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Spend 4-hours in a Prep2wed Workshop and get up to speed, that's what! Girls just wanna' have fun and we're no exception; our presentation, our rooms at various Wedding Venues and our information will blow your mind! For 1 fee, you'll get all the help you could need from 3-World Class Wedding Planners (a Three-Fer), and if you still want to work with one of us after the fact, you can through our Virtual Planning Service), which is also a super affordable option.
Don't reinvent the wheel.
Don't go it alone.
Don't depend on a website or a book. We're here for you! And whatever you do, don't run out and start hiring people. Take your time; it's a process. (We provide vetted event professionals as well, with your take-home items)...
Workshops start January 20. There's another on January 30 and February 9th. Three great Wedding Venues (if you haven't chosen one yet); just choose the location that's closest to you. You may find the Venue of your dreams.
Check us out at www.prep2wed.com
or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
The Top 10 Reasons you're going to LUV-LUV-LUV Prep2wed workshops!Read More
9. You enjoy a really pretty room for 4 hours (plus, you'll touch, see, hear, smell and taste)
8. Tour with an amazing Venue Representative
7. Interactive with Q & A
6. Champagne and Snacks (because every Girl has a need)
5. Gifts for you (no further explanation needed)
4. Design, Décor and Color ideas for days and days, just at your fingertips
3. 3 wedding planners at your disposal
2. Girl time! Talking about weddings is really fun - especially when it's yours!
The cost; you can't have this much fun and get this much information for less
Will your Wedding be Memorable for the Right Reasons?
This short-list of catastrophes could have been avoided....courtesy of our Florists, DJ, Photographer and Planner friends: Read and learn! Read More
- Never got their marriage license
- Hired a grocery store florist and they were 90 minutes late delivering
- Never confirmed their Proof of Insurance|Certificate of Liability for the Venue
- Never considered the travel time from the Hotel to the Venue prior to the wedding
- Never considered how their personal items were going to get home (back to the hotel; gifts, ceremony items, etc.)
- Went over their paid contracted time by 2 hours and got upset when the Photographer refused to stay any longer (without a $250 per hour charge)
- Their caterer ran out of food-Staff and many of their Guests didn't get dinner
- There was no Bartender-and then there was no ice (at 90 degrees outside)
- Dad complained that the line for the Bar looked pretty "Ghetto" after he'd been warned more than once to hire at least 2 bartenders
- Her heel broke walking down the aisle (she didn't want to "spend any money" on her shoes-the ones she wore were Vintage)
- Her best friend did her hair (with no prior trial)
- Her best friend did her makeup (ditto)
- Her family member promised to do her Hair and then....changed his mind, deciding she was on her own
- Her family member took off with the Family's rented limo
- Their dogs crapped all over their backyard as they roamed about and there was no one to clean it up throughout the day-although Dad did pitch in. Once.
- The Bride promised the house would be cleaned. It wasn't. (yuck!)
- Not. One. Thing. Started on schedule. Or. Went. As. Planned.
Read enough? Prep2wed. It's all on you, otherwise....
Why Prep2wed you ask?
Your Groom's attentive and pensive and your Father and he have had "the talk" and you know it's just right around the corner... you've dropped subtle (or not so subtle hints), about the type of ring you're in love with, and it's a very exciting time! You just know he's going to pop the question very soon. That's terrific! We're happy for you both! Read More
Of course, you really want to get started with your planning and you already picked the "perfect" venue; you've already begun to move forward in the planning process, but let us respectfully advise you:
You. Don't. Know. What. You. Don't. Know.
Now we don't want to burst your bubble with our proverbial pin, but we do want you to just stop and breathe a minute! Planning can be overwhelming; it's an actual puzzle. And there's a piece missing that you will have one heck of a time finding and fitting, because you've never planned a wedding before.
Emotion. Excitement. Foreward movement; you've read "this blog", you've read that site...oh, Dear! You rush out. Buy a dress. But wait: are you marrying in a church? Outdoors? In the Winter? In the Summer in Phoenix (prices are better that time of the year, after all)?
You fall in love with a particular Pin on Pinterest and realize it's a stylized photo-shoot from a magazine. No matter. You HAVE to have those chairs; that linen, that chandelier and that beautiful floral ceremony backdrop and all in your own parents' backyard. Oh. What's the weather contingency? You need to hire a Bartender to serve? You have to choose wedding event professionals; but your Mom says you have to use your cousin as your DJ; that, and more. Where to turn?
