The Wedding Planner vs. the Venue Coordinator


As we head into prime wedding season, it is a good time to revisit the dilemma so many engaged couples face – if you have found your venue, and it offers a “venue coordinator,” or “wedding coordinator,” is there any need to hire an independent wedding planner?

Many couples make the mistake of thinking that the two roles are the same, or at least very similar. Yes, there can be some overlap, but not much. In order to save you from finding out the hard way, we hope this post gives some clarification.

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Save the Date! Events Chosen as one of Denver’s Top Three Wedding & Event Planners

We are so honored to have recently been selected as one of the Top 3 Wedding Planning Firms in Denver, Colorado.

We are thankful to the many wonderful clients we have had over the years who are at the core of our business, and reputation. We could not have done it without you!

Are you planning a Colorado wedding for 2017, 2018 or even 2019? We would love to hear about it and see how we can help with design, planning, and coordination. Save the Date Events is a premier wedding and event planning firm based in Denver and providing unparalleled service across Colorado including Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Estes Park, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park, Tabernash, Crested Butte, Glenwood Springs, and Telluride.

And remember, Save the Date! does more than weddings! We can also help with the design and planning of corporate events, both business and social, as well as nonprofit fundraisers and galas.

Learn more about our services today!

Best Ideas for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Weddings in Colorado


More and more couples these days worry that their wedding might have too large an environmental “footprint.”  We wanted to share in detail Colorado’s own Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s (Steamboat area) publication for hosting a truly green and sustainable wedding, it is that good. The tips give a range from modestly to extremely eco-friendly wedding ideas.The full guide can be found here.

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To Trend or not to Trend in the New Year?

We are so excited for the 2017 wedding season – for both our existing clients and those we will soon meet!

This time of year we are always flooded with information about “Wedding Trends” for the coming season. Everywhere you look there are articles and blogs about what is “trending” for the coming year, or what trends are over, what trends to avoid, etc. etc.

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10 Year Anniversary Continued

As we continue to celebrate Debbie and all that she has accomplished, we wanted to share a few words from some of the industry pro’s who have been with Debbie from the beginning. To top it off we searched the archives for some pictures of Debbie from the past. (Thanks Chris!) Enjoy!

Debbie Orwat is simply one of the most positive, uplifting and inspiring people I have ever known. I honestly believe that the Colorado wedding world is encouraging of others because Debbie told us to be that way.  Leading by example, Debbie is the first one to celebrate another planners success, to be honest and open when anyone has a question and always has a really really good story to share.  I am lucky to call her a friend.

Kara Delay, Owner of Love this Day Events

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The first time we met back in 2008, we were both new moms establishing our companies, balancing work and life. I remember trying to find a time that would work for both of us without the kids and in the end we decided to let them tag along. It was a bit of a juggling act watching two kids as while we shared what our companies were all about and our goals for the future. But what I remember most was that our meeting was filled with laughter (as Tyler ran across the couch) and support for each other. You are such an inspiration to so many people. And the best roomie a girl could have for Engage. Thank you so much for sharing such amazing opportunities with me and helping me grow in both my business and personal endeavors.

Rachael Teufel, Owner of Intricate Icings

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I vividly recall the first wedding that we worked together on at Grant Humphrey’s Mansion, although I cannot recall the specific date. (I am guessing it was in 2005 or 2006?) Until that day, my little experience with wedding planners (you were not as prevalent then!) was that they typically added chaos to the day (and a touch of drama) and seemed to avoid the lifting and set up responsibilities.

I immediately noticed your calm demeanor and organized manor on-site. Even better, I noted your insistence that yes, you could easily relocate the six small hanging aisle arrangements after the ceremony to the mantle, which ultimately meant I could go home. As you can imagine, I was a one-woman show then and that gift of two hours of time was gold (particularly because I likely did not charge the client enough or my time anyway).

You were a pleasure to work with and you, you alone completely changed my outlook on wedding planner capabilities. Since then, I have watched you orchestrate much larger and more complicated orders with the same calm demeanor, the same organized manor, and now with the grace of a decade of experience. Some of my favorite weddings with you include Liz and Travis’ Steamboat ranch extravaganza (what wasn’t to love?!), Jessica and Mike at Crooked Willow Farms (those bright summer colors!) and Jenni and Brett at the Broadmoor (those elaborate centerpieces!). I have countless other wonderful memories and photographs of events that I have worked with your team on as well.

