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  • Miami Wedding Rings:

    From cut to clarity, Miami jewelers have all the five C's covered. Here's where to start shopping for those wedding bands:


     


    Miami Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 1: 

    H&H Jewels  in Coconut Grove has been fitting couples with marriage rings for over 25 years. They carry all the major names and if you don't see what you want or have an antique ring, designer H. Bredemeier can re-set it or craft a new one for you.


     


    Miami Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 2: 

    Mayor's is the premier jeweler of the South and its 30 stores carry prestige names such as Damiani, Di Modolo, and Van Cleef & Arpels.


     


    Miami Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 3:

    You've heard the commercials, "He went to Jared," now find out what this jewelry stuperstore has to offer at its Kendall Village and Bal Harbour locations.


     


    Miami Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 4:

    The little blue box says it all! Tiffany & Co. jewelers has two locations in Miami, one in Coral Gables and the other at Miami Beach's Bal Harbour mall.

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  • Planning a Phoenix Wedding

    Before you launch into the hectic and exciting months that will be known as your ‘planning phase,’ there are many things to consider when planning your Phoenix wedding. This is especially true if you’re not a Phoenix local, because you may not know quite what to expect from the climate, the city itself, and the merchants you’ll need to pull off your big day.



    The Boojum Tree


     


    Phoenix Wedding Tips: Weather and Climate

    The most popular wedding months in Phoenix are June, August and September – coinciding perfectly with the hottest months of the year.  The temperatures often reach sweltering heights, even shooting up to 110 degrees, on occasion.  This is something you’ll need to consider for your Phoenix wedding - as the wedding gown, other ensembles, and guests’ comfort must be taken into consideration. 

    Catering and food should be considered carefully as well, since the heat can affect these choices.  There are a number of beautiful indoor locations for your Phoenix wedding, so if the wedding will take place during the hottest months, this may be something you want to consider.


     


    A Picturesque Phoenix Wedding

    ‘The Valley of the Sun’ is a sultry, historical, and lovely location for a wedding with a number of visually stunning backdrops.  Consider the theme you’ve chosen for your wedding before booking a Phoenix wedding location.  The theme will give you some direction for choosing a location and deciding whether an indoor or outdoor wedding is what you want.


     


    A Destination Phoenix Wedding

    If you’re traveling to Phoenix for your wedding, and your guests will come from out of town as well, there are a few tips you’ll want to remember.  Familiarize yourself with the wedding venue and surrounding areas before the wedding day.  Locate the nearest alteration shops for any last-minute bridal attire mishaps. Research restaurants, salons and other shops or boutiques that you'll need to utilize.  Inform your guests of the nearest hotels and dining choices, as well as supermarkets or department stores for spur-of-the-moment needs. With extra preparation and thorough planning, your destination Phoenix wedding is sure to be a hit!

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  • Miami Wedding Favors:

    Whether you're looking for customized coasters or oriental take-out boxes, these Miami wedding favor retailers will help you send your guests off with a smile.


     


    Miami Wedding Favors Hot Spot No. 1:

    Party Connection in Miami has a huge selection of everything from tiny gift boxes to almonds and chocolate candies.


     


    Miami Wedding Favors Hot Spot No. 2:

    For chocoholics, It's a Chocolate Thing in central Miami takes their chocolate very seriously with 109 flavors and adorable bride and tuxedoed groom candy boxes! They do chocolate fountains, cupcake towers and even edible place holders. Yum!


     


    Miami Wedding Favors Hot Spot No. 3:


    Let ‘em eat cookies! Andrea at Ali's Sweet Treats in Kendall will put you and your groom's photo on individual cookies, making sure you leave a lasting impression ... at least to the car!


     


    Miami Wedding Favors Hot Spot No. 4:

    Sure, it's a big-box store but you can't beat Michaels Crafts for prices on everything from favor boxes and bags to candles, candy labels and photo coasters.


     

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  • Phoenix Wedding Favors

    Wedding favors are a perfect way to show gratitude to your guests who have helped you celebrate the most special day of your life.  Choosing wedding favors is also a lot of fun. There are a number of places to find Phoenix wedding favors, and sometimes you can find the perfect favors in unexpected places.  By considering a few important things, you can find wedding favors that are just right for your theme and style.


     


    Eco-Friendly Phoenix Wedding Favors

    Finding wedding favors in Phoenix that are kind to the environment can be difficult, so if you’re having an eco-friendly wedding, it can be easy to feel frustrated with the choices.  However, Claudia’s Mementos offers a wide range of eco-friendly wedding favors in Phoenix. From beautiful woven palm favor bags to adorable mini natural bird nests, you’re sure to find something that will speak to you.  One of our favorite eco-friendly (and decorative) favor ideas is mini potted succulents.  You can decorate your reception in this local greenery and send your guests off with a living memento of your day. 


