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Civil Union Ceremonies in Colorado Coming Soon!

Colorado Civil Unions Bill Passes

Colorado Civil Unions Bill Passes in House & Senate on March 12th, 2013

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Civil Union Ceremonies in Colorado Coming Soon!

Last Tuesday was historic day in Colorado, the civil unions bill passed in the state senate with a 21-14 majority vote.  The passage of this bill will allow gay couples rights similar to marriage, including enhanced inheritance and parental rights, and the ability to make medical decisions for their partners.  The bill is currently headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk and is expected to be signed into law in the next couple weeks.

With the wedding business already a big industry in Colorado, this should provide an even bigger influx of couples eager to get married , or should I say “unioned”, in the Columbine state.  ANY Events celebrates this important milestone for gays & lesbian couples.  As a proud supporter of gay rights, I am grateful to be one of the event coordinators for Aspen Gay Ski Week and welcome the opportunity to now be able to serve the gay community with civil union ceremonies in Colorado.

We look forward to Colorado being one of six states in the country to legalize civil unions.  Although, we still have not achieved true marriage equality, we hope this is an important step in the right direction.

Call me today to coordinate your Aspen Colorado civil union ceremony – there are only a few spots left for my services for the 2013 wedding season!

 

WCD – Soon to be the Hottest Aspen Event Venue

 

With the grand opening of the much-anticipated Woody Creek Distillers set for early March 2013, we are not only set to gain locally sourced and produced craft spirits such as vodka, gin, whiskey & bourbon that is being prepped to go head to head with the best in the industry,  but we are also lucky enough to gain a superior Aspen event venue.  The owner/operators of the new facility wanted to set the standard for craft distilleries and by doing so, they created a state of the art facility.  Not only is the highest caliber equipment and  ingredients being used in this operation, but the tasting room itself, to put it mildly – is well done.

Located in the Basalt Design District, the former furniture store turned liquor aficionado’s paradise, was renovated by local, renowned architects Rowland + Broughton.  The space had two unique requirements, to design a full production facility with state-of-the-art German stills; and a Tasting Room that would be inviting for guests while providing a private event space.

To share the WCD team’s barrel ageing and distilling process with visitors, large viewing windows were added to greet guests as they enter the building. The Tasting Room is a juxtaposition of natural and industrial materials. Beetle-kill pine lines the walls while unique industrial lighting highlights the Cherry tasting bar.  R+B created flexible and comfortable seating areas which can be moved out to accommodate a 150-person event.

While the Woody Creek Distillers is anxious to get the party started – literally, the facility is dedicated to getting their fine spirit production off the ground first before taking event bookings.  For information about this exciting new Roaring Fork Valley endeavor, check out there website here.

If you are interested in finding out about Aspen event venues or Aspen wedding venues, contact me today for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spaces: Aspen Event Venues

One of the poshest hotels in Aspen, the Little Nell, recently underwent an extensive restaurant renovation.  The newly celebrated Element 47 that opened this past December, is every bit as cool and hip as a reinvigorated Aspen institution should be.  Spearheaded by James Beard award-winning restaurant designers Bentel & Bentel, Element 47, embraces a soft contemporary atmosphere with food & drink offerings that compliment its innovative spirit.

The new restaurant has several convertible room options, along with overflow areas, that allow for hosting 80 to 130 guest events.  With large floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the pool and Aspen Mountain views, along with subtly bright glass walls of wine, the rooms secondary use as an Aspen event venue will not disappoint.

 

 

 

 

To preview this new phenomenal Aspen event venue, call ANY Events Aspen today at 970.456.9254.

Top 10 Takeaways from the 2012 Wedding Season

What’s great about this business is that Aspen wedding planners & coordinators get to have a constant exchange of information and ideas.  Lucky for you, I’m offering up some of this great information so you can be in “the know”!  Here is a list of my top 10 takeaways from this past summer:

1)  First Look Photos

I can’t say enough about how much I love this concept.  These photos are a way to still keep the first glimpse of the groom seeing his bride special, but they are done before the ceremony.  This way the bride and groom still have that treasured moment, but they don’t have the build up that goes with it when the pressure is on and you’re walking down the aisle.  And the best part is, you get some alone time before the craziness sets in, as well as a lot of great happy couple shots out of the way so you can head straight to your cocktail hour once you’re officially Mr. & Mrs.!

2) Cake Cutting Before Dinner

I helped coordinate a wedding this summer where right before the guests were about to be seated for dinner, the couple did their grand entrance announcement, walked straight out onto the dance floor where the band played their first dance, after that they headed over to the cake table, did the traditional cake cutting, then sat for dinner.   This created a lot of momentum and set the tone for the rest of the night.  And as soon as dinner was done, their cake was ready to be served.  Genius!

