Wedding Gift Ideas

Wedding gifts can be difficult to buy whether you’re a guest buying for the bride and groom or the happy couple thanking the wedding party. If you’re attending the wedding as a guest, there are a few things that could happen. The bride and groom to be might have a registry, and you may or may not choose to buy them something from it. Alternatively, they might choose not to have a registry but provide some guidance, such as asking for practical gifts for their new home. But if they don’t offer any suggestions, you’re on your own in choosing what to get them. Try these ideas to find something that suits anyone’s budget.

Home Decor

These days, when a couple gets married they’re just as likely to have already lived together than to be moving into their first home. But they’ll still be living together as a married couple for the first time, and they might be moving into a new home. They could even be getting reading to have children. So a gift of something to brighten up their home is likely to be well received. There are gifts at lots of different prices ranges, so you don’t have to worry about spending too much. You might decide to gift them with an antique silver chandelier, but you could also choose a set of candle holders, some photo frames or a vase.

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Another type of gift that could be useful for their changing relationship is anything that would be practical around the home. Some couples will ask for this sort of them when they’re moving into a new house. Although they might both have their own things, it can be better to start again than to try and mix two sets of possessions together. Your practical gift could be anything from a set of quality towels or sheets to a kitchen mixer or a set of glasses. It might be a good idea to ask them what they need, so they don’t end up with 20 sets of towels.

Experiences

If you want to give the newly wedded couple something different, steer away from physical objects. Instead, gift them with something they can do. There are lots of experiences you can buy for them whether it’s a year-long membership or a one-off day out. You could get them a membership for their favorite museum or a dinner at an exclusive restaurant. You might even consider sending them skydiving or bungee jumping, or you could get them a weekend away.

Wedding Contributions

With the cost of weddings these days, many couples ask for a small contribution toward the expense instead of gifts. Even if they haven’t asked for it, you could offer money or to pay for something if you think they would receive it well. Some guests organize a collection among themselves to put toward costs for the wedding or the honeymoon. You could all get together to give the couple a surprise experience on the day.


Coming up with a unique wedding gift can be stressful, but remember the best one of all is your presence on their special day. Anything extra that you give them is a bonus.

Engagement Shoot at Picnic Rock

Notes from the bride, Molly:

There were so many great things about the shoot! The location was perfect. Picnic Rock is located on the Poudre Valley Canyon about 10 miles west of Fort Collins. There were mountains, a beautiful river, rocks, a meadow and great colors of the trees around us. We barely missed the blizzard that occurred that next day.

The colors that we wore and the colors in the background were complementary and made everything pop!

Moving to Colorado recently we have completely submersed ourselves in the outdoors, the activities and the scenery. Our wedding will be Colorado-themed as well! We hope to introduce our guests to everything this great state has to offer.

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Ashley McKenzie Photography | Location: Picnic Rock

Classic, True, Adventurous, Eco-Friendly

From the vintage yellow cab to the creative lettuce centerpieces to the art-inspired venue, this Denver wedding simply rocked!

Q&A with Sarah, the bride: 

How did you meet?

We met on a dance floor. Sarah was there with a date that wouldn’t dance with her, and adam stepped in.  We did a killer move where we linked arms back to back and then the person in the air would kick their feet high. It was instant trust, and a whole lot of fun. The other guy didn’t last…

Tell me about your wedding?

Our wedding was classic, and true, and adventurous. We worked with our dear friends at SunnySideUp urban farm to grow all of our flowers. It was an amazing way to pull in values we cared about and include some of the most important people in our lives.  We decided to opt for a non-traditional set-up and had a spiral, instead of an aisle. So instead of walking down an aisle we walked past everyone, through the spiral.  On our first date (after the dancing) we painted the chorus of José Mercés rendition of Louie Armstrong’s ““What a Wonderful World” on Sarah’s bedroom wall in big cursive letters.  So as we came down the spiral, all of our guests sang (in English), “What a Wonderful World.” We did modern and personal takes on Jewish Tradition (Sarah’s background), wrote our own vows, wrote our own Ketubah, had a Chuppah made from Sarah’s 107 year old great-aunt’s table cloth, and finished it off with a good ‘ol fashioned, stomping on the glass and a cheer of “Mazel Tov!”

