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The Wright House is another wonderful venue we have come to know since our new location in Chandler opened. It is located just off University Drive in Mesa, Arizona. I have actually had the pleasure of attending a friend’s wedding here… so I can honestly say, first hand, that it is amazing.
The location for their ceremony is just beautiful. It is a very romantic setting. The room they use for the reception is also very elegant and different. It is basically a stand alone, large room that you enter from the court-yard, and it is raised up by a couple steps and has the apperence of a cute house with a wrap-around pourch. The wedding I attended was larger, so there were round tables for dinner both inside and all along the porch. It was just wonderful.
I love love love this place!
This week was my pick and I didn’t even have to think about it! The Dessy Group (style #2756) is a hands down pick for me. The first time I was in the Chandler store after all the dresses had been hung up, this dress just jumped out @ me. Now, it could have something to do with the fact that this dress has a pattern on it (which is not as common in bridesmaid dresses), but either way… I just can’t get enough.
Now, if I were to order this dress, I would go with the pattern shown in the picture! I think it is so fun! But the best part about this dress is that it is available in 34 other solid colors and two other prints! Amazing! It is a stretch charmeuse fabric which is thicker than regular charmeuse (thank goodness) but not as heavy as satin. It is flowie and light, but has boning @ the top to help keep the structure of the dress in tact while also helping hold it in place as you dance the night away.
I am in love! Again, it is designed by the Dessy Group, style # 2756 and retails for $210.00!
Another hidden treasure I have come across since our move to Chandler is the Ocotillo Golf Resort.
Being that we live in Arizona, Golf Courses are not hard to come by. There is just something about this venue though, that stands out to me (could be in part to the AMAZING staff). For the guys of the wedding party, this golf resort offers 27 holes of golf (which I am told is a rather big deal! Not being a golfer myself, I have to go with what I am told). But for the ladies, as well as the weddings, you just can’t go wrong. There are several locations available on the property to hold both the ceremony as well as the reception. Each can be made as unique as the bride and groom.
A sunset in Arizona is almost always breathtaking. Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona… need I say more?
Happy Holidays to you all!
I found another venue treasure: Stonebridge Manor.
Yes, it actually looks that fabulous. The Victorian look this venue has isn’t something that is often found in Arizona. Stonebridge Manor has many different ways to make each wedding unique. You can do a front yard ceremony with the reception in the ballroom or on the front patio, or you can do a backyard ceremony with the reception in a gorgeous tent. Those are just two of the more popular layouts a bride and groom have to choose from.
Aside from looking beautiful during the day, the entire manor is covered with white lights that look amazing @ night fall.
When it comes to bridesmaid dresses for this venue, I really feel that all colors and styles can work. I personally like the idea of short, bright-colored dresses for a spring wedding and long, very romantic dresses for a fall wedding. This venue really can capture the exact look the bride and groom are looking for.
I love love love this venue and I feel that all engaged couples should at least go take a tour. Happy Wedding venue hunting!!
Having been with Twirl for some time now, I have seen it all when it comes to dates that couples choose and why. There are three that stand out to me the most.
The first being New Year’s Eve! How amazing is that! Everyone is always looking for a fun and fabulous place to bring in the new year… what could be better than YOUR wedding? I’m thinking a later ceremony followed by a reception that rocks you all into the New Year. I can’t think of a better way to bring in the New Year then with a new HUSBAND and being surrounded by all those you love the most. For this wedding I am thinking platinum, full length bridesmaid dresses. When I think New Years, I think silver. I feel like it could go one of two ways. A) Something sexy, classic and elegant (like this beautiful dress by Jim Hjelm) or
maybe this gorgeous dress by Melissa Sweet or
B) Something fun, flirty and a little different than the “norm” (like this sassy dress by Watters)
The second of the three dates that stands out the most to me is Halloween. Now, just because you are getting married on Halloween I don’t think it has to be dark and creepy nor do your colors have to be black and orange. I think there are a lot of fun ways a bride and groom can incorporate Halloween into their wedding. Black bridesmaid dresses are the way I would go! Vineyard and Jim Hjelm show some fun ones in this picture.
The third of the three dates that stands out to me is Valentine’s Day! This day is already an extremely romantic day… add a wedding… what could be more romantic than that? For a Valentine’s Day wedding… as cliché as it sounds… I’m feeling red bridesmaid dresses! I don’t think short or long really matters… just think RED! I love this dress by Watters.
