From the moment my fiancé and I were engaged, a destination wedding seemed the way to go. We are quiet people who tend to have a few very close, family-like friends, and then many acquaintances. While we wanted to celebrate our love with our family and close friends, we did not want the traditional large wedding or the stress that comes with it. The catch was that, at the same time, we did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings who weren’t invited. Another consideration was that while we are Texans through and through, Texas in June is simply not ideal for a wedding. For all of these reasons, a destination wedding seemed like both a practical and an exciting choice.
We looked into many beautiful Caribbean resorts, and overall we liked what we saw. The Sandals resorts have very nice Martha Stewart themes, so planning would be kept to a minimum. Many of their weddings are free to the couple, but nothing comes without a price. The price for our guests would range from $300 – $400 per person, per night for a June wedding. On top of this, airfare to the Caribbean is not cheap, and prices were climbing.
Once we realized that a Caribbean wedding had the potential to be a huge financial burden to our guests, we started looking stateside. A few years prior I’d had the privilege of receiving a teaching award, and the award had been presented in Colorado Springs at a conference. The conference had been held in The Broadmoor hotel, a beautiful, historic, castle–like resort built in 1918. The only places I’d ever visited that even compared to The Broadmoor were Schönbrunn Palace or Windsor Castle. Its elegance and splendor were exactly what we were looking for, and the fact that Colorado’s high temperatures in the summer average in the 70’s didn’t hurt either.
We made one trip to Colorado to meet with vendors and have tastings, but overall the wedding is fairly simple. The majesty that The Broadmoor embodies means that we do not need to do much decorating. Our ceremony will be outside in the rear of the hotel on terrace overlooking a lake with the Rockies in the background; flowers would simply be lost in nature’s beauty. And the small dining room where we are having our reception is already full of rich golden hues and chandeliers. Our wedding party and family were also very excited about the destination, and many are incorporating our wedding into extended vacations exploring the west coast. Having a “destination wedding” stateside also offers our guests more options on places to stay. Overall, we couldn’t be happier with our choice!