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.

 

Happy Decision Day!

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All around the country yesterday, millions of people were actively celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.  This is HUGE!  While this doesn’t mean that gay marriage is legal (yet), it at least means that we are more on the way to equality.  And that deserves a round of applause.

A couple of weeks ago, Special Events magazine asked wedding planners for their viewpoint on gay marriage and how this (then upcoming) decision would affect their clients and the events they host. We believe this ruling will cause families to be more accepting and may encourage more ceremonies involving both sets of parents and families.  One of the suggestions Erica mentions in the article came from how one of our couples handled the “handing off” step of the ceremony.  “…I also like to suggest that if one or both sets of the parents are supportive, that they walk their child to the middle of the aisle and the partner picks up from there versus the traditional ‘who gives this man/woman away’ part.”   

Read the article to see more of what Erica had to say.

We have been blessed to work with a few same-sex couples creating their day of union. And to be totally honest, the feeling in the room during the entire event was LOVE.  The air oozed of love.  That’s what it’s all about. 

 

National Donut Day

Happy Donut Day!

I don’t know about you, but of all of the sweets, donuts are my downfall. The softer and sugary-er, the better! Oh, gosh, and if they’re still warm, be still my heart; I’m in heaven.  So, this morning when I heard it was National Donut Day, I immediately remembered this donut display in lieu of wedding cake one of our brides did last December.  The donuts came from Sublime Donuts in Atlanta and were absolutely divine! They even cut a donut as part of the reception.

While you’re at your favorite donut shoppe today, maybe consider doing donuts instead of a traditional bride or groom cake. I promise your guests will thank you. (At least I will!)

Donut display in lieu of wedding cake

Donut display in lieu of wedding cake

 

Wish Us Luck!

Tonight we have the honor of being nominated for a prestigious Allie Award (this is basically Oscar’s for the event industry)! We are so happy we were given the opportunity to produce The Party Goddess: Uncensored conference here in Atlanta back in November! The Party Goddess contacted A Big To Do Event all the way from California to plan all the logistics of the event from the staging to the photography. We made some amazing friends along the way and produced an amazing event while we were at it! Wish us luck!

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Trunk Show at Brides by Demetrios

 

If you’ve been a bride for longer than twenty minutes, you know that trunk shows are the best place to find your gown at an often drastic savings.  Brides by Demetrios in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia is hosting an exclusive trunk show March 15-17th.  Make an appointment during this timeframe to make sure you get the gown of your dreams!

Brides by Demetrios Cosmobella 2013 Collection [special invite]

Join Modern Luxury Brides – The Atlantan for these exclusive trunk shows to view the newest collections of wedding gowns.

Cosmobella 2013 Collection
March 15-17

Receive 15% off all Trunk Show Merchandise.

Appointments are recommended.
Walk-ins are welcome.

This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer.
Prior purchases and quick-delivery gowns are excluded.

Brides by Demetrios
3280 Peachtree Rd. NE
# 115
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-846-2220

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Elegant Entertaining Without Excessive Expense at Occasions Expo on Sunday

Have you heard? Our very own, Erica Prewett will be speaking at the Occasions Expo on Sunday, March 3rd!

Come to the class at 3:00 p.m. and be inspired as you learn:

  • 9 types of parties that don’t call for a full dinner (such as fondue dessert night)
  • 7 off-beat holidays with no “official menus” (like National Men Make Dinner Day)
  • 5 clever ways to decorate with what you have (old 33s make great table chargers for a Golden Oldies birthday party)
  • and lots more…

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At 2:00 p.m., Sharon Fisher of It’s Your Party, Inc. will also speak about Jewish traditions and the elements needed for those events.

At 4:00 p.m. Eliana Baucicault of EllyB Designs will lead a panel and discuss formulas, resource tips, and general q&a about the event planning process.

Have you purchased your ticket to Occasions Expo yet? Click here to do it now: Buy My Ticket. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! There is nothing as great as love and we are so incredibly lucky to get to witness so many amazing love stories take place right before my eyes. No two stories, no two couples, and no two loves are the same (which is why we will never give our couples a cookie cutter wedding!).

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? Romantic, candlelight dinner for two at a fabulous restaurant? Or are you staying in and cooking with just you and your sweetie? If so, here are some sweet treats you might want to add to the menu (maybe it’ll even end in a ring)!

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Sweetheart Salad! While beets aren’t anywhere close to making my “favorite foods” list, I would definitely eat them if someone took the time to make them into heart-shaped garnishes on a salad! Leave it to Martha to make a beet romantic! Click on the picture for the easy instructions on how to do it yourself.  If beets just aren’t your thing, you could easily use heart-shaped apple slices instead!

Cotton Candy Cocktail

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Cotton Candy Cocktail! How cute is this pink and bubbly concoction?! Start out with some fun, fluffy cotton candy (pink of course, since it’s the color of the day!) then just pour something bubbly overtop for a tableside presentation! Choose your favorite champagne, prosecco, or sparkling water even and try it out!

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Heart Brownies dipped in goodness! Even if you don’t like how everything becomes heart-shaped for Valentine’s Day, you have to admit these brownies look pretty amazing and not the least bit cheesy! This can be so simple too (have you noticed my easy, DIY V-day theme)! Grab you favorite boxed brownie mix and make them! After they cool, stick the pan in the freezer for a bit and melt your chocolate or almond bark. Use a heart cookie cutter to cut out your brownies, dip one side in the chocolate, then dip the same side in nuts or chocolate shavings (or sprinkles) and let cool. Easy and romantic!

Hopefully you can add one or more of these to your menu tonight to add a little special something! And to all of our amazing couples, past and present, as well as every couple out there, Happy Valentine’s Day and remember to show your love for each other every day and not just on February 14th (this is just a good excuse to go all out)!

Planner’s Perspective – Choosing a Venue!

If you didn’t see last week’s introduction, we’re following Busy Bride and Kentucky Fan as they plan their wedding and become husband and wife! You’re getting a front row seat to the behind the scenes, step-by-step process!

Busy Bride and Kentucky Fan got engaged right before Thanksgiving, which to the wedding industry is the beginning of engagement season, so when we started working with them the first goal was to find a venue for their fall wedding before they got booked up!

Busy Bride can be very decisive; when she knows, she knows. This being said she knew she wanted to look at one specific church and if she got the warm and fuzzies, she was willing to commit to it instantly. With an ideal date in mind that happened to be available at this church we went, we saw, we loved, we booked! If only everything could be that easy! So here it is! Busy Bride and Kentucky Fan will be tying the knot on November 9, 2013 at Peachtree Christian Church!

One venue down, one to go! Now time to find a reception space available on November 9th that will give us what we want with the city view and lots of windows and fit our guest count and budget. Easy peasy, right? We went back to the office and started brainstorming a variety of venues to show them to get a better idea of what they want/don’t want and hopefully find the perfect place in the first batch! We started with the usual suspects and threw in a few extras to gauge their reaction.

A whirlwind week of site visits began and out of that came three frontrunners: W Midtown, Ventanas, and Atlanta History Center. Budget-wise, they were pretty comparable, so it came down to comparing the details of what each venue had to offer. Outdoor space? City skyline? In-house or outside catering? After much deliberation, Busy Bride and Kentucky Fan decided to have their reception at….drumroll….Ventanas! The view is unbeatable and the helicopter pad is the perfect photo op (although just like at the site visit, I will be choosing to stay at the base of the stairs leading up to the pad, hanging on to the railing for dear life. Normal fear of heights behavior, I’m sure).

So we’ve got our date and we’ve got our venues! Next step? You’ll have to wait and see next Wednesday!

Planner’s Perspective – Following One Happy Couple to the Altar!

This year I’ve decided to bring you all with us as we plan one couple’s wedding, updating you every step of the way through the entire planning process. In order to give you some big reveal at the end (and to make sure any blog-hopping guests don’t find out all the details and ruin the surprise), I’m going to call them Busy Bride and Kentucky Fan (I couldn’t think of a cute word to go with Groom for the life of me). These names could not describe them better as Busy Bride travels at least 70% of the year and I’m pretty sure Kentucky Fan has worn some type of blue UK gear to 50% of our meetings (not that that’s a bad thing, I’m all for team loyalty. Go Dawgs!).

We first met with Busy Bride, her mom, and Kentucky fan in December and just like when you find your soulmate, it was pretty obvious the planner/happy couple connection was meant to be.

Here are a few details of what they want for their wedding:
150 – 160 guests
A fall wedding date
Reception with a view of the city which means we have to have some good windows
Church ceremony earlier in the day allowing for lots of pictures and relaxation time before the reception
A seated, plated dinner
Close proximity to hotels for the out of town guests
Lots of candles
Champagne and blush as the main colors

After getting these details from them, we got to work! Check back for the next Planner’s Perspective as we find these two the perfect venue!