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As wedding planners, we know first hand that narrowing down the guest list is no easy task for a couple. By the time an invitation reaches it’s recipient, hours upon hours have been poured into deciding who will receive an invitation and who doesn’t quite make the cut. Basically, if you are the recipient of an invitation, you have a very coveted golden ticket! While responding to an invitation is a pretty simple thing, here are a few etiquette basics we want to share!

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During the wedding planning process there are so many decisions to be made that a point comes where many brides reach their decision making limit. The venue is booked, the guest list is narrowed down, and of course the perfect dress is picked out…then there’s a great big choice that needs to be made, what’s for dinner?

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As wedding planners, we have noticed there are two very distinct types of brides, the ones who have had their wedding all planned out on Pinterest since before they got engaged and then the polar opposite who has had no interest in using Pinterest for anything wedding related.

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Men’s fashion has recently become all the rage.  Men no longer are limited with their wedding fashion options, they now have tons of choices when it comes to formal attire.  We first started seeing men care more about what they would be wearing around the time when different options started to become available for them.  As wedding planners, when we would meet with our couples and discuss the guys’ attire, we began to see these fashion options expanding with the use of trendy patterned or colored socks.  We then started noticing a couple different options in tux and suit color choices, tan being one of the first alternatives to traditional black, with grey shortly following.  Recently, navy blue has hit the men’s formal attire fashion scene in a huge way and even more recent, the ever so popular burgundy color has made it’s way into men’s suites.  We are so impressed with the variations and absolutely love working with the grooms and groomsmen who get just as excited about what they will be wearing on their wedding day as their bride does:)  Check out one of our recent grooms, who sported an iridescent burgundy suit.  His look was complimented by guests so much throughout the evening, almost just as much as his stunning bride’s was:

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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.

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Fresh floral necklaces and other floral accents have become a unique and popular trend these days.  Now, we all know about Hawaiian Leis but, this doesn’t even begin to compare to the many different ways flowers can be used as accessories for your wedding day.  As wedding planners, it is our job to keep up with the latest and greatest in the wedding world, but to be honest, we didn’t know much about these styles until recently!  Once we started looking into them more, we feel in love!  If done the right way, this could be a perfect way to substitute for a bouquet or even use as an addition to the traditional bouquet.  Florists, no doubtably will be up for the challenge to create such unique pieces.

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There is always a whole lot of controversy over understanding who to invite and who not to invite to your wedding, let alone trying to decide who gets to include a “plus one” and who doesn’t.  Essentially, it is whole heartedly up to the couple who gets invited to their wedding but be aware that there are some factors to take into consideration when making this decision.  As wedding planners, we have come across a few different stories recently and as a result, thought it might be necessary to add a little light to the situation.

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When the time comes to create a wedding registry, you probably already have a whole list of things you have had your eye on that you can’t wait to get. You’ll register for that dinnerware set from Crate and Barrel that will be absolutely perfect for when you have the in-laws over for the holidays, that all-clad cookware from Williams Sonoma that is way better than the mix and match “set” you have now, and of course there’s that bedding from Pottery Barn that you just have to have! You know where the best places for those kind of items are, but what about things such as vacuums and irons or even all of those kitchen gadgets like coffeemakers and KitchenAids?

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When trying to find the absolute perfect pair of shoes for your wedding day things can get pretty overwhelming. Style, color, heel height, and comfort are only the beginning of things to consider!

Then there’s one of the biggest factors, price.

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The time has come!  You have finally found that special someone who still gives you butterflies after the initial dating phase has passed.  This person is still the first one on your mind when you wake up and the very last one to cross your mind right before you fall asleep.  Could it be?  Could you have finally found your other half, your soul mate, the person you will spend the rest of your life with?

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