So I know that a lot of people have resolutions to kick up their fitness a notch or two in the new year. And if your wedding is coming up soon, you’re probably even extra motivated to get fit. To be honest, I have always had a hard time motivating myself to get to the gym – until I realized that I was just doing the wrong sport for me. Try something different, like yoga, pilates, or even a dance class – just get up, and get moving.

If you’re on a new fitness plan (and especially if it’s for your big day), make sure your plan is sustainable and realistic so you don’t tire of it in a month. Slow and steady wins the race! Oh, and nothing motivates me more than some new gym gear….. see above for inspiration.

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x, Jody



i love you much
most beautiful darling
more than anyone on the earth and i
like you better than everything in the sky
sunlight and singing welcome your coming
although winter may be everywhere
with such a silence and such a darkness
no one can quite begin to guess
except my life the true time of year
and if what calls itself a world should have
the luck to hear such singing
or glimpse such sunlight
as will leap higher than high
through gayer than gayest someone’s heart at your each nearness
everyone certainly would
my most beautiful darling
believe in nothing but love
- ee cummings
Image from the gorgeous wedding of Eli and Stephanie’s Wedding. Handlettering by My Baby Olive Juice


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We love a pretty wedding, but aesthetics only keep guest attention for so long, beyond that, the day better be fun. As you plan your day and are prioritizing your must haves, remember that a beautiful environment will wow upon entering, but after that if guests are bored, hungry or uncomfortable that’s all they will remember. Don’t forget to keep their bellies full, drinks in their hands and entertained. In regards to comfort, try to anticipate needs related to the elements that may exist at your venue. If you think it will be cold, don’t forget basics like heaters, pashminas, etc. If hot, parasols, market umbrellas and water overflowing. You know, the obvious things. Happy planning!

Image above is from Eli & Stephanie’s wedding as captured by Callaway Gable.



Big news for all of you newbies out there…We’re so excited to offer our one day intensive covering the A to Z of Beth Helmstetter Events. On Wednesday, February 18th, I will be sharing business basics as well as my event planning and design process to a small group of beginners newly entering or considering the wedding industry as a career. Limited availability with seats at $500 per student until February 1st. After February 1st, seats will increase to $650 per person. If interested, please sign up or direct any questions to I look forward to sharing my “secrets” with you.