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  • Hi! I’m Meagan.

    A little about me in a nutshell...I love pretty things. DIY.Starbucks. true love. vintage everything. anything sparkly. amazing shoes. Kate Spade & being creative!

    I'm a certified wedding planner and destination wedding planner available to work world-wide. Come to Niagara, or I'll come to your hometown or wedding destination of choice!

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

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3 Tips for being the best Best Man

Friends! I have a special blog post for you today written by Blake Daniels. Blake has just become the best man for his younger brother and was interested in sharing some male perspective!

best man speech

photo by Jesse James Photography

I never thought the day would come, but my little brother – my best friend throughout my childhood – is finally engaged!

He proposed to his long-time girlfriend on a beach in Mexico (at sunset!) a couple weeks ago. I have been a groomsman before but never the best man. Understandably, I’ve already got some anxiety! I want this to be the most special day of his life. I reached out to my friend Rob, and had a long phone call with my dad to see if they had any tips to share with me. This is what I’ve learned.

1. Plan and Practice Your Speech Until You Can Do it in Your Sleep

The day-of will be high-energy, high-stress, and it will probably involve some alcohol before it’s time for you to make your speech. You should know every joke, every funny story, and every touching complement inside and out. Practice the speech in front of numerous people – the bridal party, your mother and father, and the groom’s friends, just to make sure you won’t unintentionally offend anyone. If you see happy tears, that’s generally a good sign!

Generally, you want to remember two things about delivering your speech:
Come across as genuine (don’t put on a fake ego for the day, don’t use props or anything to distract from what you’re saying), speak loudly and clearly, and allow some pauses for audience laughter and reactions. Better yet, react along with them!

While we’re on the subject of speeches, it’s also your job to help the groom prepare his speech. Let him practice on you as many times as it takes for him to be at ease, and provide him with your most honest feedback. If he’s saying something that will make the old ladies at the reception uncomfortable, he needs to know.

2. You’re Essentially a Babysitter With More Responsibility

It falls on you to help the rest of the groomsmen make their travel and hotel arrangements for the big day, get all their necessary ties and jackets and matching apparel together, and organize if you’re planning to present the bride and groom with a meaningful gift (outside of the wedding registry) as a group.

You also need to pay close attention during all the planning and rehearsal sessions so you can play host the day of the wedding. This means helping people find their seats at the reception, bringing the band or DJ water regularly, mingling with both families to introduce yourself, and be the liaison to the wedding planner on the day of the wedding, so the bride and groom can relax and enjoy the wedding.

3. Eye on the Prize

You have two main objectives. Keep track of the rings, and present them at the correct time. You should assist the groom to ensure he makes it to the wedding venue with all the following conditions met: he should well-rested after a long night’s sleep, on time to start the ceremony, sober, fed and watered in preparation for a long day, and wearing what he’s supposed to be wearing. If you have ensured these things occur, points for you – you’re already halfway there!

Remember to relax a little and enjoy the party, as long as you’re still in complete control of yourself and can respond to needs when necessary. Most importantly take the time to reflect on what a special day it is and make sure to enjoy the occasion.

Do you have any best man tips you can share with Blake? Leave a comment if you do!

Neon Confetti Styled Shoot

I am SO excited to say we have another feature this week! I am also so excited about what we have featured.

I was totally craving spring and wanted to do something different. I really wanted to see bright pops of color against a simple white background. With that the Neon Confetti Styled shoot was born. I ended up making 150 origami birds by hand for this design as well as some hand-stamped confetti! The birds were used for a colorful ribbon ceremony backdrop. Unfortunately, with the light shining in from behind, you can’t really see the birds. I also made a mobile of origami birds and confetti which I am just in love with!

Here’s one of my favourite shots from the shoot. You can view the whole gallery here.

art gallery of hamilton wedding

photo by Eva Derrick

My Making Things Happen Experience 2014

florida sunset

I wanted to put off writing about my experience at Making Things Happen because I wasn’t quite certain about what I wanted to write. Originally when I signed up for MTH I had big dreams of quitting my day job and MTH was going to be my kick in the butt to just do it. In January I ended up quitting my job on my own. I went into MTH with no specific goal or hopes of achievement. MTH is not specifically a business workshop and it’s not strictly a personal conference. It’s really best described as it is what you want it to be.

Sitting there on day one we were asked what our greatest fear was and why, and to stand up and share it with the room. One by one we stood up sharing our biggest fear and our deepest secrets with a room full of strangers. It’s really scary. It’s also an emotional release. Once you’ve admitted and said your fear out loud, it becomes a reality. It no longer hides beneath the service where excuses and exceptions mask the real issue. We were asked about what matters most, what our ideal day looked like, and where we want to be when we are 80. By the end of the day we were all exhausted and confused. All of these emotions, fears, dreams and desires were at the surface, but we weren’t quite sure how to process them. Enter day two. Lara and the amazing speakers took us through some exercises to help us find the core of who were are. We were broken up into small groups where we were able to make goals and create action steps to get us there.

So what was it that I took home from MTH? The desire to live a meaningful life. I want everything I do to have meaning behind it, or be meaningful in the moment. I need to change the way I’ve been living. I need to put purpose and intent behind my actions, instead of just going through the motions of life. I need to show more love to the people who are close to me. I need to be more selfless with the people who share their life with me.

Life has a way of hitting us in the face. I came home ready to make changes and I had goals with action plans to make these changes happen. But the thing about life is, it doesn’t always go as expected. It’s great to have a plan but it won’t always pan out that way. We need to remember to hold what truly matters to us in our hearts at all times. We need to remember that even though life can take it’s own course, if we just remember what matters to us, we can get through anything.

I am ready and determined to start living life the way I desire. A life full of meaning with the people I love the most. I am ready to make changes in my business to help my couples see how they can start their marriage with a wedding that is not only beautiful but meaningful and super special as well.

My life is too short to live without intent, meaning and purpose.

April 7, 2014 - 10:09 am

Marnie - Beautifully written. Thanks for sharing your experience. Sounds like a life changer!

April 7, 2014 - 10:24 am

Meagles13 - Thank you Marnie!

It’s really a great experience to help you get clarity on what is important to you. They help you get past all of the fluff and get down to the core of what the most important thing to you is!

April 7, 2014 - 10:42 am

Laura | Paper & Honey - love it, Meagan. “It’s really best described as it is what you want it to be.” that sums it up perfectly! I’m so happy to have gotten to know you at MTH and and hear about the hopes and goals you envisioned while there — you’re going to do some truly amazing things. best of luck to you and Weddings Tied with Lace. :)

April 7, 2014 - 11:38 am

Meagles13 - Thanks so much Laura!! It was SO great to get to know you too! I’m so looking forward to seeing how your business grows!

Is It Spring Yet? April Goals

It’s April! That must mean it will be starting to warm up for good now right? We’ve definitely had a long winter this year. It can be so hard to get and stay motivated with minus weather and snow squalls that never end. I am so ready to get pumped up for this years wedding season!

Last month I had made some goals to stay healthy, blog more, and add some new services. Here’s how I did…

  • Continue eating healthy and going to the gym 3x per week. I’m happy to say I only missed one week at the gym! Other than that I was there 3x a week and ate mostly healthy meals! 
  • Blog Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Accomplished!
  • Re-add drinking more water throughout the day. I seriously suck at this. Failed again. I drink when I’m thirsty and it isn’t that often… 
  • Update my website with some new services I will be offering.  Check! Have you seen our new “Client Experience- Focused”package?
  • Really try to target my content to the couples who are looking for what I offer. This is a work in progress, as I grow, it grows and vice versa!

garden weddingThis month I would like to…

  • Implement the goals I made at Making Things Happen and what I will make at Trouvaille
  • Have an overall creative month. This is the last month before wedding season kicks into high gear. I’d like to spend time being creative.
  • Start prepping for wedding season
  • Finish my taxes and get them in on time!

Do you have any goals for April? I’d love for you to share them with us!

I’m Making Things Happen

Hi all!

Today is the first day of Making Things Happen here in Chapel Hill, NC. I am so excited to see where the day takes us. I’ve already met so many incredible women and hope to get to know them on a much deeper level today.

I can’t wait to share my experience with you next week! For now, I am signing off! I’ll be back in the office on Thursday so if you have contacted me and I haven’t responded, please bare with me until then!

Cheers! xo

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