phoenix wedding planning

Cool Off In Style- Arizona Event Industry networking

Back in June 2015, I was the planner for this years Cool Off In Style!  Cool Off In Style is in event industry networking event!  Ok, maybe just a little networking and more of an event!  

For the past 23 years Dave Forman with Pour Masters has put together his networking event called in Cool Off In Style and each year it has got bigger and better!  I was lucky and honored to have been chosen to be the 2015 planner!  

This year the venue was at the brand new Château Luxe in North Phoenix. And the theme was GLOW!  Everything had to glow in the dark! Which meant bringing in black lights and tables that lit up!!   This event is event planners dream!  It does not have a budget as all of the vendors donate to showcase to the event industry what they do best!!  

Take a look at the video and you will see how much fun I had planning and how much fun all of the guests had enjoying food, photo booths, aerial bartenders and so much more!! 

Best Wedding Over $50K

We are now an officially AWARD WINNING event planning company! Last week we won 1 ISES Arizona Zonie award for Best Wedding Over $50K and a finalist for Best Social Event over $50K.  Thank you to the International Special Events Society(ISES) for this huge honor! We have so many event professionals to thank!  Working on a huge 3 day wedding is not an easy task and doing it in 3 months is quite the challenge but we pulled it off flawlessly!  

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!