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!!”

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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

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Brett seeing his bride for the first time. THAT LOOK!
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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 

Same Sex Wedding: Belinda and Danielle

 

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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.

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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

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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.

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(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.)

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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

 

Countdown to 2013 – Ten!

You might’ve seen pictures from today’s countdown event around our website because, just like all of their guests, we had a blast at Adrienne and JM’s wedding! The Foundry at Puritan Mill was the perfect spot for this gorgeous couple to tie the knot and party the night away! Aislinn Rain Photography captured all the beautiful moments of the day (and there were a lot)!

Guests could see their personalities in every aspect of the wedding from the songs playing as they walked down the aisle to the glasses they drank out of at the reception (and even in their newlywed, wedding rings picture)!

See Adrienne and JM’s feature on Style Me Pretty to see more pictures of the day!

Countdown to 2013 – Eleven!

Today we’re revisiting Jenny & Ryan’s wedding at the Gardens at Great Oaks shot by Artstar by Laura Stone! This April fete had a touch of vintage flair and tons of southern charm!

Through some last minute, rain plan magic this outdoor wedding was moved to the church next door to the reception venue where the couple happily said their vows in front of family and friends and out of the chilly rain!

See more pictures from Jenny and Ryan’s big day on Style Me Pretty!

 

Countdown to 2013 – Twelve!

We’re so excited about the upcoming year we’ve decided to give you our own A Big To Do Event countdown to 2013! Until we ring in the New Year, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite events from 2012! It’s going to be tough to narrow it down since we’ve been so lucky to be a part of the most amazing events and weddings this year with such special people but here goes! We’re bringing you twelve from 2012!

Let’s start this countdown where we began our year: with DeAnna & Kenneth! Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club served as the perfect backdrop for this rustic winter wedding shot by Buffy Dekmar Photography.

The stone fireplace in Foxhall’s Legacy Lodge created a beautiful altar for these two to exchange their vows in front of their intimate crowd of family and friends. Such a beautiful and sweet ceremony!

Check out their gallery and see more of DeAnna & Kenneth’s wedding on the East Coast Bride blog where they were featured!

Real Weddings: Jovanghn and Tashawn

We had the honor of working with one of the sweetest couples a few months ago. Jovanghn and Tashawn got married at Agnes Scott College’s chapel and then transitioned to Evans Hall for their reception.

Jovanghn is a teacher, and like many in her profession – she is super dedicated to her students, so her time that was allocated to plan the wedding was limited. Tashawn is one of the logistics brains of Home Depot. He and Erica, their planner, were on the exact same wavelength because they both dream in spreadsheet.

Take a look. Aren’t they cute? 

Vendor Team:
Cake: Rhodes Bakery
Entertainment: Desmond Thomas, AAA DJ Services
Florals: Toni Friday, Events Boutique
Lighting: Joe Torres, Light It Up Productions
Photographer: Jen Schilestett, Photojenik Photography
Planning and Coordination: Erica Prewett, 
A Big To Do Event
Videographer: Edwin Hammond
Venue: Howard Robinson, Agnes Scott College

 

Real Weddings: Claire & Scott

What could be more perfect than a gorgeous day in August, the beautiful scenery of an amazing venue, and two people in love? Not much, and that’s how we feel about Claire and Scott’s wedding a few weeks ago: it was perfect.

Julie from Peach Blossom Photography captured all the beauty of the day and these photos could not be more gorgeous!

Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club’s Legacy Lookout served as the perfect backdrop as these two tied the knot and then proceeded to party the night away.

Rooms in Bloom provided the amazing décor, and outdid themselves really, to create this romantic ceremony and reception in blush pink, ivory, and green.

Proof of the Pudding served up a feast that our guests couldn’t get enough of. Seriously, it was delicious! Scott Mikell of SE Events kept all the guests on the dance floor til the party ended and with many professional dancers and ballerinas in attendance, that was a necessity!

What do you think of this fun shot of the groomsmen in front of the outdoor fireplace at Foxhall?

Such a sweet first dance moment!

Congratulations Claire and Scott! Such a gorgeous day and we were so thankful to be a part of it!

Real Atlanta Wedding: Gudrun and Todd

Weddings are sad for me.

I know… I know… Yes, they are amazingly happy occasions when the couple starts their new life as a married couple. That part is happy.

But I am often sad because that means I don’t get weekly or monthly check ins with them anymore!

So, I find myself watching the slideshows of weddings past as a reminder and connection to the people who have touched my life during their wedding planning process.  This week I am remembering Gudrun and Todd.
Their wedding was at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in June 2011. As we approach the one year anniversary mark for Gudrun and Todd’s wedding, I find myself viewing their wedding video again.

Here it is. What a fantastic, and fun group. I miss them. I hope your first year has been amazing.