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.  


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. 


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.  


March 22, 2017

Historic City Nuptials for Lindsay & Aaron

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When you pair America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida, with a sweet and beautiful couple, you get a spectacular wedding!!!

The historic city always held a special place in Lindsay’s heart, so when this Sarasota, Florida native was planning her wedding, St. Augustine was the logical choice.

The venue chosen was The White Room Loft and Rooftop located on the Matanzas River. With sweeping views of the River , The Bridge of Lions and old town St. Augustine, the setting was truly magical.

Lindsay and her Mom created so many beautiful touches for the wedding.  From a lovely Seating Assignment display to vintage photo albums containing photos of the couple.  To go along with the “vintage” camera era, Polaroid cameras were provided for guests to snap photos of themselves to place in a memory book for the couple.  Guests had so much fun!

The ceremony took place on the Roof top.  As guests arrived, they were greeted with Prosecco Pops while they mingled.  Then when it was time for the vows, they took their seat and watched as the couple exchanged vows with the gorgeous water view.  An interesting part of the ceremony was what they used as the Unity Ceremony.  Instead of a candle or sand, they used colored glass pieces that will later be blown into a lasting trinket for the couple to display in their home.

The guests were treated to an amazing array of food from delicious displays for Cocktail Hour with specialty beverages to a 5 course meal to a huge dessert display including a ROot Beer Float station, Hot Chocolate Station, Cookie display and a Strawberry Shortcake station.  Guests definitely left with full bellies.

As a post-wedding treat, the guests were suppose to go play mini-golf, however, a few weeks before the wedding, Hurricane Matthew hit and unfortunately destroyed the mini-golf course, so instead, guests were treated to a Trolley Ride through historic St. Augustine.  It was an excellent end to the evening.  

We wish Lindsay & Aaron a lifetime of happiness.  We were indeed honored to have a part in your special day!!!

It was a pleasure working with the fantastic vendors on this wedding:

Venue: The White Room

Photographer:  Life and Love Studios (Thank YOU so much for the beautiful images)

Hair:  Angela Byrd

Make-Up:  Jamie Benedict

DJ:  Footloose Entertainment

Cake:  Sweet Weddings

Floral Designer:  Jade Violet Wedding & Florals

Horse & Carriage:  Country Carriages

Trolley:  Old Town Trolley of St. Augustine


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

March 19, 2017

Fall wedding beauty for Shelby & Drew!

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Fall is such a beautiful time, with colorful leaves, usually crisp temperatures and blue skies.  When you add to that a gorgeous bride and a handsome groom, you have the makings for something spectacular! Such is the case for Shelby & Drew.

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With venue, Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club, selected, Shelby begin putting her thoughts into the vision for her wedding day.  She selected The Stables as the ceremony and reception site, which lends itself to a rustic vibe – but NOT a mason jar type of vibe, rather an elegant, sophisticated rustic vibe.

She selected some pretty amazing vendors to carry out her vision, such as Christina Robbins (Hair) and McKenzie Mann (Make-up), Happy Everything Company (Photographer),  Low Country Catering, Sweet Creations by Candi Pittman (Cake), John Amoroso (Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musician), Hip and Hitched (DJ & Sax player), Mary McLeod with Amy Osaba (Florals), Hometown Crew (Videographer) and ShutterBooth (PhotoBooth).  Along with the JBEvents Team, these vendors expertly created and conveyed Shelby’s dream wedding.

There were a couple of adorable features that we really loved.  One was a handmade cross used at the altar.  The other was the oar used for their guest registration.  As I try to impress on all of my clients, be unique, bring your personality out in the wedding – and this couple truly did.

Take a look at the images below and I think you will agree, this was a gorgeous wedding.  What’s your favorite part? {Thank you to Happy Everything Co. for sharing these images!}

We wish Shelby & Drew a lifetime of happiness!!!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!!


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

November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving ~ Let’s Eat Turkey!!

Posted in Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:00 am by JBEvents

Happy Thanksgiving!  My favorite quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.


It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away!  This year has flown by and we have been busy producing many beautiful flawless events.  I am so THANKFUL for all of our clients and vendor partners and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Whether you are hosting the feast this year or you are going to be a guest, I’ve compiled ideas for menus, table decor, cocktail recipes and even hostess gifts to serve as inspiration.  Click here to visit my Thanksgiving Pinterest board and while you are at it, click the FOLLOW button to see all of the inspiration boards I’ve created.

Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving!!

February 28, 2014

And the Winner is…Throwing an Oscar Viewing Party

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It is no secret that we LOVE any excuse for a Party and with the upcoming Oscars this weekend what better theme/reason than to host an Oscars Viewing Party!  

Set the tone with your invitations.  Be very creative by using a movie reel as the case for the invitation or use something more along the lines of a Movie Ticket.

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There are a ton of decor items that you can purchase to use if you truly want to set the scene!  Your local party supply store can provide many Oscar themed decor pieces, or if you are crafty then you could make the decor yourself. 

Let’s start out with a grand and regal Red Carpet entry for your guests. If you want to make it even more special, write the name of each guest on a Star and affix it to the Red Carpet.


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What’s an award viewing party or any Hollywood event without Paparazzi?  Why not have your own?  From having real photographers taking photos as guests arrive, to using a decor prop of paparazzi and strobe flash lighting – create an entrance that will get your guests in the Star-Mode!


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Once your guests enter your “Dolby Theatre” greet them with a special access lanyard {and a glass of champagne}!

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Use more props as decor in the areas where you will be serving food and watching the show.  One of the fun items that you can incorporate is film…did you know that you can purchase used film as decor or just a prop?  Pair the film with movie reels and you have a great scene-setter!  Place a few trophies around as well to add to the party theme. 

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Whether you decide to serve a full-meal or just snacks, the options are endless.  If you are feeling so inspired, create a menu that pays homage to the Best Picture honorees, or do your best at replicating Wolfgang Puck’s menu for the Governor’s Ball.  Of course his food is always amazing, but I just have to say that his Smoked Salmon Oscar shaped hors d’oeuvres are adorable!!  Check out images of his menu by visiting here!


If you are opting for snacks instead of a full meal, then some of my favorite ideas are a popcorn bar, or a candy buffet.  Go all out and wow your guests with all sorts of popcorn flavors and toppings or a variety of types of candy for a candy buffet.  You can even have a theme for the candy – from a certain color, to retro varieties to typical candy treats you would find at a movie theater.   Your guests will devour the fun snacks!

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Want to have a little friendly competition among your guests?  Pass out Oscar Ballots as guests arrive and then see who matches the most correct winners!  The winner gets their very own Oscar trophy to take home!  



We hope that some of these ideas will help you with your party plans.  However you decide to celebrate the Academy Awards, we hope your celebration is worthy of an Oscar for BEST VIEWING PARTY!! 

Janice Blackmon Events is an Event Planning firm specializing in assisting our clients the ability to enjoy the planning process while we handle the details to ensure a flawless celebration.

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