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October 22, 2015

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As you write your vows, the majority of you “do not know where to start.” Word choice is crucial. If you want your husband to “obey,” you must also be willing to “obey.” Longer vows is not necessarily better. With better word choice, you are effectively able to communicate with less.

Remember, you are speaking and marrying your spouse, not the officiant. You have turned to face each other and are gazing into each other’s eyes, and this is the promise to become each other’s legal partner. Many couples choose to write their own vows. Are you good at writing, yet not at public speaking, or the opposite?

Ceremony Vows may be declared in three ways. Depending on your choice, remember the man traditionally recites/responds first, with the woman reciting/responding second.
1). The officiant may recite the vows, and you respond with, “I Do,” or “I Will,” the man goes first, the woman second.
2). The officiant may recite each line of your vows and you repeat each line after the officiant (this works well if it isn’t too long).
3). You read or recite the vows yourself.
Here are alphabetized words to inspire and assist you in your vow writing brainstorm!

A
Abiding
Absolute
Abundantly
Accepted
Achievement
Admirable
Admire
Adore
Affection
Allegiance
Alliance
Always
Anticipate
Attraction
Authentic

B
Beauty
Believe
Beloved
Bind
Blessing
Bliss
Bold
Bond
Brilliant

C
Canvas
Caring
Celebration
Charm
Cherish
Comfort
Commemorate
Commitment
Community
Companionship
Compassion
Complete
Connection
Considerate
Constant
Content
Covenant
Cultivate

D
Darling
Declare
Dedication
Delight
Desire
Destiny
Devoted
Devotion
Dignity
Distinct
Divine
Dream

E
Elation
Elegance
Embrace
Emotion
Empathy
Encourage
Endless
Enduring
Energetic
Energy
Engaging
Enthusiasm
Entirety
Essence
Esteem
Eternal
Ethical
Everlasting
Exquisite

F
Faith
Favorite
Fellow
Fidelity
Fondly
Forever
Form
Forthright
Foster
Friendship
Fun

G
Generous
Gentle
Genuine
Gift
Glad
Glance
Glorious
Godly
Grace
Grandeur
Grateful
Gratitude
Gravity
Growth

H
Happiness
Harmony
Health
Heart
Heartfelt
Heights
Heavenly
Highlight
Holy
Honest
Honor
Hope
Humor

I
Ideal
Immense
Immortal
Independent
Indestructible
Infinite
Influence
Insightful
Inspirational
Inspire
Integral
Integrity
Intense
Intensions
Interwining
Intimate
Invaluable
Inward

J
Join
Journey
Joy
Jubliant
Judgement

K
Karma
Key
Kiss
Knowledge

L
Lasting
Laughter
Life
Lifetime
Light
Limitless
Love
Loyal

M
Marry
Masterpiece
Matrimony
Mature
Meaningful
Melted
Memorable
Merge
Miracle
Moral
Motivate
Motive
Mutual

N
Natural
Never-ending
Noble
Nuptial

O
Oneness
Open
Optimism
Overcome

P
Partner
Passion
Peaceful
Perfection
Permanent
Pillars
Playful
Pleasure
Pledge
Poise
Powerful
Precious
Predetermined
Present
Preserve
Priceless
Principle
Priority
Promise
Prosperity
Protect
Provide
Pure
Purpose
Pursue

Q
Quality
Quest

R
Radiant
Rare
Real
Refresh
Regard
Rejoice
Relationship
Renew
Resolve
Respect
Responsible
Richness
Righteous

S
Sacred
Sacrifice
Safe
Satisfaction
Sealing
Season
Security
Selfless
Senses
Serene
Shining
Sincerity
Smiles
Solemn
Solidify
Soulmate
Source
Spirit
Splendid
Steadfast
Stimulate
Strengthens
Succeed
Suited
Support
Supreme
Symbol
Symbolize

T
Tears
Tender
Thankful
Thread
Token
Total
Tradition
Transparent
Treasure
True
Trust

U
Ultimate
Understanding
Unify
Union
United
Universe
Universal
Uplifting

V
Value
Vibrant
Virtuous
Vision
Vivacious
Vow

W
Warmth
Whole
Wisdom
Wish
Witness
Worldly
Worthy
Woven

Z
Zealous
Zest

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Master Wedding Planner | 1 of 75 in the World
Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner | Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner | Sedona Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings | Weddings Worldwide
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November 28, 2014

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Proposing over the holidays? Make this a one-of-a-kind marriage proposal!

