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July 23, 2016

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Landon, Ring Bearer

Landon, Ring Bearer

You may approach not inviting children to your wedding in many ways.  Remember, for some families, they may not be satisfied with your choice, feel their kids are a “package deal,” and may plan to disregard your request by bringing their children anyway.  How will you feel if those guests show up with their children at your wedding?

How would you feel if you were invited to a close family member’s out-of-state wedding, and you have young children, and found out they were not invited?  Some people are okay with child-free weddings, others aren’t.

Are you planning to have children in your wedding party as flower girls, ring bearers, junior bridesmaids, or junior groomsmen?  If so, you may already be okay with having children at the wedding ceremony, just not at your cocktail reception, dinner, and dance.  Make an educated decision by talking to each other, and include your parents to get their feedback on what has been done in your family previously at weddings and other social events.

You may choose to include children of family members only, children of a certain age, or no children at all.  It is inappropriate per etiquette to write “No Children” on your invitations.  Instead, communicate your wishes by leaving childrens’ names off the invitations, and write only the parents’ names on the invitation outer and inner envelope.  Make sure you do not address the invitations to “and family,” or “and guests.”  Address your wedding invitation to the specific individual(s) you are asking to share your wedding with you, (i.e., Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Anderson).  You may not want your cousin’s boyfriend of the week invited.

Wishful thinking is that the parents will read and understand by you addressing the envelope to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Horn this implies their kids aren’t invited…great idea and tip above, yet some parents may discard the envelope(s), and “assume” their entire family is invited.  The last thing you want is to not mention this on your save-the-date, or the wedding website, and the parents “assume” the kids are invited and are excited for a family get-away, to receive your invitation 6 – 7 weeks prior to the wedding date to find out their children are not invited.

You may want to tell certain relatives or friends about your plans for not inviting children.  As a courtesy, you may hire an experienced licensed and insured childcare provider during the hours of the wedding to watch the children of the out-of-town guests at a nearby hotel, or allow the guests to pay, provide and select childcare options from a list provided by you on your wedding website.  Nanny or childcare provider services are available to come to you at a location, and most have been fingerprinted, and have background checks for their employees.  Make sure you check their references, and the Better Business Bureau, and get recommendations and referrals from your wedding planner, catering manager, and hotel sales manager.

If you have predominantly locally guests attending, it will be easier for them to arrange reliable childcare.  For a new mother traveling with newborn, and nursing, it will be difficult for her to find reliable childcare in an unknown area, and she may need to be close in case the newborn isn’t taking a bottle from a stranger yet.  This may be the first time they have flown or traveled together with their newborn.  If you have toddlers, they may be clingy and resistant to going with someone they don’t know, especially in the evening, and the parents will be nervous throughout the evening.  In that instance, would recommend to arrange for childcare nearby at their hotel.  This would be close by, and in case they want to check-in during the evening, it would be easy and comfortable for all involved.

Define your version of “child-free.”  Will this be for your wedding cocktail reception, dinner, and dance only, where you are fine with children attending your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and the brunch the day after your wedding, or will you have an entire adult only wedding weekend?  You may already have in your mind the set of parents which are going to be upset with you, right?

Advance communication as clear and kindly as possible with specific wedding details like this needs to be included with your save-the-dates and on your wedding website.  Save-the-dates with your wedding website address should be mailed out as soon as possible.  You could provide a list of trusted childcare providers for the parents to reach out and interview, and this would be a way (depending on how many children would be traveling) for the children to be all together.  You may want to provide a room at your out-of-town guest hotel where the children have Netflix movies which are age related and kid activities in the hotel room so the children have an incredible time, are fed, are supervised, may go to sleep comfortably, and the parents enjoy their evening knowing their children are in good hands too, as a win-win.

Once you and your fiancé make a decision on your choice and definition of “child-free wedding”, would recommend keeping it equal for both sides of your families.  If someone RSVPs with more people than you invited, who will be the person to call them and let them know the invitation was for 2 adults, and because of budget, space, or safety (if there is a pool or water feature which may mean unattended children may be at risk) in order for them to enjoy their evening, we have chosen an adult reception only.  The last confrontation you want is, “Why did they get to bring their children, and we couldn’t bring ours?”

