Posts tagged ‘organization’

July 6, 2011

#10 – All Things Bridal – Make your list and check it twice…

by z.lynn

Creating an itinerary/checklist for the “Day Of” and even the “Week Of” your wedding is essential for a successful day.

Your “Week Of” checklist will include activities such as: 1) checking with any guests who haven’t RSVP’d so you will be able to, 2) provide a final head count to the caterer; 3) pack for your honeymoon and wedding night; 4) confirm beauty appointments, for example. Any last minute things that come up or still need to be handled must appear on this list. Provide a copy to your MOH or LIW (Lady in Waiting) so that they will be able to assist you with checking items off the list quickly.

The itinerary for the “Day Of” will have an hourly schedule of the day’s events to ensure that you stay on track. This list will also be provided to your LIW, as this is her main responsibility. She is your personal assistant (although, your MOH may also serve in this capacity.) Some brides have even created a separate itinerary for the bridesmaids and groomsmen to help keep things orderly.

Both of these lists help to keep your day orderly and stress-free. Utilize them as much or as little as you need them.

See ya next time,

z

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June 20, 2011

#8 – All Things Bridal – Maid/Matron of Honor

by z.lynn

I am so sorry for the delay in getting these to you. It’s been pretty ridiculous around here. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Without further ado, the series continues here…

Maid or Matron of Honor

This position in the wedding party carries much honor but also a lot of responsibility. Among other things, the MOH is responsible for the bachelorette party, help the bride in choosing the details (dress, color scheme, theme, location, etc), planning the bridal shower, and the list goes on and on!

When choosing someone to fill this weighty role, some of these tips may be helpful:

  • Are they old enough and responsible enough to fulfill all of the duties – Accompanying you to find a dress and shoes is one thing, but can she plan a bridal shower – complete with sending invitations, helping you register and purchasing food (costs can be split with other BM’s)? Does she handle pressure well? As the days get closer and closer to the wedding, you will need to rely on her more than ever. If she stresses easily, you will become stressed. Is she organized? She will be helping you to keep track of most of the goings-on of your wedding. Does she have the time? Is her calendar already full? Most of us have jobs and family obligations not to mention other things that we are involved with. She should be available or be able to make herself available to assist you with whatever you need.
  • The MOH does not have to be a close friend or family member – It is customary to want to honor your friend, your sister or best cousin. But if they can’t fulfill all of the obligations of the MOH position, there is nothing wrong with considering someone else. If you feel as if you have to include that close friend or sister, there is nothing wrong with having more than 1 MOH, if necessary.
  • The MOH must be supportive of your decisions but tactful when necessary – The MOH is your right-hand-girl to help you with all aspects of planning and executing your wedding day and other events leading up to that day. She must help you make decisions but also support and, sometimes, communicate your decisions to the rest of the bridal party. There may be times, however, when she will need to kind of, rein you in, so to speak, if you may be getting close to your budget or don’t have enough time to complete some task, for example. Since the planning and the day itself can be stressful, the MOH should help to remind you of your obligations firmly but tactfully.
  • What is her disposition? – Is she friendly and cooperative? Or can she sometimes be a complainer or even jealous of you? Let’s be real, just because you’ve been friends, like, forever, doesn’t mean that she’s going to be the best choice when it comes to having someone who will do whatever is necessary to help you on your day. Ultimately, your MOH is cooperative, willing to do the job, can criticize without being critical, trustworthy, not selfish, knows when to compromise, and, among other things is truly happy for you even though she might not be in a relationship.

Although the MOH has a lot of responsibility, choosing the right person or persons will make your day even better!

Check out these other resources:

http://www.ourweddingday.com/advice/Traditions/5-Essential-MOH-Responsibilities/1145.aspx

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=169658616413549

http://www.themaidofhonorguide.com/

http://wedding.theknot.com/bridesmaids-mother-of-the-bride/bridesmaids/articles/maid-of-honor-duties-in-detail.aspx

See ya next time,

z

March 20, 2011

projects i'm working on

by z.lynn

email…this is a never ending task! this is yesterday’s project 365 photo. was way too tired to post, seems like the story of my life.

JOL series – 02 – new beginnings; i was able to catch these next ones just as the sun started to set. i’m in love with the result.

project 365 – today’s photo

just threw this one in. just because. this was dinner tonight, my own creation – balsamic marinated ribeye steak strips in a blue cheese cream sauce. it really hit the spot, i needed some comfort food.

🙂

z

March 20, 2011

projects i’m working on

by z.lynn

email…this is a never ending task! this is yesterday’s project 365 photo. was way too tired to post, seems like the story of my life.

JOL series – 02 – new beginnings; i was able to catch these next ones just as the sun started to set. i’m in love with the result.

project 365 – today’s photo

just threw this one in. just because. this was dinner tonight, my own creation – balsamic marinated ribeye steak strips in a blue cheese cream sauce. it really hit the spot, i needed some comfort food.

🙂

z

March 7, 2011

getting my life together

by z.lynn

about two weeks ago, i told you about my efforts to organize myself. well, here are the latest advancements in that effort. drum roll, please…

it’s my handy, dandy notebook (nod to Blue’s Clues :-D; sidebar – it’s amazing how much of those shows i remember since my baby is now nine years old! i remember taking her to the movies and dreading the impending bathroom break because I was enjoying the movie and didn’t want to miss a moment! LOL)

this is a cute little Franklin Covey planner with cute little tabs and dividers and sections and notepads and pages all under a cute little cover with binder rings so that i can add my own papers. i’m excited about using it! feeling kinda intimidated but feel it’s necessary to “get my life together”.

Yea for me!!

at the same time, though, i’m feeling kinda bummed because i put a few offers ‘out there’ to do professional work and i didn’t hear back from some of them. growing up, my dad used to tell me that “no news is good news.” i really don’t think that applies to this case. LOL.

i also got a ‘no’ reply. the no’s are stepping-stones to the yes’, but a no is still a no. being a glass half full kind of girl with rose-colored glasses, a ‘no’ is seems almost unfathomable.

in sales, they tell you that you must expect the no’s and that the no/yes dynamic is a numbers game, so i have to increase my numbers and allow each ‘no’ take me closer to the next ‘yes’. i must also keep in mind that this is a business and treating it as such, i must continue to play in order to succeed. if i allow the no’s to stop me short of my goal or allow them to take my head out of the game, then i lose and won’t get to where i want to be.

[rolling up sleeves]

let the hard work begin!

🙂

z