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Decorating Wisely: Planning a Summer Event Featured

Written by  Glenda Wise Friday, 05 May 2017 23:21
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I briefly mentioned in a past column that I was planning a family reunion for my mom and her siblings.

 

That got me to thinking that many of you are most likely in charge of planning some type of event this summer, so with summer literally around the corner I thought this would be a good time to write about being “the one in charge” of the event. I put that in quotes because honestly, if people knew how and when I had to work on stuff for events they would probably laugh me straight out of town.

 

For everything to work as I need it to, I have to work on these things as I have the opportunity, which could mean sending a bid request to a company at 3 o’clock in the morning! I know I will not be getting a response until later that day (actually, I have had people email me back at that time and yes, they absolutely get bonus points), but my email will most likely be get answered first for the day.


No matter if your event is big or small, you still tackle it the same way.....one piece at a time. I’m sure many of you are in charge of planning weddings this summer. Don’t get overwhelmed or too caught up on one thing.

 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had brides get absolutely hung up on one thing that didn’t quite work out and then they let it ruin their whole day. Don’t do that! I know there are things that mean the world to us that may not mean a thing to someone else and I’m certainly not diminishing that, but sometimes you have to be open to a new idea to be able to execute that one thing.

 

For example, maybe you want to honor a deceased parent or grandparent, but the idea you had just isn’t going to work out for whatever reason. You can still honor them; you just may have to do it differently than your first thought.

 

Here are my suggestions to help you have a back-up plan:


• First, make a list in order of importance. By this I mean, the stuff that is the most important to you. For example, for Ashton and Grayson it will be carrying a rosary in their bouquet. For someone else, it could be carrying a picture of a deceased parent. This list needs to come from the heart.


• Next, establish a timeline. Any event that I do, I always make a rough timeline. Just pull up a template from Word or whatever you want and customize it for you. This is really just for you to let yourself know an idea of what should be happening at that point. This will be your roadmap, yes, it can be tweaked throughout. It’s like when you plan a trip, you don’t just take off, you have some idea of where you’re going, but you may decide to take a detour along the way and that’s ok!


• Always have a back-up plan (at least in the back of your mind). I don’t necessarily write the plan down, but I do play different scenarios in my mind and have an idea of what I would do if certain things did or did not happen.


• Enjoy the process. It’s kind of like training for a marathon. The process is where a lot of the great memories are made. I’m not saying the actual event or marathon aren’t memory-worthy, but if you approach each step along the way as memory-worthy, the culmination of it all will be life-changing.

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