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25
Jun
22 Perfect Boutonnieres Plus Tips for Choosing Yours
categories: floral inspiration, Grooms

Often it’s the bride’s bouquet that gets all the attention but the guys who don boutonnieres are making their own style statement and we think that deserves some attention too.

We’ve seen boutonnieres that are simple, creative, colorful, non-floral, and everything in between- those that steal our hearts are the boutonnieres that just seem to “go” with the guy. Here are some of our faves (and check out our tips for choosing your boutonniere too):

Succulents : Believe it or not, succulents are considered a “neutral” when it comes to flowers. They pretty much go with anything and since they aren’t overly feminine, guys tend to like wearing them.

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(L-R Floral: Jan Dekker Design, Photo: Courtney Sargent Photography; Photo: Hagerty Photography)

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(Photo: Jennifer Bowen Photography)

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(L-R Floral: The Flower Studio, Photo: Elyse Hall Photography; Floral: The Flower Studio, Photo: Pinkerton Photography)

Colorful boutonnieres stand their own against some spectacular bouquets and we just like how they add a nice pop of color to suits and tuxes

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(Floral: Butterfly Petals, Photo: Melissa Jill Photography, Location: Desert Botanical Garden)

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(Floral: Events by Showstoppers, Photo: Cameron + Kelly Studio)

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Photo: Drew Brashler Photography)

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(Floral: The Flower Studio, Photo: Eyes 2 See Photography)

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Photo: Mike Maez Photography)

Whimsical boutonnieres can be so fun- add a striped ribbon, include wispy greenery, or even choose something non-traditional like felt or copper. If you like to be a bit creative and think out of the box, your floral designer will be happy to oblige!

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(Floral: Fresh Cut Romance, Photo: Cristi Owen Photography)

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(Floral: Butterfly Petals, Photo: Trevor Dayley Photography)

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(Floral: Events by Showstoppers, Photo: Sedona Bride Photographers)

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

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( Floral: Patti Barna, Photo: Courtney Sargent Photography)

Tips for choosing your boutonniere: 

1. Consider the style of the bride’s bouquet. Even if you don’t want to match the bouquet exactly, you’ll want a boutonniere that complements it. For example, if she is using traditional flowers like roses, you don’t want to choose tropical flowers such as orchids or hibiscus.

2. Have an opinion on color. If your bride’s bouquet is colorful and you aren’t into making a similar statement with your boutonniere, you can absolutely choose to have a boutonniere that is neutral and more masculine, something you might be more comfortable with. Without a doubt, a colorful bouquet and white boutonniere can look really good together.

3. Be open minded. You may initially think “But I don’t WANT to wear a flower” but once you’re all gussied up and the importance of the day settles on you, you’ll probably be glad you have a boutonniere. Floral designers are good at making flowers look more perfect than you could ever imagine, even for guys.

4. Do you have to wear a boutonniere? No, you REALLY don’t have to! Just make sure to decide this together with your fiance prior to the wedding day. You don’t want to have the florist make one for you if you have no intention of wearing it and if you spring it on your bride the day of the wedding that you won’t wear it, she won’t be too happy. Look at this guy- he’s rocking the tux and striped socks and still looks ready to say I DO without a boutonniere!

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(Floral: The Flower Studio, Photo: Hollye Schumacher Photography)

White boutonnieres are a classic choice- notice that many of these include some sort of textural element, whether it’s a bit of lace or white berries. This gives the boutonniere a stylish touch.

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(Floral: Butterfly Petals, Photo: Bradford Jones Photography)

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(Floral: Blume Events LLC, Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

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(Floral: The Flower Studio, Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

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( Floral: Events by Showstoppers, Photo: Gina Meola Photography)

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

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( Floral: Leapin Lilys, Photo: Marriott Photography)

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(Photo: Jennifer Bowen Photography)

Bonus Tip: If you dog-ear magazine pages, print out pictures, create a Pinterest board or do any sort of pre-floral meeting research about the types of boutonnieres you like and dislike, you’ll score some major points with your love (and floral designer, and wedding planner, and mother, and mother-in-law…).

