We are so excited that
your interest is peaked and you are considering moving forward
on your amazing wedding adventure with Marry Me In Colorado!!
BUT, the big question is WHAT NEXT?? This editorial will
hopefully answer all of your questions on the journey of your
experience with MMIC from start to finish!
Before You Book With
The Reservation Process
Getting Started - Before
Your Big Day
Post Wedding Details
BEFORE YOU BOOK WITH US….
Beginning the daunting task of planning a wedding – let
alone a long distance or destination wedding – can seem
overwhelming. Our job is to take the confusion, stress and
frustration out of the process for you, leaving you with an
ENJOYABLE experience from your first conversation with us to
every day you see your photos hanging on the wall that remind
you of an incredible day! Most couples enjoy calling in to talk
with us, or even for an in-person meeting if possible. It is
this moment that YOU get to see that we are REAL people, with a
passion for our business and love for what we do. And in turn,
WE get the chance to get to know YOU, and learn what your vision
is for your wedding. Whether a romantic elopement for two, to an
intimate gathering with family, or a lavish affair for 200 of
your closest friends!
So, make lists of questions that you have – questions about your
wedding details, and questions about Estes Park and Rocky
Mountain National Park. Because we live here we know LOTS of
ins and outs, fun tips and tricks, and have great referrals for
lodging, restaurants for a dinner after your wedding, venues for
larger receptions, spas and salons, and lots of FUN activities
for you and your guests to partake in to turn your wedding into
a weekend (or week) celebration and Colorado Mountain
Experience! We are knowledgeable about the requirements and
restrictions on weddings in Rocky Mountain National Park, can
provide you tons of recommendations for you ceremony site as
well as other locations in the area that may just be the site
you have been envisioning for your wedding backdrop!
Make a Plan… many couples don’t fit inside the parameters of our
standard packages. We are ALWAYS happy to create a custom
package that suits your needs to a “T”. We suggest finding the
package that is closest to your goals and copy and paste those
package details from our website into an email (be sure and
change the color of the font after pasting – our website font is
white and needs to be changed to black!). Use that list to make
notes – tell us items you would liked added on, substitutions,
or services that are listed that you may not need. Send that to
and we can start to work on designing a package that is the
perfect match! Then, give us a call to discuss your questions
Details, Details, Details! Do you already have the
"Vision" of your wedding? Been keeping that scrapbook of
photos of cakes, flowers and the list of songs for what seems
like eons? No worries! We LOVE to be challenged and
nothing is out of the realm of possibility - send us your
photos, lists, Pintrest boards and we will start a file on our
end to ensure that the services and products are exactly as you
envisioned! Do keep in mind that some additional charges
can apply for flowers that maybe special order or cakes that
require extra time to design - but we will let you know these
prices in advance!
And, don't forget to check our FAQ's for more
may have on MMIC!
THE RESERVATION PROCESS
Ready to take the next step in reserving your wedding
date and time with Marry Me In Colorado? The process is EASY!!
You can simply go onto our Online Booking form at
www.MarryMeInColorado.com/BookingForm.htm and complete the
details on the form. Here you can select your package or
services, notate add-ons or upgrades, and list questions.
Within 72 business hours we will send you a Wedding Services
Agreement (WSA). This details the services and products for
your wedding day and will secure your date and time on our
calendar. You will have 7 days to review, make any changes and
get that signed WSA back to us along with your deposit.
Deposits are 50% of your package price (with the exception of
our Aspen and Platinum Packages which are a lesser percentage)
and any site or permit fees. MMIC will secure your wedding
permit with Rocky Mountain National Park for your location, date
and time. Having MMIC on the permit along with you gives you
the perks of the rangers knowing us, and not interrupting a
wedding in session to see that you have all of the necessary
permits. It also saves you days of paperwork exchanges with the
park’s concessions office to secure your own permit as we have a
streamlined process with RMNP.
SIGNED, SEALED AND TIME TO DELIVER!
Once we receive your signed Wedding Services Agreement,
along with the deposit amount, you will receive a Welcome Kit
from us. Along with a receipt for your payment and confirmation
of your wedding date and time, we will confirm that your
ceremony has been scheduled with the park service or other
site. This kit will include several pieces of the puzzle that
will allow you to start on planning the details for your event.
Welcome Kit: This document is your handy-dandy resource to all
things in Estes Park that will be an essential need for your
Colorado experience! From hotels, lodges and cabin rentals to
restaurants that will tempt your taste buds for every type of
cuisine and budget size. Suggestions to hair stylists who
specialize in weddings, spas and salons and activities galore –
from horseback riding, golf, hiking, photography tours, white
water rafting, fishing tours and of course… TONS of shopping!
Ceremony Questionnaire: This is a document that helps us to get
to know the two of you better, and to enable Kevin to write your
custom ceremony. It asks important questions such as how you
met, what your hobbies are, your religious preferences, if you
have children and more. Based on completion of this
questionnaire, you will receive a preliminary ceremony typically
the week or so before your big day. You have complete creative
control over your ceremony – so look it over carefully to see if
there are any changes that you would like made!
BEFORE YOUR BIG DAY…
The worksheets you will complete become the ‘Bible’ in
which we use for planning and implementing your wedding
details. It is important for accuracy on both of our ends that
these forms be completed – and equally important that if you
decide on changes after submitting them to us, that you send
revised versions for our records. These worksheets become an
extension of your Wedding Services Agreement with us, meaning
that you need to sign and approve them and that you are
authorizing us to proceed with the orders and to include any
add-ons or upgrades to your final invoice.
You are able to make changes to your package in the form of
substitutions or upgrades at any time. This is normally done
with these worksheets. The objective is to bring to light any
aspects of your wedding that you may not be thinking about.
They will guide you through the planning process of details of
how your ceremony will be written, to the colors and types of
flowers, to the music for your walk down the aisle and your
favorite photo poses.
Our goal is to have your completed worksheets 2-3 weeks from
your wedding date. This allows us to place any orders for
specialty flowers, cakes, etc. Once we receive your completed
worksheets we will review them in our office. IF there are any
issues with your selections, we will contact you as soon as
possible for any necessary changes. This rarely happens with
the exception of special order flowers that may be out of season
or unable to be received or require a premium fee. At this time
we will place your order with our floral growers/wholesalers,
our baker, confirm details with our photographer and in-house
coordinator as well as any other items that will need to be
If time allows upon your arrival, we may be able to schedule a
meeting prior to your wedding. Please keep in mind that our
schedules are very full during high season, so after hours
appointments may be the required.
FINAL CONFIRMATIONS AND COMPETING THE DETAILS...
We will contact you typically within 72 hours of your wedding.
We will confirm any last minute changes, your ceremony site
location, ceremony changes, guest count and meeting time and
location prior to your ceremony. Any changes or last minute
add-ons need to be completed by this time.
Final Payment – Final payment MUST be received by 72 hours
prior to your wedding, and in some cases (Platinum Packages) as
early as 2 weeks prior. Please refer to your Wedding Services
Agreement for your final payment details. Checks must be sent 2
weeks prior to allow for the funds to clear.
Add-Ons – Any upgrades that you may have made during the
planning process will also be due prior to your wedding date.
READY FOR THAT
TRIP DOWN THE AISLE…
MMIC will plan to meet you in the parking lot of your
designated wedding ceremony site 30 minutes prior to your
wedding start time. We request that you have your guests,
family, and wedding party arrive promptly to allow enough time
for walking to your site and doing any last minute set up
At this time we will present you with your bridal flowers and
pin on any corsages or boutonnieres that you may have ordered,
give flower girls their baskets with instructions on the art of
‘petal throwing’ as well as ring handling instructions for the
ring bearer, best man, or whoever will be holding your rings.
Kevin will collect your marriage license at this time as well to
allow him a few moments to complete his portion of the license.
If you do NOT want to see one another before your ceremony, you
can arrive in separate cars. We will ask that the bride stay in
her vehicle, but have someone notify us that you are onsite.
Typically Kevin will take the groom and guests to the ceremony
site to get everyone into place – and to ensure that there is no
peeking on the part of the groom! Our photographer will then
escort the bride to the location adjacent to the ceremony site
where you will be cued to make your entrance.
After your ceremony you will complete the marriage license.
Kevin will show each of you were to sign your license and give
you instructions. If you have witnesses (In the state of
Colorado you are NOT required to have any witnesses, or you can
have your entire group sign if you have an intimate group – and
we carry a stamp pad for babies and fur-kids to make their own
special mark on your license as well!) At that time you will
let Kevin know your preference on managing the license – whether
you prefer to hand carry it in for processing, or you would like
MMIC to ensure it is sent to the proper location for processing.
NOW FOR THE ‘HAPPILY EVER AFTER...
Marriage License – If you ask MMIC to send in your
marriage license for you, it is then mailed from our office, or
if issued in Larimer County is couriered to the local Estes Park
office. It will go directly to the County Seat County Clerk’s
office in which you picked it up (i.e., here in Estes it will go
to Fort Collins for processing and filing). It takes an average
of 4 weeks to process and for you to receive your license in the
mail. Depending on the season, it can be quicker in the
off-season and has taken up to 8 weeks during the busy wedding
season. If you need to inquire about it during the process, you
will want to call that filing office directly for information.
Our advice also is that you obtain 2-3 copies of your certified
marriage license in case of loss or other malady to your copy.
Wedding Photos – It generally takes 4 weeks to process
your photos. As soon as we received the edited versions, they
will be edited and ready to be prepared for you. There are a
couple of steps involved to help you keep watch for them… once
received, we will begin uploading them to our online
gallery. The link is www.MarryMeInColorado.SmugMug.com. You
can click on your gallery and view the photos and share this
link with family and friends.
If your package provided you with a set number of photos (i.e.
Last Minute Elopement Special Package (20)) it will be indicated
on your Wedding Services Agreement. When your photos are
published online, you may go in to review and select your
photos. You can email me a list of your selections. Additional
photos – including the entire collection taken of your wedding –
can be purchased if there are others in your gallery that you
would like as well – please contact me for details!
You will notice a MMIC watermark on the photos online – this is
to prevent unauthorized use from anyone in cyberspace and to
ensure that your photos are protected. The photos you receive
will NOT have this watermark on them. This is the perfect
medium to be able to share your entire wedding photo collection
with family and friends – so feel free to email the link out,
post it on FaceBook or on your wedding website to your heart’s
Prints can also be ordered from this site. SmugMug is a
professional lab, and their low cost for high-quality prints is
something that we simply pass on to our clients as
a convenience. So, if you are considering ordering prints you
may want to have a look at this option. Other locations (Walmart,
Walgreens, etc.) can certainly print them for you as well, but
the materials in the printing process that 1-hour locations use
does not hold up over time as well as a professional lab process
will. This is ESPECIALLY important on wall photos!
If your package includes a DVD (some packages receive 3 copies -
1 for you and 2 for parents/family), once they have been loaded
online, they will be burned to a DVD and will be mailed to
you. We use Priority Mail through the US Postal Service and you
will receive an email from the post office to allow you to track
your delivery. IF YOUR ADDRESS HAS OR WILL CHANGE FROM THE
DETAILS YOU PROVIDED DURING THE TIME YOUR WEDDING SERVICES
AGREEMENT OR ELOPEMENT PACKAGE WORKSHEET WERE COMPLETED, PLEASE
LET US KNOW ASAP! Please note that the box that containing
your DVD is sometimes too large for community mail boxes and
does require being picked up at your local post office, or
requires delivery to your door where available.
When they arrive you will find a Print Release Letter along with
your DVD – this is required in some printing locations before
they will process your photos to verify that they are not
copyright protected. The DVD itself will also specify that the
photos are NOT copyrighted. Please do note that the photos are
NOT allowed for commercial purposes without MMIC’s written
Photos will remain on our current system for 6 months. After
this time they will be archived in our Safe Deposit Box. We
keep photos at least 2 years, so if there is ever an emergency
don't hesitate to contact us!
Photo Prints – If your package included a collection of
printed photos, you can send me an email indicating the number
of the photo from either the SmugMug site, or your DVD, and the
size you choose for each of those photos. Printed photos
take 4-6 weeks to process and will be shipped to you directly
from SmugMug, our processing lab. Please confirm your mailing
address for this shipment – the photos do come in a large
envelope that, again like the DVD, sometimes requires Post
Office pick up or delivery to your door.
Video - If MMIC provided video as part of your services
you should receive it in 8-10 weeks. It will be shipped to you
directly from our videographer. For advanced editing such as
photo montages and music, our videographer will contact you
directly for these details.
Customized Wedding Keepsake – If your package includes a
wedding certificate keepsake, you will need to send me an email
and please ATTACH the photo you chose for your certificate
directly from your photo DVD. They can be made in
either landscape or portrait format so the direction of your
photo does not matter. In your email please specify any details
such as the names you wish to be on your certificate if it is
different than what was in your ceremony. Certificates take
8-12 weeks to process. Once completed, your certificate will be
emailed to you for any changes, and the final copy will be
provided to you as a JPG file via your email. We now provide
this to our clients to allow you to print multiple copies to
give to parents or to have for your own enjoyment.
Online Reviews – As we hope you found as well, our
online reviews are an invaluable source of information for
couples who are making their choices for wedding professionals…
and especially those who are finding us from long distances
and planning their own destination wedding. We are offering a
special promotion for couples who will go online to provide 3
reviews for us – a free 11x14 professional lab printed wall
print of your favorite wedding photo – a $75 gift - as our thank
you for taking the time out of your own schedule to provide that
for us! After you have done your 3 reviews at your choice of
the links below, send us an email with the sites you
left reviews on, along with your photo choice, and we will have
it ordered and shipped to you from SmugMug!! (This, as with
photo prints can take up to 6 weeks to receive).
WeddingWire – General Review:
WeddingWire (Floral Review):
Personal Referrals - Word of
mouth has become an increasing source of business for MMIC -
Happy couples who share their experiences along the way is a
precious thing for us and we love to say THANK YOU for taking
the time to give your friends, family, co-workers and complete
strangers - in some cases - your own recommendations on us! Be
sure and tell anyone who may call us that you referred them and
we will send you our own special THANK YOU for the referral!!