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

Mishap Monday: What To Do When The Music Goes Down At Your Party

During one of my event’s, the speakers the DJ had brought stopped working! I had to think quickly and on the spot. I used the three steps below and handled the situation without any of the guests and my clients … Continue reading

10 Ways to De-Stress When Planning Your Wedding

Are you planning your own wedding but don’t know where to start.  If you answered “yes” then you are not alone. A lot of Brides I speak with have a hard time weeding through the amount of information that is … Continue reading

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 Day Hair: 5 Things to Know

Maya’s Wedding-Mark Turner for Salon True

Choosing the right person to do you hair on your wedding day is monumental. It is important that you choose someone you can talk to and feel comfortable with.  This may or may not be the person you normally use to cut your hair.  Every stylist has an expertise so if you do not like how your stylist blow dries your hair and you are not comfortable letting him/her know this than chances are you are not going to love what they may do for your wedding day.

Choose someone who has experience doing hair for photo shoots, TV, film or theater.  They understand what is necessary for those glamorous photos that will showcase your beauty.
When you go for your pre-wedding consultation bring with you a picture of both the front and back of your wedding dress.
Make sure to have with you the jewelry you intend to wear to your wedding.
If your wedding dress is sleeveless try to come dressed in a sleeveless top so you can get a better idea of how you may look on your day.
If you want an up do it is important for the hairstylist to know how tall your fiancee is in addition to the height of your wedding day shoe: so if you own them already bring them with you to your styling session.
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!

Credits: Hair and Makeup Mark Turner for Salon True
Photography by: Jen Renee Photography

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!

3 Reasons Why Having a Guest List Will Save You Money

Having a clear idea of how many guests you intend to invite to your wedding should be your number one priority after you get engaged.    This one simple task can save you a lot of money, heartbreak and unnecessary stress.
Reason #1
Prior to the search for your perfect wedding location create a rough head count of your wedding guests.  Make sure to not only put down you and your fiancee’s friends and family make sure to check in with both sets of parents and have them begin to assemble their guest lists.
 I can’t begin to tell you how many brides fall in love with their “perfect” venue and immediately sign a contract and put down a deposit only to find out later  that the room is too small to accommodate the guest count.  Or you find out once the invites have mailed that you were wrong about how many people would be able to attend and now you are left with a space that is too large. So before you have to go through all the aggravation and heartache of cutting your list, finding a new venue and/or losing your deposit make a guest list spreadsheet.  Detail it as much as possible with a column for the out of town people, have a column for children, spouses, significant others and decide if you are going to offer your single friends to bring a friends. 
Reason #2
Most of your wedding costs are going to be based upon your guest count.  In order to accurately create a budget you really have to know how many people you are inviting and then how many you think will actually attend. This way when you find that perfect location you will be able to determine cost for food and beverage based on your head count since most venues will charge per person.  
Reason # 3
Ordering too few or too many invitations is a sure fire way to wreak havoc on your budget in addition to adding unnecessary chaos and stress. Having a very detailed spreadsheet listing all your guests, their families, partners and significant others will determine the number of invitations you will need to order.
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!