Elite Circle florists are the best floral designers in town! Get your list of Arizona wedding florists here: http://phoenixbrideandgroom.com/ArizonaFloralDesign

 

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20
Jun
Your Reception Playlist: The First Dance
categories: entertainment, reception ideas

One of the wedding planning tasks you can’t really outsource to your planner or best friend is choosing your reception playlist, specifically the First Dance song. Some of you already know exactly what you’re going to dance to but for many of you, you’re still searching. My husband and I literally sat down in front of our stereos (it’s OK to laugh, cell phones were just catching on at the time) a few nights before our wedding and played songs for each other over the phone – it was less than ideal but we found our song! We settled on Shania Twain’s “From this Moment”- the words were perfect and we loved it.

But before you create the perfect playlist, you need the perfect DJ. You’ve probably already heard of Ray the DJ (an Elite Circle DJ company) but what you may not know is that every kind word, bit of praise, and happy review about this DJ company is absolutely true and all those good things you hear are doubly true about the actual people behind the name. Ray and Barbara Grace, two of the  loveliest people on the planet, are the owners of Ray the DJ and we want you to know a little more about them and their DJ services. Here’s Ray in action:

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(Photo: Babies to Brides Photography)

What do you want clients to know before they meet with you for the first time?

That we listen carefully to them describe their vision of what they want their wedding to be.  We work together with them and, based on our over 30 years of experience, we offer suggestions to make it even greater than they imagined

What are your best tips for couples choosing their playlists? 

Make a list of songs and artists that you both enjoy.  Also, include songs that you know your family enjoys.  If there are songs or type of music that you absolutely do not want played, let us know them as well. Basically make a “Do Play” and a “Don’t Play” list.

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Have you ever had a couple ask you to choose their first dance song?  I have had a couple ask me to choose their first dance song.  I am always happy to make recommendations and we have a list of first dance songs available.

What was your first dance song? Our first dance song was “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg.  Always melt when I hear it played

Here’s Ray and Barbara on their 33rd Anniversary- congrats you two! 
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Regardless of how many years it’s been since it was a “new” song,  their first dance song is still beautiful, kind of like your marriage will be!

Now that you know WHO to hire for your reception music, we thought we would share some of the best First Dance songs with you- some are classics, some are country, some are boy band, you get the idea, but all are great for that special moment:

First Dance List

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Arizona wedding magazine

 

 

 

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13
Jun
Our Summer Fall 2014 issue is here!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, photography, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

The Summer Fall 2014 issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom has been delivered to newsstands and shops throughout the valley and to say our cover is beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe it. It’s classy and modern. It’s unique and real. It’s just our style!  This beauty of a magazine is filled with the most gorgeous Real Arizona weddings, even more timely advice, 2 destination honeymoon features, and some rockin’ wedding inspiration features.

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Of course we couldn’t do this all on our own so we gathered a dream team for our cover shoot, proving once again that our Elite Circle wedding vendors are the best in the business!

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Location: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa :: Photographer: Jennifer Bowen, Jennifer Bowen Photography :: Stylist: Victoria Canada, Victoria Canada Weddings & Events :: Floral Design:
Butterfly Petals :: Gown: Schaffer’s :: Makeup Artist and Hair Styling: Sabrina Miller-Castillo, owner, Babydoll Weddings , assisted by Amanda Kolasinski, Babydoll Weddings :: Model:
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Our new issue lands in your hands as our brand new website debuts on the internet- grab a copy of the print magazine at any of these fine establishments then visit our website for even more planning advice and inspiration. While you’re there, download the digital magazine on your mobile device for planning on the go. Enjoy!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Arizona wedding magazine

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10
Jun
Reception Ideas: An Intimate Dinner
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Wedding Inspiration

When we set out to design an intimate wedding reception table, we enlisted the creative talents of our Elite Circle professionals. The crew, led by Care Schmidt of Sterling Weddings & Events, created a dinner table fit for royalty- the plentiful floral arrangements, glittering candles and glassware, and fine detailing were all highlighted by glorious tones of purple. We definitely wanted to be guests at this reception!

