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As we celebrate 30 years in the Arizona wedding industry, we are excited to share our new LookBook with you! From our beginning as Phoenix Wedding Pages to now as Arizona Weddings Magazine, we have been the longest running wedding’s publication in the state showcasing the best wedding vendors. From romantic ceremony locations to dreamy florals to finding the perfect dress, Arizona Weddings Magazine & Website is here to guide you along this enchanting process. Browse through the ceremony and reception venue pages to select the perfect location to say your “I Do’s!” Check out tabletop and floral inspiration from Arizona’s best wedding planners and florist. The LookBook includes a 48-page Wedding Planner, a must for every newly engaged bride-tobe to keep every last detail organized! While times and trends have changed, one thing remains the same- love. Love is why we are here! A wedding is the celebration of a couple’s love for one another. Couples planning weddings in 2017 and beyond will find more than 100 pages of 100% local inspiration. The LookBook is brimming with inspiration to help plan your dream wedding from Arizona’s top wedding vendors. As we look to the future and another amazing year, we leave you with one final piece of advice. Embrace the beauty of the planning process and make sure your wedding is a reflection of your spouse and yourself. You are building the foundation for your lives together as a couple, and your wedding should show the world your style and personality!

PHOTO: Malone Sinclaire FLORALS: Your Event Florist SIGN: Victoria York Design

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LOOKBOOK

ABOUT THE COVER

2017/2018

PRESIDENT/CEO DALE RAMSPERGER

PUBLISHER MARK THOMAS Design Director EDITOR PRODUCTION MANAGER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Vikki Reed Vanessa Davis Rebecca Rudd Mark Thomas

Operations & Accounting Manager Megan Skaggs

Director of Digital Marketing Vanessa Davis

MARKETING INTERNS Jenzi Langley Anna Furrey

Published by Tannin Media Group, Inc. FOR THE WEDDING PROFESSIONAL: If you have a product or services to sell, Arizona Weddings Magazine provides year long advertising and the most visited website arizonaweddings.com - geared specifically to Arizona’s wedding industry. Arizona Weddings Magazine is published annually by Tannin Media Group, Inc. Reproduction of any part of this publication without the express written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited. Arizona Weddings is a registered trademark of Tannin Media Group, Inc. The unauthorized use of the trademark is strictly prohibited. The information in this publication is believed to be accurate; however, Arizona Weddings cannot and does not guarantee its accuracy. Arizona Weddings cannot and will not be liable for the quality or performance of goods and/or services provided by advertisers or any other portion of this publication.

EVENT DESIGNER Your Event Florist PHOTOGRAPHER KolorPHX Photographic Co VENUE Mountain Shadows FLORIST Your Event Florist GOWN Uptown Bridal & Boutique MENSWEAR Celebrity Tux & Tails HAIR & MAKEUP Vidogi Salon MODELS Sabrina Sirianni & David Thompson

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LOOKBOOK 2017/18 Edition

Features & Inspiration

12 JOURNEY THROUGH THE FOUR SEASONS

24 DESERT BEAUTIES 39 THE BRIDAL PARTY 48 SWEET SIMPLICITY 57 JADE JUNGLE 72 WEDDING DÉCOR & STYLE INSPIRATION

Wedding Vendor Categories

17 BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

29 CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES 86 FLORAL, DÉCOR, RENTALS & INVITATIONS 92 CULINARY SERVICES

In Every Issue 4 6 22-23 95 96

PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Rae Photography BRIDAL SALON: Luv Bridal MENSWEAR: Magro Clothing FLOWERS: The Wildflower AZ VENUE: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain HAIR & MAKEUP: Makiaj Beauty

LETTER FROM THE TEAM COVER CREDITS LOVE LIST MORE VENDORS WE ADORE INDEX


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four seasons JOURNEY THROUGH THE

As Arizona Weddings Magazines celebrates 30 years in the industry, we reflect upon the celebration and the years and seasons it took us to get to this point. Many think of Arizona purely as a desert, but only locals know of the gorgeous landscapes and changing seasons around the state. From the snow in Flagstaff to the blooming blossoms of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum to the purple desert of the Superstition Mountains and finally to the fun of summer at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. There is a bride and look for every season. Let us take you on a journey!

Photography: Malone Sinclaire | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Boutique of Arizona | Menswear: Magro Clothing | Floral Design: Your Event Florist | Jewelry: E.D. Marshall Jewelers | Venue: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North | Makeup: Makeup by Heather Wilson | Hair: Hair by Andy Biggs | Paper: Victoria York Design | Videography: Love Story Films | Cake: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North | Models: Maureen Montagne & Nicholas Czapinski, The Agency AZ 12


GOWN: Fun and flirty, intricate beaded lace bodice features a deep V, sweetheart neckline by Allure Bridals from Bridal Boutique of Arizona. Beautiful organza ruffles add texture and movement to this classic ball gown. RING: 14k white gold Mabe pearl ring with sunburst diamond halo from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. RING (in box): Platinum 6.11 ct Emerald-cut diamond ring. EARRINGS: 18k white gold pearl studs with diamond halos. MENSWEAR: Vibrant blue, slim-cut custom suit from Magro Clothing. FLOWERS: Fire orange and yellow gloriosa lilies, ombre pink veronica stalks, light pink ranunculus and jasmine vines create a whimsical bouquet from Your Event Florist. Towers of pink hydrangeas, hot pink and blush roses and green trick create the ceremony altar, while various floral blooms hang from the tree. Shiny silver vases filled with peach stock, blush roses, light pink hydrangeas and hot pink roses accent the setup. CAKE: Beautiful four-tiered white cake with pearl accents by Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.


GOWN: Luxurious and refined, jeweled cap sleeves lay atop an illusion, sweetheart neckline of the “Shelly” gown by Cristiano Lucci from Bridal Boutique of Arizona. A keyhole back scoops into the fit and flare silhouette of the clean, silk white gown. RING: 18k white gold pave diamond band with a stunning South Sea pearl from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: 18k white gold diamond drop earrings with South Sea pearl. BRACELET: Finishing the look, slinky 18k white gold bracelet with 17.16 ctw diamonds. MENSWEAR: Custom, light grey suit paired with a crisp white shirt, grey and black plaid tie, and double-buckle leather shoes from Magro Clothing. MENS JEWELRY: Stainless steel Glashutte watch with a black leather band pairs with a 14k white gold men’s band featuring an inset Emerald-cut diamond. FLOWERS: Coral and light pink ranunculus mix with peach hypericum berries and hot pink spray roses for a classic bouquet tied with a pink satin ribbon from Your Event Florist.


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GOWN: Beaded lace bodice with illusion side cutouts features a deep V, sweetheart neckline by Allure Bridals. Soft ruffles add texture and movement to this classic ball gown paired with a crystal belt. RING: 14k white gold Mabe pearl ring with sunburst diamond halo from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: 18k white gold pearl studs with diamond halos. NECKLACE: A strand of South Sea pearls mix with sparkling diamond accents for a classic touch. MENSWEAR: Vibrant blue custom suit paired with a light blue patterned shirt and accented with a colorful floral tie and clean white pocket square from Magro Clothing. MENS JEWELRY: Blancpain 18k red gold watch paired with a 14k three-tone handmade men’s band. FLOWERS: Sunset gloriosa lilies, soft pink ranunculus, blush veronica stalks, and jasmine vines create a stunning bouquet tied with peach and pink satin ribbons from Your Event Florist. PAPER: Soft watercolor, floral motif in shades of pink and plum accent the invitation suite created by Victoria York Design.


BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

ARTISTRY ON LOCATION

Like each of your needs, each stylist has something unique and special to offer. No event is too big or too small! We have an amazing team that can help make you look your absolute best on your special day! Our resumes include: Procter & Gamble, CoverGirl, Super Bowl events, Fox Sports, red carpet events, international wedding for bride plus 60 guests, backstage for concerts & events.

We are a team of make-up artists and hairstylists that have been in business for over 15 years. We will provide you with the best stylist in the business! We proudly provide “On Location� services to our brides and bridal parties! We can also come help you with your special event, production company, celebrity, private parties, print or video.

Valleywide | 602.750.2379 www.artistryonlocation.com 18


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CORNELIS HOLLANDER DESIGNS

With a stunning collection of engagement rings and diamond jewelry perfect for any wedding or anniversary, Cornelis Hollander Designs offers something for everyone. With a range of styles and design concepts, you are sure to find the line that naturally grabs you. The company specializes in the creation of custom jewelry – starting from the drawing board and collaborating with the client on design using digital graphics – to fit each client’s personal style.

“Life can be chaotic, but love is the simplicity that keeps everything held together. That is the philosophy behind the jewelry we create – to find the effortless lines that hold together a complex world.” – Cornelis Hollander. Founded by a Dutch artist and entrepreneur in 1984, Cornelis Hollander Designs has been credited with many jewelry design awards over the years, and the company has always passed their innovative style to the people. You can find their unique pieces in jewelry stores around the world or visit their manufacturing facility and retail store in Old Town Scottsdale.

4151 N. Marshall Way | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | 480.423.5000 www.cornelishollander.com 19


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SUZANNE’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

We carry a unique collection of wedding gowns, elegant dresses, distinctive formal wear and much more. Our owner and seamstress, Suzanne Novak, makes alterations stress free. Her passion, combined with 30+ years of sewing experience, will transform your dress into a custom masterpiece. We invite you to kick off your shoes, literally, and hang with us for a spell. Once you’ve found the gown of your dreams, we’ll still be there for you—from jewelry to shoes and everything in between—right up until you say, “I do.”

As soon as you walk into Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique, you will be met with a relaxed, hassle-free shopping experience where knowledgeable stylists pay attention to your wedding vision and assist you in selecting your dream dress for your big day. Our boutique has more than 750 gorgeous gowns and is always filled with smiling brides. It’s our Aloha spirit that captures each bride as they spend time in our boutique. We are founded on the idea that shopping for the perfect dress shouldn’t be a stuffy experience. Instead, we aim to make it a joyful time where you are involved in every step of the way.

3614 E. Southern Ave. Ste. #106 | Mesa, AZ 85206 | 480.926.9106 www.suzannesbridalboutique.com 20


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PHOTOGRAPHY: THE AMBURGEYS

UPTOWN BRIDAL & BOUTIQUE

photographed during your special time at Uptown. Your experience begins long before your visit as we work with you to pre-select the gowns you’re most excited to see. When you arrive, you’ll enter the world’s cutest bridal shop and enjoy all the darling details and sweet sentiments Uptown has planned just for you! Imagine emerging from your bridal suite with a fresh flower bouquet into a space reserved just for the people you love most! We’ll laugh with you, cry with you, and capture the entire day in photographs that you’ll treasure forever. Give us a ring to schedule the best shopping day of your life!

Uptown Bridal is thrilled to announce something truly unique, unforgettable and exclusively Uptown! Uptown Bridal is now Arizona’s first and only entirely private and personalized gown shopping experience. We have spent a decade dreaming up the absolute perfect bridal appointment and are pleased to invite you to a luxury-filled, heart-warming, memory-creating day! We have named our appointments “Celebration Consultations,” and we can’t wait to host you to shop and celebrate! A Celebration Consultation is a three hour, entirely private and personalized appointment in our charming, historic boutique. Every reservation includes sweets and sips, fresh blooms and a gallery of images

1300 N. McClintock Dr. A1 | Chandler, AZ 85226 | 480.242.9408 www.uptownbrides.com 21


LOVE LIST

Featured products and services from some of Arizona’s best wedding vendors.

GARDEN SPACE Whether you’re looking for an elegant garden ceremony surrounded by fragrant flowerbeds and mature shade trees or a reception under the stars, The Wright House is the perfect backdrop for your intimate Arizona wedding.

The Wright House 480.833.0902 www.thewrighthouse.com


BEAUTIFUL VISTAS

SO INVITING

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain 520.572.3000 www.ritzcarlton.com/dovemountain

Signatures Invitations & Gifts 623.572.6820 www.shopsignatures.com

The Ritz-Carlton combines the innate allure of the desert with modern luxuries and beautiful architecture including vaulted ceilings, wood and brick flooring, and spacious patios with magnificent views of the nearby mountains as the dream setting for your big day.

At Signatures, we create custom-invitations for you, our valued client. Whether you’re looking for complete wedding suites, bridal shower, save the dates, rehearsal dinner or bachelorette invitations, we have them all. We’re your one stop invitation shop.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME SETTING

STUNNING VIEWS

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 480.596.7588 www.thescottsdaleresort.com

Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia 12101 W. Blackstone Dr. Peoria, AZ 85383 623.707.8702 www.weddingsatblackstonecountryclub.com

The exciting resort includes beautifully manicured grounds, elegant cuisine, and a variety of fun and engaging activities for all your guests. Additionally, this resort is considered one of the most romantic destinations for both grand and intimate weddings in Arizona.

If you’re looking for an elegant setting, look no further than Blackstone Country Club. The Tuscan-styled architecture is surrounded by stunning vistas of the Bradshaw and White Tanks Mountains. Start your wedding planning today with a guided tour of Blackstone Country Club.


beauties DESERT

Playing off the desert landscape of the Boulders Resort & Spa, earth tones mixed with feminine elements to create this Southwest vibe. Champagne, off-white and cream gowns added to the natural and upscale bohemian feel of the day. Trying to not upstage the gowns, “Pinkie� the camel was the perfect addition to this desert shoot! From beaded bodices to vintage lace, mermaid silhouettes to ballgowns, these stunning dresses are for the bride looking to make a statement on her big day!

GOWN: Romantic meets vintage with this beautiful ball gown from Essense of Australia. A cotton lace bodice is an ode to times gone by paired with a stunning organza skirt with floral lace applique. RING: Finishing the vintage look, a 10 ct Radiant cut diamond ring in a 18k yellow gold setting.