     


    Phoenix Wedding Favors That Melt in Your Mouth

    One of the best choices for wedding favors is food – especially chocolate.  All About Chocolate has hundreds of shapes and choices for creating beautiful and delicious wedding favors.  All favors from this company come with colorful packaging too!  Other options for food-related wedding favors include fudge, Jordan almonds, and mixed bags of candy.


     


    Other Tips for Finding Phoenix Wedding Favors

    You can often find wedding favors in places you might have never thought to look.  Just because a gift isn’t called a ‘favor,’ doesn’t mean it won’t work.  Check out local discount gift shops to see if anything strikes your fancy.  Simply let your imagination run wild and see what great ideas you come up with!


     


    Links:


    Claudia’s Mementos http://www.claudiasmementos.com/


    All About Chocolate http://www.allaboutchocolateonline.com/

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  • Chicago Wedding Cakes:

     


    Taste test your way to your dream wedding cake. Indulge in wedding cake decadence at one of these fine Chicago wedding cake hotspots:


     


    Chicago Wedding Cakes: Cakegirls

     


    Sisters Mary and Brenda Maher opened Cakegirls in 2000; their edible works of art made them a fast favorite with celebrity clientele and locals alike. Book a wedding-cake consultation and have the sisters work their magic and create a custom dessert design that will keep your guests talking long after your wedding. Do-it-yourself brides might want to sign up for a three-hour class; learn about cake sculpting, basic icing and fondant techniques and decorative finishes.


     


    Chicago Wedding Cakes: Amy Beck Cake Design

     


    Amy Beck is a Lincoln Park-based cake designer known for creating beautiful custom cakes. Choose from a variety of flavors, filling, designs and details; her delicious masterpieces are made from fresh ingredients.


     


    Chicago Wedding Cakes: Vanille Patisserie

     



    Vanille Patisserie is a gourmet pastry shop that prides itself in combining European tradition with modern flavor. Their custom wedding cakes are made with the highest quality ingredients and have a buttercream finish and rolled fondant. The shop can create intricate edible 3-D designs as well as sugar and chocolate showpieces, sculptural works of art often reserved for the most luxurious events or competitions. Impress your guests with a one-of-a-kind confection at your reception.


     


     


    Chicago Wedding Cakes: Creative Cakes

     


    One quick taste-test at Creative Cakes, and you'll agree: "The proof is in the buttercream!" This sister-owned bakery specializes in custom cake design and decoration. Their simple and stunning designs have made them a popular Chicago-area wedding-cake vendor. Making sure that your cake tastes as good as it looks, these cakes are iced in real buttercream or rolled fondant; book an appointment to explore your cake-design options that cater to both your personal style and budget.


     


     


    Chicago Wedding Cakes: Sarah's Pastries & Candies

     



    Sarah's Pastries & Candies is the premier wedding-cake vendor at a number of Chicago's top venues, including the Four Seasons, Metropolitan Club, Trump Hotel and Ritz Carlton. Meet one-on-one with Sarah to ensure the custom cake of your dreams. She also offers cupcakes that mirror your cake's flavor; the perfect favors for your guests.


     


    Links:


    Cakegirls:


    http://www.thecakegirls.com/


     


    Amy Beck Cake Design:


    http://www.amybeckcakedesign.com/


     


    Vanille Patisserie:


    http://www.vanillepatisserie.com/index.htm


     


    Creative Cakes:


    http://www.realbuttercream.com/


     


    Sarah's Pastries & Candies:


    http://www.sarahscandies.com/


     


     

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    Phoenix Wedding Florist

    Whether you want your ceremony location and reception site to be positively overflowing with beautiful fresh flowers, or you’d rather choose a few simple but elegant centerpieces to go with the bouquets – you need a Phoenix wedding florist you can count on.  There are many excellent choices and ideas, but there's a few things you’ll need to consider!


     


    Planning: Finding a Phoenix Wedding Florist

    You’ll want to decide on a budget for your flowers before you even speak with a florist.  Great florists can help make sure you’re satisfied with your wedding flowers and stay within your budget by showing you blooms that are in season, local flowers, and greenery that will fluff the centerpieces and make a great impression. You might also want to have a type of flower in mind. Would you prefer a bouquet that is small and fits easily in your hands or a sophisticated one that cascades down for a majestic effect?  By considering these things first, you can really save a lot of time.


     


    Featured Phoenix Wedding Florist  

    White Poppy has been featured in Arizona Bride Magazine and Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine more than once for their beautiful designs.  They are a full-service florist that creates centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnières, and even provides flowers for the cake if you choose. Their prices are listed on their website, so there are no surprises or hidden fees.  They welcome your ideas and suggestions as well, so if you’ve got an idea of what you want, they can help bring it to life!


     


    Eco-Friendly Phoenix Wedding Florist

     When you can choose a florist who does what they can to care for the environment and provides you with the most striking flowers imaginable for your big day – you’ve created a win-win situation.  PJ’s Flowers is a company that prides themselves on taking several green initiatives within their company to cut down on paper waste, energy usage and other forms of waste.  Providing incentives for customers to return containers, recycling and saving energy are just a few of the ways they make a difference.  Plus, they have some really unique flower options available – from ring bearer pillows bedecked in flowers to gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces.


     


    Tips for Booking a Phoenix Wedding Florist

    Remember to book a florist at least three to four months in advance, to ensure that you get precisely what you want.  Some florists require even more time, so check each individual florist’s requirements. Inquire as to whether they deliver the flowers (and at what extra cost, if any) or if you need to pick them up on your own.


     


    Links:


    White Poppy http://www.whitepoppy.com/


    PJ’s Flowers http://www.pjsflowers.com/


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  • A Chicago Wedding:

    Planning a Chicago wedding but don't know where to start? Consider employing the services of an experienced Chicago wedding planner. Here are a few to check out as you get started:


     


    Chicago Wedding Planner: Big City Bride

     


    Big City Bride is one of Chicago's favorite wedding planning companies. They offer a range of services, from complete planning to day-of coordination; choose the plan that best works for you. They'll add custom creative touches to your big day, ensuring a magical experience for all involved.


     


    Chicago Wedding Planner: Engaging Events by Ali

     


    Ali Philips helps Chicagoland brides with all aspects of their wedding planning; no wedding is too big or too small for her services. Organized, budget-savvy, creative and friendly, she's one of the area's top consultants with an impressive portfolio of flawless events and has twice been named Best Wedding Consultant in Chicago by The Knot Magazine. Inquire about her custom packages and a la carte consulting options.


     


    Chicago Wedding Planner: Simply Eventful

     


    The Simply Eventful team uses their keen knowledge of event planning and industry trend to help see your dream wedding actualized. Their services are divided into two departments depending on your needs: wedding décor design and wedding planning & coordination. Through one-on-one consultations, Simply Eventful will take care of any and every detail that will make your day stand apart as uniquely you.


     


    Chicago Wedding Planner: Linda Smith Weddings

     


    Linda Smith Weddings is a full-service event design and consulting company.  Priding themselves on simple, personal and professional design, Linda Smith Weddings will customize their packages to suit your needs, even offering a complimentary consultation. Personal assisting and advising/mediating services are also available, perfect for brides who need a little advice or a helping hand on their big day.


     


    Links:


     


    Big City Bride:


    http://www.bigcitybride.com/


     


    Engaging Events by Ali:


    http://www.engagingeventsbyali.com/


     


    Simply Eventful:


    http://www.simplyeventfulparties.com/


     


    Linda Smith Weddings:


    http://www.lindasmithweddings.com/


     


     


     

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  • Phoenix Wedding Rings

    Ah – the wedding rings.  Rings are perhaps one of the most important decisions you’ll make regarding your wedding.  Unlike the dress, they will be worn for the rest of your wonderful lives together.  It’s so important to find something you will both love and cherish.  There are a number of boutiques that carry wedding rings in Phoenix, and with a bit of knowledge under your belt – finding the right one will be no problem.


     


    Custom Phoenix Wedding Rings

    Many couples would prefer not to purchase something readily available to anyone else.  Custom wedding bands are a wonderful idea, and allow the couple to create rings that are specific to their lives, styles, and personalities.  Whiteflash Jewelers provides couples with several choices, including selecting loose Whiteflash diamonds and pairing them with settings or creating custom bands.  They also have a wide variety of non-custom wedding bands and sets.


     


    Traditional Phoenix Wedding Rings

    Whether you’d like the traditional plain bands or a ring kicked up a notch or two, Oliver Smith Jewelers has some of the most beautiful wedding bands in the Phoenix area.  It can often be difficult to find bands for the Mr. that are both masculine and gorgeous, but not with this company. They also feature beautiful engagement ring and wedding band sets.


     


    Designer Phoenix Wedding Rings

    Perhaps you’re looking for a particular designer when it comes to your wedding rings.  You can find a wonderful selection of the hottest designer wedding bands at W.R. Williams Fine Jewelry.  They feature Simon G, Coast Diamond, Lorenzo, Galin & Abaci, Gabriel & Co. and more. 


     


    Phoenix Wedding Rings: Buying Tips


    Know your budget before you start shopping for wedding rings.  It can be very easy to get caught up in the moment and make a purchase before you realize how much you've actually spent.  In addition to this, ask for jeweler recommendations from friends and family.  Take your time to look through at least a few different shops in Phoenix, so you will know the variety of wedding rings that is available to you.  With those tips in mind, you’re sure to find the wedding rings that sparkle just for you!


     


    Links:


    Whiteflash http://www.whiteflash.com/


    Oliver Smith Jewelers http://www.oliversmithjeweler.com/


    W.R. Williams Fine Jewelry http://www.wrwilliams.com/WRW/Welcome.html


    Images by Gabriel & Co.: http://www.gabrielny.com

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  • Chicago Wedding Rings

    As the old adage goes,  "diamonds are forever"; so choose your rings carefully. Chicago area couples looking for dazzling rings might want to check out these jewelry hotspots:


     


    Chicago Wedding Rings: dimend SCAASI

    Couples looking for a personal diamond-shopping experience might want to check out Chicago's dimend SCAASI. Each setting is custom-made to measure from scratch; a jewelry expert will walk you through each phrase, from planning and budgeting through to delivery and ring maintenance. High-resolution cameras will zoom in on your diamond selection, letting you see the stone's qualities for yourself. Choose from the finest materials and highest quality certified diamonds and gemstones as you create a ring to last a lifetime.


     


    Chicago Wedding Rings: James & Sons

     


    This family run jewelry store has been a Chicago staple for more than four decades. Visit one of its three Chicagoland locations to browse their selection of designer brands and inquire about their many jewelry services and gift options.


     


    Chicago Wedding Rings: Jewelers Center

     


    The Jewelers Center, located in the magnificent 1912-built Art Deco Mallers Building, houses 190 jewelers under the same roof. Here you'll find more jewelers and inventory than anywhere else in the Midwest. If you're looking for one-of-a-kind pieces or custom-designed engagement rings, you're likely to find it here. Experts will consult with you one-on-one to ensure a memorable diamond-shopping experience.


     


    Chicago Wedding Rings: Ivan Sagel Studio

     


    Ivan Sagel is an award-winning jewelry designer with a passion for innovative metal working techniques and fine gemstones. He accepts custom commissions for special pieces and can recreate existing heirloom pieces. Visit his Chicago studio or see his work at a number of various shows and events around the city.


     


    Chicago Wedding Rings: Lester Lampert

     


    The Lester Lampert boutique store is located on Oak Street, Chicago's premiere designer street. Inside you'll find four floors and 11.000 square feet dedicated to fine jewelry, including an entire floor dedicated to stunning one-of-a-kind jewelry creation and repair. You're sure to find the show-stopping sparkler of her dreams here.


     


     


    Links:


     


    Dimend SCAASI:


    http://www.dimendscaasi.com/


     


    James & Sons:


    http://www.jamesandsons.com/aboutus.asp


     


    Jewelers Center:


    http://www.jewelerscenter.com/


     


    Ivan Sagel:


    http://www.ivansagel.com/


     


    Lester Lampert:


    http://www.lesterlampert.com/

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  • Phoenix Wedding Dress

    There is a plethora of Phoenix wedding dress retailers, all offering gowns that are sure to make your heart beat faster and your eyes light up.  But you need that special gown – the one that you just have to have for your wedding day.  A little information about the various Phoenix wedding dress boutiques and retailers will help you to start your search for the perfect dress.


     


    Vintage-Style Phoenix Wedding Dress

    Whether your theme will include vintage elements or you simply have a love of the older styles, a vintage-style wedding dress is a wonderful option.  Martin McCrea Couture is a boutique serving the Phoenix area that hand makes all of their dresses in their own studio.  From gowns with a western flair to those reminiscent of the turn of the century – this boutique is a fabulous place to find out-of-the-ordinary and one-of-a-kind dresses.








    Ordering a Custom Phoenix Wedding Dress

    When ‘off the rack’ doesn’t appeal to you, or you have something in mind that simply isn’t available in most boutiques - there is the option of having your wedding dress custom made.  The Bridal Nook & Tux on West Baseline Road is a wonderful place to take your ideas and visions for the perfect dress.  The designer can sketch it out until you’re satisfied with what you see, and will then create the perfect gown for you. This boutique also promises that their custom-made creations will cost less than off-the-rack selections.


     


    Finding a Plus Size Phoenix Wedding Dress

    Showing off your beautiful curves in a fantastic dress that fits perfectly shouldn’t be such a hassle, but many boutiques don’t carry a wide variety of plus size wedding dresses.  Bridals by Ofelia has created the perfect solution.  They specialize in plus size dresses and carry a huge range of colors and styles, as well as designers like Da Vinci, Cinderella and Moonlight.


     


    Last-Minute Phoenix Wedding Dress Alterations:

    Things happen – but you certainly can’t allow rips, tears, or other disasters to ruin your big day.  Whether you need a last minute fix or have decided that your dress is just a tad too long, Perfect Bride Alteration and Couture can be your life saver.  Located on Glenrosa Avenue, Perfect Bride Alterations operates by appointment only, but with a quick explanation of the problem, you should receive fast and efficient help!


     


    Martin McCrea Couture http://martinmccrea.com


    Bridals by Ofelia http://www.bridalsbyofelia.com/


    Perfect Bride Alteration and Couture http://perfectbrideaz.com/

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  • Miami Wedding Rings:

    From cut to clarity, Miami jewelers have all the five C's covered. Here's where to start shopping for those wedding bands:


     


    Miami Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 1: 

    H&H Jewels  in Coconut Grove has been fitting couples with marriage rings for over 25 years. They carry all the major names and if you don't see what you want or have an antique ring, designer H. Bredemeier can re-set it or craft a new one for you.


     


    Miami Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 2: 

    Mayor's is the premier jeweler of the South and its 30 stores carry prestige names such as Damiani, Di Modolo, and Van Cleef & Arpels.


     


    Miami Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 3:

    You've heard the commercials, "He went to Jared," now find out what this jewelry stuperstore has to offer at its Kendall Village and Bal Harbour locations.


     


    Miami Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 4:

    The little blue box says it all! Tiffany & Co. jewelers has two locations in Miami, one in Coral Gables and the other at Miami Beach's Bal Harbour mall.

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  • Planning a Phoenix Wedding

    Before you launch into the hectic and exciting months that will be known as your ‘planning phase,’ there are many things to consider when planning your Phoenix wedding. This is especially true if you’re not a Phoenix local, because you may not know quite what to expect from the climate, the city itself, and the merchants you’ll need to pull off your big day.



    The Boojum Tree


     


    Phoenix Wedding Tips: Weather and Climate

    The most popular wedding months in Phoenix are June, August and September – coinciding perfectly with the hottest months of the year.  The temperatures often reach sweltering heights, even shooting up to 110 degrees, on occasion.  This is something you’ll need to consider for your Phoenix wedding - as the wedding gown, other ensembles, and guests’ comfort must be taken into consideration. 

    Catering and food should be considered carefully as well, since the heat can affect these choices.  There are a number of beautiful indoor locations for your Phoenix wedding, so if the wedding will take place during the hottest months, this may be something you want to consider.


     


    A Picturesque Phoenix Wedding

    ‘The Valley of the Sun’ is a sultry, historical, and lovely location for a wedding with a number of visually stunning backdrops.  Consider the theme you’ve chosen for your wedding before booking a Phoenix wedding location.  The theme will give you some direction for choosing a location and deciding whether an indoor or outdoor wedding is what you want.


     


    A Destination Phoenix Wedding

    If you’re traveling to Phoenix for your wedding, and your guests will come from out of town as well, there are a few tips you’ll want to remember.  Familiarize yourself with the wedding venue and surrounding areas before the wedding day.  Locate the nearest alteration shops for any last-minute bridal attire mishaps. Research restaurants, salons and other shops or boutiques that you'll need to utilize.  Inform your guests of the nearest hotels and dining choices, as well as supermarkets or department stores for spur-of-the-moment needs. With extra preparation and thorough planning, your destination Phoenix wedding is sure to be a hit!

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  • Miami Wedding Favors:

    Whether you're looking for customized coasters or oriental take-out boxes, these Miami wedding favor retailers will help you send your guests off with a smile.


     


    Miami Wedding Favors Hot Spot No. 1:

    Party Connection in Miami has a huge selection of everything from tiny gift boxes to almonds and chocolate candies.


     


    Miami Wedding Favors Hot Spot No. 2:

    For chocoholics, It's a Chocolate Thing in central Miami takes their chocolate very seriously with 109 flavors and adorable bride and tuxedoed groom candy boxes! They do chocolate fountains, cupcake towers and even edible place holders. Yum!


     


    Miami Wedding Favors Hot Spot No. 3:


    Let ‘em eat cookies! Andrea at Ali's Sweet Treats in Kendall will put you and your groom's photo on individual cookies, making sure you leave a lasting impression ... at least to the car!


     


    Miami Wedding Favors Hot Spot No. 4:

    Sure, it's a big-box store but you can't beat Michaels Crafts for prices on everything from favor boxes and bags to candles, candy labels and photo coasters.


     

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  • Phoenix Wedding Favors

    Wedding favors are a perfect way to show gratitude to your guests who have helped you celebrate the most special day of your life.  Choosing wedding favors is also a lot of fun. There are a number of places to find Phoenix wedding favors, and sometimes you can find the perfect favors in unexpected places.  By considering a few important things, you can find wedding favors that are just right for your theme and style.


     


    Eco-Friendly Phoenix Wedding Favors

    Finding wedding favors in Phoenix that are kind to the environment can be difficult, so if you’re having an eco-friendly wedding, it can be easy to feel frustrated with the choices.  However, Claudia’s Mementos offers a wide range of eco-friendly wedding favors in Phoenix. From beautiful woven palm favor bags to adorable mini natural bird nests, you’re sure to find something that will speak to you.  One of our favorite eco-friendly (and decorative) favor ideas is mini potted succulents.  You can decorate your reception in this local greenery and send your guests off with a living memento of your day. 


     


    Phoenix Wedding Favors That Melt in Your Mouth

    One of the best choices for wedding favors is food – especially chocolate.  All About Chocolate has hundreds of shapes and choices for creating beautiful and delicious wedding favors.  All favors from this company come with colorful packaging too!  Other options for food-related wedding favors include fudge, Jordan almonds, and mixed bags of candy.


     


    Other Tips for Finding Phoenix Wedding Favors

    You can often find wedding favors in places you might have never thought to look.  Just because a gift isn’t called a ‘favor,’ doesn’t mean it won’t work.  Check out local discount gift shops to see if anything strikes your fancy.  Simply let your imagination run wild and see what great ideas you come up with!


     


    Links:


    Claudia’s Mementos http://www.claudiasmementos.com/


    All About Chocolate http://www.allaboutchocolateonline.com/

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  • Chicago Wedding Cakes:

     


    Taste test your way to your dream wedding cake. Indulge in wedding cake decadence at one of these fine Chicago wedding cake hotspots:


     


    Chicago Wedding Cakes: Cakegirls

     


    Sisters Mary and Brenda Maher opened Cakegirls in 2000; their edible works of art made them a fast favorite with celebrity clientele and locals alike. Book a wedding-cake consultation and have the sisters work their magic and create a custom dessert design that will keep your guests talking long after your wedding. Do-it-yourself brides might want to sign up for a three-hour class; learn about cake sculpting, basic icing and fondant techniques and decorative finishes.


     


    Chicago Wedding Cakes: Amy Beck Cake Design

     


    Amy Beck is a Lincoln Park-based cake designer known for creating beautiful custom cakes. Choose from a variety of flavors, filling, designs and details; her delicious masterpieces are made from fresh ingredients.


     


    Chicago Wedding Cakes: Vanille Patisserie

     



    Vanille Patisserie is a gourmet pastry shop that prides itself in combining European tradition with modern flavor. Their custom wedding cakes are made with the highest quality ingredients and have a buttercream finish and rolled fondant. The shop can create intricate edible 3-D designs as well as sugar and chocolate showpieces, sculptural works of art often reserved for the most luxurious events or competitions. Impress your guests with a one-of-a-kind confection at your reception.


     


     


    Chicago Wedding Cakes: Creative Cakes

     


    One quick taste-test at Creative Cakes, and you'll agree: "The proof is in the buttercream!" This sister-owned bakery specializes in custom cake design and decoration. Their simple and stunning designs have made them a popular Chicago-area wedding-cake vendor. Making sure that your cake tastes as good as it looks, these cakes are iced in real buttercream or rolled fondant; book an appointment to explore your cake-design options that cater to both your personal style and budget.


     


     


    Chicago Wedding Cakes: Sarah's Pastries & Candies

     



    Sarah's Pastries & Candies is the premier wedding-cake vendor at a number of Chicago's top venues, including the Four Seasons, Metropolitan Club, Trump Hotel and Ritz Carlton. Meet one-on-one with Sarah to ensure the custom cake of your dreams. She also offers cupcakes that mirror your cake's flavor; the perfect favors for your guests.


     


    Links:


    Cakegirls:


    http://www.thecakegirls.com/


     


    Amy Beck Cake Design:


    http://www.amybeckcakedesign.com/


     


    Vanille Patisserie:


    http://www.vanillepatisserie.com/index.htm


     


    Creative Cakes:


    http://www.realbuttercream.com/


     


    Sarah's Pastries & Candies:


    http://www.sarahscandies.com/


     


     

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    Phoenix Wedding Florist

    Whether you want your ceremony location and reception site to be positively overflowing with beautiful fresh flowers, or you’d rather choose a few simple but elegant centerpieces to go with the bouquets – you need a Phoenix wedding florist you can count on.  There are many excellent choices and ideas, but there's a few things you’ll need to consider!


     


    Planning: Finding a Phoenix Wedding Florist

    You’ll want to decide on a budget for your flowers before you even speak with a florist.  Great florists can help make sure you’re satisfied with your wedding flowers and stay within your budget by showing you blooms that are in season, local flowers, and greenery that will fluff the centerpieces and make a great impression. You might also want to have a type of flower in mind. Would you prefer a bouquet that is small and fits easily in your hands or a sophisticated one that cascades down for a majestic effect?  By considering these things first, you can really save a lot of time.


     


    Featured Phoenix Wedding Florist  

    White Poppy has been featured in Arizona Bride Magazine and Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine more than once for their beautiful designs.  They are a full-service florist that creates centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnières, and even provides flowers for the cake if you choose. Their prices are listed on their website, so there are no surprises or hidden fees.  They welcome your ideas and suggestions as well, so if you’ve got an idea of what you want, they can help bring it to life!


     


    Eco-Friendly Phoenix Wedding Florist

     When you can choose a florist who does what they can to care for the environment and provides you with the most striking flowers imaginable for your big day – you’ve created a win-win situation.  PJ’s Flowers is a company that prides themselves on taking several green initiatives within their company to cut down on paper waste, energy usage and other forms of waste.  Providing incentives for customers to return containers, recycling and saving energy are just a few of the ways they make a difference.  Plus, they have some really unique flower options available – from ring bearer pillows bedecked in flowers to gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces.


     


    Tips for Booking a Phoenix Wedding Florist

    Remember to book a florist at least three to four months in advance, to ensure that you get precisely what you want.  Some florists require even more time, so check each individual florist’s requirements. Inquire as to whether they deliver the flowers (and at what extra cost, if any) or if you need to pick them up on your own.


     


    Links:


    White Poppy http://www.whitepoppy.com/


    PJ’s Flowers http://www.pjsflowers.com/


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  • A Chicago Wedding:

    Planning a Chicago wedding but don't know where to start? Consider employing the services of an experienced Chicago wedding planner. Here are a few to check out as you get started:


     


    Chicago Wedding Planner: Big City Bride

     


    Big City Bride is one of Chicago's favorite wedding planning companies. They offer a range of services, from complete planning to day-of coordination; choose the plan that best works for you. They'll add custom creative touches to your big day, ensuring a magical experience for all involved.


     


    Chicago Wedding Planner: Engaging Events by Ali

     


    Ali Philips helps Chicagoland brides with all aspects of their wedding planning; no wedding is too big or too small for her services. Organized, budget-savvy, creative and friendly, she's one of the area's top consultants with an impressive portfolio of flawless events and has twice been named Best Wedding Consultant in Chicago by The Knot Magazine. Inquire about her custom packages and a la carte consulting options.


     


    Chicago Wedding Planner: Simply Eventful

     


    The Simply Eventful team uses their keen knowledge of event planning and industry trend to help see your dream wedding actualized. Their services are divided into two departments depending on your needs: wedding décor design and wedding planning & coordination. Through one-on-one consultations, Simply Eventful will take care of any and every detail that will make your day stand apart as uniquely you.


     


    Chicago Wedding Planner: Linda Smith Weddings

     


    Linda Smith Weddings is a full-service event design and consulting company.  Priding themselves on simple, personal and professional design, Linda Smith Weddings will customize their packages to suit your needs, even offering a complimentary consultation. Personal assisting and advising/mediating services are also available, perfect for brides who need a little advice or a helping hand on their big day.


     


    Links:


     


    Big City Bride:


    http://www.bigcitybride.com/


     


    Engaging Events by Ali:


    http://www.engagingeventsbyali.com/


     


    Simply Eventful:


    http://www.simplyeventfulparties.com/


     


    Linda Smith Weddings:


    http://www.lindasmithweddings.com/


     


     


     

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  • Phoenix Wedding Rings

    Ah – the wedding rings.  Rings are perhaps one of the most important decisions you’ll make regarding your wedding.  Unlike the dress, they will be worn for the rest of your wonderful lives together.  It’s so important to find something you will both love and cherish.  There are a number of boutiques that carry wedding rings in Phoenix, and with a bit of knowledge under your belt – finding the right one will be no problem.


     


    Custom Phoenix Wedding Rings

    Many couples would prefer not to purchase something readily available to anyone else.  Custom wedding bands are a wonderful idea, and allow the couple to create rings that are specific to their lives, styles, and personalities.  Whiteflash Jewelers provides couples with several choices, including selecting loose Whiteflash diamonds and pairing them with settings or creating custom bands.  They also have a wide variety of non-custom wedding bands and sets.


     


    Traditional Phoenix Wedding Rings

    Whether you’d like the traditional plain bands or a ring kicked up a notch or two, Oliver Smith Jewelers has some of the most beautiful wedding bands in the Phoenix area.  It can often be difficult to find bands for the Mr. that are both masculine and gorgeous, but not with this company. They also feature beautiful engagement ring and wedding band sets.


     


    Designer Phoenix Wedding Rings

    Perhaps you’re looking for a particular designer when it comes to your wedding rings.  You can find a wonderful selection of the hottest designer wedding bands at W.R. Williams Fine Jewelry.  They feature Simon G, Coast Diamond, Lorenzo, Galin & Abaci, Gabriel & Co. and more. 


     


    Phoenix Wedding Rings: Buying Tips


    Know your budget before you start shopping for wedding rings.  It can be very easy to get caught up in the moment and make a purchase before you realize how much you've actually spent.  In addition to this, ask for jeweler recommendations from friends and family.  Take your time to look through at least a few different shops in Phoenix, so you will know the variety of wedding rings that is available to you.  With those tips in mind, you’re sure to find the wedding rings that sparkle just for you!


