Colorado Destination Weddings- 5 Most Asked Questions

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JoAnn Moore-Mountain and Meadows Wedding

Destination Weddings- 5 Most Asked Questions

 

JoAnn Moore, CWC from Mountains and Meadows Weddings is a very good friend of the Antlers at Vail.  She wrote this article about destination weddings, we would love to share it with you!  We hope this information helps you with your wedding plans.

” Couples are choosing Destination Weddings for the reason of wanting a spectacular location, but also a different location than their hometown, to minimize their guest list and to give their family and friends an adventure – not just a wedding. As a Certified Professional Wedding Consultant I am often asked:

1. Is it more expensive to have a destination wedding?

Destination weddings can help couples decrease their overall cost through a subsequent reduction in the guest list Up to two-thirds of their guests won’t be able to travel for various reasons. A lower guest count can reflect a decrease in cost. Destination resort areas such as the Colorado Mountains have an array of venues to choose from, including spectacular outside ceremony locations and beautiful banquet facilities for the reception. Having such a huge selection of venues means you can shop around for a location that fits both your vision and budget.

2. Should I hire local vendors or bring my vendors with me to a destination location?

Definitely hire local vendors. They are wise to the changes in weather and they know secret locations for both venues and photo opportunities. They have experience working with the other vendors in the area, making for a great team. Local vendors also save you money by requiring little or no travel or accommodation fees.

3. Outside ceremonies, do I really need a back up plan?

Yes you do! The Colorado weather is very unpredictable and can change within minutes. You need to be able to take care of your guests in the event of lightning; having a back up plan is a must. You will be glad you didn’t scramble at the last minute to make a decision of where to go. Your back up plan location should be easily accessible from the original ceremony site and be ready to walk into for as little of a delay in your ceremony time line as possible.

4. Colorado Marriage Licenses, what do I need to know?

It’s not difficult to obtain a marriage license in Colorado. You may obtain the license from most County offices in Colorado. You will both need to be present with photo identifications; both of you will need to sign the license. You must be at lease eighteen years of age and if either of you have been married previously, you will need to provide the county with a copy of the divorce decree with the date and county court the divorce was finalized. Any ordained minister, judge or rabbi may perform your ceremony. A couple may choose to solemnize their vows without an officiant, but no other person may perform the ceremony and sign the marriage license. Once the license is obtained, your marriage must occur within 30 days of issue. There is a fee which various from county to county ranging from $30 to $80. Following the wedding the license must be mailed back to the county where it was obtained to be recorded. A blood test is not required.

5. Should I hire a Wedding Planner?

Absolutely! You will appreciate a wedding planner familiar with the venues and their expertise in finding the best vendors for you and your budget.  A local wedding planner is also experienced dealing with the Colorado weather and is someone who takes the stress off of you so that your special day runs smoothly, allowing you to enjoy every moment. Your wedding planner is your destination point person when you can’t be at your venues. Your wedding planner can assist you with your budget and negotiate fees with vendors and venues. Your wedding planner works behind the scenes as the team leader to give all vendors their timeline and troubleshoots any and all problems that may come up. Your wedding planner is the go to person that resolves any last minute changes and vendor issues. They oversee set up and break down of the venues, keep track of all your personal items you brought, pack up your gifts and cards and assist the guests with any thing they may need. Wedding Planners are detailed, multi-taskers, creative and resourceful. You absolutely will want the assistance of a professional Wedding Planner with any destination wedding!”

Contributor: JoAnn Moore, CWC

JoAnn Moore, CWC is the owner and founder of Mountains and Meadows Weddings based in Vail, Colorado. JoAnn’s 30 years in the Vail Valley gives her an unsurpassed knowledge of the local landscape which brings her clients a wide range of design options for either indoor or outdoor venues. JoAnn is currently the only Certified Professional Wedding Consultant in the state of Colorado, a member of ACPWC and ABC. To find out more about JoAnn and her work, visit www.mmvail.com.

Alojamiento en Vail en Semana Santa? Antlers at Vail es una de las mejores opciones!

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Si esta buscando hospedaje en Vail, Colorado esta Semana Santa, le invito a visitar nuestra pagina de internet. En el Antlers at Vail le ofrecemos un servicio excepcional, a un precio justo.

