Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The "411" On Selecting and Ordering Your Wedding Cake by the Cake Contessa!


When should I order my wedding cake?

You should order your cake after you have a venue, picked your colors, and most importantly when you’re ready. Being ready doesn’t necessarily mean you know exactly what you want, but at least you’re ready to entertain the idea. We recommend a few different things. Are you set on a certain baker but your wedding is still 9 mouths to a year away? and its in the middle of wedding season then book it. Usually 6-9 mounts is plenty of time but it really depends on your date. However if you got engaged and getting married in 1-3 months it’s still ok to go ahead and call your favorite baker if it’s possible they will do their best to accommodate you.

Can my cake sit outside?

We understand that this is Arizona a beautiful place for a fall wedding, if it is October 3rd and your thinking the 70’s think again, Last October it was over 85. Many factors fall into place is it in the shade? Can it be brought outside right before? We do not recommend having your cake in the direct sunlight cake? ever, butter melts at 78 degrees. Also think about that before putting it in front of a window.

What other options besides cake can I use instead of a traditional wedding

There are so many options! Lollycakes, donuts, ice cream cake, cake balls, fruit tarts, All can be arranged to look spectacular!

I have dietary restrictions can I still have a cake?

We understand that today more than ever people are much more aware of food allergies. Just ask for exactly what you can have and tell your baker what you can’t. I’m sure they will come up with the perfect ~egg free, gluten free, nut free, non-dairy, no sugar dessert just for you.

Saving the top tier?

Do people really eat their top cakes after 1 year, of course they do! Are they still good? Yes when packaged correctly they can be quite tasty, Many couples also take them on their honey moon. And I have heard that they eat them on the plane with Champagne, How Romantic!!

What should I bring to my cake tasting?

Color swatches, any pictures of cakes that you have already found that we can incorporate into your cake design. We have several pictures and magazines. It’s great to also include your groom in this step of the wedding planning process. He will be excited to taste the cake.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Tips from Mrs. Hancock's



HOLIDAY GET-TOGETHERS ARE FUN!

• Afford Children a quick list of whom they may expect to meet and how they’re related or why these new people are being included in your Holiday celebration…this will really help!
• Let’s remind our Children to be on their best behavior while a guest in someone else’s home and that speaking up and properly answering with a “Hello, my name is ____”, or “Merry Christmas” or “Thank you” when spoken to, is very important and is very caring behavior
• Let kids know that a ‘cheek pinch’, a ‘head rub’ or a big squeeze is a funny thing that can be a badge of honor with points assigned (count them up and after the celebration, give kudos and talk about how well they handled themselves!)
• Explain that a big part of the Holidays is seeing and spending time with people we like and love and that it’s neat it is to get to know our relatives and friends better. Make it a game among your kids to see who can talk with more people and what they found out about their hobbies, where they live, how many pets they have, etc.
• Teach and role play with youngsters how to properly shake hands with an adult or give a buss on the cheek.
• Use a simple phrase and practice! “My name is Jason, Cousin Bill; it’s nice to meet you!”
• Remind them that when they’re with other kids, they could find out their new friend’s or relatives name and how old they are; that the nice thing to do next is to make introductions to any new arrivals or, to you and Dad, so that you too may enjoy the pleasure of meeting someone new
• If there’s been a death or divorce since last year, remind Children that their favorite Aunt Ruth won’t be in attendance this year and why. This keeps them from either finding out ‘bad news’ in the moment or asking personal questions that may upset
• Teach Children that upon exiting the get together or leaving the table we always say “Thank you for inviting us, we had fun!” or “Dinner was delicious, thank you” or even “I hope to see you next year!”
Remember to remind your Children we don’t touch other’s things; put our feet on other’s furniture, argue with other Children or run in someone else’s home! Do also remind them how to interrupt properly when they need something from you. What else can you think to share to put your Children more at ease and afford them a sense of confidence (and you a sense of peace!), during Holiday get-togethers? Happy, Happy, Merry, Merry!

Do check our website to learn more at www.mrshancocks.com or feel free to contact our office 602.234.1200

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Who is Curtis Whipple?

Who is Curtis Whipple?

Q. What is one little known fact about Curtis Whipple?
A. I was raised in Winslow AZ by an African-American woman from Roxie Mississippi. She's the one that gave me my soul and my moves.

Q. What is the #1 piece of advice you would give to a bride/groom?
A. Don't bog yourself down with so many details that have to be fussed with that you can't enjoy your own wedding. Hire qualified professionals to take care of all of that for you. It's a once in a lifetime experience and you really need to savor the emotions that you feel that day and think the thoughts that come to you. Feel the love, express your gratitude. HUG! WEEP! LOVE!

Q. What is the biggest mistake people make when picking a DJ?
A. An element that I cover with brides and grooms when meeting to talk about DJ services is to ask about other social occasions or weddings that they have attended and what were some things that the DJ/entertainer did or didn't do that made it really good or really bad? Invariably, it's a horror story about their cousin's wedding who used a friend who works at a night club or has eclectic tastes and has an ipod etc. An Ipod and a couple of speakers does not a DJ make. Cheaper, yes, but they may not have the equipment and training to really shine on such an important day. Night club DJs do brilliant work- IN NIGHT CLUBS! There is so much more that a good DJ can add to a wedding than just the dancing portion. Would you like cheap fast food at your wedding or do you want filet mignon?

Owing to the creative and artistic nature of what a DJ should do, make sure the DJ understands your musical tastes, your vision, the vibe your a looking for at your wedding party. The equipment/technical side is important, but the personality will make or break the event. If the DJ stinks, the guests will leave as soon as the meal is over no matter how great the sound system is.

For wedding and event professionals, this is our world but for a bride and groom hiring some professionals, it's a once in a lifetime occasion and they don't even know what to ask. If meeting with an agency that has several DJs, you may be talking to a salesperson and not the entertainer that will actually be working at your event. It would be a shock to meet him or her on the day of your wedding and decide that you do not like them. If you meet a vendor that you like, hire them. To be booked more than a year in advance is not uncommon. If you wait, you may get who is left over and not who you want.

To those for whom the DJ isn't important, that's fine- the hotel's background music will be acceptable. To those for whom it IS important, don't spend your budget on everything else and then tell a professional entertainer that you'd like to hire that you did not budget for a professional fee. The national average for professional DJ/entertainers is $1500. If the linens are the most important, spend first whatever is required for that and make the rest of the budget fit in around it. If the venue is the most important, spend whatever it takes and then make the rest of the budget fit in around that. If the photography is the most important, then hire the best and adjust the balance of your budget to that. In my 30 years, believe it or not, I have had couples for whom the DJ WAS the most important thing such that they changed the wedding date to a day that I was available and then adjusted the balance of the budget and schedule to fit that.

Q. Do you have a favorite memory from any of your past DJ jobs?
A. I Recently did a "dueling DJs" format event in Los Angeles- alternating 20 minute sets where I had to mix to the other DJ with no electronic connection, just what I heard on his sound system at the opposite end of the hall. Countdown clock on the wall that would reset every 20 minutes. At 19:30 he'd give me a beat and I mix to it and at 20:00, he goes dark and I fire up. At the next 19:30, I give him a beat and he mixes to it and at 20:00, I go dark. He was mixing very well, but didn't have the understanding of music that I do and so he ended up sounding not only choppy, but safe and conservative by playing the obvious hot current songs. I took the crowd on an adventure and because I had gained their confidence, I came off as "edgy". I could play older and more obscure songs and they followed me.

They were hugging, dancing, singing along, getting into it. By the 3rd set, the crowd of 400 would be turning their attention by me by 15:00 (with their backs to him) and he lost his confidence, made a few mistakes, got boooed and wouldn't even take the stage for his final set. All the lighting was dark except for a couple of white spotlights I had set in opposite corners to criss cross each other across my back and shoulders so I would be silhouetted in black- it was very stark and dramatic and at 19:30 he got his beat and the light was shining on me and I was in a rock star stance, pointing his way with a rock and roll finger point with the arm extended straight, shaking my leg like Elvis. He didn't take the stage and I took the beat back at 19:55 to an explosion of applause and cheers. He stayed in the green room until everybody was gone and he packed up his equipment in shame.

Q. What is the most unique request you’ve had for a wedding?
A. For the most part, a single lyric or two is not going to make much difference, but rather the flavor/texture/energy levels of the songs. However, one must put the chosen song into the context that it will be played. A romantic song for the Father/Daughter dance can become uncomfortable in that context. It needs to be a song that is meaningful but can apply to the relationship between a father and his daughter. I regularly get people requesting profane songs or songs that just don't belong at a wedding in any case. Broken love songs, songs of divorce, separation, etc. I may play a song that someone doesn't particularly like, but I never want to offend anyone with it.

People often don't think the song choices through and put them in the context of thier wedding day. I know some songs may have a rather obscure metaphor but if there is any question, go to youtube or google and search for the lyrics and research the song in question.

I had a groom many many years ago (it was very early in my career and I wouldn't let this happen again) who had been put in charge of hiring the DJ and planning the music. He chose the most obnoxious metal song for the first dance in the history of weddings. It was loud, fast, grating, undancable, poorly recorded and entirely inappropriate for a wedding. However, the name of the band was "Bride" so he thought it was really cool- there was no lyric about "Bride" just the band's name. He held his stunned bride's hands and stood across from her and he sang every word at the top of his lungs- he didn't hold her close and I doubt she would have let him. It's a mistake that I haven't duplicated since. To a great degree, it's the DJ that appears to be the idiot in those situations even though I did was I was hired for. If I can't talk some sense in to people these days, I usually pass on the job.

Happy Nuptials and Here's to a great event!

Best regards,

Curtis Whipple
http://www.curtiswhipple.com/
480 634 6127 office
480 251 3018 mobile
President of the American DJ Association- Phoenix Chapter
Owner of the Wedding and Event Network
http://www.wenaz.com/

Friday, November 6, 2009

Holiday Decorating Tips

Holiday Decorating Tips from Thee Wedding Warehouse

Home of Endearing Floral Design

Everyone loves Christmas Candy! Use your Apothecary Jars of miscellaneous size and shape. Add different festive colors and varieties of Holiday Candies, then place Votives and some different Ornaments like Glass or Tin Balls around for a very Sweet looking display!

Here is a Simple and Elegant looking Display or Centerpiece using just a few things you may have already around the house or pick up quickly while doing your holiday shopping! Take a large Cylinder and place a Pillar candle in the center. Place smaller Cylinders around it with Votives in the center as well. Tuck Fresh Cranberries in each Cylinder and light the candles for a dramatic effect! You can also add Sliced Oranges, Nuts, Cloves or Cinnamon.

*Some great tips for making use of items you may have already when decorating your tree & home*

Save the Trimmings from your fresh tree and place in a Glass Vase.

Glue together a pyramid of Glass Ball Ornaments (use the ones your grandmother gave you) and place them on a Cake Plate.

Take a Glass Bowl and add Fresh Fruits (citrus, apples, etc.) Cinnamon Sticks, Sprigs of Greenery for a beautiful coffee table display.

For a wonderful welcoming aroma near your entry, take pine cones, spray with glue, sprinkle with cinnamon and add sticks of cinnamon and place in your favorite dish or large vase.

At home design is always fun, but if you would like help call the professional designers at Thee Wedding Warehouse!

We handle Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Honeymoons, Invitations, Accessories, and Consulting/Planning & Design Services.

Thee Wedding Warehouse, Home of Endearing Floral Design

One Place, Everything You’ve Imagined…

500 N Bullard Rd. Suite C29, Goodyear AZ 85338

623-536-0995

www.theeweddingwarehouse.com

Friday, October 30, 2009

Looking for Officiant



Looking for Officiant???


It’s your wedding day... just as you always dreamed...




It used to be, in generations gone by, that everybody had a specific and local religious leader who would be called on to provide local wedding services, delivering a strict and traditional ceremony, written by them and used over and over again for everyone.



As non-denominational ministers, we have changed all that.



Here at Reverend Giovanni Weddings, you’ll find that those preconceptions are not true anymore. We want your wedding day to be the day you have always dreamed of for a price you can afford. We work with you and give you the freedom to express your own spirituality, your individual personality and your expression of love for each other in a ceremony made for you.
Call or email us today for a consultation! 623-910-6214




Reverend Giovanni and his staff will be at Thee Wedding Warehouse on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9AM - 2PM. If you are still looking for officiant for you wedding, stop by.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Five Amazing Honeymoon’s under $2,800

Five Amazing Honeymoon’s Under $2800 for two!

1. Montego Bay, JamaicaAirfare on US Airways (non stop!), 5 Nights in a Grande Luxe Ocean View Room @ Sandals INN Montego Bay (All Inclusive Meals/Drinks/Tips & Free Room Service), Transfers & Taxes$2430.68 for two

2. Fiji, South Pacific (7 nights)Airfare on Air Pacific (non-stop from L.A. to Fiji), 7 Nights Seaview Bure @ Crusoes Retreat Resort, Daily Breakfast, Fiji tax and Transfers (air tax addt’l)$2654.00 for two
**Includes Honeymoon Special ~Free Massage & Dinner!

3. Kauai, HawaiiAirfare on Hawaiian Airlines, 5 Nights Garden View Room (super discount!) @ Sheraton Kauai Resort, Compact Car Rental, Car/Hotel tax & Air Tax$1892.00 for two

4. Puntarenas, Costa RicaAirfare on American Airlines (1 stop), Nights @ Doubletree Resort Puntarenas, Standard Room (All Inclusive; meals, drinks, tips, resort entertainment & most resort activities included), Airport Transfers & all taxes$2634.00 for two

5. Ocho Rios, JamaicaAirfare on US Air (non stop!), 5 Nights in a Riviera Premium Room @ Sandals Grande Ocho Rios (All Inclusive Meals/Drinks/Tips), Transfers & Taxes$2763.18 for two

Contact: “Thee Honeymoon Fairy”
Angela Schrenk / Honeymoon Specialist
Aspire2Travel,LLC
Angela@theeweddingwarehouse.com

Ask How You Can Register For Your Honeymoon Prices/Availability subject to change until booked. Most pricing based on Jan-April 20‘10 departures. Some tax/fees additional.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

bouquet ideas

Such simple elegance ! Just dendrobiums and a black vase!
A new secret that looks so cool ! Look at the diamopnds in the vase!Come in and find out how to have this cool centerpiece!

Just gorgeous!



This was my ode to the bride who wants something small!! LOL




wish more fire hydrants only had flowers on them !! Ha Ha

All these pictures were taken by the wonderful Keri Doolittle!





Monday, September 28, 2009

10 Ways to Wow Your Wedding Guests



1. Change Your Wedding Dress After the ceremony, change out of your ball gown and slip into something dance floor-friendly, like a knee-length dress.


2. Offer a New Perspective Pick a ceremony spot with a gorgeous view, like an oceanfront restaurant or a grassy valley surrounded by mountains.


3. Set the Scene History buffs? Even if you're not, think of how cool it'd be to host your ceremony and/or reception in a museum! Extra reception decor need not apply.


4. Plan Out the First Dance For your first dance, fake out your guests by starting off with a slow song; then switch to a fast beat with a rehearsed routine.


5. Box Up Your Wedding Invitations For a formal wedding, make a big impression on your guests by sending your wedding invitations in pretty, silk-covered boxes. If it's a barn wedding, add raffia or hay to the invitation package; small shells for a beach wedding; and tiny Swarovski crystals for a ballroom wedding to cue guests in on what's to come.


6. Bring in a Show Hire professional flamenco dancers, break dancers, or ballroom dancers to put on an amazing after-dinner show.


7. Prop a Photo Booth Bring in or make your own a photo booth and encourage guests to get silly by setting out fun props that fit with your wedding theme (think top hats, canes, and fake pearls for a formal wedding). Ask everyone to add their pics into the guest book for a fun keepsake.


8. Set Up a Wine Tasting During the cocktail hour, give your guests a lesson in wine by hiring a sommelier to dish out wine-pairing tips and tricks.


9. Rent Special Lighting Try using ambient lighting to transform your reception space and set a romantic mood. Hint: Pink and amber tones make everyone look great!


10. End the Night with a Bang Surprise all your guests with a send-off to end the reception: A fireworks finale! Don't have the budget? Look into renting a confetti canon for the last song of the night.


Got these tips off The Knot... but Jacque and I both have lots of ideas to help you make your event a "WOW" event for you and your guests. Call us today to set up a complimentary appointment.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Arizona Bridal Week

Thee Wedding Warehouse,Bridal Week,Wedding\

All brides that come before 10AM will receive a special bag from Get Married. While Supplies Last!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Engagement Photos of of Tony and Jean













Engagement Photos of of Tony and Jean by Keri Doolittle
Wanted to post these pictures that Keri just took of Tony and Jean and remind couples to express themselves. Engagement photos should be fun. If mom and dad are expecting a posed picture, then sure pose for one or two, but let the photographer guide you for the rest. Engagement photos are great to send as save the dates or to post on wedding websites.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dollar Power

I just got back from a really great vacation and found this article on the plane on Dollar Power. Basically it says think about going to countries that favor the US dollar thus stretching your dollar.

These are the top 10 countries it listed:
Argentina
Czech Republic
Fiji
Hungary
Iceland
Mexico
Poland
Sweden
Turkey
Zambia

Anyway.. food for thought. Lots of great travel deals going around so ask about one of these countries and your dollar will go even further.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

3 Honeymoon Planning Tips


3 Honeymoon Planning Tips

1. Use a Travel Agent Travel agents can have the inside scoop on unadvertised discounts, package deals, and a range of itinerary options. Agents are also one-stop shopping resources for air, car, and hotel reservations. They also offer peace of mind, adding immense security to your trip should your travel plans go awry.

2. Create a Money PlanKnow your bank's travel policies on withdrawls, credit card limits, and bank account balances. Also consider the mix of cash, travelers checks, and credit cards you're taking. If you're visiting a remote destination, pack extra cash and travelers checks. On the other hand, if ATMs will plentiful (often the case in popular tourist spots), take less cash to limit your liability, and withdraw money as needed. Just remember that there will be ATM conversion surcharges.

3. Pack Like a ProPack your valuables, a change of clothes, non-perishable snacks, and your minimum toiletry needs in your carry-on, just in case your luggage gets delayed or lost. Also leave a copy of your itinerary with at least one person at home, and consider emailing it to a handful of family and friends. Finally, bring along an extra empty bag so you can stock up on souvenirs and duty-free gifts.
By the The Knot.com

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Romantic Honeymoon Specials


Romantic Honeymoon Specials

by: Angela - Honeymoon Specialist @ Elan Travel

Outrigger Waikiki, Oahu ~ Hawaii
5 Nights in a City View Room (w/ complimentary upgrade!)
$968 per person
Includes Airfare (non stop on Hawaiian Air), Room, Private Airport/Hotel Transfers & Taxes
Complimentary Amenities:
• Continental Breakfast for two Daily •Early Check in / Late Check out, based on availability @ check in •Free Upgrade, based on Availability at check in

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort ~ Jamaica
7 Nights in a Royal Honeymoon Walk-out Swim up Crystal Lagoon Suite
$2945 per person
Includes Airfare, Room, All Inclusive Plan @ Resort, Airport/hotel Transfers & Taxes
Price Also Includes the following promotions!:
• $250 RED LANE SPA CREDIT AT SANDALS ROYAL CARIBBEAN! • 3 NIGHTS FREE ON STAYS 7 NIGHTS OR LONGER IN SELECT ROOMS AT SELECT SANDALS RESORT! • SANDALS ROYAL CARIBBEAN CATAMARAN CRUISE • 60% OFF SELECT ROOMS AT SANDALS RESORTS!
Plus Honeymooner Amenities:
Rose Petal Turndown Service, Breakfast in Bed & More!

Princess Cruise to Tahiti ~ French Polynesia
10 Night South Pacific Cruises on Tahitian Princess (Fall Sailings Oct-Dec)
$3018 per person
Includes Airfare, Cabin (based on least expensive sailing/inside cabin) Port fees, Transfers & Taxes
Certain Sailings will also include:
• $100 Onboard Credit •Complimentary 6x8 Candid Photo • Complimentary Choc. Dipped Strawberries

Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort ~ Mexico
5 Nights in a Deluxe Room, All inclusive
$1063 per person
Includes Airfare (non stop on US Air), Room, Private Airport/Hotel Transfers & Taxes
Bookings made by Aug 21st for departures thru Dec 23rd Include:
• $100 Spa Credit •$60 Credit toward a Romantic Dinner •$40 Credit toward bottles of Wine @ Hotel Restaurants
Plus – Honeymooner Amenities:
•Tropical Fruit Plate, Champagne Breakfast in Bed, Bottle of Champagne & Turn down Service

Contact: Angela / Honeymoon Specialist @ Elan Travel
Aschrenk@Elantravel.com / 623-561-1111-Phone
Mention Thee Wedding Warehouse at time of Deposit & Receive a Free Gift With your Travel Documents!
Prices & Availability are subject to change until booked.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Post-Wedding Blues


Brides and grooms spend at least one year in the spotlight as an engaged couple. There are numerous celebrations in their honor. On the big day, all eyes are on them. This is especially true for the bride, who is the real star of the show. But when couples cut the cake at the end of the reception, they are symbolically cutting their time in the sun. For some people that is tough. If you’re suffering from the post-wedding blues, you can get out of your funk. Here's how:


1. Gain Perspective
Your wedding was fun but it was only one day. Your marriage should last a lifetime. Truly, the day after the wedding is the really exciting day because it’s the beginning of your life together. Now is your chance to show your commitment and love to one another every day, create a family and home, and dream big. Start discussing the next big goal you have as a couple. It could be something as small as saving up for a romantic weekend getaway or as big as purchasing a home. Whatever it is, you’ll choose together, and it will give you something else on which to focus.



