[HOW TO] have a pontoon parade on Lake Dillon as part of your adventure wedding in Rockies.

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When planning your Rocky Mountain wedding in Summit County, Colorado you can incorporate a water experience into your options with a rafting trip, fly fishing experience or even a pontoon parade.  Yes, that's exactly what we did for our friends and family.  We had our ceremony near the Frisco Bay Marina, and decided against the family kayaking chaos we envisioned and went with the pontoon parade idea.

Our pontoons were rented from the Frisco Bay Marina.   |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Just after the ceremony, we boarded reserved pontoons (a must) and headed out towards the center of the lake through the islands.  We still remember my cousin, Glen, wearing his bluetooth opening up the throttle on the pontoon trying to pass us.  Our pontoon putt putt quickly turned into a scene from Miami Vice as I wondered who was so important that might call that warranted sporting a bluetooth earpiece.

Post wedding ceremony pontoon parade on Lake Dillon.   |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Looking back, I'm glad we were able to share the experience of being on the water in the mountains with our friends and family.  We did get a big wave from a passing Sheriff's boat put enough water in the front of our pontoon that we thought we might be swimming for a second!  We drained our shoes and wore flip flops the rest of the night!

Eye protection is very important.  He's also wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and sunscreen (SPF 60).  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Enjoying a still moment as we watch a sailboat regatta on the Lake.  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Dina and Stacy celebrating on Lake Dillon!  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Heading back towards the Frisco Bay Marina after our post wedding pontoon parade on the lake.  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

// Photos courtesy of our longtime friend, Allysia Angus.

[HOW TO] create a private online group to help plan my destination wedding in Breckenridge.

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As writers of a wedding blog, we use technology to share our experience, ideas and suggestions using the best of today's technology options.  We're on Facebook, use Twitter, and are now using an online software called Minigroup that allows you to make a custom thread about anything you want.  In our case, it is your destination wedding to Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Keystone, Frisco,  or Silverthorne, Colorado.

Using this site, you can make a group, invite friends to help you plan and discuss, all while keeping tracks of links, images, documents without having to do an email search everytime you want to see where you left off with someone.  And with so many different vendors, family members and details to keep track of, you can receive real-time notifications of additions, comments and other changes to your thread.  Check out this blog to learn more about how to get started.  Another great resource is the company's Tumblr feed.

But, for you tech-savvy folks, here's the short version on how to set up your Minigroup.  1 - Click on "Sign up.  It's Free."  2 - Sign up.  3 - Create a group.  4 - Invite people.  5 - Write a post, share a link, upload a pic, or whatever you need to do.  That's it.  You can always drop people from the group as the creator.  Get the answers to your questions here and get help on this page.

We use Minigroup to plan our weddings.  How will you use it?  |  Minigroup.  Instant private online groups for sharing anything.  |  www.minigroup.com

Why not just use Facebook for this thread?  Well, you could.  However, this platform was designed for such a purpose, and they're adding new stuff as quickly as they can.  It's in beta, so yes, they're testing it out, and we've enjoyed success so far with it.

Here's an example of a current thread we have going with a bride who is planning her wedding from the East Coast.

The image above shows a current thread we have with a bride planning her wedding at the High Country lodge on Peak 7 in Breckenridge.  She's uploading pictures of color palettes, bouquets she loves, and anything else that say "who they are as a couple."  These are images that not only your planner needs to see, but also the florist, caterer and anyone else who has an aesthetic influence on your event.

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We hope you enjoy exploring this new technology as much as we do sharing it with our clients.  A much more effective way of keeping track of conversations, all for free.  Yes, there are pro project collaboration software options out there, but most are overkill for what you'll actually need and use.  Please let us know how it works out for you, and we'll post an update at the end of the summer how it's been working out for us, and what our brides say about using it to plan their wedding.

// Ask us how to customize your very own  private wedding blog using [www.summitmountainweddings.com]

Stay tuned for more about this exciting new service!  Contact us now to learn more.