June 21, 2017

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

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:45 am by JBEvents

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.

2017.03.10 Cheaves-001jr.0300Schwartz_0527recep 9 (3)

 

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

Mr.&Mrs.Jones-194Garters, hanky and charm of brides mom

 

A candle burning in memory is also a beautiful gesture.

In Memory Candle ~ Carlson Craft

 

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.

LaurenDylan112

 

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.

Opening gift from Groom

 

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

Schwartz_0306

 

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.

jr.0006

 

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.

ak.josh0011ak.josh0015

 

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

Ceremony Program In Memory

 

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

ak.josh0201jb-0481

 

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.

IMG_2382

 

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.  

 

Advertisements

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!

Guest List image

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

event-expenses-010913-56a2b31a3df78cf77278ecb5

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. 

3862ba11fe237cb2de4da40c6373a455

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.  

 

October 28, 2016

Megan & Zach’s Midtown wedding!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:10 am by JBEvents

summerour

It was such a pleasure to work along side Megan & Zach to plan their wedding.  Making it even more special was that it was my second time working with the groom’s family.  What an honor that is!

Their wedding was just beautiful and every detail was exquisite and perfect!  Bold American Events knocked it out of the park with the designs that truly exceeded the couples expectations.  The look was elegant and lush, with an English Garden feel.  The arch created for the ceremony later doubled as the backdrop for the cake.  

The couple exuded love with every look, touch and laugh throughout the day.  You couldn’t help but smile every time you saw them.  

One of the most touching moments was the bride opening the gift from the groom.  Her mother passed away when she was younger, and knowing how important she was to Megan, Zach took some old letters and cards with her handwriting and had a gorgeous necklace made with Megan’s initial in her mothers handwriting.  Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.  That gift just goes to show what a special guy, Zach is. 

The photos (courtesy of Scobey Photography) tell the story better than words, so take a look! 

You might also enjoy watching this video courtesy of JB Videography!

 

We enjoyed partnering with:

Wedding Angels (Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses)

Guffey’s (Groom’s Attire)

Jos. A. Banks (Groomsmen Attire)

The Moore Agency (Hair and Make-up)

Summerour Studio (Venue)

Bold American Events (Catering and Design)

Scobey Photography (Photography)

Jeremiah O’Keefe-West (Officiant)

Amati Chamber Ensemble (Ceremony Musicians)

Nice Entertainment (DJ Hans)

JB Videography (Video)

Atlantic Limousine

Dede Adams Calligraphy (Wedding Invitations, Seating Chart)

Nothing Bundt Cakes (Favors)

 

We wish Megan & Zach a lifetime of Happiness!!!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your Special Day!!

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. 

 

 

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.  

selby-gardens-signPhoto By Jason Demutiis

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.  
img_1755

This space is adjacent to the back of the Gazebo. Perfect for Cocktail Hour with the view of the Bay.

img_1756

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

img_1758

View of the Great Lawn while standing in the Gazebo

img_1760

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

img_1762

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.

nighttime-under-the-oaks-photo-by-cpennenga

Photo by Cat Pennenga Magical setting under the trees.

reception-under-the-great-oaks-photo-by-cpennenga

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

img_1766

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

img_1767

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

img_1768

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

img_1770

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.

img_1771

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. 

 

January 14, 2012

Sunset Wedding in Sarasota for Bianca & Trent

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:32 pm by JBEvents

What a gorgeous day we had for an outdoor wedding in Sarasota.  The temps were in the 70’s and it was December 30th!!

Bianca began her day getting her hair styled for her wedding.  Once she was coiffed, she made her way to the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel where she met up with her bridesmaids and slipped into her gorgeous dress. 

Capturing the images of the day was Jessica Kurant of JVK Photography.  During my research and search for a photographer, I met Jessica.  She is a graduate of Ringling School College of Art and Design.   After communicating with her, it was easy to see that she would do a fantastic job of photographing this wedding!! And she certainly did not disappoint. 

Bianca and Trent decided to have a “First Look” photo and chose to meet at the “Unconditional Surrender” statue located at the Marina Jack bayfront.  Trent arrived and my associate met up with him so that she and the photographer could place a blindfold over his eyes.  Minutes later, Bianca arrived and walked up to Trent and removed the blindfold.  After seeing his beautiful bride for the first time, they posed for several photos, with one being to mimic the statue.

