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August 25, 2013

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Wedding Tipping Guidelines from Phoenix Wedding PlannerKim Horn, MBC

Wedding Tipping Guidelines from Phoenix Wedding Planner Kim Horn, MBC

Your RSVPs are in (finally), and you’re three weeks from your wedding day!  As your wedding planner, this is the time to have all your details wrapped up.  Relax and enjoy quality time with your family and friends prior to your wedding day!

One of the questions I get asked as things wind down is, “Who and how much should I tip?”  With all the details, many seem to overlook the important task (and etiquette) of tipping.

Below is my go-to guide on tipping, so you show your wedding vendors, who put your wedding together, your appreciation for making your wedding day amazing.  Tipping isn’t required, unless a service charge is spelled out in your contract.  Tipping is a voluntary and customary expression of appreciation for exceptional service.

The golden rule is to check your vendor list to make sure you don’t forget someone.

Tipping Guidelines

1). Use the guidelines below, and write a check or place cash into an envelope with their name on the outside of the envelope.  Always carry additional cash and bring your check book for possibility of overtime charges or other incidentals.

2). Personalize a thank-you note to the vendors with a few details on how they helped you throughout the planning process.

3). Give your wedding planner all the envelopes at your wedding rehearsal.  The wedding planner will discreetly pass out your envelopes to your vendors.

VENDOR SUGGESTED TIP PROTOCOL HELPFUL HINT
BAND/DJ Musicians $20-$50 each; Band leader $100-$250; DJ $50 – $200 Optional, yet majority do tip. Need # of Band Members
BARTENDER $20-$25 per bartender Expected, check contract. Need # of Bartenders and if they are assigned exclusive to your wedding.
BELLMAN $10 – $20 each Expected, check contract. Moving your gifts.
CATERING MANAGER $200 – $500 Optional, yet majority do tip.
CHEF $150 – $200 Optional, yet majority do tip, especially if designed a special menu for you.
FLORISTS Depends on contract. Optional, depends on if they already charge you for delivery, setup, strike, and moving sets.
GIFT BAG DELIVERY Avg. of $2 – $3 per bag for bellman to deliver to room. Expected, check contract. Names on bags help bellman identify bag(s) per room or guest.
HAIRSTYLIST/MAKEUP ARTIST/NAIL TECH 15%-20% of total bill Expected Let your wedding party know you are handling the tip so they aren’t tipped twice.
HEAD CAPTAIN or BANQUET CAPTAIN $1 – $5 per guest Expected, check your contract to see service charge fee, then find out how much of service charge goes to staff vs. catering company or resort vs. staff. Try to get multiple events with the same captain.
OFFICIANT If member of church, donate $500+ to church,; Non-denominational $50-$100 depending on fee they charge. Expected
PHOTOGRAPHER $50-$200 each Optional
SERVING STAFF 15%-25% (Normally in Contract, yet Servers don’t receive all of this) Optional, based on contract. Need # of servers, and see if Head Capt. Could dispurse.
TRANSPORTATION 15% – 20% (Normally % is stated in contract) Expected, yet check contract to make sure it isn’t already included in fee. Find out qty.  and names of drivers.
VALET $1-$2 per car Expected, yet check contract. Let your guests know if you are tipping so they aren’t tipped twice.
VIDEOGRAPHER $50-$200 each Optional Need # of manned cameras.
WEDDING PLANNER $200 – $500, depends on how much $, time, and stress they saved you Optional, yet majority do tip. Will your lead wedding planner be at your wedding or an assistant?

 

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

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

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

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

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

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

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

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August 1, 2013

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Plan ahead, and consider the logistics of your get ready location.  Plan ahead for your get ready room and get ready photography.  You may want to get ready at your parents’ home, a hotel room, or a wedding venue’s bridal suite.  The Wright House (photo to the left) has a gorgeous get ready room fully equipped with natural lighting, space, seating, and an adjoining bathroom.  Weigh the pros and cons of each location.  You will need to factor in time for transportation to get everyone to your ceremony site (unless it is at the same property).   If you are having your ceremony and reception at a hotel, most hotels will provide a get ready room in your agreement, yet may not be able to get you an early check-in (depending on occupancy levels).  You will be less stressed if you pay extra to check into your room the night before your wedding, so everything is easier for your wedding day.

