Friday, November 11, 2016

Love Is Timeless | Joti & Jamie

"How we met was pretty unorthodox; I was at a friends house and we were trying to kill our boredom, so I suggested we go on Chat Roulette. For those of you who have never heard of that, it's a website where you can video chat with people from all over the world. We managed to find ourselves talking to a lovely group of guys - my fiancé (Jamie) being one of them. We chatted for hours and decided to get off of that website and Skype instead. By the end of that night, we all added each other on Facebook and every once in awhile Jamie and I would message each other to say, "Hey, check out this song" or, "How are you?" ...Only because it was really cool to know a person from a different country. Messaging every now and then turned into an every day thing, which led to Skyping pretty much any second we had free. To make a long, detailed story short, he ended up visiting me in the U.S. a year later. From then on, he would make visits to me every few months or so, whenever he could.



To give you a taste of some probably boring, but cute details, he was my first boyfriend, first kiss, and first everything. Three years into our relationship, I finally was able to afford a trip to England to visit him and his family. I stayed with them over Christmas and New Years and it was just as cute and cliche as you're probably imagining it. Also being from Florida, it was my first cold winter!




Fast forward to about 5 years into our relationship and Jamie popped the question. On April 25, 2016, to be exact. Leading up to the proposal was a bunch of 'firsts.' In the morning we went to the first beach we ever went to together, then he took me out to lunch to the first restaurant we ate at together, then we ended the day on a romantic walk at the first trail we ever walked on together. At the end of the trail is a gazebo with a cute, little rocking bench and that's where he proposed!

He actually came to visit me a day earlier than I thought, surprising me, of course, which was crazy. The reason behind that was because after he landed at the airport, he went to my Dad's house and asked him for his permission to marry me. (Being all traditional and such.)



Now, we are currently working on our Fiancé Visa so he can live here permanently, and our wedding is scheduled for February 20, 2017. I'm excited that after nearly six years, we won't need to be apart anymore; no more of that rotten feeling in my gut as I say goodbye to him at the airport, or not being about to simply hold hands whenever we want. It'll be a breath of fresh air and we are both excited to start a new chapter together.

To end this, I just wanted to let people know that long distance relationships are not hard. They are doable and totally worth it if that person is worth it. It may suck at some points because you can't always be physically there for that person, but always keep looking forward to the future and think of how amazing it'll be with them when all of this is over. Rid yourself of those doubts and just jump. It takes patience but the reward is a gold mine."


 If you are interested in sharing your love story with us, please email Mandy at Mandy@TimelessWeddingDesigns.com with the subject, "Love Is Timeless."

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sunsets and Sailboats | Unofficial Styled Shoot in Port St Lucie

So this is going to be a little bit off of the beaten path for the wedding world, but I had a stroke of creativity recently that I just couldn't shake! I was so inspired by the golden hues of the sunset over the fields off of Citrus Blvd as I was driving home, and I just had to design a table piece around the idea! Forgive the photography (I did it myself - definitely not a pro!) and my house in the background.




Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Only September Sale You'll Need On Wedding Coordination In South Florida

I bet you didn't know that the two busiest months for weddings are June and September! And here in South Florida, there are sooo many factors that can come into play if you're planning your wedding for those months.

Heat, humidity, and hurricanes - oh, my! Am I right?

So many brides in the Treasure Coast and the Palm Beach areas have weighed the pros and cons and have already chosen to hire us to manage their wedding day so they can sit back and relax, but if you are still on the fence about whether or not you should hire a wedding coordinator, we're giving you one more reason to consider us!



First, you should send us an inquiry via the contact form either here on our blog or on our website. When you send me an inquiry, it goes straight into my personal email inbox and I review all of the information you've provided to us. Ideally, this includes your wedding date, your venue (if you've already booked one), the number of guests you are inviting, and which package you are most interested in. If one of our planners is available for your date (read: if we aren't already booked for that date), I'll send you an invitation to join me for coffee so we can sit down and discuss your dream wedding, totally free of charge to you!

The process is easy, relaxing, and completely complimentary... and now through September, if you choose to book us for Wedding Day Management (also known as Day-Of Coordination), you'll get 25% off of your package price! That's an extra quarter off of our price and an extra peace of mind that you'll get on your wedding day as everything falls into place. What more could you ask for from the best day of your life?!

I can't wait to hear from y'all!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Day In The Life Of A Wedding Planner | Fall Cleaning, New Business Card Holders, and A Beautiful Day In Sunny South Florida

Hey y'all. I have had the worst writer's block this week even though my creative juices have been flowing in every other part of my life. I guess it's not too bad of a problem to have, but I thought I would share a little personal look into what my day has been like so far since I can't think of any other great ideas to write about right now! The more I've been thinking about it, the more I figured this may be a good thing to continue writing about since I know there are many people who wonder what it is we do every day as wedding planners. I'm not making any promises, but let me know what you think and I'll see if it is something worth continuing!   

All small business owners and Type A personalities like myself will tell you that there is no one season for cleaning. There are "Spring Cleaning," "Late Spring Cleaning," "Early Summer Cleaning," "Summer Cleaning," and so on. Yet, they never seem to end; we begin the cleaning and tidying up and organizing, and just when you think you're about to be finished, more gets added to the pile.

Surprisingly, cleaning is my happy place. If you're like me, you probably had an, "Oh, same," moment when you were watching The Emperor's New Groove and Pacha's wife got aggravated and said, "I gotta go wash something." And yes, I did just make a Disney reference on a wedding blog. Don't judge me.

As I was cleaning out what has now been deemed my Inventory Closet, I found two little treasures that I bought over a month ago in preparation for the upcoming bridal shows in our area... Vintage business card holders! I found them at Michael's for only $7.00 each so naturally I fell in love with everything about them.

My newest obsession! Photo by Mandy Billings... On my iPhone.
 What's even better is that they almost perfectly match the birdcages that I bought recently, so my fan girl moment has lasted practically the entire day. Oh, the glamorous life of a small business owner! The candle is burning because I burned bacon this morning and there is nothing that gets that smell out of the house better than a soy candle burning for hours. It made a great color addition to my Instagram post, so it got added to the photo. Again, don't judge me.

Now mind y'all, this is all happening while the weather outside has gone from the dreariest day ever to exist to the most gorgeous day in South Florida in all of August so far. I am sitting on the couch now just looking out at the pool wishing it wasn't the middle of a work day... This weather better stick around for the weekend, and for anyone getting married outside on a Wednesday, you made a wish on the right star! Let me know which one it is so I can save up some wishes, too.

E: Mandy@TimelessWeddingDesigns.com

Monday, August 8, 2016

3 Ideas For Children's Activities At Weddings

Photo by Mandy Billings.
Having children at your wedding can be a wonderfully innocent addition to your big day in sooo many unexpected ways. You never really can predict what children are going to do and when, so having activities already prepared for them can hinder any kinds of boredom that little ones can experience at adult festivities! Because yuck, did they just kiss?!  How disgusting!
  1. Customized Activity Kits For Kids
    As a teacher-turned-wedding planner, this one was a no-brainer for my company. If there are two things I know, they are kids and weddings! Creating customized activity kits for kids is so super easy and can be a cost-effective way to entertain the youngin's while the adults are mingling and enjoying themselves. These kits often include things like these customized coloring books that I found on Etsy for just $3.33 for a download! Tie together some crayons with ribbon that matches your decor and cover the childrens' table in butcher paper for the kids to color on. Bubbles are a soft and feminine addition to an outdoor wedding for adults and children and can be found at almost any drug store. Whatever your vision for your wedding is, you can surely find small things to match it.
     
  2. Yard Games
    Here in the South, this one is kind of a given. Almost all outdoor venues have some type of yard games included in their packages at no additional cost! Two of my personal favorites are Corn Hole and Horse Shoes, and the great part is that if your venue doesn't already include these types of games, you can build them to suit your personal theme and keep them as a memento of your wedding day. Win-win!

  3.  Dance Contests
    One of the most awkward parts of the evening is that dull fifteen minutes or so after dinner when everyone has a full tummy and the first round of exciting activities (read: bouquet tosses and garter removals) has yet to begin. As a wedding planner, I never worry too much about the dance floor because the flow tends to be the same for every wedding, but our clients always get a little nervous about whether or not their guests are having a good time. Trust me, they are! After people have eaten and before they've gotten that first stroke of fun confidence, most of your guests are just waiting for a que about what will happen next. Children rarely wait for ques! In fact, they tend to be the very first ones to hit the dance floor during wedding receptions, so why not get the evening going with a children's dance off? The winner gets a little bouquet of flowers, and the adults don't have to feel so awkward about their dance moves! 
Do you have any other ideas for children at weddings? What kinds of activities did you provide for the kids on your big day? Let us know in the comments... You could get a shout out!




