The most important question to ask yourself

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Do you feel like you have to say yes to every job? Like there’s a constant pressure to take on more out of fear of not having enough?

This is the picture of business ownership, right, particularly creative small business. But what if it doesn’t have to be?

What if there’s another way, a better way?

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We’ll be addressing this topic a lot over the coming days and weeks with a unique focus on creative entrepreneurs. Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest from business strategist and financial coach Shanna Skidmore, and follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #pricingforcreatives.

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02.01.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Romantic Destination Wedding in Greece

At Once Wed, we love destination weddings. We love the beautiful landscapes, the interesting details, and the escape from everyday life. When a destination wedding is designed by Ginny Au and captured by Eric Kelley, however, all of these elements rise to another level.

Today’s wedding in Greece reflects not only the beauty of the setting but also the feeling. Ginny used a neutral color palette and soft natural fibers to bring an overall sense of ease and movement while still keeping the design classic and understated. Fragrant lavender boutonnieres, a drawing of the local church where vows were exchanged, and delicate clippings of olive branches marking each place setting all reflect the rich local history.

Eric Kelley’s gorgeous photography is light and soft and perfectly captures the sweetness and genuine emotion of the bride and groom. Their love story becomes the radiant centerpiece of this gorgeous celebration.

Photography: Eric Kelley | Makeup and Hair: Lora Kelley | Creative Direction and Styling: Ginny Au | Florals: Ginny Branch |  Paper & Calligraphy: Holly Hollon | Rentals & Linens: 12th Table |  Silk Ribbon: Froufrou Chic 

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02.01.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Take Your Romantic Honeymoon With Disney

After the I Do’s have been emotionally said, the last bite of cake has been noshed, and the sparklers have been lit, where will you be? Imagine strolling hand-in-hand with your new husband down the cobblestone streets of your dream old-world European city, exploring the Great Wall of China, or cruising through the Caribbean seas. It almost sounds too good to be true–but with Disney, we all know that nothing’s impossible.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has long been in the business of turning fantasies into reality, and with their expert honeymoon planning services, you’ll find yourself celebrating your new marriage without a single travel care. With Adventures by Disney, the details of your honeymoon are planned by destination specialists, leaving more time for you to focus on each other. You will be led by an expert guide to ensure a seamless honeymoon that will satisfy your taste for the unfamiliar and your passion for the exotic. Destinations are available throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, and North America, along with the highly rated Disney Cruise Line, travelling from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean.

One of the most popular Adventures By Disney honeymoons offering is the European River Cruise, travelling the Danube River of an amazing 8 days. This romantic cruise visits eight unforgettable destinations in four countries, on an all-inclusive adventure through the heart of Europe. These 8 day/7 night vacations are Adventures by Disney-exclusive sailings with AmaWaterways, a leader in luxury river cruising.

For more information on all honeymoon getaways and wedding experiences, visit Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons and request a free planning guide today!

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02.01.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas

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Did you know the average wedding emits 63 tons of CO2? That’s more than a single person emits in a full year!

Operating in a beautiful, natural environment such as Aspen, Colorado, Bluebird Productions knows a thing or two about planning a sustainable and eco-friendly celebration.

We asked for their top tips for how you too can strive to tread lightly on the environment when it comes to your wedding day.  We think you’ll find it’s easier than you’d expect.

  • Think Local: Everything looks best when it fits the locale. Look for local flowers, local food and beverage options and gifts for your gift bag. Not only will your carbon footprint be smaller, but you will be supporting the locale!
  • The goodies: Skip the bubbles and other goodies wrapped in plastic. Select welcome bag items and favors that are mindfully manufactured packaged. If you can source these locally, even better! Edible favors ensure that the item ends up in a belly instead of a landfill.
  • Decor: Put a little extra thought into decor to reduce waste! Would live plants supplement cut flowers nicely with your design? Can you use soy wax candles? A lovely linen using natural fibers versus manufactured fibers will reduce your carbon footprint as well.
  • Waste: Every event has it! Talk to your venue team and event planner to set up a plan for recycling and compost.
  • Paper: We adore paper. Beautiful paper can still be gentle on the environment though. Talk to your stationer to consider paper and inks that are gentle on the environment.
  • Shipping: Plan ahead instead of rushing items to your wedding venue with overnight shipping. Consolidate packages when appropriate and possible as well. This will result in less packaging waste and weight.

Click through our slideshow for ideas on how you could incorporate environmentally friendly options in your wedding. 

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01.29.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning