[How To] Plan Your Wedding Flowers, A Step By Step Guide – Part 2

The following is part 2 of 3 in a Wedding Floral Planning blog series by the Flower Maven, Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean, a 17 year Breckenridge flower shop owner.  Dina has created custom bridal bouquets for over 1,000 weddings in her professional career as a florist.

Last week we discussed getting started with the flower design process.  This week were are going to put it into action.

Make sure you capture that beautiful bouquet on film!  |  Photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]

Step 4 - Begin your search for a florist that matches your style and budget (9 mos < wedding date).

Multiple venue managers have said that it’s important that your florist have experience working in the mountains.  Local vendors know the area and can effectively navigate quickly-crowded mountain streets on holiday weekends, and already know about that mountain bike race  that they’ve been hyping up in the local paper that will clog up some roads.

Mountain wedding deliveries include driving up a four wheel drive road with glass containers and fresh product sloshing around, or could mean riding a gondola with the flowers and decor  and being prepared for inclement weather, including snow.

Get recommendations from the venue manager but also look on your own, or ask another local vendor who they’ve worked with and would recommend.  You will want a florist with updated information, photos and client reviews.  I would recommend looking for your florist at least nine months prior to your wedding date.

Step 5 – Be prepared.

Before you meet with your florist, make sure to have all your pictures, ideas and budget in place. You don’t have to have every detail worked out, but having a minimum and maximum budget will allow your florist to give you an accurate idea as to what they can offer and suggest for you.

Step 6 – Book the florist you connect with.

Expect to pay a deposit and possibly a consultation fee to meet with in-demand artisans.  Review the proposed  contract carefully, and be sure to ask your florist if they allow any changes prior to the wedding.  Final balance is customarily due two weeks to ten days prior to the wedding.

*Photo courtesy of Robin Johnson, who took the pics at our wedding, which we will be showing more of very soon.  The pic is from a wedding that Petal and Bean and Robin Johnson worked together at Ten Mile Station at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Please visit her website,  and Facebook page to learn more.


[Mountain Town] Breckenridge, Colorado // Real Mountain Town, Unreal Skiing

If you’ve found this website, it’s very likely it’s because you’re researching possible destinations for your wedding.  This blog will help you learn all about the different towns that lie in, or are close to, Summit County, Colorado.  One of the most famous is Breckenridge, and that is the one that we call home.  However, we plan to talk about more than just Breckenridge.

There are many different towns, each with its own chamber of commerce.  And while they do a great job, we’re bringing them all together in one easy-to-find resource, and that is Summit Mountain Weddings.

Nearby towns include Blue River, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, and Silverthorne.  Just beyond the boundaries of Summit County are Georgetown and Silverplume, and to the west, Vail and Beaver Creek.  If you go south you’ll head towards Alma and Fairplay, where a lot of folks that work in Summit County live.

Breckenridge, Colorado  |  carlscofield.com  |  970.453.9430  |  photo[carlscofield.com]

Breckenridge is west of Denver, accessible by I-70 and a major air hub, Denver International Airport.   What once was a summer hunting area for the Utes, a Native American tribe with history in the area going back at least 7,000 years, is now a famous Colorado “playground” that offers dramatic mountain landscapes, amazing slope-side lodging choices and quiet out-of-the-way private home rentals.

Once in Breckenridge, the Breckenridge Resort Chamber‘s “Welcome Center” on Main Street is a great way to find local resources and activity opportunities when visiting. Summertime favorites include hiking, biking, rafting and local art highlights.

A number of possibilities exist for mountain weddings in our area.  From elopements, to vow renewals, to week long experiences, our connection of service providers will help you enjoy a well-planned, budget-friendly vacation.

There are a lot of wedding websites, magazines and blogs out there that do a fine job of covering the urban metro areas, but we felt that there was an online presence missing for our destination market here in Summit County.  We hope that you enjoy reading about our towns while you plan your wedding.

Have you been to Breckenridge, Colorado?  What would tell someone who’s never been here before?

*Photo courtesy of Carl Scofield, a Breckenridge resident since 1981, freelance photographer since 1985, and currently is the Resident Artist in the Breckenridge Arts District’s Fuqua Livery Stable.  Please visit www.carlscofield.com to learn more.

[How To] Plan Your Wedding Flowers, A Step By Step Guide – Part 1

The following is part 1 of 3 in a Wedding Floral Planning blog series by the Flower Maven, Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean, a 17 year Breckenridge flower shop owner.  Dina has created custom bridal bouquets for over 1,000 weddings in her professional career as a florist.

I believe that planning your flowers is one of the most exciting aspects of your wedding.  Follow these simple steps to ensure that you are organized, informed and can enjoy the process.

The Flower Maven of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]

Step 1Learn what flowers are in season when you’re getting married.

Considering which flowers are in season you are getting married can be an important factor in deciding the overall color scheme.

