Black Tie Market

If there is anyone that loves to support a local company here in Phoenix, it is definitely us!  Recently, we got the absolute pleasure of meeting with Black Tie Market to talk about their products.  Not only did we become instantly obsessed but, we can’t stop raving about them.  Black Tie Market is owned and operated by two very lovely ladies, Amber and Nina.  When we say lovely ladies, we really mean lovely ladies – they were the sweetest and most humble people we have met in a long time.  So, let’s get into their product!

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Don’t get me wrong, this next post is not to be negative in anyway but, the frustration that I have felt in the last 2 months as a new bride to be is real.  Frustrated Bride, BTS Event Management, Wedding Planner, Arizona, Scottsdale, PhoenixEvery single detail, and I mean EVERY single detail, consistently crosses my mind and comes up and then goes away daily.   I keep getting the questions, “It’s probably really easy to plan your wedding since you are a planner, right?”  And “How is planning going?”  Truth be told, the planning process is just as hard as not having any idea about wedding planning.  See, I don’t have a planner, other than Trista, and of course we have our other weddings to worry about so I don’t like to vent a whole lot about our planning process but, the stress and frustration that a new bride goes through during the planning process can really get the best of you.  (Usually I have to break in the middle of our work day and just let it out!)

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As you may have read from one of our previous posts, accepting the role as a bridesmaid/groomsmen is a pretty big commitment.  BTS Event Management, Alex Bridal Party, AZ Wedding Planner, Scottsdale Wedding PlannerSo, when considering who Chris and I would ask –  we really wanted it to be special and not an obligation.  Also, we didn’t want to have an extremely large wedding party.  I feel like sometimes a large wedding party just gets to be too much and then you don’t really know where to draw the line.

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IMG_7310   Recently, we were invited to be a preferred vendor at the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ.  This is a huge honor being as we were 1 of only 2 planners who were hand picked by this elite venue to be apart of their weddings and events.  The MIM hosted an open house for newly engaged couples who are on the hunt for the perfect venue.  BTS, alongside many other talented vendors, set up areas to show off their skills.  There were tons of happy couples who came through to check out a fun night filled with live music, good food and cold beverages.

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Hello there!  In August, we participated in Phoenix NACE’s Tantalizing Table event where we were able to create a table design that was both fun and exciting!  This was such a blast for us and we couldn’t have been more thrilled about how it turned out to be.  Inspired by a piece of fabric from a local Hobby Lobby, we were really able to bring out an exciting tablescape.

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AlexHappy Monday! To kick start this week off, I am going to do a quick intro into BTS’s newest team member, me! Yes, you heard it right, today is my very first blog for BTS and I couldn’t be more thrilled!!

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Brides: Will you be hosting your wedding date during these beautiful, but warm, springtime months? We recently encountered a solution to the sunny blues that you may have- parasols! Not only are they elegant and classy, but they can shade guests and also work as a unique element to your theme. Parasols By Design recently released a new line of custom designed, handmade parasols that are made especially for weddings and events.

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The Engagement Party

Traditionally, the bride’s parents (although anyone can host) will throw an engagement party for their daughter and her husband-to-be, for the intention of welcoming him and introducing friends and extended family to the groom and his family and friends. Although this isn’t required, it can be a great way to get future wedding guests together to establish a rapport before the event — familiar faces always make for a more convivial affair.


The Rehearsal Dinner

Both the groom’s parents traditionally organize (and pay for) the rehearsal dinner. This can range in size from a small occasion for members of the wedding party only to a grand soiree (never to outdo the wedding, of course) that includes half or more of the wedding guests. But they should never be expected to pay for a larger event than they are comfortable with.

Traditional Roles for the Bride and Her FamilyThe bride and her family are responsible for all planning expenses, the bride’s attire, all floral arrangements, transportation on the wedding day, photo and video fees, travel and lodgings for the officiant if he/she comes from out of town, lodging for the bridesmaids, and all the expenses of the reception. The bride personally pays for the flowers and gifts for her attendants, the groom’s ring, and a present for him.

Traditional Roles for the Groom and His FamilyThe groom’s family is responsible for corsages and boutonnieres for immediate members of both families, the lodging of the groom’s attendants, and sometimes the costs of the rehearsal dinner. The groom is traditionally expected to pay for the marriage license and officiant’s fees, and buy the bouquet for his bride, as well as her engagement and wedding rings and a gift; he should also purchase gifts and boutonnieres for his attendants. The honeymoon expenses are classically his, as the head of his new household.


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With your wedding approaching rapidly it is time to start to focusing on the little details that are crucial to your look. One of those details is your hairstyle!  The more you know what you want, the more relaxed you will be on your big day.  We always recommend doing a trial run with your stylist about 2-3 months before the wedding to make sure the style you want works with your hair.  With so many different styles and up-dos to choose from, it can get a little overwhelming.  Below are three categories of bridal hairstyles we love!  This will help you narrow down your options and pick the best style for you:

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New colors we love seeing together for weddings are gray and yellow!  We have seen this color scheme for a little while now, but it hasn’t been one of the top picks.  Lately we have been seeing it more and more.  We think this is going to continue to grow in popularity because it is fitting for every season.  Depending on the shades of these colors, this scheme can alternate between cool and warm colors.  Tell us what you think!

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