Corporate and Special Event Planning

Take a Breath, Live the Moment

Take a Breath, Live the Moment

You know each thing that needs to happen, when, who, where, and how.  You run through them in your head over and over, ensuring you have not overlooked anything and that everyone who is involved in each of those details are ready for action.  It is far too easy as a wedding couple to get overwhelmed and involved in those last minute details of your BIG day.  I hope as a wedding planner that you have communicated effectively with each person and in writing what they are responsible for.  Because I want you to wake up this morning, this beautiful wedding day, ready to ENJOY every minute.  Relish in all your hard work, because this is now all for you, to savour, to experience, to LOVE, to share with the love of your life and family.

So take a deep breath and remember that, today you take off your planners hat, you let everyone else perform the details you have laid out.  You will not be working or overseeing or consulting on ANYTHING.  Ready? Ok, fuel your body with great food, hydration and conversation.  You will need it to carry you through your day.  Your support network around you will be excited to share the start of this day with you, so enjoy every minute of it, laugh, cry, laugh some more, be pampered and adored as you set yourself for the day, hair makeup, whatever it may be.

Put on that wedding gown or suit, let others share that experience with you, take the moment to watch their faces, and check yourself out in that mirror, take a breath, remember this moment. Hug and laugh and love it.  Remind yourself to slow down, the next requirement of the day will come, don’t miss the specialness of this one happening right now, rushing to the next step.

Your ceremony is the highlight of all the moments you are experiencing today, take a breath, slow down, live this moment.  Don’t forget to kiss, hug or thank those around you getting you to this point, it is all part of the moment. Lock eyes with your spouse to be, smile, take it in, breathe, this is the why.

Now you are officially together for the rest of the day, don’t lose sight of each other, for a moment.  Hold hands, take a moment to enjoy the soft touches, hand on the small of your back, long gazes into each other’s eyes.   If you can steal away for a few moments alone, to reflect on your vows and celebrate without anyone else watching you, please do it!  You won’t regret it, the formalities are over and your guests will want to be around you to live in the glow of happiness you are exuding.  Let them, but don’t let them monopolize you, or separate you.  Speaking from experience it is very easy to get separated as a couple on your wedding day, you get involved in a conversation with others, that leads to another moment and suddenly you are in separate space from each other, and hours have slipped by.  Stick together, enjoy every moment together, today is all about you.

Don’t let your day slip by in a blink, because believe me it will.  Cherish each hug, kiss, hand held, toast, as it happens in real time, these are your memories to hold dear to your heart when you said I Do to the love of your life.  

Live the Moment, (shhh, you don't have to see each other!)

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Angela VanWingerden is a focused logistics dynamo with nearly 20 years of experience in the events industry. Since obtaining her BA of Commerce in Hospitality from the University of Guelph in 1998, she has built an impressive portfolio of weddings, corporate events and fundraisers for hundreds of satisfied clients. Angela enjoys the entire event planning process from chaos to order and back again. An avid trouble-shooter, Angela has her finger on the pulse of every event she manages. When on-site, she constantly monitors every element of the event to ensure client satisfaction. Angela works closely with staff and volunteers to ensure that they know what their duties are and she provides oversight at the event itself to ensure that all responsibilities and expectations are met. When she isn’t designing and coordinating awe-inspiring events, Angela loves spending time with her family.

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