20
Jul
Planning Your Tucson Wedding
categories: Wedding Resources

Planning your Tucson wedding is a fun and exciting adventure but it can also be a stressful adventure. Planning ANY large and important event is quite a task and when you add in the fact that you’ve probably never planned a wedding before plus the emotions involved in weddings, any couple could be pushed to their limit. In an effort to ease your stress and help you enjoy the planning process, we publish our regional wedding magazine, Tucson Bride & Groom, twice yearly- it’s packed with wedding inspiration, planning tips & advice and real Tucson weddings. We also know that couples turn to national sources to plan their weddings as well and while we can’t blame couples for wanting to dream big, we also know that relying on local resources is the best way to proceed when planning your Tucson wedding. Here’s why:

1. We highlight the subtle differences of Tucson’s wedding venues and locales that national magazines simply cannot do. For example, we explore and share the differences between the picturesque landscape of the Sonoran desert and the chic vibe of downtown Tucson. While planning your Tucson wedding, look at our pages. You can tell that we embrace the differences between a grand resort experience like Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, an elegant country club atmosphere like Quail Creek Country Club and the historic charm of a venue like Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. This means that when you’re planning your wedding, our pages inspire you to explore the different location possibilities Tucson has to offer with confidence.

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(Location: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Photo: Something Blue Photography)

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(Location: Quail Creek Country Club, Photo: Sunstreet Photo)

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(Location: Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

2. The smartest thing to do when planning your Tucson wedding is hire the right team of vendors. How do you know who the right vendors are though? Would you trust a national magazine to refer your local wedding vendors? Has the magazine staff ever worked on a shoot with them? Would they know them on the street? Do they have a relationship with them at all? We KNOW who we are recommending and that’s priceless for you- the Elite Circle list of vendors is all you need! Another bonus is that vendor teams that work together on a regular basis are immensely beneficial to brides and grooms- they run events more smoothly, know each other’s styles, and communicate better. They’ve already worked out the kinks. When you hire vendors from out of state, you are asking them to work in a completely unfamiliar setting yet expect them to produce the same results. SOME out-of-town vendors can pull it off, some only say they can to get your business.

(Behind the Scenes Videographer: Black Sheep Filmworks)

3. We create styled shoots that are realistic for the Tucson wedding market. National magazines may use rental products that are only available on the East Coast and flowers that would wilt in 3 seconds in Tucson. We inspire you by showing what is actually possible IN Tucson. We work with local vendors to create these shoots so you can hire the people whose creativity and talent is featured. We don’t work with vendors who are not professional and genuine so any styled shoot we publish is a team of vendors that you would potentially want to hire. By knowing our surroundings and what is available to brides and grooms planning their weddings, we are able to innovate in ways that national magazines don’t think is possible and absolutely do not make a priority.

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(Location: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, Photographer: Scott Rice Photography | Full Vendor Credit List)

4. Our advertisers are local so when you consult our Elite Circle vendor list to select your wedding professionals, you’re hiring people that we would use for our own weddings. Why is this important? When you hire local professionals, you are choosing to work with people who have critical knowledge of weddings in the Tucson area. Our florists know which flowers actually stand up to the  harsh desert weather as opposed to a florist from another state that references a generic “what’s in season” list. Bakers know what temp is just out of reach for a buttercream cake at an outdoor wedding and where the sun will be 2, 3 and 4 hours after they deliver your cake. Photographers know how to capture images that utilize (or when necessary, avoid) the Arizona sun, which is extremely unique and challenging for photographers. Coordinators who know the area are critical to your wedding day success and enjoyment- they plan for Tucson’s occasionally extreme weather (has a Florida based planner heard of a haboob? Probably not.), guest comfort and safety, transportation challenges, food and beverage limitations, and your comfort as well.

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(Location: Westin La Paloma, Photographer: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

5. We intentionally feature Real Weddings of couples that say “I Do” in Tucson. Why is this important to planning your Tucson wedding?  There’s a good chance that everything you see at their wedding is available to you- the venue, cake artist, photographer, rentals, invitations, floral, etc. Of course you won’t have the exact same wedding because wedding vendors are artists and don’t like to copy what they did for their past clients, but the quality, talent, and creativity is all available to you for your wedding. Pining over a venue or cake that you can’t get in Tucson can really spoil your wedding planning bliss!

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(Photographer: She.We Studio | Full list of vendor credits)

6. Finally, our magazine shares much more relevant and specific information about wedding planning in Tucson than national magazines ever will. On our website, in our pages, and on our blog, you’re able to get insights and details that assist you in planning your wedding. You can download our wedding planning guide for even more extras that are relevant to planning your Tucson wedding. You can contact any vendor directly from our website for quick and easy planning. You also have instant access to bridal show dates, open house listings, and new venue information throughout Tucson via our social media channels and our website, including giveaways and discount alerts that national magazines are oblivious to. We’re passionate about weddings in Tucson and it shows in everything we do.

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(Location: Skyline Country Club, Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Think of planning your Tucson wedding this way: when you’re traveling to a new place, you can get information about where to go and what to see from many national sources but when you want to know where the best margarita is, or the most pristine and private beach, or the best club for local music, you ask a local. We are your local and we are proud to share our insider information with you!

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(Location: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, Photo: Scott Rice Photography)

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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13
Jul
Tubac Golf Resort and Spa Wedding Weekend | Tucson Wedding
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Real Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Ashley and Joshua’s Tubac Golf Resort and Spa Wedding Weekend was featured in our print magazine and we had to share it with you, our dear online readers, because it showcases everything we love about Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. With it’s picturesque landscaping, historic buildings, interesting architecture and intimate atmosphere, it truly is a destination wedding venue.

The couple hosted a rehearsal dinner at the silo complete with a tequila tasting, cigar bar and of course al fresco dining!

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To add to the ranch theme of the weekend, Ashley and Joshua created their own brand, as seen here on the program. Each guest received a welcome box that contained a candle, bath salts and chocolate plus a hand written note- so lovely!

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Tubac Golf Resort and Spa Wedding Weekend Ceremony: The couple wed at sunset beneath a chuppah- they chose an elegant theme of white flowers and greenery so as not to compete with the natural beauty of the resort

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Tubac Golf Resort and Spa Wedding Weekend Reception: Ashley and Joshua’s guests enjoyed cocktail hour under the stars then headed to Tubac’s indoor reception where they enjoyed Sonoran cuisine and dancing. Guests noshed on the cupcakes that evening and the wedding cake was served at brunch the following day.

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Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
Cake: Ambrosia Cakery
Hair & Makeup: Margarita Go Diva’s I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry

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Photographer: Sean Parker Photography and Andrew Emery Brown :: Event Coordinator, floral design: Atelier de LaFleur :: Entertainment: DJ Corbin Dooley

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6
Jul
Wedding Invitation Trends for 2016
categories: Trends, Wedding Inspiration

There are a few emerging wedding invitation trends for 2016 that we’ve noticed and we’re loving them all! Since the save the date or the wedding invitation is the first impression your guests will have of your wedding, it’s important to get it right and you can do that by choosing to work with an Elite Circle stationer. Here are the top trends according to the most sought after stationers in Tucson:

Wedding Invitation Trends for 2016: Bold Envelope Liners

Bold floral designs are all over the wedding world these days and we really love the botanical, feminine and colorful elements they bring to weddings. Include a bold floral envelope liner and your guests will be wowed from the start!

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(Stationery Design: Brie Dumais Designs)

True Bliss LLC: Liners are the first thing your guests will see when opening their invitation! They have become a fun must have element that gives your invitation a wonderful pop.

