Giving Thanks & A Word of Advice

In the midst of pumpkin pie and turkey brining, I’m reminded that there are so many things to be thankful for this year. My amazing family and friends, a loving and supporting husband, two comincal little dogs who kind of need their own variety TV show to display their antics, and a business I’m truly passionate about that lets me get lost in a world of creativity and beauty. In regard to The Stylish Soiree, here’s what I’m thankful for this year:

– Amazing brides who have trusted me with creating and executing the vision on the most memorable day of their life.

– A business that fills me with creative ideas and lovely party possibilities each and every day.

– My team – my design-savvy mom and friend (more like a sister!) Jacquie, who help me bring the wedding day & all its details to fruition.

– Guests who have raved about my planning to their friends, and spread the word about my little business, helping me do what I love most.

– Talented photographers who have captured the moments, vignettes and design concepts that I labored over for months, so they will never go unseen or unnoticed.

– Some insanely beautiful gowns in wedding dress designer’s 2010 collections that I hope my brides will pick to wear! hehehe….

– The Paper Source, Paper Mart, Michael’s and Nashville Wraps, paper and ribbon-laden stores that fuel my obsession with pretty things.

– All the wedding blogs out there, who have both covered my events and provide endless inspiration for future events.

During the holidays, more brides get engaged than during any other time of the year. My advice for newly engaged brides is to take the time to reflect on what getting married really means – an amazing partner who has pledged to spend their life with you; a partner in crime and mischief, in love and hope, in dreams and success. Take a moment to be thankful for this person, focus on their good qualities and on the kind of life you hope to live after all the wedding planning ends.

Hold on to these thoughts of gratitude when the in-laws are stressing you out, your bridesmaids are driving you nuts, and when you just want to get married and get it over with.  Wedding planning is an expression of who you are and of what you love, and shouldn’t be a chore. If it gets too crazy sometimes, just remember to take a step back and focus on the person standing beside you – and be thankful.  Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. If you are in charge of Thanksgiving this year, consider these recipes from the fabulous Julia Child, which I covered in an article for party-planning site Celebrations a while back.. happy cooking.

P.P.S. I realize the picture of the dress at top (Reem Acra, 2008) has nothing to with Thanksgiving, but I’m such a sucker for a beautiful snapshot I couldn’t resist. 🙂

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