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31
Aug
What florists won’t tell you (but you definitely need to know)…
categories: floral inspiration, Meet Our Friends, Tips and Advice

We recently had a VERY revealing conversation with Elite Circle vendor Your Event Florist and we had to share their words of wisdom and unique perspective with you. What florists won’t tell you but you definitely need to know when interviewing wedding florists…

Be You: Two important factors any vendor needs from a client to be effective are the real budget and open communication. Sometimes brides put up a wall so you don’t really know their budget or if they like what you are presenting to them- kind of like poker faces! This makes it very difficult for us to present  designs that are within budget and match the couple’s wedding style.

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Location: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

Be Honest and Realistic: Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of our job is when we are given a budget, we design with that budget in mind, then we are asked to discount our price. When did bartering become the norm in weddings? If you have $3000 that you have allocated for flowers, don’t you want the most bang for your buck? Trying to barter to save $50 to $100 doesn’t really make sense, especially if your florist’s proposal comes within the given budget.

Do you have a Christian Louboutin/Louis Vuitton/Mercedes budget or a Nine West/Coach/Honda budget? Neither are wrong or better than the other, but we cannot appropriately design or offer suggestions if you want Louis Vuitton at a Coach price. The simple fact is that you don’t get custom luxury at a discounted rate! Often clients want high end/elaborate/over the top looks they see on Pinterest (those centerpieces are $350+ usually) but their budget just doesn’t match up.

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(Floral: Your Event Florist)

Regarding Cost and Living in the Desert: When it comes to flowers there are two costs: the actual flowers that are a hard good (that happens to be perishable) and the design service.

If you’re not an insider in the industry, you probably don’t know that floral quality is graded on the open cut floral market. One flower may look similar, but it can have less petal development, lower longevity, is smaller, or is inferior to its high grade counterpart. For example, most roses you see advertised cheaply are Sweetheart Roses or lower grade roses, not Garden Roses, which are more desirable for weddings. Also, ALL flowers are shipped in to Arizona, nothing is grown here locally, so freight is automatically added onto the price. What I pay for a peony shocks an East Coast florist because they have them growing in their backyards! Lastly, flowers are sold in specific quantities. If we only need 10 roses, we can’t buy just 10 since Standard Roses are always sold in quantities of 25.

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Photo: Andrew Jade Photography)

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Location: El Chorro, Photo: Keith & Melissa Photography)

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Photo: Kimberly Jarman)

We Are Individuals and Artists: No two vendors (and especially florists) are alike. For example, give two fashion designers material for a dress, with similar instructions for what you want, and I guarantee you won’t receive the same dress. You will have two totally different and amazing dresses!

It’s the same with floral design- the individual talents and artistry of each floral designer are intangible skills that brides need to keep in mind when deciding who to hire. No two florists have the same skills, training, or even design style. Yes, we all can offer similar looks, but no two arrangements will be alike. It’s an art form and a skill to select flowers that will complement the color palette as well as provide depth and texture.

As far as owners of floral shops/businesses, no two are the same either. You have florists that work out of their homes, so their overhead is low. You have florists that have a location separate from their home, which means overhead costs are built into their pricing (rent, utilities, insurance, employees, etc.). You have florists that take multiple weddings per day and you have florists that will only book one wedding per date to focus solely on their bride (this is what we do only at Your Event Florist which is why we require and maintain a design minimum).

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(Floral: Your Event Florist)

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Photo: Nicole Walker Photography)

Good (and bad) Business: Sadly, not all vendors follow proper accounting practices. If you designate money collected from a client to book an event deposit vs. a retainer, you technically need to hold it until the date of the function or when you incur expenses for that event. A retainer on the other hand has a different classification legally and you can utilize the funds immediately. We use retainer terminology in our contract, but actually keep our retainers in a deposit account to ensure solvency. Sometimes businesses close, leaving clients hanging, and because they funded current expenses with future event deposits, when they close, they cannot return those deposits. This is bad business. The sad part is that many reputable wedding businesses do this. Brides need to be aware of who they are doing business with and ask questions. They are paying fees a year out sometimes and they need to know that vendor will be there in a year. Of course, there are established and reputable businesses in town that have shut down too so there are no guarantees but you want to have the most information as possible.

