Self care is so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. So heading into the New Year I would like to share a few of my self care tips.
First off, congratulations! Being engaged is an exciting time, but also overwhelming. There are several things you can do after the proposal, but here are a few time sensitive tips that should be done sooner than later.
Call your parents and close friends/family.
Before anything, call the people who are important to you. Chances are, they would rather hear from you than a Facebook post. If you have an idea who you want your bridesmaids to be – you should call them as well. You don’t have to ask them right then and there if you want them to be a bridesmaid, but it will let them know you regard them highly. After you’ve contacted the people who are close to you, post away on Facebook or Instagram!
Insure your wedding ring.
Life happens. And for important, sentimental things like wedding rings, it’s better to stay on the safe side. We found this post from The Knot to be very informative about ring insurance.
Draft a guest list
Easily one of the more stressful decisions when it comes to weddings. Be realistic on how many people you can invite. Our tip? Start by an writing down an A-list: people you MUST have at your wedding. This list includes immediate family, the friends you’ve had since kindergarten, etc. Then write a B-list: people who you would LIKE to have at your wedding. This list usually consists of co-workers, the former-roommate, your parent’s friends, and so on. Send invites to the people from your A-list first. If 10 people from your A-list can’t attend, invite 10 people from your B-list in order of priority.
Set your budget
First, do your research. How much does your dream venue cost? How about your ideal photographer? Invest your time into gathering the right information so you can have a realistic idea of how much you plan to spend.
In addition, sit down with both sides of the family. Will they be willing to help pay for the wedding? If so, how? Financial help can be in the form of a fixed amount, a percentage, or a category (flowers/ bridesmaid dresses).
Pick a date (or at least a season)
The third most-asked question after “How did he propose?” and “Can I see the ring?” will inevitably be “When’s the wedding?”
June, August, September, and October are popular months because of their pleasant weather. But a winter wedding can be great too with a little bit of creativity.
Start gathering ideas on what you want your wedding to look like. This step is easier when you know your budget, how large the wedding will be, and what season it will be in. Check out our Pinterest page for inspiration for everything from your welcome gifts to your wedding favors.
Choose the planner,venue, photographer, caterer, or florist you really want
I can't stress this enough, higher a professional planner. If you have a dream venue or dream florist, reach out to them before they’re booked! Do you have a favorite photographer that you’d love to have photograph your wedding? Chances are, other newly engaged people do too! Book your dream professional before it’s too late. This also applies to your caterer, florist, or any other wedding professional.
There is a need to share with couples more than what vendors to choose when planning their day. It is more about how to work with these vendors, mistakes not to make, tips on how to stretch budget, and planning tools that make it a stress free process. That is what Rea Danielle Designs Wedding & Event Planning will do. If you are newly engaged, make sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified on tips, advice, events, and or to have Rea Danielle plan your big day.
I had an opportunity to attend The Planner Suite Conference in Atlanta, Georgia recently. I was a recipient of the Clarence B. Howerton Empowerment Scholarship. After attending this conference I have returned a changed Event Planner. I am more knowledgeable, and committed than ever to bring my clients dreams to reality. Dare 2 Dream was the motto for the conference, and I am doing just that! Jon'll and each speaker engaged me in ways that help me see where I currently am, where I can go in my business, and how I can get there. The transparency from each of them, made me do my own personal self reflection. The round table discussions were rich with information. I learned a lot of valuable lessons throughout this conference. Being able to network with like minded individuals and have knowledge poured into me was the cherry on top. The Planner Conference Suite exceeded my expectations. I look forward to attending the conference in Orlando, Florida next year.
As the owner of bartender company I am hired to create specialty drinks for every occasion. As February approaches, the main request for February is sexy cocktails.
This Valentine’s Day as couple’s engage in intimate conversation at the bar I have created a cocktail that is perfect the night, “ I Love Me Some Him” Martini. With martini Fellas you can skip the chocolates and flowers and order this romantic cocktail or mix it up and make it at home with a romantic dinner.
“I Love Me Some Him” is guaranteed to set the mood, this will be your new Signature Cocktail or great for Bachelorette Parties, Bridal Showers and Girl’s Nite Out.
Before you serve your cocktail please chill your Martini Glass, nothing worse than a hot martini glass.
1 Shot of Malibu Rum
½ Shot of Peach Schnapps
½ Shot of Vodka
3 Shots of Cranberry Juice
Shake profusely, Strain in Chilled Glass and Garnish with Strawberries
Lashanda Marshall - Owner
Marshall Arts Entertainment, Catering, Bartenders & Wait Staff
Planning an event whether it is organizing for a conference, seminar or trade show involves many hours and varying degrees of skillsets to get the job done successfully. Attempting to put together an event without the necessary skills, time and resources, can cause the total cost of your event to go over-budget. Hiring a professional event planner will leave you with peace of mind knowing that the event will be highly organized and well run.
If your event will feature speakers, they will need equipment to enhance their presentations. The list of available equipment is numerous and setting up the equipment will be difficult if you are not familiar with them. Planners can reach out to vendors and technicians they work with to arrange for such things as hand and table microphones, projectors, video recorders, dimming lighting systems and PA systems. If your event has teleconferencing options, they can organize the necessary communication links.
Dining and Catering
It’s important to work closely with your caterer so they know what your plans are for the event.The caterer will be familiar with the location of the event and can plan an organized seating arrangement and layout of the food. Chairs, tables, tablecloths, dishes and cutlery can all be taken care of by the caterer, relieving you of all those stressful decisions. Dietary needs will need to be taken care for vegetarian guests, and food allergies will need to be taken into consideration when planning the menu.
If you are planning a multi-day conference or trade show, out of town guests will need a place to stay. An event planner can arrange accommodations with local hotels or student housing at nearby campuses. Planners are experienced in negotiating special rates for your attendees and can block off rooms at hotels to ensure that no one is left without somewhere to stay. They can also organize transportation of guests to and from the event, especially if they are unfamiliar with the transportation options in your area.
Event planners are very detail oriented and live by their to-do lists. They can draw on their networking system and call upon contractors, vendors and suppliers to make your event successful. And most importantly, your guests will have a better event experience overall.
When you think of weddings usually the wedding gown is the first thing that comes to your mind. What we do not usually think of are the people who design the gowns. Some designers create all kinds of styles, while some focus solely on one style. Maybe this list will give you some insight into the top designers.
The first designer is Vera Wang. She has been the top wedding designer for many years now. She has designed bridal gowns for popular movie stars, the first lady, and for all of us ladies. She has such a unique collection that you can purchase certain wedding gowns in the color black.
The next on the list is Angel Sanchez. This incredibly talented designer has even gone as far to hand paint the newest wedding gown collection. He is known to mix bold colors with soft ruffles. He is also known to think out of the box for many of his collections. No two are alike when it comes to this designer. Most of his gowns are also made to wear.
Another lady that is notable in the designer world is Carolina Herrera. This woman is known for the simplicity and elegance of her gowns. It has been said that she has dressed the first ladies beginning with Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Mrs. Herrera has won many awards for her gowns, including designer of the year. If you are looking for a very simple, but extremely elegant gown I believe that this is your designer.
The last on our list is Reem Acra known for her simplicity and signature beadwork done on each gown. She designed a ready to wear line in 1997, which took off and never slowed down. Even the royal families from many different countries contacted her to design their special gown.
There are so many more excellent designers in the world, but these are just a few that are on top for their uniqueness that they bring to each gown they design. Whether you decide you want a unique - one of a kind dress, or a ready - made dress at David’s Bridal you will be a beautiful bride in your gown.
AND THE WINNER IS.....We are truly excited today to announce the first of our two empowerment scholarship winners, Rea Owens of Rea Danielle Designs from Dallas, TX!!! Join us in Congratulating Rea as she will get to attend The Planners Suite Conference as a VIP attendee and #Dare2Dream where her business will take her to next! #TPS2018
Passion. Purpose. Profit.
Stay tuned as we announce our next winner!
More About The Designer
Rea Owens-Byerly is a lover of fab parties, gorgeous weddings, pretty gifts, and chic stationery. I specialize in designing, planning, and executing fabulous weddings and events. She love details and making guests feel taken care of no matter the size of the event. As a designer, styling is an extension of her and all the things that she love.