28
Jul
Wedding Planning Advice: Meeting Your Wedding Coordinator for the First Time
categories: From the Consultants, Meet Our People, Wedding Resources

Meeting with a wedding coordinator for the first time can be somewhat intimidating. Couples often feel like they don’t necessarily have their wedding style chosen yet, they are unclear about many decisions that will need to be made, and they know budget is going to be addressed which can make some people uncomfortable. The good news is, your coordinator knows you’re worried about these things and is an expert at handling all of it!

To make the most of your first meeting with a wedding coordinator, we asked Elite Circle wedding coordinator Kim McFate of Simply Elegant Events for her tips and advice. Here’s what you should know before meeting with a planner:

-Do you have a date in mind? This helps the planner in knowing availability for the wedding and if you have flexibility in your date (if wanting to work with a particular planner)

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(Coordinator: Simply Elegant Events, Location: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Photo: David Sanders Photos)

-Do you have a location in mind? Even if you don’t have a specific location selected, do you know if you want a church ceremony, if you want your wedding at a resort, a private home, etc.
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(Location: Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Coordinator: Simply Elegant Events, Photo: Sun Street Photo, Gown: Maya Palace)

-Do you have an idea of the number of guests you’ll be inviting? This helps with preparing the budget, looking for a venue and pricing of services.

-What do you want your wedding to feel like? Can you describe the overall vision? This will help with venue location, overall services and cost as well.

-What is your budget for the wedding including the cost of a planner?

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(Coordinator: Simply Elegant Events, Location: The Stillwell House, Cake: Village Bakehouse, Photos: Anita Shay Photography)

These all help a planner in discussing the services that are offered along with being able to provide pricing. Many times, location, number of guests, and overall design elements can impact the pricing, so it is beneficial to have that information when meeting with a planner.

Thank you Kim for the wise words of advice! Simply Elegant Events is a full service wedding and event planning business serving Tucson and Southern Arizona; visit the Simply Elegant Events website or contact Kim McFate via email: kmsimplyelegantevents@gmail.com  or phone: 520-444-7402

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21
Jul
Great Find: Ruffino Prosecco Al Fresco Flutes by govino
categories: favor and gift ideas, Stuff We Love!

Tucson is famous for it’s al fresco lifestyle- the temps are moderate (for the desert, at least) and the sunsets are awe-inspiring so entertaining outdoors is a given throughout the year, including most summer nights. If you’re engaged, or soon to be, you also know that entertaining goes way beyond white paper plates and beer in cans and we found a fabulous new product that will assist you with entertaining in style! Introducing Ruffino Prosecco Al Fresco Flutes by govino:

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Ruffino and govino collaborated to make these really fun and bright Prosecco glasses; Ruffino, the Italian winery long known for producing top-quality wines, and govino, the innovative “Go Anywhere” wine glass maker, introduce the Ruffino Prosecco al Fresco Flutes. By customizing govino’s already chic, shatterproof glasses, Ruffino has created a new outdoor accessory perfect for delighting in your favorite beverage. Whether you’re poolside, port-side or picnicking with friends, the flutes allow you to take the Italian lifestyle with you all summer long.

The flutes’ patterns are inspired by the bright fruit flavors of Ruffino Prosecco, and the Italian al Fresco lifestyle, with vibrant colors and sunny accents of honeysuckle flowers and citrus slices, stylishly arranged in a kaleidoscope pattern.

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govino “Go Anywhere” flutes are made of flexible, BPA free polymer, making them shatterproof, reusable and recyclable. You’re not limited to serving Prosecco in the Ruffino Prosecco al Fresco Flutes but have you tried Prosecco? It’s an Italian white sparkling wine, is soooooo good and yes, it’s deserving of “fancy”.

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The Sparkling Portofino (Serves 4, recipe compliments of Ruffino):

Ingredients:

16 oz chilled Ruffino Prosecco

4 oz pear nectar (or pear juice)

4 strips of orange zest (no bitter white pith)

4 strips of lemon zest (no bitter white pith)

Make It:

Place two strips of zest into the bottom of each flute

Pour pear nectar into flute, filling 1/3 full

Top off with Ruffino Prosecco and serve in Ruffino Prosecco al Fresco flutes by govino

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This is a really simple recipe that a friend of mine has made many times- it would look AMAZING in these glasses due to the hibiscus syrup which is a deep raspberry red hue:

Hibiscus Prosecco: Put a hibiscus flower (from Amazon) with one teaspoon of the syrup in the bottom of a glass, and pour over Prosecco. Don’t discard the flower – it’s edible and crazy yummy!

Blogthinline-1The Ruffino Prosecco al Fresco Flutes can be purchased on Amazon– a set of 4 or 8 along with a bottle of Ruffino makes a perfect hostess gift, bridal party gift, or engagement gift!

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14
Jul
Elite Circle Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Skyline Country Club
categories: fabulous reception sites, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

Elite Circle wedding venue Skyline Country Club is located at the base of the ruggedly beautiful Catalina Mountains. So what does this mean for a couple searching for their dream wedding venue? Well, it means you can enjoy an intimate and romantic atmosphere along with unparalleled  city views. Oh, and you may have heard about Skyline’s grand spiral staircase- it’s for real and it’s gorgeous!