3) Plated First Course

If you’re into buffets but want to maintain some form of organization for the ever-not-so-fun buffet lines, then a great way to regulate this is by having a plated first course.  Once guests are seated and the salad is served, have the staff dismiss the tables one-by-one so they can make their way through the buffet line…peacefully.

4) Utilizing Aspen’s Many Parks as Ceremony Sites

There are so many great parks in the area and if you have a somewhat small guest list, having the ceremony at a park is fairly easy to coordinate.  Whether it’s the John Denver Sanctuary, which looks absolutely stunning now with the second phase now complete, Glory Hole, or the park across from Smuggler with amazing Aspen Mountain views — and know that just because you’re getting married in Aspen, doesn’t mean you have to have your wedding at the top of the mountain.

5) Up lights and Candlelights

If you want to instantly add warmth and intimacy to any room, up lighting and candles are the way to go.  Just to clarify, if you’re not familiar with event lingo, up lights are those awesome lights that are usually placed at the base of a wall and shine upwards on the wall or toward an object.  You can use many different colored screens or gels on them to match a variety of color schemes. Don’t worry if you don’t have the budget for an A/V company to handle this, there are a variety of retailers on the Web that sell these for a minimal investment.

6) Quirky Recessional Songs

I think it’s great that people are having more fun with ceremonies.  I’ve been to many weddings where the Beatles “All You Need is Love” or Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” sends the happy couple off in style, BUT, my absolute favorite of all is from a wedding I did in August.  As the new Mr. & Mrs. made their way down the aisle, “Road to Nowhere” by the Talking Heads led them on their merry way.  Too cynical?  Neigh!

7) Fun Wedding Programs Written in a Conversational Tone

Another wedding component that I’ve noticed is ditching the rules of conformity are wedding programs.  For instance, instead of just listing your bridal party as friends or relatives, try putting “Maid of Honor & Best Friend Ever” or “Bridesmaid & The Reason Andrew & Erin Met”, etc.

8 ) Rain Plans — I Cannot Stress the Importance Enough!

We had one of the driest Aspen summer’s on record this year and I still had two weddings get rained out.  A lot of couples get married in the afternoon here and unfortunately that is prime time for a summertime shower.  If you’re having an outdoor wedding, have a solid Plan B, one that you’re not afraid to execute.  This will give you so much peace of mind on your wedding day, you will be glad you have this to fall back on.

9) Gondola Mishaps

This could be included with #7, but weddings on Aspen Mountain are a big deal around here.  The Aspen wedding deck is a highly desired location, as it should be.  Ninety percent of the time the plans are executed beautifully up there, but when there are snafus, it usually is attributable to the gondola. First, all guests need to be reminded that it takes 20 minutes to get to the top of the mountain.  Second, if weather does move in and it gets windy or there is lightening the gondola will shut down.  With the crew at the Little Nell you are in very good hands and they will always find a way to help you, but just know that there are risks involved with that ever-so beautiful, mountain-top wedding.

10) Music, Sweet Music!

I just coordinated one of the best weddings I think I’ve ever worked on and attended for that matter.  (Erin & Todd Heintz–thank you for that–and pictures will be posted shortly!)  I cannot emphasize the importance of good entertainment, no-matter what kind of event you’re planning.  Todd & Erin were shining examples of how you can cut back in other places, like decor (they used a lot of candlelight as opposed to all flowers as their centerpieces) and both being music lovers they had a great 80′s band and DJ that played during the band’s set breaks.  As you can see, their wedding was a huge hit!

Wedding Guest Etiquette

With my wedding season wrapped up, today I am finally getting to attend a wedding as a guest!  I am very excited about this, especially, because it’s a wedding for one of our favorite couples, Andy and Jill.  My husband is the best man so naturally, there are a lot of responsibilities for him to adhere to today. I decided a post about this could be very helpful to those attending weddings or if you’re apart of the bridal party.  Here goes…

1)  RSVP!  This is so important.  You don’t know how difficult it is to figure out seating assignments or keep your numbers on track if you don’t reply.  It’s so simple, and DO NOT wait until the last minute to do so.

2)  BE ON TIME!  Know where you are going and when you need to be there.  Especially, if the bride has given you instructions, print them out and be where you need to be, promplty.

3)  KEEP QUESTIONS TO A MINIMUM.  I know this sounds like a weird one, and if you are confused at all, please do ask questions to clarify something.  I just know from experience that brides & grooms will get inundated with questions around their wedding day.  It is your responsibility as a guest to know the schedule of events, directions, and timing (if this information was provided ahead of time).  Do not consume the happy couple with trivial things, because they probably have way more stuff going on behind the scenes than you are even aware of.

