines in the Walker Bay Wine Region.

 


For the Foodie Couple: Foodie vacations are becoming increasingly more popular among newlyweds. Planning your honeymoon around delicious cuisine can lead to amazing memories and satisfied appetites.

New Orleans, Louisiana: Its no surprise that New Orleans, Louisiana is a top foodie destination. From beignets to po-boys, New Orleans would be a food journey perfect for a newlywed pair. New Orleans cuisine will expose your taste buds to flavors from France, Africa, Caribbean and the deep south. To satisfy your sweet tooth do NOT miss out on the famous Cafe Du Monde for the most incredible beignets.

Buenos Airea, Argentina: Argentina is the hub for delicious wine and amazing meat. The culinary scene in Buenos Aires boasts amazing traditional Argentine meals along with creative flavors from around the world. Argentina would be the ideal foodie honeymoon for you and your hubby. Looking for an interactive foodie experience? Try The Argentine Experience, a unique spot that teaches you the fundamentals of Argentine cooking and drinking! You’ll get to enjoy an amazing meal while creating unique memories as newlyweds.

 


For the Beach Bums: You simply can’t go wrong with a beach vacation. From the sandy beaches to the warm waters, a beach vaycay will be the ultimate way to relax with your new husband or wife!

Maui, Hawaii: As a classic honeymoon destination, Maui never fails to disappoint. From white beaches to hikes with breathtaking views, Maui is the perfect destination for couples looking to relax and explore. Try driving the Road to Hana for breathtaking views of waterfalls and beaches, or spend the day unwinding at one of Maui’s premier spas like Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea, The Spa at the Four Seasons Maui or the ‘Awili Spa and Salon at the Andaz.

 

The Maldives: The Maldives are almost too picturesque to imagine, making it one of the most romantic honeymoon spots. Not only will you fall in love with the scenery, but you’ll get to enjoy world class snorkeling, scuba diving and dolphin watching.

 


For the Couple Who Wants to Stay Close: While some couples choose to travel far away, others want to utilize the beauty of the United States! A “mini-moon” is the perfect way to enjoy a vacation without traveling across the world, and a “stay-cation” is a great way to enjoy some luxury in your own state.

The Colorado Staycation: Colorado and our surrounding states offer endless opportunities for a beautiful and memorable vacation. Even if you live close by, theres no reason not to enjoy the natural beauty of our country! Some of our favorites spots that would make the ideal “staycation” include Devils Thumb Ranch, Dunton Hot Springs, The Broadmoor, The St Regis, Brush Creek Ranch, The Little Nell, Hotel Jerome, Four Seasons Denver and the St Julien Hotel. Whether you are looking to go for a few nights in the city or a weekend away in the mountains, Colorado has it all!

 


For the Euro Travelers: 

Croatia: Croatia has quickly been drawing more and more travelers every year who find themselves attracted to the pristine national parks, clear waters and old towns. Croatia is the perfect destination for Euro travelers who are looking to mix it up from the traditional Euro trip.Take advantage of the Croatian islands and do a boat trip to go island hopping, or take tours of the small Croatian towns to get the full cultural experience!

 


Featured Photo: Courtesy of Brush Creek Ranch

 

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