A childhood friend of Adam’s lent us her sweet old Yellow Checker cab, so after the ceremony we took off for a quick spin just the two of us. We contemplated taking off for a road trip, but instead opted to come back and celebrate with the people we love most in the world. Then, a round of photos with our two sisters and two dear friends in the cab, and in our home.

We love a local organization called Growhaus, they work with food justice and grow hydroponic lettuce. So we worked with them to grow our centerpieces. Lettuce lined the tables and our guests had scissors to cut their own salad.  The DJ spun Sarah’s grandpa’s records…old Jazz classics and Soul. We had an absolutely rocking Horah, a traditional Jewish dance where the bride and groom are hoisted in the air on chairs while the guests do a circle dance around.  It got rowdy…

We were surrounded by the people we love. It was an absolutely amazing experience to commit to one another in such a public way and still have it feel so intimate.  It was amazing.

What things do you feel were the most memorable moments during the day?

Sarah doing yoga in the morning in the spot where they were to get married.
Walking through the spiral.
Sharing our vows.
The cab ride to the ceremony while we were leaning out the window.
Dancing the Horah.
Taking pictures in our house, just the two of us.

Any advice to other brides?

Focus on the ceremony. We loved using it as an opportunity to really talk about what we hoped for and were excited (and not so excited) to work for in our marriage.  We were so glad we put time and thought into the ceremony. Remember to take deep breaths through the day and take it in.  It is really easy to get separated because there are a lot of people that want to talk to you.  We decided to make sure that we were together the whole night. It sounds so simple, but it really made a big difference.  Notice what is going on around you. And breathe it all in.

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Harper Point | Hey! Party Collective {LISTmember} | Venue: RedLine Gallery | Ceremony: Washington Park  | Florist: Sunnyside Up Urban Farm | Catering: Foodie Call | Lettuce: GrowHaus | Rentals: Butler Rents | DJ: Rett Rogers| Print Design: Alison Kleiman | Officiant: Dr. Caryn Aviv | Lighting Installation over the dance floor: DesignWorks

April 26th: Vintage Glamour Bridal Show

One of the best ways to start planning your wedding is to attend a bridal show.

Celebrate vintage meets modern glamour in wedding planning at the first ever Denver area Vintage Glamour Bridal Show!  Showcased at the beautiful top 5 floors of the iconic Clock Tower!  Meet professional vendors, taste yummy food, see fashions by Dolly Couture, enter to win prizes and lastly enjoy a swag bag full of goodies.  Sponsored by 5280 Magazine

When: Sunday, April 26th from 11am to 3pm

Where: Clock Tower 1601 Arapahoe Street Denver, CO 80202

How: Use promo code Vintage for discounted tickets. Purchase tickets online.

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Winter Mountain Wedding

Notes from the bride, Keri: 

Sam and I met while working in Charlotte, NC. We quickly fell in love and after he graduated his residency program we moved out to Colorado to start our life adventure together!

We were engaged at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, so the resort is very near and dear to us….we couldn’t think of a better place to exchange vows!

Our favorite moment of the day….was probably the day after and the epic skiing we did in our wedding attire!

Kara Delay, with Love this Day events did an amazing job of making my wedding dream come true. I had envisioned a candle lit room – romantic, but with little floral decor. She accomplished this with over 500 candles at the reception!

My advice to those planning a Colorado Wedding would be to have fun, don’t worry about the small things! Also, take advantage of natures beautiful backdrop – get outside and get creative with your pictures!

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Jeff Cooke | Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch {LISTmember} | Planner & Florist: Love this Day Events | Dress Designer: Justin Alexander | Dress Boutique: The Bridal Collection | Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist: Lindsay Miller, Beauty by Belviso

 

Coachella Inspired Wedding Decor

Use boho-chic music festivals, like Coachella, to inspire your wedding. Boho Chic is one of the top wedding trends in 2015.

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featuring a styled shoot on COUTUREcolorado Common Couture {LISTmember on LIFE & STYLE} and photography by Shalynne Imaging……View full feature. 

Strappy pumps / Beige purse / Charlotte Russe gold bead necklace / White home decor / Branch centerpiece / Boho Braid How to Create an Effortlessly Chic Half Updo Divine… / Dreamy Boho Chic Bride | COUTUREcolorado WEDDING:.