     


    Links:


    Whiteflash http://www.whiteflash.com/


    Oliver Smith Jewelers http://www.oliversmithjeweler.com/


    W.R. Williams Fine Jewelry http://www.wrwilliams.com/WRW/Welcome.html


    Images by Gabriel & Co.: http://www.gabrielny.com

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  • Chicago Wedding Rings

    As the old adage goes,  "diamonds are forever"; so choose your rings carefully. Chicago area couples looking for dazzling rings might want to check out these jewelry hotspots:


     


    Chicago Wedding Rings: dimend SCAASI

    Couples looking for a personal diamond-shopping experience might want to check out Chicago's dimend SCAASI. Each setting is custom-made to measure from scratch; a jewelry expert will walk you through each phrase, from planning and budgeting through to delivery and ring maintenance. High-resolution cameras will zoom in on your diamond selection, letting you see the stone's qualities for yourself. Choose from the finest materials and highest quality certified diamonds and gemstones as you create a ring to last a lifetime.


     


    Chicago Wedding Rings: James & Sons

     


    This family run jewelry store has been a Chicago staple for more than four decades. Visit one of its three Chicagoland locations to browse their selection of designer brands and inquire about their many jewelry services and gift options.


     


    Chicago Wedding Rings: Jewelers Center

     


    The Jewelers Center, located in the magnificent 1912-built Art Deco Mallers Building, houses 190 jewelers under the same roof. Here you'll find more jewelers and inventory than anywhere else in the Midwest. If you're looking for one-of-a-kind pieces or custom-designed engagement rings, you're likely to find it here. Experts will consult with you one-on-one to ensure a memorable diamond-shopping experience.


     


    Chicago Wedding Rings: Ivan Sagel Studio

     


    Ivan Sagel is an award-winning jewelry designer with a passion for innovative metal working techniques and fine gemstones. He accepts custom commissions for special pieces and can recreate existing heirloom pieces. Visit his Chicago studio or see his work at a number of various shows and events around the city.


     


    Chicago Wedding Rings: Lester Lampert

     


    The Lester Lampert boutique store is located on Oak Street, Chicago's premiere designer street. Inside you'll find four floors and 11.000 square feet dedicated to fine jewelry, including an entire floor dedicated to stunning one-of-a-kind jewelry creation and repair. You're sure to find the show-stopping sparkler of her dreams here.


     


     


    Links:


     


    Dimend SCAASI:


    http://www.dimendscaasi.com/


     


    James & Sons:


    http://www.jamesandsons.com/aboutus.asp


     


    Jewelers Center:


    http://www.jewelerscenter.com/


     


    Ivan Sagel:


    http://www.ivansagel.com/


     


    Lester Lampert:


    http://www.lesterlampert.com/

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  • Phoenix Wedding Dress

    There is a plethora of Phoenix wedding dress retailers, all offering gowns that are sure to make your heart beat faster and your eyes light up.  But you need that special gown – the one that you just have to have for your wedding day.  A little information about the various Phoenix wedding dress boutiques and retailers will help you to start your search for the perfect dress.


     


    Vintage-Style Phoenix Wedding Dress

    Whether your theme will include vintage elements or you simply have a love of the older styles, a vintage-style wedding dress is a wonderful option.  Martin McCrea Couture is a boutique serving the Phoenix area that hand makes all of their dresses in their own studio.  From gowns with a western flair to those reminiscent of the turn of the century – this boutique is a fabulous place to find out-of-the-ordinary and one-of-a-kind dresses.








    Ordering a Custom Phoenix Wedding Dress

    When ‘off the rack’ doesn’t appeal to you, or you have something in mind that simply isn’t available in most boutiques - there is the option of having your wedding dress custom made.  The Bridal Nook & Tux on West Baseline Road is a wonderful place to take your ideas and visions for the perfect dress.  The designer can sketch it out until you’re satisfied with what you see, and will then create the perfect gown for you. This boutique also promises that their custom-made creations will cost less than off-the-rack selections.


     


    Finding a Plus Size Phoenix Wedding Dress

    Showing off your beautiful curves in a fantastic dress that fits perfectly shouldn’t be such a hassle, but many boutiques don’t carry a wide variety of plus size wedding dresses.  Bridals by Ofelia has created the perfect solution.  They specialize in plus size dresses and carry a huge range of colors and styles, as well as designers like Da Vinci, Cinderella and Moonlight.


     


    Last-Minute Phoenix Wedding Dress Alterations:

    Things happen – but you certainly can’t allow rips, tears, or other disasters to ruin your big day.  Whether you need a last minute fix or have decided that your dress is just a tad too long, Perfect Bride Alteration and Couture can be your life saver.  Located on Glenrosa Avenue, Perfect Bride Alterations operates by appointment only, but with a quick explanation of the problem, you should receive fast and efficient help!


     


    Martin McCrea Couture http://martinmccrea.com


    Bridals by Ofelia http://www.bridalsbyofelia.com/


    Perfect Bride Alteration and Couture http://perfectbrideaz.com/

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