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July 29, 2013

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Phoenix, Arizona, known as the Valley of the Sun, has some of the best weather in the United States year round!  The daily high temperatures from October to April generally remain in the ideal range of 65°F to 85°F.  Phoenix normally has 296 days of sunshine a year.    In the summer, when the weather is hotter, because we have low humidity,  since it is a “dry heat,” even at 100°F, it doesn’t feel as hot since other parts of the country with higher humidity.

Phoenix Average Monthly Temperatures

Month Average High Average Low
January                67

46

February

71

49

March

77

54

April

85

60

May

95

69

June

104

78

July

106

83

August

104

83

September

100

77

October

89

65

November

76

53

December

66

45

Few settings are as gorgeous as the views in Arizona of Camelback Mountain, South Mountain, Desert Botanical Gardens, Sedona, the Grand Canyon, plus there are many more!

The Wright House (gorgeous photo above, right) has both indoor and outdoor capability with an English Garden or a Country French Inn, call 480.833.0902 today to schedule a tour!  Check them out at http://www.TheWrightHouse.com

Here are some tips when planning your outdoor wedding in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Gilbert, Fountain Hills, Surprise, Glendale, Avondale, or other cities in Arizona.

Create shade.  Sometimes sunny days in Phoenix may be too much of a good thing.  Provide shade for guests who prefer to stay out of the sun.  You may get umbrellas from your venue included, otherwise you may rent some.  Keep in mind the umbrellas may block views of some of your guests.  You may want to opt for a canopy to cover the top with elevation for everyone instead.  Renting a tent would give you coverage on all sides vs. just the top.  Your photographer will need shade for your wedding photography too.

Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate!  Make sure you, your wedding party, and guests stay hydrated, especially if the weather is warm.  Have your caterer set up a water station with filtered water, ice, and a fruit garnish which would match the color or theme of your wedding (lemons for yellow, orange for tangerine, strawberries for red, etc.).

Have a Plan B which is as good as your Plan A.  When you choose your outdoor venue, make sure you have a Plan B for inclement weather which is functional.  Make sure your Plan B option is in writing in your agreement, since when the weather changes, all the events at your outdoor venue of choice will be looking for Plan B.  Your wedding planner and wedding venue can get up-to-the-minute weather reports and forecasts via apps like those offered at weather.com.  Make sure you know if you have a right to make a decision on Plan B, (some properties make the decision for you).  Have in writing in your agreement when you must make the FINAL decision before incurring extra setup costs.

Rent a Tent.  If your Plan B is the same space, regardless of inclement weather, would recommend reserving a tent.  These may be used year round, and allow for heating and air-conditioning units to be mounted on the outside.  This will cover you, your friends, and your family, and will be a wise investment.  Make sure you put a deposit down and order the tent, since you will need a tent permit.  Make sure you have a heating/air-conditioning technician on hand several hours before your wedding is scheduled to start.  If it is too hot, your flowers will not handle this well.  If it is too cold, the musicians when setting up will not be able to tune.

Determine what type of permits you need.  You may need city permits (depending on your location) for tents, noise ordinances, parking, fire marshall inspections, and more.

Be Courteous of Your Neighbors.  If you are having a home wedding, your neighbors may or may not be your BFF.  They may be planning to host an event the same night as yours.  Let them know about your festivities, and it may be easier to invite them to attend.  Make sure no one is mowing their lawn during your ceremony.  You don’t want someone cutting tile for their remodel during your ceremony either.  Be aware of when there is trash and recycling pickup so you don’t hear garbage trucks clanking.  You may want to hire valet parking, or hire a shuttle/bus for round-trip transportation for your guests to park at a local church or school (with permission from the location).

Determine your Insurance Options.  Make sure you take out special event insurance for the time the vendors and your guests will be on your property (if you are having a home wedding).  Check with your homeowner’s insurance to see what they will cover, and you may need to get a recommendation from someone who writes Special Event Insurance to get you the coverage you need.

