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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!

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

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

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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.

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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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

F 480.829.6292

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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

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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