Calluna Tips: How to Plan a Small Wedding or Elopement

Maybe an elopement or intimate wedding is something you’ve always dreamed of, or perhaps you have recently had to switch up your plan. Either way, there is something tremendously special about having a small group to witness your love. Intimate celebrations and elopements certainly have their advantages and allow for more personalized moments. We want to offer you our tips and tricks on planning a small wedding celebration.

The Calluna Crew

The Details:

Just because you are eloping or only celebrating with a few people doesn’t mean the details don’t matter. We love helping with intimate weddings and creating a beautiful and customized experience. Flowers, delicious food and wine, entertainment, wedding cake and a wedding planner can still be a part of your big day. At one intimate wedding celebration in Beaver Creek, we brought in specialty table decor from Yonder House and hired a private chef to create a gorgeous table setting and meal with wine pairings for the guests.

Photography + Videography: 

Whether it’s just you and your partner, or a small number of guests, you’ll want to capture the day with a great photographer. Many photography and videography vendors specialize in small and intimate weddings, so you’re in luck! Typically more intimate weddings allow for more wiggle room in the budget, so let us help you find the perfect wedding photographer and videographer. You’ll want to look back on the memories and be able to share them with friends and family who were not at your elopement.

Do What Feels Right: 

It is important to remember that big weddings and small weddings have the same goal: to celebrate the love of you and your partner. When planning your wedding, make sure that every decision reflects your and your soon to be spouse, it is still essential to create a list of wedding priorities with your partner.

The Destination:

Sure, options may be different right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your dream celebration. When the weddings get smaller, the options get bigger! Check out this great article from Venue Report for some elopement inspiration 32 Jaw Dropping Spots That Will Make You Want To Elope. 

Involve Others:

Even if they aren’t physically at the wedding, you can still involve friends and family in your special day. Let your family or friends host other celebrations like an engagement party or a bridal shower, and don’t forget about the bachelor/bachelorette party!

Other Elopement + Small Wedding Resourced That We Love: 

BRIDES Magazine: 30 Small Wedding Ideas for an Intimate Affair

Junebug Weddings: The Ultimate Guide to Planning an Adventure Elopement

Junebug Weddings: Wedding Planning During COVID-19: Advice for Couples

Style Me Pretty: 10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Eloping

Green Wedding Shoes: How to Plan an Intimate + Meaningful Wedding

We would LOVE to help your elopement or small wedding dreams come to life!

Photos by James & Schulze, Ashley Sawtelle, Michelle Hart, The Hearnes


Real Wedding :: Ken + Steve’s Picturesque Chautauqua Wedding

It warmed our hearts so to watch Ken + Steve tie the knot this past weekend on the Chautauqua Lawn with the mighty Flatirons serving as the perfect backdrop! It was an intimate wedding with some of Ken + Steve’s nearest and dearest friends and family gathering to witness these two finally make it official after 16 long years of waiting for the law to change. With a ceremony filled with lots of laughter and some tears, we watched these two devoted souls make a life long promise to each other – which was magical to say the least!

After the ceremony, the couple and the guests gathered on the lawn to participate in a champagne toast to congratulate the happy couple! After the champagne toast, guests made their way up to enjoy cocktail hour on the patio of the Chautauqua Dining Hall just as the sun began to shine through the clouds!

Once cocktail hour was complete, guests found their way to their tables located inside of the Chautauqua Dining Hall. With a few toasts, a cake cutting, and photo booth filled with fun, guests were able to enjoy good food and mingle with each other before moving the party to License No. 1 Bar. Needless to say we felt so lucky to be a part of such a special day and know that #lovewins!

Check out some sneak peek photos that Julie from Photo Element Studio captured during the day as well as some photos we snapped with our iPhones! We can’t wait to get the rest of the real deal photos!

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| Above Photos courtesy of Photo Element Studio |

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:: Vendor Love ::

Photographer: Photo Element Studio | Ceremony Venue: Chautauqua Lawn | Reception Venue: Chautauqua Dining Hall | Boutonnieres: Fiori Flowers | Music: Bluegrass Blitz | Photo Booth: Dazzling Photo Booth | Rentals: RC Special Events | Transportation: Presidential Worldwide Limo | After Party Venue: License No. 1

Jaime + Par’s Intimate Elopement

Today we have Jaime + Par’s intimate Colorado mountain elopement on the blog + portfolio! This stunning couple came to us with a plan to have a full on wedding, but as time went on this couple decided that the allure of a big wedding just was not what they had envisioned. Instead they wanted to tie the knot with just the two of them and to have Jaime’s aunt there to wed them! With the rich hues of Jaime’s bouquet and set in the Colorado mountains on a cloudy summer day, we can’t think of a more romantic way to say “i do.” The oh so talented Ashley Sawtelle was there to capture this picture perfect elopement!

If you simply have not had enough of this gorgeous couple, be sure to check out their portfolio as well as their feature on Trendy Bride Magazine!

:: Vendor Love ::

Photography: Ashley Sawtelle Photography | Florals: Vail Vintage Magnolia | Venue: Beano’s Cabin | Hair + Make Up: W Salon | Wedding Shoes: Stuart Weitzman 

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