Vendor Spotlight: Susan from the Cakehouse
A: I’ve loved baking since I was a little girl. I was in brownies and 4-H and learned my first baking skills. When I was 11 years old I started teaching myself cake decorating. Then I worked in a bakery in high school and learned a lot more there in that setting.
Q: What is your specialty?
A: My specialty is decorated all occasion cakes and wedding cakes. I bake other items too, cookies, pies, eclairs, cinnamon rolls, I’ll try about anything.
Q: What cake trends are you seeing lately?
A: I’m seeing more of the naked wedding cake theme this year. Also, brides like simple, but elegant. Even cupcakes are still popular.
Q: What is the most unique cake you have baked?
A: The most unique wedding cake I’ve done was a sandcastle wedding cake. You can see it on my website; susanscakehouse.com.
Interested in more of what Susan has to offer? Check out her website here!
Pop the Champagne Bridal Show
Get inspired by our amazing vendors! We only allow the best of the best to lavishly exhibit at our shows. Don’t miss our fabulous grand prize drawings at 2:45. **Must be present to win.
$500 Chateaux Cash
$250 Southwest Airline Gift Card
$500 Cash. And more
Free entry for Chateaux brides & grooms, $5 per person for guests.
Click here for tickets.
Winter Open Tours
We are hosting open tours the next few weeks that we encourage you all to try and make. Stop by with your friends and family if you would like another peak at the venue. We will be giving tours of the facility and a few of our vendors will be here to talk to. Bring your camera and your questions!
Hearts Desire couldn’t be a better name for Sandy Conner’s catering company because she truly puts her heart into every meal.
Q: Hi Sandy! Tell us about yourself, where are you originally from?
A: I was an Army brat so was born in Yokohama, Japan and have lived all over, from Japan to Heidelberg, Germany, than to the United States. I did most of my growing up in Utah and have lived 33 years in Arvada, Colorado.
Q: How long has Hearts Desire been around?
A: 19 years and I’m still enjoying what I do! Not many can say that about their jobs after so many years!
Q: What’s your favorite part about catering weddings?
A: There are honestly many favorite things that I love about catering. I really enjoy the creative aspect of presentation, whether creating a buffet OR putting together a colorful cheese board with dried fruits and berries!
Q: What’s your most popular dish?
A: Warm Artichoke Dip AND a Chocolate Hazelnut Dip served with fruit. Both are always a hit!
Q: Yum! Is there anything else you want your future brides to know about Hearts Desire Catering?
A: I LOVE being around love! What a joy to be a special part of someone’s wedding day and feeding everyone there. It’s such a treat to spend time with each bride and groom in advance, to be aware of their detailed planning, then to actually witness everything come together! It’s amazing!
The Importance of a Quality DJ
Today I want to bring up something that is critical during the wedding planning process: Vendor selection. Every vendor plays a key role in your wedding and I will get into the others later but I want to start with DJs. Here at the Chateaux we offer the option of renting our facility where you can bring in your own vendors, or an inclusive package that provides every vendor for you. The wedding planning process can be overwhelming when you first start. Vendors and facilities are costly and it can be intimidating when looking at all the prices. This is where I think a lot of brides go wrong… I can’t stress enough how important it is to invest in highly rated vendors. All vendors work as a team and serve as a significant aspect to your wedding. However, I feel as though some brides think they can defray costs with a inexperienced DJ. Because DJs just play music after all, right? Wrong. Hiring the right wedding DJ can make or break a reception.
DJs play an imperative role in a wedding, believe it or not. A great DJ will:
A DJ will keep everything on schedule running smoothly. They know what songs to play at the right moment, they know when to fade out, they know the correct times to announce and most importantly, they can think on their feet! The crowd relies on them to keep the momentum going.
Invest in a good DJ who you can rely on to execute the game plan and create the fun, exciting atmosphere that you have dreamed of. Music is profoundly linked to personal memories and the right DJ will make sure that your first dance, father- daughter song, and walk down the aisle, will trigger that emotion for the rest of your life.
If you need help finding a DJ, these are the companies we work with who are not only skilled but entertaining and experienced.
Make sure you check them out! Happy vendor hunting, Chateaux brides 🙂
Xo Chateaux girls
Wedding Trends for 2016
Happy new year! The Chateaux kicked off 2016 in style with a beautiful wedding, and you know what they say- the way you spend New Years Eve is how you’ll spend the rest of the year. We believe that to be true and plan on a year full of new and different wedding decor, colors, and of course, our stunning 2016 Chateaux brides. I wanted to share a little bit of insight as to what trends we should be seeing for 2016.
Blush pink and purple are far from retiring and continue to be our top colors here. You should also expect to see rose gold and some glitzy table runners.
The sheath gown is in the forecast for regaining popularity this spring season, however, here at the Chateaux, the classic ball gown is still a reigning champ.
The garden look of loose gathering, pinks and plums is an elegant style we should be seeing this year.
The traditional wedding cake is something that will always remain a prominent part of a wedding. However, expect to see more desert tables, cupcakes, and visual presentations.
We also predict to see fun theatrical themes as well as exciting metallic decor and much more. We will keep you posted with the exciting trends that make their way to the Chateaux.
Xo Chateaux girls
Finding a quality photographer for your wedding is often the most worrisome vendor selection among brides. Brides want someone who can capture one of the most awaited moments in their life and deliver breathtaking photos. They want someone they can trust who is skilled and experienced, and rightfully so.
Brenda Booze has a degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado and supplemented her education by interning with famed photographer, David Lachapelle. Already a well-rounded photographer with years of experience under her belt, Brenda has also worked as an event manager coordinating weddings and has a full understanding of all the complexities of what goes on from an organizational standpoint of weddings.
Brenda has the ability to capture a picture and have it reflect exactly how joyous and meaningful it was in that moment. Her photography is not only flawless but she has an eye for creativity and can find beauty in everything.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer, check out Brenda Booze Photography here!
Xo Chateaux girls
The Importance of Wedding Videography
A wedding is memorable time for more than just the bride and groom. It’s the day a mother has always dreamed of for her child. It’s the day a father gives away his daughter, a sad yet joyous occasion where she takes the first steps toward her future with the man who will be the father to her own children. It’s the day where friends come together, often from different colleges, towns, and backgrounds to commemorate by sharing funny stories of the past and toasting to their journey ahead as husband and wife.
Although pictures do their best to capture the walk down the aisle, the cake cutting, the first dance, and every other significant aspect that makes a wedding meaningful, videography is live and present for the breathtaking moments that pictures can’t do justice. Videography shows the first look he has when he sees her, the touching vows, the tearful and humorous speeches, the glimmering look upon the parents faces, the reaction when the bridesmaid catches the bouquet, and every other spontaneous sequent of events.
This is why it’s important to take into consideration all of the benefits a wedding video can provide. In fact, it is the number one biggest regret not having among brides.
1) You can replay the most special moment in your life
2) Photographs can miss and not capture raw moments and emotions like a video can
3) You can show it to your kids someday
4) Let’s the bride and groom see what was going on during the ceremony setup with guests while they were getting ready
5) Captures voices and mannerisms of all family and friends
Take a look at an example of videography that took place at the Chateaux here. This video is by Mark and Kate photo.
Wedding videography has come a long way in the past five years from mundane, shaky film to cinematic. It is certainly something you will cherish forever and I plead you to not overlook during the wedding planning process.
Cheers brides! I look forward to watching your videos 🙂
Xo Chateaux girls
Princess Castle Tea
We are coming up on that time of year where we invite the princesses and junior princesses to our Chateaux castle to enjoy a day of tea and dessert with Elsa, Ariel, and Cinderella. So bring your gowns and tiaras and spend a day with your favorite princesses as they read and sing underneath a storybook setting.
Who: Princess Elsa, Princess Ariel, Princess Cinderella
What: Princess Castle Tea
Where: The Chateaux at Fox Meadows
13600 Xavier Ln, Broomfield, Colorado 80023
When: Saturday January 16th 10-12.
Tickets: Tickets are $25 each and both adults and children require a ticket. Children under 2 in laps are free. They can be purchased here.
Tickets sold out VERY quickly last year, so get them soon.
Interested in seeing what last years event was like? Check out this video!
We look forward to seeing our beautiful junior princesses there!
xo Chateaux girls
The Benefits of Having Your Wedding on a Friday Evening
One of the most common calls I receive are from brides who have their heart set on a Saturday June wedding. Unfortunately, those days are booked up far in advance. Something future brides should really consider is a Friday evening wedding and I’ll explain why.
2) It is more affordable.
3) Guests will have an extra day.
4) The ceremony/reception start later so your guests will be able to make it after work.
5) Host a Saturday brunch for your guests.
6) Guests can party on a Friday night just as much on a Saturday.
7) Restaurants will have more availability for a rehearsal dinner on Thursday night.
8) Vendors will also have more availability on Friday’s.
9) You’ll get the month/season you want with shorter notice.
10) Allows the newlyweds to have more of a rest before leaving on their honeymoon.
Friday evening weddings are gaining in popularity. It is also a great option if you are recently engaged and don’t want to wait terribly long before you get married. Friday evenings are exciting in general. Guests can unwind from the workweek and they have the whole weekend ahead of them to enjoy sightseeing or other plans they may have. Another popular trend are Saturday brunches the following day. This is a fun way to thank your guests for coming and who doesn’t like an added little celebration?
Don’t let the Saturday unavailability deter you from having the summer or fall wedding you have always wanted.
Give us a call if you would like to explore other days. We would be happy to help make the wedding planning process easier for you by providing choices, packages, and helpful tips.
Happy wedding planning!
Xo Chateaux girls
It’s December! However, the colder weather won’t stop us from partying here at the Chateaux. This past weekend we had a quince and I was so inspired by the decorations and dancing, I wanted to share it with you all.
A quince is a celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday, signifying her transition from childhood to womanhood. It’s more than just a birthday party, though. Quince’s, celebrated throughout Latin America, contain religious and cultural overtones including a ceremony, an entrance, dancing, dinner, candle lighting, and toasting.
During the first dance, the daughter has a waltz with her father, intended to be her “first dance” in public. The group dances are extraordinary and elaborately choreographed. This past quince had different outfits and themes, captivating the crowd.
I was in awe of the birthday girl, or should I say woman’s, ball gown. It is typical for her to be dressed as a princess, as it is her day to shine and celebrate her passage to womanhood with her family and community. It is a beautiful and meaningful occasion remembered by everyone in attendance.
1) If you have a large number of guests, consider hiring a babysitter and having a kids room. At the Chateaux, we offer our basement where kids can watch a movie, eat some pizza, and play while the adults dance upstairs.
2) Try and limit your guest count. Too many people can be overwhelming and limiting the amount of guests can help you cut costs.
3) Be mindful of the treats you bring. Keep in mind young ones can get ahold of candy and sweets they might not be old enough to eat.
4) Make sure you meet with a few photographers and videographers. You’ll need an experienced one who is familiar with quinceñearas.
5) Be creative! Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors. It’s supposed to have an enchanting feel.
If you’re interested in hosting your quince at the Chateaux, give us a call! 303-466-8078.
xo Chateaux girls
Welcome Gift Basket
A nice touch to thank your out-of-towners for flying in for your wedding would be to surprise them with a welcome basket at their hotel room. This is a gracious way of letting guests know that you appreciate them having traveled so far to be there for your special day. Gift baskets also help your guests feel included if you are too busy running around and don’t have time to greet them.
Do a Colorado themed basket! Include a map, Boulder chips, candy, Colorado craft beer, or anything else that represents your favorite things about Colorado. Don’t forget to include bottles of water and aspirin, they will need to get used to the altitude. Colorado is known for our endless selection of craft beer. Leave a beer for them to try and encourage them to check out one of our breweries if they have time.
Classic themed basket could include a bottle of wine, snacks, chocolate, and a thank you note. Try to incorporate something that speaks directly to your wedding like a nice plaid blanket for fall or sunscreen for an outdoor summer ceremony.
Recovery basket would include mints, gum, extra toothbrush, gum, Advil, lotion. This will help them the day after they party the night away with you! Plus, if they happen to forget those essential travel items, it will save them a trip to the hotel lobby.
You can also get creative with the presentation. If they want to go sightseeing, give them a nice tote or personally design a bag with the your new initials so it can serve as an extra party favor.
Welcome baskets are an unexpected and nice little surprise. If it’s not in the budget, you can make them some homemade cookies, an itinerary of events, or just a personal note. However elaborate or simple, welcome baskets are a classy way of thanking your guests immediately upon arrival for making the trip.
xo Chateaux girls
The holidays are upon us and the brittle leaves can still be seen lining the roads and yards reminding us that fall is still present. Here at the Chateaux, the brides are trading in outdoor ceremonies for an intimate indoor setting that leaves the guests with a view of the light snowfall in the background as the bride and groom take their first steps into their lifelong journey together. You can feel the warmth in the room as tearful speeches and toasts tell the story of how they met, funny memories, and how unique their love is.
The color schemes of this month have ranged from elegant black and silver to plum to royal blue. In November, it’s fine to play with different colors. It’s not too late in the season for blush and champagne or if you’re feeling bolder, cranberry can make the room pop. It’s YOUR wedding, don’t feel obligated to stick to seasonal norms.
A few other ideas to make your November wedding one to remember would be to have a cozy fire outside with marshmallows or make a Moscow Mule your signature drink at the bar. Your centerpieces can even be pine cones, pumpkins, or little lanterns.
Our off peak times are November 1st through April 30th. Luckily, Colorado weather can allow you to have a beautiful wedding any time of the year. If you have your heart set on a fall wedding but September and October are booked, November is less competitive and allows you to have a larger budget for your decor and extra add-ons.
Congratulations November brides and grooms! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
xo Chateaux girls
Many brides, when it comes to choosing their bridal party, just make a list of their “Besties”. Problem solved, right? Wrong. You should really consider the responsibilities of the bridal party, before assigning the job. And yes, it is a job. Your bridal party, if chosen correctly, should be responsible for planning some pre-wedding events to include Bachelor/ Bachelorette parties, wedding showers, and sometimes even your engagement party. In addition, your bridal party should be willing to help you with some of the planning, such as dress shopping and fittings, assisting you with favors or out of town gift baskets, helping to keep you calm and stress free on your wedding day, and giving a toast at the reception. Being chosen as a member of the bridal party can be a time consuming, stressful, and costly. It is good to keep this in mind when choosing your bridal party. You also want to choose people who have been significant in your life, and you who imagine will stay a significant part of your life for years to come.
Listen, I know you are fabulous, and have a ton of ‘really good friends’. But please try to limit your bridal party to only the best of the best. It doesn’t make much sense to have a third of all of your wedding guests in your bridal party. I am actually going to say it again; do you see a trend here? Balance.
$ Money Saving Tip $
Before you ask a bevy of friends to be in your wedding, consider the cost for yourself and for them. Having fewer members of the bridal party allows you to spend less on bouquets, gifts and limos.
Many wedding traditions have survived throughout the years. However the bridal party is no longer bound by any of the old traditions. If your best friend is a guy, go ahead girl; make him your “Man of Honor”. Are you equally in love with your sister and your best friend? Go ahead, make them co-maid of honors. Love your dog like he is your own child? Make him your ring bearer! (I did!) Don’t stress too much if there are more bridesmaids then groomsmen. The point is there are no rules here. Have fun with it, and remember to surround yourself with love and support for your big day, you will be happy that you did.
Maid of Honor Best Man
Flower Girl Ring Bearer
Guest Book Attendant
Avoid the Stress, Create a Timeline!
Speaking of keeping all of your hair, it is a good idea to create a timeline in which to get all of your wedding planning done. The goal is to get everything done as soon as possible, so that for the last two weeks before your wedding, you have nothing but time to enjoy it all. Not only will you be as cool as a cucumber, you will also avoid finding a vendor who is already booked for your wedding date. I get it ladies, I can procrastinate with the best of them, but your wedding is not the time or place. You will feel so much better once you start checking things off your timeline, I promise.
The average engagement lasts about sixteen months, so I have based this on that sixteen month timeline. If you have longer then sixteen months, it is best to get started with your timeline as soon as you can. If you have less than a year until your big day, it is time to get moving!