2. Get Cozy
For the last few months, you’ve probably done nothing but think about and plan a wedding. While the chores may have been fun, they were still work. Planning a wedding can zap your energy and add to your stress. Now that it’s all over, you probably have regained some precious time. It’s okay if you want to take a rest and do absolutely nothing for a little while. Bask in your newfound laziness. Get in your pajamas, make some popcorn, throw in a DVD, grab a blanket, and snuggle with your spouse on the couch. If your better half leans over for a smooch, all the better!



3. Go Out
Engaged couples have a tendency to neglect their friends and family in the days leading up to the wedding because they have so many things to do. Make it up to your pals and relatives by going out to dinner or the movies with them. If you’re into nature, take a hike. Do things you enjoy and haven’t had the time to do in a while with the people who knew and loved you before you were married. They’ll appreciate your company and lift your spirits.



4. Throw a Party
If the party planner in you craves another feast, then set a date for a get together at your place. It will be on a smaller scale than a wedding, but you’ll still be able to create invitations, place settings, centerpieces, and a menu. You can whip out all the great gifts you received – from that blender to the fine china – and put them to good use. Invite people who you wish could have spent more one-on-one time with you at the wedding, and make it a point to have some fun.



5. Take on a Project
Many a bride and groom have felt nostalgic in the days after the wedding. That’s okay. You can feel free to embrace your nostalgia. Talk about the day, look at pictures, and watch the video. In fact, you could take on a project that would honor your wedding in some way. For instance, you could frame some of your favorite photos and create a collage on your wall, put together a scrapbook, or make a video replete with music and burn it onto a DVD. Such activities keep your mind busy, give you the chance to dwell on the happy memories you created, and leave you with a keepsake that you can turn to whenever you want to put a smile on your face.




By: Stacy Anderson
Thee Wedding Warehouse Home of EnDearing Floral Design

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tips from the Knot

Wedding Planning: 10 Most Common Wedding Planning Mistakes

To read the whole article click here. I took out the best three.

#1 Doing Anything...Before the Guest List
The problem: You're engaged! You're excited! You're ready to send out save-the-dates, book that reception hall, choose those flowers -- now! Well hang on a second, because we're afraid you're forgetting something. Who's coming to this affair, exactly?
The solution: It's not the most fun part of planning (and we'll be honest, it's one of the most likely to lead to a fight or two or twelve), but you shouldn't make any wed-day decisions before you have your wedding guest list somewhat firmly in place. Why, you ask? Well, do you want to have a nonrefundable deposit down on that cozy restaurant room that fits 75 when your mother-in-law's additions bump your list up over 200? Exactly. Once every one's in agreement, then you can move forward. That said, this means that one of the parts of your wedding you can plan immediately (or at least talk over with your fiance) is what kind of atmosphere you'd like for your wedding. Do you want an intimate, close friends and family-only affair, or do you want to throw the event of the season for 300-plus people? Later, when you're in the guest-list trenches, this bit of planning will help back up your gut instinct about whether to say yes (or no) to guest-list additions.

#7 Overloading Your Mom's Big Day To-do List
The problem: So you can't do it all yourself -- fine -- but you've got to have someone you trust double-checking with the caterer and the florist, steaming your veil, or making sure the limo company's got directions. Most brides turn to good ol' Mom (or their sister or their maid of honor) to make sure things go as planned on the big day. These folks are usually happy to help in any way they can -- but hey, didn't they come here to party too?
The solution: No matter how worried you are, most wedding-day (and day-before) chores can be trusted to any competent adult, and aren't there a slew of them coming into town just for your wedding? Before you hand your mom or MOH a mega-task list, consider splitting jobs among a larger group of people -- friends, cousins, aunts. They'll be glad to lend a hand (and likely flattered that you asked), and it's a great way to include more people in your celebration. If you're worried about losing track, simply take the to-do list you already have and note who's who next to each task. Check in with each person at some point, then check off the chore from the list.
Another option: Hire a professional wedding coordinator for the final weeks before the wedding. They're experts at making sure those last-minute details get done, and having the extra hands around will help you (and mom) decide what you really want to be in charge of and what you can happily hand off. It's more affordable than you might think -- and really, can you put a price tag on alleviating that kind of stress?

I think a lot of brides don't realize how affordable a wedding coordinator can be. We offer full service planning and day of coordinating. We call this service "Thee Wedding Fairy". What every girl needs. After meeting with my last couple this last Saturday we will be changing that to what every couple needs. They were amazed at how affordable our pricing was. After going through what they wanted, we created a realistic budget within a hour. Wow.. on the first meeting. Then I went through the budget and showed them how I could actually save them money that would more than cover the wedding coordinator. Of course they were thrilled and we signed up another happy couple. So my tip is... before thinking I have too small of a budget or I can't afford it, call and make an appointment. The consultation is always complimentary.

#9 Blowing Your Budget
The problem: You came up with a number. You did some research. You revised the number. You started planning ... and now that number's not going to cut it. Budgeting for a wedding can be the stuff of nuptial nightmares -- but that doesn't mean you should elope.
The solution: If you find you've underestimated some expenses, don't panic. Instead, sit down with your fiance and try to reach a constructive solution. Maybe you can give up an item or trade one for another (for example, dahlias over Black Magic roses saves about $4 per stem). If you're coming up short overall, you may have to take on some debt. To make it as minimal as possible, consider obtaining a low-interest loan or using a low-interest credit card. And to keep it from becoming a source of tension between the two of you, make a plan to deal with the debt and a deadline for paying it off so it won't hang over your heads.

Happy Planning!

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Bridesmaid Code of Ethics


The Bridesmaid Code of Ethics

August 10, 2009 in Tips and Advice

Calling all bridesmaids – pay attention! Whether you’re a sister, cousin, co-worker, or girlfriend – there is a simple code of ethics to follow when it comes to being a bridesmaid.
*Accept an invitation to be a bridesmaid only if you are excited about being in the wedding. Do not accept out of guilt or because you feel obligated.
*Be available to shop with your bride if she asks. When I was in my friend Amy’s wedding several years ago, we spent an entire summer crashing wedding sites on Saturdays to see what they looked like all set up for an event. We had such a great time, and it made me feel like I had a special part of helping her plan her wedding.
*Let your bride take the lead when shopping for bridesmaid dresses. Talk to her about her vision before grabbing dresses to try on. Yes, we want you to look fabulous, but your bride has an idea in mind regarding the overall look of her wedding. Support her in that vision (see Jenni’s blog on her yellow wedding that never happened).
*Don’t complain to your bride about any of the following:
Your attire
The guy you are assigned to walk with down the aisle (more on the boy ethics below)
How much money you’re spending on her shower/parties/bridesmaid dress/wedding gift
Her family (you know the rule – you can vent about your own mother but no one else can)
How fat you think you are (especially if you smaller than the bride….that is straight up terrible)
Wearing heels (get a pair and practice at home – unless you get lucky and can go barefoot on the beach)
The venue of the wedding or rehearsal dinner
The food at the reception
The groom (even if he’s your brother or BFF)
*Bring a date to the wedding only if you’re in a relationship. Remember – each head at a wedding is costing the bride/groom/family an average of $100. Before you bring a date, ask yourself if you would buy that guy a $100 meal.
*Speaking of boys…if you are single a wedding is a great place to meet someone. That said, do it tastefully and save any overnight adventures for a different evening.
*Offer to help all along the way, and be a sounding board, shoulder to cry on, and fabulous pal for girls’ nights out. If you’re married, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t had your own wedding yet, this is very good karma for your future wedding planning.
*You know that song, All You Need is Love? Make that your motto.
I just realized I could go on and on with this stuff, but I’ll leave it at that so as not to scare anyone away from accepting the honor of being a bridesmaid. If you are genuinely excited to be in this wedding, you will likely not have to worry about anything. Just be your naturally wonderful self and have fun celebrating this time in your bride’s life.
-Keri

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Keri Doolittle will be at Thee Wedding Warehouse



OPEN HOUSE - 9 AM
Featured Vendor:
Keri Doolittle Photography Keri Doolittle will be our featured vendor at our Open House on Saturday, August 8th. She will be here to answer any questions you may have about wedding photography. She will also be displaying five creative and unique ways to incorporate photos into your wedding. Attached is a picture of one of the ideas that will be on display...this is a Manzanita branch that has engagement photos hung from the branches. This looks beautiful at your guest sign-in table! LASTLY, Keri will be giving away a 9" Digital Photo Frame by GPX!! See you on August 8th . Come on down for some great ideas and a chance to win a digital frame! Must be here by Noon!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

"Arizona" Summer Wedding

"Arizona" Summer Wedding
Maybe there isn't an "average" Arizona summer wedding. One thing that is average is the daytime temperature from about May 15 until November 1. It's hot here! Here includes Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona, Apache Junction, Goodyear and most points in between.
Many visitors come to the Valley of Sun from November through April. Big business schedules conventions and training seminars for them. The splendid weather causes scores of visitors to plan their vacations during this "peak" travel season. Golf, hiking, shopping and weddings are wonderful experiences during "peak" travel season. When the visitors come to Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale or Tempe, they find our weather good enough to "come back here to get married" when the rates go down. Little do they realize that the pleasant weather they covet is only temporary. Preparing to come down the aisle on a 111 degree August day, many a bride has remarked, "It was so beautiful when we visited here in December!"
The faith of Arizona couples is often amazing, too! Standing in full sun, 109 degrees and a 57 degree dew point temperature, they remark, "we thought we might get a break" on a mid-July afternoon wedding. Flowers and guests begin to wilt at outdoor weddings when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees. It's difficult for a photographer to capture smiles on the guest's faces. Children are crabby and video seemingly melts in the camera . . . well, you get the idea.
A hot weather wedding speeds up the minister. However, it slows down the funky chicken at the reception, if anyone can even muster the energy to dance. Now hear this: the only break in Arizona weather during our hot season is above the 7500' elevation.
Here are some tips for a hot outdoor summer

1. Shade. Find some shade. Make some shade. Get under some trees, rent some lawn umbrellas, or offer the elderly some hand-held umbrellas. Don't face the sun, don't have the officiate face the sun, and don't make your guests face the sun. Direct sun will take the celebration out of anyone.

2. Bring sunscreen. Is this a wedding or a trip to the beach? If you must have a wedding with anyone facing the sun, make sure ample sunscreen and UV400 sunglasses are available. Fair skinned people can burn in a matter of minutes and suffer for days afterward.

3. Avoid strenuous activity. Don't try to do everything the day of the wedding. Set up tables early in the morning or the night before. Get help setting up chairs. (Forget metal chairs period. After ten minutes in the sun they will sear any flesh they come into contact with).

4. Just add water. Provide lots of ice-cold drinking water at one or more locations. Just like having a guest book attendant stop people for signatures, have someone dispensing water. No, not beer, water!

5. Evaporative Coolers. Fans sometimes turn hot air into hot air with friction. Misters on fans are like spraying your guests with a garden hose and are noisy enough to drown-out your Ave Maria. Big rental companies rent authentic portable evaporative coolers. Spend the extra few dollars to provide this source of quiet cool air when the dew point is low enough.

6. Bring a handkerchief. This elegant and often over-looked item is the perfect complement to any hot-weather wedding ensemble. From the breast pocket of a stylish tuxedo or the hand of the beautiful bride, the discrete patting of a handkerchief can be a relief on one's face. Hand fans with the wedding program printed on them are becoming popular.

7. Be Sure. If your antiperspirant doesn't work cutting the lawn in July, it probably won't work at your wedding either. Shop around for an upgrade. Since you will be soaked with perspiration during the ceremony and photos, you might also consider bringing at least a change of underclothing for the reception.

8. Call 9-1-1. If anyone suffers the symptoms of heat exhaustion, don't wait for the coma. Place cold cloths on wrists and the forehead and get medical attention immediately.

9. Plan. Make a detailed schedule of the day and try to follow it. Make sure you have time for everything. Don't add stress and rushing to a hot summer day's schedule. Stay inside with air-conditioning as long as you can and get back inside frequently as your wedding day goes by.

10. Plan B. Your minister, DJ or musicians, florist, parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, vocalist, and all your guests are praying you have an indoor Plan B. Can you take the wedding inside? If you have planned your wedding in Arizona's hot weather, don't deny it. Nothing can be done about the weather, but you can prepare for it. Be sensitive to your guests and be wise about your plans.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Thee Bridal Biggest Loser




We are at it again! Back by popular demand.. Thee Wedding Warehouse is hosting Thee Bridal Biggest Loser. Contest starts Saturday August 1, 2009 at 9 AM. This time it’s a $20 buy in. First place winner gets 90% of the proceeds and bridal photo shoot by Rachel Priddy of Priddy Photo, and a complimentary bridal bouquet.. Second place gets 10% off proceeds and a $50 gift certificate to Thee Wedding Warehouse. Contest lasts for 12 weeks. Second chance start... anytime before August 8th, with a extra $5 penalty buy in. Call 623.536.0995 with any questions.


Before and after shot of Tara, contest winner. Tara lost almost 30 lbs and 16% of her total weight in twelve weeks.
Photo.. courtesy of Kym Ventola
Article from other contestant...
HOW I LOST 26 LBS..

