Unpcoming Atlanta Wedding Planning event!

Tomorrow, August 22nd Endive Catering, Circle of Love Weddings, Sublime Photography and several other wedding vendors in Atlanta will be hosting the 2nd “From Now to Wow” bridal experience. This event will feature interactive elements, pampering and a discussion panel with professionals. The information and experience available to guests will be immeasurable.
Space is limited. If interested in attending visit the event’s eventbrite page to register. Tickets are $15 and the event will be held at the Endive location in Midtown.It is sure to be a spectacular event!

Mazel Tov! A beautiful Jewish Wedding

On Sunday, August 1st 2010 Vanessa Preiss married Brett Meyer at the King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta. It was a beautiful event, with over 150 guests in attendance, filled with jewish tradition and infused with the personalities of the Bride and Groom. The details of the ceremony and reception truly showed the uniquiness and originality of the couple.
Vanessa and Brett were wed under a gorgeous chuppah that was lined with hundreds of feathers and twinkle lights in front of their friends and family. The ceremony was performed by Rabbi Steven Lebow and filled with humor and entertainment. The couple and wedding party exited the ceremony to the theme from Star Wars and provided a wedding cake topped with Hans solo and Princess Leiya figurines at the reception. As the dancing commenced at the reception the bride and groom participated in the traditional Hora and were hoisted onto chairs and bounced up and down by the guests, it was quite a ride. But, the most poigniant moment was when the groom serenaded the bride in front of the entire crowd, it was beautiful. An affair to remember for sure.

It’s all in the Wedding Details

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When you’re planning a wedding it is easy to get overwhelmed by the big stuff like staying within your budget, maintaining a count of your RSVPs and selecting service vendors, but the little details that go into your event are what truly make it spectaclar. The most recent edition of Brides’s magazine features a list of 100 things to do for under $100 (each) that will really upgrade your wedding. This extensive list had tons of great ideas and fabulous websites that they recommend.
Of the ones mentioned my favorite was “Just Married” car banners. I love these! In addition to making a statement to everyone you pass on the road, even after your formal departure, they are a beautiful finishing touch for your fabulous event (not to mention a great photo opp). Check out A bride’s ride for great do it yourself packages that start at an affordable $47. The they offer a variety of “statements”; hitched, just married, I do, we did it! & forever. After you’ve wed it’s time to tell the world, why not do it with an eye-catching, elegantly decorated get away car?

Toilet Paper Wedding Dress?

For the past 5 years Cheap-chic-weddings.com has hosted a “Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest.” The picture to the left is from this year’s 2nd place winner. They offer cash prizes of $1,000 for the winner; $500 for the 2nd place and $250 for 3rd. The effort and energy the contestants put into these projects is simply amazing. To see many more of these artistic creations from bathroom products you’ve got to check out the website (www.cheap-chic-weddings.com). From paper birds to ruffles, bussels and flowers made or toilet paper these dresses have it all. There is even an “official rules” guide, these ladies take this contest very seriously and it shows in the detail of their artwork.

Family Fun Day in Atlanta

On Saturday May 22,2010 Beyond Events Atlanta teamed up with local event planning company Lilly White Events to produce the first annual Slappey & Sadd Family Fun Day. The event was created as fundraiser for the Sandy Springs Police Department’s Benevolent Fund. The Benevolent Fund is to benefit the surviving family members of fallen police officers. The money in the fund is used for a variety of purposes including; burial/funeral costs for the officer, to assist the family with unexpected bills or costs associated with the loss and the future needs of the officer’s children. The event was attended by over 500 Atlanta residents and over $3,000 was raised! Some of the attractions provided were a Rock climbing wall, a moon bounce, face painting and live musical performances. Delicious barbeque was provided by Slopes BBQ and juicy hotdogs were flame grilled by the experts from Pigs-n-plugs on their massive commercial grill. It was a joyous event for a great cause. The Slappey and Sadd Law Firm intends to repeat the event for years to come, return to the Beyond Events Atlanta Blog for information of the future of this FREE event.

The new and improved Rehearsal Dinner

In the past Rehearsal dinners were traditionally small, intimate events the night before a wedding that only the wedding party and immediate family of the bride and groom were invited to. This is no longer no longer the case; trends are headed toward more unique and laid-back rehearsal dinners. Here are a few ideas to make help make your rehearsal more personal, memorable and fun:

1.) Choose a familiar place;this could be the first restaurant you dined at with your fiancee, your parent’s backyard, your favorite cozy cafe or anywhere else that means something special to you.

2.) Capture the memories by hiring a professional photographer: this will be the night before one of the biggest days of your life. With all the excitement and emotion swirling in the air taking quality pics may be the last thing on any of your guests’ minds. By hiring a pro you are sure to get some great shots, and if you make these plans early on you may be able to negotiate a good rate with your wedding photographer since he or she will already be working with you and your fiancee.

3.) Keep it low key. There are several ways to keep your rehearsal dinner informal and fun. Start of by inviting whomever you want. Break tradition by inviting long term family friends, a close neighbor or anyone else you’d like to include. Another way is do a ‘pot-luck’ or a BBQ. Just make sure nobody near and dear gets stuck cooking or cleaning up all night.

4.) Make a toast to your guests; at your wedding you and your fiancee be the guests of honor. Many people will say lovely things about you and your union. At the rehearsal dinner take the opportunity to acknowledge the friends and family that helped you work toward the big day, tell ’em what they mean to you.

Atlanta wedding event- The Designer Bride

On Sunday, May 16th, Social Lilly held the first of many wedding events that are sure to take Atlanta’s weddings by storm. This was not your run of the mill ‘wedding event’, held at one of Atlanta’s finest private mansions (Lion’s gate) on Powers Ferry Road “The Designer Bride” event was chic, unqiue and captivating. Several of the vendors provided interactive demonstrations; a workout demo by Feline Fitness, a cooking lesson by Noorish Catering and a Spray-Tanning demo by Pure Sol Bronzing. And the fashion show was worth mentioning, several heads were turned when they brought out the models wearing lingerie, by Livi Rae Lingerie. The picture above is compliments of Jill Calafete photography. For more photos check out: www.socaillilly.wordpress.com

Want to be fit and beautiful for your Wedding Day?


Most brides think of their wedding day as one of the most important days in their life. In order to look your best on the big day weeks, months and sometimes years of preparation is put into the event. An area that is usually of specific interest for most of my brides is their personal appearance. To achieve this goal it is essential to start planning months in advance. If you are looking to slim down, tone up or just get in overall better shape you may consider hiring a personal trainer. One of Atlanta’s top personal training companies is Atlanta In-home Personal Training. They offer an initial evaluation to determine your unique fitness/weight loss goals, perform several formulas to find out your body composition (muscle vs. fat) and offer training in the privacy of your own home. No longer do you have to go to busy commercial gyms and wait in line to get on a machine. Atlanta In-home personal training brings the equipment to you or will meet you at the facility of your choice. They offer several affordable pakages and if you have friends or family that want to work-out too, the hourly rate decreases as the number of people increases. If you’re getting married and want to be in the best shape of your life, contact Steven Lewter of AIHPT today to make looking your best a realitistic possibility for your wedding day.

A New trend in bridesmaid’s dresses that your gals will love.


The picture above was taken from www.weddingchannel.com, where I first heard of this new trend. Having your bridesmaids wear non-matching dresses is a great idea for 4 compelling reasons: 1.) It is completely unexpected to dare to have your ladies wear different colors. Different styles in the same shade of color had been going on for awhile, but differently styled dresses in different colors; unheard of and sure to turn quite a few heads as your attendants walk down the aisle. 2.) Because they have the final say-so in the dress choice your bridesmaids can choose a dress that is totally flattering on them from how it hugs their curves to selecting a shade that works well with their skin tone. 3.) There will be no stress of anxiety about choosing a dress that is out of some of your girls’ price range, they get to set the price tag. I cannot tell you how many bridesmaids I’ve witnessed trying to maintain a smile and composure when a bride told them how much their dress cost. 4.) They will absolutely wear it again!(And there will be no snickering after you say that!) Because they picked out the dresses they are sure to love everything about them. Of course all of the dresses should flow and reflect your wedding colors and the final decision should still be yours. This is a innovate idea that you bridemaids will love you for and your guests will be surpised by. Not to mention that is takes away one more thing you have to worry about.

Wedding Cake stands that get noticed

For a cake stand that is sure to be noticed, Raise the Cake is the company to contact. Their beautiful, light-weight and durables stands are perfect for one time use and to add the perfect touch to any wedding cake. They offer pre-designed stands that you can order as well as the option to custom design your own cake stand on-line. All of their stands are covered in a matte-satin, then lined with a satin ribbon, you can even choose to add a little bling (buckles, flowers and several options are offered). Take a look at their website to see various options and pictures of the cake stands they made in the past: www.raisethecake.com .