Saturday, April 23, 2011

We've Moved!

The It! Girls are thrilled to announce that our newly redesigned blog, It! Weddings FLORIDA, is up and running at! It! Weddings Florida exemplifies the best of the best in the Sunshine State, from creme de la creme vendors to chic Inspirations and the most unique, charming and lovely Real Weddings. Our exclusive It! List highlights Florida wedding vendors who’ve proven themselves to be the best in their respective fields. After all, we wouldn’t brag about a vendor we wouldn’t want to team up with on your wedding day!
Log on and be inspired!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

It! Party to GO!

Evening on Antique Row to benefit Historical Society of Palm Beach County is one of our favorite events to work on each year. More than 2,000 guests descend upon West Palm Beach's famed Antique Row art, design and antique district for food, wine, music and after-hours shopping in the local boutiques.
This year, It! Weddings & Events was invited to create an event within the event, which we dubbed our It! Party to GO! The setup allowed us to partner with some of our favorite Palm Beach vendors, including Atlas Party Rentals, Bulletproof Wine & Spirits, Regency Party Rentals, Salon Margrit, Tom Mathieu & Co. and Cafe Boulud Palm Beach. We also had the opportunity to work with new partners like Jemma Coleman Photography and Globadyne Productions.
As a bonus, our beautiful friends signed up to model the latest from Lazaro, Amsale and Jennifer Leigh bridal couture, courtesy of our new best friend Jack at Boca Raton Bridal & Consultants! Here are a few of our favorite pics from the evening:

Hair & Makeup by Salon Margrit

Gowns from Boca Raton Bridal & Consultants

Florals & Accessories by Tom Mathieu & Co.

Music by La Vida Con Fuego through Elan Artists

Photography by Jemma & David Coleman of Jemma Coleman Photography

Fine Wines from Howard and Mike of Bulletproof Wine & Spirits

Delicious bites courtesy Cafe Boulud Palm Beach & The Sugar Monkey

Fantastic Party courtesy of the It! Girls and Boys of Palm Beach!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

From the It! Vault for St. Patty's Day: A Verdant Inspiration

Silk chiffon dress from J. Crew and parasol from Cultural Intrigue; A poolside dessert table in the Hamptons by Amy Atlas; Queen Anne cake by LovinSullivanCakes; Mother's Day dessert table by Amy Atlas; Hand-sewn fabric pockets for wedding programs by Chewing the Cud; Ivory Marichelle lace necklace on old green novel by White Owl; Green wedding invitations by Cathie U.; Custom cocktail, Saketini, with cucumber. Find recipe on; Bride and groom signs from June Bug Weddings; Table setting by Yvette Roman Photography; Flowergirl, bridal, and bridesmaid dresses by Jenny Yoo; Bridal bouquet from June Bug Weddings; Boutonniere by Florarama Modern Design

Monday, January 31, 2011

It! Interview: Sommelier Jenny Benzie dishes on one of our favorite topics: WINE!

Sommelier Jenny Benzie, owner of Pour Sip Savor: An Assemblage of Sommelier Services, splits her time between Palm Beach and Nantucket (and Napa, and Ribera del Duero, and...), pouring, sipping and savoring the world's finest wines. As you can imagine, she's one of our favorite people to chat (and drink) with.

We caught up with her in advance of the Simply Italian Great Wines U.S. Tour 2011 stop at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach (stay tuned for our favorite vintages from the event later this week) to ask her the questions that are always top of mind for our clients.

Here's a taste:

What are the most important things to consider when selecting wine for a wedding reception?

While it is your 'big day' and there are many things to consider to make your event memorable, the wine you choose to serve should not be overlooked. There is nothing worse than arriving at the bar to only be offered 'red and white.'

Make sure to choose wines that are user-friendly for the type of wedding event you are planning and that pair with the food that you are serving. Most people are familiar with Chardonnay and while it might be appropriate for a four-course sit down meal, is that big, buttery oak bomb appropriate for an outdoor cocktail reception? Cabernet Sauvignon is great with beef, but you're serving a choice of chicken or fish. If you are only serving one red and one white for the entire event, choose a wine that is 'middle-of-the road.' Sauvignon blanc or albarino are more exciting than pinot grigio and not as big as most chardonnays; pinot noir may be too light and malbec too big for red. Select instead perhaps something made from tempranillo (Ribera del Duero from Spain) or a blend from Southern Rhone (made from grenache, syrah, mourvedre).

Also, steer away from wines that your friends can find at the local grocery store. Take a little time to discover something unique that will leave your guests asking, 'Where can I buy more of that wine?'

How much should a bride and groom expect to spend per bottle on wine?

On average, the price per bottle of wine should be double the cost of the main course. If your price is inclusive per person, ask your caterer to break the cost down for you so you know how much that would be. If you are having only a cocktail reception, the caterer should be able to give you an idea of a figure. For example, your appetizer is $15, then main course is $30 and the dessert (wedding cake, of course) is $15. Then the wine would be about $60 per bottle. Feel free to go lower or higher in price based on your budget and the level of sophistication of your guests' palates. Most fine dining establishments will offer an entry-level wine at $50, with selections at $75 and $125 for upgrades. Off-premise caterers may be as inexpensive as $25 per bottle, with $40 and $60 upgrades. Remember that you are paying restaurant pricing for the wines just as you are for the food.

Also, the cost of your wine should be in proportion for the rest of your event. Booked a five-diamond hotel for your reception? Maybe don't serve Prosecco, but you don't need Dom Perignon either. There are many reasonably priced lesser known Champagnes that give you a better bang for the buck: Gimonet, Vilmart, Pierre Peters, Pol Roger. Barefoot on the beach? Cava from Spain would be perfect (think Gramona for excellent quality)!

Do most venues allow couples to bring their own vino? What would be an appropriate corkage charge?

This is always tricky and is definitely depends on the restaurant. Most fine dining restaurants DO NOT allow you to bring in your own wine. Why? Because many people will bring in an everyday wine in order to cut their costs versus serving a wine that is more suitable and appropriate for the food that will be served. If your father has a special collection that he has been saving for your wedding, speak with the banquet manager and let them know that it is no ordinary wine that you are interested in serving. Try to negotiate a set fee for all the wine as a corkage fee, not a corkage fee per bottle opened (if they charge you $50 per bottle, you may be better off paying a flat fee of $500 or $1,000).

For places that do allow you to bring your own wine, they may charge $10-$25. Consider the cost of your wine plus that fee to make sure it's not better a better deal to just buy the $40 bottle that is being offered at the venue.

Are champagne toasts a thing of the past?

Yes and no - if this is your first time at the altar, I think a toast is appropriate. Your best friend wants to wish you well (and tell that embarrassing story...) and your parents are proud. If this is your second (or third) time getting hitched, you may not find a toast necessary. Keep in mind, this adds another cost to your wedding. If your crowd aren't big bubbly drinkers (although I am!), ask to have half glasses poured for each guest instead of a full pour.

For more information on Jenny Benzie and Pour Sip Savor, visit

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