With the help of my amazing team, we pulled off the Lulus.com annual holiday party! The name of this huge bash was, Lulus Downtown Takeover, and it was definitely a take over! With 850 employees and their plus ones (or twos) it was quite the party.
With my background in event planning when I worked for the corporate office at Chipotle, I was so excited to have the opportunity to plan a very large event such as this one! From the little details, to the large timeline, you can say I was in heaven....
Now that we have an in-house party planner, we feel like we can take on many more large events in the future! We did absolutely everything from the beginning, to the very end of this event, and it truly wouldn't have been possible without the vendors that were involved and their help!
The top comment of the night was, "I am so happy that there were three different venues that hosted us! Going from venue to venue made the experience really exciting." That's right, we had three different venues involved that had live music, food and of course great conversation!
Thank you to our vendors who were involved in making this event such a huge success:
Venus: The Argus, Madison Bear Garden & El Rey Theater
Entertainment: Off The Record Band, The Kelly Twins (dueling pianos), Elite Sound Mack Morris DJ & Karaoke
Dessert: Chico Catering Company S'more bar, Shuberts Ice Cream & Brown Box Bakeshop cookies
Decor & Rentals: We Do Designs, Squishy Bebe & Little Red Hen
Party Design: Carson Pezzetti, North State Events
Tenting: InTents events
Photography: Trevor Claverie, World Love Film + Photo
Late Night Snacks: Woodstalks Pizza
The moment I met Meghan and Marc, was the moment I knew that these two weren't only meant for each other, but also meant for North State Events to coordinate a gorgeous wedding in the Sutter Butte Valley!
Meghan and Marc share a love of living a healthy lifestyle, as well as a life full of adventure and love. Being able to coordinate their big day was a dream. Meghan was so involved in the planning process, and it was refreshing to see a smile on her face at ALL times! Even during the stressful moments! You go girl...
Following the wedding day, Meghan told me a bit about how the day went in her eyes and what her favorite parts were... grab a tissue!
Meghan said, "They saw us enter the ceremony as two, and got to see us leave as one." This stuck with me... because how true is that? Her favorite part of the entire day was the ceremony because of this reason, and I couldn't agree more.
She also has some advice for those of you that just got engaged; One is, to take a ton of family photos! These last a life time, so I agree too, make sure you write out that photo shot list!
She also said, to listen to family's advice, but ultimately make the decision yourself. Take into account that everyone loves you and wants the best for you; so let them help! Even if you don't use all of their ideas.
I promise we did not pay her to say this, but she also mentioned how important it is to hire at least a day of wedding coordinator. Obviously we agree, but it was awesome to hear this from Meghan, who planned her entire wedding, but who also wanted to enjoy her day without worrying about a thing!
Last two, were, if you're not planning on doing a first look with your future husband/wife, make sure to do one with your mom, dad, or even your bridesmaids. The photos are so special! Lastly, take a deep breath. You won't get this moment back. As a wedding planning company, we stress this. Take it in, breathe, and love every second of the chaos.
Without further ado.... here are some highlights from Meghan and Marc's beautiful wedding day!
As an event coordinator, a wedding planner, and a mother... It's been a challenge to really get into the groove of organization. But now that I have a solid routine, with an incredibly supportive husband, things have been a bit easier to manage!
Choosing to be organized is a task in itself, but I have a few tips for you mommas, coordinators, or business professionals that have helped me along the way!
1. On A Sunday, Take Time To Organize
This is so important to get ahead of the game for the week. From organizing your file cabinet every Sunday by relevance, to making labels for your pantry, craft room, etc... cleaning out the clutter will change your week, and make you feel like you're organized! (Even if you have a long way to go.)
2. Take Time To Write Out Your Goals
At first, I thought this was silly... the whole "journaling" thing. But then I slowly became aware as to how affective it truly is. When I journal, not only do I put my goals on paper, but I also express how I am feeling in that very moment, which translates into how my day is going to go! This organizes my thoughts, so I am not completely jumbled throughout the day. I refer to my journal throughout the day so I keep myself accountable!
3. Buy A Cute Planner
Ok, it doesn't have to be cute... but it helps! Having a planner in general with hour by hour slots will help you streamline your day with purpose. Instead of writing random things in your "Monday" box, put it in there by time. This will ensure that you get things done. Another tip, is to write in pencil! If you don't get the task at hand finished that day, instead of scratching it out and getting upset, just erase it and put it on the next day. Trust me... it helps a type A brain like mine!
4. Labels Labels Labels!
I know I mentioned this in the previous tip, but making sure that your planner is labeled and maybe even color coordinated (whether that is with highlighters or different color pens) will allow your brain to relax and not have to think so hard about which task is most important. This of course, is if you don't use pencil. But these days you can even get pencils that are colored that erase, so whatever you prefer. My point is, is that if you have the most important task of the day in red, your brain knows to accomplish this task ASAP. It helps you realize that there isn't time to slack on this particular task, which motivates you.
5. The Night Before
Organize everything the night before (as long as this is before 10 PM). From kid's lunches, to setting the coffee's timer for the morning after. From putting your clothes out for your morning work out, to meal prepping for the week for yourself... Do it the night before. You'll wake up refreshed, excited, and ready for the day ahead. The more you do this, the more of a habit it will become!
Organization isn't so scary, I promise! This has helped me streamline, not only my personal life, but also my professional life. Let me know if any of these tips work for you, or if you do some of these already!
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2018 has come and gone, and there are lots of trends to chat about for 2019! To our brides, don't sweat the small stuff, because we've got you covered! If you're new here; Hi! I'm Ashley writing this, and I am the owner of North State Events.
We love bringing you new information about trends circling the internet to make sure you don't miss a thing throughout your wedding planning journey.
1. The Pantone Shade Range
Pantone's color for 2019 is bright, coral, and sunny! A color scheme that is happy, vibrant and beautiful for a spring and summer wedding.
2. Simple and Elegant Wedding Dresses.
They have returned! After seeing Meghan Markle rock her gorgeous bracelet-sleeved, boat necked gown, everyone went crazy! Both in good and bad ways. Some people thought it was too simple, others thought it was absolutely glamorous! Find the perfect silhouette when looking at these simple kind of gowns. The shape is everything to make you feel your best!
3. Eco-Friendly & Ethical Weddings
From cakes being made locally, to the flower foam being biodegradable, to recycling all recyclable materials... we will see a lot of change this wedding season! Even ethically. Brides are becoming more picky when it comes to finding out where her dress was designed and created. Watch out designers!
Here's an example from Going Zero Waste by Minna.
4. Bring the outdoors, inside!
We are seeing more and more winter weddings, but not only that, where we live, it gets HOT. So bringing the natural aspect to the outdoors inside, is romantic, and very botanical... I love it! From greenery flowing out of lanterns, to beautiful arch designs... We're in love. Here's an example below from North Bloom.
There you have it! Our are our top 4 favorite wedding trends in the wedding world!
Which one is your favorite?
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On September 28th, of 2018, Courtney and Brian said "I do" and it was absolutely beautiful. I always pinch myself and think, "How did I get so lucky to meet these two amazing individuals, and be able to be a part of their special day?"
It was a perfect September day at Gale Vineyards, where everywhere you looked, there is greenery and stunning hidden gems! Before every wedding, I love being able to think back to how I met my couples. Over the last 5 years, Brian has been our consistent waiter; not by chance, but because we absolutely adore him and his service! After Brian proposed to Courtney, he was given a few tasks, and one of those tasks was finding a wedding planner! I was so flattered when he asked me, because I feel like we've known him forever! Throughout the wedding planning process, I don't think I saw a single irritated, annoyed, or worried look on Courtney's face! A smile was always there, and laughter was never an issue.
Their wedding day was beautiful. Filled with love, incredible vendors, and beautiful moments. Here are some highlights from this amazing October day in the middle of Durham, California.