Plan Ahead Checklist: Tips for a Flawless Event!

Spring is around the corner and with it, countless weddings, galas, engagement parties and other chances to mix, mingle and be merry! Just one more reason why we love this season! Naturally, we look forward to planning all the details – from beautiful floral arrangements to breathtaking seating – and letting you sit back and enjoy your big day. But we often get asked just what can our clients do to help things go more smoothly?

The good news is, we handle all of the heavy lifting! But there are indeed a few planning steps you can take that can help ensure your event goes off without the slightest hitch.

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Budget:

Normally the only time most of us want to talk about money is when we’re getting it! But the face remains that luxury costs. Whether it’s an intimate wedding or a large charity fundraiser, events tend to go more smoothly when you create a well-informed, all-encompassing budget at the outset. Be open and frank with your planner – don’t be afraid of any unforeseen limitations. To the contrary, budget conversations help us better select the perfect details!

journal with penWrite down your ideas:

When it comes to weddings in particular, so many brides say they’ve dreamed of the big day since they were in training wheels. Yet when it comes time to plan, a lot of those same brides have no idea what they want! Sounds like a job for a trusty pen and pad. Whether it’s planning for a wedding or a less intimate event, we recommend writing down your ideas long before meeting with an event planner. Think about this a month in advance – you’re sure to find your first meeting more productive.

editingNow, cut down your idea list:

We can’t tell you to write down your ideas without adding the caveat: Edit yourself! The opposite of the client with no ideas is the one with all of the ideas in the world! Break your idea list into details you want and details you simply can’t live without. Then cut that list down further. Next, take a look at what you’re left with and see if you can spot a theme. Generally, the shorter and tighter a wish list, the better chance that you can get everything you want.

At Tony Brewer and Co., we make it our business to keep our clients happy with minimal effort on their part. Still, the little things help! So jot down your budget and ideas and let’s get ready to plan the event of the season!

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Pinterest Finds: Creative Wedding Bouquets

peony bride bouquet wedding flowers pink peony wedding flowers pink peony bridal bouquetBesides the dress and the bride herself, they’re the center of attention on the aisle: We’re speaking of course of the bouquet! What little girl doesn’t have a story of trying to catch the bouquet or better yet, stealing a little of the attention as the flower girl!

Here at Tony Brewer Co. we LOVE flowers – but we’re surprised at how few brides take full advantage of them. Step out beyond roses and baby’s breath with some of these seasonal ideas, care of our favorite frivolity, Pinterest!

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“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” ― Anne Frank

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It’s the little things: Three Small Ways to Make a Big Wedding Splash!

Good things come in small packages – it may be a hackneyed saying, but it’s often true that the things that bring the most intrigue, excitement and joy come in the smallest, most unassuming packages. Event planning is no exception: Some of the things that can make the biggest splash are often the tiniest of details!

From tiny table details to floral minutia and everything in between, small details often provide a charming way to make a big impression. How can you apply this to your event or wedding planning? Glad you asked! Take a look at some of our favorite ways to add little things to your special day – and make a big splash in the process!

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A Bride For All Seasons: TBC Does the Four Seasons Wedding Show

white+floral+cake+simple+pretty+via+bride.caThere’s only one thing that comes close to capturing the excitement and beauty of an actual wedding – and that’s a wedding show! We were thrilled this past weekend to take part in one of the best wedding shows in the city, the Four Seasons Atlanta Bridal Event: A Bride For All Seasons! This high-end show featured the city’s most luxurious wedding service providers – so you know Tony Brewer and Co. was there in full glory!

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Happy (Almost) Valentine’s Day! Best Ways to Show Yourself Some February Love

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We can’t resist celebrating this wonderful time of year – February is the month of romance and love and we absolutely love it! What’s not to love – beautiful flowers, luxe chocolates, gifts, dances, trips. With its emphasis on beauty and adoration, February is a wonderful mid-winter pick-me-up!

No sweetheart? No worries. Enjoyment of this beautiful season isn’t limited to those deep in the throes of romance. In fact, we here at Tony Brewer and Co. believe the most passionate love affair any of us has should have should be with the person we see in the mirror every morning! Why not take time this month to show yourself a little love? From treating yourself to a sumptuous dessert to showing your tootsies a little pedicure love – there are lots of ways to shower yourself with some much-needed love. Who knows, it may recharge your batteries (we know ours get depleted in this cold weather!)

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Holiday Wedding Dos and Don’ts!

red boutonniereLove is most certainly in the air this month! Valentine’s Day is literally around the corner and for many sweethearts, it will mean flowers, candy, romantic dinners , dancing and more! And for an even luckier group of us, it will mean wedding bells. Valentine’s Day is understandably a top day for getting married: At  Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville , for instance, dozens of couples sign up each year for an intimate Feb. 14 ceremony.

But planning a wedding for this or any holiday isn’t without its unique challenges – mostly how to incorporate the theme and feel of the day (after all, that’s why you chose it!) without letting the holiday overshadow your special moment. It can be tricky, but here are a few tips from yours truly that can help you make your holiday wedding a unique treat!

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TBC’s Favorite Winter Getaways

One thing about Atlanta weather – if you don’t like it, just wait a few hours and it will change! That seems to be the story of this winter – warmish one day, freezing cold the next! If you’re anything like us, you’re ready to be done with it all and hit a beach where you’re guaranteed sunshine and the only thing that’s cold is the tropical drink in your hand.

We know where northerners usually go for the winter – down here, ironically. But where are us Southern folks tired of layering up supposed to head for warmth? There are plentiful options both stateside and in exotic locales that offer amazing lodging, beautiful views and a chance to escape the cold.

Here are a few of our favorite luxury resorts, ideal for a vacation this winter or even year-round. Enjoy – and make your reservations soon!

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