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1
Sep
Elite Circle Bridal Shop in Arizona | Laurie’s Bridal and Formal
categories: bridal fashions, Meet Our Friends, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration

You know those people who are considered “whisperers”? They’re the experts who seem to be born to know exactly how to do their job and they do it well every time. Well, Laurie Dickman, owner of Elite Circle bridal shop Laurie’s Bridal and Formal, is a wedding gown whisperer. From the moment you meet Laurie, you feel how passionate she is about wedding gowns and you also sense that you can completely trust her expertise. You’ll trust her to find the gown that will make you feel and look beautiful on your wedding day and you’ll trust her when she pulls a gown to try on that you never would have considered. Laurie will make your wedding gown dreams come true and we want you to know a bit more about her and her beautiful bridal shop in Arizona!

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(Photographer: Saaty Photography, Planner & Florist: Simply Beautiful Wedding Event Planning)

What will brides looking for their wedding gowns find at Laurie’s that they won’t find at any other bridal shop in Arizona? They will find a selection of gowns not offered elsewhere or offered with limited distribution.  Brides always tell me that they don’t necessarily want to see the same gowns all over town.

What are your top 3 tips for brides trying on gowns for the first time?

1. Do not come all decked out. Come dressed comfortably and you do not need to come all made up with make up. Be comfortable. You’re going to be getting in and out of dresses.

2. Bring 1-2 (or sometimes 3) trusted people whose opinions you trust and respect.  Sometimes the entourage is a bit overwhelming and can backfire.

3. Bring pictures.  But also, please be realistic—the pictures you see are professional models. Don’t compare yourself or be too hard on yourself if a dress you love doesn’t look the same on you as it does on a professional model. 
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(Photographer: Lo Capone Images)
Can brides customize their gowns at Laurie’s? We do carry one manufacturer, exclusively available in Scottsdale, who offers full customizable gowns.  We also refer out to local and reliable seamstresses who can do amazing modifications to your gown.
What are you seeing brides gravitating towards as far as bridal fashions that you’re loving right now?  Brides are more conscious about what they want to look like and how comfortable they want to be, rather than going for a particular style of gown. We do sell a little bit of everything so I’m confident that a bride coming into the shop will find her perfect wedding gown.
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(Photographer: SJA Studios)

What is your advice to brides who are concerned about being “too trendy” when choosing their gown? My advice is pure and simple and I’ve said it to almost every bride who’s been in my store: You don’t want to look back at your wedding day pictures 20 years from now and think what was I thinking?  Stay true to who you are.  I even heeded my own advice. I just celebrated my 22nd anniversary and posted my wedding picture.  I STILL love my handmade gown and I would wear it all over again!

What do you want brides to know before coming in to try on gowns at your bridal shop in Arizona? Please keep an open mind, be patient and trust that I know what I’m doing. For me, it’s not always about closing the sale, but making that perfect match between bride and gown.

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(Photographer: Lo Capone Images)
What else should we know about this very special bridal shop in Arizona? I treat every bride as if she were my friend, daughter or family member.  I really enjoy what I do and want every bride to just have a fun time shopping for her gown.  It shouldn’t be overwhelming or stressful, but the most enjoyable part of this special day.
 
One more thing…When brides book appointments, we staff accordingly and set time aside especially for them so it’s unfortunate when they can’t make their appointment and don’t notify us. We see a “no-show” as a missed opportunity for another bride who could have found her dress and while we certainly understand that sometimes brides can’t make their appointment, we just ask that they contact the store and let us know so we can re-schedule their appointment and open up that time slot for another bride!
 