For the past year and a half I had been slowly putting on weight, they say falling in love makes you fat… well that was definitely the case for me. I had soared to become the heaviest ever and I now needed a change. I had recently become engaged when I heard about the contest out at Thee Wedding Warehouse, what better timing? I tried on dresses before I entered into the contest and was mortified. There was no way I was going to walk down the aisle feeling as bad as I did. I decided to enter this contest and to actually follow through with it.
In the past I would start fad diets and then that was it, I would be done, going back to my old ways of eating. Working out had never been a passion of mine and I would start to use excuses for why I had gained as much weight as I had… This is just the way my body is built… I have to learn to love myself the way I am… and my favorite, at least he loves me for me. Okay now let me just say that yes our bodies are built a certain way, and yes we need to love ourselves, and yes it is good that your partner loves you for you, but there is not excuse for being unhealthy. That was the great thing about Thee Wedding Warehouse; they brought in a personal trainer and gave us all the information on how to get our bodies healthy. They gave us the tools and then we were held accountable by weekly results. When the first weeks results came out I was amazed at exactly how well people were doing, I pushed myself harder. I lost 26lbs in 12 weeks, which is an average of 2.16lbs a week by eating more fruits and vegetables, eating protein bars if I was hungry throughout the day and then heating a healthy dinner. My way was to eat very few calories throughout the morning and afternoon and then eat a healthy 500-calorie dinner. I still ate a little pasta and started substituting white rice for brown and buying 45 calorie bread. I always made sure I ate something for breakfast and then ate small snacks throughout the day, like fruits or vegetables. I drink a ton of water and have cut out the soda. The weight just fell off. It is an amazing feeling. I used to always say that buying groceries was a lot more expensive than fast food, oh, how I was wrong. Not only did I lose the weight but I also saved money. After the 12 weeks I went and tried on dresses again. I had gone down 2 dress sizes! I am very excited for the next 12 weeks and look forward to having my dress altered further.
I owe a big thanks to Thee Wedding Warehouse for making me take a look at myself and for giving me the tools to accomplish my goals. In another 12 weeks I plan to be down 52lbs. I will then be ready for my dream wedding!


By: Amber Fullmer

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wedding Cake Ideas




Wedding Cake Ideas




Cake balls are just what you’ve been waiting for — bite-size bits of moist cake blended with rich frosting, surrounded in a deliciously beautiful confectionery coating. An exciting twist on cupcakes and a sophisticated alternative to traditional desserts, it’s no wonder why they’ve become such a sweet sensation. These have been showing up in upscale bakeries around the country for months. They are even offered in the Neiman Marcus catalog (but they are currently sold out)! They also go by the name of "cupcake pops" and "cake pop", when the balls are mounted on a stick. Crafty people are even having 'Cake Ball Parties', If you would like to schedule such a party please contact Cake Contessa. We can bring a variety of undecorated cake balls, and then we will show how to be creative with the dipping chocolates The options are endless simple sugar flowers, glimmering candy beads colors with white chocolate and sugar sprinkles. They come in two sizes small and regular similar to cupcake sizes. They can be places on a cake stand like the cupcake tower. Menu options are also endless. We are in the process of designing the perfect menu with our signature flavors.

Thee Wedding Warehouse offers cake tastings every Saturday from 9AM - 3PM. We love to design cakes... Groom's and friends love the tasting part so join us any Saturday for samples. Courtesy of The Cake Contessa, Lanette Romero http://www.thecakecontessa.com/ 480-720-7104

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wedding Tips



Wedding Tips

You are getting married and want a beautiful event, yet you need to stick to a tight budget. This is a problem that faces many couples. Don't worry; there are ways to have your dream wedding without breaking the bank.


1. Prioritize! Make a list of the most important things you want for your wedding and have your fiancé do the same. Are you most committed to having gorgeous flowers, inviting 400 people, hosting the wedding at a particular location, or serving filet mignon and lobster? Knowing your priorities before the planning starts will help you decide what to spend money on, and what you don't mind doing cheaply or doing without.


2. Trim the guest list. This is difficult but sometimes necessary if the cost per guest is going to break your budget. Cross off names on the list of guests who might feel obligated to come to the wedding if they are invited, but would not have their feelings hurt if they are not asked to attend. Think of inviting only relatives with whom you have a close relationship instead of everyone related to you. Invite only the people who are important to you and your parents, rather than everyone you know.


3. Reduce the number of people in your bridal party. You have to buy nice gifts for every member of your bridal party, and that adds up. Plus, traditionally, the entire bridal party plus their dates are invited to the rehearsal dinner. Seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen, all their dates, ring bearer and flower girls, and their families, plus both sets of parents and all the readers in the ceremony, plus Officiant could add up to 40+ people to feed!


4. Have your wedding ceremony and reception held at a hotel, and ask for discounts when family and friends are staying at same hotel. Reserve a block of rooms for your guests several months before the wedding for the best rates. Speak with the appropriate manager when asking for discounts and reserving rooms.


5. Ask your married friends how often they pull out their expensive wedding album... Photos, though a nice luxury can be a huge expense. In reality, you only need one beautiful photo to hang on the wall. If you supply disposable cameras you will be surprised how well the candid pictures turn out. Also, ask a friend who you know is good at ensuring that your guest’s heads aren't cut off in pictures to help. Make a list of all the family and group shots, research wedding magazines for some nice "set up shots" of the bride and groom, and pass them on to your photographer friend. Also ask friends with digital cameras to email you all the photos they take. Ask a friend who you trust having around but couldn't have in the bridal party to capture the bride and groom getting ready. Remember that this is one very happy day when you are both looking your best so it shouldn't be that hard to get a nice album made up without thousands of dollars. You can hire a professional photographer for the ceremony, and leave the rest up to friends.


6. Stick to the schedule for your ceremony and reception. Musicians will charge more if asked to perform beyond the time stated in their contract. You will also incur additional limo charges if your event runs longer than planned. If you don't know any musicians yourself, call local college music departments rather than browsing the yellow pages. Students will be cheaper than professionals.


7. Have your ceremony and reception in the same location to simplify things and save you money. There will be no need for limos to take you to the second location. Many churches have halls that are equipped to handle wedding receptions at reasonable fees - especially if you are a member.


8. Consider having your wedding any day but Saturday. Fridays are also popular wedding days but may cost a lot less than a Saturday event. For even greater savings, choose a weekday evening for your wedding. Schedule the wedding to allow guests time to arrive at the ceremony after the work day has ended. Many guests enjoy weekday weddings as this frees up their weekends for other activities. Choose a date between June and September for the Phoenix area to avoid higher peak season rates. Schedule your wedding during the day, such as a weekend brunch or a luncheon on Saturday or Sunday. The cost for the venue will be much lower and the daytime lighting is better for color photography.


9. After looking at the final plan of your wedding, but before paying any deposits, decide where you can simplify the whole process. Consider whether you really need choral singers and a string quartet at the ceremony and a wedding singer and a DJ at the reception. Releasing doves or butterflies or having a candle-lighting ceremony are all wonderful, but may end-up costing a lot of money. Simplicity saves money and if done well, your wedding may seem more serene and awe-inspiring!


10. Remember that the wedding is one day at the start of a life-long commitment. Look beyond the wedding day to the goals you will have as newlyweds. If you want to purchase a house in the next few years, keeping that as a priority throughout the wedding planning process will help you to be prudent about how much you spend on that one day.


LAST Step..call us at 623.536.0995, set up an appointment for a complimentary consultation with our wedding fairy. Wedding professionals, just as ourselves, know the ins and outs of weddings and is always the best place to start when planning.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thank you

I just wanted to share a thank you we got by email today...

My daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Anna Benker, used Thee Wedding Warehouse for various services at their July 1, 2009 wedding. This is just a quick note to express the delight that my husband and I experienced at the results of your services! The wedding flowers were beautiful, the cake was extraordinary, the make-up/hair stylist was terrific, the photographer was easy to have around (we haven’t seen the prints yet) and I’m sure will exceed our expectations, the food was delicious, the caterers were on top of everything, and the master guidance you provided was perfect!