Lighting, timing, space, and minimal clutter is important.  Your “get ready” photos will be taken in your get ready room.  Discuss with your photographer natural lighting and start times so you know to be ready to start photos.  Work with your photographer on lighting since they will LOVE lots of natural lighting with large windows vs. being in a dim light room with no or minimal windows, or florescent lighting.  If you are getting ready in a hotel room, ask your hotel representative if there is an upgrade price (less the room you get included in your plan) so you may pay for a more picturesque room for get ready photos with large windows.  Think about the number of people you will be having in your room too.  Space is important, and think about how many you don’t want clutter of everyone’s bags in the photos.

Focus on a realistic plans for photography, hair and makeup schedules.  Your wedding planner will need to back out additional time for hair and makeup schedules.  Most people will need to be finished with hair and makeup when the photographer starts with the bride getting into her gown.  Most will not want to have photos without their hair done, or without their makeup finished.  Depending on how many faces you have for makeup (average 45 min. per face, and 1 hr. for the bride) and how many heads you have for your hairstylists (average 45 min. – 1 hr. per head, then 1 -1.5 hours for bride), plan on starting early and having touch-ups as needed.

Here are items to consider for your get ready room:

–         Breakfast ordered (dietary restrictions), and scheduled to be delivered to your room for you, your wedding party, MOB (mother of the bride), and MOG (mother of the groom).

–         Lunch ordered (dietary restrictions), and scheduled to be delivered to your room for you, your wedding party, MOB, and MOG.

–         Straws for drinking to not mess up make-up

–         Adequate bathrooms for everyone to shower and go to the restroom too

–         Mirrors (so not everyone crowds the bathroom)

–         Music downloaded on your iPod to play your favorites

–         Fans to circulate air

–         Steamer for wrinkle free dresses

–         Hanger for your dress which is photo worthy for your “gown photo on a hanger”

–         Bar stools for makeup artist (unless they bring their own)

–         Lighting for makeup

–         Power strips for hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons, rollers, etc.

–         Charger for your phone

–         Signs for fun wedding party photos “Just wait until you see her!”

–         If you are at a hotel, find out how many other weddings and/or brides will be on site at the same time.  Find out what locations are the hotels favorite photography locations, when they will be in shade, and when they will be available for photography for you.

–         Chairs and props to help with group photos

–         Wedding party gifts wrapped and packed for opening for great photos

–         (If at a hotel) Bell man scheduled to pickup the bridesmaids bags so housekeeping may clean room

–         Housekeeping requested to clean the room after you leave for your ceremony

–         Arrange for amenities for late night after your wedding – drinks, munchies, turn down of your bed.

–         Arrange for breakfast in bed for the day after your wedding with you and your fiance’s favorites!

 

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

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

 

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

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

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

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

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

 

O 480.921.7891

M 602.418.9089

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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

 

O 480.921.7891

M 602.418.9089

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July 21, 2013

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Thank You to Family and Friends

Thank You to Family and Friends

Think of how you feel when you travel, there is no place like home, right!  As a wedding planner for over twenty-five years, learn from experience,  it IS in those little details which make a difference in taking your wedding from ordinary to extraordinary!

Remember, your out-of-town wedding guests will spend extra money on plane tickets, rental cars, gas, hotel rooms, and other extras in order to travel and celebrate your wedding with you.   It is courteous to show your guests who traveled far how you appreciate their time and effort it took for them to attend your wedding.  It need not be fancy and expensive, just choose from a variety of options and you can find simple yet special items your guests will love to receive.  Who doesn’t love a welcome bag!  Your welcome bag is a nice gesture to make them feel at home.

