[Groom-er] Because It’s Not All About Her // Top 4 Things Guys Need to Know When Planning A Mountain Wedding

Ladies, grab your guy and show him this article as he drinks a beer after work, or just email him this link, so he’ll have it to look at later when he’s got time.  Introducing Groom-er!  This new blog installment on Summit Mountain Weddings is just for the mountain dudes.

GUYS: START READING HERE.  Where do you start when planning a mountain wedding in a town where you don’t even live?  Even if you did live here, do you know the party and event scene?  Well, guys, you now have a resource to ask questions, find solutions and get things done.  

She’s planning the wedding in the mountains, so here’s an article by a guy just for the guys.  And we’ll keep it to once a week, y’know so, not to overwhelm or bug you with all this wedding stuff too much.  We’ll give you some homework and send you on your way.  Thanks for reading and be sure to ask questions on our forum too!

Top 4 Things Guys Need To Know When Planning A Mountain Wedding  |   photo[© Katie Girtman]

What is this new website you ask?  Summit Mountain Weddings is the best online planning resource for guys getting married in the mountains because all of a sudden, you’re dealing with stuff you thought you’d never have to think about.  We’ll be sharing some guy-specfic stuff that only a guy would think of.  

Because face it guys, we’re just different.  What’s important to us, is not to them, and vice versa.  I’ve narrowed it down to a four general tips to get you started, so here’s what you need to start thinking about.  

Top 4 Things Guys Need To Know When Planning A Mountain Wedding

 1 – Determine your level of involvement.  

Do you really care what kind of linens go on the tables or should that be her decision?  Has she been dreaming about her wedding since she was 5, or is a bit more relaxed?  Find out where you can be of help and contribute there.  Check in with her weekly, and ask if she needs any help with anything.  Find out where she’s stressed and be the hero and problem-solver.  Your caretaker duties are calling big time here.

2 – Ask for help when you need it.  Find trusted professionals and ask for recommendations.

Find what does interest you and take charge of that area of the planning.  Find ways to satisfy the basics and splurge on what’s most important to you.  What would you like your guests to remember?  If you’re unable to find these resources on your own, ask for help.  It’s a good idea to make an investment in a professional planner who is familiar with the area if it works with your budget.

3 – Find a way for the guys to enjoy the mountains while everyone’s in town.  

You’re in the mountains for your wedding, so depending on the season, you should explore local options for fun and easy excursions.  Determine your posse’s fitness level, and if human or motorized pursuits are in your future.  Discover world-class skiing at the resorts, cross country skiing, rent snowmobiles, book a hut trip, or go snowshoeing.  

4 – Don’t let numbers scare you, be upfront and communicate about money and expenses.  

Yes, you can go big or you can go small.  It’s up to you and what’s really important.  Do you need everyone and their dog there?   If so, we do know pet-friendly lodging options and can steer you to those places where the dogs can relax and be a part of your mountain wedding near Breck.  And rest easy and know that creative, fun choices exist at all budget levels that look great.

We hope this is helpful, and know that there are some great online resources to planning a wedding, including using free online tools like Minigroup to collaborate ideas with vendors.  Let us know what you like, and what more you’d like to see from us in the future, thanks for reading!  And guys, good luck and know that we are just a phone call, email, and tweet away.  

>> Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva.  Click here to see this vendor’s listing.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Anne + Mike at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado

Rocky Mountain weddings at Ten Mile Station are unique because you sit halfway up Peak 9 looking down on the town of Breckenridge.  You can take the road up further, even up to the Peak 9 Restaurant.  Perhaps you’ll wait until the snow flys to explore peak 9.  I’ll let you in on a secret.  It’s a great mountain bike climb and there are many singletrack options that you can connect to.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

This Breck bride brought her guests up past the Breckenridge Stables and just past the Falcon Chair, the chairlift that services Peak 10 during the winter ski season.  Her bouquet was made of Hydrangea, Tweedia and Veronica

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station, Breckenridge Colorado

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

Anne and her bridal party explores the local trees near this alpine Breckenridge wedding venue.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

Bridal Bouquet by Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

To see more photos from this wedding, click on the Facebook links and blog links to see what Brenda has shared!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