Q & A: Rebecca Schoneveld

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I am pleased to introduce you to wedding dress designer, Rebecca Schoneveld. She was recently in Denver for her trunk show at a&be bridal shop {LISTmember}. Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal is a line of modern, romantic dresses. Using luscious fabrics and classical, fluid silhouettes, Rebecca Schoneveld designs dresses that emphasize a woman’s natural beauty, making her not just look beautiful but feel utterly gorgeous, too.

How did you learn your craft?

My mom started teaching me to sew when I was 4 years old, and I never stopped loving it. I decided in high school that I didn’t want to my career to feel like “work”, so I chose to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York which has a wonderful, rigorous program which really helped me hone my technical skills.

Describe your style and designs.

I love classical, balanced design and really beautiful, high quality fabrics. To me, these are the most important foundations to any successful design. I’m also just an unfussy person- I appreciate simple yet thoughtful designs that let the woman inside the gown be the star and let her individual personality shine through, not overpower her as some gowns can do. Growing up, I studied ballet quite seriously and that love of movement and feminine strength definitely still influences me.

What or who inspires you?

My grandmother is my style icon- She is still the chicest woman I know. She wore a fabulous long sleeved, light blue satin Dior-inspired gown for her first wedding in 1947 and at her second wedding in the 1960’s she wore a hot pink Jackie-O inspired suit.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Menlo Park, California (before the tech boom!) and lived there til I was 7, at which time we moved to a small town in Pennsylvania about 2 hours from NYC. My mom’s side of the family has been in California since the gold rush and my dad’s side of the family is from the Netherlands as far back as we can trace! I was home schooled as a kid (along with my 3 brothers and one sister), so we had plenty of time outdoors and learning hand crafts, cooking, making imaginary fairy lands in the woods, camping out- it was a great way to grow up!

If you weren’t designing dresses, what would you be doing?

Oooh, hm. I think I would work in holistic health in some capacity. I actually was quite close to going back to school to get my master’s in Acupuncture but then those plans got derailed/redirected (in the form of the pregnancy of my older son!) and as life would have it, I ended up starting my bridal line which really does feel like the best career for me!

What is your favorite thing about visiting Denver?

I just love getting to know a city that is new to me and that has so many exciting things happening for it! The revival of city centers and historic neighborhoods is always really intriguing to me, so that’s been really great to see here.

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photography by our contributing photographer rachel gomez

And ladies, if you are still looking for you perfect dress, you must check out a&be bridal shop {LISTmember}. It is the source for a stylish, unique wedding gowns without the fuss! a&bé is accessible in both style and price.

Backyard Wedding in Telluride

From the Bride, Sarah:

I can’t even begin to measure the amount of love, sweat, tears, stress, and maybe even some blood that went into this event. It was beautiful. I am not biased or anything, but it really was perfect. Everything that I could have possibly wanted happened. The food, the music, the decor, the flowers, the dessert, oh my!

The robes that I had ordered from India for us to get ready in, never arrived, so in true Colorado fashion, we all put on plaid flannel button-downs. Thanks to Jordan for bringing extras for some people who aren’t as hipster as we are.

Peonies were an absolute must for my wedding bouquet, I have known that for a while, but I didn’t actually get to see my florals until the day of. It was kind of nerve-racking, but I was overjoyed with the beautiful creations from China Rose. Amy came to the property to do a walk-thru with me a couple of weeks before the wedding, and she totally saw my vision of this moody, fresh from the field kind of arrangements. She even put some wild raspberries in for me so that I could have a snack halfway down the aisle. Everything was gorgeous, and I couldn’t be happier.

Obligatory cowboy boots. I am an Austin native and proud Texan so naturally, I was reppin’ the Lone Star State on my wedding day.

Mike and I decided to do a first look to help alleviate some of the nerves of seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony. Also, I am not big into a lot of those traditions. We didn’t have a religious ceremony, I didn’t change my name, I definitely didn’t do a bouquet toss and Mike didn’t do a garter toss. Personally, for me, those things are outdated, and although we are spiritual, we aren’t religious, so I really wanted to celebrate my church; the beauty of nature and the love of friends and family.

