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Choosing Your Food Service Style

April 16, 2014  |  Events, Planning  |  No Comments
Choosing Your Food Service Style

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?

Best Wishes

Anna

Halloween Themed Wedding

April 11, 2014  |  At the Basin, Events, Planning  |  No Comments
Halloween Themed Wedding

Photo Courtesy: browneyedbaker.com

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?

Best Wishes

Anna

Did you know?

April 8, 2014  |  At the Basin, Featured  |  No Comments
Did you know?

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?

Best Wishes

Anna

Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2014

April 3, 2014  |  At the Basin, Featured, Planning  |  No Comments
Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2014

Photo: diyweddingplanning.net

After listening to the Knot webinar about the top 10 trends of 2014, I thought I would share it with you to aid in wedding planning.  This first trend fits the Wild Basin Lodge very well!

1. Refined Woodland – in other words, rustic, vintage and natural. This trend fits our venue perfectly! We are located in an area where you will be one with nature. You won’t hear cars or motorcycles driving by, just the sound of the North St. Vrain River flowing in the background. Other ideas to incorporate this trend into your wedding include, braids in your hair, a lace wedding gown, wooden table numbers, branches with flowers in your flower girls crown, using ferns, a naked cake and mini bites of comfort food.

2. Jeweled Necklines – wedding dresses that include a sheer jeweled neckline.  Since a majority of the brides photos will be from the waist up, jeweled necklines has become a trend for 2014. Brides want to make sure something sparkly and unique is visible in all their wedding photos.

3. Year of the Flower – oversized cascade bridal bouquet, fresh flower walls and flower arches. Although most couples already use flowers, this year is predicted to be even bigger with floral arrangements by even doing some flowers on the appetizer trays.

4. Photo Booth – not new but still loved and improved! In the webinar, the Knot mentioned a couple even doing a trampoline photo booth! How exciting! If I recall correctly, one of our brides this year is bringing in a bouncy house for the ‘kids’ (because we all know adults still love them too).

5. Unplugged – getting your guests to stay off their devices during your wedding.  Some couples have even opted to have a phone check at the door, like a coat check.

6. Super Charged – opposite of #5. If you are in tune with technology, this is an option for you. You can have your own custom #hashtag and have guests Instagram your entire event! You can also set up a chic phone charging station for your guests.

7. Brights – bright colors are back on the rage. Not necessarily having a ton of bright colors, more like having a few neutrals with a pop of candy apple red or royal blue.

8. Trash-the-dress Backlash – back to the classic, formal portraits. Instead of brides ‘trashing’ their dress in a wedding photo, such as jumping in the water, many brides are going back to their formal portraits.

9. The 90′s – yes they are back! Brides have been asking their DJ’s for vinyl records and having break dancers for entertainment.

10. The After Party – for the bride who doesn’t want the wedding to end. A good way to be respectful for those who do not want to stay out all night, it to have your cake cutting, first dance and bouquet toss earlier in the night. Have the after party in another location such as a cabin that was rented for the evening.

What trends will you incorporate into your special day?

Best Wishes

Anna

Thank you Meghan!

Thank you Meghan!

Photo Courtesy: Visual Poetry by Meghan

The Wild Basin Lodge truly has the pleasure of working with fantastic vendors on a daily basis.  Visual Poetry by Meghan is a perfect example of this!  Meghan has been working with us for quite some time now and is always willing to put aside personal time to help us out.  She has been allowing us use of her GORGEOUS photos for our various marketing purposes!  I cannot think of a better way to promote our venue! Check out her blog on a photo shoot she did at the Wild Basin Lodge.

Check out the WONDERFUL blog she wrote about us here!  Meghan, you know we would do anything for you!

Warmest Wishes

Anna