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November 22, 2013

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Pantone 18-394 Dazzling Blue

Pantone 18-394 Dazzling Blue

 PANTONE 2014 Dazzling Blue 18-394

PANTONE 2014 Dazzling Blue 18-394

Placid Blue Pantone 2014

Placid Blue Pantone 2014

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

Pantone 15-3920 – Placid Blue is sky blue

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

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

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

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

 

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

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

ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera

 

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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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August 1, 2013

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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 29, 2013

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TheWrightHouse.com

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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 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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May 16, 2013

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Wedding Ceremony Reading - "The Union" by Robert Fulghum

Wedding Ceremony Reading - "The Union" by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment.  At some point, you decided to marry.  From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, 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 during 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.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed – well, I meant it after all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time.  Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years.  Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you.  For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife.

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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As a bride or groom, your Wedding Guest List may be easy to compile, or may be your worst nightmare.  This is the first time you will be combining both of your families for multiple events, and everyone has their own opinion on what is appropriate or inappropriate.  Trimming the guest list may turn into a heated debate, yet this blog (since you cannot be with me 24/7) will fast track you to realistic solutions which work best for you!  Your guest list WILL dictate how much you spend and your ceremony and reception location.  If you invite 150 couples, this may easily translate into 300 guests.

The Ultimate Guest List.  A magical number of family and friends which fits the size and style of your ceremony and reception sites, while staying within your wedding budget.

Invite Your Inner Circle of Family and Friends to Reduce Expenses.  Your wedding guest list should be your closest, most intimate friends and family members.   Focus on people who matter to you most.  Who was your priority to announce personally you just got engaged?  Although you may have an enormous family and circle of friends, it is important to trim the size of your wedding guest list to reduce expenses.  Trimming your wedding guest list is the number one way to save money!  If you haven’t seen or talked to them in a few years, they may be the easiest to cut first.

Make an Extensive List.  Ask your parents, your fiancé, and his parents to compile a wedding guest list including everyone they would imagine inviting.  Have them include and list their people in categories so it is easier when you are making table arrangements (i.e., wedding party, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family, friends, neighbors, bosses, co-workers, business acquaintances, college friends, high school friends, and distant relatives).  Make sure everyone knows this is the “Fantasy Wish List”, and cuts will need to be made to stay within your budget.

Be Respectful.  Count on one thing when deciding on your wedding guest list, disagreement.  Everyone will have an opinion about your wedding, and especially about who should be invited.  When you get your red pen to trim your list, make sure you are respectful to your fiancé, your parents, and his parents.

Who is Paying, Divide Equally, and Apply Rules Fairly.  If you are running into conflicts when trimming your list, consider who will be paying the bill.  Budgeting for the wedding is something you must discuss at the beginning of your wedding planning.  If your parents are paying for most of the wedding, they will obviously have more control of your guest list.  Try to divide the guest list evenly.  Make across-the-board, and clear-cut decisions on who to cut, (i.e., invite all aunts and uncles, yet eliminate third generation cousins).

Make Your MUST Have  List.  This is your “A List” of who you MUST have at your wedding.  This may be your parents, siblings, grandparents, and wedding party.  The ones left on your list which did not make it to your “A List”, will be your “B List”.

Who Should be Easier to Cut?  When you start making cuts, your colleagues, out-of-touch friends, and distant relatives you haven’t seen or talked to in over one year should understand if you want to keep your wedding guest list to your closest family and friends.  Don’t feel obligated to invite neighbors or other brides which have recently invited you to their wedding.

Limit Your Plus Ones.  It is up to you if you will allow a friend to bring a date.  Common courtesy dictates if your friend lives with, or is in a serious relationship with someone, this “plus one” should be invited to the wedding.  If your friend has a different person each month, this doesn’t mean they should be invited.  Talk with your friend first before assuming, and this is an easy way to get the name of their guest.  If they can’t give you a name, probably a good candidate for “no plus one”!

Realistic Guest Counts, Holidays, and Special Events.  On an average, 15% to 20% of your invited guests will not be able to attend.  They may have prior commitments, may not be able to take time off from work, or have other obstacles.  Your wedding date selection is important.  Holiday weekends are when airlines are extremely busy, and airfares will be more expensive.  If you plan your wedding during a major sporting event like Super Bowl weekend, your guests may have a difficult time finding hotel rooms, especially if the Super Bowl is in the same city as your wedding.

