March 30, 2020

Sharing a Personal Story

Posted in Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:54 pm by JBEvents

This post is much different from my typical posts, as I am not sharing beautiful images and descriptions of amazing events. Instead, I’m going to take this time to share part of my personal story. I’m doing so in hopes that others may find information, comfort and support in what they may be going through. Especially in these times where we are dealing with COVID-19 and we are being advised to shelter in place, this situation could be even more prevalent and therefore I hope that by sharing my story and raising awareness, perhaps others will be able to be a survivor as I am. So, here we go…

I was in an abusive marriage for over 16 years. Truth be told, my parents and family advised me not to marry him, however, being head-strong and thinking I could “change him” I ignored their advice. I knew he had anger issues and was controlling, but I thought I could fix that. Well, for anyone that’s tried, you can’t. A person can not change unless it’s of their own desire.

Abuse is defined as: 1.to use wrongly or improperly; misuse. 2. to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way. 3. harshly or coarsely insulting language. 4. causing physical harm to another person.

During the early years, I chalked things up as typical newlywed things – however, I was just trying to convince myself. I wasn’t being honest with myself or others. Now, family and friends knew my “X” had anger issues and was very self-absorbed, and controlling, but they didn’t know to what extent. I was abused verbally, emotionally and physically. I didn’t share this with anyone, not my family, not my closest friends. It got to the point that I was embarrassed and didn’t want to admit what was going on.

Although in hindsight, I should have left, I didn’t. I wanted to have children, and again, I thought having children *might* change him. WRONG AGAIN! However, the silver lining is that I have 2 beautiful daughters who are now adults.

All during the years of raising my daughters, I was subjected to the abuse. Again, not telling anyone what I was dealing with. As the girls grew, I kept telling myself that staying together was best for them, so I endured in this unhealthy relationship. As they say, hindsight is 20/20, and now I can clearly see that I wasn’t doing what was best for my daughters by staying, but unfortunately, was teaching them that abuse was acceptable. Years later, my daughters have told me about things they knew were going on and things they were doing to comfort each other. I didn’t know they heard/saw things that they did and the ramifications of how those times affected them just breaks my heart.

As the years went on in the marriage, the abuse became more and more frequent which is typical. I was so beat down emotionally and mentally. Being told for years that you aren’t worth anything and that any and all problems were your fault takes a toll on you. I had started believing some of his lies which led to me staying in the toxic relationship much longer than I should. These are tactics the abuser uses to keep you under their control. Again, hindsight is 20/20.

When I finally told him I wanted a divorce, I wasn’t prepared for what would come next. I didn’t have it in my capacity to think in terms of hurting the other person in any manner. Well, he did. So not only did the physical abuse increase, other things were also happening. He took all of our money out of our joint accounts leaving me with ZERO! He did everything in his power to cripple me personally, professionally, financially and with my daughters. Manipulation, intimidation, threats, etc., were tactics used on me and my daughters. Again, these are typical actions, and if you are not recognizing them, you continue to put yourself and your children in harms way.

I’ll also say that at the time, I did not feel that my local law enforcement was truly protecting me or taking my situation seriously. It took a lot to even get a TPO (Temporary Protective Order) or a RO (Restraining Order), even when he tried to run me over while my oldest daughter was in the vehicle with him, in a public place and witnessed by others. However, I continued seeking assistance from law enforcement as well as pursuing my concerns with the District Attorney. I wouldn’t take NO for an answer and I insisted that my daughters and I needed protection. You do have to be hyper-sensitive to watch out for your safety and not to let your guard down. You need to remember that you are dealing with a irrational person, that will likely try anything to keep you from leaving (as they are losing their control over you). You have to begin to think differently and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

One of the things I did was keep a journal documenting everything. This process was two-fold as it provided me a way of getting things out of my head for self-preservation, but also to document all that happened to include any contact with law enforcement, dates, times, witnesses, etc.

I am and always have been a person of faith. It was GOD that got me through all that my daughters and I were subjected to. I would not have had the strength to leave if it weren’t for God.

So now you ask, why write about this now? Because Domestic Abuse is a horrible and prevalent situation in our country. Many, like me, stay in these relationships because they feel there is no way out. Especially during this time in our country where we are quarantined and sheltering in place – those in abusive relationships could be even more in danger. I wanted to share my story because there is hope on the other side. Is it easy? Absolutely not! Is it dangerous? Yes, it is or can be! Are there places to turn for assistance? YES! Will you be able to make it? YES!

So, what can you do if you are in an abusive relationship?

There are steps you can take to prepare to leave the abusive relationship. Keep in mind, statistics show that the most dangerous time for you and your children is when you decide to leave, so having a plan in place is important.

If you have time to plan, start putting aside cash — preferably somewhere other than your house. Leave some clothes and important items with a friend in case you have to leave your house quickly. And start documenting every incident of physical or emotional abuse in your household, whether it involves you or your kids. Make a note of the date and time the incident occurred, and exactly what happened.

I would also recommend that you either get a new cell phone that your abuser is not aware of, or change your number. If, your abuser tries calling, texting, etc., DO NOT RESPOND. This is harder said than done – especially because many if not most abusers have the ability of being compelling to lull you into a false sense of security by saying whatever they think will get you to come back. Don’t deceive yourself with this – it’s typically a ploy to get you back into their snares. In doing so, it puts you and/or your children at greater risk. In situations where there is a custody case, that does make this a little more tricky – however, not impossible.

In addition, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) advises that you:

  • make a list of safe people to contact
  • memorize phone numbers of people or places you could call for help
  • keep change (for a pay phone {if you can still find one}, as you may find yourself without a cell phone) with you at all times, as well as cash for living expenses, and
  • establish a code word with family, friends, and coworkers so that you can tell them to call for help without alerting the abuser.

You should also prepare to take important papers with you. Having the right documents will help you take legal action or apply for benefits after you leave. Again, the NCADV offers good advice, suggesting that you take:

  • your credit cards and checkbook
  • social security cards
  • birth certificates
  • copies of deeds, leases, and insurance policies
  • proof of income for you and the abusive spouse or partner, such as pay stubs or copies of W-2 forms
  • copies of bank or credit card statements if you cannot easily access them online, and
  • any documentation that proves past abuse, including photographs, police reports, or medical records.

Once you leave, there are other safeguards you should be aware of.

Whether you had time to plan or had to leave in a hurry, there are steps you can take to stay safe once you’re away from the abuser.

  • Immediately change your phone number and don’t answer the phone unless you know who is calling. Be sure that your new phone number is unlisted and blocked so that it can’t be easily discovered.
  • You may also want to rent a post office box or arrange to have your mail delivered to the address of a friend or family member.
  • If the abuser does contact you, make a note of when, how, and what happened. If you have a restraining order, keep it with you at all times. If you believe the terms of the order have been violated, call the police or contact the court right away.

Here are some additional suggestions from the NCADV:

  • if you are staying in your home, have the locks changed
  • don’t stay alone
  • change your routine frequently
  • think about how you’ll get away if the abuser confronts you
  • if you have to meet the abuser, do so in a very public place
  • contact people you trust at your workplace and your children’s school so they can be alert to anything unusual.

Check your local area for Women’s shelters and other services that are available for you. Be vigilant, think smartly, seek assistance, don’t be deceived, remember your worth and know there are better days ahead.

This blog post is dedicated to all of those that have survived leaving an abusive relationship, and with honor and in memory of those that were not so fortunate. The later is something that my family has just endured. My former sister-in-law was in the process of leaving an abusive relationship and lost her life at the hand of the abuser. Her two beautiful daughters, her brand new twin grandsons, and her family are now left with trying to carry on without her. It’s hard to wrap your brain around something like this happening, but I hope that by sharing my story, perhaps it will help 1 person.

You can feel isolated and alone when dealing with an abusive relationship, and one thing that I wish I had done was be open and honest with my family and friends about what I was experiencing. They would have supported me and would not have judged me – but at that time, I didn’t consider that.

I don’t want anyone to suffer abuse in any form. I just hope that by sharing my story, you or someone you know may find strength and courage and more importantly, tips to help make a plan for a safe escape. There is hope on the other side and you will indeed learn just how strong and capable you are.

If you suspect your family member, friend or co-worker is being abused, being available and supportive is important. While your family member or friend may not openly admit to abuse, just offering your support and encouragement makes a difference. Here’s a reference document that might give you some good suggestions if you have questions about how you can help.

Here are some additional resources for more information on Domestic Abuse and how to get assistance.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

WomensHealth.gov

Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence

Partnership Against Domestic Violence

I constantly think of ways I can assist in the fight against domestic violence, and as I said before, the whole reason of this post is to offer suggestions and assistance. I in no way am seeking pity – as I made it through (thank GOD). I only want to highlight that you may have a friend or family member going through this horrible situation or perhaps it’s you that is being subjected to abuse. My hope and desire is that maybe, just maybe, something mentioned here may help!

In loving memory of Diane Vitale. {February 15th, 1972 – March 11th, 2020}

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Posted in Holidays, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:25 pm by JBEvents

On this day all about love (and chocolates), I thought I would share a small collection of beautiful images from some of my precious couples weddings! Since a picture is worth a thousand words – I think these images will offer a whole novel of LOVE!!! Wishing a Happy Valentine’s to my amazing clients and all lovers!

