Nicole & Shawns Powel Crosley Wedding

Rain did not stop this night from turning into a party! Congratulations Nicole and Shawn! We truly couldn’t have had such an amazing night without the help of all of these superb vendors!

Ceremony Location: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church

Reception: The Powel Crosley 

Cocktail & Reception DJ: Jam All Day

Caterer: Simply Gourmet

Florist: Victoria Blooms 

Photographer: Cat Pennenga Photography 

Videography: Current Films 

Sweets: Sub Zero

Cake: GiGi’s Cupcakes 

Transportation: Siesta Trolley 

 

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Krystel & Matt’s Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast

So many gorgeous details at every angle of Krystel & Matt’s wedding! We couldn’t have done it with out this amazing team of vendors!

Venue: Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast

Full Planning , Coordination, lighting & Draping: Swanky Soiree

Videography: Seltzer Films

Photography: Concept Photography

Floral Design: Victoria Blooms 

Hair: Bliss Salon

Makeup: Jessmarie Make up

DJ & Photobooth: Jam All Day Entertainment

Linens: Linens By The Sea

Furniture: So Staged Event Design + Rentals 

Catering: Innovative Dining 

Cake: Pastries by Design 

Dress: Blush Bridal Sarasota

 

 

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Paige & Cleo’s Longboat Key Club Wedding

Congratulations Paige and Cleo! Your bright beach wedding was a breath of fresh air!

 

Venue: The Resort at Long Boat Key Club

Officiant: Grace Felice, with Weddings with Grace

DJ: DJ Jason & Associates

Florist: Flowers by Fudgie

Photography: Kim Dyer Photography

Cakes: Cakes by Ron

Hair & Makeup: A Victorian Bride

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Cassie & Kyle’s Longboat Key Club Wedding

Cassie and Kyle were such a friendly couple! We felt like we were part of the family and were sad to see the night come to an end!

With romantic vibes of layered floating candles and whimsical wisteria as centerpieces, this garden theme wedding was taking guests (and our!) breath away!

Thank You to all of these amazing vendors! Without you all this wouldn’t have been possible!

Venue: The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Coordination, Up lights, Wisteria: Swanky Soiree Events
DJ: Fits Otis with Goodley Entertainment Group
LOVE sign and Dance Floor: So Staged Event Design + Rentals
Florist: Victoria Blooms, LLC
Photographer: Johnna Brynn Photography
Videographer: Current Films
Cake: Cakes by Ron
Hair & Makeup: The Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group by Priscilla Marie
Transportation: Siesta Key Free Ride

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Amy & Luke’s Longboat Key Club Wedding

Venue: The Resort at Longboat Key Club

DJ: Black Tie DJ’s

Florist: Beneva Flowers

Photographer: Katelyn Prisco Photography

Sweets: Cakes by Ron

Hair & Makeup: Something Blu

Transportation: Siesta Trolley

Draping: Swanky Soiree

 

By |April 19th, 2017|Cake, Centerpiece Ideas, DIY, Rentals, Sarasota, Stationary, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Amy & Luke’s Longboat Key Club Wedding

The “How To” on Tipping your Wedding Vendors

Let’s face it- on your big day, the last thing you want to be doing is handing out more money! But on your wedding day, take a moment to appreciate all of all the different puzzle pieces that came together to make the masterpiece known as your “Best Day Ever!” Companies and businesses greatly appreciate a “Thank You” from the new Mr. & Mrs. and any other form of monetary appreciation is welcomed. This is one expense that some couples do not plan for! If you have ever worked in the service industry, you can understand the agony of not getting a tip! The same can apply when it comes to your vendors! Make sure you double check your contracts to see if a tip or gratuity is already included!
We never tell couples what to do!  We do however provide a handy Cheat Sheet for those interested in tipping their vendors!
SWANKY TIP: The disbursement of your thank you cards / tips should be assigned to a responsible bridal party member! (or your wedding planner, if you have one!) You can decide when they should be handed out

 

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Remembering loved ones on your Wedding Day!

It’s your wedding day! A day of celebration and love with your family and friends- of course this includes those who have passed away! There are a variety of different ways to cast remembrance, and they can be as subtle and symbolic as you’d like. One TIP we have before you start- check with any family members that could be sensitive to the death, the last thing you want are happy wedding tears to turn into sad memorial service tears.

Pin their photos to your bouquet or boutonniere! There’s also locket cufflinks!

Include their favorite flowers in your bouquet!

Light a candle in their memory! Include in your program that you have lit a candle in memory of those who are there in spirit, but not in person!

Dance to their favorite song! Or play their favorite song for some of the ceremony music!

Place a flower and a picture of them on a seat at the ceremony!

Cut a piece of your loved ones clothing (tie, scarf, dress, etc.) and have it sewn on the inside of your dress or fiancé’s suit!

The Groom can wear the tie of a passing loved one!

Hang picture frames from chairs down the aisle of family members who couldn’t be there.

Release a biodegradable lantern, doves or butterflies during the wedding in their honor.

Have a special toast for them at the reception.

Have a charity that guests can make a donation to in lieu of your loved one!
(Could be loved pets that you are remembering as well)

Have their special recipe as part of you menu or dessert table!

Have a memory table at your reception with photos of passed loved ones!

Have a moment of reflection at the beginning of your ceremony!

Offer a special favor for your guests at […]

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Sarasota & Bradenton’s Top Wedding Venues

Being home to the Nation’s #1 Beach isn’t all Sarasota has to offer. There are a plethora of venues that are sure to take your breathe away!

#1. The Longboat Key Club

#2. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

#3. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

#4. The Ritz-Carlton

#5. Historic Spanish Point

#6. Tortuga Inn

#7. Powel Crosley

#8. Beach House

#9. Baker’s Ranch

#10. Philippi Mansion

#11. Mixon’s in the Grove

#12. South Florida Museum

#13. Sarasota Garden Club

#15. Palma Sola Botanical Park

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A Wedding Planner vs. A Wedding Coordinator

What is the difference between a Coordinator vs. a Planner?
Planners are with you from day 1- they are there with you every step of the way, “holding your hand” so to say, from choosing your venue, your style/theme, creating a budget, choosing vendors and then managing them, and everything in between (there’s usually a lot of in between!!). Planners do all of this IN ADDITION to what the Coordinator does.

Coordinators are there with you one month before your wedding day. So all of the decision making has already been made by the bride and groom, the coordinator ties up any loose ends and presents you your wedding day on a silver platter. Timelines, main contact between you and your vendors, overseeing & beautifying set up, managing the smooth flow of the day and keeping an eye out on all the details is the Coordinators main purpose. They also will line up your bridal party prior to the ceremony, bustle your gown, let you know when the important nightly events are up (first dance, Cake cutting, sparkler sendoff, etc.)

 
What are the PRO’s of having a coordinator?
Budget

Do you know what cakes, photographers, flowers, dj, or a videographer cost? Planners help to educate you on cost and then distribute your budget based on what is most important to you! It’s hard to know if you are paying too much or what kind of quality you are getting for your money- we’re here to guide you!
Discounts

We keep a good business relationship with our vendors, which means we’re receiving discounts that are then passed on to you! We also help with vendor referrals. One of the hardest parts of planning can be narrowing down a large list of vendors […]

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You were chosen as Maid of Honor! Now What?

 

Being chosen as the Maid (matron) of Honor is the epitome of true friendship! What does this title include, you may ask? Let’s just say that the bride will be depending on you to support them throughout the engagement process and through the I DO’s! Woah! Talk about pressure!

Have no fear! We are here to help narrow down your duties to make sure you are on your A game!
Maid of Honor

Wedding Dress Shopping & Wedding day Bustle – We all would love to have that instant SAY YES TO THE DRESS moment, but every bride is different! Some know the dress they want before they even walk into a boutique, others go on month long journeys until they have their jaw dropping moment. None the less, you are there for the ride, no matter how long or short it may be, with a huge smile on your face (and maybe a box of tissues). The Bustle can be a tricky part of the night- we have seen our fair share of 25 minute bustles because the MOH couldn’t figure it out! This can stress the bride out! Do not let that be you! Make sure you go with the bride to her final fitting so that you may be shown where the bustle buttons are!

Bridesmaid Dress Shopping- Whether the bridal party is wearing the same dress or each member is wearing a different styled dress – your opinion matters the most to the bride when it comes to color or style. (of course, she wants her Best Friend to look fierce!)  It will also be your job to interfere with any negative remarks – this is the bride’s day, not everyone else’s!

DIY Assistance- There are so many components to […]

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Paula & Evans Palma Sola Botanical Garden Wedding

Paula and Evan were married at the beautiful Palma Sola Botanical Garden on November 4, 2016. You can truly see how deep their love is within the photos of this boho chic inspired wedding. We couldn’t be happier for the both of you! Congratulations!!

