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29
Nov
For the Groom: 8 Tips to Ease Wedding Planning Stress
categories: from the consultants, Grooms, Tips and Advice

As a groom, you feel pressure while wedding planning. It’s true…but it’s a different kind of pressure. We know you want everything perfect like your fiance does. And we know you care about the details to a certain extent. But the pressure is different. You may be more focused on the financial aspects of the wedding and beyond. You can’t wait to say “I Do” and make it official. You want your guests to have a good time while you have a good time. We get it.

So you’re going to notice that while you’re focused on the big picture, which we love and appreciate about you, your  fiance is going to be focused on the details. And those details can make a girl go crazy. It’s fun and dreamy but there comes a point where she will hit a wall. This is where you can step in and be the hero.

Here’s a list of genius groom moves to ease the wedding planning pressure:

1. Distract. Distract. Distract. In other words, plan a date night.

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(Photo courtesy of: Eyes 2 See Photography)

2. Be enthusiastic. Just like you want to roll your eyes (but refrain) when she asks you to take out the trash, do the same when she says it’s time to go to the florist, linen company, etc. Score extra points by peeking at her wedding binder or wedding folder on her tablet and know what she is leaning towards. Is she a wildflower kind of girl or a roses kind of girl? Blow everyone’s mind when your refer to a picture of flowers you saw (in our magazine, online, or at a wedding you attended) and express your opinion. Whether you liked the flowers or not, being involved enough to have an opinion is important to her.

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(Photos courtesy of: Eyes 2 See Photography, Floral Design: The Flower Studio; Kimberly Jarman Photography, Floral Design: Encore Creative WeddingsKatrina Wallace Photographers, Floral Design: Petal Pusher)

3. Ask for a “Honey Do” list. The “Honey Do’s” are going to happen eventually, you might as well get started now. Ask your fiance for a list of wedding planning to do’s that you can completely take off her plate. She may only give you a few items but do them and do them well.

4. Get active! It’s a scientific fact that activity eases stress so plan a picnic at a park and bring a frisbee, take a bike ride, plan a hike with your dog, etc.

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(Photo courtesy of: Jennifer Bowen Photography)

5. Be Her Gatekeeper. There’s going to be someone in her life who gets involved in the planning that actually makes her feel anxious. Choose a weekend to be the guy who answers the phone and takes messages- you can even explain to everyone that she needs some space. Coordinators do this ALL the time during wedding planning so you can do it for a weekend or so. If there’s a vendor who she’s not jiving with, offer to take the reigns and be the main contact. This will help  tremendously.

6. Volunteer to be the Cabana Boy. Ok, not literally but offer to do some of the DIY projects she might have on her list. The sheer time some of these things take will overwhelm her if she thinks she’s got to do them on her own. These adorable stickers didn’t get on the bottom of these kisses all by themselves… (you could even plan a “DIY Party” with some friends, lights snacks and beverages).

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(Photo courtesy of: Jennifer Bowen Photography)

7. Enlist some help. Call your coordinator or your gal’s best friend and ask him/her to help you plan a surprise. You’ll be shocked at the points you score with your fiance and coordinator/BF. A good surprise would be pedicures with her BF and/or mom, a couples massage at a resort, a private tour at a winery, or even a mini-staycation. Just make sure she doesn’t have to plan any of it- remember the whole point is to ease stress.

8. Shop. If all else fails, get her a thoughtful gift. A fun customized calendar or notebook (we like May Designs), a pair of shoes your know she’s been wanting, or even a really thoughtful card goes a long way in letting her know you are aware of the work she’s been putting into planning the wedding.

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Grooms, you’re already her guy so go ahead and blow her mind with your good ideas for easing the stress of wedding planning. She’ll rest easy knowing you’ll take good care of her now AND for years to come.

