5 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN PLANNING YOUR GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS AND ROOM BLOCKS

If you have any amount of guests traveling in from out-of-town for your wedding you will want to establish some room-blocks for them. Typically a room-block is a reservation of ten or more rooms at a group discounted rate and is usually considered a necessary courtesy for your guests.

Searching for guest accommodations should be done early on in the planning process once you have established where your wedding will take place. I always suggest to my clients (or simply handle the booking for them) that they set-up their room blocks shortly after finding their venue and put the information on their wedding website prior to their Save the Dates being sent out. That way when guests receive their Save the Date in the mail and visit their wedding website, they can already being to determine where they could potentially stay. It just makes it that much easier and seamless for your guests to attend your celebration!

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5 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN MAKING ROOM BLOCKS

1. Try to find hotels that offer Courtesy Room Blocks so you're not financially responsible for any unfilled rooms. However, if a potential hotel does not offer a Courtesy Room Block be sure you fully understand their attrition clause before signing any form of an agreement.  

2. Do your best to estimate how many rooms your guests will need but don't stress out about calculating an exact number. Not everyone will stay at a hotel; some may opt for an Airbnb or have family/friends in town they can stay with.

3. Offer 1 - 3 room block options (no more than 3) at various price points. Guests will select the one that is most appropriate for their budget and will appreciate the gesture. 

4. Start by searching for hotels near your venue and try to stay within 10 miles. Always ask your venue if they partner with any nearby hotels for added convenience. 

5. Include the information on your wedding website and, if necessary, an "Accommodations" or "Details" card in your invitation suite. 

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SUGGESTED WEBSITE WORDING

A block of rooms has been reserved for our guests at a discounted rate. Please reference the XXX wedding when making your reservations. Kindly reserve your room by July 1, 2018.

Hilton West
3180 West Market Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 867-5000

SUGGESTED INVITATION DETAILS CARD WORDING

Accommodations

For your convenience we have reserved a block of rooms at the following hotels. Please reference the XXX wedding when making your reservations. All reservations should be made by July 1, 2018. 

Hilton West
3180 West Market Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 867-5000

AND

Clarion Inn
1199 East Elliot Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 278-9080

For alternative accommodation options and more information, please visit our wedding website at www.ourweddingwebsite.com

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ALLIE & SPENCER'S APRIL PARADISE VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING

Allie and Spencer had a beautiful spring wedding at Paradise Valley Country Club this past April, captured perfectly by Andrew Jade Photography. I was lucky enough to work with Allie in the final months of planning to help her wrap up the many details that went into her and Spencer's big day! The love was truly felt all around these two, whether it be from their twenty three wedding party members (Yes, you read that number correctly!), or from the multitude of family and friends who joined in on the celebration. This wedding was quite the party and definitely filled with an abundance of love and joy! Allie and Spencer, thank you so much for letting Wild One Events work along side you for your event, you two are quite the pair! xoxo

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Coordination: Wild One Events / Photography: Andrew Jade Photography / Getting Ready Location: Camelback Inn Resort and Spa / Ceremony Venue: Saint Barnabas on the Desert / Reception Venue: Paradise Valley Country Club / Floral Design: Designs by Jeremiah / Stationery: Paper Source / Hair: Chelsea Sprinkle / Makeup: Ashley Doran Makeup / Bride's Dress Boutique: Lillian Lottie Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux / Band: The Herndon Brothers / Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions / Videography: Something New Media

AN "OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM" 2ND BIRTHDAY PARTY IN THE PARK

In case you haven’t noticed, I tend to get a little excited about planning my kids’ birthday parties. At one point in time (pre-babies) I found these types of celebrations to be silly and impractical, but momma-hood has definitely changed my perspective on that!

When I started planning Easton’s second birthday party my intentions were to keep it simple while still staying true to my detail-loving heart, and I think we accomplished just that! If you’d like to see more of the celebrations, head over to Inspired By This where his party was originally featured!

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Location: Tumbleweed Park // Photography: Denise Karis Photography // Planning & Design Concept: Wild One Events // Calligraphy & Signage: Freed Hands // Linens: La Tavola // Desserts: Target Bakery // Party Favors & Decor: Amazon // Mini Hay Bales: Dollar Tree

KRISTEN & OSCAR'S MARSALA INSPIRED ARIZONA WEDDING

I first met Kristen and Oscar at their friend's New Year's Eve wedding a couple years ago - my how time flies! It's always such an honor to meet people through someone else's wedding party and continue on to plan their big day as well.

Kristen and Oscar are truly a perfect match for one other. During our time together it was always fun watching them interact, as each has a tendency to balance the other out in the best of ways. They both enjoy a good glass of wine or beer together, which was incorporated as a subtle theme throughout their day. I've definitely missed all my time spent with this fun-loving duo. Cheers to you both!  

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Venue: Superstition Manor // Photography: Tasha Brady Photography // Planning: Wild One Events // Florals: Wild One Events // Hair and Makeup: Makiaj Beauty // Invitations: Roots & Rain Creative

TIPS ON GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE FROM CELEBRITY TUX AND TAILS

I’m continuing on with more topics geared specifically towards all the grooms and groomsmen out there. Today’s post is with Felicia of Celebrity Tux and Tails, an amazing menswear store based here in Arizona. Celebrity Tux and Tails is known for providing excellent customer service and offers a wonderful range of menswear styles. While they don’t just focus on wedding suits and tuxedos, I’m excited to share my interview with Felicia where we dive into their wedding rental process!

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Tells us a little about Celebrity Tux and Tails. How long you have been in business? Why menswear? etc.

Celebrity Tux and Tails is a family business that specializes in suits and tuxedos for men and women.  After decades in the menswear industry, the owner recognized that the service component was severely lacking, and he wanted to put the personal touch back into the menswear industry.  We started as a full-service concierge business in 2013. We offer in-home consultations and group fittings where we come to you to plan the styles and measure the guys. Then, a specialist delivers the tuxes or suits the week of the wedding for the final fitting.  Over the years, we've opened stores in Peoria and (soon) in Tempe, but we still focus on a great customer experience where people can pick up in-stores. We still LOVE doing the deliveries though, so we offer a limited number of delivery events every weekend as well.  You can rent, purchase, get custom-made or any combination of the three.

I often hear from my couples that they want to go with an online option or a larger chain menswear store to make it easier on their wedding party who aren't local. Can you tell me how you ease your client's (or potential client's) concerns when their groomsmen don't all live in Phoenix?

Personally, I believe that we are the BEST option when it comes to wedding parties that aren't local.  We have a national network of 5,000 stores that out-of-town guys can use to get measured at in their local area.  They email us the measurements and it's ready when they get to town. If you have out of town guests, our premium delivery service makes life incredibly easy for all the guys (especially those travelling) because they don't have to travel with the outfits or find a local store when they arrive.  We bring everything to the wedding party, do any alterations to make the fit perfect, and pickup after the event. PLUS, if your couples are dead set on doing everything online, we have that option too! Plus, if there are any issues with the pieces you do yourself online, you have a real person here to fix it for you.  However, we've learned that if you utilize our delivery services, it is WAY MORE convenient than online or big-box stores.

From inquiry to wedding day what does your process typically look like?

First, we work with the couple to design the look for each member of the wedding party.   We bring samples of jackets and color swatches to match the guys accessories to the bridesmaid dresses.  We even have an app that we can use to show what the outfits will look like all put together. Next, we measure the guys about a month before the wedding.  If we are purchasing a suit or doing a custom made tux, that timeline may be slightly earlier but we don't want to measure too soon. Pickup or delivery of any rental suits is done 1-2 days prior to the big day.  Rentals are typically due back the following day. If arranged beforehand, we can coordinate for them to be picked up from a single location.

When it comes to groom and groomsmen attire what style choices do you see most? Any particular styles you wish couples would be more bold with?

While we love the bold choices that you see in stylized shoots and the wedding magazines, black is definitely the most popular style in wedding suits and tuxedos.  Many people are afraid of the classic looks because they think they look like waiters or too old-school. However, you really can't go wrong with a well-fitted black tuxedo.  They definitely stand the test of time when it comes to wedding photos! So don't be afraid of going classic just because it isn't the "trendiest" look today. However, if you really want a bold blue or maroon suit, we definitely have those too!

I always love a well styled group of guys! One of my suggestions for couples who want to punch things up a bit is to check out The Tie Bar or Knotty Tie Co. for fun tie and bow tie options. Any other suggestions or resources to personalize the groom and groomsmen?

There are so many great ways to personalize the looks for the guys.  Our packages typically include everything the guys will need except socks.  A groomsmen gift of matching socks is the easiest and cheapest way to personalize the outfit!  Beyond that, we've had grooms use monogrammed suspenders or cufflinks as well as ties and tie bars to keep.   For a really personalized look, we can do custom shirts for the groomsmen (or dads) as well. There's a lot of different ways to differentiate the guys.  

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Cover Photo by: Tasha Brady Photography