Top 5 Things to do After Becoming Engaged

Top 5 Things to do After Becoming Engaged

Step 1: Right out the gate.  You need to celebrate!

This is a monumental life event! Enjoy each other. Tell your friends and family. Post the ring on Instagram.
A wedding is one of the most stressful things a couple will ever go through. Take some time and enjoy the journey before the planning kicks in.

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Tips for Hiring a Wedding Planner

Tips for Hiring a Wedding Planner

You’ve decided to hire a wedding planner?  Yay!  Trust us, your mom/sibling/best friend will thank you for not giving them all the duties that come with planning a wedding!  We hear time and time again from our brides and grooms that hiring a professional to help organize all the details of their day was the best thing they could have done for themselves and everyone involved.

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Wedding Makeup - Part I

Wedding Makeup - Part I

THE FLAWLESS FACE

Now that your skincare is taken care of, let’s talk creating the flawless face! I find that foundation is a place where brides (and grooms, if applicable) sometimes misstep. If you are someone who rarely wears foundation you probably shouldn’t have a fully airbrushed face on your wedding day. The point is, you want to look like yourself on your wedding day. You will look at these photos and video for years to come and you don’t ever want to see anyone that doesn’t look just like your gorgeous self! The key is to create an amped up version of the makeup you do on a daily basis.

You may already have a foundation on hand that you love. Perfect! If not, here is an overview of what you should expect when finding your foundation!

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Wedding Makeup :: Skincare Basics

Wedding Makeup :: Skincare Basics

The first step towards perfect wedding makeup is a great skincare regimen. Don’t have one? Well, get on it! Taking care of your skin is one of the best things you can do for yourself. And you don’t have to spend a ton of money if you don’t want to. A product from a drugstore is better than no product at all!! A few general need-to-knows:

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Wedding Makeup 101

Wedding Makeup 101

So, many of you may not know, but in one on my past lives (meaning a number of years ago that shall remain unnamed) I worked as a makeup artist. Makeup is something I have always had a slight obsession with and clients and friends alike always want to know my fave products and tips for the perfect wedding makeup look. When I think about it, it’s crazy that I have taken this long to write a blog post on the subject. So, to make up (hahahaha!!) for that, I have decided to write a series of posts highlighting everything wedding makeup related! Here at LDEP you get what you ask for, and then some!!

In this first session, let’s talk about the decision to use a makeup artist, go to the salon or simply do your makeup yourself.

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Let's Talk Tables

Let's Talk Tables

You've found the place, picked a menu, and now it's time to figure out where all your guests are going to wine and dine! But how many people fit at a table? What is each kind of table used for? And what about all those linen sizes? It is easy to figure out if you have the right information! Here are a few basic things to know when thinking about tables for your event:

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Brides and Grooms in Bloom :: Daniel + Rickie

Are you ready to find out the scoop on weddings and marriage from a rad couple who knows from experience?!  Oh good!  Up next in our series Brides and Grooms in Bloom is a super fun couple, Daniel + Rickie.  They are kind and caring and awesome and they love a good brunch!  They are both amazing fathers and just down right wonderful people.  So let's get to know them, shall we?!

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Coming to Phoenix :: The Gay Wedding Institute Certification Course

Are you unsure if you're ready to work within the ever growing LGBT wedding market? I get it. It can be daunting to reach out and cater to a clientele that often has wedding vendors slamming doors in their faces. How do you get them to trust you? How do you let them know that you are inclusive to all couples? Start by evaluating your business. Do you think your wedding business is LGBT friendly? Take this quick quiz to see where you are at:

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Brides and Grooms in Bloom :: Melissa + Tyler

Brides and Grooms in Bloom :: Melissa + Tyler

“You're engaged?! How did your fiance propose?! Tell me all about your wedding!” Pretty typical questions for engaged couples right?  Well, let's put a twist on that and ask couples that are already happily married! Getting to know couples and hearing their love stories is my favorite part of wedding planning, so I'm bringing back a series we did on the blog years ago. Presenting Brides and Grooms in Bloom!! Find out the scoop on weddings and marriage from rad couples who know from experience.

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Now THAT is an amazing proposal!

Who doesn't love a good proposal story?! This guy absolutely takes the cake with this amazingly thoughtful, well planned out declaration of his love for his girlfriend. I can't even imagine the planning and sneaking around that went into this year long masterminded plan.  Kudos to you sir!! If you've seen this video, the second watch will warm your heart all over again. If you haven't seen it, then grab a box of tissues cause you are going to need them!!

Pretty rad, right?!!

With all that Life has to offer,

Rebecca

Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix

The First Look :: A non-traditional "look" at this special moment

This past December I married the most amazing Man and had the wedding of my dreams at Thornagers in Flagstaff! In more ways than one I would consider myself a traditional Bride in the bouquet tossing, cake cutting, Father-Daughter dance sort of way, this doesn't mean I don't love a great out of the box idea and I am definitely never short on coming up with them either, the opportunity to be creative is just one of the many reasons I love what I do! When it came time to "first look" or not to "first look", I opted to go with a twist on the tradition. The original idea of a first look is so that the happy couple can see each other before the actual ceremony without any distractions and have that moment captured! This moment can happen several different ways, sometimes it's done with the Wedding Party standing a far watching and sometimes it's just an intimate moment between the couple with a photographer standing close by snapping away

For me, I knew I wanted my Handsome Groom to have to wait patiently to see me walk down the aisle, I wanted that to be our moment. I have always had a great and special bond with my Dad, so I thought why not have our "first look" captured! The results and images were perfect. I did not realize how many emotions were going to come flooding through at once, so to have them all on film was phenomenal! Monica Saaty, of Saaty Photography did an AMAZING job and made sure to capture every smile, tear and impromptu moment my Dad and I had. This I think is my favorite part of a first look, there is no right or wrong way to react, and you have no idea up until that minute what series of feelings will just take over!

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Overall a first look can be any special moment captured before the ceremony between you and a loved one on your big day! There is no right or wrong way to do this and who ever you want to share this time with is completely up to you, however I encourage you to think outside the lines and have some fun with it, and I promise the results will be nothing short of perfect for you too!

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With all that Life has to offer,

Sara

May the 4th Be With You!

In honor of Star Wars Day, I thought it would be fitting to share this awesome video! Geek chic weddings are a hot topic right now, and this couple's epic light saber duel is one for the ages. Check it-

P.S. Bonus points for one of the best songs ever on a wedding video. I would expect nothing less from the Batman.

With all that Life has to offer,

Molly

Life Design Event Planning

Hi from the New Girl!

Hello! I am Kirsten :: one of the newest members to join the Life Design team!

I am located in Minneapolis, Minnesota holding down the northern part of the country. We are super excited to be expanding in such an amazing wedding market! We may not have warm sunshine year round like our Arizona friends, but Minnesota really allows any type of wedding you want to have! With 4 incredibly different seasons, the possibilities are endless. Weather permitting, of course!

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What a difference a month can make in the land of 10,000 lakes!

picture by me. yep. my feet.

Living out my dream of being an Event Planner has been AWESOME! Everything I have expected and more! Actually … a lot more. Here are a few things I have discovered thus far that I was not expecting ::

 

1. Anyone involved in the wedding industry has way too much fun

Seriously, this industry could not be any more fun if it tried. Everyone I have met are super happy, awesome to talk to, and ready to help! Just the kind of people you want involved in for your big day!

 

2. Being organized is literally the best thing that can ever happen to you

My new file cabinet is currently my best friend. With big events comes a lot of pre-party paperwork. Keeping it all in one place and organized is a MUST in this line of fun (I mean work).

 

3. But really, there is a lot more paperwork than I would have ever imagined

Just throwing it out there, So much paperwork is involved in planning. From contracts, to e-signatures, not to mention the fine print :: It can be overwhelming! Everyday can’t be a trip to the florist, and we are okay with that!

 

4. This is not your normal 9-5 job

Okay, maybe that I WAS expecting. I guess I didn’t realize how awesome this industry really was! I get to spend my days exploring, researching, and connecting with awesome professionals. What more could a girl ask for, really?

 

5. We are not just putting an event together, we are Life Designing

Designing a moment in time for our clients that they will remember for the rest of their lives is what we do best. And we don’t take that lightly. We also don’t really take it that seriously either. We aren’t really the serious type. And that, is to be expected!

 

With all that Life has to offer,

Kirsten

Life Design Event Planning // Event + Wedding Planner // Minneapolis

I'm here for the cake!

Seeing two people tie the knot? Awesome. Dinner and dancing? Sounds like fun.  Wedding cake?  YES PLEASE!! Photograph by Rebecca Bouck Photography

I don’t know about you, but I love a delicious dessert, and wedding cake is the perfect ending to an amazing event. A traditional white cake is good, but how about something more exciting? Your guests want to see your personality in all the pieces of your wedding, so why not add some flair to your cake, too?!

More and more couples are opting for cakes in unique flavors and designs to reflect their tastes and delight their guests. Bakeries are offering many combinations of flavors including coconut cake with mango buttercream filling, almond cake with canolli cream filling, rum cake with pineapple filling, bourbon blackberry and lime cake, or maple bacon cake with chocolate mousse. Seriously, my mouth is watering just thinking about all of the cake/filling possibilities!

As for design, go with a cake that fits you as a couple!

Photograph by Frederique Cohen Photography

Go with a vibrant color instead of traditional white.

 

Photograph by O. Grace Photography

Add a design that is repeated throughout the rest of your wedding décor.

 

Photograph by McClanahan Studio

Include details that people will look at and know without hesitation that this cake was picked out by the two of you!

But most importantly, remember, dessert is supposed to be fun! Be creative with your cake and your guests (especially self-proclaimed cake connoisseurs like me) will thank you for it!

With all that Life has to offer,

Rebecca

Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix

 

3 Easy Tips for Knowing When You've found the Right Wedding Vendor!

I'm sure you've heard it said that choosing your wedding vendors is a lot like dating. I get it. I really do. But, you've you've already got the spouse-to-be in the bag, so it's time to forget about dating! It's time to make educated decisions about the professionals that are going to assist you in creating your dream wedding! Here are 3 easy indicators that you've found the one for you! You get Excited!

You've looked at every website you can find and perused every ad you've come across, and let's face it; they have all begun to look exactly the same. But every once in a while, your heart skips a beat when you see a beautiful photo in an online portfolio. You laugh out loud at work while reading a vendor's bio. You like every photo a certain wedding vendor puts in their feed. Do not overlook these clues. If you're bored with a company's website, chances are that you may not be that thrilled with the final product at your wedding.

The Price is Right?

Okay, it happens. You find an amazing vendor but they are outside of your price range. What to do? Talk to them. Chances are they want to be involved as much as you want them to be. They might be able to tailor their services to fit more into your budget. Also, you can see if you can trim other areas to meet them in the middle. Remember that you are making an investment in your memories. The right folks having your back can make all the difference!

You make a connection! 

This is most important of all. This is one of the biggest days of your life, and the wedding vendors you choose will be there the whole time. Are they engaging? Fun? Do they make you comfortable? Make sure you like them! Trust them! Feel confident in them! You will absolutely not regret it.

Our very own Drew learning to tie a bowtie along with his groom. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Jarman.

With all that Life has to offer,

Molly

Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix