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

Celebrating Your Wedding and Culture Together

We spend most of our lives trying to fit in and be like everyone else. As kids, our parents, our culture, and our traditions often embarrassed us. The day you get married, put the embarrassment aside, and embrace what sets you … Continue reading

Theme Thursday: 3 Ways to Pick A Theme For Your Event

Start with your favorite book, movie or TV show. Explore one of your Hobbies. Think about the mood or color scheme. Once you decide which of these items appeals to you the most go for it.  Let your imagination run … 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

How to De-Stress When Planning Your Wedding

As Thanksgiving approached this year I noticed that suddenly everyone around me started talking about gratitude.  The yoga instructors were all reading quotes and writings on gratitude during meditation, however, for me their words began to feel inauthentic.  And it became clear to me to write this weeks post on Gratitude.
With your busy schedule, the economy tanking and all that you are juggling, especially now that you have a wedding to plan, it is easy to loose sight of the joy.  Being grateful and happy is a conscious choice. It is your choice to feel happy and choose to be happy instead of getting caught up in what is missing or wrong with your situation.
So, what if you woke up today and decided to play a game with yourself and all day, you choose to see what is right with a situation, person or place instead of going to what you think is wrong or missing.
What if instead of complaining that your fiancé does not want to be involved in the wedding plans you choose to be grateful that you have this amazing man in your life. A man who has chosen to be with you “for better or worse till death do you part.”
I know your Mom is getting on your nerves.  She thinks it is her wedding and keeps telling you what to do. So, what if you realized how lucky you are because you still have your Mom with you to help you plan your wedding and be there, by your side when you say your vows.
It is really hard to scale back on the things that you know you want to have at your wedding to make it special, amazing and unforgettable- so what if you choose to see that the most important elements of your wedding are you, your fiancée an Officiator and a few close friends and family.  The rest is just the icing on the cake.
Choosing to live your life from a place of joy and gratitude is a practice. Every morning when I wake up, before I get out of bed I write a gratitude list in my journal. Then I continue to write a paragraph about what is right in my life. It makes all the difference in how I go about my day. So as you embark on this journey try to remember why you said “yes” and practice letting go of what you think is not right. Embrace and cherish what you do have, right in front of you and I promise you will start to receive miracles.
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!

The #1 Secret to Slashing Your Wedding Costs

 
You just got engaged! You are so excited and of course you now want everyone you know to be come and share in your special day.  After all, this is the happiest time of your life.
You begin to make your guest list and suddenly you find that you have over 200 people that you must invite to your wedding.  Seriously, how would you live with yourself if don’t invite the girls you went to High School with or your Mother’s bridge group; they came to your house every week for years. Not inviting them would be unthinkable. Then there is aunt Sally, who moved out of state when you were 10 and she has 5 kids and those 5 kids are now all married and they each have their own families and……  The list can be endless! Where do you draw the line?
Of course, if you have an unlimited budget and all the money in the world to spend on your wedding then who you include in your day is not really a problem. But, if you are like most people, you do have to pay attention to the cost the cost of your wedding and therefore, managing your guest list and who you do invite is the single thing that you can do to help you stay within your budget.  It is important to realize that you will be providing food, beverage and seating for each person who attends your wedding.  It is likely that you will want to have a centerpiece on every table, an escort card and invitation for each couple or person, a party favor, a slice of wedding cake and….. All these costs can add up; before you know it you are spending double what you wanted to spend.  What might seem like only a few people more can end up costing thousands more than you are prepared to spend.
It is a fine line to draw and oftentimes a very difficult decision, however if you truly want to stay within a budget the best and most important cost effective, money saving tip would be to have a smaller wedding.
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.net or 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 Foolproof Ways to Your Mother In Laws Heart

Relationships are work.  There are no two ways about it.  We come into our engagements with a lot of excitement and expectation.  But once you become engaged you now get to have 2 families and often times even more than 1 mother.  All families have their own internal way of communicating and living with each other, dealing with life’s ups and downs.  Sometimes a well intentioned future Mother-In-Law can feel like a huge smack in the face.  Here are some ways of managing yours so you can have a calm and peaceful relationship.
1.     Keep an open line of communication with your future Mother-In-Law.  Years ago when I was marrying my husband I was so shy and too fear full to share my opinions or speak my mind whenever my Mother In Law was around. Especially when I had a different opinion. I was too uncomfortable with speaking my truth to her. I was afraid she wouldn’t like me.  I usually deferred the tricky situations to my husband and had him speak for me “thinking” this would make it OK.  WRONG!!!  All this did was set up years of hurt and miscommunication.  It actually created a huge rift between his Mom and me.  It was not fun and I do not recommend this line of action.
2.     Genuine honesty is your friend when dealing with your fiancee’s mother.  She knows when you are not telling the truth or hiding.  She will be able to sense it.  And furthermore, not telling your truth will create the exact situation you are trying to avoid.  What I have recently discovered is that we don’t realize that when we are uncomfortable or not authentic other people can feel it.  We all think we are great at pretending or acting like we fit; but the truth is if you are uncomfortable in any way people really do sense it.  Especially “Moms”.  We have a sense about other people especially when they are going to be marrying our son. Therefore, if you don’t like or agree with something she says have an open, honest conversation, with her. Do not run to your fiancée screaming about his Mom hoping he will rescue you like Snow White.  Remember, Snow White lived in a Fairy tale.
3.      Set some clear boundaries from the very beginning with your fiancee on how the two of you want to deal with each others parents.  If you and he are on the same page then sharing with his Mom can be something that is effortless.  After all, you both have the same goal and ultimate interest.  Her son’s happiness.
Every family has their own unique rhythm and way of communicating.  It is OK.  You have to learn as you grow with your fiancee in this journey to pick and choose your battles; when to stand your ground and when to give in.  Life together is not about who wins or who is right it is about choosing happy.  The choice is up to you.  When faced with the choice between right and happy- think really hard about which one will ultimately give you a better life.
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!

5 Must Ask Questions For Interviewing a Photographer

When you hire a photographer for your wedding you are assuming that they clearly know their job and that when the wedding day comes they will just take care of getting all the right photos, collecting all the guests for the formal shots, knowing how much time they will need to do this…. The list is endless.
I would like to think that this is always the case.
The last thing you want on your wedding day is your photographer standing around waiting for you to take charge and direct the photo session.  After all this is your day!
So when interviewing your photographer ask them these 5 things:
How many assistants they will provide? 
What is their method for gathering the guests for formal portraits?
How many shooters will they provide?
How much time do they need for the pre-wedding photos?
Will they have enough time to shoot the room before guests enter?
If you found this article helpful or interesting please let me know. Leave comments as I love reading what you have to say. Still confused, overwhelmed and stressed you don’t need to be; I am here to be of service and help you have the wedding you have always dreamed of. If you have any questions or need any information or would like information on a particular topic just let me know.  If you don’t want to leave a comment below you can always email me: Julia@eventuresinc.net or simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net.
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!

3 Must Know Tips When Shopping for Your Wedding Gown

Shopping for your wedding gown can be so exciting. In fact, once the ring gets slipped on your finger you may just want to run to the nearest bridal shop and start looking for  your perfect wedding dress.  As with any kind of shopping half of the fun is in the browsing or “window shopping.” No matter how many pictures you cut and paste or articles you read you just want to get out and see for yourself how much your perfect dress will cost.  Try some things on to see what compliments your body, before you commit to the “one” perfect gown that makes you feel like a princess. 

So, before you pack your car with your family and friends remember to:

1. Call and schedule an appointment.  Bridal shops are very busy hubs of activity and purchasing your Wedding dress is such a significant and special time. A lot of Bridal Shops will not even let your through the doors without having an appointment.  While this may seem rude, especially when the store is open and appears to be empty; however it can make a world of difference for you to have an experienced wedding professional help you determine what may work best for your body and your budget.  Besides, wedding gowns are extremely heavy and hard to navigate alone. Most bridal shops offer knowledgeable staff to help you with this important decision.
2. After you commit to your perfect dress and you plunk down all that money make sure you understand what comes with this purchase; ie: alterations and fittings. If the store does not offer fittings and suggests you call an outside seamstress then I suggest you run and look elsewhere. You want to have all your fittings and alterations done at the shop in which you purchase your gown. They should have, on staff a professional seamstress whose main job is fitting and altering wedding gowns.
3. Do not take your dress home too soon.  Have your final fitting as close to the wedding date as possible.  You do not want to end up with a dress that does not fit when you walk down the aisle.
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 my website at www.eventuresinc.net.
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!