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Taking a Leap of Faith and Following My Dreams

DSC05255The past couple of months I have been struggling with working a full time job and keeping my own business going.  Unfortunately, with the amount of work and stress my job has put me through, my business has not been given much attention.  I have however was able to still obtain clients once wedding season came around, but I was not able to work on other forms of media to promote my business.  I had to stop blogging for a while, my Facebook page and Instagram were also put on hold, and I just felt disorganized all together.  I was so busy at work, I couldn’t find the time or inspiration to create good content.  Four months since my last post here, I have finally decided to leave the safety of my full time career and head full force into my wedding planning business.  It’s what I love to do.  I want to be able to give my clients their full attention when needed and not have to worry if I would be able to make it to a meeting after work or if I am able to take a day off from work to be at a wedding rehearsal.  The decision to leave my safety net was very hard.  What if my business fails?  What if I hit a financial rut?  I realized I can’t be thinking about the negatives in starting your own business.  I had to have faith in myself and in my business.  I know that if I put my whole heart into doing something I love, i can make it a success.  Nothing happens overnight and that is okay with me.  I just need to keep pushing myself to be the best that I can be.  Now that I only have to focus on building my business, I can start brainstorming and organizing.  I am really excited to finally get back into giving all things weddings my full attention.

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Don’t Forget To Take Photos With Your Bridal Party!!

With all the hectic things that are going on during the day of your wedding, don’t forget that the little things also matter.  Photographers do their best to capture the moments of your day, but sometimes, if you don’t mention what photos you would like to capture, they will assume you don’t want to waste time on it.  One of the very important moments you should capture are the moments with the people who will be standing there by your side while the two of you are saying your “I Dos.”  Your bridal party of course! They have been there with you since the day you asked them to be a part of your special day and you would definitely want to remember that when that day comes.  They have been there through your bridezilla days and were there to plan that crazy bachelorette party.  We can’t forget the men too!  They deserve a special spotlight with the bride and groom as well.  These photos that you take should show the unique bond you have with those closest to you.  So don’t forget to capture it and don’t forget to have fun with it! There’s so many fun and heartfelt ideas you can take with your bridal party.  Don’t be afraid to make it your own!




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Creating Memories with a Photo Booth

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In the weddings that I have worked at, I’ve seen many different variations of photo booths.  I’ve seen the enclosed booths where you huddle as many people as possible in a little box to take your group photos.  I’ve seen open concept photo booths and I’ve even seen people just laying out props and Polaroid cameras for guests to snap their own photos.  Photographers sometimes even build their own photo booths and use their own professional cameras to take photos and provide a mini printer to print your pictures for you ( 1 for you and 1 for the bride and groom).  The options are endless when it comes to having your guests take fun pictures at your event and getting to take home something to remember that night from.

Photo booths are a great way for your guests to interact with each other.  People can be serious, happy or silly.  I love the silly ones.  It shows that the guests were having a wonderful time that day.  With technology growing so rapidly these days, people don’t print pictures as often anymore.  I think this is why the photo booth draws so many people’s attention.  People have something to hold and to look at.  It is a physical reminder of that day.  I love the idea of being able to take a photo home and putting it up on my cork board and just looking at it from time to time.  It reminds me of the good memories from that event.

What do you think of photo booths? Would you have one at your event?

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Back Into It

So I feel like I haven’t taken my blog as seriously as I know I should.  I have taken lengthy breaks way too much in the last two years and feel like I would have small spurts of posts then one post a month and then none.  I think my problem is not finding the time to do it.  I quite enjoy reading blogs and have always wanted to create one.  (Hence this blog being in existence). But I just haven’t gotten into the habit of regularly posting.  And it is time that I have.  I have so many ideas that I’ve written down and have wanted to post, but just never got around to doing it.  And I honestly don’t have a real excuse for not posting.  I just haven’t.  Time and time again, my blog would cross my mind and I would think about posting, but events in my life start piling up or happening so suddenly that my blog gets pushed back and eventually, forgotten.  I don’t want that to happen again.  I DO want to post.  I have so many inspirations and ideas for weddings. Since I’ve been assisting and coordinating good amount of weddings the last couple of months of 2014, I would see something that I like or find intriguing and think, “this would totally be blog worthy!” But that’s about it.

But enough is enough.  Time to get off that lazy train and start spilling out my creative juices.  I definitely give props to all the bloggers who are able to blog almost everyday with such wonderful content.  If you have any advice for me, please give them to me!! I’d really appreciate it.

I’ve already come up with a new schedule and I hope I stick with it.  (Planning is not just for weddings!) It takes at least 3 weeks to get into a habit so that is what I’ll do.  Stick with it for 3 weeks and see if it works for me.  I’m excited to finally start blogging again and I can’t wait for the fresh new content to trickle into this blog.

Happy Planning!

