September 26, 2016

Venue Spotlight ~ Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by JBEvents

When planning a wedding or any social celebration, selecting the venue is key.  We assist our clients in determining the perfect venue for them by asking many questions to include among others, anticipated guest count as well as their vision of the theme and atmosphere. When it comes to weddings and social celebrations in Sarasota, there are so many options of venues available, from luxury hotels to historic homes, art museums, botanical gardens or of course, the beautiful beaches.  

One of the gorgeous venues that we love is Selby Gardens.  For historical information on Selby Gardens click here. The stunning beauty of the gardens coupled with the view of Sarasota Bay, creates a magical setting for an unforgettable event.  

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Weddings may be held anywhere throughout the Gardens. The most popular locations are the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion, the Gazebo, the Banyan Grove, and The Wedding Oak adjacent to the Christy Payne Mansion. Additional areas that lend themselves to nuptial celebrations are the Great Room by the Bay indoors or outdoors at the Christy Payne Mansion.

Renovations have been underway at the Gardens, but are estimated to be complete by the first part of October which will also include an option for wedding party’s to arrive by boat on the south lawn side. 

The south lawn includes the Gazebo, Children’s Playground, and cocktail area looking over the bay, as well as a dance floor/seating area. This area can accommodate 250+ for a seated event.   There is not a backup plan on this side when it comes to weather, so usually a tent is booked. 

The Great Room by the Bay is smaller, consisting of 3600 square feet, however, for an indoor event it has a lot to offer. There is a large bay view, terrace for band or DJ, and the “wedding oak” which is picturesque for ceremony backdrop. 
Contact us to begin planning your event at Selby Gardens or any other venue in the Sarasota/Tampa Bay area.  
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This space is adjacent to the back of the Gazebo. Perfect for Cocktail Hour with the view of the Bay.

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Back view of the Gazebo looking onto the Great Lawn. Great location for a wedding ceremony.

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View of the Great Lawn while standing in the Gazebo

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This is a private lawn to the side of the Gazebo that is a great space for a Cocktail Hour or small intimate dinner. The mangrove trees are being trimmed down to offer a better view of Sarasota Bay

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View of the opposite side of the Great Lawn. This area accommodates larger events. The concrete Terrace makes a nice dance floor. See the next photo for an event set up with lights in the trees.

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Photo by Cat Pennenga Magical setting under the trees.

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Photo by Cat Pennenga Late afternoon view of set-up under the magnificent Banyan trees

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Another view of the Terrace that is perfect for a Dance Floor. The sectioned off balcony is great for a DJ or Band

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Another view of the Great Lawn. Imagine tables set up throughout the lawn.

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The Wedding Oak. To the right is a lily pond which is usually in full bloom during the peak wedding season.

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Panoramic view of the area. The Wedding Oak in the center. The mangrove trees to the left of the Wedding Oak are being removed which will leave a stunning view of Sarasota Bay. This area is filled with the “old Florida vibe” containing many unique elements of Florida nature.

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View from the Great Room standing right outside the doors. The path to the right leads to the Wedding Oak. This area provides a magnificent view of Sarasota Bay.

Combine this gorgeous venue with our unparalleled level of assistance and service and you have the makings for a truly memorable and flawless event. Let’s begin planning YOUR event now!

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event. 

 

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September 16, 2016

Next in the Series…From Planner to MOB!!

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:51 am by JBEvents

Continuing the series “From Planner to MOB” takes us now to what has transpired since the last post.  

Jessica has selected her wedding party!!  She created these adorable boxes filled with goodies that had a message asking each to be a part of her bridal party.  She did a great job on the gifts!

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Once the bridal party was selected, next came DRESS SHOPPING!  

We visited a few bridal salons and Jessica enjoyed the process of trying on dresses.  We had appointments at each store – so we were not just walk-in customers.  I must interject one thing here, as a Planner, my clients through the years have used some of these same stores for their wedding gown, but experiencing it on the other side was somewhat eye-opening.  Probably the biggest difference between our appointments was how we were treated. At one store, which happened to be the first we visited, we were constantly being reminded of how much time we had left for our appointment.  I thought this was very interesting in that the stylist made a comment one time when we still had over 45 minutes left – which should be plenty of time to try on dresses – however, she truly made us feel that our time wasn’t as important as her time or that we were just a “number”.  In addition, as with all bridal salons, you are instructed to go through and pick out dresses that you are interested in trying so that the stylist can determine your interest.  It is their job to make recommendations on other styles that they feel will best fit your body type (and budget) – however, with the first appointment, of the group of dresses Jessica initially selected (which by the way were available in her size and budget), she only tried on one, whereas the stylist pulled a few other dresses that were not even close to what she had chosen. When we asked about when we would get to other dresses she was interested in, basically she ignored out inquiry or reminded us of how much time we had left.  I felt bad for Jessica, and left wondering if this truly is how all of my other clients have been treated in this particular store.  

