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


SPRING:

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:

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:

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:

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

Audrey + Neil | Beautiful Golden Aspen Fall Wedding

After years of dating and parenting their fur baby Ralph, Audrey and Neil said “I Do” among the golden Aspen trees at John Denver Sanctuary. Aspen is a special place to both Audrey and Neil, so they opted for the prime leaf changing weekend in September. Guests flew in from around the country (and world!) and were treated to fabulous fall weather.
Surrounded by their family and friends, Audrey and Neil delivered heartfelt vows that brought tears to our eyes. Audrey radiated in her Enzoani gown with her classic bouquet from Aspen Branch.
After the ceremony, guests were invited to sip on tasty wine and snacks before heading over to the modern reception at the Aspen Art Museum. It was the perfect night, and guests enjoyed their drinks and food out on the stunning terrace of the museum.
Heartfelt toasts, delicious cake, and an epic dance party make this wedding one we will never forget.


:: Vendor Love ::

Venue | Aspen Art Museum
Photography | Villani Photos
Videography | Wedding Videos Colorado
Catering | Epicure Catering
Bridal Bouquet | Aspen BranchCake | Sunshine & Moons Bakery
Photo Booth | Social Light Colorado
DJ | A Great Time DJ
Hair + Make Up | Fluff Bar
Wedding Dress Designer | Enzoani

Kellie + Tom | Bohemian Mountain Wedding

We are thrilled to have been featured for a wedding we had the opportunity to work on back in June at Devil’s Thumb Ranch! Kellie + Tom’s wedding brought all the amazing details together to create a beautiful boho chic wedding in the mountains! See our feature on Junebug for more amazing photos of their special day!

Xo, Calluna

 



:: Vendor Love ::

Photography |  Lindsey Boluyt
Wedding Venue + Catering | Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Floral Design | Project Floral
Musicians |  Wash Park Band
Videography |  Nick Owen Creative
Calligraphy |  CCR Calligraphy
Makeup Artist | Bridgette Black
Wedding Dress | Sarah Seven
Bridal Accessories | Lack of Color
Rentals + Draping | Colorado Party Rentals
Lighting |  Elite Entertainment
Bridesmaids’ Apparel |  Kathryn Wen
Bridesmaids’ Robes | Anthropologie
Groom’s Apparel | Hockerty
Groomsmen’s Apparel | Alain Dupetit
Transportation | Joy Rides

Love Well Planned Recap

Our team is over the moon to have hosted our Colorado wedding industry friends and colleagues at the first annual Love Well Planned last month. We spent two days among old and new friends, learning from the best in the business and surrounded by a phenomenal speaker panel and sponsor vendor team. For those who couldn’t attend, we’ve recapped below – of course with plenty of photos (compliments of Jill Houser Photography) and fun details. We are so grateful for the community support of our first workshop and hope you’ll join us at the next one!


Love Well Planned took place at Skylight, located in Denver, Colorado. Skylight is in the Sante Fe Art District and is great for events with an urban feel. We knew instantly that it would be the most incredible venue to bring this workshop to life because of their multifunctional space and for their ability to transform the venue to fit any style. Skylight is one of our preferred Denver wedding venues and is great for couples who want a distinctive chic industrial feel.

With natural light flooding in all day and a spacious venue, Skylight provided the best backdrop for our event. Warmed with some beautiful lounges and intentional decor, it was the perfect spot to post up for two days of education

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On Day 1, after an amazing breakfast catered by Sugar Mountain Catering, our very own Heather Dwight spoke to the attendees on all things wedding planning.  Day 1 was catered towards all planners – whether they were just starting out or if they were already established with a team or company; and it was also geared towards experienced planners who needed a refresh to rekindle their skills and education. Most attendees were interested in how to grow in their business in an organic way that wasn’t forced. Heather dove into the essential elements of a successful wedding planner: Business 101, contracts, accounting, hospitality, and budgets. She also covered how to avoid vendor miscommunication pitfalls, and touched on the fundamentals of styling. Most importantly, she discussed why we as wedding planners do what we do, and how it is crucial that we define our why!

Attendees then moved into a vendor collaboration panel between Heather, Rachel Havel from Rachel Havel Photography, and Cindy Ollig from The Perfect Petal, where they were able to engage and have questions answered by some of the best in the industry.

Guests were then treated to a wedding design talk over the beautifully styled tablescapes by Yonder House, and gained insight on styling tips from Gretchen Josten at Yonder House, and Ashley Sawtelle from Ashley Sawtelle Photography. Gretchen talked about tabletop styling fundamentals and how to make a huge impact at any budget. She shared three different tablescape designs at three different price points that offered unique and distinctive design elements. Ashley gave a photographer’s point of view on how to style a table while keeping editorial submissions in mind. She offered advice on what to focus on when setting up to get a killer shot, and where and what to prioritize when planning to submit a wedding for editorial publishing. Heather closed off the session by giving insight from a wedding planner’s perspective, as well as how to combine both Gretchen’s and Ashley’s point of view to make it cohesive and ready for a happy client!

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At the end of the evening, guests were treated to a magical, heart filling, and delicious dinner party hosted by Feast. We were privileged to dine with Feast – a curated dinner experience, built with the intention to cultivate community and connection shared over a family table. Hannah and her Feast team blew us away with their top notch service – from the set up, the rentals, the printed items, the serving, the food, all the way to the espresso and plated dessert at the end! Feast is great for smaller parties, think rehearsal dinners, intimate weddings, birthday parties or celebrations. It is a really intimate and lovely way to celebrate, and is different than anything we’ve seen in Denver. 

