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Surviving the Arizona Summer Heat as a Wedding Guest

Surviving the Arizona Summer Heat as a Wedding Guest

It's hot. I believe it was 110-degrees this past weekend. Here in Arizona, the summer can sneak up on you and...boom!...it's 110-degrees just a few days after 75-degrees. (I'm not even joking, that was our weather this past week.)

Keeping that in mind, we've been spending some time offering wedding tips for Arizona couples and their guests from out-of-town. Today, I'd like to keep that momentum going and provide some more survival tips for your wedding guests. 

I came across this article in Vogue and wanted to share some of the specifics with you...

DIY Wedding Ideas for LGBTQ Ceremonies

DIY Wedding Ideas for LGBTQ Ceremonies

This weekend here in Arizona is Pride weekend, and we thought it would be nice to put together a blog for our LGBTQ wedding couples! We're open to everyone, and our LGBTQ weddings are quite remarkable. 

From dresses to tuxes, signs to seating, centerpieces to flowers, we've got you covered with just about everything you need to have the wedding of your gay dreams. Don't forget to call Val Vista Lakes to schedule your tour of our wedding venue today!

Wedding Cookies, Cakes and More for Your Sweet Tooth

Wedding Cookies, Cakes and More for Your Sweet Tooth

I don't know about you, but I have a sweet tooth. Easter was filled with Cadbury Eggs, Jelly Beans, Chocolate Bunnies and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Of course, we also had some Easter-themed cookies and pies, which were amazing. 

It got me thinking about how you can incorporate more sweetness and sugar into your wedding, which, of course, brought me to Pinterest to check out the wedding cookie and dessert ideas. 

From chocolate covered strawberries with tuxes and ties to custom-made candy, these sugary and sweet wedding ideas will inspire some of your sweet tooth...

Springtime Wedding Centerpieces

Springtime Wedding Centerpieces

A few days back we posted a simple centerpiece photo on our Facebook page. The response was enormous. Spring in Arizona is like no place else in the world. It's not just blooming cactus and desert succulents, it's sunflowers, roses, tulips, and everything in between. 

Arizona in the spring is beyond beautiful. It's magical. And Spring at Val Vista Lakes is beyond your wildest imagination. 

Today, let's take a look at some Spring centerpieces that will make your Gilbert wedding quite remarkable. 

Springtime Wedding Cakes

Springtime Wedding Cakes

Springtime in Arizona is like nothing else in the nation. The Midwest has it's beautiful Falls, California has the best summers, but Arizona definitely has the best Spring. Did you see the sunrise this morning? Did you see the white, puffy clouds, rainbow and feel the cool breeze? 

There's just something about Arizona in the Spring that makes you want to stand in front of your loved ones and say "I Do." The colors of Spring tend to include pastel pinks, blues, reds, purples, and oranges. The colors are softer, gentler, and yet more vibrant and emotional. 

Today, I want to share with you some Springtime wedding cake ideas that will inspire some imagination for your own wedding...

Last Minute Easter Wedding Ideas

Last Minute Easter Wedding Ideas

Easter is just around the corner, and if you're getting married in beautiful Arizona on Easter weekend, we've got some last-second ideas and tips to make your Gilbert wedding more memorable than you could possibly imagine!

If You're Into Essential Oils, Try These On Your Wedding Day

If You're Into Essential Oils, Try These On Your Wedding Day

It seems like everyone has an essential oil in their purse, a diffuser on their nightstand and countertop, and a tip for the perfect blend for every occasion. But, what about your wedding? I'm not just talking about an essential oil blend for some of the nerves that might creep up minutes before you walk down the aisle...I'm talking about blends that compliment every moment of your day.

I mean, there are literally thousands of essential oils blends to choose from. So, today, I thought we'd take a look at how you can use essential oils to compliment each moment of your Gilbert wedding day, from breakfast to the "I Do's," dinner to dancing and the send-off. 

Do You Love Tacos?

Do You Love Tacos?

I don't know about you, but I could eat tacos every day of the week. With all the different ingredients you can toss into a taco, the yummy possibilities are endless! Now, what if you took your love for tacos and shared it with your wedding guests?

From self-serve taco bars to high-end taco delicacies, there are many ways to share your favorite food with your favorite people on your wedding day!

DIY Wedding Photo Booths

DIY Wedding Photo Booths

Photo booths are still incredibly popular at weddings around the nation, including right here in Gilbert, Arizona. But, what's become even more popular is DIY wedding photo booths! You can create your own photo space for yourself and your wedding guests simply by using some creative inspiration.

DIY wedding photo booths at Val Vista Lakes can be as creative or as imaginative as your heart desires. Making sure that photo booth matches with your wedding theme is key...so are these three additional tips:

A Wedding Theme for Book Lovers

A Wedding Theme for Book Lovers

I'm a book lover. I can sit with a good book and a cup of tea for hours. How about you? For those who perhaps write for a living, or for couples who were brought together during book club or over a good book...maybe the wedding couple met at a bookstore...a book lovers wedding theme is the perfect idea. 

Today, let's talk about the imaginative, romantic and fun wedding theme all around books...