Before You Start, Decide on Your:

1).  Theme. Use your wedding colors, engagement photo, theme, and/or your logo/monogram from your wedding invitation or save-the-date.

2).  Quantity & Budget.   Determine the quantity of welcome bags you need based on your RSVPs.  Always recommend having RSVPs due at least 30 days prior to your wedding date.  Get a list of names with check-in dates from the hotels where you have room blocks.  Knowing how many welcome bags you need will help you decide on the quantity and quality of products you include in them.  If you have 10 bags vs. 50 bags, your budget for each bag and their contents may vary.

3).  Delivery How are you planning on delivering the welcome bags to your guests?  Find out the fee to distribute the welcome bags at the hotel.  At the time of writing this blog, many hotels are charging from $1-$3 per bag for the bags to be delivered to the room after the guest checks in.  Remember, many guests may put out their “do not disturb” signs on their doors upon arrival.  This may become a problem, especially if they do not check their message light on their hotel phone, or their hotel room voice mail, which says “you have a welcome bag we tried to deliver to you.”  Make sure you have a main contact at the hotel who will be responsible for making sure all welcome bags are distributed to the guests upon checking in, since they will be privy to the number of bags remaining, and potential delivery problems like this.  Get a list of your hotel guests at the hotels you have room blocks with, which will give you their check-in dates, so you know the earliest arrival.  Find out deadlines for when you need to have the items for the bags purchased.  How long will it take for the bags to be packed, assembled with finishing touches?  When do the bags need to be delivered to the hotel, so they are ready for the arrival of your first guests checking in?

Next, Decide on What to Include in Your Welcome Bag:

1).  What is your vessel of choice?  Whatever  your choice of vessel, make sure it is reusable and easy to carry so it doesn’t add to the luggage of your guests.  Select something which goes with your theme (see #1 above.)

2).  Do you have time to DIY or are you hiring a company to do this for you?  You may want to hire a professional company for suggestions on themes and bulk pricing.  They purchase in bulk and have contacts for prepackaged items, (since they have more clients than just you), then assemble, pack, put finishing touches on the bags, then deliver your welcome bags to your hotels.  They will have local contacts and connections to expedite your search.  You may be able to purchase everything from them in bulk, and they may show you how to “assemble one.”  Check your local Costco, Dollar Store, and local wholesale club, since they may have trial sized products or items in bulk to help you save on your cost per item.  You may want to get some items on your own, and incorporate specialty items from a professional source.

3).  Point of ContactInclude the name and cell phone number of your wedding planner or the point person who will handle logistics and answer questions for your entire weekend.

4).  Wedding Weekend ItineraryNOTE:  You may need 2  versions – one for your wedding party guests (highly suggest you sending out PRIOR to their arrival such as spa day appointments, get ready schedules for hair and makeup,  photography schedules, golf outing tee times, etc.), and another version simplified for your out-of-town guests.

Include:

  • Your wedding planner’s name and cell phone number to answer questions.
  • Timeline of the Weekend:  start times, end times, address, directions, transportation schedules (if you are including transportation for them), parking, theme of event, dress code, if food will be served, etc. of the events for the weekend.
  • Note Welcoming and Thanking Your Guests (possibly include your engagement photo) or a photo of you and your fiance saying “Welcome and Thanks!”
  • Golf Outing Details
  • Shopping Outing Details
  • Spa Outing Details
  • Directions, Details & Transportation info to and from the hotel to your:
  •      Ceremony Rehearsal
  •      Rehearsal Dinner
  •      Wedding Ceremony
  •      Cocktail Reception
  •      Dinner/Dance
  •      After Hours Party
  •      Day After Wedding Brunch
  • Fun things you may or may not know about the bride
  • Fun things you may or may not know about the groom
  • How you met
  • The proposal

5).  Snacks and Munchies.  NOTE:  Think about where your wedding is.  Is there something special about the city or is there something the city is known for?

