Clemson grads, Catrina and Jerek hosted an vibrant, Harlem renaissance inspired wedding with southern flair at the beautiful Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Catrina's father chartered buses to bring their loved ones in from all around the southeast to celebrate the joyous occasion! Congrats to the happy couple!
Are you afraid of breaking the bank just to have your perfect fairytale wedding? Well, fret no more! Here’s a little helpful insight on how you can save cash and still look fabulous!
“Dress To Impress”
I can speak for most girls when I say that we spend a lot of time dreaming and fantasizing about the beautiful dress that we will walk down the aisle in – so start shopping early! Having more time to shop is always better because you won’t feel rushed and pressured to buy AND it gives you the chance to look around and compare prices at different stores.
Can’t afford that big designer gown you’ve been drooling over? Find something off-the-rack that’s similar to the color and style with a fraction of the cost! No one will ever know and you’ll still look just as beautiful. Also, if you aren’t emotionally attached or sentimental about a dress, renting or buying a used gown is always a more affordable option. (Your groom-to-be can also rent a tux if he doesn’t plan on wearing it again!)
The cost per invitation and programs can quickly add up, causing a fast decline in your bank account. Consider using the Internet to create a wedding website and receive RSVPs through this outlet. If you prefer to print your invitations, keep it simple. Don’t go overboard on all of the fancy ribbons, designs, gloss finishes and other costly add-ons.
Flowers and decorations are another area that you can cut back on without making your wedding look cheap. Remember – less is more. Stick to a simple and elegant flower – not anything exotic and over the top. Make sure to go easy on floral centerpieces, especially when placing them on the table. Tall arrangements can sometimes block your guests from speaking to each other during their meal. Replace flowers with candles for a great and cheaper alternative that looks just as classy.
You can completely skip out on:
“Happily Ever After”
These are just a few ways to save money and still have a beautiful wedding. All you need is a little creativity and I can promise you that your budget wedding will be gorgeous and unforgettable!
Brandi, a self-proclaimed Starbucks fanatic and recent graduate of Georgia Southern University, manages Event Passion's social media engagement and is instrumental in helping us reach our targeted audience. She enjoys anything that involves the outdoors and travel to cities as far flung as San Francisco, Australia and New Zealand. She loves having a good laugh with her family and friends and is always up for an adventure!
I loved creating the concept for Elaine's 40th birthday celebration! She told me that she'd always wanted to have a big party and loved color and anything that sparkles. We kicked around some ideas and she lit up when I mentioned a Moroccan theme so I knew we had a winner! There was buzz about the movie 50 Shades of Grey around the time we met which gave me the idea to merge the concepts together into "40 Shades of E" - a sultry celebration with sparkling Moroccan accents. Jewel tones, purple, magenta and teal, blended together beautifully with silver accented lanterns, elephants and bling at every turn. The monogrammed "E" motif was carried throughout the design, floating in the middle of her lush draped backdrop and shining in an illuminated gobo over the dance floor. Once we lit the candles and dimmed the lights the scene was set for a sexy celebration that included a belly dance tutorial, seductively named signature cocktails and a glamorous night of fun for Elaine and all of her guests! Cheers to the fantastic Event Passion team for bringing this concept to life!
Although parties and offsite team building activities are a time to wind down and get to know each other on a more personal level, it’s not totally a “get loose, let your hair down” kind of function. Surprisingly, many people don’t realize that and are either too stuffy or too informal. Although you are still technically “on the job”, it is possible to achieve a balance of interaction and enjoyment while building stronger relationships with your colleagues.
There are 3 main points to remember:
1. Maintain appropriate conversation. Although everyone is in a more relaxed mode, it’s not the time to tell off-color jokes. The last thing you want to do is offend someone so, if you’re not sure, just don’t say it. Most importantly, stay away from discussing politics or controversial subjects. Now we’re embarking upon another highly controversial political season with presidential candidates recently announcing their intent to run. Most people have strong opinions on one side or the other so, it’s not a good idea to bring up the topic.
Big and bold or simple and sleek, there's a floral crown style for every bride and any special occasion!
Are you bold enough to rock this dress trend?
2014 marked 3 years in existence for Event Passion,LLC, a company I started as a creative outlet and way to help people celebrate their important milestones. When I looked back at how far we've come, I was surprised to see that we've doubled in business every year since 2011! What incredible growth! I'm thankful to everyone who conspired in Event Passion's success- my husband, friends, family, team, vendors, and most importantly, the clients who have given us a perfect 5 star rating and entrusted us to bring their event visions to life.
They say that in order to know where you're going, you've gotta recognize where you've been. Here's a look back at Event Passion in 2014:
Simeon & Glendon's Wedding
Our year began helping this lovely couple say "I do" at the Old Courthouse on the Square.
