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1939483_257637094409478_362491600_nGuesterly began with an engaged couple, Rachel and Lorne Hofstetter, who worried that their geographically diverse wedding guests would not smoothly mingle during the wedding weekend. To remedy the situation, the couple created a personal yearbook of sorts, complete with a photo and a short, fun bio for each guest. The little bios got everyone excited for the wedding and were great conversation starters for any shy partygoers. Their guestbooks were such a huge success that the Hofstetters launched Guesterly, creating personal guestbooks for many other happy couples.

Guesterly offers the services of professional writers and graphic designers for couples interested in making these pocket-sized magazines. Customers tell Guesterly writers a little bit of information about their guests and the system then quickly pulls Facebook photos to display in the book. Couples can either customize their Guesterly or pick from tons of different ready-made styles. Prices start at only $5 per book.

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Did everyone watch the Game of Thrones premiere last night! What was your favorite part?

If you had a viewing party, we want to see pictures! Tweet ‘em to us at @EptingEvents!

Here are some more pictures from our Game of Thrones Premiere Party at Callanwolde during the Atlanta Film Festival!

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This weekend kicked off the Atlanta Film Festival – one of our absolute favorite events to be a part of every year! This year, we had the pleasure of planning a truly special event for the season 4 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

We’ll be sharing official photos soon, but here are some of our favorites from the photo booth!

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David and Whitney could not have chosen a more perfect ceremony and reception space for their October wedding. David’s family lives out at The Hill and David and Whitney knew it was where they wanted to celebrate their marriage with 165 of their closest friends and family. The Hill, which is comprised of several beautifully restored and historic homes provided the rustic and intimate feeling that David and Whitney wanted for their wedding day.

The ceremony was held in the Sunken Garden in the backyard. This outside location was enhanced by the use of natural wood chairs, which helped to emphasize the wedding’s natural theme.

Everyone has heard the phrase “save the best for last.” David and Whitney certainly took this phrase to heart when planning their reception on the front lawn of The Hill. The large white tent was illuminated by white lanterns and the table centerpieces were ceramic pottery planters, which were complemented by the burlap table cloths and white table runners. The evening had a theme of natural rustic elegance.

The reception will be remembered for many reasons but what stood out to most guests was the wide array of cakes! There was an almost endless selection of cakes, including a gluten-free carrot cake. The cake table was a sight to see!

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David and Whitney’s claim to fame in regards to their wedding very well could have been their array of cakes during the reception! No taste bud was left unsatisfied with the almost endless selection of cakes ranging from gluten-free carrot cake to six various single tier cakes. To highlight the cakes, there was a designated cake table. It’s hard to say which was the crowd favorite!

Writer: Ann

Photography: Sara Wise Photography

 

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Glitz, glam and food – the essentials to throwing an award-worthy shindig in honor of the Academy Awards’ 86th Oscar Ceremony. Although your Oscar themed party may be lacking the flashing paparazzi, elegant evening gowns and posh bowties, the following ideas will help fashion an event that rivals the real thing.

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Oscar Party Invitation Printables | Paper Muse Press

Visit this site to download free and customizable Oscar party invitations. See the “Facebook-ready” event cover photo if you prefer digital invitations!

Ombre Style Gold Glittered Champagne Bottle | Celebrations at Home

Add some sparkle to your party by adorning the tabletops with champagne bottles dressed in gold, glitter, and metallic.

Tuxedo Clad Confetti Poppers | Kristi Murphy

Let the confetti soar with these fancy DIY tuxedo confetti poppers. Who doesn’t love golden confetti flying across the room?

Oscar Themed Wine Tags | HMH Designs ‘

To prevent confusion at the event, print out these fun wine tags. Who knows? You could end up as Meryl Streep or Bradley Cooper for the night!

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Photo Booth Fun | The Manic Moose

Craft your own or simply order these swanky photo booth props to turn photographs from ordinary to extraordinary!

2014 Oscar Ballot Printables | Studio DIY

Turn a run-of-the-mill award show into an interactive viewing party by printing out a 2014 Oscar ballot! Have guests cast their votes and offer a prize at the end.

Faux Oscar Marquee Letters | Lisa Storms

Always dreamed of seeing your name in the big lights? Spell out OSCARS in faux flashing lights for the entrance of your event with this easy tutorial on marquee letters.

Oscar Party Printables | While They Snooze

Spice up your table decor by adding these fancy printables. All the glam for half the price!

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Oscars Popcorn Bar | Celebrations at Home

You can’t have movies without popcorn. Follow Epting Events’ lead and house your own popcorn bar right in your living room, we all love a little savory and sweet in our lives!

Mini-Awards Night Party Cookies | Sweet Sugar Belle

Wow your party guests with these itty bitty Oscar themed cookies! Follow the step-by-step tutorial and your friends will be awestruck by these mini treats.

Gold Oscars Cake | The Glitter Guide

Looking for the perfect cake for your event? Serve your guests an oscar-worthy cake draped in golden buttercream frosting!

And the Winner is… Cookies | Bakerella

Bake your very own Oscar statues that are not only delicious, but they can even stand up on their own!

Walk of Fame Brownies | Amy Atlas

This red carpet ready dessert is perfect for a night dedicated to the celebration of movies. These fudge brownies painted in gold luster dust couldn’t be more appropriate!

Film Reel Cupcakes and Tuxedo Almonds | Make Life Lovely

What better way to dress up your event than with chocolate covered almonds that look like tuxedos and cupcakes that look like a film reel?

Now that you are armed with examples, tutorials and recipes, you are destined to throw a party worthy of an Oscar! Stick with glitz, glam and food to host an event more entertaining than the award show. From the Epting family to yours, happy red carpet critiquing, cocktail drinking and Oscar celebrating! If you host an Oscars party, be sure to tweet your pictures to @EptingEvents!

 

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One of the first and most crucial tasks in planning an event is picking a venue. Experienced event planners know that choosing the perfect venue and location can make or break the success of an event. More importantly, the venue and location of your event can really help to set the mood of your event and help to clue in guests for the type of event that they can expect. Skilled event planning companies, such as Epting Events, can be a great resource when picking a venue. We’re more than happy to take the guess work out of picking a venue and help you out!

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 Here’s a list of some helpful tips:

1. Use the Resources Provided by Skilled Event Planning Company

Researching venues on your own can often be a time consuming and overwhelming task. Simplify this task with our easy to use Venue Finder. Our Venue Finder is the fastest and most successful tool for finding the venue that will add that extra touch of flair at your event. Epting Events’ Venue Finder allows you to select your venue to your exact specifications or simply browse through venues! The finder has information on over 90 of our favorite venues and allows you to quickly customize your search so you can easily find a venue with everything you are looking for- rustic, southern, historic, outdoor, elegant and much more!

Say you’re looking for an elegant Southern venue in Atlanta for a 300 person wedding. Our Venue Finder will point you towards places like the Atlanta History Center, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. From there, you can begin to research each individual venue.

At Epting Events, we pride ourselves on being able to create event venues out of farms and fields, on the top of mountains, and in historic homes- for us, there are no limitations.

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2. Choose Correct Venue for Space and Theme

Venues can only hold a finite amount of people. When starting your venue search, have a tentative guest count in mind so you know you’re picking a venue than can comfortably hold all of your guests. Will you need seats for everyone? Is it going to be a mix of sitting and standing? These are important things to consider. Keep in mind the purpose of the event. Does the venue match the theme and aesthetics of your event? Does it add that whimsical touch of Southern charm that you’ve been searching for? Will it complement the event’s futuristic decor? And finally, consider external factors. If your venue is outdoors, do you have a backup plan in case of bad weather? Is there ample parking for guests? These details may seem small but they can’t be ignored!

 3. Be Creative and Narrow Down Options

After drafting a list of venue requirements, think outside of the box and be creative in event locations- remember there are no limitations! Think of locations that stand out and will allow for fun decor, lighting and floral arrangements. After researching or using event finders such as Epting Events’ Venue Finder to find venues, try to narrow down your list to 2-3 venues. Check out the venues’ websites and social media platforms for photos of recent events and reviews from clients. Our Venue Finder has photos of previous events, links to social media sites, as well as contact information, so it is a great place to start!

4. Site Visits

Once you’ve narrowed the list down, schedule a visit at your top venues. As the saying goes, “you gotta see it to believe it!” You won’t be able to really visualize your event in a venue’s space until you see it in person. Don’t be shy about asking questions to your event planner or guide about the venues- our planners love answering questions and reminiscing about past parties!

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5. Read the fine print!

Be fully aware of any requirements and policies your venue may have before signing the contract. Did you always imagine a fiery sparkler send-off at your wedding? It’s important to find out what personal touches the venue will allow!

