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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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February 17, 2012

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Negotiate and read agreements before signing.

Negotiate and read agreements before signing.

When planning your wedding you have a multitude of lists.  One major “to do list” is to get your wedding team hired (i.e., wedding planner, ceremony site, reception site, caterer (if not on site), bakery (if not on site) finding THE dress, groom’s apparel, wedding party attire, photographer, ceremony musicians, DJ or band, officiant, florists, make-up artist, hair stylist, invitations, transportation, hotel accommodations, honeymoon, and there may be more, depending on your type of wedding!

Hiring an experienced wedding planner saves you time, energy, and is helpful in finding professionals which match your vision, budget, and style.  Experienced wedding planners know the reputation and have relationships with these vendors.  Yes, your BFF or a co-worker may have just gotten married and have the vendors they used for their wedding–yet do you want a wedding just like your BFFs wedding?.

Hiring an experienced wedding planner to finalize and negotiate your agreements is crucial.  They will know how to negotiate IN what you need, and negotiate OUT what you don’t need. 

Contract tips:

1).  Read the contract carefully before signing.

2).  Get clarifications on items you don’t understand.

3).  Negotiate what you don’t want out, negotiate what you do want in the agreement.  (BTW if you don’t know what you want – hire a professional planner to give you guidance)

4).  Specify the cost for the product and/or service(s) you are receiving in writing, and confirm if taxes, delivery, set up, take down, and gratuities are included, or at an additional expense.

5).  What happens if there is  a change of date or cancellation of the wedding?

6).  What happens if they do not deliver or perform the goods and or services you are paying for?

7).  When are payments due, and how are payment accepted?

8).  What if the company you hire changes ownership?

9).  If there needs to be updates and changes to the agreement, how is this done at a later date?

Copyright 2012, 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 59 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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September 9, 2011

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Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Ring. 

Expenses for your wedding add up quickly. Meet early to discuss and determine realistic budgets and who will be responsible for which expenses so there are no misunderstandings or hard feelings later. The following list indicates the traditional division of expenses. Normally the bride’s family pays for the largest share of the expenses. With the average age of couples getting married on the rise, financial responsibility has shifted from the parents to the couple themselves. The bride’s parents should have the opportunity to graciously decline offers of financial help. The question of who pays for what normally comes down to who is most willing and able to pay. When you are planning your budget, remember to be courteous, realistic, and communicate with everyone involved.

BRIDE
Wedding ring for the groom.
Wedding gift for the groom.
Gifts for the bridal attendants.
Personal stationery.
Accommodations for her out-of-town attendants (optional).
Attendants’ dresses (optional).

BRIDE’S FAMILY
Engagement party (optional).
Bridal consultant.
Cost of ceremony (location, musicians, rentals, flowers, and decorations).
Entire cost of reception (food, beverage, gratuities, wedding cake, rental fee, rental items, decorations, music, and flowers).
Wedding gift for the couple.
Bride’s wedding attire and accessories.
Bridesmaids’ bouquets.
Flower girl bouquet or basket.
Wedding invitations, save the date cards, announcements, enclosures, and mailing costs.
Wedding programs.
Transportation for the bridal party to the ceremony and the reception site.
Engagement, wedding, and reception photographs.
Bridesmaids’ luncheon.
Gratuities for those directing traffic, valet parking, and checking coats.
Personal wedding attire.
Rehearsal dinner (optional).

GROOM
Engagement and wedding rings for the bride.
Wedding gift for the bride.
Marriage license.
Gifts for the best man and groomsmen.
Groom’s wedding attire.
Bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage.
Mothers’ and grandmothers’ corsages.
Boutonnieres for all men in the wedding party.
Accommodations for his out-of-town attendants (optional).
Groomsmen wedding attire (optional).
Attendants’ gloves, ties, ascots, and vests (optional).
Fee for the ceremony officiant.
Honeymoon.
Bachelor dinner (optional).

GROOM’S FAMILY
Personal wedding attire.
Travel and hotel expenses they incur.
Wedding gift for couple.
Bachelor’s dinner (optional).
Rehearsal dinner.

GUESTS
Traveling expenses.
Wedding gift for the couple.

WEDDING PARTY ATTENDANTS
Wedding attire for themselves.
Any traveling expenses.
Wedding gift for the couple.
Showers given by maid of honor or bridesmaids.
Bachelor party given by best man or groomsmen.

BRIDE AND GROOM
Gifts of appreciation for parents or others who helped with the wedding.
Expenses of items desired which have exceeded the original budget.

Copyright 2011, Kim Horn, MBC.

To you have Kim Horn be your wedding planner, contact:

Kim M. Horn, MBC
Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 59 in the World
Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com
Sponsor ArizonaBridalShow.com
AZ State Coordinator | Assoc. of Bridal Consultants
ABC 2010 Conference Chair

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June 29, 2011

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Having assigned seating at your wedding?

Why not try something different, and allow the design to be “an experience” for your guests!

How many times have you gotten your placecard and were NOT impressed!

This wedding design was white and modern. From what you see above, don’t you think this is a better experience than placecards scattered on a table?

For a Major League Baseball player’s placecards we positioned them in wheat grass and inserted baseballs with sharpies to double as their “guest book”. Very important to select a ribbon to wrap around the bottom of the wheat grass tray. For this MLB 3rd baseman’s wedding, we used an infield design, which had bases, pitchers mound, and home plate. NOTE: would have posted a photo, yet didn’t have time to stop to take one with my own camera, and even with multiple requests of the photos from the photographer from the Bay Area, still don’t have any photos from this wedding – wedding planner pet peeve)!

For more ideas, contact:
Kim Horn, Master Bridal Consultant (1 of 59 in the world)
Arizona Wedding Planner specializing in Scottsdale Weddings, Chandler Weddings, Phoenix Weddings, and Destination Brides
Arizona Bridal Source
ABC AZ State Coordinator
2010 ABC Conference Chair – worked with David Tutera
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