About Laurie: Originally from New York, Laurie’s flair for fashion began in her teenage years, when she started working part time at a high end clothing and dress boutique in her local mall. In the very early 1990’s, she started working for a leading bridal dress and headpiece manufacturer. Laurie worked her way up and was soon traveling all over the United States as a Trunk Show Coordinator, training store owners and their employees how to properly sell wedding gowns, to educate their customers and to help listen to what the consumer wanted and bring that back to the company. She also helped design bridal headpieces.
Connect with Laurie’s Bridal: (480) 699 3973 | www.lauriesbridal.com
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23
Jun
Advice from Wedding Photographers | Phoenix, Arizona
categories: Meet Our Friends, photography, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration

Everyone who gets married wants to love their wedding photos—even the couples who aren’t all that comfortable in the spotlight of the lens—so we asked the best photographers we know for their advice. It just makes sense to ask for advice from wedding photographers, doesn’t it? Here’s what Arizona’s Elite Circle photographers have to say about how to have a fabulous wedding day (which, if you hire a great photographer, will result in fabulous photos!):

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(Photographer: Depoy Studios)

Christina DePoy of DePoy Studios:

Hire your wedding photographer ASAP and get to work on your timeline before your wedding invitations go out.

No matter what happens on your wedding day—the cake does not show up, your dress does not fit, you have to kick a groomsman out at the last minute for being too drunk, or the DJ is super late—just remember that you are there to celebrate your love for one another, with the people who love you the most.

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

Ben and Kelly Koller of Ben & Kelly Photography

The best wedding photos are the most authentic ones—the ones that capture real moments throughout the day. The ones that bring them back to the wedding day and evoke that emotion all over again; Be yourself and let the day unfold as organically as possible.

Don’t make your wedding day all about the photos. Let your photos be all about the moments of the wedding day.

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See)

Stuart Thurlkill of Eyes 2 See:

If you want to have amazing photographs make sure to book an engagement session. By having a trial run you are more relaxed and confident on your wedding day.

Warm smiles come from a full heart and intimate words; Share with all your guests how your heart is feeling.

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Location: Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens)

Tracy Battaglia of  Fully Alive Photography:

Be in love! Gaze into each other’s eyes, even when everyone is looking. Trust you did everything to your best ability, and on your wedding day, just be free. Truly be present.

Incorporate colors, details and landscapes that make you come alive.

To get even more advice from wedding photographers, click here!

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3
Jan
Wedding Dresses by Body Type | Schaffer’s Bridal
categories: bridal fashions, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration

Elite Circle bridal shop Schaffer’s Bridal wrote a blog about how to shop for wedding dresses by body type and we are thrilled to share this valuable information with you!

Wedding Dresses by Body Type: Schaffer’s says for women with hourglass figures, form fitting dresses help enhance their curves best. Mermaid and fit-and-flare styles easily come to mind, but don’t forget about wedding dresses that have exaggerated features like a low drop waist or low backs.

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Wedding Dresses by Body Type: If you’re a woman with a petite body type you will want to look for types of wedding dresses that create the illusion of a long torso, and elongate your legs. Keep it simple, any detailing should be small and limited to the bodice.

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Wedding Dresses by Body Type: When it comes to tall and thin body types, keep in mind one word: simple. The more simplistic the dress, the less your body is lost in the dress.

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Wedding Dresses by Body Type: For apple shaped women you want to find a wedding dress that will draw attention upwards and skirts that flow out in an A-line fashion to evenly portray you proportions in the most flattering way.

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Wedding Dresses by Body Type: When it comes to a pear shaped body type, you want to look for dresses that highlight the narrowness of your mid-section with either while flowing down in an A formation or fit-and-flare silhouette.

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Wedding Dresses by Body Type: It’s up to you whether you want to show off your figure or seek more coverage. You can either create curves with a dropped waist or mermaid style, or you can find more coverage in an A-line or empire dress.

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To read the complete article and get more advice for shopping for wedding dresses by body type from Schaffer’s Bridal, click here!

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27
Dec
Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding {w/Infographic!}
categories: from the consultants, the paper chase, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

When it comes to your wedding RSVP’s, the goal is very simple- you need guests to tell you how many people are attending your wedding by a certain date- but the way to achieve that goal can be tricky. You want to be clear with guests that you need a reply by a certain date without being too demanding. You might even need said guests to give you extra information such as meal preferences, intent to attend additional wedding related events, a +1 name, or even song suggestions. This all seems pretty straightforward but the trickiest part is actually getting your guests to RSVP on time! In an effort to help you get off to a good start, we’re sharing our best tips for getting people to RSVP to your wedding.