And then.... the real Budget number shows up and you hit the Brakes. Stymied. Confused. Dissapointed. Why is this so hard?! You wish you had real answers and a real understanding of how to put this puzzle together; but that website and that book store planner/calendar you've invested in, it doesn't have an 800 number for someone to call and ask questions of....well, here's the piece you're missing: Prep2wed
3 World-Class Wedding Planners who've come together to educate you on the entire wedding planning process. That's right: In one 4-hour workshop, we'll break it all down for you...where and how to start; where and how to spend your wedding funds by using a proven and solid budgeting system. How to decide the look you and your Mr. want, and more!
See, it's a process...
Know from Step #1 how to work that process; how to choose the perfect day in every regard for you and your families. We can help; we've done it for years and we will willingly share our expertise with you. How?
With discussion, Q & A; Documents designed especially for every area of the day and you might even choose to work with us and through our Virtual Planning Scheduler if you end up with "Bride Brain" during the weeks or months leading up to your big day.
Listen. We love Wedding Planners and we believe every Bride needs and deserves one, but if you're not going to use a planner for whatever reason (or even if you are); if you really are desirous of being a DIY Bride, then we're your first stop; or, as one Venue Coordinator put it: "....you should be the next step for every engaged Bride".
Prep2wed will assist in educating you as the engaged couple (or you and your Mom or you and your Bestie!), on how to plan your wedding day.
Invest in your education; you've got one shot! We believe you can actually enjoy your day and the planning process, as well.
We look forward to being with you!
From a Guest Writer... A Wedding Planner? The Why behind the decision
The Merits of Hiring a Wedding Planner 24/04/2013
Back when I was planning my wedding, I waffled back and forth between wishing I could afford a wedding planner and thinking I would never want a wedding planner. I know, makes no sense, right? Well hear me out. Read More
I wanted a wedding planner because I wanted our day to be perfect, wonderful, fabulous, and knew having a professional help out is one way to do that.
I didn't want a wedding planner because I am ... how shall we say? ... anal. I am picky and precise. I ... drive people crazy. I figured if I hired a wedding planner I would lose all say in my wedding and it wouldn't represent me and my fiance anymore.
However, in just taking a casual glance at Mrs. Hancock's Wedding and Event Services, a Phoenix-based wedding planning service that Sean Purcell Photography adores, I was reminded of all the reasons I thought it would be great to have one in the first place.
So, while having a wedding planner isn't in the cards for everyone, there are many merits to considering one.
First of all, they can do as much or as little as you like. Maybe you start out wanting to do everything yourself and then get overwhelmed and wish someone would just choose the napkins and matchbooks from the 100,000 choices online so you can get on with your life already and stop having nightmares about scrolling through choices on theknot.com. They can do that.
A quick glance at Mrs. Hancock's page highlights one of the main reasons you might want a wedding planner. IDEAS. Oh, the ideas. You might know that you definitely don't want floral centerpieces, but have no idea where to go from there. She's got you covered. If she's got ideas she's willing to share on facebook about non-floral centerpieces, trust me when I say she must have a LOT more than that.
You don't have to deal with people you don't want to deal with. Now, this alone would have made my wedding day so much more pleasant and calm. On the morning of my wedding, while I was watching my bridesmaids get their hair done, my caterer called me and accused me of trying to stiff them. They said they were in the hall, had counted all the chairs (!!!!) and knew I was trying to have fifteen more guests than I had paid them to serve, and they weren't serving food until I wrote them another check. I was terrified, then angry, then scared again. We finally straightened it all out (I was right, they were wrong, of course), but I spent an hour on the phone crying on the morning of my wedding. In the meantime, the photographer and DJ had called my husband because they were standing at the hotel we told them we had booked rooms for them and there were no reservations in their names. He had sent them to the wrong hotel! Of course to book them in that hotel, he had to show up with his credit card or fax a copy over. All this interfered with his fun groomsmen lunch and put him an hour behind schedule, too. We're lucky we got caught up and the wedding started on time, but we were still frazzled on our big day. I do not recommend it. I truly wish I had hired someone, if not JUST to have them be the one to call my caterers and put them in their place for accusing me of something so terrible and trying to ruin my wedding day. That, my friends, would have been PRICELESS.
I can assure you there are millions more reasons that hiring a wedding planner would make your day more enjoyable and save your butt, but these are my favorite.
You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she's not a real doctor), on Twitter, and Instagram. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.
Thank you, Veronica-we couldn't agree more! BEFORE you hire anyone, sign any contract OR make any major decisions (time of the year, included), PLEASE hire a Planner/Coordinator! Of course, we believe we're the best choice. 602.234.1200
What are the trends in Bridal Veils and Headpieces
February 21, 2012
Close your eyes and picture a bride. Though everyone sees a different dress, a different bouquet, no one imagines a bride without her veil. It is the ultimate bridal accessory. Think about it. Even in casual clothing, put on a veil, viola — you become a bride. Like a beautiful bow; your veil completes the package. No other accessory is as dependent on your dress, your body type, and your personality. Ultimately, your headpiece reflects your personal style. Considering a Fascinator or a Blusher?….read on…. Read More
Length and Style. Not surprisingly, veils run the gamut of lengths. Though not written in stone, certain veils seem to match certain gowns. A very formal wedding gown, with a chapel or cathedral length train, easily carries a full-length veil, extending one foot past the train. A standard length veil, to the elbow or fingertip, complements every silhouette. According to Fabi Oshaneh, bridal department manager at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, “The main thing is that veils are not poufy. Like headpieces, they are less dense, more sophisticated.” She notes that the short veil, which ends at the upper arm, is the most popular with her brides.
Blushers. You’ve heard of “the blushing bride,” but does every bride need a blusher? Not necessarily. However, even when the ceremony doesn’t require one — and many do — most brides still wear a blusher, which is lifted at a certain point in the service. It’s your decision. Just remember, wearing a bridal veil is one thing you can never do again.
Decorative Veils. Decorative veils are a great way to go, especially if your dress is simple. “Edged veils are the number one item,” remarked Pattie Winkler, manager of Suky Rosan, the prestigious bridal shop in suburban Philadelphia. “This is a gorgeous, sophisticated look. We edge the veil in the fabric of the dress or 1/8- to 1/4-inch silk ribbon. For another fabulous, very dressy style, we edge the veil in crystals, creating a shimmering effect as the bride walks down the aisle.” It’s almost like diamonds.
Also timeless: Droplets or appliqués. Like edging, pearl, crystal or rhinestone drops sprinkled throughout your veil add a touch of shimmer as you walk down the aisle.
Designer Veils. Not comfortable with all that glitters? Not to worry. Bridal gown designer and fashion guru Vera Wang is featuring a simple square-cut veil that sits on a comb atop the bridal mane. “No poufs, no flowers, no beads, just one veil which covers the face. It’s Indian in inspiration,” said Wang spokesperson Laura O’Brien. “It engulfs the bride in tulle. It makes it very special and very visual.” And with the bride shrouded in such a way, “It certainly makes for a more mysterious ceremony.”
The Mantilla. Another look in the limelight is the mantilla — a Spanish-inspired veil edged with lace that will forever remind us of Grace Kelly. When model Annette Roque wore one at her wedding to Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” show, brides and the headpiece industry turned heads. “We got phone calls from brides all around the country,” said designer Newman. Giorgio Armani bridal wear has also featured the mantilla look.
Tiaras. Call it the Princess Bride look. Tiaras still reign as the hottest trend in bridal headwear. But this is not your typical bejeweled and bulky crown. The bridal tiara of the moment is a mere wisp of a thing, tastefully beaded, delightfully airy and simply elegant. Leading bridal headpiece designers agree that when it comes to tiaras, small and subtle says now.
Jeweled Headpieces. Want more sparkle? Many headpiece designers are working with crystals, rhinestones and shiny metals. In fact, the most recent trend in sparkle gives new meaning to the phrase “something blue.” Top designers are now adding tiny colored jewels such as sapphires and amethysts to their pieces.
Jeweled Hair. Trend setting headpiece designer Nelson D’Leon of New York City has taken the hair-jewelry concept one step further by scattering hairpins throughout a bride’s coif. He describes dreamy sparkling metal orchids sprinkled through a bride’s upswept do. The veil attaches on a separate comb at the back of the head.
Designers agree on one thing: Don’t let trends dictate your veil or headpiece. “Everyone has a vision of what they are going to look like on their wedding day,” said O’Brien of Vera Wang. “There are no hard and fast rules in fashion. Rules are made to be broken.” After all, every bride is a princess, no matter what crowns her head.