  • Limit perishables so you aren’t stressed filling bags the week of your wedding.
  • Bottled water – customized with your names, wedding dates, and logo (use the design from your wedding invitation or your save-the-date)
  • Fall wedding – coffee, hot chocolate, something warm to drink
  • Summer wedding – Arizona iced tea, lemonade, something refreshing to drink
  • Snacks (buy in bulk from a wholesale club like Costco)
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Cookies with initials of the Bride & Groom or wedding logo from your wedding invitation
  • Candy Bars
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit (something in not highly perishable, and in season which doesn’t have to be refrigerated)
  • Juice boxes (if they have kids)
  • Crayons & coloring book (if they have kids)
  • Something from a local specialty shop or bakery which is well known (candy, or a baked good)
  • Bottle of wine from a local vineyard
  • Bottled beers from a local brewery
  • Local magazine or newspaper
  • Custom CD with old home movies, pictures, and slideshows

6).  Souvenir or Keepsake Photos

  • Keepsake which is unique to Arizona, yet is easy to travel with.
  • If you have sports fans, schedule a tour of the arena where their favorite sport is played.
  • Hire a photobooth or a photographer to take photos of your guests with their spouse, significant other, or at event as a souvenir or keepsake photo.  Use a magnet frame (easy to carry and no glass to break) with your names and wedding date.

7).  Travel Sized Personal Items

  • Sunscreen
  • Breath Mints
  • Aspirin
  • Gum

8).  Hotel How Tos

  • How to Get Free Internet
  • Prices of Parking for Valet/Self Park/Special Rates for Overnight (no one likes to get an enormous parking charge on their hotel bill since they didn’t ask pricing options before parking)!
  • Restaurant hours
  • Room Service hours

9).  Local Attractions/Things to Do

  • Sporting events (Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Coyotes, ASU, Phoenix Open, NASCAR)
  • Menus or List of Nearby Restaurants – an assortment of area favorites with brief description of their menu, pricing and dress code
  • Maps, brochures, and guides to local tourist spots in the city (you may be able to get this from the concierge at the hotel, or the city’s visitors bureau, or chamber of commerce)
  • Discount coupons from the concierge, or local chamber of commerce
  • Things to do with Kids (Phoenix Zoo, Wildlife World Zoo)
  • Movie theaters
  • Directions to nearest pharmacy or convenience store
  • Directions to the nearest same day dry cleaner
  • Day Trip or Weekend Trip ideas (Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Prescott, Payson, Tucson)

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

 

O 480.921.7891

M 602.418.9089

F 480.829.6292

E info@ArizonaBridalSource.com

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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.

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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

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

 

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May 16, 2013

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Wedding Ceremony Reading - "The 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.

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Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

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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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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™

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Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

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January 30, 2013

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DemetriosBride.com ball gown

Congratulations, you found the ultimate groom, you got engaged, you have your wedding ring, and now the next big task at hand is finding your wedding dress.  Some brides have envisioned walking down the aisle in their wedding gown since they can remember, just waiting for the right man to walk into their lives, while others never thought about getting married.  Finding a wedding dress is a fabulous experience, yet may be stressful and overwhelming.

After 25 years in the wedding business as a wedding planner, finally decided to sit down and write this blog to get you to say YES to the DRESS in an informed and easy way, without settling!

Wedding planners (by the way, I am not “just a wedding planner”, yet a master bridal consultant – currently 1 of 61 in the world), normally don’t have input on the final wedding gown selection.  Yet now, after dealing with bride’s 911s on “my gown doesn’t fit, they are going to have to sew in a side seam,” or “I don’t trust them for alterations after they botched up my wedding gown order,” and so much more, it IS about the entire experience at the bridal shop, which is purchase, alterations, service after the sale, and happily ever after!

I am known as being one of the best in the industry for getting you in your wedding gown and making you look and feel fabulous on your wedding day!  It may be all the years of TV experience working with different body types and no matter what, the show must go on!

WHAT SHOULD YOU REMEMBER WHEN SHOPPING FOR A WEDDING GOWN?   Three important words will help you when shopping for your wedding gown:  fit, flatter, and budget.

