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31
Mar
Great Find: Men’s Gift Sets at Celebrations in Paper
categories: favor and gift ideas, Grooms, health and beauty, Wedding Resources

Sometimes the best things are discovered out of pure frustration and today’s great find is an example of just that. Celebrations in Paper is not only the loveliest invitation shop, it’s also a place you’ll want to spend some time browsing their collection of cards, gifts and baubles; however, much to owner Rene Showalter’s frustration, they haven’t had much to offer the guys. She’s often asked by customers about men’s gift sets and short of the typical suggestions (a flask, a Swiss Army knife, cuff links, etc.), she didn’t feel like she had a solid “go to” gift suggestion until now!

At Celebrations in Paper you’ll now be able to purchase these 3 men’s gift sets from British company Men’s Society. The Groomsmen Survival Kit is ideal for the wedding weekend; this is the perfect survival kit for your wedding day, from wedding rings, dry eyes to clean shoes we have you covered…it contains all your essentials you need for the big day to ensure your looking ship-shape and sharp.

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Damn Handsome Beard Kit: This wonderful beard kit contains all the essential products needed to help soften, moisturise and style your moustache and beard.

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The Overindulgence Survival Kit is perfect for a guys’ weekend; the kit contains a selection of items to help make the day after the night before seem a little more bearable.

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About Men’s Society: Our kits are designed to be amusing and appealing, but, importantly all perform too. Our all-natural beard oil which we have been making since 2011 is tried and tested and loved, our sneaker cleaning fluid has been developed alongside some of the best chemists in the country…Witty, sophisticated design with a twist of British quirk are the hallmarks of our gifting range – from grooming to barware, you’ll find something sure to raise a smile.

These men’s gift sets can be purchased at Celebrations in Paper: 7117 East 3rd Avenue #120 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | (480) 946 5680

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11
Dec
Wedding Colors: Pink and Blue from our Summer Fall Cover Shoot
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, Grooms, health and beauty, Meet Our Friends, photography, Trends, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Somehow, we always manage to be just one step ahead of the wedding trends- particularly when it comes to wedding colors – and while you may not have noticed it, our Summer Fall 2015 cover was way ahead of the trends (certainly you’re aware that the 2016 “Color(s) of the Year” have recently been declared as pink and blue, right?)!

We begin with the incomparable “Papillon” gown by Ian Stuart. The soft pink and blue petal decorations make it completely unique and the jacket and veil take it to a whole other level. You don’t have to choose blue and pink for your wedding colors to wear this gown from Mariee Bridal- it could be just enough all on it’s own!

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Speaking of wedding colors, how handsome is this guy in his blue Ted Baker suit and pink shirt?

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The soft and feminine bouquets were created by Brady’s Floral Gallery

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Tiffany & Co. jewelry is always a good choice

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This cover shoot was our 15th Anniversary issue so of course we had to get some champagne flowing!

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And here’s the cover! If you’re inspired to choose pink and blue as your wedding colors for your wedding in 2016, you’re welcome for the inspiration! It will be fun to see how what our magic crystal ball tells us for 2016’s wedding colors…

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Our Elite Circle cover shoot team:

Photographer: Katrina Wallace Photographers

Location: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Stylist: Jennifer O’Bannon, Fashion Stylist/Consultant

Photo Shoot Coordinator: J. Starr Stylized Weddings

Floral Design: Brady’s Floral Gallery

Hair Styling: Ruca Bowman, Hautie Rouge Salon

Makeup Artist: Linda Wagner Makeup & Style

Gowns: Mariee Bridal

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Models: Alex Zin, Max, Taylor and Kendall of The Agency Arizona

(Menswear: Ted Baker, Jewelry: Tiffany & Co., Props: Petite Party Studio)

Explore our Summer Fall 2015 issue online

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24
Jul
Great Find: Tribal Hollywood & Scott Kay Wedding Bands
categories: Engagement, favor and gift ideas, Wedding Resources

It seems like men have drastically fewer options than women when it comes to wedding bands so when we were introduced to the new Scott Kay wedding bands designed exclusively for Tribal Hollywood, we were thrilled!

Scott Kay is a leader in advancing the boundaries of design and materials in bridal jewelry. The brand has amazingly unique wedding band designs for men including fashion forward, contemporary, unusual and statement styles. Scott Kay is a brand for a man who wants to express himself.

Tribal Hollywood is a leading online retailer specializing exclusively in men’s jewelry and focuses on unique, bold, contemporary and non-traditional designs for the man who wants to express himself.

