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July 23, 2016

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Landon, Ring Bearer

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You may approach not inviting children to your wedding in many ways.  Remember, for some families, they may not be satisfied with your choice, feel their kids are a “package deal,” and may plan to disregard your request by bringing their children anyway.  How will you feel if those guests show up with their children at your wedding?

How would you feel if you were invited to a close family member’s out-of-state wedding, and you have young children, and found out they were not invited?  Some people are okay with child-free weddings, others aren’t.

Are you planning to have children in your wedding party as flower girls, ring bearers, junior bridesmaids, or junior groomsmen?  If so, you may already be okay with having children at the wedding ceremony, just not at your cocktail reception, dinner, and dance.  Make an educated decision by talking to each other, and include your parents to get their feedback on what has been done in your family previously at weddings and other social events.

You may choose to include children of family members only, children of a certain age, or no children at all.  It is inappropriate per etiquette to write “No Children” on your invitations.  Instead, communicate your wishes by leaving childrens’ names off the invitations, and write only the parents’ names on the invitation outer and inner envelope.  Make sure you do not address the invitations to “and family,” or “and guests.”  Address your wedding invitation to the specific individual(s) you are asking to share your wedding with you, (i.e., Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Anderson).  You may not want your cousin’s boyfriend of the week invited.

Wishful thinking is that the parents will read and understand by you addressing the envelope to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Horn this implies their kids aren’t invited…great idea and tip above, yet some parents may discard the envelope(s), and “assume” their entire family is invited.  The last thing you want is to not mention this on your save-the-date, or the wedding website, and the parents “assume” the kids are invited and are excited for a family get-away, to receive your invitation 6 – 7 weeks prior to the wedding date to find out their children are not invited.

You may want to tell certain relatives or friends about your plans for not inviting children.  As a courtesy, you may hire an experienced licensed and insured childcare provider during the hours of the wedding to watch the children of the out-of-town guests at a nearby hotel, or allow the guests to pay, provide and select childcare options from a list provided by you on your wedding website.  Nanny or childcare provider services are available to come to you at a location, and most have been fingerprinted, and have background checks for their employees.  Make sure you check their references, and the Better Business Bureau, and get recommendations and referrals from your wedding planner, catering manager, and hotel sales manager.

If you have predominantly locally guests attending, it will be easier for them to arrange reliable childcare.  For a new mother traveling with newborn, and nursing, it will be difficult for her to find reliable childcare in an unknown area, and she may need to be close in case the newborn isn’t taking a bottle from a stranger yet.  This may be the first time they have flown or traveled together with their newborn.  If you have toddlers, they may be clingy and resistant to going with someone they don’t know, especially in the evening, and the parents will be nervous throughout the evening.  In that instance, would recommend to arrange for childcare nearby at their hotel.  This would be close by, and in case they want to check-in during the evening, it would be easy and comfortable for all involved.

Define your version of “child-free.”  Will this be for your wedding cocktail reception, dinner, and dance only, where you are fine with children attending your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and the brunch the day after your wedding, or will you have an entire adult only wedding weekend?  You may already have in your mind the set of parents which are going to be upset with you, right?

Advance communication as clear and kindly as possible with specific wedding details like this needs to be included with your save-the-dates and on your wedding website.  Save-the-dates with your wedding website address should be mailed out as soon as possible.  You could provide a list of trusted childcare providers for the parents to reach out and interview, and this would be a way (depending on how many children would be traveling) for the children to be all together.  You may want to provide a room at your out-of-town guest hotel where the children have Netflix movies which are age related and kid activities in the hotel room so the children have an incredible time, are fed, are supervised, may go to sleep comfortably, and the parents enjoy their evening knowing their children are in good hands too, as a win-win.

Once you and your fiancé make a decision on your choice and definition of “child-free wedding”, would recommend keeping it equal for both sides of your families.  If someone RSVPs with more people than you invited, who will be the person to call them and let them know the invitation was for 2 adults, and because of budget, space, or safety (if there is a pool or water feature which may mean unattended children may be at risk) in order for them to enjoy their evening, we have chosen an adult reception only.  The last confrontation you want is, “Why did they get to bring their children, and we couldn’t bring ours?”

If you are having only a few couples which have families, it may be easiest to e-mail, text, or call them to let them know you want them to come for a “date night” at your wedding, and if they need help arranging childcare for “Tommy and Anna”, you have a list of reliable childcare providers referred to you which are insured and licensed on your wedding website to check out since it is an adult reception only wedding.

On your RSVP card, as well as your wedding website here are some ideas to consider:

  • Please reserve ________ adult seats at the cocktail reception, dinner, and dance.
  • Please reserve (circle) 1 or 2 adult seats at the cocktail reception, dinner, and dance.
  • Adult Reception Only
  • While we love the little ones, this is an adult only affair.
  • We would love for your children to attend the wedding ceremony, however, the reception will be an adult affair. We would love to help you arrange for childcare please see our wedding website www.MattandCindi8.8.2018 for details.
  • ________ children RSVPs for childcare with age(s) being ______________

On your RSVP card, you may want to put a #1, or #2 for the maximum quantity of RSVPs.  This gets difficult if you invite many single guests, since this may allow them to invite their “+1,” although you aren’t interested in inviting their “+1.”

If you and your fiancé are okay with children attending the ceremony, you may want to try:

  • Children are welcome to attend the wedding ceremony, yet the cocktail reception, dinner, and dance is an adults-only affair.
  • Children are welcome at the ceremony, yet to allow all guests to enjoy their evening, we have chosen an adults only cocktail reception, dinner, and dance.

Whatever your choice, please communicate clearly with kind words, and treat people the way you would like to be treated.

Copyright 2016, Kim Horn, MWP™

HIRE expert, Kim Horn, MWP™ to help design, negotiate, mediate, plan, and implement your wedding details.

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Master Wedding Planner | 1 of 75 in the World

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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 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 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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May 17, 2013

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Wedding Photography Checklist.  Photo:  PhotosByMary.net

Wedding Photography Checklist. Photo: PhotosByMary.net

You have been waiting for Mr. Right for EVER, and your wedding day is FINALLY here.  When you hire your professional photographer, (PLEASE do not delegate this important duty to a friend) it is helpful to give them an idea of what you are looking for in MUST HAVE wedding photos.  Make sure you give your photographer the quantity of time they need to photograph your wedding to get you incredible memories.  After your wedding day there are NO “do overs.”

For your family and friends, assign a “round-up” person who knows the bride’s side, and another one which knows the groom’s side.  Give them your list so you don’t forget your VIPs on your wedding day.  Don’t expect your wedding planner, or your photographer to round up your familiy and friends – we don’t have any idea who these people are, or what they look like.  You will be happy you assigned someone this important task!  This is perfect for an organized person who would like to help you out, and knows most of your family and friends!

Have a detailed photography timeline so everyone knows when to arrive, and where to meet to get their flowers.  If you don’t, it is disorganized, and many spend time waiting when they didn’t have to be ready, and it is frustrating.  Nothing is more frustrating than being ready for photos, and your photos are NOT taken at that time.  Be respectful of the time of your photographer, family, and friends.

As the wedding planner, a photography timeline is something I work closely with your photographer to make sure we have who we need, and where we need them.  This is customized for each wedding with names of who is needed, and where, then e-mailed to you for approval, then distribution to the wedding party and immediate family.  As your wedding planner, your wedding party gets hair and makeup schedules customized (if your hair and makeup stylist don’t handle this).  Your entire wedding party and immediate family get an itinerary to know when and where to be somewhere, so they are “in the know.”

GETTING READY WEDDING PHOTO IDEAS

□ Bride having hair styled and makeup applied (wear something FUN)!

□ Wedding party in personalized robes, shirts, and shoes (BEFORE getting into

wedding apparel).

□ Close up photos of bride’s wedding gown details.

□ Bride’s wedding gown on a “photo worthy hanger” (get a Mrs. “last name”

hanger from Etzy.com or search, Wedding Dress Hangers).  Take this

photo FIRST so the bride may get in her gown!

□ Artsy shots of your dress, shoes, jewelry, something old, something new, something

borrowed, and something blue, sixpence for your shoe, etc.

□ Close-up shot of wedding bands

□ Bride’s bouquet, bridesmaids bouquet, and flower girl halos/baskets

□ Candid shots of the bridesmaids getting dressed.