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(Stationer: Celebrations in Paper, Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography)

Event Planner Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings + Events top 2 tips for getting people to RSVP to your wedding: 

-If guests do not RSVP at the requested time, call them! You can say, “We noticed we are missing your RSVP and we wanted to make sure that you received your invitation to the wedding!”. By mentioning that it may have gotten lost in the mail, you’re disarming your guest and opening up the conversation. And mail actually does get lost sometimes!

 –If you’re offering meal choices, have guests place their initials next to their meal choice on the RSVP card.  This will make it easier for when you’re organizing seating or place cards.
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(Stationer: Be in Love Designs)
Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Guests should RSVP at least 8 weeks before the big day and no less than 3 weeks before. Your caterer will need a head count and you need to build in a bit of a cushion to follow up with guests who haven’t RSVP’d yet.
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(Stationer: Be in Love Designs)

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Be very clear about HOW and WHEN to RSVP. You’ll get much better results if you offer a few ways to RSVP such as a card via snail mail, text, email, or an online RSVP site (like Eventbrite). If you do offer a snail mail option, always include a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope. Consider the age of people who have been invited- some may not be comfortable with online or mobile device RSVP’s so a good ol’ fashioned card is still a really solid option.

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Be (and stay) organized! If you don’t have a plan to track your RSVP’s, you’ll have a nightmare on your hands. Whether you use a spreadsheet, a notebook, or an online tracking system, make sure you use it every single time you get an RSVP because even though you think you’ll remember, you won’t!

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(Stationer: Be in Love Designs)

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Send a reminder to RSVP a week prior to any guests that haven’t replied then follow up if you still don’t get a response. You can send an email or text, or better yet, make a phone call to check with guests who haven’t RSVP’d yet. Most of them will be so grateful that you are following up!

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Give yourself a cushion. Remember that it will take time to follow up with non-responders and you don’t want panic to set in because you started following up the day before your count is due to the caterer. Also, expect that some guests who don’t ever reply will still attend and some guests that reply yes will be a no-show. It happens all the time and there’s no need to stress about it!

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(Stationer: Brie Dumais Designs)

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Include some fun! If one of your priorities for your wedding is a packed dance floor, ask guests for song suggestions on the RSVP card. You’ll be able to give your DJ or band a well-rounded song list without doing all the work!

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: If you want to track your RSVP’s online, consider using Eventbrite. You’ve probably already used this online RSVP/ticketing service to attend an event, join a party or even RSVP to someone else’s wedding and while we highly recommend sending an actual invitation in the mail, we like Eventbrite’s ability to track your RSVP’s. Their event management software can be used for any size event and is very user friendly; with Eventbrite your event can be made private, several events can be listed (like a welcome dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, and brunch) and there’s a password option so only your guests can see and respond to the event. Check out Eventbrite’s infographic about RSVPing:

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25
Oct
Ideas for Decorating Chairs at Weddings
categories: floral inspiration, for your ceremony, reception ideas, Tips and Advice, Trends, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

When you sit down to plan your wedding, you may not immediately think about how you plan to decorate your chairs and we totally get that. The photographer, location, guest list, budget, etc. all come first but when you’re ready to have a little fun and fine tune the details for your day, the topic f which chairs to have and what to do with them will come up (unless you plan to have your guests stand the entire day)! Today we’re sharing 17 ideas for decorating chairs at weddings that may provide a little inspiration- enjoy!

Ideas for Decorating Chairs at Weddings: Flowers are a classic way to spruce up a chair here and there. You can have your florist create something for all of your chairs or you can choose just a few to adorn. The addition of signs to the back of the newlywed’s chairs is always fun too!

