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I am so excited to head up to Ohio for my sister’s baby shower this weekend. She is having a baby boy, Jackson William in August and this will be the first grandchild for our family (can you say SPOILED?!). Since we don’t live near her, her amazing sister-in-law has done all of the planning and I am looking forward to seeing all of her creative touches.

Listening to her talk about all of the details of the shower made me realize this wasn’t the first shower she has thrown. For those of you who may be new to bridal and/or baby showers you may be realizing it can be overwhelming! Don’t worry though, with proper planning and a little creativity you can host the beautiful shower that your friend or family member has always dreamed of.

One of my favorite personal touches when hosting an event for someone is to provide them with personalized thank you notes as a gift. I pre-print the names and addresses of all the guests on the outside of the envelopes along with her return address on the back of the envelope. Inside I tuck a set of notecards that fit her style and print her monogram or name on the front. This is sure to save her time during what is sure to be a busy point in her life. Below is a photo of the cards I created for my sister (her colors are green and brown and she hasĀ a monkey theme).

Thank You Cards for Liz

Whatever event you are hosting, I am sure your guest of honor will appreciate the thought and time that goes into creating this personalized gift.

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Rainy season is now upon us in South Florida. Over the past three weekends, all three of the weddings that I have done have had some type of rain. There is an old wives’ tale that rain on your wedding day is good luck. There are many varieties of how this superstition came about, but my favorite is the Hindu version which states that rain on your wedding day is good luck because a wet knot is harder to untie than a dry one. Since you “tie the knot” on your wedding day, it is considered good luck to have rain!

Rain or shine, it is important to be prepared for anything that mother nature may throw at you on your big day. Below are some ideas to help with your planning.

1. If you are planning an outdoor ceremony and/or reception, it is vital that you work with your planner or venue to secure a back up locaiton in case of rain. Make sure your indoor location can accommodate as many guests as your outdoor location would have.

2. Just because it is raining, that doesn’t mean you can’t take pictures outside. Any good photographer welcomes the creative challenge of working with mother nature. Grab a few umbrellas, put on your rainboots and get out there! I have seen some of the most amazing wedding photos taken outside while raining.

3. Make sure to allow yourself ample travel time on a rainy day. Especially in South Florida, when it rains traffic seems to practically halt. Adjust your timeline for the day accordingly to allow enough time to accommodate for slower drivers and longer loading/unloading time.

4. Pack an emergency rain kit. Be sure to include a cute umbrella for photos, a large golf umbrella for getting in and out of your limo, extra hairspray or frizz control, stain remover, and a mini hand held fan for quick drying.

5. Create a memory. Anytime I have a wedding on a rainy day, I bring a small jar and fill it up with some of the rainwater. The bride and groom then have a small token of their special day. You can then have the water blessed and use it to bless your home or even baptize your future children.

The most important thing to remember is to be prepared and go with the flow for the day. It is the most important day of your life and if your stressed it will show. Just relax and have fun!