After spending a few minutes with the bride and groom, the groom left and headed to the venue, while the bride, her bridal party and family stayed at the Marina for more photos.

The venue for the wedding was the Sarasota Outboard Club.  This is one of those places that you treat as a blank slate and let your visions and creativity take over.  The groom’s mother spearheaded getting a small army of folks to assist in hanging twinkle lights, moving furniture, hanging chinese lanterns among many other details.  But all of this hard-work paid off with a look that was magical. 

The  ceremony took place on the lawn alongside the bay with contemporary musical selections provided by the DJ, Jacob of Music on the Move DJ’s as the sun was setting. 

At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests were treated to beverages and hors d’oeuvres while the wedding party took advantage of the stunning waterfront views for more photos.

Nellie’s Deli Catering provided the delicious food for the evening as well as the table decor. I have to compliment this catering company as being so easy to work with.  The staff was pleasant, knowledgeable and flexible – which made for a very pleasant planning experience.

Instead of using typical floral centerpieces, we opted for a tablescape of floating candles in a variety of  glass cylinders in varying sizes.  Beautiful sea glass was placed in the bottom of the cylinders and placed on the navy linens gave the appearance of being under the sea.  It also gave a nod to the Groom’s current station in the U.S. Navy.

After the cake cutting and toasts, guests were invited back outside where the party took place.  The bride and groom had their first dance to Tony Bennett’s “The Way You Look Tonight”.  The bride then had a heartwarming dance with her dad to “I Loved You First” by Heartland and then taking the dance floor was the Groom and his mother.  We had all been looking forward to this dance and with a last-minute change of songs – which was a surprise to the groom’s mom, they took to the floor with the Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Dance Contest song, “You Can Never Tell” by Chuck Berry from the film Pulp Fiction. This truly was a huge hit and definitely got the party started!!!

This wedding was definitely a celebration and the guests had a great time partying the night away. 

The couple departed into their awaiting limo provided by SRQ Services through a throng of guests blowing bubbles to wish them well.  As they left, guests were overheard commenting that this was the best wedding they had attended.  Those are always words that we like to hear.

As we leave you with a few more images from the day, we want to wish Bianca & Trent a lifetime of Happiness!!!

 

December 21, 2011

Holiday’s and Stress

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , at 12:02 pm by JBEvents

 

 

 

 

 

Ten holiday stress busters

So many gifts to wrap; So many parties to attend; So many cards to send!

Are the holidays stressing you out? Well, join the club! Few of us escape holiday time without feeling:

  1. Panic
  2. Overwhelmed
  3. The blues
  4. All of the above!

And it doesn’t help one bit when you turn on the TV and there’s someone smiling happily, hosting “the perfect” holiday party.

So here are 10 tips to help you survive the holidays.

  • Throw away the word “perfect.” We are all human beings trying to do our best. There is no such thing as “perfect” when it comes to this time of year.
  • Try to do less this year, not more. What is one task you can remove from your “to do” list?
  • Do a “small” good deed. It’s amazing what it can do to lift your mood. Call that elderly aunt in California. Baby sit for the young mother across the street.
  • Say “no.” That’s a tough one. Start with a list. Decide what events are important to you. And let the rest go.
  • Try not to worry about things out of your control. Uncle Bob always talks too much. Those mail-order gifts might not arrive in time. The world will go on.
  • Shake a leg! Hit the gym. Take a walk. Ride your bike. Exercise helps relieve stress and chase away the blues.
  •  Get more zzzzzz’s. Sleep? Did someone say sleep? Yes, it’s extra important this time of year. Burning that (festive green and red) candle at both ends is a guaranteed way to let stress and the blues win.
  •  Laugh off mini-disasters. OK, so the dog just ate the shrimp dip. Think how many calories he’s just saved you from!
  • Forgive yourself. Forgive others. It’s not the time of year to settle old scores. No matter how much you want to tell off your (you fill in the blank).
  • Hugs help!

Hopefully these tips will help you reduce your stress during the Holiday’s.  One other way to always ease the stress when planning any type of special event, is to contact Janice Blackmon Events and let us take the stress away by providing our exceptional service that ends with a flawless event allowing YOU to enjoy the special occasion along with your other guests!

Dates are quickly filling up for 2012, so don’t delay and run the risk of creating STRESS because we aren’t available for YOUR date! 

Happy Holiday’s from all of the Janice Blackmon Events Team!

 

%d bloggers like this: