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.
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