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Real Wedding: Sena & Chris

Posted by elegantsurprises on September 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (42)

We were very excited to be a part of Sena & Chris's wedding. It was a mixture of African cultural and American tradition rapped up in one event. It was nothing less than beautiful to see the colors pop and our bride glow! The guest were entertained by the traditional singing and amazed by African culture. The wedding was simply beautiful!

Photographys by: Uché Onyeyiri- SkyTouch Photos

Flowers by: Ritzees Florist

Jemal and Gale's Baby Shower

Posted by elegantsurprises on September 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We were so honored to be asked to plan and design Jamel and Gale's baby shower for their first child. Gale was excited about the theme she selected which was Dr. Seuss. A hint of creativity, a little sparkle and a whole lot of baby adorableness all wrapped up in love. Not to mention, a cake that’s borderline too prefect to eat!

Photography by: David Clark Photography

Catering by: Elegant Surprises Weddings & Party Planning, LLC

Planning & Decorations by: Elegant Surprises Weddings & Party Planning, LLC

Cake by: KMK Sweets

Real Wedding: Jennifer & Jerome

Posted by elegantsurprises on September 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

What's better than having one amazing photographer at your wedding? Having two! Jennifer and Jerome's wedding was so fabulous we had to capture all the details. David Clark Photography and April Tolbert Photography did an outstanding job capturing the excitement this couple shared with one another! Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did. Here is a sneak peak!



Photography by: David Clark Photography & April Tolbert Photography

Planning & Decorations by: Elegant Surprises Weddings & Party Planning, LLC


Host & Hostess

Posted by elegantsurprises on May 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hosts and hostesses should understand they may not enjoy the wedding as much as the other guests because they will be working during the wedding and reception to make it a success.



Greet or welcome the guests as they come in the door


Take their coats or tell the guests where the coat room is located


Take the wedding gifts or tell the guests where the gift table is located

Direct guest to the sign in book

Pass out programs

Assist guest with seat assignments.

You may or may not be asked to walk down the aisle, if an escort is needed

Try to get out of where the ceremony is held as fast as you can without being rude to get the where the reception is being held as early as possible, and offer to transport anything that needs transporting.


Tell the guests what is about to occur or what is occurring now (drinks and beverages will be served in the cocktail lounge, family photographs are being taken in the courtyard)


Tell the guests where the restrooms are located


Tell the guests where the table cards and/or place cards are located


Tell the guests when and where dinner will be served


Ask the guests if they have any "special" needs like a wheel chair


Move about the reception room during dinner and/or dessert to see if everyone is "comfortable" or needs anything


Ask anyone who came "single" if they would like to dance


Say good-bye to the guests as they are leaving the reception and thank them for coming.


Help the Bride and Groom (or their appointed person) with moving the wedding gifts from the reception hall to the cars



Photo credit: http://www.orlandoharpist.com/

Wedding Budget

Posted by elegantsurprises on April 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Planning a wedding can be a joyous but also stressful time in a couple’s journey. After announcing your engagement to your family and friends the next step should be formulating a budget. Your total budget should include the contributions of everyone planning to contribute to the cost associated with the wedding (parents, family and friends).


Budget Breakdown

1. Reception: 48%-50%

2. Ceremony: 2%-3%

3. Attire: 8%-10%

4. Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%

5. Flowers: 8%-10%

6. Stationery: 2%-3%

7. Photography/Videography: 10%-12%

8. Wedding Rings: 2%-3%

9. Parking/Transportation: 2%-3%

10. Gifts: 2%-3%

11. Miscellaneous: 8%


To avoid stress, allot about 5% of your budget for a "just-in-case" fund. If you're paying for your honeymoon yourselves, remember to budget for that as well.

Photo Credit:  Examiner.com


Save the Date Cards

Posted by elegantsurprises on April 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A save the date cards is an expense most brides do not have to budget for. A save the date card should only be sent out if your planning a destination wedding or your wedding falls during high travel times around holidays or summer. Save the date cards will increase your chances of guest planning to attend your wedding which is the overall goal. 

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Not making clear-cut lines on who???s invited and who???s not.

Posted by elegantsurprises on April 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

There are certain groups you generally can’t break; even if you see some of your aunts and uncles a few times a month and others a few times a decade, you really should include all (or none) out of fairness.


Regarding “plus ones,” the general rule is that couples who are married, engaged, or living together must be invited together, even if you haven’t met your friend’s significant other. After that, it gets a little less clear-cut. Some couples give a plus one to singles over 18. Others decide to include dates for anyone in a relationship, while others draw the line at just couples who have been together for a year or more. Whatever you decide, consistency is key. The exception is your bridal party members — if you can swing it, allow your single bridesmaids and groomsmen to invite dates if they choose to do so.

Photo Credit; http://goweddingshoes.com/romantic-traditional-wedding-invitations.html/sony-dsc.

Hiring a Wedding Planner

Posted by elegantsurprises on April 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Before interviewing potential wedding planner, you and your fiance should have an idea of:

  • How much money you have in your budget
  • How many people you would like to invite
  • Your preferred wedding date
  • Your vision for your wedding

 Selecting a wedding planner should be like dating. It is important you listen to your gut. If an interview doesn't feel right, then maybe that person just isn't a good fit for you. Your wedding planner is the vendor you’ll be spending the most time with, so it’s important to pick someone who’s compatible with you and your fiancé.

Wedding Party Stresses

Posted by elegantsurprises on April 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)


This should be an exciting task -- a chance for your favorite people to surround you on the happiest day of your life. But the reality is, you can't choose everyone, and between your siblings, your cousins, your childhood friends, your high school BFF and your college roommates, you're going to need to make some cuts. So how do you choose the right handful of attendants -- the ones that will make things easy, fun, and be helpful NOT the ones who will stress you out, complain and wear you down?


Don't choose out of obligation! (you were in their wedding so you feel obligated to ask them to be in yours), don't choose because your mom is pressuring you to ask your cousin who you never see or is the out cast of the family and certainly don't choose just anybody to even out numbers. It's fine if you have four girls and he has five guys no, really... It is! The most important advice I can give is to established your expectations! This way you have communicated your expectations and anyone wishing to decline being in your wedding will have an out before they begin... That way, you'll still have friends after the wedding.

Photo Credit : NathanRye Photography and David Clark Photography

Wedding Day Makeup

Posted by elegantsurprises on April 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Even though wedding makeup is usually very simple and neutral, it’s one of the hardest makeup looks to create, since it has to be PERFECT. After all, it is your big day!


Makeup should last all day, through all the crying, hugging, kissing, eating and dancing. You’ll probably want to get your mascara waterproof, lips to be kiss proof, and your skin makeup to be bombproof.


Your goal is to bring out your best features- not to prove how well you apply your makeup. So keep it simple but pretty. Sometimes less is more.


If you’re going get your makeup done by a professional makeup artist, be sure to tell him/her what you want from your makeup. If you want something bolder, or some specific color, you should be able to get it. It is after all YOUR day, and you’re the one who gets to decide how your makeup looks.


Remember that some foundations and/or powders look different in pictures, since they reflect light differently. If possible, get your makeup checked and photographed with a flash before the big day. Also, blend your foundation down the neck some to make sure your face does not look different from the rest of your body.

Make-up by: Britaine' Bell owner of True Beauty Artistry


Photo Credit: Photos by Winston TheSnapGod, CM Neal Photgraphy, & Rob Lyons Photography