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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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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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Small Business Saturday

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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…

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The 5 Must-Do’s For A Successful Sparkler Exit

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Us “GO Girls” (as we are fondly referred to by some of our favorite vendors) sure have organized our fair share of sparkler exits. I must admit that we get a little persnickety in the execution, because achieving that picture-perfect moment is really not as “organic” as one might expect.   So here’s our very best advice on the subject…The 5 Must-Do’s For A Successful Sparkler Exit:   1. Talk to your photographer.  Your photographer will of course want the day-of events, and the pre-approved shot list, but for a sparkler exit, a simple bullet point on paper is not enough. Take a moment to discuss where in the venue would be best to form the lines of guests, and what he/she recommends as far as how long the line of people should be. Will the get-away car be at the end of this sparkly tunnel? Do you want a kissing picture at…

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3 Secrets to a Flawless Rehearsal

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Way to go. Seriously – you did it! You have planned every last detail of your wedding from your fiancé’s sock pattern to your grand confetti exit, and you accomplished it all with both style and finesse. (Which is not an easy feat!) Now there is only one thing standing between you and your fairy tale wedding…THE REHEARSAL. This is one of the most overlooked parts of the whole planning process, yet one of the most crucial for the whole weekend. The rehearsal is so much more than a simple “You stand here, he stands there” process; it’s the first real chance for old friends in the wedding party to reconnect, new family members to meet, and your last moments to be with your fiancé before he becomes your hubby! So how do you make this “last priority” task a seamless beginning to your wedding weekend? Here are 3 secrets…

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Why Your Family Shouldn’t Be Vendors At Your Wedding

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This week I’m going to make a bold statement. I’m going to say something that most people don’t outright tell you. Ready? Your family should not be involved in the wedding. There I said it.   “But Monica, I love my family! My aunt makes wonderful cakes, she’s done it for years! My mom’s co-worker loves to do floral arrangements, and she said it was our gift! My best friend volunteered to be my mistress of ceremonies and she’s so organized!”   Trust me, Sarah and I have heard it all; so let me tell you WHY I don’t think they should be involved.   When you look back on your wedding, what do you want to remember? The first look with your hubby? The ring bearer laughing the whole way down the aisle? How delicious the cake was after waiting to eat all day? The Father Daughter dance and…

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Bride Talk: 4 Tips to Stay Sane From A Current Bride-to-Be

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  WE HAVE A GUEST WRITER ON THE BLOG TODAY! India (one of our fabulous interns) is engaged, is wedding planning, and is here to tell you all about it… FOUR TIPS TO STAY SANE WHILE PLANNING YOUR WEDDING As a soon-to-be “Mrs” (107 days people!), wedding planning is in full force. Maybe I’m speaking too soon when I say this, but the planning isn’t as stressful as I thought it would be. It helps that I have supportive parents and in-laws who are willing to be as involved as I want them to be. Through this process, I have learned a thing or two about staying on top of everything without feeling like I need to poke my eyes out with a dull pencil.   1) Be flexible. I’ve never had a perfect vision of what my wedding day would look like, so suggestions are always welcome. Whenever someone…

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5 Things to Know Before You Say "Yes to the Dress!"

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You’ve been picturing yourself in that perfect white gown ever since the first time you saw that fairy tale princess walk down her petal-dusted aisle. You’ve pinned 47,384 dresses on your secret Pinterest board, folded the corners of countless bridal magazines, and watched one too many episodes of that “Say Yes to the Dress” show (that makes us all way too emotional). Now…it’s your turn! Here are 5 things you need to know before you embark on that journey into the enchanted forest of bridal gowns and begin your “Happily Ever After.” 1) Make an appointment. You may not think that this is important, but we made this our number one point for a reason. Bridal salons appreciate the head’s up so they have the capability of pairing you with a consultant while you shop. Some salons even ask details about your wedding and style so that they can pair…

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The Colors of the Year

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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,

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