As everyone is feeling festive we decided to take a family drive to a local house situated in a small village called Bagby in North Yorkshire. They decorate their house to raise money for a good cause. I know over in the USA this kind of festive decor is common, but over here in the UK we tend to be a little more reserved, more the pity I love Christmas, its my most favourite time of year.
Well its nearly upon us, the Christmas season and all its festivities. Like everyone it has been a very busy few weeks both on a professional and personal level.
Of course the usual rushing around buying presents, working out what size turkey I need and decorating the house with lots of twinkling lights and tinsel. I think that I may be ready in time although I would be quite happy to put it back a couple of weeks.
The new year is full of promises and exciting prospects. The year kicks of with the usual meetings with brides and suppliers, then is promptly followed by the Wedding Fair at Thirsk Racecourse, I am looking forward to meeting some new brides who would like a helping hand and some more contacts. I love networking, before I will recommend a supplier I feel its important to meet them, after all each bride wants a unique wedding so matching them with the right people is so important. The people I work with are always passionate about their work, its more than just a job to them and they always go above and beyond to assist brides in whatever way they can, to me that's what makes them special.
February also brings White Rose Wedding Fair to Hambleton Forum, Northallerton on February 17th - lots of my wonderful suppliers will be there to exhibit and again a chance to meet some lovely brides and bridegrooms. Its so nice hearing about their ideas and the plans for their day.
I also have another Wedding Fair scheduled for 19th May at the White Horse Lodge Hotel in Thirsk. So plenty to keep me busy.
One special wedding that I am involved in is that of my daughter, she is due to marry in April so there is still lots of Mother of the Bride jobs to do and making of 10 sweet trees, as all mums do they want their daughter to have the perfect day.
Just when I thought that my year couldn't get any better, I received a call from my daughter two weeks ago to announce the wonderful news that she is pregnant!! that's right, my first grandchild is on its way and oh dear do I suddenly feel old lol.
I have also been asked to organise and co-ordinate a charity event for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at Ripon Spa Hotel in September 2013, I am really excited about having such a great tribute act, The Take That Experience will be joining us, I have seen them twice now and highly recommend them. So if your looking for a good night out keep an eye out for details.
I am soon to be working with a new wedding venue locally as their Event Co-ordinator, again exciting times. I love the challenge of bringing things together so again, Exciting times!
Not all my work involves on the day co-ordination or full planning, a large part of my work is negotiating with venues, recommending suppliers or just giving brides some practical advice.
Over the past year I have spent time developing something special for the DIY bride - my new planner can be found on my website, it is a beautiful ring binder that has everything a bride needs to plan her big day, complete with telephone and email contact with myself to add that little extra support. Brides seem to love them and are flying out.
The next week is full of school parties and performances, baking and preparing for the rest of the family to visit, so this will be my last blog until the new year. So my time will be spent with my youngest daughter as her excitement for the impending visit from Santa Claus reaches its height. To all of my lovely followers, have a lovely Christmas and Peaceful New Year Stay Warm & Stay Safe