Ask Gabby:Wedding Etiquette for the Contemporary Bride 2

rsvp2Dear Gabby,

I recently moved to Denver from a small town, where a couple invites close friends and family, not friend+date. Here, it is different. People who attend weddings are assumed to need the security of a partner in order to comfortably celebrate the event. And this person is often a stranger to the bride and groom. My fiancee and I just got engaged but are in a disagreement about this – I do NOT want strangers at my wedding, and he is perfectly okay with it. I consider a wedding as something intimate and private and also very special. How can I get around this trend without seeming rude?

Sincerely, Frustrated Bride

Dear Frustrated Bride,

I understand the desire to keep such a special day close to your heart (and family/friend circle!) My general suggestion is to ask yourself if you know the surname of the individual that your guest wants to bring as a date. If the pair have been dating and you have formed a relationship with the other person, it would be considerate to invite them on behalf of your guest. However, guests who are reading this should never assume that a wedding invitation addressed to you as an individual is actually a ticket-for-two unless specifically spelled out that way. Lastly, for any guests who inquire about bringing an unknown date, you may say “We are only inviting people we know to the wedding, but would love to meet her another time…” Sincere. To the point.

My Favorite Boulder Rehearsal Dinner Spots!

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Boulder Colorado is known for it’s breathtaking views of the Flat Irons and the quirky, whimsical Pearl Street Mall. What a perfect place to have your Rehearsal Dinner (or Welcome Dinner, or Bridesmaids Brunch) Here are my top favorite places:

The Foundry – This laid-back bar and grill has one of the best views in town and they love to host parties on their rooftop deck. The food is familiar and the prices are great.

Lazy Dog – The rooftop deck at the Lazy Dog can seat up to 100 people! Host your entire wedding on this deck with a full bar and stunning views.

Jill’s at the St. Julien Hotel – This stunning, contemporary fine dining restaurant boasts bold lighting fixtures, an amazing bar and exquisite entrees.

Bacaro Venetian Taverna – Bacaro has a beautiful sunny deck that can seat up to 200 people! The deck has lovely hanging glass lights, adorable chalkboards and chandeliers that add a romantic touch.

The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant – The Rio is known for their margaritas, and they have a great rooftop deck. What more could you ask for?

Bachelorette Party Ideas in Denver

Today we wanted to share with you some fabulous ideas for your special Girls Night Out aka The Bachelorette Partay! While the boys are having their own fun, the ladies can have some seriously exciting activities of their own. Drum roll…Let me introduce the hottest dance studio in town, Tease Studio.Tease can offer customized one-hour parties for the bachelorette and her ladies that can focus on pole dancing, lap dancing and burlesque. This is a fun way to start your night out, and they are conveniently located close to downtown!

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We also love the idea of some serious pampering! For this, we turn to the experts at Tootsies – The Nail Shoppe. Tootsies focuses on extremely sanitary nail care (as well as the reputation for keeping the nail polish on longer than anywhere else – how do they do that??) For your bachelorette party, Tootsies is a great choice because they have so much experience, have a fantastic atmosphere and prepare complimentary Hpnotiq “Tootsies Toniq” cocktails for these parties!

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If you want to use either of these fabulous ideas, consult your wedding coordinator to plan these parties!

Holly & Seth are engaged!

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Thank you SO much to Fuse Photographic for these stunning and adorable photos of Holly & Seth’s engagement shoot. These two are so skilled at art and design, and love incorporating their love of a beautiful aesthetic into their wedding at Chatfield Gardens in August.

I am dying over the ice cream and the vintage Polaroid shots, and cannot stop laughing at their adorable faces inside their initials – too funny!

This engagement shoot is funky fresh and I am loving it! Thanks again to Holly & Seth, and the talented Fuse Photographic!

All About Guest Welcome Bags!

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Many of our clients at Save the Date Events are from out of state and have chosen Colorado for the beautiful mountains, fresh clean air and big blue skies. The guests who will travel far and wide to attend your Colorado wedding would love a Colorado welcome bag upon check in at their hotel. The Welcome Bag gained popularity more recently due to the increase in destination weddings, but are commonly given to guests if many of them are traveling great distances to a wedding. Couples should take advantage and offer a warm welcome to guests, as well as set the tone for your wedding weekend’s series of events.

The cost of offering welcome bags can be curbed in a couple ways; you can find out if many friends are sharing a room and double-stuff just one welcome bag for them to share. Also, remember you do not need to make one welcome bag per guest, but rather one welcome bag per room. Many hotels will assist in handing these bags out as your guests check-in, or they will deliver the bags directly to the guest’s rooms for a nominal fee. Include essentials that will make their stay more comfortable such as bottled water and a small snack. Also include your wedding weekend itinerary, with times and locations of where the happy couple will be and any shuttle information they may need. It is also important to include an item or two that is locally made or grown, such as Izze Soda, made locally in Boulder Colorado. For Colorado brides, it is popular to include a reminder on high altitude tips. A hand-written thank you note should always be included in the welcome bag. Your professional wedding consultant will have many more ideas and suggestions.