A FEW REASONS TO HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER…

  • By Wendy Lippman
  • 05 Jun, 2017

Happy Friday everyone! I found most of this information online and thought I would share it on our blog. Just some things to consider when planning your wedding at Tlaquepaque!

Wouldn’t it be nice to take the stress off of yourself and let a planner do all the worrying for you? When you first get engaged people immediately start bombarding you with questions – Where are you getting married? Have you set the date yet? How much is your budget? Can my brother’s girlfriend’s cousin attend? And then, for the entirety of your engagement, the questions never end. They come from all directions, from parents and friends, to co-workers and even strangers! An engagement should be one of the happiest times of your life. You should be able to enjoy it, because after all, it is based on the fact that you have found your soulmate, the one you are going to spend the rest of your life with! This is the time you should be reveling in your love and not dodging questions and getting bogged down with emails and meetings!

A few reasons to consider hiring a wedding planner…

1) Stress – A planner takes on the stress so you don’t have to. A planner will be the one to respond to all of the emails from various vendors and serve as the point person so you only have to deal with one contact. They will coordinate all of the meetings and be there to remember the details, plus ask the right questions. And most importantly, the planner will be there on the big day to make sure everything runs smoothly so you can be with you family and friends.

2) Prioritization – There are several guides you can find on the internet which will tell you what percentage you should be spending on every aspect of your wedding. I believe it is fine to use them to inform your decision, but I think it is also valuable to know what is important to you and put your money there. If food is your thing, then you might want to throw extra money into the catering budget. If you are a music lover, you might want to put a greater amount of money there. That’s why it is important to discuss what you (and this means anyone who has a say in the wedding) care about the most and in what order. A planner will offer guidance about what is within your price range and what will throw everything else out of whack. It is easy to get excited about all of the possibilities and make an uninformed choice, but a planner will serve as a great resource since they often know the acceptable range of what a service is worth.
3) Relationships with vendors – A planner is in the position to work on multiple events and they have established relationships with vendors of all sorts – photographers, florists, DJ’s, etc. Not only do planners spend time researching and meeting with vendors to know the best that’s out there for every budget, but they also refer couples to vendors constantly. As a result of all of these referrals, a vendor is more likely to negotiate with a planner since they can give them repeat business.
4) Experience – Most people are planning their wedding with no knowledge of how to throw a large-scale event. Of course there are books and plenty of tips from well-meaning friends and family, but a planner has seen many events. A planner is in the unique position to know what things should cost in every range. They can tell you if you are being cheated or if that “expensive” photographer really isn’t so expensive after all. They know what questions to ask your vendors and how to schedule the day so that you can get your photos taken, your guests fed, your speeches completed and everyone out on the dance floor.
Not to mention helping ensure your sanity and peace of mind 🙂

Tlaquepaque Happenings

By Wendy Lippman 12 Dec, 2017
The Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has become the undisputed epicenter for holiday entertainment and festivities in Sedona.  It all starts Saturday, December 16th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.   As always, the event is free and the trolley will be running from the Uptown municipal parking lot (260 Schnebly Road) during the same time period for your convenience.

Now in its fifth year, the Holiday Sweet Stroll is a musical and entertainment extravaganza sprinkled with very special treats, gifts and sweet discounts to entice some holiday shopping.  Gather family, friends and the young ones for a magical afternoon of fun.  The participating Tlaquepaque boutique shops and galleries have gone all out to make sure your holidays are the best ever. 
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Few events in Sedona can boast 45 consecutive years of overwhelming success and holiday magic.  Get ready for Tlaquepaque's Festival of Lights, the beloved signature event - perfect for the whole family, happening this year on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 3:00 to 8:00p.m.  Come marvel at the arts village, beautifully lit with 6000 luminarias, creating a warm , golden glow flowing over every courtyard, balcony and walkway.  For your holiday shopping pleasure, the shops and galleries will stay open until 8:00 p.m.  Admission is free --- so is the hot cider,and, for your convenience, take the free trolley from the Uptown Municipal parking lot to and from Tlaquepaque.  Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy for kids ...drop them off at the Toys for Tots station in Patio del Norte.  
By Wendy Lippman 28 Nov, 2017
Get ready to kick-off the holiday season at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the Art and Soul of Sedona.  Bring friends, family and especially the youngsters as there is plenty to do and see.   Start your evening on Friday, December 1st around 5 p.m. to enjoy the traditional tree lighting with Mayor Sandy Moriarty.   

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By Wendy Lippman 15 Sep, 2017
Tlaquepaque North is open!  With its three impressive new buildings and a major renovation of a former cobblestone home, all are beautifully congruent architecturally, seamlessly mirroring the main arts village.   Tlaquepaque, now on both sides of the street, functions as a gateway to the Sedona Gallery District.  New tenants to Tlaquepaque North include : The Pump House Station Urban Eatery and Market, Caravana North, The Artist's Kitchen Shop, Renee Taylor Jewelry and Quilts Ltd.
By Wendy Lippman 02 Aug, 2017
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By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

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By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

There’s nothing quite like falling head over heels in love. Sometimes that love is so strong you just want to run off and get married immediately. Eloping can be crazy and romantic, but there’s still some planning that needs to happen. Yes, it’s true! If you ever considered a destination for your elopement, consider Tlaquepaque’s Chapel in Sedona, Arizona.


By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

There is no right or wrong when it comes to weddings from ceremonies to receptions more and more brides and grooms are personalizing their weddings. Today’s couples are mixing old with the new for ways to make their wedding stand out from the rest. Make your wedding day as special and unforgettable as you both are and put your imagination to good use. Marriage is about two unique individuals coming together as one, so don’t be afraid to step out of the box.

Tlaquepaque has had great brides and grooms with amazing ideas, from dessert bars to candy stations. Ideas range from placing a romantic seating area for the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their evening and guests. You can take it a step further and incorporate sofas and coffee tables to break up a traditional wedding reception set up.

Another great idea so as to not keep your guests waiting taking photos is a First Look. About 70% of couples opt to have a first look before their ceremony. This is where they can capture that special moment and take a minute to breathe and shake off some of that anxiety that has been brewing all day. Some of our photographers have captured some great moments.

We hope you enjoy these ideas and photos.

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