Colorado is an outdoorsy, active state filled with hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.  At any time of the day you can see people outside running, walking, or biking with their dogs, friends, or families.  Coloradans like to get out and be active even in Denver’s 5,280 elevation!    

Because Denver, Colorado is 5,280 feet above sea level, people from out of state aren’t quite used to such a high elevation.  If you aren’t taking the proper precautions, you can start to feel sick.  Here are some handy tips for you out of state guests and couples to follow in order to have the best time in Colorado and at the wedding!

“Denver Skyline at Sunset” by Larry Johnson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Water is your best friend

Drinking plenty of water will help your body adjust to the higher altitude in Denver.  As soon as you get off the plane you’ll feel the difference in elevation.  It’s best if you start drinking water before your trip and during your stay to avoid altitude sickness.  Since it is dry here due to low humidity, you need twice as much water as you would back home.

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Lower your alcohol intake

Alcoholic drinks hit harder than at sea level.  Don’t underestimate 5280!  Drink slower and not as much or else you’ll find yourself tipsier than planned and like a hermit crab the next morning.

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Feed your body potassium

Eating foods that are high in potassium will help replenish your electrolytes by balancing your salt intake.  These foods include broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes, and tomatoes.  Potassium K will make your day!

“019 Potassium – Periodic Table of Elements” by Science Activism is licensed under CC BY 2.0

You’re not as in shape as you thought you were

Working out in Colorado is more intense and you will wonder why you can’t workout as hard or as long.

Fun Fact: Athletes train here in order to be in the best shape as possible and enter in competitions at a lower altitude.  By training at a higher elevation, it allows athletes to produce more red blood cells which allows more oxygen to be transported throughout the body and this means you can perform better.  (Read more information on training in a higher altitude at “Why Do Athletes Train at High Altitudes?”)   

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Fun Fact: Colorado hosts one of the official training sites for Olympic athletes in Colorado Springs.

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Sun rays shine bright like a diamond

Colorado skies are bluer than in other states because there is less water vapor in the air at this altitude.  Bluer skies equal less clouds which means there is less coverage from the sun.  There is 25% less protection to be exact and since there are 300 days of sunshine every year, protecting yourself from the sun is important.  Whether it is summer, winter, spring, fall, sunny, cloudy, or snowy bring sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, and a hat.   

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Layers, layers, layers

Check the weather two days before you depart to Denver.  The weather forecast is always changing!  In the winter, it can be cold in the morning and sunny and warm in the afternoon.  In the spring, fall, and summer it can be warm in during the day but chillier after the sun sets.  Since the sun is more powerful in Denver, it can feel a lot warmer than the temperature actually is.  It is best that you wear layers due to the bipolar weather!

“Woman Winter River” by Kristin Vogt is licensed under CC0 1.0

 

Follow these tips when in Denver and you will enjoy your time and the wedding 5,280 feet above sea level!    

 

 

This blush perfection wedding at Crooked Willow Farms was AMAZING! First off, Brittany and Zach are the coolest couple ever. I mean ever. She is an animal lover and rescues dogs from kill shelters and his proposal story is epic. That is another blog post!

They were a total blast to work with and we were so excited to help execute their vision for their wedding. The palette was blush and white with touches of silver. The feel was romantic and chic. The first impression for guests were the fabulous blush, gray and rose gold letterpress and foil invitations. The bride absolutely stunned in a Hayley Paige dress. Prior to the wedding, Brittany had senior dogs that were up for adoption from the Max Fund brought out for pictures (#adoptdontshop). Does it get any better?

The look on Zach’s face when the doors parted as Brittany came down the aisle was priceless. See the below pic! There was not a dry eye during the ceremony. These two were made for each other and their guests could feel the love that emanated through out the day. Incredible lounge set ups and the cool vocal group Absolute Romance greeted guests for cocktail hour. Once invited in the the dining space, guests found individual charcuterie boards at their seat. No detail went over looked from the special raining crystal chandeliers, sequined linens and dessert bar with everything one could imagine. The guests celebrated throughout the night with DJ Ripm while Kelly Lemon worked her magic behind the lens. 

Huge thanks to all our fantastic vendors that made this day so special! Crooked Willow Farms, Perfect Petal, Catering By Design, Kelly Lemon Photography, Eclectic Hive, LMD Productions, Rising Moon Films, DJ Ripm, Event Rents, Yours Truly Cupcake, Touch of Class, Absolute Romance, Chauffeured Events, Haley Styles Hair, Hayley Paige

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Everyone is familiar with at least one wedding myth.  Wedding myths are believed to bring good luck or bad luck, but they aren’t factually true.  They are passed down from one generation to another and whether to believe them or not, is totally up to you!  Just because someone said that these myths are true, doesn’t mean they actually are.

Get a kick out of these 9 wedding myths and keep them in the back of your head for future reference!

1. It is believed in Rome that the veil protects the bride from evil spirits that are jealous of the bride. The veil protects from illnesses that these spirits can give her. 

