Category: A Lovely Life

Join the Created Lovely Team

We’re Hiring Decor Stylists!

We are looking for four décor stylists to join the Created Lovely Events team!

We believe in creating weddings that are as beautiful to the heart and mind as they are to the eye. Décor stylists are an amazing asset to our team, ensuring every beautiful detail from set-up to teardown has been thoughtfully placed to create the most memorable experience for our clients.

A typical wedding day shift is from 9am-1:30pm and 11:30pm-1:30am. You are expected to attend every wedding set-up and teardown and will work closely with the rest of the Created Lovely team.  There will be a total of 16 weddings you will be required to work including long weekends. While the day will be filled with excitement and a whole lot of pretty, don’t underestimate the work that goes in to creating beautiful spaces. Décor set-up and teardown requires extended periods of time on your feet (often outdoors in summer heat), working under pressure, and exceptional attention to detail.

Just as every couple is unique, so is every wedding. We strongly believe in treating each wedding with the care and attention our clients to deserve—a day that’s truly created lovely.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Each wedding week you will be attending a one hour Created Lovely Events team overview meeting to review the wedding day schedule and all décor details

Décor set-up & styling from approximately 9am-1:30pm. Set-up may include:

  • Moving and unloading décor, signage, and chairs
  • Setting and styling tables in their entirety as per the design
  • Assisting floral designer with unloading and styling floral arrangements
  • Finalizing every last décor detail to perfection

Décor teardown from approximately 11:30pm-1:30am. Teardown may include:

  • Packaging all décor items including lights, stationary, candles, flowers, and any remaining styled items
  • Bagging and stacking all rented chairs
  • Bagging linens
  • Organizing décor items for rental and client pick-up
    Note: estimated décor teardown time is subjective to work ethic and wedding size

Qualifications:

  • You are organized, structured, and goal oriented
  • You work well under pressure
  • You enjoy going above and beyond for clients
  • You are very personable and enjoy working with a team
  • You are a quick learner and enjoy problem solving
  • Previous experience in the weddings or event industry is an asset
  • A certificate, diploma, or degree in the Events & Conventions or Tourism Management field is an asset

Requirements:

  • Must be interested in aesthetics
  • Must be available to work weekends and some week day weddings
  • Must have access to a computer, email, and cellular phone
  • Must have reliable transportation ranging from Penticton to Vernon

Compensation:

Set daily rate of $112-$126/day (based on experience)

To apply please e-mail all of the following to Nicole at nicole@createdlovely.ca:

  • Resume
  • A cover letter describing what creating a lovely life means to you
  • Two to three references
  • Weekend Availability (May-October)

Closing Date: Monday, February 15, 2016

Please note only short listed applicants will be contacted.

An Email Says it All

“Hello, My name is _____. I’m the owner of ________. Insert 3 sentences about business. Attach website and price guide. *Mention nothing about the business you want to refer you.* Followed by, I would love if you referred me. Looking forward to hearing from you. Signed, another business wanting a referral.”

Enticed? Me either.

VS.

“Hello! I hope your day is off to a great start. I came across your website a few months back and have been following your work ever since. I love your style because of __________ and feel that we would be a really great fit for our clientele. Let me introduce myself, I am ________ and I own ________. At ________ (list business) we believe in _______ (list values) and work hard to provide _______ (list key services & passions). I would love to take you for tea or coffee and get to know you and see if we would be a good fit for future weddings together. Signed, hopeful referral.”

I want you to sit and think about the tone of each of those emails. How do you feel they differ? Who would you choose to go for coffee with?

First impressions come in all forms, and in this industry a lot of them start via email. Here’s my do’s & don’ts on putting out your best email first impression:

Do:

Boost their ego. The best way to start off your email is mentioning something you like or appreciate about the person you’re contacting.

Don’t:

Only talk about yourself. The quickest way for your respondent to feel used is to only hear you talk about yourself. You shouldn’t do that in person so don’t do it via email.

Do:

Separate yourself by talking about what makes your business different. Acknowledge your passions and specialities so your respondent can get a feel for if you’re the right fit.

Don’t:

Mass email. You know what sucks about hearing about a new business? Finding out you contacted every other vendor under the sun too. If you appeal to everyone, you appeal to no one.

Do:

Have an action at the end of the email.  What is the final purpose of the email?  Legitimize your intentions by asking to meet up and build a relationship with the vendor.

Don’t:

Let them buy your coffee/tea/drink.  I try to follow the rule that if you’re asking for the meeting, you’re the one paying.  Avoid the awkward payment dance at the till by saying “I’d love to take you for coffee” in your email where your payment implication is very clear.  Or send a quick text or call before they’ve arrived asking them what they’d like to order.  You’ll set a strong tone before they’ve even arrived.

There you have it!  Happy Emailing 🙂

xonicole

Get what you want in life

Happy Monday Lovelies!

Life has been pretty full over here lately. There’s been a lot of “go gettin'”, which has inspired this blog on getting what you want in life.

I’ve never been one to take no for an answer. Some may call that being stubborn, for the sake of my ego we’re going to call that determination. I’ve grown up being told that you can have anything you want in life. I guess I must’ve just forgotten as on a recent trip to the Oregon Coast I was standing in a Nike store oogling at a store model’s body saying “those legs are the dream.” And my friend Ryan said, “You can have anything you want. You just have to work hard enough.” Duh. It’s so simple, how could I have possibly forgotten that? Somewhere along the way I got lost in comparison and self doubt as so many of us do. I was so busy looking at everyone else’s vision for their life that I forgot my own.

I was stuck in hopes without action and dreams without drive. Well let me tell you… that’s the end of that! I’m excited to be back to “go gettin'” and making things happen.  Here’s my tricks to getting what you want in life:

No more excuses:

Getting what you want leaves no room for excuses. And a lot of the time that means hearing the things you don’t want to. You’re not failing because “people are too cheap for your services” or because “your body just doesn’t lose weight”, it’s you. You’re missing something along the way.  No one is doing everything right and is failing.  That’s not even logical.  No more excuses… do the work to figure out the problem. You can and you will do it.

Believe in yourself:

You’ve got to own your goals. You need to believe in yourself before anyone else does. When you’re setting your goals don’t hope that you can achieve them, know that you will. That confidence exudes in everything you do. Others will start believing in you and conspire to help you succeed.

Play Nice:

Nice guys finish last?  I don’t think so.  My day is a thousand times better when I’m working with genuinely kind people all day.  Be one of those people.  People want to support those that are genuine and deserving of success.  And even better than that, when you put out good vibes, that’s what you get right back.  All of a sudden you’ll be surrounded by all these amazing people that you didn’t even realize you were attracting with that wonderful new attitude.

Write it down:

I’ve been told to write my goals down on paper.  I circulate them in my head a thousand times a day though I’m sure it would be much more effective to have them written down.  All short term goals are written in my day planner weekly and I have plans to put my long term goals in a frame above my desk mixed in with my photo collage.  Might as well make them pretty, right??

Don’t Stop:

Last but not least, don’t stop pushing.  Life happens and sometimes that means putting goals on the back burner, having a cheat day, not living up to your standards, or anything else that feels discouraging.  And that’s okay.  Don’t get down on yourself just get back at it.  No excuses right?

Okay lovelies– go get it!

xonicole

3 Quick Tips

It’s a good thing I’m a wedding planner because my heart literally yearns for wedding season.  It’s kind of obsessive.. last night I stayed up until 2am watching Friends on Netflix solely because it was the episode when Pheobe got married to Mike.  Netflix guys… I could’ve just paused and watched in the morning.  Gah I live for warm fuzzy feelings.

Last night I had an awesome friend over for champagne, dessert, and Chinese food (I was supposed to cook but long story short I was stranded at home after over an hour of shovelling and a newly found flat tire… Hong Kong Restaurant to the rescue)… Anyways, we got to talking about weddings since we’re both quite newlywed and our most memorable moments.  Shockingly, we both had very similar good and bad stories from our day.  Now I won’t say who’s mother-in-law showed up in a white gown or who’s brother-in-law got married the week before them with 3 months notice or even who’s Uncle-in-law forgot their name during a speech, but it wasn’t hers.  I will tell you though, that after a few rants and a lot of laughs we both remember our wedding days as being absolutely perfect in every way.

So in short, here’s 3 things I wish every bride would do:

1. Worry Less

Your day is as good as you let it be.  As a wedding planner I strive to give my clients the most flawless day possible but no wedding is flawless.  There’s Always going to be something you dealt with either during the course of your planning or on your wedding day that didn’t go how you envisioned it.  Maybe it’s a cranky in-law, an annoying last minute cancellation, a random new girlfriend as an uninvited guest, a late vendor, family drama, the list goes on and on.  Your day will be as perfect as you let it be.  So you can get mad, embarrassed or stressed, or you can let it all go and soak it all in.  I wouldn’t change a single thing about our wedding day because those are now my stories to tell.  And you’ll have them too. Promise.

2. Eat

Please just eat.  Before, during, and after your wedding.  Stop the “starving yourself to be a beautiful bride” fad.  You’re beautiful and you’ll look beautiful on your wedding day just how you are. Also, planning is much more fun when you’re stressed and you indulge in guilt free wine and a cheeseburger.  (You have my personal guarantee.)

3. Visit

Your wedding day is quick and there’s not enough time in the world to possibly visit with every wedding guest as much as you’d like to or should for how far they’ve come to be there for you.  Finish all of your planning early so on the week of the wedding you’re stress-free enough to visit with family, wine tour (if you’re getting married here), and see guests that have come in early.  I’ve had clients plan open invite beach days, BBQ’s and pool parties just to hang out with guests the days leading up to their wedding.  That way, on your wedding day you can soak in all the time you want with your groom without feeling torn away to see everyone.  Royce and I barely split up on our day and I loved that because we got to share our love and excitement together.  The day was ours, not a day that felt like we were hosting.

I’m telling ya, these really work.  Also, if you’re having a hard time dealing with a wedding issue I probably have a story to top it.

xonicole

 

 

 

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Thank-You

I just wanted to take a quick minute to say thank-you.  I received a handwritten note from Karla at Written Word Calligraphy the other day that read,”Thank-you for believing in me” and it really pulled at my heart strings.  What a genuinely kind note to receive from someone.  Soon after another vendor said to me, “you’ve really boomed in the last year hey?” To which I responded, “Oh? Yeah I think I just got lucky but thanks!”  Where what I really should have said was, “It’s solely because I’ve been so blessed to work with such amazing people that have believed in me and helped me get to where I am.” That’s how I really feel. That’s what I meant but so horribly conveyed.

I think sometimes we forget to thank people for not only the referrals and social media “likes” and shares, but for the little ways in which they help grow our dreams into reality.

I just want to say that you reading this right now makes me thankful.  The little notes and messages I receive make me thankful.  The kind words you speak behind my back that I may never hear make me thankful.  You matter to me and I am so grateful.

Thank-you for believing in me.

xonicole