Wednesday, August 25, 2010

To Toss or Not to Toss

So... one of the really fun parts of your wedding is the bouquet/garter toss.. or is it?

Recently I was at a wedding where the bride very happily ran out on the dance floor to toss her bouquet and Lo and Behold... no-one joined her!!! She stood there looking at everyone thinking "OMG... this is awkward"....

Here's what I think: if you are a bride in her 20's who has lots of single girl friends who will go "running" to the dance floor to kill each other for the bouquet... toss it! However, if you are a bride who is a bit older (like me) with lots of married girlfriends not so willing to kill each other for the chance of the superstitious marriage bouquet (LOL) ...don't toss it!

It was so bad for me (married at 35) that my girlfriends used to say... ON THE MICROPHONE..." Hey Jacque I know you're here! Come out and catch the bouquet!" Oh ya,... can't wait to stand up there in front of 125 people alone! NOT!

So my advice? Consider your guest list, and if you don't have a ton of singles, research some other options. Talk to your DJ or your planner; they can help you to come up with some great alternatives, like the Anniversary Dance, where you give the couple who has been married the longest your toss bouquet and garter! It's really sweet and romantic and no-one looks like the fool.

The toss isn't something anyone will miss if you replace it with something wonderful. And trust me, your single girlfriends will love you for it! LOLOLOL

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Rehearsal Dinner Location Ideas

Check out these fun rehearsal dinner location ideas for the West Valley.

Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
13319 W. McDowell Rd. Goodyear AZ

16335 W Northern Ave Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
(623) 535-4249

Old Pueblo Café
102 N Old Litchfield Rd Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
(623) 935-5059

Blu Sushi
118 N Old Litchfield Rd Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
(623) 935-9730

The Grill at Wigwan Golf Resort and Spa

451 Old Litchfield Rd Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
(623) 856-1094

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
9712 West Northern Ave. Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 772-9463

Yard House
9401 W Westgate Blvd Glendale, AZ 85305
(623) 872-3900

My Big Fat Greek Restaurant
6922 N. 95th Avenue Glendale, AZ 85305
(623) 772-5667

6970 N. 95th Ave Glendale, AZ 85305
(623) 772-1110

Thursday, August 19, 2010

brides maids dresses and color

When you chose your brides maids dresses did you think about the flowers you would choose to accompany them first… or at all?

As brides and “girls” we spend hours looking for the right dress for our attendants.

Which one looks the best on my kind of chunky, brunette MOH and will still look good on my teeny tiny blonde sister!?! LOL But did you ever stop to consider what your favorite flowers were and what colors they came in? Did you ever imagine for a moment what all your girls (including you) would be holding in their hands in all your photos?

I believe in color and I am not afraid to say it!!! I love to meet with a bride who has “NO IDEA” what she wants!

That is the most fun! Because,… I love color! If you have chosen “plum” for your girls did you immediately think "Oh light purple and ivory”? If you did you are like most, it’s safe. But can you see deep Orangey yellows on there??? Or how about deep sage greens and cranberry reds with a touch of orange??? For spring what about rich orange, corally oranges and purples? There are so many fun options to choose from.

On chocolate brown… how about deep reds and burgundy’s? Or all shades of green?? MMM, I can just see it now…LOL

Coming in to see me will be one of the most fun parts of planning your wedding. I get to open your mind to possibilities and color schemes you may never have thought of! I will help you to pick the perfect bouquet for the dress you are wearing. And trust me there is the right bouquet for each bride and her dress! If you have tons of bead work, I suggest a simple and timeless bouquet. If your dress is very simple then maybe we go for a floral eye catcher!

We will look at tons of books, pictures and magazines. We will choose together the wedding flowers that are perfectly just yours! I can help you choose linens to add the perfect touch to your reception room too. (Linens are huge by the way)…

When you leave our store you will have had one of the best days picking flowers and decorations! I promise you that. We offer so many wonderful things in our store who even knows what you can accomplish in one day! And I promise that I have VERY reasonable prices for what we offer. I take great pride in the Bouquets that come out of Thee Wedding Warehouse home of EnDearing Floral design and each bride who carries them.

Come in and see us. Let us show you what planning your wedding should be…

Jacque Dearing

Flower Workshop via @constantcontact

Flower Workshop via @constantcontact

Saturday, August 7, 2010

"Let's Get Hitched"

Estrella Vista Reception Center offers a package called.. "Let's Get Hitched" See details below. I had a wonderful young couple that just picked this package for their August 1st wedding. Sandy and Jose wanted all of their friends and family that were already traveling to celebrate his degree completion to be able to come to the wedding. Reverend Giovanni officiated the eleven o'clock ceremony. Thee Wedding Fairy was there early to set up so the bride and groom could concentrate on enjoying her day. Cyndi of Cyndi Hardy Photography captured all the memories for the happy couple. We so enjoyed being able to be apart of their day and wish the both the best and years of happiness.

Sunday – Thursday

Up to 80 Guests

Bring your family and friends to share in the excitement and happiness of your special day. Just bring your smiles and let us take care of the details.

Our all-inclusive "Let's Get Hitched" package includes:


1 Hr. rehearsal
1 Hr. wedding ceremony
Decorated wedding arch & aisle runner
White garden chairs with aisle bows (seating up to 80)
Confirmation of ceremony officiate
Unity Candle table
Men & Women's dressing rooms
Sound System

10 passenger Limo service from Estrella Vista Reception Center to evening's destination

A 4-hour reception

Room set up and take down
60 inch round tables and banquet chairs for up to 80 guests
Floor length table linens (in black, ivory or white)
Colored table overlays (95 colors to choose from)

Chair covers with sashes
Elegant table decorations to include: Mirror centerpieces with votive candles and 40-inch high silk floral arrangements
Skirting and silk floral arrangements on the Bridal table, Cake table and Registry

Champagne (or Sparkling Cider) for the bride & groom and bridal party

Complete catered dinner (Catering provided by Estrella Vista Reception Center)
Disposible Napkins, dinner plates, flatware, and cake plates
7-gallon Silver punch fountain with complimentary lemonaide or punch for the reception

Two-tiered wedding cake (provided by Cakes by Lourdes)
Cake cutting service
Separate Men’s & Women’s Dressing Rooms
Twinkle lighting set-up
On-site coordinator
Complete clean up following your event
Sales tax

$2,800 Total for Garden Ceremony & Garden Reception

$3,300 Total with Indoor Ceremony & Reception**
$4,000 Total with Garden Ceremony & Indoor Reception**

**Based on a guaranteed minimum of 50 people. $18.95 per person over 80 guests.