□ MOB (Mother of Bride) zipping, lacing, or buttoning the bride’s dress.

□ MOB helping the bride with one final detail (veil, jewelry, hair accessory, etc.).

□ Full-length photo of the bride in her gown, looking at herself in a mirror, or something artsy.

□ MOB/bridesmaids reacting to the bride in her gown.

□ Bride and First Look with FOB (Father of the Bride).

□ Bride with her MOH (Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor).

□ Bride with her bridesmaids.

□ Bride with her parents and siblings.

□ Groom with groomsmen getting ready.

□ Groom with best man.

□ Groom with his groomsmen.

□ Groom with his parents and siblings.

□ Groom finishing last touches to get dressed with MOG (Mother of Groom) or

FOB (Father of Groom).

□ Other __________________________________________

□ Other __________________________________________

□ Other __________________________________________

BEFORE THE CEREMONY PHOTO IDEAS

□ First Look Photos when the Groom sees the Bride for the first time

(traditionally only photographers are with the bride and groom at this

private moment!)

□ Bride with her mom.

□ Bride with her dad.

□ Bride with both parents.

□ Bride with her entire immediate family.

□ Groom with his mom.

□ Groom with his dad.

□ Groom with both parents.

□ Groom with his entire immediate family.

□ Bride and groom with bride’s family.

□ Bride and groom with groom’s family.

□ Bride and groom with both sets of parents.

□ Bride and groom with immediate family from both sides.

□ Bride and groom with flower girl and ring bearer.

□ Bride and groom with flower girl and “here comes the bride” sign.

□ Bride and groom with ring bearer and “happily ever after” sign.

□ Bride and groom with entire wedding party.

□ Bride and groom with entire wedding party and props (colored parasols, sunglasses, signage)

□ Other __________________________________________

□ Other __________________________________________

□ Other __________________________________________

CEREMONY PHOTO IDEAS

□ Exterior and interior shots of the site before guests arrive.

□ Details on the aisle décor and altar décor.

□ Musicians playing.

□ Honored family members being seated.

□ Grandparents entrance

□ Parents of the Groom’s entrance

□ Mother of the Bride’s entrance

□ Entrance of wedding party

□ Close-up of Groom’s expression while waiting for bride to enter.

□ Close-up of Bride and FOB (or her escort) before they walk down the aisle.

□ FOB (or escort) giving bride to groom.

□ Bride and groom at the alter or the chuppah.

□ Officiant.

□ Both sets of parents watching the ceremony.

□ Wide shot of the altar or chuppah from the guests’ point of view.

□ Wide shot of the guests, from the couple’s point of view.

□ Special moments during the ceremony (candle lighting, unity/sand/wine

ceremony, vows, and rings).

□ Close-up of the bride and groom as they recite their vows and exchange rings.

□ The KISS!

□ Close-up as the bride and groom walk down the aisle.

□ Bride and Groom and all the guests BEFORE leaving the ceremony (at the back

of the aisle looking towards the front of the ceremony.)

□ Bride showing off her ring to family and friends.

□ Bride, Groom, and witnesses signing the marriage license.

□ Bride and groom leaving the ceremony site (especially if you have special

transportation arrangements.)

□ Other __________________________________________

□ Other __________________________________________

□ Other __________________________________________

RECEPTION PHOTO IDEAS

□ Exterior and interior shots of the site before guests arrive.

□ Shots of centerpieces, table settings, favors, champagne glasses, escort cards,

place cards, lighting and menus.

□ Wedding cake

□ Hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks

□ Bride and groom grand entrance.

□ Wedding party grand entrance.

□ Bride and groom first dance.

□ Welcome by the FOB (father of the bride) and MOB (mother of the bride).

□ Welcome by the FOG (father of the groom) and MOG (mother of the groom).

□ Toasts by Best Man and MOH (maid or matron or honor).

□ Reaction of Bride and Groom to the welcome speeches and wedding toasts.

□ Thank-you by Bride and Groom.

□ Food and Beverage photos

□ Bride and FOB dancing their Father/Daughter Dance.

□ Groom and MOB dancing their Mother/Son Dance.

