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March 27, 2013

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Bridesmaid Dresses your Bridesmaids would wear again!

Bridesmaid Dresses your Bridesmaids would wear again!

This is one of my favorite color palettes for weddings as a wedding planner, and have seen a TON of color combinations.  This was a destination wedding at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona, this past weekend where two doctors flew in for a destination wedding.  Honored being their wedding planner, since they allowed me to do my job.

The choice of the bride’s color palette and gown style is something her bridesmaids will wear again.  This RARELY happens!

As a bride, when you are trying to choose your bridesmaid dresses, it is endless pressure (besides each one of them voicing an opinion) colors, body type, style, fabric, pricing, and most important…something they look great in, and works for you as a background canvas for your photos.

Another important thing you must remember is lighting.  The look of the gown in a church looks different than an outdoor wedding.   If you are having a sunset ceremony, the amber tones have another look.  When the lights dim for dancing, the gowns take on yet another look.

Love the parasols which were photo props for this wedding.   Was a gorgeous March day at Dove Mountain, and the weather was perfect!  Another happy client, and was honored to work with them!  They are on their honeymoon!

They purchased these parasols from The Knot, yet you may want to check out options on LunaBazaar.com (tons of colors) and for monograms, feathers, swarovski crystals and bling, check out PamelasParasols.com too!

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

To you 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

Lead Arizona Wedding Planner – specializing in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix, and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

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

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June 19, 2012

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

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

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

Important things to include for Your Wedding Website:

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

Copyright 2012, Kim Horn, MBC™

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

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

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

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

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December 3, 2011

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Your RSVPs are in, what’s next? 

Deciding who sits with whom requires being tact, being considerate, having diplomacy, and having a sense of adventure.  This is similar to a jigsaw puzzle, where you will be putting all the pieces together, one by one.    

1).  Do I really need assigned seating?  Most guests prefer having assigned seating to a table.  Unassigned seating sounds great in theory, yet it rarely works out well. 

  • Do you like going to an event which is “general admission”?
  • There may be a “rush” for the best seats.
  • Couples may get split up.
  • If people turn up who did not RSVP, they may take seats intended for your RSVPed guests.

2).  Assigning tables or assigning seats?  Guests may be assigned to a table (where they may be choose any seat)  or assigned to a specific seat.  Assigning tables is more common in the United States, where assigning seats is more common in Europe. 

3).  Obtain a floor plan of your room from your reception site manager.  Make photocopies of the floor plan so you may work with the seating arrangements.  A few items are critical in the seating placement of your guests, such as placement of your:

  • band/DJ (not the best seating placement for your grandparents)
  • dance floor (next to your DJ/Band)
  • bar(s)
  • food tables (depending on the type of service you have chosen – sit-down/plated, action stations, or a buffet)
  • cake table
  • dessert bar or candy bar (not the best seating placement for children)
  • number/name your tables (make sure you place Table #1 next to Table #2; if you have “names” for your tables, make sure they are alphabetical beginning with the letter “A”)

4).  Know your tables sizes and how many guests fit at each table. 

  • 36” rounds seat 2-4 people
  • 48” rounds seat 4-6 people
  • 60” rounds seats 8-10 people
  • 66” rounds seat 10 people
  • 72” rounds seat 10–12 people
  • 4’ banquet seats 4–6 people
  • 6’ banquet seats 6–8 people
  • 8’ banquet seats 8–10 people
  • 36”  square seats 4 people
  • 48”  square seats 8 people
  • 60” square seats 10 people
  • 72” square seats 12 people

NOTE:  If you are having chargers/base plates, you may want to reduce the number of people at each table, since some charges are 13” in diameter.

5).  Seating the bride and groom. 

  • together at a sweetheart table for two
  • together with your matron/maid of honor and best man
  • together with your matron/maid of honor, best man, and their spouse/guest
  • together with your wedding party
  • together with your wedding party and their spouse/guest
  • together with both sets of parents

6).  Seating parents.  Traditionally you would have one table for the bride’s family and close friends, and another for the groom’s family.  You may want to combine the two tables, yet normally there is an entourage of extended family and friends.  When the bride and/or groom’s parents are divorced, and all are in attendance, it is usually not the best idea to seat them together.  Hopefully they are amicable, yet the extended family of each may make it difficult logistically to seat them all at one table.

7).  The bridal party table.   Be creative with your wedding party.  Think of how you feel when you attend weddings or events.  You may your wedding party to sit with their spouse, guest, or family.  The bridal party table may be a rectangular table set against one side or end of the room.  The bride and groom sit at the center of the long side of the table, facing out so guests may see you.  No one is seated opposite of the bride and groom.  The bride sits on the groom’s right, with the best man on her right; the maid/matron of honor sits on the groom’s left, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen alternate along the same side of the table.  If you have a large wedding party, or if you want the spouses/guests of the wedding party to be seated with them, you may want a U-shape table with the bride and groom in the center.     

8).  Other guest tables.  Your basic objective is to make each table as congenial as possible.  For couples, try to mix and match while considering their personalities and interests.  Try to “fill the table”.  If you have a table for 10, try to fill it with 10 guests.  It will cost you more money on each table, linen, centerpiece, etc., if you do not fill your tables.  Trust your instincts and common sense.  If you do not personally know the guest, discuss with your fiancé or the parent which invited that person to assist you in the most logical positioning and grouping.  NOTE:  Seating a guest at a table where the other guests are close friends may leave the person feeling uncomfortable. 

9).  Seating children.  Younger children are usually seated with their parents.  Older children, tweens, or teens enjoy not being seated with their parents. 

10).  Seating disabled guests.  If you have a guest in a wheelchair, you may want to put them close to the entrance doors so they easily may get in and out of the room.  You may want to remove the chair for them if they will be seated in their wheelchair.  If they would like to be seated in their chair, you may want to move the wheelchair to the side of the room for them.  If someone has difficulty walking and has a cane or walker, normally it is easier to place them closer to the entrance doors.  A person with impaired hearing or impaired vision may enjoy being placed near the bridal party or near the band/DJ. 

11).  Seating charts, escort cards, tables numbers, and place cards.  Guests will need to know which table they are seated at so they don’t have to walk around to every table to find their place.  Place cards are recommended for seated dinners and formal buffets with more than twenty guests.  Table numbers with stanchions or frames are placed on each table to display the number or name of the table.  Table cards assign a guest to a specific table.  Place cards assign a guest to a specific seat at a specific table.  The table number of each guest’s table is written on his or her place card.  These place cards are in alphabetical order by last name at the reception entrance.  For assigned seating at the table, you will need to assign a direction in the room such as “the band is at 12 o’clock”, and seating is clockwise in the room.  Make sure you number your floor plan with the appropriate table number or table name, and make sure the reception site has table numbers and table number holders/frames (hopefully their selection will match your décor). 

12).  Alphabetical list by last name of guest with their table number or table name.  Make sure your wedding planner and head captain have your approved floor plan as well as an alphabetical list by last name of the guest with their assigned table number.   It is also helpful if you have a table number or table name list with the guests listed under this.  You will want to double and triple check this to make sure everyone has a seat.

13).  Open the doors.  Make sure at each entrance you have your wedding planner, a head captain, or a server with a detailed floor plan directing guests to their tables.

Copyright 2011, Kim Horn, MBC™

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

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 59 in the World

Lead Arizona Wedding Planner – specializing in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix, and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

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

ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera

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C 602.418.9089

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