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Unplugging from work :: life as a wedding planner in Calgary

One of my goals as a wedding planner in Calgary is to help busy couples live their lives without their wedding taking over. Calgary is filled with busy professionals, and it’s just a fact that many couples need to juggle demanding careers, active lifestyles and time to spend our (sometimes rare!) sunny days on a patio with friends and family. Throw in planning a wedding, and your head might just burst.

Guess what? It’s the same for a wedding planner.

Balancing a business, family, an active lifestyle and hobbies (let’s be honest — I have a hard time not “doing something”) is just as tough for me as my clients. But just as I do my best to give my clients the freedom to live their lives sans wedding 24/7, I really should be taking my own advice.

That being said, I have been trying (and sometimes failing) to not respond to emails after 6pm and not work at all on Sundays.

While my clients know my policies, I find myself sending emails past my hours anyway…just to check one thing off the list…again.

So, I am posting this to keep myself accountable. During wedding season (ack!).

Clients, feel free to chastise me if I’m responding to you outside of my regular hours. One of the brides I’m working with did, actually (thanks Jackie!), and you know what? I wasn’t reading that email until the next morning. Colleagues and friends please do the same. Naturally, we all want to go above and beyond for our clients — and, of course, sometimes you have to break the rules — but I think we all know that everyone will benefit from taking time to unplug from work.

Here’s proof of me sticking to my word via my Instagram (enjoying the sun on my deck instead of doing one last thing on my computer):

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P.S. In a related topic, read this article here about how dependent we are becoming on the Internet and our phones…

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Happy Holidays! :: Calgary wedding planner

Seasons Greetings from your Calgary wedding planner

I can’t believe that it’s this time of year again already!

Wrapping presents, Holiday parties, too much food and drink…it really is the most wonderful time of the year. And, among the busy holiday preparations, I’m sure there are many guys planning out how they will propose to their girlfriends. I feel lucky that as a Calgary wedding planner, I get to hear all of these stories and meet with bright-eyed couples after the holiday season.

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Photo credit: centralpark.com

Because I know there will many of you brides and grooms to start your wedding planning, I have been busy putting together all sorts of helpful wedding planning notes and things that newly engaged couples should know. I look forward to sharing my wedding tips with you in the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, I will be celebrating Christmas with my family and friends. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Why do people get married? :: Calgary wedding planner

After 4 years of marriage and almost 2 years of living in our (hopefully) “forever” home, I finally put up our wedding photos. Better late than never, right? I love walking by them right before heading down the stairs and seeing them as I walk to the top of of our stairs. Although 4 years of marriage is not very long, seeing my wedding photos still gives me a little thrill about my marriage. This simple act of putting up wedding photos gave me time to reflect on marriage…and why with 50% of marriages ending in divorce, people are still getting married.

Why get married? Perspective from your Calgary wedding planner

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Photo credit: left – amyandstuart.com via oncewed.com, right – Jennifer Domenick from love.lovelifeimages.com via unitedwithlove.com

Now, I am the first to admit that I am not your typical, hopeless Romantic wedding planner. I am not a big, romantic gesture kind of gal (they scare me) and my husband and I rarely exchange gifts, cards or flowers for romantic occasions or anniversaries…this is appalling to some of you, right?

This is not to say that we never “do anything” for ourselves as a couple because we certainly love traveling together and plan outings (big or small) for just the two of us. While I am not Romantic, I certainly believe in love. I just prefer to think of myself as Romantic in a quiet way. I find pleasure in the small, daily living moments in my life with my husband and our little family of 2 humans and 2 fur babies. I know that if I have someone that I want to be the first to hear all of my news, to hear how my day went and be a part of mundane stories of daily living…because that is love in the everyday.

To me, a strong relationship develops not necessarily on fun vacations and romantic getaways, but when you want to be a part of each other’s daily act of living: the grind of rush hour and work, going to the gym, getting the groceries and doing laundry. And despite this routine, you still want to be with that person every day, for the rest of your life because this person makes getting through the daily grind so much better.

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Photo credit: lovenancyneil.com via snippetandink.com

I would like to leave you with my favourite quote about marriage. This is from the movie Shall We Dance with Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. Susan Sarandon hires a private investigator to find out if her husband is having an affair. She asks the investigator why people get married, to which he replies “passion”. She then responds with:

“We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.”

Call me crazy, but to me, this is the romantic concept behind marriage, and why I believe in marriage. I go back to this quote all of the time when people ask me about relationships and marriage because I truly believe in this concept of having a witness to my life and being a witness to the life of someone else. As much to-do as there is about weddings, the most important thing behind a wedding celebration is the start of a marriage.

My Calgary wedding planning firm is known for our chic, sophisticated style and detailed wedding coordination. You can learn more about me & Evelyn Clark Weddings and our beautiful sweet table designs, and don’t forget to look at our Gallery of stylish wedding couples too!

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