10 Ways to Have a Stylish Rocky Mountain Wedding

From sweet rides to beer pairings, here's your Rocky Mountain wedding style checklist.
by Carrie Chambers

1. Ditch Traditional Travel

One of the best ways to explore the grandeur of the Rockies is in the open air. Tour the slopes of Breckenridge in an open sleigh or carriage drawn by beautiful Belgian, Clydesdale or Percheron draft horses. Go to BreckStables.com for more information.

2. Hand-painted Stationery

Commission an artist to capture your favorite Rocky Mountain scenes with watercolors or photography, and incorporate them into your save-the-dates, invitations or programs. Big Kitchen Papers, Wheatridge, (720) 334-4342

3. Incorporate Natural Elements

Use Colorado River rocks as paperweights. Place them on guest chairs to hold down ceremony programs during an outdoor wedding. Use wildflowers, pinecones and Colorado's famous Aspens in your decor. You don't have to cut down a tree; Delilah's of Denver (303-864-1678) got the look by just wrapping bark around the vases.

4. Embrace the Rustic Surroundings

Colorado's mountain towns offer lots of unique venues that capture the ambience of the Rockies. Think about hosting your reception at steakhouse filled with rustic details. Salt Creek Steakhouse, Breckenridge, (970)-453-4949

5. Capture Your Wedding on Canvas

Have a live artist paint your celebration as it happens, with the majestic Rockies in the background. Display the painting by your cake and let guests admire the finished product. LiveEventArtist.com has artists located in Colorado!

6. Pair Your Beer with Your Menu

The Rockies are known for their beers! Why not pair your brewskis with your menu selections? Serve a good stout at your oyster bar, or British-style pale ale with your roast beef. BeerTown.org has a great pairing guide.

7. Artistic Ice

Pay tribute to your favorite Rocky Mountain scene by having it carved in an ice sculpture. Kelsie and Matt used a carving of their favorites, the Boulder Flatirons. DazzlingIce.com

8. Picture Perfect Guest Book

Rather than using a traditional guest book, have guests sign a collection of stunning Colorado photography. John Fielder and W.H. Jackson's Colorado 1870-2000 is full of gorgeous images and would make a perfect coffee table book. JohnFielder.com

9. All-inclusive Affairs

For more intimate weddings, many Rocky Mountain resorts and bed-and-breakfasts offer elegant all-inclusive wedding and honeymoon packages. Check out Eastholme in the Rockies, near Pike's Peak. Eastholme.com

10. Book an Entertaining Expedition

Treat your guests to one of Banjo Billy's Bus Tours. They'll relax on the bus's armchair or couch (there's even a saddle!) while the tour guide shares haunting ghost stories, full of humor and Colorado history. BanjoBilly.com

Special thanks to Jessica Horvath of Weddings by Design.

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