Does your venue allow you to bring in your own vendors? Here at Epting Events, we are a full service food, floral and decor company and would be able to provide it all plus any extra quirks you might want! Make sure you are aware of what is included in the fees such as tables, chairs, linens, etc. From a financial perspective, using a full service company like Epting Events will save you time a money, especially if you’re using a venue that does not provide decor, florals, chairs, and more.

At the end of the day, it’s important to pick a venue where you can feel comfortable and welcome. After all, you’ll put in a lot of thought and effort into planning this event so you’ll want the venue to complement the event in every way possible!

 

 

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OLAS1“Popping” the Question

What makes a wedding memorable? The thoughtfulness that goes into creating all the wedding magic. Steering away from the norm, this couple decided to surprise their friends and family with a popcorn bar. The popcorn bar was a huge crowd favorite and flavors ranged from sweet to savory. And if popcorn isn’t your thing, the bride and groom also offered several styles and flavors of cake! The cakes were almost too pretty to eat!

 Of course, we had our own surprise, too! The bride and all her bridesmaids received a special bridal bag courtesy of Epting Events. The bag included several “must have” items to make it through the big day, including hand sanitizer, water bottles, safety pins, deodorant, and gum.

The cocktail hour and reception offered guests an array of mouth-watering foods, including a warm bleu cheese and bacon spread, to a smoked brisket carving station, and our classic Moser salad.

Guests went home that night full of delicious food and full of love for the happy couple.

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 Serving as a center of excellence for the enrichment of Athens’ children and adults, the Lyndon House of Art Center truly provided the dream wedding venue for Matt and Hannah. With 125 of Matt and Hannah’s closest friends and family in attendance, October 5, 2013 served as a date no one will soon forget. Hannah and Matt said their “I do’s” in an ideal setting; they were surrounded by cherished art pieces and surrounded by enchanting Japanese lanterns and white sheer draping with sparkling twinkle lights.

 Following the reception, hors d’oeuvres, including tomato sandwiches and shrimp cocktail shooters, were passed around to guests during cocktail hour. The hors d’oeuvres were just the beginning. Next, was the bountiful buffet. Providing an intimate ambiance to the wedding reception, the buffet included Moser salad, a southern tradition- chicken tenders and macaroni & cheese, pecan praline ham, and gumbo! Topping off the meal was four tiers of a delicious stacked lemon and red velvet cake with buttercream icing and a fondant bow.

Photo Credit: Once Like a Spark and Addison Hill Photo

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Epting Events is proud to announce its support of Nuci’s Space by participating in the 2014 Athens Business Rocks competition! The fundraiser is a battle of the bands with a twist – the bands are all together for one night only, and are comprised of employees from local businesses! Folks who are workers by day become rockstars by night, and take to the 40 Watt stage to play their hearts out to throngs of adoring fans – for a good cause. Athens Business Rocks hopes to create an opportunity for hidden rock stars to reveal themselves – even if it’s just for a night or two. This isn’t a talent or song-writing competition, it’s simply a great opportunity to build employee morale and camaraderie among coworkers while raising money for Nuci’s Space. The band who brings in the most donations for the cause wins the competition.

The goal of Athens Business Rocks is to help raise contributions for a great local nonprofit that focuses on providing support and resources for the music and creative community, and to engage with the business community to have a night of music and fun.  All proceeds go to benefit Nuci’s Space - a non-profit health and music resource center in Athens, GA. The aim of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing obstacle free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other such disorders as well as to assist in the emotional, physical and professional well-being of musicians.

Nuci’s has affected the lives of many people in every department of Epting Events. Without their continuing community support, we would not have been able to become the productive business (staffed by healthy employees!) that we are. Because Nuci’s Space has done so much for us, we would like to give back to them. Epting has formed a band – Pot Pie – and we want to help by raising the most donations for Nuci’s Space.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: POT PIE WINS THE COMPETITION BY RAISING THE MOST MONEY FOR NUCI’S SPACE

1. Donate to Nuci’s Space in Epting Events’ name. Go to http://athensbusinessrocks.com/vote/ and highlight “Epting Events – Pot Pie” in the drop down menu.

2. Go to the Athens Business Rocks event at the 40 Watt on Friday February 28th  at 8:00 pm. Your ticket purchase will count as a vote – so tell the door man who you’re there to see! You can also “bribe” the judges by donating cash during the show.

All donations go toward helping Nuci’s Space continue doing their good work in the community. A vote for Pot Pie is a vote for a healthy Athens!

 THANK YOU!

