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May 27, 2013

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Personalized Wine Box for Zachary & Brittany for 5.25.2013

Personalized Wine Box for Zachary & Brittany for 5.25.2013

As a wedding planner, the wine box sealing is a FAVORITE way for the bride and groom to personalize their ceremony.  The bride and groom use this in lieu of a unity candle and unity sand ceremony.

Here are suggestions for the wine box sealing:

–         wooden personalized wine box (see below for suggestions)

–         your favorite bottle of wine(s) – (depending on the size of box)

–         a letter written, signed, and sealed by you to your spouse in an envelope with his/her name

–         2 – 5 nails and a small hammer

Prior to the wedding day, the bride and groom each write the other a letter.  Each other are NOT to read what the other has written until an anniversary they choose (and depending on the wine in the box).  Some people open this annually on their anniversary and write additional notes to be included for their next anniversary as a family ritual or tradition to be passed on to generations.

There is only one reason the box should be opened before the anniversary.  If there ever comes a time when you feel you want to part ways, or have a difficult time in your relationship, please open the wine box before making any drastic decisions.  Sit down together, open the wine box, uncork the bottle of wine, pour each other a glass of wine, and have the bride read the groom’s letter, and have the groom read the bride’s letter.  We hope and pray there will never be a reason you need to open this until your anniversary.

In the letter write about the excitement you felt when you first met, or when you first knew “he/she was the one.”  Express the qualities about him/her you admire the most.  Write about what makes you fall in love with him/her over and over again.  Elaborate on what he/she brings to your life, and how your life is different in a better way because of him/her.  Highlight the great times, and how he/she has also been there in difficult times.  Express what you envision him/her being as your husband/wife, as well as how you envision him/her being a future father/mother of your child(ren).  Think about forever, and how your commitment is there for better and worse.

By opening the wine box it reminds you of why you chose him/her as your husband/wife and all the positive attributes which first attracted you to him/her.  It is your “attitude to gratitude,” and brings you back to your exchanged vows at your ceremony:  “I (your name), take you (your partner’s name), to be my husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, for as long as we both shall live.”

There are many different boxes for wine box sealing ceremonies.  It truly depends on what the bride and groom prefer.

There are personalized wine boxes for 1 bottle of wine.  There are options which have two wine glasses and the wine.  There are some which hold multiple bottles for multiple anniversaries.  Your wine box selection depends on what you would like to spend, as well as what you want for your final product.

These are suggestions only, please be a wise shopper.  These prices are all subject to change and may or may not include personalization and shipping/handling):

Personalized Wine Box for 1 bottle:
1). Beau-coup.com ($32.70)

2). PersonalCreations.com – search for “Decorative Wine Box” ($29.99)

3). Etzy.com ($15)

Larger Wine Boxes for 3 bottles:
UncommonGoods.com ($130)

Personalized Boxes with Wine, 2 Glasses, and a Lock:
MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com ($97)

Depending on which type of box you choose to purchase, you may also want to include a CD of your first dance or songs which remind you of each other at the time.  Keep the box in a place of honor as a constant reminder of your love and commitment to each other.

Here is a version for your ceremony officiant to read:

________ and _________, I have asked you as a couple, to find a strong wooden box that will hold a bottle of wine, and two wine glasses. In addition, I have asked each of you to write a letter to one another expressing your thoughts about the great qualities you have found in your future partner, as well as, your reasons for falling in love with each other. I requested that under no condition were you to read each other’s letter, and that you were to seal them in individual envelopes and put them in the box with the wine and glasses.

_________ and _________, should you ever find your marriage enduring serious difficulties, I am asking that before you make any irrational decisions, that you both, as a couple, open the box, drink some wine together, and then venture off into separates rooms to read the letters that you wrote to one another when you were united as a couple. By reading these love letters, you will reflect upon the reasons that you fell in love with each other in the first place. The hope here is, that there will never be a reason for you to open this box, unless of course, it is celebrate your anniversary!

_________ and __________, I now ask that each of you take a nail, one at a time, and hammer the box shut.

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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July 22, 2011

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What is the difference between a resort wedding planner, church wedding planner and having your own personal wedding planner?

Since brides, grooms, mothers, fathers, wedding party attendants, and vendors repetitively ask me this question, decided it is time to blog about it!  Could give you multiple essays on this topic, yet know you are busy, so will limit it to a “few instances” to show you brief examples.

At the end of the day, as YOUR wedding planner, I work for YOU in YOUR BEST INTEREST.  I am NOT paid by the resort or the church to act on the church or the resorts behalf.  You hire and pay me for expert knowledge and to help create your wedding to be seamless, allowing details to be done in advance since it is organized, and on your wedding day, you are a BRIDE, and your mom is the MOB (Mother of the Bride) NOT the wedding planner!

As your personal wedding planner, I help you:

1).  Design your wedding (no 2 weddings are EVER alike – have even done 9 weddings in one family – making each one unique to that daughter or son’s wedding);

2).  Negotiate your agreements;

3). Mediate situations which may arise;

4). Plan your wedding with detailed timelines for photography, hair and makeup, and your entire day to the minute which one approved by you, is distributed to your parents, wedding party, and immediate family.

5). Implement your details at your wedding rehearsal, ceremony, cocktail reception, and dinner and dance!

The church and resort wedding planner manage multiple weddings and events at their same location, and are familiar with the ins and outs of their property.  The church and resort wedding planner may have more than one wedding and/or event on the same day and/or same time as your wedding.  Make sure when you are looking for a ceremony and reception site you know how many weddings and/or events they will book on the same day as your wedding (before, during and after your wedding).  It may affect your vendor load in, your photographs, and time frame of what you may create or NOT create with your wedding design because of lack of time of setup and preplanning.

At a recent wedding where I was hired by the groom as their wedding planner, the resort wedding planner checked in with the bride and groom, then me. The resort wedding planner let me know at the wedding rehearsal the day before she had another wedding at the same time as my bride, and she was going to assign another resort wedding planner to be at her wedding.  I asked her if she had let my bride know, and she replied, “No”.   I highly suggested to the resort wedding planner a substitute the day before the wedding was not acceptable, and the bride and groom did not need any additional stress because of a resort situation.

The resort wedding planner was spread between multiple events at the same time at different locations at her property, since “both brides” wanted her, not the other person on site.  The resort wedding planner could not be with 2 brides at 2 different sites at the same time, she told me she would “be right back” to help get the ceremony started on time.  The resort wedding planner did come back, yet she missed my bride’s entire ceremony. The resort wedding planner showed up 23 minutes past the start time of the ceremony. The resort wedding planner was out of breath, and thanked me for starting everything without her. The bride and groom had just kissed, and were ready for their recessional (when you walk down the aisle as husband and wife).

At a recent bridal show, a few brides told me they had a “wedding planner included in their package.”  Asked them who their wedding planner was, and they didn’t know.  They also did not know what the “venue wedding planner” did vs. what I could do for them as 1 of 61 in the World as a Master Bridal Consultant.

Would you want this to happen to you, especially when it comes to the most stressful part of the wedding day, where it is beneficial to have an experienced wedding planner  lead, line up, and direct your VIP entrance of your closest family and friends, in the middle of making sure your musicians change the music on time for the appropriate VIP entrance.  Remember, everyone knows what time your ceremony is expected to start, it is printed on your invitation!

Focus is “all about my bride”, and I organized and directed the bride’s wedding rehearsal the previous day, and started her ceremony processional (when your VIPs walk in and you too) on time. My bride had no idea the resort wedding planner missed her ceremony, and that is the way it will stay. No names or photos are listed here for a reason, and if you are a client and think it was your wedding, I will deny it!

One church wedding planner tried to have the Mother of the Bride escorted down the aisle by her ex-husband. I immediately stepped in, diffused the situation, and had the mother walk in with her son (which is how we rehearsed it, and how it was on the approved wedding timeline which the church wedding planner had in her hands).

Thankfully the bride didn’t know, yet the MOB (mother of the bride) knew. The mother of the bride thanked me for eliminating what would have been an awkward situation, and commented, “You are worth your weight in gold”!  The church wedding planner had gotten the bride confused with the details on the wedding which was right after this bride’s wedding.

Precision with details and experience are everything when it comes to hiring wedding planner!

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, Master Bridal Consultant.

To you have your own personal wedding planner, contact:

Kim M. Horn, MBC
Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World
Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com
Sponsor ArizonaBridalShow.com
AZ State Coordinator 5/2003-4/2012| Assoc. of Bridal Consultants
ABC 2010 Conference Chair

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September 3, 2009

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Marriage by Kahlil Gibran

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:  Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.  Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.  Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.  Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone.  Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.  Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.  For only the hand of life can contain your hearts.   And stand together yet not too near togther:  For the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the Oak tree and the Cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

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