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.
(Location: Quail Creek Country Club, Photo: Sunstreet Photo)
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.
(Behind the Scenes Videographer: Black Sheep Filmworks)
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.
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.
(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!
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.
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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