Sample Sixteen Month Wedding Timeline
Sixteen to Nine Months Prior:
Eight Months Prior:
Seven to Six Months Prior:
Five to Four Months Prior:
Three Months Prior:
Two Months Prior:
Week of Wedding
**Chateaux Tip: In addition to saving you money, our Inclusive Packages will eliminate much of you pre-wedding To Do’s. Yet you still get to do all of the fun parts, such as tastings. It is not too late to add one of our Inclusive Packages, contact your Chateaux Event Manager today!**
The Who’s Who: How to Create Your Guest List
Creating a guest list can be a very time consuming and stressful ordeal. Which is why it is best to get this done right away. The magic of an excel spreadsheet can really help to streamline this process. My advice is to create a master spreadsheet, which will contain all of your guest information. This should include the guest’s name, address, total number of people invited in the family, whether they have RSVP’d, and can even contain things such as what gift you received from them, and if a thank you note has been mailed to them. It also is a good idea to list a phone number for the guest. Inevitably you will have several people who have not responded with any RSVP, and having all of the phone numbers in one place will make it much easier when you are calling all of the non responders three weeks prior to your big day.
The guest lists can cause some serious family drama. Both of you parents will want to invite their friends and coworkers. Your little sister will probably want to bring her friends, and your cousin will inevitably want to bring her new boyfriend. And since there is a large possibility that your families are in some way helping pay for your wedding, it can become difficult to say no. I cannot help you on that one my friend. You just need to remember that this day is about you and your husband-to-be. The wedding is about being supported and celebrated by your family and friends. Just try to kindly remind your family of these fun facts, hopefully they will get the hint and go easy on you.
Every single guest to attend your wedding is going to raise your bottom line price. Brides on a budget can consider narrowing down the guest list, in order to have a more lavish wedding. I hate to sound like a broken record, but it’s all about balance here.
$Money Saving Tip $
Implement a plus-none policy. Politely nix the plus one invites for all of your single pals. Most will know others at the wedding, and sitting all singles at tables together will initiate mingling. And who knows, maybe two of your single pals will strike a love connection of their own!
Keep in mind that it is standard for 20-30% of all guests invited to RSVP that they will not be attending. But take it from me; you cannot count on this number. There I sat, two weeks before my wedding, on the verge of a panic attack from the sheer number of guests attending my wedding. Don’t fall into that same trap! Count and budget for all of your guests attending, until they tell you otherwise. That was you can be happy when you get each RSVP in the mail, instead of slowly pulling your hair out with each and every yes. After all, you will look better with all of your hair on your wedding day.
Setting a Budget, and Sticking with it!
Setting a budget is an essential first step in the wedding planning process. We would all love to pull a Kim Kardashian and have an extra ten million just lying around. However for most of us, we have an actual budget. In this section I will teach you how to set a budget, and how to stick with it. It is very important that you set a budget at the very beginning of your planning process. Just like a woman in a shoe store, wedding costs have a way of spiraling out of control. And a wedding is not a place to impulse buy, unless of course you do have that extra ten million lying around, in which case you just go right ahead and skip the whole budgeting thing.
**Chateaux Tip: We have specially designed three amazing Inclusive Packages. These packages include our favorite vendors, and are specially designed for a Chateaux Bride on a budget. We have taken all of the guess work out of budgeting. And remember our Inclusive Packages include discounts from our vendors, giving you more for your money! And the best part? They include all of your taxes and gratuities! It is not too late to add a package, contact your Chateaux Event Concierge for details. ***
An important first step is determining how much money you have for your wedding. The best thing to do is contact both you and your grooms’ parents, and tastefully discuss if they will be contributing to the wedding costs. It is traditional for the brides’ parents to pay for the wedding, while the grooms’ parents traditionally cover the rehearsal dinner. This is not quite as common as it used to be. These days it is usually a combination of the bride and groom, as well as both sets of parents. No matter where your money is coming from, compile it all to determine your total wedding budget.
Once you have the Total Wedding Budget (TWB), you can start dividing it up into all of the wedding categories to determine how much you want to spend on each. On the next page, I have provided you with a general wedding budget in terms of what percentage of your budget should be allocated to what.
