From the Groom's Perspective

From the Point of View of a Guy— 

Hey guys,

While checking my email the other day, I didn’t receive an inquiry, but a question from a groom to be. The groom asked us to settle a debate and he asked how many men do the majority of their wedding planning as opposed to his fiancé.

The true and real answer is that not many men are that involved in the entire process. In thinking about it, and in talking to Morgan, we have not had many grooms who aren’t that involved. Most of the time, it is the general attitude of “Yes dear, whatever you want dear”, but the reality of it is that it shouldn’t be that way.

Gentlemen, grab a cocktail and listen to the advice of not only a wedding planner, but that of a married man. Get involved!!!! What most grooms fail to understand is that this is not just your bride’s day, but it is yours as well. Ok, so you may not be great at picking out flowers, (I leave that part of things to my bride) but there are going to be certain things that you really want to have at your wedding. Do you want to have a DJ who is upbeat or is more laid back? Do you want a photographer with a certain style or just someone who won’t make you break into your 401k at age 30? How about the food and cocktails? You the groom really need to give input as well. You and your fiancé are a team. You are one now and when you are pronounced husband and wife, you become more of one. There will be decisions about buying a house, a new car and incredibly difficult decisions about children and many years down the road, your retirement.

My point is that your wedding day ideally happens once. Help with the planning, give your input and become a team with your wife to be. Not only does this help with your wedding day, but in your life together. This is your day too!!!!!!

All the best, and remember guys, the first drink is always on me.

Chris Munson

Assistant Planner/Partner

Diamonds and Pearls Events

2018, What a year!!!

When I think back upon 2018, I can say it has been a very exciting and humbling one for Diamonds and Pearls Events. We were able to help many brides and grooms with their big day, and when I look back at the pictures, I can say that I am so proud to have honored the visions they came up with. Our main goal is to always keep the couple first, and to honor their wishes. We have had couples from out of state, within the state - but far away, and I can say honestly, that I know we did them proud! What a wonderful feeling! We’ve had a myriad of themes and color palates, and I have enjoyed each one. Each wedding is like a little gift to me. I love peeling the onion, or edges if you will - to get to know the heart of each couple we work with. In that sense, it truly is a gift to us to be able to help them facilitate the best day/night of their lives. There will always be hiccups with any event, but I am proud to say that Diamonds and Pearls Events handled them well. We never want the couple, their families or any member of the Wedding Party to become stressed with anything that may happen during their wedding! We have developed a wonderful communication standard that we emphasize with each vendor we work with to avoid this kind of stress. I can say, it has been working out beautifully!

Also, Diamonds and Pearls Events was so thrilled to be nominated in Folio Weekly’s top five Wedding Planners for their “Best Of” edition. Our couples were so supportive, and we were overwhelmed with so many well wishes and notes of approval. We did not win first place in the competition, but we did come in second place. We celebrate that ‘win’ for Diamonds and Pearls Events! We know the competitor who won the first place slot, and she has been doing it for a number of years in the Jacksonville area. We felt great to be honored along the side of her! With that said, 2018 was very generous to Diamonds and Pearls Events, and to me personally. Diamonds and Pearls Events strives to keep everything unique and fresh for our couples. We don’t believe in cookie cutter weddings. I truly felt that we were able to honor that with all of our 2018 weddings. Yay!

We have one more thing to celebrate, as we look back on 2018. Diamonds and Pearls Events officially struck up a partnership with the Holiday Inn (Baymeadows), in which we will act as the creative directors, and they of course provide the venue. We were thrilled to be featured on WTLVs “First Coast Living,” with this announcement! We have developed several themes that we think couples will love, to go along with this venue. We still book weddings everywhere and anywhere, but it has been amazing to work with the Holiday Inn to help them develop a creative style for weddings booked there.

Thank you to all of our couples, their families and friends for their support in 2018!! We know 2019 will be a blast!!! We still have a few days left for our “Engagement Special,” which gives couples $150.00 off of their total customized package. Please feel free to reach out to me via text, email or phone for more information. Happy 2019!!

Uniquely yours,

Morgan

Owner/Lead Planner

Diamonds and Pearls Events

904-412-4981

Holiday and Engagement season special offer from Diamonds and Pearls Events!

