Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Serendipity is looking for a needle in a haystack...
and finding the farmer's son.
-Julius Comroe, Jr.


There is important, pertinent information to new brides in the first few blog posts...  they are permanent where they are.


Someone let me know that they're having a difficult time navigating through my blog because it looks like it never gets updated.  It does get updated quite frequently, but when I send a new bride to my blog, she needs to know the stuff to actually MAKE her wedding happen prior to her hiring me to help make her dreams come true... ;)

hey! hey! come see...come see!!!

Welcome to my blog!
I feel like I need to add this header just above
the most beautiful picture of a PERFECT marriage, {see next post}
so that you understand how to navigate your way through it!
{When I first started I was only going to feature weddings that I've decorated and let this blog serve as a vehicle for my Bride2B to see what I have and my flavor. Now I see a need to add some of my fave vendors/venues in our area, some hints 'n tips to making your planning easier, some of my fave food ideas, etc., etc.,...quite honestly - anything I come across that I think will make it easier and CUTER for my brides, I hope to post it.
And, of course, I'll post all the weddings I design, too! }
{wink! wink!}
You have two options to look through this blog...the quick way would be to look up under the chandelier heading where you'll see "HOME" "FAVE VENDORS" "REAL WEDDINGS/RECEPTIONS" & "LINENS" & click on what you're looking for...or sit down and stay awhile and check out my blog ...I've had a super fun time creating it!
I love to watch the bride & groom at their own receptions! They're so happy! Stealing little glances all night long, nearly inseparable, tiny kisses here and there - and sometimes BIG KISSES! Quite honestly, by the time the party finally gets here, all the fussing and stresss goes out the window and all they can see is each other...isn't that how it's supposed to be?

My advice: there's lots to fuss and worry about...things get in the way and thrown at you all the time, little things turn into big things... remember to focus on each other...this is the happily ever after I'm dreaming of!

Congratulations your Engaged!...Now what???

You’ve dreamed about the day
he would propose.
You knew you would say yes!
You’re thrilled, the ring is beautiful, and it's time…
time to start planning!
For some brides-to-be, planning is an exciting next step.
For others, the thought can be a bit overwhelming.

So, to get you started off right, I've searched some of my fave sites and pulled together some of my favorite planning resources from around the web:
Getting started:
*common pitfalls to avoid: http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-budget/articles/10-most-common-wedding-planning-mistakes.aspx
*a guide to wedding lingo: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/planning/wedding-lingo-cheat-sheet-10000001707653/index.html

The details:
*wedding budget worksheet: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/budget/wedding-budget-worksheet-00000000009135/index.html
*most common overlooked costs: http://weddings.weddingchannel.com/wedding-planning-ideas/wedding-budget/qa/which-expenses-are-often-overlooked-when-setting-a-budget.aspx

Fashion & Decor:
*wedding colors: http://weddings.weddingchannel.com/wedding-planning-ideas/wedding-colors.aspx?MsdVisit=1
*everything wedding dress: http://weddings.weddingchannel.com/wedding-planning-ideas/wedding-fashion.aspx
*20 ?s to ask your florist: http://weddings.ivillage.com/receptions/vendors/0,,bxljqnnz,00.html

Ceremony Planning:
*?s to ask your photographer: http://weddings.about.com/cs/photographer/a/photography.htm
*transportation basics: http://weddings.about.com/cs/bridesandgrooms/a/transportation.htm
*ceremony seating: http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-ceremony/articles/wedding-ceremony-seating-basics.aspx
*guide to writing wedding vows: http://weddings.weddingchannel.com/wedding-planning-ideas/wedding-ceremony-ideas/articles/writing-your-own-vows.aspx

Reception Planning:
*playlist suggestions: http://www.brides.com/planning/music/feature/article/157836/
*music basics: http://www.brides.com/planning/music/guide/getting_started/
*wedding wine & liquor calculator: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/wedding-wine-liquor-calculator-00000000008314/index.html
*menu planning: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/cakes-catering/how-plan-wedding-reception-menu-10000001706524/index.html
*reception decor: http://weddings.weddingchannel.com/wedding-planning-ideas/wedding-reception-ideas.aspx
*finding your cake style: http://www.brides.com/planning/cakes/findyourstyle/landing/

After you've visited the above sites,
and you have a general idea of what you're looking for...
don't let yourself get to the "STRESSED OUT"
place of this funny cartoon!!
Call me!
Trust me, you'll want to enjoy EVERY single minute of this time in your life!
Let's plan your perfect day together!

Monday, December 30, 2013

the Marriage License

Where do I go to get a marriage license in the Phoenix-metro area...
{Maricopa County}
and how much does it cost?
Here's a link to the webpage that Maricopa County uses to guide all the 'nearly' newlyweds through:

The fee for a marraige license is $72 payable by cash or check w/a driver's license or bank guarantee card or credit card.  If you're purchasing a license at the Justice Courts, they accept checks, money orders or cashier checks.

A copy of a divorce decree is not required.  No blood test is required.  You'll be required to provide a government issued photo ID such as a driver's license to show proof of age and confirm identity.  You'll receive your marriage license and can be married on the same day you apply for it.  An unused marriage license expires one year from the date of purchase.  Both parties must be present to obtain a marriage license.

For further information call: 602.506.3360 or 602.506.2125

wedding vows...

this is it...in a nutshell.

Who Pays for What??

Wedding Planning, Wedding Decor, Invitations, Marriage License, Bridesmaids, Venue, Photographer, Florist, Videographer, Caterer, Make-up Artist, Hairstylist, Tuxedo Rentals, Travel, Officiant, Honeymoon Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Luncheon, Bartender, Reception...

OMGosh!... that's alot to think about! 
Here's a little checklist to help you figure out who pays for what on to make your big day awesome:
Pre-Wedding Parties
The bride's family covers the first engagement party;
(the groom's side can throw one of its own)
His side pays for the rehearsal dinner.

Each family may throw an engagement party;
(the bride's family can host the first one, if it likes)
anyone can host the rehearsal dinner-even an aunt.

The bride's family pays for every invitation, program and placecard - including the stamps.

The couple can pick up the tab, maybe choosing to DIY the Save-the-Dates or invites to save money.

The bride's parents take care of the music, venue fee, and aisle runner.  The groom covers the marriage license and officiant's fee.

If the wedding is being performed at one family's house of worship, that family covers the ceremony costs.  Otherwise, anyone can pay.

The bride's family pays for the big-ticket items like centerpieces.  The groom's side buys the bride's bouquet, boutonnieres and corsages.

All the flowers are paid for together, by the bride's or groom's side - or even by the couple themselves.

The bride's family pays to document the occassion.

One family pays for the photographer and the other for the videographer.  Or the couple hire the photographer and the families each buy their own prints and albums.

The bride's family picks up the entire tab, including food, drink, decor and music.

The groom's famil covers specifics like liquor or music; the bride's family pays for the rest.  Better:  Everyone pitches in according to what they want.

Hope that helps!
Happy planning!! ;)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

O'Gaffney Wedding...September, 2012

Where to start with this wedding?!
I got a call from the sweetest mom ever in need of some help...
I invited her over for a consult --
we clicked as friends, and we planned a wedding!

Ashley was soo fun to work with!
They had some ideas of their own, and we sprinkled some
of them throughout the centerpieces.
{Make sure you check out her homemade bouquet...
a fun, sentimental keepsake that will make you smile!}

I included this photo for two reasons...
1) can you see the volkswagon van?
Yes, it's a made out of LEGOS by her cute baby sister...
who wanted to give her something!  

And, 2) check out her honeymoon fund jar!  

Guests were given cards to write 
so sweet!
Ashley & Jeremy 
favors were dipped pretzels...
{I took 2! lol}

 ...and here it is!
Her bouquet!
She spent quite a lot of time making this!  
It's antique brooches...
some family heirlooms...
all have some significance in her life!
We made an "I SPY" card for people to 'spy' all the the brooches
that mean something to her...
{insert happy heart here}
Her 'guestbook' was NOT your average guestbook, either!
She found this canvas that says 'ASHLEY & JEREMY' all over it!
Fun, crazy...and a lover of music! 
{they're both studying music at school right now}
Guests used metallic sharpies to sign their names...
it will be a great piece of art for their new home!
Sweetheart table.
A family friend made the centerpiece
for her... candles with sheet music.

