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23
Sep
Fall Wedding Open House | Sassi Weddings
categories: fabulous reception sites, open houses, Scottsdale Weddings

Choosing your wedding venue is no small feat so an opportunity to tour a property, experience the event team in action and actually attend an event at a venue is not to be missed! Sassi Weddings’ upcoming Fall Wedding Open House is your chance to do all of these things.

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Sassi Weddings offers couples getting married in Arizona a unique Old World experience. The venue has breathtaking city and mountain views along with delicious artisan cuisine inspired by Southern Italian traditions. Private rooms for 8-36+ guests are available as well as the garden lawn and private event space for 150+ guests.

At the Fall wedding open house you’ll get to tour the private Sassi room featuring a fireplace and covered patio overlooking the courtyard fountain. It’s one of the most romantic places to celebrate your nuptials in Arizona!

Amanda and Kurt’s Sassi Wedding was one gorgeous affair; bride Amanda recalls, “Many of our guests commented that dinner was one of the best meals that they have had.”

Mariam and Morgan’s Destination Wedding at Sassi was a beautiful blend of Mariam’s Persian heritage and Morgan’s Army ties. The couple’s vision for the reception was stunning: “We really wanted the room to have a glow and all the candles and up lighting really helped create the mood we wanted.”

If you aren’t able to attend the Fall Wedding Open House, call Bernice at 480-502-3335 to schedule a private tour. Read more about the Sassi Buyout option and ask about the current incentives that include flexible food and beverage minimums and complimentary ceremony fee based on open available dates.

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8
Jan
Wedding Show in Northern Arizona: 2016 Sedona Bridal Show and Bootcamp
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, open houses, reception ideas, Sedona, Sedona Weddings, upcoming events, Wedding Inspiration

The premier wedding show in Northern Arizona is happening soon and you don’t want to miss it! The 2016 Sedona Bridal Show and Bootcamp is THE event couples flock to for wedding inspiration and wedding planning and with good reason- the show has earned a reputation for being friendly, stylish, and really fun!

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The wedding show in Northern Arizona will feature over 70 top vendors from Sedona, Flagstaff, Phoenix and Prescott including 16 of the most popular venues and properties in Sedona and Flagstaff.

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Sedona, Prescott and Flagstaff offer couples some of the most spectacular views, scenery, and talent when it comes to weddings. Don’t let a short drive (and it really is a short drive) stop you from exploring the vibrant wedding community of Northern Arizona!

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Wedding Show in Northern Arizona: 2016 Sedona Bridal

Show and Bootcamp Details

Date: January 16, 2016

Location: Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Register (tickets are free for brides and grooms): http://sedonabridalshowandbootcamp.com/register/

The Sedona Bridal Show and Bootcamp has become Northern Arizona’s largest bridal show and wedding planning event. We look forward to attending the 2016 Sedona Bridal Show and Bootcamp and hope to see you there!

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Photos courtesy of Sierra Blanco Photography

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24
Feb
Win a $25,000 Wedding Package at MIM!
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests, Meet Our Friends, open houses, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

A Wedding Showcase is a great opportunity to tour a wedding venue, meet the staff and chat with some vendors of the venue’s choosing but the upcoming Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Wedding Showcase is taking things to a whole new level! Here’s the info you need to know:

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The MIM Wedding Showcase on March 5 isn’t just an opportunity to tour the museum’s wedding spaces and meet the preferred vendors- guests will have an opportunity to win a wedding package valued at $25,000!

The museum and more than 20 of its vendors have created the Symphonie de l’Amour Wedding Giveaway. Highlights of the package include the use of MIM for both a ceremony and reception, a one-night stay at JW Marriott Desert Ridge with a couples massage and use of a poolside cabana, $1,000 toward catering at MIM from Bon Appétit, five hours of photography from Erica Velasco photography, $600 toward wedding lighting rentals from SoundLightingFX, a video package valued at $1,000 from Everly Films, a complimentary bridal hair and makeup session valued at $300 from Aspire Salon, four one-hour wedding planning sessions from Andrea Leslie Weddings valued at $400 and much more! Some restrictions apply; wedding date and services will be subject to availability. 