⁣With old and new friends, we gathered in Skylight’s courtyard under the beautiful string lighting, and commemorated our first day of Love Well Planned with our fantastic guests, sponsors, and speakers. The amazing meal fostered community and was filled with good conversation, full bellies, and full hearts! 


On day 2 of Love Well Planned, we were joined by a variety of industry professionals! From photographers, florists, calligraphers, make-up artists, and more, LWP attendees gathered to get insight and knowledge on the entire wedding industry from our rockstar speaker lineup. 

Heather opened the discussion with business branding, and spoke more about ‘defining your why’ before passing it along to the incredible ladies at Rocky Mountain Bride. Chelsea Combe, Hilary Angel, and Laura Osborn talked about what it takes to get published and how to maximize relationships in the industry.

Sugar Mountain Catering put together a gorgeous grazing board for lunch, and afterwards, our dear friends Amy and Erin at The Hello Co. spoke to us about how we could better implement the tips and tricks on branding, marketing, website, and social media engagement! They talked about some of the trends they’ve been seeing in 2019 – like how social networks are going to prefer video. We get so focused on creating the perfect image to share to our websites and profiles, but often times neglect the more personal behind the scenes of how it all comes together. Hearing this and more from Amy and Erin really opened up our eyes on how to better manage our online presence!

Rachel Havel led us through an eye opening exercise on pricing and sales, and how we should be valuing our work and effort. Laura Murray followed suit and gave an inspiring talk on creativity and productivity. She spoke about how to set intentions and follow through on them from a different perspective.

We finished the day with another panel discussion with Heather from Calluna Events, Jill Livingston from Eclectic Hive, Cindy Ollig from The Perfect Petal, Rachel Havel from Rachel Havel Photography, and Laura Murray from Laura Murray Photography where these boss ladies scratched the surface as they covered virtually everything – from contracts, pricing, selling, holding dates, and so much more! We were so honored that this group of women took the time to attend and share their nearly 100 years of combined experience with us!

After our final panel, Blackbelly Catering came through with some delicious happy hour bites for our networking happy hour while the insanely talented Jennie Lou, from Jennie Lou Art did a live painting for us in just a short hour and a half!

The Diamond Reserve so generously joined the Love Well Planned team as our Diamond Sponsor and completely blew it out of the water. We can’t begin to express our excitement and gratitude for gifting a set of diamond earrings, necklace, and bracelet to one lucky attendant – congratulations Shayna from Cherry Bomb Events!

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We could go on and on about how unbelievable this workshop was, and we are beyond grateful to our esteemed speakers from both day one and day two who have shared their knowledge and experience, and can wholeheartedly say we walked away with our hearts filled, minds expanded, and ready to tackle our to-do lists! We also can’t thank our sponsors enough; they have poured their resources, time, and energy into this passion project culminated by Heather, and we would not have pulled this event off without them!

All of the beautiful photos were captured by the phenomenal Jill Houser from Jill Houser Photography. Thank you so much for so wonderfully capturing our very first Love Well Planned workshop!

 


 

Loved following along but couldn’t make this one? Stay in touch with all things Love Well Planned to be in the loop with upcoming sessions, workshop series, and more! Follow us on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter! You can learn more about our amazing speakers and sponsors, on our Love Well Planned blog.

 

A HUGE thank you to our incredible speakers and sponsors!

Speakers:

Amy Groom + Erin Jones | The Hello Co.

Ashley Sawtelle | Ashley Sawtelle Photography

Cindy Ollig | The Perfect Petal

Gretchen Josten | Yonder House

Heather Dwight | Calluna Events

Hillary Angel + Chelsea Combe + Laura Osborn | Rocky Mountain Bride

Jill Livingston | Eclectic Hive

Rachel Havel | Rachel Havel Photography

 

Sponsors:

Breakfast + Lunch Catering | Sugar Mountain Catering

Dinner Party Catering | Feast Dinner Party

Education + Contract Management | Honeybook

Education + Timeline Tool | Aisle Planner

Event Florals | The Perfect Petal

Event Photography + Headshots | Jill Houser Photography

Event Rentals & Decor | Colorado Party Rentals

Event + Website Branding | The Hello Co.

Featured Planner | Calluna Events

Jewelry Sponsor | The Diamond Reserve

Linens | BBJ Linen

Live Painting | Jennie Lou Art

Media Sponsor | Rocky Mountain Bride

Networking Happy Hour | Blackbelly

Printed Goods | Ink & Root

Specialty Rentals | Eclectic Hive

Styling Session Floral & Decor | Yonder House

Styling Tools | Sourced Co

Venue | Skylight

Videography | Velare

 

Happy Anniversary Liz + Brad

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We wanted to wish Liz + Brad a very happy two year anniversary! This happy couple was married on the Vail Wedding Deck – which is truly a special place for anyone to say their vows! Liz + Brad have a romance that is magical and we were honored to be a part of their gorgeous wedding celebration.

The ceremony was touching and emotional, followed by a delicious dinner at Game Creek Club. Erin at ELC Photogrpahy did an outstanding job by capturing day with these over the top photos! Congratulations Liz + Brad and here’s to many more years to come of love and happiness! xx, Calluna

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:: Vendor Love ::

Ceremony Site: Vail Wedding Deck | Reception Site: Game Creek Club | Photographer: ELC Photography | Colorado Event Planner: Calluna Events

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