Melinda Wagner is an Event Planner and Coordinator with Mrs. Hancock’s, Inc. A professional organizer; who better to help with your wedding? Give us a call at 602.234.1200 or call Melinda directly at 480.620.6470. She’s happy to be of service.
R.s.v.p.'ing, the Dodo Bird and the "Easy Button"
February 2, 2012
What happened to the Dodo Bird? We wonder if it’s with mingling with the R.s.v.p., perhaps? The topic of the R.s.v.p. has been interesting to me as for a very long time. I thought I was the only person a lack of an R.s.v.p. was a real pet peeve for. I was wrong. Maybe the question should be why did we stop sending our R.s.v.p.? Honestly, I just don't know. What I do know is that not responding to an invitation is bad form and it reflects negatively when not issued correctly... Read More
A little background: R.s.v.p. comes from the French, “Repondez, s’il vous plait,” which means “Respond, please.” But, you knew that. When did so many of us decide to stop using it? When did we decide that it doesn't matter whether we respond?? Again, I don't know. What I do know is that many of you have a). Stopped having parties because invitees have gotten so lazy in their lack of a response! Is it that we all have so much to do these days that we're always waiting to see if a better invitation comes along? Or, is it that we're so dog-tired at the end of most weeks, that it seems we'd rather just snuggle on the couch? Which, I'm not sure. What I am sure of is that many of you are b). Mad about the whole thing! Really! It's something we hear over and over again at Mrs. Hancock's. "Oh, you're going to teach them about R.s.v.p.'s? OH GOOD!"
So, please, if you get an invitation to a get-together of some sort, do the right thing. In a timely fashion please respond to your hostess that you'll be in attendance and, with how many or, that you're sending your regrets. (Now in unison, let's everyone push our 'easy button'. See? "That was easy")! We all need to remember that throwing a party can be an expensive proposition and a lot of work, so please be considerate. Your attendance or lack thereof, decides how many bottles of wine, how much food and whether or not they'll need to hire a valet, perhaps. And, if you do R.s.v.p. in the affirmative, you must attend (unless you or your child has the flu or some other catastrophe strikes-then please call the day after the event and, no. You may not send an e-mail! They need to hear from you in person as to why you weren't in attendance).
Consider, too that your little ones are watching and learning. So if you know you have a party to go to Saturday night and you and Honey decide at 5pm you'd rather stay in and watch movies after a rather long discussion about how 'they'll never miss us', 'it's not that important'; know the Kids are listening and learning from that discussion. The next time Sarah Jane invites your little Carrie to her Birthday party and it's 3pm and she's decided she would rather head to Lena's for a sleep-over, well that's not okay either and please explain to Carrie, why.
Get an invitation; respond to an invitation. Make a promise; keep a promise. There. "That was easy!"" Your new party dress is calling... and don't you look fabulous in it?!
How do you organize the guest list?
February 1, 2012
How do you organize the guest list? Often this is a question that couples wrestle with, due to obligation, family pressure and budgets. The following quick tips offer some insight into the topic. These are the very kind of things we at Mrs Hancock’s deal with everyday when we work with our clients. We have the know the right approach to handle the many challenges couples face when planning a wedding, let us work with you make sure your day is stress free insuring you and your families are “present” and remember every moment. Read More
According to the website www.theweddingreport.com the average number of guests nationwide is 166. The guest list can be a real issue for couples who do not want to offend or go into debt due to expectations of others.
There is always the destination wedding, and a party upon return to help with costs. Love this one! BUT if that is not an option, some tips…
It is no longer the responsibility of the bride’s family to pay for out-of-town’ guests travel and lodging. Times have changed, and they pay for their own.
Cut guests you have outgrown, invite out of intent, people who are in your life today and limit the ones who have drifted.
Cut “work” friends you don’t socialize with outside of the office; They will understand more than you know.
Ultimately, remember people make the wedding memorable, invite those who matter most and will be in your life going forward.
Your Engagement Party!
January 27, 2012
The first formal celebration of your journey to the altar is a real time to celebrate. This short article highlights current trends such as hiring a planner, gourmet food and getting dressed up. Enjoy! Read More
Whether at home, at a restaurant or in a hotel ballroom, this style of engagement party is generally a formal dress-up affair with a great catered meal and a fairly large guest list. Faith often comes into the event with a blessing before dinner, and favors are elegant and expensive-think silver serving spoons, marble coasters and leather photo flip books.
