Jan's Journal

Tips to make your dream wedding a reality!

Time to Travel: Unpacking your urge to fly away!

Welcome back to Perfect Event’s by Jan where we can make your travel dreams come true.  Weather it is the solomoon, honeymoon, anniversary or any reason you would like to escape I can make sure to find the perfect adventure for you!    

 

Because it is snowing today in Chicago and not for the first time this year, I am thinking about the migration of song birds.  In song birds the urge to leave is a cocktail of hormones and environmental cues.  This migratory restlessness happens in people too.  For most this happens in the fall when the sun turns traitor cold and all the trees are shivering.  Others feel it in the spring when they are pulled outdoors and the land is wet from winter.  Birds have been migrating for millennia,inheriting the urge and ability to cover thousands of miles over mountains and oceans with baffling precision.  

 

Most of us need some help navigating our way to the find the perfect vacation spot.  Are you dreaming of Asia, a Caribbean beach,the Swiss Alps, a European River Cruise, a Tanzania Safari?  Wherever you want to go, I can get you there.

 

One of my best tips is to book early.  So often clients wait too long and then are hoping for a last-minute deal.  In reality they may find a bargain resort,but the flight to get there involves layovers and wasted travel days.  Everyone wants a direct flight Saturday to Saturday and those go fast. You know you will want to get away after the holidays, the time to book is now.

 

Many people think a Travel Agent costs a lot of money and the truth is it typically costs you nothing to use a Travel Agent.  We do all the work to find you lodging and transportation and it costs you absolutely nothing.  Every resort pays for our time, the cost is the same for you.  Just spend about 10 – 15 minutes telling me what you want and I will give you options which meet your criteria and then you decide which destination is right for you.

With Perfect Events by Jan travel planning and coordination is easy and stress free.  If you have questions or need extra help, I'm always here to help you plan the perfect adventure.

XOXO

Happiness and joy, 
Jan 

Perfect Events by Jan offers professional planning and execution for travel filled with happiness and joy. 

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Romance and Weddings in St. Lucia

Hello Friends,

Welcome back to Perfect Event’s by Jan where couples can breathe easy and enjoy one of the most important days of their lives.  In today’s blog I am going to focus on St. Lucia.

Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean and renowned for its resplendent natural beauty, St. Lucia is an idyllic locations couples in first flush of love, honeymooners or seasoned life partners.  

 

Wedding Bliss Anywhere You Wish:

Many fabulous wedding venues outside of hotels.  You could get married on a yacht, in a lighthouse, a botanical garden, a private villa, a plantation estate or in a church.  So many great choices with the beautiful island locations of hotels, beaches, waterfalls,historical parks, mountain tops

 

Activities and Adventures:

For adventurous couples a sunset catamaran, diving in crystal clear warm waters, flying across the forest canopy by zip line or helicopter over a rain forest is the perfect precursor to a candlelit dinner overlooking the magical Piton Mountains.

 

World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination:

Lauded by World Travel Awards as the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, eight times.  St. Lucia boasts some of the finest wedding and honeymoon settings imaginable.

 

Wedding License:

Fast track wedding license, there is no residency period and you can get married on the day you arrive.

No matter the romantic occasion, with it is unsurpassed tranquility and simply breath-taking views,Saint Lucia provides a stunning backdrop for special photos that will give you a lifetime of cherished memories.

With exceptional planning, Perfect Events by Jan destination wedding planning you can just show up and everything will magically come together. If you have questions or need extra help, I'm always here to help you plan and coordinate the perfect wedding and honeymoon.

XOXO

Happiness and joy, 
Jan 

Perfect Events by Jan offers professional planning and execution for weddings filled with happiness and joy. 


Let's talk about your perfect wedding.

Contact us: 630-689-8749

jan@perfecteventsbyjan.com

https://www.perfecteventsbyjan.com/

 

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5 Considerations for Guests

Hello Friends, Welcome back to Perfect Event’s by Jan where couples can breathe easy and enjoy one of the most important days of their lives.  In today’s blog I am going to focus on your guests.  

I am sure you have heard many horror stories of weddings which were a hassle or disappointment to the guests.  Often guests spend a lot of time and money to attend your wedding.  They might have to take off of work, travel,buy new clothes, gifts, pay for hotels, transportation, make arrangements for someone to care for their children or pets. The list is endless, but the important thing is that your guests really want to do whatever it takes to be at your wedding because being there to share the day and support you is extremely important to them.  

You want to make sure when people look back on your wedding, they have nothing but happy memories about the perfect day. What can you do to make sure your guests feel loved and appreciated?

1.   Give guests a plus-one option.

Guests who absolutely deserve a plus-one are married, engaged, living together or in along-term serious relationship, plus every member of the wedding party.

2.   Provide quality food and beverages.

This doesn’t mean you have to have all top shelf, exclusive bar packages but what ever you do provide, make it as nice as possible. If you have a bar-b-que theme, make sure it is the best burger ever. If you are having surf and turf, it should be cooked and served perfectly.  Everything should be absolutely delicious!

3.   For a sit-down dinner,provide a seating chart.

Many couples want a more relaxed vibe and a seating chart can feel too formal for some.  For a formal dinner, it can be nerve-racking for guests and plus-one to find a spot where they feel comfortable.  It can be time consuming to strategize who is sitting where, but your guests will be relaxed and happy during dinner.  Always select round tables to provide for easier conversation.

4.   Provide transportation, if necessary.

If it is a destination wedding and everyone is at a resort where guests will be staying, transportation will not be necessary. If the hotel, ceremony, reception and after party are not within walking distance, it is best to provide transportation for your guests.  

5.   Consider the weather.

Regardless of the season, location, venue, etc. weather is always a variable to consider.  There is an old saying “if it is predictable, it is preventable”.  Be as proactive as possible to consider the potential impact of the weather.  For example, if the wedding is on a farm in the summer, have bug repellent or if rain is likely, have umbrellas on hand.  

And there you go.There are my five tips to ensure your guests look back for years and say this was the best wedding I ever!  

 

With Perfect Events by Jan wedding planning and coordination, everyone can enjoy the day without the stress of managing the event.  If you have questions or need extra help, I'm always here to help you plan the perfect wedding.

XOXO

Happiness and joy, 
Jan 

Perfect Events by Jan offers professional planning and execution for weddings filled with happiness and joy. 


Let's talk about your perfect wedding.

Contact us: 630-689-8749

https://www.perfecteventsbyjan.com/

 

 

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2 Tips to start planning

Happiness and Joy, Jan

Hello Friends,You just got engaged and don’t want to wait an entire year to get married? Large or small, it can be done without stress when you have a clear vision and bring the best team together.

1. Create your vision.
This is one of the most important days of your life and you get to decide everything! It doesn’t mean you have to do all of the work but you definitely get to choose. Spend a weekend writing down what your perfect wedding looks and feels like for you. Truly focus on what will fill your heart with happiness and joy (not what will fill the hearts of everybody else:).

Start with the basics. Decide who, what, where and when.  As you develop your vision, ask yourself “why.”  Why get married in the mountains? Why wear an elegant white dress? Why have 500 people on the guest list and so on. If you like the reason for your why, then make it part of your vision. If you don't, leave it off.

Prior to starting Perfect Events by Jan, I spent many years leading large-scale projects. One thing I learned is that setting down your vision gets you halfway there. When it comes to your wedding, many of the answers are inside you. Writing them down just brings them out.

2. Hire a wedding planner.  
A professional project manager will manage the scope, schedule, budget and reduce the risks and stress of an emotional day. On average there will be 15-20 business partners or people involved in making your wedding day perfect. The obvious ones might be a DJ, photographer, florist, or religious coordinator. There are others, however, who are less obvious: a photo booth company, makeup artist or even a speaker coach.

There are many horror stories of wedding disasters where the venue was double booked, the mother of the bride is setting up the table decorations instead of enjoying the cocktail hour, the caterer runs out of food, no one can get a drink because there is one bartender for a 200-person wedding and so on.

With a wedding planner and coordinator, everyone can enjoy the day without the stress of managing the event.

And there you go. There are my two tips for planning a wedding quickly. Of course, you never "walk down the aisle" alone. If you have questions or need extra help, I'm always here to help you plan the perfect wedding.

XOXO Happiness and joy,
Jan

Perfect Events by Jan offers professional planning and execution for weddings filled with happiness and joy.
Let's talk about your perfect wedding. Contact us: 630-689-8749

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3 Steps to Decide on Colors for a Fall Wedding

Hello Friends,

Let the color of changing leaves, golden sunlight and crisp clean air inspire your fall wedding.

Who doesn’t love fall?  It is an exciting season, full of warm, rich colors and change.  

Everything outdoors emanates a golden glow, and leaves on trees are more divers than ever.  

If you want your wedding to hold onto the feeling and colors of this time of year get ready to bring fall colors to your wedding.

 

Does color matter?  Yes!!

Color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, even increase blood pressure.  As Pablo Picasso once remarked, “color, like features, follow the changes of emotions”.  Truly focus on what will fill your heart with happiness and joy (not what will fill the hearts of everybody else:).

Three steps to decide on the colors for your wedding?

I know making decisions can be difficult, especially when it feels like you’re bombarded with them from the time you wake up to the time your head finally hits the pillow. But decisions are an inescapable part of wedding planning, and making decisions that you like is important.  

 

  • Limit your decisions by taking the time to focus on what colors make you feel happy.  When it comes to your wedding, many of the answers are inside you. Writing them down just brings them out.  
  • With a short list of colors in hand, seek outside perspective from your wedding planner and people you trust.  A really good wedding planner is never going to tell you what to do.  I will help you figure out your own answers.  If you ask too many people you will get too many different answers and you are going to end up being confused.
  • Make a decision which feels good for both you and your partner.

 

If you have questions or need extra help, I'm always here to help you plan the perfect wedding.

XOXO

Happiness and joy,
Jan

Perfect Events by Jan offers professional planning and execution for weddings filled with happiness and joy.


Let's talk about your perfect wedding. Contact us: 630-689-8749


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Create your vision

This is one of the most important days of your life and you get to decide everything! It doesn’t mean you have to do all of the work but you definitely get to choose. Spend a weekend writing down what your perfect wedding looks and feels like for you. Truly focus on what will fill your heart with happiness and joy (not what will fill the hearts of everybody else:).

Start with the basics. Decide who, what, where and when.  As you develop your vision, ask yourself “why.”  Why get married in the mountains? Why wear an elegant white dress? Why have 500 people on the guest list and so on. If you like the reason for your why, then make it part of your vision. If you don't, leave it off.

Prior to starting Perfect Events by Jan, I spent many years leading large-scale projects. One thing I learned is that setting down your vision gets you halfway there. When it comes to your wedding, many of the answers are inside you. Writing them down just brings them out.

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