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Wedding Guide: Make it a mountain theme
Cowboy boots, wildflowers, river rock all spice-up a wedding Steamboat-style
Friday, January 27, 2012
Steamboat Springs If you’ve chosen Steamboat Springs for your mountain-themed wedding, you’re already off to a great start, says Lindsey Grannis, owner of wedding planner One Fine Day.
Unlike other towns, she says there’s more to Steamboat than the ski area and mountain views. Steamboat’s good old fashioned western flair make it perfect for a mountain wedding.
One wedding she recently planned had groomsmen arriving on mountain bikes and the bride and groom leaving on a tandem. It’s also not uncommon for brides and bridesmaids to wear cowboy boots or for guests to sit on hay bales.
“You can still have an elegant wedding tying in our Western heritage,” she says. “You can bring in Colorado aspects whether it’s the décor or ceremony.”
Décor options include using potted aspen trees with twinkle lights, placing table cards on river rock, giving tables the names of ski runs instead of numbers, and using native wildflowers for centerpieces in birch or aspen bark pots.
During the ceremony, the bride and groom can even plant an aspen tree sapling in a pot that they can take with them instead of lighting a unity candle.
With a mountain theme, however, it’s important to consider the weather and have a backup plan for outdoor weddings, she says, adding that the ideal months are July and August.
But she says that all in all, it doesn’t get any better than tying the knot it Steamboat...for the guests and bride and groom. “A lot of people pick Steamboat over Telluride, Vail or Aspen because they like the feel of our town. It’s more laid back,” she says. “And there’s just so much to do here in the summer.”