The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ericka & Kenya - March 13, 2010

Wedding and Reception

LOTUS GALLERY . India Conference Center

A beautiful combination of lime green and chocolate brown

Thanks to Rebecca of Limelight Photography for sharing many of these photos.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Law and Lots of ORDER

Is what you have when you combine the creative talents of a family of attorneys in hosting an amazing wedding reception. See what happened on Sat. March 13, 2010, at the Ferguson Law Center

The defendents - Sara and Jason

Dad's closing arguments in favor of the marriage!

The Jury: The guests!

The evidence: Catering by Robert presented its case for complimentary decor

More evidence of a tasty menu: sweet and whipped potato station with toppings!

A sweet ending: Meghan's Cupcakery to the rescue with a delicious

wedding cake

Additional evidence supplied by photographer Liz Adkins of Adkins Photography.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

More Law and Lots of Order

Sara Peacock's March 13th reception at the Chester Ferguson Law Center in Downtown Tampa, was a perfectly orchestrated, stylish event.

The bride, and her family, along with the groom, took much of the responsibility for pulling together decor ideas, fresh florals, slide show, and even the iPod music (no dj). Pretty good for a family of attorneys, right?

While Sara is still in law school, her dad, Mike, is a trial lawyer, and her mom, Emily, is a Hillsborough County judge. Close family friend, Janice Conley (one of our past clients also), was the creative force behind the use of white roses and red tulips in bouquets and table centerpieces.

While a bit skeptical that this group could have hands-on participation AND still be guests at their own event, we were delighted that everything fell into place without a hitch.

Kudos to Ferguson staffers Laurie and Al for a well-maintained facility. Also thumbs up to our own Ashley Davis, Sara's event designer. She did a remarkable job helping Sara focus on her table decorations.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Do You Really Need A Wedding Planner?

Every event client has a different level of planning needs. It makes sense that the more time you have to plan, the more you can handle yourself.

Lately, wedding planners have gotten a "bad rap." This is due to an increasing number of well-meaning former brides who see their past "experience" as a jumping off point for starting their own planning business.

I call to mind a past bride (interior designer) who hired us to carry out her design ideas. During her actual wedding and reception, she turned into an inflexible, demanding "Bride-zilla." While being organized and creative prior to a wedding is great, it's actually more important for a planner to be calm and able to handle the imperfections seemlessly the day of the wedding.

Special Events Magazine recently addressed the wedding planner "craze." The down-turn in the econony has prompted even more people to seek extra money in this still lucrative event market. The results can be devastating if the bride and groom put all of their trust in someone who cannot perform well under pressure.

Some planners promote a "day of " coordinating fee. According to Jenne Hohn, a planner in Napa, CA: “Day of” terminology has taught today’s bride to equate wedding planning with 'cheap' and/or 'what’s the least amount I can pay if I want a wedding planner?' Many brides no longer take the skills of a professional wedding planner seriously."

Ms. Hohn further stressed that education for wedding planners is the key, and that prospective brides should seek out those associated with affiliations with reputable wedding planning organizations.

Paying a fee, reading articles on line, taking an exam, and attending seminars is no substitute for experience - CONSISTENT experience in dealing with a variety of wedding aspects. Photographers, florists, and other specialized wedding vendors who now tout themselves as planners are to be questioned also.

Tight wedding budgets also have many couples re-evaluating the cost of hiring a coordinator/planner when they can hire and maintain communication with their vendors themselves. Again, this is very possible if planning time allows.

As a full service catering company, we learned a long time ago that we needed to take a more pro-active approach to helping wedding clients plan and coordinate. The end result is that a reception can look beautiful, service be outstanding, and the food delicious . . . BUT if a dj gets out of control or the wedding cake tips over, the overall event will be considered a flop.

Thus, we include planning and coordinating services in all of our packages. Not only do we recommend vendors we trust (with no kick-backs . . . any savings passed on to clients), we also provide an Event Designer and Reception Coordinator to make certain the client's day is as perfect as it can be.

In my opinion, there's nothing more aggravating than a wedding planner showing up the day of an event and telling my staff or vendors what to do when they never were involved in planning meetings with the client.

Catering By Robert DOES provides an optional "day of ceremony" coordinator who works side-by-side with our reception staff to make certain there's a smooth transition between the two events. This cost is $275.

If you do decide you need to hire an event planner, make certain you are willing to spend the money to have them involved in all major planning meetings so they can truly work on your behalf.