This lovely wedding at Deer Creek Valley Ranch was shot by Jennie Crate with Green Blossom Photography! The soft pastel flowers and delicious details made this one a beauty! The gorgeous bride doesn't hurt either! The lovely florals are by one of Denver's best wedding florists, Bella Calla! Love the succulent boutonnieres, the pastel peonies, and the soft lovely ranunculus in the wedding bouquet an the boutonnieres... so lovely! Sweetly Paired is one of Denver's Best Wedding Coordinators!
Ok, so you're engaged. Now what? Well, pinterest is often every newly engaged couple's first start. Lets go surfing for ideas! What are our colors? Vintage? Modern? Cowboy themed? What are we doing? Slow down. Those are not the most important pieces. Lets start with budget. Do you have enough in your wedding budget to hire a planner? Can you afford to fly to Maui and bring all your family and friends? Logistics are a really good place to start. Here is a good idea of what couples are spending on weddings. Once you have one vendor you love, ask them for their recommendations! They know other people in their field that can help!
If you can hire a planner, start there. By there, I mean REVIEWS. Don't focus too much on one review... read a BUNCH of them to get a really good snapshot of the vendor! Every vendor should have a list of reviews, that all sound different, like their many clients wrote them... and use those as a barometer of whether or not they're what you're looking for. Start with planners, and move on from there. Ask your planner, who should know your personality well by the end of your get-to-know meeting... for all of their recommendations. They have a list of a million vendors that they work with, and they'll tailor them to you. Our wedding planning options...
Planners vary widely in pricing, and your budget, once again comes into play. A planner often saves you a good chunk of what you spend on them, as long as you listen to what they tell you. They keep you from making mistakes. They range from 10-20% of your wedding budget, on average. An option for someone with less funding is to have a day-of-coordinator, or wedding coordinator. That person helps you through the final 4-6 weeks before the wedding, calming things down, smoothing things out. See this link for more info on what a coordinator does...
You choose a planner based on a mix of their reputation and how well you get along. If your fiancee hates the planner you meet with, don't hire them. You're just asking for trouble, for both you and the planner! Nobody wants to spend a year working with someone if there is tension. You don't have to be besties, but you DO have to get along. Have a similar lifestyle. Are you an A type? find an A type planner. Your life will be easier.
See the "read more" below on photographers, caterers, florists, and wedding venues!
Caterer and Catering Staff
The Catering bill is a hefty one, typically. People ask me all the time, "do I have to tip 20% of the WHOLE THING?!" No, is the answer. With catering, first figure out if they INCLUDED the gratuity in there already. Some caterers do. If they did, you can boost that tip if you like, by handing cash to the catering captain the night of. If they didn't, think about what that staff is doing for you. They move tables and chairs, setup and breakdown, take care of your unruly uncle Joe, and make sure your dinner goes smoothly. I usually recommend some tip for the staff, usually broken down into separate envelopes for each staff member. $20 or $30 per person is an OK tip, and more is of course better. I usually recommend tipping your catering captain a bit more, as they are the person managing the rest of the staff. Cater-waiters typically make $10-15 an hour, as a rule. That's a decent hourly wage, so it's not like a restaurant server making $3 an hour. That $30 is a nice bonus for them at the end of the day. If your food is more high end, tip more. The more high-end your event is, the more skill it takes to handle serving the guests. Did the fancy staff do synchronized service, so all your entrees hit a table at once? Plated dinners require more service, and more skill than buffets. Keep all of those things in mind when tipping. HERE is what Martha Stewart says about tipping...
Photographers and Videographers
Photographers and Videographers are two vendors whose actual work you wont see for weeks if not months after the events. You see them busting their butts that day to get that perfect shot from the top of the hill, and of course you see them herding your family into group shots. You don't see the hours and hours of slaving over their computers, the THOUSANDS they spend on equipment and digital sites to house your media. My recommendation, when I do wedding planning, is to tip them for the work they do the day of, and their on-site service that day. Then, if you're particularly happy with the result, and if you hired the right pro, you should be, tip them after. I usually recommend for a photographer you spent $3500 on, tip $100-200 on the day of, and do that again at product receipt. That can vary, of course, if you spend more, tip more. Think of this in hours worked, as well. Many photographers spend 10 hours on the day of, and another 10-20 hours editing, uploading, creating albums, etc. They too, are in the service industry.
