The Perfect Rehearsal Dinner Guide

The rehearsal dinner is the start of all the wedding activities and the last thing you need to stress about.  The tone for the rest of your wedding weekend is set by this kick-off event, and we are here to give you some tips to help you plan the perfect rehearsal dinner.

Hosting:

Most often the groom’s parents will host the rehearsal dinner, but sometimes couples like to do things a little differently these days.  Figure out who is hosting and covering the cost of the dinner whether it is you and your fiance, either set of parents or if you are going to all split the cost.

Budget:

This is the most stressful party of any event, figuring out your budget.  It may not be fun, but is very important.  Be sure to set a clear budget with all parties involved so there are no surprises.

Guest List:

Depending on your budget will really determine who and how many people you invite.  Start with the bridal party and close family members and go from there.  Some people choose to invite everyone from out of town or they will do a cocktail reception afterwards to include everyone, but save some money on the dinner portion.

Venue:

Looking for a venue may be stressful, but really try to find one that is convenient for your guests coming.  And again, make sure it fits into your budget.

Day and Times:

Typically you see the rehearsal dinner held the day before the wedding and right after the rehearsal at the wedding venue.  Plan enough time to run through the rehearsal part and travel time before the dinner.  Make sure to pick a time that is convenient for all your guests and not too late so you can get plenty of rest before the big day.

Menu:

Make sure to pick out food options that all your guests will enjoy.  Consider any dietary restrictions as well.

Have Fun:

Be sure to enjoy yourself, this is the kick off to your wedding weekend.  Use this night to relax with friends and family before you say “I Do.”

 

Maria and Peter: November 7th, 2015

This past November Maria and Peter were married and held their reception here at the Boulder Country Club.

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The Bridal Party got ready here at the Boulder Country Club in our bridal suite then went to the church for the ceremony.

The weather turned out to be perfect for their early November wedding right when all the leaves were just starting to fall.  Their photographer Erin L. Cox was able to capture some of the most stunning photos of them outside on our ceremony lawn.

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The colors Maria choose to use for her reception and floral arrangements were absolutely stunning together both inside and outside of the venue!

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Congratulations to this amazing couple that we were so lucky to get to know! We all here at the Boulder Country Club wish you the best of luck!

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And a very special thank you to the vendors that helped bring Maria’s dream wedding to life!

Photographer: Erin L. Cox Photography

Florist: Autumn McMurren at Sturtz and Copeland

A Whimsical Woodland Wedding

 

We are so excited to see Kat and Nick featured on The Knot, make sure to check it out! It was such a pleasure to get to know this couple and to work with them here at the Boulder Country Club! And a very special thanks to all the vendors that helped make their day truly special!

Photography – Dawn Sparks Photography
Bouquet/Flowers – Perfect Petal Denver
Event Coordinator – Calluna Events
Dress – Anna Be
Lighting – LMD Productions
Rentals – Event Rents
Desserts – Kim and Jake’s Cakes
Photo Booth – Magnolia Photo Booth Co.
Band – Eufórquestra
Calligraphy – Manzanita

Don’t Forget About The Chairs

Don’t make the mistake and overlook chairs for your wedding ceremony and reception. Such a small touch can dress up your wedding instead of buying tons of decor. Most venues provide the basic hotel stacking chairs for banquets and most the time they are ugly and don’t match your wedding theme.  Here are some different chairs that may dress up your wedding and pull everything together. Some are from weddings that were held here at the Boulder Country Club and some are photos from other weddings at other venues that we found on Pinterest and fell in love with.  All are such unique ways to make your wedding an event everyone will remember.

If your venue provides hotel stacking chairs you can always buy or rent chair covers and sashes to help hide those loud patterns or torn up fabric. The sash can also help pull out your wedding colors and add to the theme of your wedding.

Purple Wedding Reception

(Photo Credit: Jamie Beth Photography)

If chair covers and sashes aren’t you, don’t worry.  With all the event rental companies out there you can rent in different chairs to help dress up your wedding. One we love here at the Boulder Country Club is the Chivari Chairs and the best part is they come in different colors. The wonderful part about these chairs is they help open up the room so it doesn’t look too cluttered.