□ Generational shots on bride’s side and on groom’s side.

□ Parents and grandparents dancing.

□ Band and/or DJ performing.

□ Guests signing guest book.

□ Guests getting ready to take photos in the photo booth.

□ Sunset photos of Bride and Groom.

□ Photos of Bride with her High School/College/Work friends.

□ Photos of Groom with his High School/College/Work friends.

□ Photos of Bride and Groom with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Godparents.

□ Bride and Groom cutting and feeding each other wedding cake.

□ Bouquet toss

□ Garter removal

□ Garter toss

□ Garter put on person who caught the bouquet.

□ Exit for Bride and Groom (fireworks, sparklers, transportation, etc.)

□ Other __________________________________________

□ Other __________________________________________

□ Other __________________________________________

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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Wedding Ceremony Reading - "Fidelity" by DH Lawrence

Wedding Ceremony Reading - "Fidelity" by DH Lawrence

Man and woman are like the earth, that brings forth flowers in summer, and love, but underneath is rock.

Older than flowers, older than ferns, older than foraminiferae, older than plasm altogether is the soul underneath.

And when, throughout all the wild chaos of love slowly a gem forms, in the ancient, once-more-molten rocks of two human hearts, two ancient rocks, a man’s heart and a woman’s, that is the crystal of peace, the slow hard jewel of trust, the sapphire of fidelity.

The gem of mutual peace emerging from the wild chaos of love.

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

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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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Wedding Ceremony Reading - "The Promise" by Heather Berry

Wedding Ceremony Reading - "The Promise" by Heather Berry

Within this blessed union of souls, where two hearts intertwine to become one, there lies a promise.  Perfectly born, divinely created, and intimately shared, it is a place where the hope and majesty of beginnings reside.  Where all things are made possible by the astounding love shared by two spirits.  As you hold each other’s hands in this promise, and eagerly look into the future in each other’s eyes, may your unconditional love and devotion take you to places were you’ve both only dreamed.  Where you’ll dwell for a lifetime of happiness, sheltered in the warmth of each other’s arms.

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.

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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Organize your guest list (if you haven’t already) all in one place.  Make an alphabetized guest list which includes your guests’ full names with their complete addresses.  Depending on which program you use, would highly recommend separating each field (so you may sort as the need arises) by:

  • assign a “special” number to each guest as a “couple”* (see #1 below for details on why you will thank me a billion times for this tip)
  • first name
  • last name (easy to make an alphabetical list by last name of each guest) and title (if any)
  • address
  • city
  • state/country
  • zip/postal code
  • phone number (in case they don’t RSVP and you need to call them)
  • # RSVPed for reception
  • # RSVPed for brunch (the day after your wedding)
    dietary restrictions (if any, especially if you are having a choice of beef, fish, vegetarian, etc.)
  • table number (if you are having assigned seating at your reception)
  • thank-you sent
  • make brief notes of relationships (“Andrew’s mom’s best friend,” “Elena’s fiancé”) NOTE:  as you assemble your list these details will be helpful when you greet guests, arrange table seating, and when you write your thank-you notes.
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Read through these tips to make it easier for you:

1).  Make an assembly line so you do each step one by one (one task at a time will make sure you don’t forget to do it for one invitation)!

2).   To keep your sanity once you receive your RSVPs, use your “special” assigned number to each guest on the back of their RSVP card.  Many of your guests will forget to write or fill in their name on their RSVP card when they see the M________________.  When this happens, you receive their RSVP with the number attending, yet you do NOT know who they are!  Easily solve this by being proactive and printing the guest’s “special” number lightly in pencil or an invisible ink pen on the back of your RSVP card.  If your guest forgets to write their name on the line, you will know who is responding.

3).  Consider hiring a calligrapher, or ask your wedding planner for a recommendation of someone who has nice hand writing to address your invitations.   Depending on your envelopes, they may fit into your printer if you are a DIY, check one before continuing this so you don’t damage multiple envelopes.

4).  Do not abbreviate streets, cities, or states.

