When’s The Date? How to pick the best wedding season for you

Congratulations, you’re engaged! When’s the wedding date? This is often one of the first questions asked when people find out you’re engaged. Some brides know exactly when they want to get married, but then there are some of us whose favorite season is every season (maybe just me). Setting a date really gets the planning process started, and can set the tone for your vision! We’ve broken down each season and the benefits each one has to offer, whether you’re dreaming of winter wonderlands, warm jewel tones, dining al fresco, garden parties and more! 

Xo, Calluna


Following winter, spring is such a welcoming time – with fresh florals and warmer days. The greenery starts to peak out, and it’s no wonder why we associate this season with new life, and the symbolism is not lost on us!

However, unpredictable weather, especially in Colorado, can be a hesitation when picking this season. We could have gorgeous 70 degree days in March, and then snow in May. Not that this should deter you if you think carefully about having a back up plan if your wedding is outdoors. 

Photography | Julie Harris Photography

Photography | Nate Shepard



Summer is always a wonderful time to get married. The days are longer, and in most cases, it’s easier for friends and family who live out of town to travel with summer vacations underway. With longer days, you can wait out the heat of the day and start your celebration a little later. With the sun setting closer to 8 or 9pm, your summer soiree can continue under the warm starry nights.

The most obvious hesitation would be the heat, especially with outdoor weddings. Even in the mountains, the temperature can get uncomfortably hot. Summer is also right in the middle of peak season, so availability on venues and vendors can be an issue, and you may not always get your first choice. 


Photography | Mary Meck Photography


Photography | Laura Murray


Fall is a magical time. The changing of the leaves, the crisp, cool air, and deeper jewel tones are just a few of the reasons why we love a fall wedding. This is a great season to experiment with darker hues more associated with the cooler months of the year. 

During fall, possible conflicts with the beginning of the school year and Thanksgiving holiday can come up, but can easily be worked around. September and October have increasingly become very popular months to get married and are booking up fast for both wedding venues and vendors. Starting inquiries in advance can help you secure the venue and vendors you’re looking for!

Photography by | Rachel Havel


Photography | Villani Photos


Winter is incredibly romantic and cozy. Candles and fireplaces juxtaposed with wintery snowy landscapes bring about a romance. It also can make for some stunning photos – glittery snow, monochromatic vibes, and if you add in deep colors, the contrast is unbelievable! With winter being “off-season,” venues and vendors are often more available and can sometimes have better deals.

That being said, snow can also be a problem, especially for mountain weddings. Travel plans become more complicated as there could be weather delays. The holiday season can also be a tricky time to plan a wedding.

Photography | James & Schulze

Photography | Cassie Rosch


We hope you were inspired by all of the beautiful photos of each season, and the benefits each one has to offer!


Featured Photo | Ashley Sawtelle

Dress Codes For A Wedding: Cheat Sheet

As we fast approach wedding season, we are getting a plethora of questions about wedding dress codes. Most of our weddings take place in Colorado and tend to border somewhere between cocktail attire and semi-formal attire. We would like to just take a quick moment to highlight this fabulous dress code outlined from our pals at The Knot for what to wear and what to tell your guests to wear. If you’re ever stumped by a dress code request, the best bet is to ask the couple, or a well informed member of the wedding party. However, most invitations will fall into one of these following categories.



The invite says: “White Tie”

This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes though it isn’t very common anymore – think Oscars and state dinners. 

He should wear: A black tailcoat, a white pique vest, a formal white shirt, a white bowtie and even white gloves for dancing are appropriate. Black formal shoes, or opera shoes should be worn.

She should wear: A formal, full-length gown. Heels are recommended, but you should be able to walk around in them. Glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry and hair are appropriate, but keep it understated, white tie is as classy as it gets and it’s not ostentatious. 


The invite says: “Black Tie”

This is the next most formal wedding dress code and usually means the wedding is an evening affair. It’s only one step below White Tie, so you should still dress accordingly.

He should wear: A tuxedo and a black bow tie. A cummerbund is a nice touch, although now a tuxedo and vest combo is acceptable. Patent leather shoes are also suggested.

She should wear: A chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown in a formal fabric. 


The invite says: “Formal” or “Black Tie Optional”

The wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn’t required but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate.

He should wear: A tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie.

She should wear: You can wear anything in the same vein as Black Tie, though you may be overdressed in a sequined ball gown. Floor length dresses and cocktail length dresses are still appropriate, just be sure you’re still dressed for an evening affair.


The invite says: “Beach Formal” (or in our case “Mountain Formal”)

This suggests an elegant beach wedding — so dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand, and water). Anything you’d wear to a nice restaurant on a summer day is appropriate.

He should wear: A summer suit with a linen shirt (no ties required), linen pants or khakis, and sandals.

She should wear: A formal summer sundress at tea- or knee-length with flat sandals. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday.

Photographer | Ashley Sawtelle

The invite says: “Semi Formal” or “Dressy Casual”

Depending on the time of the event, you’ll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker, more formal hues for an evening fete; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding.

He should wear: A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day.

She should wear: A cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top.


The invite says: “Casual”

Generally, casual means anything goes, but there is a difference between wedding casual, and casual-casual. That said, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they’re specifically noted as acceptable. For the purposes of wedding wear, assume business casual to be on the safe side.

He should wear: Dress pants or chinos with a button-down shirt or polo. A jacket isn’t required but it is a nice touch.

She should wear: A summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday.



We hope this helps you with any dress code questions you may have had!

Feature Photo | Ashley Sawtelle

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