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Last week, during the 9am hour, I was back on the Today Show, besides Dylan Marie Dreyer, sharing more of my personal story and hearing more about what life has been like, over the past four years, as the world’s first Bridesmaid for Hire.

What you won’t see is how much work it takes to get on the show. How, as my own PR manager for the past 4-years, it takes so many emails, so many moments of rejection, so many close calls, so many hours of preparation, so many stares in the mirror fighting off all the self-doubt and what ifs.

What you will see,  is a 30-year-old woman who has built a little something out of a Craigslist ad that most people thought was nothing more than just a silly and crazy idea, who has found a way to keep going, even when the world would have forgiven her for giving up, all in the name of not proving anyone wrong, but proving herself right.

Enjoy it here:

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The moments right after you get engaged can feel like some of the happiest moments of your life. You’ll want to share your excitement with your family members, your friends, and of course your fiance. But as the week goes on, you’ll notice that the pre-wedding headaches start to knock on your door. People will be asking you if you’ve picked a date yet and you might even be asking yourself if it’s too early to get to work on your wedding to-do list. So right after the question has been popped and right before the wedding planning stress comes to sweep you off your feet, it’s important to take a step back and do these three things the week you get engaged.

1. Celebrate the Milestone

Enjoy the bliss around your engagement for as long you can. It’s a huge milestone for both you and your partner. You have both looked each other in the eye and said, “Let’s build a future together!” Whether you plan a formal engagement party with family and friends or you just make a point to do something special with your partner to celebrate, make time to make your engagement moment truly special.

2. Make a Must-Have List

Moments after you get engaged, it will feel like you and your new fiance are going straight in decision making mode, picking out a date that you want to get married on, selecting the types of flowers you want for your bouquet, and even wondering who you’d like to ask to be part of your bridal party. But before you sign on the dotted line with any wedding vendors or ask your friends and family members for their opinions, make a wedding must-have list. Agree on ten things you want to have at your wedding, whether it’s a specific type of cocktail or even a dessert. That way, as you begin to plan out your budget and make big decisions, you’ll have a list of what matters most to prioritize.

3. Plan a Getaway

You’ll need it! Wedding planning will quickly start to equal parts stressful and equal parts chaotic. A month or two in, you’ll be craving a mini-vacation that takes you and your fiance away from the decision making and the conversations you’re having with friends and family members about your big day. That’s where an Engagement-Moon comes in to save the day. A trend that BRIDES magazine has named one of the most popular wedding trends of 2018, is an easy way to press pause on your to-do list and get away for the weekend.

Manoir Hovey, an intimate Relais & Châteaux resort in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, has an Engagement-Moon package that you won’t find anywhere else.

Their “Engagement-Moon” weekend retreat is from July 20-22th 2018.  It is where couples can decompress and rekindle their relationship as they get tips for planning a great wedding.

Couples who book the Engagement-Moon will savor delicious food and drinks, enjoy activities like biking, paddle boarding, foraging, and yoga, and participate in workshops with *ME*. The fun and interactive sessions will feature such topics as:

  • From the Royal Wedding to the Latest Must-Have: Stunning Wedding Trends for Your Big Day
  • Old School: How to Incorporate the Best Wedding Traditions and Etiquette Into a Modern Wedding
  • He Said, She Said: Keeping the Peace and Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Bridesmaids and Groomsmen and In-Laws: How to Handle the People Who Are by Your Side During the Wedding Process
  • Things to Do Together Before Getting Married

Learn more about the Engagement-Moon here!

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Getting engaged is one of the most incredible moments of a person’s life. After the “will you marry me?” question is asked, the couple launches into a full-fledged week of endless celebrations, congratulations, and conversations about their future wedding. But after the champagne bottles have been popped and the pictures of the engagement ring have been spread all over social media, a new question begins to circulate – the question of, “what should we do next?” That’s when, all of a sudden, the stress kicks in and the decisions pile up on a wedding to-do list that feels like it goes on forever. “I’ve never found myself more stressed out than I did the weeks after I got engaged,” says Laurie Hart, a bride getting married in June 2018. “It honestly started to cause a lot of friction in my relationship with my fiance. I wish we put the pause button on everything, spent quality time together, and learned about what we needed to do, before jumping right in.” The trend of going on an Engagement-Moon is one that Manoir Hovey, an intimate Relais & Châteaux resort in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, is spearheading, for a good reason, to help couple’s ease into the wedding adventure in the most peaceful and fun-filled way. Their “Engagement-Moon” weekend retreat is from July 20-22th 2018.  It is where couples can decompress and rekindle their relationship as they get tips for planning a great wedding. Couples who book the Engagement-Moon will savor delicious food and drinks, enjoy activities like biking, paddle boarding, foraging, and yoga, and participate in workshops with *ME*. The fun and interactive sessions will feature such topics as:
  • From the Royal Wedding to the Latest Must-Have: Stunning Wedding Trends for Your Big Day
  • Old School: How to Incorporate the Best Wedding Traditions and Etiquette Into a Modern Wedding
  • He Said, She Said: Keeping the Peace and Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Bridesmaids and Groomsmen and In-Laws: How to Handle the People Who Are by Your Side During the Wedding Process
  • Things to Do Together Before Getting Married
 

Here are three key tips to help you fight off engagement stress:

  1. Plan a Weekend Getaway
Spend the weekend at Manoir Hovey so that you and your fiance can properly celebrate your engagement. Going away for the weekend allows you to frolic in the excitement that you’ve both decided to take your relationship to the very next step. It will allow you to jump into wedding planning with fresh eyes and a fresh understanding of what you both want.
  1. Find the Right Wedding Help
Planning a wedding isn’t something you should do alone. Finding the right vendors is an easy way to kick off stress and nerves before your wedding. Whether you do research online or ask for recommendations, gather a team together of people you trust.
  1. Learn How to Handle Difficult Tasks
Spend a few days learning the answers of how to handle some of the difficult tasks you have on your wedding to-do list. From figuring out how to keep the peace between your friends and family to learning how to incorporate old-school traditions with a modern twist, the Manoir Hovey retreat will teach you all of that and more.   Learn more about the Engagement-Moon here!
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Getting engaged is one of those moments in life that are worthy of a celebration. Think about. The person you’ve been spending quality time with for years, building your life with day-by-day, and falling madly in love with over all of that time, just asked you to take things to the next level and you responded with a gigantic, I DO! Of course, wedding planning should be fun, but sometimes it’s filled with stressful moments that can challenge you and your new fiance.  According to a recent report by the wedding registry company Zola, 96% of engaged couples and newlyweds surveyed admitted that the project is stressful, and almost half said it was “very” or “extremely” stressful. With wanting your big day to be the biggest hit on social media and in 2018, up to the royal wedding standards, it’s important now, more so than ever, that couples who planning a  future together and an upcoming wedding should take a few steps back before they dive into planning so that they don’t immediately jump into making endless decisions, a wave of stress, and the headaches that sometimes come with working with wedding vendors. A couple of months ago, I decided to team up with Manoir Hovey, an intimate Relais & Châteaux resort in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, to help newly engaged couples reveal in their new relationship status. We brainstormed how we could combine my endless wedding knowledge with their beautiful property, services, and on-site activities, to give couples a weekend retreat that would help them approach wedding planning in an entirely new way.
We came up with the concept of launching an “Engagement-Moon”, a weekend retreat from July 20-22 where couples can decompress and rekindle their relationship as they get tips for planning a great wedding. Couples who book the Engagement-Moon will savor delicious food and drinks, enjoy activities like biking, paddle boarding, foraging, and yoga, and participate in workshops with *ME*. The fun and interactive sessions will feature such topics as:
  • From the Royal Wedding to the Latest Must-Have: Stunning Wedding Trends for Your Big Day
  • Old School: How to Incorporate the Best Wedding Traditions and Etiquette Into a Modern Wedding
  • He Said, She Said: Keeping the Peace and Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Bridesmaids and Groomsmen and In-Laws: How to Handle the People Who Are by Your Side During the Wedding Process
  • Things to Do Together Before Getting Married
So if you’re reading this saying, YES, PLEASE, I need to do this with my fiance, here are the details of what’s included and how to sign up.: The Engagement-Moon weekend includes two nights’ lodging in a deluxe room with a lake view, balcony, and therapeutic tub, a four-course dinner for two in Le Hatley Restaurant, a casual dinner for two in the Tap Room Pub, two full country breakfasts for two, gratuities on meals, four workshops, a sunset lake cruise, and a mixology workshop introducing 2018/19 cocktail trends. Rates start at  $1,695 per couple (CAD), plus tax and gratuity. Learn more right here!  
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