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5 Helpful hints for Colorado wedding planning

You've set the date, now it's time to plan. It can certainly be an overwhelming task ahead of you depending on your vision and other logistical factors. Through the years, I have had the opportunity to work with literally thousands of clients and compiled the best advice, tips and tricks to planning a successful event in the Colorado mountains:

1: Be A Local

There are many wonderful local professionals located within minutes of your location. From tent and party rental specialists, wedding planners, to full-service caterers, design-oriented florists, DJs, transportation companies, officiates and more who have been in the industry for many years. They are extremely familiar with the area, the venues, the policies and one another to make your special day a great experience for all and not just another event.

2: Make It REAL

Don't kid yourself and think you can plan for 200 people and only pay $5,000 for everything. Be realistic with your budget. Know that the average wedding in the mountains is for roughly 120-160 people and ranges from $18,000 to well over $100,000 (total) depending on your selections and desires.

3: It's A Numbers Game

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Plan for your maximum guest count and biggest expenses. Most vendors do not require your final numbers until the days or weeks prior to the event. You can always modify and hopefully your modifications will lead to the good surprise of a smaller bill! It's always more difficult to swallow adding on $1,000 because of poor planning. Remember, ultimately, your final bills are directly correlated to your guest count. Don't be afraid of not inviting someone if you cannot afford it.

4: Take a Smaller Bite

It's easy one year out to think that you can take on small projects here and there to save a bit of cost. However, the week of, all of these tasks may not feel quite so appealing with family and friends visiting and your vendors may not be able to accommodate or execute for you at the last minute.

5: You Personified

Make this day about you and your significant other. Yes, it's important to carry on tradition, remember those vegetarians and be kind with your timeline to your elders. However, people are coming to celebrate the two of you. Personalize your taste, likes, hobbies, personalities and create new traditions to make your day memorable and unique.