Listmania!

Lists are an important part of planning any big project, but the wedding industry has fetishized lists: the checklist is the most used tool in a planners vocabulary to keep things organized and under control.  So here it is – my top five list of tips about lists:

1)   Stay Flexible. Sticking too strictly to a list can derail any good plan.  Allow for some flexibility- don’t make plans/time/life less efficient because of your list.

2)   Stay Realistic.  Nothing feels worse than not accomplishing goals – so when you put too much on one list, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.  If your list is do-able, you’ll get it done and feel great.

3)   Stay Calm.  Sometimes writing down everything you need to do can be overwhelming!  If lists freak you out, try limiting yours to three or five items at a time.  If you’re still panicky, maybe they aren’t the best organizational tool for you.

4)   Stay focused.  Use the list to keep you on task.  Dawdling in front of the candles at the craft store? Check the list.  Where are you supposed to be? Re-orient yourself around the task at hand and get on with your productive day.

5)   Stay happy.  All tough stuff on the list will wear you down.  Make sure you tack on a task or stop that makes you happy! A milkshake, or visit to a favorite local park, make sure to put yourself on the list.  You’re important too!

So there you have it, a list about lists. Ready to make your own? Get going!

 

Be well, and love well.

 

Dinah

My Little Etiquette Shop: How to handle uninvited guests

Q: I’m worried that my family will just bring relatives who weren’t invited– what do I do?

A:  First of all, unless your family is on the run from the law, take a deep breath and relax. Even if a few people did crash the wedding, the world (or event) wouldn’t come crashing to a halt.

  • If you’re super concerned, station a few strong ushers in the back to escort uninvited guests out. Don’t even let them get in the door.
  • If it’s only a few, hotels and other venues are prepared to add settings last minute.  Depending on your contracts, there may be additional charges, but it won’t make you or break you.
  • As etiquette goes, be cordial to whoever shows up. Hostility takes energy and that’s only going to affect you negatively on what’s supposed to be a very happy day.  Again, employ those usher/buffers to keep them away from you and don’t let a few rude people ruin your wonderful day.

Be well, and love well!

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Blogs We Love! Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty is probably the most popular wedding blog there is. Packed full of luscious real wedding photos, staged shoots, and other inspirations, any couple looking for ideas is sure to find them (and get overwhelmed and need talking down – but that’s a whole ‘nother Oprah). There are a few gorgeous weddings of ours featured. And we’ve got the badge to prove it!

Enjoy.

Liz and Kathleen - a gorgeous wedding, no wonder Style Me Pretty wanted to feature it!

Liz and Kathleen – a gorgeous wedding, no wonder Style Me Pretty wanted to feature it!

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