20
Jul

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Hello loves,

 

Summer is in full swing, and so are summer weddings. Sunny days, warm nights, minimal chance of rain, and pretty photo ops lend to the season’s popularity for I do’s. On the flip side, high temperatures and beaming rays can make outdoor ceremonies miserable for your wedding guests.

 

When it comes to your Big Day, I am a firm believer that you should have your wedding cake and eat it, too. Here are a few tips on how to have your dream outdoor nuptials, and beat the heat.

 

Create an oasis. Set up water stations at the ceremony. Go the extra mile with fancy glassware and infused water. You may need to increase your rental order, but your guests will appreciate the effort to make them comfortable.

 

Fans your family and friends. Provide fans that double as programs. Nothing beats the heats like a fan on a hot summer day. Contact your designer to create a fan that will continue your stationery story from your invitation design. Make sure the paper you choose has the weight to create a small breeze.

 

Throw them some shade. Give out sunglasses to your guests. Depending on the direction of the sun, the glare could hit your guests right in the eye and hinder them from witnessing your vows. Also, the sunglasses can double as your favor. Don’t forget to personalize them with your names and wedding date.

 

Pass out the pops. Boozy popsicles for your cocktail hour on the lawn is the perfect refresher after your ceremony in the sun. Serve up the refreshments without the liquor for children and non-drinkers.

 

Let us help you plan your summer wedding. We are booking dates for summer 2017. Contact us here to schedule your free consultation today.

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

13
Jul

IvoriNicoleEvents.com

Hi friends!

Running a business is hard work. If you’re a business owner, you probably understand how difficult it can be to avoid business burnout. There are so many things to manage: operations, marketing, accounting, social media, human resources—not to mention, home and family duties. So how do you manage it all without going completely insane?

 

Set boundaries. Learn when to say yes and when to say no—without feeling guilty. Setting boundaries is healthy and so important in self-care. It limits the distractions that come your way and help keeps you focused on the goals in front of you. Setting office hours is a great way to set limits.

 

Take breaks. This is one of my favorite tricks. I LOVE to find a couple of minutes to do something for myself. Something as simple as leaving the office for an hour for a manicure can recharge my day. I can accomplish so much when I return from this short hiatus. Remember almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.

 

Delegate or automate. Handing off tasks and giving up that control in your business is hard to do, but it’s okay to get help. Having the assistance of my team this year has impacted business growth and customer satisfaction.

 

Automation systems have been a huge lifesaver as well. I started using HoneyBook recently for all of my proposals and contracts. It helps me with my bookkeeping, too. Before HoneyBook we were manually creating proposal and contracts and using traditional filing systems. Basecamp is another system I LOVE using to communicate with my teams and vendors. We were using emails which would get lost in the hundreds of messages I receive daily. In Basecamp the communication never gets lost and saves me the frustration of looking for important emails.

 

Keep going and don’t give up. Take breaks, regroup, delegate, but remember why you started your business in the first place.

xoxo,
Ivori