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LOOKBOOK ARIZONA’S ULTIMATE WEDDING PLANNING RESOURCE

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THE P R O MISE OF A LIFET IM E ART F U L LY CU RAT ED AM I DST FI V E D I A M O ND LU X U RY Every unforgettable moment draped in splendor and romance, a breathtaking backdrop for the start of forever.

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Letter from the team Imagine your dream wedding coming together

seamlessly before your eyes. 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. The AWM team is excited to launch the new Arizona Weddings Magazine LookBook. Styled after high-end fashion designers seasonal lookbooks, our LookBook is filled with wedding inspiration from fashion to decor. 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! We are also excited to announce the launch of our new website coming this fall. Arizona Weddings Magazine’s website is getting a fresh makeover to be your go-to resource when planning your dream wedding. Be sure to follow our blog and social media accounts for daily wedding inspiration and tips! Photos by Ben & Kelly Photography

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 groom 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! Happy Planning,

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LOOKBOOK

ABOUT THE COVER

2016/2017

PUBLISHER Mark Thomas Published by Tannin Media Group, Inc. CREATIVE DIRECTOR DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MARKETING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Vikki Reed Vanessa Davis Mark Thomas Megan Skaggs

SPECIAL PROMOTIONS Mary Skeens

PRODUCTION INTERN Anna Furrey

MARKETING INTERNS Jenzi Langley Manali Chavan FOR THE WEDDING PROFESSIONAL: If you have a product or service to sell, Arizona Weddings provides year long advertising, brides lead lists, and the most visited wedding website – www.arizonaweddings.com – geared specifically to the wedding industry. Arizona Weddings 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 it’s accuracy. Arizona Weddings cannot and will not be held liable for the quality or performance of goods and services provided by advertisers or any other portion of this publication.

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Arizona Weddings

LOOKBOOK 2016/2017 Edition

Wedding Design Inspiration

14 IN THE GARDEN Textural Gowns at The Wright House Garden Reception Centre

70 WEDDING DÉCOR & STYLE INSPIRATION

Wedding Vendor Categories 20 BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

30 CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES 80 FLORAL & DÉCOR 84 INVITATIONS, GIFTS & RENTALS

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


Embrace the Elements Our brand new Elements Event Center offers 11,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space with spectacular chandeliers, stunning ambiance, and impeccable service on your most special day…but it doesn’t stop there: • Make your wedding a weekend destination with preferred hotel rates right next door at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, a first-class resort. • Host your bachelor or bachelorette party onsite at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. • Preferred golf rate packages at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course, ranked in the top five golf courses in Arizona. • There’s something for everyone – let our party hosts entertain your kids with their choice of: state-of-the-art bowling and cinema; two-story laser tag arena, video gamer cave, and 50-game arcade. • Onsite wedding planner, hair and a make-up stylist, and officiant available. • You may bring your preferred selection of vendors and wedding cake. • Unparalleled cuisine from conception to execution. • Onsite bridal suite complete with shower and lounge. From ceremony to reception, to accommodations and amusements, Elements offers it all…

For More Information: Call (520) 233-2431 Email MCEvents@UltraStarAz.com 16000 Maricopa Road #200, Maricopa, AZ 85139

www.ElementsAkChin.com


Your biggest day should be just as you dreamed it, which is why our wedding coordinators will be there at every step to ensure that everything is as picture perfect as your first kiss. To learn more or to set up a consultation, call 520-572-3000 or visit ritzcarlton.com/dovemountain.

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Let us exceed not just your expectations but your dreams. Let us re-create the menu from your first date. Let us treat the smallest detail like the greatest challenge. Let us be the start of your fondest memories together.


in the

garden

Lush textures, layers of chiffon and lace are beautiful

amidst the beautiful gardens of The Wright House Garden Reception Centre.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography Venue: The Wright House Garden Reception Centre Styling Designer: Tie the Knot by Tessa Bridal Salon: Schaffer’s Fashion Jewelry: Schaffer’s Floral Design: Butterfly Petals Vintage Diamond Rings: Love Affair Diamonds Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Heather Wilson, assisted by Elise Childers Models: Kendal Evans and Megan Sudero, The Agency Arizona


Opposite page: Kendall starts out strong in this amazing A-line gown with a stunning strapless crystal beaded lace bodice and a natural waist skirt with layers of soft flowing chiffon. A beautiful crystal embellished vine hairpiece and crystal cluster earring finish off her glamorous look. On her finger she wears the Artemis Bezel set engagement ring and Alexandria band from Love Affair Diamonds. This page: Megan looks stunning in this goddesslike deep V-neck chiffon A-line gown from Alvina Valenta with a draped skirt, beaded belt at natural waist and beautiful embellished straps. Simple rhinestone and crystal post earrings complete her dreamy look. She’s wearing the Acacia vintage ring and Alexandra eternity band from Love Affair Diamonds.

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Moving on to another location in the beautiful gardens at The Wright House, Megan wears showstopping Eddy K sweetheart strapless corset ball gown with layers of tulle. For some extra sparkle she wearing large teardrop chandelier earrings by Haute Bride. Her beautiful engagement ring is the beautiful Julia solitaire setting paired with the Alexandria eternity band from Love Affair Diamonds.


For Kendall’s second look, she dons a lace wedding dress by Mikaella with a sweetheart lace corset bodice, exposed boning at the midriff, spaghetti straps and a removable beaded sash with a fit and flare lace skirt with sweep train. Her look is finished with a stunning pair of crystal chandelier earrings. On her finger she’s wearing a 1.47 ct Emerald cut diamond ring with the Alexandria eternity band from Love Affair Diamonds.

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For her last look, Kendall wears a stunning Alvina Valenta tulle natural waist bridal ball gown with lace bodice and a sweetheart neckline. Crystal chandelier earrings and headpiece finish her princess-like look. She’s wearing the lovely Bella halo set engagement ring matched with Ava eternity band from Love Affair Diamonds.


For her final look, Megan wears a beautiful lace appliquÊd mermaid gown with sweetheart neckline from Schaffer’s along with beautiful Erica Koesler teardrop earrings. Her engagement ring is the Chloe solitaire paired with Alexandria eternity band from Love Affair Diamonds.


PHOTOGRAPHY BY Malone Sinclaire


BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

COME DRESS YOURSELF IN LOVE, LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN. FRANCESCA DA RIMINI


BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

Photo by Rachel Solomon Photography

Photo by Ben & Kelly Photography

Photo by Rachel Solomon Photography

Photo by Rachel Solomon Photography

ARTISTRY ON LOCATION

We are a team of makeup artists, hair stylists, skin care and sunless tanning professionals in the Phoenix area that specialize in top quality services. We provide our clients with the best stylists in the business, and we bring all of the services to your location or event! We proudly provide “on location� services to brides, special events, production companies, celebrities, private parties, hotel

guests, fashion shows and magazines. 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!