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(Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Location: El Chorro, Photography: Pinkerton Photography)

Flowers with ribbons that coordinate with the table linen make for a very sweet look

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(Floral Design: Butterfly Petals, Rentals: Glamour & Woods, Planner: Imoni Events, Photography: Amy and Jordan)

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(Photography: Katrina Wallace Photographers, Floral design: Angelic Grove)

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(Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Photography: Stephanie Fay Photography)

Ideas for Decorating Chairs at Weddings: Greenery is currently a popular way to add some character to your chairs. We especially love when it’s draped across the back as garland or paired with fruit or vegetables

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(Florist: Brady’s Floral Gallery)

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(Floral Design: Your Event Florist, Photography: Hagerty Photography, Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

These cactus wreaths are some of the most creative chair decorations we’ve seen (and they’re so perfect for Arizona weddings)!

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Photography: Daniel Kim Photography)

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(Floral Design: Your Event Florist, Location: Sassi, Photography: Melissa Jill Photography)

Ideas for Decorating Chairs at Weddings: Clear acrylic chairs with a custom applique to match the iconic Arizona Biltmore concrete block design is a thoroughly modern approach to chair decor and we LOVE it.

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Planner & Stylist: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events, Location: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Linen: Wildflower Linen, Photography: Melissa Jill Photography, Floral: Angelic Grove, Rentals: Event Rents, Paper Products: Page and Mason)

Ideas for Decorating Chairs at Weddings: Chair covers are a traditional way to customize the look of your wedding but did you know there were so many options? Chair covers can be fashion forward, ultra modern and even vintage inspired.

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(Photography: Eyes 2 See)

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(Photography: Ben & Kelly Photography, Location: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain)

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(Photography: Ben & Kelly Photography, Location: The Phoenician Scottsdale, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Floral: Bradys  Floral Gallery)

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(Photography: Eyes 2 See)

Chair ties create an airy feel while adding a touch of color and in this case, they also frame the ceremony aisle

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(Photo: Holley Photography)

The side-tied chair ties at this reception add the perfect pop of color

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Event coordinator: Events Your Way, Floral design and rentals: Y-Knot Flowers)

Ideas for Decorating Chairs at Weddings: Of course beautiful custom signs placed on the back of the couple’s chairs make a statement

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(Stylist: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Stationery: Celebrations in Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

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(Florist: Your Event Florist, Location: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Photography: Hagerty Photography, Linens: Wildflower Linens, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Sign: The Event Essentials)

Hopefully our Elite Circle wedding vendors’ ideas for decorating chairs at weddings will inspire you to add a personal touch, fun details, or pretty color to your wedding decor!

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5
Aug
Engagement Session Tips from a Photographer
categories: Engagement, photography, Tips and Advice

Just like parents on their child’s wedding day, we’re pretty darn proud of our Elite Circle wedding vendors. The Elite Circle is a group of wedding vendors in the Phoenix, Arizona area that surpass the ordinary with their talents, level of expertise and customer service. Whenever you see a styled shoot, wedding, or engagement session online that you absolutely adore, chances are at least a few Elite Circle vendors are involved so when we saw an article with engagement session tips from a photographer, we knew the advice was sound.

Eyes 2 See Photography writes about why you should have an engagement session and we pulled a few tips for you and some of our favorite engagement photos taken by Eyes 2 See. Embrace the love!

Engagement Session Tips from a Photographer: Connections matter! Engagement sessions help you and your photographer get to know each other. As a photographer, it is important for us to get to know how to best photograph you. We want to see how creative you are and teach you how to look great in front of the camera. As a couple, take time for an engagement session to help you practice for the wedding day. We promise it will help you open up, look great and feel comfortable with your photographer.

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Engagement Session Tips from a Photographer: Decompress, go on a special date. Wedding planning can be stressful. Engagement pictures are your chance to do something fun with your partner. Make it a date! We suggest you take a few minutes to plan a perfect day together and have your photographer document the adventure. These candid moments of you making a meal together, skiing, or exploring the city will be more memorable than just a headshot. Your options are only limited by your imagination. Our photographers and videographers love to get creative with ideas. Let us know if you need help brainstorming your engagement session/date.

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To read the complete article from Eyes 2 See about why you should do an engagement session, click here!

Read some of our own tips for engagement sessions including how to choose a location, timing and how to work best with your photographer

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