Thee Wedding Warehouse exceeded our expectations and delivered a truly beautiful wedding for our daughter. We will definitely recommend you to anyone!

Thank you!

MORE ON THANK YOU'S....

A hand written note is always nice but in the digital age sending an email to let your vendors know it always appreciated. This is me speaking as a vendor. As a vendor I love to get pictures also....

I think as for the bride and groom a hand written note is still the most proper. Martha Stewart's says you have 6 months to send thank you notes after the wedding to your guests. My opinion is closer to 3 months. To stay caught up, do them as you receive them before the wedding. Keep a good list. Schedule a couple hours of quiet time time to write them. Have the new hubby help and enjoy doing it together. This will also make it go much quicker.

Found a good website to share on Thank you notes.. below

The Do's and Don'ts of Thank You Notes
The Basic Etiquette of Thank You Notes
By Donna Pilato, About.com

They're such a simple concept. A thank you note is an expression of appreciation for a thoughtful act, expression, or gift. But the potential formality of this thought can be intimidating. Many people think that the wording has to be perfect, and this causes so much anxiety that the notes are never sent. Before all the other rules, just remember that an imperfect note that comes with heartfelt sentiment is better than a perfect note that was never written.
In order to relieve some of the anxiety on this subject, here is a simple guide to the do's and don'ts of thank you notes. You may discover that in some cases where you thought a written note was required, it's not. I'll also give you a few sample thank you notes just to get you started. But remember, although I'm providing a formula, you'll need to personalize it to make it meaningful to the recipient.

The Do's of Thank You Notes
Send your thank you notes as quickly as possible.
Notes may be sent on informal stationery, except for wedding thank you notes which are generally sent on formal stationery.
Always make specific reference to the gift that is the subject of the note, such as "Thank you so much for the blue sweater. How did you know that was my favorite color?"
Always send notes in the following situations:
Wedding gifts.
For sympathy letters, flowers, or mass cards.
To the hostess after a party that was hosted in your honor.
For bridal or baby shower gifts.
For gifts that were received by mail.
After being entertained by your boss.
Gifts received during a hospital stay.
After being hosted as a houseguest for one or more nights (unless it's a close relative or friend who is doing the hosting).
For notes or gifts of congratulations.
Thank you notes are not required in the following situations, but would still be a nice gesture:
After being a guest at a dinner party.
After a job interview (not required, but definitely a smart idea).
For birthday gifts that were received and opened in person, and you already thanked the giver personally.
When a friend has helped you out with a special favor such as babysitting, a meal when you were sick, running errands for you when you are incapable.
To the sales representative who has entertained you personally as part of a business relationship.

The Don'ts of Thank You Notes
Don't delay in sending most notes. Generally notes should be sent within a week of receipt of the gift or gesture. The only exception to this timing is as follows:
Thank you notes for hospital gifts should be sent as soon as the patient is well enough to send them, whenever that is.
The current guidelines for wedding gift thank you notes are that the notes should be sent within three months of receipt of gifts. However, given the potential monumental task that would pose to the bride and groom after their honeymoon, it makes sense to send notes out as soon as gifts are received (often wedding gifts are sent prior to the wedding date).
I cannot stress enough the importance of personalizing thank you notes. I have attended large children's parties where parents hand out pre-written thank you's as guests leave the party, even though gifts haven't even been opened. In my opinion, there's no point in even giving a thank you in this case. Thought was given to selecting just the right present for the birthday boy or girl, and without a specific thank you for the gift, the giver will never know how much the gift was really enjoyed. This kind of thank you is merely a check note on the party list, and conveys no sense of personal appreciation.
Even though most thank you notes can be sent on informal stationery, that doesn't mean it's okay to use a piece of paper torn from your shopping list pad. Find note cards that reflect your personality, and keep a ready supply on hand. They don't need to cost a lot of money. In fact, if you shop diligently, you can find inexpensive, attractive cards in the dollar stores.
There's no need to lie if you dislike a gift. If something is not to your taste, you should still show appreciation for the thought that went into selecting it for you. You can always say "Thank you for the thoughtful (fill in the blank). I will always think of you whenever I use it."

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Water Bottles

Getting married in August... in Arizona is HOT! Water bottles with a custom label is a cute, fun way to keep the guests hydrated. We offer water bottles at 75 cents each. Clear bottle, your choice of white or black cap and a custom label. Case quantity does apply. Call for more details 623.536.0995.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hiring a DJ... by Curits Whipple



Hiring a DJ... by Curits Whipple
During a bridal consultation to consider hiring a DJ for her wedding, a bride asked if I had a strategy if people weren't dancing. It's a great question and really serves to separate out a professional DJ/entertainer from a hobbyist. If a DJ has arrived at a place where people aren't dancing, the time to have not had that happen has already passed. An inexpensive hobbyist DJ would be left only with a cheesy and uncomfortable tactic like the "Hokey Pokey" or a stupid announcement like "Yo people get up out ya seats!"

The time to plan to have dancing guests is in advance of the event. It comes from time spent talking to the bride and groom about their musical tastes and the vision they have for their wedding celebration. It happens during the dinner hour, chatting with wedding guests as time allows. It's the DJ reading the crowd properly. Well selected and executed background music should have naturally elevated the mood of the room from a formal ceremony to what will be a dance party after dinner. It comes from creating a confidence level in the abilities of the DJ, even before the first dance song is played. Then a professional entertainer can lead the way and take the wedding guests on a fun musical and dancing and celebrating journey and finish the night breathless and satisfied and with fantastic memories of the night.



Photo by Kym Ventola at Hampton Inn Litchfield
Thee Wedding Warehouse home of EnDearing Floral Design - Flowers
Dress - Molina Bridal





Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Five Amazing Honeymoon’s under $2500 for two



Five Amazing Honeymoon’s
under $2500 for two!


1. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Airfare on US Airways, 5 Nights @ Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Retreat and Spa, Ocean View room w/ $100 Spa Credit, Transfers and all taxes.
$1974.00 for two

2. Fiji, South Pacific
Airfare on Air Pacific (non-stop from L.A. to Fiji), 7 Nights Seaview Bure @ Crusoes Retreat Resort, Daily Breakfast, Fiji tax and Transfers (air tax addt’l).
$1930.00 for two

3. Kauai, Hawaii
Airfare on Hawaiian Airlines, 5 Nights Garden View Room (super discount) @ Sheraton Kauai Resort, Economy Car Rental, Car/Hotel tax (air tax addt’l)
$2440.00 for two

4. Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Airfare on Delta Airlines, 5 Nights in Plantation Honeymoon Villa w/ Pool @ Sandals Grande Ocho Rios (All Inclusive Meals/Drinks/Tips), Transfers & Taxes
$2458.00 for two

5. Eastern Caribbean Islands Cruise
Airfare on Northwest Air, 7 Night Cruise on Carnival Liberty to St Thomas/
St Maarten/Grand Turk/Half Moon Cay, in a Balcony Cabin, Transfers & Tax
$2175.44 for two

Contact your Honeymoon Specialist:
Angela at Elan Travel
Aschrenk@elantravel.com
623-561-1111 / 623-535-1110

