Monthly Archives: April 2010

*live love plan*

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of sitting down for tea with wedding coordinator Allison Turner from live love plan.  Along with Allison’s  warm & bubbly personality she has an amazing approach to weddings.  Many of you like myself have had small weddings with your own DIY approach, and I am sure many of you wish that at least at one point of the event you had someone there with you guiding you in some way.  I did everything myself, and it was tough!  Allison can be there for you as much or as little as you need her.   In retro spec I wish I had met her 6 years ago to assist my husband and I with our 41 guest wedding.  In {her own voice} here is exactly what to expect when working together;

Plan your Wedding with Allison Turner, live love plan.
Enjoy the Planning Process which includes the following services:
• Complimentary consultation
• Receive your own Live Love Planner
• Site visit of both ceremony and reception venues
• A face-to-face consultation offering direction and creative ideas for your Wedding (i.e. theme development, décor, etiquette, etc.)
• Three subsequent consultations at 3 months, 6 weeks and 1 week before your Wedding to discuss timeline development and implementation of your Wedding day vision
• Unlimited consultation via phone or email during the planning months
• Vendor recommendations
• Detailed Wedding day timeline
• Final vendor confirmation of services, delivery and outstanding balances
• Distribution of approved timeline to vendors, wedding party and family the week of the wedding
• Rehearsal coordination and instruction
• Distribute hard copies of final wedding timeline to friends and family at rehearsal
• Collection of décor items brought to rehearsal that are to be set up on Wedding day such as guest book, seating plan, photographs etc.
My fresh approach to Wedding Day coordination will give you the peace of mind to enjoy every moment of
your special day:
• Provide you, your fiancé, parents and the Wedding party the attention and service needed while preparing for your Big Day
• Receive all deliveries, greet and supervise all vendors as they load in and set up, etc.
• Distribute hard copies of your complete Wedding Day Timeline to all vendors
• Oversee proper set-up and design of ceremony and reception areas
• Ensure proper placement of all decor items as per your exact instruction
• Provide your guests with directions to the ceremony and reception areas at the appropriate times and answer any questions and concerns graciously throughout the day
• Round up, line up and cue the Wedding Party when it’s time to walk down the aisle, making sure they all look their best
• Let you both know when it’s time to walk down the aisle, make sure you are ready for the big moment
• Ensure all ceremony musicians have appropriate seating and the correct musical selections for guests arrival, family seating, as well as processional and recessional
• Assist the Photographer in gathering your Wedding Party and family members for pictures
• Provide an Assistant Day of Wedding Day Coordinator for the duration of the ceremony and photo shoot (if necessary)
• Have your favourite cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served to you by catering staff during your photography session
• Oversee that all décor items from ceremony which will be reused at reception in the appropriate places
• A watchful eye over the atmosphere and general comfort of your room ensuring aspects such as candles are lit and remain lit throughout the entire reception
• Keeping you informed so that you are never caught off guard
• Assist the DJ / MC in guiding guests through the day and on to the next scheduled event
• Organize the Grand Entrance
• Make certain that dietary needs and requests of guests such as allergies, vegetarian and vegan requests are correctly followed
• Communicate with the chef, banquet captain and catering staff to ensure superb, timely dinner service
• Efficiently handle any emergencies or unexpected occurrences
• Carry an essential Wedding day Emergency Kit
• Guide you through your day and keep things running on schedule
• Distribute final balances and gratuities to the vendors on your behalf
• Collect wedding gifts/envelopes then safely deliver to designated person, room or car
• Offer a calm, steady voice to everyone involved
• Provide peace of mind knowing that months of your hard work and planning is being handled so you enjoy your day
• Comic relief when the people you love are driving you a little crazy!
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*tarts & crafts {upcoming show}*

Bring your old silver chain to chelsy anne and receive a discount of $5 off any piece of jewellery. Limit 6 per person.  Can’t make it to the show?  Follow this link to find out how you can still trade in your silver chains for $5 discounts on chelsy anne jewellery.

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*recycle your jewellery with {chelsy anne}*

New program to chelsy anne jewellery… RECYCLE YOUR JEWELLERY!  There are two ways to do so.  {rework} and {trade in} you can find more information here.

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*post sangria networking event for wedding professionals*

So I wasn’t sure what to expect last night as this was my first networking event in the industry.  This was my second time having exposure in the wedding field and I am once again inspired to host an event with my new partner in creativity Erin Carmicheal designer/owner of full bloom floral design.  

Erin has an amazing eco-friendly approach to her work, here is a snip from her website describing the details in her own words…

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Full Bloom Floral Design focuses on special events and weddings with an eco approach by using local Ontario product and recycled materials when we can. We are also happy to offer suggestions on how to make your event a green one.
The Eternal Tree
When using us for your wedding florals, Full Bloom has created The Eternal Tree in an effort to pay it back to the environment and to decrease our carbon footprint. Following your wedding we will plant a tree seedling in your honor to symbolize the eternal love and strength of your marriage. Via email, you will receive a photo and a map to where your tree is located so you are able to visit your Eternal Tree and watch it grow along with your marriage.
Reduce – Reuse – Recycle
We realize the power that flowers have and feel they can bring cheer to those who need it most. In lieu of guest favors, tell your guests that the flowers from your event will be donated to brighten someone’s day. Once your event is over, we will arrange for the flowers from your event to be sent with a personalized card in your honor to the organization of your choice.

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Last night we both had that creative buzz starting for our event planned for early 2011.  All I am going to say is that there is so much to be seen that has not been seen as of yet…

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*earth day*

To me, spring is when everything gets a second chance at a new beginning.  That is why I think it’s my favorite time of year, my fresh start at something that could have gotten dull over the winter.  This Earth day is extra special because it now involves my daughter Riley.  I plan on teaching her how to plant some flowers for the butterflies.

For myself, I have come up with a manageable list of things I will improve on to be more sustainable.

* take an organic vegetable gardening course so I can grow my own crops in the backyard {just started on Sunday}

*buy 1 or 2 cortland apple trees to enjoy in our yard

*air dry our laundry {started yesterday, so many socks!}

*hang some dried eucalyptus in the shower to freshen and clean the stuffy bathroom air

*stock both freezers so they are full {with ice if not food} to save on total energy needed to keep items cold

*stop buying paper napkins and be really conscience about using cloth instead

*bubble baths to be replaced with oatmeal, salt, tea or natural healing oil baths

These are all very easy to do on top of everything else that comes as second nature.  Plus our community is receiving brown bins for our compost this May so I am really excited about that.

In the meantime check out some of my favorite sustainable books; Ecoholic , Ecoholic Home , the Urban Homestead , and for the fashionista Style Naturally: The savvy shopping guide to sustainable fashion.

See you back here on Thursday for an update on how the Sangria night for wedding professionals went.

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*stay in the know*

New update for this site, as of  April 20th I will be launching a regular spot for Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The focus for Tuesdays will be {eco} anything from hotels, fashion, design and home could fall under this category.  Thursdays will be focused on {weddings} anything from vendors, location, inspiration and chelsy anne jewellery could fall under this category. Now that there is more of a consistency in my work and family life I will now be able to commit to this blog and you the readers.  Enjoy the new posts to follow.

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