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Planning an event – no matter how large or how small – can be a complicated task! So we’re here to help make things a little easier. We’re introducing a new blog series – How To Thursdays. Every Thursday, we’ll provide you with a new “how to” guide.

First one up…. how to pick a caterer!

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Picking a caterer, regardless of the type or size of the event, can be a pretty tricky and overwhelming task. Many people do not know where or how to begin. The food often sets the tone for an event, so picking a caterer is an important task when planning an event.

Before contacting a caterer, it is helpful to have already completed the following tasks:

1. Set the date and time of the event.

2. Book or location. If you are not set on a particular venue, have an idea in mind of what you’re looking for and ask the caterer for venue suggestions.

3. Determine a theme or overall tone for the event. Modern? Classic? Rustic?

4. Decide on an estimated budget and headcount.

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10 Things to Consider When Picking a Caterer  

1. Ask how long the caterer has been in business. The more experience the better! Years of experience will often ensure a reliable catering company. Companies that have been in business  for more than 10 years (or 40 years in the case of Epting Events!) will likely have a good reputation.

2. Referrals are key. Check the company’s website for client references or ask for references.  Consider browsing through the company’s social media platforms for customer reviews and pictures of past events to learn more about the brand of the company. Key topics to consider include service, attitude, food quality, timeliness, how easy was it to contact the caterer, was it easy to make changes, and any other questions you might have.

3. The food has to taste good! Can the caterer arrange for a tasting of the specific foods you’re interested in prior to signing a contract? The more prestigious the caterer, the more availabilities there will be especially when it comes to tasting the foods. If they don’t offer sampling, walk away fast. Also, inquire about costs before tasting- are costs itemized depending on the foods you choose, or is there an all-inclusive flat rate? Is there a printed price sheet with food options?

4. Ask to meet with the caterer at their facility. Don’t be afraid to ask to see the kitchen, how clean it is, how organized, etc. The more efficient the kitchen, the more efficient the staff will be. Also, ask to see there other facilities such as warehouses (if available) and delve into other capabilities the company has to offer. For example, Epting Events also offers our clients the use of our extensive warehouse full of props and decor, as well as our in-house floral team.

5. Ask to see the decoration supply and see what all they can provide for your event. Can they provide additional items such as linens, tables, chairs, plates, silverware etc. If not, can they put you in touch with a company that can? Are there photos of various set-up and table toppings, and is there a display room to help you visualize your options? The more the company has to offer, the less outside work you will have to do on your own. What type of seating do they offer and what kind of arrangements do they offer for outside/unique locations?

6. Will the caterer provide staff and service? How many would they recommend for the size of your event? The top caterers will almost always use their own serving staff, even if the site’s staff is available.

7. Ask about how many times they have catered an event of your size or at your venue.

8. Ask the caterer if they provide alcohol or other materials for the bar. Do you need to provide your own alcohol? What about glassware, mixers, lemons, and limes?

9. Ask if the caterer is properly licensed for food, are they insured, and are they covered by workers compensation insurance. If not, you may be liable for accidents and injuries to your guests or to their employees as well as any health problems caused by the food.

10. And finally, ask to see the contract! Don’t be afraid to question the small details.

Writer: Ann

Photographer: Leighty Photography

 

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EptingBlogPostCollageTwoThe butterfly represents a powerful transformation, moving from one cycle to the next, as well as an overall lightness of being. For these reasons, Casey and Daphne chose the butterfly as the theme of their wedding. Married on November 2, 2013, Daphne and Casey celebrated their love with over 130 of their friends at Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, Georgia. They were married in the garden and said their vows in front of Casey’s uncle, the officiator of the wedding. The flower girl was dressed like a butterfly, which helped to set the stage for this whimsical countryside wedding. A combination of wood, copper, and glass were woven together to create a warm rustic feel on the cool autumn night. During the reception, guests were invited to roast marshmallows and make s’mores by the fire.

The beautiful gardens at Dunaway created a natural amphitheater for the ceremony. Afterwards, friends and family were invited to join the couple for a cocktail hour and dinner, which included roast beef, Glasgow chicken, squash casserole, green beans, and seasonal roasted vegetables. Blankets were provided as party favors to provide warmth while sitting around the fire.

Guests were encouraged to write a “message in a bottle” to the couple. These messages will be opened and cherished on Casey and Daphne’s 10th wedding anniversary. We wish this couple the best as they embark on their journey together.EptingBlogPostCollageOne

Writer: Josh

Photography: Leighty Photography

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