Prices/Availability subject to change until booked. Most pricing based on Sep-Nov 09 departures. Some tax addt’l.
*Mention Thee Wedding Warehouse at time of booking/deposit and receive a free gift with your travel documents!*

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Michelle and Jim's Wedding






Congratulations to Michelle and Jim. The event was fabulous. The Sanctuary was such a beautiful venue it is hard to even put into words. We had an awesome team:
Thee Wedding Warehouse
Curtis Whipple
Ventola Photography
Daniel Wagner Film Productions
Julia Baker - Cake
Michelle was a stunning bride. Julia Baker did favor boxes filled with chocolates for each guest. Watch for more pictures to come on Ventola Photography's blog.
Need help with your wedding.. make an appointment today (623) 536.0995. Let us help you make your memories bloom.
Praise from Michelle
..... You ladies......I LOVE YOU! You made our wedding day completely special, beautiful and carefree. We had so much fun! You guys were great! I'll see you all soon! Please say 'aloha' to Jacque and Stacy!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009




JUNE 27
9 am to 3 pm

Estrella Vista Reception Center1471 N Eliseo Felix Jr. Way Avondale, AZ 85323
Join the valley's best vendors at Estella Vista Reception Center. There will be a honeymoon giveaway, a wedding fashion show, wonderful food creations and cake tastings all day, entertainment, something special for the grooms and 99 dresses for $99! Cost: $5/per person at the door, but 2 for 1 admissions for early bird attendees! RSVP for this event to info@theeweddingwarehouse.com to be entered into the Honeymoon Giveaway!
Also, at Thee Bridal Show, register for the "9 Brides, 9 grooms, & 1 White Wedding" giveaway! Registration is 9 dollars, only 50 entries will be accepted. Registration opens June 28th at Thee Bridal Show and will be from 9 am to 3 pm.
To win, one person from each couple must get the best score of 9 Putts! Putting Contest will take place on July 18th at 2PM atThe Raven Golf Club at Verrado. Remember only 50 people can putt! Be the first ones to register to guarantee your place on the putting green.
9 Winners of Putting Contest will share a spot under the stars in this unique and special group wedding on 9.9.09 at 9PM atThe Raven Golf Club at Verrado. Champagne reception to follow ceremony. Couples and guests will dance the night away with Hors D’oeuvres and cake, and during the reception the newlyweds will have a chance to putt for $25,000 towards a dream honeymoon! Winners may invite 9 special couples to share this once in a lifetime night with.
Wedding and reception services being provided by the following vendors:
Venue - The Raven Golf Club at Verrado
Ceremony Officiant – Reverend Giovanni
Bridal Bouquets and Boutonnieres – Thee Wedding Warehouse home of EnDearing floral Design
Photography – Kym Ventola (1 hour engagement session, CD of images from wedding)
Entertainment – DJ – Curtis Whipple
Invitations – Thee Wedding Warehouse home of EnDearing floral Design
Cake – Custom Cakes By Elizabeth
Hors D’oeuvres – All About Catering, Co.
Thee Wedding Fairy… to take care of all the details!!!

Zapien-Romero wedding from September 27, 2009


Fresh Look Images just sent over a slide show they made for Zapien-Romero wedding from September 27, 2009. Click here to view. Fresh Look Images does a amazing job. They always shoot with two photographers. One photographer focuses on traditional pictures and one focuses on photojournalism. We enjoyed doing the flowers and working with Roseann and her family.

Monday, June 1, 2009

WindStar Gardens


WindStar Gardens

Join us for our Thursday night Summer Concert Series Thursdays 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
$9 per person/per concert Light meal available for additional $6.50 with pre-purchased ticket Served from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (see menu’s below)
Call for tickets and to reserve your seat for dinner - 623-412-3030
June 4th - Bridget Maynes & Auggie Mendoza
Standards, Classics and favorites done right!
Menu: BBQ Pork Sandwich, Potato Salad, Chips, Cookie
June 11th - Skunk Creek Jazz Band
You know them from the Sun City Stomperz and Desert City Six
Menu: Lasagna, Salad, Rolls/butter, Ice cream
June 25th - The Steele Sound
Three piece steel drum ensemble delivering quality Caribbean style music
Menu: Chicken or Beef Burrito, Rice, Beans, Tortilla Chips

Presented by Jean Bayus Music Entertainment

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Photographer, Kym Ventola, gets top honors.


A Photographer, Kym Ventola, gets top honors.

See article.

He popped the question, and you said yes! After you've bragged to your single friends, shared the good news with your family, and purchased a stack of bridal magazines, it's time to start planning your wedding! This means hiring the best wedding photographer for you.

5 of the Best Wedding Photographers in Phoenix, Arizona
Neighborhood: All Phoenix, AZ 85026United States of America

Phoenix has numerous fantastic photographers that would be happy to capture your memories on the special day. Here are some of the best wedding photographers in Phoenix.Phoenix Wedding Photographer #1: Harrison HurwitzOne of Phoenix's most talented photographers is Harrison Hurwitz. He has been a professional photographer for over twenty years. He works along side his wife, who designs the cover of many of their clients wedding albums. Their motto is "Photography is as unique as you." He states, "It is each of our couple's particular story that fascinates and energizes us. Meeting and exceeding their expectations is what keeps us going." If you browse through his online portfolio, you will notice he truly provides a creative touch to his work. You can reach him at (602) 971-7978.Phoenix Wedding Photographer #2: Moments Found PhotographyAnother exceptional wedding photographer serving Phoenix is Alan from Moments Found photographer. He has been photographing weddings for over ten years and would be thrilled to do yours. If you visit his website, be sure to check out the "raves" section where you will find reviews from very happy customers. He also has youtube videos (linked from his website) to show you his album styles are more. He can be reached at (602) 320-7131.Phoenix Wedding Photographer
#3: Ventola Photography Another one of Phoenix's finest photographers is Kym Ventola of Ventola photography. She states, "I try to balance my sense of humor with my serious passion for getting the perfect image." She likes to focus on capturing real life and people at their raw selves, she states to forget about saying "say cheese!" Visit her website to browse some of her work. Her phone number is (623) 399-8760.






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Nardini Manor is now part of Thee Wedding Warehouse's all inclusive packages. Make an appointment today so Thee Wedding Fairy can help you every step of the way.
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Photographs by Kym Ventola of Ventola Photography.
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Sale



Ray Mar Productions is offering veterans past and present a 50% discount for bookings through Monday for any 2009 wedding in honor of Memorial Day. See Thee Wedding Warehouse for details.


HUGE DISCOUNTS. Thee Wedding Warehouse is proud to support The West Valley View Food Drive. For every canned food item you bring in, you will receive up to 5% off. (Discount up to 50% off entire bill, In-Stock Items Only)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Favors that are yummy

Julia Baker Confections...

Chocolates from Julia Baker Confections aren't just food, they're an experience. They're the flavor of romance, the taste of decadence. One bite into the creamy luxury found in each piece and you'll discover how good chocolate can be. Julia Baker Confections' signature chocolate recipes include truffles and hand-cut artisan chocolates, ranging in flavors from dark ganache to passion fruit. Each piece is handmade, prepared with meticulous care and great attention to detail, making for a superior chocolate experience.

This weekend one of our brides is doing this as her favor. Green bow. Each one will be set on the napkin. Yummy Yummy!!!