Unusual Phoenix Wedding Venues

3083-18Get married with southwestern-style in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1881, Phoenix, Arizona is the 13th largest city in the United States and serves as the metropolitan center of the surrounding area known as the “Valley of the Sun”. Phoenix offers many venues for couples to marry from rustic farmhouses to mega-luxury resorts. For couples who want an outside-the-box wedding venue, Phoenix offers several unique wedding locations. Read on to learn more about unusual select Phoenix Wedding venues.

Boojum Tree Hidden Garden

Enchant your wedding guests with a ceremony and reception at the Boojum Tree Hidden Garden, a destination made for special events. Named after the boojum tree, a type of desert plant thought to live over 500 years old, the Boojum Tree Hidden Garden offers an old-world hacienda-style plaza and gardens. Highlights of this unique facility includes a 10,000-sq-ft indoor tropical garden, outdoor plaza with water fountains, a lily pond, gazebo garden, Old English arbor and Mexican-inspired cantina. The Boojum Tree offers couples a choice of wedding packages.

The Ice House

The Ice House first opened in the 1920s as a real icehouse creating gigantic 600 lb. ice blocks for use in the food industry. Today the Ice House is a thriving downtown Phoenix showcase dedicated to the arts and humanitarian issues. What makes the Ice House space unique are the fantastical rooms and open spaces including the Cathedral Room, White Column Room, Silver Room and I.C.E. (inner city Eden) garden area. Inquire directly for more information about wedding rates as they may vary.

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Devoted to weddings and receptions, the Aldea at Tlaquepaque specializes in making dream weddings come true. The uniqueness of the Aldea derives from the Spanish-style architecture featuring arched hallways, magnificent fountains, breathtaking bridges, decorative balconies, staircases and a hand laid brick plaza. The name Aldea translates as “village and Tlaquepaque hails from the Aztec language meaning “the best of everything.” The facility offers wedding packages for every budget.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Unforgettable is what your guests will say about your wedding at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, a luxury resort located at the foot of Camelback Mountain near Phoenix, Arizona. Since 1929, this desert gem has served as a premier wedding destination for generations. The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a mesmerizing 119-room Mediterranean -inspired mansion. Unique amenities include the Palmero Salon and Patio, the Alegria Garden, Vernadero Lawn. Cernates Room, Jardin D’Amore, Orange Grove and Estrella Salon. The Royal Palms Resort and Spa makes a great honeymoon destination as well.

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October 31, 2014 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

About Ft. Lauderdale Beach Weddings

Couple Riding Bike on BeachExchange vows with your beloved on a soft sandy beach in Ft. Lauderdale. Beaches make romantic wedding destinations for lovers of the ocean, fun and sun. From a simple barefoot-on-the-beach ceremony to an elaborate upscale resort, you will find the region offers something for every budget. Read on to learn more about beach weddings in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

About Ft. Lauderdale

Located in Florida on the Atlantic coast, Ft. Lauderdale is a bustling seaside city and popular tourist destination for vacationers. The climate is tropical and summers are often very hot. The best months for a wedding occur from November to April when the average temperatures are in the 70s and precipitation is low. According to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ft. Lauderdale offers 23 miles of beaches. Before selecting a beach inquire about permits and local rules and regulations.

Hollywood Beach

Recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of America’s Beach Boardwalks, Hollywood Beach is located about seven miles from Ft. Lauderdale. Besides fabulous beaches, Hollywood sights include the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, Ann Kolb Nature Center and historic downtown.

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Discover the charm of Lauderdale-By-the-Sea, a small town located on a barrier island east of Ft. Lauderdale. Celebrate your wedding on a beach within a community with a remote small hometown feel.

Deerfield Beach

Say “I do” to a wedding on Deerfield Beach, located about 17 miles from Ft. Lauderdale. Choose one of three public locations reserved for special event rentals or consider the Wyndham Deerfield Beach offering on-the-beach wedding packages.

Pompano Beach

Listen to ocean waves lap along the sandy shore as palm trees sway at your Pompano Beach wedding. Located a little over 10 miles from Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach photograph opportunities include the historic Hillsboro Lighthouse and 1,000 foot long pier.

