Category

Just Because

An Extroverted Type A Girl Boss

By | Just Because | No Comments

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…

Read More

Year Three, So Ready

By | Just Because | No Comments

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…

Read More

Small Business Saturday

By | Just Because, Uncategorized | No Comments

Happy Small Business Saturday! It has been so long since we blogged (don’t worry, we do have a few we are working on to post soon!), but I had to take a moment to pop in and share just a little something today. Throughout GO’s existence, Monica and I have had the opportunity to meet so many small business owners, and get to know them on a personal level – some we even consider family. There are many things we have found to be true about these individuals who have dedicated their life to create something, although small in size, mighty in impact. Whether it’s our favorite florist, rental company vendor, or coffee shop owner, these are the people who are burning that midnight oil right alongside us. They know that if something needs to be done, it’s up to them to do it. Every single detail must be developed…

Read More

The Colors of the Year

By | Just Because, Uncategorized | No Comments

Twice a year a group of color experts from around the world hold secret meetings for two days, deciding what the color of the year is going to be. And every year, fashion designers, florists, make-up companies, and (YES!) wedding planners wait to see what these color professionals will deem as the pigment we will all embrace for the next 365 days. This year, there were two colors chosen: Rose Quartz & Serenity.   So, when Sarah lost her mind at the floral wholesaler last week, she couldn’t help but purchase these Silver Brunia and make her own Rose Quartz & Serenity creation.   We’re excited about these two tones that will intertwine their way into many grand events over the next year!     Cheers to beautifully colorful things,

Read More

4 Moments from "The Wedding Planner" that Actually Happen at Weddings

By | Just Because, Uncategorized, Wedding Advice | 2 Comments

  “So you’re like a real life J-Lo, right?!” Proudly we respond with, “Actually…YES!”   It’s one of those things you always wonder about. Is it really like that? Is being a wedding planner really as glamorous as it sounds? Do you really meet the love of your life while trying to save your precious Gucci shoes? Is it really better to just eat the brown M&M’s? And for the love of all things, how does her hair always look so darn perfect?!  We’ve always been inspired by Miss Lopez and her amazing ability to make wedding planning look effortless. What a woman! (We totally have a little mini “wedding-planner-crush” on her style, grace, and pizzazz!) So we wanted to dish. Here are 4 moments in “The Wedding Planner” that actually happen in weddings. 1 – “You are exquisite. You’re timeless. And you have the love of a man named…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More