3 Fool-Proof Secrets For A Fun Event

Have you ever gone to a wedding or special event and thought “Wow! That went fast?” or “Why did the event end so early?”  Then you look down at your watch and go “Holy **it! It’s midnight!!”  Do you want to … Continue reading

Newly Engaged. Make The Choice That Feels Right For You!

Angel Orensanz, NYC
As women we are raised to be caretakers; to always put other people’s needs ahead of our own.    Your wedding day is the one and only day that was designed to be about and for you.  So let go of your need to do what is right for everyone else and choose to do what feels right for you.
Last week I had the opportunity to help one of my brides make a choice that felt right for her.  She had spent the last few months feverishly searching for the perfect wedding venue. She ended up very conflicted and unable to make a decision between 2 completely different spaces.  One space was completely done and felt elegant and glamorous and appeared to come with everything she could ever dream of and the other was more raw and urban- a space that she would get to play in and create the wedding she always dreamed about.  To everyone, the choice was obvious, go with the glamour, what is not to love? She was really torn and afraid that everyone would be mad at her if she picked the space she really wanted. After months of trying to make a decision her fiancée said, “I don’t care which place we get married in, I only care that we get married and that you are happy”  She turned to him and said “but, you do care”- he looked her in the eye and said: “no, I really don’t.  I just want you to make a decision and I will be ok with whatever you choose.”  It was so hard for her to trust that he really meant what he said.   
As I approach my 25th year of marriage I was able to help her see that her fiancée meant what he said.  His only desire was her happiness and for him getting married was what he wanted and once he asked her to be his wife his decision was done.  
The next day we went back to both venues. And as soon as she stepped onto the street of the venue she loved she turned to me and said, this is it. I want to have my wedding here.  It was that simple.  If you can let go of what you think is the right decision for everyone else and go with your instinct and gut feeling you will certainly be one step closer to your dream.
Dear Reader,  Are you having trouble finding the venue that is right because everyone sees something different for you than you see for yourself?  I am curious as to how you would handle this situation.  Let me know.  I would love to hear from you.
If you found this article helpful or interesting please leave a comment.  Let me know your thoughts, If you have any questions or need any information or would like to see me write about a topic you need help on let me know.  If you don’t want to leave a comment below you can always email me: Julia@eventuresinc.netor simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net. Subscribe to our list for your free ebook “Make it Your Own! The Ultimate Guide to Personalize Your Day”
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!


Create Your Own Wedding Experience

Weddings are first and foremost about the bride, It is the one day that is about you and you should embrace it; but while you it is important to remember that your wedding is about coming together in celebration to honor the next chapter in your life, how you set that in motion is important for how you start your new life.
When planning your wedding it is important to think about the experience you want to create for your guests.  How do you want them to feel while they are present with you throughout your day.
I like to think that your wedding experience begins the minute your guests step out of the car.
Music always sets a tone for an event.  Live music creates an amazing energy. Think about having  a single musician playing at the entrance of your ceremony site. So your guests are greeted with an air of celebration even before they step inside. 
Another way to make your guests feel welcome is to offer them a soft drink or custom beverage when they arrive.  If you are having a summer wedding try an infused iced tea or lemonade. For a winter wedding set up a hot chocolate, coffee or  tea station.
Flowers are a wonderful way to acknowledge your guests.  Greeting each guest with a rose is a nice touch.  You can adorn your flower with a special thank you note, poem or chorus from “your” song.
Dear Reader, What kind of experience are you offering for your guests?  Have you thought about how you would greet your guests? 
If you found this article helpful or interesting please leave a comment.  Let me know your thoughts, If you have any questions or need any information or would like to see me write about a topic you need help on let me know.  If you don’t want to leave a comment below you can always email me: Julia@eventuresinc.netor simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net. Subscribe to our list for your free ebook “Make it Your Own! The Ultimate Guide to Personalize Your Day”
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!

Whose Wedding Is It?