Dania Beach

Rejoice in the beauty of Dania Beach located a little over five miles from Ft. Lauderdale. Enjoy the solace and solitude of John U. Lloyd Beach State Park or Dania Beach Ocean Park. Dania Beach is home to IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.

Tips for Your Ft. Lauderdale Beach Wedding

Make your beach wedding a success by following some of these helpful tips. Select a beach-friendly dress, a formal ball gown with long veil and elaborate train may be a challenge on sandy breezy beach environments. Be shoe-sensible; consider wearing flats instead of high heels that easily sink into the sand. Prepare your guests in advance by recommending they bring sunscreen, bottled water, hand fans and sunglasses. Have extra of these items for your guests in case they forget.

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October 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm Leave a comment

Increasing Booth Traffic

dsxswdsqadwqSay “I do” to increasing traffic to your exhibit space at your next bridal trade show. The more visitors that stop by your booth the more prospects for better sales, networking and outreach to new customers. Making critical decisions in order to change your visibility and presence increases your overall chances for brand recognition and success. Read on to learn tips on how to increase booth traffic at wedding trade shows.

Booth Design

Taking the time to put extra consideration into your booth design reaps big rewards in the long run. It’s important to plan the set-up and look of your exhibit space as far in advance as possible. Your booth represents your company by presenting your products or services in the best light and making your brand prominent and visible for all to see. Decide on the type of furnishings to be used such as table and chairs or learn if the trade show provides these items. Be sure to book a large enough space to ensure that there is enough room for visitors and staff to interact and safely move around. Purchase lighting so that your exhibit space is  well-lit and inviting, be sure to place a spotlight on any new products or services. Choose a cohesive color theme, too many colors may send a mixed message. Keep graphics and visuals simple and easy to read. Too much clutter and information may be overwhelming. Coordinate your booth design with your marketing strategy to create a cohesive message.

Staffing. Decide well in advance who will staff your exhibit space. Make sure you have your very best sales people at the show. If you’re a retailer, and the show takes place during store hours, leave your “second team” at the store. Remember, the sheer volume of people coming by your booth will far exceed store traffic even on your biggest days. It’s also important to prepare your staff for the show. Stress the importance of volume: Think contacts and not contracts. Encourage your staff to meet as many people as possible and give them a script to follow. The script should include the location of your store, whatever special product or service you offer, and any other important information.

Interactive Incentives

Stand out from the crowd and give bridal show attendees a reason to visit your booth, entice them with giveaways, contests, games, demos or show-only promotions. Incentives are a great way to get people motivated to visit your booth. To be successful with incentives you will need to plan ahead of your event and be organized. For giveaways, you will need to choose the type such as freebie or large prizes. Determine if you desire to offer giveaways to everyone such as candy-in-a-bowl or hold a raffle for a grand prize or play a fun game for special discounts. There are many ways to get people to your booth, find the one that is the best fit your company. Be sure to check with the show producer regarding any policies regarding giveaways.

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October 1, 2014 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Colonial Wedding Traditions

GeorgeWashington-VirginiaStatueLove and marriage are a part of the rich history of American weddings traditions dating back to the earliest Colonial times from 1492 to 1763. During this period, Europeans established colonies in the yet to be United States including settlements in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland, the Carolinas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Courtship and marriages were an important part of life then as much as they are now. Over the centuries, traditions related to weddings have changed and some have remained the same. Read on to learn about colonial wedding traditions.

Wedding Ring Thimbles

In early colonial America, thimbles were used as engagement and wedding rings. This practice originated from the Puritans who shunned the wearing of jewelry and ornaments as part of their religious practice. Thimbles were chosen because they were considered practical; they could be used for sewing items for the family and worn on the finger. Eventually the custom evolved, the top of the thimble was cut off after the wedding ceremony to symbolize the payment of a bride’s dowry and then worn as a ring.

