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September 12, 2013

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Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

You’re engaged, you’ve set your wedding date, and now you need to “pop the question,” to your posse of ladies!  These ladies will be your glue to hold you together for your wedding!  Whether they live near or far, here are a few creative ideas for your proposal.

Brand your style and personality of your wedding into the idea, and allow it be a moment they won’t forget.  Think of one thing (besides you) all of your ladies have in common.  Do they have a favorite restaurant, club, wine, ice cream, cookie, cupcake, candle, or store?  Scheduling a time, day and location to get everyone together at the same time may be difficult too.  Recommend asking your MOH first.  If everyone is local, select and implement your setting and put your plan into action based on what assets your location offers (video screen, specialty desserts, customized menu cards, etc.).  For out-of-town ladies, skype them so they are still included in the moment.  If getting everyone together is impossible, make a video and send them the video link.

Design (or have someone design for you) a personalized card, photo frame, sign (on a chalkboard or layered/decorated card stock), cupcake, cookie, cake, or bottle of wine with, “I have my man, now I need my ladies.  Please say YES since I won’t walk down the aisle without you by my side!  Alexa, will you be my maid of honor?  Karla, will you be my bridesmaid?”

Some of your BFFs may be “keepers” while others may prefer something edible or an item they may “use/reuse.” A few suggested items:

-If they like wine, there are rings on top of a wine stopper.

-Decorate a photo frame “popping” the question on the frame with all of you in the photo together.

-Have cookies shaped in a dress with the color of icing being your wedding colors.

-Design cupcakes with writing on the top in your wedding colors.

-Use photos from a trip, or other great moments.

-Girls weekend out – incorporate “popping the question.”

Discuss it with your fiancé, since he may want to make a proposal to his men on the same day or night – you may want to all get together after to celebrate the YES!

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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

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2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants

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August 22, 2013

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http://www.Oreasposa.com Trunk Show 9/6-9/8/2013 at Brides by Demetrios, Scottsdale, AZ

http://www.Oreasposa.com Trunk Show 9/6-9/8/2013 at DemetriosBrides.com, Scottsdale, AZ

You’re engaged to be married, have your gorgeous ring , and have an extensive wedding list a mile long of things to do, right!

One of the first items on the top of a bride’s wedding list is selecting a one-of-a-kind wedding dress!  Here are some wedding dress shopping tips for the wedding dress trunk shows.

DESIGNERhttp://www.Oreasposa.com

Exclusive trunk show to view the newest collections of wedding gowns.

What is a Wedding Dress Trunk Show?  It is a traveling collection of wedding dresses highlighting one particular wedding gown designer.  These exclusive wedding dresses travel from one bridal boutique to the next, normally staying at one location or area for a very limited time.  Gowns from their newest collection will be on display, and you may even get the chance to meet the designer in person!

Why should you attend a Wedding Dress Trunk Show?

1).  Preview wedding dresses from the designer BEFORE they are released to the public!   See, feel, and try on the latest wedding trends before they hit websites or are available to try on in stores (except for an exclusive trunk show).

2).  Find a one-of-a-kind wedding dress.  Wedding dress trunk shows offer brides one-of-a-kind dresses to stand out and be different which may be in your region or market for 1-3 days only.

3).  Extras and Promotions included with your designer wedding gown purchase for a limited time only.  With the Wedding Dress Trunk show, there will normally be promotions and extras which you may receive when you purchase during the trunk show.  Bridal boutiques may offer a discount for the gown, or offer a few extras such as a fabric change, extra buttons, additional fabric, veil, shoes, or other “perks” which are not offered in the bridal boutique on a day-to-day basis.

4).  You may get a chance to talk to the Wedding Dress Designer!  Designers are sometimes on site for wedding dress trunk shows.  Find out if you may make an appointment when you purchase your gown to meet the designer as an added bonus.

What should you do or know before attending a Wedding Dress Trunk Show?

1).  Do your homework to know what you love in a wedding gown.  Ask your bridal boutique associate to show you wedding gowns from the collection which fit your body type, match your style, and are within your budget.  You may have to increase your budget for the “gown” you want, and decrease a budget item elsewhere to get “the dress!”

