7 Tips to Help Calm Wedding Day Jitters

wedding planner York RegionNo matter how excited, prepared and ready you are, it’s perfectly natural to get a case of the jitters on your wedding day. Here are 7 tips to stay on top of them.

1.       Get Plenty of Rest

  • Take a nice relaxing bath with Epson salts to help you sleep
  • Do some meditation to relax before you go to sleep
  • Get to bed early – otherwise you will have baggy eyes or dark circles under them
  • Go for a nice long walk to clear your mind from worrying about all the details
  • Lack of sleep will make you edgy and possibly a bridezella…

2.       Eat a Good Breakfast and Light Lunch

  • While you might not feel hungry,  you need to fuel your body
  • Eating will help keep you calm
  • Try a bagel with peanut butter, yogurt, fruit or cereal
  • Stay away from food that cause bloating
  • Hydrate your body – you have a busy day ahead
  • Avoid caffeine and sugars – try a healthy fruit drink or smoothie
  • You don’t want to be at the alter and hear your stomach growling, or worse faint at the alter!

3.       Breathe

  • You may have butterflies in your stomach and your legs might feel like jelly. Take some deep breaths; in through your nose and out through your mouth, until you feel better
  • Take a moment to put your hands on your belly and make sure your feet are firmly on the ground and take 3-5 good deep breaths
  • As you are taking deep breaths – visualize everything going well and it will
  • Deep breathing helps calm you physically and mentally – most brides forget to do this!
  • Before you walk down the aisle take a few moments to take it the moment, take one last deep breath, smell your bouquet and say to yourself “here we go”!

4.       Emergency Kit

  • Hairspray
  • Safety pins
  • Pantyhose/Black socks/Shoe Polish
  • Hairpins
  • Make-up touch-up
  • Sewing kit
  • Water, Energy Bars & Bananas
  • Tampons/Pads
  • Advil/Visine/Antihistamines

5.       Timing

  • Being on time is essential and helps you to stay calm as well
  • Have a realistic plan for the timing of hair, make-up, getting dressed and photos
  • Have your bridal party arrive at the church/venue well before you
  • Leave for the church/venue in plenty of time, even if it’s only around the corner

6.       Keep Everything in Perspective

  • Remember, you can’t get anything wrong because the guests have no idea what should or shouldn’t be happening!
  • Don’t risk missing it all because you’re agonizing over all the details… so don’t sweat the small stuff
  • Whatever happens, happens, do your best to just roll with it – Don’t let it ruin your day

7.       Have fun!

  • Throughout your wedding day remember to revel in the magically moments as they happen
  • Take it all in – you will look back and be glad you did
  • This day is about celebrating your future with family and friends and,
  • At the end of the day, you will be married to the one you love and that is really all that matters…

Lastly, look in the mirror and take a moment to acknowledge how beautiful you look… How long and hard you have worked for this special day. So, enjoy it and remember to breathe and stay hydrated. We truly hope these tips help you stay calm on your long awaited wedding day!

Still not convinced? If you feel overwhelmed and not sure you can do it by yourself, hire a “day of” wedding coordinator – they are an extra set of eyes and ears to help remove all the stress for you and your groom on your special day.

Wishing you a lifetime of health, happiness and friendship!

Kathy

 

 

5 Tips on How to Spring Clean your Closet

personal concierge NewmarketAfter this long extremely cold winter and with spring in sight, it might be time to get excited about organizing and spring cleaning your closet. A major source of closet problems is clutter. Evaluate the needs and use of the items in your closet, allowing for more space. Here are 5 tips to help get you ready for spring.

1.       Getting Started

  • Choose a good time to do it when you won’t be interrupted or rushed
  • Place a sheet on your bed to lay/sort clothes on
  • Open the blinds and let the light in
  • Put on some fun music

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10 Tips to Down-Sizing your Home/Space

how to downsize your homeDownsizing can be both tough and emotionally exhausting. However, it can also be a blessing in disguise. Remember, it took you years to accumulate your stuff, so ask yourself this when you start – “When was the last time I used this item?” The goal is to keep the clutter or stuff from entering your new space. Here are 10 tips to help you get started.

1. Take Inventory

Take inventory of what you have. You might be surprised at how much stuff you have accumulated over the years.

2.  Make a List

Make a list of the items you love and can’t live without. Keep in mind, you can’t take everything with you.

3. Sentimental Objects

Take a few key items that are extremely special to you. And if you have children, give them each a couple of items and the meaning behind them. If it’s of value and no one in your family wants it, sell it or donate it to a charity.

4. Make a Plan

Over a 3 month period, commit to some manageable dates to complete the process. Obtain a floor-plan or exact dimensions of your new space (it helps make decisions easier to rid yourself of items that are too big to take along).

5.  Start with Less Used Areas of your Home

Because there are usually less sentimental attachments to items in these areas, it can make it easier to begin there and make decisions.

6. Wardrobes

This usually takes the longest, so I have listed this a a separate point. Downsize your wardrobe and free yourself from the clothes that you:

  • haven’t worn in a year,
  • loved it 5 years ago…. or
  • that you were going to wear when you lost 20 pounds

Just let them go! If you lose the weight, treat yourself to something new.

7. Invest in a scanner

All those boxes of documents and photos you think you need to keep… scan them onto your computer or save them to a disk.  Also, you can get most bills sent to you electronically these days so this will help cut down on paper!

8. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Try not to throw things in the garbage.  Recycle where you can, sell or donate. It’s easy to throw things out, but try and be environmental responsible and find a home for it. Consider a garage sale if the season permits.

9. Colour Coding/Labelling

When you are boxing up the items you are taking with you, use a colour coding system or label the boxes clearly, room by room. This makes things so much easier for moving and unpacking.

10. Get Help

If you feel it is too overwhelming or you cannot do it alone, hire someone to help you. It helps to have an objective person to guide you through it and to help you part with your stuff.

We do not suggest getting a storage unit, because you will just move the clutter there. Now is the time to go through it and do one of three things; recycle, sell it or donate.

Say goodbye to that stuff and don’t look back. You won’t miss it… It’s only stuff. The benefits to downsizing are living clutter free, feeling calm and more energized. And, it’s a whole lot easier to maintain!

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Until next time,

Kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons Handwritten Notes Remain Unique and Important

handwritten notesPersonal handwritten notes are appearing to become rarer and rarer. As the world becomes more and more digitized with emails and tweets, this form of communication is easier and more accessible than hand written notes. However, I believe there is an absolute place for handwritten notes in our fast paced wired society. Here are 5 reasons handwritten notes remain unique and important.

  1. Physical handwritten notes have a more memorable impact – they mean more than an email/text
  2. Speaks volumes by sending the message that you cared enough to go the extra mile to acknowledge another and you will be remembered and appreciated for your effort
  3. Personalized handwritten notes have a warmth, poise and personality that your electronic message doesn’t
  4. For business, handwritten notes can be a good follow up tool and if done properly, a relationship builder
  5. It’s a great way to differentiate you from the competition and shows you as different and detailed-oriented

On a personal note, this is a pet peeve of mine. I think it is critical, especially in business, to hand write notes to thank people, congratulate them or just acknowledge them. I can’t tell you how much people appreciate it and it leaves a lasting impression.  People always tell me how much they appreciated receiving my note. Here are some ideas on when it’s appropriate to send a handwritten note:

  • Upon receiving a gift – no matter what the gift
  • Following an interview for a job
  • When someone does something for you that is helpful either personally or professionally
  • Whenever you establish a new professional contact – this does not mean to everyone who hands you a business card – send a handwritten note when it’s meaningful
  • When someone has referred business or a client to you
  • When someone you know receives a promotion or starts a new career path
  • Congratulate someone on an award or being published in a magazine or newspaper

I’m not suggesting you sit and write notes all day. Use your own judgement as to when it would be more appropriate to hand write your message rather than an email/text.  Sending a handwritten note is all about making a human connection and putting your personal touch on your relationship. There is also an extra level of sincerity involved when you send a handwritten note, especially to a client. This is something an email simply cannot convey. Yes, handwritten notes may cost some time and a few pennies, but they are well worth it to show someone you care.

