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
So excited to begin sharing some of the amazing weddings that I did in 2017! I was blessed with some fantastic clients throughout the year, which I'm so grateful for! The support of each and every client is what allowed me to stay home with my son Monday-Friday, which I'm extremely thankful for!
On the blog today is Nick and Jillian. They were married this past November on a chilly but beautiful day. Their wedding was one that I won't forget! A few moments that I loved about the day:
Nick and Jillian, I wish you the best in your inevitably bright future! I look forward to hearing about all the amazing adventures and moments you experience in your life together!
All the best,
"Our wedding day went off without a hitch, and it is largely thanks to Jodi! We are so happy that we chose Jodi to coordinate our day for us. We were able to meet up a couple of times beforehand to discuss the plans, and she was very organized and covered any important issues ahead of time. The day of, we had a seamless and stress-free wedding day from setup to takedown. We would highly recommend Jodi to anyone!" -Jillian
Oh my, it has been WAY too long since I blogged last. I was doing so well at posting monthly and then this fall happened. Between weddings and new booking meetings, a family member experiencing health concerns, my other business moving into its busy season, my son learning to walk (finally!), and of course: Christmas, well, all I can say is it was a BUSY fall. My blog definitely fell to the wayside during this time. BUT, it's almost a new year and its time to share some amazing photos and memories from 2017. Starting with O & C's wedding day!
August weddings have a special place in my heart, probably because my own wedding was in August. O & C's wedding was absolutely perfect! Some aspects that I loved about the day:
"Jodi was so easy to communicate with from our first SKYPE meeting. She was the day of coordinator on our wedding day but she offered her expertise even during our first meeting with the reception venue. She was attentive to all the details from planning the timeline to contacting/confirming with all vendors prior to our wedding. I am especially impressed with her conflict management as one of our guests on the wedding day complained about the seating arrangement. I didn't even know about it until after our reception was over and I was told Jodi handled the situation with grace. Overall, we were very happy with Jodi's help on our big day and so thankful to have her by my side. I highly recommend her to any bride (especially if you want to be as stress-free as possible on your big day)!" -C
It's always a treat to get an email from a photographer you've worked with, asking if you'd like them to send you photos from a wedding you had done together. Even a year later, it's always wonderful to have new photos to share! Be sure to check out the below photos that I received from Isaac Sim Photography. They are full of fun, beauty, and a stunning old school vibe. <3
"Jodi is amazing!! She put my dream wedding all together and it was like a fairy tale!! Loved it and so did all my guests!! Would highly recommend Jodi to any brides or grooms looking for a professional wedding coordinator!!" -Lisa
My baby boy turned ONE last weekend and I had the privilege of planning a special party for him. When I first found out I was pregnant and would be having a baby right in the middle of the wedding season, I was nervous about what my clients (or potential clients) would think. I ended up only having to turn away a few weddings around the time that he was born. There were a few potential clients that had concerns about my pregnancy and how capable I would be after returning to weddings after Wesley was born. These potential clients chose not to book as a result (which I was and am fully okay with). But I had an overwhelming amount of support after having Wesley and my business has never been as successful as it is now. I'm so grateful that Jodi Marie Events has come to a place where I'm able to be at home with (and STAY at home with) Wesley. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my business!!
Anyways, back to the party. ;) It has been quite awhile since I've been able to choose the details of an event, so planning Wesley's first birthday party was a real treat (literally)! We went with a "cookies and milk" themed party and it was so perfect. My sister took the most amazing photos (check out her page: Sheer Joy Photography). Check out these photos below:
My husband and I provided various types of milk, and we asked guests to bring their favourite type of cookies. It led to an AMAZINGLY delicious cookie bar.
Get ready for it! This baby boy is about to DESTROY his cake!
Cookies in a Jar Favours: Jars by Jodi (yes... this is my small side business ;)
Outfit: bowtie from Handsome Baby, overall shorts from H&M, and shirt and shoes from Old Navy
Planning: Jodi Marie Events
Photography: Sheer Joy Photography
Smash Cake: Double Trouble Creations
"Wesley" Banner: Little Sprout Creations
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