"It's very much a mini-wedding,"" wedding expert and author Sharon Naylor.
But while a traditional engagement party always includes certain specific elements, there's nothing typical about this type of affair. Bride and groom easily can personalize their party with distinctive decor, exceptional entertainment and matchless menu options. Before you start planning, consider choosing a theme based on a favorite book or stylish period in history, like the 1920s or 1940s. Think about hiring a professional wedding coordinator to help out, too.
"Now we're seeing more wedding coordinators hired to transform a room into a new design," Naylor said. "It may include great table linens and chair covers, dramatic floral centerpieces at each table and lighting effects. Decorations have come a long way from the crepe-paper-and-balloons motif that we've seen in past decades."
When planning your meal, remember most of your guests likely will be family. Gathering to celebrate is nothing new to this crowd, so make sure your special event features different dining options.
Naylor recommends checking in with relatives before finalizing the menu: What was served at the most recent family events? Lots of lemon chicken and the usual sausage and peppers? Opt for something completely out of the ordinary, like French fare. You also could make your timing unique; if most family affairs are dinners that take place in the evening, you could host a brunch or a high tea instead.
Add in some exceptional entertainment, and your traditional engagement party is sure to stand out as a special event. If you want to do it yourself, create your own iPod or MP3 playlist for the day. Or you could hire a harpist, pianist or jazz band-or mix it up a bit.
"For the dinner portion of the evening, you can have a jazz singer with the pianist who can sing old standards," Sasha Souza, a California-based event planner, said. "A strolling violinist could also work the room."
Melinda Wagner is a Wedding and Event Planner with Mrs. Hancock’s. Allow her to be of service on your very special day or for your important event!
What is Day-of Coordinating?
January 25, 2012
One of the services that Mrs. Hancock’s offers is our Day-of Coordinating Package. It's a common misconception that couples believe our service will only include the actual day. Day-of Coordinators do a lot more than show up on the day of your wedding and we would like to give you a little more information on what Day-of Coordination involves. Read More
Brides who choose a Day-of Package are often women who need little guidance along the way. Our Day-Of Wedding Package means the Bride is responsible for doing the majority of her own planning. But please remember, in order for your planner to do her job - and do it well – she will need to know every detail you have planned. No detail is too small! After all, it's all about the details, right?
So, if you decide to have a cigar or espresso bar at the last minute, your planner needs to know. If you want to include a wine ceremony with your vows or want to surprise your family with a special soloist singing at the ceremony, the planner needs to know that, too! A good planner will be asking MANY questions about your day; perhaps even asking you to fill out some questionnaires, as sometimes those tiny types of details can fall through the cracks. We believe that communication is imperative.
A reputable planner starts coordinating the final details of your wedding at least a month or two out. We have time-lines to create, vendors to contact, coordination of deliveries, confirming of final payments and of course, going over every little detail with a fine toothed comb to ensure nothing has been over looked in your contracts. We can, and have jumped in when hired two weeks out from the wedding! However, the more time you allow us to be involved, the better.
Speaking of time; your planner should also be creating a detailed itinerary for you, your wedding party, and all your vendors; and this too takes time. Scheduling all the vendors, letting everyone know where to be and at what time; those important contact names, cell numbers and emergency backup contacts ... these things can't be gathered on the "Day- Of." It all takes work, organizational skills and preparation on our part.
Trust us, you don't want a planner who says they're just going to show up on your wedding day and “run everything”; making sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing, when they are supposed to be doing it. By then it will be too late and much more difficult to fix any problems. Your planner is supposed to ensure that everyone is completing your vision. So know up front: we spend at least 50+ hours to 'simply' "Day- Of" coordinate, so while you may want to lean towards the lowest price planner you can find, a ridiculously low price quote would tell me this planner is not going to do all she should be doing. This applies to all wedding vendors; we believe you get what you pay for. You do not want to take a risk on this special day.
You can ask ANY of our past clients and they will all agree that if you are getting married you NEED a wedding planner; or should we say you need us!
If you would like more information on our Day-of Coordination packages, please contact Mrs. Hancock at 602.234.1200, Melinda Wagner at 480.620.6470 or e-mail us at email@example.com