Last month I visited Telluride, Colorado for the first time and I absolutely fell in love. There was inspiration everywhere I looked… the gondolas zig zagging through the quaint Mountain Village, the town of Telluride tucked between the towering San Juan Mountains, and the endless roads and hiking trails with breath-taking views. I thought, Telluride is an amazing place to get married! So if you are hosting a wedding there, take a look below at the custom Telluride-inspired wedding save the dates and invitations I designed recently. I hope these ideas will encourage you to create paper goods that incorporate your unique wedding location into your designs.
One of my favorite experiences in Telluride was taking the gondola from the Mountain village to the town of Telluride.
The views of the town when coming down from San Sophia station are stunning! This is a perfect scene to include on your save the date card or wedding invitation because it will no doubt get your friends and family excited about going to your wedding.
My husband and I hiked like crazy while staying in Telluride.
We were there for peak fall foliage and our walks were surrounded by rows of golden aspens. Save the date cards are an opportunity to be less formal, so use your favorite “together activity” as inspiration. I’m finding many couples are now moving away from the typical engagement photo save the date and including a custom drawing or painting of themselves instead. Generate a little mystery for your guests by using latitude and longitude coordinates in lieu of the town and state. This will have them looking up your location and doing research online right away!
Our final hike in Telluride was Bridal Veil Falls.
It is the tallest free-falling waterfall in Colorado. What a fantastic location for a small wedding ceremony or elopement! Create a keepsake invitation suite or elopement announcement by including a wedding day story to coincide with the eye-catching imagery of your unique ceremony location.
As mentioned, the Telluride gondola is a major attraction—and it’s free to ride!
I get requests constantly for ticket themed invitations and save the dates. A gondola ticket save the date is a super fun idea that works no matter what Colorado ski town you are getting married in. Having a winter wedding and inviting friends and family who love to ski and snowboard? Design a ski lift ticket save the date. Customize the card even further by punching a hole in the top and tying some ribbon or twine around it to act as the lanyard.
There are memorable sites at every wedding venue or destination.
Maybe you want to show off the town your venue is located in, or maybe your ceremony is on the balcony of an historic mansion overlooking the mountains. Pick your favorite and ask your invitation designer to paint that picture for your guests. I encourage you to also try some out-of-the-box verbiage for your invitation suite, like using roman numerals for the year instead of writing it out. There are endless ways to customize your wedding stationery to make it stand out from the rest. I know you have some awesome ideas—go get started!
Interested in creating custom save the dates or invitations for your wedding?
Weddings are stressful enough to plan without a global pandemic thrown into the mix. Friends and family will bombard you with opinions, but during this time, the best move you can make is to lean on the experienced wedding vendors you hired. We want to help you! The blog below is a compilation of Covid-19 wedding tips and advice (organized by vendor category) gathered from some amazing seasoned wedding professionals.
Jessica McTaggart | Pink Champagne Events
Stephen and Janelle Statham | The Woodlands Colorado
Colby Rasplicka | Almagre
WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING
Mindi and Jordan | Something New Boutique
WEDDING CEREMONIES & MARRIAGE LICENSES
Phil Gallagher | Colorado Wedding Officiant
Sarah Meyer | Designs by Sarah
Alexa Jade | Alexa Jade Photography
Jessica Ham | Runa Video
Adam Douglas | Peak Beverage
Madhoo Seth | The Gourmet Kitchen
Joann Berrian | Pine Hollow Vintage
David M. Smith | Shindig Entertainment
WEDDING HAIR & MAKEUP
Alexis Alba | Muse Modern Salon
Jade Darrough | Jaded Beauty
Since the coronavirus took hold of our world, more and more 2020 weddings are turning into 2020 elopements. Couples are opting for private wedding ceremonies at memorable and romantic locations. This means you can avoid the traditional paper goods like save the dates, invitations, rsvps, seating charts, etc. So what kinds of stationery and signage should be on your elopement checklist? I have some ideas below…
1. ELOPEMENT SIGN
A small “we eloped!” sign is a great item to have for elopement pictures. It can be a simple poster print mounted on foam core with your names, wedding date, and location. This makes for the perfect image to post all over social media. My pick is the “just married”sign. Go old-school and have a fabric sign made to hang on the back of your getaway car. Then you can enjoy all of the congratulatory honks on the highway after you say, “I do”!
2. VOW BOOKS
These are the absolute best keepsakes from your wedding! Visit a local stationery store to inquire about handmade notebooks for you and your partner to write your vows in. Maybe ask a calligrapher to inscribe your vows on a scroll, handkerchief, or an antique mirror; or hire a graphic artist to design and print booklets that reflect your elopement day theme.
3. ELOPEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Share your beautiful wedding day with the friends and family who couldn’t be there to celebrate with you. Hire an invitation designer to create custom elopement announcements for you. This ensures your own personality and style will be included into the overall design. You could show off an image or drawing of your elopement site on the card or write a little story about the special day.
4. THANK YOU CARDS
Even though you didn’t have a big fancy wedding with tons of guests, you may still receive gifts when everyone finds out you eloped. Have a handful of thank you cards created with your favorite wedding day pic on the front. Leave the back of the cards blank so you can write personalized messages.
Interested in creating some fun paper goods or signage for your elopement?
During this crazy time some wedding invitation formalities and traditions will have to bend a bit to simplify the process. I hope these invitation tips will help ease your mind and the minds of your guests.
You've postponed your wedding, but the save the dates/invitations have already been mailed...
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You’ve decided to elope...
You’re having this wedding no matter what...
Please reach out if you have questions or need any assistance with your wedding stationery. You do not have to be my client—I'm happy to help!
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