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advice from the pros

Sara Bath, Wedding & Event Manager Durango Mountain Weddings at Purgatory Resort Years in the wedding biz: 6 Number of weddings planned: 150+

THE PLANNING After you get engaged, one of the first steps is to work on a budget together. Take the time to prioritize what is important for you and the wedding day. You will want to consider venue, photographer, food and beverage, decorations, and music. Guest count will also be a factor for your budget. As you plan your wedding together, take the time to have fun with it! Talk with your friends about décor, food, venue, etc. Enjoy your time together with wedding appointments. Food tasting, venue tours, cake tasting should be not all business, have fun with your vendors. Remember, the most important thing is you will be saying “I do” to the love of your life and sharing this special day with friends and family. So, take your time, have fun, and on the wedding day, be present in each moment. FAVE TRENDS - Signature Cocktails & Custom Menus When planning your wedding day, it is very important for many brides to show the couples personalities and their story together. You can do this not only in decorating, but with your food and beverage. Don’t think you need to stay with the typical chicken and steak, you can branch out and get creative. We have created many custom menus and cocktails that bring another exciting aspect to the night. Your signature drink can be as simple as gin and tonic or super creative with cool colors. If you want to go this route, take the time to meet with your food and beverage team to explore your possibilities. They might have some fun ideas to offer to you. GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Durango is the perfect location for weddings, with our amazing views, activities, and friendly people, you can’t beat it. Guests that are coming from out of town will often make it their vacation. You will want to pick a place that your guests can easily access lodging, activities, and of course, the wedding venue. If guests are staying at different hotels and the wedding is at a different venue, it can feel like your “herding kittens”. Durango Mountain Weddings at Purgatory Resort offers all of this with a majestic mountain background. Resort amenities are all within walking distance of each other, helping your guests feel comfortable and flow through the wedding weekend with ease. There are also full concierge services to help you and your guests with planning throughout your stay.

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Durango Wedding Magazine - 2016 Issue  

This stunning issue features 25 southwest Colorado weddings guaranteed to inspire!