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Virtual Wedding Planner

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The planning has begun and you have decided that you are going to save money by planning the wedding yourself. You have a great group of friends and family that agreed to help create your dream wedding for you. What a team.

But, even with help and self planning you feel overwhelmed and would like to have the help of a planner, but that is not in your budget.

Have you considered a virtual planner? For either a flat fee or a monthly subscription you have have the help and advice of a professional wedding planning service. To have the assistance of a professional will give you guidance to stay on your timeline and your budget. Look below and you can see what we offer for our virtual wedding planning. You can even down load the PDF of our full description.

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Happy planning and let us know if we can help.

The Diamond Package…..$45.00 per month

You are planning on doing all of the work with the help of friends and family. You will be able to tour vendors, create the vision and make it come to life. That is wonderful. But you still feel you will do better with some guidance and advice along the way. The diamond package is your virtual wedding planner. We are here to help listen, guide and advise.

What is offered:

  • Help you create a planning timeline
  • Help you create and maintain a budget
  • Review vendor contracts
  • Help plan theme
  • Help plan design features
  • Help with your guest list
  • Stationary planning
  • Create reception floor plan
  • Assist in seating arrangements and placements
  • Assist with planning party ideas, engagement, rehearsal, bridal shower bachelorette.
  • Provide support via: Phone, text, email and skype

We will be there to talk you through the overwhelm, remind you to take a breath, and help bring a structured focus into the planning process. Remember this is a fun and exciting time in your life. We help it to remain fun and exciting.

We look forward to speaking with you very soon to get started. for a free question and answer session – consultation. Or you can text me to schedule appointment by emailing weddings@texasroseevents.com, call or text 346-702-5269.

Having the help of a planner may seem like an unnecessary expense but in the long run can save you a lot of money by helping you see where fees may be hidden in contracts, by helping you stay focused and on budget and other ways to save time, money and effort in your wedding planner.

When the wedding draws near and you feel you might want a Day-of-Coordinator just reach out to us. With using the Virtual Wedding Planning service, we will offer you a discount on the Day-of-Coordinator services starting 4 weeks before your wedding. This will allow you to enjoy your wedding without the stress of making sure the food doesn’t run out, the toasts are called for at the right time and the cake is sliced and served.

Travel fees and lodging will apply. (2-person team, minimum)

The Diamond Package

4th of July DIY Wreath

In honor of the upcoming holiday this week I decided to step away from wedding planning for a few minutes and make a new wreath for our door. Since I was creating a new project I decided I should share it.

IMG_0209  I am happy with how this turned out. It is funny where inspiration comes from. When I went to Target I found this scarf. The Idea stemmed from that.

My next stop was Hobby Lobby to find the plaque and floral. Every bit of this I found 30-70% off.

Staying with my wedding themes you can do the same with some fluffy tulle in white and flowers, ribbons to match the wedding colors and a Mr & Mrs plaque.

But right now I say, “God Bless America”

We are smoking awesome Texas Brisket and making potato salad for the holiday. Now even my front door looks awesome.

Let me show you the supplies and simple instructions to make on of these for yourself.

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Grape vine wreath
1 bundle of small red flowers
1 garland of small white flowers
America plaque
Floral wire
floral wire cutters

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I draped the scarf on the left front of the wreath and arranged to my liking. Then I secured the top and bottom to the wreath with floral wire.

 

 

 

 

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Second, I wrapped the white floral garland from the top, around the right and to the right bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Third, I clipped the red stems from the bunch and stuck them into the lower right of the wreath. I took pieces of floral wire to secure each piece in place. A couple of the white flowers had fallen off of the garland so I secured those in the red flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Last, I clipped the wire hanger for the plaque at the top leaving a wire on each side. I used those to secure the plaque on the right and left of the wreath.

 

 

 

 

 

I clipped several strands of floral wire and twisted then together. I then formed them into a loop I attached at the top back of the wreath so I can hang this on the door hook.

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It took me no more than 30 minutes to put this festive wreath together. Now my front door looks festive from the road.

I would love to see your projects, ask your wedding and event question. Please drop me an email ashley@texasroseevents.com 

Wedding Planning – The starting point

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Hello ladies and gentlemen,

The question that was emailed to me today was just a great big “HELP” we want to plan our wedding and don’t even know where to start.

Once the excitement of the new engagement has settled just enough for you to realize you have now dove head first into planning season, you will feel this huge sense of overwhelm. You will need to know what steps to begin the process so that you can stay organized, and within budget. Planning a wedding is like taking on a new job that you really have very little training in. Get ready to learn a lot in the next few months.

Start with a wedding notebook. You willwedding planner need dividers for each different element of your wedding (Attire, stationary, budget, vendors, etc…). you will need pocket folders for receipts and a zipper pocket for pencils, fabric swatches etc. You will fill this to capacity, and this will be your wedding bible by the time the day comes around.

Second find a wedding planning timeline that matches how many months until your wedding. 18, 12, 6 and use that as a general guideline to plan what needs to be done every month, and the weeks days and even hours up to the wedding. There are many to choose from on Pinterest and theknot.com has a good one with an app. It will give you email notifications to help you stay on track with your to do list.

There are a few little details you need to set before you can move forward in your planning at all.

Look at the 5 questions:

Who, What, where, when, and how?

The funny thing about answering these question is it isn’t a straight line but a circle. once factor is dependent on the others. So lets break them down.

Who:
Not who is getting married…lol you already know that, but who is coming to the wedding. You need to have a general idea from the beginning how many quests will be there. This helps determine your budget, the size of your location, and even the place of your location.

What:
What is your theme, your colors, and the general feel you want for your wedding. Though this does not have to be set in stone at this point a general idea is good. When looking at venues you do not want their orange carpets to clash with your smoky blue decor. You do not want to host a formal wedding in a rustic county barn. You will want a cohesive blending of style between your theme and your locations, decor and attire.

Where:
When you put your feelers out for a wedding planner, photographer, caterer etc… one of the first questions everyone asks, “Where are you having your wedding, and have you chosen a venue?” I touched a little on the venue before, but what about location. Are you getting married in your home town, closer to family, a destination wedding?
When Todd and I first got engaged I imagined our wedding just down the road from our home. Then we told our family we were getting married and found my in-laws are not able to travel due to health reasons. So we had to plan a wedding 4 hours away. Weddings are sometimes planned more towards the needs of the guest than the wants of the bride.

When:
Planning your date is also important. There are times of the year and even times of week that cost more than others. There are also family considerations to dates. The first date I set for one wedding was the same day as the families biggest football day of the year. If I had stuck with that schedule 1/2 the family would not make the wedding. it was a tradition.

How:
I guess how should really be how much. What is your budget? This will determine every aspect of your wedding. Also, important is who is paying for the wedding, the rehearsal dinner, the honeymoon, etc. Keep in mind that most weddings go about 40% over budget. This may be a strong discussion point for you and whoever is paying for the wedding.

These are the first 5 questions to ask yourself when beginning the planning process. It down with your brand new wedding notebook and brainstorm these questions with the people who are going to help you make decisions and put this together along the way. Know at the beginning who these people are. Your fiance, your mother, mother-in-law, your best friend. Usually the people who are paying have a lot of say over the whole wedding planning process.  Get everyone together and have a brainstorming session with these 5 questions as the topic of discussion. A wedding is like starting a business and these people are your board of directors. These 5 questions are the basis for your business plan.

Of course, one of the best investments in your wedding is the wedding planner. Having someone  experienced in the whole “World of weddings”, who knows vendors, contracts and budgets and knows what problems can unexpectedly pop up is an asset that can save you thousands of dollars in the end. Even if you are planning on hiring one just for day of coordinator, you may want to begin the communications at the beginning. This is a relationship worth building. Put them on retainer and work out a little extra for communication and advice along the way. Please see Our Services and our web site for helpful advise and to see about how we can work for you.

i hope this helps answer the question of where do we start? Please feel free to share your questions, comments and concerns.

Lovely planning seasons to all,

Todd & Ashley
346-702-5269
ashley@texasroseevents.com
www.texasroseevents.com

Your Engagement Party

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The first event of your wedding season is your engagement party. This is where you officially announce your engagement and get to celebrate with friends and family. It is a more intimate affair. Not as many guest as you will invite to your wedding but just as important. You will want every detail perfect and insure your guests will have a great time.

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This is your first chance to begin setting your wedding theme also. The decor will be much simpler than the wedding but they can share elements. If you are having a traditional wedding your engagement party might center around a cocktail party with finger foods and small deserts. If you are having a country or rustic wedding you might want to bring in some Bar-B-Que.

As with any part of your wedding, you do want to put in some planning and coordinating. This can be challenging when you also have work, family and social commitments.  We, as wedding planners are a great help in the party planning as well as the wedding planning. You are going to spend a lot of time with your wedding planner.  This is a great trial run to see if you are a good fit or not.

At Texas Rose Events, in the Houston Texas Area, we have a special. If you hire us for the engagement party and decide to hire us as your wedding planners, then the fee for the party will be applied to the fee for the wedding planning. Basically, you get the party planning for FREE.

Download our brochure. Click here for PDF Brochure

You can also Contact Us for more information, or look at Our services Page

Sincerely,
Todd & Ashley SPurgeon

www.texasroseevents.com
ashley@texasroseevents.com
346-702-5269

 

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Hello Ladies…. and gents also,

Now you’re engaged and looking for help. You started looking into venues, cakes, caterer etc. and you are overwhelmed. Between planning your wedding and everything else (Such as work and family) you need help. You want to enjoy your wedding not be totally stressed out by it.

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You start looking into wedding planners and your first thought is, “They cost HOW MUCH?” Don’t worry. By hiring the wedding planner you will be saving that much and more by  having someone who knows the vendors, and can keep you on time and on budget to make your dream come true.

The next consideration is how much time you will spend working with and communicating with your wedding planner. This surely needs to be someone you “click” with. You will become close friends over the next few months. But how do you know?

What we offer at Texas Rose Events is a trial run. The wedding season is full of parties and celebrations. So let the first one, your engagement party, be handled by us. We help you plan and pull of a romantic, fun celebration of your engagement. We help set up, decorate, make sure the invitations go out, the food and drinks arrive on time etc. and you get a chance to know us and see if we are able to see your vision, work well together, and most important you see how valuable the wedding planner services are to your perfect wedding day.

Even better, the fee for the engagement party is applied to the wedding planning fee if you choose to use us. It is a win-win situation for you and for us. Let the parties begin. Contact us to get the communications started and begin the best season of your life.

Contact us

ashley@texasroseevents.com

Wedding Get Fit

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When we think of the Grand Presentation of the Bride in her beautiful wedding gown…..Um, that’s you Ladies; we see ourselves in a form fitting, glamorous, jaw dropping white masterpiece. But what do you see when you look in the mirror, getting ready for work each morning? Do you say that you need to lose a few pounds, tighten up a few areas? I know I do, every day. But no day do we wish this more than anything not just for the wedding… but the Honeymoon girls.

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Starting an exercise routine early in the wedding planning stages is a great idea. You will have so many benefits from this. You will get in better shape, have more energy and even sleep better. Of course this is coupled with healthy eating.

Some things you can do to get started. Walking is easy for me because I have a dog that pretty much insists on it. I am not recommending getting a dog. But did you know you can walk 2 miles in about 45 minutes if you just put on some music and walk at a healthy pace. For a long time I walked 2 miles a day and I lost weight and my shape improved pretty rapidly.

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Another favorite of mine is yoga. Yoga is a low impact exercise that builds strength, flexibility, tones and creates peace of mind. Who doesn’t need some peace in her busy wedding season? Yoga also builds lean long muscles. I love that in my 5’4″ frame. A good place to begin is the 30 day Yoga challenge at www.doyouyoga.com.

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Of course with the exercise comes healthy eating.  More fruits and vegetables and less starch and carbs. Which is a great summer food idea anyway when dealing with the hot steamy days. One thing I do is I select a smaller size plate for my food servings. I use a lunch size instead of the dinner plate. This helps me watch how much I take and consume.

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Other things to consider, and this is nothing new: Drink lots of water; Avoid too much alcohol – Lots of sugars – affects your sleep and you skin. Carbs will bloat you so as you get closer to your wedding day you may want to limit these. And you will not be able to reach any fitness goals in the last month of your wedding planning. Begin now. It doesn’t have to be hard and strenuous.  Getting your body moving and improving what you eat can be a good beginning goal. As you start to feel healthier you will expand your goals.

We don’t want to look at fitness in our wedding season just as a way to get in shape. I’m a realist. I bought my wedding dress early but I bought it in my current size. Even though my goal was to get fit and lose some weight I could always have the dress altered. If I didn’t lose weight, I still had a dress I can still sit down in at the wedding. Right girls?

Getting some exercise is as much about peace of mind than fitness. This will be one of the busiest, craziest seasons of your life. Don’t forget the stress.

Of course you can always hire a great company like Texas Rose Events to make sure your day goes off with out a hitch. We will also be your rock, your encouragement and if you need your fitness cheerleader.

Send me a quick email ashley@texasroseevents.com or leave a comment. You can also call 346-702-5269. Let me know what you think about wedding fitness. Have a great weekend ladies and gentlemen. Talk with you again soon.

Sincerely,
Ashley