Archive for the ‘Wedding Resources’ Category

     
18
May
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!

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11
May
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!

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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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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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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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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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