Thursday, April 28, 2011

Prepping for your big event!

Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by wedding plans? Take some of the focus off those details and put it on yourself. Yes, planning weddings and other events gets a bit crazy and we feel neglected- so change that. Putting that focus back on you is a great way to tame those bridezilla flare ups! We make charts and to do lists for our events but let’s make one for us! Take some time and sit down and figure out how you want to look on your wedding day! Do you want to be more tone? Put it on your list! Would you like more jewelry? Put it on your list! Then for every item you take off your master to do list- treat yourself to something off of your To Me List!

Let’s talk about your hair first! It is important to know the condition of your hair at all times, but when it comes to your special day you want to be able to look your best. Talk to your stylist about deep conditioning, highlights, trims and all of that. Start this process at least 60 days before your wedding. Do not make any drastic changes to your look during those 60 days. It is important not to get buyer’s remorse during this time. Just maintain the look you have. You want to make sure you do a trial run so that you know what you are getting the day of your wedding. Also let’s not neglect those grooms- get the guys in for haircuts! We want them looking fabulous as well.

Skin Care is essential during this time too. Make sure you are following your skin care regimen. I also want to insert in here that if you are tanning make sure you speak with your salon about the overall look you are trying to achieve- nothing is worse than showing up to your wedding looking like a Dorito! You want to make sure you have no tan lines visible, that your skin looks great and that YOU GLOW!

Ladies, where does that ring go? You know everyone is going to be asking to see the set now that it is complete. Set up a time for a nice manicure and pedicure. You can bring your bridal party with you or just have some me time. You will feel great afterwards and be ready to face anything. Some places will even allow you to have a nice glass of wine while you get this done! Feel polished and refreshed!

Need to get tone? There are some great programs out there for brides and grooms who want to look fierce and fit for their weddings. You can check out a local Bridal Boot Camp program or even check out ZUMBA! These classes not only get you in shape but also give you a great way to release some stress. If you are looking for just a stress buster try out yoga or Pilates for a low impact workout. The key here is not busting butt in the last two months before your wedding to lose 80 lbs its to make you feel good. So do not stress out about goal weights. Also make sure that you speak with your seamstress about any alterations that need to be done due to your toning!

The last two months before a wedding can be stressful so make sure to take time for you too. It’s not going to do you any good to have planned a beautiful wedding and then show up frazzled. So, take some time and make your YOU list. Do things for you and take time to enjoy this process. If you need a list of local businesses that I recommend for these services please let me know!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My FAVORite things!

This month I want to talk to you about favors. This is a great way to give guests a momento from your big day. I want to give you some ideas of things you could do and some local places you can get them. Some of these things may suprise you!

First let's talk sweets!
Candy bars are all the rage right now and a great way to keep all your guests happy (even the little ones). The idea is that you and your groom pick out candies that you really like. Then you set them up (nicely) on a table. I like to use fishbowls or other glass pieces (might be a good time to showcase some antique or hierloom pieces) and then at the end of the table you have favor bags with your wedding date information on it- or a cute saying.
Sometimes you get lucky and the person making your cake can also make other items. Cookies? Yes Mam! Lollipops? You betcha! Locally (Presque Isle, Maine) you can contact Tori at Creative Occasions! She does great work and is a pleasure to work with!
Recently, I found a little gem in the area. Robin's Chocolate sauce. This is a great product, fair trade, and certified organic! Not to mention it is made right in Limestone! Now, I have tried this chocolate and I am telling you it is yummy! Also Robin's offers cellophane bags and ribbons (in your wedding colors) to make the favors look a bit more finished. For more information find Robin's Chocolate Sauce on facebook!

Now let's talk about some eco friendly options!
Seed paper- this stuff is super cool. It is paper that has seeds in it. Your guests can plant these pieces of paper and lovely flowers will grow!
Glasses- you can have your name put onto the glasses and then they can use it for the toast! Then, they take it home and can use it!

Finally I want to mention something that I think is amazing to do...
Donations. Instead of having favors for people- set envelopes out for people to make a donation to a cause that is near and dear to you both.

I hope this helps you out! Feel free to comment with some of your FAVORite things!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What Happens right before Happily Ever After?!

Some of my brides are calling me and saying- why didn't the wedding magazines tell me that it was ok for me to freak out?! Why do I feel like an emotional train wreck? Why do I need to carry a foam bat with me whenever I talk to my in-laws to be about my wedding?

Well let me tell you, before Cinderella and Prince Charming got into the carriage and rode off into the sunset, Cinderella had bald spots from planning the wedding. I am going to let you in on a little secret- it's going to be ok. You are not being a bride-zilla and its fine to have a bit of a freak out- because let's face it- this day is important to you.

I am here with you- at one point all of us married women were brides and we all had our little moments. Here are a few tips to get you through this time.

1) Stop feeling like you are not being normal. Allow yourself to say "I am freaking the freak out and it is ok." You are not the only bride to be overwhelmed or to feel like you do not know what to do next. So just go with it!
2) When you realize that you are freaking out- walk away. You do NOT need to make this decision RIGHT NOW. Chances are if you make the decision during a panic- you will regret it. I do not want you to do that. I want you to LOVE all aspects of your wedding- not just settle.
3) Get moving! Dance to the hits of your childhood- it will make you feel better. Turn on your Wii and put in Wii Sports and beat the crap out of something. Do anything to get your blood flowing and to get your mind off of the stress.
4) TURN OFF YOUR PHONE. Chances are the people who were with your during your little episode will want to check on you. This is nice but you need time to get your act together. Call them back- they will understand.
5) Scream. Just go somewhere private and let it out. Stomp and throw a fit- its fine... then walk away composed- leave it behind and move on.

