The pictures always make it look like it comes together so easily—the stunning views, the intimate pictures set among sweeping landscapes, the rustic barns that look so naturally elegant it’s as if they grew from the ground that way. As beautiful as a Colorado destination wedding looks, it’s important to remember every bit of planning that goes into one to make it look as special as the pictures you’ve seen. Striking that perfect balance of intimate and expansive is difficult, but not impossible. Your friends and family are giving up well-earned paid leave to make the trip—luckily for them, traveling to Colorado for a destination wedding is more than worth it, if you plan ahead.
Location, Location, Location
Barn weddings are in right now, but that doesn’t mean your options are limited for a destination wedding in Colorado. Outdoor weddings with rustic touches or slightly more upscale banquet halls and ballrooms set among gorgeous mountain scenery are some other options that are worth exploring. Make sure the location you choose is accessible for your guests and your vendors. Last but not least: make the decor stand out! When you’re in beautiful, scenic Colorado, you want the decor to fit seamlessly with the backdrop. Choose the right lighting and florals to make your ceremony and reception stand out.
Make sure the vendors you want can reach the destination you’ve chosen and can plan remotely. While you should make at least one trip out to the destination you’ve chosen, maintaining close contact with coordinators, photographers, musicians, caterers, and florists through video chat or email are good ways to stay on track. Make sure they have as much information as possible while they’re planning since you won’t be able to drop in for a meeting every so often.
Have Your Guest List and Budget Together
Bear in mind that a destination wedding is just that—it’s a destination that’s likely to be significantly further away for most people, requiring them to spend some serious money and miss work to be there. Make sure you have your guest list in order well beforehand, so your guests can plan accordingly. Also, make sure that you’ve budgeted correctly to avoid costly last-minute adjustments. A destination wedding can be a magical escape for friends and family while offering a picturesque location for you and your significant other to tie the knot. Plan smart, and plan ahead so the ceremony and reception turn out better than you could have ever imagined.