Sunset Over Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort

One of my favorite things to do in the whole world is to watch the sun set and take photographs of the sunset over Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.   These images are from throughout the summer and I wanted to share this set of photos to show you how different the same mountain can be from day to day. In fact, one of my most recent sunset images over Peak 8 was shared on GoBreck’s Instagram feed! GoBreck.com is the local resort chamber in Breck.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to contact us with any questions about weddings, Breckenridge or helping you figure out the details for your destination event.  Your tip of the day is to head over to the town’s page dedicated to the trails.  If you haven’t explored a new walking trail in Breck in a while, then check out breckenridgetrails.org and see what’s the latest addition to the world-class singletrack in the area.

Why Choose A Destination Wedding? Tips and Advice From Invitation Designer Stephanie Mckean of Pier 9 Designs. [guest Blog]

Why choose a Destination Wedding?  When my husband and I first starting planning our wedding and the idea of having a destination wedding came to mind, we immediately started thinking about the expense.  So then our thoughts went back to thinking about a traditional wedding.   Hmmm….  This really got us to thinking.  We knew we wanted to go Maui, Hawaii for our honeymoon.  That was part of our wedding expense too.  Right?  In 2006, being a destination bride was such an amazing experience and the unbelievable memories will always be a cherished.   We still enjoy looking at our photos and all the memorabilia.

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Why choose a Destination Wedding?  Tips and advice from invitation designer Stephanie McKean of Pier 9 Designs. [Guest Blog]

Planning a successful Destination Wedding can be so fun and the possibilities are endless of what you can do.  A successful Destination Wedding needs a trusted and experienced wedding coordinator at the destination but also a reputable and trusted company to design your entire wedding invitation package.  Pier 9 will help you maximize the number of guests in attendance and embark them on a visual vacation through Pier 9’s custom designs in wedding stationery such as:

    • “Save the Date” cards - SO IMPORTANT!  Sent 8 months to 1 year in advance to ensure guests have ample time to make travel arrangements and budget for your special day.
    • Accommodations - Notify guests of accommodations closest to the wedding site. Include any discount coupon codes that may apply.
    • Pre-wedding Activities - Notify your guests of any pre-wedding activities taking place that you’d like them to plan their flights around. In my case, it was a Hawaiian Luau the night before the wedding.  Yours might be a sunset dinner overlooking the snow-capped mountains.

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    • Invitations - Have fun with your invitations by playing up on the location in an elegant way. Use the cool colors of the island or the earth tones of the mountains or stationery designed as a travel passport or round-trip ticket.
    • Directions and Maps – Traveling can be a little stressful.  Put your guests at ease by including a custom -designed map of the best route from the airport to the wedding site.
    • Other Activities – It’s very likely your guests will extend their stay turning it into their own vacation getaway. Maximize their experience by including a well designed postcard of the most popular must- see attractions.

Why choose a Destination Wedding?  Tips and advice from invitation designer Stephanie McKean of Pier 9 Designs. [Guest Blog]

    • Requested Attire – Often times when we travel, we think casual attire. If it’s important to you that your guests dress in a certain fashion for the venue or activity, be sure to include such terms on your correspondence.
    • Welcome Home Reception – Planning a reception party after you arrive home? Be sure to include this on your invitation. For a more formal event, create a separate invitation. Most brides would love to have all their family and friends attend their special day.  With Destination Weddings, many guests simply can’t attend. A Welcome Home reception is a perfect way for those guests to feel special knowing they too can enjoy your wedding celebration.
    • Thank-You Cards – I’m in love with creating two versions of Thank You cards for Destination Weddings.  For those guests who traveled the distance we can include wedding photographs of you and them at the wedding. Or create a custom designed CD case and burn wedding images of your guests from the event.
    • Pocket fold invitations are a great way to mail and present all these pieces together in a clean format.

Destination weddings are unique by nature.  Make sure your wedding stationary package follows suit.  Pier 9 allows you to arrive at your dream destination knowing that you have covered all key points.  For more ideas and inspiration, contact Pier 9 Graphic Design today for a free consultation and together we’ll set sail your dream wedding.  Please mention “Pier 9 on Summit Mountain Weddings”  and refer to this blog post when contacting us, thanks!

Why choose a Destination Wedding?  Tips and advice from invitation designer Stephanie McKean of Pier 9 Designs. [Guest Blog]

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New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers

After almost twenty years in the wedding and special event industry in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, we have sourced the best, most reliable resources for flowers, linens and whatever else you might be looking for.  Today’s blog is just a snippet of what’s available for folks wanting to dress up the tablescape.

Linen rentals, chair covers and coordinated floral decor can make a big impact.  It can help carry over the color palette you’ve chosen and help create the mood with the theme you’ve decided upon.  Once you’ve determined your venue, you can then start to consider floral and decor options.

We get requests for quotes on flowers, but one of the first things we ask as a florist, is where the ceremony and reception will be. We love to give suggestions, but every venue has its own look and feel.  Some have high ceilings, which look good with tall centerpieces.  Others have less light and may have lower ceilings.  All of this matters to us.

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

These photos are just a sampling  of the new items that we were shown this past week.  These close ups are of chargers, which is the base plate where all the other plates are placed.  This consistent piece of tableware will help the branding of your event throughout the evening.  

