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Last Sunday we had such a great time at the Phoenix Bridal Show at the Hotel Sheraton in downtown Phoenix.  It was our very first experience as a vendor in this show, however, we really enjoyed seeing all of the excited brides-to-be with all of their bridesmaids, parents and fiancés.  Over 500 brides-to-be crowded into the ballroom space where they came to meet with vendors from all across the industry.  There were travel agents, DJs, caterers, bakers, florists, dress/clothing retailers, wedding planners and many many more.  We were so lucky because we were surrounded by all of our friends in the industry!  We were next to Tina with Pixy Cakes, who makes some of the best tasting and looking cakes and desserts in the valley, across from Julie with JuJu’s Tutus, who custom creates flower girl dresses and accessories, and down the aisle from Dave with Pour Masters, our favorite industry bar tending service, and Eric with Got You Covered, who has a team of super talented DJs that always put on an amazing show for every wedding.

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BTS Event Management, Scottsdale Wedding Planner

Photo by: Ben & Kelly Photography

When we were approached recently by Kelly from Ben and Kelly Photography to write a blog, it made most sense.  She wanted us to blog about the importance of having a photo list.  Now, most of you might be like, what is a photo list and so I will explain.  When planning your wedding and all the details that are included, the very last thing that the Bride or Groom thinks about is what photos they want to make sure are captured and with who – isn’t that the photographers job?  Well yes, but they don’t know who your great grandmother is and what Aunt Suzie or Uncle Jim look like.   As wedding planners, and essentially bystanders of the entire process – we see it becoming more and more important to help with the flow of the day.

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Chris and I just sent out our Save the Dates!  How exciting!  Seems like it is just another step in the process but to me surprisingly, it is pretty exciting.  I enlisted one of my bridesmaids and best friends, Erin to help me create them.  Erin is an Art Director for a ad agency in Philadelphia and is also starting her own Photography and Graphic Design company, Grace & Ardor Co..  Of course, I had no other thought than to use her great skills and creativity.  She gets me, my style and what I am looking for really well!

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BTSEventManagement_WeddingPlanners_LakePowellThis past week, we were able to experience something absolutely breathtaking.   A place that we only knew of by name and had no real connection to.  Those that know of it, know of the beauty and serenity.  They know about the peaks and the valley’s, the highs and the lows.  The place that I am talking about is none other than Antelope Point Marina – the tourist location of the enormous, man made lake – Lake Powell.  First built in 1963, the lake spans over 108,000 square miles in area.  We saw less than a quarter of the lake on our visit.  IT IS HUGE!!!

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How fun are getting engagement photos!?  Well, while most of you may think that engagement photos are really fun and exciting, others might totally disagree.  The truth of the story is, for me, it was extremely stressful, even as a wedding planner.  Thinking about where to take the pictures, what to wear, how to do my hair, if I need to get my makeup done, how clean my house was, etc., etc., etc..  it became a complete mind game.  That was my thought process prior to the start of the day and to be honest, I really wasn’t looking forward to them at all.  Afterwards however, when it was all said and done, it was a completely different story.  See, the pictures represent me and my fiancé, Chris.  They represent the love we share with each other and how simple and easy it is to be together.  Chris and I had a great time and we really enjoyed the company of Mike as well.  We laughed, we joked, we probably got mad at each other (I saw it on his face in one picture) but we were completely us and that is exactly what I wanted this whole day to be about.  Although my initial feelings were a bit all over the place, at the end of the day, the pictures came out amazing and I couldn’t be happier.  If there is one tip that I could offer anyone about to take their pictures, it would be this: just be you.  Be as normal, as silly, as serious or as goofy as you are together when no one is watching.  That, in itself, will make the experience unforgettable.

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Meeting with a wedding planner can be a little scary and unpredictable at first.  Typically, one doesn’t really know how to feel going into the meeting.  The initial meeting will always feel more like an interview than anything.  The most important part as a bride or groom talking to the planner to be is to feel extremely comfortable knowing that this person can handle one of the most important days in life.  From a planner’s perspective, there are a few things that we want to share to help the process go a little easier.

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Going dress shopping is always fun and exciting, right?  Well, yes!  But of course it can be super stressful as well.  Dress designs, styles, shapes, colors, etc. are limitless and you can try on as many dresses as humanly possible.  For me, trying on dresses was very exciting however, I didn’t go into it limiting myself to anything in particular.  Naturally, I knew what I felt I would like best, and I also knew what I felt I wouldn’t like at all but, like the shows, planners and stylists say – more times than not, a bride goes into trying on dresses with one thing in mind and ends up loving the complete opposite!

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For the past two years, Classic Party Rentals (Christian Miorin) teamed up with J Barry Designs (Jessica Barry) and Phoenix NACE to put together one of the most fun industry events – Rock the Warehouse.  This year, we were charged up and ready for battle.  Let me give you a little direction about what the event really is about.  8 designers from across the Phoenix Valley get together with a team to bring our their best creativity

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Blush flower girl 13Flower girls are always adorable!  There is just something about a tiny little lady in a beautiful dress or gown that just always makes us smile!  We love finding the perfect flower girl dresses and accessories for our brides.  Lately we have been super drawn to all things blush.   The dresses, the sashes, the shoes, the baskets, the crowns, etc… you name it, we love it in blush:)  We have a flower girl board on our pinterest page that you should definitely check out, especially if you are in the market for some pretty inspiration for your flower girl attire and accessories.  Click the link here: Flower Girl to see more.

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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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