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There are definite advantages to planning a wedding for 25 people or less; since your budget will go farther, of course you have the opportunity to plan an extravagant reception (if that’s what you want) but the real payoff of having a smaller guest count is in the details. From beginning to end, every detail can be considered on a very manageable scale- choosing favors for 25 guests is very different from purchasing favors for 250 guests. Also, you can work with your stationer to create an over the top customized stationery suite, your reception dinner can be on the higher end and can include a meticulously chosen wine pairing element, and most importantly, you will have the time to sit at a table, share a meal, and have a conversation with your guests. That’s a priceless opportunity.

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Talavera Restaurant at The Four Seasons is the perfect setting for an intimate reception dinner because it’s relatively small capacity means you won’t feel overwhelmed by your surroundings and the views of the high Sonoran Desert are spectacular.

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While planning, don’t forget to ask your stationer to create signature cocktail drink cards- guests will love the options and explanations!

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When guests sit down to their meal, they’re greeted by a well-thought out place setting; the gold charger, double layer napkins, menu, and personal escort card all indicate that guests are invited to stay a while and enjoy their dinner among friends.

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Location: Talavera Restaurant, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale :: Photographer: Hagerty Photography :: Set stylist and coordinator: Sterling Weddings & Events :: Stationery: The Event Essentials :: Floral: Table Tops Etc. :: Rentals: Classic Party RentalsBlogthinline

Many thanks to our inspiring Elite Circle team for making this styled shoot so beautiful!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Arizona  wedding magazine

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6
Jun
For the Groom: Men’s Attire from SuitSupply
categories: Grooms, Trends

As far as wedding attire goes, there are several related events that a guy will need to plan for besides the actual day of the wedding: the rehearsal dinner, the post-wedding brunch, and the honeymoon, to name a few. We like to see the groom dressed just as well as the bride but unfortunately, there aren’t as many options for guys as there are for the girls so you can imagine our excitement when we heard SuitSupply, an international men’s clothing company, was coming to Scottsdale!

With Summer 2014 clothing trends in mind, here are some options from SuitSupply for your stylish consideration:

Trend 1:  White. Think crisp, modern, and cool white. Also think Shout Wipes or Tide To-Go (both instant stain removers, both perfect for cleaning up the inevitable “I’m wearing white” spill).

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Trend 2: Greens and yellows. These colors have emerged as lasting colors for Summer menswear and they’re versatile- you can choose pastels, neons, or just about anywhere in-between. Phoenix Bride and Groom_Phoenix wedding magazine_Groomswear_menswear trends_Green

Trend 3: Double Breasted Blazers. This style of coat has come back in a big way, especially with the slim cut of today’s modern suits. SuitSupply’s lightweight fabrics make them appropriate for Arizona’s climate and layering them gives you even more options. Phoenix Bride and Groom_Phoenix wedding magazine_Groomswear_menswear trends_Double Breasted

Trend 4: Blue. Any blue. Seriously, ANY blue. This is your no-brainer trend. Most guys like blue. Most guys look good in blue. Blue is easy to match with white, grey, orange, red, etc etc!

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Trend 5: Simplicity. It’s better to keep things straightforward and simple rather than fuss it all up. Choosing quality pieces has always been stylish but the trend now is an elegant and grown up look. Very appropriate for a newlywed!

Visit SuitSupply at their new Scottsdale location in Scottsdale Quarter and online

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3
Jun
Sneak Peek- Summer Fall 2014!
categories: Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

We can’t believe it’s almost time for our Summer Fall 2014 issue to come out- we have worked on each page to make the entire magazine one you’ll pore over for many hours. One you’ll tuck in your purse and carry around with you. One you’ll dog-ear or cover with post-its. One you’ll take with you to vendor meetings. It’s yours and we can’t wait for you to have it.

Our Summer Fall 2014 cover is creative and beautiful (not to mention unique) and we’re sharing a sneak peek with you.  Event planner and cover stylist Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings & Events is known for her sketches- she creates at least one for each of her clients- so we were honored to have her sketch her ideas for our cover. Enjoy!

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Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: JW Marriott Desert Ridge :: Photographer:  Jennifer Bowen Photography :: Stylist: Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings & Events :: Floral Design: Butterfly Petals :: Gown: Schaffer’s Bridal :: Makeup Artist and Hair Styling: Babydoll Weddings :: Model: Jessica, The Agency ArizonaBlogthinline

There’s more to come in the next few weeks! Pick up your copy at these fine establishments

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Arizona wedding magazine

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