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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

ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera

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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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December 30, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9).  Stuffing the envelopes:

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2012, Kim Horn, MBC™

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

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 59 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

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

ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera

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December 21, 2011

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Horn Family Holiday Card 2011

Horn Family Holiday Card 2011

From our family in sunny Arizona (Christmas forecasts the high 65/low 41) to yours, wishing you an incredible holiday with your family and friends.  Thanks to Tracy Kreck from PhotoPassion.us for this family photo taken at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

ENGAGEMENTS.  Christmas and New Years Eve are two of the biggest engagement days.  If you need proposal ideas and ways to sweep her off her feet, check out our proposal blog. 

BRIDAL SHOW.  January 7-8, 2012 at the Phoenix Convention Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the South Building, discount tickets are available at ArizonaBridalShow.com, tickets are $12 at the door.  Your ticket gets you admission for Saturday and Sunday. 

TV SEGMENT on WEDDING TRENDS.  Watch AZ Channel 3 TV on December 31, 2011 at 9:50 a.m. for 2012 Wedding Trends.

Copyright 2011, Kim Horn, MBC™

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

 

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 59 in the World

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 – May 2012

ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera

 

O 480.921.7891

C 602.418.9089

F 480.829.6292

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