If you are having only a few couples which have families, it may be easiest to e-mail, text, or call them to let them know you want them to come for a “date night” at your wedding, and if they need help arranging childcare for “Tommy and Anna”, you have a list of reliable childcare providers referred to you which are insured and licensed on your wedding website to check out since it is an adult reception only wedding.

On your RSVP card, as well as your wedding website here are some ideas to consider:

  • Please reserve ________ adult seats at the cocktail reception, dinner, and dance.
  • Please reserve (circle) 1 or 2 adult seats at the cocktail reception, dinner, and dance.
  • Adult Reception Only
  • While we love the little ones, this is an adult only affair.
  • We would love for your children to attend the wedding ceremony, however, the reception will be an adult affair. We would love to help you arrange for childcare please see our wedding website www.MattandCindi8.8.2018 for details.
  • ________ children RSVPs for childcare with age(s) being ______________

On your RSVP card, you may want to put a #1, or #2 for the maximum quantity of RSVPs.  This gets difficult if you invite many single guests, since this may allow them to invite their “+1,” although you aren’t interested in inviting their “+1.”

If you and your fiancé are okay with children attending the ceremony, you may want to try:

  • Children are welcome to attend the wedding ceremony, yet the cocktail reception, dinner, and dance is an adults-only affair.
  • Children are welcome at the ceremony, yet to allow all guests to enjoy their evening, we have chosen an adults only cocktail reception, dinner, and dance.

Whatever your choice, please communicate clearly with kind words, and treat people the way you would like to be treated.

Copyright 2016, Kim Horn, MWP™

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November 22, 2013

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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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Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

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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.

 

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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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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.

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Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

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

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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 2, 2013

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Thanks to JanDekkerDesigns.com for the gorgeous photo!  Few vendors ROCK my world like Jan, plus her b’day is one day before mine, go figure, right!

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You found the man/woman of your dreams, your soul mate, right, congrats!  You said “YES”, you’re engaged, and since many items do come in “threes,” or “multiples of threes,”– such as graduating from college, moving into a new home, switching jobs, finding a new job, buying a new car, and then you just added the “wedding to do list” which is a mile long, you are BUSY!  You thought finding time to do things was tough before, well, it doesn’t get any better!

As an experienced wedding planner, at the end of the day, in my opinion (which you will hear TONS of opinions), this is truly what matters…having an incredible wedding of your dreams is important, yet more important is the quality of the rest of your life together as husband and wife.

Your wedding may be the first “party” you have thrown with all of your family and friends in attendance.  To make it more stressful, it is not only your family and friends, you have added the family and friends of your fiancé too (many you may not have met yet)!

The golden rule is important.  You have heard of bridezilla, groomzilla, and momzilla, so please don’t let the stress of planning your wedding turn you, or someone you love into one!  Reach out to those in your close circle of family and friends in a kind way.  You may disagree, tempers may flare, yet pick your battles, since relationships and friendships may end over minor issues which may have been solved easily and quickly.

Here are a few MUST DO tips before you walk down the aisle and say “I do.”

1).  Happily ever after happens in fairy tales.  Pre-wedding anxiety is normal.  Confront your fears, stress, or concerns about your marriage head on.  Be open with your fiance and your inner circle of family and friends.

2).  Plan a date night with your fiance.  Have a date night with your fiancé where you talk about what he wants to talk about, and don’t bring up “the wedding.”  Make it at a location on “neutral grounds,” where you both are comfortable and get back to “normal” before the stresses of planning the wedding.

3).  Discuss a prenup, checking accounts, credit cards, savings, and joining finances.  If you haven’t already discussed this, it is important.  You may want accounts to stay at “your bank,” while he wants accounts to stay at “his bank”.   Once checks and bills start coming in, you don’t want confusion about whose account they should go into or out of.  Are you going to stay with “your” bank, switch to “his” bank, or go to a different bank altogether?  Finances are normally one of the top items of disagreements in relationships.

