Tag: Kelowna Wedding Planning

It’s a Pretty Life

With a name like Created Lovely, it’s clear I love the pretty things in life.  So as I sit here eating fresh strawberries and sipping hot coffee out of my “I kinda like you a lot” adorable coffee mug, here are 10 ways I put the pretty in my life.

1. Buy fresh flowers for yourself.  Just because.

2. If morning coffee or tea is part of your ritual, go splurge on cute or pretty mugs.  The ceramic Le Creuset mugs from The Bay are some of my favourite sets along with any mug from Chapters.

3. Take the time to get ready.  Most days I put my hair in a bun, wear simple make-up, and wear my glasses.  But every so often I put some music on my phone and take the time to get ready.  It’s amazing how pretty you feel when you take the time to enjoy getting ready.

4. Get cute shoes.  Don’t have the money for a new wardrobe?  Join the club.  Spruce up your outfits with printed flats from Target or Walmart.  Stripped flats, coloured flats, printed flats, you name it.  They’ve got it.  And they last just as long as my expensive pairs.

Style Tip: I like to pair printed flats with jeans, a white shirt, and jewellery.

5. Work out.  I’ve never felt prettier than when I’ve been working out.  It doesn’t matter if I’ve lost weight or see a change in my body, I feel a change in how I look at myself.  So get your butt moving even if it’s just going for a walk.

6. Buy cute cards.  There’s nothing like a handwritten note/letter/card on pretty stationary.  Target has some of the prettiest and cheapest stationary and wrapping.  Go buy some and keep it on a shelf in your office so you always have it on hand.

7. Send small gifts.  It feels so good to give people little gifts that make their day.  When you see something that makes you think of a certain person and it won’t break your bank– get it for them.  Even if you save it up until their birthday.

8. Find your favourite spots.  I pretty much live for any moments near water.  A walk on the beach, a picnic, a bike ride through Stanley Park, you name it.  Find those places that instantly make you feel good and visit them, ideally on a regular basis.

9. Decorate the room you spend the most time in.  Not everyone can afford to revamp every room in their place, but if you spend all your time in your living room then really take the time to make it your own.  Focus on one room at a time until you feel completely at home in your space.

10. Love louder.  Do more to show those you love just how much you love them.

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xonicole

Let’s talk about stress, baby

Okay, let’s be honest here, no one knows what brides stress about more than a wedding planner.  And holy, do brides ever take stress to a whole new level.  I don’t think I’ve ever cared more about the absolute perfect blush pantone more than when I became a bride.

I really think I could make a small fortune selling books called “Sh*t My Brides Say” over the things they’ve said while under the stress of wedding planning.  My sister apparently ignoring me for over 5 minutes only to say, “I don’t even care, I just want to be skinny”.  Or  another bride telling me she wasn’t stressed about the weather because she buried a sausage in her backyard to keep it from raining.

Over the past 2 seasons, I’ve noticed a common theme over what brides stress about.  Here goes… my list of key stressors:

Stressor #1- Weather

How to decrease stress: Always, always, always have a rain plan.  Don’t hope for the best!  Have spare matching umbrellas that you pick up at Jysk for $5 each (nice black ones with wood handles).  If you’re scared it’s going to be cold, look into getting heaters or have a basket of blankets available if need be.

Stressor #2- Rowdy Groomsmen

How to decrease stress: If you’re concerned your groom/groomsmen are going to be unorganized, late, drinking, etc. on the wedding day, it’s great to give them all a basic schedule at the rehearsal of where they need to be and when the next day.  Have your planner check in on them in the morning to ensure they’re all ready on time.  Also, it’s great to pack snacks along with drinks during photos so your bridal party is eating throughout the day.  That way no one is too tipsy before dinner and no one is cranky and hungry.

Stressor #3- Hair & Make-Up

How to decrease stress: It’s not uncommon to be nervous about how you’re going to look on your wedding day.  I, for one, was a complete nut about my hair.  I literally had my sister on hair duty to ensure it looked good the entire time it was getting done the morning of my wedding.  I recommend only booking a hair and make-up artist you can trust, ensuring you do a trial, and be aware that you get what you pay for.  Don’t spend thousands on the rest of your day and cheap out on yourself.  Everyone’s looking at you and feeling stunning on your wedding day is priceless.

Stressor #4- Crazy Family

How to decrease stress: No matter how crazy you think your family situation is I guarantee that there’s a family with more issues out there than yours (and I’ve probably dealt with them too).  Do your best to not let family issues get in the way of enjoying your wedding.  Get a picture with them anyway.  Smile and pretend that problem doesn’t exist that day because it’s just not worth it.  For one day just let it go.  If family really doesn’t get along, make sure your seating arrangements are planned to a T and give fair warning to your photographer and planner to avoid any awkward situations.

Stressor #5: Pesky Opinions

How to decrease stress: From the second you get engaged you’re going to be getting opinions from all over the place, whether you want them or not.  Stay true to your vision and rely on professionals.  It’s also important that you go with your gut instinct.  Just because someone else loves a different dress, doesn’t mean it’s the one for you.  And maybe Auntie/Grandma/Mom/Sister/Friend/Alien doesn’t like the idea of an outdoor wedding, but you do.  So that’s final.  You have to love your wedding and feel like it’s a reflection of you and your fiance and that’s all that counts.

That’s my top 5 for now.  In the meantime, Stay Calm and Plan On.

xo

Nicole