16
Sep
Tucson Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Lindsay Bishop Events
categories: From the Consultants, Meet Our People

A good wedding planner is worth his/her weight in gold so finding the right planner is worth a bit of your time and research. As you know, this is the person who is going to handle the details, big and small, of your entire wedding day and you don’t want to make a snap decision. Today we’re introducing you to Tucson wedding planner and Elite Circle member Lindsay Bishop of Lindsay Bishop Events! Lindsay has a passion for planning and organization that you need in a planner plus, you can trust that she will work hard so you can enjoy your day!

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We caught up with Lindsay to ask a few questions and of course, glean some planning advice for you!

Where does your inspiration for planning events come from?

My greatest inspiration comes from the people that I work with! I love nothing more than learning about people and finding little ways to incorporate their personalities into an event. I also spend much more time than I’d like to admit online and I read a lot of wedding blogs to keep up with trends and see what people across the country are doing. Tucson is so different, so it’s always fun to think about how you might incorporate trends here.

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What do you think makes your services and talents unique to the wedding industry?

The most unique thing about me is my background. I had a very successful career in the financial industry before starting an event planning business. My past experiences really help me relate to my brides on a different level. I planned my own wedding while working full time, 8am-6pm, so I understand how hard it is not only to meet with vendors, but to stay productive at work. That’s the reason that I go above and beyond for my working brides. I get that they can’t always make it to Hobby Lobby for the latest sale on fabric…but I can!

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What is your favorite aspect of event planning?

My favorite part about event planning is helping my clients truly enjoy themselves. Their wedding is the one day that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, and I think that too many people spend the day stressed out, answering phone calls, and putting out fires. I find so much joy in watching them relax and soak in every minute of that day.

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What are your strengths as an event planner?

I am a perfectionist with an obsessive eye for details. I can’t stand looking at a table if even one thing is out of place. I have a complete obsession with Excel and make lists every day. I learned to be very organized during my time in the financial industry, and it has been a huge asset when planning events. My background as a relationship manager also means that I’m no stranger to conflicts and problem solving. Most importantly, I’m a great listener! Because, when it comes down to it, I think that one of the most important jobs of wedding planning is listening to the wants and needs of my brides, and helping their dreams come true!

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What wedding trends are you looking forward to using at your events this year?

I am in love with the farm to table trend! I’m a huge foodie, and I think that it’s so great that we’re finally getting away from the dry chicken and overcooked steak that weddings are known for. You can make such a huge statement with food, and it’s been overlooked for so long! If your wedding inspiration is Paris, why not have a huge display of Artisan cheeses? Between cocktail hour, dinner, the late night snack trend, and even edible favors, you’re bound to spend a sizeable chunk of your budget on food. So, why not have some fun with it?

What do you want couples to know BEFORE they meet with you to get the most out of your initial consultation?

That a wedding planner isn’t necessarily as expensive as you think! So many people have a preconceived notion that you only need a wedding planner if you’re having an enormous, expensive wedding, but that’s just not true. Every bride can benefit from hiring a wedding planner, whether your schedule is too packed to meet with wedding vendors, or you just need some help figuring out how to incorporate your colors in a gorgeous way. Day of coordination is so important. Even if your venue has a coordinator, they don’t always take on all of the responsibilities, like creating a timeline from the moment that you wake up or answering the phone when your hairstylist gets lost on the way!

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What do you think is the key to a fabulous wedding?

The key to a fabulous wedding is making it your own! Your guests are all there to celebrate you, and they’ll love anything that speaks to you as a couple. The personal touches that bring them into your world are the things that you’ll look back at and smile in 30 years. When it comes down to it, do what makes you happy, and enjoy every second of it!

Thank you Lindsay! Brides, you can find Lindsay online and on Facebook.

All images: Smile Lines Photography

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9
Sep
Great Find: Collar Me Charming
categories: Beyond the Wedding, Stuff We Love!, Wedding Inspiration

Adorable is the word for today’s Great Find. Collar Me Charming is a local Tucson company that creates the most adorable accessories for dogs- perfect for dressing up your furry baby for a wedding!

This is Collar Me Charming’s founder and owner, Katie, with her 3 year old Golden Retriever, Cassy (the inspiration for Katie’s company!):

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Katie tells us how she got started: I have always been very creative all my life and picked up sewing as a hobby.  I could not find fun fashionable collars for my dog, so I decided to make some my own.  I started with just collars, then added flower and bow tie accessories. Now Collar Me Charming sells all over the world! I am very insipred by bold, classic designs that jump right off your pet’s coat.  I love making custom orders, especially for brides, tailoring the designs to match the look of their wedding.  I make and design all the collars by hand in Tucson, AZ. 