Do you feel like you are going crazy listening to all your friends and family telling you what to do?  Is your head about to explode with all the information coming at you?
I know- it’s your wedding and you want it your way.  Sure you love to listen to what others have to say but just because your cousin had a parade of flying geese doesn’t mean it is the right thing for you.
When you feel overwhelmed and tired of listening instead of losing your cool and screaming try one of these things instead:
1.     Unplug for an hour or even a day- heck if you need it take a whole week off from all the wedding advice, information.  No phones, no internet and no computer.
2.     Take a walk or if you are into biking or nature maybe a hike will help or perhaps you should look into yoga.
3.     Get a massage, mani/pedi or a facial.
4.     When your friends and family chime in with all their knowledge and information before you react or answer take a deep breath. And pause.  Or maybe excuse yourself and head off to the bathroom for a quick break and a little alone time.
5.     If breathing and a pause didn’t work, smile and thank everyone for their information.  Acknowledge that you heard them.  Just because they speak it doesn’t mean you have to do it.
Dear Reader, Are you feeling overwhelmed and bombarded by well intentioned friends and family?  How are you choosing to deal with all their advice?  Write me andlet me know.   Or leave a comment.  I promise to answer.
If you found this article helpful or interesting please leave a comment.  Let me know your thoughts, If you have any questions or need any information or would like to see me write about a topic you need help on let me know.  If you don’t want to leave a comment below you can always email me: Julia@eventuresinc.netor simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net. Subscribe to our list for your free ebook “Make it Your Own! The Ultimate Guide to Personalize Your Day”
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!

Wedding Budget Blues- 5 Money Saving Tips to Try Now

You just got engaged!  You are so excited till you start to look at wedding venues – then suddenly you find yourself in a panic.  Everything costs so much! You want a fabulous, beautiful wedding like the ones you see on TV; but you don’t know how you are going to pay for it all. 
Try these money saving strategies:
Give yourself a long engagement. 
Set up a separate bank account – call it the wedding fund and each week put in a minimum of $100. 
Everyday before you go to bed empty your change purse into a jar or piggy bank. Include all the 1 dollar bills that you have in your wallet.  Do not touch this money till you are ready to count it out.
Every Friday evening take whatever money from your purse that you did not spend and put it in an envelope marked wedding fund.  Then put the envelope in a place you will forget about.  Do this every single week, without fail.
Apply for credit card that gives you mileage and use it to help pay for your wedding.  The mileage you accrue can be put towards airfare or hotel for your honeymoon.
Set up a pay schedule with your wedding vendors.  They will be happy to get their money in advance and you will not be hit with a large bill in the week prior to your big day.
If you found this article helpful or interesting please leave a comment.  Let me know your thoughts, If you have any questions or need any information or would like to see me write about a topic you need help on let me know.  If you don’t want to leave a comment below you can always email me: Julia@eventuresinc.netor simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net. Subscribe to our list for your free ebook “Make it Your Own! The Ultimate Guide to Personalize Your Day”
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!

Newly Engaged! 3 Things To Do Now

You just got engaged and now what?  First things first you just have to pick up the phone and tell everyone the news. Once the screaming and joy dies down do not let the fear in.  If you do the feelings will overwhelm you and you will find that you cannot move forward with planning this big day.
The first thing you really need to know before you start planning your wedding is how much money do you intend to spend. It’s time to make an appointment with both of your parents and ask them how much are they willing to invest so you can have the wedding of your dreams.
Head out to your nearest Barnes and Noble or news stand and buy all the wedding magazines you can find. Take them home get a cup of coffee and start thumbing through them.  Pull out the pictures that speak to you.  Use these photos as inspiration. They will help you become clear on your wedding vision.
Now that you are beginning to get an idea of the style of your wedding you will be able to begin your search for the perfect wedding venue/location.  Some things to think about when choosing your perfect venue: do you want the ceremony at the same place as the reception?  Do you want to be inside, outside, in a tent, at a hotel or country club or in your parent’s backyard? Create a spreadsheet with all the important information that you gather from the venues that interest you.  This will help you be able to compare them to determine which is the best fit. 
If you found this article helpful or interesting please leave a comment.  Let me know your thoughts, If you have any questions or need any information or would like to see me write about a topic you need help on let me know.  If you don’t want to leave a comment below you can always email me: Julia@eventuresinc.netor simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net. Subscribe to our list for your free ebook “Make it Your Own! The Ultimate Guide to Personalize Your Day”
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!