I also recall our lunch at Stella years ago when you shared that you had really exciting new business news… what was soon to be StudioWed. Many have tried to replicate your idea, but few have succeeded. Congratulations on ten years of success. I hope you take a moment to pause and reflect and be proud of yourself for your awesome work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit.

Erin Hornstein, Owner Plum Sage Flowers

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10 Year Anniversary

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2015 is a big year for Save the Date Events, we are celebrating 10 years in the Colorado Events Industry. As many of you know, Debbie doesn’t often brag about herself, so we ( Brynn, Amber and Gabby) decided to do it for her! Over the past ten years, Debbie has achieved many goals that most entrepreneurs hope to achieve in a lifetime: She has flawlessly executed hundreds of weddings in her career. She has built a strong team that embodies her vision of professionalism, creativity and design excellence.

Debbie has transformed her work from her first years in business, when floating candles and daisies were all the rage, to a highly sought after Design Company that is now setting trends in the industry. While building Save the Date into the successful brand that it is today, she also launched Planner’s Lounge, a nationwide resource for planners, and StudioWed a local resource for event professionals.  We are proud to say that we knew Debbie back then and are honored to work with her now.

Now for a look back at our team from the past 5 years.

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When I first met Debbie, it was in a Starbucks at Barnes & Noble. Now, every time I return to that location, I think of how grateful I am to the hands of fate for connecting us. Back then, Debbie was a strong and ambitious new business owner, and I had just left my hometown and was striking out on my own. I marveled at her incredible talent, and knew immediately that she was someone I wanted to work with. Since that time, Debbie has continued to impress her colleagues, her friends, and her competitors with her creativity and skill. She has the intrinsic ability to mentor, and has provided guidance to many individuals in our industry.

Debbie is one of the best leaders I have had the honor of knowing – patient, flexible, kind, and supportive are just some of the words that come to mind when describing Deb. Not only am I lucky to have known Debbie for almost a decade, but I have personally and professionally grown from our relationship and I will be forever grateful. I am so excited to be collaborating with the strongest professional team I have ever worked with and am thankful to Debbie for bringing us all together. Cheers to Debbie and Save the Date Events for reaching TEN SUCCESSFUL YEARS, and to bringing many more clients’ dreams come to life!

~ Gabby Greenleaf

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I first worked with Debbie as a vendor with a catering company. I had the pleasure of working with many different industry professionals and when I started working with Save the Date Events  I was impressed with the level of creativity Debbie and Gabby put into every event. I was immediately attracted to how she seemed to empower Gabby to be the guiding force for her events but not necessarily manage her work. I knew that I loved working with her as apart of her vendor team on wedding days and never dreamed I could be part of the Save the Date Team. After leaving my past job I reached out to Debbie and from the very first meeting I knew that this was where I was supposed to be. We connected on many business ideas and I knew that I would learn a tremendous amount from Debbie.

Since joining the team I have seen Debbie’s leadership style first hand. She is always there to lend a helping hand, a great ear when you need advise, and is an amazing person to bounce ideas off of,.She has a keen sense for recognizing peoples strengths and encouraging them to grow both personally and professional . She has enabled me to be the confident planner that I am today. It has been a crazy five years full of laughter, learning and fabulous events! I am forever grateful that she gave me the chance to play a small role in the Save the Date story.

Much Love,
Brynn Swanson

Amber and Debbie

I was inspired by Debbie’s vision for Save the Date Events the moment I stumbled upon her website. And I remember thinking, the first day I met her at a coffee shop in Denver, that she was just as inspirational and creative in person.
I knew then that she was someone special, and I wanted to be a part of what she was doing.
In the 5 years since that day, she has proven to be just that and more. Her sweet, supportive personality has given me the encouragement and confidence to do what I love. I can never thank her enough for that.
I couldn’t be more proud of Debbie, our team, and the company she has built over the last 10 years. Cheers to our fearless leader!
~Amber Fairbanks

Thanks for the memories Debbie and Congratulations on 10 fabulous years!