2).  Call early to make an appointment with the bridal boutique so you reserve a time and day which works for your schedule.  With the dress collections being in town a limited time (normally 1 – 3 days), available appointment times are booked quickly.  Your time is valuable, and the last thing you want to do is wait in line as a “walk-in”!

3).  Wedding Dress Trunk Shows do not feature clearance or discounted gowns.  With limited time in your area, and the high demand for the designer gowns, you will need to purchase your gown in a short period of time.

UPCOMING TRUNK SHOWS

WHEN:  September 6 – 8, 2013

WHERE:  DemetriosBride.com, 4513 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 116, Scottsdale, Arizona  85251

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:  Call 480.421.6699

DESIGNERhttp://www.Oreasposa.com  Exclusive trunk show to view the newest collections of wedding gowns.

PROMOTION:  Receive 15% off all trunk show merchandise during the trunk show.  This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer.  Prior purchases and quick-delivery gowns are excluded.

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

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

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner | Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

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2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants

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August 2, 2013

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Thanks to JanDekkerDesigns.com for the gorgeous photo!  Few vendors ROCK my world like Jan, plus her b’day is one day before mine, go figure, right!

http://www.JanDekkerDesigns.com

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You found the man/woman of your dreams, your soul mate, right, congrats!  You said “YES”, you’re engaged, and since many items do come in “threes,” or “multiples of threes,”– such as graduating from college, moving into a new home, switching jobs, finding a new job, buying a new car, and then you just added the “wedding to do list” which is a mile long, you are BUSY!  You thought finding time to do things was tough before, well, it doesn’t get any better!

As an experienced wedding planner, at the end of the day, in my opinion (which you will hear TONS of opinions), this is truly what matters…having an incredible wedding of your dreams is important, yet more important is the quality of the rest of your life together as husband and wife.

Your wedding may be the first “party” you have thrown with all of your family and friends in attendance.  To make it more stressful, it is not only your family and friends, you have added the family and friends of your fiancé too (many you may not have met yet)!

The golden rule is important.  You have heard of bridezilla, groomzilla, and momzilla, so please don’t let the stress of planning your wedding turn you, or someone you love into one!  Reach out to those in your close circle of family and friends in a kind way.  You may disagree, tempers may flare, yet pick your battles, since relationships and friendships may end over minor issues which may have been solved easily and quickly.

Here are a few MUST DO tips before you walk down the aisle and say “I do.”

1).  Happily ever after happens in fairy tales.  Pre-wedding anxiety is normal.  Confront your fears, stress, or concerns about your marriage head on.  Be open with your fiance and your inner circle of family and friends.

2).  Plan a date night with your fiance.  Have a date night with your fiancé where you talk about what he wants to talk about, and don’t bring up “the wedding.”  Make it at a location on “neutral grounds,” where you both are comfortable and get back to “normal” before the stresses of planning the wedding.

3).  Discuss a prenup, checking accounts, credit cards, savings, and joining finances.  If you haven’t already discussed this, it is important.  You may want accounts to stay at “your bank,” while he wants accounts to stay at “his bank”.   Once checks and bills start coming in, you don’t want confusion about whose account they should go into or out of.  Are you going to stay with “your” bank, switch to “his” bank, or go to a different bank altogether?  Finances are normally one of the top items of disagreements in relationships.

4).  Discuss plans to have children or not have children.  Many breakdowns in marriages occur when someone “thought” or “assumed” their spouse wanted and expected something, then when they brought it up, said they were “blind sided” and didn’t see “that” coming.  If you are planning to have children, when, and how many?  If you are not planning on having children, best to talk about it now.  If you do have children, how are you going to raise them if you are Catholic and he is Jewish?

5).  Plan “me” time.  Schedule something which helps you relax, and something you like to do for you.  May be working out, hiking, playing sports, purging your closet, something for you!

6).  Bond and have heart-to-heart moments with your family and BFFs.  Once you are married you will have less free time with your parents and friends.  Plan something you have always wanted to do with them, yet haven’t done “yet” together, something on your/their “bucket” list.

7).  Talk about “When we’re married…”  Here is a way to get the creative minds thinking (LOVE using this in your wedding ceremony wording too):  You have known each other for ____ years, through the first glance of acquaintance to this moment of commitment.  At some moment you decided to marry.  From that moment of yes, until this moment of Yes (your wedding vows), indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.  All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or on long walks – all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will, and you will, and we will,” – those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.  All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

8).  You can’t change someone else.  This is one of the most valuable lessons I will ever share with you.  So many clients say “after the wedding, this isn’t happening…”and feel they have a magical way of changing their spouse.  When your vows say, “for better, for worse,” that is truly what to expect.  You love your fiancé for multiple reasons, and will be spending the rest of your lives together.  Marriage is a two way street, and communication and compromise are crucial to the success of your marriage.

9).  If you don’t like something, work at making a change in yourself to change the way you accept or don’t accept “it” in your life.  The definition of insanity by Albert Einstein is “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different results.”

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

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

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner | Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

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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http://TheWrightHouse.com

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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 20, 2013

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http://www.DePoyStudios.com

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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 - "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™

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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April 21, 2013

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Earth Day 5 Rs

Earth Day 5 Rs

More wedding couples are going green.  Emerald is the Pantone 2013 color of the year, yet it is not only color when we say “going green.”

April 22nd is Earth Day.  Earth Day was organized by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. senator from Wisconsin, in 1970 as a way to bring environmental protection onto the national political agenda.  On April 22 of each year people around the world plant trees, pick up trash in their neighborhood, and bike to work.  Earth Day was intended to raise the awareness of climate change, pollution, pesticides, and much more.  Pollution harms our world and ecosystem.

As a wedding planner here are some “how to tips” which reduces carbon footprint to have an eco-friendly wedding.  For more tips, hire Kim Horn, MBC™ as your wedding planner.:

–         Ceremony and receptions at the same site reduces travel

–         Outdoor venues have gorgeous gardens and scenery at no additional cost

–         Local catering, cakes, and beverages supporting local family farms and wineries.

–         Florists repurpose your in season florals from your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, cocktail reception, dinner/dance, and brunch.

–         Vintage is in, recycle and repurpose for décor and photo props

–         Reception sites recycling and re-purposing

–         Hotels for out-of-town guests recycling and re-purposing

–         Recycled paper and non-toxic soy and vegetable inks for invitations

–         Wedding websites help reduce printing

–         In lieu of favors, couples donate to their favorite charities (arborday.org – which provides favor cards and plants trees all over the country)

–         Green décor

–         Green lifestyle by having gift registries with energy saving appliances

–         Use environmentally-friendly reusable shopping bags (envirosax.com)

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

O 480.921.7891

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February 22, 2013

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Brides by Demetrios - Twist Options for Bridesmaid Dresses

You are engaged, and finally said YES to your wedding dress!  Congratulations, on having one major decision out of the way, many more to go!  Shopping for bridesmaid dresses is not an easy task since the average wedding has five bridesmaids, giving you a multitude of body types, skin tones, hair colors, and personalities.  Have you seen the movie 27 Dresses?  It is a must see before you go bridesmaid dress shopping!

This blog will put some “sanity” into your search for the right dress for your bridesmaids.  They will be thankful for your kindness since you are an informed bride by reading this.  At the end of the day, it is your choice, yet try to choose a dress everyone at your wedding will comment on how incredibly classy you are, since it is a reflection of you too!  As an expert wedding planner (1 of 61 in the world at Master Bridal Consultant level) and a matron of honor many times, have seen and have had to wear some HIDEOUS bridesmaid dresses.  This was not a master plan by the bride to intentionally choose dresses that were not flattering, it may have been the only dress they found in a color they loved.

Have your maid or matron of honor help you with the search.  Don’t be a control freak and try to do everything on your own.  You gave your MOH this prestigious position since you trust her.  Your MOH may be willing to run “interference” for you.  Your bridesmaids may be hesitant to tell you the dress costs too much, doesn’t flatter their body type, the color is wrong for their complexion, they will NEVER wear that dress again, yet may talk to your MOH about it, in order to not hurt your feelings.  Be ready to listen to feedback and be sensitive to their thoughts.

