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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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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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30
Jun
5 Things We Love about Tucson Bride & Groom’s Summer Fall 2015 issue
categories: Floral Inspiration, For Your Ceremony, Reception ideas, Videography, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Every 6 months we produce a new magazine where we get to share our love of weddings with you- Tucson’s fabulous couples- and every single time we launch a new issue, we are slightly amazed at the results of our passion and hard work as well as the passion and hard work of those we call the Elite Circle. We pride ourselves on being a magazine that both couples and vendors can trust for good advice, on-trend inspiration, and our own brand of wedding style.

The Summer Fall Tucson Bride & Groom issue is no exception so today we’re pointing out some highlights and reliving the magic…here’s 5 things we especially love in this issue:

#1: The inspiration for the cover shoot was not our own. It came from Black Sheep Filmworks’ Stepheny Keith and we’e so proud that she trusted us with her vision. The collaborative environment we’ve nurtured is one that produces the most amazing wedding inspiration and real Tucson weddings!

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The video produced by Black Sheep Filmworks is way too fun:

#2: The Elite Circle continues to dominate. Tucson’s couples always celebrate their weddings in style and since we’ve been involved in the wedding industry, we’ve seen the Elite Circle vendors come together as a team time and again for their couples. The Elite Circle vendors rock when it comes to real weddings and those we’re lucky enough to feature showcase their talents in the most beautiful ways.

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#3: We continue to delve into Tucson’s exciting culture. The styled shoot we did at Stillwell House & Garden introduces many of our readers to a beloved Mexican celebration- the Tornaboda– which is an after party. It’s lively and festive, just how a post-wedding party should be, and it also includes a menu “designed to revive and energize guests”. You’re going to love the food, vibrant colors, and interesting textures in this special shoot.

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#4: We’re part of the Geek Revolution! We loved the nerdy Dr. Who/Pi Day influenced styled shoot so much it made our cover but you don’t want to miss all the goodies included in our feature article. You’ll find custom details, beautiful floral, and a custom photo backdrop that adds the perfect touch of chic.

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#5: We’re doing what we’ve always done. Specifically, we want you to know that we celebrate ALL of Tucson’s couples and want to help every couple plan their Tucson wedding. You may have noticed, you may not have, but we’ve made an effort to use the term Wedding Expo (instead of Bridal Show or Bridal Open House) whenever possible to indicate that everyone is welcome to attend the wedding related shows and events in Arizona, as they always have been. Bride and bride, bride and groom, groom and groom, we don’t care!

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You can see why we’re proud of the work we do- the Summer Fall 2015 issue is exceptional in it’s broad range of inspirational shoots and Just Married couples and we love sharing it with you.

You can pick up a copy of the Tucson Bride & Groom Summer Fall issue here and download your own digital copy here

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2
Jun
Tucson Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2015
categories: Meet Our People, Wedding Resources

Are you planning your wedding? Well, you just got a new wedding planning partner- the Tucson Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2015 issue! Inside you’ll find creative and inspiring wedding ideas, planning advice from pros who know their stuff, and 7 beautiful Tucson weddings.

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The cover is from our “Geek Chic” photo shoot and the video created by Black Sheep Filmworks is SO fun, you’ve got to see it:

Many thanks to our fantastic cover shoot team:

Location: Poppy Kitchen at La Paloma

Concept development & Cinematography: Black Sheep Filmworks

Photography: Chris Richards Photography

Photo shoot stylist and Planner: Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events

Gown: Gigi Bridal Boutique

Menswear: Tuxedos on Broadway

Makeup artist and Hair stylist: Margarita Go Diva’s I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry

Floral design: Posh Petals

Cake & pies: Ambrosia Cakery

Invitations, signage, custom labels: Brie Dumais Designs

Models: Andee and Zachary of The Agency Arizona

Find our Summer Fall 2015 issue online and at these fine establishments

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