The Importance of Retreating (Part 1)

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A couple weekends ago the Grand Occasions ladies went on our second annual “Grand Retreat” and let us just say, it was exactly what these two wedding planners needed. Today we’re sharing a little bit of what we did and what we recommend for your own time of focus and reflection.     On Friday, December 2nd-5th the GO gals resided near the water in Spring Lake, Michigan and ventured into the perfect little Stars-Hollow-Like town of Grand Haven. (Seriously, for you Gilmore Girls fans, we swear we were served by April’s twin at one of the local coffee shops!). Monica had devised a very intentional itinerary for us full of opportunities for work, pampering, and really good food.   What We Did Here is a list of everything we accomplished over the weekend:   – Our individual 2016 mileage – A list of vendors we want to get to know…

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Small Business Saturday

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Happy Small Business Saturday! It has been so long since we blogged (don’t worry, we do have a few we are working on to post soon!), but I had to take a moment to pop in and share just a little something today. Throughout GO’s existence, Monica and I have had the opportunity to meet so many small business owners, and get to know them on a personal level – some we even consider family. There are many things we have found to be true about these individuals who have dedicated their life to create something, although small in size, mighty in impact. Whether it’s our favorite florist, rental company vendor, or coffee shop owner, these are the people who are burning that midnight oil right alongside us. They know that if something needs to be done, it’s up to them to do it. Every single detail must be developed…

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The 5 Must-Do’s For A Successful Sparkler Exit

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Us “GO Girls” (as we are fondly referred to by some of our favorite vendors) sure have organized our fair share of sparkler exits. I must admit that we get a little persnickety in the execution, because achieving that picture-perfect moment is really not as “organic” as one might expect.   So here’s our very best advice on the subject…The 5 Must-Do’s For A Successful Sparkler Exit:   1. Talk to your photographer.  Your photographer will of course want the day-of events, and the pre-approved shot list, but for a sparkler exit, a simple bullet point on paper is not enough. Take a moment to discuss where in the venue would be best to form the lines of guests, and what he/she recommends as far as how long the line of people should be. Will the get-away car be at the end of this sparkly tunnel? Do you want a kissing picture at…

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3 Secrets to a Flawless Rehearsal

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Way to go. Seriously – you did it! You have planned every last detail of your wedding from your fiancé’s sock pattern to your grand confetti exit, and you accomplished it all with both style and finesse. (Which is not an easy feat!) Now there is only one thing standing between you and your fairy tale wedding…THE REHEARSAL. This is one of the most overlooked parts of the whole planning process, yet one of the most crucial for the whole weekend. The rehearsal is so much more than a simple “You stand here, he stands there” process; it’s the first real chance for old friends in the wedding party to reconnect, new family members to meet, and your last moments to be with your fiancé before he becomes your hubby! So how do you make this “last priority” task a seamless beginning to your wedding weekend? Here are 3 secrets…

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Why Your Family Shouldn’t Be Vendors At Your Wedding

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This week I’m going to make a bold statement. I’m going to say something that most people don’t outright tell you. Ready? Your family should not be involved in the wedding. There I said it.   “But Monica, I love my family! My aunt makes wonderful cakes, she’s done it for years! My mom’s co-worker loves to do floral arrangements, and she said it was our gift! My best friend volunteered to be my mistress of ceremonies and she’s so organized!”   Trust me, Sarah and I have heard it all; so let me tell you WHY I don’t think they should be involved.   When you look back on your wedding, what do you want to remember? The first look with your hubby? The ring bearer laughing the whole way down the aisle? How delicious the cake was after waiting to eat all day? The Father Daughter dance and…

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Bride Talk: 4 Tips to Stay Sane From A Current Bride-to-Be

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  WE HAVE A GUEST WRITER ON THE BLOG TODAY! India (one of our fabulous interns) is engaged, is wedding planning, and is here to tell you all about it… FOUR TIPS TO STAY SANE WHILE PLANNING YOUR WEDDING As a soon-to-be “Mrs” (107 days people!), wedding planning is in full force. Maybe I’m speaking too soon when I say this, but the planning isn’t as stressful as I thought it would be. It helps that I have supportive parents and in-laws who are willing to be as involved as I want them to be. Through this process, I have learned a thing or two about staying on top of everything without feeling like I need to poke my eyes out with a dull pencil.   1) Be flexible. I’ve never had a perfect vision of what my wedding day would look like, so suggestions are always welcome. Whenever someone…

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5 Things to Know Before You Say "Yes to the Dress!"

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You’ve been picturing yourself in that perfect white gown ever since the first time you saw that fairy tale princess walk down her petal-dusted aisle. You’ve pinned 47,384 dresses on your secret Pinterest board, folded the corners of countless bridal magazines, and watched one too many episodes of that “Say Yes to the Dress” show (that makes us all way too emotional). Now…it’s your turn! Here are 5 things you need to know before you embark on that journey into the enchanted forest of bridal gowns and begin your “Happily Ever After.” 1) Make an appointment. You may not think that this is important, but we made this our number one point for a reason. Bridal salons appreciate the head’s up so they have the capability of pairing you with a consultant while you shop. Some salons even ask details about your wedding and style so that they can pair…

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The Colors of the Year

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Twice a year a group of color experts from around the world hold secret meetings for two days, deciding what the color of the year is going to be. And every year, fashion designers, florists, make-up companies, and (YES!) wedding planners wait to see what these color professionals will deem as the pigment we will all embrace for the next 365 days. This year, there were two colors chosen: Rose Quartz & Serenity.   So, when Sarah lost her mind at the floral wholesaler last week, she couldn’t help but purchase these Silver Brunia and make her own Rose Quartz & Serenity creation.   We’re excited about these two tones that will intertwine their way into many grand events over the next year!     Cheers to beautifully colorful things,

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Just Don’t Quit Your Day Dream

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I seriously can’t think of a time when Monica and I looked at each other and said, “Why are we doing this?” but I can remember a time or two (ok, maybe every-other day) when we look at each other and say, “HOW ARE WE DOING THIS?”   On any given day I can be found running around, coffee in hand, in one of my (most likely) 3 wardrobe changes of the day. If it was up to me, I would be working in my Grand Nook (the fabulous desk space in my room I’ve recently created – pics to come soon!), sipping my Costa Rican coffee, while networking with fellow wedding vendors, researching wedding trends, learning floral arranging, getting ahead on our social media, answering emails at normal times of the day, actually blogging at leisure, and the list goes on. As much as I love sitting here, blogging in my…

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4 Moments from "The Wedding Planner" that Actually Happen at Weddings

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  “So you’re like a real life J-Lo, right?!” Proudly we respond with, “Actually…YES!”   It’s one of those things you always wonder about. Is it really like that? Is being a wedding planner really as glamorous as it sounds? Do you really meet the love of your life while trying to save your precious Gucci shoes? Is it really better to just eat the brown M&M’s? And for the love of all things, how does her hair always look so darn perfect?!  We’ve always been inspired by Miss Lopez and her amazing ability to make wedding planning look effortless. What a woman! (We totally have a little mini “wedding-planner-crush” on her style, grace, and pizzazz!) So we wanted to dish. Here are 4 moments in “The Wedding Planner” that actually happen in weddings. 1 – “You are exquisite. You’re timeless. And you have the love of a man named…

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