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Phoenix wedding magazine

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25
Nov
Real Arizona Wedding: Elissa and Spenser
categories: cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, real weddings, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: McCormick Ranch Golf Club ::  Photographer: Sierra Blanco Photography :: Floral Design, Rentals: Encore Creative Weddings :: Invitations: Be In Love Designs :: Fireworks: Fireworks Productions of ArizonaBlogthinlineEvent Coordinator: Sweet Soiree Wedding and Event Planning :: Videographer: No Box Films :: Cakes: Tammie Coe Cakes :: Entertainment: SKM Entertainment :: Bridal Shop: Lillian Lottie Couture :: Suits: Men’s Wearhouse :: Officiant: Matt T. NathansonBlogthinline

Elissa and Spenser’s wedding was many years in the making- they’ve known each other since the 6th grade! Their fun day began with a lakeside ceremony at the picturesque McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale and ended with a stunning fireworks show.

3 words to describe your wedding: Elegant, fun & modern

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Favorite Memory: While it is really impossible to just pick one, one of my favorite memories was seeing the entire day unfold and see all the months of planning, preparing and hard work come together perfectly.

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The ballroom was draped with elegant fabric, lit with purple up-lighting, and made extra pretty with fresh floral centerpieces; and get this: Elissa and Spenser must both have a sweet- tooth because there were 13 cakes!

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The cakes- I probably would’ve tried every single one of them!

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The swanky outdoor lounge was a favorite spot for guests to relax and provided some great photo ops; I love how the daisies look like they are planted around each piece of furniture!

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Elissa and Spenser had a very special “after the wedding” photo session with Sierra Blanco Photography in Sedona and I think it’s too gorgeous not to share!

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Elissa and Spenser, thank you for sharing your day with us and CONGRATULATIONS!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Phoenix Wedding Magazine

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21
Nov
Wedding Accessories for your Winter Wedding
categories: bridal fashions

If you’re planning a winter wedding, or planning to attend one (OK, you might just be going to a holiday party and are in need of something fabulous), you want accessories that stand out, sparkle, and make the event feel just a touch more special. We rounded up a few of our favorite winter accessories and we’re sure at least one of these beauties will inspire you to shop!

Classic winter inspired accessories have that unmistakable shine of diamonds; these can be found at Elite Circle jeweler Isaac Jewelers:

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(Coroncine Necklace, Damiani)

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(Watch, Philip Stein)

Kendra Scott is releasing her new Luxe Collection very soon and we got a preview of the collection- there are several pieces that we thought would be perfect for winter weddings. Here’s two of our favs:

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(Baguette Hourglass Earrings and Necklace, both in gold with iridescent drusy)

She also recently released her Aurora Collection for Winter 2013 and we can best describe the pieces as festive and flirty (with a hint of Art Deco)- great for a wedding and a holiday party!

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(Melissa Statement Necklace in Red Fire)

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(Brodie Cuff Bracelet in Black)

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(Dayton Earrings in Black Galaxy)

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(Gabby Earrings in Green Mamba)

And if you want something ethereal, check out Alex Soldier‘s custom pieces; Alex Soldier named this particular color group as Moonlight Symbolica while creating an illusion of the full moon on a clear night sky. It seems as if the moon is in the frame of twinkling stars floating in the night sky lighting the way.

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(Diamond Moonlight Symbolica Necklace, Alex Soldier)

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(Great Diamond Moonlight Symbolica Bracelet, Alex Soldier)

With mermaid style dresses making it big in the wedding fashion world, you’ll want to wear larger accessories with color or lots of sparkle to balance out your look. Don’t be afraid to make a statement with something substantial to make your winter wedding dreams come true!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Phoenix Wedding Magazine

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18
Nov
Destination Honeymoon: Cape Town, South Africa
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons

It seems that more and more, couples want a honeymoon that takes them to a place that is completely new to both of them and since it’s a once in a lifetime trip, they often head to distant locales for adventure and romance.

One such destination that is hugely popular for honeymooners is Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town offers beautiful beaches, daring adventures, and a uniquely multi-cultural experience.  We partnered with Come to Capetown, a South African travel site and blog, to share what the city has to offer honeymooners just like you.

First of all, Cape Town is breathtakingly beautiful. As it’s name implies, it’s on the Western Cape of Africa so there’s beaches and mountain views in abundance. This is Hout Bay, a quaint seaside village that’s popular with travelers due to its laid back atmosphere. It’s recognized as one of the sixteen “Big Wave” spots around the globe so if you surf, this could be your go to destination!

