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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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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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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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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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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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28
Jun
DIY Welcome Bags
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, favor and gift ideas, Tips and Advice
One major perk of being in the Arizona wedding industry is that we get to connect with brides and grooms, hear their stories and explore how they planned their weddings. Basically, we get the inside track and share the goods with you! Emily, a real Arizona bride, contacted us about her wedding and once we discovered she had a knack for DIY, we jumped on the chance to write about her DIY welcome bags.
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Here are the contents of Emily & Joey’s DIY welcome bags:
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With about 50% of their guests coming in from out of town to attend their wedding, Emily & Joey wanted to make their DIY wlecome bags special. Here’s the lowdown on exactly how they did that:
I purchased design proofs from a couple of different Etsy vendors for the welcome bag tag, door hanger and itinerary then printed them at Kinko’s
-I also purchased the ikat pattern on Etsy and then had it printed on gloss card stock so that I could make the bag toppers and water bottle labels myself. 
-Arizona maps and magazines are free if you contact the Arizona Office of Tourism 
-We picked up the awesome vintage reproduction Arizona postcards (which are actually pretty hard to find) at a middle of nowhere gas station near the Grand Canyon when we were driving down from Seattle for the wedding. 
 
What do you estimate each bag cost? $5

Any tips for couples wanting to create their own welcome bags? Start brainstorming ideas early on in your wedding planning time frame so that you have plenty of time to put together something that really represents you as a couple, goes with the theme of your wedding, but is also practical and can genuinely add to the guests’ experience during their stay. Attention to small details really do make a big difference in the end from a guest’s perspective. For example, I had several guests thank me for including small bags of peanut butter pretzels and gummy bears in our welcome bags because they had been traveling all day without a chance to really eat anything, so by the time they arrived to the resort and looked in the welcome bags, they were relieved to have something salty and sweet to snack on without having to leave the hotel room or wait for room service.

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Did you use Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine as a resource while planning your wedding? Yes! I really loved the Real Weddings features because wedding planning can be so intimidating when you are looking at high-budget editorial styled shoots in many other magazines, online, etc., so it is really helpful to be able to see what actual weddings end up looking like to give yourself realistic goals and expectations. 

What did you love most about your wedding and what advice would you give couples planning their weddings so they enjoy their wedding days to the fullest? I loved the ceremony the most – it took place right at sunset out on the terrace of SoHo63 in front of the fireplace, which we also decorated with a bunch of mismatched candles, giving it a really intimate and romantic feeling. It was perfect and we enjoyed every moment of the wedding from that point on! My advice for couples planning their weddings would be to make sure to let go of all stress about how things will turn out by the day of your wedding because you need to be able to relax and enjoy yourself while you are getting ready and spending time with the wedding party to set the tone for the rest of your experience during the wedding, so you want to make sure and keep all other distractions to an absolute minimum.

Thank you for sharing your DIY welcome bags and advice Emily!

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15
Apr
Wedding Hair and Makeup Advice from Babydoll Weddings
categories: Grooms, health and beauty, Tips and Advice, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

I begin today with a cautionary tale: I made the critical mistake of hiring an amateur makeup artist for my wedding who actually told me she did not “believe in covering up blemishes because it just draws attention to them”…of course I ended up looking like I did my own makeup. I was shiny the whole day and the eyeshadow colors chosen did not accentuate my eyes (my best feature) at all, and you can bet my blemishes made themselves known.

So, if you want to look and feel beautiful on your wedding day, heed my warning: do not rely on someone who moonlights as a beauty professional! Without question, you want someone who does this full-time, a team who can doll you up exactly as you need to be for a day that focuses on you, whether you want it to or not. Don’t forget, there’s a camera pointed right at you most of the day!

Meet Babydoll Weddings Hair & Makeup– a team of pros who you can trust to make you look and feel your best on your wedding, led by owner and stylist Sabrina:

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Wedding Hair and Makeup Advice: What makes Babydoll Weddings Hair & Makeup different?