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MIM offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for events and we really love the diversity of the atmosphere. Music lovers are drawn to the venue for obvious reasons but couples looking for something with a chic and creative vibe will also find it to be a good fit as well.

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Entering to win the giveaway is easy:

1) Register for the MIM Wedding Showcase. RSVP to events@MIM.org or 480.245.6913 by Sunday, March 1.

2) Attend MIM’s Wedding Showcase. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. Upon entry, each guest will receive one ticket for the drawing.

3) The drawing will take place at 6:45 p.m. Guests must be present to win.

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(Photo: Frank McGough)

Details for the MIM Wedding Showcase:

Thursday, March 5/4-7 PM/ Tickets: Free

Brides-to-be, grooms, engaged couples and bridal parties are invited to join MIM for a fun evening of live music, dancing, complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and fabulous giveaways! Tour the museum’s stunning and unique wedding and reception spaces and meet its award-winning vendors. RSVP by March 1 to events@MIM.org.

To see even more images of weddings and inspiration at MIM, read our “Hitting the High Notes” feature in our Winter Spring issue or read the article online.

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9
Jan
Wedding Event: Sedona Bridal Show and Boot Camp
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, open houses, Sedona, Sedona Weddings, upcoming events, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

January is a busy month for couples planning their weddings- there’s the whole “EEEEEE I got my ring and I said yes and I can’t stop staring at the sparkly bauble on my finger!” thing that’s happening but also, you know you have to get moving on a few things. You need to determine a budget and date, schedule some venue visits and wedding coordinator appointments (we’ve got that covered- just go to our wedding website and check out the Elite Circle vendors), and immerse yourself in all things wedding. You must get hip with what’s happening and not happening in weddings these days.

But first of all, you’ve made a great choice by hooking up with us. We’ll ease your mind and give you tried and true wedding planning advice. We’ll also recommend only the best vendors in Arizona AND we’ll keep you up to date on the shows and events in Arizona that you’ll want to attend. One such event is the Sedona Bridal Show and Boot Camp.

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We’ve been proud supporters of this event from the beginning and with good reason. The group of vendors that founded it and continue to nurture it are simply outstanding. They are creative and ambitious, kind and reliable, and without a doubt, professional. You’ll soon learn how important that last trait is.

Register here for 2 free tickets to the show (you have to pre-register to get the free tickets).

We’ll be at the show proudly handing out copies of our Winter Spring 2015 issue and chatting with you. Looking forward to visiting with you in Sedona on the 17th!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your complete Arizona wedding planning resource

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30
Jan
10 Bridal Show Survival Tips
categories: open houses, Tips and Advice, upcoming events

Bridal Shows, especially if you’re headed to your first, are full of anticipation and excitement. There are vendors anxiously awaiting your arrival, booths so full of inspiration your head might spin a little, giveaways galore, deals to be had, and of course fashion shows.

Be ready though- there’s also a LOT of people and the larger shows can be somewhat overwhelming. So why should you attend a bridal show or two during your engagement? Because you will get to actually meet the vendors that you are looking for all in one place (a huge time saver) and because there is nothing more fun than chatting with other brides. This is a forum created just for you where you can talk rings, dresses, flowers, photographers, and invitations without anyone telling you that you are obsessed and need to get a life. You are with your people.

To get the most out of the wonderful shows Arizona has to offer, check out our Bridal Show Survival Tips:

1. Think comfort. This is not the time to show off your latest shoe find- you will be on your feet a lot and you want to enjoy yourself. A cute pair of ballet flats or boots will do the trick. Jeans or yoga pants are perfectly acceptable too. Throw on a scarf and you’re ready!

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(Photo by: Sedona Bride)

2. Bring a tote bag. Many bridal shows will give you a bag upon arrival to carry your bridal show loot in but we think a large bag that fits over the shoulder is the way to go. You’ll be collecting massive amounts of information and you will want to have a bag that fits nicely over your shoulder and won’t potentially break.

3. Channel your inner Girl Scout. That’s right, I said Girl Scout. Even if you weren’t a Girl Scout, you know about being prepared and you know about the Golden Rule. First, pack water and your favorite energy bars (enough for everyone who is coming with you). There are usually opportunities to buy snacks at the show but they come with lines that take away from enjoying the show itself (and have limited options). Some vendors will offer food but you don’t want to count on that for sustenance. Second, you will encounter many people doing the same thing as you- chatting with wedding vendors, looking for deals, entering giveaways- and let’s just agree that patience will be your friend. Sometimes a booth will only have 1 person manning  it so they can only talk to one person at a time. If the vendor is intriguing enough, waiting to chat with him/her will be worth it.

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4. Expect deals for on the spot booking. Many vendors offer show discounts. What you will also find is some vendors who want you to book on the spot for those discounts. You can certainly do this if you have done your research prior to the show and know who you are dealing with. However, if you don’t feel a connection with a particular vendor, take a pass. No good deal is worth potential drama or second-guessing down the road. You will find many talented and trustworthy vendors at these shows just make sure you do your research before signing any type of contract. 

5. Bring pre-printed address labels. Many vendors will ask you to share your contact information with them for various reasons. You don’t want to write your name, address, phone and email each time you meet a vendor you’re curious about so print up some address labels prior to the show and voila! You will be uber-efficient and will have more time to visit more booths.

6. Set up a wedding email account prior to attending the show. You are going to be getting a lot of emails from all of the vendors at the show, even if you did not contact them personally. They all receive a list of attendees which has your information on it and they are legally allowed to contact you. Also, some vendors will need an email to contact you if you win a giveaway and some even offer discounts after the show to those who didn’t win. To avoid having your everyday email bombarded, use a free email service like Yahoo or Gmail to manage the influx. You’ll appreciate that  this account is just for wedding communication which also helps you take a break from wedding planning when you need it (and you WILL need a break, trust us!).

7. Be aware of the “Bridal Show Effect”. Even though you’re going to have a ton of fun, you need to realize that you might get overwhelmed and a little swept up in the excitement. You know how it’s easier to make a decision about bridesmaid dresses when you’re choosing from 4 rather that 14? And you know how you simply cannot make a decision if you have 20 linens to choose from but when presented with 3, you’re able to decide? Same thing with bridal shows. Visiting 18 photographers, no matter how fabulous each one might be, is unrealistic. Feeling overwhelmed due to the sheer volume of choices is the Bridal Show Effect and you can overcome it by accepting that you will not get to every single booth and you might miss a fashion show (which is actually the best time to visit booths!).

8. Make sure your phone is charged. You will often get to enter giveaways from booths using your mobile device- take advantage of the technology available to you. Undoubtedly, you’ll want to take pictures of ideas you see at the booths and will want to connect with vendors via social media on the spot so make sure your phone is ready!

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9. Know your bridal show style. Some shows are large and energetic, some are smaller and more refined. Neither is better than the other but you should know what you’re looking for. The larger shows obviously offer more variety and most-likely more giveaways and discounts while the smaller shows will have hand-picked vendors and a more intimate vibe. You will also discover shows that are in-between, like the Sedona Bridal Boot Camp and Sedona Bridal Fair. These are regional shows that appeal to brides beyond their locale, making them a growing niche in the bridal show circuit. Some bridal shows will focus on activities such as tours and fashion shows while others will spoil you with food and beverage tastings. One thing is true though, there is something for everyone!

10. Chat it up. Vendors WANT to talk to you so don’t be shy! They want to hear about your plans, answer your questions, and give recommendations based on their experiences. They have been involved in weddings a lot longer than you and you’ll be surprised at how much info you can get from them.  The wedding industry pros in Arizona are not only talented, they are genuine. They want to work with you, yes, but they also want you to be happy. Spending time with the vendors is one of the best ways to get the most out of your bridal show experience.

We attend many of the shows in Arizona and enjoy every one of them for their wedding inspiration and fun atmosphere. We hope to see you at one (or more) soon!

For a complete list of Arizona Bridal Shows, click here. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on shows and special offers.

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10
Oct
Wedding Studios in Arizona
categories: from the consultants, Meet Our Friends, open houses, Wedding Resources

There’s been some buzz recently about several wedding studios opening in the Phoenix area and we wanted to give you the lowdown on those that involve our Elite Circle vendors (Elite Circle vendors are the best vendors to help you wed in style!); these studios offer engaged couples a brick and mortar shop to plan their wedding and meet with potential vendors. It can be quite convenient and depending on the vendors involved, you can get a lot done in one visit. The vendors involved in these types of studios typically use the space for meetings, planning, and even supply storage but some also host wedding related events. Fun, right?!

Elite Circle photographer, Jill Lauren, just celebrated the grand opening of her wedding studio, The Collective Wedding Studio. Jill tells us: Our passion for bringing happiness to our customers and caring about our community brought us together to help couples navigate through the wedding and event planning process. We are not an exclusive members only club but rather an open community that allows synergy and fosters friendships within the wedding industry. We are here to help our clients and help each other grow.

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Elite Circle Wedding and Event planner Amina Michele Garrison of Some Like it Classic Wedding and Event Design opened A Wedding Design Studio a few months ago. The studio is a modern place for couples to meet up with vendors.

Amina says: A Wedding Design Studio is designed for the Bride who is looking for assistance with planning her wedding on an “as-needed” basis. Need help with just a few items? Simple! Book Time.  Meet with a Wedding Planner. Pay ONLY by the minute. 

In our fashionable studio, a Bride can meet with award winning wedding planners to ask basic questions, receive feedback and gain helpful suggestions at a fraction of the cost of booking a wedding planner. Additionally, brides can look at chargers, sample linens, color swatches, and even meet with other wedding vendors. The space is all yours; all you have to do is book it!

The studio also plans to offer monthly workshops and seminars for Brides who want more hands on information taught by various planners and vendors.

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The Shops at Southbridge provide a swanky shopping experience where a gal can find her dress, bridal party attire, accessories, and much more, all in one place. Longtime valley favorite Destiny’s Bride is the anchor for other wedding relevant shops such as DeNoce Ferrer (owned and operated by Arizona event coordinator Amy Mancuso), The Flower Studio, Pearl Med Spa and Savvi and Social.

Follow Destiny’s Bride on Facebook for trunk shows and news.

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One more place couples planning their weddings can meet with several vendors under one roof is at My Goodness Wedding Cafe where you will find Eric Cheroske, owner of Got You Covered!, an Elite Circle entertainment company. Eric explains: My Goodness Wedding Cafe is a perfect place for brides to plan their wedding day and meet outstanding vendors. We serve great coffees and sodas as well as cupcakes, cookies and pies. We also have  monthly open houses.

For more information on My Goodness Wedding Cafe, follow them on Facebook

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Tips for getting the most out of Arizona’s Wedding Studios:

♥ Always make an appointment- The studios often double as offices and may not be usable on a walk-in basis.
♥ Be clear about what the studio offers- If you want to get all of your planning done in one or two visits, make sure the owners know that and book enough time. Do you want to have coffee or lunch while planning? Ask if they provide these or if you should bring in your favorite goodies.
♥ Speak to the person in charge and get details- Each studio works differently regarding how they prefer the space to be used and who you can meet with. NEVER assume you can have the space for an endless period of time and/or invite any vendor in for a meeting. Many times wedding studios contract with preferred vendors to be involved in the studio so while it’s possible that you can meet any vendor at a particular studio, you shouldn’t assume so.
♥ Remember that they aren’t Starbucks- Wedding studios are private businesses and you want to respect the space you are in. They provide a uniquely intimate space for planning and often maintain the appearance of the studio themselves.
♥ Get social! Since wedding studio owners are in tune with other wedding professionals, it can be fun and beneficial to attend the studio’s workshops or open houses. You never know who you will meet and besides, gabbing with other engaged gals is just fun!

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