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South Africa’s famous Winelands are a must-see (I’m guessing you won’t need much convincing to go wine tasting!)

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This is Cape Point where the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean meet

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No trip to Africa would be complete without experiencing the wildlife- a safari or even shark cage diving are among the most popular activities

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A Come to Capetown expert tells us from the top of Table Mountain, you can view the entire 12 Apostles mountain range…Table Mountain may be South Africa’s most recognizable landmark and when hiked, provides one of the most dramatic views in all of Africa.

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According to Come to Capetown, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s finest tourist attractions;  it’s 5 star hotels and abundant facilities make it a fantastic place for honeymoons

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Want an unforgettable honeymoon? Cape Town, South Africa could be the perfect destination for you. Not sure where to start? Visit Come to Capetown!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Phoenix Wedding Magazine

 

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15
Nov
Engagement: Nicole and Jose
categories: Engagement, Tips and Advice

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I have one word for Nicole and Jose’s engagement session: CUTENESS. Nicole has the cutest smile, the way Jose looks at her is adorable, and Nicole’s outfit changes all make for engagement session perfection. OH, and there’s a good story to go along with the pics too! I’ll let Nicole tell the story of how they met:

…I was a Phoenix Suns Dancer and Jose was working in Community Relations for the Phoenix Suns and a community appearance at Casino Arizona brought us together for the first time. I remember thinking he was extremely handsome but only a few words were exchanged that night between us… and we went our separate ways. A month later, Jose had invited a couple of friends over to his house… a few looks each other’s way and some conversations later, I noticed a connection had developed. Hour long phone calls, hundreds of texts, and smiles as we passed each other at the Suns Arena ensued.

I was falling fast for this incredible man and having the time of my life. However, what we soon realized was that timing was not on our side. While I battled the stresses of getting into dental school, Jose dealt with 80 hour work weeks plus getting a masters degree at the same time, and we ended up going our separate ways. For the entire year of being apart, I continuously thought about Jose and all the memories we had created in such a short amount of time. There was something different about him and although we had both walked away, ultimately fate brought us back together. He asked if he could take me out to dinner in February 2012 after claiming that he couldn’t stop thinking about me and I hesitantly agreed. However, we seemed to pick up exactly where we left off and he was able to sweep me off my feet once again.

(I love this part) It seemed like we were both finally on the same page and ready to see where our relationship would go. For someone that usually doesn’t give second chances, I am so thankful to have listened to my heart and to have taken the leap of faith. I have learned so much about myself and about love from Jose and I’m incredibly lucky to be able to spend the rest of my life with my best friend and true love.

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Favorite Things:

Nicole: My favorite thing about Jose is his ability to make me laugh. When I’m feeling down or having a bad day, he is always able to bring a smile to my face. Life with him is a big adventure and through every experience, good or bad, we are able to have fun and enjoy every moment!

Jose: My favorite thing about Nicole is her ability to go with the flow in any situation. I come up with very spontaneous adventures and off the wall ideas, and she supports me and participates with a smile all the time. We have fun no matter what we do or where we are at.

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3 Words to Describe Your Relationship: fun, adventurous, friendship

Ideal Date Night: Eating sushi and going to a Phoenix Suns game (back to where we met!)

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See what I mean about cuteness? I just love the easy vibe of the session…and thank goodness for second chances! Nicole and Jose, thanks for sharing your e-session with us and happy Spring Wedding!

(For more e-session inspiration and our best engagement session tips, check out Jenny and Chris’ e-session here)

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Phoenix Wedding Magazine

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14
Nov
Cast Your Vote!
categories: Uncategorized

From the super fun design house of Inklings Paperie comes this cutie design that needs your vote on Uncommon Goods in order to be carried as a regular item on the site. You must vote by November 19th so hurry!

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We introduced you to Inklings on our “Bright Side” blog post and just discovered their bridal printables line as well- we’re fans all over again!

Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace that strives to offer customers unique, high- quality goods at affordable prices while donating a portion of each order to your choice of non-profit organizations: American Forests, Women for Women International, City Harvest, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

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