Now than more people are celebrating the dawn of their lives together by getting married in the morning, our Event Sales Manager, Kris Phillips, would like to share her tips for saving money.

How To Save Money on Your Reception Alcohol:

Providing alcohol to your guests at a large wedding can be a large expense. By offering a mixed drink like a Mimosa or a Bloody Mary rather than a top shelf vodka or single malt Scotch, you can hold your costs down.

Since a brunch wedding and it is early in the day, people are less likely to drink heavily. This situation will hold down your costs also.

You can add coffee, punch, juices, hot cocoa, water (with mint, strawberries, or cucumber) and milk to your array of beverages.

How To Save Money on Your Reception Food:

Caters often charge less for a brunch wedding than they do for an afternoon or evening wedding because more couples wish to get married at those hours of the day. As a result, a caterer is often in the “driver’s seat” and can select the wedding for which there is the greatest profit for them. A brunch wedding is a great way to hire a top caterer when there is less competition—and a lower price.

Not only does the time of day have an impact on your price, but the day of week does as well. Saturdays are the most expensive day of the week and you can pay significantly more for the privilege of having a Saturday wedding. Conversely, having your wedding on a Thursday or Sunday can save you up to 50% or more on your catering. Yay!

You can have your breakfast cake and eat it, too.

Let Sedona Sky Weddings help you plan your brunch wedding!20160512_185553

Not everyone is a morning person.

Some of us wake up, jump out of bed, and are ready to face the day instantly. Some of us…not so much. Consider these factors when you contemplate a morning wedding.

Early Morning Schedule:

Having a brunch wedding means that everyone has to get up early to get ready. If your or your significant other want to look perfect and polished on your special day, take into consideration how long that would take. If your getting ready routine would take up to two hours to complete and your wedding is at 8 A.M., you would have to get up at 4 or 5 so that you aren’t in a rush. If you take 4 hours to get ready, you might want to move your morning wedding to 10 AM or so.

If you’re not a morning person or you have a late bachelor/bachelorette party, you may want to reconsider your plans.

On the other hand, if you think your routine will be simply short, by all means, get up at 6 A.M. and rock that wedding dress!20151005_165547-1-1

In Sedona—the rest of the Southwest–it can get very warm for at six (6) months of the year—and that’s if you’re lucky. For this reason, it’s not enjoyable for some people (like your cranky little flower girl who really prefer not to be wearing a crinoline petticoat, your frail great-grandmother, or your bridesmaid in heavy brocade) to be outside at mid-day.

If you and your significant other are thinking about planning a wedding, be it indoors or outdoors in the Southwest, the times of the day in which venturing outside (and feeling comfortable in your clothes) is limited to the early beginning and late ending of the day. Here’s why you should consider having a brunch wedding.

Weather and Temperature:

Most of us know that as soon as the sun rises, so does the temperature—and, unfortunately, it does not cool down as soon as the sun sets. During the evening, it cools down considerably. When the dew sets in overnight, the cool dampness stays during the early hours of the day. For the couples who consider having an outdoor wedding, this is the optimal time of day to say your vows. Not only do your guests feel comfortable in their seats, but you two do not have the added stress of reading your vows and baking in your clothes (unless you’re into that kind of thing). If you’re thinking about having an indoor venue or in a tent, all is well.


One aspect to consider is your reception. if you have a reception in a completely different location, you have to take into consideration traveling from your wedding venue to the reception and whether you all will travel by foot, bike, or car. If there are children or senior citizens in your group, take into consideration what will be the most convenient for them so that they do not endure the heat for a long period of time.

So there are several great reasons to have—and plan—your Sedona Sky brunch wedding at Sky Ranch Lodge.20160422_124448

At your wedding, you have the opportunity to add more beauty in the details, such as the jewelry you wear on your wedding day. To help you select the best jewelry for your big day, we offer these tried and true tips!

  1. Pick a color already in your wedding or your personal color palette. For instance, you might wear jewelry which includes your birthstone or picks up the color of your flowers, the bridesmaids’ dresses, or your groom’s colors.
  2. Skip the Necklace. Opt for chandelier earrings instead if you have a strapless gown or a sweetheart neckline on your gown.
  3. Select jewelry which picks up the color of your eyes. Newscasters such as Lesley Stahl use this trick all the time. When the green-eyed Ms. Stahl wears green earrings or a scarf with green in it, she emphasizes the color of her beautiful eyes. By wearing green near her face, it appears that she has constant eye contact with the viewer—even when she doesn’t! As a bride, wearing jewelry which reflects the color of your eyes will intensify your eye color in your photographs.
    (When you go on a job interviewer, make sure that you wear a clothing item which picks up the color of your eyes: the interviewer will think you’re looking at them the whole time!)
  4. Consider any jewelry which has been worn by your mother, grandmother, older sister, or a favorite female friend at her wedding. There may be heirloom
    necklace which your grandmother would love you to wear if you only asked her!
  5. Showing Your Metal: Gold or Silver???
    There are so many shades of white.
    If you selected a white gown with a bright, white tone, you may want to wear platinum or pearl jewelry. Gold will clash with this shade of white.
    Barely white or diamond-white gown: This shade is enhanced by gold, rose gold, pearl, and silver.
    Candlelight or Ivory Gown: This soft, light white shade may have a yellow undertone. Enhance this shade with gold jewelry to highlight the fabric’s creamy tone.
  6. Some of us are blessed to have a cat who is a fashion maven. Bella, my tiger-stripped kitty, will crawl into any purse sitting on the floor, weave herself into jewelry left on the bed, and re-arrange my shoes to suit her. One bride has a cat just like my Bella. When the bride needed to select her jewelry, she spread her jewelry on her bed and let her cat select what she would wear! What her cat selected was the purrrr-fect accessory!

