Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sand Ceremony

Sand Ceremony

The meaning of the ceremony is the blending of two -  the bride and the groom, into a single, inseparable unit that is their marriage.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

First Christmas

Julie and Scott Withers are celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple ...

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Here Comes the BRIDE!

The two cuties leading this lovely bride down the aisle are none other than my two oldest girls.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Lyrics

Have Yourself a
Merry Little Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yule-tide gay
From now on
our troubles will be miles away

Here were are as in olden days
happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
gather near to us once more

Through the years we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now
Secure your holidays rental needs early. The Celebration Place will be closed Tuesday 12/24/13 until Monday 12/30/13 when we resume our normal schedule of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Epson Projector

Share the romance of your engagement with a slide show of  special moments! This projector hooks up to your laptop.

Call The Celebration Place 850-215-7278 or email for all your rental needs.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Ice Down the Reception Drinks

Galvanized buckets are wonderful for icing down drinks of all kinds. Call The Celebration Place 850-215-7278 or email to reserve yours for your special event.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tear Drop Lights

The Celebration Place has 100' strands of tear drop shaped lights for rent. These strands can be hung inside our outside and we even have a pole system to hang the lights outside.

Call us 850-215-7278 or email for all your rental needs.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Love's Theme by Barry White

"Love's Theme"
Barry White
Play our love's theme tonight
My love's here, it's no dream tonight
It''s been so long
Since we've danced to our love song
I know the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me (love's theme)

Play our love's theme once more
Make him feel, like he felt before
While the lights are low
Please, let the music flow
I know that the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me (love's theme)

Play our love's theme again
Touch his heart, touch his soul and then
Once we sip the wine
His lips will come to mine
I know that the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me
Love's theme...

Pipe and Drape

The wedding ceremony ....
The Ceremony at the Holiday Inn Sunspree, Panama City Beach

Pipe and drape to divide the room ...

And we have the wedding reception ...


Monday, December 2, 2013

Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Lauryn Hill

You're just too good to be true, can't take my eyes off you
You'd be like heaven to touch, I wanna hold you so much
At long last love has arrived and I thank God I'm alive
You're just too good to be true, can't take my eyes off you
Pardon the way that I stare, there's nothing else to compare
The sight of you leaves me weak, there are no words left to speak
But if you feel like I feel, please let me know that it's real
You're just too good to be true, can't take my eyes off you

Read more: Lauryn Hill - Can't Take My Eyes Off You Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Eden Gardens and My Magic Touch

Eden Gardens transformed for a wedding reception.
Contact The Celebration Place 850-215-7278 for discuss your wedding needs - coordinator, planner, decorator and rental equipment. We are waiting to hear from you.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from The Celebration Place. Enjoy your holiday and should you just happen to be thinking about your upcoming wedding feast your eyes on this ....

This dome is our newest arch. We also have a flower bar - beautiful silk white flowers - for a header on the front of the dome. And elegant flower rings of the same white flowers to use as tiebacks. Call The Celebration Place 850-215-7278 for this and other rental options.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

White Benches

The Celebration Place now has white benches for rent. The benches are 8' long and seat 5-6 people. Call for rental information - 850-215-7278.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Lemons or Tea

Here is the perfect tear dispenser to nestle amount your wedding burlap and lace. We have two. Call 850-215-7278 for rental information.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fall Weddings

September to November is just he most beautiful time to have a wedding in the Panhandle area of Florida. We are SO busy and we love it! Planning a wedding here can be quite an undertaking- unless you hire a wedding professional like myself to help with all of the details! Let me do the work for you. You have a lot of vendors to line up, a lot of details to take care of and you still have to get ready, get nails and hair done and be rested! Leave the planning to me! I can also help you schedule a massage for you and your bridesmaids (and the mamas) so everyone is relaxed and good-to-go for the big day. Call for a quote!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Chandelier

We are always looking for new and fresh rental items and here is the newest creation! We have 3 of these chandeliers for rent and we can't be more excited. The pictures don't do it justice. Imagine these hanging in a tent at the reception as your lighting. We are also doing a lot with them in our 4 post bamboo and our 4 post chuppah archways. What a beautiful addition to our rental equipment! Call for pricing and details, 850-215-7278.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

We did a wedding/bridal shower for a sweet friend this weekend and it was beautiful! We rent all things wedding- and man is burlap and lace my favorite. We can do as little or as much as you like and we are always willing to make things to enhance the look you are going for. Attached are some photos from this shower. These decorations will also be used for a rehearsal dinner coming up in October. These items were custom made and we can make most anything! It is a great idea to have something for all of the guests to sign because as the bride, she is not going to remember half of the people that were at the shower because it is so overwhelming! I also love a box for well-wishes. There is always so much experience and love in the room at a shower, why not capture it and keep it for the bride and groom to read all through their marriage. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

2 sets of chairs or 1?