$Money Saving Tip $ Sign up at Deals.WeddingChannel.com. Think Groupon, except all of the deals are for amazing discounts for your wedding. The downside is you don’t get to meet with the vendor before purchasing the deal. But for the very budget conscious bride, signing up on this site is a MUST.
The one thing I can tell you from my experience with wedding budgets is that it is all about balance. For example, if you LOVE food and you want to provide your guest with a gourmet meal fit for the queen, it can be done. But you have to balance your budget. You will have to take some away from your flowers, or maybe instead of providing a full bar, you can provide beer and wine only. The important lesson here is to prioritize the things that are most important to you, and then balance your budget accordingly.
*According to The Knot, the average cost for a 150 person wedding is $25,000. For an example, we will base our sample budget on that amount.
Reception: 50% $12500
Venue and Rentals, Food and Service, Beverages, Cake & Miscellaneous
Attire: 10% $2500
Gown and Alteration, Head Piece and Veil, Bridal Accessories, Hair and Make-up, Grooms Attire, Grooms Accessories & Miscellaneous
Flowers and Decorations: 10% $2500
Ceremony Flowers, Flower Girl Flowers and Basket, Ring Pillow, Brides Bouquet, Bridesmaids Bouquets, Boutonnières, Corsages, Reception Decorations, Lighting & Miscellaneous
Entertainment/Music: 10% $2500
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Reception Band or DJ & Miscellaneous
Photography/Videography: 10% $2500
Photography, Videography, Additional Prints or Albums & Miscellaneous
Favors or Gifts: 3% $750
Welcome Gifts for Out of Town Guests, Bridesmaids Gifts & Miscellaneous
Ceremony: 3% $750
Site Fee, Officiant Fee or Church Donation & Miscellaneous
Stationery: 2% $500
Save The Dates, Invitations, Programs, Seating and Place Cards, Menu Cards, Thank You Cards, Postage
Transportation: 2% $500
Limo or Car Rental for Bride and Groom, Limo or Car Rental for Bridal Party & Transportation for Out of Town Guests
**Chateaux Tip: When originally calculating your budget, take 5% off the total allotted funds and remove that amount from your budget completely. Set that money aside, and when you find something you just HAVE to go over budget for, use it. It will feel like an extra little bonus for working so hard to stay on budget!**
A letter to our Brides….
Congratulations on becoming a Chateaux Bride! By booking with us, you have already taken the first step in creating a fabulous wedding. At The Chateaux, our goal is to help you to create an unforgettable wedding that is customized and tailored to you and your groom. We are committed to making your wedding a dream come true.
We want the experience of wedding planning to be fun, not stressful. Planning your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Smells as many roses, taste as many cakes, and twirl in as many dresses as you possibly can! Having hosted over 3000 events at The Chateaux since we opened, we have seen it all. We have the inside scoop on what works, and what doesn’t. And as a Chateaux Bride we would like you to benefit from all of our experience. We have created this blog to share all of our tips, tricks, and creative ideas. We are here to help you in your journey to plan YOUR perfect day.
We are honored that you have chosen us to host your wedding. Thank you again, and Happy Planning!
The Chateaux Staff
January 2nd 2013
We get questions from our brides all of the time about the best ways to handle some sticky situations. Below we have complied a few, and included some things that we have seen work, and some others that you should avoid. 🙂
My parents are divorced, and do not get along. They both want to be seated at a family table, but do not want to be seated at the same table! What should I do?
Assigned seating is a must in situations like this. Just puting a reserved for family sign out will not do the trick. And since it would seem strange to have some tables assigned, and others not, you have to bite the bullet and assign seats for all of your guests. Look at it as a chance to incorporate your theme or colors into some fab table numbers!
As far as your family tables, designate a few tables on the west side of the dancefloor, or the couple closest to your table on either side of the dancefloor. Place your moms family at one, and your dads at the other. If one table is not full, add a few of that parents close friends in as well. You want everyone to be comfortable and have fun. If you go into your seating chart with the intention of sitting people with others that they are sure to mingle with and have a good time, chances are, they will. And then they can save the family drama for another day!
Welcome to the Chateaux At Fox’s Video Blog, where we share our professional knowledge of the wedding industry and give brides-to-be tips on how to make their day special. Check back regularly for more posts!