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10 Wedding Planning Mistakes You Can Avoid!

Mistake 1: Budget

If you have a certain amount of money saved for your big day outfit, this does not mean that you can spend exactly that amount on your dress. Always take into consideration that your look is not just the dress. You also have to pay for shipping, if you’re not buying it straight from a retailer, alterations, undergarments (very important), shoes, hair, any accessories you may need, make up, and depending on the theme of your wedding the list could go on! Make a list of all of the things your particular look may require, and divide your budget around these. 

Mistake 2: Flowers

We are all sure that your Pinterest board may have some really beautiful centerpieces and ideas for bouquets and floral arrangements. You might have a pin of sunflowers, but your wedding is booked for December. This may cause a problem. It is always helpful to speak with your florist (the expert) on what is in season during the date of your wedding and make sure to include a second favorite type of flower into your contract. It is always best to pick your flowers based on colors and shapes that will flow with your wedding.

Mistake 3: Save the Dates

As time moves on and we grow older, sometimes people we were once close with, fade into the darkness.  This is the reason for mistake number 3, don’t send out your save the dates too soon! People you may be friends with at the time of engagement, could possibly fade away as the actual wedding grows closer. Save those save the dates for people that are a sure thing, people like your families.

Mistake 4: Videographer

A picture is worth a thousand words, but the videos are just reliving the actual words all over again! A picture can’t capture the groom’s face when every body’s eyes are fixed on the bride as she is walking down the aisle, the tears a grandmother sheds as she’s watching the first dance or, the best man’s speech after he drank just a little too much.

Allowing others to take videos of your special day gives you the opportunity to share their experience at your wedding as well. There are many new apps for all smart phones that you just download the app and upload your guests own special videos of your big day.

Mistake 5: Micromanaging 

You are spending your hard earned money and precious time on your vendors, with the assumption that they are the expert, so let them do what they do best! Your wedding day is going to be the most special day of your life, so it’s understandable that you would want to oversee every detail to make sure everything runs smoothly, but don’t do that! Trust that you chose your vendors for a reason, they are professionals at making your vision come alive, and they don’t work in the wedding industry because it’s “just a job”, they do this because they love and care just as much as you. 

Check back on Monday for 5 more mistakes! 

Happy Planning!



Easy Avoidable Wedding Mistakes!

You’re getting married, ideas are flowing and you may think each idea you have is the best idea ever.  But wait… think through your ideas and what you’re planning so you don’t make these top wedding mistakes.  

Bad Dates- Carefully select your date. Getting married on a holiday weekend may seem like a brilliant idea but your guests may already have holiday plans, and flights are pricy. Do you and your guests a favor and don’t get married on a holiday weekend. Create a new holiday- your anniversary, not to be shared with any other annual holiday!

Confusing Invitations- Invitations should be so clearly written that there is no question as to who is invited. Specifically write out each name of the guest you’re inviting to avoid any confusion and awkward conversations later.  All of the details including dates, times and locations should also be clear. A wedding invitation with so many important details is not a time to use fancy font, abbreviations or confusing wording if you want guests to attend.  Guests should also be given 2 months to RSVP as it takes time to request time off work, line up child care and make travel arrangements.

Cocktail Hour- The time between the wedding ceremony and reception is also known as cocktail hour or cocktail reception. This time truly should be kept to one hour. Having a few hours in between the ceremony and reception could allow your guests to lose interest and leave.  During cocktail hour be sure to offer your guests drinks, food, something to do and comfy seats. Keep them excited to be at your wedding and not waiting long. 

Toast Etiquette- While many guest love to hear the toasts, the person giving the toast is often so nervous and just wants their part to be over. Those who should make a toast include your Best Man, Maid of Honor and Parents of the Bride (Parents of the Groom are optional). The person giving the toast should practice, stand with confidence and begin speaking once they have everyone’s attention.  Toasts should not be long, 1-2 minutes is perfect. Toasts longer than 2 minutes often leaves guests wondering when the toast will be over.

Ungracious Host- Yes, your plate is extremely full, you’re the center of attention and you’re being pulled in every different direction but you must make time to be a gracious host as well.   Your guests will be watching you, after all they came to your wedding to see you.  Be sure to take time to go to each table or individually thank each guests for coming and sharing in the festivities. 

While all the do’s and don’ts of planning your special day may seem overwhelming, relax and enjoy the planning process. All the planning will be over before you know it and you’ll soon be starting the next chapter of your amazing life together!

Contact us to find out how we can save you time and stress!  

Happy Planning!


Finding the Perfect Gown!

Now that you’re engaged you’re probably excited to start shopping for your gown. Before you rush off consider what your style is, where to go, who to take along, your budget and above all make sure you love your gown! 

Some brides find it helpful to collect wedding dress photos they like from magazines and take them along when shopping.  Having an idea of what you like will help the sales person, friends and family to understand your style.  When thinking about the dress silhouette be sure to keep an open mind until you try a few on. While you may think you only like the Fit and Flare style, at least try on an A Line, Ballroom and Empire. Different dress silhouettes are designed to flatter different body types as well as match the wedding formality. You may find you like a style you had not considered before and remember, dresses look totally different on the hanger so be sure to put it on.  

Bridal salons often prefer you have an appointment before planning to spend your afternoon trying on their sample gowns so plan to call ahead.  In addition to scheduling an appointment ask if they carry the designer you like or if they have the exact dress that you’ve been eyeing. You may find a small independently owned salon has the most unique gowns so never discount giving them a fair shot at your business. 

Who you take with you to the bridal salon has a huge impact on your shopping experience. While you want honest feedback you don’t want negativity. Keep in mind, your help should be helping select a gown based on what YOU like, not what they would pick for their gown. To keep your energy high be selective in who you take along. A small group, usually 2-4 people is the perfect size. A group larger than 4 could backfire leaving you feeling confused and defeated. This is your shopping experience and it should be all about you. 

If you’re a fan of the show “Say Yes to the Dress” you may recall hearing “never try on a dress you can’t afford". Before you hit up the salon have a clear and thought out budget. Know what your maximum amount to spend is and resist looking at anything over budget.  With all the excitement of finding the perfect gown brides don’t usually think about the extra costs that they will incur.  Almost all gowns will need some type of alteration and these can add up quickly. You may also be purchasing a veil, hair accessories, jewelry, shoes and undergarments to complete your look all of which should be included in your budget. 

Shopping for your perfect wedding gown is a memorable experience. You will know when you’ve found your gown by the feeling that may overcome you or the tears in your eyes that some brides are familiar with. Be sure to enjoy the experience and totally love the dress you decide on. You will look stunning!

If you are looking for a custom wedding gown please contact Mrs. Tinklers Evening wear at                   www.mrs-tinkler.com  or please contact me and I will put you in touch!  

We are also familar with many bridal stores in the valley and would love you find that perfect gown!

Happy Planning!


Tips for Selecting the Right Vendor

Selecting vendors for your wedding day can be an overwhelming task for many couples. If you’ve ever attended a Bridal Show or even done a basic internet search when looking for vendors, you’ve probably found a never ending list in every category.  Most vendors are eager to be a part of your day however it’s up to you to decide if the vendor has what it takes to help create your dream wedding. 

When considering which vendors to hire, keep in mind the vendors you select play a huge part in your wedding.   Once you’ve hired and provided your vendors with instructions, you will have to trust that your vendors will be on time, will be prepared and will ensure guests leave with a wonderful experience. 

Before you begin meeting with vendors, think about what’s important to you. Have a clear vision of what you want. Knowing what you want and relaying the message clearly is key when speaking with vendors. The following are a few tips on how to select the best vendors. 

Know your budget & where to spend- Some vendors are worth paying for, such as the perfect venue which provides the ambiance you desire or a coordinator who can help plan, manage vendors and ensure your vision is carried out. Keep in mind some wedding coordinators can also pass along discounted rates from vendors they use frequently. 

Prioritize your vendors- If you wait too long to start meeting with vendors you may find the vendor or venue you’ve decided on isn’t available.   You should first focus on vendors who are in high demand such as the venue, photographer, wedding coordinator, caterers or DJ/Band.  

Ask for referrals- Great vendors have great referrals and are thrilled to share what others are saying about them. A past client is always a great source for the inside scoop.

Arrange an interview- Once you’ve narrowed down your vendor list, arrange an interview. Be prepared to ask several questions and make sure the vendor clearly understands your vision. 

Be polite- Vendors are more willing to throw in little extras, work with your budget or make suggestions if they enjoy working with you. You want your vendors to be just as excited about your wedding as you are.

When you select your vendors wisely, you will be able to rest assured knowing your day is in great hands. Remember, some vendors are worth paying for as they’ll be priceless in ensuring your day is just the way you planned it. 

Happy Planning! 

 


Wedding Insurance

We all have insurance in some fashion either for your car, home, apartment and possibly even your engagement ring.   But many do not purchase insurance for their wedding either because they are unaware its available or think they do not need it. 

You have always dreamed about your perfect wedding but during the year planning things can go wrong that are out of your control.  What if the venue goes out of business and you lose your deposit or worse all of your money. What if your bridal shop closes, leaving you without a gown?

The average cost of a wedding is now at $26,000, wedding insurance is needed more than ever. After all you wouldn’t buy a new car that costs that much without insuring it. 

Wedding insurance can cover a variety of situations:

Wedding gown       Lost deposits

Lost rings     Bad Weather (hurricane) 

Transportation Shutdown   Ruined Photos

Call to Duty         Damaged Gifts

Sudden illness      Venue Requires Insurance

Liquor Liability     Additional Expenses

I would be happy to set up an appointment for you to discuss wedding insurance with a US Private Insurance representative. 

Happy Planning! 

Decide Whom to Invite

If you are like most couples and are paying for your wedding yourself the guest list becomes very challenging. You want to invite all of your family, friends and co workers but can you afford it?  Here is a great tool to get you started on who to invite and who to add to the maybe list! 

 

Contact me for a free consultation! 

Happy Planning! 

The Average Cost of a Wedding

As a wedding planner, I receive a number of calls asking how much the newly engaged couple should expect to pay for the cost of their wedding in the current market. The number may surprise you. Brides and Grooms paid more last year than they have since the beginning of the economic downturn. 

According to TheKnot.com, In 2008, couples reportedly spent 29,334 on their big day. From DJs to flowers, they had spent less over the years, as the economy as a whole struggled. However, along with other signs of the economy uprise, in 2012, newlyweds spent $28,427 on average. Couples are in a better place and are able to splurge a little more on the things that are important to them.
Saying 'I do' is getting pricier
The average amount U.S. couples spent last year, broken down by category.
Category2012 Average spent2011 Average spent
Overall wedding (excluding honeymoon) $28,427 $27,021
Venue (reception hall) $12,905 $12,116
Photographer $2,379 $2,299
Wedding/event planner $1,847 $1,753
Reception band $3,084 $3,122
Reception DJ $988 $929
Florist/décor $1,997 $1,894
Videographer $1,619 $1,486
Wedding dress $1,211 $1,121
Groom's tuxedo $230 $215
Wedding cake $560 $535
Ceremony site $1,711 $1,599
Ceremony musicians $554 $536
Invitations $453 $440
Limousine $708 $669
Favors $289 $285
Rehearsal dinner $1,135 $1,078
Engagement ring $5,431 $5,130
Catering (price per person) $63 $61
Source: TheKnot; Figures based on survey respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service. 
Although the price of the modern day wedding may seem high, one way that many couples find they save money is by hiring a wedding coordinator. Doing so allows the couples to get the lowest negotiated price and leaves the hassle to the planner to get the best deals on the vendors you both have your hearts set on!  
Happy Planning!

Arizona Wedding Venues

Many brides ask me where my top three ceremony and reception venues are in the valley. These three are by far my favorite locations and you can see why! 

Noah's

First, we will highlight Noah's of Chandler. With the rise of the Pinterest boards and brides, many brides enjoy feeling that her vision really shines through at her wedding. As it should! If this is you, then Noah's is the perfect place for your special day. Noah's hosts the space, which you can make your place. Not only are you able to bring your own caterer, decor, and vision, Noah's can actually alter their ceiling to "top" off your event. So if you are looking for the custom draped look or prefer paper lanterns, the venue can actually change the ceiling grid to accommodate your style.

 

"At Noah's you can treat the space as if it were a blank canvas that can be painted however you would like. 

This freedom allows you to create the wedding you have always dreamed about." 

The Blackstone Country Club

Our second locations provides so much beauty that you hardly need any decor at all. The Blackstone Country Club provides an exquisite backdrop where you do not need to be a member to host an event, but they will treat you as if you were one. Say I do, with an amazing view! With the feature panoramic views of the White Tank and Bradshaw Mountains, your guests will be wowed even before they see the beautiful bride. With the executive chef ensuring the menu is unique and delicious and a pastry chef on site to assist you with desserts, the Blackstone offers a one stop shop for many of your wedding to dos, making it easier to say I do.  

The Palomar Hotel

If you pride yourself in being a city couple, than can you possibly envision a better venue than a rooftop ceremony overlooking the beautiful city skyline. With an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere you  can host your creaming and rehearsal on the rooftop patio or in their dazzling ballroom. Chef Stephen Jones creates a menu that is custom made for you and will have your guests talking for weeks. Ask about their complimentary wedding cake to assist in the planning process! An extra highlight for the venue, your out of town guests and those that do not want to drive home can simply walk downstairs to their beautiful room! 

 

This hotel offers the perfect venue for the hip, elegant, and fun bride and groom.

 

If any of these venues strike your eye, we know why! Ask the many brides and grooms who have shared their vows in these incredible locations and they will tell you that they are sure they chose the perfect location. If you need more information on any of the venues or any of our wedding packages, please feel free to contact me! 

 

Happy Planning!