Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2014

Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2014


It’s always fun to look back at recent year’s trends.


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, is 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.


Planning a Mountain Wedding

Planning a Mountain Wedding

There are a lot of factors to consider when planning a wedding, especially if it will be in the mountains.

Consider the following points while planning a mountain wedding.


Your wedding vision

In which season do you envision your wedding? Weather in the mountains may vary slightly from your expectations. In the Rocky Mountains, summer months bring quick, sudden rain showers in the afternoons, early fall is gorgeous, spring is the snowiest time of year and winter can be very cold. If you are looking for a winter-wonderland wedding with a ton of snow, consider hosting your wedding in March or April. If you want aspens and wildflowers at their greenest prime, consider June or July. Late August and September brings less rain, yellowing aspens and bright, clear skies. Check with your venue before you book to get a better idea of what the weather is like in the month you wish to marry to make sure it aligns with your vision. See mountain weddings from each season in the Wild Basin Lodge Gallery.


Speaking of weather, it is beautiful in the mountains year-round, but varies from the plains you and your guests may be coming from. Despite the time of year, it will likely be cooler than in the cities, no matter the season. Summer mornings and evenings will necessitate a light jacket and warmer shoes, and there are often rain showers in the afternoons. Winter days can be relatively warm, at least in the Rocky Mountains, when the skies are clear and the sun is shining, rendering your heavy ski coat too warm and making you wish you had a lighter one with you. Whichever season you choose to marry, do a little research on the weather where your venue is and plan to pack accordingly so you’ll be comfortable. If your guests will be staying overnight, consider making recommendations on what to pack to them as well.


Depending on the mountain region you are considering, season will make a difference in venue and vendor availability. Summer is wedding season in the Rocky Mountain area, so if your heart is set on a summer wedding, consider starting to look at least a year in advance, especially if you want a date in September. September is the most popular month in the Rocky Mountain region because the aspens are changing and make a beautiful fiery backdrop for ceremonies.


A major consideration when determining which season to host a mountain wedding is cost. In-season and out-of-season pricing can vary greatly. If affordability is more of a concern for you, consider marrying in the off-season; many venues and vendors offer discounts to encourage business in their off-season. That means the winter and spring months in the Rockies. Summer and early fall is more popular, even traditional, but winter weddings can be exquisite. There are numerous options for decorations and wedding party warmth that are unique and add an especially personal touch that will make your wedding stand out in the eyes of your family and friends. Take a look at more reasons to plan a winter wedding.


This is more specific to venues, but can apply to vendors. If you choose a venue in a remote mountain location consider what, if any, services are in the area. Is there adequate lodging nearby? A gas station, grocery store or restaurants? Isolated mountain venues are wonderful places to marry, but may require transportation provided by you if too remote. If vendors have to travel too far to get to you, they may charge an additional fee. It is all about fulfilling your vision and what you are wiling to plan for, just try to gather all of the facts as you plan so there won’t be any surprises.

Venue Type

Mountain wedding venues tend to be rustic in style, and range from truly rustic to elegantly rustic. If you are looking for an urban, contemporary design in a venue, the mountains may not be for you. If the mountains are for you, you should not have trouble finding one that meets your aesthetic needs.

Planning a mountain wedding?

Wild Basin Lodge is a Rocky-Mountain-elegant lodge with just the right touch of rustic, located just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. Considering all of the services included in our wedding package, we are one of the most affordable, and the only truly all-inclusive, venue in the Estes Park area. Contact us to schedule a tour or chat with us over the phone (303-747-2274) to see how Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center will fulfill your mountain wedding dreams.

Black Tie Formal Weddings

We see weddings of all types and sizes here at the Wild Basin. Many of our couples opt for non-traditional or informal attire while others “put on the ritz” for their big day. I love seeing what couples and their guests select for their wedding wear, and due to the natural setting and elegant mountain lodge design of our facilities, everyone has a different take on how their attire should look. That said, I’m starting a little blog post series on guest attire and how to let your guests know what to wear to your Wild Basin wedding.