Valleywide | 602.750.2379 www.artistryonlocation.com 22


BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE OF ARIZONA

Ready for a bridal experience designed for your budget and your style? Welcome to Bridal Boutique of Arizona! Featuring gowns from around the globe including Allure, Pronovias, Rosa Clara, Pollardi, Paloma Blanca and many more! Gowns available for every shape, size, culture, and style...priced from $750 to $5000. Located in historic Uptown Phoenix,

Bridal Boutique of Arizona empowers you to be a stylish and confident bride! In the spirit of giving back, a part of each gown sale will help women in crisis be their best selves too! Call today to be part of this new bridal experience! Appointments now available!

2501 N. 7th St. | Phoenix, AZ 85006 | 602.795.5122 www.bridalboutiqueofaz.com 23


BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

CORNELIS HOLLANDER

out of a workshop and retail store on Marshall Way in Scottsdale, and it is there where Cornelis creates his jewelry wearer’s dreams. With an extensive line of bridal jewelry that continues to amaze us and a lengthy reputation for being trustworthy, we are excited to tell you about him. All of Cornelis’s amazing designs can be customized and given a one-ofa-kind look. 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.

Cornelis Hollander has been developing a loyal following since 1984. He started in a hot Arizonan garage and today his jewelry can be found all over the world. The Dutch jeweler has won countless design contests and gained a reputation of being “your jeweler’s favorite jeweler” over his 32 years of creating a spectacular portfolio of innovative jewelry. With a true eye-for-art, Cornelis and his son Walter Hollander, along with a team of master craftsmen and diamond-setters, continue to design and manufacture every piece sold. Cornelis Hollander Designs operates

4151 N. Marshall Way | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | 480.423.5000 www.cornelishollander.com 24


BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

SUZANNE’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE & TUXEDO

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, browse through our vast selection of gowns and hang with us for a spell. Once you’ve found the gown of your dreams, we’ll still be there for you—from tiara 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 consultants pay attention to your wedding vision and assist you in selecting your dream dress for your perfect day. We have a number of dresses, more than 750, and are 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 experience where you are involved every step of the way.

645 N. Gilbert Rd., Ste. 174-176 | Phoenix, AZ 85234 | 480.926.9106 www.suzannesbridalboutique.com 25


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UPTOWN BRIDAL & BOUTIQUE

Uptown Bridal features elite designers and exclusive bridal lines, along with charming bridesmaids dresses, and delightful and enchanting gifts for the bride and bridal party. Scheduling an appointment with us will provide you with a personal bridal suite and a highly trained bridal consultant for a 90-minute visit. We are also more than happy to accommodate walk-in visitors depending on fitting room and consultant availability. Our personable, professional and highly-knowledgeable bridal consultants, along with our gorgeous showroom, stunning gown selection, exceptional customer service and attention to detail will make gown shopping unique, unforgettable and everything Uptown.

Uptown Bridal & Boutique strives to provide all brides with an award-wining experience to shop, select and say “yes” to the dress that is nothing short of perfection. Our timeless and spacious Historic Downtown Chandler location offers you a classy setting for finding the dress you have always dreamed of wearing on your wedding day. Our promise is to please you from the moment you enter our fabulously renovated 1918 salon until the groom watches you take the memorable stroll down the aisle. We will listen, laugh and love sharing this special shopping experience with you. Since our opening day, we have continued to inspire the Valley’s wedding trends and provide the most memorable bridal shopping experience for each and every bride.

11 W. Boston #3 | Chandler, AZ 85225 | 480.242.9408 www.uptownbrides.com 26


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A PERFECT

TUXEDO

Tux-Xpress, an Arizona Owned company, specializes in groomsmen wear and shoe rentals. We pride ourselves in supplying quality tuxedos at budget prices! Our tuxedos are in-store, in-stock and in-credible!

Tux-Xpress Super-Tux-Store 480.991.6655 waxworks01@aol.com

PERFECT BALANCE

INVITING STYLE

Combined with Whitney’s ideas of simple yet sophisticated, Signatures Invitations created this casual but elegant invitation. With your ideas and our experience, together we can produce the invitation of your dreams.

Signatures Invitations & Gifts 623.572.6820 invitations@shopsignatures.com

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Discover the healing properties of the Sonoran Desert at The Spa at Camelback Inn, where tranquility and balance come together in a perfect way. In an environment of calm and well-being, you are encouraged to reconnect with your inner self. .

The Spa at Camelback Inn 480.596.7040


MEMORABLE MOMENTS

Blackstone Country Club is the Northwest Valley’s premier wedding venue with a selection of inviting outdoor spaces, plush lawns, and elegant yet casual gathering areas. The ambiance, spectacular architecture and surrounding desert provides the perfect setting for creating memorable moments.

Blackstone Country Club Samantha Langlois, 623.707.8702 slanglois@blackstoneccaz.com

BEST BBQ

FOR YOUR WEDDING!

Pork on a Fork BBQ is a small operation that’s big on flavor, personality, and determine our success by how many messy mouthed smiles we see! No matter what option suits you best for your special day, we have it!

Pork on a Fork 602.884.8226 catering@porkonafork.com

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MOUNTAIN VIEWS

At our desert oasis, the hotel rooms and suites reflect the local landscape and culture. The natural elements of dark mesquite woods, richly hued fabrics, and Southwestern flair perfectly compliment the views of the Tortolita Mountains and Wild Burro Canyon.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain 520.572.3152 tusrz.leads@ritzcarlton.com

HYDRATED KEEP YOUR GUESTS

GARDEN OF LOVE

Weddings Get Hot! Keep guests hydrated with a one of a kind work of art that will be the talk of the town. Customized bottled water. Hydrates and Keepsake in one! “You dream it. We make it”

The feeling you got the first time you and your fiancé held hands. Your guests will be able to share that enchantment as you walk down an aisle flanked by pristine lawns, immaculate fragrant flowerbeds, and mature shade trees, then take your vows in a picturesque gazebo. Accommodating either garden weddings or receptions under the stars, this setting is the perfect backdrop for your future wedding album and all the memories tied to it. Adjacent to the garden is an elegant ballroom with a covered veranda.

Premium Water Brokers 480.389.6107 info@premiumwaterbrokers.com

The Wright House Garden Reception Centre 480.833.0902 info@thewrighthouse.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ben & Kelly Photography


CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES

NOW AT LAST THEY WERE BEGINNING CHAPTER ONE OF THE GREAT STORY WHICH NO ONE ON EARTH HAS READ: WHICH GOES ON FOREVER: IN WHICH EVERY CHAPTER IS BETTER THAN THE ONE BEFORE. C.S. LEWIS


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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-square foot Hacienda-style 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 wedding event – 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 provide exceptional guest services from beginning to end. Begin your fairytale wedding planning with a guided tour of Blackstone Country Club today.

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

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THE CLAYTON ON THE PARK GO FOR STUNNING. This is not a traditional wedding venue and we’re proud of that. The Clayton on the Park is a modern & unique alternative to the standard ballroom with a WOW factor that your guests will never forget! You’ll love our stunning indoor/outdoor spaces, neutral color palette, modern architectural design, floor to ceiling windows for an abundance of natural light, a striking glass staircase, custom light features and impeccable service. IN-HOUSE CATERING. The Clayton on the Park’s award winning catering delivers an unforgettable dining experience with fresh, local ingredients and a unique take on some traditional wedding favorites. FULL BAR SERVICES. Hand crafted cocktails, local craft beers and exemplary service have our couples raving about their experience at The Clayton! GUEST CAPACITY. The Clayton on the Park can accommodate up to 50-150 guests depending on the style and layout of the wedding.

Wedding & Event Venue Downtown Scottsdale 480.990.7300 www.theclaytononthepark.com 35


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ALDEA AT TLAQUEPAQUE PHOENIX

to fit your specific needs. Each of our packages includes six hour guest use of our beautiful private village and two hours prior use of the Bridal Suite, Groom’s Room and Family Waiting Room. Additionally, our twinkle lit ceremony courtyard with a fountain, bridge and staircase is perfect for a spectacular entrance. A second courtyard awaits your guests for cocktail hour decorated with crisscross string lighting, patio and cocktail tables, outdoor bar and four available heaters. Luminary lit hallways lead your guests to the main ballroom complete with twinkle lights, indoor bar and lounge areas as well as three private smoking patios with fireplace and fountains. We also welcome outside vendors for your special day. Come visit us at one of our open houses and see why Aldea at Tlaquepaque is the right choice for you.

Aldea at Tlaquepaque is a unique and stunning indoor/outdoor ceremony and reception center located in the Northwest Valley. Our year-round facility offers stained glass windows, towering ceilings, arches and beautiful courtyards for up to 300 guests. We offer everything a dream location should within the walls of Tlaquepaque in Phoenix. Tlaquepaque comes from the Nahuati Native Indian language, the ancient language of the Aztecs, meaning “the best of everything.” Built by Bob McIntyre and modeled after Sedona’s favorite village, walking around the village becomes an adventure in discovery. Your senses will be delighted by the splashing sounds from the courtyard fountains. Our vine-covered stucco walls, brick walkways and magnificent arched entryways give you the feeling that Tlaquepaque has been here for centuries. We have been a part of the wedding industry for 8 years and offer a variety of packages and promotions to suit every budget. We also offer all inclusive packages

4150 W. Peoria Ave. | Phoenix, AZ 85029 | 602.866.2222 www.aldeaweddings.com 36


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ANTHEM GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

professional staff is here to make your dream wedding come true. Along with our award winning culinary team who awaits the preparation of a delicious, elegant meal with only the freshest products available on the market. 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 sets the breathtaking backdrop for your wedding. Imagine walking down a white aisle towards a spectacular backdrop 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 is perfect in maintaining a casual or elegant atmosphere. Our

2708 W. Anthem Club Dr. | Anthem, AZ 85086 | 623.465.3021 www.anthemclubaz.com 37


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BOOJUM TREE HIDDEN GARDENS

PHOTO: MI AMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

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 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Individual appointments are also available to view our property.

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

16026 N. 36th St. | Phoenix, AZ 85032 | 602.867.8975 www.boojumtree.com 38


From this Day Forward FROM THIS DAY

Whether it’s a lavish reception for 500 or an intimate rehearsal dinner for 50, Carefree Resort is the ideal destination for your wedding celebration. Your happily ever after starts here. Unique Indoor and Outdoor Venues - Spectacular Lawns & Botanical Gardens - Exquisite Ballrooms Customized Catering & Tablescapes - Dedicated Social Experts & Professionally Trained Event Staff

Photo: StepOnMe Photography

37220 Mule Train Road | Carefree, AZ 85377 | 480.488.5300 | www.carefree-resort.com


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CHATEAU LUXE

PHOTO: MI AMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Executive Chef Kaushik Chowdhury. With over 18 years of culinary experience, our acclaimed chef will create a menu built to your taste that will feature fresh and local ingredients to ensure your first meal together as a married couple will be one you will never forget. Along with traditional amenities, the bride and groom will be pampered with a complimentary massage in the privacy of their dressing room, before they walk down the aisle. Our custom dĂŠcor, state-of-the-art technology and a full-service kitchen with a world-renowned chef are certain to please any bride.

From lush fabrics to terrazzo tile to spectacular custom designed chandeliers and furniture, Chateau Luxe has it all. Living up to its name, our venue takes on a modern ode to decadence and luxury. Brides will notice the extravagance from the moment they pull up to the private circular drive nestled between mountain and city views. Our 60,000-square foot venue includes multiple spaces that can fit more than 1,000 guests. A few of the stunning spaces brides will have the choice of choosing from include the Bellazzo Patio, Tuscano Ballroom or Garden with a natural desert landscape perfect for photos. We also provide in-house catering created by award-winning

1175 E. LoneCactus Dr. | Phoenix, AZ 85024 | 602.843.1118 www.chateauluxeaz.com 40


From this Day Forward FROMINTHIS DAY THE Garden,

NOTHING BLOOMS AS

beautifully as love.

Whether it’s a lavish reception for 500 or an intimate rehearsal dinner for 50, Carefree Resort is the ideal destination for your wedding celebration. Your happily ever after starts here. Unique Indoor and Outdoor Venues - Spectacular Lawns & Botanical Gardens - Exquisite Ballrooms Customized Catering & Tablescapes - Dedicated Social Experts & Professionally Trained Event Staff

Photography by Keeping Focus Photography Photo: StepOnMe Photography

The spectacular surroundings of the Desert Botanical Garden are

ideal for unique and beautiful weddings with breathtaking sunsets and unmatched charm. Whether your guest list is large or small, the Garden is the perfect place for your special day.

1201 N. Galvin37220 Parkway, Phoenix, 85008 | 480 481.8159 | dbg.org/weddings Mule TrainAZRoad | Carefree, AZ 85377 | 480.488.5300

| www.carefree-resort.com


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DISCOVER MARANA ARIZONA

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The Gallery Golf Club

The Highlands at Dove Mountain

The Gallery offers majestic views from its perch in the Tortolita Mountains, and the Highlands beckon with the promise of sumptuous meals in a dazzling mountainside setting. At each of these distinctive venues, you can experience first rate amenities at an affordable price. 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.

When you think “destination wedding,” not many people think of Arizona, but your perfect destination for your wedding is closer than you think. Located northwest of Tucson, Marana is one of the fastest growing cities in Arizona. With new and exciting additions, surrounded by the breathtaking Sonoran Desert, Marana is the ideal location if you’re looking for a modern, naturally beautiful setting. Amongst the rich desert landscape, you can enjoy everything from the rustic chic atmosphere of the Stardance Event Center to the upscale luxury of the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, a five star rated resort.

520.382.1988 www.discovermarana.org 43


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DOUBLETREE BY HILTON PHOENIX - TEMPE

ballrooms, the Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix - Tempe is a place where the little things matter. Your coordinator will ensure that all you dreamed for your special day will flawlessly become reality as you and your guests enjoy creative food presentations, dĂŠcor elements, and production components offered individually or as a complete wedding package. Contact one of our wedding specialists today to begin making your special memories of tomorrow.

Let us help you create your special memories at our special place in Tempe, Arizona featuring historic Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture, ballroom spaces for up to 500 people, 270 spacious guest rooms, Absolute Vitality Spa, three dining outlets and warm attentive service experiences. Our dedicated wedding specialists will capture your vision and make your special day a lifetime experience. Offering three outdoor ceremony options and three separate indoor

2100 S. Priest Dr. | Tempe, AZ 85282 | 480.967.1441 www.phoenixtempe.doubletree.com 44


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EL CHORRO

venue can accommodate anywhere from 75 to 300 guests. In addition to the gorgeous spaces of El Chorro, our wedding specialists will help you create a timeless menu offering to delight your guests and enhance your memorable day. Our inspired menu options are prefect for any occasion from a formal sit-down setting to a savory buffet selection. We also invite you to try our expansive wine selection and handcrafted cocktails. El Chorro has everything you could ever need to the iconic and classic wedding you’ve always envisioned.

Honoring the heritage of an Arizona landmark, El Chorro provides a renowned desert setting at the base of Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountains, a perfect locale for a distinct wedding, special event or 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 renowned Classroom Bar that has been carefully restored to reflect its legacy dĂŠcor. Additionally, the Casa Paloma Event Lawn is made up of 6,500 sq. ft. of full stage area that offers unparalleled views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains. With a variety of wedding spaces, our

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


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FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS

you through every detail of your wedding experience—from menus to music, even arranging hair and 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 will help you plan the wedding you’ve always dreamt of. Our wedding space offers 156,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space highlighting the breathtaking Arizona scenery. You can choose from our stunning lagoons and rose garden to our two Grand Ballrooms or new 25,000 sq. ft. Great Lawn with stunning sunset views, our resort is the perfect backdrop for your special day. Our professional staff will guide

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


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GOLD CANYON GOLF RESORT

Lawn, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape and the endless backdrop of the Majestic Superstition Mountains. In the efforts of making this a truly special day a professional staff will happily assist you in all your planning needs so you have one less wedding task to worry about. Our facilities offer a variety of amenities including two Championship 18-Hole golf courses, full service salon and spa, hotel rooms and an excellent restaurant. We highly encourage you to stop by for a visit to see the scenic views and flawless amenities for yourself.

Gold Canyon Golf Resort is artfully nestled in the foothills of the majestic Superstition Mountains, offering an array of spectacular and breathtaking views that are conveniently located in Phoenix’s East Valley. Capturing your dreams, we offer a complete selection of services to meet your every need, whether it is a lively wedding reception, an elegant rehearsal dinner or a bridal shower. Our experienced staff will ensure the event goes off without a single error. Our spaces include a ballroom that can be transformed into a space that you’ve only imagined in your dreams as well as the Flat Iron

6100 S. Kings Ranch Rd. | Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 | 480.982.9090 www.gcgr.com 48


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MCCORMICK RANCH GOLF CLUB

Our ceremony site is located on the grassy 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 people. 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, 6,600 sq. ft. and accommodates anywhere from 65 to 400 people year round, is downright palatial featuring floor to ceiling accordion, glass doors. The emerald lawn sets the stage for the perfect 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.

7505 E. McCormick Pkwy | Scottsdale, AZ 85258 | 480.948.7011 www.mccormickranchgolf.com 49


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THE MCCORMICK SCOTTSDALE

The McCormick Scottsdale is an oasis in the heart of the city. The newly renovated, 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 the perfect relaxed setting for any wedding, whether it is a small intimate ceremony or one with up to 200 guests. Our dedicated catering 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, tennis, sand volleyball, fishing and boating during your stay. The McCormick features breathtaking views of Cam­elback Mountain, McCormick Ranch Golf Club, Camelback Lake and the McDowell Mountains. Choose the McCormick Scottsdale for your dream wedding.

7401 N. Scottsdale Rd. | Scottsdale, AZ 85253 | 480.948.5050 www.millenniumhotels.com/usa/millenniumscottsdale 50


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OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY

in a separate gazebo and has over 120 premium tequilas, a complete selection of beers, wine and liquor. Our food is southwestern with a Mexican twist. Our restaurant has a perfect atmosphere to accommodate up to 300 quests. 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. Our property boasts a 1,400 sq. ft. flagstone patio that is surrounded by green vegetation and shaded by 100-year-old pecan tress. 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. Our bar is located

6910 E. Main St. | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | 480.945.4567 www.oldtowntortillafactory.com 51


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PEORIA PINES GOLF & RESORT

a full service kitchen, where you can choose from pasta, chicken, fish, beef or let our Executive Chef, Matt D’Arnese build a custom menu. Our wedding gazebo is also nestled in a beautiful outdoor setting of greenery and waterfront. Additionally, brides have the option to choose from the Albatross Bar & Grill, the Putting Green Patio or the Palm Room Banquet Facility. With all our options, there’s a dream wedding space for any bride. Come tour the venue for yourself and let us help celebrate your union, while reflecting your beliefs, solidifying your commitment and honoring your traditions.

Peoria Pines is the perfect golf course setting for your special day with a timeless elegance you and your guests will remember forever. We pride ourselves in creating memories you will cherish for a lifetime with our seamless customer service, spectacular setting and dazzling array of culinary delights. Whether you are looking for a traditional, trend setting, casual or formal wedding theme, our wedding coordinator will assist you in planning the perfect wedding just for you. Our space is perfect for any wedding, rehearsal dinner or bachelor/bachelorette party. Our newly renovated ballroom seats up to 160 guests and includes

8411 N. 107th Ave. | Peoria, AZ 85345 | 623.972.1364 www.peoriapines.com 52


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SASSI

with over 1500 metal rivets. Our private wedding space is the perfect location for your reception dinner with French doors leading out to our courtyard, two fireplaces and wood beamed ceilings. With only one wedding per day, we pride ourselves in the high-level of personal service as we walk each and every couple step by step through your wedding homework so no detail is left forgotten. We would love for you to come experience and fall in love with Sassi as we offer private tours, incentives and special prices based on time of year and date.

It will be our pleasure to welcome you to Sassi, one of Arizona’s best wedding venues with the romantic charm and grace of an Italian villa, surrounded by breath taking mountain views, stunning sunsets, lush landscaping, uplit trees, fountains, and views of the desert and Pinnacle Peak. You and your guests will be greeted in the cobblestone courtyard and escorted through the beautiful scenic corridor out to the garden lawn. One of the most dramatic ceremony entrances in the valley as you open our gorgeous signature hand-carved wood doors embellished

10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pwky | Scottsdale, AZ 85255 | 480.502.3335 www.sassiweddings.com 53


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THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH

entertainment, your planner will handle everything you need. Then, our awardwinning culinary team will balance quality and artistry to design your ultimate wedding menu. We pride ourselves on raising the bar when it comes to assisting you with your wedding planning. Planning a wedding at AAA Four Diamond Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is like being in a dream. The sun glisten off majestic mountains, beautifully landscaped grounds serve as a backdrop for spectacular photography and elegant cuisine adds flavor to a gorgeously appointed ballroom. It’s all part of your very own wonderful celebration on Scottsdale’s premiere wedding venue— the most romantic destination for both grand and intimate weddings in Arizona.

A once in a lifetime commitment deserves a once in a lifetime setting. AAA Four Diamond Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center offers affordable all-inclusive packages filled with design options, culinary and wedding cake selections and bar packages. Our venue can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 800 guests. The bride and groom can choose from a variety of wedding ceremony locations and venues where romance, joy and love can come together in perfect harmony. Our spaces range from the refined elegance of a graceful ballroom to a sun-dappled poolside ceremony or a lushly landscaped patio beneath a canopy of stars. We also want to ensure that you get the opportunity to build the wedding you’ve always envisioned. Creative and knowledgeable wedding resort planners will turn your vision into a reality. From floral to linens and invitations to

7700 E. McCormick Pkwy | Scottsdale, AZ 85258 | 480.596.7588 www.thescottsdaleresort.com 54


2620 W. Dunlap Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021

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SOHO63

enjoy their reception with the combination of the latest technology and the flexibility of fantastic bartenders and your own liquor. Our property can accommodate weddings from 25 to 200 guests within four hip and historic event spaces that can be used individually or collectively as a freeflowing space. Restaurants, pubs, resorts and free parking are within walking distance to SoHo63, giving your guests the opportunity to situate in one place to enjoy a stress free wedding at this unique venue.

SoHo63 provides brides with the classic, downtown chic atmosphere that can be tricky to come across in a majority desert area. Our venue, located in vibrant Downtown Chandler, captures the essence of a city loft with a selection of beautifully appointed indoor and outdoor spaces. Featuring a grand gated entryway, multiple contemporary indoor spaces, and an exquisite terrace modeled after a New York City rooftop, SoHo63 is a beautifully appointed venue with a warm and modern vibe. The couple can say “I do� surrounded by candlelight or under the clear, nighttime sky filled with stars. Afterwards, the newly wedded couple can

63 E. Boston St. | Chandler, AZ 85225 | 480.878.5663 www.soho63.com 57


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TEMPE MISSION PALMS

Let the Tempe Mission Palms create a wedding to remember! From the moment you enter the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, you will be greeted by unprecedented warmth and contemporary elegance. The architectural appeal of the hotel reflects the characteristic mission style combined with careful, creative landscaping and interior design to create a stunningly beautiful setting. The result is the perfect backdrop for the wedding of a lifetime. From our ballrooms to the inviting courtyard and rooftop terrace, our luxury hotel provides the premier setting in the Phoenix area for all styles of wedding ceremonies, receptions and social events. Our space features spectacular views of the gently sloping desert, Mill Avenue, and Downtown

Tempe, with more than 30,000 sq. ft. of elegant, flexible function space, ac­commodating events of 20 to 500 people. Located in the heart of the Downtown Tempe area, your out-of-town guests will enjoy convenient walking access to over 100 restaurants, bars and shops. Our concierge can also arrange for special activities - including golf, desert jeep tours, hot air bal­looning and spa days. Your guests will also enjoy relaxing at our rooftop pool, unwinding with a cocktail at our Harry’s Place Lounge, and retreating to their deluxe accommodations in our AAA Four Diamond rated hotel. Let our staff of professionals devote themselves to you and your guests, making sure the wedding of your dreams becomes a reality in Tempe.

60 E. 5th St. | Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480.317.1526 www.missionpalms.com 60


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THE CLUBHOUSE AT TONTO VERDE

atmosphere complete with the stunning views through the floor to ceiling windows. Our highly experienced staff and exceptional culinary team will handle every single detail of your wedding so you can simply enjoy the day. In addition, our event staff is happy to work with you to provide floral designs, dĂŠcor, upgraded linens, entertainment, menu cards, equipment rentals, specialty bar service, ice carvings and more. Let us customize something just for your special day and help you create forever memories at Tonto Verde.

The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde is your ultimate wedding destination. Just minutes from North Scottsdale, our beautiful Santa Fe styled venue is surrounded by a peaceful quiet and beauty that is unmatched anywhere in Arizona. The lake and rolling greens combined with views of Four Peaks and the surrounding Mazatzal Mountain Range creates a tranquil and romantic setting beyond compare. Imagine your wedding ceremony taking place on our outdoor lawn with up-lit trees, views of the lake with its waterfalls, romantic sunsets and majestic mountain backdrop. Inside our Clubhouse, the interior and event space offers a soft, warm and romantic

18401 E. El Circulo Dr. | Rio Verde, AZ 85263 | 480.471.2582 ext.303 www.tontoverdeweddings.com 61


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TUBAC GOLF RESORT & SPA

special wedding day making it everything you ever dreamed of and more.. Debi Crossland, Weddings & Events Manager, and her team will assist you with planning your rehearsal dinner, venue locations, ceremony, reception, after glow party, spa and salon services and all the other details at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa. Our courteous and attentive staff will work closely with you to ensure that everything exceeds your expectations. From lavish celebrations to more stylish and intimate ceremonies, we will bring your dream wedding to life. Our award-winning culinary professionals will make your wedding one that will be remembered fondly. Creating exquisite menus from refined gourmet selections to the simple yet flavorful, their expertise adds a delectable complement to any wedding. Let Tubac Golf Resort & Spa create any kind of wedding you can imagine and desire.

A serene high desert oasis, the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is an enchanting place to begin the rest of your life together. Nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley on the historic 500-acre Otero Ranch, the resort is surrounded by the Coronado National Forest, known for its beauty and tranquility. The resort features Spanish hacienda architecture, lush grounds, beautiful gardens, Arizona’s incredibly clear blue skies and a wide array of elegant amenities, making your wedding celebration a fantastic experience for everyone. Exchange vows in a stunningly beautiful 1700s replica missionstyle Chapel, enjoy a lovely reception on the Otero Lawn with views of the dramatic peaks of the Santa Rita Mountains or hold your reception inside the grand ballroom with views of the lake at the Island Green. The romance, elegance and beauty of this resort destination will enhance your

1 Ave. de Otero Rd. | Tubac, AZ 85646 | 520.398.2211 or 800.848.7893 www.tubacgolfresort.com 62


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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 peace of mind that your wedding is in the best, most capable hands. We have an elegant banquet hall that extends into an open, spacious courtyard surrounded by our 2.5 acre pecan grove.

The pecan trees are wrapped in over 30,000 twinkling lights and provide the perfect serene backdrop offering a space that is both beautiful and timeless. We look forward to creating your dream wedding. Please join us at our weekly Open House, Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

7010 S. 27th Ave. | Phoenix, AZ 85041 | 602.456.0803 www.venueatthegrove.com 63


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VILLA SIENA

choose the grand La Stanza 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 square feet of indoor space as well as 6,500 square feet 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

890 W. Elliot Rd. | GIlbert, AZ 85233 | 480.782.7218 www.villasiena.cc 65


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W SCOTTSDALE

Lounge around in the most stylish suite or choose to explore the wonders happening in the sensational city that surrounds. From fab flowers, extraordinary eats, cool candles and more, the possibilities are endless at W Scottsdale.

From our iconic rooftop WET Deck to our vibrant location in the center of the Entertainment District, W Scottsdale is the perfect choice to make any celebration unforgettable. Enjoy exclusive Whatever/Whenever services so your every experience – whether it’s a bachelor(ette) weekend with your entourage or an extravagant reception - is exactly how you’ve always imagined.

7227 E. Camelback Rd. | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | 480.970.2132 www.wscottsdalehotel.com/scottsdale-wedding-venues 66


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WAREHOUSE215 @ BENTLEY PROJECTS

Phoenix event venue for unforgettable weddings. This renovated historic venue perfectly captures the young, creative spirit of Phoenix and offers you the freedom to transform the space into your own special vision. If simplicity is what you desire, the building’s unique characteristics alone can make the perfect backdrop without accessorizing. Warehouse215’s proximity to Downtown Phoenix and its burgeoning food scene, nightlife and new hotels has crowned it as one of the Valley’s most popular private event destinations. Call today to find out how we can help make your special event a memorable one.

Arizona boasts some of the finest resorts, hotels and golf courses in the country, but once you’re inside all those ballrooms become monotonous. Warehouse215, a historic linen laundry dating from 1918, features soaring, wood bow trussed ceilings with crystal chandeliers, highlighting the spacious facility while evoking a timeless elegance. Soft bistro lights and a warm brick interior offers a truly romantic appeal to your oneof-a-kind event. Located in the heart of Phoenix’s urban-chic Warehouse District, the venue boasts 10,000 square feet of flexible interior space and a beautifully landscaped 1,500 square foot patio. Warehouse215 is the

215 E. Grant St. | Phoenix, AZ 85004 | 602.340.9200 www.warehouse215.com 67


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WEKOPA RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER

becomes a reality. Our culinary staff will ensure 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, the 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 and Conference Center is a truly unique location for your wedding. Native American tradition, contemporary architecture, championship golf courses, mountain views and desert activities 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-square-foot ballroom. Our catering team will work with you from start to finish ensuring your wedding vision

10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd. | Scottsdale, AZ 85264 | 480.789.5536 www.wekoparesort.com 68


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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 69


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fresh watercolor

AT WAREHOUSE215 @ BENTLEY PROJECTS EVENT DESIGNER Events By Stephanie Antoinette

PHOTOGRAPHER Malone Sinclaire

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Events By Stephanie Antoinette PHOTOGRAPHER Malone Sinclaire VENUE Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects FLORIST Flower Bar RENTALS Glamour & Woods and Prim Unique Rentals PAPER Vee Creative GOWN: Schaffer’s MAKEUP Makeup by Whitney HAIR Sheyenna - Nearly Famous Salon MODELS Ashley and Ruby (dog)

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copper and cacti

AT AMARA RESORT & SPA, SEDONA EVENT DESIGNER Butterfly Petals

PHOTOGRAPHER Daniel Kim Photography

the team

VENUE Amara Resort & Spa, Sedona PHOTOGRAPHER Daniel Kim Photography EVENT DESIGNER Butterfly Petals FLORIST Butterfly Petals RENTALS Verve Events & Tents

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mod sonoran romance AT OCOTILLO GOLF RESORT

EVENT DESIGNER dei-zinz fresh studio

PHOTOGRAPHER Casey Graham, I Do Photography

the team

VENUE Ocotillo Golf Resort PHOTOGRAPHER Casey Graham , I Do Photography EVENT DESIGNER dei - zinz fresh studio FLORIST dei - zinz fresh studio RENTALS Y-Knot Party & Rentals and Event Rents LINENS Southwick Linens CAKE Piece of Cake PAPER Shelby Bursley

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romantic rendezvous AT COUP DES TARTES

EVENT DESIGNER Tie the Knot by Tessa

PHOTOGRAPHER Rachel Solomon Photography

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Tie the Knot by Tessa PHOTOGRAPHER Rachel Solomon Photography VENUE Coup Des Tartes FLORIST Butterfly Petals RENTALS Fancy Lou Designs PAPER Foil & Ink CAKE Ruze Cake House GOWN Cleo & Clementine MENSWEAR Brothers Tailors Custom Clothier HAIR & MAKEUP Hair and Makeup by Kiana MODELS Darby Deak and Kyle O’Malley

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natural beauty of love AT COPPERWYND RESORT & CLUB

EVENT DESIGNER Meant2Be Events

PHOTOGRAPHER StepOnMe Photography

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Meant2Be Events PHOTOGRAPHER StepOnMe Photography VENUE CopperWynd Resort & Club FLORIST Chasing Bliss Design RENTALS Classic Party Rentals PAPER Be In Love Designs CAKE Piece of Cake GOWN LUV Bridal MENSWEAR Parker & Schmidt Clothiers HAIR & MAKEUP Babydoll Weddings MODELS Saydi Driggers and Ben McKee

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FLORAL & DÉCOR

IF I HAD A FLOWER FOR EVERY TIME I THOUGHT OF YOU … I COULD WALK THROUGH MY GARDEN FOREVER. ALFRED LORD TENNYSON


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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 82


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THE STUDIO AT CACTUS FLOWER

we have become much more than just a florist. We have five convenient valley wide locations, allowing us to be close to any bride. We also aim to captivate you and your guests from start to finish with any arrangements that the bride’s heart desires. With our attention to detail and budget, there’s nothing we would not do to help create a day that’s as magical as you’ve always dreamed it to be. We invite you to let us pair our talent and inspiration with your vision to create an event that is uniquely yours.

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 operated business with award-winning service,

10822 N. Scottsdale Rd. | Scottsdale, AZ 85254 | 480.358.5473 www.cactusflowerevents.com 83


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INVITATIONS, GIFTS & RENTALS

LOVE IS ALWAYS BESTOWED AS A GIFT – FREELY, WILLINGLY AND WITHOUT EXPECTATION. WE DON’T LOVE TO BE LOVED; WE LOVE TO LOVE. LEO BUSCAGLIA


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CARTWRIGHT’S LEATHER COMPANY & DIAMOND H HATS

Cartwrights Leather Company & Diamond H Hats is a 100% American made product from Cave Creek, Arizona. All of our products are custom crafted by hand. Our Artisan only uses the finest materials to create our one of a kind pieces. With a strong history and knowledge in traditional south-western culture combined with years of experience, we strive to

produce a high quality and functional product. We custom make several items for your bridal party, including: cowboy hats, belts, leather dress girdles, customized cuffs, wallets, tooled leather guest books, tooled “Save the Date” horse tack and wedding party coasters. We can create anything you can imagine for your special day!

5734 E. Rancho Manana Blvd, Ste 7 | Cave Creek, AZ 85331 | 480.788.3524 www.cartwrightsleathercompany.com 86


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MASAYA PHOTO BOOTH

have to go beyond expectations. Our team is professional yet fun, will be appropriately dressed for your event and always strive to encourage your guests to have a fun time with our Photo Booth. The Masaya Photo Booth uses a green screen, so all our photos are on a customized background, specific for your event. We do not print 2 x 3 strips as we consider these disposable; instead 4 x 6 prints are available for creating keepsake memories. But in the end - cost makes the difference and we are affordable!

Masaya is the Filipino word used for cheerful, jubilant, happy, generally used to mean “In Good Spirits�. We felt this to be very appropriate for our Photo Booth as that is the goal, to make your event cheerful, with happy guests in good spirits. The Photo Booth is operated by husband and wife team Mario & Maribell. Mario is a hobby photographer and graphic designer; Maribell has over 10 years in hospitality with 2 years as an Executive Meeting Specialist. We bring the fun to your event! So why use Masaya Photo Booth for your event? With so many Photo Booth choices out there, we realize we

4222 N. 101st Ave. | Phoenix, AZ 85037 | 602.369.0757 www.masayaphotobooth.com 87


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SIGNATURES SIGNATURES

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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 24 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.

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MORE VENDORS WE ADORE CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES

FOOTHILLS GOLF CLUB

THE LEGACY BALLROOM

Fall in love all over again at The Foothills Golf Club. Nestled in the rustic beauty of South Mountain’s ridges, we offer an intimate setting complete with breathtaking mountain views for up to 225 guests.

As one of Arizona’s most private and elegant venues for weddings, The Legacy Ballroom offers multiple spaces for ceremonies and receptions, all featuring beautiful mountain views. Please call to schedule a private tour and secure your date!

Phone: 480.460.5350 Website: www.thefoothillsgc.com/weddings-banquets Contact Email: fhcatering@ahwatukeegc.com

Phone: 480.382.3829 Website: www.thelegacyballroom.com Contact Email: info@thelegacyballroom.com

HASSAYAMPA INN

The Historic Hassayampa Inn, just a short 90-minute drive north, located in the Historic District of Prescott – this hotel offers comforting small town charm while being closely situated near sights and sounds of Prescott. Intimate weddings from 25 to 300 attendees. Phone: 800.322.1927 Website: www.hassayampainn.com Contact Email: amore@hassayampainn.com

CULINARY SERVICE

CAKES BY WHISK

Cakes by Whisk, formally Let Them Eat Cake, is an award winning cake boutique specializing in custom designed wedding + party cakes for all occasions. Not only are they confectionery art, they taste delicious. Phone: 480.946.4888 Website: www.cakesbywhisk.com Contact Email: hello@cakesbywhisk.com

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FLORAL & DÉCOR

DEI-ZINZ FRESH STUDIO

We provide new and innovative styles while preserving the classical elegance every event deserves. Our master florists have served the valley for twenty-two years and seamlessly add life and beauty to every event.. Phone: 480.368.2254 Website: www.dei-zinzfreshstudio.com Contact Email: info@dei-zinzfreshstudio.com

FLOWERS BY JODI

Since 1995 we have had the honor of providing flowers for thousands of weddings valley wide. Award winning designs, exceptional customer service and exceeding expectations are a few of the reasons couple’s year after year have voted Flowers By Jodi Arizona’s Best Wedding Florist! We are excited to meet with you to create your unique wedding day vision! Phone: 602.264.6932 Website: www.flowersbyjodi.com Contact Email: flowersbyjodi@yahoo.com


MORE VENDORS WE ADORE YOUR EVENT FLORIST

Your Event Florist is a floral event design studio specializing in sophisticated, timeless & luxurious custom floral designs and décor for weddings & events. We provide one-of-a-kind designs that are intrinsically reflective of our clients personal style. Phone: 480.203.2740 Website: www.youreventflorist.com Contact Email: info@youreventflorist.com

PHOTO & VIDEO

MINSON WEDDINGS

You need a team that is dedicated to assisting you on making your wedding special and documenting it for you to relive! Brian Minson comes ready with the style you want, the trust you need, and the results you demand. Phone: 602.688.9124 Website: www.minsonweddings.com Contact Email: brian@brianminson.com

STEPONME PHOTOGRAPHY

SPECIALTY RENTALS

SNAPBOOTH ENTERTAINMENT

The first kiss, first dance and the father daughter dance are just a few that you will want to cherish forever. StepOnMe Photography captures those emotions with a photo-journalistic and modern style. We cherish every client and strive for excellence!

Snapbooth will create fun memories that last a lifetime! We love to encourage your guests who leave with a perfect wedding memory. Offering personalized scrapbooks, fun props, social media sharing, slideshows of photos and more!

Phone: 480.663.3490 Website: www.steponmephoto.com Contact Email: stephanie@steponmephoto.com

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SOMETHING NEW MEDIA

We’re a wedding film + photography that brings people joy through timeless experiences. We take pride in our focus on your needs, while capturing one of the most happy and joyous day of your life! Phone: 602.730.0478 Website: www.somethingnew.media Contact Email: booking@somethingnewmedia.com

WEDDING CONSULTANT

EVENTS BY DANIELLE

Events by Danielle offers comprehensive global luxury wedding design. Danielle’s meticulous attention to detail and discerning eye for romance ensures that while other ‘wedding planners’ may offer something merely memorable, your event will be unforgettable. Phone: 480.788.6832 Website: www.eventsbydanielle.net Contact Email: danielle@eventsbydanielle.net

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ADVERTISER INDEX BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

SASSI...................................................................................................................................................................................................53 THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH....................................................................................54 SHERATON CRESCENT HOTEL........................................................................................................................................55

ARTISTRY ON LOCATION.....................................................................................................................................................22 BRIDAL BOUTIQUE OF ARIZONA...................................................................................................................................23 CORNELIS HOLLANDER........................................................................................................................................................24 E.D. MARSHALL JEWELERS..................................................................................................................................................5 ROLFS SALON...............................................................................................................................................................................29 SCHAFFER’S.....................................................................................................................................................................................7 THE SPA AT CAMELBACK INN.........................................................................................................................................28 SUZANNE’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE & TUXEDO..........................................................................................................25 TUX-XPRESS SUPER-TUX-STORE...................................................................................................................................28 UPTOWN BRIDAL & BOUTIQUE.......................................................................................................................................26

SHERATON GRAND AT WILD HORSE PASS...........................................................................................................56 SOHO63............................................................................................................................................................................................57 STONEBRIDGE MANOR.........................................................................................................................................................58 TALKING STICK RESORT.......................................................................................................................................................59 TEMPE MISSION PALMS.......................................................................................................................................................60 TUBAC GOLF RESORT & SPA............................................................................................................................................62 VENUE AT THE GROVE..........................................................................................................................................................63 VERRADO GOLF CLUB...........................................................................................................................................................64 VILLA SIENA..................................................................................................................................................................................65 W SCOTTSDALE...........................................................................................................................................................................66 WAREHOUSE215.........................................................................................................................................................................67 WEKOPA RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER.........................................................................................................68 WINDEMERE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER...................................................................................................69 THE WRIGHT HOUSE GARDEN RECEPTION CENTRE................................................................12, 13, 29

BRIDAL SHOWS BRIDAL FASHION DEBUT.....................................................................................................................................................95 PHOENIX BRIDAL SHOW......................................................................................................................................................94

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES ALDEA AT TLAQUEPAQUE PHOENIX..........................................................................................................................36 ANTHEM GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB...............................................................................................................................37 BLACKSTONE COUNTRY CLUB...................................................................................................................29, 32, 33 BOOJUM TREE HIDDEN GARDENS..............................................................................................................................38 CAREFREE RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER.....................................................................................................39 CHATEAU LUXE...........................................................................................................................................................................40 THE CLAYTON ON THE PARK.................................................................................................................................34, 35 THE CLUBHOUSE AT TONTO VERDE...........................................................................................................................61 DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN...........................................................................................................................................41 DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW............................................................................................................................................42 DISCOVER MARANA ARIZONA.......................................................................................................................................43 DOUBLETREE BY HILTON PHOENIX-TEMPE...........................................................................................................44 EL CHORRO....................................................................................................................................................................................45 ELEMENTS EVENT CENTER AT AK-CHIN CIRCLE.................................................................................................9 FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS...........................................................................................................................46 FOOTHILLS GOLF CLUB.........................................................................................................................................................92 FOUR POINTS SHERATON PHOENIX-NORTH.......................................................................................................55 FOUR SEASONS RESORT SCOTTSDALE AT TROON NORTH....................................................................47 GOLD CANYON GOLF RESORT........................................................................................................................................48 HASSAYAMPA INN....................................................................................................................................................................92 THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTER.........................................................................................Inside Back Cover THE JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN.......................................................................Inside Back Cover THE LEGACY BALLROOM.....................................................................................................................................................92 MCCORMICK RANCH GOLF CLUB.................................................................................................................................49 THE MCCORMICK SCOTTSDALE.....................................................................................................................................50 OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY.....................................................................................................................................51 PEORIA PINES GOLF & RESORT......................................................................................................................................52 THE PHOENICIAN..........................................................................................................................................................................1 THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOVE MOUNTAIN................................................................................................10, 11, 29

CULINARY SERVICES BEVMO!.............................................................................................................................................Inside Front Cover CAKES BY WHISK.......................................................................................................................................................................92 PORK ON A FORK......................................................................................................................................................................29 POUR MASTERS..........................................................................................................................................................................90

FLORAL & DÉCOR BRADY’S FLORAL GALLERY...............................................................................................................................................82 DEI-ZINZ FRESH STUDIO......................................................................................................................................................92 FLOWERS BY JODI....................................................................................................................................................................92 THE STUDIO AT CACTUS FLOWER...............................................................................................................................83 Y-KNOT PARTY & RENTALS.....................................................................................................................Back Cover YOUR EVENT FLORIST...........................................................................................................................................................93

INVITATIONS, GIFTS & RENTALS CARTWRIGHT LEATHER........................................................................................................................................................86 MASAYA PHOTO BOOTH......................................................................................................................................................87 PREMIUM WATER BROKERS.............................................................................................................................................29 SIGNATURES INVITATIONS & GIFTS.......................................................................................................28, 88, 89 SNAPBOOTH ENTERTAINMENT......................................................................................................................................93 Y-KNOT PARTY & RENTALS.....................................................................................................................Back Cover

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY MINSON WEDDINGS................................................................................................................................................................93 STEPONME PHOTOGRAPHY.............................................................................................................................................93 SOMETHING NEW MEDIA....................................................................................................................................................93

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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

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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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