4)  ALWAYS DO WHAT THE BRIDE SAYS!  It sounds like common-sense, but so many times I have seen the bride or groom ask a family member or friend to run an errand for them, and it doesn’t get done.  You don’t understand how much unnecessary stress this causes–so as petty as it may sound, just do it ;)

5)  DON’T DRINK TOO MUCH.  Don’t get me wrong, wedding can be a blast.  We all love to celebrate our friends & family and it’s a festive occasion, but no one wants to deal with the sloppy drunk at the reception.  Most likely you will do something you regret.  Save the over consumption for the night clubs, toast the happy couple respectfully and allow this to be their day–not yours.

I hope you find this helpful.  These are just a few rules of the road that will make it a happier experience for all.  Now, it’s time for me to get ready so I don’t break one of my own rules!  Happy Wedding Day Andy & Jill!  xoxo

Memory Lane: An “Epic” Colorado Wedding

As an event planner I think a great approach that has really picked up a lot of momentum is that brides and grooms are not shying away from incorporating their own personalities, interests and even hobbies into their wedding day.  This has really made each wedding so fun for me to coordinate and I think it makes it extra special for all attending.  It brings so much flavor and freshness to the day and I don’t think any of my clients did it better than Jenny & Dave Dziura.

What made it a rocking wedding:

  • Bridal Party made their entrance to the ceremony via pedi cabs and tandem bikes, while Trace Bundy’s U2 cover of “In the Name of Love” played.


  • With the groom being a helicopter pilot, what better way to hand off the rings then by a remote chopper flying from out of the meadow delivering their wedding rings to the altar.



  • The groom’s cake was a surprise from the bride, a cake in the form of an In-N-Out burger.
  • The couple wanted to support Western Slope Colorado wherever possible and did so with the following vendors:

- Kate Holstein Photography – Aspen, CO and        Photographer Jessica Jay – Carbondale, CO

- Field Florals from Paonia, CO  (home grown      flowers)

- Blazing Adventures for shuttle service

- Wines from Canyon Winds in Palisade, CO and  Woody Creek Cellars from Crawford, CO

- Music provided by DJ Naka G – Aspen, CO. 

- Ceremony and reception at T-Lazy 7 in Aspen




Wedding on the Way

To all you brand new brides-to-be, let me give you a little hindsight advice–start planning your wedding now!  Not just because the sooner you book the better the options you will have, but just know that the second you start announcing your engagement to your family and friends, you are going to get A LOT of feedback.  You don’t have to get contracts signed and in-hand immediately, but jot down what your idea is for a dream wedding, talk to a trusted friend who has recently been through it all and can offer some quick tips, and try to at least narrow down the general location of your wedding.

Some of the best advice we got from our officiate was to start small with the plans because most likely, it will end up big!

Best of luck to all you newly engaged.  It’s a daunting, yet very exciting time.  If you need any advice about your wedding in Aspen, feel free to comment on this post or shoot me an email.  I’m always happy to help you get started.

The Best Cake You Will Ever Eat

Donna Lilah's Wedding Cake

Hands down, Donna Lilah, from the Caribou Club makes the most exquisite cakes you will ever sink your fork into.  Even if you’re not having the Caribou cater your gathering, which you should, Donna can still prepare your scrumptious wedding dessert.

To find out more, contact the Caribou Club today!

Aspen Wedding Venue

To all you top of the mountain wedding people, this post is for you!  I just took a tour of the Aspen Meadows Resort today and if you’re looking for a spot that encompasses all the breathtaking views Aspen has to offer, then look no more.  The resort is simply amazing, conveniently located a couple of blocks from the central core and encompasses a distinguished, yet zen-like feel.  This property has facilities and ceremony sites galore to fulfill your every need.

Don’t get me wrong, weddings on the top of Ajax are incredible and special in their own right but if you want a venue that has a little more availability and doesn’t fluctuate as dramatically with the weather, then you must check the Aspen Meadows out.

Doerr-Hosier CenterBefore I conclude, let me take you through a hypothetical wedding weekend scenario:  you and your wedding party spend the night in one of the spacious, modern, all-suite rooms on the property; you wake up and it’s a warm, sunny, typical bluebird day in Aspen, you get ready with your party; take all of your photos just steps away from your room in the meadow with enchanting open space and Aspen Highlands as your backdrop; you have your ceremony also in the meadow with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres to follow on one of the handful of terraces at the Doerr-Hosier Center with the sounds of the river running nearby and Red Mountain surrounding you; your guests are then seated for dinner in the stunning McNulty Room with partial open air and plenty of natural light, decorated to a tee of course; and the happy newlyweds have the time of their lives with family and  friends before retiring for the evening just steps away from where it all began.

Sounds too good to be true, right?  There’s not many places that have these kind of options, versatility and can truly accommodate parties large or small like the Aspen Meadows Resort.  And the catering manager, Susan Dickinson, is outstanding–she’s great to work with and comes with tons of experience so give these guys a call today!

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