One large table arrangement was used for ceremony decor.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

A striped blue table runner with matching blue table signs with a clean white centerpiece in cylinder vase.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

Let them eat cake!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Anne + Mike: Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo[BrendaLandrum.net]

// VENDORS

Photographer: Brenda Landrum Photography

Venue:  Ten Mile Station

DJ:  A Great Time DJ         >> To view this vendor’s listing, click here

Florist: Petal and Bean         >> To view this vendor’s listing click here

Dress: Beas Bridal Nook

Hair: Tracy’s Place

Makeup: Blush Artistry & Co

Officiant: Father Marty Hunkler

Cake: Aileens

The photos in this blog are courtesy of Brenda Landrum Photography, “an artistic lifestyle photographer based in beautiful Northern Colorado.   Photography is my passion and obsession! I love photographing moments that are special to my clients.”

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[venues] Rubywood + V3 Ranch // Luxury Home Rentals for Destination Weddings in Breckenridge, Colorado

The sun goes down and the temperature drops.  But that’s because you’re at about 10,500 feet when you’re at either Rubywood or the V3 Ranch in Breckenridge.  Both properties are managed by Paragon Lodging, which has an easy-to-find office on the right side of main street as you drive south into Breck from Frisco.Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging Property - Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Property Rental, Luxury Home Rentals, Breckenridge Colorado

Rubywood sits high on Baldy Mountain looking directly west at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Avoid the hustle and bustle of Main Street and reserve a slice of heaven tucked in the clouds.  A private home rental is the right choice for couples not needing or wanting a large conference-style, multi-purpose room, but an intimate homey-feelin’ gathering.  

And what better way than to have it in an actual home and not a hotel.  Each couple’s needs and wants are different, and we know there are couples that want to find that perfect Breckenridge or Summit County wedding venue.  Some are too big, and some are too small.  Ask us how to narrow down the search with our Kickstarter Package.  

V3 Ranch, a Paragon Lodging Property - Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Property Rental, Luxury Home Rentals, Breckenridge ColoradoA sneak peek of the inside of V3 Ranch, a “5 bedroom 4 1/2 bath 6500 square foot home.”  We’ll be sharing a more complete tour, plus weddings from this summer!  

Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging Property - Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Property Rental, Luxury Home Rentals, Breckenridge Colorado

The bride at Rubywood walks down this set of stone stairs next to lots of flowers!  

Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging Property - Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Property Rental, Luxury Home Rentals, Breckenridge Colorado

And remember when I said that it gets chilly?  Well, pack a jacket, because you’re probably going to want to sit in this chair for a while when you get here.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging Property - Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Property Rental, Luxury Home Rentals, Breckenridge Colorado

All-white centerpieces were alternated with lanterns down the center of the table under a tent on the side of Rubywood.  These centerpieces included Dusty Miller, Hydrangea, Stock, Roses, and Snapdragons.  

[VENUES] Rubywood + V3 Ranch // Luxury Home Rentals for Destination Weddings in Breckenridge, Colorado

 At Summit Mountain Weddings and Events, we are creating a one stop shop for your Breckenridge wedding planning needs.  Brides originally found us for their flowers.  They asked for our recommendations and referrals.  We have since created the best online resource for brides planning a wedding near the mountain towns of Summit County, Colorado.  

Breckenridge tent rentals and more.  Because yeah, it might be sunny.  But then again, it might not.   The image above was a blank canvas for a hanging centerpiece that we created this past weekend at Rubywood.  Wait ’til you see what we did up there!

{ Real Mountain Weddings } Wedding Photography Near Breckenridge, Colorado By Studio Kiva.

The following photographs are from real mountain weddings near Breckenridge, Colorado.  Team Girtman of Studio Kiva have long been in the event scene in Summit County, Colorado and have been out taking lots of great photos and video of our section of the Rocky Mountains.  Once the summer settles down a bit, we’ll be sharing their work for quite some time!

We’ll be sharing lots of real weddings and more Q&A with real mountain couples as we progress in the development in the blog, but right now we’re still finalizing our editorial timelines, wishlists, and vendor selection before settling into a routine that you’ll come to love and enjoy.  Until then, enjoy the randomness while we test out new ideas and blog styles.

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

[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.