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Its official.  The unofficial engagement season is almost over.  What is engagement season you ask?  It’s those precious moments between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day when it seems like everyone knows someone that is proclaiming their engagement to all the social world.  For those of us in the event world, we would like to take a moment to take a sigh and move on to the next movement in wedding planning; the hectic race to secure a venue for the “perfect date”.

As many engagement season Brides start planning the wedding of their dreams, they look for those magical Saturdays in August and September for a wedding venue in the Rocky Mountains, only to find that they are booked, and have been for quite some time.  Panic mode then sets in….”Can I have a wedding on an off day?”  “Do I really want to wait another year for my perfect date?”  As a long time wedding planner and Vail Valley Resident I want to ask each of you to stop, take a moment and breath.

Yes, stop and breath.

Many venues are booked for those sought after dates, however, by looking outside the box and being creative, you can still have the magical Rocky Mountain Wedding that you dream of.  Social convention no longer forces Brides to get married on a Saturday.  Looking at a Friday or Sunday wedding date is often more cost effective for your guests who are traveling long distances to join you on your special day.  Camp Hale Weddings & Events offers discounted ceremony and reception venue rates on Fridays, Sundays, and weekdays. Hotels are often more likely to work with you on discounts for a Thursday night room than for a peak Saturday night room and vendors love nothing more than to capture the beauty of a mid-week event.

With all of this being said, as engagement season ends and planning season begins, remember to not loose yourself and your other half in the planning process.  This day is truly about the two of you committing yourselves to each other. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.  It doesn’t matter if it is a Wednesday or a Saturday, at some point in the coming years, your anniversary will be a “gasp” Tuesday.  Are you really going to wait to celebrate until Saturday?  Probably not.  Are you going to remember that the flower girl decided to not wear her shoes?  Nope.  You are going to remember the day that you married your best friend in the sublime beauty of the Majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains.

By Lori Harding – Sales & Marketing Manager