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How I Discovered My Wedding Style

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Boho. Classic. Steampunk. Whimsical. Ethereal. Traditional. Glam. Shabby Chic. Geez! Is your mind racing too?? There are a plethora of wedding themes and styles out there with more being cultivated every single day. What happens if none of the styles out there match your vision? What if there isn’t a cookie-cutter theme that perfectly encapsulates you and your fiancé? How do you go about creating a style all your own? What are the steps involved with making up a wedding theme that is all YOU? If you missed our blog “How to Find Your Wedding Style in 3 Steps” Blog, read that here. This is how I put those steps into action…  “What IS my wedding style?” This was my exact dilemma when planning my own wedding two Septembers ago. My now-husband, Joe, and I had a variety of interests and things we wanted incorporated into our special day and…

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How to Find Your Wedding Style in 3 Steps

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Hi! You made it! I know why you’re here so I don’t want to beat around the bush. For heaven sakes, you have a wedding in your future and a lot of planning with it! Here are the three things you need to consider before payments are made and contracts are signed. Without furthur a do: how to find your wedding style in three easy steps… 1. Write down your and your fiance’s priorities. Do you love the outdoors or do  you value cozy indoor spaces? What vibe fits your style? Are you wanting a more casual backyard feel or a traditionally formal affair? Do you want all the day’s events in one space or should there be two locations to celebrate at that day? The answers to these questions will start bringing together what your wedding style is. Don’t forget to think about your guests, and what you want…

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After “I Do”: Dress Decisions

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After “I Do”: Dress Decisions The gifts have been put away and thank you’s have been sent out. Whew..finally…your list of to do’s are done! Sorry to break the news to ya, but, there is one task to decide on… I got married July 30th of 2016 and my wedding dress was  still in its bag hanging up in the closet like 6 months later. Oops, at least I put it back in the bag? Ok, ok, I know that isn’t going to be good enough. Which prompts the question… What do you want to do with your wedding dress after the wedding? Ryan Inman Photography This conversation came up when I recently met with Monica and Sarah from Grand Occasions GR. Monica happened to bring up with question above – “So, what are you doing with your wedding dress now?”.  I already knew that I wanted to preserve my…

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Give Me All the (Silk) Flowers

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I was tip-toeing around my basement packed full of voluptuous white peonies, soft pink ranunculus, and every type of eucalyptus imaginable. I called out names and numbers, as Monica sat cross-legged on the floor, updating our Silk Floral Inventory. Boutonnieres and vases lined the countertops, boxes full of ribbon lined the walls, and Father of the Bride played quietly in the background. In December of 2016, we made a goal. We wanted to offer a new service to our clients: Silk Floral Design. At that point, in our three years of wedding experience, we had witnessed countless brides not be able to afford the floral they dreamed of. As a company that prides itself on going above and beyond of its clients, we wanted to provide an alternative option for those brides with big dreams and little budgets. Flash forward to July 2017, when we’re in my basement, organizing the…

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First 3 Things To Do After You’re Engaged

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Yay! You’ve got something sparkly on your hand, the person you love by your side, and exactly no clue where to go from here. HELP. Well, lady, rest easy. This blog contains the first three things to do after you’ve promised to say “I do.” These three steps will help lay the foundation for your wedding day, and get the ball rolling on that planning process! And, if it turns out you need some help along the way, you know where to find us!   1. Guest List Yep. Sorry, your future mother-in-law was right. You need a list from each side of the family that includes who to invite, their address, and if they should be extended a “plus one” invite as well. Because so much is dependent on your guest list, we recommend starting off with a “List A” and a “List B.” As people on your A…

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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Tra-di-tion (n): The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way. Why do we follow the tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on our wedding day? Is it to provide the bride with good luck or guarantee fertility and prosperity? Some brides still partake in this tradition for these reasons or simply because their mom said it was part of getting married. I personally never really sat down to think of the meaning behind each aspect until now, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with all of you love birds out there! Here at Grand Occasions we believe in the power that tradition can have on every love story. We believe in past traditions and in the absolutely amazing ability to create new ones, and that is why I want to…

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An Extroverted Type A Girl Boss

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Hi there! I’m Monica, and I’m not sure exactly who I’m writing to, but I’m here to introduce myself to the G.O. Family and give you a glimpse into what it is I do for this beautiful business: Grand Occasions. Here’s the very first thing you should know about me: I’m intense. *Insert dad joke about tents here* I’ve always been a very passionate, competitive, intentional and persistent person. The best way to truly describe who I am: Monica Geller (Friends) ← this will explain literally my whole life. From a young age, my parents got me involved in my church, my school, and athletics and I loved every minute of it. The human interaction quickly became something I loved and thrived on. Sports is where I decided to land throughout much of my childhood, and folks let me tell you: I tried it all. (“Tried” being the key word…

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Bridal Nails: Everything You Need to Know About Your Wedding Manicure

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Intern Intro: What better Friday surprise than to have a guest blogger on our site?! Yes, that’s right, our very own Bethany Garcia is here to give you the 4-1-1 on getting your nails wedding-day-ready. Hailing from East Michigan and representing GVSU, Bethany has embraced the off-season and given SO much love to our social media platforms (check out our new and improved Pinterest)! She’s given 115% to each project she takes on and we count our blessings each day that we get to work with her.  Let’s give a warm welcome to our Christmas-Tree-Angel-Intern: Bethany! Here’s all her nail wisdom, from Bethany to you…     Bridal Nails: Everything You Need to Know About Your Wedding Manicure Perhaps you’ve found the venue that only dreams are made of (Lizzie McGuire fans you know what I’m talking about) and maybe your skin is glowing from your recent facial, but look…

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Year Three, So Ready

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Grand Occasions has officially begun it’s 3rd year of business! And what better way to celebrate than with a swanky new website?! With 18 weddings under our belt, and 5 (featured!) styled shoots, we sit here in our coffee shop “office” feeling incredibly grateful. This adventure started with two girls, one Starbucks, and all the dreams of creating something we could someday look back on and be proud of. I vividly remember trying to come up with a name for our new business, checking to see if “Grand Events” was already taken, and being devastated when it was. Now, we can’t imagine calling ourselves anything else but Grand Occasions. We don’t just plan events, we create occasions. It just seems right.   To say this gig of ours has been harder than we thought would be the understatement of about our entire lives. This past year, we planned our first…

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The Importance of Retreating (Part 2)

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There isn’t much in this world that will stress me out more than a crazy busy schedule. When I say crazy busy, I don’t just mean there is something going on every day. No, I mean crazy busy schedule to the point that if you are more than 5 minutes off schedule the entire week may go awry. Sarah and I had a moment in November when trying to schedule a flood of meetings that had recently arrived in our inbox. As we were talking through the last of 12 meetings, we realized we were scheduling them more than 2 months in advance! I don’t know about you, but that was a wake up call for me: we were TOO busy.  Being busy is so much a part of not only my personality, but American culture, that it is almost impossible to avoid. So how do we fight it? Retreat,…

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