February Goals

February Goals

February goals

 

Hey #goaldiggers so 2017 is about 6 weeks in. Anyone else feel behind for some reason? (raises hand) I am trying to remind myself that literally there has been 6 weeks of the year and I just need to readjust my course to get back on track. Also giving myself alot of grace seems to be the theme to this year. So I wanted to share what worked last month, what didn’t and what goals I have set for Feb!

 

January recap:

Monthly goals:

  • Take down christmas stuff–check!
  • Complete house projects-check!
  • Photo shoot for new project–didn’t happen
  • Write Jan content-check!
  • Start a sales course-check!

Weekly goals:

  • Workout 4x a week-I never hit the 4 days a week. I normally can get to 3. I need to make this a bigger priority.
  • Meal prep-check!
  • Budget check in-check!
  • Date night-we got a date night in two weeks or the four
  • Calendar meeting with Lee-we did this twice as well

Daily goals:

  • Read–Did I read every day? No. Did I read more than I have been? Yes. so win!
  • Pause- didn’t happen every day but I am much more aware I need this
  • Downtime-didn’t happen every day but I am much more aware I need this

 

Ok February Goals!

 

Monthly Goals:

  • Mail cards to 3 people
  • Sales goal
  • Photo shoot for project(moved over from Jan)
  • Strategic plan for volunteer work
  • Connect with some wedding pros

 

Weekly goals:

  • Date night
  • Workout 4x a week
  • Budget plan
  • Meal plan

 

Daily Goals:

  • Read
  • Drink 64oz of water
  • Pick up every night

So let’s hear it what are your Feb goals?

Great Gatsby Wedding – Cheryl & Stephen

Great Gatsby Wedding – Cheryl & Stephen

I am not even sure where to start when talking about this couple. Cheryl & Stephen have a heart of gold and are the most giving people I have ever met. Cheryl is also a dream because she is one of the most organized brides I have ever had–I mean she made ME a binder, couldn’t have made this OCD wedding planner happier! Cheryl & Stephen were our first Create Studio couple. They used all the vendors housed in the Create Studio so this gave us a unique collaboration experience with our creative partners because often we would all be together and easily could communicate about them, ideas, and design plans.

 

Cheryl dreamed of having a great gatsby/1920’s themed affair but struggled with how to make it work at the venue they were using. We came up with the idea of making the reception more of a speakeasy/prohibition era feel. Guests LOVED all the fun props, signs, and photo booth with a jail background to make this come to life. Being her wedding planner, it was our job to not only run the day but we helped Cheryl with sourcing items, coming up with ideas & collaborating with CeCe Designs on bringing this theme to life. Cheryl & Stephen, it was our honor to be part of your day & lead your vendor team. We are blessed & lucky to know you and now call you friends.

 

Creative Partners:

Venue: Cove Acre Farms

Catering: Local Joe’s

Cake: Cakes by Kim

Lighting & Cinema: On Site Productions

Photography & Photo Booth: AL Weddings

Floral & Rentals: CeCe Designs & CeCe Decor

Ceremony & Reception Entertainment: Derek Sellers Band

Linens: Decor to Adore

Paper Suite Design: Amberly Shelton Paperie

Hair & Makeup: Gypset Beauty Company

Romantic Birmingham Wedding – Jennifer & Patrick

Romantic Birmingham Wedding – Jennifer & Patrick

Jennifer & Patrick

Jen & Pat were one of my favorite couples of 2016. Jen was living in Michigan, Patrick was working overseas for most of their engagement and they were planning to marry in Birmingham, Alabama where Jennifer is from and is a big Bama fan–Patrick is an Ohio State fan so Jen & I had a lot of fun teasing him about that 😉 Jen & Pat met through their work and through that work they traveled extensively. This became our theme for the wedding as this is at the heart of who they are and what they love. With our couple living out of state, full planning was the service for them as they needed boots on the ground and us to keep all their to dos in line. Most of Jennifer & Patrick’s friends and family were traveling for the wedding so welcoming them well to Birmingham and making sure things were easily accessible for the guests to do was very important. As always, our bride & groom & their guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and had a lot of fun. We hope you enjoy browsing their photos and sharing in the joy of their special day.

Venue & Catering: Westin Hotel

Photography: Stacy Richardson Photography

Florals & Rentals: CeCe Designs & CeCe Decor

Cake: Cakes by Kim

Draping & Lighting: On Site Productions

Linens: BBJ Linen

Hair & Makeup: Makeup Dash

Invitation Design: Annabelle’s

DJ: DJ Perfect

3 things to make a memorable guest experience

3 things to make a memorable guest experience

Guest experience is one of my most important values when it comes to wedding planning. We want guests who are happy, full, enjoying libations, and having a great time. Today’s video is all about 3 things to consider so you have a memorable guest experience!

Creating a great guest experience is typically of top priority to our brides. These are some things to consider when you are planning your big day to make sure you have a memorable guest experience:

  1. Time of day–are you hosting an August outdoor wedding at 3pm? It will probably be hot so can you have fans or bottled water for your guests?
  2. Timing of food–there are two things that are important to people at weddings: booze and food. Let’s be real. Great food and a great bar are going to help drive your guest experience. Consider the timing of your ceremony and when food will be served. If you are hosting a cocktail hour be sure to have small appetizers and non alcoholic drinks available as well.
  3. Memorable details–some fun things to incorporate might be some soft seating to provide a lounge for guests, maybe it’s a late night pass of one of your favorite foods after everyone has worked up an appetite from dancing all night, could be little to go boxes so they can enjoy that midnight snack or second piece of cake in their room, comfortable chairs for dinner and ceremony–all of these things make an impact. As your wedding planner, it is our job to walk you through all these little details. We want you to be the talk of your friends for the right reasons about your wedding, not because the only thing they could focus on was the uncomfortable chair they had to sit in for an hour during dinner.

Don’t forget to click subscribe so you don’t miss a video!

Kristen & Ryan

Kristen & Ryan

Kristen & Ryan

I am so excited to share this lovely couple’s beautiful day with you. Kristen & Ryan liv in Tennessee but have a love for Alabama & Alabama football (see we were meant to be;). When they come to town to see the Tide roll they always stay at Ross Bridge so that naturally was the perfect location for their big day. As their wedding planner, it was important to them we were their boots on the ground since they were not always here. Working with clients who aren’t in Birmingham but are marrying here has sorta become our thing! Kristen wanted to bring the outdoors in which we were able to do thanks to the design work of CeCe Designs. Most importantly, Kristen & Ryan’s friends and families were all traveling so they wanted to be sure they had a great time, were comfortable and felt welcomed & loved. Keeping this at the center of our planning really helped us create a fantastic guest experience. Guests danced all night long, and we sent our bride and groom off with a rose petal toss at the end of the night. It was a true joy to work with Kristen & Ryan. I hope you enjoy all their beautiful images!

Venue & Catering: Ross Bridge Resort

Photography: Stacy Richardson Photography

Cinema: That’s Classic Media

Floral & Rentals: CeCe Designs

Draping, lighting & Photobooth: On Site Productions

Cake: Cakes by Kim

Band: The Flashbacks

Hair & Makeup: Rawwbeauty

Linens: Decor to Adore

Invitation Design: Annabelle’s