We chatted with Skyline’s Wedding Specialist Michelle Schuyler to get more info about weddings at the club:

Besides the views and staircase, what makes Skyline Country Club perfect for weddings?

First of all, the food is beyond compare. Again and again couples rave about the food and we are known for our excellent wedding menus that may be customized to fit even the most discerning palate and preferences. Also, Skyline Country Club’s staff is top-notch. We pride ourselves on making each wedding special for the bride and groom. We truly cater to them and execute their vision in order to create their perfect day.

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow photography)

Skyline Country Club offers several spaces for weddings and events: the Crown Room is for private parties up to 130 people and offers spectacular views since it’s located on the highest level of the club. The Rotunda is located on the main floor and can seat up to 120 guests on two levels. The Outer Lower Terrace is a patio that can seat up to 250 people and there’s the Skyline Room which is the largest room. It can seat up to 320 guests and is known for its 180 degree city views.

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow photography)

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(Photo: Justin Haugen Photography)

Do you have to be a member of the club or know a member of the club to get married at Skyline? No, you do not have to be a member to have a wedding or any event here at Skyline!

Can couples bring in their own vendors?

Skyline does have a Preferred Vendor list in order to help guide couples. These vendors are the best in their fields and are capable of thinking on their feet in order to execute the perfect wedding. However, couples may bring in their own vendors but we cannot guarantee their success and competency if we have not had the opportunity to work with them before.

Here’s the famous staircase and yes, brides and grooms can practice walking down it before the big day!

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(Photo: Steven Palm Photography)

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(Photo: Steven Palm Photography)

What do you see couples doing with the venue as far as decor and design that you are really loving right now?

I personally love a classic look that is timeless…but the one trend I do love is food stations and late night bites. The food stations can really add pizzazz and create a fun atmosphere. Food stations are very interactive so they help in getting people to mingle. Late night bites can pose as a juxtaposition to a more formal plated dinner. For example, you could do a Sonoran Dog that would be reminiscent of your first date. Or you can create comfort food stations comprised of the bride’s and groom’s favorite go to comfort foods.

Setting the mood with lighting is essential and can really bring any room to life. We have up lights available and work with vendors that specialize in lighting that can create a one of a kind monogram to be projected onto a dance floor or wall.

One cost cutting trend that is practical and fun is having the escort card and guest favor combined. For example, having a personal size champagne bottle with the guest’s name and table number on the tag serves both purposes. Or a succulent plant with the escort information on the tag.

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow photography)

Isn’t the property luxurious? We’ve always been fans of the photo ops available at the club.

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow photography)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

Are there any current discounts/specials that we should let couples planning their weddings in Tucson know about?

Absolutely, we offer special discounts for weddings in the off-season. Weddings in July, August and January can experience savings that will really stretch a budget.

During the wedding season, Friday and Sunday weddings as well as weddings during the week can save on specialty items and room minimums.

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(Photo: Steven Palm Photography)

Anything else we should know about Skyline Country Club? 

Skyline Country Club is not just the perfect venue for a wedding- we are also a fabulous location for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and engagement parties. We have many indoor spaces to meet every couple’s vision as well as outdoor locations that are perfect for a garden bridal brunch or an afternoon tea. But the view is what really sets us apart from any other venue in town!

For more information on weddings (or other events) at Skyline Country Club and to schedule a tour of the property, go to the Skyline Country Club website or contact Michelle at 520-299-1111/michelle@skylinecountryclub.com

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7
Jul
Real Tucson Wedding: Lyndsey and Jordan
categories: Cakes and Sweets, fabulous reception sites, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Location: Stillwell House & Garden

Photography: Something Blue Photography

Cake: Village Bakehouse

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Upon touring Stillwell House & Garden, bride Lyndsey recalls: We were looking for an intimate urban setting with lots of green vegetation and trees but still staying true to the Southwest. She found exactly that at the historic building that boasts a beautiful courtyard and convenient central location.

The couple DIY’d many of the wedding details including the bridesmaid’s bouquets and reception flowers along with their own beer, wine, and cake topper; Lyndsey’s bouquet was composed of brooches given to her by friends and family.

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How much do you love these parents? So. Much. Fun!

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Guests enjoyed cocktails inside the Stillwell House while the courtyard awaited- it was decorated with fresh flowers, mason jars with burlap wraps, and cleverly created wood table numbers.

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The courtyard glowed with light wrapped trees, twinkle lights, and candles on the tables

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The cake, made by Village Bakehouse, was exactly what the bride wanted. She had seen a similar design and was nervous she wouldn’t find a baker in town who could create the delicate lace detailing but once she met the artists at Village Bakehouse, she knew she had found the right people!

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Congratulations Lyndsey and Jordan and thank you for sharing your day with us!

To see more of this wedding and all our Just Married couples, visit our website

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