It’s been Ages, Darling I know!

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So, I kind of went M.I.A. for a bit towards the end of the year and the beginning of the year. I will be quite honest here! Since the move, spending time with family has been the top of my priority list. I now know the importance of family and spending quality time! So once the holidays hit, I made a huge decision. I turned OFF my phone and only checked emails once a day. I worked with the clients I had in my queue and vowed to not take on any new clients until the new year.

This was a really big decision and I am so happy I made it. It is not easy turning away clients. Lord knows how much I love each and everyone of you! But, I could not have asked for a better time with my family and husband.

The holiday season is always tricky for me. We have Thanksgiving and then Christmas, shortly after comes New Year’s Eve/Day (My most favorite holiday) and then after that I have my wedding anniversary on the 2nd! Usually, I am left juggling a million tasks for clients with the season. Thankfully that did not happen this year! I was able to slow down and focus on what really matters, on what cannot be bought in stores and making memories to last a lifetime!

Since then I have just been working with contracted clients. We are now taking on new clients (3 new beauties this week alone! ) and I will be in Orlando from tomorrow until the 6th! SO, if you want a consultation with little ole me, be sure to book one today, as spots are going fast!

Tomorrow I will share some photos from our Anniversary trip to New Orleans! Stay tuned loves! Love you dolls!

XOXO,

Natalie

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3 Quick Tips: What to do BEFORE you Meet with your Stationer

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3 Quick Tips: What to do BEFORE you Meet with your Stationer
1. Do some research. I tell my clients to always do their research. Make sure you want to work with this person. Get an idea of what you want. What are the possibilities!? The more you know the easier the process will go! Interact with your favorite stationers on social media and ask questions! Read about processes and read about the different types of invitations and printing processes. ::Shameless plug:: We have some pretty amazing content on our site about this! Feel free to take a peek! I want every couple to be informed about what goes into their stationery purchase.
2. Know what you can spend and what things cost. So often couples come to me with no idea of what things cost. This goes back to research. Get on the internet and Google! (My best friend) Many vendors will at least put their starting prices on their site. This will give you a ballpark. Keep in mind that many custom design houses implement an additional design fee in addition to the cost of the actual invitations! So factor this into your budget.
3. Know your timeline AND your numbers. Let me say that again, KNOW your timeline AND your numbers! Having your details together will definitely save you time and headache. Right now I have at least three brides that are on re-order for their wedding invitations. I say it until I am turquoise in the face! Order extras and start the process with enough time. You should be ordering at least 10% extra. If you have a large guests list, order at least 15-20% extra. I have had quite a few brides under order with me this year. This is a costly mistake. You will end up paying more for reorders than if you just purchase a few extra. Many stationers, myself included will charge a fee for reorder, so make sure you check that list twice!
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XOXO,
Natalie Henry-Charles

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3 Quick Tips: How to Effectively Proofread Your Invitations

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3 Quick Tips: How to Effectively Proofread Your Invitations 
I think many times people disregard or underestimate the revision process. This is the key to making sure your invitations turn out beautifully. So, treat it with respect and give your revisions the time and dedication that it needs.
Here are 3 Quick Tips to make sure the process goes smoothly!
1. Who, Where, Why, When, and sometimes How! Be sure to have these key components on your invitation. Your invitations should give your guests the most amount of information about the event as possible.  Be sure that the suite has your key information and then expand on it!
2. Have an extra set of eyes read it. This is really important! I say to have at least 3 people read your entire suite. Choose people who actually care about getting it right. Do you know an English teacher or a professor? Choose them before your friend who has zero interest in your invitations!
3. Take your time and check for spelling. I think the key here is taking your time. Go through your wording with a fine tooth comb. Set aside time to do this. Don’t try and multitask on the commute home or do it at work. REALLY set aside time in a quiet place to read through everything! Your wallet and your stationer will thank you!
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XOXO,
Natalie Henry-Charles

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Making a Conscious Decision to Choose J O Y Daily!

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Ok spoiler alert, im gonna get all emotional on yal!

 

My move to the DMV area was a lot HARDER than I thought. I dreamed of adventure, life in a big city and weekends getting day drunk at Brunch! But that was NOT the case! Reality slapped me…and slapped me hard! Besides the fact that I moved hundreds of miles away from my family and friends, my business took a huge hit. It was a lot more difficult than I originally planned getting organized. Because of this I dropped the ball with one client. Emotionally, I was a serious wreck. I felt like a complete and total failure. Mrs. Positive became Mrs. Pessimist. It was not cool and a very ugly time.

Recently, I made the conscious decision to  C H O O S E   J O Y   D A I L Y  . I think often times we all get really wrapped up in day to day life. We get so engrossed with ourselves that we fail to see the bigger picture. Which is JOY!!!!! As Americans alone, we are sooo blessed. We get to live our day to day lives in a much more comfortable and convenient way. We often forget this and take the little things for granted. When I began seeing this I immediately changed my view. I began to  A P P R E C I A T E  all the amazing things in my life!

  1. I am super blessed with a thoughtful, caring, kind, loving, and hot husband!
  2. My family is the most loving (we are seriously obsessed with each other, no lie) compassionate and supportive family I could ever ask for.
  3. My business is flipping AWESOME. How many people get to do what they love, full-time, AND get paid to do it?!?
  4. My dog is freaking cute >.< and he loves me unconditionally

So because of all these amazing things, I decided to C H O O S E   J O Y   D A I L Y ! I start each day being thankful/grateful for at least one thing (I have a WHOLE list!) and I pray. Stay close to G O D and let H I M   G U I D E   Y O U! The rest will fall into place! We don’t need to figure life out right away. The fun is experiencing everything that life throws at us! So, buckle up, roll down the windows, blast the music, sing loudly and badly and enjoy the ride!

What do you have in your life RIGHT NOW that you can be T H A N K F U L for in T H I S   M O M E N T !?

 

XOXO,
Natalie Henry-Charles

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