Considering Bella Sera? See What Real Life Bride Rebecca Had to Say!

Interested in booking a wedding with the Bella Sera, but not sure what the experience will be like?  We’ve got you covered.  In today’s blog post, we’ve looped back with one of our favorite 2016 brides to get her take on planning a wedding with the Bella Sera.  She goes into every little detail you might be considering and lays out exactly how she planned the perfect night for her guests!  This interview will help you decide what important “wow” factors you should consider, and which you could leave off your list to make your budget stretch!

Meet Rebecca, a 2016 Bella Bride.  Her and her husband, Andrew, found the Bella Sera in the Wedding Sites and Services publication.  After reviewing our website, viewing our venue, and comparing us against Denver’s other wedding venue options… they were sold on the Bella Sera.  “The competition didn’t even come close,” Rebecca shares with us.  “While other venues have beautiful building and would have been great for photos, the amenities and care we experienced at the Bella Sera were miles ahead of the experiences we had at the other venues – and that was just while touring!”  Here’s a full look at our interview with this beaming bride:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Bella Sera: When was your wedding at the Bella Sera and how many guests did you have?

Rebecca: Andrew and I had our wedding on February 26th, 2016!  Since we are originally from Dallas, we had a small “destination wedding” – I believe the final guest count was just over 100!  Our guests loved having the opportunity to come up for our wedding, then head to the mountains for a weekend of skiing and enjoying the snow.

Bella Sera: Why did you choose a Winter Wedding?

Rebecca:  We loved the idea of doing something a little different.  We also knew we were asking our guests to travel to our wedding. Choosing to do it outside of peak wedding season meant that more guests would be available to come – plus they could get away for the weekend and hit the mountains after!  It was a win-win for everyone.  Andrew also really wanted a “Black Tie” themed wedding, so wearing a tux in the middle of winter made it way more comfortable for our guests!  I wouldn’t change either of those decisions for the world…  We had the best wedding and everyone getting dressed up made it that much more fun for our family and friends!

 

Bella Sera:  Which Bella Sera wedding package did you choose?

Rebecca: We had a Bellissimo wedding.  The decoration upgrades were exactly what we were looking for.  Originally, I had considered pricing for planning our wedding at another venue and the table décor alone was going to KILL our budget.  Have you looked at the cost of charger plates?  It seemed silly for us to buy them! That’s why, when we found the Bella Sera, we knew it was exactly where we had to have our wedding.  The savings from having everything offered from one place was monumental!  Oh- and let me tell you… the decorations were not cheap looking – THEY WERE GORGEOUS!

 

Bella Sera: Tell us a little bit about you and Andrew…

Rebecca: Okay!  Andrew and I met in college, a little over 5 years ago.  We were 26 when we got engaged and started searching for wedding venues.  Both having full time jobs in Cooperate American, the idea of planning a wedding was really stressful for us.  We love to dance, spend time with friends, and live for good food/wine!  We recently purchased a home in the Denver area and love heading up to the mountains for a weekend of skiing.

 

Bella Sera: Who paid for your wedding?

Rebecca: I’m sure you see this more and more, but Andrew and I paid for our own wedding.  Our families helped with small donations (and Andrew’s father and step-mother picked up the rehearsal dinner bill), but for the most part, it was just us.  I was so grateful for this experience – because it made us carefully consider every purchase and appreciate how far our dollar could stretch with the Bella Sera.  Their packages were so affordable and we were able to have an amazing wedding with lots of “WOW” factors, without breaking the bank.

Bella Sera: The Bella Sera event planning process is different from most venues; how would you say the experience was?

Rebecca: I had heard nightmare stories from girlfriends who had planned weddings before me… all the tiny details, late nights decorating center pieces, forgetting something at the house the day of the wedding…  So, needless to say, I was a little nervous to be doing it myself.  I was so relieved after walking through our tour at the Bella Sera to learn our wedding could be planned in just 3 meetings with their professionally trained staff.  I never once stressed about a decision, whether set up/clean up would be on me, or felt like “they didn’t get me.”  The planning process was one of my favorite steps, especially the décor design session!  The decorations turned out BEAUTIFULLY and the room was exactly what I had pictured in my mind… and I didn’t have to set up or clean up.  Geez, I feel bad for other brides sometimes!

 

Bella Sera: Did you have a happy hour/open bar?

Rebecca: We did!  We had smoking cocktails during the “Happy Hour”, while we were taking pictures.  They were worth EVERY PENNY.  Our guests loved them and I still hear about them today!  We also chose the open bar beer/wine/wells package.  Again, the prices at the Bella Sera are so reasonable we couldn’t have possibly offered comparable selections anywhere else for that price.  I would 100% recommend the Bella Sera for their party beverage packages any day!

Bella Sera: Who was there the day of your wedding, while you were getting ready?

Rebecca: I chose to keep that group small and intimate.  My mother was there, of course, and my bridesmaids.  Andrew was the same way – he just wanted his groomsmen there!  It was such a special time for each of us and we had a blast chatting and enjoying the company before the big event.  The Bella Sera served the girls mimosas, and the guys an awesome “Beer Tower” filled with Andrew’s favorite beer.

 

Bella Sera: What was your favorite part of your wedding?

Rebecca: That’s a hard one!  Really, I loved each and every segment of our day.  Getting ready with the girls was special.  Nothing can compare to the moment I walked down the grand staircase and met eyes with Andrew for the first time.  Seeing our reception romantically lit was magical.  And dancing the night away to our live band was a blast!  It was perfect in every way.

 

Bella Sera: What was your guests favorite part of your wedding day?

Rebecca: Guests loved the smoking cocktails, the layout of the reception (it was easy to get everyone dancing!), the delicious food, and the décor.  I heard several times throughout the night that it was the best wedding they’d been to yet.  I can’t tell you how much that means as a bride… you want it to be the best, most fun night your guests have ever had and the Bella Sera made that possible for us.

Bella Sera: What is one thing you wish you would have done that you left out?

Rebecca: I wish we would have rented the photo booth.  I have so many great pictures from our receptions, but making a book of our guests from start to finish would have been an awesome keepsake!

 

Bella Sera: Which of our vendors did you use?

Rebecca: We basically used only Bella Sera vendors.  The only vendor we chose to seek externally was our live band.  Andrew and I really wanted prohibition era live band for the dinner music, and my cousin preformed the vocal for our first dance, so that was a must for us to find the perfect ensemble.  Other than that, we used Bella Sera vendors for our cake, photography, transportation (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM!), florist, and more!  It was such a breeze making decision and they handled all the planning.

 

Bella Sera: And last, but not least, would you recommend us to others?

Rebecca: ABSOLUTELY.  I would tell anyone looking go somewhere else they were crazy.  The Bella Sera is so much more than a venue… They care about their couples, put their everything into making sure your day is perfect, are more than affordable, and are just simply amazing.  A wed

ding anywhere else will be stressful and is uncharted territory for a novice event planner.  Go with the experts – you won’t regret it!

Add a Personal Touch to Your Wedding with a Slideshow


PC via Mark Alison on IG: @markalison

Planning on your reception being memorable and special? Of course you are!  But, the details and planning of how the guests will experience it brings up many questions and is vital to the overall success of the day. If they arrive before cocktail hour, what will they do?  What will they do during the down time before the arrival of the wedding party? How can you share memories of yourselves with new family members? A slideshow can be your solution to entertaining and connecting family members and friends with you and your spouse through funny and meaningful photos of you two throughout your lives.