ASK PERMISSION FROM HER PARENTS.  Start your journey on the right foot by being respectful and asking her parents for her hand in marriage. They may have some opinions on the perfect proposal too.

ENGAGEMENT RING.  An engagement ring, just like the marriage, is a lifetime commitment. She will be wearing this daily, and may want a say in the final selection. Find this out, since it will be part of her everyday routines. You may want to “window shop for rings” with her, since you obviously have talked about marriage. Her mom may be able to aid you in suggestions for the ring too, and possibly her best friend. Just make sure they know this is a surprise!  Christopher Diamonds, in Chandler, AZ, is my FAVORITE jeweler.  Family owned and operated, as for Chris, and let him know Kim Horn personally sent you!

ELEMENT OF SURPRISE Many ladies may “expect” this as a holiday gift or as a birthday gift, so always recommend doing something which is UNEXPECTED for the element of surprise!  You could make it an early holiday or early birthday gift so she doesn’t expect it to happen at that time or location!

LET HER KNOW WHY.  Don’t just ask her to marry you, let her know WHY she is the one for you. Ladies LOVE reasons, right!  Write down a list of reasons WHY she is the one (keep it for later in case you need it for your wedding vows too!) Edit your wording, and make it flow. Recite it often, so it rolls off the tip of your tongue versus being choppy.

MAKE HER WORK FOR IT.  Leave her clues.  When she comes home from work on a Monday (vs. Friday), leave an envelope taped to her door or a place where she will look for a note, and mention letter #1 “This is the beginning of a series of clues that will end in a life-changing event.”  Make sure letter #1 has a huge M on it.  Tape an envelope and mention letter #2 (which haw a huge A on it), “Where and how did this all begin?”   Describe in a few sentences how you knew she was the one for you.  Tape an envelope and mention letter #3 and make sure this has a huge R on it.  Talk in this note about the joys of living together, and coming home to her everyday.  You will need at least 7 envelopes which spell out MARRY ME?  Leave clues hidden throughout the house, her car, her office, her bathroom, you know where she frequents often, and doesn’t expect it!  For the E, make sure you are there to have THE RING, the music, the lighting, and to be able to whisk her into your arms with excitement of what is the next step of your lives together!

HOLIDAY or BIRTHDAY.  Every lady expects a ring in a ring box. Why not surprise her with a larger box, with tons of tissue paper, and have a smaller box in it with the ring box.

FIRST DATE.  Take her back to where it all began with your first date. You may want to practice your lines, and include something like, “We have had an amazing journey to get this far. To continue our journey down the right path, feel the next step is asking you if you will you give me the honor of becoming my wife and agreeing to marry me?”

DINNER, LUNCH, BRUNCH, or BREAKFAST.  Take her out to eat at her favorite restaurant, and call ahead for reservations. Let the manager know you will be coming in for a special celebration, and what would/could the server do to help with “closing the deal.” Think of a special prop – for instance, if she loves Disney and Cinderella, how about the ring being delivered on a pillow with a glass slipper brought out as part of her dessert. DO NOT have the ring in food, or in a beverage, since the last thing you want is for her to swallow the ring, or to have to get food out of the diamond! Find out if the chef does writing in chocolate, would be great to have a proposal written on a plate as her dessert is served. Try to have a private moment for just you and her vs. a room full of people.

