While it seems like there's constantly a new feature to add to your wedding like the recent trends of photo booths and candy buffets, there's an aspect of weddings that has consistently remained important. We're talking about the transportation!
Ever since our bridal show season ended in the beginning of May, we have been keeping our Sunday afternoons open for wedding planning questions from brides & grooms everywhere. You can join us every Sunday @ 2pm on our Facebook page to have your specific questions answered LIVE. If you miss an episode, you can watch the recordings on Facebook or YouTube.
So far, we have included topics like:
- Guest list
- Children at the wedding
- Seating arrangements
- Choosing wedding professionals
- Wedding expenses
- Planning the wedding budget
- And more!
Please mark your calendar to join us for the next LIVE Wedding Planning Q&A Session on Sunday @ 2pm.
When planning your floral budget, keep in mind all of the different purposes for flowers in your wedding: the bride's bouquet, bridesmaids' bouquets, boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen, mothers' corsages, fathers' boutonnieres, centerpieces, and ceremony arrangements.
So what is the #1 way to save on flowers without sacrificing the overall vision for your day? DOWNSIZE
Lessen the number of people in your wedding party (fewer bouquets & boutonnieres to buy) and the number of guests (fewer tables that require a centerpiece). You can still have the beautiful flowers you fell in love with but you'll need less of them.
Are you overwhelmed and stressed about planning your wedding?
Have you been staying up late at night trying to get all of your research done?
If so, my heart goes out to you. Planning one of the biggest events of your life is not as easy as it looks.
So... for a limited time, I've decided to offer a special one on one "Randi to the Rescue" Wedding Coaching Session. During this session, we'll work together to:
- Create a crystal clear vision for the wedding you want to have
- Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your planning success (and your joy)
- You will leave this session feeling renewed, reenergized, and inspired to turn your wedding into the extra special day you have dreamed of.
To claim your "Randi to the Rescue" Wedding Coaching Session, simply click here.
I look forward to working with you.
Have a FABULOUS day!
It's been pretty cold this month so we've got SPRING on our minds... and flowers are the light at the end of the tunnel. Here's a little handy tip about selecting flowers for your event.
Consider the time of year that the flower is in season:
Daffodil – March & April
Hyacinth – March & April
Lilac – April & May
Lily of the Valley- only one week in May
Peonies – May through July
Hydrangea – July through September
Dahlia – July through November
Zinnia – August & September
Tulips – October through April
Anemone – October through May
Ranunculous – October through May
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Guest Blogger: Sarah Lockwood
Heavy drinking and St. Patrick’s Day tend to go hand-in-hand, but that can pose a problem for anyone hoping to skip the alcohol. Whether you’re underage, a recovering addict, or simply a parent who wants a safe way to engage their children for the holiday, there are all kinds of ways to have a substance-free good time. Here are a few ways to have a fun, sober St. Patrick’s Day:
1. Visit a museum
No matter where you live there’s likely at least one really awesome museum in your area, and you might even stumble across a St. Patrick’s themed exhibit. If you’ll have your children, opt for children’s museums where noise won’t be as big of an issue and they’ll get to have more of a hands-on experience. If you’re solo or with a partner, try to choose an exhibit that will allow each of you to learn something new. Enriching your mind and expanding your cultural horizons is always a fabulous way to spend your time. Plus with so many people out celebrating at the bars, there might even be smaller crowds at the museum!
2. Find a fun run, 5k, or other physical event
Surrounding just about every holiday are plenty of marathons, 5k walks, and tournaments, often with proceeds going to a good cause. Even if you’re not particularly active, find an event that will work for your fitness level and sign up. You don’t have to be experienced for most — there will probably be plenty of other newbies there with you, anyway — and you can always find friends or co-workers who might be interested in signing up. Check your local newspaper, taking note of which events are child- and pet-friendly so you can plan accordingly. You’ll meet new people, get to wear a funky green outfit, give yourself a mood-lifting boost of endorphins, and end up feeling really accomplished by the end of it. The goal is to just have a good time, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself about how well you do.
3. Have a relaxing night in
Sometimes it’s the nights in that end up being the most worthwhile, and if you’re in recovery and avoiding triggers, it’s an easy way to avoid temptation on St. Patrick’s Day. Have something you’ve really been craving for dinner and catch up on your reading, crafting, or hobbying. Bake some delicious treats with your kids. Invite friends over for a movie night with hot cocoa and tea. If your gang usually does a big night out and is nostalgic for dressing up in festive gear, create custom t-shirts for everyone to wear. Just because you’re not going out doesn’t mean you can’t get into the spirit and have some fun!
4. Take a “trip” to Ireland
There are plenty of sober Irish traditions to try on St. Patrick’s Day, so dive right in. So often the eating part of the holiday is overlooked — and that’s a shame! Try your hand at an authentic Irish dinner, or find out which restaurants in the area are running a special and order in. You can work your creative side with some festive crafting, and read your children Celtic fairy tales before bed.
Whatever your reason for abstaining from alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t have to mean giving up the fun. Try one of these ideas and find out for yourself!