5).  Write the guests’ full names on the outer envelope (without abbreviations).  Traditionally invitations are inserted into two envelopes, an inner envelope and an outer envelope.  The outer envelope is the one that is addressed and stamped, while the inner envelope has only the names of the people the invitation is addressed to.  For example a married couple’s inner envelope is addressed to “Mr. and Mrs.  Anderson” with neither first names nor address.   You may want to write the names of intimate relatives and lifelong friends in informal terms such as “Uncle Tom and Aunt Sadie”. 

6).  Avoid writing “and guest” or “and family” so everyone invited feels the invitation is especially for him or her.

7).  Before mailing, take an assembled invitation (don’t forget all of your enclosures such as  your maps, RSVP cards, etc.) to your local post office to have them measure and weigh your assembled invitation and confirm you have the correct postage on your invitations.  (The last thing you need is to have your invitations  returned for improper postage or even worse having them delivered to your guests with “postage due”).

8).  In addition to your invitation you may have other enclosures  such as response cards, maps, and tissues.  Make sure everything is assembled one by one so you don’t omit an important item from your invitation mailing.

9).  Stuffing the envelopes:

  • When 2 envelopes are used (inner and outer envelope) put all the enclosures in the inner envelope facing the back.
  • The inner envelope is placed unsealed in the outer envelope with the flap away from the person.
  • When there are insertions, they are placed in front of the invitation, so they face the flap (and the person inserting them).
  • In the case of a folded invitation, insertions are placed in the same direction but within the fold.

10).  Mail invitations eight weeks before the wedding (especially if you are inviting many out-of-town guests). 

11).  Make sure your return address appears on the invitation on the upper left-hand corner, or on the envelope’s flap.  This lets your guests know where to send replies and gifts to in case your return address does not appear on the invitation.

12).  Expect that not everyone will attend.  25 percent of those you invite will not be able to attend.   You will receive your “yes” RSVPs before the “can’t make it”.  

13).  A and B list etiquette.  If you have a “wish” list or “B” list, try to mail all your invitations on the same day regardless of their “list” category.  Remember your “B” list may know some of your “A” list, and vice versa.  You don’t want to hurt the feelings of others by thinking they are not invited to your wedding.

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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Arizona Bridal Show – Save the Date – Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Phoenix Convention Center in the SOUTH building from 9am – 3pm.  Tickets are $12 at the door.  ArizonaBridalShow.com for tickets online.

Bridal shows are a great planning tool when you are a busy bride, groom, or parent planning an upcoming wedding.  In one day and in one place you are able to talk directly with many different exhibitors, see/hear/taste/smell/touch samples of their work, and get an idea of costs involved in hiring their products and services.  Many bridal show exhibitors have show “discounts” or “specials” available for a limited time.

Bridal shows may be overwhelming, crowded, and confusing.  Would highly recommend you spend time planning ahead to get the most out of your bridal show experience.

After being a wedding planner for 25 years (probably older than you, right), these wedding planning tips are priceless to make your “Bridal Show Experience” the most productive!

1).  Visit the bridal show web site for discount coupons on admission.

2).  Mark your calendar with the day(s), start time, end time, and the location with the address and parking details.

3).  Come early, since the you will get more accomplished.

4).  Attend the fashion show, and check the start time.

5).  Bring the people involved in making major decisions for your wedding.

6).  Bring your phone and take photos and video to capture what you like.

7).  Bring address labels or an address stamp with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and wedding date to register for prizes.  This will save you time and prevent writer’s cramp.  Remember to register at locations you are interested in, otherwise your in box and mail box will be overflowing!

8).  Bring a large bag (or bag with wheels) so you may comfortably carry all of the hand-outs and samples you receive from the exhibitors.

9).  Wear comfortable shoes since you will be walking and standing on your feet for hours.

10).  Bring your calendar so you may book appointments.

11).  Bring cash and your check book to take advantage of show discounts on site.

12).  Bring your color swatches if you still need a designer, florist, and bakery.

13).  Make a list of priorities of products and services you need the most.

14).  Some vendors may be able to book 1 or 2 weddings a day which will make them book more quickly.  Photographers, DJs, wedding planners, florists, and videographers may be examples of this vendor type.  Other vendors may be able to book multiple weddings on the same day.  Keep this in mind when organizing your priorities.

15).  Stay until the end of the show, you may be able to have props which are leftover from the exhibitors.

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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