Happy Anniversary Jenn & Fran!

Last year I was lucky enough to help Jennifer and Fran get married at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. If I told you how much I loved having them as clients, you would think I was exaggerating their kindness, hospitality, warmth, and really cool ideas just for sake of the story. But believe me, these two ladies really are that great.

Jennifer and Fran did a few things during the ceremony that I just loved.
1. They walked toward eachother from opposite doors to start the ceremony.
2. Instead of a sand ceremony, they did a Salt Ceremony.
‘The Covenant of Salt.’ In Bible times, men wore a pouch of salt tied to their belt and when they made covenants, they would each exchange a pinch of salt, putting their grains of salt into the other’s pouch and vice versa. If a man would try to break his covenant, then the other would say, “Yes, if you can retrieve your grains and yours only from my pouch of salt.” Obviously, this was impossible because the grains of salt would all become as one when they were mixed together. 

There was so much love in this room. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to share the day with you. I wish you a lifetime of happiness.

Please join me in wishing these two lovely ladies a Happy Anniversary!
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Vendor Team:
Planner: Erica Prewett, A Big To Do Event
Caterer: Kate Holoway, Three Sisters Catering
Venue: The Fabulous Fox Theater
Florist: Tulip
Wedding Cake: Sweet Caroline’s Cakes
Photographer: Amy with Flaunt Studios
DJ: Ted Crowder, Atlanta’s Bands and DJ’s
Hair and Makeup: Raney O’Keefe
Getting Ready Hotel and Wedding Night: The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Stephanie & Brett’s Classy Jewish Wedding at Georgian Terrace Hotel

Stephanie and Brett were one of our favorite couples so far this year. They both live in Miami so all of our planning had to be done via skype, email, and conference calls. Stephanie’s parents live in Atlanta so planning the wedding to happen downtown made sense.

“We would have been lost without Erica!! From the beginning we could tell how organized and experienced she was. Even though we hired her for the month of, she was always available for questions and calls. The month of, she organized the timeline, seating charts, vendors-everything! The day of, I felt like she was our secret service just having everything go smoothly and seamlessly. Whether you think you need a planner or not-you do and you need Erica! My wedding was what it was (amazing!) because of Erica and I can’t thank her enough!!”

Stephanie and Brett newlywed couple Georgian Terrace exterior photo

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Don’t you just love when the bride and groom write eachother love notes to read on wedding day? 
View More: http://thedecisivemoment.pass.us/wajsman-marcus Stephanie and Brett had separate ketubah signing times because they didn’t want to see eachother at all before the ceremony. Rabbi Erin Boxt from Temple Kol Emeth does such a great job explaining and walking through the importance and intricacies of the ketubah.  View More: http://thedecisivemoment.pass.us/wajsman-marcus

View More: http://thedecisivemoment.pass.us/wajsman-marcus

Brett seeing his bride for the first time. THAT LOOK!
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Stephanie and Brett Atlanta skyline

Mr. Wajsman wrote a note on WeddingWire to say how much he enjoyed working with us:

“We found Erica of A Big To Do Event through a recommendation from our hotel venue. She will tell you up front that her system is that she starts serious working on the event a month before the event, and then is on-site before the wedding and reception. Erica was able to meet with us even earlier, at our convenience, when our out-of-town daughter was able to come for a visit. From the beginning, Erica displayed confidence and professionalism assuring us that our event would go well. She delivered! She was responsive by phone, email, and video conference. She helped us with issues we had with the venue. She ran a smooth rehearsal, and then she was there early on wedding day, doing all sorts of things for us, staying until the very end of the reception. Erica is worth every penny.”

Thanks, Ira, Karen, Stephanie, and Brett. You and your families were a JOY to work with! Thank you.

Vendor Team: 
Wedding Planner: Erica Prewett – A Big To Do Event
Photographer: Melissa Bugg – The Decisive Moment Photography
Floral/Decor: Tulip
Hair and Makeup: Bombshell Creations
Cake: Frosted Pumpkin
Band: Emerald Empire Band
Venue and Catering: The Georgian Terrace Hotel 

We are nominated for an Esprit Award!

The Esprit Awards are to the event industry as the Grammy’s are to the music industry. To be nominated is an honor. To win is fantastic. (We’ll continue to keep our fingers crossed for that. We’ll know on August 20th.)

I was lucky enough to be part of the team to produce the International Special Events Society LIVE International Conference last year. I was responsible for all of the events that happened outside of the hotel where the attendees stayed and the education happened. A couple of the events I was responsible for include the President’s Reception at the top of the Space Needle, the Opening Night Party, and the Sponsor Thank You Reception.

The other people I had the opportunity to work beside are:
Conference Chair – Terry Singleton, CCP Events
Conference Admin and Cheerleader – Anne Finzer Wadlow, Corporate Event Organization
On-Premise Event Chair – Claudette Bouton, Goldner & Associates
Opening Night Party Lead – David Doxtater, The Workshop
Esprit Chair – Kathy Newby, Stuart Rental Company
Education Chair – Terry Shields, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Registration Chair – Tamra Sipes, CSEP, CEP, ECC, LCS, Platinum Travel and Events
Esprit Event Chair – Shelly Tolo, MPM, Tolo Events
Conference Media Chair – Kelly Treadway, EventCurious

We’re facing two other well-deserving events, the Minnesota Star Awards Celebrating 10 Years, and 2014 ISES Austin Gala & Annual ASE Awards.

May the best event team win! Stay tuned to the blog to see how we did!

Same Sex Wedding: Belinda and Danielle



One of the coolest things I get to do is help families celebrate love. Truly. That’s the coolest part of what I do. I get the opportunity every week to bask in the glow that is one person’s love for another. And I don’t care if one of those people is the same sex, religion, or color as the other person. People are people and love is love.

Take a gander at how beautiful this demonstration of love is between Belinda and Danielle at their wedding in April at King Plow Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.


Danielle Belinda bouquets

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They each signed a document, similar to a ketubah, which is their marriage contract. It’s so pretty and so personal. I love this idea as a keepsake to hang on the bedroom wall after the wedding. Really great ones (for all types of ceremonies – Jewish, Same Sex, heterosexual, etc.) can be found at www.ModernKetubah.com.  Danielle Belinda ceremony vows

Danielle Belinda reception entrance

Danielle Belinda guestbook

Love this guest book idea. Each person signed a puzzle piece and when they got home, they put the puzzle together and read everyone’s well wishes. Then they could glue the puzzle together and keep it as artwork.

Danielle Belinda candy favors
These ladies LOVE the movies. Every table was a different movie from their personal favorite movie collection. Each person’s escort card was a box of movie theater candy. Cute, eh? Danielle Belinda table setting grease
When we asked what their drink of choice was all night, they told us. So we made sure they had Mrs. and Mrs. rocks glasses to properly drink their drink of choice all night.

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Danielle Belinda dance

Danielle Belinda band Toward the end of the night, the Atlanta Freedom Band showed up for a flash mob and played a couple of their favorite songs. Of course complete with the flags and baton squads!  Danielle Belinda grand exit Ladies, it was a pure joy to work with you and help you celebrate your love.
Cheers to an amazingly, happy life.

To see more of their day, visit their slideshow in our portfolio.

And of course, we aren’t the only vendor that loved working with them. Check out some of the other vendor’s blogs and press features about their day.
The Decisive Moment
Off-Beat Bride

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planner: Erica Prewett – A Big To Do Event
Photography: Jess – The Decisive Moment
DJ: Mike Walsh – Amp’d Entertainment
Catering: Bold American Events
Floral and Decor: Bold American
Ceremony Musicians: Candlelight String Quartet
Flash Mob Band: Atlanta Freedom Band
Late Night Snack: King Of Pops

Allison & Gil Military Wedding

One of our core values at A Big To Do Event is honoring our country’s military. As we prepare to celebrate our country’s freedoms, I often find myself reliving wedding memories from our clients who serve in the military. Military weddings are some of my favorite of all of the events we get to do. The protocol, the ceremony, the importance – those are pieces that I just love. So today, as you prepare to enjoy the 4th of July, here’s some pretty from one of our favorite military weddings.

From the first moment I met Allison and she told me her and Gil’s story, I knew I wanted to be part of their military wedding celebration. Gil was stationed in Afghanistan for almost the entirety of their engagement. Most of the planning was done with Allison, her sweet Mom, and Erica with A Big To Do Event. Gil helped with details via skype and email as he could while he was stationed away.

Allison and Sergeant Gil Aiken continued family tradition and said their vows in the same church as Allison’s parents, Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.




(You’ll notice that the men who wear uniforms do not have boutonnieres. It’s considered un-approved decoration.)

allison-gil-bridesmaidsTheir gorgeous reception, held at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead was designed by the family and Christopher Confero Design.

One of my favorite elements of a military wedding is the saber arch ceremony. This ceremony is usually performed immediately after the ceremony, but we did it just as they entered the reception. It is traditional, as the couple recess through the arch of swords, that the last two men to make up the arch lower their swords in front of the couple, detaining them momentarily, while the sword bearer on the right, with his sword, gives the bride a gentle “swat” on the rump and says, “Welcome to the Army.” (Allison opted out of that piece.)



I mean, how gorgeous are these linens and chairs from Nuage Design?! allison-gil-table-center-piece allison-gil-venue-seat allison-gil-table-setting allison-gil-invitation allison-gil-bouqet allison-gil-wedding-cake allison-gil-getaway-flowers

Allison and Gil, it was a true honor to work with you and help you celebrate your first day as husband and wife.

Vendor Team:
Wedding Planner – Erica Prewett – A Big To Do Event
Designer – Christopher Confero
Band: Underground Social Club
Church: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
Reception: Ritz Carlton Buckhead
Photographer: Artstar Photography


Wowza! It’s been a while…

So, that moment you look at your blog and realize it’s been really long time since your last post… Yeah… About that. Sorry.

But I have great news for you! The separation from the blog was purely because we were so involved with our clients and had a lot of great things going on. We’ve put new systems in place so we can keep all of you updated during the events so you can experience all of the cool stuff going on in our world with us!

10 Years of Creating Magic

One of the coolest things that has happened, is today, we turn 10! On July 1, 2005, A Big To Do Event became official. We’ve been part of all kinds of events in the last decade. Baby Showers, Adoption Parties, Corporate Holiday Parties, Product Launch Events, and of course, Weddings. It’s been a true joy to work with all of our families and clients and to celebrate life with them.

You’ll notice something different also about this – it’s an updated logo! Yep. It was time. 

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be updating the blog with new, pretty pictures of weddings and events so you can see what we’ve been up to. You can also stay updated with us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Inspired Bride 2014!

Perfectly timed for the newly engaged, StudioWed Atlanta’s annual Inspired Bride is this Sunday, February 23rd! Come out to see wedding ideas and vignettes inspired by some of the greatest fashion powerhouses: Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Kate Spade, and Valentino! Meet the amazing vendors in StudioWed, sample the signature drink in each vignette, and try tasty catering and cake bites! Not to mention, registered brides have a chance to visit the Inspired Bride gifting suite to choose from some fabulous swag!

Come see how we turn Ralph Lauren into the wedding of your dreams! Follow the link for tickets and more information! www.studiowedinspired.eventbrite.com


Wedding Budget Calculator

If you’ve spent any time with us at all, you know staying in budget is a HUGE deal for us. We believe that money does not grow on trees. Most of our clients come to us with a certain amount of money to spend and it’s dear to our heart that we don’t extend that number.

We were contacted a couple of months ago from Credit Card Insider with a neat budget calculator that can help our clients. Hey, we’re all about spreading the information love. Click the Budget Calculator button below and it will take you to their site.


Budget infographic

Click the box below for their wedding budget calculator –

Wedding Budget Calculator from Credit Card Insider

Happy Planning!

Getting Married in Color

Chances are that your wedding, irrespective of how extravagant or modest the actual event, is going to be one of the most significant events in your life – an event filled with joy, love, and significance. Most brides want to continue a traditional approach and wed in the customary color of white, however that doesn’t mean that they cannot or should not do something a little out of left field to add a touch of color to the big day, perhaps with a natural fancy color diamond.


It has been traditional to receive a diamond ring for an engagement. Until recently, the vast majority of the diamond rings bought contained a colorless diamond. However, that all started to change a few years ago as celebrities started to pick up on a centuries old trend that was the preserve of royalty and wealthy individuals who were “in the know” – fancy colored diamonds.

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Fancy color diamonds are a wonder of nature and come in a range of colors including red, blue, green, pink, yellow, purple, violet, gray, chameleon, orange, champagne, white, and black. Pink diamond engagement rings have graced the fingers of celebrities such as J-Lo, Anna Kournikova, and Mariah Carey. Pink is the most popular color of colored diamond and although the best examples of these diamonds can cost around $2 million per carat, there are fine examples available at prices that those with a more limited budget can afford.

3.63ct-FBK-RD-C5199-Pic2 3.63ct-FBK-RD-C5199-Pic4 A black diamond will provide incredible contrast whereas a white diamond will blend in beautifully. As each color comes in different hues and intensities, the same color in a stronger intensity or different secondary hue can have a completely different look to a diamond deemed to be of the same color. In short, with colored diamonds, the options are infinite and there is definitely a perfect stone for your perfect day and one that will add a touch of color to your day.

The fact is that every color of colored diamond matches a white gown, with a color to be found to match every color of gown, irrespective of the color you ultimately select. Also, don’t forget that your wedding only lasts a few hours yet your ring will be your daily companion for decades to come, so keep that in mind when selecting your color.

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Colored diamonds may be 10,000 rarer than colorless diamonds, however with the growing popularity of colored diamond engagement and wedding rings, brides walking down the aisle with a colored ring on their finger are no longer 10,000 times rarer than brides with colorless diamonds on their finger.



Written by Sharon from Leibish & co., visit us for pink diamond engagement rings and other fancy colored diamond jewelry.


Our Own Erica Prewett Listed In “25 Event Pros To Watch” Feature in Special Events Magazine

Well I can’t really help it. I am jumping up and down with excitement.

Special Events Magazine just listed our founder, Erica Prewett, as one of the top 25 Event Pros to watch in the July/August 2013 issue! (Page 25)

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The entire list is chalk-full of industry movers and shakers! I am so thrilled to have been noticed as being part of this group.  I consider many in this list to be professionals to which I aspire to emulate. I watch them from afar and pick up as many morsels of knowledge and tips they pass on.  Just thrilling.

(Another Atlanta pro, Sophia Lin with A Legendary Event, is also mentioned.  Like I said, great company!)

Thank you, Special Events Magazine for the mention.  Truly honored.