Photo: Shows a sneak peak at the new website.
The Wild Basin Lodge has some new and exciting news for current and potential clients! We are completely revamping our website and plan to have it launched by the end of May! Without giving too much away, the new website will be mobile friendly, feature a virtual tour, and have user friendly navigation. Keep your eyes peeled for the unveiling and more sneak peak pictures!
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Hoppy Easter everyone! We hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter attending egg hunts, brunches and family gatherings. We had our own visitor stop by the lodge today. Say hello to our Easter Moose! Who needs the Easter Bunny when you have an Easter Moose?
The Wild Basin serves meals a number of different ways; family style, plated and dual plated. But how does one decide which option is the best for them?
Family Style is when we serve platters of your food selections to each table. Guests then pass around the platters and take the items they would like to eat. We do bring out seconds if tables go through the platters quickly, so no need to worry about that! Family Style is the quickest food service style to get out to all of the tables and is the easiest for couples to work with prior to their event date.
Plated meals are the most demanding on the couple. For plated meals, we would need to know the exact number of each entrée, where these guests are sitting, and have name cards or some sort of indicator that shows who at the table gets what meal. This could be as simple as a blue star on their name card for fish, red star for steak and green star for vegetarian.
Dual Plated meals still provide the elegance of a plated meal but are less demanding on the couple. Instead of knowing an exact number of each entrée selection, every guest will get both entrees on their plate. With this option, only one starch is provided, as there is only so much that can fit onto one plate.
What food service style appeals to you the most?
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I have always wanted to see a Halloween themed wedding. Halloween is probably my favorite holiday, costumes, pumpkins, fall-my favorite season, scary movies, haunted houses, haunted hay rides, ghost tours…what’s not to love?
This year, Halloween falls on a Friday and the Wild Basin Lodge does still have it available! And though you may want a wedding on Halloween, you may not necessarily want all your college friends attending dressing up in gory and skimpy clothing for your special day. Fear not! You can still have a very sophisticated event. For centerpieces, try getting little pumpkins and spray painting them a color to go with your wedding, whether that be white, silver, gold or a bright color like lemon yellow. Have a chocolate fountain where the chocolate is colored red, a candy/caramel apple station, and drinks from the bar that are green, red, orange, purple or black. For wedding favors, have little trick or treat bags with candy. Of course you could always go all out and have a Halloween Ball Extravaganza where all of your guests do dress up in costumes!
Another way to incorporate the holiday is by offering ghost tours or haunted house adventures after your reception or rehearsal dinner. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is known for its paranormal activity. Have your wedding at the Wild Basin Lodge and spend the night at The Stanley Hotel to see if you can experience any ghosts firsthand! The Wild Basin Lodge has about 13 acres of property that can be used to set up your own haunted trail! The possibilities are endless.
What other ideas do you have for a Halloween wedding?
Photo Courtesy of Visual Poetry by Meghan
In reading part of “Tying the Knot,” by Heather Russell-Revesz, I have learned where some of the basic wedding traditions come from.
-Women were once considered property of their father’s and so permission was needed in order to get married. This is where asking for your father’s permission came into play.
-Brides and Groom’s kiss at the altar because in Roman times, a kiss was thought to be legally binding. They also believed that the couple would exchange part of their souls with a kiss.
-The bride usually stands on the left hand side of her groom because most men are right handed and needed their right hand free to wield a sword.
-The saying “something old, something blue, something borrowed and something new,’ ends with “and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” The last line is meant for wealth.
-Something old represents the bride’s past; something new is for her future; something borrowed from a happily married woman would ensure happiness; and something blue was for faithfulness.
-Rice was thrown as a fertility symbol. A grain in the bride’s hair meant she was to have a child within the first year of marriage.
Plenty more where this came from! Keep your eyes peeled for more fun facts. Do you know where other wedding traditions come from?