4).  Discuss plans to have children or not have children.  Many breakdowns in marriages occur when someone “thought” or “assumed” their spouse wanted and expected something, then when they brought it up, said they were “blind sided” and didn’t see “that” coming.  If you are planning to have children, when, and how many?  If you are not planning on having children, best to talk about it now.  If you do have children, how are you going to raise them if you are Catholic and he is Jewish?

5).  Plan “me” time.  Schedule something which helps you relax, and something you like to do for you.  May be working out, hiking, playing sports, purging your closet, something for you!

6).  Bond and have heart-to-heart moments with your family and BFFs.  Once you are married you will have less free time with your parents and friends.  Plan something you have always wanted to do with them, yet haven’t done “yet” together, something on your/their “bucket” list.

7).  Talk about “When we’re married…”  Here is a way to get the creative minds thinking (LOVE using this in your wedding ceremony wording too):  You have known each other for ____ years, through the first glance of acquaintance to this moment of commitment.  At some moment you decided to marry.  From that moment of yes, until this moment of Yes (your wedding vows), indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.  All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or on long walks – all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will, and you will, and we will,” – those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.  All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

8).  You can’t change someone else.  This is one of the most valuable lessons I will ever share with you.  So many clients say “after the wedding, this isn’t happening…”and feel they have a magical way of changing their spouse.  When your vows say, “for better, for worse,” that is truly what to expect.  You love your fiancé for multiple reasons, and will be spending the rest of your lives together.  Marriage is a two way street, and communication and compromise are crucial to the success of your marriage.

9).  If you don’t like something, work at making a change in yourself to change the way you accept or don’t accept “it” in your life.  The definition of insanity by Albert Einstein is “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different results.”

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

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

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August 1, 2013

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http://TheWrightHouse.com

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Plan ahead, and consider the logistics of your get ready location.  Plan ahead for your get ready room and get ready photography.  You may want to get ready at your parents’ home, a hotel room, or a wedding venue’s bridal suite.  The Wright House (photo to the left) has a gorgeous get ready room fully equipped with natural lighting, space, seating, and an adjoining bathroom.  Weigh the pros and cons of each location.  You will need to factor in time for transportation to get everyone to your ceremony site (unless it is at the same property).   If you are having your ceremony and reception at a hotel, most hotels will provide a get ready room in your agreement, yet may not be able to get you an early check-in (depending on occupancy levels).  You will be less stressed if you pay extra to check into your room the night before your wedding, so everything is easier for your wedding day.

Lighting, timing, space, and minimal clutter is important.  Your “get ready” photos will be taken in your get ready room.  Discuss with your photographer natural lighting and start times so you know to be ready to start photos.  Work with your photographer on lighting since they will LOVE lots of natural lighting with large windows vs. being in a dim light room with no or minimal windows, or florescent lighting.  If you are getting ready in a hotel room, ask your hotel representative if there is an upgrade price (less the room you get included in your plan) so you may pay for a more picturesque room for get ready photos with large windows.  Think about the number of people you will be having in your room too.  Space is important, and think about how many you don’t want clutter of everyone’s bags in the photos.

Focus on a realistic plans for photography, hair and makeup schedules.  Your wedding planner will need to back out additional time for hair and makeup schedules.  Most people will need to be finished with hair and makeup when the photographer starts with the bride getting into her gown.  Most will not want to have photos without their hair done, or without their makeup finished.  Depending on how many faces you have for makeup (average 45 min. per face, and 1 hr. for the bride) and how many heads you have for your hairstylists (average 45 min. – 1 hr. per head, then 1 -1.5 hours for bride), plan on starting early and having touch-ups as needed.

Here are items to consider for your get ready room:

–         Breakfast ordered (dietary restrictions), and scheduled to be delivered to your room for you, your wedding party, MOB (mother of the bride), and MOG (mother of the groom).

–         Lunch ordered (dietary restrictions), and scheduled to be delivered to your room for you, your wedding party, MOB, and MOG.

–         Straws for drinking to not mess up make-up

–         Adequate bathrooms for everyone to shower and go to the restroom too

–         Mirrors (so not everyone crowds the bathroom)

–         Music downloaded on your iPod to play your favorites

–         Fans to circulate air

–         Steamer for wrinkle free dresses

–         Hanger for your dress which is photo worthy for your “gown photo on a hanger”

–         Bar stools for makeup artist (unless they bring their own)

–         Lighting for makeup

–         Power strips for hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons, rollers, etc.

–         Charger for your phone

–         Signs for fun wedding party photos “Just wait until you see her!”

–         If you are at a hotel, find out how many other weddings and/or brides will be on site at the same time.  Find out what locations are the hotels favorite photography locations, when they will be in shade, and when they will be available for photography for you.

–         Chairs and props to help with group photos

–         Wedding party gifts wrapped and packed for opening for great photos

–         (If at a hotel) Bell man scheduled to pickup the bridesmaids bags so housekeeping may clean room

–         Housekeeping requested to clean the room after you leave for your ceremony

–         Arrange for amenities for late night after your wedding – drinks, munchies, turn down of your bed.

–         Arrange for breakfast in bed for the day after your wedding with you and your fiance’s favorites!

 

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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July 21, 2013

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Thank You to Family and Friends

Thank You to Family and Friends

Think of how you feel when you travel, there is no place like home, right!  As a wedding planner for over twenty-five years, learn from experience,  it IS in those little details which make a difference in taking your wedding from ordinary to extraordinary!

Remember, your out-of-town wedding guests will spend extra money on plane tickets, rental cars, gas, hotel rooms, and other extras in order to travel and celebrate your wedding with you.   It is courteous to show your guests who traveled far how you appreciate their time and effort it took for them to attend your wedding.  It need not be fancy and expensive, just choose from a variety of options and you can find simple yet special items your guests will love to receive.  Who doesn’t love a welcome bag!  Your welcome bag is a nice gesture to make them feel at home.

Before You Start, Decide on Your:

1).  Theme. Use your wedding colors, engagement photo, theme, and/or your logo/monogram from your wedding invitation or save-the-date.

2).  Quantity & Budget.   Determine the quantity of welcome bags you need based on your RSVPs.  Always recommend having RSVPs due at least 30 days prior to your wedding date.  Get a list of names with check-in dates from the hotels where you have room blocks.  Knowing how many welcome bags you need will help you decide on the quantity and quality of products you include in them.  If you have 10 bags vs. 50 bags, your budget for each bag and their contents may vary.

3).  Delivery How are you planning on delivering the welcome bags to your guests?  Find out the fee to distribute the welcome bags at the hotel.  At the time of writing this blog, many hotels are charging from $1-$3 per bag for the bags to be delivered to the room after the guest checks in.  Remember, many guests may put out their “do not disturb” signs on their doors upon arrival.  This may become a problem, especially if they do not check their message light on their hotel phone, or their hotel room voice mail, which says “you have a welcome bag we tried to deliver to you.”  Make sure you have a main contact at the hotel who will be responsible for making sure all welcome bags are distributed to the guests upon checking in, since they will be privy to the number of bags remaining, and potential delivery problems like this.  Get a list of your hotel guests at the hotels you have room blocks with, which will give you their check-in dates, so you know the earliest arrival.  Find out deadlines for when you need to have the items for the bags purchased.  How long will it take for the bags to be packed, assembled with finishing touches?  When do the bags need to be delivered to the hotel, so they are ready for the arrival of your first guests checking in?

Next, Decide on What to Include in Your Welcome Bag:

1).  What is your vessel of choice?  Whatever  your choice of vessel, make sure it is reusable and easy to carry so it doesn’t add to the luggage of your guests.  Select something which goes with your theme (see #1 above.)

2).  Do you have time to DIY or are you hiring a company to do this for you?  You may want to hire a professional company for suggestions on themes and bulk pricing.  They purchase in bulk and have contacts for prepackaged items, (since they have more clients than just you), then assemble, pack, put finishing touches on the bags, then deliver your welcome bags to your hotels.  They will have local contacts and connections to expedite your search.  You may be able to purchase everything from them in bulk, and they may show you how to “assemble one.”  Check your local Costco, Dollar Store, and local wholesale club, since they may have trial sized products or items in bulk to help you save on your cost per item.  You may want to get some items on your own, and incorporate specialty items from a professional source.

3).  Point of ContactInclude the name and cell phone number of your wedding planner or the point person who will handle logistics and answer questions for your entire weekend.

4).  Wedding Weekend ItineraryNOTE:  You may need 2  versions – one for your wedding party guests (highly suggest you sending out PRIOR to their arrival such as spa day appointments, get ready schedules for hair and makeup,  photography schedules, golf outing tee times, etc.), and another version simplified for your out-of-town guests.

Include:

  • Your wedding planner’s name and cell phone number to answer questions.
  • Timeline of the Weekend:  start times, end times, address, directions, transportation schedules (if you are including transportation for them), parking, theme of event, dress code, if food will be served, etc. of the events for the weekend.
  • Note Welcoming and Thanking Your Guests (possibly include your engagement photo) or a photo of you and your fiance saying “Welcome and Thanks!”
  • Golf Outing Details
  • Shopping Outing Details
  • Spa Outing Details
  • Directions, Details & Transportation info to and from the hotel to your:
  •      Ceremony Rehearsal
  •      Rehearsal Dinner
  •      Wedding Ceremony
  •      Cocktail Reception
  •      Dinner/Dance
  •      After Hours Party
  •      Day After Wedding Brunch
  • Fun things you may or may not know about the bride
  • Fun things you may or may not know about the groom
  • How you met
  • The proposal

5).  Snacks and Munchies.  NOTE:  Think about where your wedding is.  Is there something special about the city or is there something the city is known for?

  • Limit perishables so you aren’t stressed filling bags the week of your wedding.
  • Bottled water – customized with your names, wedding dates, and logo (use the design from your wedding invitation or your save-the-date)
  • Fall wedding – coffee, hot chocolate, something warm to drink
  • Summer wedding – Arizona iced tea, lemonade, something refreshing to drink
  • Snacks (buy in bulk from a wholesale club like Costco)
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Cookies with initials of the Bride & Groom or wedding logo from your wedding invitation
  • Candy Bars
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit (something in not highly perishable, and in season which doesn’t have to be refrigerated)
  • Juice boxes (if they have kids)
  • Crayons & coloring book (if they have kids)
  • Something from a local specialty shop or bakery which is well known (candy, or a baked good)
  • Bottle of wine from a local vineyard
  • Bottled beers from a local brewery
  • Local magazine or newspaper
  • Custom CD with old home movies, pictures, and slideshows

6).  Souvenir or Keepsake Photos

  • Keepsake which is unique to Arizona, yet is easy to travel with.
  • If you have sports fans, schedule a tour of the arena where their favorite sport is played.
  • Hire a photobooth or a photographer to take photos of your guests with their spouse, significant other, or at event as a souvenir or keepsake photo.  Use a magnet frame (easy to carry and no glass to break) with your names and wedding date.

7).  Travel Sized Personal Items

  • Sunscreen
  • Breath Mints
  • Aspirin
  • Gum

8).  Hotel How Tos

  • How to Get Free Internet
  • Prices of Parking for Valet/Self Park/Special Rates for Overnight (no one likes to get an enormous parking charge on their hotel bill since they didn’t ask pricing options before parking)!
  • Restaurant hours
  • Room Service hours

9).  Local Attractions/Things to Do

  • Sporting events (Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Coyotes, ASU, Phoenix Open, NASCAR)
  • Menus or List of Nearby Restaurants – an assortment of area favorites with brief description of their menu, pricing and dress code
  • Maps, brochures, and guides to local tourist spots in the city (you may be able to get this from the concierge at the hotel, or the city’s visitors bureau, or chamber of commerce)
  • Discount coupons from the concierge, or local chamber of commerce
  • Things to do with Kids (Phoenix Zoo, Wildlife World Zoo)
  • Movie theaters
  • Directions to nearest pharmacy or convenience store
  • Directions to the nearest same day dry cleaner
  • Day Trip or Weekend Trip ideas (Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Prescott, Payson, Tucson)

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

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March 27, 2013

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Bridesmaid Dresses your Bridesmaids would wear again!

Bridesmaid Dresses your Bridesmaids would wear again!

This is one of my favorite color palettes for weddings as a wedding planner, and have seen a TON of color combinations.  This was a destination wedding at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona, this past weekend where two doctors flew in for a destination wedding.  Honored being their wedding planner, since they allowed me to do my job.

The choice of the bride’s color palette and gown style is something her bridesmaids will wear again.  This RARELY happens!

As a bride, when you are trying to choose your bridesmaid dresses, it is endless pressure (besides each one of them voicing an opinion) colors, body type, style, fabric, pricing, and most important…something they look great in, and works for you as a background canvas for your photos.

Another important thing you must remember is lighting.  The look of the gown in a church looks different than an outdoor wedding.   If you are having a sunset ceremony, the amber tones have another look.  When the lights dim for dancing, the gowns take on yet another look.

Love the parasols which were photo props for this wedding.   Was a gorgeous March day at Dove Mountain, and the weather was perfect!  Another happy client, and was honored to work with them!  They are on their honeymoon!

They purchased these parasols from The Knot, yet you may want to check out options on LunaBazaar.com (tons of colors) and for monograms, feathers, swarovski crystals and bling, check out PamelasParasols.com too!

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

To you 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

Lead Arizona Wedding Planner – specializing in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix, and Destination Weddings

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

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February 22, 2013

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Brides by Demetrios - Twist Options for Bridesmaid Dresses

You are engaged, and finally said YES to your wedding dress!  Congratulations, on having one major decision out of the way, many more to go!  Shopping for bridesmaid dresses is not an easy task since the average wedding has five bridesmaids, giving you a multitude of body types, skin tones, hair colors, and personalities.  Have you seen the movie 27 Dresses?  It is a must see before you go bridesmaid dress shopping!

This blog will put some “sanity” into your search for the right dress for your bridesmaids.  They will be thankful for your kindness since you are an informed bride by reading this.  At the end of the day, it is your choice, yet try to choose a dress everyone at your wedding will comment on how incredibly classy you are, since it is a reflection of you too!  As an expert wedding planner (1 of 61 in the world at Master Bridal Consultant level) and a matron of honor many times, have seen and have had to wear some HIDEOUS bridesmaid dresses.  This was not a master plan by the bride to intentionally choose dresses that were not flattering, it may have been the only dress they found in a color they loved.

Have your maid or matron of honor help you with the search.  Don’t be a control freak and try to do everything on your own.  You gave your MOH this prestigious position since you trust her.  Your MOH may be willing to run “interference” for you.  Your bridesmaids may be hesitant to tell you the dress costs too much, doesn’t flatter their body type, the color is wrong for their complexion, they will NEVER wear that dress again, yet may talk to your MOH about it, in order to not hurt your feelings.  Be ready to listen to feedback and be sensitive to their thoughts.

“I want to select a dress they will wear again.”  Many brides say this, yet in reality, because of the gown being uncomfortable, unflattering, or a color they would never wear again, this rarely happens.  If you are considering dark colored dresses, they may be worn to formal events later.  If you are fortunate to choose a dress which may be worn again, make sure you have the discussion with your bridesmaids to let them know the FIRST time they should wear the gown should be on your wedding day.  Be a friend, and treat them the way you would like to be treated if you were their bridesmaid.  If you were already in their wedding, and were not treated well, forgive them.  You, the bride, have the final decision in the choice of bridesmaid dresses, yet remember, this is not a dictatorship.

Discuss budgets, since friendships may be strengthened or broken.  Communication with your bridesmaids is important.  They have already made a commitment and are excited and honored to be in your wedding party.  Remember to think about everyone’s financial situation, since this is a sensitive topic.  (Bridesmaid dresses range from $100 – $300 on average.)  If you fall in love with a dress which is over their budget, are you willing to cover the difference for each bridesmaid?  When budgeting, remember this may include their dress, shoes, alterations, shipping, bra, slip, hose, earrings, necklace, bracelet, hair, makeup, travel expenses (airfare, hotel, rent a car, time off work, etc.) to get to the wedding, and expenses while they are at the wedding.  At the end of the day, everything adds up, and quickly.  You may want to give a part as your gift to them for being in your wedding, so they still look and feel incredible for photos, yet stay within the budget.  This will be a sensitive subject, yet the alternative is someone special to you may have to bow out of being in your wedding party because of financial concerns.  Better to know BEFORE ordering the dress.

Color selection is critical since this is your background color palette for your wedding photos.  You don’t want your bridesmaids to upstage you, yet you want them to look and feel their best!  The color palette you choose needs to be one you LOVE, look good in, plus helps set the theme and formality for your wedding.  Go to ColourLovers.com – and experiment with color palettes.  Try on the bridesmaid dress yourself to see how the color looks on you.  Have your MOH try on the gown next to your wedding gown.  Make sure you see this in different lighting too (if you are having an afternoon church wedding vs. sunset wedding, the lighting will be drastically different).  How will the gowns look in photographs?

Bridesmaid dresses must complement your wedding gown and formality of your wedding, and the body type of the bridesmaids.  Find a style and fabric which flatters your wedding gown, yet does not make them look like a bride.  Search for a style and fabric which flatters the different sizes and shapes of your wedding party.  Unless you have a group of ladies which are 34B and wear a size 6 jean, there are certain styles you should avoid.  If you have a 6’, size 0 jean, and voluptuous bridesmaid, don’t expect her to fit or look incredible in the same dress as a 5’, size 14 jean bridesmaid – it would not be fair to either of them.  If they feel they don’t look great in the dress, it will show in your pictures.  A strategically placed cover-up such as a shawl or bolero jacket helps make a body-conscious bridesmaid more comfortable with dress styles.  Think of your wedding gown fabric, formality, color, and style of neckline, bodice, and waist, and length.   You want the bridesmaid dresses to complement this.

Bridesmaid skin tones and hair colors need to be considered.  If the majority of your wedding party is light skinned and fair-haired, don’t choose a pastel color unless you want them to appear washed out.  This is also true with olive skin and colors like yellow or light green.  When choosing a color, try to find one that will complement all skin tones.  Of course, if your wedding party is fairly diverse, this will be more difficult.  In general, deep rich colors look better on most skin tones than lighter pale colors.  For example, emerald (hot color for 2013), crimson, black, eggplant, or midnight blue look incredible on the lightest ivory to the darkest coffee skin tone.  If you’re really hoping to have a light color, try working with a two tone effect.  If emerald is too overwhelming for an entire dress, while a mint will make most skin tones look pale or washed out, consider a mint green dress with emerald accents.  Most importantly, have the brighter color around the neck line and edges of the dress.  This way the skin color won’t be so washed out by the pale color.  You may also want to try a different skirt color.    Think of the floral bouquets and types of flower you love.  It may be easier to get the dress first, then work with your florist to include florals which complement your gown vs. trying to select a dress which has to work with a flower color which is subject to the rules of mother nature.

Bridesmaid dresses are sized differently from manufacturer to manufacturer.  If your bridesmaid is normally a size 0 and says “order it, I don’t have the time, and don’t need to be measured,” it will help if you insist each bridesmaid be individually measured for her gown.  You need time for the gown to be made, shipped, and altered to her unique measurements.  This will take time and normally more than one fitting.  Plan ahead, and understand everyone may gain weight, lose weight, or you may have a pregnancy in the mix, which will cause dress drama for alterations!  Plan ahead, you will be glad you did!

Order all the bridesmaid dresses at the same time from the same store.  Let them know this is for the same wedding, and make sure the gown store can verify these gowns will be cut from the same dye lot, (which is the only way to know your colors will match.)  If you are ordering the same color, yet different dress styles, these may be cut and sewed at a different time, meaning NOT from the same dye lot.  If you are ordering the same gown style, yet different fabric, make sure the fabrics complement each other, your wedding gown, your theme, and your formality.

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

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

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