[HOW TO] Plan your Wedding Flowers, a Step by Step guide – Part 3

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The following is part 2 of 3 in a Wedding Floral Planning blog series by the Flower Maven, Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean, a 17 year Breckenridge flower shop owner.  Dina has created custom bridal bouquets for over 1,000 weddings in her professional career as a florist.

Last week we discussed selecting your florist.  This week lets finalize the details!

Custom made bouquet for a fall wedding at the Keystone Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]

Step 7 -  Finalize the details.

In my experience, no bride can be 100% sure at her initial consultation on what the final order will be.  There are usually options to be considered and may want to make changes.  Important decisions should be made three months before the wedding, leave a little room for creativity, but be sure to check when final decisions must be made by.

Step 8 - One month before.

Call your florist and review the final number of table centerpieces, guest count, and total number of boutonnieres and corsages.  Confirm times for delivery and set-up for flowers, arrival of photographer and provide phone numbers for any key contacts, planners or day of helpers.

Step 9 - On your wedding day.

Relax and enjoy!  You've employed a professional florist and you can now carry your personalized, customized bridal bouquet on your wedding day.  Enjoy the beauty of their artistry and expertise.  Make sure that someone dries the stems of the bouquets before walking down the aisle.  Schedule photographs soon before or directly after the ceremony to avoid wilting.

*Photo courtesy of Steve Tinetti Photography.  And be sure to check out his blog, "where soft pillows and purple monkeys await."

[HOLIDAY] Memorial Day weekend in the mountains

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A never-ending winter just won't seem to go away, as we head into the first week of June and lots of snow still clings to the upper slopes.  You can't ride the epic singletrack that can be found in the alpine realm of Summit County,  but you can still have a great experience in the mountains.  There are lots of lower trails that melt sooner than others.  We can tell you which are ready, and which aren't.

10th Mountain Division Statue - Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

Around town, it's a great opportunity for dining as restaurants offer a classic mud-season incentive, 2-for-1's!  Check the local paper to see who's in on this deal, as some restaurants wait until June to reopen.

10th Mountain Division Statue - Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

After learning more about the 10th Mountain Division, I felt I wanted to share the local connection to this group, and that is a statue near the Blue River in downtown Breckenridge.  The first military group that was devoted to mountain warfare, this amazing group of individuals were experts at skiing, mountaineering and technical climbing, as well as how to live as comfortable as possible while being cold, wet and hungry.

10th Mountain Division Statue - Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

After the war, these men went on to become founders of ski areas, ski school instructors and influential members of the ski industry.  To say that they have a part of the current mountain culture near Summit County, Colorado would be an understatement.

10th Mountain Division Statue - Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

The benefits of choosing this time of year for your mountain wedding is that you can have a quiet mountain town "all to yourself", and get some great deals on lodging while missing the crowds of the busier holiday weekends.  Skiing is still available at Arapahoe Basin, you can go rafting or fly fishing, or hit the bike path for some early season biking.   Art galleries, museums and restaurants are just waiting.  Yeah, there's snow up there still, but they're not going anywhere.

10th Mountain Division Statue - Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

Memorial Day weekend is a great choice for a mountain wedding in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone or Silverthorne, Colorado.  Too bad you can't use the hut system this time of year, but now is when they restock and resupply for the summer season.  To help or volunteer, check out the options here:  http://bit.ly/hutsystem

Cool air and warm sun make up spring weather in the mountains, and definitely be prepared for rain, possibly snow on any given day, regardless of forecast.  There was brilliant sun over the weekend, but today was breezy, saw a bit of graupel, and was only in the upper 40's.  It should be in the 70's the rest of the week.  Perfect mountain weather if you ask me.

[Hindsight 20/20] Wedding Reception / Dessert Table Tip #1: Have someone man the chocolate fountain.

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A lot of brides say in retrospect, "Oh, I wish I would've known it rains every afternoon!"  Well, that's not exactly true, but it's a good bet that you might see wind, rain, and some clouds at some point during the day.  So, heed the local's advice when they say to pack a rain jacket, even if it's sunny first thing in the morning. Some of the best photographs from our wedding weren't even of us.  Kids at our event  sure loved the dessert table.  But, looking back, we might've done things different.

At the end of the day, in our opinion,  if  you plan on having a chocolate fountain, have someone supervise the children.

Look at that concentration and chocolate-dipping skill! | photo [robinjohnsonphoto.com]

After all, if you're getting married in Summit County, it's a good thing to know why the classic photographs of hikers are always wearing a backpack.  It's because experienced mountain folk know that you prepare the worst, and hope for the best.

Dina + Stacy // Breckenridge, Colorado - August 5, 2006  |  photo [robinjohnsonphoto.com]

At the end of the day, your wedding will have happened, and it was nothing like you thought it would be.  But, you will have some amazing photos that you'll cherish forever, and some great stories to tell.

There was mucho vino at the Grexican (Greek + Mexican) wedding we had in Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]

In this new blog, we'll be sharing tips and advice, and lessons learned along the way.  We'll share 'stories from the field' from mountain event pros that have lived to tell the story.  And you'll read advice from real mountain brides and grooms who have something that is perfectly clear, looking back.

[HINDSIGHT 20/20] Wedding Reception / Dessert Table Tip:  Have someone man the chocolate fountain.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]

Now, no children were injured during the event, no chocolate-strawberry sword fights, and if all we have at the end of the day is tired, chocolate-covered kids, so be it.

Cheers! Here's to a great new online wedding resource in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, and Silverthorne, Colorado! | photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]

Enjoy the chaos, the palpable energy of all those gathered, and at some point, you'll have to take a moment to yourself to let your cheeks rest from all the smiling.

Cheers! Here's to a great new online wedding resource in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, and Silverthorne, Colorado! |

Photos from our wedding were taken by Breckenridge local and photographer, Robin Johnson.  Thanks for being there on our day, Robin!

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