Master Guest List.  Combine your personal guest list, your parents’ list, your fiance’s list, and your fiance’s parents’ list into one alphabetical master list.  Check out this free template google docs – Wedding Guest List Template.  Enter your data or download from your computer in a format which is easily sorted in a multitude of ways.  You will refer to this list repetitively to address invitations, check off RSVPs, keep track of RSVPs NOT received, for accurate guest counts, record gifts, mail thank-you notes, and much more.  Here are some categories to include when making your Master Guest List:

a).  Contact information.  Include each guest’s full name, address, city, state, zip, phone, and e-mail address.

b).  Communication Tracker.  Keep track of who you have sent the save-the-date, invitation, and thank-you cards to.

c).  RSVPs.  Use a check mark or a “X” when the guest has RSVPed, with how many family members will be attending.

d).  Record Gifts.  Write down gifts received.

e).  Out-of-Town Guests.  These guests will need information on guest rooms, and you may want to arrange for transportation to pick them from the airport, take them to the ceremony, and return them to their hotel at the conclusion of the reception.

f).  Multiple Events.  If they are invited to one event, by etiquette they must be invited to the wedding.  You may want to have various spreadsheets for multiple events such as your Engagement Party, Bridal Shower, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Rehearsal Dinner, Golf Outing, Spa Day, Ceremony /Reception, and Brunch the Day After.

g).  Dietary Restrictions.  Indicate if they are a vegetarian, gluten free, diabetic, and list dietary restrictions to share with your caterer.

h).  Children vs. Adult Count vs. Vendor Food Count.  Note the age range of children so when you give the final guest count to your caterer you know numbers for adults, children, and vendor meals.

i).  Guest Code by Relationship.   Make a code for each guest so you know who is issuing the invitation, is it the Bride (B), Parents of the Bride (POB), Groom (G), Parents of the Groom (POG), Sibling (SOB – sister of bride), Wedding Party (WP), Aunt (A), Uncle (U), etc.  This will help you with seating arrangements, and if RSVPs are missing, it will be easier at selecting who would be best to delegate to confirm their RSVP status.

j).  Table Numbers.  If you are having reserved seating to a table, it will be easier to group your guests before you alphabetize your list.

k).  Handicap Guests.  If you have anyone in a wheelchair, you may want to seat them closest to the exit door so they have easy entrance and exit options.

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.

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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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Create Your Wedding WebsiteMake it easy for your tech savvy guests to keep updated on details of your wedding, create a wedding website!  Don’t stress thinking you have to be a website designer, there are a multitude of free website design templates available at TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com.

Make the fonts, colors, and style of your site match your wedding.  Try to keep your site to the point, clutter free, and easy to navigate!

Print your Wedding Website Link on your Save-The-Date cards.

Important things to include for Your Wedding Website:

  • Check out secure sites so you don’t have wedding crashers show up at your wedding.  The last thing you need or want is an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend showing up as an uninvited guest at your wedding.
  • When, where, and how you both met
  • When, where, and how he proposed
  • Photos of you, and your fiancé
  • Wedding Party Photos – briefly describing relationships of your BFFs
  • Itinerary for the Weekend – when, where, what time to be there, and what to wear for your ceremony rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and brunch.
  • Map of Events – detailed with directions and parking
  • Travel Information
  • Airport and Flight Information
  • Links to Hotels (with your room block discounted rates, and cut off dates)
  • Area Attractions & Things to Do While in Arizona (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Tucson, Desert Botanical Garden, MIM, Arizona Science Center, list sporting events in town during your wedding week Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Open, NASCAR, ASU, U of A, NAU, etc.)
  • Wedding Registry Information
  • Honeymoon Details
  • RSVP Forms
  • Guest Books
  • Music Requests

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 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

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One frequently asked question is “where should I have my wedding reception, and how much will it cost?”  This is another reason to hire an expert wedding planner, to fast track you in matching your style, number of guests, and budget to the  venue.  By having worked events at hundreds of sites, as a wedding planner, it becomes easy to know the ins and outs of each property.