SCAVENGER HUNT.  Come up with some simple clues to start with, then get the clues progressively more difficult. The final location is the “final destination” where the engagement ring is, then pop the question.

JIG SAW PUZZLE.  Get a photo of you with a sign, “Will you marry me?” PortraitPuzzles.com offers you a way to get your digital photo downloaded online, and select the size, number of pieces, and remember to ADD time for shipping to get your finished puzzle.

WRITE YOUR PROPOSAL.  Write “Will you marry me?” on the bathroom mirror before she gets out of the shower in her favorite color of lipstick. Take a photo of you with a sign “Will you marry me?” and text it to her, something she would not expect.

PLAN A SURPRISE TRIP.  Make sure she knows what to pack, yet NOT where you are going. At your final destination, think of a creative way to “pop the question.” This could be at the top of a mountain you hike – let her know you are breathless without her, or she takes your breath away.

RECORD IT.  Have someone videotape this from afar, or capture the look on her face when she gets asked. This is something she will review often, and possibly share with your children (if you choose to have children).

MEANS TO THE END.  Whatever your method, remember your mission is for this to be remembered and for her to say YES!

Copyright 2014, Kim Horn, MBC™

Hire expert, Kim Horn, MBC™ to help design, negotiate, mediate, plan, and implement your wedding details!

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 75 in the World

Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner | Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings

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AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

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May 25, 2014

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SaintMarysBasilica.org - oldest Catholic Church in Phoenix

SaintMarysBasilica.org – oldest Catholic Church in Phoenix

Do you have a gap between your wedding ceremony and reception?  If you do, it is normally due to the wedding ceremony start time at your church of choice, and may be up to two or three hours.  If not, PLEASE read this e-mail below, which my change your mind, and please put yourself in the position of the writer (the guest).  Always try to have my brides, grooms and parents of the couple to understand this.  Being a role model to many, always try to live by the golden rule, especially when all of your family and friends are affected.

Received this email:

Q:  “Know you know everything wedding, and thought I would e-mail you before questioning the bride.  Just received her wedding invitation in the mail, and there is a 5.5 hour gap between their ceremony and reception. Is this typical?  Excited to be invited, and don’t want to seem ungrateful, yet need your expert on how to RSVP. From our house, the ceremony is a 30 minute drive, and the reception is a 45 minute drive, which makes going back and forth difficult. My husband and I discussed attending the reception and skipping the ceremony, but don’t want to be rude. Just looking for what’s “normal” here.  There are no planned activities for the guests and family members, just for their wedding party since they are having all their photos and activities between the ceremony and the reception.  Feeling bad for guests which have a longer commute than we do.  What do you suggest?

This is our proposed timeline if we went to both:

11:30 am – drive to ceremony
12 pm – ceremony starts
12:50 pm- ceremony ends
Arrive back home around 1:20 pm
Then nothing for 4.5 hours.
5:45 pm – drive to reception
6:30 pm – cocktail hour starts
7:30 pm – the bridal party is introduced
8 pm – dinner and dancing

A:  With the start time of the ceremony, assuming the bride and her wedding party will be having their hair and make-up appointments prior to the start of the wedding.  In order for them to get some sleep, the bride has opted to have their photos after their ceremony instead of prior to their wedding ceremony.  Knowing sunset and sunrise are the two best times for outdoor lighting, you may want to check with the bride/groom to see where their photos will take place.

Depending on who you know best, you may want to reach out to the bride (appears you know her best, right?) and see if she is having many out-of-town-guests.  If so, many of the guests are in a worse situation than you are!

You may want to ask, if there is a hotel lounge or café near the reception site, or if they are planning a designated area for people to gather versus losing many of their guests.  No one likes being “all dressed up with nowhere to go!”

Copyright 2014, Kim Horn, MBC™

Hire expert, Kim Horn, MBC™ to help design, negotiate, mediate, plan, and implement your wedding details. 