WHEN SHOULD YOU START SHOPPING?  Many brides start shopping as soon as they get engaged.  Would highly recommend you start shopping at least 9 months before your wedding date.  Consider most bridal shops take an average of 4 – 6 months (some may take longer) to get your gown in, then you add 2 months for alterations.  Don’t wait to start shopping 6 months prior to your wedding date to be told “if you would have started shopping 9 months ahead of time, we would have been able to get that gown for you, now it is too late to order the gown, or we could still order the gown if you are willing to pay rush charges.”

WHAT IS ONE WEDDING GOWN ITEM YOU DEFINITELY WANT?  Having a small pocket in your wedding gown is priceless to hold your lipstick for touch-ups!  This may be included in your gown, or a small additional alteration item, yet will make your wedding day touch-ups a breeze!

WHO SHOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU TO SHOP?  Shop with your mom, and maid or matron of honor, they know you better than anyone!  If you take too many people it gets overwhelming, and there may be too many opinions.

SHOULD YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, OR JUST STOP IN?  For the best customer service, make an appointment, and ask to be scheduled with the manager or another employee who knows their inventory, and will be able to make recommendations to you based on your body type and style of your wedding.

THE GOWN ON THE HANGER MAY LOOK BETTER ON YOU.  When you make an appointment to try on gowns, ask for an appointment with the manager or another employee who knows their inventory.  This person will have seen a zillion brides with your same body type in the gowns in their store.  Knowledge is power.  Allow this person to make suggestions to you on what may look best on your body type to accentuate your positives, and to take away from any negatives.  If you are lucky, you are one of those brides with a fabulous body where every gown you try on looks amazing on you!

WHAT WEDDING DRESS WILL FIT THE SEASON AND STYLE OF MY WEDDING?  If you are getting married in the hot Arizona summer, you will want a lightweight dress with airy fabrics and minimal layers to keep you from feeling hot and sticky.  If you are getting married in the cooler months (most popular wedding months in Arizona are March, April, October, and November), you may want a heavier fabric like satin or taffeta with stylish wraps or jackets when the sun goes down.  If you are having a church wedding vs. an outdoor garden wedding, these are two different styles.  If you are having a destination wedding, you need to think about logistics on taking your wedding gown with you on your flight.

HOW MANY GOWNS IS “ENOUGH” TO TRY ON?  When I got married, I tried on two wedding gowns, and purchased the second one I tried on.  Yes, being in the business, I knew what I wanted, and knew where to buy, so it was easy!  Some brides make a “day” of it, making appointments (normally 1.5 hours for one appointment) at multiple bridal shops.  When you do the math, if you schedule 4 appointments, you are trying on gowns for 6 hours and are in transit for 2 hours.  How much do you want to drive, and how many gowns do you want to try on?  Do your research, each bridal shop has a different ambiance, style, and price range.  Many bridal shops overlap in the “middle” zone, yet some are less expensive (normally meaning less customer service), and some are more expensive (carrying one of a kind gowns).  Some may be GREAT at selling you a gown, yet how are their alterations and service AFTER the sale?  This is important!

WHAT SHOULD YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR WEDDING GOWN BUDGET?  A look, feel, and quality of a dress priced at $800 will be extremely different from the look, feel, and quality of a gown priced at $3,000.  It will make a difference if you are planning to wear one gown for the ceremony and change gowns for your dancing.  If you are purchasing one gown vs. two gowns, it makes a difference.  If you are not finding gowns at a price you love, it may be time to add some to your  gown budget (reduce your budget in another category) to get what you want, since you do get what you pay for.  Include these items in your budget: the wedding gown, wedding shoes, veil, headpiece/comb/tiara/headband, alterations, and undergarments (bra, hosiery).

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO SHOP FOR WEDDING GOWNS?  Wear something which is comfortable and easy to get in and out of for quick changes.  Wear your hair in a way you are thinking of wearing it on the day of your wedding.  The neckline of your gown will make all the difference in the world!

