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  • Hi! I’m Meagan.

    Things that fire me up: sunshine, upbeat music, coffee and lattes, warm summer days, the ocean, bright light, clean lines, flowers and living life.

    I'm a certified wedding planner and destination wedding planner specializing in meaningful, romantic and whimsical weddings with a focus on luxe plans & unique design!

    When I'm not working you can find me reading, relaxing, searching for new adventures, travelling, exercising, and sipping lattes or wine in lovely little cafes.

    I'd be so thrilled if you contacted me to chat about your wedding! You can do that here!

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You’re planning your wedding and everything seems to be coming together flawlessly, then you update your budget. Woah! A little over where you want to be? Here’s 3 reasons you could be over budget.

  1. You want the best of the best. Every time a quote comes in over budget, you make an exception because you have to have it all.
  2. You underestimated the actual cost of a wedding. Weddings are expensive. You’re essentially buying a $150++ meal for all of your guests, plus decor, photography, etc.
  3. You didn’t hire a wedding planner. A wedding planner will help you build a realistic budget for your expectations and will allocation different budget categories and let you know where to splurge and where to save.

Need help with your budget? Contact us for a free initial meeting!

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If you’re reading this post, it’s likely you’ve never planned a wedding before. Here’s three things no one tells you but can really help with your planning.

  1. It takes a lot of time. No really. It takes a couple an average of 250 hours to plan their wedding on their own. That’s a lot of hours! Think of all the time you spend researching, emailing, meeting, designing, and making decisions. You’re doing all of this on top of your already busy life.
  2. Venues and vendors book up fast. It might seem like you have all the time in the world to book your vendors, but if you are set on a specific date or specific vendors, make sure you book the major vendors (venue, photographer, decor, flowers) at least 1 year out. I even suggest you start your planning a year and a half out with certain venues (wineries, unique venues)
  3. Weddings bring out the crazy in you. I’m not just talking about “bridezillas” here. They bring out the crazy in everyone. You’ll see a side of friends and family you’ve never noticed before. Be prepared. Everyone wants the best and their intentions are great, but it can sometimes get out of hand.

Need help planning after reading this? Check out our services or send us a message for a customized quote!

I can honestly say I’m not sad to see March go! Last month I was in a funk, uninspired and unmotivated to do anymore than I had to. I guess that stems from the winter dragging on here in Canada with what seems like no hope for warmer, sunnier days. Along comes April; a month of slowly increasing temperatures, budding trees, and greener grass. How can you not have a positive outlook when the season changes and makes room for new beginnings.

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Last month’s goals were to:

  • Fill all the seats for the Boss Retreat We haven’t filled all of the seats yet, which honestly was a bit discouraging. This is a new kind of workshop for our area, and it’s taking some trial and error to create something that works for the more local attendees. 
  • Hustle everyday (no letting this winter weather lack of motivation thing get in my way) Like I said above.. I definitely let the weather and lack of motivation get the best of me… 
  • No personal social media. Not wasting time being distracted leave more time to hustle. I did alright with this one… I wasn’t completely off of social media, but I wasn’t wasting my days away on it either. 
  • Finish the 1st round of my new project. Finished this! I’m so excited to start phase two this week and eventually let you all know what it is!
  • Live my days as they come. One of my 2015 goals was to let things be, so this ties in with that. Sometimes it takes some reminders of this, but it’s something I’m working on. As much as we may want to plan out every small detail of our lives, life has a funny way of changing those on us.

April Goals

  • Consistent/ Frequent blogging. I’ve done pretty well, and completed almost a months worth of blogs in advance but I need to continue with this.
  • Hustle! Enough said.
  • Continue to save money/ spend less.
  • Play with flowers more. I love getting to know more about different types and varieties of flowers, and I love to design and play with them. Happy place.
  • Complete phase 2 of our new project.
  • Get back into and stick to my morning routine. Currently this consists of downloading my thoughts while I have my coffee each morning. Seriously the best way for me to relax and get the crap out of my head so I can focus. Making my bed, tidying my loft space and office, getting dressed and fully ready for the day (other work-from-homers will understand this being a goal), and making my to-do list. When I follow my routine, I’m so much more productive than when I don’t.

Do you have a morning routine you need to follow in order to be productive for the day? Do you totally understand why I make getting dressed a goal? Write a comment below… I’d love to hear from you!

  • March 31, 2015 - 2:01 pm

    Irene - Love these!

    I also need to get back into a morning routine. I experimented with Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning routine in February, but found the early mornings a little too early. ;) Getting dressed is DEFINITELY a morning goal – even if it’s out of pajamas and into yoga pants!ReplyCancel

    • March 31, 2015 - 2:18 pm

      Meagles13 - Thanks Irene!

      Oh that is interesting! Yes, I am not a morning person, so I get up at an appropriate time, but I still let myself sleep a little later!

      It’s so true though! Every morning I check off “get ready” on my daily power sheet section!ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2015 - 4:25 pm

    Danielle - These are great! Thank you for sharing. A morning routine is key and it tends to be the hardest to stick to! Working all day in PJ’s sounds so tempting until it’s 5 and I feel like I did nothing productive!

    I also love your other goal of living each day as it comes. It’s a great reminder to all of us. I’m adding that to my list!ReplyCancel

    • April 1, 2015 - 11:14 am

      Meagles13 - Thanks Danielle! It’s true! I feel like I have been good with my morning routine so far, but one little thing you do different can throw off an entire routine! So hard! Oh definitely! But like Irene said… even if getting dressed means putting fresh Yoga pants on.. it’s a win!

      Yay! Glad I can give you some goal inspiration! It’s not an easy thing for me to do but I’m getting better at just letting go!ReplyCancel