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Bridal Show Survival Tips
categories: Open Houses, Wedding Resources

Bridal Shows, especially if you’re headed to your first, are full of anticipation and excitement. There are vendors anxiously awaiting your arrival, booths so full of inspiration your head might spin a little, giveaways galore, deals to be had, and of course fashion shows.

Be ready though- there’s also a LOT of people and the larger shows can be somewhat overwhelming. So why should you attend a bridal show or two during your engagement? Because you will get to actually meet the vendors that you are looking for all in one place (a huge time saver) and because there is nothing more fun than chatting with other brides. This is a forum created just for you where you can talk rings, dresses, flowers, photographers, and invitations without anyone telling you that you are obsessed and need to get a life. You are with your people.

To get the most out of the wonderful shows Arizona has to offer, check out our Bridal Show Survival Tips:

1. Think comfort. This is not the time to show off your latest shoe find- you will be on your feet a lot and you want to enjoy yourself. A cute pair of ballet flats or boots will do the trick. Jeans or yoga pants are perfectly acceptable too. Throw on a scarf and you’re ready!

2. Know your bridal show style. Some shows are large and energetic, some are smaller and more refined. Neither is better than the other but you should know what you’re looking for. The larger shows obviously offer more variety and most-likely more giveaways and discounts while the smaller shows will have hand-picked vendors and a more intimate vibe. Some bridal shows will focus on activities such as tours and fashion shows while others will spoil you with food and beverage tastings. One thing is true though, there is something for everyone!

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(The Fall Lux Wedding Showcase at Plaza Colonial)

3. Expect deals for on the spot booking. Many vendors offer show discounts. What you will also find is some vendors who want you to book on the spot for those discounts. You can certainly do this if you have done your research prior to the show and know who you are dealing with. However, if you don’t feel a connection with a particular vendor, take a pass. No good deal is worth potential drama or second-guessing down the road. You will find many talented and trustworthy vendors at these shows just make sure you do your research before signing any type of contract.

4. Bring a tote bag. Many bridal shows will give you a bag upon arrival to carry your bridal show loot in but we think a large bag that fits over the shoulder is the way to go. You’ll be collecting massive amounts of information and you will want to have a bag that fits nicely over your shoulder and won’t potentially break.

5. Be aware of the “Bridal Show Effect”. Even though you’re going to have a ton of fun, you need to realize that you might get overwhelmed and a little swept up in the excitement. You know how it’s easier to make a decision about bridesmaid dresses when you’re choosing from 4 rather that 14? And you know how you simply cannot make a decision if you have 20 linens to choose from but when presented with 3, you’re able to decide? Same thing with bridal shows. Visiting 18 photographers, no matter how fabulous each one might be, is unrealistic. Feeling overwhelmed due to the sheer volume of choices is the Bridal Show Effect and you can overcome it by accepting that you will not get to every single booth and you might miss a fashion show (which is actually the best time to visit booths!).

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(Frostings Event Design at the Fall Lux Wedding Showcase)

6. Set up a wedding email account prior to attending the show. You are going to be getting a lot of emails from all of the vendors at the show, even if you did not contact them personally. They all receive a list of attendees which has your information on it and they are legally allowed to contact you. Also, some vendors will need an email to contact you if you win a giveaway and some even offer discounts after the show to those who didn’t win. To avoid having your everyday email bombarded, use a free email service like Yahoo or Gmail to manage the influx. You’ll appreciate that  this account is just for wedding communication which also helps you take a break from wedding planning when you need it (and you WILL need a break, trust us!).

7. Bring pre-printed address labels. Many vendors will ask you to share your contact information with them. You don’t want to write your name, address, phone and email each time you meet a vendor you’re curious about so print up some address labels prior to the show and voila! You will be uber-efficient and will have more time to visit more vendors.

8. Make sure your phone is charged. You will often get to enter giveaways from vendors using your mobile device- take advantage of the technology available to you. Undoubtedly, you’ll want to take pictures of ideas you see at the booths and will want to connect with vendors via social media on the spot so make sure your phone is ready!

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9. Channel your inner Girl Scout. That’s right, I said Girl Scout. Even if you weren’t a Girl Scout, you know about being prepared and you know about the Golden Rule. First, pack water and your favorite energy bars (enough for everyone who is coming with you). If the event is outdoors, bring sunscreen or an umbrella. There are usually opportunities to buy snacks at the show but they come with lines that take away from enjoying the show itself (and have limited options). Some vendors will offer food but you don’t want to count on that for sustenance. Second, you will encounter many people doing the same thing as you- chatting with wedding vendors, looking for deals, entering giveaways- and let’s just agree that patience will be your friend. Sometimes a booth will only have 1 person manning  it so they can only talk to one person at a time. If the vendor is intriguing enough, waiting to chat with him/her will be worth it.

10. Chat it up. Vendors WANT to talk to you so don’t be shy! They want to hear about your plans, answer your questions, and give recommendations based on their experiences. They have been involved in weddings a lot longer than you and you’ll be surprised at how much info you can get from them.  The wedding industry pros in Tucson are not only talented, they are genuine. They want to work with you, yes, but they also want you to be happy. Spending time with the vendors is one of the best ways to get the most out of your bridal show experience.