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(Invitation Design: True Bliss LLC)

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(Stationery Design: Brie Dumais Designs)

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(Stationery Design: Brie Dumais Designs)

Wedding Invitation Trends for 2016: Hand-drawn Custom Maps
Hand-drawn maps are a fun way to give out of town guests a sneak peek at the area they will be exploring during the wedding weekend. You can have your map drawn in any style you want!
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(Save the Date Design: Brie Dumais Designs)
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(Save the Date Design: Brie Dumais Designs)
Wedding Invitation Trends for 2016: Watercolor Images & Design
We’re glad to see watercolor making a comeback. It isn’t for every couple but stationers have really used their talents to make it fit a wide range of wedding styles.
 
True Bliss LLC: Watercolor is a great way to add a subtle touch for both romantic & elegant invitations or fun & bold invitations. It also allows you to utilize an array of colors from soft pastels to vibrant hues but have a more organic flow.
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(Invitation Design: True Bliss LLC)
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(Stationery Design: Brie Dumais Designs)
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 (Stationery Design: True Bliss LLC
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(Stationery Design: Brie Dumais Designs)
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(Stationery Design: Brie Dumais Designs)
Wedding Invitation Trends for 2016: Rose gold, copper, or silver foil OR Mixed Metallics
Metallic design touches and weddings seem to be a perfect fit- metals make things shiny and weddings are all about the sparkle so why not? Lately, Brie Dumais Designs has been making their clients’ metallic dreams come true with basically any foil color BUT gold. And for those of you who want to mix your metallics, go right ahead. We have fully embraced mixed metallic design!
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(Stationery Design: Brie Dumais Designs)
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(Stationery Design: Brie Dumais Designs)
Wedding Invitation Trends for 2016: Cactus/Succulents/Florals
Cactus and succulents have been popular for wedding design for a few years so it may not seem trendy but the way stationers are using them makes them on-trend. A bit of a custom & professional touch can take a cactus from prickly to perfect in no time!
 
True Bliss LLC: Cactus and succulents are HUGE right now! So are florals! These are being done in a variety of mediums from watercolor to still life. We have several requests for these designed more like a crest or icon or even a bouquet of florals.
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(Stationery Design: True Bliss LLC)
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(Stationery Design: True Bliss LLC)
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(Stationery Design: Brie Dumais Designs)
Wedding Invitation Trends for 2016: Mixed Media/Details
Mixed media and details can include anything from lace, hand-stitching, twine, leather, silk, leaves, wood and everything in between. If you’re a couple who craves texture and something just a bit eye-catching, mixed media stationery design is for you.
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(Stationery Design: Brie Dumais Designs)
 
True Bliss LLC: These statement design elements are wonderful additions to your stationery; helping showcase “inside glimpses” of the couple and adding to|building the anticipation for your guests. For example, the watercolor 3D leaves element helps the watercolor design of the invitation pop out while adding a detail for the passion the bride has for greenery. The element also draws in the guests desire to touch and explore it, stimulating their senses. 
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(Stationery Design: True Bliss LLC)
 
Brie Dumais Designs created these copper invitations for one of our styled photo shoots and we can’t help but adore the copper wire “love” detail! Additions like this make invitations memorable.
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True Bliss LLC: The camo wrapped invitation was a compliment from the Bride to her Groom for his immense love for the outdoors and hunting. It was also her way to bring who they are into the wedding invitation and making it genuinely theirs.
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(Invitation Design: True Bliss LLC)
Wedding Invitation Trends for 2016: Typography/Hand Lettering
True Bliss LLC: Using type or hand lettering to add to the impact of your invitations is becoming more and more of a trend for couples who don’t want an ornate or graphic invitation. It allows you to focus on the essentials while achieving a fresh and original touch that still has depth and beautiful design.

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(Invitation Design: True Bliss LLC)

 Thank you to our Elite Circle stationers True Bliss LLC and Brie Dumais Designs for your top wedding invitation trends for 2016!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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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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