View More: http://dawnsparks.pass.us/kat-and-nick-wedding

(Photo Credit: Dawn Sparks Photography)

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Another great option is the wooden padded chairs that come in all different colors as well. These are great for ceremonies as well! The fun part with all these chairs is you can add a sash for a hint of color.

Yellow and Black Ceremony

Want more of a natural wooden chair, we adore the wooden X back chairs.  They are fantastic for any rustic, vintage, natural wedding theme. You can always dress the chairs up with flowers to add some color or the pads for the seats to make them more comfortable for your guests.

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(Photo Credit: Julie Afflerbaugh)

Other great options are to decorate your chairs by tying different styles of sashes, step away from your typical bow and do something that will make your wedding stand out.

Love the sash tied to the side for ceremonies!:  A unique way to tie a chair sash for a reception.:

Or you can always buy extra decor or find other fun ways to make your wedding unique! Here are some of our favorites.

Check out these simple chic wedding chair ideas for a spring or summer wedding.:  Love these chair sashes!:

 

The Perfect Registry Guidelines

Creating a registry can be difficult, here are some different ways to register for gifts:

The Traditional Registry:

Traditionally people register for basic household needs at one or two different stores, here are some of those items to help you make your wedding registry.

  • Dinnerware and Drinkware
    • dishes (8 sets of each: dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, cups and saucers)
    • Silverware
    • Steak Knives
    • Gravy Boat
    • Pitcher and Ice Bucket
    • Serving Bowls
    • Serving Utensils
    • Wine Glasses
    • Tumblers
    • Water Glasses
    • Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Cookware and Bakeware
    • Pots and Pans
    • Cake Pans
    • Measuring Spoons
    • Oven Mits
    • Muffin Pans
    • Kitchen Towels
    • Strainer
    • Mixing Bowl
    • Mixer
    • Spatula
    • Heat Pads
    • Baking Sheets
  • Bed and Bath Items
    • Sheets
    • Comforter
    • Pillows
    • Throw Pillows
    • Curtains
    • Shower Curtain
    • Bath Towels
    • Bath Rugs
    • Hand Towels
  • Housekeeping
    • Vacuum
    • Iron
    • Ironing Board
  • Travel Items
    • Luggage

Non-Traditional Registry:

You might already have most of these items, so here is another way to get those non-traditional registry items.

  • Register at site such as MyRegistry
    • Here you can register at any store for items that you may need for home improvements, travel, decor, etc.
    • The traditional stores to register at may not have everything you want and need and this is a good way to register at multiple stores to get those items.

Honeymoon Registry

Sometimes you just want help paying for that dream honeymoon that you’ve always wanted. There are sites that will help you ask for the money to go on that romantic honeymoon.

  • Register at sites such as HoneyFund
    • This site will help you fund the honeymoon of your dreams and also help you pick out the perfect destination.

After all it is your wedding day and you deserve to be a little spoiled! Make sure to ask for what you need and want as a newly wed couple!

The Wedding Planning Timeline

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12 MONTHS TO GO

  • Discuss your budget with your finace and make sure you are both on the same page
  • Draw up your guest list
  • If hiring a wedding planner, now is the time
  • Decide on a wedding date
  • Start looking at venues for the ceremony and reception and book as soon as possible
  • Send out Save the Dates

8 MONTHS TO GO

  • Create a Pinterest board to come up with what you want for your wedding
  • Book a day to go try on wedding dresses
  • Meet with several photographers and book your favorite
  • Research and reserve hotel accommodations for your guests
  • Register your gift list

6 – 8 MONTHS TO GO

  • Consider entertainment options: DJ, band and ceremony musician
  • Select your hair and makeup artist and schedule a trial 2 months before your wedding
  • Meet with your florist and go over everything you want
  • Order bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits
  • Start Planning your honeymoon

4 – 6 MONTHS TO GO

  • Discuss furniture options with your venue
  • Consider what rental items you need to rent in
  • Commission the creation of your wedding rings
  • Discuss your ceremony order with your officiant
  • Begin shopping for shoes and accessories

3 MONTHS TO GO

  • Send out wedding invitations
  • Schedule a tasting
  • Confirm all rental items
  • Confirm wedding day transportation

2 MONTHS TO GO

  • Write your vows
  • Go to your hair and make up trials

1 MONTH TO GO

  • Follow up with any one who has not RSVP yet
  • Prepare a list for your photographer that has all the shots and who you want in them
  • Send a list to the DJ or band with songs you want played and which songs to avoid
  • Draw up a seating plan
  • Give the venue a list of vendors and number along with a timeline

2 WEEKS TO GO

  • Have a rehearsal so everyone knows when to walk and where to stand
  • Confirm final guest count with the venue and catering

1 WEEK TO GO

  • Provide the caterer with a table plan, meal orders and place cards
  • Have final phone calls with vendors and rental companies to confirm
  • Organize place cards for the venue to put out for you
  • Relax

Courtney and Amy’s Wedding – September 2015

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Last June we got the honor of meeting two of the most amazing people, Courtney and Amy.  They both came in for their tour and soon after they decided to book with us at the Boulder Country Club.  Soon after they booked we met Courtney’s mother and father, Donna and Rick.  They came in to see the space and immediately we were inspired by Donna’s vision for the wedding and all the beautiful ideas she came up with.

Both of us spent time talking to Donna on the phone and meeting with Courtney and Amy to plan and coordinate their wedding.  Everything they wanted to do was so simple to fit Courtney and Amy’s laid back personalities, but yet elegant and formal to make their day memorable to them and all their guests.

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They ordered wooden cross back chairs for both the ceremony and then we later moved them into the reception during the cocktail hour.  The wooden chairs brought together the ceremony with the decor and arch that they had come in from Boulder Blooms.  They also had the chairs in a half moon instead of the typical straight across set-up.

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Their ceremony was absolutely gorgeous!  They had a close family friend marry them which made everything so much more personable for them as a couple.  They looked so happy together as they said “I do” as did every single guest sitting there listening to their wedding vows.

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Before the wedding started, Donna had an entire team come in to set up all the decor, favors and place cards.  We have never seen someone with such organization while coordinating an entire team.  She gave each person a specific job task and they did it beautifully.  We both were so lucky to have such amazing help from someone with a stunning vision.

They used greenery, rocks and branches for all their decor mixed in with flowers from Donna’s garden that she brought all the way from Michigan! Donna put together all the center pieces the week of the wedding after having boxes shipped to Colorado for the past several months. Everything she put together lit up the venue and it had a magical look to it that we fell in love with.

They used rocks and painted on the table numbers and each place card was a small rock with their name on it, meal order and table number.  The time that everyone put into this wedding was all truly worth it after seeing everything come so beautifully together.

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After the ceremony they took a fun group photo taken by their photographer, Julie Afflerbaugh and then the party began.  During cocktail hour they had a band playing outside on the patio while drinks and hors d’oeuvres were being served by the Boulder Country Club staff. Once cocktail hour was over we introduced Courtney and Amy for the first time as bride and bride.DSC_0045-6SN1fVlpE6PJ09ZnZrZqUkWi44f0JuZ9AW4wnyB_FQ,HaMqkfLFjsIC3C2W7LygzBLdaRhMOXCc24UaE-JVovU,z-ATAoJhbbk_hWzei0qoSE63F9xs3zxg-f76KzFDm48

For dinner we did synchronized dinner service and served each table salad, entrees and dessert.  Then both fathers and family/friends gave inspiring speeches about these two very special women.  And after that the dancing began with a live band.

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Congratulations to these beautiful brides! We were so lucky to get to know both Courtney and Amy along with both their amazing families!

And another special thanks to all the vendors who helped make this wedding so special: Julie Afflerbaugh Photography, Boulder Blooms, RC Special Events and All Event Rentals.