The Knot says this about tipping...
How do I distribute tips at my wedding? When do I tip my photographer? Guide to tipping at weddings...
Here is the layout of how to distribute the tips at the right time. First, you're going to want to have envelopes with everyone's names on them, and their job - "Joe Smith - DJ". That way whoever is distributing them knows just where they go.
Here are separate tipping guides for each vendor, in more detail.
HERE is a post to tell you how to tip on the day of.. cash? Check? Envelopes? How do you give it to them? What's customary, What's expected?
This rustic wedding had lush flowers, and being an Italian themed wedding, it felt like we were in Tuscany! It was at Villa Parker, a lovely Italian style villa in Parker. Amanda with Kokoro Photography is responsible for these amazing wedding photos. Kelley Kakes made the LOVELY Italian wedding cake. Bella Calla is the florist, and we used Event Rents for the rentals! Bella Calla is a Colorado wedding florist as well as a Denver wedding coordinator. Villa Parker was the venue for this lovely day!
The cake had a stucco texture, sugared grapes and orange ranunculus. The bridal bouquet was bright colored and had ranunculus, peony, garden roses, eucalyptus and matsumoto asters. The fall wedding flowers just spilled out of the lush centerpieces.
Keep in mind, Bella Calla delivers flowers in Denver every day. We offer the highest quality flowers, and we can often do same day delivery in Denver. We deliver flowers to Cherry Creek daily. If you want to order flowers in Denver, Click here and we're happy to help!
Succulent Bouquet - Modern Wedding Flowers - Colorado Gay Wedding - Denver Wedding Planner - Denver Florist
Bella Calla has a large selection of succulents in our Denver flower shop. We do same day flower delivery succulent gardens, and we love to do succulent wedding flowers as well! See an example of what we can do for a Colorado gay weddings and a succulent filled modern wedding as well! Check out the options for modern centerpieces, succulent centerpieces, modern wedding cakes, and fun feather boutonnieres!
Bella Calla does Denver day-of-coordination, Colorado wedding coordination, and other planning services! We are a Denver day-of-coordinator because your day should go smoothly. Having a professional wedding coordinator will help you to have that easy day where you are focused on what you should be... getting married! Not worrying about what time it is, where the cake is, and will the DJ play the song you want while you're walking down the aisle?
Amanda with Kokoro Photography is responsible for these amazing wedding photos. Kelley Kakes made the LOVELY Italian wedding cake. Bella Calla is the florist, and we used Event Rents for the rentals! Bella Calla is a Colorado wedding florist as well as a Denver wedding coordinator. Villa Parker was the venue for this lovely day!
Upscale Wedding Flowers - Denver Wedding Florist - Colorado Exclusive Wedding Florist - Denver Wedding Coordinator
If you are planning an upscale wedding in Denver, Boulder, or a Colorado mountain wedding, Bella Calla is your exclusive Colorado florist. We offer high-end wedding flowers, as well as day of coordination to ease your stress on the big day. We have the freshest and most hard-to-find flowers and we offer floral concierge service. Our world-class service is second to none, and we make sure your wedding flowers are just what you dreamed of. Some examples of high-end wedding flowers are below. Please enjoy the gallery of our work!
If you are looking for a Denver wedding planner, a Colorado weddingplanner, or a Denver day of coordinator, Colorado day of coordinator, or wedding coordinator, we are here to help! We offer wedding coordination, and we work with the best wedding planners in Colorado if you need full planning. CLICK HERE for more information!
About the Author...
Lilli Black is the owner of Bella Calla, a full-service high-end florist in Denver Colorado. She has been in the design industry for 15 years, and was raised around plants, flowers, and art. Bella Calla has allowed her love of all things growing, and her love of all things lovely to come together. 303.995.2867