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 75 in the World

Scottsdale Wedding Planner | ParadiseValley Wedding Planner | Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants

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n Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2014

Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2014

Mazelmoments.com - Pantone's Top 10 Colors for Spring 2014 for Women

Mazelmoments.com – Pantone’s Top 10 Colors for Spring 2014 for Women

flooks.net - 2014 Spring Top 10 Women's Color Report

flooks.net – 2014 Spring Top 10 Women’s Color Report

Pairings of these top ten colors are on both ends of the color palette.  On one end you have calm, romantic pastels, on the other spectrum you have bold, vibrant colors with couture confidence.

 

  • PANTONE 15-3920 Placid Blue
  • PANTONE 16-3823 Violet Tulip
  • PANTONE 15-6114 Hemlock
  • PANTONE 16-0000 Paloma
  • PANTONE 15-1225 Sand
  • PANTONE 14-0852 Freesia
  • PANTONE 18-1651 Cayenne
  • PANTONE 17-1360 Celosia Orange
  • PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid
  • PANTONE 18-3949 Dazzling Blue

 

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To hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.

 

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

AZ State Coordinator | Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera

 

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Pantone 18-394 Dazzling Blue

Pantone 18-394 Dazzling Blue

 PANTONE 2014 Dazzling Blue 18-394

PANTONE 2014 Dazzling Blue 18-394

Placid Blue Pantone 2014

Placid Blue Pantone 2014

The Spring 2014 Pantone® Fashion Color Report features two gorgeous blues to help you include your something blue for your wedding.

Pantone 15-3920 – Placid Blue is sky blue

Pantone 18-394 – Dazzling Blue is an opposite to Placid Blue

You may have as much or as little blue accent as you wish for your day.  May be a feature of your color palette, or an accent color.  Remember one difficult situation when you choose blue as your color palette is every blue has a different mix of color, and if you are contemplating this for  your apparel, make sure every item is purchased at the same time from the same dye lot.

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

To hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.

 

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

AZ State Coordinator | Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera

 

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October 25, 2013

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Arizona

Sunset

Times

Valleywide

Avg.

Temps

Sedona

Avg.

Temps

Flagstaff

Avg.

Temps

Tucson

Avg.

Temps

Jan. 1st 5:31 pm 40°F/65°F 30°F/55°F 15°F/42°F 38°F/64°F
Jan. 15th 5:43 pm 41°F/66°F
Feb. 1st 5:59 pm 43°F/68°F 32°F/59°F 18°F/45°F 40°F/67°F
Feb. 15th 6:13 pm 45°F/71°F
Mar. 1st 6:25 pm 47° F/73°F 35°F/63°F 21°F/49°F 44°F/72°F
Mar. 15th 6:35 pm 48°F/75°F
Apr. 1st 6:48 pm 51°F/79°F 42°F/72°F 27°F/58°F 50°F/81°F
Apr. 15th 6:59 pm 55°F/ 84°F
May 1st 7:11 pm 59°F/89°F 49°F/81°F 33°F/67°F 58°F/90°F
May 15th 7:21 pm 63°F/93°F
June 1st 7:33 pm 68°F/99°F 57°F/91°F 41°F/78°F 66°F/98°F
June 15th 7:39 pm 72° F/104°F
July 1st 7:42 pm 78°F/106°F 65°F/95°F 50°F/82°F 74°F/98°F
July 15th 7:39 pm 82°F/106°F
Aug. 1st 7:28 pm 81° F/105°F 64°F/92°F 49°F/79°F 72°F/95°F
Aug. 15th 7:14 pm 79°F/104°F
Sep. 1st 6:55 pm 77°F/102°F 58°F/88°F 41°F/73°F 67°F/93°F
Sep. 15th 6:35 pm 73°F/98°F
Oct. 1st 6:13 pm 68°F/94°F 49°F/78°F 31°F/63°F 56°F/84°F
Oct. 15th 5:55 pm 61°F/88°F
Nov. 1st 5:37 pm 54°F/ 81°F 37°F/35°F 22°F/51°F 45°F/72°F
Nov. 15th 5:26 pm 49°F/75°F
Dec. 1st 5:20 pm 44°F/69°F 31°F/56°F 16°F/43°F 39°F/65°F
Dec. 15th 5:22 pm 42°F/66°F
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Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Rumor has it you MUST purchase an all inclusive “Wedding Day Emergency Kit,” right?
Well, if you are like me, I have my own brands which are MUST USE.  Many of these items you already have, you just need to pack and assemble to INCLUDE for your wedding day.  Your bridesmaids will appreciate you communicating this list with them, and will help keep your groom and groomsmen from forgetting something too!