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During colonial times, dancing was the main form of social entertainment especially at celebrations and weddings. Often young couples met at dances for supervised courtship activities. It was tradition to hold a dance at the home of the bride the night before the wedding and the first Sunday after the wedding. There were two types of dances: fancy and country. Fancy dances were often partner dances and included allemandes, minuets and hornpipes. Country dances comprised of circles dances, line dances and informal jigs and reels. Music was performed by a variety of singers and a mix of instruments such as fiddles, harpsichords, flutes, pianofortes, banjos, fifes and drums.

The Wedding Feast

Colonial wedding feasts often lasted for two or more days and were considered very extravagant celebrations. Each family would serve tremendous quantities of food and the fare would be the very best that they could afford for the occasion. The wedding feast included main dishes such as venison, roasted pig, duck, oysters, fish and clam chowder. Breads and side dishes consisted of pumpkin casseroles, rye bread, cornbread and potatoes. Popular drinks included tankards of spiced hard cider and steaming cups of coffee. The wedding cake was typically a one-layer fruitcake with a single nutmeg baked inside. Tradition has it that whoever received the slice of wedding cake with the nutmeg inside would be the next to marry.

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The tradition for bridal gowns during colonial times was for the bride to wear her best dress. Fabrics and textile were considered very expensive, so the wedding dress served multiple purposes and worn for special occasions as well. It was not until the Victorian Era that white became the tradition.

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September 29, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

Proposing at a Marathon

runnercoupleShare your love of an active lifestyle by surprising your sweetheart with a proposal at a marathon, a type of long distance running race. Running a marathon requires participants to devote training months filled with lots of determination and dedication, two great qualities for a successful marriage. Pulling off a proposal at a marathon requires lots of advance planning and preparation. Read on to learn more about proposing at a marathon.

Test the Waters

Getting married is a wonderful experience; find out beforehand if your beloved is ready for this level of devotion and commitment by testing the waters, a way to gently inquire if you both are ready to take your relationship to the next level. Marathons take months and months of training, throughout this time broach the subject of marriage in relaxed unobvious ways such as during casual conversations or while on practice runs.
Sign Up for Marathon

Choose a marathon together or help your runner-love decide on which event to participate. Marathons are approximately 26.4 miles and come in many types from flat to hilly. Famous marathons include Chicago, Honolulu and the Boston Marathon. Once you have selected a race, examine the course and facilities to determine a good spot to propose such as the finish line or runner’s aid tent.

Shop for a Ring

Engagement rings are popular elements of surprise proposals. Before shopping for a ring know the ring-size of your beloved, this helps in obtaining one that is not too big or small. For a diamond engagement ring you will need to learn about the four c’s: clarity, cut, color and carat. Other factors include type of metal, style and budget.

Practice Makes Perfect

Rehearse your proposal several times, the traditional pose is to bend down on one knee, pull out the ring box and ask for her hand in marriage. Fun ways to propose might include holding hands while crossing the finish line together, hiding the ring in her after-run shoes or by holding a ‘will-you-marry-me’ sign at the finish line. Be considerate and think about the environment, is your loved one okay with crowds or should the moment be more private?

Keeping it a Secret

The fewer people who know about your intent, the less likely the surprise marathon proposal will be discovered by your sweetheart. Limit the amount of people who know about your plans to propose especially when it comes to your beloved’s best friends, parents and roommates.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, an informative honeymoon showcase, a live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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September 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

Traditional Irish Weddings in Boston

irsherq23111Honor the heritage of Ireland with a traditional Irish wedding in Boston. Ireland, an island located in the North Atlantic offers a cultural legacy including dance, music, literary, culinary and history. Founded in 1630, Boston attracted many Irish settlers during the 18th century. Today Boston is a thriving metropolitan area and home to the Celtics, Red Sox, and chowder. Read on to learn about traditional Irish weddings in Boston.

Going Green

The color green has long been associated with the Emerald Isle, the poetic nickname for Ireland. Choose the color green or add subtle touches of green throughout your wedding decorations from the ceremony to the reception. Great green color combinations for your wedding include mint and peach, celadon and brown, light green and pastel purple, pink and green, gray-green and earth tones, shamrock green and navy and holiday green and red.

Music and Dance

Fill the air with love and the lilting musical sounds of Ireland. Traditional instruments used to play Irish music include fiddle, tin whistle, flute, harp, bagpipes, guitar, accordion and bodhran, a type of Irish frame drum. Irish singers perform accompanied or sing solo in English or sean-nos style featuring the ancient indigenous language of Gaelic. Popular songs for weddings include “Eamonn an Chnoic”, “Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn Ce Hi”, “The Irish Wedding Song” and “Beautiful Day” by U2. Irish dances are known for regalia costumes and dance steps featuring rapid leg and foot movements with a controlled upper torso. Irish dance styles include step dancing, circle dances, reels and jigs.

Shamrocks and Flowers

Walk down the aisle carrying a bouquet of wildflowers, a charming Irish tradition. Wear your hair in braids and adorn your locks with a floral wreath. Shamrocks are considered good luck and make great accents at your wedding from groomsmen boutonnieres to centerpiece floral arrangements; consider using silk versions as live shamrocks sprigs are quite delicate and prone to wilt. Traditional Irish flowers include Bells of Ireland, lavender and myrtle. Native flowers and plants of the Boston area include merrybells, maidenhair fern and woodland iris.

Fun Irish Wedding Traditions

Enjoy the many wedding traditions handed down over generations at your Boston Irish wedding. Let the bells ring, provide your guests hand bells to shake and chime as you and your beloved make your ceremony exit. Display a horseshoe upright to ensure your luck never runs out. Place one over a reception door, blend into tabletop centerpieces or sew a miniature one onto the underside of your wedding gown hem. For Irish-inspired bridesmaid’s gifts consider small horseshoe necklaces or Claddagh rings depicting two hands holding a heart.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, an informative honeymoon showcase, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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September 19, 2014 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Wedding Trade Show Survival Guide for Staff

37900245Get the most out of your wedding trade show experience by creating a happy marriage of arriving prepared and ready to exhibit with knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff members. Booth representatives are the key to success at wedding shows. They do this by connecting products or services to customers. Optimize your exhibitor effectiveness by creating a proactive environment focused on the success of your bridal show staff. Read on to learn about bridal trade show survival tips for staff.

Pre-Show Preparation

Before going to a wedding show, be sure that all staff are trained and informed regarding the products or services of your company. Offer training sessions to practice scripts and booth management. Make a schedule containing a list of breaks and lunch times for personnel. This helps prevent fatigue and over tiredness. Ensure that everyone knows how to set-up and breakdown the booth. Establish attainable goals and offer incentives for booth representatives who meet or outperform expectations.

Essentials

Put together several boxes of trade show essentials to assist with minor emergencies that might occur throughout the event. Staff survival items include breath mints, hand sanitizer, lip balm, cough drops, herbal tea, granola bars, water bottles, eye drops, Kleenex, foot powder and pain relievers. For on the spot repairs, include a tool kit containing items such as duct tape, hammer, pliers, Velcro strips, scissors, stapler, staple remover, staples, rubber bands, box cutter, screwdriver, extension cord, glass cleaner, paper towels, thumb tacks, safety pins and stain remover. Standard first aid kits are a must-have to bring in case of small predicaments such as paper cuts, splinters or nicks.

What to Wear

Wedding shows are all day events and staying comfortable is a priority. Know what to wear in advance. Some businesses provide staff with matching uniforms or shirts; others will allow business casual attire. Always choose well-fitting comfy shoes; one small blister can cause immeasurable pain. Temperatures may fluctuate throughout the day, bring a sweater or jacket. Attend to personal hygiene, trim nails and keep hair neat.

Healthy Choices

Take care of yourself at bridal trade show events by making healthy choices. Start your day fueled up with a good breakfast. Dehydration can lead to a feeling of tiredness and may affect your performance. Keep hydrated throughout the day by bringing plenty of water or know where the water fountain is located. Follow your scheduled breaks and take the time to rest and renew. Choose healthy foods for lunch or dinner. Pay attention to positive body language and keep a smile on your face for an instant mood lifter.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal  show tour featuring the latest in wedding trends, a fabulous honeymoon showcase, a New York style fashion show, live orchestra and DJ performances and couples, brides, friends, families and wedding planners in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, post-show advertising and the opportunity for professional representation.

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September 17, 2014 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

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