What You’ll Need

When you are searching for wedding venues, ask the venue if they have a projector and screen you can use for a slideshow. Most do have a projector that either comes with the venue rental or requires a rental fee. However, knowing if there are extra costs will help you plan out when and where the show will be displayed. This will also help you figure out what other materials (extension cords, table, screen, etc.) you will need. You will also need a laptop to run the slideshow, so make sure you have access to one and definitely make sure you have the right adapter—no one wants to be running to the nearest Best Buy at the last minute to buy an adapter!   

Once you have the projector, computer, and screen ready to go, it’s now time for the fun part—getting together all of those photos of you and your future spouse! You can put this task on a few people since going through pictures may require legwork, but your family and friends will be happy to help you. You could set up an evening with some family members and family members-to-be and have a picture party. Grab some pizza and wine and you have an instant bonding sesh! Involving family and friends in this process will give them the opportunity to contribute!  PLUS – it will be a good conversation starter at the wedding when they see the photos that they picked up on the screen.

What Kind of Photos

As far as what photos to choose for the slideshow, side-by-side baby photos, school/graduation photos, prom photos, etc. are a fun way to show you two growing up and changing. You can also use candid photos, awkward pre-teen photos, family photos, engagement photos, photos of you and people in the bridal party, and basically anything that would connect to family members and friends. Bonus points if you include photos of you and people who will attend your wedding!

How will you arrange your slideshow? You can use iMovie to arrange the photos and layer music in the background, and be sure not to use funky transitions that could be overwhelming! Choose a couple songs to play in the background—make sure the songs aren’t too slow or too fast, because that could be distracting as well. Aim for 5-7 minutes (which won’t be too short or so long that it starts to drag.

How to Get It Right

On the technical side, don’t forget to make a backup file in case one gets damaged. Store these on a flash drive or a cloud storage system like Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud. Test-drive the slideshow while you’re setting up the day before if you have access to the projector then. Designate someone to run the slideshow—often DJs take this responsibility because they will be playing the music/making announcements at that time. Do not put the responsibility on anyone in the wedding party or yourself—you won’t have time!

After you have done the legwork in getting the slideshow put together, then you can rest easy knowing that your reception will have one personal touch. Guests will love to see photos old and new on your wedding day.  After all, the day is about connecting with new family and friends and old.  Slideshows are also a great way to start that union with bonding over memories! You and your guests will remember it for years to come.

 

Looking for other fun ideas?  Check out our post on fog screens!

Rose Gold: A Timeless Wedding Color

Rose Gold is Timeless!

 

Choosing a wedding color or pair of colors can sometimes feel inauthentic or difficult… This gets worse when the wedding industry seems to drive brides to ‘pick’ a color or two. When thinking of the vision of wedding, it is best to think about the mood and vision as a whole. After you have a vision for the event’s “mood”, then decide which color to accent to keep a consistent look throughout your wedding experience… from save-the-dates to the thank-yous! If your vision is classically modern, soft, elegant, but feminine, Rose Gold could be a color you decide to use in all aspects of the look of your wedding. While it has been in the spotlight in the fashion and home décor world lately, rose gold has staying power in weddings—and for good reason.

 

Rose Gold For the Wedding Party

 

When deciding on the look of the wedding party, rose gold is a strong contestant when it comes to pleasing everyone without compromise. Classic and feminine (but never outdated), it pairs well with the soft or bold hues of bridesmaid attire. Soft rose bridesmaid dresses are more straightforward. PLUS – you always have the option to accent a darker hued dress with rose gold jewelry. For the bride, rose gold jewelry is stunning, no matter if the gown is white or ivory. Thinking about using rose gold in your bouquet?  Accenting ivory and pink florals with rose gold jewels can add an element of sparkle without being gaudy. Because it is not trendy, it’s a great color choice for you party to guarantee wedding photographs are beautiful and relevant for years to come.