 "Do I need 2 sets of chairs?"
Well, again, as a rental company I would love for you to order 2 sets but of course that only makes sense if the wedding ceremony is far from the reception (and if you need to rent seating for both). We have a lot of options for chairs. We have white resin, brown resin, white padded, white wooden, beechwood, mahogany/pecan and benches. has a lot of pictures! You have a few options there for style so once you pick those you have to decide one set or two... here are some thoughts on that. 

  1. We can provide you with 2 sets of chairs. This is great if you like one type of chair for your wedding and a different type for the reception or if your wedding and reception aren't easily connected. Also, if you don't want to pay us to move them or you don't have an audience who is capable/willing to move them. It isn't the easiest thing to do! You can hire us to set up both sets and clean up both sets. 
  2. You can get 1 set of chairs and move them. The only disadvantage to moving them is that the older guests are going to have to wait for you to get them moved and set up. If you are on the sand it takes a little longer because it is difficult to carry them in the sand. If you do this your options are pretty much:
    1. "Uncle Joe" and your cousins can move them as soon as the ceremony is over.
    2. My crew can come and move them and set them up at the reception.
As always, we are always willing to help in any way. You just need to inform the receptionist when you order so we allow the proper amount of time and man-power to make it all happen! We like to set up at least 2.5 hours before the actual event to ensure that we have time for any hiccups, traffic delays or silly things that may happen. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How Many Chairs?!

We are always asked "How many chairs should I order if I am expecting _____ people?" Well it has been my experience that people tend to order too many chairs. As a rental company I probably shouldn't encourage you to order less but I am also a planner/coordinator and I want what is best for my customers. If you sent out 150 invitations, you probably have a +1 for each person. You will probably only have about half or less of the people actually respond to the RSVP cards you so carefully picked out, stamped and are counting on. Then probably only 2/3 of the people who said they are coming will show so you are sitting there wondering how in the world do I order the right number of chairs?!!! Well that is a great question. There is no right answer but in my experience this is how you can somewhat determine how many.

  1. If you are having a wedding in Panama City Beach and you and your family are from out of town, whoever sends the RSVP will more than likely come and your numbers should be pretty firm. I would suggest you get 85% of your audience there if not 95%.
  2. If you live in Panama City and have a lot of out-of-town guests you can probably expect 1/2 to 2/3 of the people you think are coming to show up. There are always travel glitches or monetary reasons people can't make the trip even if they fully intend on coming. 
  3. If you are from Panama City and most of your guests live in Panama City you can easily expect 3/4 to be there. Typically people will either forget or get invited to another wedding or get caught up n daily life and not show up but most will come because there isn't a lot of travel involved. 
I am not saying I know all and please don't hold me to these statistics but I sure do hope this is a helpful post! It is always better to have a few people standing than have half the chairs empty :) 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

DON'T HIRE "JIM BOB" on the main street in town to Coordinate your wedding!!!

If I have heard one story I have heard 50 about this "wedding" person on the main street that runs through my town!! I am a "friendly competition" type of company. I feel like there is enough business for everyone and as much as I would love to do all of the weddings from Pensacola to Appalach I know I can't and I am very willing to help all of my wedding buddies, however, there is always that person in town people should be warned about. I am not perfect, I will be the first to admit that, but I have 15 years experience and a great, wonderful bunch of vendors who have my back. There is a person in town who is ruining weddings left and right. He is only doing weddings for the money and he has no idea what he is doing. I would never talk poorly about someone who genuinely tries but ladies, please get references before hiring someone. This person has put at least 6 brides that I know of through torture, and I know this because they come and tell me about their experience (as we console them and come up with a new plan). He never has what he charges for, he doesn't follow through with what he says he will do and sometimes he doesn't even show up. You will need a lawyer in the family to get your money back for services he didn't show up for too (another bride's experience).

 Let me give you an example. We had a sweet little bride come in last year in tears- her wedding was 2 weeks out and she just got off the phone with "Brand X" and they told her that they were sorry but the equipment she rented wasn't available for her wedding- IN 2 WEEKS! Now I don't mean someone the week before broke a chair or a vase or something fixable or replaceable- I mean the ENTIRE ORDER isn't available, an order they paid for a year ago. Can you imagine this phone call?!
I am here to tell you that Come hell or high water I would do anything it takes to help a bride make her day come true. I am so sad that "Brand X" keeps on getting customers and messing them up just because he has a good location. (Sorry, I will now step off my "soap box").

If this happens to you, please contact us and we will make it all work out. Please tell your friends to ask around before paying money. We don't have a perfect record, we have made mistakes but 99% of our weddings go completely as planned. I have lots of references, please ask if you like. Also, you should be able to see the equipment in person if you are able to be in town. If  he can't show you what you are renting it may not exist.