The Wright House, 636 W. University Dr., Mesa, AZ  85201, 480.833.0902, www.thewrighthouse.com  Choose between two unique venues:  A formal Victorian English garden with gazebos, flower bed, and vine covered verandah; or a Southern French garden with gorgeous fountains and the rustic charm of a Country French Inn. Includes setup, fresh floral centerpieces, linens, and decorating. Your own caterer welcome.

Ancala Country Club, 11700 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ  85259, 480.391.1000  A golden sunset, sneaking behind gentle mountains in the distance. A light breeze, filled with laughter, and love. Soft gentle kisses. This is a day you have been dreaming about. Your wedding at Ancala Country Club. Where possibilities are endless…and the day is truly yours.

Anthem Golf & Country Club, 11700 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ  85259, 480.391.1000  Amidst the sun-splashed mountains and the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, Anthem Golf & Country Club sets the breathtaking backdrop for your wedding.  Our two clubhouses, “Persimmon” and “Ironwood”, feature beautifully landscaped lawns, expansive patios, and indoor ballrooms among the many perfect settings for a truly memorable event.

Antique Wedding House, 307 E. First St., Mesa, AZ  85201, 480.649.1934  Historic 100 year old James A. MacDonald Home restored as Antique Wedding House and Gazebo Garden Reception site.

Arizona Grand Resort, 7777 S. Arizona Grand Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ  85044, 602.431.6457  From one of the most expansive ballrooms in the Southwest to our lush outdoor venues.  Arizona Grand Resort provides wide variety of versatile wedding sites and packages.  Each of our restaurants features a different theme and setting for a rehearsal dinner that’s just as memorable as the real thing.

Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St., Phoenix, AZ  85004, 602.340.9200  Bentley Projects is truly a distinctive event venue with exposed brick walls and wooden bow truss ceilings.  Critically acclaimed, Projects is located in the center of downtown Phoenix, just a few blocks south of Chase Field and the new Phoenix Convention Center.

Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens, 16026 N. 36th St., Phoenix, AZ  85032, 602.867.8975  A private five acre oasis in the heart of Phoenix featuring a forest of trees, fountains, ponds, tranquil river and a 20’ waterfall. Get married in our Hacienda Style Plaza, dine in our indoor Tropical Garden, socialize in our Old World Cantina and dance the night away in our beautiful Palm Garden.

Cave Creek Smokehouse’s Fountain Patio, 6245 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ  85331, 480.488.3317  Fantastic outside venue in the heart of Cave Creek with awesome food and views. Great anytime of the year with lodgings nearby.

Crowne Plaza Phoenix, 2532 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix, AZ  85029, 602.943.2341  Newly renovated event space, indoor and outdoor. 3.5 million spent on renovation over the last year.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley-Scottsdale, 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ  85250, 480.948.7750  Your perfect day in Paradise! Welcome to the ultimate setting for your ultimate day. Where tall palms tower over tropical gardens and whispering fountains, we offer the finest of touches and delectable culinary creations, along with a professional team that will bring it all together perfectly.

Downtown Phoenix Venues, P.O. Box 2236, Phoenix, AZ  85002, 602.416.1261  Each building has a unique structure and appearance incomparable to the other venues in the Valley. From the bow truss ceilings, as well as the modern and industrial look of monOrchid, or the raw feel of the Icehouse, not to mention the exposed brick walls and wooden bow truss ceilings of Bentley Projects.

Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale Hotel, 4415 E. Paradise Village Pkwy. S., Phoenix, AZ  85032, 602.765.5807  Our breathtaking views and exceptional services will enhance the success of your special day! Our wedding packages may be customized to match your personal taste, style, and budget.

The Felch House Inn, 525 W. Lynwood St., Phoenix, AZ  85003, 480.229.2104  The Felch House Inn the 1927 Dutch Colonial Home of one of our first county doctors, Dr. Harry J. Felch. A showcase home designed by three architects and built by the finest craftsman is meticulously maintained. The lush half-acre English gardens make this the ideal location for vintage and garden events.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, DC Ranch, 20753 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ  85255, 480.538.8000  Celebrate your most memorable times at Fleming’s. This special time in your life calls for a special celebration—with exceptional food and wine, shared among family and friends. Fleming’s is renowned for contemporary steakhouse dining at its finest and offers pre-set lunch and dinner menus with choices for varying budgets and tastes.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at the Hilton, 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ  85250, 480.596.8265  Celebrate your most memorable times at Fleming’s. This special time in your life calls for a special celebration—with exceptional food and wine, shared among family and friends. Fleming’s is renowned for contemporary steakhouse dining at its finest and offers pre-set lunch and dinner menus with choices for varying budgets and tastes.

Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Dr., Glendale, AZ  85301, 623.878.2866  Our experienced wedding coordinators are delighted to help you design a wedding in one of our gardens and/or exquisite ballrooms that reflects your colors, tastes, and style. Our caterer is knowledgeable in many cuisines and will prepare a menu of flavors your guests will never forget, all within your budget.

The Icehouse, 429 W. Jackson, Phoenix, AZ  85004, 602.416.1261  The Icehouse, known historically as Constable Ice Storage, is located in the historic original town site of the city of Phoenix, Arizona. It began operations in 1910 as an icehouse, manufacturing 300 lb. ice blocks for use in the food industry, primarily to keep produce cold as it was shipped by railroad to Eastern U.S. cities.

McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ  85258, 480.948.7011  Multiple venues with beautiful views of our sparkling lakes, luscious golf courses, and Camelback Mountain.

Mesa Country Club, 660 W. Fairway Dr., Mesa, AZ  85201, 480.964.1797  Mesa Country Club is an ideal wedding ceremony and reception venue for anyone. Perfectly suited to accommodate magnificent large celebrations as well as unforgettable intimate events. We can provide a variety of stunning indoor and outdoor spaces to create the wedding of your dreams.

monOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, AZ  85003, 602.416.1261  Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix’s art district, the monOrchid can be the perfect setting for your private event. This modern industrial chic gallery can accommodate events ranging from large receptions to intimate sit-down dinners for weddings and receptions, and for photo and film shoots.

Moon Valley Country Club, 151 W. Moon Valley Dr., Phoenix, AZ  85023, 602.375.4425  Nestled beneath the serene, sun-drenched hills of North Phoenix, lies a lush, green oasis in the desert called Moon Valley Country Club. This classic 160-acre property is laden with mature trees and foliage which rise above the colorful flowers that riddle the landscape. Our retro-chic look will be the perfect setting for your wedding.

An Old Town Wedding and Event Center, 8276 W. Monroe St., Peoria, AZ  85345, 623.412.7797  A 1948 red brick home with over one half acre gardens, fountains, mature trees, seasonal flowers, and twinkle lights galore. Ceremony takes place in the raised lit gazebo, and the reception is in the gardens. Enjoy the evening while dancing under the stars.

Pebble Creek Country Club, 16222 Clubhouse Dr., Goodyear, AZ  85395, 623.935.6726  Affordable luxury Pebble Creek Country Club is the hidden jewel of the West Valley.

The Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ  85014, 602.263.5208  Warm, soft elegance, 60% window view, 4300 sq. ft. ballroom looking out on 130 acres in downtown Phoenix, recent modernization to the club with beautiful wood and soft earth tones. Private Country Club with a dedicated team to make special memories for your wedding day or rehearsal dinner.

The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, 2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ  85016, 602.468.0700  The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix is a luxury hotel with urban chic surroundings, making it one of the city’s most desired wedding venues. From a Terrace draped with white twinkle lights to an elegant Ballroom, the Hotel offers seamless comprehensive wedding services for intimate and grand celebrations.

Scottsdale Resort & Athletic Club, 8225 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ  85250, 480.344.0600  An intimate, personal, and private boutique of Scottsdale, Arizona, the Scottsdale Resort & Athletic Club offers breathtaking views and unmatched recreational amenities.

Seville Golf & Country Club, 6683 S. Clubhouse Dr., Gilbert, AZ  85298, 480.279.3012  Seville has many different options for you to choose from to hold your wedding. From open grass acres, the lagoon or waterfall to any number of golf course locations. We have the perfect spot for you!

Spinato’s Pizzeria, 4848 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, AZ  85048, 480.961.0208  www.spinatospizza.com  Spinato’s family pizzeria, has a private dining room to host your rehearsal dinner and reception. Extensive menu choices and service styles allow you to order off the menu to work within your budget. Spinato’s friendly staff and variety of tasty food will have your wedding remembered forever!

Superstition Springs Golf Club, 6542 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ  85206, 480.654.5652  When you want the location of your event to be as special as the occasion, we have what it takes. Distinguished by its Southern plantation style clubhouse, Superstition breathes an air of luxury.

Tatum Ranch Golf Club, 29888 N. Tatum Ranch Dr., Cave Creek, AZ  85331, 480.585.2399  Tatum Ranch Golf Club is a premier wedding venue that offers elegance at an affordable price. With a breathtaking mountain backdrop, our outdoor ceremony site is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony! Tatum Ranch Golf Club features fine food, professional staff, and a wedding day that will be truly magical.

Trilogy at Vistancia, 27980 N. Trilogy Blvd. E., #102, Peoria, AZ  85383, 623.215.6260  Our Ceremony Promenade is the perfect backdrop to exchange vows with dramatic views of the Bradshaw Mountains. Equipped with a 2,200 square foot dance floor, Infinity doors and state-of-the-art video equipment, the Tewa Ballroom is the perfect place for a celebration of your new life together.

Venue at the Grove, 7010 S. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ  85041, 602.456.0803  If you are looking for a unique garden setting for your ceremony/reception in the Arizona desert that is only 15 minutes away from downtown Phoenix, look no further. Venue at the Grove is located on a two and a half acre pecan grove that truly provides a unique experience.

Villa Siena, 890 W. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ  85233, 480.782.7218  Exquisite Tuscan elegance, Villa Siena invites you, with up to 250 guests, to celebrate live, love and laughter on the day of your wedding. Six thousand square feet of indoor space as well as 6,500 square feet of beautiful outdoor gardens add to the grace of Villa Siena.

The Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telawa Tr., Phoenix, AZ  85016, 602.553.7395  Historical landmark, once private residence of William Wrigley Jr. – chewing gum magnate – Stunning Valley Views!

Zulu Club, 15000 N. Airport Dr., Scottsdale, AZ  85260, 480.282.0464  Enjoy the spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains and corporate jets on our property – in the heart of Scottsdale, complete privacy and uniquely different.

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 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 – April 2012

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Alexa and I at Turks and Caicos at Beaches, best vacation ever!

Alexa and I at Turks and Caicos at Beaches, best vacation ever!

Happy Mother’s Day to you if you are a mom.

Happy early Father’s Day if you are a dad.

If you aren’t a parent, then please pass on love, hugs, and best wishes to your parents and grandparents!  If you don’t have a mom, or grandparents, I understand your loss, and remember their laughter, smile, and incredible times you had together.

As a parent, you feel fortunate to be able to bring a child into this world.  You understand what it means to want more for your child than you and your spouse ever had.

Before becoming a mom, I used to think life was “busy”.  Now being a mom, and running multiple businesses, have a new definition and balance for the word “busy”.

Being a teacher and positive role model for your child, you hope and pray the map for their road of life is filled with good choices. You have a positive mindset overflowing with strength and energy, especially on the days when there are detours.

When you are a parent you understand 24/7, you understand there is no time off, and traditions you pass on and implement will be passed on to your child’s children.

You want to be there to share great experiences and all those “firsts”.  You want to listen to everything about their day.  You want to give them hugs, dry their tears, and pick them up when they fall.  You understand one day when when you least expect it, they will be on their own.  You hope and pray you have instilled in them the knowledge, tools, and ability to make their own right choices as if you were there beside them as they follow their road of life.  It is hard to know all your parents sacrificed, yet you get a better idea when you become a parent.

When the doctors told me I would never have children, my mom told me “Kim, you will never know what love is”.  At that time I had no idea what she meant, and now after beating all odds to become a parent, I do “get it”!

Blessed that Alexa (our miracle daughter), Steve, and I have an incredible relationship.  We have each others “back”, and together anything is possible!

One of our favorite sayings is “I love you to the moon and back a zillion times, and I love you more than you love me and it is possible!”  Alexa is now 9, and in 9 more years she will be graduating high school and off to college.

My mom passed away almost 19 years ago next month.  Disappointed Alexa and her never met, yet know they have many things in common, which I have discussed with Alexa – their blue eyes, their nose, and their artistic creativity just to name a few of their similarities.

Steve and I celebrate our 22nd anniversary today, and can’t wait for another weekend experience as we are together for Mother’s Day!

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