You might find it helpful to keep a box of generic notes and a supply of stamps handy – now you have no excuses.

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Until next time,

Kathy

 

Events Trends for 2014 – Here are 4 Tips to Help you!

2014 event planning ideasThings are always changing in the event world. Here are 4 tips for 2014 planning that should help you. We always tell our clients, no matter what the budget, we will make it work. It’s about having the right people in your corner, understanding what you need to get out or put into the event and then make it happen.

1.   Technology

  • Build a one page website for your event. This has a profound impact on visitors to the page
  • Use technology to automate registrations and check-ins; use tablets and mobile applications to allow greater flexibility for attendees and planners
  • Social media continues to be a very important component of events as SM networks allow for increased social seating
  • Create a hash-tag to bring awareness to/for your event
  • Share slides and graphics live with attendees through mobile or tablet devices

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Getting Married? Moving In Together? 5 Tips on Combining Households

Personal Concierge York RegionGetting married, moving in together or combining households? My recommendation would be to take it one step at a time. Merging your belongings with someone else’s stuff and deciding what to keep and how to furnish your place takes time and planning. Here are 5 tips to help you with the process.

1. Purge before you merge

  • Purge and organize before you get married or move in together
  • Go through your things together before you bring them to your new combined space
  • It’s easier and cheaper (if you are hiring a mover) to simplify before you move

Making sure you both take time to eliminate clutter so you aren’t combining it (I see this happen all the time with newlyweds), will make your life easier in the long run. 

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3 Tips to Help De-Clutter & Organize your Email

email overwhelmWho hasn’t experienced overwhelm or frustration trying to de-clutter their inbox? Clients asked me all the time “how do I organize this influx of email?” Here are 3 simple tips to help get you started.

1. Use Your Delete Button – Be ruthless!

  • If you don’t recognize the sender or the subject line – delete it
  • Scan through your emails quickly for jokes, ‘please reads’, forwards, advertisements and newsletters (that no longer interest you) and delete them
  • Once you have done that, you are ready to deal with the next steps: respond to, waiting for a response, keeping for reference or filing it
  • Empty your trash folder daily, otherwise you are using a ton of your system resources

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3 Tips to Help Keep your New Year’s Resolutions

10614489_sEach New Year you have good intentions by setting resolutions – however they never seem to last more than a few weeks. Hopefully this time, you can stick to them by creating positive and lasting change through implementing these three easy tips below.

1. Choose Realistic Goals

  • Keep them  small, simple and realistic
  • Write them down, on paper, post it notes, white board – just write them down!
  • Set a schedule each week in your calendar to review each of them
  • Expect setbacks. It’s part of the process
  • Limit the number of goals you set to three or four

Tip – Share them with someone you can trust and that will hold you accountable. Otherwise what’s the point?

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8 Tips on Navigating 2014 Bridal Shows in the GTA

12637143_sCongratulations! Just got engaged or ready to start the planning your wedding and don’t know where to start? Here are 8 helpful tips to get you navigate the 2014 Bridal Shows in the GTA. I have also included here 11 Bridal show dates in the area.

1. Create some labels with your name, email, phone number and wedding date. Most vendors have contests, so by having your labels ready, you just place it on the ballot and move along.

2. Bring your budget sheet along so you can refer to it and make some decisions. Keeping your finances in mind helps keep you on track.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer Before Hiring Them

iStock_000004082873XSmallChoosing the right wedding photographer for your special day is an extremely important consideration. When the big day has come and gone, your photos are what you have left as lasting memories.  Always interview at least 3 or 4 photographers.  Asking these 5 questions will help get you started.

1. Are you going to be the actual photographer there on our wedding day?

  • Make sure the photographer you are interviewing is actually going to be there him/herself on your wedding day and the one taking your wedding photos.
  • Ask to see a portfolio of his/her weddings photos from the season you are getting married in.
  • Enquire as to what their turn-around time is for your actual proofs after the wedding.
  • What is their back-up plan in case of an emergency on your wedding day. This is very important. Our photographer was in a car accident on the way to the church.

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