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Snowy Autumn Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

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Holly + William

Dillon, Colorado
- 10/12/2023
Total wedding budget $8,048

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Cake/Dessert
  • Stationery
  • Venue
  • Flowers
  • Partner 2 Attire
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Photography
  • Planner
  • Catering
  • Partner 1 Attire
  • Total wedding budget

Did you do any DIY Projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?

I handmade a welcome sign using a mirror and vinyl with my Cricut machine.

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

We had a good friend be our officiant so it was more personal.

We had our dog wear a flower collar and be both our witness and flower girl. She was part of the first look! She signed our marriage license with her paw print.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

After the ceremony in 28 degree weather and snow (in which I was wearing open toe heels and no shawl or jacket), all the adrenaline and cold hit me and I needed a second to collect myself. My new husband held an umbrella for me, took off my heels, and helped me put on boots with toe warmers in them so we could take our couple’s portraits. We also took a shot of fireball which helped! It was so sweet and genuine.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing we did to save money was have our ceremony in a state park. The permit was $128 for the venue!

We also kept the guest list very small and did not have a true reception or bar.

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress was our biggest splurge! It was actually cheaper than I expected. I budgeted $4000, and spent $2600 in total – but it was definitely one of the most expensive items. We also spent good money on the caterer because good food is a must!

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was that it unexpectedly snowed and was actually so gorgeous!

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Start early! We started planning 10 months out and I barely got my dress on time. There were concerns on venues being booked up already!

Share any additional details you’d like us to know about your event:

We had a beautiful, snowy wedding and could not be more thrilled with how it turned out!