Have you heard of Atlanta’s AMY Awards? It’s a premiere gala the American Marketing Association of Atlanta has hosted for the last 59 years to recognize our city’s best marketers and most successful marketing programs. Guess who had the honor of planning the 2016 event? Me!
The awards are described as a “Night of Fun” and this year was no different. There was a silent auction, digital caricature drawings, delicious food and cocktails, and nearly 300 attendees dressed to impress there to celebrate each other’s accomplishments inside the Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom.
The planning for such a major event can be pretty stressful, so I made sure to do things for myself that made me excited throughout the process. First, I hired Natt Taylor to design my dress! I loved my initial consultation where she sketched out the design and was amazed when I tried it on for the first time and it was more beautiful than I imagined! What I loved most about it were the color and the pockets! Natt is a true pro because she had to design around my budding baby belly and growing body! She was one of the first people to find out about my pregnancy because I didn’t know how it would affect the final product, but it turned out beautifully!
Ever since I was a little girl I have LOVED a good tea party! I distinctly remember filling my toy tea pot with water from the bathroom sink to pour into little tea cups arranged on my tiny table for my dolls and favorite stuffed animals. Sometimes I even had a human guest when my mom would play along.
Now as an adult and owner of an event planning company, I host them for a living! Oh joy! But here's the real tea...my recent tea party collaboration with A Pinch Bakery was featured in one of my favorite blogs, Black Southern Belle! "Southern bred and soul infused," that blog epitomizes a lifestyle I fully embrace.
If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate a shower, birthday or just want to get together to play dress up and sip tea with your girls, Event Passion and A Pinch Bakery will coordinate something FABULOUS!
See video from the event and more pictures in our gallery. Click the button to schedule your vintage tea party today!
Clemson grads, Catrina and Jerek hosted an vibrant, Harlem renaissance inspired wedding with southern flair at the beautiful Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Catrina's father chartered buses to bring their loved ones in from all around the southeast to celebrate the joyous occasion! Congrats to the happy couple!
Are you afraid of breaking the bank just to have your perfect fairytale wedding? Well, fret no more! Here’s a little helpful insight on how you can save cash and still look fabulous!
“Dress To Impress”
I can speak for most girls when I say that we spend a lot of time dreaming and fantasizing about the beautiful dress that we will walk down the aisle in – so start shopping early! Having more time to shop is always better because you won’t feel rushed and pressured to buy AND it gives you the chance to look around and compare prices at different stores.
Can’t afford that big designer gown you’ve been drooling over? Find something off-the-rack that’s similar to the color and style with a fraction of the cost! No one will ever know and you’ll still look just as beautiful. Also, if you aren’t emotionally attached or sentimental about a dress, renting or buying a used gown is always a more affordable option. (Your groom-to-be can also rent a tux if he doesn’t plan on wearing it again!)
The cost per invitation and programs can quickly add up, causing a fast decline in your bank account. Consider using the Internet to create a wedding website and receive RSVPs through this outlet. If you prefer to print your invitations, keep it simple. Don’t go overboard on all of the fancy ribbons, designs, gloss finishes and other costly add-ons.
Flowers and decorations are another area that you can cut back on without making your wedding look cheap. Remember – less is more. Stick to a simple and elegant flower – not anything exotic and over the top. Make sure to go easy on floral centerpieces, especially when placing them on the table. Tall arrangements can sometimes block your guests from speaking to each other during their meal. Replace flowers with candles for a great and cheaper alternative that looks just as classy.
You can completely skip out on:
“Happily Ever After”
These are just a few ways to save money and still have a beautiful wedding. All you need is a little creativity and I can promise you that your budget wedding will be gorgeous and unforgettable!
Brandi, a self-proclaimed Starbucks fanatic and recent graduate of Georgia Southern University, manages Event Passion's social media engagement and is instrumental in helping us reach our targeted audience. She enjoys anything that involves the outdoors and travel to cities as far flung as San Francisco, Australia and New Zealand. She loves having a good laugh with her family and friends and is always up for an adventure!
I loved creating the concept for Elaine's 40th birthday celebration! She told me that she'd always wanted to have a big party and loved color and anything that sparkles. We kicked around some ideas and she lit up when I mentioned a Moroccan theme so I knew we had a winner! There was buzz about the movie 50 Shades of Grey around the time we met which gave me the idea to merge the concepts together into "40 Shades of E" - a sultry celebration with sparkling Moroccan accents. Jewel tones, purple, magenta and teal, blended together beautifully with silver accented lanterns, elephants and bling at every turn. The monogrammed "E" motif was carried throughout the design, floating in the middle of her lush draped backdrop and shining in an illuminated gobo over the dance floor. Once we lit the candles and dimmed the lights the scene was set for a sexy celebration that included a belly dance tutorial, seductively named signature cocktails and a glamorous night of fun for Elaine and all of her guests! Cheers to the fantastic Event Passion team for bringing this concept to life!
Although parties and offsite team building activities are a time to wind down and get to know each other on a more personal level, it’s not totally a “get loose, let your hair down” kind of function. Surprisingly, many people don’t realize that and are either too stuffy or too informal. Although you are still technically “on the job”, it is possible to achieve a balance of interaction and enjoyment while building stronger relationships with your colleagues.
There are 3 main points to remember:
1. Maintain appropriate conversation. Although everyone is in a more relaxed mode, it’s not the time to tell off-color jokes. The last thing you want to do is offend someone so, if you’re not sure, just don’t say it. Most importantly, stay away from discussing politics or controversial subjects. Now we’re embarking upon another highly controversial political season with presidential candidates recently announcing their intent to run. Most people have strong opinions on one side or the other so, it’s not a good idea to bring up the topic.
Big and bold or simple and sleek, there's a floral crown style for every bride and any special occasion!
Are you bold enough to rock this dress trend?
2014 marked 3 years in existence for Event Passion,LLC, a company I started as a creative outlet and way to help people celebrate their important milestones. When I looked back at how far we've come, I was surprised to see that we've doubled in business every year since 2011! What incredible growth! I'm thankful to everyone who conspired in Event Passion's success- my husband, friends, family, team, vendors, and most importantly, the clients who have given us a perfect 5 star rating and entrusted us to bring their event visions to life.
They say that in order to know where you're going, you've gotta recognize where you've been. Here's a look back at Event Passion in 2014:
Simeon & Glendon's Wedding
Our year began helping this lovely couple say "I do" at the Old Courthouse on the Square.
Castleberry Hill Bridal Stroll
We organized the first Castleberry Hill Bridal Stroll and were featured on 11Alive News! Our styled shoot promoting the event was published in Weddings Unveiled and Occasions Magazine!