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October 2015

My Silky Floral Pajamas, the FOB, and the Pastor

By | Just Because, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

So there I was, in my silky floral pajamas and slipper booties, going over the reception layout on wedding eve with the bride, her bridesmaids…and her father…who also happened to be the officiant. But for the sake of all things Grand Occasions, let me start from the beginning.   Stefanie Manzer may be one of the most beautiful and generous people I know. I was living with her and her cousin before Grand Occasions was even a thought in anyone’s mind and it was about that time she started falling for an incredible man named Jason. Fast forward a few lovely months, and they (like most people who are bitten by that crazy love bug) decided to spend the rest of their life together. Jason proposed, Stef said yes, and the planning began!   Stef collected empty wine bottles, we found her wedding dress, and Grand Occasions was hired to…

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Do I Need A Day-of Coordinator?

By | Uncategorized, Wedding Advice | 4 Comments

We get asked this question all the time. I mean, what do we do, anyway, right? Here’s a brief glimpse of what our job looks like…   A month before your wedding date, when everything in your head gets cloudy, your mom’s anxiety becomes profoundly tangible, and your fiance has suggested for 378th time that you should just throw in the towel and elope already…we are here. We swoop in (capes and all) to start bringing all that chaos into order. We’ll get all your vendor info, your processional order, your crazy random details, and create your entire weekend itinerary.   From there, we will confirm times and places with all your vendors, family members, and bridal party. We make sure everyone is on the same literal page before wedding weekend begins.   On your big day, we run the show. We make sure everything is in place, we direct…

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All That Glitters

By | Business Advice, Just Because, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

We are pretty confident that behind every great business, there is an incredible graphic designer. Ours is Catherine. She’s absolutely everything, including our new best friend. Re-branding takes patience, ya’ll, especially when you’re dealing with two high-strung perfectionists like ourselves (three cheers for Cat, everyone!). When Monica and I started this adventure a little over a year ago, we had no idea what we were doing. Grand Occasions was a pipe dream on our notebooks in the back corner of Clique Coffee Bar. We were two twenty-somethings with crappy day jobs and empty bank accounts who wanted to do something great. I wanted creativity, she wanted organization, I dreamed of wedding colors and floral arrangements, she dreamed of timelines and spreadsheets. And, being the hopeless romantics that we are, we both dreamed about playing a vital role in happy couple’s love stories. So here we are, 13 months and 11 days…

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