December 28, 2010

A Continuation of the Series……You’re Engaged! Now What?!

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , at 2:52 pm by JBEvents

With the Christmas season being the number time for couples to become engaged, I thought this would be the appropriate time to provide some helpful details on planning YOUR wedding.

Clients always ask which vendors should be hired first and which should come later in the process.  Good news, there really is a method to the hiring process and you have come to the right place to get the inside scoop.

 Before you begin hiring your vendors, there are a few things you should consider.   

  • Compile a preliminary Guest List.  You will need to know the approximate number of guests prior to selecting your venue.
  • Discuss your budget.  While many of the expenses associated with a wedding have “traditional” assignments as it relates to the Bride’s family or Groom’s family expense, nowadays, couples are paying for much of the wedding themselves, or with portions coming from both sets of parents.  Regardless of how the budget will be compiled, you need to at least have an idea of the comfort zone for your wedding expenses.
  • Determine the formality of your wedding.  Since most venues have a vibe or feeling on their own, some are more conducive to a more or less formal event than others. 
  • Select your wedding party.

 Once you have considered those factors, you are ready to being hiring the vendors for your wedding.


  • Wedding Consultant.  By hiring a Consultant in the beginning, you can rest assured that you will be less stressed during the planning.  A reputable consultant will have recommendations for you of vendors, as well as every other aspect of planning and can lead you to the best vendors that will fit your vision and budget.  Many times, consultants will have relationships with vendors in your area that can save you money!!! We all like to save money right?  So – don’t think of a Consultant as a “FRILL” but rather a necessity!
  • Select your Ceremony site.
  • Select your Reception site.
  • Reserve Room Blocks at area hotel(s) for your out-of-town guests.
  • Select photographer.
  • Select caterer.
  • Select ceremony musicians.
  • Select/arrange for officiate.
  • Select Reception musicians.
  • Select wedding dress and bridesmaid’s dresses.
  • Select videographer.
  • Select hair and make-up stylists.
  • Send Save-The-Dates (should be done at least 6 months prior)


  • Select florist/event designer.
  • Select pastry chef.
  • Select grooms and groomsmen attire.
  • Select linens.
  • Determine if other rental items will be needed such as:  Lighting, A/V, tables, chairs, lounge furniture, etc.
  • Order invitations/stationery/announcements/thank you notes
  • Select calligrapher
  • Confirm rehearsal time.


  • Select wedding favors.
  • Determine your departure fanfare (rose petals, bubbles, sparklers, etc.) – confirm with your venue on their rules for fanfare.
  • Select location for rehearsal dinner and send out invitations.
  • Select location for bridal luncheon, groom’s outing, as well as any other wedding weekend activities.  Send invitations.
  • Provide invitations to calligrapher for preparation.  Should be mailed out 6 to 8 weeks ahead of time.
  • Create your Bridal Registry. 

If you follow this list, you will stay on track with your planning.  But remember, the most important vendor to hire – if you want to enjoy your engagement period and have a flawless and stress-free wedding is a professional consultant.  🙂 (We happen to know the very best one!!!)

Our calendar is filling up quickly, so don’t wait any longer before contacting us to schedule a consultation to determine how we can help you plan your dream wedding!

Happy Planning!


December 17, 2010

Mazel Tov Justin!

Posted in Other Events tagged , , , , , , , at 1:05 pm by JBEvents


A Bar Mitzvah is always a special time in a young boy’s life – but when you have a celebration like this one – you know this day will never be forgotten!


The theme for the soiree was Camp Justin!  But not just any ‘ol camp, but an amazing scene that included a huge fire pit (safety flames of course). 


Since a Mitzvah celebration includes not only the friends of the Mitzvah honoree, but also the adult friends of the family, having a theme that can be carried out to be appropriate for both the “kids” and the “adults” is of utmost importance in situations where the party for both kids and adults takes place in the same room.  Well, the fabulous and talented J Wilbur of EventScapes and his team created a design that did just that.

In the kids area there were 3 long dining tables that had décor of wheat grass and lanterns.  One of the special touches was these great flashing glasses that the kids would use for their beverages as well as take home.  The lights added an extra festive touch to the tables, which were covered in black linens.   There was also a sofa grouping that flanked the dance floor – so the kids could take a brief rest between all of the dancing. 



 The dance floor and DJ area separated the kids’ area from the adults’ area.  Now truth be told, adults seemed to love the kids area and did their best to take it over. 


The fire pit – surrounded by bean bags, provided a gathering spot for both adults and kids.


The adult area was beautifully adorned with burlap table linens accented with brown napkins tied with a band of sage ribbon.  There were high and low centerpieces – both of which incorporated birch branches.  The tall designs consisted of birch tree trunks standing about 30 inches above the table with an arrangement on top to include lilies and roses, along with blue Delphinium and bells of Ireland.  There were lanterns hanging down from the arrangement, which along with sisal rope used in each of the designs became a common element to keep with the camp theme.  The low designs were square and the base was created in a square with birch branches and then filled with moss and the same types of flowers as the tall designs.  Votives surrounded the arrangement and provided an elegant woodsy feel.

In keeping with the camp theme, the adult guests were informed of their table assignment with small flashlights that had a tag containing their name and their “Cabin”. 


Added Touch Catering provided the delicious array of food.  The kids started off with crispy veggie egg rolls and a yummy Mexican queso dip served of course with crisp tortilla chips – while the adults noshed on 5 pepper seared tuna on won tons, potato latkes, Thai veggie spring rolls and also a “Grazing” table that included a beautiful display of fall vegetables with citrus and rosemary marinated olives, stuffed grape leaves and roasted red pepper dip.  There was also miniature falafel pockets with tahini.  Needless to say – the hors d’oeuvres were a huge hit.  But then came the main meal.


The adults had an awesome chopped vegetable salad that I happen to think was beautifully presented.


The kids had a buffet that consisted of Crisp Caesar salad, cheese pizza, and penne pasta with two choices of sauces and garlic bread.  They also had their own Beverage Station with “Bug Juice” in constant supply.


The adults had action stations to include a Southern Station complete with GA Mountain Trout, baked Macaroni and Cheese, Hot Roasted Indian Summer Corn, Southern Cinnamon Baked Apples accompanied by Corn bread and Buttermilk Biscuits.  Also available was an Asian Station where guests could enjoy Teriyaki and Miso Glazed Salmon Kebabs, Fried Rice, Spinach strudel and Pad Thai Noodles.


Of course, no meal is complete without dessert and this Mitzvah was no exception.  There was a Cookie Bakery including warm chocolate Chip Cookies with shots of ice-cold milk, as well as Smore’s Brownies, Milky Way Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Tangy Lemon Bars and Walnut shortbread.

The kid’s dessert was a huge Krispy Kreme Donut Tower drizzled with chocolate.  Regardless of who this donut tower was intended – many adults snuck a donut or two. 

A little later in the evening, the Kid’s Buffet was transformed into a Camp Canteen offering various selections of candy!!!  Little brown paper bags accented with seals of the event’s Logo were provided to guests that wanted to take a goodie bag home – but judging from the wrappers found on the floor – I would have to say a considerable amount of those tasty treats were consumed on-site. 

Vibe Entertainment, headed up by Khalil and his team, kept the crowd moving with their always entertaining method.  Dancing and games continued throughout the evening and the dance floor was packed at all times. 


Another fun thing that was enjoyed by both kids and adults was the Green Screen provided by Peachtree Pictures.  With a choice of eight backgrounds, guests could pose for a fun photo and then take it home with them.  There was a constant stream of guests having a blast trying out different poses and seeing the finished results of their frivolity.


Capturing the images that will forever be memories of the celebration was Laura Tarquino of Vosamo.  While her images are certainly better, I captured the ones you are seeing here.

The whole celebration was fantastic from start to finish and we were honored to have been a part of this milestone occasion in the life of Justin and his family.

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