Aren’t these collars just too cute? We love how they don’t take themselves too seriously and can be color coordinated for any event.

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We asked Katie for her best advice for couples considering having their furry babies at their wedding. She shared her top tips with us and some other nuggets of wisdom!What are your top 3 tips for couples planning to incorporate their dog into their wedding?
1. Prep your dog for the big day! Expose them to lots of people and heeling while walking (if walking down the aisle) Any other obedience training will help too
2. Dress to impress.  Incorporate your dog into your wedding by having him or her wear matching wedding attire.  Match your bridesmaids dress colors or have him wear a tie similar to dad’s. We suggest not “dressing up” your dog too much, as it makes it an uncomfortable experience for your little pup
3. Include your pup as little or as much as you want.  It is your big day and you might want your family member to experience every part of it. Make sure you have a plan for your dog when it’s time for them to exit the party.

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What is one thing most couples overlook when considering having their dog play a role in their wedding day? During your wedding day, you want everything to be perfect.  Having a dog in your wedding can be very unpredictable.  You might not know how your dog will react in front of a large crowd of people.  I always suggest prepping your dog for the big day by bringing him or her into similar situations with lots of people and try having your dog walk down the aisle during your rehearsal to see how it goes.  Worse comes to worse, they can just be included in some of your wedding photos all dolled up.
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If a couple doesn’t want their dog at the ceremony, what are some other ways to incorporate their pet in their day?  There are a bunch of ways to include your pup besides the ceremony! Pictures are a great way to showcase your dog as part of your family.  You can include them in your engagement photos if you don’t want them at your actual wedding day, or have them there to take pictures on your wedding day and arrange for someone to come get them afterwards.  Another great idea we have seen is have your dog walk around your cocktail hour or reception wearing a vest that holds wedding gift envelopes or well wishes to the bride and groom.Any other advice for having a dog at a wedding?  Having your dog be a part of your wedding can make it very special.  As long as you and your pup are happy, it is a great way to celebrate and makes for some unforgettable pictures. 

Thanks Katie! You can order custom collars for your pets online at Collar Me Charming
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2
Sep
Wedding DIY: Ideas and 3 Rules to Remember
categories: Entertainment, favor and gift ideas, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

The idea of creating DIY details for your wedding either strikes fear in your heart or it makes you jump for joy. Most people know pretty quickly if they are the DIY type and if you’re not, that’s OK. Not everyone can be crafty, creative, and experts at cutting things (I’m pretty much talking about myself here- my cutting skills are lackluster at best!) but if you excel in the fine arts, DIY projects might just be your idea of wedding bliss!

DIY details are a fun way to add your personal touch to your wedding and show your thoughtful side. For example, when you create kid-friendly favors, you’re not only going the extra step to make the kids feel welcome but you’re being clever as well (happy kids= happy guests).

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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Favors are an excellent opportunity for a bit of your own personal touch- if you make a killer jam, go for it. If you are known for your felt floral arrangements, we support your DIY efforts whole-heartedly and your guests will love receiving something to take home that is so “you”.

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(Photo courtesy of: She.We Studio)

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(Photo courtesy of: Sergio Photographer and Kelly Rashka Photography)

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Signage is the perfect opportunity to throw a little wedding DIY into the mix. Guest sign in books have evolved and couples are often choosing the non-book guest book. Sign a barrel of your favorite wine? Fun! Sketch a sign in poster to be framed at your new home? Cool!

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Do you have a signature phrase and/or theme that you and your beloved have incorporated into the wedding? Keep the fun going with DIY signs at the dessert table!

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Activities for guests become even more entertaining when you invite them to add their own flair…photobooth signs and sweet messages on a Jenga set make for the best kind of memories

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DIY Rule #1: Only take on what you know how to do. If you don’t regularly create paper products and other crafts, do not start now. Your wedding will bring plenty of stress and crafting should be relaxing and fun. If you haven’t had much experience with it, taking on too many DIY projects, or projects that are above your skill level, will turn into a disaster and we bet one of two things will happen: you will stick it out and cry or you will abandon ship and cry. Either way, the outcome isn’t pretty. Besides, you’ll have to buy a ton of materials and tools and that’s money that could go towards something else at the wedding.

DIY Rule #2: Ask for (and accept) help. There’s no way that creating 250 jars of your homemade salsa is going to be any fun if you do it yourself. This is exactly when you ask the aunt/neighbor/friend who isn’t in your bridal party for help. And when you are about to throw that pretty fabric paint right out the window because it keeps clogging on you, take a step back, call your craftiest soul mate, and bring in the big guns.

DIY Rule #3: Timing is crucial. Do not ever ever EVER plan to do DIY wedding projects the week of your wedding. You may think you’ll have time but there are always 512 things that come up unexpectedly in the days before the wedding and you’re no exception. If your favors aren’t done at least 2 weeks before the wedding, go buy something. If items must be shipped, give yourself even more time. If you’re dealing with food that has a short shelf life and you absolutely must DIY it, confirm your army of DIY soldiers well before your wedding itinerary gets finalized. If a bridesmaid has to choose between getting her hair done for the wedding and helping assemble 500 favors, well… that’s just not nice to make her choose, is it?

DIY Rule #4: Know when to walk. If you’ve started a project and the week of the wedding comes along and you’re not satisfied with it, walk away. You should enjoy planning your wedding and stressing about a DIY detail isn’t worth it. Guests won’t notice what isn’t there and when you look back, you’ll realize that your decision to spend time with your loved ones minus the “frazzled beyond recognition” demeanor is much more important than any DIY project you planned to do.

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26
Aug
Tucson Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Brie Dumais Designs
categories: Meet Our People, Stuff We Love!, Wedding Inspiration

When you hire the right people to help plan your wedding, you know it. You immediately sense confidence and talent- exactly what you need for your wedding team! One of the wedding professionals you’ll especially appreciate is your stationer. This is the person who helps you set the tone for your entire wedding so choosing just the right person is key.

Brie Dumais Designs, an Elite Circle stationer, is a full-service custom design studio offering Tucson’s most unique and beautiful paper products. Brie works closely with her clients to create paper products that capture their style and personality- one look at her work and you’ll know that she has the confidence and talent to create exactly what you want for your stationery suite.

How did you get started in the stationery business and what do you love most about it?

I began in the stationery business 5 years ago. As cliché as it sounds, I started with my own wedding. I couldn’t find anything that really represented my husband and me so I took matters into my own hands. Then I started designing for friends, then friends of friends, and before you know it Brie Dumais Designs was on its way!

What makes your work different from other stationers?

What makes me stand out is the custom aspect—the fact that each design is truly unique. I believe I’m an excellent listener and that allows each design to accurately reflect the couple’s style and interests. I build each invite from the ground up so each couple leaves with something that is “so them” and hasn’t been seen before.

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What do you want clients to know about their wedding and stationery style & desires before they meet with you?

It’s great when the client knows which color palette they would like to go with as well as if they want their invites to be fun and whimsical or classic and formal. With that said, some of my favorite clients are the ones that don’t have a clear vision coming into the meeting and they trust me help them develop their dream design.

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Are there any stationery etiquette or style rules that absolutely should not be broken?

You want to be sure your invites go out 6-8 weeks before the big day. Allow more time for destination weddings. This means that you need to start meeting with your stationer shortly after your engagement to discuss “save the dates” and set the timeline for the rest of the paper products you’ll need in the coming months. Never put registry information on your wedding invitation. It can come across as impolite and “asking” for gifts. Your wedding website is a perfect place to list this information.

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What is the most unique paper product you’ve ever created?

One of my clients wanted to incorporate their beloved pooches into their wedding. Not only did we word the invitation coming from the dogs but we incorporated sketches and graphics of each dog throughout each piece. It still managed to have an elegant and formal feel but included the most important things to the bride and groom.

My hand drawn maps are my most unique paper product because every little drawing and location is well thought out and has personal meaning. We’ve included them in the invites as well as out of town bags, used as a guest book, and even screenprinted on bags. They’re also so special to hang in your house when the wedding is over!

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What emerging stationery trends are you loving right now?

I’m loving hand drawn aspects in stationery. I create hand drawn custom maps that include drawings and hand lettering. They’re such a unique way to express the couple and your guests will go “wow!” when they open the invite. Also, I’ve recently completed a number of invites following an ivory, gold, blush, and silver palette. Pops of gold throughout the invite suite looks amazing and compliments most colors.

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

Are there any misconceptions about wedding stationery that you would like to clear up?

You don’t have to follow so called “rules” and styles that so many before you have. Think outside the box because your invites should be exactly what you want even if your Aunt Hazel might not like it. They should make you swoon.

Your wedding is unique. Your invites should be too!

What other coordinating items for weddings do you create?

Besides designing save the dates and invitations I offer all of the coordinating paper products as well. I carry over the same theme, colors, and style from the invites so your event has a cohesive look throughout. Some of these products include: monograms, signs, table numbers, programs, menus, place cards, escort cards, water bottle labels, wine labels, itineraries, maps, out of town bag tags, favor tags, etc. If you want it I can create it!

We think you’ll find Brie to be extremely versatile and open to your style ideas. She has a reputation for creating very special pieces unlike any other stationer in Tucson and we’re sure you will enjoy working with her.

Find Brie Dumais Designs online and follow Brie on Facebook!

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