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This month, Destinations Travel Magazine’s editor, Darlene Perrone wrote a glowing review of Sky Ranch Lodge as having the best scenic red rock views in Sedona!

Because we have the best views, we also have a fantastic wedding venue: a huge, open air patio featuring gorgeous red rock views and a cerulean blue sky which arches from horizon to distant horizon. As she called it, the “romance of the red rocks” (p. 7) calls couples from all over the world to get married in this very special place!

For you and your beloved, one of our “rooms [which] are iconic for a lodge—large, roomy, with high beamed ceilings” (p. 69) is a honeymoon suite. Add a fireplace and a back door which opens to your own patio with exquisite red rock views and your honeymoon suite is sweeter still! You two can explore our beautifully landscaped grounds, bedazzled with sparking ponds with luminous silver and iridescent orange koi fish.

Your family, wedding party, and wedding guests will enjoy our amenities—a newly refurbished swimming pool and relaxing Jacuzzi. On our veranda, they can sip a glass of wine, savor the beauty of a sunset, and enjoy the twinkling stars as they come out to play.

Follow this link to read this wonderful article about Sky Ranch Lodge:
pages 69-70.

Call Kris Phillips, Event Sales Manager for Sedona Sky Weddings, and start planning your beautiful wedding at Sky Ranch Lodge today! Reach out to her at or (928) 451-4633.


17300382252_c416d2ed1c_zWhat do you get when you add a romantic train trek under the stars into a river-carved canyon and a romantic night at the hotel with the best scenic views in Sedona? You get the perfect opportunity to propose to your beloved.

First, call Sky Ranch Lodge and book your nights.

Second, call Kris Phillips, Sedona Sky Weddings Events Sales Manager, to plan your perfect proposal.

Third, call Verde Canyon Railroad to book your Starlight Express train trip for you and your beloved. Leaving the station at 5:30 P.M. on June 18, the train winds its way along the banks of the Verde River (on the right side of the train), past ancient Native American cliff dwellings (on the left side), and under tall, graceful trees which add a balance of green to the blue of the river. Sample a variety of wines and noshes. As the glorious burst of sunset is replaced by the velvet blue of night, countless golden stars and a silver full moon come out to play. (Yes, I checked with the moon will be full and exquisitely romantic!)

After your train returns to the station at 9:30 P.M., come back to Sky Ranch Lodge. Up here, you are 500 feet higher than Sedona and 500 feet closer to the stars. Here, you can watch a spiral of stars dance across the sky. Just as they have for thousands of years, the stars will gaze down on lovers like you two. Each time the stars twinkle, they are smiling for you two!

Isn’t now the perfect time and this the perfect place to propose to your beloved? Let us help you make this a night to remember “as long as you both shall live.”

Yes, you can let your love of the movies shine at your wedding! We here at Sedona Sky Weddings have guided many brides and grooms through the musical catalog of life to pick wedding processionals such as these:

Harry Potter

  • 21st Century Fox theme
  • Braveheart soundtrack, Main Theme
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire soundtrack, “Neville’s Waltz”
  • The Holiday soundtrack, “Gumption”
  • How to Train Your Dragon soundtrack, “Romantic Flight”
  • James Bond: main theme
  • Jurassic Park: main theme
  • Lord of the Rings soundtrack, “Concering Hobbits”
  • Love Actually soundtrack, “Portuguese Love Theme”
  • Mission: Impossible: main theme
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan, “Somebody’s Getting Married/He’ll Make Me Happy”
  • The Pink Panther: main theme
  • The Princess Bride soundtrack, “Storybook Love”
  • Sense and Sensibility soundtrack, “Throw the Coins”
  • Star Wars: “The Throne Room/End Title Song”
  • Up soundtrack, “Carl Goes Up”

Lord of the Rings

There’s no denying it: there are some exquisite soft rock or pop songs which would make a great wedding processional except for one itsy bitsy thing…the lyrics might make Aunt Margaret blush three shades of crimson and Grandmother might faint dead away on the floor. In order to avoid this…

Tip #1: Use the song without the lyrics as an instrumental.

Even though the category is soft rock, some songs can get a little loud in their current arrangement with several guitars and a drum set on steroids. Solution?