Sending much appreciation to the amazing photographers that shared these images!

Laura Tarquino ~ Vosamo

Kristen Alexander Photography

Brandelyn Lee

Paul Perdue

Angela Wilson

Katherine Birkbeck

Brenda Upton

Sarah Ingram

Michelle Landreau

Happy Everything Co.

Laura Stone Photography

Sunny Lee Photography

Life and Love Photography

Angie Webb

Christopher Brock

Ashley Blencoe

Belletti Photography

JVK Photography

Shari Zellers Photography

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

July 2, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:55 am by JBEvents

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The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holiday’s.  Summertime, friends, good food and fireworks is the perfect combination for a fun time.  

Some of my fondest memories are from my late teen’s and early 20’s when a friend of mine and I would get a hotel room with a view overlooking the Sarasota Bay and have a few friends over to celebrate the 4th of July and watch the fireworks.  

The 4th of July tends to lend itself to being a great time for gathering with friends.  Barbecues or low country boils are popular themes.  Having activities for the kids as well as games for kids and adults is sure to bring out the competitive spirit in everyone.  The decor for your party can be very simple to elaborate, but having refreshing beverages and yummy food to nosh on are key.  You can get some ideas on my 4th of July Pinterest board.

If you don’t want to host a party at your home, there are many other local attractions that you can attend.  Getting a group together to go watch fireworks is still a favorite activity of mine.  Grab some cold beverages and snacks and put them in a cooler, take sparklers, glow sticks or poppers for the gang to celebrate with while waiting for the show to begin.  Don’t forget to pack the bug spray to keep those pesky little heathens from eating YOU as their snack.  :o)

 No matter how you celebrate, remember the freedoms our Country was built on, which have not come without sacrifice.  These words need to remembered not only on Independence Day, but everyday!

 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776

Looking for something to do in the Atlanta, Sarasota/Tampa Bay area or Orlando?  Here are a few ideas:

http://www.atlanta.net/events/seasonal/fourth-of-july/

https://atlanta.curbed.com/maps/where-watch-atlanta-july-4th-fireworks-fourth

http://www.visitsarasota.com/blog/celebrate-red-white-and-blue-florida-gulf-coast

http://wfla.com/2017/06/30/fourth-of-july-celebrations-parades-and-fireworks-in-the-tampa-bay-area/

http://www.visitorlando.com/events/holidays/july-fourth-in-orlando/

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/4th-of-july-at-walt-disney-world-resort/

I would love to hear your favorite memories or traditions for the 4th!

Wherever you are, whatever you do, I wish a Happy and Safe 4th of July to you!!! 

 

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

 

June 21, 2017

Ways to Honor the Memory of a Loved One in a Wedding

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Many times, my clients will have a deceased parent, grandparent, sibling or someone else important to them and they want to incorporate a way to honor their memory into their wedding.  There are many ways to do this and I’ll share a few ways that we have used to incorporate honoring the memory of those loved ones. 

Displaying photos is always a touching tribute.

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Another way to incorporate photos, is to use them as a charm to attach to a bouquet or boutonniere.

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A candle burning in memory is also a beautiful gesture.

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For one of my clients whose mother had passed away, she wanted her to be close to where the couple would exchange vows, so we placed a sign and flowers beside the altar area.

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One of the most special ways of honoring the memory of a bride’s mom, was a custom necklace the groom had made of the bride’s moms actual handwriting.

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For this bride, placing her dad’s favorite flower in her bouquet was the special way of honoring him.

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Attaching a hanky or a piece of cloth to the bride’s bouquet or dress is a touching way to have the loved one close to you.

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Similarly, attaching a piece of jewelry to either a bouquet or the wedding dress is a way of keeping the loved one close to your heart.

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Many couples choose to place a message in memory in their Ceremony Programs, which is a very sweet tribute.

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Placing a flower on an empty chair at the wedding is another way to remember a loved one.

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And one of the most powerful way’s to honor those who have passed was this Table Set for One.  This particular wedding was for a police officer who was previously in the military.  The table represented his friends who have lost their life serving their country or protecting citizens.

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However you choose to honor the memory of your loved one is perfect.  For ideas on a unique way for you to incorporate a memory tribute, contact us today.

Photo credits:  Kristen Alexander Photography, 3 Rivers Photography, A&A Photography,  Paul Perdue Photography, Brenda Upton,  Scobey Photography,

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

 

April 12, 2017

Wedding Budget Tips

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:10 am by JBEvents

You just got engaged and are excited about beginning all of the plans for the wedding.  It’s easy to get carried away with all of the ideas that are going through your head – however, two of the main concerns you need to determine early on is the dreaded, BUDGET and the Guest List!

