September Goals

As a part of the wedding industry I spend the summer on- the- go. With client meetings, paperwork, DIY projects, weddings and squeezing in family events, I forget to sit back and reflect on the busy season and what my goals are moving forward. As I sit by the window with my pretty view and a cup of tea I have decided to make myself a list (yes, another list!) of September goals. Even though the month is looking very busy I want to make time for a lot of important things!

Business Goals

Complete new website and showcase services and photos of this summer’s work

Network with 5 new vendors in Southwestern Ontario

Plan an amazing party for a favorite vendor :)

Catch up on paperwork and adjust my business plan

Enjoy my week of vacation

Personal Goals

Make time for exercise, a walk to clear your mind can work wonders

Print photos and hang them

Try a new recipe every week ( i love to cook!)

Have dinner with the girls

and again, enjoy my week of vacation :)

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What are your goals this month? I find listing them makes me more accountable somehow.

Happy Planning!

Outdoor Wedding Tips

Happy Sunday Everyone!

 All summer I have been trying my best to enjoy the sunshine and the outdoors as much as possible (which can be difficult during such a busy time). After the busy-ness of yesterday’s wedding day, I have decided to sit out on my balcony with an iced tea and some magazines to just relax and “turn off” for a moment.

As I flip through the pages of magazines I am SO inspired by backyard parties and outdoor events. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this month’s gorgeous tented wedding.

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So today I am sharing some tips to a successful outdoor wedding. They are amazing, but can be tricky logistically!

1. Have a back up plan. This has to be the most important thing in planning an outdoor affair. If the weather does not cooperate you need to have something in place to implement quickly.

2. Think about the position of the sun- yes it’s nice when you are at the beach but it may not be comfortable for guests to be sitting and eating in the direct heat (especially when you have a variety of aged guests).

3. Parking & Transportation. This is na important factor to consider for outdoor events which are usually in a secluded area, on a private property or in a unique setting. Having a designated parking area or shuttle service will make it much easier for your guests to arrive & depart.

4. Advise your guests. Depending on the location choice you may want to add some details or tips with your invitation or on your wedding website. Outfit choice, shoe choice etc. may be uncomfortable in your venue.

5. Don’t forget the extra costs! While tented wedding are beautiful, you have to consider the fact that you are starting from scratch. Everything from the tent itself to the floor, washrooms , decor and all rentals must be purchased and set up (this can add up quickly).

6. Plan your day accordingly. If you are going to be outdoors all day you want to have a very early or a later afternoon ceremony so your guests aren’t in the sun (or rain) all day. Late afternoon/early evening lighting is great for pictures too!

7. BUGSPRAY :)

8. Match your menu. Plan for summer-y food, maybe stations or a buffet. The outdoor atmosphere lends itself well to a more casual meal.

9. Hire a team of professionals. Working outdoors can get messy- you don’t want your friends, family and wedding party getting dirty and working instead of enjoying with you.

10. Don’t stress about the rain! Unfortunately, we really can’t control the weather. Keep an eye on the forecast and stick to your decisions, if it rains you’ll have cute umbrella photos, if it doesn’t, Bonus!

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Happy Planning

celebrate

to celebrate.

to rejoice in or have special festivities to mark (a happy day, event, etc)

I chose “planning personalized celebrations” as the tagline to my business because I loved the idea of celebrating.

I love being part of an exciting moment/day/event with my clients

To me, there’s an energy that comes with the idea of celebrating.

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For those of you who have invited and welcomed me in planning your celebrations big and small, thank you!              You make my days so exciting and give me something to celebrate

the home office

Working from home can be very tricky for some people. It is so easy to get distracted or stay in your pjs all day. Unfortunately, that probably won’t lead to a very productive day.. so here are a few tips for those enjoying the perks and struggles of their home office!

1.  Don’t stay in your pyjamas. Remember, you are at work.  Take a shower, get dressed and work in your office space. Not your dining room table or your couch, your office- this will help you stay focused.

2. Start your day with a to-do list ( and a coffee :) ) having priorities and tasks you need completed will get you started.

3. Have a separate phone line for business- you don’t want to end up on personal calls, your personal facebook, social media, or texting friends.  This will not only keep you focused during the day but it will also help you disconnect at night – when it is personal time.

4. Make that space your own and make it comfortable. Buy a nice chair and desk, frame pictures, quotes, and stay organized. Make that space inspiring, energizing, an office you want to work in.

5. If you find yourself doing laundry, vacuuming or distracted by other house chores, try a coffee shop! Sometimes a little break outside of the house can do you some good.

As for your office decor- here’s some inspiration

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Get creative- remember the DIY Home Organization post? Use some of these ideas in your office. It will create a personalized, pleasant atmosphere and may inspire all kinds of new ideas.

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You are going to be spending a lot of time in this room so make sure you like it. And stay organized!

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Happy Monday!

The Palms Miami Beach

A few years ago during a trip to Miami, Florida I made appointments with the on-site coordinators at some of the city’s most amazing wedding venues. I had such a great time touring the grounds and chatting with industry professionals in this gorgeous area.

A venue that really stood out to me was The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach; it’s beach-y yet modern and elegant.. just stunning! The staff was kind, attentive to details and their menu looks delicious.

With several indoor & outdoor ceremony, cocktail and reception spaces this beautiful site includes a gazebo, terrace, lawn area, pool side lounge and a private section on the beach.

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The Palms is a great choice for a sunny getaway you and your guests can enjoy without travelling internationally!

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 Looking for more information? Check out their website

www.thepalmshotel.com 

setting up your candy bar

 Candy bars have been super popular for a while now. They are great for weddings, birthdays, showers etc.

People are getting very creative and providing there guests with a nice alternative to traditional favors. Candy bars allow guests to get engaged in an activity and if done properly they look awesome too!

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 If you are considering a candy bar for your wedding, party or event, here are a few things to remember:

1. Determine a budget for this project- candy can get expensive quickly.

2. Pick a color or theme- this makes your candy bar part of the decor and can replace giving your guests favors! It also makes purchasing your candy a lot easier.

3. Make sure you have enough for everyone.

A good rule of thumb is to order between .2 and .25 pounds of candy per guest. For an event with 100 guest you should plan to have round 20-25 pounds of candy.

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The Wedding Planners suggest

Number of guests x 3, divided by 16 = Grand Total in pounds

For example, we have 155 guests at the wedding I am coordinating this weekend:

155 x 3= 465, then 465/16 = 29lbs of candy (for kilos divide by 2.2 = 13kg)

4. Have a designated person to refill the jars if necessary (this could be a planner, coordinator, catering member or someone from your wedding party). You don’t want the jars sitting empty when only half the guests have had a chance to participate.

5. Don’t forget scoops, tongs & signs. For a wow factor get a sparkly table cloth, backdrop and fun accessories that match your theme.

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happy planning!

benefits to hiring an event planner

Happy Friday!

 Whether you are taking some time to yourself this weekend or out and about getting things done, enjoy it!

December is the most popular month for engagements- 60% of engagements happen over the holiday season (crazy right??). Valentine’s Day was a popular time as well.

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Being in the events industry, January & February are very busy months connecting with new clients and following up with those whose wedding dates are fast approaching. I love working smaller events; intimate weddings, baby showers, engagement parties, milestone birthdays, cocktail parties etc. I have a passion for working closely with every client to create a memorable celebration.

For those who are recently engaged or planning a special celebration, here are my top 5 reasons why you should hire an event planner:

1. We go through a step by step process to ensure your event is entertaining for you guests and all the details are taken care of.

2. We work for you to make sure things happen on time, on budget and within the theme. We are up to date on trends and we’re usually overflowing with ideas.

3. We keep you on track and organized. Planning can get overwhelming- it’s not for everyone so sometimes it’s best to leave it up to those in the industry. We have tips, tricks and connections to give you a different perspective on issues.

4. If and when a problem arises, an event planner can most often take care of it without the guests or host being aware.

5. Most of the time we already know the vendors. People are more likely to remember an event where things went wrong (ex: the dj didn’t show up, caterer was horrible) and that’s not the type of memories you want your guests to walk away with!

You want to enjoy this special time with friends and family and we make sure that happens : )

Looking for more information regarding wedding & event planning?

We’d love to hear from you! info@thecreativedetails.ca