Find your inspiration. Every successful party plan begins with a vision. Find that one color, flower, or image that resonates with you and never let go. Your event style, décor, food, and even guest list will eventually be influenced by this. Think outside the box. As the saying goes, “Something old, something new…” Every dinner party or wedding reception no matter how traditional should include an element of innovation in an unexpected way. Some of the best places to think creatively are the table settings. From luxurious table linens to jaw-dropping floral arrangements, your tablescapes can be a great place to show off. Make every guest feel welcome. This may seem like a simple tip, but it is important to remember that everyone you have invited has come to help you celebrate your special occasion. Keep that in mind as you plan elements like the individual place settings, where you can really show your guests you care.
Photography: Tulle & Grace Look for places to include personal touches. From the estate cards to cocktail tables, keep everything you. A good event specialist will be able to help you sort through any elements that may not have been considered like the stage backdrop for the reception, or how to incorporate your loved ones in the décor.
Tony Conway’s Secrets for Success Part 1 Photography: Nancy Jo McDaniel Hire a “Dream Team” — I always try to hire the best, brightest, and most talented. When considering a potential employee, or what I refer to as a “team member,” I look for an outstanding portfolio, a relentless work ethic, and a streak of ambition. No one can be everywhere at once; you must have the right team in place to be successful in any business. Here’s the caveat. Even if you screen potential candidates with multiple interviews, tests, and assessments, you’ll inevitably end up hiring some folks who just don’t “pull their weight.” For the sake of your business, you must be willing to let those team members go. Ineffective employees will eventually drag down company morale, and will sap company profits due to their lack of productivity. At A Legendary Event, clients can be assured they will be handled by the best in the business no matter who they come into contact with at the company.
June is National Rose Month and at A Legendary Event, “We love to do flowers.” Image: Nancy Jo McDaniel A dedication and passion for florals is evident in every arrangement that the team headed up by Floral Director Jeanna Graham, collectively conceives and creates. Few careers can compete with working in a florally-infused environment where everything is fragrant and saturated with color. Imagine working among rose petals, curvy willow branches and setting your watch according to what time the rose bud blossoms and the orchids bloom? Maybe this is the reason why A Legendary Event’s floral team is always wearing two things, a green-dappled apron speckled by stem trimmings, and a playfully puckish smile.
The holiday calendar at A Legendary Event fills up very quickly so an appropriate quote for this time of the year comes from an anonymous source: “All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” In other words—it’s never too soon to start planning for your Holiday party. By the time you read this, some of our clients will have already spoken to our design and floral departments; others are even finalizing their holiday soiree menu choices. One of our clients commented, “Once I get the ball rolling with my initial phone call, I actually kind of enjoy the planning process.” She says she relies on a “six month rule.” She’ll begin planning for her holiday events in mid-June “no matter how large or small the gathering.” That way, by the time the party time rolls around, she’s relaxed and can actually enjoy the company of the guests. “Besides,” she says, “who likes an uptight host?” Though the Six-Month Rule may seem a bit premature, when considering all of the elements necessary for successful event: invitations, venue selection, event and floral design, music choice and menu selection—it’s never too early to plant for the “flowers of all the tomorrows.”
Photography: Nancy Jo McDaniel In the Middle Ages, the term “valet de chambre” characterized a male servant who served as a personal attendant to their employer. Today, a parking “valet” is a service employee who parks cars for guests at events, private affairs, hotels, and restaurants. Some might think that hiring a valet service is an unnecessary cost, but after months of planning, hiring a professional valet service should at least be considered. There can be several reasons for hiring a valet, from offering it as a special kindness to your guests, to cutting out an excessive walk to the parking lot, or even making sure your guests avoid a muddy trudge to and from the party door should it rain. Ultimately, valet service is a great way to add a departing, memorable touch. As an example of this, party favors, such as bottled sparkling water or sugar cookies and a note expressing your gratitude for their attendance, can be placed on the console of each vehicle as they are parked. At a recent event, we arranged to have everyone’s car washed while they celebrated inside. As the valet pulled their vehicle curbside, guests were shocked and surprised to find their newly washed cars gleaming in the moonlight. A valet service is much more than a bunch of twenty-something’s in red vests and sneakers; it’s an essential ingredient for a successful evening and one of the best ways to show your guests how much they are truly appreciated.
Five Things To Do Before Selecting A Florist Not all flower arrangements are created equal! Here at A Legendary Event, we know our award-winning florists play an extremely important role in many of our clients events. For your special occasion, your decor should be nothing short of show-stopping, so use these 5 insider tips to help bring your floral dreams to life. 1. Figure out your vision Maybe a decadent red flower wall (pictured) is a little too racy for your party, but there is unlimited inspiration to be found both online and in person, so go out and find it. Decide which flowers are most important to you, and what color scheme you think you want to work with. 2. Do your research Our Floral Director Jeanna Graham has a long and impressive body of work to show our clients. Seeing examples of a florist’s previous work is essential as it allows you to see if their style suits yours. 3. Have a chat Let the florist know your ideas, can they contribute anything to your vision, or do they want to change your original plans? The florist should be someone who supports your concepts, and brings them to life in an extraordinary way. 4. Prepare a budget Find someone who understands your budget and is excited about making the most out of every penny. A great florist knows the tricks to extend your finances as far as possible, so make sure you always have your numbers in mind. 5. Go with your gut When you’re feeling unsure, go with your first instinct and hire the person you feel most connected with. This is somebody who will be handling a major part of your special event, so they need to be someone you can trust.
Be sure to check out NeNe and Gregg’s Wedding Album and the gorgeous decor created by A Legendary Event. A Legendary Event was honored to be selected for I dream Of NeNe – The Wedding of the season on Bravo! Check out the photographs and this stunning wow! wedding. http://www.bravotv.com/i-dream-of-nene-the-wedding/season-1/photos/nene-and-greggs-wedding-album?cid=idn_pho%3F20
How do we keep our Legendary Look? From our award-winning Buckhead Beautification award to our stunning jaw-dropping interior, The Estate is a perfect example of Southern grandeur at its best. Talk about the ideal place to party, guests claim The Estate has that WOW FACTOR and you’ll discover what we mean at The Estate, 3109 Piedmont! How do we do it? We mix the gorgeous collection of stunning furnishings, rich tones with fabulous finishes from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams with the outstanding works of art curated from The Bill Lowe Gallery. Add these Legendary gorgeous touches into the ambience and decor at The Estate, our hot new venue in the heart of Buckhead, and that’s what you get! A total WOW! Plus, you’ll find that Legendary Look for your next Legendary Event!!