Being a wedding planner in Scottsdale, AZ, we often service couples from all over the country and world. Scottsdale always makes the top ten wedding destination location list because of it’s unique desert landscape, incredible mountain views, and very comfortable weather for about 9 months out of the year. We love working with couples from out of town, when they are planning their weddings out here, but we also really love when we get to work in other parts of the country and world as destination wedding planners. Recently we coordinated and designed a wedding in Hawaii and we have been dying to tell you all about it!
When it comes to weddings, guests will travel near and far to celebrate the people they love. What better way to show your appreciation for all of their travels than by having a little welcome gift all wrapped up and awaiting their arrival! If you want to have a killer bag your guests will love, follow these guidelines and there’s no way they’ll be anything less than fabulous!
We received a phone call from a wonderful couple, who’s names are Lily and Brian, about eight months prior to their wedding date. They lived in California and were planning a destination wedding in Scottsdale, AZ at the Phoenician Resort. Instinctually, they knew they needed a wedding planner to alleviate some of their wedding planning stress that all couples get, especially when planning from afar. I had a great time speaking with them and learning what they had in mind for their wedding. They were extremely organized and had an incredibly detailed and accurate budget created right from the beginning. As a wedding planner, I can not stress enough how important it is to create a budget or have your wedding planner create a budget for your wedding very early on. This helps every couple stay on track and allows the bride and groom to make smart choices for what they really need/want on their wedding day. This also helps determine guest count and how many people you are able to invite to your wedding with out going over budget.
Being wedding planners, based in a hugely popular destination wedding city, Scottsdale, Arizona, we often work with brides who are traveling from other states and countries to have their weddings here in sunny AZ. Some of the most popular questions we get from our destination brides are, “Should I purchase my dress where I live or where I’m getting married?” or “I bought my dress where I live, what is the best way to get it to where I’m getting married?” Due to a recent situation we encountered with a bride, we decided to write about this topic.
Recently, Alex and I had the privilege of beating this super hot Phoenix heat, and driving up north to Sedona to check out one of the most beautiful wedding venues, L’auberge de Sedona. We have a few weddings taking place there in 2016 so we wanted to make sure we were nice and familiar with the area. We took a few pictures and measurements of some of the outdoor areas so we could get our wedding planning and wedding designs in order.
Almost 1 year ago, we were setting up for a wedding at The Phoenician when a lovely lady and her father peaked into the room. Turns out they were venue shopping for the bride’s upcoming wedding. The bride lived in Los Angeles and was only in town for a small amount of time. I took a break from set up and spoke with them for a bit. I talked to the bride-to-be, Suzanne, about what she wanted her destination to be like. She told be some awesome descriptions of a beautiful fairytale wedding she was envisioning. My mind immediately started brainstorming the perfect design concepts for this wedding. I had to get back to work so I gave them each one of my business cards and was totally hoping I would hear from her again. A few days later, Suzanne contacted me and we set up a time to talk on the phone in more detail about her wedding. She had toured a few properties around Scottsdale and was torn between a few of them. This is all very common. Choosing the right venue is a stressful part of the planning because it determines so much about the wedding. There are a lot of things to take into consideration like, pricing, food and beverage minimums, what is all included, end times, service fees, taxes….the list goes on and on. After deliberating a bit more, Suzanne decided to go with The Phoenician and we began planning and designing! After a few conversations, I was really able to pin-point Suzanne’s style. She is very romantic and feminine. She loves the color blush and really loved sequins linens. We shared photos on Pinterest and had a great collaborative effort on the entire design of her wedding. Suzanne was able to come out to Scottsdale a couple of times before the wedding, which was great. We scheduled her tasting and did a mock up of her flowers and finalized a lot of the details and design ideas in person. During these meetings, I got to know her a bit more. I found out she is a dedicated ballerina and practices quite often. I also found out that her fiancé was in a rock band and had tons of tattoos. I thought to myself, a ballerina and a rocker….what on earth could make for a better couple? The big day finally arrived and it was absolutely perfect. It was literally a fairytale in every aspect. This couple had amazing family and friends and everyone seemed to really enjoy the evening. Check out these beautiful moments captured by the super talented, Ben and Kelly Photography:
Most of our grooms enjoy a little golf the day of the wedding, but never have we met a gentleman so enthused about the sport. We are referring to the groom, Tanner, pictured in this wedding. Tanner loves the sport of golf and his beautiful Dayna did not mind incorporating some golf details into their fabulous wedding, which took place at Desert Mountain Country Club, looking out on to their amazing green. Dayna and Tanner lived out of stated and picked Desert Mountain for their destination wedding venue, based on the incredible golf course. This couple made 2 trips out to Scottsdale and we loved every minute of the time we spent with them during their vendor meetings. Here are some lovely details from their wedding, courtesy of This Girl Nicole Photography:
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.
From our very first meeting with Desirae and John at The Café and Ice Cream Parlor, I knew we were a perfect match for their “tone on tone” Greek wedding. The bride, Desirae, new exactly what she wanted for her special day, down to the tinniest detail. She wanted her wedding to be all neutral colors and described her color palette as “tone on tone”. She had a wonderful vision and her soon to be hubby, was just as clear about the things he wanted incorporated as well. After a few months of planning, their big day was finally here. Desirae and John live in Canada and flew out a few days prior to their wedding. Desirae was so excited to see what we had in store for the design on her wedding. We remember John cracking a joke by saying something along the lines of: “Don’t get too excited, you haven’t even seen what they’ve done yet”. Desirae replied back with, “I don’t have to, I just know everything will be exactly how I want it”. This was such a memorable comment. I couldn’t be more grateful to be apart of such an important day for these two. I will forever be thankful to know that they put so much trust and faith in us to make their wedding dreams come true. Here are some of our favorite shots, from Ben and Kelly Photography, of their wedding day: