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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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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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1
Apr
Online Wedding Registry from Snowe
categories: favor and gift ideas, Tips and Advice, Wedding Resources

As a couple planning a wedding, you’ll need to consider what to add to your wedding registry because even if you REALLY only want cash, you know that some of your guests aren’t comfortable with that plan. Your choices then become: A. register for at least a few items that you really want or B. risk getting a random gift that you’ll never use from a well-meaning gift giver. If you agree that registering for things you really want is the best option, then let us tell you about Snowe!

Snowe, which just recently launched it’s wedding registry, is a home essentials company that simplifies the process of finding luxury-level housewares. The first thing we noticed, and really liked, about the site is how Snowe organizes their products into 4 categories- Eat, Drink, Sleep and Bathe, making it an ideal one-stop-shop for everything you’ll need for your newlywed nest. 

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Snowe’s kitchen, bath, bed and homewares come in classic ivory, white and grey tones, offering Limoges porcelain serveware, Titanium-fired glassware, and Italian-made linens, each made of the same quality as many familiar, luxury brands, offered in one destination.

Bundles and Gifts are also available so you can stock your wedding registry with individual pieces or larger groupings- either way, the result is you getting a beautiful start to your new home or a refresh to your current home!

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We love the names of these candles!

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There are a few notable perks of completing your wedding registry on Snowe- the registry offers an expert guide so you’re not flying solo when you begin choosing your items and you can opt to receive your gifts immediately or put them on hold until you’re ready for them (so if you’re going on a honeymoon or moving shortly after you get married, you don’t have to deal with the gifts until the time is right) PLUS, Snowe offers a “thank you manager”, easy returns and exchanges, and a post-wedding discount.

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This is the “Complete Home Bundle”- add it to your wedding registry and you’ll be golden!

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To learn more about Snowe and to get your wedding registry started, click here!

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1
Mar
Arizona Wedding Planning | Wedding Expo Inspiration
categories: floral inspiration, reception ideas, Trends, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

As a couple planning your wedding in Arizona, you have so many options when it comes to wedding expos, open houses, wedding “bootcamps” and bridal shows- the plethora of options makes Arizona wedding planning easier (or more fun) than ever!

We recently attended the Arizona Bridal Show and Wedding Expo (formerly known as the Bridal Fashion Debut) and our booth was pretty gorgeous so we thought we would share some of the wedding inspiration with you!

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The focal point was the sweetheart table draped in gorgeous linens from Classic Party Rentals but we also had other tables and seating from Glamour and Woods for added ambiance; creative floral designs by Butterfly Petals and styling by Apropros Creations made it a stand out booth. Brides, grooms and friends and family of those brides and grooms all commented on it and we couldn’t have been prouder!

Our Senior Sales Manager Kristen Butler and Publisher Fran Samuel were there all day and they had a blast talking to couples, handing out the newest issue of our magazine, and chatting it up with the other vendors at the show.

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Of course we had plenty of copies of our magazine to give out the day of the show but you can pick up your own copy at any of these locations if you missed it.

Time and again, brides and grooms tell us at these wedding expos and bridal shows that their Arizona wedding planning started with us and we can’t even tell you how much that means to us. It’s why we do what we do!

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We couldn’t have done this without our uber-talented team of Elite Circle vendors! Not only do these people make our lives more beautiful and stylish, they can make your Arizona wedding planning experience amazing…

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Booth Design: Apropos Creations :: Photography: Fully Alive Photography :: Chairs & Side Table: Glamour & Woods :: Floral: Butterfly Petals :: Table Settings, Wood Tables, Linen: Classic Party Rentals Phoenix

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

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We know you can’t attend all of the events happening around town but you’ll probably be able to put quite a few on your calendar if you plan ahead. Visit our Wedding Expos and Event Dates web page so you know what’s coming up and follow us on Facebook for up to the minute event announcements.

Fully Alive Photography wrote the loveliest blog post about us and this booth in particular- please click here to read it!

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5
Jan
8 Tips for Having Kids at Weddings
categories: for your ceremony, photography, reception ideas, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration

Kids at weddings- it’s one of those wedding planning topics that elicits really strong opinions. Some people think no wedding would be complete without entire families present and some people think weddings should be 100% adult affairs only. Clearly, no matter what you do, you’re not going to make everyone happy (this should already be your mantra, especially if you’re planning a wedding!) so if you want to allow kids at your wedding, follow our 8 Tips For Having Kids at Weddings and you’ll find your kid-friendly happy place!

Tips for Having Kids at Weddings #1: Keep your sense of humor. This applies to every part of your wedding day but especially when kids are included. They will be funny, they will be noisy, they will be adorable, and they will be unpredictable.

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(Photo: Katrina Wallace Photographers)

Tips for Having Kids at Weddings #2: Share your itinerary ahead of time with all guests who plan to bring children. If parents know the timeline, they can prepare little ones as far as naps, meals, toys, etc.

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(Photo: Fully Alive Photography)

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

Tips for Having Kids at Weddings #3: Enlist some help for picture time and during the ceremony- grandparents, older kids, and even a trusted babysitter should be given the heads up to jump in and help with younger kids during picture time or the ceremony especially if the child’s parent(s) are in the bridal party.

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(Photo: Fully Alive Photography)

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(Photo: Katrina Wallace Photographers)

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(Photo: Ben & Kelly Photography)

Tips for Having Kids at Weddings #4: Make quiet toys/activities readily available during the ceremony (hit up the dollar store for coloring books, small squishy balls, bubbles, etc.); lollipops or some other kid-friendly treat can serve as amazing distractions. And let’s face it, kids LOVE treats.

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(Photo: DePoy Studios)

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(Photo: Eyes 2 See Photography)

Tips for Having Kids at Weddings #5: Give the kids a responsibility. Most often this takes the form of a flower girl or ring bearer but if there are many kids attending, give them disposable cameras and ask them to be your photographers (after the ceremony of course) throughout the day. They’ll love this task and you will get a unique perspective on your wedding day!

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(Photo: Holley Photography)

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

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(Photo: Fully Alive Photography)

Tips for Having Kids at Weddings #6: Kid friendly food at the cocktail hour and reception are a thoughtful touch and will make everyone happy. Have you seen a kid being forced to eat a food they’ve never eaten? It’s not pretty or quiet!

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

Tips for Having Kids at Weddings #7: Provide kid-friendly favors at the reception tables and/or favor table. Again, head to the dollar store and get buckets that you can fill with all kinds of activities- cards, crafts, etc. are all relatively easy for kids to do on their own and will keep them busy all night. And if you really want to make them happy, Legos are always a hit (durable, no noises, no batteries). Just make sure that whatever you get is age appropriate.

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

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(Photo: Katrina Wallace Photographers)

Tips for Having Kids at Weddings #8: To win the “Best Couple” award among the parents attending your wedding,hire a company to set up a game room or bring in a game truck for older kids. Kids can play video games for HOURS. You could also have a room adjacent to the reception area designed as a kids dance party room or entertainment room that has a magician, balloon expert or face painter! For bonus points, hire a professional sitting service to watch kids and monitor them while they sleep.

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(Photo: Eyes 2 See Photography)

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(Photo: Katrina Wallace Photographers)

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(Photo: Ben & Kelly Photography)

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(Photo: Katrina Wallace Photographers)

Finally, just remember that even if you follow all of our tips for having kids at weddings, kids will be kids and while that could mean a cranky toddler squirming during your vows, it could also mean a completely charming toddler stealing the spotlight on the dance floor. Either way, if you allow kids at your wedding, you’ll be entertained and most guests will love that multiple generations get to celebrate with you!

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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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