Another reason we decided on a first look was so that we could get most of the photos done before the wedding. I HIGHLY recommend this! We actually got to spend some time at our cocktail hour instead of making everyone wait while we took hours of photos. Also, it allowed for a change of venue, and I have always loved the dramatic shots that I can get up on Wilson Mesa a few miles up the road. We allowed our bridesmaids and groomsmen to make their own outfits as long as they sort of coordinated with a certain color scheme. I think it turned out great and hopefully these are clothes that they can wear again. That was the idea at least.

Kendall Pavan is a photography rockstar! She was a ninja, lurking around, capturing some amazing moments completely unnoticed by most. Not to mention, her work is excellent, and prior to shooting, she asked me what was important to me. I told her, “Tell a story.” She did it flawlessly!

Rather than having a guest book, I thought it would be cute to get some old vintage keys, tie tags to them, and create a “Keys to a Happy Marriage” board where guests were invited to share their suggestions for relationship nirvana. Overwhelmingly, people wanted Mike to know that my happiness should be his number one priority (duh!), and that Naked Saturdays are someone’s secret to success.

Following the ceremony, we had a cocktail hour at the old barn on our property. Mike designed and created the “BARN” sign, and had the really brilliant idea of having the “N” burnout so that it looks like “BAR” when the lights are on. It looked amazing! I was really proud of him.

Mike and I decided to create signature cocktails for our guests during happy hour. Mine was called a “Telluride Packmule” and was essentially a Moscow Mule with muddled blueberries and mint. It was delish and refreshing. Mike created a “Runaway Mine Train” which was bourbon, alpine liqueur, mint, and muddled peaches. Yum.

I really wanted to create a lighting scheme that created a mood instead of just lighting a tent. Since I wanted this event to feel sort of like of walking in the woods and stumbling upon a fairy tea party, I turned to a lot natural materials to achieve my vision. I decided that to fill the tent and create some atmosphere that I could put all those sticks I had been gathering from the yard to use. Wait for it…BRANCHELIERS aka branch chandeliers!  The forest behind our house is literally covered in moss. It is really magical, and as a kid I would take my shoes off and walk across the carpet of moss searching for mushrooms, so I decided to incorporate it into my centerpieces. We cut circles of moss (or I should say, my mom, sister, and her mom did) and topped them with florals and a candlestick. Thanks guys! Mike sliced pieces of aspen and we topped them with glass cloches to hold floral arrangements alongside the vintage brass vases that I had been trolling Ebay forever for. Totally worth it.

Did somebody say, “Dessert bar”? Ever since I saw my first dessert bar, I knew that we were destined for one another.  We displayed the desserts on a piece of furniture that had been sitting out in the garage since my mom remodeled. I had been doing a LOT of antiquing prior to the wedding and had invested in some little accent pieces like hurricane lanterns, and old case, and some re-purposed crates to spice up the display.

Our band was a bluegrass band called Whitewater Ramble and the term “good ole fashioned hoedown” would best describe the dance party that ensued. There was line dancing, two-steppin’, and heel clickin’ good times.

Yes, it flies by. Yes, get a videographer and photographer so that you can at least attempt to capture all of the special moments. Yes, take a deep breath, remember to eat, and try to greet each of your guests. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It might all be a little overwhelming, but it will be one of the most wonderful days of your life.

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Kendall Pavan Photography | Venue: Private Residence in Telluride,Colorado | Planner: McKinley Hale – Telluride Event Collective | Florist: China Rose of Telluride Flower | Dress Designer: Anne Barge | Makeup Artist: Carmen Wolcott | Dessert Table – Sweet Rhi’s |  Cake: Telluride Specialty Cakes | Musicians – White Water Ramble | Bride’s Sash – Millie Icaro 

Looking for get married in Telluride? Check out Telluride Resorts {LISTmember}. They have multiple venues to fit any size of wedding.

Evergreen Engagement

Notes from the photographer, Rachel Gomez:

Taylor and Bill chose Evergreen for their fall Engagement Session. The couple will be getting married at their family’s private residence and thought it would be a great location for their session. They brought their miniature Maltese Yorkie along for the ride. We were inspired by the natural beauty and the season.

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Rachel Gomez Photography | Location: Private Residence in Evergreen, Colorado | Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Talie Ayers 3 Little Birds Salon

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