j & m walk through a wedding: nantucket

All of the planning and anticipation was certainly worth the wait, folks. Our latest Walk Through a Wedding with Justin and Mary Marantz was picture perfect in every way. First of all, anything in Nantucket is a dream; the water, the cobblestone sidewalks, and the cedar shingles siding every house. Second, the weather was a exceptional for there was not a cloud in the sky throughout the three days we spent on the island. And lastly, everyone involved in this shoot had a blast! Per usual, the photos you'll see below are stunning (This seems to be a trend with J&M). Enjoy them... you may spark an interest in a spur of the moment trip! Let us know, we'll meet you there! nantucket weddings

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Vendor love:

Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz

Venue: The Nantucket Inn, Nantucket MA

Floral:  Carrie Wilcox Floral Design

Paper: Coral Pheasant

Styling: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore

Hair & Make-up: Upstyle 

Linens: La Tavola & Wildflower

xoxo Erica

 

julia & scott: the greenwich country club

One of the many joys of being a wedding planner is working with two people who are as sweet, if not sweeter, than the wedding cake. Julia and Scott were just that. Surrounded by family and friends, they were married at St. Mary's Church on The Avenue. A reception full of signature cocktails and dance moves followed at the Greenwich Country Club with Elan Artists keeping everyone on the dance floor right until the end. We wish you a lifetime of happiness, yummy cocktails, and memorable moments on the dance floor! Congratulations Julia and Scott! CT wedding planner

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Stefanie Kapra Photography

Ceremony location: St. Mary's Church, Greenwich CT.

Reception venue: Greenwich Country Club

Florals: Dirt Floral

Linens: Wildflower Linens

Paper: Therese St. Clair Greenwich

Lighting: Correlations Productions 

Make-up: Jennie Fresa 

Cake: Greenwich Country Club

 

 

stefanie kapra workshop: chetstone studios & edgerton park, new haven ct

What do two lovely ladies say when they're asked to put their design skills to work? "Of course!" We here at Stacie Shea Events were thrilled to work with a handful of incredibly talented vendors at the first ever Stefanie Kapra Workshop in collaboration with Vermont Vows and WellWed Magazine. Stef started this workshop to give photographers the opportunity to learn and enhance their skills while having fun and making new relationships at the same time. The day was beautiful and the company was warm... and those linens and flowers made my heart skip a beat! The following photos are brought to you by Stef and a couple of the crazy great workshop attendees! CT wedding planner

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Photography: Stefanie Kapra Photography | TBM Photography | Erica Pelaccia

Venue: Chetstone Studios | Edgerton Park

Design Collaboration: Stacie Shea Events | Vermont Vows & WellWed Magazine

Florals: Blush Floral Design 

Paper: Lion in the Sun

Dinnerware: Juliska

Linens: La Tavola Linens 

Wedding Gown and Accessories: Everthine Bridal 

Hair & Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin 

ginger & charlie: the wainwright house

July 19, 2014. Ginger Northrop was married to Charlie Ruff at the home of her parents under a big beautiful tree that made the perfect ceremony space. Lovely in every respect, Ginger made a glowing bride. Charlie was so obviously smitten by her as their closest family and friends watched them become husband and wife. The weather was perfect, it wasn't too hot, and by the end of the afternoon the sun was beautifully shining. The reception took place at The Wainwright House with views of the water that were breathtaking by sunset. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Ruff! We wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness and love! CT wedding planner

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Vendor love:

Photography: Zlatko Batistich

Venue: The Wainwright House

Florals: Petals by Alice

xoxo Erica

 

j&m walk through a wedding: the lace factory

I can't stress enough how lovely it is to work with such talented and respected vendors. Walk Through a Wedding at The Lace Factory was another excuse to do just that. This venue is killer and the design behind this shoot was so elegant and fresh. I think I speak for everyone involved when I say "Thank You!" to Justin and Mary for giving us the opportunity to let our creativity flow. Stay tuned! Stacie Shea Events is packing up and heading to Nantucket for Walk Through a Wedding in a couple of short weeks! I've got a great feeling about this one!

 

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz

Venue: The Lace Factory

Stylist: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore

Hair/Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin 

Florals: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design

Paper: Roseville Designs

Pies: Pickles and Pies 

Linens: La Tavola and Wildflower

Table setting: Juliska 

xoxo Erica

 

kissing koizim's: the coveleigh club

It was a drop dead gorgeous day on May 17, 2014. The weather was outstanding, the water front views at the Coveleigh Club were to die for and Christina and Brian got married! Seriously, this couple of vibrant and energetic people were turning heads all over the place! Binary Flips could not have done a better job capturing every meaningful second of this day. From beginning to end this wedding went without a flaw and the attention to detail couldn't have gone unnoticed. Please enjoy these photos as much as we have and thank you Brian and Christina for letting us help make your day unforgettable! Southern CT Weddings

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Binary Flips 

Venue: The Coveleigh Club 

Lighting: Shindig Lighting

Florals: True Florette

Paper: Coral Pheasant and Wedding Paper Divas 

Linens: La Tavola Linens 

Gelato Cart: Pane and Gelato

Favors: Crate and Barrel glassware. cupcakes by a family friend of the bride and groom.

xoxo Erica

 

 

THE KNOT NY! ....

The Knot NY Greenwich CT Wedding Planner Last September Stacie Shea Events was lucky enough to be part of an AMAZING team of vendors that pulled off this beauty of a wedding. It was simply magical starting at the rehearsal at Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT to the rehearsal dinner at Valbella and the Reception at the Riverside Yacht Club. It is such an honor to see team Stacie Shea Events and our hard work gracing the pages of The Knot NY!

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A special thanks to our AMAZING couple Erin and Taylor and the wonderful vendors that made that day so PERFECT!

Photos by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Link here to the original SMP post with all the vendor credits

 

J&M Walk Through a Wedding: Kate Spade

Part two of Walk Through a Wedding was such a treat! What girl doesn't just love a classic Kate Spade inspiration? I'm not too sure I have words for this one, folks. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. This group of vendors at February's Walk Through a Wedding with Justin and Mary Marantz knocked it out of the park! The backdrop of the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park was just perfect. Enjoy! CT Wedding Planner

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Vendor Credits:

Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz

Florals: Intrigue Designs 

Paper: The Pink Orange 

Linens: La Tavola and Wildflower

Cake: Erica O'Brien Cakes 

Hair: Brittany George of Upstyle

Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

Venue: The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

Dress: Rent the Runway

xoxo Erica

the carousel at lighthouse point park: new haven, ct

February brought us a lot of snow and a lot of cold. But that didn't stop us from designing this pretty, spring inspired shoot at The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT. It was cold. But it was lovely. Here are a couple of our favorite images! Editorial Shoot CT Weddings

Design: Stacie Shea Events

Photography: Kristen Waterbury Photography 

Florals: Wildflowers of Tolland 

Paper: Hartford Prints

Linens: La Tavola

Rentals: Smith Party Rentals 

xoxo Erica

 

J&M Walk Through a Wedding: The Notebook

It's crazy how fast time flies. It seemed like only yesterday Stacie Shea Events was working on our first Walk Through a Wedding with the absolutely AMAZING Justin & Mary Marantz. We were so honored and excited to work on such a fun project with these two. (We always are!) Walk Through a Wedding is a two day workshop hosted by J&M that takes you through the wedding day from beginning to end. This particular workshop was inspired by "The Notebook" and all that 1930's vintage charm. Chetstone Studios in New Haven, CT and its beautiful architecture hosted these amazing vendors to make it all possible. We hope you love these photos as much as we do! It's always a treat to see our work captured by such talented human beings. Enjoy! CT Wedding Planner

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Vendor Credits:

Design: Stacie Shea Events

That AWESOME driftwood table: Ryan Designs 

Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz

Florals: Hana Floral Design

Cake: A Little Imagination Cakes 

Paper: The Pink Orange 

Hair and Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

xoxo Erica

 

 

meet mrs. koizim!