What is inclement weather?  Typically “inclement weather” means the weather is going to do, or has done something bad, such as excessive rain, wind, or temperatures.   Try to get a definition of “inclement weather” from your venue so you have a common terminology.  Try to get their definition in writing in your agreement.  As an expert wedding planner, my definition of inclement weather would be:

a).  temperatures lower than ____

b).  temperatures higher than ____

c).  wind higher than _____

d).  rain estimated at %_____

Why do I need a tent early, instead of waiting until right before the wedding?  The ground at your wedding may not be level, and you want to make sure your centerpieces and chairs aren’t tipping over.  Had an October bride many years ago who I recommended to rent a tent for her Plan B, (she was having a home wedding at her parent’s home, which was the size of a mansion, with tennis courts, basketball courts, and guest houses).  The only flat location for the size of tent she required for her guest count was on their tennis courts.  The bride did NOT want the tent, saying she didn’t want her dinner/dance on a tennis court.  Told the bride if it rains on the day of your wedding, no one will care about the tennis courts, they will be happy to be dry!  The bride cancelled the tent rental 1 month out, and didn’t tell me.  The rental company called me immediately, and I told them to NOT cancel it, and to hold the tent under my account.  10 days before the wedding I emailed the weather forecast to the bride.  The bride called me in tears, letting me know she made a huge mistake, and she didn’t know what to do.  She thanked me for the weather update (which said RAIN), and confessed to me she had cancelled the tent.  Once she received my email on the weather forecast, she had called every rental company and no one has a tent!  Listened to her story, and then told her I wasn’t worried at all.  She frantically screamed, “How can you not be worried, my wedding is going to be a disaster.”  Then I told her about the rental company calling me, and I already knew about she DID have her tent!  Another reason why an experienced wedding planner is worth every penny!

Keep your wedding at an acceptable temperature.  With heating and cooling in a tent, you will be able to maintain an acceptable temperature.  You may also want to get a mist system, or fans.  For your outdoor wedding ceremony, you may want to have the servers hand out chilled, scented towels during the event.   Another idea for your wedding ceremony is to have your ceremony program double as a fan for each guest.

Do you need to rent power and lighting?  What time is sunset on the day of your wedding?  When and where do you need additional lighting (parking, restrooms, bar, dance floor, guest tables, just to name a few locations)?  How much power do you need for lighting?  You will want to make sure your vendors have the power they need to perform/provide their service/product.  Ask your wedding planner and caterer to get a complete list for your type of event for power needs.  Make sure you have enough power, or order generators.  Make sure your guests have lighting (since they may not be familiar with the area) to get comfortably from one place to another at your wedding.  You will want the DJ and band to make sure they can read their song list.  You will want lighting at the table so your guests will see what they are eating.

Insects may be an uninvited guest to your wedding.  Mosquitoes, ants, bees, and flies are a part of nature, yet you don’t need them to be part of your outdoor wedding.  You may want to use decorative citronella tiki torches or candles (normally available at Lowes.com) to discourage insects.

How many Bathrooms are there, and Are they Clean?  Nothing ruins an event worse than a not enough bathrooms, or the bathrooms you have being dirty, or out of toilet paper.  If your venue has restrooms, great, yet if they don’t have something in close proximity, you may want to rent a posh bathroom for your guests.  Check with local rental companies like ClassicPartyRentals.com for options on flushing toilets, running faucets, soap dispensers, built-in trash receptacles, and indoor/outdoor carpeting.

Sprinklers need to be shut off during setup, during the event, and during strike (take down of your event).  Imagine the heels of your shoes sinking in the grass, since someone forgot to shut off the sprinklers, and “just watered” the grass.  Make sure the sprinklers are shut off so the lawn is not damp from the start of setup through the end of strike (take down of your event).  Discuss this with your wedding planner and your wedding venue.

