With a continued (and increasing) focus on creating unique weddings that offer an experience for guests, creativity is paramount. So professionals are forming what are called “wedding collectives,” a studio that houses numerous wedding-related vendors. It allows couples to check out their options and learn about various wedding professionals. StudioWed in Denver is one such collective, serving as a showroom and design studio for 40-some wedding professionals. Frequenting the facility is free and is often used as a planning resource: the studio manager can help you find like-minded folks who can implement your vision and match your budget. studioweddenver.com
Cakes—Shaken Not Stirred
By the time the cake is served, most of your guests will likely have a few rounds under their belts. So, why not give them a bonus cocktail in the cake? “What the?” you say. Tipsy Cupcakes in Denver serves up alcohol-infused cupcakes that bring the liquor store to the cake batter. How about a white Russian kahlua cupcake or a tequila lime-mango margarita cupcake? They even have a sex on the beach cupcake with a cranberry orange vodka whipped cream; though, that probably wouldn’t go over well with the new in-laws. Or check out Boulder’s Kim and Jakes Cakes for the vino rosso cake with red wine or a chocolate stout cake with nice, rich beer.
What to do About Catering
Your foodie reputation is at stake here, so move forward cautiously. The food served at your wedding can be a minor detail, or it could be the single most important component of your wedding day. For the latter, you definitely want to rely on high-end caterers such as Bradford Heap Catering, Epicurean Culinary Group or Black Belly Catering, the creation of Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg and famed Colorado mixologist James Lee. Or go trendy: Imagine the faces of your guests when a food truck pulls up to your reception or your rehearsal dinner. Comida, Salt Box, Stueben’s and the Tasterie Truck are all exceptional food trucks—and will ensure your legitimacy in foodie circles.
Feathers, Silk and Taffeta?
Texture in wedding dresses is still the big thing. Whether it’s pleating, rosettes, lace, ruffles, silk, tulle, beading, embroidery or simple organza, there don’t really seem to be too many limits to this new mix-and-match brouhaha. That means architectural and sculptural details, appliqués and three-dimensional flowers covering the skirt.