Photography & Styling: Ashley Rae Photography | Bridal Gown Boutique: Uptown Bridal & Boutique | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Jewelry: E.D. Marshall Jewelers | Venue: Boulders Resort & Spa | Hair/Makeup & Styling: Makiaj Beauty | Videography: Love Story Films | Models: Erin Davin, Natalie Beam, Sidney Hambsch, Lauren Ashley


Left GOWN: A full-length mermaid gown from Beautiful by Enzoani features a bold embroidery lace bodice flowing into a soft, tulle skirt from Uptown Bridal & Boutique. RING: A perfect pop of color, an oval fancy yellow diamond ring with a pave diamond halo in a 18k white gold band. EARRINGS: Elegant drop earrings feature small yellow diamonds and a large Round cut diamond from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. NECKLACE: The pair to the earrings, a stunning oval fancy yellow diamond necklace with tiny yellow diamonds and yellow gold accents. FLOWERS: Vibrant light pink stock mixes with earthy greens as the perfect bouquet to complete this free-spirited look. Right GOWN: With a scalloped, sweetheart neckline, this art deco beaded gown from Essense of Australia sparkles with every step. The beaded lace flows seamlessly down the gown as it trumpets into a full tulle skirt. RING: A stunning Asscher cut diamond ring in a 14k white gold setting from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: Round cut halo diamond stud earrings. NECKLACE: A round Brilliant cut diamond solitaire pendant on a delicate 18k white gold necklace is the perfect pair to the earrings. BRACELET: Finishing the look, a gorgeous Emerald cut diamond lined bracelet in platinum. FLOWERS: Blush garden roses, pops of small red blooms and lush, green leafs from Butterfly Petals add a foraged, boho-feel to the look.


Left GOWN: For the classic bride looking for a hint of sexiness, the “Lotus” is modern A-line gown from Enzoani embellished with beaded lace down to the stunning scalloped skirt. An illusion top creates a gorgeous floral sweetheart neckline leading to a seemingly backless gown. RING: Kunzite pink crystal ring with pave diamonds in 18k white gold from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: Playing off the floral design of the gown, gorgeous 14k white gold diamond drop floral earrings. BRACELET: Sparkling pink sapphire and diamond bracelet in 14k white gold. FLOWERS: A bundle of Serruria florida, also known as the blushing bride, combines with pampas grass and eucalyptus for a beautiful, boho bouquet from Butterfly Petals. Right GOWN: Add a touch of vintage glam with this Enzoani “Laurie” flowing mermaid gown from Uptown Bridal & Boutique. Thin beaded straps lead to a deep-V neckline and a beaded bodice, then turn around for a dramatic low cut back. RING: Gorgeous green emerald ring with Trillion cut diamond accents. NECKLACE: One-of-a-kind art deco estate emerald and diamond necklace in platinum from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. FLOWERS: A stunning pink king protea is paired with airplants, pampas grass and greenery to complete the look.


GOWN: A stunning beaded-strapped ball gown with a deep-V neckline from Essense of Australia. The shimmering top pairs perfectly with soft layers of organza and tulle to create a full textured skirt for a sophisticated, desert princess vibe. HAIR & MAKEUP: Braided half-up high ponytail mixes with beach waves and a sun-kissed glow.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES

ALDEA WEDDINGS AT THE LANDMARK

This historic building has been a landmark of the East Valley for over 100 years. With its distinctive gabled roof and striking manicured grounds, The Landmark provides the perfect setting for a picturesque wedding. The twinkle lit courtyards boast gorgeous water and fire features adding to the natural ambiance of our gardens.

For indoor receptions, we have an additional 8,000 sq. ft. reception space. Brides and grooms can relax and get ready in our private bridal suite and groom’s room. Aldea Weddings at The Landmark is honored to bring our tradition of excellent service to this timeless property. Join us every Tuesday from 6:00-8:00pm for Open House.

809 W. Main St. | Mesa, Arizona 85201 | 480.625.2534 www.landmarkweddingsaz.com 30


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ALDEA AT TLAQUEPAQUE

Aztec language Nahuatl and mean “village” and “the best of everything.” The venue lives up to that claim, as it combines sophisticated, historic architecture with exciting modern details that work to create an inherently one-of-a-kind wedding. All-inclusive packages are available. We also welcome outside vendors. Come visit us at our Open House every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00pm to take a tour.

Aldea at Tlaquepaque is a stunning 7,600 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor venue located in the Northwest Valley. A destination full of Old World romance, Aldea is home to gated courtyards, brick walkways and magnificent arched entryways. Our location offers the opportunity to create a unique event for you and your guests, by providing both picturesque exteriors and a beautiful interior dining hall. The words “aldea” and “tlaquepaque” are derived from the ancient

4150 W. Peoria Ave. | Phoenix, Arizona 85029 | 602.866.2222 www.aldeaweddings.com 31


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ANTHEM GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

can create a casual or elegant atmosphere. Our award-winning culinary team can’t wait to craft a delicious, elegant meal for your big day. With personalized, impeccable service and a pristine setting, Anthem can create a magical wedding day limited only by your imagination. The beginning of a truly memorable wedding amongst family and friends is only a phone call away. Allow us to give you a personalized tour of our facilities. We look forward to meeting you and helping you plan your special day!

Amidst the sun-splashed mountains and the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, Anthem Golf & Country Club makes a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding. Imagine walking down a rose petal aisle towards a spectacular mountain view or a candle-lit ballroom awaiting your guests. Our two clubhouses “The Persimmon” and “The Ironwood,” beautifully landscaped lawns, expansive patios and indoor ballroom are among the many perfect settings for a truly memorable wedding day. Your wedding day will come with a talented team of professionals that

2708 W. Anthem Club Dr. | Anthem, AZ 85086 | 623.465.3021 www.anthemclubaz.com 32


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BOOJUM TREE HIDDEN GARDENS

The Boojum Tree, originally from Baja California, now thrives here in Phoenix at the Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens. People across the valley have dubbed this exotic location a “five acre oasis in the heart of Phoenix.” Award-winning interior plant designer, Ray Brooks, created Boojum Tree as a passion project, but as the garden emerged so did its reputation. Once word got out about the garden paradise, it was not long before the venue was rezoned for public forum. Today Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens is one of Phoenix’s most unique wedding, reception and party venues. Imagine getting married in our Hacienda-styled Plaza, socializing in our

Old World Cantina, dining in our 10,000 sq. ft. Indoor Tropical Garden and dancing the night away in our magical Palm Garden. Combined with your choice of venue, our staff provides several wedding and reception packages that allow you to choose the services best suited for your wedding day. We also offer a complimentary coordinator the day of your wedding to make sure everything runs without a hitch. Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens invites you to attend an Open House every Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm. Individual appointments are also available to view our property.

16026 N. 36th St. | Phoenix, AZ 85032 | 602.867.8975 www.boojumtree.com 33


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BLACKSTONE COUNTRY CLUB AT VISTANCIA Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia offers an engaging and one-of-a-kind wedding experience, unlike anything available in the Northwest Valley. Set amidst the private country club’s 30,000 sq. ft. Haciendastyle clubhouse, Blackstone Country Club’s spectacular architecture, warm and romantic ambiance, and lush Sonoran desert surroundings are perfect for exchanging vows and creating memorable moments. Large courtyards, stone fireplaces and water features throughout make every event spectacular. Blackstone Country Club’s panoramic views of the Bradshaw and White Tank mountains make for the ideal backdrop for sunset ceremonies and gorgeous wedding photos. Blackstone Country Club is one of the most coveted wedding venues in the Valley, and has received prestigious wedding awards for the ultimate location to celebrate an Arizona wedding. Blackstone Country Club weddings are custom-tailored to fit each couple. Whether an intimate and private ceremony or a large celebration, Blackstone Country Club has a variety of spaces to make every wedding as unique as the bride and groom desires. The experienced and dedicated staff provides exceptional guest services from beginning to end. Start your fairytale wedding planning with a guided tour of Blackstone Country Club today.

12101 W. Blackstone Dr. Peoria, AZ 85383 623.707.8702 www.weddingsatblackstonecountryclub.com

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THE BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN GUEST RANCH BED & BREAKFAST

memorable day by enjoying the cooler temperatures and hidden garden gems of the area. Celebrate your extraordinary wedding day with romantic and rustic charm to create memories for a lifetime. Add a touch of the Old West with our one-of-a-kind, rustic atmosphere for your wedding day. Amongst the majestic pine trees, with the song of birds and nature in the background, join hands and hearts as you enter into your “Happily Ever After.”

In Crown King, “A Little Town with a Heart of Gold,” find The Bradshaw Mountain Guest Ranch Bed & Breakfast. Nestled in the Southern Prescott National Forest, come enjoy a nature adventure for your special day in the Bradshaw Mountains. Travel back in time to the historic Crown King mining town, home of the oldest working saloon in the state of Arizona and The Bradshaw Mountain Guest Ranch. Delight your guests with an overnight stay in our unique cabins and suites. Go on a discovery of nature and enhance your

1 Main St. | Crown King, AZ 86343 | 928.632.4477 www.crownking.com 36


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DESERT BELLE TOUR BOAT

memories as well as spectacular photos. Our crew and staff can provide multiple different options for setting the mood on your special day, including decor, catering, music and more. We can also work with your wedding planner and other providers as needed. Contact us to start planning the event of your dreams!

Host your fantasy wedding on the water surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Saguaro Lake. Book a private charter on the Desert Belle for your wedding, wedding party, reception, luncheon or any wedding-related event. We are also extremely popular for wedding rehearsal dinners. Imagine showing all of your friends and family the beauty of Arizona and the Sonoran Desert by boat! This unique venue will provide wonderful

14011 N. Bush Hwy | Mesa, AZ 85215 | 480.984.2425 x 702 www.desertbelle.com 37


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DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN

For a more intimate wedding, host your ceremony in the outdoor Amphitheater and enjoy a reception under the stars in the Binns Wildflower Pavilion. Enjoy a cocktail hour at the Steele Herb Garden with the refreshing scents of sage and lavender, creating a serene place for your guests to relax and mingle. For your reception, guests can dine and party the night away on the Ullman Terrace surrounded by soft, petal lights and up-lit saguaros. The iconic landscape and breathtaking Arizona sunsets at Desert Botanical Garden make for a naturally beautiful setting on your big day.

At Desert Botanical Garden, nothing blooms as beautifully as love. Nestled amid the Papago Buttes, the Garden captures the tranquil vibrancy of breathtaking sunsets, towering cacti and alluring succulents. With the Garden’s Sonoran Desert appeal and enchanting views, the venue is the right fit for any desert-loving couple. The Garden offers openair pavilions, scenic courtyards and historic banquet halls for daylight or evening ceremonies and receptions. Whether your guest list is large or intimate, the Garden is a natural choice to capture the romance of your special day.

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. | Phoenix, AZ 85008 | 480.941.1225 www.dbg.org/hold-event 38


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T he BRIDAL

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride doesn’t have to be a bad thing anymore. Today, brides along with grooms want their friends to shine and showcase their individual personalities. For the more glamour bride, shades of rich navy, shimmering silver and dark teal make a bold statement for a black-tie wedding. For the more casual and boho-chic bride, colors of soft blush, mint green and floral patterns combine for the perfect laid-back affair. Whether you are planning an upscale affair to sophisticated casual soiree, here are two perfect palettes for your big day!

Photography: Steph Wahlig | Bridal Gown Boutique: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Gown Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids | Menswear: Celebrity Tux & Tails and Magro Clothing | Floral Design: The Studio at Cactus Flower | Jewelry: E.D. Marshall Jewelers and Kendra Scott | Venue: Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Vidogi Salon | Models: Kylie Prusak, Kimmy Vu, Katie Flanigan, Christa Sandstrom, Caleb Taddeucci, Casper Aguilar, Christian Mouer, Nick Koester, The Agency AZ


Bridesmaid’s Gowns, From Left to Right: BRIDESMAID GOWN: Pewter English net, A-line gown with metallic woven accents and a flowing tulle skirt by Hayley Paige Occasions from Bella Bridesmaids. JEWELRY: Playing off the dress’s sparkle, Adella stud earrings in antique silver from Kendra Scott. BRIDESMAID GOWN: Dark navy tulle sweeps across this Amsale gown with a striking, one shoulder design. JEWELRY: Bold Kalina statement earrings in antique silver finishes the upscale look. GOWN: Ultra glam meets classic sophistication with this modern lace sheath by Sottero & Midgley from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique. BRIDESMAID GOWN: Cream Jenny Woo top pairs with a teal tulle “Winslow” skirt from Bella Bridesmaids. FLOWERS: The overall glamours look is finished with bouquets of garden roses, anemones, scabiosa pods, stock and hypericum from The Studio at Cactus Flower. MENSWEAR: Classic dark grey tuxedos from Celebrity Tux & Tails are paired with black bowties, silk pocket squares and boutonnieres of scabiosa pods. MENS JEWELRY: Platinum satin band with polished lines paired with a Franck Muller Vanguard watch from E.D. Marshall Jewelers.

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Bridesmaid’s Gowns, From Left to Right: BRIDESMAID GOWN: Blush sweetheart neckline, lace dress with flowing chiffon skirt by Dessy Collection from Bella Bridesmaids. JEWELRY: Elissa rose gold pendant necklace in iridescent drusy from Kendra Scott. GOWN: Glamorous A-line wedding dress with glimmering metallic lace applique by Maggie Sottero from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique. BRIDESMAID GOWN: Draped bodice mint green gown in soft tulle by After Six Bridesmaids from Bella Bridesmaids. JEWELRY: Elissa rose gold pendant necklace and Elton rose gold bracelet in iridescent drusy from Kendra Scott. BRIDESMAID GOWN: Delicate “Pippa” cami with garden rose lace paired with floor-length floral skirt by Jenny Woo. JEWELRY: Elissa rose gold pendant necklace in iridescent drusy and Caden drop earrings in rose gold. MENS JEWELRY: 14k white gold band with a rock finish paired with Ulysse Nardin 18k rose gold watch from E.D Marshall Jewelers. RING: 3.03 ct pear center diamond in a 18k white gold band from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: 18k white gold, pear diamond drop earring with 4.46 ctw diamonds. RING BOX: The Mrs. Box in Truman MENSWEAR: Groomsmens sport custom navy suits with a variety of intricate plaid details from Magro Clothing

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GOWN: “Lisette” by Maggie Sottero features a stunning beaded lace motif bodice with delicate Swarovski crystal, jeweled spaghetti straps flowing into a voluminous tulle skirt from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique. RING: (on bride) A stunning 6.09 ct Round center diamond from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: (on bride) 18k white gold chandelier earrings with 10.56 ctw diamonds. BRACELET: (on bride) 18k custom-made white gold snake bracelet with 4.54 ctw diamonds. RING: (in box) 11.38 ct Cushion cut sapphire accented with Emerald cut diamonds in a platinum band. BRACELET: (in box) Intricate 18k white gold diamond bangle with 6.18 ctw. MENSWEAR: Dapper, deep navy custom suit in a slim cut paired with a playful polkadot tie and crisp white pocket square from Magro Clothing. MENS JEWELRY: Platinum satin men’s band with polished lines paired with a Franck Muller Vanguard watch from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. FLOWERS: Large garden roses pair with ranunculas and anenomes from The Studio at Cactus Flower.

