Home Office Makeover

Today I’m really excited to share with you, my home office makeover.  Being able to work from home is a luxury that is not lost on me.  I feel quite lucky to avoid the commute and besides, “office hours” are tough to enforce when you’re a Wedding Planner, so it’s nice to have my files handy all the time.

When designing the space, I was going for a feminine and sophisticated vibe that would inspire productivity and creativity.  It needed to be a place where I can invite clients over too.  I’m beyond thrilled with how it has turned out, let’s take a look.

Certified Wedding Planner
Destination Wedding Planner

My certificate from Mount Royal University for Wedding and Event Planning displays my full name but I thought I’d share photos of these two at least.

I picked up this white shelving unit because it’s exactly what I was looking for. Binders for client files, processes and business docs are all at my finger tips, but I also need to be able to store ugly things like toner cartridges and office supplies out of sight.

The textured, fluffy dots on these curtains were calling my name, and I got them at Winners for a killer deal.

Pretty champagne gold day planners from previous years are nice to hold on to.   I’m pretty particular about the page format of my day planners, so that’s my priority.  If possible though, I try to find a champagne gold one to match my colour scheme.

Speaking of champagne gold, I’m saving a couple gold bottles of prosecco for a special occasion. For my bday recently, a good friend gave me that bottle of Gigglewater and “Let’s Get Fizzical”. It’s a prosecco cocktail recipe book I’m LIVING for these, obvi!… Oh, and a Wedding Planner’s bff; Emily Post.

This little guy is actually a piggy bank, but I don’t use him for that, he just made me smile.

Office Organization

I’ve got to have my dual monitors for all the floor plans and large spreadsheets that I work with. Yup, there’s my external hard-drive too. Planners are big on risk management- we always have a plan B, and a plan C.

For all the mood boards, floor plans and timelines that need printing, I’ve got to have a quality printer. This one’s got an app for easy wireless printing from my cell phone. If you’re interested, I reviewed it here.

Wedding planner's home office decor

… and lastly, here is where I keep my wedding day Emergency Kit, which I’ll let you have a peak inside of next time.

Well, that’s the grand tour.  I love how it turned out bright, cheery so I feel motivated and inspired in here.  I hope you’re as smitten with it as I am!  Maybe you’re ready to tackle your own home office makeover now?

Planner's Signature

Peonies + Prosecco

Looking for a fun activity for you and your crew to do together leading up to the big day?!  I’m checking out your options to help you choose. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.  😉

Girls’ Night of arranging beautiful blooms, while toasting bubbly and nibbling on pretty hand-painted cookies, and donuts?  You can’t go wrong!

bridal shower idea

Janie started by teaching us the names of all of the beautiful flowers we will be adding to our peony arrangements, and giving us some guidelines on how to create our beautiful arrangements, here we are listening intently. 
(Side Note: I just realized that my #OOTD was a floral top, PLUS my jacket with floral embroidery- I wonder what was on my mind that day…)
flower arranging workshop

Time to break for treats and toast some bubbles!
wedding cookies
pretty donuts


There we have it!  My lovely peony arrangement which really zhushed up my kitchen table.

Wedding Planner Headshot
fresh flowers

Florist and Host: Flowers by Janie
Treats: Pretty Sweet
Photographer: Tara Whittaker Photography
Venue: Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique

All-in-One Printer Review

Hello darlings! I just got a fabulous new wireless All-in-One Printer and I wanted to share my thoughts with you with a review. I know that most of you are Brides-to-be, but this review is for small business owners like myself, and wedding industry friends. I’m not getting paid to say this, these are just my own honest opinions and observations.

Let’s dive right in, if you aren’t a small business owner then this printer is way overkill. It’s bulky, heavy and you wouldn’t need the extreme workload of this one, so you can go check out my other blog posts about romance and pretty florals!

Showcasing white printer that fits nicely with the style of Wedding Planner's home office decor aesthetic.
Color ImageCLASS by Canon

For all the entrepreneurs and #bossbabes who stuck around to keep reading, let me get right to it.  This is the Canon ImageCLASS MF624CW.

I chose this one because I needed All-in-One printer, scanner, copier and I also really wanted wireless capability.  That’s right, I can check emails on my phone and hit print from my kitchen, bedroom, garage, absolutely anywhere in my house.  It’s sooooo handy. 

My first impression was that it is a pretty nice looking, and it fits in with my home office decor aesthetic, which was a bonus.  After all, this is where I meet with Brides and Grooms-to-be, so it doesn’t hurt that it’s nice looking.

Close up of printer

The main paper tray is on the bottom at the front, and above that is a slot for printing labels.

It’s got an easy to use touch screen and simple keypad.

Touch screen and buttons.

Now I’ll show you how to replace the toner cartridges, because it wasn’t in the back where I expected it to be. The toner panel is actually in the front, so you pull down the panel and it opens like this.

Toner replacement panel.

Then you squeeze the blue button to pull out the black tray.

Toner replacement release.

The tray pulls out to reveal slots for all of your different colours of toner cartridges.

Toner cartridges.

Wireless Printing

Here is a cell phone screen shot of the wireless printing app.  It’s the only way to print wirelessly, so it would have been nice to put this info in the instructions… but it’s awesome and super simple to use. 

Wireless printing App for your cell phone.

Overall, I give the Canon ImageCLASS 4 stars. It’s huge, and super heavy or I might have given it a perfect score.

Well darlings, I hope this helps you decide if this beautiful beast is the printer for you!

Confetti Magazine Ad

Yay! Last night was the official launch party for the inaugural issue of Confetti; the marriage of Calgary Bride magazine, and Luxe by Calgary Bride. You can grab your copy at Chapters, Bridal Expo, or swing by for a visit, I’ll be picking up lots of copies to share with you lovely humans!

I’m so excited to have my ad printed in the first ever issue of Confetti magazine, found on page 186. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

Confetti magazine

Happy 2016!!

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I want to wish a very happy 2016 to all Birch & Bunny clients, both past and present, to all of the talented teams we have been working with to make the magic happen for those wonderful couples, and to our family and friends!  You all have played a big part in our growth over the past year and continued success, so thank you so much.  I feel very fortunate to be able to share this incredibly special part of your journey!

As we reflect on the past year and prepare for the next one, I hope that you have enjoyed relaxing and celebrating with loved ones, and indulging in holiday treats!  Do you have any resolutions this year?  Maybe they involve working off those holiday treats and toddies.  Either way, I wish you luck and am excited to take on the new year!

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Calgary Wedding Coordinator

Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.

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