Happy Holidays to all of our friends, and everyone else we hope to meet soon! We hope this holiday season finds you and yours filled with joy and excitement for the coming new year. As experienced wedding planners. we know that this is the time during the year that many engagements take place. We also know that after the bride to be receives her engagement ring, she will likely go into overdrive thinking about the big day, their ideas and ultimate visions, and might get a bit flustered. Conversely, there are couples that have recently been married, or just on the brink of their big days, and need help in planning their honeymoon. Diamonds and Pearls Events can help you plan your ultimate honeymoon experience, or even a destination wedding, as we are affiliated with the Sandals resorts, located all throughout the Caribbean, and other exotic locations. We have seen the surge year after year, so we decided to offer up a little holiday cheer by means of a deal we are offering through January 10, 2019!

Diamonds and Pearls Events is pleased to offer $150.00 off on one of our customized packages for you and your fiance’ to take advantage of. We hope this offer will get you both started out on a great foot - especially knowing your wedding or honeymoon will be handled with distinct care by our wonderful and experienced team!

We hope you will visit the many different pages on our website, and check us out on our Facebook and Instragrampages: Facebook.com/DiamondsandPearlsEventsJax, Instagram.com/DiamondsandPearlsEventsJax. We treat every wedding and honeymoon uniquely, as we do not believe in following a cookie cutter format. Your goals are ours! This is your unique time to shine, and we are here and dedicated to help your visions come to life.

If we are able to schedule a phone consultation, and have the honor of preparing a customized wedding or honeymoon package for you and your fiance, we will take $150.00 off of your total projected invoice! Again, this offer ends on January 10, 2019, so please hurry and reach out to us as soon as you can! Feel free to call, text or email us. We try to make ourselves as available as we can to our couples. If we happen to be in a meeting or with another couple, we will get back with you as soon as we can!

Happy holidays, happy Engagement and all the best to you and your families in the coming year. We hope to hear from you soon!

Uniquely yours,

Morgan

904-412-4981

An exciting event!!! Diamonds and Pearls Events Partners with the Holiday Inn to produce a fun, innovative and unique bridal show.

Hello everyone!

I wanted to tell you about the exciting bridal show that Diamonds and Pearls Events and the Holiday Inn off of I-295 and Baymeadows have partnered up on to produce. The show is this coming Sunday, December 9th, at 2:00 pm. There is NO COST for admission, and we are thrilled to introduce a new concept in the typical bridal show. This is literally your one stop shop for your big day! We are featuring four unique themes, and will guide you through each one to answer any questions you may have. The beauty in this concept is that if you see a theme you really love, then all you have to do is let us know, and we will go talk about your individual wants and needs as a couple, and work on helping you set a date. We are specifically catering to the couples that may feel overwhelmed, may feel stressed out or find that they can’t come up with a theme or personal style for their wedding day. We are also proving a very cost effective element with our designs and with the spaces within the venue.

Diamonds and Pearls Events is known for our customization and helping each couple feel unique. We will still be able to do this with the themes of this show. We can customize and personalize anything you would like. We will be there throughout your entire planning process to make sure you receive the best quality at the lowest costs if you decide on one of our themes, or if you would like us to help you come up with your own.

The Holiday Inn has an amazing set up for weddings. There are several options for the ceremony, a wonderful cocktail hour space, and lots and lots of room for receptions, and dance floors. Also, on a personal note, I can tell you their food is amazing! Their Executive Chef Kenny does a fabulous job making flavors come to life and is also spot on with his presentation. Fortunately, if you attend the show, you will be able to sample some of his creations that he has specifically come up with for each of our themes! You won’t be let down, that’s for sure!

Other features of the show include live music from ABC DJs, a virtual mirrored photo booth that connects with your social media accounts by J C Photobooths, wonderful floral creations by Amazing Wedding Productions, Photography by Infinite Focus Photography, raffles throughout the event sponsored by the Holiday Inn and Diamonds and Pearls Events and a unique opportunity for brides to pick the bouquet they love the most and have her picture taken with it, to take home so you can remember what it feels like to be a bride, most likely one of the first times ever!

Again, we will also have members of our team, and from the Holiday Inn available to answer any questions you may have. We are very excited to bring this event to you, and hope to see you there. The show runs from 2:00-6:00, this coming Sunday, December 9th. Admission is free! Remember, love is all you need, we will do the rest!

Please comment below to let us know if you intend on coming. We will then automatically enter you into several of our raffles, and may have our DJ give you a shout out and play one of your favorite songs so you can test out the dance floor! See you on Sunday!

PS - You can learn more about the show tomorrow on First Coast Living at 11:00 on channel 12, where Gabi from the Holiday Inn and myself will be featured talking about the exciting event!

Uniquely Yours,

Morgan