 

Achieve Cohesiveness No Matter the Season

 

 Other colors that can be paired with this elegant color are navy, marsala, gold, mint, or white, as either an accent or major tone – regardless of role, they tie together what your guests see from save-the-date to final cocktails of the night. Rose gold is versatile for each season and time of day!  Adjusting the complimentary color of the wedding allows you to set the tone for a day or evening event.  Another noteworthy adjustment: it can be paired with darker jewel tones like marsala for fall or winter and lighter hued accessories for spring or summer.

 

Versatility in Décor

 

Looking to tie rose gold into your décor seamlessly?  This beautiful color is absolutely one of the most versatile colors for pairing!  It can be tied into florals with ivory or light pink roses.  Don’t forget to add in rose-colored crystals to the bouquet for more sparkle. Depression-glass drink ware and gold chargers can complement each other to create an elegant and vintage setting. Another option we love, rose-colored tablecloths create a bold statement alongside the details in the background like as crystal lighting.

 

Thinking about rose gold for your event?  Just remember, no matter how you decide to use it— bold or subtle— this beautiful hue is versatile enough to fit any style.

 

Photography: Mark Alison

13 Unique Wedding Cake Ideas Tailored to Your Wedding Month

One of the biggest things our clients tell us is that they want a unique and beautiful wedding cake.  They have spent hours planning their perfect day, organizing guests lists, and ordering invites – The last step?  Designing their wedding cake!  Brides want the wedding cake to fit their theme, but also fit the season of their wedding month!

To help you in your designing process, we’ve laid out 13 (because a baker’s dozen!) unique wedding cakes that tie perfectly to your wedding month!

A Wedding Cake for Every Month:

January – New Year’s Resolution Cake!

Wedding Cake

Beautiful Bella Sera Wedding Cake

We love this cake’s fun, flirty look!  The new year symbolized a time of rejuvenation and a chance at a better year than the previous one.  This cake sums up JANUARY just perfectly.  The blue and purple icing tie perfectly to a winter wedding them, and the gold bow is perfect for “your golden year”.

February – The month of Love Cake!

February is the month of love!  It’s also a perfectly positioned month to get married, as everyone has settled down from the holidays and the cold winter months are almost over.  Weddings are an amazing opportunity for your loved ones to reflect on their own relationship and secretly renew their own vows during your ceremony.  A classy black-tie wedding (and wedding cake) are just the ticket for a guaranteed night of fun!

Check out our recent wedding post detailing Why Guests LOVE February Weddings!

March – The month of Fresh Flowers

March is a gorgeous month fresh flower weddings!  With spring quickly approaching, your guests are excited at the new season of growth ahead.  We love this amazing orange, floral cake for a beautiful March wedding!  The flowers are lightly placed, ensuring people don’t get confused with a summer wedding, and the bright color is just a teaser for the season ahead.

April – Little White Dress Wedding Cake

April is often recognized as a “clean” month!  Spring cleaning has begun and guests are enjoying the afternoon showers that bring a sweet smell after they pass.  We love this little white cake, complete with a champagne rose top.  It’s light and airy, just like the beautiful spring wedding your guests are eagerly awaiting!

May – A little Love Goes a Long Way

We are obsessed with this feminine and playful cake designed for a May wedding!  The light color palette and gorgeous shape make this cake every May Bride’s dream cake.  You guests will “ooh” and “ahh” over this stunning addition to your reception.

June – Ombre, Like Your Favorite Summer Dress

We chose this ombre wedding cake as “June” because of its likeness to a beautiful summer day. The bright blue chosen for this particular cake is a perfect match for summer oranges, pinks, and purples.  The ombre design is unique and can be dressed up with glitter, or down with ribbon and pearls.

July – Summer Chic

This wedding cake is just breathtaking.  It’s elegant, fabulous, and would go perfectly with a summer strapless wedding dress.  The tiny details on the cake take the classiness to the next level and add an element of elegance that would overwhelm a more elaborate cake.  We think you’ll find this July cake chic, classy, and perfect for your wedding!

August – Purple EVERYTHING!

August is the month of purple!  Many of our brides choose purple as their wedding theme, because it’s a great “transitional” color.  The darker pigments resemble upcoming fall colors, but the playfulness in different shades allow them to tailor it to their them.  Purple is one of those colors that gets chosen as a main wedding color, so adding hints of it to your wedding cake will tie it all together without overwhelming the look!

Check out our Lighting Your Night Post for step by step instructions on incorporation PURPLE into your wedding!

September – Jaw Dropping Like Fall Leaves

This wedding cake speaks for itself.  It’s just stunning – jaw dropping, if you will.  The gorgeous orange and blue color scheme is perfect for a September wedding (especially if you live in Denver and root for the Broncos!).  The cake is elegant, yet fun, because of its composition.  The hanging aspect of the cake ads a level of interest that most guests don’t get to see.  The design is unique and glamourous, just like our September brides!

October – Colder Nights

October is the perfect month to commit to a fall theme!  Halloween is just around the corner and everyone is starting to get excited for the holidays.  We love this cake that draws inspiration for Denver’s changing seasons.  The empty vines are elegant and eye-catching and guests always love seeing a cake that reminds them the seasons are changing and nights are getting colder.  There’s a coziness this cake brings out; we can’t explain it!

November – All Bundled Up

We love this formal, elegant tiered cake for November weddings.  The theme? Black Tie.  It’s starting to really get cold and guests will appreciate a reason to wear long dresses and tuxedos (with coats!).  The cake is classic and the clean lines help mirror the formality of your event!

December – 2 for the Price of One!

It’s the holiday’s, so we thought we’d go the extra mile and give you two options for your December cake!  We LOVE Champagne themed cakes for December.  Whether you are having a holiday/winter themed event, or a New Year’s Eve wedding… You can’t go wrong with a champagne colored cake!

 

FogScreen Wedding Special Effect

♥ Disney Themed Wedding for Carolyn & Alex

Most wedding receptions are beautifully decorated and the guest’s first impressions of the dinner reception room are typically favorable, but when a Fogscreen special effect is set up as the reception room entrance, it’s a whole new ball game. Watch the party begin!

Fogscreen Bella Special Effects_4806

Walking through FogScreen_Bella Special Effects

Guests filming FogScreen_Bella Special Effects

Guests are overjoyed and mesmerized when they experience the FogScreen, because they’ve never seen anything like it before. They instantly begin taking video and photos to post and share on social media with all of their friends and family. It’s a blast to watch, and the bride and groom love seeing all of the excitement and joy it brings to their guests.

Carolyn and Alex also created their own wedding #HASHTAG and asked all of their guests to tag their photos and video with it. This was just one of the many fun elements they incorporated into their celebration, and their guests couldn’t get enough of it.

 

Fogscreen_Wedding special effect  FogScreen_Bella Special Effects Wedding Rental

 

Carolyn’s table #’s were of all of the most famous Disney couples, and she wanted a real Fairytale / Disney like wedding. These magical photos below capture such a beautiful moment when it looks like tinker bell sprinkled her magical pixie dust in the air as Alex twirled her around. It’s a Disney lover’s dream.

 

Fogscreen Bella Special Effects_4812-Edit

Fogscreen_Bella Special Effects 0687Fogscreen Bella Special Effects 7FX_0681

Fogscreen Bella Special Effects 7FX_0674Fogscreen Bella Special Effects 7FX_0975

All you need is Faith, Trust, and a little Pixie Dust

Peter Pan  

 

The Bella Sera Event Center rents this FogScreen for both onsite and offsite events, whether for personal or business uses. It is always a crowd pleaser, an instant attraction, and is guaranteed to make viewers pull out their cameras and show it to everyone they know.

Check out more information about the FogScreen at www.BellaSpecialEffects.com

 

 

 

Written by Elisabeth Montoya – Co-owner of The Bella Sera Event Center and Bella Special Effects

 

 

%d bloggers like this: