At the beginning of 2013, I decided to take a rare stance and set resolutions for myself. My resolution was to do things that scare me. I even started my resolution right away, you can read about it here.
This week, I did it again. I attended my first Vancouver Wedding Meetup. It’s a night for all wedding industry professionals to get together, catch up with old friends, meet new ones and share in the calm before the storm that is the wedding season.
The boy was away for the weekend so I put on my big girl shoes and attended the even solo. I must have talked myself out of going at least 100 times on the drive to the Stanley Park Pavillion, but I forced my-heart-pounding-nerves-on-high-alert-self go. Attending anything by yourself, without knowing anyone, is hard enough. Attending a networking event, by yourself, without knowing anyone, is 10 times harder!! Schmoozing is definitely not my strong suit. Having to walk up to strangers and start a conversation makes the part of my brain that handles small talk go blank.
The night started off by everyone having to get their photo taken in order to get your free drink ticket. I mean really. Was the universe combining forces just to bring all things that scare the pants off of me together for one night?!? Apparently I did ok with the photo because they gave me a drink ticket and off I went to find some liquid courage.
While I wasn’t the life of the party, I managed to meet some really nice people, exchanged cards with a few, and walked away putting faces to names I’d seen on FB. All in all, a success in my books. Next time, I’m bringing my girl Kelli, who rocks at these type of events, and I can just ride on her coattails. They say face your fears, but they never said I had to do it more than once!
Wedding planning is tough. It’s stressful, it’s crazy, it brings out the family drama and it can sometimes turn you into someone you’re not. Thankfully there’s tons of resources on the interwebs to help you. One o these said resources is an online wedding community called WedOverHeels. It’s a place for couples and local pros to connect with each other in a quick and fun way that (hopefully) makes wedding planning easy.
I revisited it this week and it has been growing by leaps and bounds! There are so many local vendors part of the community now, that it’s becoming a one stop shop to finding exactly what, and who, you’re looking for. Brides-to-be have the ability to create their own engagement announcement page, save the date or wedding countdown as well as find oodles of great ideas to help plan their perfect day. Vendors have their own profile and a blog to give potential clients a feel for the services they provide and a taste of their personality.
I know, I know, the last thing we all need is yet another wedding site to visit/follow, and perhaps this isn’t the one for you. But maybe…just maybe…you’ll find everything you need to make your day the most amazing day ever. Check it out. And while you’re at it, check out my profile by click the image below.