Pre-warning: this wedding means a lot to me as it involves dear friends of ours. My husband, Nic, and I met Colin in Bible College. Colin and I were in the same music program which my husband transferred into in our second semester. The moment Nic met Colin, they were instant best friends. They bonded over music and were even in a band together. Their friendship has remained strong even as life has shifted over the years. It was so exciting when Colin and Jessica met, as we could instantly tell that they were and are a great fit for each other. I was so honoured when they asked me to coordinate their wedding, and I loved being with them through the whole planning process. A few special moments from their October wedding:
Did you know that Jodi Marie Events offers decor setup and takedown services? Well, we do! I loved having the opportunity to setup and takedown the decor for Jordan and Emily's wedding. Everything was so beautiful (and well organized thanks to Jordan's talented mom)! Please enjoy some photos from this special day:
It's been a year since this couple was married (so basically, about time I shared some photos from their wedding day). Josh and Naomi met while Naomi was doing some traveling, in South Africa (which is where Josh is from). They fell in love and the rest is history! It was so special to be part of their wedding day at the beautiful Hive Events in New Westminster. The whole day felt like a joining of two families and I have many special memories from the wedding:
Now that you have a bit of background on the couple, it is time to enjoy some gorgeous photos from their wedding day. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
"Jodi Marie Events allowed me to relax and let go on my wedding day! She was incredibly helpful and responsive as I was out of the country for most of the planning period. Jodi also went above and beyond to assist my husband and I for our wedding. She took on all the responsibility on the day and gave us the freedom to enjoy the day without a worry." -Naomi
And just like that, Josh and Kizzie's one year anniversary is upon us (December 30th to be exact)! Their day was lovely with the weather staying mild enough for the wedding party to take some fun outdoor shots. I can't wait to share some photos from their December wedding, but first here are some memories!
It was a gift to be chosen to coordinate Josh and Kizzie's special day. Please enjoy some photos from their wedding!
Cake/Cupcakes: Once Upon A Treat Bakery (the bride's company!)
Day-Of Coordinator: Jodi Marie Events
Decorator: Chair Decor
Florals: Niki Trading
Hairstylist/Makeup: The Love Team
Limo: Luxury Life Limo
Photobooth: Lucky Booth
Photographer: Miranda Harvey Photography
Venue (Ceremony): Sts. Peter & Paul Parish
Venue (Reception): Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
Videographer: Bernie Hipos Wedding Films
Oh goodness, it's been a liiiittle while since I've blogged last. There's a few reasons for that!
1. It was my busiest wedding season yet! Nearly every weekend was booked from mid-June through till mid-October (with weddings scattered in the earlier 2018 months too). Some weekends I did up to three events (Friday, Saturday AND Sunday). It was amazing and so busy! I knew that I couldn't keep up with blogging while also giving my family and my clients the full attention that they needed. So that just means that I now have a ton of new content which I'm excited to be sharing with you soon!
2. I'm expecting again! My husband and I are thrilled to be giving our little guy a sibling. Our newest family member will be joining us sometime in late February. What does this mean for weddings and Jodi Marie Events? It means taking a few months off and returning to weddings in late May 2019. With that in mind, 2019 is getting pretty full! I have only a few dates available in June and only one weekend available in July. Be sure to contact me soon if you were thinking of booking.
3. I've been working on refreshing the website. Let me know what you think of the new look!
I can't wait to start getting new content on the blog, so stay tuned!
As you are approached your wedding day have you had a moment of panic wondering if you forgot something? I figured it was time I put together a list of the items that are most commonly forgotten at weddings I coordinate.
1. Pens for the guestbook
I can't tell you how many weddings I've done where the pens for signing the guestbook are entirely forgotten. I always have extra pens in my emergency wedding kit, but the pens I have don't always work with the chosen guestbook. For example, if you have a guestbook that has shiny paper then a regular pen may not necessarily work.
About 95% of the weddings that I do incorporate candles into the decor. But very rarely are lighters included to light those candles. I'm never concerned as I always have 5-10 lighters in my wedding kit. But what if you didn't hire a coordinator? And what if your coordinator doesn't provide lighters? Definitely make sure to bring a few lighters just in case!
3. Space to take everything home/someone to take everything home
Most venues require that you take home all decor and personal belongings the night of your wedding. It is pretty rare to find a venue that allows you to store and pickup anything in the days following your wedding. With that in mind, it is important to designate a person to bring your belongings home on your wedding night along with a vehicle that has enough room for everything. Definitely ensure that you have more space coming home than what was needed to bring your decor and rentals to the venue. Why is that? Because at the end of the wedding day not only do you have the decor and rentals that you brought to the venue but there are also often leftover florals, wedding gifts, etc. which require extra space to take home.
What if you don't have someone to take your belongings home? Consider renting a Uhaul van or truck. When I coordinate weddings I'm happy to load decor, rentals, florals, etc. at the end of the night into whichever vehicle, room, or area you designate.
4. Food and drinks
SO important! It is easy for nerves to take over on your wedding day but that doesn't mean that you should skip breakfast or lunch. Plus your wedding party will need to eat too! Work food breaks into your wedding day or have platters and water bottles available while you are getting ready so that both you and your wedding party have a chance to eat. Bringing a cooler of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks while you do wedding photos is helpful too! Ensuring that you and your wedding party have food and drinks available throughout the day will keep everyone fed, happy and energized!
5. A cake knife
Wedding cakes and cake cuttings are becoming less common, but when they are present at a wedding it is pretty rare that a cake knife is provided. It isn't a huge deal as I typically just run to the kitchen staff or caterers to get a knife from them. However, this doesn't guarantee the most attractive knife as it is based on what the kitchen or caterers have available.
I'm hoping that this list is helpful as you prepare for your wedding day! Am I forgetting something on this list? Comment below and I'll happily add it!
Summer is nearly upon us and I'm definitely feeling ready for it! This recent warm weather has me reminiscing on last summer, specifically Raymond and Lindsay's wedding. There were so many special memories from their wedding day, but here are a few moments that jumped out at me:
That's enough from me, please enjoy the following photo set!
"Jodi was excellent! She was easy going, professional, organized and super responsive. She made sure the wedding ran smoothly and she helped relieve so much stress during that last month before the wedding. I would definitely recommend her as your Day of Coordinator!" -Lindsay
Day-Of Coordinator: Jodi Marie Events
Decorator: Kawano Decor & Design
Florals: Garden Works
Musician: V&G Music
Photographer: Vivian Chung Photography
Venue: Tsawwassen Springs
Videographer: I Do Productions
It feels like forever since I've posted some pictures of my family on the blog, so I'm making up for that today! I'm excited to share some new photos of our family as well as a few life updates from us:
Markus and Gracie initially booked me for decor setup and takedown. And let me tell you, Gracie came prepared to our first meeting! She handed me a booklet with pictures and diagrams that explained exactly what decor she wanted setup, how she wanted it setup, and where she wanted it setup. She knew exactly what she wanted, which I loved! Not long after they booked for me decor setup/takedown, they decided to book me in for Day-Of Coordination as well. And I'm so glad they did, as it was a pleasure to work for them! A few special memories (and photos) from the wedding day:
Markus and Gracie, you are such a sweet and loving couple. Your love for one another is so clear and I know that you have a long, amazing future ahead of you! I can't wait to see the adventures that life takes you on!
"If there is one thing you do for yourself, please, hire Jodi. Jodi was our day-of-coordinator and she was absolutely amazing. She is extremely organized, punctual, detail-oriented, and strives to make your big day perfect. It was absolutely wonderful to not have to worry about a thing on the day of our wedding, as Jodi had everything covered. It all went off without a hitch, and was so smooth as all we had to do was sit back and let Jodi take care of everything. To save yourself a whole lot of stress, just hire Jodi. She is amazing!" -Gracie
I first met Evelyn while working with her late husband, Daniel. Unfortunately our time of working together was cut short due to an illness that ultimately took Daniel's earthly life. Through all of the turmoil, I watched Evelyn exude strength. She leaned on God and did no waiver in her faith, which was so beautiful to have been able to witness. I was overjoyed when I heard that Evelyn met a Christ-loving man, David, through online dating. When I first met him and saw him together with Evelyn, I knew that God desired for the two of them to be together. I was thrilled that they chose me to coordinate and assist in planning their wedding.
Some special moments from the day:
All the best,
"We hired Jodi as our wedding coordinator with me still doing all the final bookings. From the get go, Jodi communicated confidence without being pushy. She picked up on all the details at our couple meeting, and promptly supplied me with a range of quotes from trusted pros so I could make informed decisions and spend our budget wisely. Anytime I emailed her, she was quick to respond. Come the day of, I truly had no worries about the day because she was adeptly in charge of vendors, wedding party, schedule, and guests. Cleanup was also a breeze as she managed that, and my husband and I didn't have to worry about a thing. Thanks, Jodi!" -Evelyn
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