When Casey at Pink Diamond Events asked me to write a guest blog rehashing the ins and outs of my wedding planning journey, I jumped at the chance to share my experience with other brides. My husband Jacob and I got married in November at a church in Fort Collins and then had one heck of a celebration at our reception at The Garden Room in Loveland. We hired Pink Diamond for Day-of Coordination and were able to enjoy our wedding day without having to worry about coordinating all of the details that we had spent the past year planning. Best wedding-related decision since saying “Yes”!

      In my first post, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that we included in our wedding so you’ll get a glimpse into our wedding day and possibly a first peek into the crazy composition of my wedding planning mind.

      1.       Mapswedding_program_map

      Since our wedding ceremony and reception took place in two different venues  with about a 20 minute drive between and more than half of our guests were from out of town, I really wanted to avoid anyone getting lost halfway through the festivities. After eliminating the idea of hiring a sign spinner to stand on every turn along the route from the church to the reception, I decided the best bet to make sure that a map and directions were always on hand. My super-talented sister/Maid of Honor designed a map that was both informational and pretty and I used it everywhere.

      Lots of people include a map with their invitation suite, but guests never remember to bring the map with them.  On the day of it’s not very helpful if my grandparents have a map, but it’s hanging on their refrigerator back in Iowa. So, I not only put a map in the invitations and on our wedding website where guests would see it weeks in advance, but I also included a map in our out-of-town bags and in our wedding programs. That way guests would find themselves with a map in hand on the big day no matter what. I’m happy to report that on our wedding day, none of our guests spent half of the reception aimlessly driving around Northern Colorado.

      2.       CupcakesRustic Wedding 6

      For our wedding cake, we chose to have mini cupcakes from the Cupcake Cruiser. We liked the idea of having lots of flavors to choose from and using the mini size allowed everyone to sample several of the flavors. Rather than display the cupcakes using a cupcake tower, we deconstructed two towers and set them up in smaller 1-2 layer tiers  to create an entire cupcake table. This pretty display and tempting flavors (among them cookie dough, apple pie, and our nod to the tradition of a groom’s cake – chocolate toffee bacon) made it hard for guest to stay away.

      3.       Homemade Beerwedding_home_brew_beer

      My husband is a recent recruit to the world of home brewing beer and when he heard that New Belgium’s owner originally brewed Sunshine Wheat beer for his own wedding, Jacob wanted a wedding beer too. He spent months developing and brewing two recipes. These homebrews were a great way for Jacob to have a part of the wedding that he was really excited about creating.

      Well, it’s been hard to narrow this post down to three of my favorite wedding things, but I’m looking forward to sharing many more aspects of our wedding day and the planning process in future posts.

      Megan McDaniel is a recent Pink Diamond bride. In her guest posts, she shares a few tips that she picked up while planning her wedding.