Couples who are planning a black tie formal day may indicate this in their invitations. Here are a few great tips from Martha Stewart Weddings, internet research, and personal interactions with couples and guests planning black tie formal weddings:

  • There is a difference between white tie formal and black tie formal. White tie is the most formal, and occasionally we’ll see only the groom wearing a white tie to indicate his significance.
  • Black tie formal events typically start later in the afternoon or evening (around 6:00 PM). The timing of your ceremony on your invitations is another indicator to guests of the formality of the event.
  • Martha Stewart Weddings lays out what attire is expected of guests attending black tie formal weddings.
  • If you expect your male guests to wear tuxedos rather than conservative black suits, you will need to notify them on your wedding website or via email. Keep in mind that this requirement can be costly and difficult for out-of-towner guests, as many men do not own tuxes and won’t have the ability to drive for pick up and drop off. If you are requiring tuxedos, your guests will appreciate you finding a local rental shop that offers group discounts, notifying your guests well in advance, and scheduling someone to pick up and drop off the rentals.
  • Ladies may show up to black tie formal weddings in cocktail dresses unless otherwise indicated by the couple. If you prefer that your female guests wear floor-length gowns, indicate that detail on your wedding website or in the email you send to guests about attire.

I hope that this guide is helpful to all of you planning black tie formal weddings! I will continue to post about other attire options over the next few days.

Wedding Inspiration Board

Don’t know where to start with your wedding inspiration board? Feeling lost with all the design options available?

Check out our tips and tricks to design your wedding without paying for a planner.

I recently attended The Wedding MBA in Las Vegas, the conference for wedding professionals throughout the nation, which was extremely helpful to me in a variety of ways. I was able to attend a few workshops hosted by celebrity wedding planners and gained a ton of useful tips on putting together a wedding inspiration board. If you’re considering hiring a wedding planner to assist with the design and day of coordination for your wedding, you already know that wedding planning services can cost thousands of dollars. We don’t believe in spending an arm and a leg for weddings here at the lodge, which is why we include day-of coordination services and staff support 365 days a year. That said, if you’re concerned about the design of your wedding and want to create a highly personal, beautiful, and impressive mountain reception room and ceremony site, take a look at the information on inspiration boards and start planning a wedding that reflects your couple personality perfectly. Now you can create a professional wedding look using your preferences without having to break the bank or dip into your honeymoon fund!

The board I put together was one I created using photos I found on Pinterest that I call soufflé. Why did I title this inspiration board? Well, that was a recommendation from the trend setting professionals at The Wedding Guys. The design gurus recommend that inspiration boards don’t have literal names so that guests could get an idea of the theme without it becoming overly cliché or unoriginal. I happen to be a big fan of pastel yellows and grays for our summer and fall weddings, and the soufflé inspiration conjures images of a charming bistro on the French countryside. I also love the look of hanging crystals, hanging candles, yellow pom flowers, and multi-dimentional decorations to add lots of life and spirit to decorations! To put together this board, I pretended I was a Wild Basin bride and I filled out the following questionnaire:

  • What are some adjectives to describe your wedding and what you want your guests to feel? …Quaint, elegant, charming, bright, cheery, vintage, rustic, lively, unique, authentic, family-oriented, eclectic
  • What are some of your favorite colors and colors you want to see at your wedding?  …Pastels, yellows, silver, gray, whites, creams
  • What are colors you don’t want to see?  …Red, blue, black

If I went with the soufflé theme at a Wild Basin wedding, I would probably select some combination of our medrite gray and maize linens, I would use Colorado Rose Cake Company to create a dessert table, Floral Designs of Europe to add yellow aspen leaf centerpieces and yellow pom flower bouquets, I would let my bridesmaid select their dresses based on the color scheme I selected, and I would purchase a lot of the yellow and gray prints at a fabric store to add to dessert tables, guest book tables, seating arrangement areas, etc. I would also plan to make the circular fan decorations using printed paper and doilies, so lots of DIY projects would require my attention and time.

Check out more inspiration board photos on our new Soufflé Pinterest board.

What to Pack for a Mountain Wedding

Depending on the season, your packing list will vary quite a bit

Even within any particular season your bag will need to contain a variety of items so you’ll be prepared: weather in the mountains can change quickly and dramatically. A warm summer day can change with the sudden clap of thunder and become chilly and rainy, and 25 minutes later be warm and sunny again. Winter days can be sunny and (relatively) warm, then overcast as a snowstorm approaches accompanied by a drop in the temperature.

Besides all of the items you’ll need for the wedding, be sure to bring a variety of clothing and toiletry items so you’ll be prepared for whatever weather mother nature sends your way. Consider the suggestions below.

