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Meet Professional Vow Writer, Katelyn Stanis!

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“Michigan girls are home grown goodness.” -Katelyn Stanis  I heard Katelyn share about her business on a podcast for wedding professionals and was instantly inspired by this intentional, goal oriented, bride-loving entrepreneur. So, I then did what any classy wedding planner would do…I hunted her down on Instagram and DMed her. Weeks later, during a long video chat, I got to know this incredible woman, her business, and her passions.  One thing you have to know about Katelyn is that she is the real deal. She is devoted to her business and her clients in a tenacious and inspiring kind of way. She has the biggest goals and the biggest heart, and she loves her job. A naturally creative and strategic person, she graduated with a journalism degree…and a healthy infatuation with the wedding industry. Her business, Wedding Words, started a year and a half ago, in the most personal…

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7 Tips For Saving Money in Your Wedding Budget

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What is the most bittersweet part of planning a wedding? The budget. Yuck. We hate that word too. Even though this topic isn’t fun, it’s one of the most important topics in cultivating your wedding day. Rentals, floral, formalwear, catering, photography, and other vendor prices can become overwhelming and far more than you had ever hoped to spend! In this blog, us GO girls are hoping to shed some light (and coveted tips) on how to have the perfect wedding without having to sacrifice all your mula. Tip #1: Faux/Silk Floral Now we know what you are going to say…of COURSE they’re pushing faux floral on me (hey, we are lady bosses running a business here!) but the facts are in the numbers, y’all. Faux floral can significantly cut down on your floral budget (which historically takes MOST of the overall wedding budget), and give you a look that stays…

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3 Tips for Your NYE Make Up

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Say “hi” to our favorite beauty expert, Jen, of JGS Beauty Co! Jen does the most fabulous job with makeup for so many of our brides, so we asked her to take over the blog with some tips for the sparkliest night of the year, just for you! Hi beauties! I’m Jen, and I’m obsessed with true crime, mexican food, Bravo reality TV, and of course, all things fashion and beauty. Oh, and I’ve always been a huge fan of New Year’s Eve. As a kid I liked it cause I got to stay up late, eat snacks, and watch tv. As a teen I fell for the romantic idea of a fresh start, and the bravery that comes with the end of something and start of something new. The first time I watched “When Harry Met Sally” (one of my all time favorite movies), I was completely obsessed with the final…

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Jess Fields – Knots of Love Studios

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This girl is doing it so right. She’s hustling hard with her creative self and making the most wonderful things for women to wear, hang on their walls, and hold their plant babies. Meet Jess Fields: Senior Web Designer by day, Professional Macrame Creator by night. We bonded over FaceTime earlier this week and OH MY WORD she is amazing and I can’t wait to tell you all about her fabulous business. When I asked Jess how Knots of Love Studios all started she answered, “basically I have two cats that wanted to kill themselves by eating plants.” And I laughed out loud as she proceeded to turn her computer and showcase her windowsill FULL. OF. PLANTS. Yep, total plant and cat mama. She explained that she had to put her plants on the windowsill so her cats couldn’t eat them. As she continued to accumulate plants (as a good…

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Meredith & Mark | May 19, 2018

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Talk about a bombshell bride and a perfect half-rainy day. That about sums it up. May 19th began with rain, just like the day before and the day before that. But it just COULD NOT rain on this day. This was Meredith & Mark’s wedding day. These two met at U of M and went from best friends to more than friends to “let’s get married.” Meredith was a nurse, and had this strawberry blond/red hair thing going on that we just couldn’t get enough of. Mark was quiet and smart and just plain adored Meredith. That was all we needed to know. They were wonderful and classy and so full of love. So, as you can see, no rain today. As Monica and I set out chargers, nearly killed ourselves helping assemble a floral arch, and squueeged (yes, that’s a word now) off of the brick courtyard we just…

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What’s Ahead for GO?

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Hi hi hi, it’s Sarah! There is a lot happening with Grand Occasions right now. But it’s all good things. Seriously, we’re so excited. As in SO EXCITED. You may have heard we have big news, and if you’re not on our email list, you have no idea what we’re talking about. Let’s see what we can do about that… This past year us three ladies (as in Monica, Ellie, and myself) have committed to working our full-time day jobs all while side-hustling Grand Occasions on our nights and weekends. Sometimes that got hard. Ok, sometimes it was downright crazy hard. But we love we do, and the brides that we serve, so every late night, early morning, 14-hour long Saturday was 100% worth it. And we REALLY mean that. This past year my day job was with CityFest West Michigan, and boy was it a wild one. For 12…

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How I Discovered My Wedding Style

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Boho. Classic. Steampunk. Whimsical. Ethereal. Traditional. Glam. Shabby Chic. Geez! Is your mind racing too?? There are a plethora of wedding themes and styles out there with more being cultivated every single day. What happens if none of the styles out there match your vision? What if there isn’t a cookie-cutter theme that perfectly encapsulates you and your fiancé? How do you go about creating a style all your own? What are the steps involved with making up a wedding theme that is all YOU? If you missed our blog “How to Find Your Wedding Style in 3 Steps” Blog, read that here. This is how I put those steps into action…  “What IS my wedding style?” This was my exact dilemma when planning my own wedding two Septembers ago. My now-husband, Joe, and I had a variety of interests and things we wanted incorporated into our special day and…

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How to Find Your Wedding Style in 3 Steps

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Hi! You made it! I know why you’re here so I don’t want to beat around the bush. For heaven sakes, you have a wedding in your future and a lot of planning with it! Here are the three things you need to consider before payments are made and contracts are signed. Without furthur a do: how to find your wedding style in three easy steps… 1. Write down your and your fiance’s priorities. Do you love the outdoors or do  you value cozy indoor spaces? What vibe fits your style? Are you wanting a more casual backyard feel or a traditionally formal affair? Do you want all the day’s events in one space or should there be two locations to celebrate at that day? The answers to these questions will start bringing together what your wedding style is. Don’t forget to think about your guests, and what you want…

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After “I Do”: Dress Decisions

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After “I Do”: Dress Decisions The gifts have been put away and thank you’s have been sent out. Whew..finally…your list of to do’s are done! Sorry to break the news to ya, but, there is one task to decide on… I got married July 30th of 2016 and my wedding dress was  still in its bag hanging up in the closet like 6 months later. Oops, at least I put it back in the bag? Ok, ok, I know that isn’t going to be good enough. Which prompts the question… What do you want to do with your wedding dress after the wedding? Ryan Inman Photography This conversation came up when I recently met with Monica and Sarah from Grand Occasions GR. Monica happened to bring up with question above – “So, what are you doing with your wedding dress now?”.  I already knew that I wanted to preserve my…

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Give Me All the (Silk) Flowers

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I was tip-toeing around my basement packed full of voluptuous white peonies, soft pink ranunculus, and every type of eucalyptus imaginable. I called out names and numbers, as Monica sat cross-legged on the floor, updating our Silk Floral Inventory. Boutonnieres and vases lined the countertops, boxes full of ribbon lined the walls, and Father of the Bride played quietly in the background. In December of 2016, we made a goal. We wanted to offer a new service to our clients: Silk Floral Design. At that point, in our three years of wedding experience, we had witnessed countless brides not be able to afford the floral they dreamed of. As a company that prides itself on going above and beyond of its clients, we wanted to provide an alternative option for those brides with big dreams and little budgets. Flash forward to July 2017, when we’re in my basement, organizing the…

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