It seems as if I moved back to Toronto about 5 minutes ago, but you never know where life will take you in 13 months! D and I both are working full-time and loving life, the only thing that was bringing us down was long commutes to our dream jobs! So 13 short months later we are moving out of our little dream apartment and moving just north of Toronto to be closer to work.
We both love our apartment and the area we live in! It is so nice to be a walk away from great shops and restaurants, but money, space and commutes are a higher priority for us! So townhouse living here we come!! We pick up our keys next weekend and we will slowly be moving in over the next 6 weeks, which is perfect! I hate the stress of moving (especially when I am insanely busy at work!!!), so a slow move it exactly what I need. I will post pictures as soon as we do our big move on June 1st, but until then I will be living amongst boxes and stacked furniture!
Summer is on its way! I know it may be hard to believe based on the snow we are having on this lovely Mother’s Day weekend. However, I am thinking positive. To help us prepare for warmer days I wanted to share a song from my new favourite album and one that is so great for hot days lounging on the dock! Here I come Muskoka!!
Ever find that life sort of takes over and your computer becomes the last thing on your mind. Well I do! Life has kicked into high gear in my neck of the woods. I have been super busy with work, we are just coming into our busy event season and the craziness has already begun. Life outside of work has also been a little crazy in the last few weeks, I have been dealing with the passing of family and friends (bad news loves to come in waves, doesn’t it). In times like this blogging really does need to go on the back burner. I would much rather be living life and supporting friends and family than sitting here writing about it. However, I have missed my quiet evenings and weekends of blogging. So after enjoying this beautiful Sunday I thought I might check in and see how the blogging world has been holding up without me!
I will try to find more time in the coming weeks to write about the craziness that is my life. As a teaser here is a little snippet of what is coming up.
Events! Events! Events! I am loving my new job and they are keeping me quite busy, from celebratory breakfasts to alumni reunions I am loving every minute of it!!
April showers bring May flowers. It’s May and that means in a few short days I will be heading up to cottage country to celebrate the big 25! Quarter Century, here I come!
Another move. Sigh. Yes, we are moving AGAIN. Not looking forward to packing up my apartment, but I am super excited as we have seen some great options for our little family to move to. Being closer to work and getting a bigger space will really be great… now to con someone into packing my things…
Weddings galore! It is wedding season again and I am about to step into full gear with my friend’s wedding (as the maid of honour) and for my own. The venue it chosen, the date is almost finalize… come summer time I will be in full planning mode!
Until next time day dreamers, enjoy that sunshine!
Wow, so I just had one of the best weekends ever! I got to meet up with some old co-workers for lunch on Saturday. We hit up Fire on the Eastside for a yummy brunch and mimosa’s! I would definitely … Continue reading →
Incase you don’t know… I am a singer. A car singer that is and I am the best of my kind. Currently I must sing to this song at least once a day. Having a 40 minute commute has been very good for my car singing career! I am also sure D and all of my friends are so glad they don’t have to witness it either!
I know I have already spoken about venues in a previous Wedding Planning post for a refresher, click here. However, I felt that searching for a venue and booking a venue needed to be separated, plus D and I are getting close (I think!) to saying yes to one venue. We have it narrowed down to two, but in our minds we have pretty much decided, now we are just involving our parents for assistance making the final decision. So if you are at the point where you are saying yes to a venue, consider these few points.
Booking a Venue
If you are ready to book, I am sure you have done your due diligence and looked into a few venues or you just knew the venue you wanted and you are raring to go. Before you sign on the dotted line, consider a few things.
Have all the necessary parties agreed on the venue? Not all couples pay for their weddings, if you are not 100% paying for your wedding, make sure everyone is on board. The final decision is yours as it is your big day, however we should always consider those who are helping out financially.
You have done a site check? If you have been dreaming about that venue since you were 13 and you must book it, make sure you visit first, check out the venue, the event space and the washroom!
Read through the contract. I know it may be 4 or 5 pages, however if you don’t read it before you sign it if a disagreement occurs later that had been specified in the contract…too bad so sad!
Make changes to the contract (if you see fit). Sometimes language may be unclear or vague, if you feel so strike it out and use different language to describe the line item. If you feel something is missing add in a line item. If you feel something shouldn’t be in there, take it out. When you send the contract back, the venue may disagree with some changes and be okay with others. The bottom line is both parties need to be comfortable with the contract before both sign. Just know that the contract they send you the first time can be changed and added to.
Before booking ask about renovations. So many times venues do updates that you may not be aware of and could possibly affect the look and feel of your event. It is always good just to be aware of what is going on, especially if they may be happening close to your wedding date.
It all really comes down to feeling comfortable with your decision. The venue will most likely be the largest expense for your wedding, so don’t sign anything that makes you feel uncomfortable!
I am missing blogging, but a few priorities have shifted and it is a matter of finding a new routine and getting back into it!
I am busy with my new job. So far so good, but I am still in the learning, adjusting and figuring out exactly how things work stage!
I am really loving Serena Ryder. I recently bought her album Harmony and I am pretty sure I could listen to it nonstop! Check her our here.
I am getting bored with my same old workouts and I am having a tough time getting motivated. Even with more time in the evening I am making excuses, this needs to stop!
I am thinking about moving. D and I have been talking about moving closer to our jobs lately. In the long run I think it is the best move for us, but I love where I am currently living and I hate moving and feel as if I just got here (even though it has almost been a year!! How time flies!).
I am about to watch the Bachelor…and I am not ashamed, it is pure entertainment and I love it.
So I may be busy, but currently life is pretty great. D and I are in a good spot and everything seems to be working out! Next task, wedding planning! Yippee!
It has been a busy week for me with the new job, so blogging has not been my number one priority, but hey its a SNOW DAY! So I am totally going to take this time to play a little catch up!
I wasn’t able to post on Wednesday, but here is a short and sweet belated Happy Birthday to the most fantastic mother-in-law a girl could ask for! Thank you for being there for me like my own mother would be :)
Oh weddings, how I love you! I was definitely one of the crazy people in my event management class who was all about weddings, most event planners don’t do weddings. However, I just love all of the hoop-la that surrounds them, you know the flowers, the draping, the love, you know what I mean! Anyway I was super excited to become a certified wedding planner and will be making small steps towards my own business (eventually). For now I will be helping out some friends and family and of course blogging about it here. So let’s get started!
There are many people out there that I do not have to convince to use a wedding planner. They are not quite sure what they are doing or they know they do not have the time to plan a wedding. Others may think why would I hire someone when I have my entire family to help me. To that I say, many of your family members have been through the process before however this was probably a few years ago! Plus things have changed, “rules” have changed, and by rules I mean you do not have to follow the format your grandmother used to get married, its 2013 you can create any wedding you want! I thought today I would just give you the basics on what wedding planners can do!
If you are a couple who already have your wedding planned, you know what you’re doing, but you still have a few questions, this service is for you. For example if you are having issues with a family member or a vendor or maybe need suggestions for a vendor or concept, you can set up a meeting with a wedding planner to discuss these issues. This is a one time meeting usually around 2 hours, when the meeting finishes the planners job is completed.
This service will cost anywhere between $150 and $350 depending on length and planner.
Month of (also know as day of) Planner
This is my favourite type of planning. This is for the couple who knows how to throw a great event but at the end of the day don’t want to be working at their own wedding! The planner will meet with the couple about a month before the wedding. Here the planner will learn of all the details that have already been taken care of and will discuss what still needs to happen. The planner will take all vendor contacts and will be in touch as she/he will be the main contact on the day of your wedding. Over the month there are usually 2 to 3 pre wedding meetings to make sure everything is on track and she/he will create a schedule for your wedding day. The planner will then attend or run your dress rehearsal depending on officiant availability. Finally the wedding planner will be the main contact on your wedding day, if a problem arises you shouldn’t even know about it, if it can be resolved it will be, unless your consultation is needed (ie. to fix an issue you may need to pay for something-the planner does not have the right to spend your money!) The overall idea is that you have planned this amazing wedding and we as the planner want you to enjoy it!!
This service can be anywhere from $600 to $1500 (depending on location and planner experience)
This is for couples who have no idea where to start (or have lots of ideas but don’t know how to make them come true!) or even couples who are ready to plan their wedding but have busy work/social/family lives. For full coordination planning the wedding planner is involved about a year out from the wedding. She/he will be there for all planning stages. What is important to remember is that the wedding planner is working for you and they want to create a day for you! The planner will have an initial meeting with you to get a feel for your personality and what you are all about, she/he will then put some ideas together. As the planning process begins, she/he will set up all appointments for you, this includes meetings with the venue, caterer, florist, bridal stores (she/he does not usually attend gown fitting, but can attend upon request) etc. The planner will be the first point of contact for all vendors before and during the wedding. Like month of coordination she/he will set up a schedule, manage your budget, attend/run the dress rehearsal, coordinate the day of.
Cost for full coordination $1500 to $4000 (again depending on location and experience)
So there you have it, this is what wedding planners are about. A few things to keep in mind though:
Yes they are a financial investment, however they have contacts who will save you money on other services you use for your wedding.
Find a certified planner. All Wedding Planners Institute of Canada [WPIC] certified planners are able to put the WPIC logo on their website, look for this when you are shopping around. These individuals have been through courses, have educational tools available to them to update their skills constantly, they are no more expensive than someone who is not certified (prices are all based on location and expertise), and WPIC has a code of ethics that all planners must follow or they are stripped of their certification (meaning you will be treated with respect and as you should if you are a client). (For those of you not in Canada, the United States does have certification programs, also WPIC certifies many resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico!)
Wedding planners are there to help you. Weddings are stressful, they are big events. I think it make sense to have help with such an important event, also help that is neutral not family!! Plus we have contacts, it is our job to get your great prices on everything!
Anyway, for those of you who were wondering about wedding planners I hope this helps you understand a bit more and also to see what general costing will be!
Pretty much my fave J-Lo movie. The Wedding Planner
What a fantastic start to the year. We are just wrapping up January and I am already pleased will the progress of my 2013 goals. I mentioned a few goals in my post A New Year and I have already taken a few off the list!
The biggest goal I have accomplished is landing a full-time job. I had a great opportunity come up in early January and after a few weeks was offered a full-time position! I am so excited and cannot wait to get started! My first day is this Monday, and I can feel the butterflies already. I am sure there will be much more to come on this later, for now I am just over-joyed to have such a fantastic opportunity in my field! I am so ready to get started!
Also on my list of goals was to book my venue for my own wedding. I am not quite there, but the process has begun and I am hoping I will find that perfect venue soon! The biggest thing is that I am actively looking (really that is a huge deal after 4 years of being engaged!!)
I am still working towards all of my goals, but I really wanted to share my job news. After about 3 years of working on contracts this is a huge milestone for me! And I am sure it is just the beginning of new opportunities. I am really loving 2013 so far and as I plan my wedding… I am thinking 2014 will be even more fantastic!!