It's been nearly a year since Garett and Sidsel were married! I figured now is a great time to feature their wedding, especially since I had the opportunity to see them this past week when I coordinated their friend's wedding.
Garett and Sidsel's wedding was beautiful! The weather was warm and clear. The bride and groom were relaxed and calm leading up to and on their wedding day. And the speeches were fantastic and engaging, featuring choreographed dances, songs, homemade signs, games and more! I felt like I was among family and friends at the wedding! I'm excited to share some images from the day with you! Scroll to the bottom to see the vendors I worked with as well as a kind review from Sidsel.
"We didn't know Jodi prior to hiring her as our day of coordinator, but our first impression of her was a very organized, calm, and experienced professional, and her rates were extremely reasonable. Our wedding was July 14, 2018. Hiring Jodi was the best thing we could have done for our wedding and family. Before the wedding day we met to discuss details, and she was always available over email (with very quick replies) to answer any questions we had. She gave excellent advice and was willing to accommodate any changes we made to our plan. On the wedding day, she was so organized and exceeded our expectations so much that everyone felt stress-free and worry-free about all aspects of the day. Her and her team even thought of ways to use the decor we provided to add to our existing plan, to fill in any empty spaces and add a little more beauty to other spaces. It looked amazing. Her staff were absolutely lovely and excellent at working their magic without bringing attention to themselves. Several guests commented on our amazing day-of coordinator, and two of our friends getting married in 2019 hired her for their own wedding!
I cannot recommend Jodi Marie Events highly enough. Hiring her services as a day of coordinator/wedding planner will be the best decision you make for your event.
Here are some of the services Jodi provided us with:
-Vendor recommendations, contacting vendors week-of, and making a detailed timeline for the day
-Full set-up/take-down of ceremony and reception, and transfer of decor from ceremony to reception
-Organizing groups for family photos
-Cuing bridesmaids and bride when to walk down the aisle at the ceremony
-Letting tables know when to head to the buffet
-Putting out our late night snack items
-Ensuring the timeline was being followed
-So much more!"
This wedding, friends, it pulls at my heartstrings. I did this wedding just two weeks after finding out I was pregnant with our rainbow baby, Jasper. I wasn't feeling so hot on the day of the wedding but am so glad I was able to push through because this wedding was so special to me.
I met Amy a couple years ago when she helped install our oldest son, Wesley's, "big boy" carseat in my car (she's a certified carseat tech). We connected over the fact that her second daughter was born on Wesley's due date, making the two of them only four days apart. When asked what I did, I mentioned that I was a wedding planner to which Amy responded that she was actually looking for a Day-Of Coordinator. Shortly after this, we met to talk about her wedding and to finalize booking me as part of their wedding team!
The memories that I have from Justin and Amy's wedding are ones that will never leave me. A few that stand out:
This wedding took place awhile back and was one of my favourites that I've done so far! Why did it take me so long to share these photos? Because I loved them all so much and had a hard time paring them down to create the blog post (oops, fail). But here we are, I'm finally sharing them! Enjoy!
"Hiring Jodi to do our day of coordination was the smartest thing we did! She did an amazing job!
At anytime during the planning I had any questions she was there to answer them right away. She took over he planning a month before the wedding and confirmed all of my vendors and made a very detailed and helpful timeline of the wedding day. She was also at the rehearsal and set up and took down our entire reception. She dealt with anything and everything that had to do with making the day run smoothly and did a wonderful job.
I highly recommend hiring her she was a life saver! I had many compliments from our guest about how smooth the day went and how great Jodi was!" -Paisley
The last few days of sunshine has me dreaming about summer! While we wait for summer to officially arrive, please enjoy some photos and memories from Spencer and Erin's wedding last June. A few fun memories:
And now, enjoy some photos of the day!
"Jodi was so wonderful to work with during the whole process. We were unsure at first whether we 'needed' a planner and could NOT have done it without her! I would highly recommend her to any future Brides and Grooms!" -Erin
Caterer: Austin Gourmet
Day-Of Coordinator: Jodi Marie Events
DJ: In the Mix
Hair/Makeup: Salon Cardeiro
Photographer: Amy Teixiera
Rentals (Arbor, Signing Table and Assorted Furniture): Past Pieces
Rentals (Dance Floor, Heaters, Hightop Tables): Confetti Party Rentals
Rentals (Wooden Tables): Woodpecker Tables
Rentals (Tent): Phoenix Tent Rentals
Rentals (Washroom): Full Moon Rentals
Venue: Singletree Winery
Videographer: Michael Holbrook
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 bring in a team 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.
6. Vases for the bridal party bouquets
After the ceremony and photos are complete, it's nice to have vases of water setup at the reception to freshen up the bouquets. Bonus: bouquets can then be repurposed as decorations for the head table or around the reception space.
This is especially important if you are using a polaroid camera or LED candles at your wedding. I have been at countless events where the polaroid camera for the guestbook has stopped working due to the batteries running out. If you are using anything that requires batteries, be sure to pack a few extra.
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!
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