 

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At first glance, you probably notice that the rings are downright manly. Like Thor or Jon Snow from Game of Thrones manly. You’ll notice the inside of the bands are engraved with “BioBlue 27” and “SK Cobalt”- this is the material used to make these rings and it’s 4 times stronger than platinum. That’s not to say the bands lack style though. How could they with Scott Kay designing them? The fine details and beautiful textures make the bands just as refined as they are masculine.

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One thing that grabbed our attention immediately were the interesting textures- some of the bands have a stone-hammered texture, some have wedge cut recesses and sleek beveled edges, others have barbed vine patterns and laser etching. The level of creativity is pretty awesome.

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The fit between the two companies’ male audiences was immediately apparent at the first meeting, and Scott Kay and Tribal Hollywood shared the same vision for designing and marketing men’s jewelry. Tribal Hollywood is the natural retail extension of the Scott Kay design vision for men.

Personally, the people in the companies hit it off together instantly and have enjoyed building their partnership ever since. They share the same obsessive attention to detail, outstanding and unique customer experiences and service, and follow Scott Kay’s motto of “Never Compromise”.

 

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If you’re leery of ordering your wedding band online, don’t worry. Tribal Hollywood has a great customer satisfaction policy: You can order Scott Kay wedding bands online and have them shipped quickly direct to your door. Tribal Hollywood has an easy and generous return policy to be sure you are completely happy with your new ring. Return or exchange your ring up to your wedding night!

Shop Scott Kay wedding bands at Tribal Hollywood (and look for a giveaway coming up soon!)

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31
Mar
It’s a Guy Thing
categories: favor and gift ideas, for your ceremony, health and beauty

So often in wedding planning, the guys are pushed aside. The ladies take over with their fancy ideas and large opinions and more often than not,  it’s the guy that steps back and says “Yes Dear”. But just because he is compliant (for now) doesn’t mean he should be ignored. Your man has great ideas, a fresh perspective and heck, he’s super cute, right? So let’s focus on him today.

First of all, he’s gotta smell good. This man-friendly set called the Six Pack (tricky, right?) from Every Man Jack is the perfect way for your guy to start his day . The modern packaging and “Signature Mint” scent is all kinds of manly. The products are also free of dyes and products that can irritate skin, making them perfect for just about anyone, including the sensitive-skinned guy.

Accessories are the easiest way to spruce up your man on the wedding day. There’s something very cool and debonair about a guy taking his wedding prep seriously- they usually have pensive looks on their faces as they dress- but imagine the smile on your guy if he adornes himself with some personalized cuff links? Baseball makes everything fun, right?

 (from qacreate on Etsy)

(from Sherry Truitt on Etsy)

And what about ties? The Tie Bar is hands-down the best place to find a huge variety of ties for men and boys. A huge trend is to color- coordinate but pattern- diversify the groomsmen’s ties and I’m a fan!

(Image courtesy of Shawn Star Photography)

Bow ties are making a hugely stylish comeback:

(Image Courtesy of Austin Gros Wedding Photography)

(Plaid tie from xoelle on Etsy)

(Green Bow Tie from Dessy via Wedding Paper Divas)

And of course socks are awesome…

(Pirate Bot sock image courtesy of Sock It To Me)

(Big Dot socks from Happy Socks)

And for the guy who might need a little nudge, I give you Liquid Courage:

(from Liquid Courage on Etsy)

Shoes for a stylish aisle walk:

(from The Story of Kat on Etsy)

Having just little fun on the wedding day lightens things up. Here’s a way to make guests chuckle.

(from Pretty This Pretty That on Etsy)

This is one of my very favorite things I have found recently for weddings (it’s on Etsy of course). These Wallet Wedding Vows are a modern and sentimental reminder of your vows but how uber-romantic would it be for the groom to pull this out of his pocket and recite his vows from this lovely litte thing?  It’s compact (credit card sized) and sturdy. Join me in hearing the collective ooohs and ahhhs of the ceremony guests. Love it!

(Wallet Wedding Vows by Anandi on Etsy *note: allow 14-18 days for completion)

Phoenix photographer Ben Quillinan of BQ Photography says this about guys and photos: Guys are always nervous and not into having their picture taken. But when it’s about having fun rather than the picture, they relax and are perfect subjects. Once a groom realizes he doesn’t have to act differently in front of me or do any ridiculous posing, he’s back to himself and we have a great time. Bringing a couple smart-ass groomsmen along is helpful too. If the groom does start getting stiff, his buddies can snap him out of it pretty quick.

Let your guy have the spotlight, make him feel extra-special and allow him to have his fair share of the wedding fun- there’s plenty to go around!

Chatting Soon~Kelly

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