Shawnna Jackson Weddingxml

Low Budget, High Class

We hope everyone had a great weekend!  Here at Penta, we had the pleasure of planning and executing the wedding of Shawnna Jackson and Khayree Jannah on Saturday, January 22nd.  It was a frigid morning filled with flower petals, tulle, and a happy couple.  With this particular event, we did not have an enormous, celebrity wedding budget but with our creativity, talents and hard work, we executed a beautiful ceremony and reception fit for any popular icon.

The alter was draped with white tulle, filled with scattered purple flower petals and a bundle of wisteria colored roses at each draped point.  This added color and class to the traditionally decorated church.  On each pew, we added a white cone made of cardstock, tied with a wisteria colored ribbon and filled each cone with purple roses.  This simple but elegant décor complimented the bride’s overall classic fairy tale look at an affordable price.  This particular church had an upper balcony that over looked the entire church.  On the balcony, we again used the white tool with the petals to bring the look of the church together.  We worked with the florist to create a simple and elegant bouquet for the ladies and boutonnières for the men.  As a gift to the bride, the florist provided a complimentary throw bouquet in addition to her beautiful bouquet adorned with white and purple roses and tied with silver ribbon.  Many thanks to Sunnyside Florist for being so helpful with this event and providing beautiful décor at an affordable price.  (Ask for Bill at 40-05 Queens Blvd. Sunnyside, NY 11104.  718-784-8226)

The reception was located on the lower level of the church, which was very convenient, not only for us but also for the loved ones attending the wedding. For centerpieces, we placed a simple 3” wide white candle inside a hurricane glass vase, filled the space around the candle with more purple rose petals and placed a mirror underneath.  Around the centerpieces were more petals.  Once the candles were lit, the reflection of the candle light with the petals added that extra touch of glamour to the room.  The room was the perfect size for her 175 guests and the church staff was extremely helpful by providing complimentary lighting décor and classic table settings.  The Penta team really outdid themselves and pulled off a simple yet elegant wedding. Again, we congratulate our bride and groom and wish them a life of happiness.

This wedding is a great example of how an event planner can provide cost effective ideas without sacrificing the style and elegance requested.  Floral design can be quite expensive.  Flower petals are a great cost effective solution to add life and color to your design.  Creating your own centerpieces is also a great way to stay under budget.  Search for photos of designs that you enjoy and fit within your theme.  Then, visit an affordable craft site (Penta’s favorite is and purchase each item individually.

Never let a budget stop you from having exactly what you want on your special day.  Feel free to contact Penta for additional cost saving ideas for your wedding or upcoming event.

-Alyssa & Marie

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