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I Do or I Don’t Want an Outdoor Wedding

outdoor weddingAs winter becomes a distant memory (either because the weather’s getting better or I just refuse to acknowledge the cold days we’re still having), the thought of outdoor weddings has been coming up quite a bit. For those of you still on the fence, I thought I’d throw out a short pro and con list that might help your decision making process. Full disclosure – I had an outdoor wedding ceremony, but that wasn’t necessarily what I knew would happen when I started planning, so I mulled over a list like this my own self during the planning.

Pros:

  • The Possibilities are Endless! A beach, a field, a snowy mountain, your own backyard, a favorite park, a winery, and so on, and so on. If you’re looking for something a bit outside the box, or at least different than a church or hotel ballroom, Mother Nature’s got options for you.

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4 Tips for Fabulous Flowers

purple bridal bouquetSpring is in the air and blooms are popping up everywhere. Every day I notice more and more flowers, and I bet you brides are too. Have you started thinking about flowers at your wedding? They can be a wonderful décor element, but since there are quite literally thousands of different options, I thought I’d offer a four tips for where to start.

1. First and foremost, know your budget. This is rule number one for pretty much every aspect of wedding planning, if you ask me. You don’t want to be paying off those extravagant centerpieces years after your wedding, so knowing how much you’d like to spend is the smart way to start. Plus, this way when you talk with a florist, you’ll be on the same page.

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5 tips for an Outdoor Wedding

outdoor weddingSpring is in the air and it’s getting nicer and nicer outside, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the lovely weather is leading you to consider an outdoor wedding. After planning my own outdoor wedding, I know that there are a few things worth taking into consideration that are different from getting married in a church or other indoor event space. Here are a few tips from a bride who’s been there.

Pick a Park

While it may not be the right choice for everyone, having a wedding at a local parks can be a HUGE cost savings. Oftentimes hosting an event in a local park and/or community center will only cost a few hundred dollars, compared to over a thousand for a more traditional wedding venue. Look at parks in your area that are either large enough that you can successfully have a private area, or so small that people rarely frequent them in order to keep your wedding from being in the middle of a Ultimate Frisbee game.

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5 Ways To Become a Better Version of Yourself


being a better youDo you ever think to yourself “how can I be better?” Have you thought “I am living my life this way but how can I make it better?” Have you thought that you aren’t living up to your potential?  Have asked yourself these types of questions:

  • How can I be a better partner?
  • How can I be a better coach?
  • How can I be a better friend?
  • How can I be a better employee or business owner?
  • How can I be a better friend?
  • How can I be a better parent, sibling, aunt, uncle?

When I think about how to be a better person I turn inward and take a mental inventory about what I need to do for myself first. It all starts here – inside. I have to feel mentally and physically “good” before I can be better.

In order to feel your best you can always work on doing these 5 things:

Surround yourself with people that are better for you.

Jim Rohn said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” And he is right. I spend my time with vibrant, positive, smart and amazing people. I would rather spend an evening alone than with an energy vampire.

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