So how do we keep from getting to this point? You need to be realistic and know that not everything is going to go as planned- unless you are planning in cupcakeville. Life happens and things will not go amazingly every day. Surround yourself with people who can calm you down and just remember its ok to be a bit of a spaz sometimes. This is a big day and you want it to be perfect- Don't worry, it will be!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Exciting News

Well- I am starting New Year new you a bit early this year. Tomorrow morning I am moving out of my home office into a small space in a local salon. This is a big move for me but really its just a part of a bigger move that will come mid January. Let's just say that I am looking forward to a more free schedule and more time to dedicate to my Events Planning Passion.

Also I am still selling Pampered Chef- which allows me to not just plan a great Bridal shower for you but to also get you some great products and throw a great show. This is a service I would love to extend to all of my clients- if you book a pampered chef show with me- whatever event you are celebrating it for is free. Meaning that if you want a Bridal Shower- I will plan it and Pamper Chef Consult for you- free of charge.

I am currently working with the Presque Isle Downtown Revitalization Committee on First Night. Which is a great opportunity for me and my business. If you are a local PI business that would be interested in Advertising in the First Night Brochure please get in touch with me ASAP!

Some other exciting things that Events By Jenni will be offering will be a "Party in a box" service. I realize that not every event needs a planner- but I also know the amount of running around that you have to do to plan a great party. Let's make that easier for you- just tell me the age, theme, guest count and I will handle the rest. I will do my best to find you a local baker to get a great cake if you decide not to bake one yourself. These "parties" can be shipped anywhere in the US! I will post some themes and ideas for you in a note shortly!

Also brides to be- do not forget about the upcoming Bridal Expo! Happening February 20th, 2011! Stick around for more information on that as well.

I also want to take this moment to thank you all for your support and Friendship over this past year. It has meant a lot to me. As soon as I get settled in my new office I will post the address and the days that I will be there!

Much Love and Remember to Dream big!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

April Newsletter

Happy April... if you are getting married in the summer you have close to three or four months till your wedding! Make sure to make your final checklist and start hacking away at it! I hope you are ready and if you have any last minute concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with me I will do all I can to make sure your big day is perfect for you!
I want all of my brides to love all aspects of their wedding. I want to make sure they love all of the elements as much as they love their dress. Its easy to chose something to please everyone but I think its important that it pleases you. This is your day and you need to make the most of it.
Are you tastes a bit expensive? Make sure you sit down with your vendors and really talk about what you want and be clear with the budget constraints- they may surprise you with some low budget ideas that will give you an arrangement you love. Also make sure to hit the BIG BRIDAL events (ie shows, discount events) and make the most of the connections you have available to you. Enter contests and register at places (sometimes there are special offers when you register).
I think that inspiration boards are a great way for brides to show what they want to everyone involved in the wedding- the smaller version of this is the bridal binder. Put in it things you LOVE and bring it with you to all of your meetings. Talk to your bridal dress shop about the dream dress and see what they can get you in your price range. Bring your decor ideas to the venue and talk to them about how to get a similar look. The key to getting what you want on what you can afford is to let everyone know what you want and how much you can pay. Communicate with your vendors and see what they are able to do- you may be surprised. Make a list of the items you really want and are willing to pay more for and a list of things that are more flexible.
Join a bridal forum such as offbeat bridal tribe or The Knot and talk to other brides about how they did their weddings on a budget without costing the wow factor. If you have hired a planner make sure that you are clear with them about what you are looking for and have them make suggestions for what you can do.
I hope this has been helpful! If you have any questions or want to submit a question for next month please drop me a line!

Best Wishes-
Events by Jenni!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

March News Letter!

It is hard to believe that just one month ago we were all crammed into the
Northeastland Hotel. The excitement I felt from all of the potential brides
(you gals) was amazing! This newsletter is to help you plan your wedding-
and I hope you ask me questions and I will respond to them!
The first topic I want to hit on is making sure that your wedding day is
everything you want it to be regardless of your budget. Everyone thinks that
the big B-Word is a deal breaker for a lot of your plans but it really
isn't. We have all seen the shows "Rich Bride/Poor Bride" and "Platinum
Wedding" and they give us a great idea of what could happen if things got
out of hand. I am here to tell you that you can have your dream wedding on
whatever budget you have by doing some very simple things.
1) Keep it local. With local vendors you do not have to worry so much about
delivery fees. You can either ask people to pick up items or have the items
brought to your venue. However, the cost will not be as much as shipping
items from Portland or Boston.
2) Keep it in season. Flowers are a big chunk of budget the biggest thing is
to keep your flowers in season. Make sure to sit down with your florist and
make them aware of your budget.
3) DIY options. If you are crafty and have tons of time take on some
projects. Get the girls together and make place cards or garland. Most of
the time you can find cheaper options if you do the work yourself.
4) Keep the budget in check. Have an idea of what items on your budget are
flexible and do a bit of give and take. If you know that one item means more
than the other make sure you allocate your budget accordingly.

There are so great tips for the budget end. For the next issue I would love
to be able to answer some of your questions! Please keep in contact with me.
If anyone would like to set up a consultation please contact me via email or
give me a call on my cell phone. (207)540-5499.

Best Wishes!

Jenni LaChance

If you can dream it, you can do it.