Castleberry Hill Bridal Stroll
We organized the first Castleberry Hill Bridal Stroll and were featured on 11Alive News! Our styled shoot promoting the event was published in Weddings Unveiled and Occasions Magazine!
I love this time of year! Yes, spending time with family eating delicious, decadent meals, time off from work and fabulous holiday parties are great, but as a lover of LOVE, I most enjoy seeing all the newly engaged couples flooding my social media timelines. The period between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day is widely known as engagement season because over 40% of couples are engaged during this time.
Think about it. How many proposals have you heard about recently? Simply search #shesaidyes on Instagram and you'll see thousands of grooms-to-be kneeling on nervous knees and freshly manicured hands sporting sparkly new bling.
One of the best proposal photos I've seen this season is how Grammy Award winning rapper Ludacris popped the question to his long time love, Eudoxie, in Costa Rica after Christmas.
What's your favorite proposal story or photo this season? Share the love and tag them in the comments!
In our Engage: Premarital Counseling post, we introduced Megan Broadhead, MS, M.Div, LAPC, an Atlanta area counselor who is passionate about helping couples prepare for marriage and develop strategies for a successful relationship.
Below, our conversation about the importance of premarital counseling continues as Megan provides insight on her process and keys to setting the foundation for a happy marriage.
EP: At what point in a relationship should a couple seek counseling? Should they wait until they’re engaged?
MB: You definitely do not need to wait until you’re engaged to seek counseling. I see couples who are committed to one another and/ or contemplating marriage, as well as couples who are engaged.
It’s great to seek this kind of relationship-enrichment counseling if you both are invested in the relationship, want to develop skills to enhance your connection, process current or potential challenges, and if you’re genuinely interested in taking your relationship to the next step—whatever that next step is for you.
EP: Describe your couples counseling process. What can people expect when they meet with you?
MB: Prior to the first session, couples will complete an online assessment, and the results are detailed in a comprehensive report outlining the strengths and opportunities for growth in the relationship. In the first session, the three of us will discuss the top issues to work through and will formulate some goals for our work together. Couples get to choose a counseling package that works for them, and we then discuss payment options and plans. All package options include: 2 Prepare/Enrich workbooks, 2 copies of the customized comprehensive couple report, and a complimentary 1-year wedding anniversary check-in session.
Over the course of 6 to 10 sessions, we review the results of the couple’s assessment and complete coordinating skill-building exercises and discussions based on the goals we originally set. The premarital couples counseling experience is often described as fun and insightful, and it provides couples with a foundation for effectively dealing with current and future issues. Couples can expect specialized and unique attention and direction based on the needs of their relationship – which may vary from other workshops or group settings. Everything we discuss is completely confidential and does not leave my office.
Throughout the process, I aim to help couples overcome any difficulties they may have, while simultaneously helping them to become closer partners, friends, and lovers.
EP: How does your practice address the ways in which religion and spirituality influence marital relationships?
MB: I have the unique experience of having a few theology degrees, so I’m definitely interested in spirituality and the ways in which it weaves in and through a couple’s relationship.
A couple’s spiritual connection can be an important part of their overall connection and compatibility, but it doesn’t have to be the whole of it. I encourage couples to embrace differences and similarities and to approach spirituality and religious conversations with curiosity instead of judgment or narrow-mindedness. This will make all the difference in the world! A healthy spiritual connection absolutely involves being open and affirming of one another’s experiences and sharing them with one another.
EP: Do you offer couples counseling services to same sex couples?
EP: What was your favorite part of your own wedding day?
MB: There were so many! I think the best part was when my husband first saw me as I walked down the aisle. In that moment (and throughout the day), I felt beautiful, secure, optimistic, totally present, hopeful, and loved beyond measure. I often go back to that moment in my mind when life gets in the way and we get bombarded by things and tasks and issues. Years from your wedding day, it’s so important to be able to go back and remember how you felt at that moment—the genuine connection, promise, love, and hopefulness.
EP: As a wife, what’s the best piece of marital advice you give to newlywed couples?
MB: Have a sense of humor. I recently came across a post on Pinterest that read “Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly”. I love this! When my husband and I first married 6 years ago, I began a log (basically a word document) in which I documented particularly funny conversations or events we had. It’s so great to look back at these and start cracking up while remembering how it felt to be in the silly moment. While humor can often be a huge distraction and a tool aiding in avoidance of issues, it can also be incredibly healing and connecting. My sessions are infused with humor and I work at infusing my marriage with it as well.
Research shows us that couples who attend a quality premarital counseling program are 30% less likely to divorce than those who do not. I personally have sought counseling as an individual and within committed relationships and have gained an incredible amount of wisdom and insight about myself and how to communicate with those I love. If you would like to meet Megan and experience her expertise first hand contact her at 404.236.9730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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