Weddings: It’s Personal

Personalized weddings? We'll drink to that. Then again, we'll drink to anything.

Personalized weddings? We’ll drink to that. Then again, we’ll drink to anything.

 

If weddings should be anything, they should be personal, right? After all, it’s the one day you are pronounced husband and wife. The only other times you are pronounced something it involves words like ‘guilty’ or ‘dead’  – and that’s not nearly as much fun.

With sites like Etsy and tools like Pinterest (what would life be without you, Pinterest?) and caterers like Epicurean, each and every wedding can – and should – be unique. If you are going to celebrate becoming part of a couple, you might as well splash your new coupled name over everything. This is your one shot to be the center of attention (besides the guilty and dead days mentioned earlier, of course).

I love monograms and nameplates and initial jewelry and business cards and Sharpies that leave a permanent mark on pretty much anything. It may be because my mother called me ‘Amy’ for the first three weeks of life, though my birth certificate and every subsequent document since clearly states ‘Stephanie.’ True story.

There are fancy ways to personalize a wedding, and there are simple ways. So if you can’t swing a skywriter, try these tricks instead:

 

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A personalized send off.

Table numbers with personalized photos.

Table numbers with personalized photos.

Stir sticks from the newly married.

Stir sticks from the newly married.

A new twist on the guest book.

A new twist on the guest book.

Fun place cards!

Fun place cards!

Custom wine labels are savvy (and a sneaky way to serve less expensive wines).

Custom wine labels are savvy (and a sneaky way to serve less expensive wines).

Table runners with the couple's monogram is simple and sweet.

Table runners with the couple’s monogram is simple and sweet.

The traditional matchbook with a non-traditional look makes this keepsake more modern.

The traditional matchbook with a non-traditional look makes this keepsake more modern.

 

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Larry DiPasquale Inducted Into Visit Denver’s Hall of Fame

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The great thing about working for Epicurean, besides the obvious (risotto and crème brûlée) is that I get to write and post these blogs about basically anything. The rest of the team is busy with other things (risotto and crème brûlée) and I have free reign. I am drunk with power.

So – while the one and only Larry DiPasquale would never, ever advertise the fact that he was recently inducted into Visit Denver’s Hall of Fame, I can. And I would. And I am.

Last Thursday evening, Visit Denver welcomed several stellar individuals, along with Larry DiPasquale, into the Hall of Fame. Honorees included Grace B. Gillette, Dick Monfort, and Joe and Jeff Shoemaker.

Visit Denver also recognized the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts | Denver Center Attractions| Denver Center Theatre Company, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Mountain Parks, Jennifer Jasinski and the Solheim Cup as Tourism Stars.

It was quite a night – and not just because our fearless leader was recognized. With over 500 people in the room, a beautiful dinner (by a fabulous caterer) complete with gorgeous centerpieces in Denver’s premier ‘room with a view,’ we were all reminded that Denver is a hub of arts and culture. We are a community dedicated to – well – our community.

Denver continues to draw thousands of leisure travelers and conventioneers annually. People like Jennifer Jasinski want to build restaurants here. People like Jeff Shoemaker want to keep our river clean. People like Larry DiPasquale want to feed the hungry and homeless, foster great talent, and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to carry the torch to go bigger and do better.

We also like to have a little bit of fun. So after making Impact Productions (Visit Denver’s production company) PROMISE to put our favorite picture of Larry With The Mustache in the video, we simply had to sneak in some fake ‘staches just for laughs. He was a good sport – as was his wife Jill, daughter Christina, and Christina’s date, Taylor. Is it just me – or would this photo make a great holiday card?

 

(submitted by Stephanie Blackford)

 

Take A Deep (Baby’s) Breath Before Walking Down the Aisle

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Looking for a simple, sweet bouquet that actually means something simple and sweet? Consider Baby’s Breath. Often overlooked as a “filler” flower, this little bud is available year-round, extremely economical and long-lasting. Nestled together in a bouquet or centerpieces, baby’s breath adds an element of elegance without the pain of sticker shock.

The best news? The definition of Baby’s Breath is “innocence” and “pure of heart” – two good things to look for in a potential mate, yes? So keep these under-appreciated flowers close to your heart on your big day – and we can almost guarantee your happily-ever-after.