For example, let’s say you love pink and you’re planning an autumn wedding.  I would then suggest a combination of pink Roses with Autumn Joy Sedum, burgundy Kangaroo Paw or Cockscomb Celeosia, a few berries and the right touch of garden leaves could add just the right touch of texture and color.

Step 2 – Determine what your color palette will be.

What is your favorite color?  What colors does he look good in?  Ask yourself if you want to incorporate them into the theme of your floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres?  Your wedding should reflect your personalities!

Step 3 – Create an collection of images that inspire you.

Start a folder of just images of bouqets and florals from magazines or the web,  and you will begin to see a distinct pattern as to what you like or prefer.

P.S. – Look online for sites that feature inspiration boards. It’s a great way to see your wedding vision come together.  Perhaps we’ll create some of our own along the way to show you some examples.

If you have any questions, comment below, or start a discussion on our forum.  Happy planning!

A Great Time Djs

photo[Robin Proctor Photography]

For more than a decade, A Greatime DJs has been serving clients like you that demand the best for their unique events.  Take a look around our site.   Read some of our references.  You’ll find that almost every major venue and every event planner in the Rocky Mountains trust Greattime DJs to provide the best in DJ-entertainment year after yearWe provide talented, interactive, high-energy entertainment for all events.  Our music collection includes thousands of artists and we are request friendly.

We offer more than 10 of the Rocky Mountain’s most highly requested DJ-entertainers.  With offices in Vail and on Denver’s Front Range and DJs located across Colorado we are ready to work closely with you to make your event a GREATIME!

A Greattime DJs opened in Vail, Summer 1998 by co-owners Erik Vienneau and Fred Hammond.  Both had a life long vision for music and love of a good time.  Right from our very first event we knew that our Rocky Mountain Resort clientele was unique to those in other locals.  They desire the best available.  They care more about quality then just about cost.

We decided to be unlike other DJ companies.  We only hired well-educated, friendly professional DJs that are never predicable and always creative and unique.  We only hired people that we’d like entertaining at our own personal event.  We’ve always paid one of the highest rates to our team in the industry so our DJs can always maintain perfectly working systems, continue their training and keep up with the latest music.

Today, Greatime DJs offers more than 10 DJ-entertainers that live locally to serve our more than 300 annual events. We look forward to understanding your needs & working with you to create an unforgettable, customized, one of a kind evening of entertainment.

Disclosure Statement // Get the Scoop on Summit Mountain Weddings

This will probably be the most boring blog on this site.  You don’t have to read any further if you’re looking for a real mountain wedding feature, or want to read advice from one of our local wedding pro guest bloggers.

Dina and Stacy cooking up the best online resource for weddings in Summit County, Colorado. |  photo[Jody and Luke Flory]

No, in this post, you’ll only find out how this site plans to operate.  As small business owners in the wedding industry, we had to examine many different forms of advertising and marketing out there.  And while we believe there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for everyone, we believe this site will definitely help our community connections reach a new level.

We already had plans for a wedding-specific website for our shop.  This is just a huge leap from that, and is more focused on showing off everyone’s work, and not just ours.  But, a guy’s gotta make a buck.  And yes, there a lot of wedding websites out there, and we did not want to reinvent the wheel, so we’ll direct you towards relevant resources and our site will be of a more hyperlocal focus.

This pic has nothing to do with FTC regulations, but it's something nice to look at. Mountains, fish, and good friends.  What more could you want?  |  photo[Jody and Luke Flory]

This document was first created on May 16, 2011, and will be updated as necessary.  It is in accordance with FTC regulations that asks all bloggers to disclose any paid relationships between products, services, or companies that appear as content.

This wedding website / blog was created by a local Breckenridge wedding company who identified the lack of a dedicated online planning resource for the Summit County region that effectively used blogging, social media, forums and other new media opportunities to help promote the local wedding vendors and options in our neck of the woods.

We have employed local professional graphic designers, programmers, photographers and others to create the web site that you now gaze upon.  However, this is not a hobby.  We are not basement bloggers, and have a real brick-and-mortar store with bills and internet costs to address, and that is why we will gladly accept payment to help promote our fellow wedding service providers to be on our site, share their stories and provide helpful advice.

We’ve designed this blog to share as many real weddings as possible, and will feature sponsored blog posts from advertising companies, as well as non-paid  guest blogs from real local wedding pros who want to share their lessons learned.  But, we wanted to offer a place to share their time-sensitive special or mud season offering.

Affiliate links will be used when available for products and services recommended through this blog.

Blogvertorials, or a sponsored blog editorial, will share that it’s a paid post by a particular company.

Tweets mentioning paying members will be denoted with a [swp] which will denote the Summit Wedding Pro affiliation with our site.    General conversations with advertisers will not be disclosed.

Yay!  You've taken the time to check out this disclosure statement for our blog, thank you very much.  Look, I'm on a mountain!  |  photo[Dina Sanchez]

**********This blog is a sponsored blog created or supported by a company, organization or group of organizations. For questions about this blog, please contact  Dina and Stacy Sanchez at info[at]breckweddings[dot]com.

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