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This past weekend I officially kicked off my 2019 wedding season!

I was hired by their MC’s as a wedding gift [how thoughtful]. Being hired by a third-party can sometimes make things a little tricky, as it adds another face into the mix [or like this time, two]. I lucked out on having such an easy-going couple and some fantastic MC’s.

Since there are so many different ideas, when it comes to what a Month-Of Planner does, I thought I would list my responsibilities this year from each of my weddings.

I got to assist Samantha in creating her timeline; distributing the timeline to her vendors; supervising her vendors during set-up; finishing off last minute set-up details; gathering individuals for speeches, and dancing; and of course, managing the 120 guests. My main goal was still to keep everything on time; vendors were doing what was needed to be done; ensuring the couple was enjoying themselves; and this time, I also needed to ensure the MC’s were fully taken care of so they could do their job as seamlessly as possible!

Thank-you Samantha + Brandon for allowing me to be part of your special day!

This seems to be a hot topic on several different platforms and communities; tipping. What's accepted, what's expected, and what's allowed. These are my thoughts when it comes to the subject. I feel like I have enough experience, as I’ve been in the service industry for over 10 years; I am a certified make-up artist and I did do freelance makeup for a few years & with my experience in catering and hotels, I can confidently say I know a few things. Caterer I have yet to see a catering contract that does not include gratuity; check them over carefully, I’ve seen some pretty interesting wording on gratuities. Any food services, there is an expectation on tipping – Standard: 15-20% Entertainment: musicians/band/DJ I find most DJ’s do not expect a gratuity but will accept if offered. Musicians/Bands are tipped for their services, but remember this is YOUR budget. Always base it on the level of service, the ability to keep a crowd going and how happy you were with the entire picture – Standard $20+ per band member Florists Florists are one of the two who you do not need to tip. Hair Stylist/ Make-up Artist Out of all the vendors, this is the one I struggle with the

December 2017, I was chatting with some co-workers over lunch, about travel goals; places we’ve been, places we wanted to see and places we would pretty much die to go. I mentioned how I’ve always dreamt about visiting New York City during Christmas and going before turning 30 was an ultimate goal. At this point, I had two other vacations planned in 2018 and I knew it was a far-fetched dream. Fast forward to June 2018 I was being told that I would be whisked away to New York City over Christmas and for my 30th birthday [My Birthday and Christmas happen to only be 3 days apart]. My amazing [now] fiancé bought our plane tickets and I planned the rest! Well, I had help, but I totally took it upon myself to do the majority of the planning. Kris’ sister joined us on our trip [thank-god she is amazing]. Our flight left Christmas Day morning, so this meant I missed my first ever Christmas with London – it was bittersweet. After dropping her the night before, I came home and balled. I cried a few more times during the trip, but I knew she was having a lot of fun

That's a wrap! After 3+ months of planning, countless hours of organizing and many sleepless nights of anticipation - the Movember Mixer has come and gone! I am so proud of everyone who stepped up and donated their time, resources and money to this incredible cause. We had over 150 guests pop by to show their support and ended up raising $5,708! Here is a video of our event:

This past long weekend, my boyfriend and I got to have a kid-less weekend away. Originally, my plan was to surprise him but I can’t keep secrets when I know how happy something will make someone. So I ended up telling him almost immediately. This was also my way of thanking him for all his help over the last 4 months with weddings. He was my unofficial assistant and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without his support. This is my 3rd time in Canmore, but I’ve never actually been to Canmore for longer than 12 hours. It’s always a stop on our way to BC in the summer. Canmore is a gorgeous little town, you have mountains on every side and it’s quiet. We arrived Saturday evening and met some friends for dinner at The Iron Goat; I got to finally meet my newest niece, Charlotte and get all the baby cuddles. Plus got a few hours of entertainment from my nephew, Luca. Sunday, I booked a brewery tour at The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company First, we had some lunch at TANK310; We were one of three tables, which surprising. considered it was a Sunday long weekend. We shared the pretzels