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(Tucson Party Rentals at the Fall Lux Wedding Showcase)

We attend many of the shows in Arizona and enjoy every one of them for their wedding inspiration and fun atmosphere. We hope to see you at one (or more) soon!

For a complete list of Tucson’s Wedding Events and Bridal Shows, click here. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on shows and special offers.

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Tucson Bride & Groom Winter Spring 2014 Has Arrived!
categories: Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

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The Best Vendors to Help You Wed in Style

Location: La Mariposa, The Starlight Room :: Photographer: Amanda Rockafellow Photography :: Stylist and Coordinator: Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events:: Floral Design: Elaine Taylor Fine Flowers :: Gown: Gigi Bridal Boutique :: Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers :: Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Margarita GoDiva :: Decor: Celebrations by Silvia :: Cake: Ambrosia Cakery :: Rentals: Tucson Party Rentals :: Models: Amy and  Matthew, The Agency Arizona :: Videography: Black Sheep Filmworks


Here’s the most fabulous behind the scenes video made for us by the equally fabulous Black Sheep Filmworks:

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It’s the BEST time of year! Our Winter Spring 2014 issue has arrived and we couldn’t be more pleased. Get the inspiration and advice we are known for at any of these fine establishments.


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Tucson Bridal Show: Lux Wedding Showcase
categories: Giveaways, Meet Our People, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Tucson’s wedding industry is thriving and we celebrate that every day- we adore the couples who choose to say “I do” in this very special town and we are proud to partner with the best vendors in the business. When we refer you to our “Elite Circle” of vendors, we’re not just saying, “Hey, we kind of like these people, check them out”. No, we are saying “These people are the ONLY people you need to meet with and hire for your wedding!”.

We believe in our Elite Circle so much that we want you to have a chance to visit with them in person, fall in love with their work, and set up a meeting with them (you might even feel comfortable enough to hire them for your wedding on the spot!).

Meet the very best wedding vendors (and do some serious shopping) in the luxurious setting of Plaza Colonial (on the southwest corner of Skyline & Campbell- 2870 East Skyline Drive) from 11AM-2PM at the Lux Wedding Showcase, Tucson’s Premiere Wedding Event. Be one of the first 100 brides to register for the event and receive a special swag bag upon arrival! RSVP here

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The event is sponsored by some of the most sought-after wedding vendors in Tucson: Gigi Bridal Boutique, PrimaDonna Boutique, Frostings Event Design Rentals, Tucson Party Rentals, and us!

Exclusive Lux Wedding Showcase Giveaways:

-Saguaro Buttes will be offering the Honeymoon Suite at Loews Ventana with a booking. This is a $300 value for one happy couple.

-A Fine Line Stationery and Gift Boutique will be giving away one of their Bridessentials Kits

-The Stillwell House is offering a $500 gift card towards their historic venue for one lucky couple

-Ambrosia Cakery is generously offering one groom’s cake valued at $100

-Bravo Boutique is offering a $50 Gift Certificate

-Sentinel Carriage Company is offering complimentary guided tour guest passes for five lucky brides

-Something Blue Photography is offering one complimentary engagement session

-Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort is offering a delicious brunch at Hacienda Del Sol for four

-Reflections at the Buttes is offering $500 off of your fabulous event at Reflections

-YK Studio is offering a two hour image consultation worth $150!

-Limelight Photography is offering a free engagement session with a print (up to 11×14 size)

-JHB Photography is offering a chance to win an iPad when you book the day of the Lux Wedding Showcase

In order to qualify for these giveaways, you need to RSVP to the event. New giveaways keep coming so stay up to date by following Lux Wedding Showcase on Facebook.

You can browse our Elite Circle vendors 24/7 with our print magazine, website and digital magazine but on October 27th, you can also do it in person at the Lux Wedding Showcase- hope to see you there!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson Wedding Magazine and Wedding Blog

Stay current on all of Tucson’s wedding events here: Bridal Shows and Events

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Tucson Wedding Vendors: The Elite Circle
categories: Meet Our People, Wedding Resources

When planning your wedding, you want the best vendors, right? You don’t want to spend your money with people who don’t deliver a product or service that is top-notch and while we don’t know anyone who willingly hires a vendor that doesn’t quite live up to expectations, unfortunately, it happens.

This is where we come in. We are not just a fabulous, inspiring, gorgeous magazine, we are experts in the Tucson wedding industry and we know people. The right people. The people who are going to show up on time, bring their A-game, and knock your socks off. They are the most creative, dynamic, hard-working people you can hire for your Tucson wedding. They are the Elite Circle- The Best Vendors to Help You Wed in Style!

You can be confident that a vendor with the Elite Circle designation is among the very best in Tucson- just look for this logo:


When you see the Elite Circle logo, you know you are working with a wedding vendor who is among the best in Tucson and you can rest easy knowing your wedding day will be all you want it to be.

Click here to discover the most distinguished Tucson wedding vendors, the Elite Circle.

Happy Planning from your Tucson Wedding Magazine~Kelly

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