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The budget will dictate the decisions that will be made and it directly impacts the Guest List.  

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Each person you include on your Guest List has an associated dollar amount connected to them.  That is why it is important to thoroughly vet your Guest List.  Generally the couple and their parents will create the guest list based upon who they feel should be invited.  There is always the “Must Invite” list but many times my clients will create a “B” and even a “C” list.  While it’s usually true that not every guest you invite will attend, you must consider the possibility that they will.  It’s also important to note that if you want to send out Save the Dates, whomever you send them to MUST be sent a wedding invitation, So if you have a “B” and/or “C” list, you need to take that into consideration.   Here’s a good infographic of how to determine your Guest List. 

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Once you have the draft of your Guest List, then you can begin searching for a venue (or let us do that legwork for you).  One of the first questions a venue will ask is, what is your estimated guest count, so that’s why it’s important to work on the Guest List first. Venues have a maximum capacity for their event space, so the estimated Guest count has to be considered to determine the appropriate space for your celebration.

If you hire a professional Planner at the beginning, we can lead you through the details so that you can make great informed decisions. With our experience, we can guide you through the process of planning your wedding while removing much of the stress.  We are familiar with venues and can make appropriate suggestions based upon your budget, guest count and vision.

Contact us for information and let us begin planning your flawless wedding while reducing your stress. 

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning Event Planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of the event.  

 

January 3, 2017

Next in the Series….From Planner to MOB!!

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:04 am by JBEvents

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

Quick recap of where we are — Officially engaged, bridal party selected, dress purchased, venue selected, invitations ordered, caterer selected…!

We have also determined the date and confirmed the venue.  The wedding will be in March {yikes less than 2 months}!  As I mentioned in the first post, originally, my daughter, Jessica, wanted to get married in Sarasota, FL at the beach. Aside from spending so much time there growing up, she was really considering that location because the relationship between she and Rocky blossomed there.  However, after much discussion we determined that it would be best to have the wedding here in the Atlanta area, so the search began.  We considered a variety of venues, but in searching their hearts, they truly wanted to choose a location that had meaning for both of them, so the decision was made to have the wedding at our church.  I admire that they came to the conclusion that the wedding should take place in a significant place rather than just a random venue.

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The groom and groomsmen have selected their tuxes and it seems that the bridesmaids dresses have been decided upon as well.  That was a HUGE decision.

Now from the design perspective, our church doesn’t offer a “beautiful” background like many traditional churches, so my mind is filled with ideas of how to soften the look and make it look more weddingish.

Since the color palette and theme has been selected, I have accumulated a large supply of vases, containers as well as other decor items.  It’s been like a treasure hunt and it’s interesting where you can find perfect pieces!  I am so excited to pull it all together and then to see the final product.  There are some DIY projects that we will be working on to create just the look we want, so I’m sure that will provide a few fun stories to share.  :o)

Sneak Peek at a SMALL sampling of some of my “treasures”

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Vendor selection is well underway and we are super excited about the Team that will be executing our vision!! Keep following as I will be doing a vendor Spotlight on each of them.

Jessica & Rocky are currently working on vows and music selections…..which has turned into a massive undertaking  – but they are making good progress.

They had their Engagement Photos (Michelle Pratt of Elephants and Apples) which turned out great.

The Bridal Shower will be held later this month hosted by her Matron and Maid of Honor.  We are both so excited for that celebration. The invitations are adorable.

Tune in next time for an update on our next steps and a recap of the shower and other details.

 

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 26, 2016

Venue Spotlight ~ Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

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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. 

 

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 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!!!!

Color palette

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!

June 30, 2016

Happy 4th of July!!!

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We are less than a week away from one of my favorite Holiday’s, the 4th of July!  The 4th has always held a special place in my heart and remembering back to my teenage and young adult years, I LOVED spending the 4th at Island Park in Sarasota.  There would be a festival taking place all day and then fireworks would be shot off over the bay at dark.  Being with friends celebrating the Holiday made the day all the more special.  When my daughters were young, we would usually spend the 4th with my brother in Orlando.  We would always have a cookout with a group of friends, hang out in the pool and even be able to see Disney’s fireworks from there.  It always seemed magical.  Although I’m not in Sarasota or Orlando this year, I do plan on celebrating locally with friends and family and look forward to watching fireworks to bring the special day to a close. 

If you are getting ready for your 4th celebration, I would like to offer some ideas on decor, food, beverages, crafts and games.  Please visit my Pinterest board for what I hope will be inspiration for your celebration!

Wishing you a Fabulous, Safe and Happy 4th!!!!

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning special events firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida offering our clients innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event!

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