I was on a flight to Dubai when I wrote this blog post introducing Wedding School by TNR and clearly couldn’t have anticipated what would unfold. As to be expected, this is perfectly timed as all of these ideas now have such a wider expanse of time and availability to implement — and I’m pretty jazzed about it!
[Full disclosure: I miss my studio, and yes, these videos are really high tech systems of my cell phone, that box, and a telescoping ladder. Proof that things don’t have to be hard, or complicated to get the job done. I’m preaching to myself here!]
How have you been doing, or feeling? How are you spending this time?
I’ve been taking more hikes, naps, cooking at home, making fresh juice, and practicing slowing down —- the amount of time I normally spend driving, or grocery shopping, or all the things has been replaced and re-balanced in really interesting ways. I’ve returned to things that I loved as a child – reading, watching old movies or shows (Little House on the Prairie, Charlie’s Angels circa 2000, Anne of Green Gables, thinking about diving into the Narnia books again) and just following my creative hunches. Dance parties. Zoom hangouts with my mastermind group and my nephews (not always at the same time). Contemplating putting on some French lessons or story-time for my nephews, or any of my friend’s kids. Why not? (I’m sure the parents would love a little co-parenting support / break, and I’m *great* in hour long chunks!)
What’s so unique is that this is the only point in our lifetimes that collectively, across the globe, everyone is affected, and everyone is on pause. Priorities are shifting, and I truly believe that whenever this pause is released, that the things that matter most —- hugging our people, spending time supporting small businesses, traveling to the places we keep putting off, are going to have such a different priority. Weddings have always mattered, but there will be a different air about them — to not take our people or time for granted, and to be present and drink in the beauty when we all gather together.
Our world is shifting — and while it feels like it’s through a scary and uncertain pathway — I choose to see the uncertainty as the compass that guides us into lands that we never thought possible, but always hoped for. We’re being put into “school” to relearn or rediscover things that we may have forgotten, or never learned. We will come out more connected and present, and our actions will align more specifically to our values.
The world is going to look different.
Yet, I’m excited for this life on the other side. In the meantime, I’ll be out embracing the little kid that’s always been there, but been itching to play. And since that girl runs full tilt down a hill, and is always dreaming up ways to play together — here are some ideas I want to throw out for you:
ENGAGED / WEDDING PLANNING COUPLES:
The below blog post, and Wedding School by TNR, is really created for you. I’ve also been thinking about how I can support, in real time, couples in the planning process in whatever way I can.
While I’ve got another platform in the works, in the meantime I’d love to support you by providing a free classroom style info session, structured around our foundational call and discussion points that we use with all of our clients. It’s an easy, interesting, and really supportive activity for both you and your partner (and any other figures who are involved in the wedding planning process) to go through and will be something you’ll refer back to during the process. If you’ve already started planning, it’s a great way to get back on track!
I’ll be offering this probably on a weekly basis, so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention “Wedding School” and I’ll shoot you all the info!
I’m thinking about starting a weekly webinar / teaching hour where I go over alllll the tips and tricks I’ve amassed about Pinterest, SEO, Instagram, etc from some of the best in the biz, all the way to mindset and journalling prompts just to share and be of service. Can be wedding industry people, can be creative / product businesses or not. Everyone can benefit from this!
I’ve had a big hunch to start teaching within the wedding and event community, and outside of it. So all you need to do is show up, bring your notebook, and get ready to stretch your brain a bit. Email me at email@example.com and I’ll send you the weekly schedule.
And trumpets, drumroll …. 2020 has unofficially been declared as the year that I start sharing all of the time-won wisdom that I’ve gathered over the past 10 years as a wedding planner.
Suffice to say, welcome to the family, Wedding School! (Well, it’s really Wedding School by The Nouveau Romantics, but that’s a mouthful, so WEDDING SCHOOL it is, at least on this blog.)
This began almost 2 years ago over a conversation with a client couple about how they were looking for specific information on a venue, and how quick 60 second snippets of expert perspective could be so helpful during the wedding planning process. (I’d love to say that I was meditating and this came to me in a dream, but I’ll always give credit where credit is due. One of my top reasons for loving what I do is that I get to work with talented, brilliant human beings and that our collaboration often goes well beyond their weddings specifically). The wheels start to turn ….
And then after a couple of stops and starts — namely my relationship to having it all look *perfect* —— I got tired of perfection brain and just set up shop in my studio and started filming … with my iPhone. Cue this little introduction video.
Also – feel free to subscribe to The Nouveau Romantics Youtube channel and you’ll also be able to find these videos on the TNR IGTV channel as well. There are already a couple of pre-recorded options that just require some transcription and uploading!
There are so many reasons that I actually love this endeavor, and I know I’m on the right path as I keep getting even more ideas, more inspiration, and just have that “rocket fuel caffeinated” level of excitement around this, which is definitely a good sign.
Where else is this heading? Well, there’s a podcast version, a digital education school, and a lot more content (my google notes are extensive, to put it mildly). I’ve realized that we only work with a small number of families each year, and that a lot of information, systems, and wisdom can absolutely be shared to help every single person who is meandering through that wedding planning journey. You’re getting my left brain know-how, with a little bit of sassy, silly, and Capricorn-architect that I, Liz, am.
I firmly believe that at the end of the day, if I can contribute to make yours, your sisters, or brothers wedding planning experience a little easier, give some big picture context, or give you questions that you’d never known to ask — and making your life a little less stressful — then why WOULDN’T I share that?
Sharing is caring, and breeds good karma. After all the parking tickets I’ve received in LA, I’m down for some karma.
I hope that you laugh a little, have more living room dance parties, and know there’s a lot of people that are trying to make your wedding as badass, beautiful, and fun as it can be. We’re a good bunch, and my 2020 is all about spreading the love a little wider into the world.
Because really, why not?