Last month I signed on for the Estes Park Wedding Association’s two-day bridal planning weekend that included a Saturday ‘Bridal Bash’ and a Sunday ‘Bridal Crawl’. Held on the March 1st / 2nd weekend, it was billed as “Wedding Planning With Altitude” and attracted couples eager to get wedding planning information in Colorado’s wedding capital, Estes Park.
The entire weekend was fairly well attended, although an ominous weather forecast on Saturday may have scared off some couples. Almost 100 brides and grooms attended both events with many coming not only from the Front Range area, but around the country. I met one couple that came all the way from Florida to attend the event. The event was well publicized on the Estes Park Wedding Association website. It was a fun-filled weekend for everyone and I even heard that a couple even got engaged on site!
Saturday’s event which was set at the YMCA Of The Rockies convention center featured a full-course dinner and bridal fashion show for all couples attending. There was also a featured speaker panel featuring association members giving tips on wedding planning and tips on hiring your wedding team. I was asked to speak to attendees regarding questions to ask your DJ before hiring them. After the dinner, fashion show, and speaker panel was the vendor showcase where couples had the chance to walk around and meet with the various wedding professionals. To wrap up the evening, a door prize giveaway featured hundreds of dollars of donated wedding services.
Sunday morning’s Bridal Crawl at the Stanley Hotel featured a light breakfast for all attendees, vendor showcase, and guided bus tours of all the association’s amazing wedding venues. For the second year in a row, I played tour guide and got a chance to lead a small group to Peaceful Valley Ranch, Wild Basin Lodge (both near Allenspark), and Taharaa Mountain Lodge on the south side of Estes Valley. These three venues are the southernmost venues in the association. The association is already planning the next wedding planning events – an early November bridal show and a March 2015 Bridal Crawl. Stay tuned!
Photography courtesy of Cathcart Photography.