Antlers at Vail es un hotel-condominio localizado en el barrio de Lionshead a tan solo 100 metros de la gondola de Lionshead.    Nuestro personal es amable y siempre dispuesto a ayudarle en lo que necesite; 100% orientado al servicio al cliente. Los huespedes son nuestra razon de ser y los consideramos parte de nuestra familia (sera por eso que muchos de nuestros huespedes nos visitan una y otra vez?) :-)

Nuestros condominios son maravillosos! Cada uno cuenta con una cocina completamente equipada, sala con chimenea, balcon con asador;  El paisaje desde cada condominio es inigualable.  Ofrecemos servicio de mucama es diario. Todos nuestros condominios son de categoria “Gold” o “Platinum”, de acuerdo al “Lodging Quality Assurance” (*)

Entre los servicios adicionales, tenemos:  Periodico matutino complementario, internet gratuito en los condominios, pases al Vail Athletic Club -ademas del gimnasio en las instalaciones-, centro de negocios,  cada martes y jueves clases de yoga (completamente gratis!), servicio de transporte al supermercado los domingos, etc.

Nuestro servicio de conserjeria es excepcional.  Le asistira en hacer reservaciones en restaurantes, reservar actividades en el area, comprar tickets para esquiar, rentar equipos de esqui o snowboard, o simplemente coordinar transporte a la Iglesia del Valle los domingos y fiestas de guardar en la Semana Santa.

Contamos con personal que habla espanol cada dia, asi el idioma no sera impedimento en su estadia. Queremos que sea parte del Antlers.   Lo esperamos a usted y a su familia!  Casi me olvido… Tenemos tarifas especiales para grupos corporativos o grupos de esqui, aproveche nuestros descuentos! Contacto: mking@antlersvail.com

(*) Lodging Quality Assurance –LQA- is a community-wide program that provides a standardized rating of Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze to rental units through the Vail Valley’s main central reservation systems. Unique to vacation destinations, all ratings are universal to help ensure guests’ expectations are properly met and ensures renovations continually outpace industry standards, contributing to Vail and Beaver Creek’s status as world-class destinations.

Ps. I know, this article came in Spanish… We also think of our Spanish Speaker guests!  If you have any questions about it, let me know.  I will be happy to give you a mini version of it in English.

Antlers at Vail Cooking Class

What else can you do in Vail if you are not skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing?

Well… staying at the Antlers, there is always something else to do!

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On Monday, January 18th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. our Executive Chef, Angelee Aurillo, will offer the Antlers guests an incredible two-hour class of a delicious four course meal.  This is a great way to interact with other guests staying with us and the Antlers employees, while having fun, learning, and enjoying some delicious wine.

“The classes are oriented to people who like to cook and enjoy eating” Chef Angelee said. Don’t be shy if you aren’t an expert cook, Angelee is always happy to share secrets, recipes and details in regards to food presentation and wine options.

We are thrilled to offer you something else to do while you are staying with us.  The $75 class  includes instruction, the meal (yes, after the class we all enjoy what we have prepared), unlimited wine and some extra secrets that our Chef’s family has passed down from generation to generation.  What else can you ask for?  Just come, and enjoy!

Menu

*Apple and Cranberry Baked Brie en Croûte served with Crostini

*Roasted Butternut Squash Soup finished with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and a Scallion Crème Fraîche

*Lavender Dusted Slow Roasted Salmon served with Melted Leeks, Roasted Tomatoes and an Apricot Cream

*Bananas Foster Bread Pudding served with a Rum, White Chocolate Sauce

For extra information contact: mking@antlersvail.com or knelson@antlersvail.com

Vail Resorts International Alliance Trade Show

I generally like to attend and participate in trade shows, I love to explain to people why the Antlers is the best place to stay in the Vail Valley, and it is also a challenge to invite people to come to our booth; However, I particularly enjoy to be a part of the Vail Resorts International Alliance trade show, which this year was held in the Evergreen Lodge (they did a great job!) on Monday, December 7, 2010.

It is so much fun listening to people speaking in so many languages; discover what their motivation is and what their markets are looking for.  International travel agents open our eyes, and help us to understand our very own international guests.

I am always amazed at how much people love our foam antlers, our bags and everything we put out. One guest told me: “I will take one of your Antlers foam, to my son in Spain, and I will send you a picture of him” Isn’t that awesome? We truly feel thankful and appreciative for all the Vail Resorts international work! We couldn’t reach those markets without their dedicated work.

I was delighted to see some of my friends from Rio and Sao Paulo. The ones I visited last September and those that I had just met via phone. Thank you guys, for all your business and your interest in our property!

Whether you are looking for a property to assist you in making reservations in Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, The Antlers at Vail has it all! And if we cannot assist you at once, please be patient. We will grab our dictionaries and will make your reservation experience the easiest possible for you!

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Antlers at Vail Owners Weekend

Antlers at Vail condominium owners get together annually to discuss Antlers status, future plans and of course mingle over food and activities. The owners dinner took place at the Antlers conference rooms Saturday, September 5 and was filled with delicious food by Amuse Bouche Catering. Everyone in attendance had a great time catching up and having a drink or two. We would like to thank the owners for their presence and the Antlers Staff for making it a huge success.

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Owners Meeting

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Rob and the Board

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Cheers to the Antlers

Teva mountain games in Vail starts today

The Teva Mountain games in Vail started today with a Kayak competition over near the town of Redcliff. Lots of people (and pets) around watching the event. The welcome party is this afternoon from 4-6pm. We are all thankful that the sky has finally cleared and there is no more rain (for the moment). The Colorado blue sky is back! With all the events, the Antlers at Vail is almost full this weekend. In addition, to support the Teva Mountain games the Antlers is hosting the Serac Adventure film school and USA climbing for the weekend. Hope to see you here !

A Kayak between the rocks

Danny Archer performs at the Antlers!

Vail’s only magician, Danny Archer, will perform a Family Magic Show at the Antlers January 22 @ 3:30 pm. The show will feature comedy sleight of hand, coloring books, mind-reading, and a card-finding chicken. Doors open at 3 pm and tickets can be purchased with cash at the door for $10. For more information, you can visit www.dannyarcher.com or call 970-476-5262.

Antlers 2008 LOCAL Holiday Party Packages

Choose the Antlers at Vail for an Unforgettable Holiday Event

The Antlers at Vail is excited to celebrate with you, your family, friends and co-workers this holiday season! The Antlers can seat up to 100 guests in our completely remodeled Elk Room. Our event space includes holiday decoration, bud vases, place cards, in-house sound and A/V systems, linens, silver and dishware. We are further delighted to present our Executive Chef, who will bring to your table the very best seasonal and customizable menus, carefully prepared with the best local and imported products.

See our special below and please contact us for further details. It will be our pleasure to work with you in preparing unforgettable memories of this holiday season.

Cameron Lowe; Magda King

Conference Services Managers

clowe@antlersvail.commking@antlersvail.com

The Tree and All the Trimmings

For 10 to100 people

  • 50% discount on room rental fee
  • 25% off in all Bar items
  • 25% off Hors D’ Oeuvres
  • Complimentary storyteller for kids or Santa Claus to deliver presents (1 hour)
  • Complimentary Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate
  • Complimentary On-site Parking, based on availability

Terms and conditions: Private use of Elk Room or portion of, as decided by CSMs and based on group size, for up to 4 hours, based on availability and valid through January 31, 2009. A 20% deposit of the estimated total is due at time of booking. Applicable taxes include 4% (Event Space), 8.4% (Food & Beverage) and 20% (Gratuity). Final guarantee due 5 working days prior to event date. Billing is based on the minimum, your final guarantee, or actual guest attendance, whichever is greatest. For groups of less than 20 people a $50.00 surcharge in food & beverage will apply.

Antlers 2008 Pre-Holiday Guest Packages

Celebrate the Holidays early this year and stay within your budget!

From now through November 26, 2008

Come with your family, friends, and co-workers to enjoy a different and unique Holiday Party, surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and the comfort of elegant condominiums.

The Antlers at Vail is proud to provide the highest standard of service so your Holiday Party will be an experience you will not forget. Up to 96 guests can be seated in our completely remodeled, 2,000 square foot event space. Included in your event set up are holiday decorations, bud vases, place cards, sound system, A/V system, linens, silverware and dishware. The Antlers’ Executive Chef Mary Morgan Parker has several menu options to fit your group’s budget. All menus are carefully prepared with the best local and imported products. Our chef also offers special dietary and customized menus.

For your overnight guests, reserve beautifully appointed condominiums ranging in size from studios to four bedrooms.

The Antlers at Vail is renowned for its friendly atmosphere,

A+ location on Gore Creek, just 150 yards from Vail’s Gondola.

· 35% off published fall/winter rates now through November 26, 2008 for holiday groups

· Complimentary 4-Bedroom Condominium, Boardroom, or Event Space to host up to a 4-hour event

· Customized menus from $35 to $65 per person

For more information and available dates, please call Antlers’ Conference Services Managers:

Cameron Lowe clowe@antlersvail.com or Magda King mking@antlersvail.com