2. In the Hindu culture, rain on your wedding day represents fertility and cleansing.  There are other folklores that don’t believe this.  They believe that wind and cloudy skies represent a story marriage, but falling snow will bring peacefulness and warmth.  According to Southern Folklore in order to keep rain from coming down on your wedding day, a bourbon must be buried upside down one month from the wedding at the venue.

 

3. Spiders that are found in the wedding gown and black cats that cross your path are good luck according to English omens.

4. The Greek culture believes that sugar cubes on top of the bride will sweeten the marriage.

5.  In Italy, a vase or glass is smashed and however many pieces it breaks into symbolizes how many years the couple will be happily married.

6. Crying on your wedding day has evolved over the years.  In ancient times, if a bride cried on her wedding day the tears represented good luck because the brought rain for crops and new growth.  During Victorian times, tears on her wedding day meant she won’t shed any more tears during her marriage.

7. In the Chinese culture, “you should exchange vows between the half hour and hour when the hands on the clock are moving upward to the heavens and between the growing and full moon so that the rising moon and flowing tide will follow your fortune.”

8. In Medieval European times it was believed that the bride is super vulnerable thorough her feet.  To avoid bringing evil spirits into the new house, the groom must carry the bride from outside the new house and through the door. 

9. Ringing bell chimes sends evil away and ensures harmonious family life according to the Irish.

There is a time and a place for everything, even weddings.  Based on your vision, goals, and possibly budget the month, day, and time when a wedding takes place is crucial.  Colorado offers around 300 days of sun which means there is never a bad time to get married in Colorado.  Plus, our winters are mild and gorgeous!  

“Off-peak” or “off season” weddings have been very popular for our couples because often times vendors and venues offer off-peak pricing and added incentives.  During off-peak months, during the week, and certain times of the day vendors and venues aren’t as busy as they are during the wedding season.  You’re more likely to book with a specific vendor or venue that you’ve been eager to work with.

Month

In Colorado, “off-peak” is considered November through April.  Weddings during these months are just as beautiful and fun as May to October weddings.  Off-season wedding pictures are stunning and you can interact with nature more to make your pictures more playful.

“Snowball Fight” by Don Wilkinson is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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Day

We’re seeing more couples choose Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays for their wedding day since Friday and Saturday are in higher demand.  It’s possible that venues can be more flexible with the timing of the event on these days.  You will have a better chance of booking your wedding on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday in the month of your choice during the desired time.  Another great thing about weekday weddings is that they tend to be more intimate due to people’s work schedules.

Kelly Lemon Photography

Time

The most popular times for wedding ceremonies tend to be from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in Colorado, but morning weddings are becoming more popular with our couples.  A morning wedding allows couples to plan fun activities for the afternoon.  Another great perk about earlier weddings is that bar consumption is much lower than in the evenings which will allow the couple’s’ overall bill to be lower.  In addition, serving breakfast at a wedding adds uniqueness and a great memory because breakfast food isn’t typical food that is served at a wedding.

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“Pancakes” by Ash is licensed under CC0

 

Let’s face it, what vendor or venue wouldn’t want to book a wedding on off-season months, weekdays and Sundays, and in the morning?  Use these tips when scheduling your wedding day!

The Wedding Pink 2017 ~ Laurie and Jessie at Evergreen Lake House

Let us just start off with saying that these two ladies rock our world! They are fun, caring, phenomenal women that have been to hell and back while Laurie is battling breast cancer. We have been a part of the amazing non-profit The Wedding Pink for 5 years. We donates full weddings to couples that have recently been touched by breast cancer. Meeting people like Laurie and Jessie are inspiring and reminds you what in life is important which is why we are honored to donate wedding planning services, invitations and paper products.

Laurie and Jessie met in 2014 while living in different states. After a year of dating and traveling back and forth, Jessie moved to be with Laurie. Two months after getting engaged, Laurie was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  Jessie has been by her side through thick and thin. We were so excited to notify them that they were 2017’s couple to receive this amazing gift.

Their vision was to treat their out of state guests with what Colorado had to offer. Set at the gorgeous Evergreen Lake House in decor tones of whites, greens and blues, the setting for their wedding was perfect! Until it decided to dump snow the night before the wedding. Ugh CO, sometimes you kill us! That being said, the snow made for the most amazing pictures. There really was not a dry eye in the house during the ceremony! We surprised the brides with raining lights from the beams from Elite DJ, a photo booth as well as custom napkin ties with quotes from their favorite musical Hamilton. To end, the guests celebrated and danced all night for an unforgettable evening.

Vendors

As always, The Wedding Pink weddings would not at all be possible without our fantastic vendor team that fully donate every year: A Design Resource, Evergreen Lake House, Biscuits and Berries, Ali and Garrett Photography, Royal & August, Elite DJ, A Cake Come True, The Bridal Collection, Event Rents, Peak Beverage, Erin Ferris Designs, Magnifica Bella Makeup, Hipster Mama Productions, Reverend Kim Tavendale, Hammond’s Candies, Kendra Scott and Comfort Suites in Evergreen. 

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