Against the Grain: Farm Weddings
Frankly, farm weddings are not for every bride and groom. For those who like the idea of saying I do under the glow of the Colorado sun, amid the vast green fields and the low moan of a wandering cow, a farm wedding is ideal. Pastures of Plenty, which also serves as a CSA near Longmont, often hosts seriously beautiful, bountiful weddings overflowing with vibrant flora in a romantic outdoor locale. And along with the enchanting setting that oozes Colorado charm, the extra special part of most farm weddings is that caterers can work with farmers to use their produce in the menu.
Resources: Pastures of Plenty and Big Bang Catering, bigbangcatering.com
Drinking Locally: Colorado Beers, Wines and Spirits
Colorado was once known as the home of Coors and the provider of excellent drinking water. But as time has passed, the state has become the home of some of the best craft breweries, vineyards and micro-distilleries in the West (and beyond). Yes, the locavore trend—consuming locally made products—has extended to your wedding’s bar. Surely you could stock a full liquor cabinet with locally brewed beer, wine made from Western Slope grapes and locally distilled spirits. For beer, we like New Belgium’s Sunshine Wheat, Left Hand’s Sawtooth and one of Asher Brewing’s stellar organic IPAs. Fill glasses with BookCliff Ensemble and Plum Creek Sauvignon Blanc. And serve cocktails with Vodka 14 or 303 Vodka, Downslope Rum and Roundhouse Corretto, a delectable coffee liqueur.
Resources: Fort Collins, Wilbur’s Total Beverage, wilburstotalbeverage.com; Boulder, Boulder Wine Merchant, boulderwine.com; Thornton, DaveCo Liquors, davecoliquors.com; Denver, Argonaut Liquors, argonautliquor.com
Freeze Frame: Photo Booths
They say a photo is worth a thousand words. We say a photo booth is worth at least a $1,000. Seriously. We dig having photo booths at weddings—it’s a crowd-pleaser and it takes care of party favors. Photo booths are kind of like the modern version of plopping disposable cameras down on the tables (and you’re less likely to see your college roommate’s cleavage…actually, never mind). But they are more expensive; they often range from $700 to $1,200. If you’re not thrilled about forking out a hefty percentage of your budget, create your own photo booth (DIY is so hot right now): Put a camera on a tripod and arrange a decorative background, and let the fun begin. Make sure you have a volunteer to oversee the set up, ensure the camera has batteries and get the photos dispersed (use email, a Flickr page or an on-site photo printer).
Resources: Rocky Mountain Photo Booth, rockymtnphotobooth.com; Colorado Photo Booth, coloradophotobooth.com