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5
Apr
Tucson Wedding Venue: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
categories: fabulous reception sites, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Resources

We have a hard time pinning down exactly what our favorite thing is about JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa but that’s a good problem to have, right?! This Elite Circle Tucson wedding venue offers all you could want as far as views, accommodations, quality and service but one particular thing about the resort might just rise to the top of our list as a stand out characteristic: there’s a genuine passion that radiates from those who work there. The people you’ll entrust to making your wedding day perfect are truly invested in your happiness and satisfaction. In fact, they set their sights higher than that and strive to exceed your expectations. That’s a rarity in this world and it deserves your attention!

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We chatted with JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa’s wedding and event planner Eric Albert to get the details you want to know. Be prepared to get “that feeling”- the one where you just know that this is THE place for your wedding:

What makes JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa perfect for weddings? Starr Pass is GORGEOUS and truly pictures do not do the property justice. In addition to having some of the best natural back drops for our couples and their photos, the resort also offers something for everyone. What stands out the most though is the attention to detail and how our ladies and gentlemen of the resort offer exceptional service to all our guests and their families repeatedly. From the Front Office to our wonderful Banquet team this group of service professionals makes it easy for our couples to feel right at home and well taken care of.

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(Photo: Pure in Art Photography)

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Can couples bring in their own vendors or do you have a specific list you work with? Of course! There is a vendor list however our couples certainly work with who they feel most comfortable with!

What are the things about the property that make it a fabulous place to get married? The initial view from the main lobby, the service and starlit experiences at Salud, romantic dinners at Primo, the ability to float in circles while sipping delicious margaritas, the care and comfort of our Hashani Spa, the teams of devoted ladies and gentlemen resort-wide that will bend over backwards for our couples…each of these things makes the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa an elite experience for wedding celebrations.

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

What do you see couples doing with the venue as far as decor and design that you are really loving right now? What stands out most is that more couple these days are breaking the traditional rules of the wedding reception. Instead of “land-locking” loved ones to a chair and the traditional plated dinner experiences, I am meeting with couples who want to break the rules and host interactive stations where all their guests can roam free and enjoy great food and company while having our chefs create food right in front of their guests. This really opens up the floor for the bride and groom as well giving more flexibility for them to enjoy a more social atmosphere. Let’s face it, most couples work hard all night long going from table to table thanking every guest and loved one leaving little to no time for their own nourishment and delicious meal to be enjoyed. This new style of dinner gives the opportunity for the food and social aspect of the evening to be more enjoyable for the couple.

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(Photo: Pure in Art Photography)

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Are there any current discounts/promotions that we should let couples planning their weddings in Arizona know about? In the Summer months of June, July and August we offer an additional 10% off wedding packages. 

Eric is ready for you to call him so you can plan your visit to experience his passion for the resort and your celebration firsthand: 520.791.6053 | eric.albert@marriott.com | JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa Website

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3
Nov
Wedding Gifts and Bridal Party Gifts at Pear Tree House
categories: favor and gift ideas, Health and Beauty, Stuff We Love!, Wedding Resources

Pear Tree House, located in St. Philips Plaza, is a mecca for all things gifty and pretty so when we spotted some of the items they have in the shop right now that would be perfect for brides and grooms, wedding party gifts, and wedding registries, we asked Pear Tree House owner Chris Eklund to give us the low down.

This Antica Farmacista Black Champagne Diffuser is the item that initially caught our eye. The limited edition packaging is so luxurious and the fragrance is decadent. Chris says it’s a…non traditional item you can add to your wedding registry…This diffuser is not only gorgeous but makes a great shower or bridesmaid gift. 

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Antica Farmacista Prosecco Bubble Bath is another beautiful find- indulge the bride in this luxurious bubble bath! It also makes a great bridesmaid or hostess gift. 

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Spartina 449’s “Oh So Witty” collection offers several bright and sassy gift options. The black patent leather items are perfect bridesmaid gifts and are also affordable. They will make any girl feel special!

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The hot pink patent leather pieces scream happiness and glamour- everything a girly girl loves.

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This cream patent leather set is really sweet and includes practical pieces that a bride could really use for her special day or honeymoon

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Couples can register at Pear Tree House for non-traditional items like this gorgeous hand painted lamp and pretty ginger jars…they will make a stunning statement in your new home!

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Registering for non-traditional items like decorative pillows, a tissue box, a hand-painted trash can, a monogrammed serving tray, and a luggage rack for your guest room takes your registry to a whole new level and makes gift purchasing more exciting for your guests.

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Thank you Pear Tree House for making wedding registries and wedding gifting so easy and beautiful!

Pear Tree House is located at 4320 N Campbell Ave in Tucson on the SE corner of River & Campbell Ave. Stop by the store or call (520) 329 8597 for wedding registry information.

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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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