Whether you're a Colorado native or flying cross-country for a destination wedding, you know the mountain setting is a big reason why you're marrying here. So let your locale inform your details. Choose one of these ideas to add just a touch of Rocky Mountain flavor many more to infuse a Colorado theme.
If you're planning a winter wedding, cozy up to this innovative twist on save-the-dates: Print your nuptial details on customizable scarves. Out-of-towners will know to come extra-prepared for the chilly temperatures. Shades like navy, black, gray and camel fit in perfectly with a winter color palette. Port & Company Knitted Scarf, $9 each, plus about $140 total for the design and about $40 for shipping, Branders.com
Get guests amped up for the breathtaking view with mountain-themed invites. Send out ones with serene, snow-capped peaks, and your guests just might have more incentive to RSVP on time. Prices for Scribbles' "Denver Wedding" invites start at around $1 each if you print them yourself. Have them print your invites for a bit more, and you can choose from a variety of font colors. Scribbles, Denver, (303) 477-1677
Themed Welcome Baskets
Perk up weary travelers and give 'em a taste of the local flavor with treats like sweet honey, jams, and jellies from Honeyville, soothing tea from Celestial Seasonings and caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Winter wedding? Tie it all up in an earflap hat from Breckenridge Hat Company. Honey, jams and jellies: from $2 each, Honeyville Premium Honeys and Jellies, Durango, (800) 676-7690; teas: about $17 for 120 bags, Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, (800) 434-4246; caramel apples: from $5 each, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Durango, (888) 525-2462; earflap hats: from $19 each, Breckenridge Hat Company, Breckenridge, (970) 453-2737
Aspen Leaf Jewelry
You know the locals take pride in the aspen trees that grow throughout the state -- so much so that Colorado named an entire city after them. Why not work aspen leaves into your look? No, we don't mean trading an all-white gown for a leaf printed one. Instead, try one-of-a-kind aspen pendants that are turned into necklaces, earrings and pins. The jewelry is made from real aspen leaves so the pendants are delicate -- no clunky accessories here! You can go for 24-karat gold or sterling silver. From $10 each, Colorado Gift Company, Golden, (720) 331-0517
Escort Stones and Cones
Rock out -- literally -- by using river rocks from the Colorado River as your escort cards. You can take a day with your fiance to explore the Rocky Mountains and collect rocks for your big day; then write your guests' names using a gold or silver metallic pen. Or collect pinecones and stick escort cards into each one for an equally earthy display.
Take advantage of the gorgeous wildflowers and rustic branches right outside your window. Ask your florist to arrange colorful blooms and foliage straight from the Rockies, held together in an old tree stump. They'll fit in perfectly at rustic mountain resorts and lodges or in outdoor spaces. Plus, using local flowers and branches means nothing has to be shipped in -- an earth friendly gesture.
Ski Run Table Names
Give your guests' seats a Colorado spin and name your tables after local runs and trails. Each table card can have a faded image of the mountain or a map of the trail with the name superimposed over it. Breckenridge brides, be sure to include "Claimjumper" and "Imperial Bowl." If you're in Vail, try "Highline" and "Roger's Run." To get guests talking, print some trivia about each slope -- elevation, trail length -- on the card.
Skiing Couple Cake Topper
Give a nod to your ski resort locale with a cake topper of a bride and groom hitting the slopes. Child's Pastry Shop can make you a custom topper that looks just like you two -- each in your favorite ski outfit! From $300, Child's Pastry Shop, Denver, (303) 757-1285
Warm Dessert Bar
The final touch for your mountain reception: a gourmet winter dessert bar (think campfire party for a more mature crowd). Set up a buffet with s'mores, baked cinnamon apples and hot cocoa in various chocolate-y flavors, and watch your guests melt. Because, really, who doesn't love s'mores? All Seasons Catering, Silverthorne, (970) 468-7414
Colorado Charity Favors
Instead of giving standard wedding favors, donate to a Colorado charity. If you're big about going green, pick an environmental organization like Colorado Open Lands. If you're a lover of the arts, give to a theater or a modern art museum. Colorado Open Lands, Lakewood, (303) 988-2373; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, (970) 925-8050