“I want to select a dress they will wear again.”  Many brides say this, yet in reality, because of the gown being uncomfortable, unflattering, or a color they would never wear again, this rarely happens.  If you are considering dark colored dresses, they may be worn to formal events later.  If you are fortunate to choose a dress which may be worn again, make sure you have the discussion with your bridesmaids to let them know the FIRST time they should wear the gown should be on your wedding day.  Be a friend, and treat them the way you would like to be treated if you were their bridesmaid.  If you were already in their wedding, and were not treated well, forgive them.  You, the bride, have the final decision in the choice of bridesmaid dresses, yet remember, this is not a dictatorship.

Discuss budgets, since friendships may be strengthened or broken.  Communication with your bridesmaids is important.  They have already made a commitment and are excited and honored to be in your wedding party.  Remember to think about everyone’s financial situation, since this is a sensitive topic.  (Bridesmaid dresses range from $100 – $300 on average.)  If you fall in love with a dress which is over their budget, are you willing to cover the difference for each bridesmaid?  When budgeting, remember this may include their dress, shoes, alterations, shipping, bra, slip, hose, earrings, necklace, bracelet, hair, makeup, travel expenses (airfare, hotel, rent a car, time off work, etc.) to get to the wedding, and expenses while they are at the wedding.  At the end of the day, everything adds up, and quickly.  You may want to give a part as your gift to them for being in your wedding, so they still look and feel incredible for photos, yet stay within the budget.  This will be a sensitive subject, yet the alternative is someone special to you may have to bow out of being in your wedding party because of financial concerns.  Better to know BEFORE ordering the dress.

Color selection is critical since this is your background color palette for your wedding photos.  You don’t want your bridesmaids to upstage you, yet you want them to look and feel their best!  The color palette you choose needs to be one you LOVE, look good in, plus helps set the theme and formality for your wedding.  Go to ColourLovers.com – and experiment with color palettes.  Try on the bridesmaid dress yourself to see how the color looks on you.  Have your MOH try on the gown next to your wedding gown.  Make sure you see this in different lighting too (if you are having an afternoon church wedding vs. sunset wedding, the lighting will be drastically different).  How will the gowns look in photographs?

Bridesmaid dresses must complement your wedding gown and formality of your wedding, and the body type of the bridesmaids.  Find a style and fabric which flatters your wedding gown, yet does not make them look like a bride.  Search for a style and fabric which flatters the different sizes and shapes of your wedding party.  Unless you have a group of ladies which are 34B and wear a size 6 jean, there are certain styles you should avoid.  If you have a 6’, size 0 jean, and voluptuous bridesmaid, don’t expect her to fit or look incredible in the same dress as a 5’, size 14 jean bridesmaid – it would not be fair to either of them.  If they feel they don’t look great in the dress, it will show in your pictures.  A strategically placed cover-up such as a shawl or bolero jacket helps make a body-conscious bridesmaid more comfortable with dress styles.  Think of your wedding gown fabric, formality, color, and style of neckline, bodice, and waist, and length.   You want the bridesmaid dresses to complement this.

Bridesmaid skin tones and hair colors need to be considered.  If the majority of your wedding party is light skinned and fair-haired, don’t choose a pastel color unless you want them to appear washed out.  This is also true with olive skin and colors like yellow or light green.  When choosing a color, try to find one that will complement all skin tones.  Of course, if your wedding party is fairly diverse, this will be more difficult.  In general, deep rich colors look better on most skin tones than lighter pale colors.  For example, emerald (hot color for 2013), crimson, black, eggplant, or midnight blue look incredible on the lightest ivory to the darkest coffee skin tone.  If you’re really hoping to have a light color, try working with a two tone effect.  If emerald is too overwhelming for an entire dress, while a mint will make most skin tones look pale or washed out, consider a mint green dress with emerald accents.  Most importantly, have the brighter color around the neck line and edges of the dress.  This way the skin color won’t be so washed out by the pale color.  You may also want to try a different skirt color.    Think of the floral bouquets and types of flower you love.  It may be easier to get the dress first, then work with your florist to include florals which complement your gown vs. trying to select a dress which has to work with a flower color which is subject to the rules of mother nature.

Bridesmaid dresses are sized differently from manufacturer to manufacturer.  If your bridesmaid is normally a size 0 and says “order it, I don’t have the time, and don’t need to be measured,” it will help if you insist each bridesmaid be individually measured for her gown.  You need time for the gown to be made, shipped, and altered to her unique measurements.  This will take time and normally more than one fitting.  Plan ahead, and understand everyone may gain weight, lose weight, or you may have a pregnancy in the mix, which will cause dress drama for alterations!  Plan ahead, you will be glad you did!

Order all the bridesmaid dresses at the same time from the same store.  Let them know this is for the same wedding, and make sure the gown store can verify these gowns will be cut from the same dye lot, (which is the only way to know your colors will match.)  If you are ordering the same color, yet different dress styles, these may be cut and sewed at a different time, meaning NOT from the same dye lot.  If you are ordering the same gown style, yet different fabric, make sure the fabrics complement each other, your wedding gown, your theme, and your formality.

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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September 18, 2012

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Wedding Toasts

Wedding Toasts

The wedding toast has evolved from a simple “to your health and happiness” to a personalized, fine tuned presentation, and often using props for visual aids.  Statistics show that, next to dying, public speaking is some Americans’ greatest fear.

Who toasts, what order, and how many?  There is a simple equation to make this be a memorable event at your wedding rather than a disaster and embarrassment.  AVOID an “open microphone” at your wedding for anyone to say a toast.  If you are interested in having an “open microphone,” it is best to offer this option for your closest family and friends at the rehearsal dinner.

One key thing to remember, the bride and/or groom have entrusted YOU to be in the position with the microphone to say something remarkable about them, and their relationship.  Treat others the way you would like to be treated, and your toast will be a raving success!

The bride and groom should have a list of who will be toasting, and in which order, which they have given to their bandleader and/or DJ for introductions.  If they have not, make sure you discuss this with them so you know their preference.

Tips for Preparing Your Toast.

  • Stand when offering a toast.
  • Speak from your heart, and research to find out clever and interesting facts about the bride and groom which would be interesting and clever to share about their relationship in a positive light.
  • Be upbeat when offering toasts.
  • If someone has died in the family recently, this is not the time or place to offer your sympathy.
  • If you do include humor, do it tastefully, and end on a serious note.
  • Quotes from readings and poetry may enrich your toast, as well as letting the bride and groom know you cared enough to give it some thought ahead of time.
  • The best man usually offers the first toast, followed by the maid/matron of honor.
  • Wedding toasts are traditionally made to the bride and groom individually, and then to the couple.
  • A wedding toast should be trimmed down to 3 minutes maximum.  You WILL lose your audience’s interest if it is longer.  Edit your word choice, the more impact is from the least amount of words.
  • If this is the second marriage for the couple, NEVER mention this during the toast.
  • Avoid clichés, jokes, or “humor” which may have ethnic or religious implications.
  • Steer clear of profanity or offensive language.
  • Practice your toast in front of a family member, or in front of a close personal friend.

Delivering Your Toast.

  • Speak into the microphone, and arrive early for a sound check to feel comfortable in the room so you know how close to hold the microphone to your mouth.  You don’t want feedback screeching in the room, and you don’t want the level of the volume of the microphone so low no one can hear what you say.
  • Avoid saying “um”, “you know,” “I mean,” and other phrases which mean you are not well prepared.
  • Keep the tone of your voice interesting, not monotone, not too high pitch, and don’t speak to fast, or too slow.
  • Make eye contact with the bride and groom, and everyone in the room.  Do not have your back to anyone.
  • Do not chew gum.
  • Make sure everyone has something to drink as their toast.
  • Remember to bring your glass with you when you offer your toast.
  • If they haven’t already spoken to you, make sure you speak to the wedding planner, head captain, photographer, videographer, DJ, and band know where your toast is in the timeline for the day.
  • Wish them well.  A toast to the bride and groom should end with hopefull wishes for a happy future.
  • Offer personal advice, or pull inspiration from historical quotes, readyings, literature, or even song lyrics.
  • The final gesture is to raise a glass and take a sip.

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

O 480.921.7891

M 602.418.9089

F 480.829.6292

E info@ArizonaBridalSource.com

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