When we start planning weddings with our couples images like this are what make our job here so amazing. The pure joy and love in her face has us at Stacie Shea Events so excited to see what Binary Flips has in store for us. We just thought we needed to showcase a simple little teaser for what is to come. Stay tuned for the full wedding post coming soon along with an AMAZING vendor line-up! Rye New York Wedding Planner

meet the mccrystles: the greenwich boat and yacht club

I don't think we could have asked for a better day for a wedding by the water here at Stacie Shea Events. The weather in May is always a gamble but on the morning of the third the sun was shining and the birds were chirping and Kevin and Lauren were getting married. They had a beautiful ceremony at St. Catherine of Sienna in Greenwich, CT with their closest friends and family. The Greenwich Boat and Yacht Club then hosted an evening full of dancing and celebration. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McCrystle! Vendor Credits, of course:

All of these beautiful photographs were captured by Neil of Landino Photo.

Florals: Melissa Martin Julien of Matthew Robbins Design

Ceremony: St. Catherine of Sienna

Reception Venue: The Greenwich Boat and Yacht Club

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>> Erica

a recap of the trouvaille workshop

It’s not too often people get to follow their dreams and live so closely to their inspirations. This past April I was lucky enough to do both at the Trouvaille Workshop led by the ever so talented Rhiannon Bosse of Hey Gorgeous Events. The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI hosted 30 lovely ladies for a three-day workshop experience unlike any other. Bradley James Photography

Over the course of three short days I made new friends, gained valuable knowledge from industry professionals and was inspired by Rhi’s outstanding sense of design. So many smart, savvy, and talented professionals had the opportunity to speak and teach what they know best. Amongst many other things we learned about vendor relationships, putting an appropriate price on what we do and how to market our businesses for growth. My shiny gold notebook (one of many fabulous swag items) was filled from cover to cover by the end of the three days!

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Alongside Rhi, Alicia from Bows and Arrows sparked my slow growing passion for floral design and kicked it into high gear! I have always had a sweet spot for florals. Mostly cooing over the beauty in arrangements and bouquets. But Trouvaille gave me the opportunity to get my hands on some stems to snip and style in my own way! We were taught floral conditioning and “finding your style” and then were let loose in what seemed to be a sea of beautiful blooms to create our very own centerpieces.

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I must say I was pretty darn proud of myself.

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A big, big, BIG, thank you goes out to Rhiannon for hosting such an incredible and inspirational three days. Because of you, Rhi, I can also warmly say ‘thank you’ to the girls I met along the way. There is so much truth in saying that you get most of your passion and ideas from those that you work alongside of.

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And lastly, I couldn’t be more grateful to work with such an incredible lady who made my trip to Grand Rapids a reality in the first place. Thank you Stacie for pushing me to grow and for giving me opportunities I could only dream of having.

How about these photos? Brad and Sam, I appreciate you catching all of these incredible moments throughout our time at Trouvaille. I will certainly treasure all you have captured.

xoxo Erica

Photographs by Bradley James Photography

Trouvaille Workshop - Hey Gorgeous Events

Bradley James Photography As a planner and designer I find it so incredibly important that we continue to stay on top of the current wedding trends, and always continue learning. Not just about how to put on a seamless and perfect event but also learning from other amazing individuals in the wedding community. Since I was traveling home from M + S's wedding week in Maui I thought it was so perfect that Erica attend the Trouvaille Workshop with none other than the FAB Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events.

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Erica came home from this 3 day workshop in Grand Rapids inspired beyond words. I can hardly contain myself with all the fun things we have coming our way at Stacie Shea Events. All I can say is that we are gearing up for a crazy rest of 2014 and an even more incredible 2015! Stay tuned for all our upcoming changes and get ready for a recap from Erica next week on the blog about this great workshop.

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PS - For all those planners, designers, and possible newbies in the industry I cannot say enough great things about Rhi and her passion. This my friends is the gal to learn from! So make sure you sign up for her upcoming October workshop!

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Check out Erica's beautiful floral design above!

 

 

Kapalua Plantation Maui Wedding

This past April Stacie Shea Events packed up and headed off to Maui for a beautiful destination wedding and rehearsal. To add to the amazing week I was able to work with a few amazing venues like Merriman's in Maui,The Kapalua Plantation, and last but not least the amazing Jana Morgan Photography.  Stacy and Mike were the perfect couple to tie the knot and get Maui'd! Vendor Credits:

Venues: Merriman's Kapalua, The Plantation Course at Kapalua

Flowers: Flowers by Sunya

Paper: Stacy Chamberlain (The bride custom made everything herself)

Photography: Jana Morgan Photography

Videography: Amore Films

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how to choose a wedding planner that is perfect for you

Event Design by Stacie Shea Events, Florals by Blush Floral Design, Photography by Charlotte Jenks Lewis Co-Written by Amy Cagginello & Stacie Shea

It finally happened. You and the love of your life are engaged to be married. After the excitement of telling family, friends and social media you are off the races of planning the perfect day to have every single person that you love and adore celebrate one of the biggest life milestones

Where to begin? Lock in a venue? A photographer? At that point you realize you cannot handle everything yourself or just want the event to look absolutely sublime so you begin to look for a planner. That process too can turn into an arduous task if you don’t know where to begin or what to look for.

With the ease of creating a website and Facebook / Instagram account, its easy for and inexperienced and unqualified person to have an online presence and be responsible for the design and execution of your wedding day. Unfortunately, your wedding is not a 4th of July party, there will not be a do-over next year. A wedding is a huge and often expensive event that has one chance for perfection.

Here are a few things to look for to help determine whether the planner you are hiring is the right fit for you & your wedding day:

1.    Style -  Does your planner understand and resonate with the look and feel you are trying to achieve for your day? This is huge, if your planner does not understand or capture your style you will likely be disappointed with the wedding and the planning process leading up to the day. A great way to know if your styles will match is by looking for their previous work, explore their website, look on wedding blogs and even flip thru some local media publications where their work might be featured. A planner and designers style can almost always be seen throughout their work, website, blog and print publications.

A second way to read into a planners style is how they dress, wear their hair, did you mesh with their website. If their personal style is a starbucks coffee with a popped collar and cowboy boots. Is this something you can resonate with? Do you love those things too?

2. Reviews - Having reviews from past clients validates a business. It means that a past client took the time after the honeymoon to tell the world how incredible their experience was. Unfortunately not all reviews are created equally and sometimes they are inaccurate. Ways to tell if a review is legitimate:

  • The review is personal. The reviewer spoke about specific thing or things that the planner really helped with, were ecstatic about their day and very clearly want the world to know. Reviews that are equivalent to an ebay review are likely fabricated i.e. "working with so & so was great, would definitely recommend".
  • Look for the wedding date for the review, if the date the same for several reviews it may be fabricated, or from friends and relatives of a single wedding.
  • Sometimes vendors write reviews for a planner which is misleading and inappropriate to be mixed in with client reviews. Business to business reviews are great in the proper forum.
  • The wedding story – Most planners almost always have the true wedding “Story”. So when you are exploring the internet about this planner stop by some of the fantastic wedding blogs and read the story about the couple. Almost always the couple will mention the planner or designer and how they helped tie their vision with the overall scope of the event.

3. Limited Liability Company & Insured - Oh this is the boring requirement but so insanely important. Checking to see if a business is an actual registered business is easy to do, simply visit your state's Secretary of State website and search for the business. Connecticut's could be found HERE.

Insurance is something that should never be overlooked. A legitimate planner will have an extensive policy that will cover almost every aspect of their business. In real life, situations happen and it is important not only for the planner but for the client that the planner and their employees are insured.

4. Editorial Work - one of the best forms of networking and advertising is when a planner/event designer creates an inspirational shoot to practice their creativity, ability to step outside the box and execute their own vision. Clients often have an idea for their wedding day, its important to be confident that your planner is able to contribute to your vision, help you maximize your ideas and budget and have the knowledge to know where to go to and how to achieve your look.

5. Trust Factor – The wedding planner and designer is almost always the person you will spend a TON of time with. They are who you will be tasting cake with, picking out linens, and spending countless hours in planning meetings or on email with. Make sure you know you trust them. Walk out of your intial meeting and know that you want to work with them and they get you.

A planner is the person who will tie the perfect bow, assist your maid of honor with the bustle and make sure you look picture perfect the entire day. Trust is the biggest factor.

6. Price- This is the one aspect that I know many will shy away from talking about. Lets be serious here. Weddings are expensive and its one day with a giant price tag on it. Hiring a planner to save yourself money is an aspect that not many think about. Look at it this way, a planner can give you recommendations on how to cut costs here and where you can reallocate funds to another area. Planners and Designers do many events a year so we almost always know how to stretch the dollar in a way that an inexperienced planner won’t. We can coach you thru DIY, tell you when to hire or outsource when the price is better. Yes many planners vary in their package pricing. Many times packages from one planner are the bottom end pricing for another or the high end for another. This is where a you get what you pay for mentality is something to remember. Planners spend on average 250 hours per wedding.

So as you get down to the nitty gritty with pricing remember that a planner who charges next to nothing (or does price promotions- red flag) and takes on a ton of weddings a year might not have as much time to spend on your day and making your experience unique and special. A planner who only books a certain number of events knows their limitations and knows how they can best service their clients. I mean its your wedding day…We all want to be the princess and most important for the day and the year planning up to that point!

7. 1st Impression - There is a ton you could tell from a planner by the time you are in the middle of a consultation. Did they respond to your inquiry quickly? Was it a personalized email or a generic standard email? Were they fairly easy/flexible in scheduling a consult? Did they confirm your meeting? Did they come to the meeting prepared? If they haven't worked your venue, did they research it? Were they on time to the meeting? Were they organized? Most importably, did they listen to you? Did they genuinely seem engaged in the meeting?

Your initial meeting with a planner is just one of many. That meeting sets the tone for all meetings that will take place during the planning process and it's important that all of the questions listed above were answered to your satisfaction before moving forward with the planner.

 

In life we pride ourselves on making smart, logical decisions. While planning a wedding, it is best to allow logic to take a backseat, and let your emotions guide you to the decisions that will create your beautiful and emotional day. When choosing a wedding planner, trust your instincts and leave to logic to the professional!

A special thanks to Ms. AC for helping me get this post out of our heads and onto paper. It has been so great to meet such a special lady in the CT Wedding Industry. I just adore this gal!!

Little Black Book!

This past week was one for the books at Stacie Shea Events. We were recently chosen to become a member of the Style Me Pretty Little Black Book Community. Folks this group is a highly-curated list of the BEST of the BEST wedding professionals! Stop by Style Me Pretty and see some of our work :) Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 1.47.14 PM

Engage13! at the Montelucia - The Luxury Wedding Summit Recap

cc6789150c7789b9e195817e_650x433 Since starting my business I have been watching the tweets, facebook posts, and instagram pics when fellow wedding industry folks head out to Engage each December and June. Shortly after having my daughter I decided it was time to call myself out, pull the trigger and register to attend. On December 9th with my great friend Jessica Ulrich from Jessica Haley Photography we headed off to the AMAZING Montelucia in Scottsdale. This year Engage13! hit a huge milestone by making this the 12th go round of this luxury wedding business summit.

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To my friends, clients and industry friends it the Maserati of wedding industry events and attending it makes you feel like you just graduated from Harvard with an MBA in Wedding! Engage13! was filled with great speakers, incredible networking, so much information you feel like you are brain could explode at any given moment with all the hair brained crazy ideas floating thru your head!  The event is limited to the first 300 wedding professionals and it truly challenges its attendees to think outside the box and  provide new and exciting ways to give value to your clients.

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I would be giving away some of the new things coming to Stacie Shea Events in 2014 and 2015 if I told you everything I was able to walk away from this conference with.I will tell you that what started as a small world cab ride with the Brides Magazine Real Weddings Editor paved the road for a pretty amazing event. Then lead to a pretty amazing seat right next to Sean Low during the Opening day, a small group dinner and business analysis from Sean, an amazing walk back to my hotel room after the first night with Marcy Blum, a breakfast with Silvia Weinstock, and a Gala seat next to Ed Libby's business partner.  Engage13! provided speaker panels,small group experiences, FAB parties, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to rub elbows with the wedding industry’s best of the best.

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Here are some of our my favorite shots from the course of the 3 days and a a few video recaps that would make anyone not want to miss out on the next Engage14!

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engage!13 | The Montelucia from I Do Films on Vimeo.

engage!13 | Montelucia - Days 2 & 3 from I Do Films on Vimeo.

Engage 13 at Montelucia // High Energy Recap from Elysium Productions on Vimeo.

A special THANK YOU to Chellise Michael Photography + Scott Clark Photography + I Do Films + Elysium Productions for the videos and photos seen here. Last but not least thank you, thank you, thank you to Engaging Concepts for all your hardwork and time spent on this event. I cannot wait to see you all again at Engage14! in December!

 

 

Clean Slate in 2014

  2013 was a year of many changes at Stacie Shea Events and you will be seeing some blog posts in the coming weeks about it. In the meantime I wanted to start a series of posts about an area of my business that I have always wanted to share and invite others into but was never sure how well it would be received.

As a small business owner we are always looking for ways to save time, multi-task, gain more hours in the day, and simplify our business flow. Yes I know I am a wedding planner and frankly some of the people who will be reading these posts just might not really be interested in learning how the wheels on my business turn. Then I realized that maybe just maybe there is someone out there who would love to know what makes us tick here at Stacie Shea Events.

Then I also realized that maybe with this series of posts my future and current clients could learn a bit more about what into their events. So they could see how my passion for planning is so much more than what they see at our monthly catch up meetings or when we are grabbing coffee and planning the designs for their special day.

Starting today I am going to dig into how my business runs. I want my readers to see what feeds the fire how we run our processes here. I am not promising weekly or daily posts about this but I am promising to take my knowledge that I have learned in planning and events the past couple of years and making it into something aspiring wedding planners and event designers can use. I want to create something that dreamers who are toying with the idea of starting their own business can come to and learn from the mistakes I made and grow with me as well.

I very well could get shunned for the idea of passing on my "secrets" but at the same time. Let's be real folks and realize brides, grooms, and my couples hire me for me. They hire me for what I bring to the table and that is why I am comfortable sharing this information. So with that brief little introduction I am going to dig into a new line of posts coming at Stacie Shea Events.

Shortly after the beginning of the New Year I realized I needed a clean slate. I needed a desktop that left me feeling organized and ready to tackle the day. I know we have all been there when you turn on your computer and you have more files saved on your desktop than you can count and you just sweat thinking about how to organize them all. So I created my Clean Slate file and uploaded it onto my desktop so that I could organize those much needed desktop files. No matter how much I tried I still had some day-to-day files that I needed quick access and some of my file filing systems (that I will share in a future post) just weren’t cutting it.

So I created the Clean Slate file and every night when I close up my computer I make sure that my desktop is in a state that I feel organized with. I organize those folders into each of the categories listed and anything that I know I need to work on the next day is set and right there ready for me to tackle in the morning. My clients are then categorized into the correct buckets and I am always aware on my desktop what needs to be done. Folks this has really helped me clear the clutter and definitely helped me step away from some stray social media time we all get sucked into.

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