 Her colors were a pale/lemon yellow, coral and turquoise...
She made her mason jars with tea-stained doillies 
and old-fashioned buttons---

Her cake station...
My darling Melia Mason never disappoints 
w/beautiful {and tasty!} cakes for my brides!
I was thrilled to use my old cake boxes for the display!

 Her drink station was water...
and old bottles filled with milk...
sure to soothe your thirst after visiting a 
fully-stocked cookie bar!
Cookies were made by family friends w/age-old recipes.  
Each one was delicious in it's own right...but I took some of each!

We dressed the jars to match the theme!
Fun napkins... details matter ;)

Thank you, Ginger O'Gaffney 
for becoming my friend
and letting me help with Ashley's wedding!
{I wish I had a picture of your sassy converse that you all wore!}

Rustin & Kristen Pulver...October, 2012

Kristen Hoagland & Rustin Pulver
amaze me!

They met with me early in the summer...
they had the most fantastic backyard
{which happens to be a friend of mine, too!}
Candace & Mark Reeb
to decorate in.

They had definite ideas about music and tone...
and wanted the perfect vintage feel...
Check out her dress at the end of this post!
Oh, holy moley...
if I were to marry the Thriller again, 
I'd have to copy it!

This is soo funny!
Mark & Candace are avid hunters.  
They've hunted all over the world.
This is one of their trophys...
and because guests entered through the house,
we thought it was only appropriate we use him to block off
some of the house and direct guests out back...
Candace's home is amazing in it's own right.
I almost felt bad bringing in things to decorate it
because her things are so beautiful!
I think we did alright with the little we did in the home!
 A little entry/guest sign-in table and gift area
--which kept people from wandering down the halls, too.

Upon entering the home, beyond the 
entry foyer is an open courtyard.
The B&G stood in front of this outdoor fireplace.
We strung lights reminiscent of SWEET HOME ALABAMA
above to light it up... 
all florals were done by a family friend!
After visiting with the B&G, guests were greeted by an amazing food area...
mismatched plates and rolled napkins 
w/vintage silverware were waiting 
as you entered the backyard.  
Old suitcases served as the holding space for the silverware...
so darn cute!

 I loved the clipart I used on these tent cards describing the yummy
Tia Rosa's catered taco bar!  
Matched the party :)

 Old desk drawers and suitcases 
held chips for the salsa bar.
Vintage glass and antique card holders 
were the perfect touch to finish off this table.

We set two separate sets of lighting up 
because the backyard was so big.
Each set had a drink station, so the guests 
wouldn't be far from quenching their thirst.
Early October in AZ is still warm in day 
{low 100s}
but the nights are amazing!
Of course, 
mason jars & stripey straws 
were the beverage holder!  
 The other drink station...
The cake station...
Smore's bar...beautiful awning and old flower cart.
Now take a good look at this... the yard is 1/2 grass
and 1/2 regulation half sport court.  The bride desperately
wanted the basketball hoop covered up ---
no worries!  We made an awning and wa--laaa!
{smile, #kindaproud}

{What you can't see is the DJ area... Rustin loves Guy Pennacchio... 
he's a throwback Sinatra-like singer who does weddings occassionally.  
He's not only adorable, but can sing like a bird!  
Having him do 2 sets was a perfect addition to this party!}
 Photo station...

 Candy station...
{thank you Lori Crum-Flake for rocking my world with this!}

The head table... 
this love this sign!
Kristen's colors were mint green, coral... we added lots, and lots of burlap!
{and vintage fabrics in other colors!}

Burlap underlays w/taffeta ruffles topped 
w/antique lace runners and some whimsical coral polka dot?! 
What?!  yes, loved it, too!  
Florals were done by a family friend ;)

 An overview... we added doillies to the light strands 
for some added vintage drama...
The B&G left under a swirl of friends waving sparklers...
I can't get enough of them!
Thank you, cute Kristen & Rustin!
You made my night!
Your spunk & fun was a pleasure...
love this dress!