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Location: Sassi)

Follow Your Heart. SERIOUSLY.: Cost will always be a  factor in the decision process, but clients also need to consider personal factors such as reputation, longevity, experience, skill, value, and a good connection. Do you feel confident in the product and skill level? Do you trust them to provide what they are telling you? If you hire based on cheapest price, unfortunately you will get what you pay for. Think of it like this: You don’t buy your wedding dress based on the lowest price, why would you pick your wedding vendors that way?

We’re betting that your eyes are wide open now, thanks to Your Event Florist’s information. Take heed, use this insider info at your next vendor meeting, and share it with your family and friends. NOW!!!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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28
Aug
Real Arizona Wedding: Ashley and Tucker’s Black & White Affair at Hotel Valley Ho
categories: fabulous reception sites, for your ceremony, real weddings, Scottsdale Weddings

Whenever we feature a wedding at the Hotel Valley Ho, you know it’s going to have a cool and hip vibe and Ashley and Tucker’s wedding is no exception. The fun couple wanted a wedding that was classic black and white with modern touches and you’ll see that the details throughout the wedding reflect that desire- all the stationery pieces from Page & Mason Invitations are black and white made modern with cool fonts and varying shapes, Ashley’s bouquet is tied with a gorgeous black and white striped ribbon, and the reception decor is classic and elegant.

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The couple met while vacationing with friends in San Diego- their hotel rooms were next to each other and they ended up hanging out the whole time. Little did they know, it would turn out to be more than just Summer love!

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The ceremony was set in a spiral so all the guests had a view of the couple during their I Do’s

Best Memory: Walking down the aisle with my dad seeing/laughing/smiling at our guests as I walked to meet my handsome groom

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Ashley and Tucker loved the 360 degree views the rooftop at the Hotel Valley Ho provides- it’s intimate and picturesque

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Advice: Coming from a planning background myself, I did all the wedding planning until the month before when we hired Amina Michele from Some Like It Classic…she was my backbone and perfectly executed my vision and I would highly recommend hiring someone to help at least the day of the wedding to alleviate any stress from the bride, groom, parents, and wedding party.

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Ceremony & Reception Site: Hotel Valley Ho

Wedding Coordinator: Some Like it Classic Weddings and Events

Invitations: Page & Mason Invitations

Suits (groomsmen): Mr Formal

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Photographer: Cristi Owen :: Florist: Fresh Cut Romance :: Cake: La Dolce Pesca :: Ceremony Musician: Jesse MacLeod :: Gown: Lillian Lottie Couture :: Bridesmaids: Nordstrom :: Groom’s Suit: Sacks Fifth Avenue :: Hair: Jose Trifilio :: Makeup: Alyse Rudnyk :: Officiant: Marion Light

Ashley and Tucker, thank you for sharing your day with us and congratulations!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, Your Phoenix Wedding Magazine

 

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24
Aug
Top 5 Wedding Gown Trends for 2014
categories: bridal fashions, Trends

A few months ago, the wedding industry was all aflutter with the annual New York Bridal Fashion Week runway shows- top designers premiered their 2014 collections which previewed gowns that were bold, ultra-feminine, daring, and dramatic. Since there is such a vast array of gown options and choosing only a few to consider for your wedding can be overwhelming, we are sharing the top 5 trends from the 2014 collections along with some of our favorites from each trend. Prepare to gawk (in a good way)!

Trend #1: Architectural Design

These gowns are  fashion-forward and edgy. The bride who wears a gown like this is contemporary and welcomes a touch of drama! Lisa Daversa, owner of Destiny’s Bride in Scottsdale, said Rafael Cennamo’s 2014 collection was a standout!

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(L-R: Rafael Cennamo carried at Destiny’s Bride; Amsale)

Trend #2: Color

Weddings gowns with color hit the scene last year but they have really taken off in the 2014 collections. Some designers ONLY featured gowns with color! Brides who choose to wear a gown with color want a modern look with a touch of tradition. Typically gowns that have color are classic in their styling but have a contemporary feel thanks to the color.

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(Both: Maggie Sottero carried at Schaffer’s Bridal)

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 (L-R: Claire Pettibone carried at Mariee Gallery; Vera Wang)

Trend #3: Embellished

The term “embellished” covers a lot of ground- it can mean 3 dimensional flowers, lace lace & more lace, or even sashes and belts. If you want to make your dress “yours” without a custom gown price, these are a great option!

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(Both: Anne Barge carried at Destiny’s Bride)

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( L-R: Marchesa, Pronovias both carried at Schaffer’s Bridal)

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(L-R: Monique Lhuillier carried at Destinys Bride, Claire Pettibone carried at Mariee Gallery)

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(Ines DiSanto carried at Mariee Gallery)

Trend #4 Illusion Necklines

Illusion necklines simply have a transparent panel of fabric attached to the bodice of the gown. This style adds an element of sophistication and mystery along with a touch of modesty. This style was BIG this year with the designers!

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 (L-R: Rafael Cennamo carried at Destiny’s Bride; Pronovias carried at Schaffer’s Bridal)

Trend #5: Short

Short wedding gowns themselves are not necessarily new to the wedding world but designers have now embraced them so fully that most 2014 collections include them; since there are so many to chose from, you can find a short gown that has sass, sophistication, sweetness or even whimsy.

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(L-R: Pronovias (2), Reem Acra both carried at Schaffer’s Bridal)

OK gorgeous gals- now you know what to look for when shopping and where to go!

Happy Planning from Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Phoenix wedding magazine

 

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20
Aug
Real Arizona Wedding: Rob and Kristin at Arizona Biltmore
categories: fabulous reception sites, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Kristin and Rob wed at the historic Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix where the building itself was an inspiration for the wedding decor. Kristin is a professional designer and knew the Pantone “color of the year” was Tangerine Tango and part of what they love about the Biltmore is the unique grey block, so the color scheme of grey, tangerine, and ivory emerged.

The Arizona Biltmore was also a perfect fit for the large number of out of town guests- the couple wanted them to experience some Arizona history, their love for the desert, and their passion for architecture. So exactly 4 years after their first kiss, Kristin and Rob said “I Do”!

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I really love the bright orange that was included throughout the wedding details- it makes it all so happy!

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Sweetness: Officiant Mike Kennedy helped Kristin and Rob create a special moment for each of their mothers by taking time during the ceremony to honor them with a rose; he also suggested they write love letters to each other that were placed in a box that will be opened on their anniversary.

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Kristin had a special bouquet wrap that was made by her grandmother; it featured special family heirlooms representing women from both the bride and groom’s families- grandmothers, great grandmothers, great aunts, and many others who had passed away or were unable to attend the wedding. It was her way of including them and honoring them.

Many of the tangerine, grey and ivory details were lovingly made by the couple and their friends: Rob and his brother made the centerpiece boxes, Kristin and her sisters designed, purchased, and assembled the candy buffet table, and the custom handmade bridesmaids clutches were made by a previous coworker and fellow interior designer friend of Kristin’s. Regarding taking on DIY projects for your wedding, Kristin says: If you need help with a craft, ask for it- you’ll be surprised how many of your friends will pitch in their time to make it happen!

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It makes sense that Kristin and Rob’s Favorite Moment was a result of the reception layout. Kristin explains: Lindsay Russell, the catering sales manager with the Arizona Biltmore, was extremely patient with my desire to lay out the tables in the Aztec Ballroom unlike any wedding or event they had in the space. Having a bride who practices architecture and interior design added an extra challenge to Lindsay’s plate, but she accepted the sketches of the seating layout for both the ceremony and the reception- all based off of a sunburst pattern- and made them happen. One of our favorite moments of the day was sitting at the sweetheart table as dinner was served- at the head of the ballroom but looking out onto a field of the sunburst tables, and we could see everyone. As people talked and ate, we would have moments of eye contact and a smile, and there we were hand in hand, sharing this amazing moments with all our guests. No words needed to be spoken, and many raised a glass, but those moments of brief shared eye contact with our guests was a touching treat that I know we had not expected. It is a time that I remember as being one of my favorite moments of the day.

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The Honeymoon: Our first vacation together as friends was a trip to San Diego. Years later, when we were dating and wanted to get away, we’d head there! So when Rob wanted to propose, he booked a surprise trip to San Diego and got my girlfriends to take me for manis/pedis before the trip and shopping for a fun outfit. It was only fitting that we also spent our honeymoon there. The wedding itself was so big it literally took us 4 or 5 days to actually relax! I think we are really happy that we just did a low key  and relaxing honeymoon instead of planning anything elaborate. The wedding is the elaborate part- the honeymoon should just be for fun and to wind down together and let it all sink in!

Wise Advice: The actual day will go fast, and things do go wrong- but in the end, it is amazing. I know lots of people say this, but it really is true! Most of the things that went wrong are things that none of the guests will ever know about, and in the end, the important thing is that the bride and groom to-be worked together to create a celebration of family, friends, and their love.

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Ceremony and Reception Site: Arizona Biltmore

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Photographer: Ryan and Denise Photography :: Florist: Butterfly Petals :: Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections :: DJ: Sedona Sounds :: Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas (designed by Kristin) :: Gown: Lillian Lottie Couture :: Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids :: Suits and Tuxedo: Men’s Warehouse :: Makeup: MAC :: Officiant: Mike Kennedy

 

Kristin and Rob, thanks for sharing your day with us and congratulations!

Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine, your Phoenix Wedding Magazine

 

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17
Aug
Fall Wedding Reception Centerpieces
categories: floral inspiration, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

With Fall wedding season coming up, we know that you’re taking a serious look at your wedding design, including your flowers. Centerpieces are possibly the biggest decision you can make for your reception decor since you need to consider size, height, variety, color, and style.

We asked Arizona florist Tamara Noak of Petal Pusher (whose designs make us so giddy it’s kind of embarrassing) to share some of her favorite Fall wedding centerpieces. Take a look at these gorgeous designs!

I love that the bride wanted to incorporate wheat into her wedding (she grew up on a wheat farm!). Lush soft floral with lace wrapped candle holders & antiqued mirror risers – who knew wheat could be so elegant?!

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(Photo by: Stephanie Fay Photography)

Custom casted containers were provided by the bride. I love the simplicity of this outdoor fall scape – it just feels welcoming.

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(Photo by: Amaranth Wedding Photography)

This intimate sweetheart centerpiece can be for a fall or winter wedding. Roses, hydrangea, dusty miller & astilbe make up the floral garland – so romantic!

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(Photo by: Melissa Jill Photography)

This was an elegant winter wedding for sure!  Silver & whites with a touch of crystal droplets that resemble ice are so pretty.

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(Photo by: Jennifer Bowen Photography)

Fall with an urban forest twist (one of my favorite weddings)! Cabbage, manzanita, glass, metal, moss, orchids, dahlias and birch vase holders make an eclectic mix that looks perfectly pulled together.

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 (Photo by: Melissa Jill Photography)

You can see why we adore Petal Pusher, right? And since they are an Elite Circle vendor, you know you can trust them to make your wedding more beautiful than you ever imagined! See the latest from Petal Pusher on Facebook or Instagram.

Phoenix Bride and Groom, your Phoenix Wedding Magazine

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13
Aug
Engaged in Scottsdale: Sarah and Jason
categories: Engagement

Even though they got married in North Carolina, Sarah and Jason planned to start their new life together as husband and wife in Arizona, so they scheduled their engagement session near Old Town Scottsdale. Sarah wanted a break from the desert atmosphere so her photographer Jennifer Bowen suggested Scottsdale Civic Plaza, a park that has tons of greenery, interesting sculptures, and pretty fountains. We really love the intimate vibe of the session.

The Proposal: He proposed in Half Moon Bay, CA outside of San Fran last April. He set up a private driver that took us to the wineries and proposed at the end of the day by the beach. It was perfect. The ring is absolutely beautiful and I had no idea he picked it out and planned it all himself!

3 Words: Our relationship is fun, eventful, and compassionate

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Ideal date night:  A great dinner at a restaurant location that is in walking distance to a wine bar or a fun little pub that we can grab a drink at or even dessert after dinner. We don’t have date night too often as he has 2 boys but when we do we don’t take it for granted.

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Congratulations Sarah and Jason and thanks for sharing your engagement session with us!

All photography courtesy of: Jennifer Bowen Photography

Happy Planning from your Phoenix Wedding Magazine~Kelly


 

 

 


 

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