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Using “#Hashtags” at Your Wedding

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Instagram has become a big part of our lives.  We take photos of everything and anything and share it with friends and people of the Instagram community.  In today’s world, smart phones have become an essential part of our lives.  It goes everywhere with us and if we forget or lose it, we feel empty inside.  Like we’re missing a piece of ourselves.  So what does Instagram have anything to do with weddings? Because almost everyone at your wedding will have a smartphone and an Instagram account.  They will take tons and tons of photos with you and of your wedding and post it on their page.  So why not have them share it with you by using a unique #hashtag to document your big day? Of course you will have photographers and videographers there for your professional photos and some candid ones, but your friends and family will be taking the amateur photos that the professionals may have missed.  More than likely, you won’t have time to have your photographer take photos with every individual guest at your party.  If your friend or family member happens to be lucky and catch you at a good moment, they can snap a quick pick with you and post it on your unique #hashtag on Instagram.  It’s so simple! And it’s fun to see what other people have taken of you and your groom.

So how do you create a unique #hashtag? You want to make sure it’s not something generic where you will also see photos posted from strangers.  You want a #hashtag that will only have photos posted of your wedding.  When creating the #hasthag, you will also want to create one that is easy for your guests to remember.  Something like #CassieandJamesWedding112914, is pretty long and when your guests has had one too many to drink, that #hashtag will be long forgotten.  Try something like #CandJ112914 or #CJWedding1129 or #JassieWed.  It’s short and to the point and it’s unique.  Once you’ve created your hashtag, you and your guests will definitely not miss a thing at your wedding!

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Spreading My Love for Influenster

So this post is going to be different.  It is not completely wedding related. I say that because I like to use this account to try to find new products that can help benefit my brides.  Whether it is makeup or skincare related, or even an item I can add to my wedding emergency kit, This site has a ton of information that helps me better my business.  It may not be one of the biggest influences in helping my business, but it has a lot of tips and ideas that give something to my business.  And I wanted to address this to my readers.  It is a site called Influenster.  I have been a member since 2012 and what I like about this website is that it allows you to connect with other people and learn about new products that are out there.  Why I like Influenster is because I am always looking for new products to help my brides prep their skin  or find products that can help them feel more relaxed and ready for their big day.  I look at reviews from other members and I also review some products myself.  I mean if it works, spread the word!

I stumbled upon Influenster when I was trying to find a wedding subscription box that I can use to help me get inspired to write posts and help inspire brides for their wedding.  I’ve seen many subscription boxes out there, but it never quite caught my attention.  When I found Influenster, I thought this was just a scheme to get free stuff. But it’s more than that.  When you get to connect with other people in the Influenster community, you gain tips and tricks on what products are good and what aren’t.  You get to share your opinions and the perks of sharing, is having the opportunity to receive free products to try.  One of the boxes that I received was a Mary Kay Voxbox.   I got literally 5 full size products to try.  All i had to do in return was review the products once I’ve tried them out for a while.  If I was never sent this box, I don’t think I would have found a new favorite makeup line!  Another product I received was the Dr Scholl’s Insoles.  They were a great product and something I suggested to  my brides who wanted to get fit for their wedding.  I had a lot of good feedback on these soles and I still use them in place of my Nike insoles.

Influenster is not just about receiving free products, it’s more about connecting and finding new products to help better your business or someone else’s life.  It is a great way to find products that would work for you and learn about products that aren’t good without having the hassle of purchasing and returning it.  So give influenster a try.  You have nothing to lose if it’s not for you!

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Wedding Invitations

Oh it’s definitely official once you send out those invites to your guests!! Invitations let guests have an idea of what the wedding would be like; whether it’s the color of the wedding or if it goes with the theme of it.  Guests enjoy feeling like they are finally going to be a part of your special day. Invitations can also be as simple as just a card in the envelope telling them the date, time and location of the wedding.  It can also be as elaborate as including an rsvp card, dress code, drink cards (if there is a limit on drinks per guest), menu card, etc.

Invitations are a very crucial part in letting your guests know the details of your wedding.  Adding an rsvp card allows the guests to let the bride and groom know whether or not they will be attending the wedding.  That way, they can get a final guest count and not have to spend on extra seats if they don’t need to.  Also, these cards can have a section where the guest can leave a note if they have a request for their dinner (i.e.: allergies to any foods).  I find that sending out invitations that provide the guests with a bit more information about the wedding can really help them envision what the day would be like better.  Sending out invitations just makes the wedding official and it’s a sign that the day is finally near for the bride and groom to tie the knot!!

 
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Tip Tuesday: Sweetheart Table; Yay or Nay?

If you are looking to share some alone time with your hubby at the reception, then a Sweethearts table is the perfect option for you.  Deciding where your guests have to sit is hard enough without trying to figure out who is lucky enough to sit next to the bride and groom.  Just make it easier on yourself and just have a table for 2 where you can face your guests and interact with them while being able to have that close intimacy with your man.  Here are some really nice Sweetheart tables that can trigger some inspiration for you!!