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Why We Focus On The Love Story Behind Our Weddings


Photo by RJ Hill Photography.

I am sure that you can imagine that we have truly seen it all as wedding planners. For sure I thought that I had seen it all until I meet with some of my fellow Certified Wedding Planners and they tell me the crazy stories of events they have coordinated; there is no doubt that no two events will ever be alike.

Then I see TV shows like Bridezillas and Four Weddings and I wonder how we ever got to this. Weddings are supposed to be a celebration of love and devotion, but have somehow turned into a show of wealth and entertainment, like most things have in our modern world. The typical bride is nothing like the brides portrayed on Bridezillas, and I would love to meet the guest who sits and judges another person's wedding like the brides in Four Weddings. Sure, these are television shows and are meant to be dramatic and entertaining, but they have truly changed the way many of us feel about weddings.

When I started Timeless Wedding Designs, I can't help but think that I probably felt the same way. I was more interested in the show, the way the venue looked, and whether or not every bride was looking for the type of wedding I was interested in planning. What made me a great wedding designer and planner is also what made me want out of this industry about a year ago, although I am so glad that I did not leave it all behind. Instead, I chose to change the brand of my company to embody my own beliefs and morals, and I knew that those who felt the same way would eventually find me as well.

Although I am not married, I have an enormous network of married friends and past clients who tell me every day how wonderful it is; the pitfalls match the high points and the wonder of being with your soulmate every day is unmatched by anything this whole world could ever offer them. After the wedding comes your marriage, and I wanted to make sure that the clients I was taking on fully understood that their wedding is the beginning of their marriage and not a one day event, and I wanted them to know that I fully understand that as well. We started doing the Love Is Timeless campaign to reflect that and so far I feel it has been a great success. Every day I receive more and more emails from couples wanting to share their love story with us and it truly makes my heart so full to see how many people have found their soulmates in this crazy world.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Why Wedding Day Management and Day-Of Coordination Is A Must

When you were a child, did you ever pretend to get married? What did your wedding day look like to you?

I know I envisioned every single person I loved watching me walk down the aisle with a big, beautiful bouquet of flowers in my hands, on my way to spending the rest of my life with the one person that I knew I would love forever. The setting was always very natural, probably somewhere outdoors, on a brisk day sometime in the Spring where not a single cloud dotted a perfect blue sky. I always saw myself being as calm as ever, smiling the entire time along with all of our guests.

If I am being honest, the child part of me probably didn't come up with that vision as much as the adult part of me did, but that is all part of my job as a wedding coordinator. It is what I want for my own wedding some day as much as it is what I want for all of my clients' weddings.

Unfortunately, though, we are sometimes presented with obstacles that turn our seemingly perfect wedding day sour. What if it had rained on my dream wedding day? What if the florist never showed up (Heaven forbid!)? What if my family and I had just spent the entire morning of the best day of my life setting up my wedding day and we were ready to simply crash? These are all things that I deal with as your wedding coordinator so that you and your loved ones don't have to, and I wouldn't have your wedding day any other way.

The great thing, in my opinion, about having a wedding coordinator is that your wedding day can truly be the best day of your life without all of the added stress of hosting a large event. I have heard all different kinds of things from brides about this idea, but the one that stands out the most to me is this: why would it not still be the best day of my life if I don't hire you? The truth is, your wedding day should be the best day ever no matter what because you are joining your partner in a vow to love one another forever. Whether or not you have a wedding coordinator, no one and no event can take that away from you. However, with a wedding coordinator, you have someone who will set up and clean up your wedding, someone who will do all of the stressing for you if they need to, someone to manage everyone who you've hired already, and someone to take a final deep breath with you before they send you on down the aisle. You get a best friend who you do not have to feel guilty about giving a job to on your wedding day, and that's the best thing ever.

Let me put it this way - suppose you start a business and you are preparing for your grand opening where there are going to be some very important people coming. You hire six employees to do various tasks and you decorate the store beautifully; you are fully prepared to greet the important people as they arrive and mingle and network. As the time comes and your guests are arriving, you find that you are very busy managing your employees and keeping the shop clean, and are missing out on the opportunity to network and grow your business. If you had hired a manager to do these things while you were busy, the manager could have taken care of these things for you.

Day-Of Wedding Coordinators are those managers. And we are more than happy to make your wedding the very best version of your wedding possible.