Priscilla of Boston also has this full length, beautiful dress below shown in red.
I really do love hearing about all the different and creative ways couples choose to make their days unique!
No matter what day the bride and groom choose to make their special day… I hope its amazing!
xoxo – Angela
Villa Siena is another beautiful venue we have come across since the opening of Twirl Chandler. It is a privately owned venue that opened it’s doors in 2004. As you walk the halls of this spectacular venue it is easy to take notice of all the beautiful details that make up this stunning venue. The same amazing room can be transformed to fit the romantic feeling that each bride and groom dreams of for their wedding. The details that went into creating this venue do not go unnoticed.
When I think of bridesmaid dresses for this venue, long and formal come to mind. I feel the elegance that is undoubtedly present @ Villa Siena can most appropriately be matched by long, formal bridesmaid dresses. Now, this could partly be because we just recently had a Twirl bride send us pictures from her wedding @ Villa Siena. Aside from the bride looking gorgeous, the bridesmaid dresses she chose for her girls (both full length and formal) could not have been better. The look the bride created with these dresses topped off this already beautiful wedding.
The romance that comes to life inside these walls is remarkable. Villa Siena truly does bring Italy to Gilbert, AZ.
Introducing Venue Talk! We thought it would be fun to use Thursdays to talk about the fabulous venues we have discovered near our Twirl locations. Since Twirl Chandler just opened this summer, we’ve been cruising around town and have found some unique venues for weddings and for bridal party events.
The first one I just can’t get enough of is Inspirador.
Inspirador is located in the heart of downtown Chandler on Boston Street. It is described as “hip yet historic” and is a gorgeous venue that is as unique as it is modern. Each and every event is tailored to fit the characteristics of the host… or in our case… the bride and groom. You start with a clean slate and create your dream wedding. The isle of poetry alone is like nothing I have ever seen. The bride walks down an isle dressed with amazing romantic quotes of all kinds (that’s just one option…which happens to be my favorite).
One of the things I love most about this amazing venue is how our Twirl brides approach it. Believe it or not, we do occasionally have brides concerned about needing their bridesmaid dresses to match their venue. That is one thing a bride would never have to worry about when it comes to Inspirador. The color choices are endless. They do literally give you a white canvas of which to create your dream wedding. How cool is that!
Thank you to Inspirador for letting us in on the secret of just how fabulous you are!
Months before your wedding you have to create your guest list. You begin your list with the obvious family members, then add your close friends. You then move on to your neighbors and you can’t forget your parent’s friends who have watched you grow up. Then you have your co-workers and the family members of your best friends (I mean in some cases they are practically family)! Then you take that list and double it (because the groom no doubt has a similar list) and when you finally step back and look at the GIANT list you have both created, you need a moment to catch your breathe. That is a lot of people you are going to have to pay for to eat, drink and dance the night away at your big event. But how do you know who to leave out? Where do you start making cuts? Feelings are at stake here.
Ever since I can remember, I have always envisioned my wedding HUGE! I’m talking everyone I know and then some. But over the past years I have had the pleasure of experiencing these “HUGE weddings first hand. As much fun as I have being a guest, I sit back and watch the bride and groom move from table to table thanking people for coming, repeating the line, “It’s so good to see you” and never actually seeming to snag enough time to enjoy their food, or drinks or even the dance floor. There are hugs to be given and hand shakes to be exchanged – and with a wedding this size, it could take hours.
All this has caused me to re-evaluate my “HUGE” wedding dreams. I have begun to wonder how people can get away with this though. Having a smaller wedding and truly only inviting those closest to you. Then it hit me – DESTINATION WEDDING!
I can’t even count the number of brides in the past month that have said they were having a destination wedding! These ladies are brilliant! They are clearly a few steps ahead of me. You can still invite the large number of guests you would if you were staying in town , but realize that not everyone will be able to make it (work, kids, life… whatever). Those that are closest to you (whether they are friends or family) will figure out a way to be there. Another way to keep the idea of a smaller wedding within reach would be to consider a smaller bridal party. It is easier to coordinate with the travels – and you can, in some cases, help your bridal party pay for a portion of their “trip” (something that might not be possible if you had 8+ girls). It could become your wedding party gift (which would be so helpful). For the other girls, if they are your close friends/family, they will no doubt still attend. A perfect example of this was Keri’s wedding (one of Twirl’s owners). She decided to do a destination wedding – and opted to not have all 16 of her closest friends in her bridal party. All of her closest friends were of course still in attendance, but she chose to only have her future sister-in-law and best friend stand up for her. It was Perfect!
So aside from creating a smaller wedding, it becomes a mini vacation with everyone. The groups can split up the couple days before the wedding. Girls can do their girl stuff and the guys can do their guy stuff! Then everyone can come together for the wedding and have a wonderful time. The bride and groom can enjoy their wedding as much as their guests…with all their guests.
Regardless of where you have your wedding or how many people attend, this is your day! I hope it’s one to remember!
So – what is your idea of how a bachelorette party should go? I feel like there are two roads you can take.
1) Vegas Style! This is a weekend that will no doubt be hard to forget (assuming you can actually remember it). Fabulous dresses packed- 20′s cashed in for1′s – cell phones turned to silent – cameras charged and ready – human decorations to match each outfit and of course tickets purchased for those “special” shows. The nights start LATE and the mornings are hardly actually seen. You wake up hung-over, crawl down to the amazing buffet and stare at whoever is sitting across from you with a look of “please kill me know”! Once you regain consciousness – the camera creeps out and the re-hashing beings. The whole day is spent trying to remember what actually happened and who it happened with (or to). Your stomach hurts from laughing so hard and you are literally crying the pictures are so funny! When the weekend finally comes to an end, you are all in need of a vacation from your vacation!
2) Girls Weekend! I’m thinking cabin, beach house or resort somewhere out of town with all your bridesmaids and close girl family members. You spend the weekend cooking, gabbing, drinking wine, shopping, lunching, drinking wine, watching romantic movies, laying by the pool, taking advantage of the spa, drinking wine and of course Girl Talk! This weekend is spent with those closest to you telling “remember when” stories while laughing so hard you are forced to cry. Old picture books are pulled out and no doubt the happy tears being. The girls that are married tell you all about the good times you have to look forward to and the girls that are single gush @ how happy they are for you (while secretly wishing they were in your shoes). It’s a calm weekend full of memories and reminiscing .
Either way you decide to spend your last “single” weekend – make sure you are surrounded by the people you love the most. That is where the best memories come from!
Congratulations Twirl Brides! We are so excited for you and your new adventure! We hope your Bachelorette party is a weekend you will never forget!
Recently I have been asked by several brides, “Who are you supposed to invite to the rehearsal dinner”? My answer usually is, “well, this is your wedding – - so whomever you want”. But if you look up wedding etiquette (and this is what I have always thought myself) – the answer is: the bridal party (bridesmaids and groomsmen), immediate family and out-of-town guests.
The bridal party and immediate family are a given – but people are usually thrown for a loop with the out-of-town guests (especially when there are a significant amount of them). This is how I look @ it. The rehearsal dinner is the perfect time to spend catching up with the family and friends you don’t get to see on a daily basis. You can exchange the “How have you been’s”, “What have you been up to’s” even the “thank you so much for coming’s”. This dinner should be relaxed, laid back and it’s not meant to break the bank. It should not “out shine” your wedding by any means. Choose a restaurant with a great entertaining area (maybe a patio or larger private room) and in a price range you (or whoever is paying) can afford. Spend your time laughing and telling stories and catching up with everyone. This should include the out-of-towners. Keep in mind that, in most cases, they have paid for their plane ticket, their hotel room, their transportation and no doubt a wedding gift for you. The night before the wedding, they most likely won’t have plans (seeing as though they don’t live in the area) so all the more reason to include them in your rehearsal dinner.
All this time spent catching up means you don’t have to do it at the wedding. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched the bride and groom spend their ENTIRE reception walking around, thanking people for coming and catching up! The bride and groom should be enjoying the delicious food they spent months picking out – and sipping on the champange they have been toasted to with – and creating new memories on the dance floor while listening to the music from the DJ or band they just had to have. They should be a part of the wedding they created and enjoy their perfect night.
No matter how it plays out – just sit back and enjoy the moments. They are going to FLY BY!