The next day we had two appointments and they were drastically different from our first experience.  In both stores, Jessica selected dresses that she had an interest in which the stylist did pull, however, the stylist worked with Jessica and pulled several others based upon her criteria.  Both of the stylists spent time with her answering questions, suggesting options and made her feel special.  THIS is how every store should make you feel. She did select her DRESS.  It was a hard decision for her because she really had 2 that she fell in love with, but she made the decision on the one that she felt matched her style and theme.  We have checked off selecting a dress on our Check List.  I won’t share any details about the dress other than she said she felt like Cinderella…you will have to wait until the wedding to see that photo!  :o)

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Next up — the date and venue and vendor selection!!!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special events planning firm specializing in assisting our clients in innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event.  

 

September 13, 2016

Great video from JB Videography of our r

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:42 pm by JBEvents

Great video from JB Videography of our recent wedding.Enjoy! #atlantaweddings #atlweddingplanner #flawless #2crainz http://ow.ly/k0qp304bncc

September 12, 2016

Sharing the blog of one of my recent wed

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:45 am by JBEvents

Sharing the blog of one of my recent weddings from Scobey Photography. I’m in love with the images. Full blog post to follow but these will hold you for now! http://thescobeys.com/blog/summerour-wedding-photography-2/

September 6, 2016

The life of a Planner..today’s schedule

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:29 am by JBEvents

The life of a Planner..today’s schedule: venue site visit, Tasting and then a Final Planning Meeting! I’ll be commuting from one end of the Atlanta Metro area all the way to the other! When you love what you do, a 12+ hour day doesn’t bother you! #lifeisgreat #atlantaplanner #atlantaweddings

September 5, 2016

From Planner to MOB {Mother of the Bride}

Posted in color palette, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:46 am by JBEvents

I have been planning and producing weddings for MANY years but I now am taking on a new role as MOB {Mother of the Bride}!  I must say, it is a different perspective, but I look forward to the role and process.

As the plans unfold, I will be sharing information here about the process.  I hope you will follow along on this journey.

Let’s start at the beginning!  The groom-to-be, came to ask for my blessings to marry my oldest daughter (Jessica) on a Wednesday.  We had a nice chat and talked about quite a few things.  He showed me the ring!!!  GORGEOUS!  He did a great job selecting it AND keeping it a secret from my daughter until he asked her to marry him the following Saturday.

Jessica's Engagement Ring

Coincidently, my daughter had already planned to attend a bridal show the following day. {Insert plug for Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta – the BEST Bridal Show around.  Held twice a year, in January and August.  Check it out by clicking here!} Since I was working at the show, she had fun with her sister and best friend getting inspiration from the many beautiful designs seen at the show.

We initially planned to have a beach wedding in Sarasota followed by a celebration in Georgia, however once we discussed the realities of the budget, it was decided that we will have the whole wedding in Georgia.  We are still waiting to get confirmation on the date and venue.

Jessica has selected the color palette for the wedding, Navy, Coral and Gold.  I know it will be beautiful.  We have also determined the theme of the decor style and I have already been out scouring Antique and Thrift stores for items that will be incorporated.  The fun has just begun!!!!

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Next in the series — wedding party selection, venue, date and THE DRESS!!!!!!

 

Janice Blackmon Events is a planning and consulting firm for special events specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution!

September 4, 2016

Just one sneak peek photo from this week

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:00 am by JBEvents

Just one sneak peek photo from this weekends gorgeous #wedding! #2crainz #flawless http://ow.ly/i/mIbD9

September 2, 2016

Happy Wedding day Megan & Zach! It’s al

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:01 am by JBEvents

Happy Wedding day Megan & Zach! It’s always such an honor when I get to work with a family multiple times on weddings! Looking forward to working with: The Moore Agency, Summerour, Bold American Events, Jeremiah O’keefe-West, Scobey Photography, Amati Chamber Ensemble, JB VIdeography, Nice Entertainment, Atlantic Limo, and of course my amazing team! We are ready for another flawless wedding! Photos to follow!

September 1, 2016

Happy Rehearsal Day to Megan & Zach! Thi

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:32 am by JBEvents

Happy Rehearsal Day to Megan & Zach! This wedding is going to be AWESOME and of course Flawless!!! NovareEvents Bold American Events

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