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May Your Days Be Merry and Bright!
Your New Year Full of Love and Prosperity!
LaDawn Williams Bailey-PBC
Professional Bridal ConsultantTM/Certified Wedding Coordinator & Designer
Photo credit: Curtis and Andrija Bloom
**IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS!**
One of the reasons I became a Wedding planner was because I LOVE the DETAILS and organizing and being the one to save the day! Weddings are like a stage production. The success hinges on the Details. One hopes not to forget their lines, all the props come out on time and in the correct location, the crew knows where to go and what to do, and that all of the people that have come to see this production had a pleasant, joyful and easy experience. I am the director that makes sure all of that happens in a wedding!
When you are bride trying to balance everything its inevitable that something might slip through the cracks. Here are a few details I have found in my years of experience that most brides forget!
- Remembering a pretty hanger for your dress -
It’s a tiny detail, but when your photographer takes the classic photo of your dress hanging up before you put it on, you don’t want to ruin the shot with a plastic or wire hanger.
- Eating – Lets Face it, your nerves are going to be at an all time high. Most brides are not even thinking about how long the day will be and how long it will be before they actually get to eat dinner or lunch. Often brides don’t even get to enjoy the meal served at the reception, because everyone is so excited to congratulate you that your meal time often gets interrupted. So consider having something to eat before the wedding. While food may be the last thing on your mind on your wedding day, it’s nonetheless important that you start the day with some healthy and filling nourishment. It’s going to be a long (and wonderful) day and you’ll want to have plenty of energy so you can keep dancing and socializing for hours!
- Gratuities – Cash for gratuities. Since gratuities should be given for performance beyond your expectations be armed with cash or checks to give to those vendors that really wowed you! Don’t forget envelopes too!
- Cell Phone Charger – Let’s face it we live in a “cell phone” age. We always have it, so although I would recommend putting someone else in charge of phone on wedding day, it’s also unrealistic to tell you not to have it. But don’t forget the charger because I promise before the night is over it will need a charge!
- Comfy Shoes – as the night continues you may want to kick off your heals, but as a classy bride you don’t want to be barefoot so have your planner put a pair of comfy and cute shoes under your table for easy access when your ready to kick those heals off!
- Don’t forget to have your groom assign someone (usually the Best Man) to be in charge of making sure everyone’s tux rentals get returned!
Leave the rest of the details to your wedding planner and your team of professional vendors! As your planner I will have an emergency kit on site with every toiletry you can think of, I will have the time line and all the details to be included in the ceremony and reception. I will even make sure you don’t forget the marriage license, we will assign someone to collect your gifts and so much more! You only have to worry about getting ready, looking beautiful and becoming “Mrs…” !! Oh yeah and eating too!
As if the Holiday’s weren’t hectic enough, now that you are engaged and soon to be married you have to add your in-laws to the equation!
Here are 4 of my Chic Tips to having a “Balanced” Holiday Season:
- **Don’t Try and Do Everything – ** You just got engaged, it’s the holiday’s you work full time, it’s cold outside and there is tons of traffic everywhere you go. Stop stressing and stop saying yes to everything. Don’t try and do everything this season. Planning your wedding should be your priority!
- **Just the Two of Us -** Spend alone time with your spouse, even if it means skipping a dinner with the family. This can be a time to remove yourself from the stresses of family and talk quietly with your spouse. Get out of the house for a few hours by yourselves or with your fiance.
- **Draw Names for Gift Giving -** Trying to buy a gift for everyone can get expensive. Pull names, or just agree on a dollar amount to spend on everyone. My favorite (what we do in our family) just buy gifts for all the kids under 18 years old!
- **Have an Escape Plan -** If there is tension in the family or things just aren’t going well, have a pre-planned escape. A way to exit gracefully.
Families and the Holiday’s will always require balance. During this season just try and keep the lines of communication open and don’t loose site of your excitement for your upcoming wedding and marriage! You have time to work out the kinks!
** Wednesday Wedding Tip**
Simple to Sensational
This weeks Simple to Sensational Tip is:
**Winter Adventures with the One You Love the Most!**
Honestly, my favorite time of the year is Summer, but me and my team started brainstorming fun ideas for the colder months and now I’m actually pretty excited to try some of these with my honey!
Everyone needs a little break, so come down from your planning cloud, grab your fiancé and go have some fun!
Here are 4 of my Chic “California Winter” inspired Activities:
- Hit the Slopes: One of the best things, I think, about living in California is we actually have access to Snow within an hour drive. So load up the ski’s and snow board and head for the mountains. If you don’t ski or snow board take lessons or just go play in the snow! Take a day trip or go a little further and make a weekend out of it!
- Ice Skating Anyone?: Yes, we even have Ice Skating in California! One of my favorite ice skating rinks is at Universal City Walk. They have free screenings of holiday film classics on a big outdoor screen. Plus live entertainment and snowfalls. Check around, I’m sure there is a rink close to home, but I just think Universal offers an evening or afternoon full of FUN things to do and see!
- Game Night: Call up some other couples, order a pizza and break out your favorite board game or deck of cards! Make it a competition, couples vs. couples!
- Picnic Indoors: Or as I like to call them “Carpet Picnics!” Grab some wine, cheese and crackers and some of your favorite snacks. Light a fire in the fireplace and maybe even rent a movie you’ve never seen before or watch one of your all time favorites, grab a big blanket and snuggle!
We don’t have harsh, snowed in winters here in California, so just be creative and try something neither one of you have ever done before. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday’s as well as planning a wedding it’s really Sensational to take some time together and have FUN!
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