For Bride & Bridesmaids

Dress

Veil, headpiece

Undergarments

Wedding rings

Necklace/Bracelet/Earrings/Extra Earring Backs

Hair jewelry

Gloves

Garters

Fully charged cell phones

Chargers for cell phones

Snacks

Sticky straps/body tape

Full length mirror

Camera/Videocamera

Copy of ceremony (for back up)

Bottled water – keep hydrated!

Straws – no smeared lipstick!

Eye drops, contact lens solution, extra contact lenses

Tampons, panty liners

Static cling spray

Spot remover

Antacid for upset stomachs

Aspirin for adults and children

Flashlight

Contact sheet with numbers for vendors

Sewing kit

Scissors

Hem tape

Mirrors

Safety pins

Straight pins

Bobby pins

Back-up stockings

Cotton balls, band-aids, swabs, tissues

Curling iron, flat iron, rollers

Brush, comb

Hair dryer

Hair spray

Hair gel

Jewelry, with extra earring backs

Lipstick, foundation, powder, eye shadow, blush, eye liner, mascara, cover-up

Eyelash curler

Cologne

Clear deodorant (no white underarms please!)

Lotion

Lint remover

Nail file

Clear nail polish (for nails and hose)

Nail polish (to match what you and bridesmaids wear)

Breath mints, mouthwash

Makeup remover

Flat shoes

Iron

First-aid kit

Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss

White chalk (to cover any dirt or stains on your gown)

Marriage license

Cash for tipping

Checkbook in case vendors go into overtime

Driver’s License or Photo I.D. Card

Place Cards/Escort Cards

Flower Girl Basket/Halos

Ring Bearer Pillow with Fake Rings

Ribbon to tie off back of aisle (if florist isn’t providing and you want a picture perfect aisle)

 

For Groom and Groomsmen

Tuxedo, shirt, vest, tie, shoes, black socks

Wedding ring

Marriage license

Fully charged cell phones

Chargers for cell phones

Accessories for tuxedo

Snacks

Cash for tipping

Checkbook in case vendors go into overtime

Lint brush

Cologne

Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss

Breath mints, mouthwash

Extra black socks

Watch

Shoe polish kit

Handkerchief, tissues

Razor, shaving cream

Nail clippers

Extra buttons

Pocket square or bow-tie instructions

Cash for tipping

Checkbook in case vendors go into overtime

Black magic marker (for tuxedo scuffs)

Driver’s License or Photo I.D. Card

 

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

Hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner | Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants

 

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September 12, 2013

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Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

You’re engaged, you’ve set your wedding date, and now you need to “pop the question,” to your posse of ladies!  These ladies will be your glue to hold you together for your wedding!  Whether they live near or far, here are a few creative ideas for your proposal.

Brand your style and personality of your wedding into the idea, and allow it be a moment they won’t forget.  Think of one thing (besides you) all of your ladies have in common.  Do they have a favorite restaurant, club, wine, ice cream, cookie, cupcake, candle, or store?  Scheduling a time, day and location to get everyone together at the same time may be difficult too.  Recommend asking your MOH first.  If everyone is local, select and implement your setting and put your plan into action based on what assets your location offers (video screen, specialty desserts, customized menu cards, etc.).  For out-of-town ladies, skype them so they are still included in the moment.  If getting everyone together is impossible, make a video and send them the video link.

Design (or have someone design for you) a personalized card, photo frame, sign (on a chalkboard or layered/decorated card stock), cupcake, cookie, cake, or bottle of wine with, “I have my man, now I need my ladies.  Please say YES since I won’t walk down the aisle without you by my side!  Alexa, will you be my maid of honor?  Karla, will you be my bridesmaid?”

Some of your BFFs may be “keepers” while others may prefer something edible or an item they may “use/reuse.” A few suggested items:

-If they like wine, there are rings on top of a wine stopper.

-Decorate a photo frame “popping” the question on the frame with all of you in the photo together.

-Have cookies shaped in a dress with the color of icing being your wedding colors.

-Design cupcakes with writing on the top in your wedding colors.

-Use photos from a trip, or other great moments.

-Girls weekend out – incorporate “popping the question.”

Discuss it with your fiancé, since he may want to make a proposal to his men on the same day or night – you may want to all get together after to celebrate the YES!

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August 25, 2013

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Wedding Tipping Guidelines from Phoenix Wedding PlannerKim Horn, MBC

Wedding Tipping Guidelines from Phoenix Wedding Planner Kim Horn, MBC

Your RSVPs are in (finally), and you’re three weeks from your wedding day!  As your wedding planner, this is the time to have all your details wrapped up.  Relax and enjoy quality time with your family and friends prior to your wedding day!

One of the questions I get asked as things wind down is, “Who and how much should I tip?”  With all the details, many seem to overlook the important task (and etiquette) of tipping.

Below is my go-to guide on tipping, so you show your wedding vendors, who put your wedding together, your appreciation for making your wedding day amazing.  Tipping isn’t required, unless a service charge is spelled out in your contract.  Tipping is a voluntary and customary expression of appreciation for exceptional service.

The golden rule is to check your vendor list to make sure you don’t forget someone.

Tipping Guidelines

1). Use the guidelines below, and write a check or place cash into an envelope with their name on the outside of the envelope.  Always carry additional cash and bring your check book for possibility of overtime charges or other incidentals.

2). Personalize a thank-you note to the vendors with a few details on how they helped you throughout the planning process.

3). Give your wedding planner all the envelopes at your wedding rehearsal.  The wedding planner will discreetly pass out your envelopes to your vendors.

VENDOR SUGGESTED TIP PROTOCOL HELPFUL HINT
BAND/DJ Musicians $20-$50 each; Band leader $100-$250; DJ $50 – $200 Optional, yet majority do tip. Need # of Band Members
BARTENDER $20-$25 per bartender Expected, check contract. Need # of Bartenders and if they are assigned exclusive to your wedding.
BELLMAN $10 – $20 each Expected, check contract. Moving your gifts.
CATERING MANAGER $200 – $500 Optional, yet majority do tip.
CHEF $150 – $200 Optional, yet majority do tip, especially if designed a special menu for you.
FLORISTS Depends on contract. Optional, depends on if they already charge you for delivery, setup, strike, and moving sets.
GIFT BAG DELIVERY Avg. of $2 – $3 per bag for bellman to deliver to room. Expected, check contract. Names on bags help bellman identify bag(s) per room or guest.
HAIRSTYLIST/MAKEUP ARTIST/NAIL TECH 15%-20% of total bill Expected Let your wedding party know you are handling the tip so they aren’t tipped twice.
HEAD CAPTAIN or BANQUET CAPTAIN $1 – $5 per guest Expected, check your contract to see service charge fee, then find out how much of service charge goes to staff vs. catering company or resort vs. staff. Try to get multiple events with the same captain.
OFFICIANT If member of church, donate $500+ to church,; Non-denominational $50-$100 depending on fee they charge. Expected
PHOTOGRAPHER $50-$200 each Optional
SERVING STAFF 15%-25% (Normally in Contract, yet Servers don’t receive all of this) Optional, based on contract. Need # of servers, and see if Head Capt. Could dispurse.
TRANSPORTATION 15% – 20% (Normally % is stated in contract) Expected, yet check contract to make sure it isn’t already included in fee. Find out qty.  and names of drivers.
VALET $1-$2 per car Expected, yet check contract. Let your guests know if you are tipping so they aren’t tipped twice.
VIDEOGRAPHER $50-$200 each Optional Need # of manned cameras.
WEDDING PLANNER $200 – $500, depends on how much $, time, and stress they saved you Optional, yet majority do tip. Will your lead wedding planner be at your wedding or an assistant?

 

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

Hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner | Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants

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M 602.418.9089

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http://www.Oreasposa.com Trunk Show 9/6-9/8/2013 at DemetriosBrides.com, Scottsdale, AZ

You’re engaged to be married, have your gorgeous ring , and have an extensive wedding list a mile long of things to do, right!

One of the first items on the top of a bride’s wedding list is selecting a one-of-a-kind wedding dress!  Here are some wedding dress shopping tips for the wedding dress trunk shows.

DESIGNERhttp://www.Oreasposa.com

Exclusive trunk show to view the newest collections of wedding gowns.

What is a Wedding Dress Trunk Show?  It is a traveling collection of wedding dresses highlighting one particular wedding gown designer.  These exclusive wedding dresses travel from one bridal boutique to the next, normally staying at one location or area for a very limited time.  Gowns from their newest collection will be on display, and you may even get the chance to meet the designer in person!

Why should you attend a Wedding Dress Trunk Show?

1).  Preview wedding dresses from the designer BEFORE they are released to the public!   See, feel, and try on the latest wedding trends before they hit websites or are available to try on in stores (except for an exclusive trunk show).

2).  Find a one-of-a-kind wedding dress.  Wedding dress trunk shows offer brides one-of-a-kind dresses to stand out and be different which may be in your region or market for 1-3 days only.

3).  Extras and Promotions included with your designer wedding gown purchase for a limited time only.  With the Wedding Dress Trunk show, there will normally be promotions and extras which you may receive when you purchase during the trunk show.  Bridal boutiques may offer a discount for the gown, or offer a few extras such as a fabric change, extra buttons, additional fabric, veil, shoes, or other “perks” which are not offered in the bridal boutique on a day-to-day basis.

4).  You may get a chance to talk to the Wedding Dress Designer!  Designers are sometimes on site for wedding dress trunk shows.  Find out if you may make an appointment when you purchase your gown to meet the designer as an added bonus.

What should you do or know before attending a Wedding Dress Trunk Show?

1).  Do your homework to know what you love in a wedding gown.  Ask your bridal boutique associate to show you wedding gowns from the collection which fit your body type, match your style, and are within your budget.  You may have to increase your budget for the “gown” you want, and decrease a budget item elsewhere to get “the dress!”

2).  Call early to make an appointment with the bridal boutique so you reserve a time and day which works for your schedule.  With the dress collections being in town a limited time (normally 1 – 3 days), available appointment times are booked quickly.  Your time is valuable, and the last thing you want to do is wait in line as a “walk-in”!

3).  Wedding Dress Trunk Shows do not feature clearance or discounted gowns.  With limited time in your area, and the high demand for the designer gowns, you will need to purchase your gown in a short period of time.

UPCOMING TRUNK SHOWS

WHEN:  September 6 – 8, 2013

WHERE:  DemetriosBride.com, 4513 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 116, Scottsdale, Arizona  85251

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:  Call 480.421.6699

DESIGNERhttp://www.Oreasposa.com  Exclusive trunk show to view the newest collections of wedding gowns.

PROMOTION:  Receive 15% off all trunk show merchandise during the trunk show.  This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer.  Prior purchases and quick-delivery gowns are excluded.

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

Hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner | Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants

O 480.921.7891

M 602.418.9089

F 480.829.6292

E info@ArizonaBridalSource.com

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