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The Planner’s Perspective Trends and tips for the big day B y D eborah Walden O ssi


ll you need is love” may ring true for relationships, but most couples need a little more to pull off a perfect wedding. With so many unpredictable factors, from weather to strong family personalities, navigating the planning process can be intimidating to say the least. So, who better to turn to for advice than some of Denver’s seasoned and in-demand wedding planners? With years of experience, they are experts on all things wedding, from invitations to the hottest color trends.

Color and Style

Local Fare

the trend for metallics plays well with the rich colors and natural palettes that will dominate this wedding season.

Colorado pride goes hand in hand with a national trend to play up local offerings in wedding festivities. Brown says, “So many of my couples say they really want to share Colorado with their guests through the wedding.” Cielle Amundson of Storytellers Events International says wedding gift bags are a great way to treat guests to some homegrown products. She also has an idea for taking local brews beyond the open bar. “I’ve seen people put craft beer in the hotel rooms ready for guests. I’ve also seen couples place it on the tables for guests at the reception.” Gardner says, “Definitely utilize local food. I’m a big fan of asking your caterer for local options, like bison or fresh trout.” Brown has one other tip for couples who want to shine a spotlight on the Centennial State: “Plan hikes leading up to the wedding or share your favorite scenic drives.”

personal connection. The most important part of this process is that they are engaged that they have fun. You do not want to walk into this day having the slightest bit of concern or worry with your planner.” Brown says a couple should look for a planner whose portfolio matches their own personal style. She also believes that personality is key. “I think it’s important for the couple to really feel like they are heard and understood from that initial consultation about their hopes, their styles, and even the things that are stressful about this process. It needs to be someone they can really trust and someone who can be a real friend and an advocate during what can be a really stressful time.”


A Neutral Party

One of the most important relationships in any wedding is the one between the planner and the happy couple, and finding the right personality match can feel like a difficult task. Marlin says, “I feel that most of the time a couple will know within the first five minutes of meeting a planner. They have to have a spring/summer 2015 T

Most planners agree that their role as a buffer for the bride is an essential one. Brides who opt out of using a planner for the process may be left open to lastminute drama between family members or vendors. Gardner explains, “In all 30


Trends come and go, but rustic chic is here to stay for Colorado brides. Ann Marlin of Cloud 9 Weddings and Papers says that this look continues to evolve: “It’s more of an upscale rustic, rather than a really ranchy rustic. We’re doing a lot of rustic chic weddings with rose gold.” Sara Brown of Sara Brown Weddings agrees that rose gold is going to be big in 2015. She says the trend for metallics plays well with the rich colors and natural palettes that will dominate this wedding season. Adrienne Gardner, owner of The Gardner Effect Event Planning, agrees that darker colors and deep reds will begin to supplant last year’s love of pastels.

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Denver Life Weddings Spring/Summer 2015  

Denver Life Weddings Spring/Summer 2015