As I have posted before, I am not out to become rich, I am here because I love what I do and I genuinely want to be "all-in" for your big day. It takes experience to run a wedding and it takes confidence to say you are good at it. I am good and I sure hope I can help you coordinate/plan your big day!

Should I buy my decorations or rent them?

The age old question- buy or rent? Well, I can tell you that I have seen a lot of customers come to my office who bought all their decorations and then tried to sell them to me! They always say "Man, if I had realized how much this would add up I would have just rented from you!" When you are looking for a house I think it is best to buy if you can so you are investing in your future. I have a few resources who can help you with that if you want their phone numbers :) However, with a wedding, are you ever going to use those 20 glass fishbowl centerpieces you paid $8-10 each again? Do you have a place or want to store them for 8 years until the next wedding in your family? Well, I can tell you that you can come rent them at my office for $2 to $3 each and never have to mess with them again!! I often hear brides say "I'm going to go buy my own tableclothes, yours are too expensive." My answer to that is to be sure that when you get them from UPS they will be all folded tightly into a plastic bag and your grandma is not going to be too happy when she has to iron them all! The money we charge for tableclothes pretty much goes into maintenance and ironing (which is something I personally hate to do!!). We have a staff of people who solely do the ironing of all our tableclothes, sashes and runners. 
This is the story for all of the equipment in my 3000 sq ft of storage warehouse space. We are stocked with all sorts of centerpieces, tables, chairs, linens, archways, candleabras (I mean tons!) and more. I am really into the wooden signs, burlap and lace, mason jars and those sorts of things. I joke a lot but I really feel like we could do all the weddings in Bay County and make every one of them different! 
Our warehouse is open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday for all who want to browse. Address is 1569 Chandlee Ave. Panama City, FL. You can browse alone or we can accompany you to answer questions. I love to see all of my "treasures" in use so come in and tell us your ideas!

Here are just a few of the thousands of the items in the warehouse :)

Why do you need a coordinator/planner for your wedding?

I am every day trying to explain why it is so important to hire a wedding coordinator/planner. I don't mean just any coordinator, I mean one that will understand what you want and make it happen. I am that planner! I love a wedding, I mean I enjoy it to a ridiculous degree. I will probably get as excited as you do if I get the chance to work with you and talk with you. I love the new ideas people come up with and I love to see it all come together. I'll be honest, I still get all teary-eyed during the ceremony. I nearly lost it at one I recently did- it was 2 families coming together and the kids were the wedding party. The youngest little girl began to cry with joy when they kissed and I was almost there with her! It brings me joy to bring others joy. I believe that is Jesus working through me. 
SO..... if you are your daughter or son or friend or anyone you care about is getting married please have them call me!! I would appreciate the opportunity to sit with them, have a conversation about their vision and start planning. I am booking weddings for next year already but there is plenty of me to go around. 
This business was started by my beautiful, talented, entertaining mother (who is now in Heaven) and I want it to grow like wildfire. I want to spread the joy she had in her heart- she loved the joyous occasion of marriage as much as I do. She wrote the wedding ceremony/vows that I read if I officiate and they really will make you cry. 
One advantage I have over some of my friendly competition is the equipment. I own a 2,000sq.ft warehouse and 7 storage sheds full of tables, chairs, decorations and more. I also love to craft! I want to make the biggest day of your life personal and enjoyable. 
Call, email or fax us today and God Bless!!
Fax: 850-215-4386

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fresh Seafoot - Wedding Rehersal Style

Panama City Beach is known all over the world for fresh seafood. I setup a wedding rehersal in the game room of the Princess Condos where lots of fresh seafood was later served. She how lovely the room looked.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Burlap Chair Sashes

Burlap looks outstanding at weddings ....

My rental company, The Celebration Place has lots of burlap - chair sashes, table runners, arch topper, adorable flatware holders and even a burlap aisle runner with lace edges. Check out our website.

 In the pictures above Deb and Jamie load burlap chair sashes for Deb's trip to the Wyndham Bay Point, Panama City Beach, FL - where Deb carefully tied the burlap chair sashes to Wyndham Bay Point's chairs for a wedding.

Check us out. I and my employees would love to assist you with your wedding plans or special event.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chairs and Seating

The Celebration Place has several lines of rental chairs some of which include ....

Our Shabby Chic White Wooden Chairs
White Wooden with Pad
White Wooden with out Pad
White Wooden Shop Chair - No Pad
We have limited number of each of these chairs so if you have your heart set on one of these please consider ordering early. Each chair rents for $1.75.
We have many additional chairs and benches for your special event -- but that, my friend, will be another blog post. Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

100th Anniversary

The Bay County Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 100th Anniversary.