 

Venue :: Palma Sola Botanical Garden

Officiant :: Tim Pastmore

Ceremony Music :: Matt Dendy

Reception Music :: Complete Southwest

Caterer :: Harry’s Kitchen

Florist :: Oneco Florist

Photographer :: Everence Photography

Videographer :: JD Cobb

Cake :: Publix – University Walk

Linen & Rentals :: Swanky Soiree & US Tent

 

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Marial & Daniels Tortuga Beach Resort Wedding

On September 10, 2016 Marial & Daniel vowed to love each other until the end of time. Heather Hawley captured the pure elegance of the bride, and the pure feelings of love between the two.

 

Church:: Crosspointe Church

Reception/ Rentals :: Tortuga Inn Beach Resort

Ceremony Music :: Jessica Ellen Jarvis

Cocktail/Reception Music :: Jam All Day Entertainment

Caterer :: Simply Gourmet Sarasota

Florist :: Flowers by Fudgie

Photographer :: Heather Hawley

Cake :: Pastries by Design

Hair & Makeup :: Body & Sol Spa and Welness

Slurpee Machine :: Eric Shaner

 

By |December 28th, 2016|Cake, Floral, Photography, Rentals, Sarasota, Stationary, Trending, Venues, Weddings|Comments Off on Marial & Daniels Tortuga Beach Resort Wedding

Jennifer and Daniel’s Davis Island Garden Club Wedding

Jennifer and Daniel were married on Thursday, November 3 at the Davis Island Garden Club! Their wedding was full of wine inspired details, from table names to cork decorations. Congratulations Jennifer and Daniel- we are over the moon excited for you both!!

 

Venue: Davis Island Garden Club

Officiant  :: Lauren Crowley

DJ:: Chris Thornberry

Caterer :: Urban Sushi Burrito

Florals :: 50flowers.com

Photography :: Jen House Photography

Photobooth :: Robert Hedges

Donuts :: Mini Donut Factory

Hair :: Macho Sisters

 

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Ashley and Ryans Ringling Museum Wedding

Ashley & Ryans Ringling Museums traditional wedding was breathtaking! The couples love really shines through in their photographs! As I quote from the Brides titled Facebook album, this was definitely the “Best Day Ever!”

Wedding Venue :: Ringling Museum of Art

Officiant :: Weddings by Grace

Ceremony Music :: Karens Violins

Reception Music :: Bay Kings Band

Caterer :: Nellies Deli

Linens :: Linens by the Sea

Rentals :: US Tent

Florist :: Rose Garden Florist

Photographer :: Kenzie Shores Photography

Photobooth :: Social Strip

Sweets :: La Dona Donuts

Hair & Makeup :: Karen Boni

Transportation :: A Chauffer for You

 

By |December 16th, 2016|Centerpiece Ideas, Color, Donuts, Floral, Photography, Rentals, Sarasota, Table Decor, Venues, Weddings|Comments Off on Ashley and Ryans Ringling Museum Wedding

We Got Published! Boho Inspired Wedding

Swanky Soiree (along with the following AMAZING VENDORS!!) is pleased to present this superb styled shoot that we all worked vigorously over- and it paid off! We are ecstatic to announce that we have been PUBLISHED with Every Last Detail. Piecing together each and every little detail of this bohemian inspired wedding is what we are all passionate about!

Be sure to check out Every Last Detail here

Styled by Yours Truly :: Swanky Soiree…
Venue :: Weddings at The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Dress :: Something Blue Bridal Boutique
Photography :: Alisa Sue Photography
Cake :: Cakes by Ron
Florals :: So Staged Event Design + Rentals
Hair & Makeup :: A Victorian Bride Hair and Makeup
Rentals :: Linens By The Sea
Videography :: TruColor Productions

 

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Erika & Wills’ Longboat Key Club Wedding

Venue & Caterer:: The Resort at Longboat Key Club 

Ceremony Music:: Katherine Alexandra

Cocktail Music :: George Kackmar

Reception Music:: BLONDE AMBITION 

Florist:: Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio

Photographer:: Mari Sabra Photography

Videographer:: Lucky Lemon Films

Cake:: Cakes by Ron

Hair:: Ashlee Ann On Location Hair and Makeup

Transportation:: Siesta Trolley, Inc

Wedding Coordinator:: Swanky Soiree Events

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Brett & Bobbis Wedding at the Longboat Key Club

We were so lucky to be a part of Brett & Bobbis beautiful seaside wedding! The night was full of so much love between the new husband and wife, as well as with their amazing party guests. We wish the two of you a life full of happiness!

Venue & Catering:: The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Wedding Coordinator:: Swanky Soiree Events

Floral design:: Victoria Blooms, LLC

Hair & Makeup:: The Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group by Priscilla Marie

DJ:: A Premier Entertainment

Photobooth:: Snap Yourself Silly Photobooth

Wedding Photography: Shaina DeCiryan Weddings

 

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Tips to Saving for your Destination Wedding

To travel or not to travel?? That is the question! Are you contemplating a destination wedding but worried about your budget? We have several tips to help you save big on your special day!
Step 1-
The first decision that sets your wedding in stone is the DATE. If you can be flexible with choosing your date, then you are on your way to saving already. Everyone knows there are parts of the year that are more desired to travel than others, so choosing a date during the off season is ideal for your budget! This will also work in your favor as resorts aren’t at full capacity which leaves more space and seclusion for you and your guests.

 

Step 2-
Choosing a venue is the next step in planning your destination wedding. Whether you are traveling to the sunshine state, Florida or out of the country to Costa Rica, several hotels and resorts have their own designated wedding venues that have set packages to choose from based on your needs. You would be responsible for booking your rooms and then let the resort handle the rest- sounds headache free, right? Picking a beach venue at any location is also a great idea! You can save on venue costs and have a beautiful landscape as the backdrop of your nuptials.  

Strep 3-
Your vendors- another key factor in planning your wedding! Decide what vendors are most important to you and fly only them to your destination, the rest should be local! For example, you might have a favorite photographer/videographer or even a hairstylist (she’s the only one that understands your hair!)- it would save your pockets by only making only a few vendors travel rather […]

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Wedding Cakes that are anything but CAKE

There are several different key characteristics that come to mind when you hear the word WEDDING. White dress, lots of flowers and the Wedding Cake! Keeping the details fun and unique seems to be turning into a trend of its own- especially when it comes to the ‘sweetest’ part of the night.
Here’s a couple of different contributors to switching up the first slice as husband and wife.

 Crepe Tower

Oreos

Cheesecake

Get creative! Add strawberries and brownie chucks to really make your guests salivate!

Belgium Waffles

Cannoli’s

Bundt

Macaroon

Ice Cream
Theres several different options when it comes to ice cream. Whether you are taking it literal and doing an icecream cake.

An ice cream cart.

Or ice cream sandwiches.

Cheese Tower

Pork Pie Tower

Black Forest Pavlova

Strawberry Tower

 
Pie Pops

Doughnut Tower

Rice Krispy Cakes

 

By |November 29th, 2016|Cake, Sarasota|Comments Off on Wedding Cakes that are anything but CAKE

Top 10 Reasons to Get Married in Sarasota & Bradenton

Picking a location to get married may be easier said than done. There are always the local options in your hometown, a banquet hall or a barn? But why not add some sunshine, beautiful weather, and amazing beaches to your special day? Sarasota and Bradenton are hands down the most beautiful places in Florida, and the nation!

So, let’s break it down to the top 10 reasons to get married in Sarasota and Bradenton!

 

Water, Water and More Water

Picture this- you’re in your breathtaking gown with your new husband standing on the beach and the calming sound of the waves is the soundtrack to your gorgeous sunset pictures! In 2011 and 2015, Sarasota’s Siesta Key Beach was rated the #1 beach in the U.S by Dr. Beach and Trip Advisor; it was also 2nd place in 2009 and 2010. The flour like sand, crystal clear waters and hot rays of sunshine are an ideal location for any destination wedding! Bradenton is also home to some spectacular salt water shorelines. Anna Marie Island is a 7 mile stretch of beach with several specialty venues that cater to brides, grooms and their guests!

Location

Sarasota and Bradenton are located just 60 miles from Tampa International Airport. Direct flights from all major cities around the world allow for convenient travel plans for you and yours. Did I mention that Mickey and Minnie are only a jump, hop and skip away? You can get to Disney in Orlando about 2 hours! Tampa, which is about 1 hour away, is also home to several attractions such as Busch Gardens, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! Miami and Key West are also popular locations that guests can travel […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Sarasota, Venues, Weddings|Comments Off on Top 10 Reasons to Get Married in Sarasota & Bradenton