WHAT WEDDING DRESS FITS MY BODY TYPE THE BEST?  There are 5 popular styles of wedding gowns.  All are gorgeous, yet choosing the right one to accentuate your best assets and diminish areas you are more conscious of, no matter what your shape or size, may seem overwhelming.

1).  A-LINE/PRINCESS.  The A-line wedding gown features a shape which is fitted around the bodice (part of the gown above the waist) and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase A.  This A-line dress flows from the bust to the hem with an unbroken line.  Due to its classic and simple elegant style, the A-line dress is appropriate for any occasion, from a quiet backyard wedding to a traditional church wedding.  Its length may range from above the knee to full length that flows into a large train.  A princess cut is the most dramatic variation of the A-line gown.  This version of the A-line dress emphasizes the style’s clean lines by utilizing vertical panels that run from the hemline to the hem.  The princess style provides elongating lines that create a slimming effect since your eye focuses on the length created by these long, smooth seams.

The A-line wedding dress is flattering on almost all body types.  The long lines of the princess cut create the illusion of height on a shorter body, as well as slim down a rounded figure.  The full skirt of the A-line may also hide a larger lower body, or create the illusion of curves on a narrow frame.  With the A-line being versatile, simple modifications to the neckline, waistline, or fabric can accentuate your best features and hide those you’re not so fond of.

2).  EMPIRE.  The empire wedding gown is defined by a raised waistline which sits just below the bust line, and the rest of the dress flows down to the hem.  The empire style is very versatile and can accommodate a wide variety of formality. 

The empire wedding dress is flattering on almost all body types.  It is two fold on small busted brides and large busted brides.  On small busted brides the empire wedding gown draws attention to your neckline and creates definition.  Yet oddly enough, this also may work to conceal a large bust by controlling and minimizing the size of the breasts due to the neckline of the empire dress.  The design of the empire dress is also ideal for covering other unwanted body features such as a long torso, short legs, or a pear shaped figure.  Since the dress flows from the bust line, it easily leaves these areas undefined.  The structure of the empire dress is also ideal for pregnant brides since the fluidity of the dress may accommodate a growing belly.

3).  COLUMN/SHEATH.  The column/sheath wedding gown has a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem.  The column/sheath gown tends to hug the body and show any and all of your curves.  This column/sheath gown is appropriate for all types of weddings, especially casual weddings on the beach, or intimate evening weddings. 

The column/sheath gown is flattering on lean figures, both short and tall.  The elongating nature of this design help petite brides appear taller.  The column/sheath dress does not allow much room for hiding problem areas, such as a large lower body.  It may conceal minor flaws if you opt for a constructed column that will stay in place, but the slip style may be unforgiving.

4).  BALL GOWN.  The ball gown is a perfect wedding gown for the bride envisioning a fairytale wedding.  This silhouette has a fitted bodice (part of the gown above the waist) with a full skirt.  The ball gown is most appropriate for traditional weddings where the dress will be consistent with the formality of the event. 

The ball gown is flattering for almost all body types.  The ball gown is ideal for slender or pear-shaped figures as the full skirt helps to accentuate the waist and hide the lower body.  If you have a large bust, this style will help to create an hourglass look since it emphasizes the waistline due to the fitted bodice (part of the gown above the waist) and natural or dropped waist.

5).  MERMAID.  The mermaid silhouette contours the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem.  This is a sexy look that highlights curves of your body.  For this reason, you must be confident and comfortable to pull off this dramatic style. 

The mermaid gown is not a style for everyone.  This daring design is best worn by slender figures, both short and tall.  The mermaid dress is made to hug the body and show every curve, it is not recommended for those brides with full figures, however if you are on the voluptuous side and want to accentuate your curves, this is the perfect dress for you.  When considering a mermaid, you will want to hide embarrassing underwear lines, so be careful of  your undergarment selections.

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

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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.

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Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

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

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September 2, 2012

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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

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

ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera

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