29
Jun
How to Find Your Tucson Wedding Venue
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, For Your Ceremony, Photography, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Planning your wedding begins with a date and a venue. If you don’t have those two things you simply don’t have a wedding, right?! Once you have a wedding date in mind, you’ll begin exploring wedding venues in the area (which can be super fun) but can also be overwhelming. See, Tucson has a serious reputation as a great place to get married so the large number of wedding venues in the area can lead to “too many choices paralysis”. Don’t worry though, today we’ve got the step-by-step guide for how to find your Tucson wedding venue!

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(JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa)

How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 1: Take a moment to dream. Finding your perfect wedding venue starts with a quiet place, your beloved and your imagination. Talk about the type of wedding you’re dreaming of. Is it romantic and intimate? Is it grand and adventurous? Maybe you want an outdoor wedding ceremony or a reception with a view. Perhaps you share a love of art and want a venue that reflects that or you adore the vintage style and want a venue with rich history. There are a great number of wedding venues available in Tucson so knowing what you want and don’t want helps immensely when discussing your options.

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(Photographer: Scott Rice Photography)

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(Photographer: Something Blue Photography)

How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 2: Discuss your budget and get a handle on your guest count. You don’t have to have a concrete number for either of these items but you must have a range that you’re planning to work with. You don’t want to waste your time fantasizing about a particular venue if their maximum number of guests is 75 and you expect to have no less than 150 attend. Similarly, if you tour a venue without doing your research, fall head over heels in love with it, and then discover your budget is way off the mark, you’ll be heartbroken. That’s no fun, is it? Be realistic and all will be well.

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(Location: The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, Photographer: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Location: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, Photographer: Oz Visuals)

How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 3: Choose a few wedding dates and a general area that will work for you. If you’re not flexible on your date, start the process of searching for your wedding venue very early (12 months at the very least) since popular dates book quickly. If you can be flexible with your date, you’ll have many more venue options available to you. Regarding location, if you know all your friends and family plan to stay or already live in the downtown Tucson area, you might want to reconsider booking a venue that’s far from downtown. Similarly, if your wedding weekend vision is for all of your friends and family to stay together in one place and be together the whole weekend, choose a venue that can accommodate all of your guests and provide you with activities throughout the weekend.

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(Location: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Photographer: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photographer: She.We Studio)

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(Location: Marriott Tucson University Park, Photographer: Chris Richards Photography)

How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 4: Explore our wedding reception site guide. We provide a comprehensive list of all wedding venues in the Tucson area and includes vital information such as contact info, maximum capacities, minimum costs, if there’s a ceremony site available, if you can use outside caterers and special features. Since the guide includes all the venues in the Tucson area, you’ll want to review it carefully. Feel free to write notes in it- we love that! Click here for a list of locations that distribute our magazine.

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography, Location: Stillwell House and Garden)

How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 5: Pick a wild card. You’ll definitely receive advice from well-meaning friends and family about where and when you should get married. It’s important to consider their experiences but choosing to tour a venue that isn’t what anyone expects you to consider can lead to a pleasant surprise. You may happen upon a place that you feel an instant connection with or a venue may have changed dramatically since your parents or friends were engaged and it could end up being your ideal venue.

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(Photographer: Chris Richards Photography, Location: Tucson Museum of Art)

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(Location: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, Photo: Steven Palm Photography)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography, Location: Hacienda Del Sol)

How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 6: Book tours and hit the open house circuit! Our website has 2 extremely important and helpful features: 1. You can search wedding venues right on our website and contact venues directly using our “Request information” feature and 2. We maintain an updated list of all the wedding shows and events in Tucson so you don’t miss a thing. Once you have your sights set on a few venues, set up appointments with each venue coordinator (at least 3) and have fun at the open houses and wedding expos you are able to attend BEFORE signing any contracts or paying a deposit.

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(Location: Skyline Country Club, Photographer: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Location: The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Location: Loews Ventana Canyon, Photographer: Something Blue Photography)

If all else fails, or you just simply do not want to choose your wedding venue on your own, hire an expert to guide you. Elite Circle wedding planners are experienced professionals and know the venues better than anyone else in Tucson. Their advice and recommendations should be all you need, leading you and your sweet to finding your perfect Tucson wedding venue. Here’s a peek at our Elite Circle wedding pros list (from our print magazine). You can also explore all of the Elite Circle vendors easily online.

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(Location: Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Photographer, cinematographer: She.we Studio)

Having lots of options isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it comes to finding your Tucson wedding venue because it means you’ll have plenty of places to consider for your “I do’s” but too many options can stop any couple in their tracks. Hopefully our advice gets you started down the right path and ends with the sweetest wedding day ever!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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22
Jun
Downtown Wedding Venues in Tucson: Hotel Congress and Maynard’s Market & Kitchen
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

When you’re planning your wedding, you want it all and you don’t want to hear the word “compromise”. We get it: you have big dreams and big plans. You know who else gets it? Hotel Congress and Maynard’s Market and Kitchen. These two downtown wedding venues in Tucson offer couples getting married so much more than you might think. Besides having a multitude of options regarding where you’ll say I Do, where you’ll party it up, and what you’ll nosh on (so you can party it up some more), they possess the one key factor you really need for your wedding: FUN!

Hotel Congress and Maynard’s Market and Kitchen are unique in that they are two distinct and historically rich wedding venues but they’re partners in the industry so if hip, edgy (Hotel Congress) AND intimate sophistication (Maynard’s Market and Kitchen) describe your wedding style, you can have it all. No compromises here!

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Hotel Congress’s indoor reception venue, Copper Hall, has tile floors, arched doorways, and floor to ceiling windows; this downtown wedding venue is made even more beautiful when the copper flecked walls shimmer from the light of candles and chandeliers. With Club Congress just steps away, guests are in for a night of celebration and revelry (plus, no one will have to leave the property at the end of the evening thanks to Hotel Congress’s charming hotel rooms!).

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Maynard’s Market and Kitchen, which is a former train depot, has the Drawing Room which is a private event space that boasts scenic mountain views and overlooks the bustling street below. The Drawing Room can host up to 50 people making it an intimate venue for dinner or the perfect spot for guests to have a post-wedding brunch.

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(Photo: SunStreet Photo)

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Maynard’s Plaza provides a sweet outdoor ceremony site and it’s quite common for couples to say “I do” in the plaza then stroll over to Hotel Congress for the reception (either venue can host cocktail hour). See? Both of these downtown wedding venues in Tucson can accommodate you, whatever your wedding needs are!

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(Photography: Melissa Holland Photography)

What do you see couples doing with the venue(s) as far as decor and design that you are really loving right now? Currently I am seeing lots of fun guest books like jenga and children’s books so they can read them to their kids and see all their friend’s and family’s wishes. I often have the “vintage bride”  who wants 1920’s décor along with a vintage bridal look!

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Photo booths are very popular right now along with something specific in the décor that tells their story. Recently, I had a groom that is a tattoo artist and they used my vintage ink well and his quill for their guest book. A nod to their life if you will!

The history of our businesses usually speaks to couples so we get lots of unique, creative people interested in us!

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(Photo: SunStreet Photo)

Are there currently any discounts/specials that we should let couples planning their weddings in Tucson know about? For summer 2017 weddings, we are featuring a night’s stay for the bride and groom upon booking their special day here!

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(Photo: SunStreet Photo, Cake: Ambrosia Cakery/Signature Cakes by Jaynie Rossi)

What is the best way for a couple to contact you for a tour/appointment? Please use our online event inquiry forms: Hotel Congress | Maynard’s Market and Kitchen

With all they have to offer, Hotel Congress and Maynard’s Market and Kitchen have become urban destinations for couples planning their weddings- schedule your tour soon!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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15
Jun
Introducing Snowe Online Wedding Registry
categories: Beyond the Wedding, favor and gift ideas, Stuff We Love!, Wedding Resources

As a couple planning a wedding, you’ll need to consider what to add to your wedding registry because even if you REALLY only want cash, you know that some of your guests aren’t comfortable with that approach. Your choices then become: A. register for at least a few items that you really want or B. risk getting a random gift that you’ll never use from a well-meaning gift giver. If you agree that registering for things you really want is the best option, then let us introduce you to Snowe, a very cool online wedding registry!

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Snowe, which just recently launched it’s online wedding registry, is a home essentials company that simplifies the process of finding luxury-level housewares. The first thing we noticed, and really liked, about the site is how Snowe organizes their products into 4 categories- Eat, Drink, Sleep and Bathe, making it an ideal one-stop-shop for everything you’ll need for your newlywed nest. 

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We love the names of these candles!

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Snowe’s kitchen, bath, bed and homewares come in classic ivory, white and grey tones, offering Limoges porcelain serveware, Titanium-fired glassware, and Italian-made linens, each made of the same quality as many familiar, luxury brands, offered in one destination.

Bundles and Gifts are available so you can stock your online wedding registry with individual pieces or larger groupings- either way, the result is you getting a beautiful start to your new home or a refresh to your current home. This is the “Complete Home Bundle”- add it to your online wedding registry and you’ll be golden!

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And here’s the Complete Sleep Bundle (they also have Drink and Bathe bundles)

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There are a few notable perks of completing your online wedding registry on Snowe- the registry offers an expert guide so you’re not flying solo when you begin choosing your items and you can opt to receive your gifts immediately or put them on hold until you’re ready for them (so if you’re going on a honeymoon or moving shortly after you get married, you don’t have to deal with the gifts until the time is right) PLUS, Snowe offers a “thank you manager”, easy returns and exchanges, and a post-wedding discount.

To learn more about Snowe and to get your online wedding registry started, click here!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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7
Jun
Tucson Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2016!
categories: Bridal Fashions, fabulous reception sites, Health and Beauty, Photography, Wedding Inspiration

It’s all about fashion and fun on the golf course with the Tucson Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2016 issue…

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You’ll have so much fun exploring our pages! Our new “10 Trends We Love” article and the real Tucson weddings are sure to inspire you while planning your own wedding and the all new “What You Need To Know” sections are snippets of the most essential questions and bits of info you’ll want to keep in mind as you hire your wedding vendors and plan your special day.

Pick up copies of the newest Tucson Bride & Groom at any of these locations and visit us online where you can download a digital version of the issue for on the go wedding planning!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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