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What do you think about having a Sweethearts Table? Don’t you think it would be sweet to have the bride and groom sit together in front of the guests and also have some shared alone time together on their special day? I love this idea and find it a lot more intimate and it just puts the two special couple in the spotlight where they should be on their big day.

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Gift for Bridesmaids

There are so many ways to thank your Bridesmaids for putting up with you for all those months of prepping for your big day.  Of course, they know that planning your wedding day will be hectic and fun at the same time.  And they know that being there for you until the very end means putting up with those days when you’ve become that “Bridezilla”.  Yes, sometimes, that monster just comes out and you just can’t help yourself.  And your girlfriends are there to make sure that everything is as perfect as can be for your special day.  So what better way to thank them than giving them something you feel they can appreciate and to show them how much they mean to you.  Here are some of the gifts I found that I probably would love to give my bridesmaids when I get married someday.

//1// Tieks by Gavrieli
Okay, so you know your brides will not be able to stand in those painful heels all day.  So how about giving them a pair of flats as a gift?  They’ll definitely love you for this because having to run around in heels all day is definitely not the business.  I love Tieks becuase not only is it made with real leather from Italy, but they are so comfortable and cute!! You can also fold them up and just throw them into your clutch.  They come in many different colors and they are handmade to perfection.

A tote that is engraved tend to show some sentimental value.  I think its cute and convenient.  Your bridesmaids will love this gift because they can use it for whatever they want.  It’s perfect for traveling!!  What I think would be great is to add something meaningful to each tote bag for your girlfriends.  They’ll love it even more.

//3// Girls Love Jewelry
You can never go wrong with a bracelet or necklace. Girls just love jewel wear.  I think that giving your girlfriends a bracelet with a heart charm or an infinity charm would be perfect to symbolize your eternal friendship.
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I know there can be times when you’re just wondering how can you show your appreciation for your bridesmaid but on a budget?  Planning a wedding is already expensive enough, but having to spend on a gift for your friends can maybe max out that budget.  You can always just make something for your bridesmaids. It still has that same sentimental value, if not, maybe more.  A bridesmaid gift basket or a little jar filled with their favorite items is a really nice way to show them you care and that you appreciate all their hard work and putting up with those long hours of DIY dates.
Showing your bridesmaids that you really care and appreciate their hard work is all about showing your love for them.  These girls are in fact your best friends and they’ll always be there for you no matter what.  Even through your Bridezilla stages.  You know we all will eventually at some time or another hit that stage and we should probably thank these girls for being able to keep you grounded and making your day perfect!!
What other gifts do think would be great to give your bridesmaids?
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Following Your Dreams

Growing up, I was always brought up to go the safe route in life.  I wanted to do so much, but my parents would either think it’s not safe or just tell me it’s not worth my time.  Whether it’d be sports, dancing, or any other recreational activity, my parents would not allow.  If it did not look like it would help me academically, the option was out.  So I did as I was told and went through school taking all the safety precautions and just got by.  To be honest, I’m not much of a good student.  I got average grades and maybe even some C’s and D’s.  School just wasn’t for me.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life.  I finally convinced my mom to let me join an after school art program.  That was where I met my teacher and mentor.  And to this day, I still ask her for advice.  It’s been 13 years since we met.  I was that shy little girl in class that was too scared to ask questions.  But she was always patient with me and she never pushed me into doing anything I didn’t want to do.  Because of her, I slowly got out of my comfort zone and started exploring other creative aspects.  It may just be art to some, but to me, it was like therapy.

As I grew older and went off to college, I took little pieces of advice she gave me and tried to use it in my everyday life.  Jumping out of my comfort zone in college was my thing to do.  I joined a Sorority, I made the initiative to make new friends.  I even lived on my own for a couple of years.  Those were the years when I was truly finding myself.  I majored in History with a minor in Administrative Studies.  Thinking that I would one day go into Accounting and become a CPA.  That was the plan, but one day, as I was going through those books and preparing for the test, I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do.  I actually wanted to do something creative with my life.  I wanted to become a Wedding Planner.  Ever since I watched Jennifer Lopez in that movie with Matthew Mcconaughey, I wanted to do what she did.  I wanted to make someones dream come into a reality.  At first I was skeptic of my true potential.  It literally took to the age of 24 to get myself to sign up for a wedding course.  And now I’m on my way to working on that certificate and I’m already in the process of working with my first client!! I’ve never felt so liberated in my life to finally get out of that comfort zone and doing something that I love.  I may not be doing this full-time just yet, but at least I am heading in that direction.  I never realized how much support I had from my friends and family.  I didn’t know that they saw the potential that I couldn’t see until now.  I’m really happy that I’m finally doing something that I love and that I can see myself doing for years to come.  I would never let anyone hold me back again.  I just feel too liberated to let anyone ever do that to me!!

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