Are you looking to plan the best destination wedding your guests have ever seen? You’ve landed on the right blog! Make Aspen your wedding location and watch the magic unfold before your eyes as you prepare to say “I Do” to the love of your life. We know how daunting planning a wedding can be, and we’re here to help! In this blog, discover how to plan the most enchanting Aspen wedding and enjoy a stress-free process. So, are you ready? Read on, take notes, and get ready for your happily ever after!
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5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Aspen Wedding
Pick the Right Time of Year
The first thing that you should probably figure out above all is when you want to get married. Now that the initial excitement of the engagement has worn off, and you need to sit down to plan things out, you might find yourself drowning in an endless list of to-dos. Where do you begin? You start by picking a date, and the only way to do that is to figure out when the best wedding season is in Aspen! Since every couple is different, there’s no straight-forward answer to that.
If you are dreaming of winter–wonderland wedding, then December and January are the perfect times to pick because there will be snow and dazzling Christmas lights. Note that the winter weather can make it tricky for guests to get there, so if you’d rather play it safe and wait for warmer days, mid-May to late August is more reasonable. Not only will you be able to enjoy sunnier days and lush mountain backdrops, but you will also have more venue options when it comes to outdoor ceremonies!
Find the Venue of Your Dreams
Now that you have a date in mind, it’s time to secure a venue for your ceremony and reception. The first thing to figure out is whether you want an outdoor or an indoor wedding. Both options are great ideas in Aspen, but outdoor ceremonies and receptions are dependent on the weather, so we still recommend having a backup plan just in case. After all, the last thing you want to do during the days leading up to your wedding is worry! If you’re not from the area, knowing where to find the most stunning venues can be tricky. Here are some of our favorites we recommend:
- Viceroy Snowmass
- The Westin Snowmass Resort
- T Lazy 7 Ranch
- Crested Butte Mountain Resort
- The Elevation Hotel and Spa
- Spring Creeks Ranch
- The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa
- Sonnenalp Hotel
Figure Out Which Vendors to Prioritize
Congratulations! Now that you have both your wedding date and location, you can focus on all the fun details! Vendors make up a great part of your budget, so it’s important to not only know which one to prioritize, but also which ones to work with. We recommend creating a top–three list to find out what is important to you and your future spouse. For example, is photography more important than the entertainment? Is the food more important than the florals? No matter what you choose to put first, you can’t go wrong, but it helps to know where to allocate your budget. Another great idea is to work directly with your venue when choosing your vendors. Indeed, most places will have a pre-made list of businesses they exclusively work with, which can help simplify your personal search, so take advantage of it!
Spice Up Your Wedding Photoshoot!
Do you want to have a wedding photoshoot prior to your big day? This could be either an engagement shoot to create personalized save–the–dates or formal wedding portraits to avoid having to do it all on your big day. You can either do the shoot at your venue to match the photos that will be taken on your wedding day, or you can be more creative and make the most of Aspen’s stunning surroundings! There’s nothing like shooting in nature surrounded by the mountains and turquoise lakes.
Offer Your Guest (And Yourself!) Top-Notch Accommodations
Your wedding is about you and your soon-to-be spouse, but it also includes all the loved ones you wish to invite. If your Aspen wedding is a destination wedding, then you will have to find options when it comes to lodging, not only for yourself, but also for your guests. Luckily for you, we have the perfect solution. Aspen Signature Vacation Rentals offers the best selection of homes and condos in the area and can accommodate couples just as much as larger families.
Browse our properties today and get a better idea of what you are looking for! We recommend booking your bridal party rentals ahead to not have to worry about it, then figure out a place for you and your spouse to stay after the reception. To make things easier for your guests, you can link our properties’ page directly on your wedding website so each can individually take care of the booking process.
Say “I Do” to Aspen Signature Vacation Rentals
We hope these tips can help you advance in your wedding planning! If you’re ready to take the next step, start browsing Aspen Signature Vacation Rentals and book your homes today! You’re a click away from finalizing your big day, so don’t wait another second! Did we mention that all our properties come with high-end concierge services? This can be extremely helpful to you as it will ease your stress levels and help take care of the nitty-gritty details while you’re busy getting married and celebrating with your loved ones. Our concierge services include at home catering, grocery delivery, dog walking, airport transportation, and so much more. Don’t hesitate to contact us during your booking process to see how we can assist you and make your experience the best it can be. We’re honored to be a part of your new life together and will strive to make your stay in Aspen as relaxing and luxurious as can be.