What to pack for a mountain wedding


  • Warm coats. Yes, coats, plural. If you have them, consider bringing a heavier snow coat and a lighter jacket. Oftentimes, at least in the Rocky Mountains, there will be snow on the ground but the shining sun will be warm enough to render a snow coat too hot, especially in the spring. You’ll want to have the snow coat incase the temperature does drop, which it is likely to do even on sunny days, but for the warmer sunny days usually a light jacket over a sweatshirt is more than enough and you’ll be glad not to have the extra bulk of your snow coat to lug around. Consider a windbreaker if the wedding is in the spring – it’s windy in the Rockies in the spring and it’ll cut right through you!
  • Knit hat, gloves, scarf/neck warmer. Having these items will save you on the coldest days and be helpful on the warmer days too. Pair them with your sweatshirt and lightweight jacket and you’ll really have no need for that snow coat.
  • Snow boots. Cold and/or wet feet can make your day uncomfortable so bring boots along with your normal shoes. You’ll have plenty of traction and warm feet when walking through the snow, which makes all the difference.
  • Clothing layers. As mentioned above, the weather will go from warm to cold quickly so wear layers you can easily take off or put back on as the weather changes. Nothing is worse than being too cold or too warm all day, or having to wear a big, bulky snow coat all day because you’re too cold in your lightweight shirt.
  • Chapstick and lotion. It is very dry in the Rocky Mountains and you’re going to feel dry very soon after you’re arrival. These items are nice to have on hand instead of having to wait until you’re in town to buy them.



  • Warm coats. Yes, this item belongs in this list too. Days and nights can be chilly in the mountains, but especially the nights, and especially if you’re from a warmer climate. You’ll want a lightweight jacket for the evenings and nighttime.
  • Clothing layers. Same as above here…weather changes so quickly in the mountains!
  • Pants. It can be cooler than you’d expect during the day if it is overcast or rainy, and you may want them in the evenings when it will certainly be cooler.
  • Rain coat. Summers, at least in the Rocky Mountains, are rainy season. Most afternoons there will be rain showers. Although they’ll only last for a short time, maybe 15 – 25 minutes at a time, it’s good to have one in case you’re out in it or they last longer.
  • Closed-toed shoes. You’ll appreciate having the option to wear them in the evenings and if it rains. Slip-slidding around in flip-flops can get old in wet weather and having cold toes is so distracting!
  • Hiking boots and loose fitting pants. Just in case you decide to take a quick hike!
  • Sunscreen/insect repellent/lotion/chapstick. All nice-to-have items on hand in case you need them. You don’t want to be sunburned/bitten/dry for the wedding photos!
  • Hat and sunglasses. You’ll be at high elevation and the sun shines brightly up here. Even if you don’t usually use them or don’t like them, it’s nice to have just in case if you’re not used to being in the mountains.

Check the weather a few days before you leave to get an idea of what it will be like while you’re at the wedding, but try to include the listed items anyway. The mountains don’t like to play by the weather-forecast rules!

Wedding Items

  • Your rehearsal dinner outfit.
  • Your outfit for the wedding and any accessories – shoes, jewelry/cufflinks, pantyhose/socks, etc. Make a list of all accessories you’ll need ahead of time.
  • Something warm/waterproof, depending on the season, that matches with your rehearsal dinner and wedding outfits. You might need it and you want to look nice.
  • If you’re the one getting married:
    • Your marriage license!
    • Seating arrangements, guest book, decorations you’ve made or purchased, wedding guest favors. Or, pre-arrange who is bringing what in case you don’t have room for everything.
    • The rings!
    • Your passport, if you plan on traveling out of the county for your honeymoon.


What to leave at home

  • Illegal substances
  • Alcohol, if your venue has a liquor license. Many state’s liquor laws prohibit outside liquor on the premises if the facility has a liquor license. Check with the facility to find out whether you are allowed to bring alcohol onsite.
  • Food items that you were planning to leave in your car. High country is bear country! Bears know how to open car doors, and can break into them if they smell food inside; even mostly empty packaging can be enough to tempt bears to break in and have a look. Under no circumstances leave food in your vehicle, and beware of leaving empty food packaging inside. Lock your car doors at all times – bears have been known to open them up and crawl around in the off-chance food was left inside, even if they can’t smell anything. It’s a little eerie to walk up to your car in the morning and find the doors open and dusty paw prints throughout the interior.