25
May
Wedding Inspiration: Unique Wedding Signs
categories: favor and gift ideas, Floral Inspiration, For Your Ceremony, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

It’s become quite common for couples to incorporate signs into their wedding day- they use signs to direct guests from one location to another at the venue, to communicate cell phone/mobile device usage preferences, to share signature drink ingredients and everything in between so it’s no surprise that wedding signs have started to be the norm. What’s really fun though, is that couples are getting more and more creative with their signs leading us to share some unique wedding signs with you today.

Signs at a ceremony often tell guests where they can seat themselves or even ask guests to refrain from using their mobile devices during the ceremony. Here are a few unique wedding signs we especially like:

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(Photo: Hammond Preuss Photography, Location: Loews Ventana Canyon)

The “Choose a Seat, Not a Side” wedding sign isn’t especially unique but we love the frame, flower details, and varying fonts of this one- it makes the sign look professional and welcoming.

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(Photo: Scott Rice Photography)

Love the idea of an “unplugged wedding” but not sure how to get the message across to your guests? A sign like this will do the trick!

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(Photo: Scott Rice Photography)

If sarcasm is your jam, here’s a fun sign for you:

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(Source: Canadian Living via Pinterest)

Wedding program signs are some of the most unique wedding signs we’ve seen these days and we love them! Many times guests throw away the individual programs provided once the I Do’s have been said but creating a large framed program that fits with your wedding decor can be used as a wedding keepsake in your new home.

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

How fun is this wedding sign? The couple posted it outside the reception room so guests knew they were in the right place.

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(Photo: Steven Palm Photography)

Interactive signs fill in as a cool guestbook or can be a way to create a sweet reminder of the wedding day on site

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(Photo: Scott Rice Photography)

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(Photo: Natalie Atkinson)

Wedding signs at escort card tables and favor stations infuse even more of the personal touches couples crave

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo: Scott Rice Photography)

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(Photo: SunStreet Photo)

Of course the bar provides a perfect place for unique wedding signs- you can inform guests about what they are drinking, what your signature cocktail is or even dole out some “wisdom”.

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

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(Source: Rustic Wedding Chic)

Photobooths are fun no matter what but the addition of a unique wedding sign can take yours to the next level

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

We’re not sure if this qualifies as a “sign” but it sure is clever!

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Unique wedding signs are a lovely way to add a bit of your personality into your wedding day and if you’re not interested in making your own, ask your stationer to help. He/she is creative and probably willing to help with ideas or even make it for you!

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18
May
Get in Shape for Your Wedding with Wedding Gown Slim Down
categories: Beyond the Wedding, Health and Beauty, Wedding Resources

It’s not uncommon for brides to vow to lose a few pounds or get in shape before they say their “real” vows but it’s all too easy to lose motivation and not reach their goals. If you’ve made a similar pledge to yourself but don’t know where to start, get in shape for your wedding with Wedding Gown Slim Down! Every bride wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day and Rachel Allen, founder of Wedding Gown Slim Down is here to get you started.

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What is Wedding Gown Slim Down? It’s like nothing Tucson has ever seen! It’s a fitness group of like-minded people- brides- who have made a personal fitness and health goal and want to achieve it by their wedding day. The class is designed to tone, slim down, reshape and rev you up mind and body. And don’t be intimidated- all fitness levels are welcome and encouraged. You’ll get in shape for your wedding through the F.I.T.ness philosophy: Fun, Intentional and Transformative workouts paired with lasting lifestyle changes.

How is Rachel qualified to help me? Rachel Allen is a half-marathoner, an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and a life coach. One of the most important things about her is that she has worked in the wedding industry for years which gives her a unique perspective on the stress and challenges brides experience while planning their weddings. She aims to help you get in shape for your wedding while feeling better and looking better every day.

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What types of exercises will I be doing? To get in shape for your wedding, you’ll first do a physical assessment then you’ll be participating in core strengthening, stretching, endurance and having fun. You can do this!

How do I sign up? Classes are forming now for the Tucson group that will be located on Swan and Speedway. You can visit the Wedding Gown Slim Down website or just call Rachel at (520) 270.0409- she’s ready to get you started and will motivate you every day to achieve your goals!

What if I need even more motivation? The “Wedding Gown Slim Down Challenge” is just for you! Sign up to participate and there are prizes for weight loss winners and amazing raffles throughout the process. Many of the prizes are for wedding day services which is pretty awesome!

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11
May
Destination Wedding Advice from a Wedding Planner
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Wedding Resources

For a variety of reasons, many couples plan weddings that are considered destination weddings- sometimes a couple wants to return to their hometown to wed, they want to celebrate their nuptials out of the country in an exotic locale, or they just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and treat themselves to a vacation while saying “I do”.

No matter what the reason, if you’re planning a destination wedding, there are many things to consider so instead of us re-inventing the wheel, we’re sharing Elite Circle wedding planner Rackel Gehlsen’s blog post about destination weddings because…what’s better than destination wedding advice from a wedding planner?

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Here are a few words from Rackel about how to proceed:

You need to explore all of best places before you can choose your favorite, however, narrow your search by geography. You need to make your destination easy to get to. Travel costs can increase dramatically if you have to change planes and add rental cars, especially in foreign countries.

Once you have chosen your location, there are many important questions to ask. First, look at the logistics. Does the venue have enough space to accommodate your ceremony and reception? What is the back plan if it rains and your site is outside? Will there be other weddings on the same day, and at the same time?

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Never ship your gown, or pack your dress in your suitcase while traveling to your wedding destination. Take your dress with you, in a garment bag, and have the flight attendants store it in the first class coat closet.

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To get all of Rackel’s destination wedding advice from a wedding planner, head on over to her blog!

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4
May
Jenny and Nathan’s Hometown Wedding
categories: Cakes and Sweets, Floral Inspiration, For Your Ceremony, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Jenny and Nathan’s complete and utter adoration for Tucson inspired them to host a hometown wedding that was full of fun (you can tell this couple has a great time together), sweet touches, and many many cakes. Yep, they had 5 cakes! Enjoy the happy…

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“When we started to plan our wedding, it became clear our theme was going to be our deep love for our hometown,” says bride Jenny. “We started by picking as many local vendors as we could and the rest simply fell into place.”

The color palette of navy, pink, and gold was introduced in the custom invitation suite that included hometown attractions and activities; Jenny’s gold shoes were the perfect addition to her wedding day ensemble.

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Hometown Wedding Details: Were there any surprises or things you would change?

I honestly don’t think there is anything I would change…Probably the biggest surprise I had was looking back now, how much I truly loved getting married. It was so busy and hectic getting ready for the weekend and the actual event flew by so fast, that it took awhile to process it all. It was the best weekend I have ever had. All of our favorite friends and family were there. It was so special to have the people we love the most in one place, celebrating us. I get flashbacks of moments from that weekend all the time, and it always makes me smile. There was so much planning and preparation, I don’t think I took the time prior to really think about what it would feel like to experience the wedding. All of the time, stress and money really was worth it in the end because the memories from that day will stay with us forever. Simply put, we had the best time and I wouldn’t change anything about it.

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Guests were welcomed to the ceremony with a creative guest book concept: cards were set out for them to write messages to the couple which were then placed inside a custom pink heart monogrammed pinata (See? Cute hometown wedding details!).

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Hometown Wedding Details: The Reception

Pink and blue design details were incorporated throughout the reception; guests dined al fresco and enjoyed a gourmet (mostly) vegetarian meal; 5 wedding cakes made for a sweet and tempting focal point.

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Hometown Wedding Details: What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment was our first dance. When I think about it now, I still get butterflies in my stomach. The song we selected was by Alabama Shakes and was called “Found You”. It was probably one of the few times from that day that felt like it was just Nathan and I, with no one else around. It was also around the time the sun was setting, so the lighting was beautiful. A friend of ours loaned us his chandelier and we had it hanging above the dance floor. Looking back at the photos, I fall even more in love with that part of the day because I can see all our family and friends surrounding us. The joy in everyone’s face radiates through the photos.

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Regarding photographer Chris Richards, the bride says: …One of the things we were looking for was someone who we clicked with and we could see fitting in well with our day. When we met Chris, both Nathan and I really liked him. He is easy to talk to and clearly loves what he does. Looking over his photos, we could see his attention to detail and ability to capture moments perfectly. We have been married for almost a year now, but I still have people come up to tell me how much they loved our photos and ask about Chris. He was such a pleasure to work with and Nathan and I are so happy we were able to have him be such a big part of our day. 

Congratulations Jenny and Nathan and thank you for sharing your beautiful hometown wedding with us!

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Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Photographer: Chris Richards Photography

Floral: Posh Petals

Stationery: Brie Dumais Designs

Wedding Gown: GiGi Bridal Boutique

Makeup Artist & Hair Styling: Margarita GoDiva’s I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry

Entertainment: Satyr Entertainment

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Location: Tucson Museum of Art :: Wedding PlannerMC Events planning + design :: Rentals: Red Diamond Rentals :: Cakes: Sweet Creations :: Catering: Blue House Catering

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