These photos show chargers in many different styles, but only one color.  Please contact us to learn more about tablescapes, linen rentals and these new chargers.  

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

Our linen rep also explained how they now have an eco-friendly line of rental linens available.  Eco-brides looking to incorporate as many green elements as possible now have an option for their green wedding.  

We are big believers in the mantra to reduce, reuse and recycle, and decor rentals are a great way to save time and money.  Ask your florist, wedding planner, or event designer what they recommend for linens and tablescapes.  If they don’t have the answers you’re looking for, then please contact us to help solve your problems.  That’s what we’re here for!

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

And if you think we have some great choices for linens and chargers, then just imagine what else we can do for your event.  Thanks for reading, and we’ll talk to you soon.  Be sure to click on the social icons in the top right, thanks for reading!

[ Vendor ] Q&a W/ Alpine Spa and Salon: Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding Makeup and Hair

This is part of a series of blogs that I’m sharing to help promote the Breckenridge Bridal Bash, and today’s featured vendor is the Alpine Spa and Salon.  They are supporters of the Breckenridge Resort Chamber and operate in the Town of Breckenridge, Colorado.  

Located on the south end of town, this spa is ready to help put the finishing touches on the girls for the big day.  Please mention this blog when talking to the pros at the Alpine Spa and Salon, or when you register for the inaugral Breckenridge Bridal Bash!

Introducing the Breckenridge Bridal Bash! | www.breckenridgebridalbash.com hosted by gobreck.com

Q. Who are you and what’s your role in the Breckenridge wedding scene?

A. We are Alpine Spa and Salon, a full service spa and salon, offering wedding services, including up-dos and wedding makeup, as well as nails, skin care, massage and body treatments.  

We also have a beautiful space overlooking the mountains and the town from our 3rd floor location.  Wedding parties enjoy a panoramic view from our patio, and we encourage groups to bring food and drink (or we can cater for you) or anything else to help make the experience a memorable one.

 [ Vendor ] Q&A w/ Alpine Spa and Salon: Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding Makeup and Hair

Q. Any advice for couples planning their wedding in the Breckenridge area?

A. I always encourage the bride and groom to come see our space before hand and to experience some of our services. Particularly, the bride can have a practice run on her hair and make-up, so there will not be any surprises on the big day.

Also, if the practice is done on the day of the rehearsal dinner, then after the updo, our stylist will let her hair down and style it, so she is ready and looking beautiful for the rehearsal.

 [ Vendor ] Q&A w/ Alpine Spa and Salon: Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding Makeup and Hair

Q.  Ski or snowboard?  What do you do in the summertime for fun?

A.  Ski!! In the summertime, I hike, play golf, and sit on our beautiful patio and enjoy our gorgeous mountain weather.

 [ Vendor ] Q&A w/ Alpine Spa and Salon: Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding Makeup and Hair

Q.  Top 3 family-friendly hikes for families visiting for the wedding?

A. Rainbow lake in Frisco, French Gulch and Iowa hill in Breck

 [ Vendor ] Q&A w/ Alpine Spa and Salon: Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding Makeup and Hair

Q. What’s an important factor that couples don’t want to overlook?

A. The time of day for the ceremony. The clouds roll in the afternoon.

 

[ Vendor ] Summit Express: Transportation for Your Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding

[ Vendor ] Summit Express: Transportation for your Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding - Breckenridge Bridal Bash, #BreckenridgeBridalBash

The purpose of the Brecknridge Bridal Bash is to invite brides and grooms planning their destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains to meet local wedding pros, tour ceremony and reception venues, and taste and drink the yumminess that exits in the local restaurants.  

The art of mountain travel takes practice.  You learn the curves of the road, where the icy spots are, and where the bathroom stops are.  Renting a car and driving up the mountains is fun, but if you’re not up for the adventure and sometimes white-knuckle experience of alpine driving, then we suggest you leave it local experts.  

[ Vendor ] Summit Express: Transportation for your Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding - Breckenridge Bridal Bash, #BreckenridgeBridalBash

Q. Who are you and what’s your role in the Breckenridge wedding scene?

A. Summit ExpressWedding day and Airport transportation provider.

 [ Vendor ] Summit Express: Transportation for your Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding - Breckenridge Bridal Bash, #BreckenridgeBridalBash

Q. Any advice for couples planning their wedding in the Breckenridge area?

A.  Ask yourself these questions.

1. Plan ahead- Does the venue of choice have enough parking to accommodate your group size? 

2. Post party – How will your guest return safely to their lodging after the reception?  Do you have enough designated drivers for your group?  Summit Express does! 

3. Do you have 6 hours in your day to make a trip to the airport to pick up friends and family flying into DEN (Denver International Airport)?  Summit Express does!

[ Vendor ] Summit Express: Transportation for your Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding - Breckenridge Bridal Bash, #BreckenridgeBridalBash

Q. Ski or snowboard?  What do you do in the summertime for fun?

A. Rafting, biking, hiking, a leisure walk down main street for the afternoon.

 [ Vendor ] Summit Express: Transportation for your Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding - Breckenridge Bridal Bash, #BreckenridgeBridalBash