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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)


(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.

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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!


(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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Introducing Snowe Online Wedding Registry
categories: Beyond the Wedding, favor and gift ideas, Stuff We Love!, Wedding Resources

As a couple planning a wedding, you’ll need to consider what to add to your wedding registry because even if you REALLY only want cash, you know that some of your guests aren’t comfortable with that approach. Your choices then become: A. register for at least a few items that you really want or B. risk getting a random gift that you’ll never use from a well-meaning gift giver. If you agree that registering for things you really want is the best option, then let us introduce you to Snowe, a very cool online wedding registry!

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Snowe, which just recently launched it’s online wedding registry, is a home essentials company that simplifies the process of finding luxury-level housewares. The first thing we noticed, and really liked, about the site is how Snowe organizes their products into 4 categories- Eat, Drink, Sleep and Bathe, making it an ideal one-stop-shop for everything you’ll need for your newlywed nest. 

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We love the names of these candles!

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Snowe’s kitchen, bath, bed and homewares come in classic ivory, white and grey tones, offering Limoges porcelain serveware, Titanium-fired glassware, and Italian-made linens, each made of the same quality as many familiar, luxury brands, offered in one destination.

Bundles and Gifts are available so you can stock your online wedding registry with individual pieces or larger groupings- either way, the result is you getting a beautiful start to your new home or a refresh to your current home. This is the “Complete Home Bundle”- add it to your online wedding registry and you’ll be golden!

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And here’s the Complete Sleep Bundle (they also have Drink and Bathe bundles)

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There are a few notable perks of completing your online wedding registry on Snowe- the registry offers an expert guide so you’re not flying solo when you begin choosing your items and you can opt to receive your gifts immediately or put them on hold until you’re ready for them (so if you’re going on a honeymoon or moving shortly after you get married, you don’t have to deal with the gifts until the time is right) PLUS, Snowe offers a “thank you manager”, easy returns and exchanges, and a post-wedding discount.

To learn more about Snowe and to get your online wedding registry started, click here!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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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!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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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!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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