Tip #2: Have the music played on a single guitar or keyboard.

Really love the song but it’s way too fast and would have you running up the aisle like an Olympic sprinter? Solution?

Tip #3: Have a musician slow the piece down or speed it up to make it a comfortable walking pace…in heels…with a long train.

Here are a number of soft rock and pop songs which work as wedding processionals!

Soft Rock/Pop:

  • Adele One and OnlyAdele, “Make You Feel My Love”
  • Adele, “One and Only”
  • Lily Allen, “Somewhere Only We Know”
  • Sara Bareilles, “I Choose You”
  • Bright Eyes, “First Day of My Life”
  • Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah” (works very well as a guitar or keyboard instrumental)
  • Colbie Caillat, “I Do”
  • Colbie Caillat, “Magic”
  • Mariah Carey, “Always Be My Baby”
  • Eric Clapton, “Wonderful Tonight”
  • Coldplay, “Reign of Love”
  • Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”
  • Coldplay, “Yellow”
  • Dave Mathews Band, “You & Me”
  • Des’ree, “I’m Kissing You”
  • Jose Gonzalez, “Heartbeats”Ellie Goulding, “How Long Will I Love You”
  • Elle Hollis, “Rather Be” (Acoustic)
  • Five for Fighting, “1,000 Years”
  • Iron & Wine, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” (from Twilight)
  • Elton John, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
  • Elton John, “Your Song”
  • Carole King, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”
  • Katrina and the Waves, “Walking on Sunshine”
  • Lennon & Maisy, “Boom Clap”
  • Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”
  • John Mayer, “XO”
  • Van Morrison, “Crazy Love”
  • Jason Mraz, “I Won’t Give Up on Us”
  • Jason Mraz, “Love Someone”
  • JeffBuckleyHallelujahStevie Nicks, “Landslide”
  • Passion Pit, “Take a Walk”
  • Christina Perri, “A Thousand Years”
  • The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
  • Cat Power, “Sea of Love” (from Juno)
  • Sia, “Breathe Me”
  • Sia, “Salted Wound” (from “Fifty Shades of Gray”)
  • Ed Sheeran, “Kiss Me”
  • Sleeping at Last, “I Would Walk 500 Miles”
  • Sleeping at Last, “Turning Page” (instrumental from Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
  • Rod Stewart, “Forever Young”
  • The Swell Season, “Falling Slowly”
  • Taylor Swift, “Love Song”
  • Temper Trap, “Need Your Love” (Acoustic)
  • Train, “Marry Me”
  • The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony”
  • Matt White, “Love”
  • Keith Whitley & Alison Krauss, “When You Say Nothing at All”
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Wedding Song” (the acoustic version works well as a processional)


Brides and grooms often select classical music to add elegance and sophistication to their wedding. Since not all of us are classically trained musicians, we asked Kris Phillips, Sky Ranch Lodge and Sedona Sky Weddings Events Sales Manager, for her top picks for classical music used as a processional.

Johann Sebastian Bach


  • Johann Sebastien Bach, “Concerto in E Major”
  • Johann Sebastien Bach, “Minuets in G Major”
  • Beethoven, “Ode to Joy” (from the Ninth Symphony)
  • Johannes Brahms, “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen”
  • “Cavatina” (Spanish classical guitar)
  • Claude Debussy, “Clair de Lune”
  • Georg Frederick Handel, “Air” from “Water Music”
  • Georg Frederick Handel, “Largo” from the opera, Xerxes
  • Gustav Holst, “Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity” (from The Planets)
  • Gustav Holst, “Venus” (from The Planets)
  • Modest Mussorgsky, “Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade”
  • Pachelbel, “Canon in D”
  • Piano Guys, “Secrets” and Beethoven’s 5th. Symphony
  • “Prelude in D” (classical guitar)
  • Josquin des Prez, “Ave Maria Virgo Serena”
  • Camille Saint-Saens, “Symphony #3”
  • Erik Satie, “Gynopédie, No. 1”
  • Giuseppi Verdi, Triumphal March from Aida
  • Antonio Vivaldi, “Spring” Allegro from “Four Seasons”
  • Richard Wagner, “Bridal Chorus” (classical guitar)
  • Yo-Yo Ma, “Appalachia Waltz”


Engaged couples today have so many more options when selecting their wedding processional for the entrance of the bride and bridesmaids into the wedding venue. In fact, many couples select separate pieces of music for the family members, groom, and the groomsmen. So for the groom who built a 12 ft. replica of the “Stargate SG-1” arch for his wedding and the couples who arrive dressed as their favorite super heroes, here is our list for you!

James Bond Theme Songs

Whimsical & Unique Choices:

Dropkick Murphy, “A Cadence to Arms”

Europe, “The Final Countdown”

James Bond: main theme

Jurassic Park: main theme

Mission: Impossible: main theme

The Muppets, “Somebody’s Getting Married/He’ll Make Me Happy”

The Pink Panther: main theme

Star Wars: “The Throne Room/End Title Song”

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