Teamwork, Education and Professionalism. I have built such an amazing team of people… From the first email or phone call brides make to us, we strive to respond within 24hrs and make sure they have a quote and our contract in hand. As a recent bride myself, my biggest frustration in planning was people getting back to me. Michelle is our Bridal Liaison and her sole job is to make sure communication is happening with each and every bride.

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Keeping up with the latest hair and makeup trends in the wedding business is also something we pride ourselves on. We meet once a month and devote 2 hours as a team to practicing, sharing and learning current hair and makeup techniques. You’ll see us travel to California and around the valley to attend hair and makeup shows/expos to make sure we are keeping up with the industry. This ensures our team can deliver any style brides or wedding party members are looking for. We are also able to provide great ideas about trends they may not know about. Having a team of talented stylist ensures we can handle small or large parties.

One of the most important things that sets us apart from other beauty service providers is all of our stylists are licensed cosmetologists or aestheticians. 

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Wedding Hair and Makeup Advice: What can a bride who lives out of town do to make sure she ends up with a wedding day look she loves (assuming she can’t squeeze in a trial)?

We have many brides in town and out of town that choose not to have a trial. Pictures are the key for us in creating the look that a bride wants to achieve. With magazines and Pinterest there are so many great ways to pick the perfect hair and makeup looks. We ask that brides email us some pictures in advance so we can put them in their folder and their assigned stylist can have a reference.

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(Photo: Ben & Kelly Photography, Hair and Makeup: Babydoll Weddings, Location: Chateau Luxe, Gown: Strut Bridal)

Wedding Hair and Makeup Advice: What trends in hair do you see for the upcoming Fall wedding season? 

For this fall I predict a lot of hair being worn down with curls. Brides are looking for that long sophisticated look with lots of shine so extensions will be a necessary option for many. For those brides wanting their hair up, unlike years past, the artful “messy updo” is on its way out. You’ll see very smooth and very put together updos, keeping with the romantic and sophisticated bride.

For hair accessories, longer veils with smaller hair accents are going to be a big hit. Also, I suggest that all my fall brides find a more fun and flirty hair piece for the reception, something with feathers. 

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Wedding Hair and Makeup Advice: What advice do you have for a bride who doesn’t wear makeup?

Makeup is a necessity in photos for your special day, especially nowadays with all the High Definition photography. Makeup does not have to consist of a heavy look- using the right techniques in contouring and highlighting someone’s face is the key. The goal is to bring out a bride’s best features and minimize the ones she may not like.

Do you have any services for grooms? 

Absolutely. It’s more common for brides to get their makeup done, but men want to look just as good on their wedding day. We offer makeup services for grooms as well as tattoo cover ups. Airbrush makeup is the best for grooms as we can cover that stress pimple and give them an even complexion and they won’t feel like they have any makeup on.

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(Photo: Katrina Wallace Photographers, Floral: Brady’s Floral Gallery, Hair: Babydoll Weddings,  Gown: Schaffer’s, Location: The Phoenician)

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(Photo: Jasmine Star, Floral: Butterfly Petals, Hair & Makeup: Babydoll Weddings, Chairs: Classic Party Rentals, Location: Saguaro Hotel)

Thank you Babydoll Weddings for your expert wedding hair and makeup advice! Babydoll Weddings Hair & Makeup travels to you for your wedding day primping but of course you can find them here as well: 1310 E Southern Ave, Ste 105 in Mesa, AZ | (480) 433-0716 | Website

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8
Sep
Wedding Planning Advice: Nix the Jitters
categories: from the consultants, real weddings, Tips and Advice

Since they’re typically deep “in the mix” with their couples before and during the wedding day, wedding planners often have the best perspective on how to make the day the very best it can be. The getting ready part of the day is one of those times that some couples forget to plan for but it shouldn’t be overlooked- it’s a really fun, anticipatory, and often reflective time to prepare before taking the leap into marriage and with just a bit of effort, it can be a time for memories just as precious as the rest of the day. Elite Circle wedding coordinator Cara Morrison of A Day to Cherish shares her top tips for this part of the wedding day:

