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Social Media: When to Share and When to Save

In the age of social media, it is so easy to share things with your friends, family, and followers when things are going well in your life. Someone gets engaged? Everyone knows about it in a matter of minutes and the likes just continuously roll in. Pregnant? Just post the baby announcement on Facebook and your moms friends will make sure everyone knows. But what about those more sensitive issues, when you want support without necessarily wanting everyone to know what’s going on in your personal life? This is something that I’ve given a lot of thought to in the last few years, and decided it was time that I shared my thoughts on the matter-- no pun intended. Basically I’ve broken it down

On Serving People Well

{It should be our moral obligation to leave this place better than when we found it. -Rachel Hollis} As an event planner, I am in the business of serving people, and serving them well. Sometimes that looks like bringing plates of food to the bride and groom, so they don’t have to go through the buffet line at their wedding. Other times, it looks like rifling through a dumpster at 1:00 in the morning because the grandmother’s cake knife somehow got thrown away after the cake cutting. One of the first lessons that I try to drive home to members of our team is that the phrase “that’s not my job” is never something I should hear them say. Did you ever have a teacher who made you do jumping jac

Private Residence Weddings and Why They’re My Fave

I get asked all the time what my favorite type of weddings are to plan, and while my favorite couples come from all different types of venues, styles, and socioeconomic backgrounds, the private residence wedding is by far my favorite. As a lover of design, the idea of having a blank canvas when designing the wedding day makes all of the additional legwork well worth it. With that in mind, I thought I’d line item out some of the things that can most commonly cause stress or anxiety during the planning process when you’re hosting a wedding at home. NOTE: I would highly suggest hiring a full service planner if you are hoping to execute a private residence wedding. Cost. First off, if you are h

His Wedding Day Too: Including Your Groom in the Planning Process

If there’s one complaint I hear most often from brides, it’s that their fiancé doesn’t seem to care about the details of the wedding. Now before I continue, I realize that this is not true of ALL grooms to be, but we’re just talking about majorities here. The rationalization of this is simple: while your hubby to be has consciously made the decision to spend the rest of the life with you, quite often they feel like they picked out the ring, planned the proposal, and now it’s your turn. Also unlike us ladies, the men in our lives haven’t been planning their wedding day since they were 5. While we were pretending to marry our neighbors little brother, they were off shooting NERF guns and raci

When ‘No’ Leads to a Bigger ‘Yes’

If the last few years has taught me anything, it’s that every stereotype of the phrase ‘everything happens for a reason’ is absolutely true. To best explain, I need to back up the timeline for about 8 years, so bare with me for a minute… I had just graduated college, and decided to move back home and take a job locally, both to be with my grandfather whose health was declining, and also to be closer to my long distance boyfriend of the time-- who we can call Kevin. Kevin seemed great, although a bit reckless in his choices, and the 22 year old version of myself was completely blind to any and all warning signs in the months leading up to this decision to move home. He came from a great famil

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