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DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW

The restaurant’s mountaintop location and floor-to-ceiling windows provide a stunning view of the desert landscape and the city’s twinkling lights in the distance. Different Pointe of View also offers a spectacular vantage point to experience Arizona’s brilliant sunsets. Sacred vows will become even more meaningful on the Sonoran Desert overlook with sweeping views of the distinctive, beautiful North Mountain Preserve.

Whether you desire an intimate wedding celebration, a formal grand wedding gala or anything in-between, we will help you enjoy your special day without worry. At Different Pointe of View, we know that the commitment of a lifetime deserves the event of a lifetime, which is why we offer an array of wedding packages to help make planning as easy as saying “I do.” Poised 1,800 feet above the Valley of the Sun, Different Pointe of View offers guests breathtaking views, outstanding cuisine and superb service.

11111 N. 7th St. | Phoenix, AZ 85020 | 602.866.6397 www.differentpointeofview.com 43


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DISCOVER MARANA

where an antique chapel and outdoor amphitheater let you revel amid incomparable beauty. At each of these distinctive venues, you can experience first rate amenities. With a climate suited for year-round outdoor activities, enjoy world class hiking, biking, stargazing, and native flora and fauna, before and after the wedding. Escape to your perfect wedding destination, only a short drive away in Marana, Arizona. Discover true love when you Discover Marana.

When you think “destination wedding,� not many people think of Arizona, but your perfect destination for your wedding is closer than you think. Getting married in the rich Sonoran Desert landscape of Marana means you can enjoy everything from the rustic chic atmosphere of the Stardance Event Center to the upscale luxury of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Classic, comfortable dude ranches, like the Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch and the White Stallion Ranch, offer an easy-going sense of place. The Highlands beckon with the promise of sumptuous meals in a dazzling mountainside retreat. For a hint of spirituality, consider Sanctuary Cove,

11555 W. Civic Center Dr. | Marana, Arizona 85653 | 520.382.1988 www.discovermarana.org 44


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EL CHORRO

With a variety of wedding spaces, our venue can accommodate intimate groups and grand weddings of up to 300 guests. In addition to the gorgeous spaces at El Chorro, our wedding specialist will help you create a timeless menu offering to delight your guests and enhance your memorable day. Our inspired menu options are perfect for any occasion from a formal sit-down dinner to a savory buffet. We also invite you to try our expansive, value-based wine selection and handcrafted cocktails. Let El Chorro be the perfect setting for the wedding of your heart’s desire. This is your moment; a moment of a lifetime!

Honoring the heritage of an Arizona landmark, El Chorro provides a unique desert setting at the base of Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain, a perfect location for a distinct wedding, special event, and dining experience. Our venue offers a variety of spaces including the Casa Paloma Pavilion, which opens onto a series of exterior patios, fireplaces, and gardens or the Classroom Bar that has been carefully restored to reflect its legacy dĂŠcor. The Casa Paloma Event Lawn is 6,500 sq. ft. of pristine natural surroundings and unparalleled views. Our newest space, the Herb Garden, provides an intimate private setting with lush greenery and mountain views.

5550 E. Lincoln Dr. | Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 | 480.948.5170 www.elchorro.com/weddings 45


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FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS

makeup packages at our onsite salon at the award-winning Well & Being Spa. To assist you, we also offer various convenient planner tools including airport transfers, a wedding vendor list and much more. We also have a number of extraordinary experiences for your wedding, including fireworks and tequila tastings. Plus, our resort offers luxurious accommodations for out of town guests. Let us create the happily-ever-after moments that will last for many anniversaries to come.

From intimate to extravagant and traditional to unexpected, we can create a magical wedding that is uniquely yours. The AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess excels at creating experiences that become treasured memories. The resort features 21 unique outdoor venues, two 23,000 sq. ft. ballrooms, three junior ballrooms, and five signature restaurants. Allow our wedding specialists to help select the perfect venue for your dream wedding. Our professional staff will guide you through every detail of your wedding experience—from menus to music, even arranging hair and

7575 E. Princess Dr. | Scottsdale, AZ 85255 | 480.585.4848 www.scottsdaleprincess.com 46


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THE LEGACY BALLROOM

head indoors to our transformative space with a festive and lavish air. Plunging, extravagant drapes surround the ballroom in elegance, while tall windows allow for plentiful natural light to brighten up the ballroom. Chandeliers offer a classy feel and ensure that guests can party late into the evening. You’ll have full access to our private bridal suite throughout your celebration, making it easy for you to get ready onsite. Whether you’re looking for a quiet and intimate event or a grand and exciting celebration, The Legacy Ballroom is the perfect place to begin your happily ever after.

At The Legacy Ballroom, we offer exceptional, individualized service at our full-scale, resort-inspired location nestled in the foothills of Paradise Valley. It’s your legacy. We’re here to help you create it. Breathtaking views of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve set an amazing backdrop for your wedding, with sweeping vistas of nearby majestic peaks including the famous Piestewa Peak. We provide more than just a ballroom for your wedding needs. Host your ceremony from one of our palatial courtyards, or in the lovely setting of our elegant rose garden. When it comes time to celebrate your reception,

4530 E. Gold Dust Ave | Phoenix, AZ 85028 | 480.382.3829 www.thelegacyballroom.com 47


Sweet Simplicity Drawing inspiration from the classic, Hacienda-style architecture of Blackstone Country Club, these stunning gowns feature a variety of floral designs and textures in timeless silhouettes perfect for the more casual, yet elegant bride.

Photography: KolorPHX Photographic Co. | Bridal Gown Boutique: Grace Style & Bridal | Floral Design & Styling: Noir Floral & Styling | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Venue: Blackstone Country Club | Hair: Artistry On Location | Makeup: Makeup by Heather Wilson | Models: Ty Glasco, Savanna Hatch, Chante Fox


GOWN: An ode to springtime with floral motifs and details in thread embroidery, this princess wedding dress from Pronovias is feminine yet evocative with an illusion top paired with a sweet tulle skirt. RING: Kendra Scott 14K gold Isa pave diamond ring is the perfect token of timeless beauty. EARRINGS: Simple but beautiful Lee gold earrings in iridescent drusy add a hint of sparkle to the look. NECKLACE: The vine design of the Cleo collar necklace from Kendra Scott pairs with the floral elements in the gown. FLOWERS: The classic bouquet from Noir Floral & Styling combines pops of blue thistle with white spray roses, leather leaf and green eucalyptus.


GOWN: The high-neck halter of this gorgeous lace overlay gown of Fiore Couture from Grace Style & Bridal dips into a low back accented with classic satin covered buttons. RING: Kendra Scott Boyd cocktail ring in rose gold drusy adds just the right amount of edge to this simplistic, sweet look. EARRINGS: Lighthearted romance and a fun, flirty feather detail can be found in the stunning Elettra statement earrings. BRACELET: To finish the look, rose gold stacked Kinsley bangle bracelets feature geometric stones and iridescent sparkle. FLOWERS: Blooms of hot pink lady roses, blush juliet garden roses, hypericum berries and eucalyptus make up the beautiful bouquet tied with a custom dyed silk ribbon.


GOWN: Whimsical and elegant, this sweetheartneckline ball gown from Franssical features a subtle floral design on the bodice that flows into cascading layers of soft, white tulle. EARRINGS: Sparkle and shine, simple drop earrings from Kendra Scott in iridescent drusy. NECKLACE: Make a statement with this stunning Andrina choker necklace, which perfectly mirrors the gown’s floral accents. FLOWERS: Add a moody edge to this sweet look with this bold bouquet featuring eggplant-colored calla lilies, merlot and lavender ranunculus, jasmine and sprigs of blue thistle tied with custom dyed grey-blue silk ribbon from Noir Floral & Styling.


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MCCORMICK RANCH GOLF CLUB

shores of Scottsdale’s largest lake. Peering out over the sparkling water, your eyes will eventually meet an immaculate view of Camelback Mountain. The dramatic landscape, blue sky and glistening water are perfect for photos. The Clubhouse is the ideal location for banquets and weddings of 30 to 100 guests. With a stone-tile fireplace, you’ll feel right at home. In addition, our popular Palm Terrace and Patio are seasonally available. With all our options, you’ll have to come see why McCormick Ranch is the premier golf course wedding and banquet destination.

Luscious greenery, mountain views and sparkling lakes truly make McCormick Ranch an oasis in the desert. Located in Scottsdale, our picture book setting will have your guests astounded, and our world-class culinary options can be personally tailored to satisfy any appetite. Our West Lawn Pavilion at 6,600 sq. ft. can accommodates 65 to 400 guests year round, featuring floor to ceiling accordion, glass doors. The Emerald Lawn sets the stage for a stunning backdrop with Camelback Mountain and McCormick Lake within plain sight. Plus, this space converts from an open-air facility to an air-conditioned or heated environment within a matter of minutes. Our ceremony site is located on the grassy

7505 E. McCormick Pkwy | Scottsdale, AZ 85258 | 480.948.7011 www.mccormickranchgolf.com 52


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THE MCCORMICK SCOTTSDALE

team will create a customized food and beverage menu, sure to please all of your guests. We also offer lakeside and mountain view accommodations at special rates for wedding guests staying overnight. Paired with your wedding festivities, you and your guests can also enjoy golfing, swimming, sand volleyball, fishing canoes or kayaks during your stay. Choose The McCormick Scottsdale for your dream wedding.

The McCormick Scottsdale is an oasis in the heart of the city. The lakeside resort is just minutes away from Phoenix while still being close to Scottsdale Fashion Square and Old Town Scottsdale. With a stunning view of McDowell and Camelback Mountains, our venue captures the spirit of warm Southwestern hospitality in a modern, relaxed setting. This idyllic retreat is perfect for any wedding, whether it is a small intimate ceremony or one with up to 200 guests. Our dedicated catering

7401 N. Scottsdale Rd. | Scottsdale, AZ 85253 | 480.948.5050 www.millenniumhotels.com/usa/millenniumscottsdale 53


LET US STAY WITH YOU.ÂŽ

Let us turn your dream wedding into reality.

No two love stories are the same, which is why weddings at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain celebrate your unique story. Our resort offers dramatic indoor and outdoor venues with breathtaking views of the lush Sonoran Desert, extraordinary cuisine, stunning dĂŠcor and experts who are committed to creative and flawless execution. Your biggest day should be just as you dreamed it, which is why our wedding coordinators will be there every step of the way to provide highly-personalized service and bring your vision to life. To learn more about your wedding in Forbes Five-Star and AAA 5-Diamond award-winning luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain or to set up a consultation, please call 520-572-3000 or visit ritzcarlton.com/dovemountain.


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OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY

The bar is located in a separate gazebo and has over 120 premium tequilas, a complete selection of beers, wine and liquor. Our restaurant has the perfect atmosphere to accommodate up to 300 guests, and features Southwestern cuisine with a Mexican twist. Our loyal and experienced staff are committed to serving you the ultimate Southwestern dining experience. Come dine with us, and let Old Town Tortilla Factory create the meal of your dreams for the day of your dreams.

Old Town Tortilla Factory is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale in the charming art district. Built from a historic 75-year-old Scottsdale adobe home, Old Town Tortilla Factory captures a timeless charm and a distinct atmosphere that exemplifies the essence of the Southwest. The property boasts a 1,400 sq. ft. flagstone patio surrounded by green vegetation and shaded by 100-year-old pecan trees. In the winter months, the patio is heated to spring like temperatures, and in the summer months, the patio is cooled with a state of the art mist system.

6910 E. Main St. | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | 480.945.4567 www.oldtowntortillafactory.com 56


JADE

jungle Taking a modern spin on South Asian weddings, this outdoor setting in wooded territory evokes a new era of multi-cultural weddings. While most people know Arizona for its dusty deserts and blooming cacti, another beautiful facet of the state is its aromatic forests. Playing off boreal elements, the freely effortless bride incorporates jade green and natural tones for a royal and vibrant look.

Photography: Jane in the Woods | Bridal Gown Designer: Mani Jassal | Menswear: Dreams Collections and Celebrity Tux & Tails | Floral Design & Styling: Bloom & Blueprint | Hair/Makeup & Styling: Makiaj Beauty | Jewelry: Manshaa Obsession | Rentals: Dang Fine Rentals | Paper: Loral Lee Joy | Cake: Sift Bakehouse | Models: Prabidhi Adhikari & Juan Rivera, Ford Models


GOWN: Taupe long-sleeve “Risha” crop top from Mani Jassal. Delicate white ostrich feathers line the hem around the bottom edge of the top with heritage jute thread. Paired with high-waisted, full-length and box pleat “Risha” skirt from Mani Jassal. HAIRPIECE: Multi-strand jade and ivory beaded hairpiece with gold-plated accents by Manshaa Obsession. NECKLACE: Extra-long, gold-chain necklace with large jade green stone pendant and flowing gold chain tassel. FLOWERS: Golden turmeric roses and japanese ranunculus are balanced out by dusty pink anthuriums and hot coral roses with a setting of jade gilded ferns.


GOWN: Floral pattern strapless bustier with metallic rose gold and and white large rose motifs. Brocade “Renz Flora” top from Mani Jassal. Matching high-waisted, full length “Kimona” skirt in metallic rose gold and white floral pattern. CAPE: Full-length taupe shimmer net cape “Risha” by Mani Jassal. Detailed with rose pearl accents throughout and clasped at front neckline. EARRINGS: Dazzling large sun-ray earrings with white rhinestones by Manshaa Obsession in gold plating. FLOWERS: Jade foliage sets the backdrop for golden turmeric roses and dusty pink anthuriums accented by japanese ranunculus and green hellebores with a sprinkling of viburnum.


GOWN: Seafoam green chiffon “Zuhur” top with golden gota patti-style ribbon on back by Mani Jassal. Features fringe detailing along front waist and a sloping open-back design with rosette detailing. Shimmering golden “Maharani” floorlength skirt by Mani Jassal. EARRINGS: Oversized vibrant emerald green roundel earrings with simple detailing by Manshaa Obsession. NECKLACE: Large threaded necklace bib in jade green by Manshaa Obsession with weave design and gold-metal accents in front. MENSWEAR: Classic black tux with clean white shirt and black bowtie from Celebrity Tux & Tails. FLOWERS: Dreamy pink anthuriums and white ranunculus nestle atop green hellebores, ferns, and viburnum. Large gold and tiny hot pink roses are intermixed throughout for contrast.


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SASSI WEDDINGS

wedding for up to 150 guests in our Private Sassi Room, or our exclusive full property private experience where up to 200 guests can dine indoors or under the stars. Our tree-lined Garden Lawn, gorgeous hand-carved wood doors, cobblestone courtyard and lush landscaping make us the perfect location to truly enjoy a fine-dining experience and celebrate your nuptials. Please let us know when we can welcome you with a private tour soon!

Located in North Scottsdale, at the foot of Pinnacle Peak, Sassi is your award-winning destination for weddings, rehearsal dinners and engagement celebrations. It would be our pleasure to welcome you to one of Arizona’s most romantic venues with the grace and charm of an Italian villa, surrounded by breathtaking Sonoran sunsets, desert and mountain views. We take pride in specializing one wedding per day, from an intimate affair of 2 to 56 in our semi-private villa dining, to our signature style

10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy | Scottsdale, AZ 85255 | 480.502.3335 www.sassiweddings.com 61


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THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH Discover the wedding of your dreams at the crossroads of everything Scottsdale. A once in a lifetime commitment deserves a once in a lifetime setting. Imagine saying “I do” beneath a flawless canopy of stars, the perennially verdant expanse of our new Paradise Park Lawn is the ideal background to your happily ever after. From intimate outdoor celebrations to grand affairs in one of our elegant ballrooms, we’re here to assure your new beginning is everything you hoped for and more. Our stunning wedding reception venues are where romance, joy and love can come together in perfect harmony. From day one, Scottsdale Resort’s experienced wedding planners work with you to turn your vision into a reality. From floral to linens, invitations and entertainment, we have everything available on-property to plan during your consultation. Also on-property is our award-winning culinary team ready to prepare a meal that is sure to delight!

7700 E. McCormick Pkwy Scottsdale, AZ 85258 480.596.7588 www.thescottsdaleresort.com

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SHERATON CRESCENT HOTEL

Sheraton Crescent boasts the perfect Phoenix wedding venue. Whether you envision a graceful garden ceremony under a canopy of lush trees or a charming courtyard ceremony near sparkling fountains, your unforgettable nuptials await. The recently renovated hotel features lush gardens lit with bistro lights,

beautiful ballrooms and intimate extravagant reception options with accommodations from 30 to 600. For your special day, the hotel’s catering team offers delectable wedding packages with your guests in mind. Let the Sheraton Crescent create a beautiful customized wedding guaranteed to make your big day unforgettable.

2620 W. Dunlap Ave. | Phoenix, AZ 85021 | 602.371.2735 www.sheratoncrescent.com 64


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SOHO63

contemporary hanging chandeliers, and industrial patterned walls. SoHo63 offers a variety of opportunities to customize your event, from unique bar packages, custom catering options, and endless design options. Surrounded by impressive restaurants, trendy nightlife and amenities, the up-and-coming Downtown Chandler area is the perfect place for your event weekend. We are dedicated to turning our clients’ dream wedding into reality!

Offering the perfect combination of modern and elegance, SoHo63 is truly unique. East Coast meets West Coast through the bistro lit terrace, grand gateways, exposed brick and timeless ballroom. The space includes both indoor and outdoor options, perfect for the Arizona weather! The 12,000 sq. ft. venue is a stunning departure from the common country club or banquet hall. With capacities ranging from 20 to 200, the space is sure to suite your event needs. Guests will love the elegant details built into the venue, such as the ornate fireplace, exposed brick walls,

63 E. Boston St. | Chandler, AZ 85225 | 480.878.5663 www.soho63.com 65


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TERCERO BY ALDEA WEDDINGS

Tercero is the third and newest addition to the Aldea Weddings family. This Glendale venue is a bohemian-inspired desert oasis. The grounds boast stark white bricking with wooden accents in the main architecture. Succulent gardens are spaced throughout for a refreshing reprieve.

Guests can dance outside in the courtyards under the stars, or mingle and dine in the unique indoor space. All-inclusive packages available. Outside vendors welcome. This ethereal dream of a venue opens for the first time in Fall 2017.

5130 N. 43rd Ave. | Glendale, AZ 85301 | 623.692.4604 www.terceroweddings.com 66


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TUBAC GOLF RESORT & SPA

ALL PHOTOS: Sara Neyhart

wedding chapel, heated resort pool and lap pool, alfresco dining on patios and a bar and grille. An oasis in the high desert, the resort is set on 400 acres just one mile from the artist village of Tubac. Luxury accommodations, excellent cuisine, stellar service and exceptional amenities make this resort one of the most prestigious properties within the Historic Hotels of America and certainly in all of Arizona.

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is the ultimate destination for a truly memorable wedding celebration. A unique blend of history and culture coupled with Arizona’s most picturesque landscapes provide for the perfect backdrop for your event. Tubac Golf Resort & Spa offers 98-luxury guest rooms, fine dining and catering services, a destination spa and salon, ballroom and gathering venues, lush lawn venues with views of the Santa Rita Mountains, 27-hole championship golf course, boutique shopping, an 18th century replica

1 Avenida de Otero | Tubac, AZ 85646 | 520.398.3534 www.tubacgolfresort.com 67


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VENUE AT THE GROVE

We promise Venue at the Grove is the right choice for your wedding, saving you time and giving you a peace of mind that your wedding is in the best, most capable hands. We have an elegant private indoor space that extends into an open, spacious courtyard surrounded by our 2.5 acre pecan grove. The pecan trees are wrapped in over 40,000 twinkling lights and

provide the perfect serene backdrop for your “I dos,� and offer a space that is both beautiful and timeless. Guests will love the ceremony setting on the lawn under the old towering pecan trees. We look forward to creating your dream wedding. Please join us at our weekly Open House, Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm.

7010 S. 27th Ave. | Phoenix, AZ 85041 | 602.456.0803 www.venueatthegrove.com 68


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VILLA SIENA

Firenze, a large ballroom, perfectly suited for wedding receptions up to 250 people. For smaller parties of up to 100, the Chianciano Banquet Hall is the perfect match. Finally, La Stanza Pisa is an intimate room proving to be a unique and striking space or simply a lovely place to display wedding gifts. Brides are invited to tour the venue through various open houses or by appointment. Once you have selected Villa Siena for your wedding, you will be assigned a professional wedding and event coordinator to assist you on your special day and be your point of contact.

A stroll through Villa Siena is a step back in time. Stately courtyards, exquisite banquet halls and a gallery colonnade combine to recreate fine historical architecture. We invite you, with up to 300 guests, to celebrate life, love and laughter on your wedding day. The 6,000 sq. ft. of indoor space as well as 6,500 sq. ft. of beautiful outdoor gardens only add to the grace of Villa Siena. We have a number of specialized spaces that transport you to another world. A beautiful setting for a lovely outdoor wedding reception, the Piaza Toscana is reminiscent of the town square in Siena, Italy. Brides can also choose the grand La Stanza

890 W. Elliot Rd. | GIlbert, AZ 85233 | 480.782.7218 www.villasiena.cc 69


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WEKOPA RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER

wedding vision becomes a reality. Our culinary staff will make certain that your meal choices are prepared to perfection and presented with the style and elegance that you and your guests deserve. Located on the eastern edge of Scottsdale, Wekopa Resort offers some of the most unforgettable views in the Valley and is an ideal wedding location for all of your celebration needs, from engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners to the perfect wedding reception and farewell brunch.

Your wedding should be as unique as you are and reflect the personalities of both the bride and groom. Wekopa Resort is a truly unique location for your wedding. Native American tradition, contemporary architecture, championship golf courses and mountain views come together in one place. Exchange your vows in the pristine Sonoran Desert surrounded by a romantic sunset ceremony or step indoors to our 18,000 sq. ft. ballroom. Our catering team will work with you from start to finish ensuring your

10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd. | Scottsdale, AZ 85264 | 480.789.5536 www.wekoparesort.com 70


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WINDEMERE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER

Along with outstanding catering options that will please every palate, the Windemere hotel offers professional wedding planners who are on hand to help with every detail. We also have inclusive packages, where we can recommend photographers, florists, disk jockeys and bakers. The Windemere Hotel and Conference Center is a distinguished wedding venue that will please any bride that is looking for a venue to not only provide the picturesque and elegant wedding, but also go above and beyond with hospitality and services. The Windemere staff prides themselves on providing a “worry free� experience and excellent service, allowing you to truly enjoy your wedding day.

The Windemere Hotel and Conference Center, located in Mesa, is an affordable, picturesque and elegant wedding venue. Hosting over 50 weddings and receptions every year, we offer two beautiful, newly renovated ballrooms with 16-foot ceilings complete with dangling chandeliers. Our spacious ballrooms can easily accommodate 50 to 250 guests each and also offer special room rates for you and your guests. Our charming outdoor spaces provide the most romantic backdrops for photos that will last a lifetime. Brides will get the chance to choose from our beautiful outside courtyard lawn area or patios with bubbling fountains and twinkle lights entwined in the surrounding trees.

5750 E. Main St. | Mesa, AZ 85205 | 480.985.3600 www.windemerehotelmesa.com 71


AWM STYLE INSPIRATION

UPSCALE DESERT ELEGANCE The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Photographer Ashley Rae Photography | Event Planner Glamour & Woods


the design team VENUE: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain | PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Rae Photography | VIDEOGRAPHY: Love Story Films | EVENT PLANNER: Glamour & Woods | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Luv Bridal | MENSWEAR: Magro Clothing | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | FLORALS: The Wildflower AZ | WEDDING CAKE: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain | JEWELRY: Kendra Scott | HAIR/MAKEUP: Makiaj Beauty | RENTALS: Glamour & Woods | TABLETOP RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | MODELS: Maggie & Alex Gritton


AWM STYLE INSPIRATION

MODERN GARDEN LOVE Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens Photographer Ashley Rae Photography | Florals/Event Planner Noir Floral & Styling


the design team VENUE: Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens | PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Rae Photography | FLORALS/EVENT PLANNER: Noir Floral & Styling | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Bridal Boutique of Arizona | MENSWEAR: Celebrity Tux & Tails | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | WEDDING CAKE: Sugar Petals Custom Cakes | HAIR/MAKEUP: Rolfs Salon | RENTALS: Party People | TABLETOP RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | LINENS: La Tavola Linens | MODELS: Lianna Dunlap & Juan Larios


AWM STYLE INSPIRATION

MODERN DESERT LUXURY Mountain Shadows Photographer KolorPHX Photographic Co | Florals/Event Planner Your Event Florist


the design team VENUE: Mountain Shadows | PHOTOGRAPHY: KolorPHX Photographic Co | FLORALS/EVENT PLANNER: Your Event Florist | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Uptown Bridal & Boutique | MENSWEAR: Celebrity Tux & Tails | PAPER: Victoria York Design | HAIR/MAKEUP: Vidogi Salon | TABLETOP RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | GEOMETRIC BACKDROP: Tremaine Ranch | TABLE: Party People Rentals | LINENS: LaTavola Linens | MODELS: Sabrina Sirianni & David Thompson


AWM STYLE INSPIRATION

HERE COMES THE SUN The Paseo Photographer Steph Wahlig | Florals/Event Planner Bloom & Blueprint


the design team VENUE: The Paseo | PHOTOGRAPHY: Steph Wahlig | EVENT PLANNER/FLORALS: Bloom & Blueprint | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique | JEWELRY: Kendra Scott | MENSWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | WEDDING CAKE: Sugar Petals Custom Cakes | HAIR /MAKEUP: Bridal4theWin | RENTALS: Glamour & Woods | PAPER FLOWERS: Simply Sweet Petals | MODELS: Lauren & Tyler Angtosha


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RUSTIC ARIZONA ROMANCE The Hermosa Inn Photographer KolorPHX Photographic Co | Florals/Event Planner The Studio at Cactus Flower


the design team VENUE: The Hermosa Inn | PHOTOGRAPHY: KolorPHX Photographic Co | FLORALS/EVENT PLANNER: The Studio at Cactus Flower | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | RENTALS: Y-Knot Party & Rentals


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JEWEL-TONED JUXTAPOSITION Sassi Photographer Minson Weddings | Event Planner Sassi


the design team VENUE/EVENT PLANNER: Sassi | PHOTOGRAPHY: Minson Weddings | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | FLORALS: Brady’s Floral Gallery | LINENS: Southwick Linens | RENTALS: Glamour & Woods | TABLETOP RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | DESSERTS: Sassi


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ENCHANTED TERRACE Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort Photographer DePoy Studios | Florals/Event Planner dei-zinz fresh studio


the design team VENUE: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort | PHOTOGRAPHY: DePoy Studios | FLORALS/EVENT PLANNER: dei-zinz fresh studio | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique | MENSWEAR: Celebrity Tux & Tails | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | WEDDING CAKE: Sugar Petals Custom Cakes | HAIR: Heart & Sol | MAKEUP: Beauty by Alicia | RENTALS: Glamour & Woods | TABLETOP RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | MODELS: Crystal and Jason Lee Thornhill


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FLORAL, DÉCOR, RENTALS & INVITATIONS

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FLORAL, DÉCOR, RENTALS & INVITATIONS

Photos by Malone Sinclaire

BRADY’S FLORAL GALLERY

Locally, Brady’s has a pristine reputation as a Scottsdale Premiere florist. In addition to being a hometown favorite, they recently received national recognition for their excellence from the Governors Gala at The White House. The designers have been involved in hundreds of weddings of every size imaginable, so you can feel confident that your dream wedding is in capable hands. Brady’s designers invite you to a consultation that will begin your journey to your dream wedding.

Bringing a tradition of fine artistry and craftsmanship for over 20 years, Brady’s Floral Gallery designers can create custom designs, fulfilling whatever your heart desires. Located in the prestigious 5 stars Phoenician Resort’s retail shops just off the main lobby, Brady’s creates a variety of arrangements utilizing flowers imported from around the world. Their various arrangements are perfect for any theme, whether it be a tropical paradise, an intimate or a rustic reception or an elegant English home garden. Brady’s will work with you to customize your perfect arrangements for your special day.

6000 E. Camelback Rd. | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | 480.945.8776 www.bradysfloralgallery.com 87


FLORAL, DÉCOR, RENTALS & INVITATIONS

CRAZY SHOTZ PHOTO BOOTH LLC

pride in everything we do, as not all photo booth companies are the same. What impact can a photo booth have at your wedding? It’s a huge source of entertainment, is suitable for all ages and adds a bit of nostalgia to your big day. You will get high quality results, interactive attendants, onsite prints and digital copies. Plus, now you have a party favor your guests will LOVE. We promise, you won’t be disappointed!

Crazy Shotz Photo Booth is the only company you should consider if you want the BEST! Not only do we give you the choice of an open or closed booth, but we also give you the choice of strips or 4x6 grids to match your decor. We are the only company that can offer The Slow Motion Booth for a fun spin on traditional photo booths. We are family owned and operated, and we strive to be the best photo booth you will ever have. We take great

1605 W. Parkside Lane | Phoenix, AZ 85027| 602.487.7066 or 928.362.0552 www.crazyshotzphotobooth.com 88


FLORAL, DÉCOR, RENTALS & INVITATIONS

THE STUDIO AT CACTUS FLOWER

operated business with award-winning service, we have become much more than just a florist. We have five convenient valley wide locations, allowing us to be close to any bride. From start to finish, we aim to captivate you and your guests with floral details for a most memorable wedding day. Let us pair our talent and inspiration with your vision to create an event that is uniquely yours. Please call to schedule a free consultation.

Fresh, extraordinary selection and creativity are just a few of the fundamental characteristics that make up The Studio at Cactus Flower. The Studio at Cactus Flower is the events company of Cactus Flower Florists, where we’ve been creating magical events and weddings in the Phoenix metro area since 1972. The Studio was born out of our dedication to corporate and charity events, private parties, Mitzvahs and weddings. As a family-owned and

10822 N. Scottsdale Rd. | Scottsdale, AZ 85254 | 480.358.5473 www.cactusflowerevents.com 89


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FLORAL, DÉCOR, RENTALS & INVITATIONS

SIGNATURES INVITATIONS & GIFTS Signatures Invitations & Gifts has been serving the Valley for more than twenty years! Founded by Wendy Byrne in 1997, Signatures specializes in creating custom invitations for any event along with showcasing on-trend fashion accessories and home decorations in our boutique. Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime event. At Signatures Invitations & Gifts, we are devoted to giving you the attention you deserve in choosing your invitations and bridal accessories. We will meet with you, listen to your ideas and expectations then begin the design process together. At Signatures, we create custom-invitations for you, our valued client. We understand that every event is important and special. Whether you’re looking for complete wedding suites, bridal shower, save the dates, rehearsal dinner or bachelorette invitations, we have them all. We’re your one stop invitation shop. Remember, invitations do more than invite, they excite by setting the mood for the most memorable day of your life. We look forward to seeing you.

Invitations & Gifts

20211 N. 67th Ave Glendale, AZ 85308 623.572.6820 www.shopsignatures.com

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CULINARY SERVICES

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CULINARY SERVICES

MODERN TORTILLA

authentic side dishes such as Spanish rice, Mexican street corn and more. Let’s not forget dessert – homemade crème filled churros! Why not highlight your own personal tastes and schedule Modern Tortilla to cater your event. We make it easy for you to enjoy your event while serving food that is fresh, flavorful and presented by professionals. Modern Tortilla offers more than just great food, we offer the experience that your guests will be raving about!

Choose Modern Tortilla Food Truck & Catering to cater your next wedding rehearsal, reception, engagement party or late night snack event. We have different options to pick from including our Food Truck, Taco Cart or Drop-off Catering. Modern Tortilla offers a wide variety of flavored tortillas, tacos, burritos as well as quesadillas, making it the perfect choice to enhance any event. Prepared by our award-winning Executive Chef Tom D’Ambrosio, our meats are seasoned to perfection and served with

602.435.7489 www.moderntortilla.com 93


CULINARY SERVICES

POUR MASTERS, INC.

Pour Masters is known for working with many of the Valley’s top catering, public relations and wedding planning companies. They also are the priority bartending service for Desert Botanical Garden, The Children’s Museum, Arizona State University and more. Any wedding party can expect an easy, professional and complete bar service from our bartenders. In addition to serving the best drinks, our bartenders always go the extra mile to make sure your event is worry free, creating an atmosphere that will only complement your wedding.

Pour Masters is your ultimate professional bartending service. Serving for over 25 years, our bartenders have mastered a refined technique and are trained to provide the highest level of customer service. Pour Masters is also the first bar service to add alcohol to our packages. In addition, to keep upto-date with an ever-changing industry, we hold monthly training sessions to ensure the bartender at your wedding is prepared for every situation. All bartenders have also been through the State of Arizona Title 4 training and carry their Arizona food handler card with them to every event.

Valleywide | 602.505.7293 www.pourmasters.com 94


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Escape to our 30-acre 16th Century village with 200+ artisan shops and 13 stages of nonstop entertainment. Experience romance, music, dance, comedy, acrobatics and three jousting tournaments daily! Saturdays and Sundays, February 10th – April 1st, 2018. 520.463.2600 www.RenFestInfo.com

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES

Experience the beauty and charm of Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club. Be enchanted by our romantic outdoor ceremony and reception venues, offering magnificent mountain views. Let us create an unforgettable setting for your special occasion.

Quirky Confectionery designs wedding and special occasion cakes with high quality ingredients that will not only represent your day artistically, but will also delight the taste buds of you and your guests. Gluten-free, vegan and soy-free options available. 480.452.9370 www.quirkyconfectionery.com

480.983.3200 www.superstitionmountain.com

PHOTO & VIDEO

HASSAYAMPA INN

Elegant, refined and sumptuously beautiful, the event facilities at the Hassayampa Inn add a touch of Old World charm to any gathering. In the heart of historic downtown Prescott, the venue features both indoor and outdoor settings. 928.778.9434 www.hassayampainn.com

FLORAL & DÉCOR

NOIR FLORAL & STYLING

Noir is a full service wedding styling and floral design company. We specialize in the aesthetics of your wedding day and bringing your vision for your wedding day to life or helping you create one! 480.788.6275 www.noirfloral.com

NORMSCAR VIDEO PRODUCTIONS LLC

We’re a highly-qualified, professional company experienced in various types of cinematography, known for our quality, experience and efficiency. “We turn your memories into treasures that last a lifetime!” 602.390.7443​ www.normscar.com

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CULINARY SERVICES

ARTISTRY ON LOCATION.....................................................................................................................................................18 SUZANNE’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE ...................................................................................................................................20 UPTOWN BRIDAL & BOUTIQUE.......................................................................................................................................21

BEVMO!..............................................................................................................................INSIDE FRONT COVER MODERN TORTILLA..................................................................................................................................................................93 POUR MASTERS..........................................................................................................................................................................94

BRIDAL SHOWS

FLORAL & DÉCOR

MARRY MART...................................................................................................................INSIDE BACK COVER PHOENIX BRIDAL SHOW.........................................................................................................................................................1

BRADY’S FLORAL GALLERY...............................................................................................................................................87 NOIR FLORAL & STYLING....................................................................................................................................................95 THE STUDIO AT CACTUS FLOWER...............................................................................................................................89

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ALDEA AT TLAQUEPAQUE..................................................................................................................................................31 ALDEA WEDDINGS AT THE LANDMARK..................................................................................................................30 ANTHEM GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB...............................................................................................................................32 ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL.............................................................................................................................95 BLACKSTONE COUNTRY CLUB AT VISTANCIA...............................................................................34, 35, 23 BOOJUM TREE HIDDEN GARDENS..............................................................................................................................33 BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN GUEST RANCH BED & BREAKFAST, THE......................................................36 DESERT BELLE TOUR BOAT...............................................................................................................................................37 DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN..........................................................................................................................................38 DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW............................................................................................................................................43 DISCOVER MARANA................................................................................................................................................................44 EL CHORRO....................................................................................................................................................................................45 FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS...........................................................................................................................46 HASSAYAMPA INN....................................................................................................................................................................95 LEGACY BALLROOM PARADISE VALLEY, THE......................................................................................................47 MCCORMICK RANCH GOLF CLUB.................................................................................................................................52 MCCORMICK SCOTTSDALE, THE....................................................................................................................................53 OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY.....................................................................................................................................56 RITZ-CARLTON, DOVE MOUNTAIN, THE...............................................................................................54, 55, 23 SASSI...................................................................................................................................................................................................61 SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH, THE..............................................................62, 63, 23 SHERATON CRESCENT HOTEL........................................................................................................................................64 SOHO63............................................................................................................................................................................................65 STONEBRIDGE MANOR............................................................................................................................................................5 SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB............................................................................95 TERCERO BY ALDEA WEDDINGS...................................................................................................................................66 TUBAC GOLF RESORT & SPA............................................................................................................................................67 VENUE AT THE GROVE..........................................................................................................................................................68 VILLA SIENA..................................................................................................................................................................................69 WEKOPA RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER.........................................................................................................70 WINDEMERE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER...................................................................................................71 WRIGHT HOUSE GARDEN RECEPTION CENTRE, THE.................................................................10,11, 22

SIGNATURES INVITATIONS & GIFTS.......................................................................................................90, 91, 23

JEWELRY CORNELIS HOLLANDER DESIGNS.................................................................................................................................19 DIAMOND JIM’S............................................................................................................................................................................9 ED MARSHALL JEWELERS....................................................................................................................................................7

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY NORMSCAR VIDEO PRODUCTIONS.............................................................................................................................95

RENTALS CRAZY SHOTZ PHOTO BOOTH........................................................................................................................................88 Y-KNOT PARTY & RENTALS.............................................................................................................BACK COVER

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Wedding Planning

Guide

Checklists and worksheets to help you plan your Arizona wedding.


12 Month Planning Countdown

9 to 12 months

6 to 9 months

• Choose a date (or up to 3) so you can be flexible with your favorite venue and book it!

• Find the perfect dress and schedule your fittings.

• Grab a copy of Arizona Weddings Magazine for local Arizona wedding inspiration.

• Talk budget and decide who’s contributing what. • Start assembling your wedding pros on your Arizona Weddings Bridal Profile.

• Reserve a block of guest rooms at a nearby hotel for your out-of-town guests!

• Book your photographer and set up an engagement photo session to get comfortable with them. • Decide on a wedding planner or day-of coordinator.

• Begin compiling a guest list. • Get engagement ring appraised and insured.

• Hire your florist, musicians, caterers, cake bakers, and other pros.

• Be inspired! Follow us on Instagram for daily local inspiration.

• Register and put the links on your wedding website.

• Create a wedding website.

• Decide on the bridesmaids’ dresses and schedule alterations if needed.

• Propose to your bridesmaids and groomsmen to see if they are up for being in your wedding party. • Choose your the officiant.

• Begin planning honeymoon and apply for any needed passports or visas. • Order the invitations and “Thank You” notes. • Shop for wedding bands.


3 to 5 months

• Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location, and invite your wedding party.

1 week before

• Buy new clothes for your honeymoon. • Missing RSVPs? Follow up now!

• Team up with a beauty stylist team and schedule a trial run.

• Send wedding timeline to the bridal party and include day-of contact information.

• Select the getaway car. • Choose the groom’s and groomsmen’s attire - to rent or to buy! • Finalize guest list.

• Pack an overnight bag for the wedding night. Include outfits for any day-after events, like a goodbye brunch. • Leave your honeymoon itinerary with a family member.

• Write “Thank You” notes for registry gifts as they arrive.

• Pamper yourself with a mani-pedi.

1 to 2 months

1 day before

• Begin writing vows if you plan to personalize them.

• Rehearse the ceremony and go to dinner.

• Call vendors to confirm date, times and location.

• Give gifts to the bridal party and parents.

• Enjoy a bachelorette weekend with your ladies.

• Give rings to the best man and maid-of-honor.

• Mail out wedding invitations with a RSVP cut-off of three weeks before the wedding date.

• Obtain a marriage license. • Send playlists to your musicians. • Begin breaking in wedding shoes. • Check off your “something old, new, borrowed and blue”. • Put together a day-of emergency kit (bandages, deodorant, fashion tape, concealer, sewing kit). • Prepare final payments to vendors.

• Put vendor tips in envelopes and ask maid-ofhonor to distribute them.

Day of

• Eat breakfast! • Beautify, relax and get married.

Post-wedding to-dos

• Freeze the top layer of your cake for your first anniversary.

• Plan ceremony and reception seating. • Have your dress and formal wear cleaned and preserved. • Write “Thank You” notes for any day-of gifts. • Enjoy your honeymoon!


Who Pays the Bills There are no set rules regarding who pays for what anymore, but if you are interested in following traditional guidelines use this handy breakdown. When you take a moment to think about it, weddings are all about traditions. The bride wears white, guests throw rice, the best man toasts the newlyweds, and the father of the bride foots the bill for it all. But times change and so do traditions. Today’s brides wear whatever color they choose, guests toss everything from birdseed to rose petals, and a toast from the maid of honor is as common as one from the best man. Even paying for the wedding has become more equalitarian, with more couples choosing to share in the wedding expenses with both sets of parents. This change has come about for a couple of reasons: Since today’s couples are marrying later in life and are usually somewhat established in their careers, many feel silly asking their parents to foot the bill for a wedding after they’ve been on their own for so long. Also, weddings have become increasingly expensive and many couples want to do their part to relieve some of the financial burden this once-in-a-lifetime event can place on a family. After all, this is supposed to be a happy, joyous time and worrying about money and who’s paying for which expense can only lead to tension. Clear communication right from the beginning, along with a well thought-out budget should keep all contributing parties on the same page and avoid any monetary misunderstandings.


If you choose to go the traditional route by asking your parents for financial assistance, let them come up with an actual figure. That way no one is embarrassed about asking for too much, and everyone can contribute based on what they can comfortably afford. For guidance, here’s a traditional breakdown of the expenses each family is usually responsible for.

Breakdown at a Glance

the bride

• The groom’s wedding band • Gifts for her bridal attendants • A gift for the groom

the bride's parents

• Wedding invitations and postage • Bridal gown • Bridal accessories such as headpiece, jewelry, lingerie, and shoes • The fee for the ceremony location, along with all decorations and any music costs • Bridesmaid bouquets • The entire cost of the reception, including rental fees, decorations, music and entertainment, the wedding cake, and food. • The initial fees for the photographer and videographer (Each family is responsible for choosing and purchasing their own photos and video after the wedding) • Transportation

the groom

• The bride’s wedding band • The marriage license • Gifts for his attendants • The officiant’s fee • His formal wear • The honeymoon • A gift for the bride

the groom's parents

• The entire cost of the prenuptial dinner, including any location fees, decorations, and invitations

the attendants

• Their wedding attire and accessories • A portion of the bridal shower, bachelorette party, or bachelor party • A wedding gift for the newlyweds • Travel expenses to and from the event

Remember, the key word in this breakdown is traditional; this is the way costs are traditionally divided but you can divide the cost of your wedding however you choose. And in case you didn’t notice, the traditional list is extremely lopsided, so you might want to sit down with all the involved parties and let everyone discuss which portions they’d like to be responsible for. Open communication, patience, and flexibility will keep all contributing parties happy in the long run, giving you more time to enjoy your engagement without worrying about monetary misunderstandings.


Budget When it comes to wedding planning, a wedding budget is absolutely essential. Establishing a realistic budget should be one of the first things you do. By knowing how much money you have to spend and on what it should be spent, you will be able to make the right decisions when making choices.

Discuss these questions before developing your final budget.

Budget

: How much do you want to spend? Are the necessary funds available?

Size: Location:

How many guests will be invited?

Where will you be married? Near or Far? Indoors or Outdoors? Ballroom or Hall? Does the venue you like provide services like catering and bar service?

Reception: Attire: Designer Gown

Formal or casual?

or off-the-rack? Purchase or rent formalwear?

Photography:

What style do you prefer, posed or photojournalistic? Will you want video? Do you want a beautiful leather bound photo book or something less expensive?

Wedding Cake:

Do you want an over-the-top custom designed cake or something smaller with sheet cake service? Will you be using a bakery or will your caterer be providing the cake?

Food/Catering:

Do you want a caterer separate from your venue? Sit down service or buffet? Will special food be served during cocktail hour?

Alcohol:

Will there be alcohol at all? Full bar or limited to beer, champagne and wine?

Entertainment:

Will you have an orchestra or organist at the ceremony? Band, DJ or both? Do you want any other sort of entertainment?

Invitations:

Letterpress or printed? Custom designed or just customized? Will you be sending save-the-date? How many inserts will be required with the invitations?

Transportation:

Will you be making a grand entrance in a stretch Hummer or do you see yourself arriving in a less extravagant manner? Will you provide rented transportation for the entire wedding party? Will your venue location require valet parking or shuttle service?


CEREMONY (2%) Officiant Site Fee RECEPTION (50%) Venue

$ BUDGET

$ SPENT

Starting with your set budget, use a calculator to figure the proper percentages for each element. As you purchase or contract each item, write down the actual amount and keep a running tally.

Food/Catering Beverage Rentals Wedding Cake Servers Tips & Misc. ATTIRE FOR THE COUPLE (10%) Wedding Gown Shoes & Accessories Jewelry Veil or Headpiece Hair and Makeup Groom’s Attire Shoes & Accessories Alterations & Fees WEDDING BANDS (2%) Hers His STATIONERY (2%) Save-the-Date Invitations Response Cards Maps and Misc. Ceremony Programs Place Cards Menu Cards Thank-you Cards Postage FAVORS & GIFTS (2%) Favors for Guests Gifts for Bridal Party Gifts for Parents TOTAL THIS PAGE

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Tipping Your Vendors Tipping is never mandatory (unless your contract warrants it). But if a vendor went above and beyond for you, let them know with a little extra cash. Here a some guidelines that will help you figure out who it’s customary to tip.

If the vendor owns the business, it’s not customary to tip. This is because the entire profit will be going to him or her, rather than it being shared with the rest of the business. For a house of worship, it’s customary to make a donation of $500 to $1,000. Nondenominational officiants should get approximately $50 to $100. Court clerks are prohibited from accepting monetary gifts, but not tokens of appreciation such as home-baked cookies.

Bartenders: Catering Managers: Hairstylist: Limo Drivers: Makeup Artist

10% (Of the total liquor bill)

Musician:

15% For ceremony;

$25 to $50 Per musician for reception $200

15% to 20%

15% to 20%

: 15% to 20%

Photographer/Videographer: $200 - $300

Wedding Planner:

15%


$ BUDGET

$ SPENT

FLOWERS & DECOR (10%) Brides Bouquet Attendants’ Bouquets Flower Girl’s Flowers Boutonnieres Corsages Ceremony Flowers Reception Flowers Reception Decor Lighting MUSIC (10%) Ceremony Music Cocktail Hour Music Reception Music Reception MC Dance Lessons Tips & Misc. PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY (10%) Photographer Videographer Prints & Album Additional DVDs Misc. Travel & Overtime Fees TRANSPORTATION (2%) Bride & Groom Wedding Party Other Special Transportation Out-of-Town Guests Valet Parking Tips & Misc. TOTAL THIS PAGE TOTAL FROM PREVIOUS PAGE TOTAL

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Guest List One of the most difficult things you will probably have to do when planning your wedding ceremony and reception is to narrow down the guest list. It can be difficult to get the number of wedding guests down to a reasonable number. Here are some tips and a worksheet to help you create your list.

Have a limit

Before you even start talking names, make sure that you have a limit of people that you can invite to your nuptials. It can be far too easy to keep adding to your guest list until it gets out of control. Discuss how many people you can afford to have at your wedding, come up with a number, and then stick to it.

Avoid inviting people you are't close t

o

Sure, at one time you may have been close to your high school friend, but if you are no longer close and you have not spoken to her in years, then there is no need to invite her. Anyone that you have not been close to or spoken to in years can safely be cut from the wedding guest list.

Make it adults only

If you need to cut down on the number of wedding guests on your list, then a fairly easy way to do so is to cut out the children. This can help cut down your cost and will make room for some other people you really need at your wedding ceremony and reception.

Make two lists

Another way that you can come up with the wedding guest list is to initially come up with two separate lists. On the one list, write down the people who you definitely want to be there. Then, on the other list, have the people who you would only like to be there. If it comes to cutting people from the list, only cut people from the second list.


(copy this worksheet and list all potentential guests) GUEST NAME Name(s) Children Name(s) Children Name(s) Children Name(s) Children Name(s) Children Name(s) Children Name(s) Children Name(s) Children Name(s) Children

Must Invite

Want to Invite

Invite if Room

Out of Town Y/N


Bridal Gown Finding just the right ensemble for a special occasion is rarely easy, but with the right direction you can get dressed in the perfect gown for your wedding with ease and confidence.

Find your style

First things first. What do you want? Have you always dreamt of sashaying down the aisle in a satin and tulle ball gown? Or perhaps your taste runs more classic, and you crave a Jackie O style gown. Maybe you’re a “less is more” kind of girl and want a simple sheath. Whatever your style, there’s something out there waiting for you. If you don’t have a certain look in mind, dust off all those bridal magazines you’ve been hoarding. Flip through the pages that feature gowns and mark those that you like. Looking at the details and comparing those you like will give you an idea of what you want before you head to the salon.

Where to go

Do your research. If you love a particular designer, find out which local salons carry them. The web is also a great place to find reputable salons check out the salons listed on websites like www.arizonaweddings.com. Once you’ve chosen three or four locations (too many can be overwhelming) it’s a good idea to phone ahead before venturing out. Many require appointments, and those that don’t will be able to recommend a time to visit when you’ll receive one-on-one attention.

What to look for

The type of gown you choose should directly relate to the style and formality of the wedding you’re planning. Each possible scenario begs for a different style of gown, so be sure to share this information with the salesperson. They can then guide you toward styles that will best complement the formality of your affair.

Who to bring along

It’s best to invite only one or two close friends or family members. Be sure the people you have around you are not only supportive, but also objective. Remember, you’ll be relying on them to help you make a decision on your attire for one of the most important days of your life.

What to bring

It’s a good idea to bring a few special items with you to the salon. A strapless bra is a must, along with a pair of heels. You will also want to bring a digital camera; it’s a great way to see how you really look in the gown and how you will look in all your wedding photos.


Wedding Gown Styles

A

B

C

D

Silhouettes

A. BALL GOWN For most women, when they hear the words ball gown a Cinderella look comes to mind. Well, that assumption is essentially correct. The classic ball gown is comprised of a form-fitting bodice that leads to a large, billowing skirt often made of tulle or satin. A ball gown is flattering for most shapes, but especially for pear-shaped brides because the full skirt hides a heavier bottom half while drawing the eye up to the bodice. Petite brides should shy away from a voluminous ball gown because the size and shape of the gown tends to swallow up a smaller-framed woman. B. A-LINE With a skirt that’s shaped like an “A” (fitted at the waist with a wider, more flared bottom) the A-line gown is the most common silhouette for today’s bride. This gown is as versatile as it is popular; depending on the embellishment and the fabric it’s created from, the A-line is as perfect for a super-casual backyard celebration as it is an upscale country club affair. It’s flattering for brides of all shapes and sizes, and nearly every designer features A-line gowns in their collections.

A

B

C. SHEATH Sleek and sophisticated, a sheath gown either hugs the natural curves of the body or falls in a straight line from the shoulders to the hemline. It’s especially flattering on tall and thin brides (what isn’t?) but is surprisingly stunning on slim, petite brides because it adds length to shorter statures. However if you have problem areas that you’d rather not reveal to your wedding guests, a sheath might not be your best bet. D. MERMAID The mermaid silhouette is a sheath that contours to the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem. This is a very sexy look that highlights the curves of the body. The mermaid is most flattering on taller, thin brides, but confident curvy brides will also look great in this silhouette. You really must be confident and comfortable in your skin to pull off this dramatic look.

Waistelines

A. BASQUE The very slimming Basque waist begins at the natural waist and dips to a slight V shape in the front. The shape elongates the torso, trimming the tummy and providing a sleek appearance. It looks especially stunning when paired with a sweetheart neckline, which makes it the perfect choice for fuller-figured and pear-shaped brides. B. DROPPED Falling lower across the hips, the dropped waist gown is a classic look for A-line and ball gowns. It adds curves to brides with thick waists, and is equally flattering to the ultra-thin. Most necklines look smashing with a dropped waist gown; just be sure you don’t have a long torso or the dropped waist might add too much length, making your legs appear short.

C

D

C. NATURAL A natural waist gown falls right across the waist, and is a popular choice for brides of all shapes and sizes. If you have an hourglass figure, this is definitely the look for you because it accentuates your best attributes. If you tend to have a thicker waistline, you might want to look at a dropped or empire waist gown. D. EMPIRE The empire waist gown sports a tiny bodice and high waist that begins at the base of the bust line and falls to a slightly flared hemline. If you have a thicker waist, this is a very slimming gown for your silhouette because it softly skims your curves. If you have very full hips or a larger bust line, you should consider a different style.


Wedding Gown Styles

Necklines

A

B

A. STRAPLESS This neckline speaks for itself. A strapless gown is usually cut straight across above the bust line, and will sometimes feature a notch or v detail in the center. Strapless gowns are flattering on nearly everyone; however if you’re lacking in the cleavage category, you might want to look for something with straps. B. SCOOP The popular scoop neckline is shaped like a U and can be cut either high or low. Held up by straps, this neckline is equally flattering on all brides. It’s important to remember, though, that larger cup sizes should be careful of very low cut scoop necklines to reduce the appearance of the breasts spilling out the top.

C

D

C. SQUARE A square neckline is similar to a scoop neckline, except the neckline falls in a square shape instead of rounding downward. This style is perfect for those who need the support of straps, but don’t want to bear too much cleavage. D. SPAGHETTI STRAP Very thin straps (much like spaghetti) anchor the bodice of a spaghetti strap gown. Many strapless gowns can be altered to include spaghetti straps, which makes this neckline a popular option for those who like the strapless look but crave the safety of straps. It’s a flattering neckline for most, however spaghetti straps may not provide enough support for the very well endowed.

E

F

E. SWEETHEART Shaped like the top of a heart, this neckline is especially flattering on the well endowed because it provides a seductive glimpse of the décolletage, without looking too risqué. However, if your cup size is closer to an A than a C, you might want to consider a different style. F. OFF-THE-SHOULDER Yep, you guessed it. The off-the-shoulder neckline sits off your shoulders, highlighting your fabulously sculpted collarbone. This style is great for brides who want the feel of a strapless, without baring too much skin. It’s also a great alternative if your house of worship frowns upon strapless gowns. Brides with more cleavage to manage will get the added support of the off-shoulder straps. But if you’re broad shouldered, consider checking out other avenues, like square or scoop necklines.

G

H

G. BATEAU Also called the Sabrina, this neckline follows your collarbone nearly straight across. It’s a great look for smaller busted brides, because it gives the appearance of a larger bosom. Broad-shouldered brides should move on because the bateau neckline will draw the eye up, therefore bringing more attention to the shoulders. H. V-NECK The V-neck drops the neckline down in a “V” shape between the shoulders. It can range from very subtle to plunging. The V-neck works well with both large and small breasted women. A high “V” can conceal large breasts in a feminine manner by highlighting their natural shape while maintaining coverage, while a small breasted women can wear a low cut or wide set “V” that will draw attention to the chest and create the illusion of a fuller bust. A V-neck is a good option for brides with all upper-body types since it can be used with any sleeve length, from thin spaghetti straps to long sleeves and anything in-between.


Bridal Jewelry The bridal jewelry you select should coordinate with the your wedding gown and formality of your celebration. The jewelry you choose should finish off your look and bring the entire ensemble together.

Open Backed Dress

A lariat is a beautiful addition to most open backed gowns. It is a necklace that is longer in the back than the front. Another great choice is a choker or shorter necklace that has a hanging jewel embellishment in the back.

V-Neck

A Y-vdrop necklace is perfect with a V neck dress. The Y- drop necklace takes the same angles as the v neck wedding gown line. Chokers are also a great choice because it create clean lines and does not distract from the v neck style of dress.

Square Neckline

A simple single strand or double strand necklace works great. They bring contrast and attract the eye towards the cut of the dress.

Sweetheart Neckline

A Y - drop necklace or pendant will work well and won’t distract from the lovely neckline too much.

Strapless

There are many options with the strapless, as most styles will work. This is when you may want to choose a statement piece.

Halter

Lariat, Y - drop and pendants all work well with a halter neckline.

Off The Shoulder

Single or double strand simple necklace or choker works best, you will want to keep it simple.

Scoop Neck Gown

Single or double strand simple necklace or choker works best, you will also want to keep it simple because the neckline draws more attention.

Other Things to Consider 1. Keep your earrings simple if your necklace is large or grand. 2. B  racelets can be worn with sleeveless, shortsleeve and three-quarter sleeve gowns. 3. A  watch can be worn if it is an unusual antique or family heirloom, but most watches are not appropriate wedding jewelry.


Bridal Salon Contact Sheet Bridal Salon: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:_ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:_______________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dress Description or Number:____________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bridal Salon: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:_ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:_______________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dress Description or Number:____________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bridal Salon: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:_ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:_______________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dress Description or Number:____________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Questions

bridal salon to ask when selecting a

• How long has the shop been in business?

• Does the salon carry the designers and styles you are interested in and are they authorized to sell them? (list your favorite designers)

• Are the gowns in your price range? • How much seam allowance is there? • Will the shop make alterations? If so, how long will they take? • How much will they cost? • Will the shop press the gown? If so, how much will that cost? • Do you rent bridal slips? If so, what is the fee? • Does the salon carry other bridal accessories like veils and headpieces? • Does the salon carry bridesmaid dresses? • Is there a discount on the wedding gown if all bridesmaid dresses are ordered through the store? • When will the dress be delivered? • Is the date guaranteed? • What is the deposit? When is it due? What is the balance? When is it due? • What is their cancellation policy?

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Reception Venue After putting on your ring, telling your family and friends the good news, and picking a time frame and budget, there’s one big job to tackle. You have to locate the ideal place to celebrate your nuptials.

Stay focused on what you want and what you can afford. Keep your options open. You don’t know or appreciate booking somewhere if you don’t see what other places have to offer. Before you book a ceremony and reception, consider the extra details. What’s the menu like? The décor? How accessible is the venue? Is it a hard-to-find location? You don’t want your guests to get lost on the way to your wedding or have problems finding a place to park. Ideally, your venue is easy to find, has ample parking and is an all-around convenient choice for you and your guests. Will the venue allow you to decorate, or is it “what you see is what you get?” If decorating isn’t a problem, look for ways to dress up the space. Don’t be fooled by an empty room. Look at a banquet hall or a dining room as a blank canvas. Timing is everything, and the experts agree: you need to book your wedding venue about a year before you plan to get hitched and before you make any announcements regarding your wedding date. If you fall in love with a venue and your first choice date is not available, you may need to consider changing your date. Your style and your budget will help dictate what site is right for you and your groom. So ask all the right questions and choose a venue where you can craft the ceremony and reception of your dreams.


Questions

reception site to ask when selecting a

• How long has this site been available for receptions? • Is the site available on your wedding date? • Is catering available? • May we use our own caterer, florist, baker etc. or must we use a preferred vendor or services provided by the site? • Is there a liquor license, may we bring our own alcohol? • How many people will the site comfortably hold? What is the maximum room capacity? Seated? Standing? • What is the staff-guest ratio? • What will the facility provide? — Onsite kitchen or cooking facilities — Tables • Chairs • Linens — Dinnerware • Lighting — Dance Floor • Are there special restrictions regarding entertainment, decorations etc.? •  Is there adequate parking? Are there parking attendants? • Will there be other weddings being held at the same time as ours? • Will the manager be present during the event? • May we have references? • Does the reception site have liability insurance? • How are the fees determined—per head, by the hour or a flat rate? • How much is the reception site rental fee? • What is the deposit? When is it due? • What is the balance? When is it due? • What is your cancellation policy?

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Reception Venue Contact Sheet Venue Name: _ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Venue:

m Ceremony _______________________ m Buffet _________________ Catering: On-site m Yes m No Dinner m Seated

Cocktails

m Yes m No m Yes m No

Dance Floor

Preferred Caterer List _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fee, if using your own ______________________ Table & Chairs Included

m Yes m No

Includes Linen

m Yes m No m Yes m No

On-site Parking

m Yes m No

Includes Cake

Additional Features: Site for Photographs Bridal Room Available

m Yes m No m Yes m No

Restrictions: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Down Payment:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Venue Name: _ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Venue:

m Ceremony _______________________ Dinner m Seated m Buffet _________________ On-site m Yes m No Catering:

m Yes m No Dance Floor m Yes m No

Cocktails

Preferred Caterer List _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fee, if using your own ______________________ Table & Chairs Included

m Yes m No

Includes Linen

m Yes m No m Yes m No

On-site Parking

m Yes m No

Includes Cake

Additional Features: Site for Photographs Bridal Room Available

m Yes m No m Yes m No

Restrictions: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Down Payment:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Reception Venue Contact Sheet Venue Name: _ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Venue:

m Ceremony _______________________ m Buffet _________________ Catering: On-site m Yes m No Dinner m Seated

Cocktails

m Yes m No m Yes m No

Dance Floor

Preferred Caterer List _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fee, if using your own ______________________ Table & Chairs Included

m Yes m No

Includes Linen

m Yes m No m Yes m No

On-site Parking

m Yes m No

Includes Cake

Additional Features: Site for Photographs Bridal Room Available

m Yes m No m Yes m No

Restrictions: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Down Payment:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Venue Name: _ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Venue:

m Ceremony _______________________ Dinner m Seated m Buffet _________________ On-site m Yes m No Catering:

m Yes m No Dance Floor m Yes m No

Cocktails

Preferred Caterer List _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fee, if using your own ______________________ Table & Chairs Included

m Yes m No

Includes Linen

m Yes m No m Yes m No

On-site Parking

m Yes m No

Includes Cake

Additional Features: Site for Photographs Bridal Room Available

m Yes m No m Yes m No

Restrictions: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Down Payment:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Catering A great dinner is about more than just food. The presentation and service also play an important role in your enjoyment, and can truly make or break a meal.

Buffets

Service Styles

Most everyone has experienced a buffet line, but for those who’ve forgotten, here’s a refresher course. A buffet usually consists of long tables laden with both hot and cold menu items. Guests make their way down the line with a plate in hand and serve themselves as little or as much food as they’d like. It’s not uncommon to see large ice sculptures surrounded by chilled seafood or elaborate displays of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Plated Service

Usually considered the most formal style of service, plated dinners are served individually to each table by professionally attired wait staff. Since plated service is considered upscale, many couples mistakenly believe it to be expensive. Sure, if you’re serving a top-of-the-line entrée you’ll pay more than average, but plated service can be as affordable as a buffet.

Food Stations

Similar to a buffet, in that you serve yourself, stations are individual tables scattered around the room. Foods served station style are usually grouped by theme or cuisine and guests are invited to mingle throughout the room and sample the different dishes. Stations are a great alternative to buffets because it keeps everyone moving instead of waiting in a long line at the buffet. Also, you’re able to serve a variety of different foods when you choose stations, and that keeps even the most finicky guest content.

Family Style

For a warm, inviting atmosphere where everyone is treated like family. Family style centers around platters heaped with meat and bowls brimming with side dishes that are passed among those seated at each table.


Catering Contact Sheet Caterer: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Rates/Charges:

m Per Person ____________

m Flat Rate ____________

Services Provided:

Cocktails/Beverages m Yes m No Tables/Chairs m Yes m No China/Flatware/Glasses m Yes m No

Wait staff m Yes m No Linens m Yes m No

Other: ______________________________________________________________________________________

Interview Notes: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Menu Favorites:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Down Payment:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tasting Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Caterer: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Rates/Charges: Services Provided:

m Per Person ____________

m Flat Rate ____________

Cocktails/Beverages m Yes m No Tables/Chairs m Yes m No China/Flatware/Glasses m Yes m No

Wait staff m Yes m No Linens m Yes m No

Other: ______________________________________________________________________________________

Interview Notes: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Menu Favorites:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Down Payment: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tasting Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Wedding Cake Finding the right wedding cake for your wedding is a big decision and finding the just perfect combination of flavors, filling and frosting can be be a lot easier if know exactly what makes a great cake.

Your wedding cake is more than flour, sugar, and eggs. It’s the one dessert that your guests will talk about for months to come, raving over its size, its appearance, and most of all, its taste. Selecting the perfect cake for your wedding can be a daunting task – there are so many choices! Ask some important questions and selecting your cake will be a “piece of cake.” Today’s cake designers are coming up with incredibly unique designs that are beautiful to look at as well as yummy to eat. The fancier your cake, the more it will cost. You can expect to pay $5 to $20 per slice, depending on the style, designer, and ingredients you chose. You’ll need to start shopping for your cake early, and reserve your order about two months in advance of your wedding. Your designer may also provide you with flavor recommendations based on the food you are planning to serve at the reception. Spending some extra time with your cake designer will pay off in the long run and ensure you get the perfect cake for your taste.


Filling, Frosting, Icings & Decorations

Yummy fillings

The icing may create a beautiful cake, but it’s what’s inside that counts. A cake falls flat if it doesn’t taste as great as it looks, and the best way to give it flavor is with the batter and the filling. Wedding cake batter is usually a very simple flavor so that it won’t compete too heavily with the sweetness of the icing or the filling.

and use the fluffy result to quickly frost a layer cake.

The filling is what really gives a wedding cake its personality. Filling separates the layers of a cake, adding additional flavor and richness. Filling is usually fruit or cream based and depending on the number of tiers, many brides choose two or three different fillings.

SUGARPASTE Also called gum paste, it is used like marzipan to make beautiful flowers and decorations.

Frosting

BUTTER CREAM A creamy, spreadable icing that’s made from butter and sugar. FONDANT A thick concoction made from sugar and gelatin that is rolled out flat and then draped over the cake to provide a completely smooth, firm surface for decorating. ROYAL A frosting made by beating together sugar and egg whites. It hardens when dried, so it is great for dots, lace or lattice work. GANACHE This fancy term is simply chocolate melted with heavy cream. This frosting makes a beautiful shiny glaze on cakes and cookies. If you chill a ganache, beat it until it’s fluffy and stiff, then form it into balls, you’ll end up with truffles. You can also chill and beat a ganache

Icings

MARZIPAN a rolled paste of ground almonds, egg whites and sugar that can be draped and shaped.

DRAGEES Hard little sugar balls are painted with edible gold or silver paint. PULLED SUGAR Boiled sugar, water, and corn syrup used to create beautiful designs like roses and bows

Top it off

Today’s cake toppers have personality and style that mimic the bride and groom. While fresh flowers that coordinate with the bridal bouquet are perennial favorites, there are many other options to make your cake as unique as you are. Handcrafted sugar or gum paste flowers, a flowing ribbon created from marzipan, or even a shiny, spun-sugar bow create drama atop a stacked confection. Consider having a topper created just for the two of you. Incorporate your hobbies or interests into the design idea, and they’ll sculpt a one-of-a-kind topper in your likenesses. After the wedding, you’ll have a great keepsake (and conversation piece) for your home.


Bakery Contact Sheet Bakery: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Tasting Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Bakery: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Tasting Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Bakery: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Tasting Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Bakery: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Tasting Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Questions

cake designer to ask when selecting a

• How long have you been creating wedding cakes?

• Are wedding cakes your specialty? • What types of wedding and groom’s cakes do you make? • How far in advance should I order my cake? • Do you specialize in any flavor, style or size? • What cakes are best for outdoor receptions? • Will you make extra sheet cakes? If so, what is the cost? • Can I request that each layer have a different flavor? • Do you offer cake tastings? • Do you charge for delivery? • When will you deliver and set up the cake? • Will your staff serve the cake? • Do you supply the cake topper? • Do you supply the cake knife? • Can you supply boxes for the groom’s cake? •  What is the deposit? When is it due? • What is the balance? When is it due? • What is your cancellation policy?

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Wedding Flowers For almost as long as there have been weddings, flowers have played an important role in the celebration. In selecting the flowers for your bridal bouquet, you’ll want to consider blooms that best express your personality, compliment your wedding gown, and tie-in with the general look and theme you’ve selected for the day.

Bouquet Styles

Cascade

A cascade bouquet, also called a “shower” bouquet, is very formal and the most traditional bridal bouquet. Like a waterfall, this bouquet flows and is designed to gently cascade downward. This bouquet is often designed with larger flowers at the top, using smaller blooms as it begins to taper down and land gracefully over the bride’s hands. Lisianthus, lilies of the valley, stephanotis, dendrobium orchids, and other smaller flowers are commonly used in this shape of bouquet, along with accents of trailing ivy, vinca, or other delicate greenery. If you are wearing a fullskirted or ball gown-style wedding dress, this shape of bouquet may work for you. However, if you are a very petite woman, another shape of bouquet may be a better choice. or family members. Be sure the people you have around you are not only supportive, but also objective. Remember, you’ll be relying on them to help you make a decision on your attire for one of the most important days of your life.

Composite

If you’re looking for a truly unique look in your wedding flowers, and you can’t find a particular variety of flower that appeals to you, a composite bouquet might be the perfect choice. This intricate creation is composed by taking individual petals from flowers (such as amaryllis, roses, or lilies), wiring them together on a single stem and creating the look of one giant bloom. This style of bouquet would be the ideal complement to a simple gown with little ornamentation, or one with a very sleek silhouette.

Hand-tied

For this more relaxed style of bouquet, a variety of blooms that tie in with the wedding theme are wired or loosely gathered together and tied with a satin ribbon or a combination of ribbon and lace. Some popular flower varieties for this style of bouquet are French tulips, day lilies, coneflowers, purple statice, lisianthus, stem roses, and other hardy garden flowers.


With its natural, just-picked from the garden look, this bouquet is a nice choice for an informal wedding.

Nosegay

A combination of simple style and elegance, the nosegay is a densely packed mound of flowers and greenery. When choosing flowers for a nosegay, compact blooms such as roses, tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, calla lilies, and ranunculus work best. These blooms may be mixed, or for a simple look, you can stick to just one variety. An ideal choice for any style of wedding, a nosegay bouquet can be dressed up or down depending on the flowers you choose and how it’s tied together, with a wire, ribbon or other stem treatment.

Posy

Similar to the nosegay but smaller in size, the posy bouquet is perfect for a petite bride with delicate hands, or for a bridesmaid’s bouquet. When selecting flowers for a posy, those with smaller blooms are ideal, such as spray roses, grape hyacinths, ranunculus, and pansies. However, some large-headed flowers such as gardenias or peonies can also make quite an impact

Pomander

A less-traditional bouquet, the pomander is a small, compact bloom-covered ball that is usually four to six inches in diameter, and then suspended from a ribbon that is worn around the wrist. This is a good choice for the bride who wants her hands to be free. A classic floral choice for a pomander is roses, but it may also be

made with hydrangeas, delphinium, dendrobium orchids, or any other flowers suggested by your floral designer. While a pomander may not be the look for you, it’s an adorable alternative for junior bridesmaids or flower girls. Just remember to have it sized accordingly so its shape is appropriate for their age and size.

Pageant

The pageant bouquet, also known as a “presentation” bouquet (think of the flowers presented to Miss America when she is crowned), is a bunch of long-stemmed flowers that the bride carries cradled in her arms. A pageant bouquet can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like, depending on the style and formality of your wedding. Some of the best floral choices for this type of bouquet are those with long stems or branches such as, calla lilies, roses, delphinium, tuberose, lisianthus, or French tulips. The blooms are then secured together with a beautiful satin or fabric ribbon. However, when selecting the flowers for your pageant bouquet, make sure the blooms are not longer than what can fit comfortably along the length of your lower arm.

Round

The classic round bridal bouquet is usually compiled of large flowers that are loosely arranged. This shape and style of bouquet is a good choice for a formal wedding, or for the bride who wants a look less conspicuous than a cascade bouquet, yet bolder than a simple nosegay. Many varieties of flowers will work in the round bouquet, but some popular choices are roses, tulips, lilacs, stephanotis, hydrangeas, day lilies, peonies, and seeded eucalyptus.


Florist Contact Sheet Florist/Designer: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price:______________________________________________________________ Delivery Method:___________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Florist/Designer: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price:______________________________________________________________ Delivery Method:___________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Florist/Designer: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price:______________________________________________________________ Delivery Method:___________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Florist/Designer: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price:______________________________________________________________ Delivery Method:___________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Flower Checklist

Questions

florist

to ask when selecting a

Wedding party ___Brides Bouquet ___Tossing Bouquet for Bride ___Maid of Honor Bouquet ___Bridesmaid Bouquets

• How many years of professional experience do you have?

___Flower Girl

• Do you have photos or samples of your work?

___Best Man’s & Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres

• What type of flowers will be best for the type, time, and duration of our wedding?

___Groom’s Boutonniere ___Ring Bearer’s Boutonniere ___Mothers’ Corsages ___Fathers’ Boutonnieres

• What flowers will be in season at the time of my wedding?

___Flower Girl

• Do you have access to out-of-season flowers?

___Boutonnieres for Special Guests

• Can you build a flower scheme around fabric swatches? • Can you coordinate the flowers for the wedding party, mothers, and special guests? • Will you show us how to carry the bouquets? • Will you deliver and distribute the flowers at the site and pin on the corsages and boutonnieres? • Do you charge extra for delivery and set-up? • Do you preserve bouquets? • Do you require a deposit, and is it refundable?

___Corsages for Special Guests ___Other ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________________

Ceremony ___Aisle Runner ___Pew or Chair Decorations ___Alter or Huppa Arrangements ___Candles and Candle Holders ___Other ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________________

Reception ___Door or Entry Arrangements ___Bar Decorations ___Cake Decorations (if needed) ___Cake Table Decorations ___Centerpieces ___Chair Decorations ___Other __________________________________________ ___________________________________________________


Wedding Photography Long after your wedding day is over your photographs and video will provide lasting memories. With that in mind, you not only need to find a photographer and videographer that you feel comfortable with, but you also need to do some homework to know what photo options are available and what shots should not be missed.

Digital vs. Film

These days, digital photography is probably more common among wedding photographers and more familiar to couples preparing to wed than film, but the art of film photography is far from dead. In fact, many professionals are passionate about shooting on film. With both film and digital holding their own in the wedding industry, many photographers shoot shoot both. The selection of film or digital initially comes down to desired aesthetic. Therefore, the best way to determine which medium you prefer is to view samples of both, from at least two or three photographers so you can become familiar with each and decide which medium you prefer. Most wedding photographers that shoot film use digital labs to process the film, therefore you will be able to view your photos digitally, just like with digital photos. Whether you choose film or digital photography, do ask your photographer how many images you can expect to receive—the answer will range widely from photographers across both mediums. Don’t be afraid to explore film, but as both film and digital have their strengths—so many

of which vary more so from photographer to photographer rather than medium—what’s most important is choosing the photographer whose style and portfolio you most admire, regardless of what’s behind the lens.

Color vs. Black and White

To bring out the emotion on a face, there is nothing like a black and white photograph. Still there is no fixed rule of thumb for when a picture is better in black and white or color. Unless color is the main point of the picture, say photographers, the beautiful hues of your bouquet or the luster of your bridesmaids’ dresses, most pictures look fabulous in black and white.

The Rest

Of course finding a good photographer is more than just the technology they use. The most important factor in choosing a photographer is whether you like their style. Remember, your photographer will be the eyes for capturing your memories. You want someone who has a vision similar to your own.


Not-To-Be Missed Shots

Before

Bride getting dressed

After

Groom getting dressed

Throwing rice/Releasing birds

Bouquets

Blowing bubbles

Attendants with bride

Stepping into limousine

Attendants with groom

Driving away

Bride’s arrival at ceremony site

Arriving at reception site

Special guests being seated

The tables

other shots:

The details on the tables

Exiting the service

Guest book The Cake Cutting cake The first dance Dances with parents The toasts

Garter toss Bouquet toss Saying goodbye at reception

During

Parents & Grandparents being seated Walking down the aisle Specific ceremony moments Ring exchange Various shots of guests Close-ups of musicians and vocalist The kiss other shots:

Driving away other shots:


Photographer/Videographer Contact Sheet Name of Photographer/Videographer: ___________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price:______________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name of Photographer/Videographer: ___________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price: _____________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name of Photographer/Videographer: ___________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price: _____________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Questions

photographer to ask when selecting a

• Are you the person who will shoot my wedding, or will you send a different staff photographer? • How many photographers are available to cover my wedding? Can I hire two in order to receive a combination of photographic styles? • Do you have a portfolio of your studio’s work? • Were all the photos in the portfolio taken by the same photographer? • What type of equipment will the photographer use? (Digital or Film?) • Is backup equipment available if necessary? • Will you shoot both black & white and color photographs? • What types of packages are available? • If packages are available, can those be customized to suit my specific needs? • Will the photographer provide an online site where friends and family members can view the photographs and place their own orders for prints? • What type of proof album will be provided? • Can you transfer the photos onto a CD or DVD? • When can I expect to receive my proofs, prints, and albums? • What is the deposit, and when is it due? • When is the remaining balance due? • What are your overtime fees?

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Entertainment Great smells, pretty sights and delightful sounds—just some of the ways your wedding day stimulates the senses. There’s nothing like the sound of music to help you set the tone for your big day.

Music plays an important role at your ceremony and your reception. From entrance hymns at the ceremony to slow dances at your reception, you want music that fits the mood. Music can make or break your celebration. If you had unlimited resources, a live band/DJ combo would be bliss. In the real world, you might have to choose. If so, here are some steps you can follow to help you make that decision.

1 Know your budget.

Some entertainment may be out of your price range, so make sure you only consider music and entertainment that fits within your given budget

2 Timeframe

Bands tire more easily than DJs and may not be able to work as long.

3 Venue

Is it too small to house a full band? Are there restrictions on the types of music played?

4 Level of formality

Live music is often considered the more traditional and dignified choice. DJs are the rowdier, hipper option.

5 Listen to them perform

Sit in on an event, attend the band’s auditions or ask for a recorded tape.

6 Personality

Check out the bandleader or DJ. Is he or she charismatic? Can they also double as a master of ceremonies?

7 Music selection

DJs typically have a much broader repertoire than a live band and can easily add any special songs you desire.

8 Make the decision

Consider your priorities and weigh the pros and cons of each. Then make a choice and book your entertainment. Bands and DJs should be booked a year in advance.


Music Checklist CEREMONY Prelude Processional Ceremony Recessional RECEPTION First Dance Bride & Father Dance Groom & Mother Dance Dancing Last Dance OTHER FAVORITES

DO NOT PLAY LIST

SONGS OR PERFORMER


Entertainment Contact Sheet Name of Entertainment: _________________________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price:______________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name of Entertainment: _________________________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price: _____________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name of Entertainment: _________________________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price: _____________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name of Entertainment: _________________________________________________________________________________________________

m Ceremony m Reception m Both Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Web Address:______________________________________________________ Contact Name: ____________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Price: _____________________________________________________________ Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Questions

entertainment to ask when selecting

• Are you the person who will shoot my wedding, or will you send a different staff photographer? • How many photographers are available to cover my wedding? Can I hire two in order to receive a combination of photographic styles? • Do you have a portfolio of your studio’s work? • Were all the photos in the portfolio taken by the same photographer? • What type of equipment will the photographer use? (Digital or Film?) • Is backup equipment available if necessary? • Will you shoot both black & white and color photographs? • What types of packages are available? • If packages are available, can those be customized to suit my specific needs? • Will the photographer provide an online site where friends and family members can view the photographs and place their own orders for prints? • What type of proof album will be provided? • Will I receive digital files or a slideshow? • When can I expect to receive my proofs, prints, and albums? • What is the deposit, and when is it due? • When is the remaining balance due? • What are your overtime fees?

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Bridal Registry Checklist For the kitchen 1 toaster 1 blender 1 standing mixer 1 food processor 1 coffee maker 1 knife set 1 cutting board 1 10-inch skillet 1 12-inch skillet 1 2-quart saucepan 1 6-quart stockpot 1 large multi-use stockpot 1 Dutch oven 1 set of measuring spoons 1 set of measuring cups 1 set of mixing bowls 1 set of serving spoons 2 wooden spoons 1 rubber spatula 1 whisk 1 set of cooking utensils 2 baking sheets 1 round cake pan 1 rectangle-baking pan 1 round pie pan 2 oven mitts

For the dining room 8-12 place settings (formal, casual or both) 8-12 cups and saucers 8-12 drinking glasses 8-12 wine glasses 8-12 sets of silverware 8-12 steak knives 1 set of serving utensils 1 large salad bowl and servers 8-12 cloth napkins 8-12 napkin rings 8-12 placemats 1 tablecloth 1 set of salt and pepper shakers 1 set of serving plates and bowls 1 set of covered dishes or bowls 2 serving platters


For the bedroom 1 mattress pad 2 to 4 pillows 2 to 4 sets of pillow shams 2 sets of pillow cases 2 sets of sheets 1 bedskirt 1 duvet or comforter 2 cotton or wool blankets

For the bathroom 4-6 bath towels 4-6 hand towels 4-6 wash cloths 2 bath sheets 1 bath mat 2 bathrobes 1 shower curtain and liner 1 wastebasket 1 hamper 1 toothbrush holder 1 soap dish

Miscellaneous

2 22-inch wheeled upright suitcases 2 26-inch wheeled upright suitcases 2 50-inch wheeled garment bags 2 small duffels 2-4 vases 2 decorative bowls 2-6 candlesticks 4-10 picture frames 2-4 lamps

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Wedding Day Responsibilities Here are some lists to help you plan what and who will be involved with the last minute details.

Ceremony Items

Guest book & pen Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Programs Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Brides gown Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Flowers Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Gifts Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Ringbearer pillow Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________


Bride's flowers Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________

Gown & accessories Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Where does it go when finished________________

Gifts Who will be responsible_______________________

Other

Where to place item__________________________

Reception Items

Who will be responsible_______________________

___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________

Bridal & family portraits Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Cake knife & server Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Where does it go when finished________________

Cake top Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Brides going away clothing Who will be responsible_______________________ Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Gown & accessories Who will be responsible_______________________

Toasting glasses

Where to place item__________________________

Who will be responsible_______________________

Misc. items

Where to place item__________________________ Where does it go when finished________________

Where does it go when finished________________

___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________


Important Contacts NAME:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________


NAME:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:_____________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ NAME:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________________ Cell:_______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________


BRIDAL SALON:_________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ CAKE DESIGNER:________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ CATERER:_______________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ CEREMONY LOCATION:__________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ CEREMONY MUSICIANS:_________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ FLORAL & EVENT DESIGNER:_____________________________________________________________ __________________________________ FLORAL PRESERVATIONIST:______________________________________________________________ __________________________________ FORMAL WEAR:_________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ GOWN PRESERVATION:__________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ HAIR SALON:____________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ INVITATIONS:_ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ JEWELER:_______________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ TRANSPORTATION:______________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ MAKEUP ARTIST:________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ NAIL SALON:____________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ PHOTOGRAPHER:________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ VIDEOGRAPHER:________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT:____________________________________________________________ __________________________________ RECEPTION LOCATION:__________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ REHEARSAL DINNER:____________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ RENTAL COMPANY:______________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ TRAVEL AGENT:_________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ WEDDING CONSULTANT:_________________________________________________________________ __________________________________ WEDDING OFFICIANT:____________________________________________________________________ __________________________________


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