Sunset times and positioning of the sun’s angle.  For an outdoor wedding ceremony, the last thing you want is the sun in the eyes of your guests.  Position chairs and the front of your ceremony to be in a functional direction.

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

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 20, 2013

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Brides wear and incorporate something old, something borrowed, something blue (thanks Crissy at http://www.DePoyStudios.com for our something blue shoe photo), and something new on their wedding day for good luck.  There is a 5th item, a sixpence in your shoe, or a penny in your shoe, which is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.  The sixpence tends to remain largely a British custom.   As a wedding planner, there is no “right” answer, yet would recommend incorporating your items below to fit your personality, traditions, and “own it!”

Something Old  is a symbol of your family, and your life before marriage, in particular with your mother or grandmother.  Your old item may be an antique, an heirloom object, or a sentimental piece that represents the bride’s past.

–         Use some of the wedding gown fabric or lace from your mother’s wedding gown or your grandmother’s wedding gown and sew it inside your gown.  (Make sure you ask before just cutting into their wedding gown!)

–         Wear something vintage.

–         Wear antique combs, pins, or barrettes.

–         Wear white, ivory, or lace gloves.

–         Shrink down a photo of you, your mother, and your grandmother together and put it in a bracelet or locket from your mother or grandmother.  (Could double as your something old and something borrowed, a two-for-one!)

–         Include a video montage to include some photos of you growing up.

–         Carry a love letter saved by your mom from your father.

–         Display or carry a photo of your parents or grandparents when they were younger.

–         Have your wedding at a historic location.

–         Have a vintage car for your transportation.

–         Use an antique bookmark to mark your ceremony readings.

–         Get a relative’s monogrammed handkerchief to wipe away your tears of joy.

–         Find an antique tussy mussy for the bride’s bouquet.

–         Carry a childhood treasure (like a ring, bracelet, locket, etc.).

Something New  is a symbol for your new life ahead, and your new union!

–         Buy new jewelry.

–         Buy new shoes.

–         A key to your new home, may be hidden in your bouquet.

–         Buy a lucky penny minted the year of your wedding (then save it for your daughter’s something old when she gets married.)

–         If you’re taking your groom’s last name, you’ll also be gaining a new monogram.  Incorporate this new monogram into your wedding dress, a sash, or a ribbon for your bouquet.

–         Create a hashtag for your wedding #MHwedding.

–         Create a wedding website.

Something Borrowed is a symbol of borrowed happiness, which is normally lent to you by a happily married woman who is a close friend or family member.  The borrowed item is returned the day after the wedding, with a handwritten thank-you note.  A nice gesture is to have someone take a photo of you with the item as a keepsake to send to them.

–         Borrow a book from the library for your reading or poem for your ceremony.

–         Borrow jewelry, barrettes, or something sentimental from your mother, grandmother, or aunt.

–         If you are the type who cries at happy moments, borrow a monogrammed handkerchief from your father or grandfather.

Something Blue is a symbol for fidelity, purity, and love. For Christian brides, it is also a symbol of the Virgin Mary.  There are many  hues of blue, so pick one you love.

–         Wear blue shoes.

–         Wear a blue garter.

–         Carry a blue purse.

–         Wear a blue sash on your dress.

–         Have something blue on your bouquet.

–         Have a blue pen for signing the marriage license.

Sixpence in Your Shoe, some say “A lucky penny in her shoe,” is a symbol of good fortune and pr osperity.  The sixpence is traditionally placed in the bride’s left shoe, yet may be carried in her purse.

– Find a penny minted in the year of the wedding and tape it to the bottom of the sole of your shoe.  Later you may frame it or add it to your scrapbook, or your daughter may wear it as her “something old” in the future.

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 Wedding Planner, Paradise Valley Wedding Planner, Chandler Wedding Planner, Phoenix Wedding Planner and Destination Wedding Planner

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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