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  1. Decide Who Will Be There: It takes quite a while for everyone to have their hair and makeup done, and to get on all your dresses. Make sure to surround yourself with people you know will make the day stress free and fun. If you’re stressing out while getting ready, it could put a damper on the rest of the day.
  2. Personalize the Space: You’ll want the room everyone is in to be tranquil and calming. Burn some candles to take the edge off and add a festive atmosphere. If candles aren’t allowed wherever you’re getting ready, try some reed diffusers.
  3. Set the Mood: Getting ready can feel like being in the locker room before a big game. To add to the fun mood, have each bridesmaid make a playlist of songs that are inspired by memories they share with you, it will lighten the stress and get everyone laughing and reminiscing.
  4. Supply Snacks: A big mistake many brides make is not eating much on their big day, usually due to the high stress. But that is a bad idea, as a balanced sugar level keeps stress under control. Keep fruit or veggie platters in the bridal suite to munch on throughout the day without creating a mess or filling you up too much. Also, having water, juice, and soda on hand is a good idea to keep everyone hydrated.
  5. Keep Entertained: Set a cheerful mood by playing a favorite movie in the background if there is a TV. Drink some herbal tea, which can help calm nerves. Ask each of the bridesmaids to contribute a favorite pampering product to a tray for everyone to share. Bring pictures from your bachelorette party and wedding showers to pass around while getting ready, it will be fun to reminisce in anticipation of the day ahead of you.

Thank you Cara for your invaluable advice (find out more about A Day to Cherish by visiting their website)!

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21
Aug
From Corinna B’s World Beauty Blog: 8 Bridal Beauty Blunders
categories: health and beauty, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Elite Circle Makeup Artist and all around fab gal Corinna B. of Corinna Cooke Makeup shared 8 common mistakes brides make regarding their wedding day makeup on her blog recently and we think every single one is essential for brides so today we’re sharing Corinna’s blog post with you!

Corinna has participated in many of our styled shoots and cover shoots for the magazine so we’re featuring her work in this post (we would rather show the good makeup rather than the bad!)

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life.
It is also one of the most photographed days of your life. Make sure that you can enjoy those pictures forever by avoiding the following 8 Bridal Beauty Blunders.

1. Getting Caught Up In Trends.
Trends and fads come and go. The biggest look of the moment will be out of fashion in 3 months. Your wedding look should be timeless and beautiful, and not look dated next year, or in 10 years time.

2. Contouring And Highlighting Like A You Tuber.

Following on from avoiding trends, understand that the excessive highlight and contour you see on you tube is perfect for drag queens, but can be an absolute nightmare for brides.
Most wedding photography happens outdoors in natural light, which is the absolute worst light possible for an over-contoured face. Rather than making you look beautiful, heavy contour and highlight can make you look like a caricature of yourself.

Save your big contour for nightclubs, where it’s perpetually dark, and everyone is drunk anyway!

3. Trying Something New.
Your wedding day isn’t the day to try something new. Don’t break out a big red lip for the first time ever, or suddenly convert to an intense smokey eye or giant strip lash. Your groom needs to recognize you as you walk down the aisle. You need to look like your very best version of you, not like a stranger to him. 

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4. Skipping The Makeup Trial.
The trial is not only important for setting up the look for the day, but it gives you a chance to observe the makeup artist, their skills, products, hygiene. It also gives you a chance to see if their energy matches yours. Some artists are technically brilliant but their energy is just toxic. You need to make sure the vendors who will be around you on your big day bring good energy and a pleasant vibe.

Bring pictures to your trial, both of makeup you love and makeup you hate. It’s the best way to make sure you are both on the same page.

5. Shimmer And Shine In The Wrong Places.
I always advise scaling way back on the shimmer, or even skipping it altogether. Shimmer can translate to sparkle in sunlight, and look terribly wrong, especially high on the cheeks and under the brows.
Glowing, dewy skin is lovely, but can make you look oily/sweaty in the wrong light, so don’t go overboard on the shine. Adding shine to the center forehead and along the bridge of the nose can be fabulous on a fashion shoot, where everything is controlled, but on a bride can often look like greasy skin.

Avoid glitter completely.

6. Too Much Dark Drama On The Eyes.
Black liner and black shadow are a no-no for brides. Black liner grabs the light and makes you look like you are squinting in all your pictures. If it doesn’t shut your eye down in the outdoor light it becomes the main focus on your face, and you see the liner before you see the girl. Opt for dark espresso browns and deep moody purples instead. They will give you the accent you are looking for without closing your eye down.

Even if you can make black shadow look fabulous in the makeup chair, wedding makeup has to last 10 to 12 hours at least, and black shadow as it wears in can make you look heavy and tired under the eye, and can make your eyes look like they have sucked in to the back of your skull.

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7. Lashes That Are Too Big.
Back to the outdoor light – lashes can act like awnings hanging over your under eye, creating big shadows that make you look tired and haunted. They can also be too dense at the lash line, making you look squinty in your pictures. Be careful with strip lashes if you are not used to wearing them. Tears can weaken the glue in the inner corners of the lash, making them lift away and look crazy.

8. Foundation Mis-match.
Your foundation needs to match your skin, not only in depth of color, but also in undertone. Your makeup artist needs to know if you are a cool tone or a warm tone, and needs to have a solid grasp on color theory, so that they can build you a perfect color. Once your perfect shade is created it needs to be applied in a sheer and even veil. Thick, chunky foundation looks awful, especially in the daylight. It should look like perfect flawless skin, not thick, opaque makeup.

I just read on a Facebook pro makeup artist community page a post from someone bragging that they do 10 faces in 4 hours for weddings. That is only 24 minutes per person, which tells me some major steps are being missed, and my guess is the first missed step is going to be the creation of the perfect complexion.

See? We told you every single one of these tips is essential! Thank you Corinna for making sure brides don’t make these mistakes. Read Corinna’s 8 Bridal Beauty Blunders blog post right here.

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7
Aug
Girlfriend’s Getaway in Sedona at Amara Resort & Spa
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, favor and gift ideas, Sedona

As a gal planning a wedding, you’ve probably asked your bridesmaids and girlfriends to be generous with their time and creativity (not to mention all the hard labor involved)- they ARE your besties after all! While assisting you, they’ve definitely earned some time off so show them the perks of being your friend by inviting them to a girlfriend’s getaway!

Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa, located in Sedona, offers an ideal girlfriends getaway that boasts picturesque red rock scenery, luxurious spa treatments, specialty craft cocktails and signature dishes, plenty of on-site amenities and countless outdoor activities that are perfect for bonding with your closest girlfriends.

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Here are a few of the things you can look forward to during your escape (many of the perks are complimentary!): 
  • Start the day with complimentary morning yoga.
  • Enjoy complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the living room.
  • Soak in the sunshine at the resort’s negative-edge infinity pool that’s in the shadow of Cleopatra Red Rock Formation and the much-loved Snoopy Rock (both are in perfect view from the private cabanas).
  • Amara‘s concierge can book custom day-trips for girlfriend groups including hiking, mountain bike riding, wine tasting and off-road excursions, to name a few.
  • Take a bike ride around Uptown Sedona for shopping on Amara‘s complimentary bikes (or use the complimentary shuttle that drops off up to 1-mile from the resort). 
  • Unwind during complimentary Wine Hour in the living room from 5pm – 6pm.

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  • Enjoy dinner and craft margaritas under the stars at the resort’s SaltRock Kitchen, which has earned rave reviews.
  • Plan to join Stargazing & S’mores on Friday and Saturday nights where a local astronomy expert is on-hand to guide guests through the solar system with iPads. Complimentary s’mores kits and blankets are provided. 
  • Book a spa day and experience treatments that embrace the natural and spiritual elements of Sedona like sage smudging, chakra balancing, Native American rattles, local mud and crystal healing.

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Amara’s intimate, boutique resort combines modern design with Arizona’s comfortable, laid-back lifestyle, provides endless views of the majestic red rocks, and sits nestled along Oak Creek amongst lush foliage, all within walking distance of Sedona’s uptown district…The scenic property, paired with the calming energy of Sedona, offers girlfriends of all ages an opportunity to reconnect, bond and enjoy one another’s company while creating lasting memories.

For more information about Amara Resort & Spa and to book your getaway, visit www.amararesort.com or call 928-282-4828

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