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Real Talk: Why A Perfect Setting Can’t Be Your $1500 “Day Of” Wedding Coordinator

As a Wedding Planner and Stylist, I truly love working with clients who value what I do and trust me 100% to ensure their wedding day is stress-free. I’m fully aware not every potential client will be able to hire A Perfect Setting. However, lately I’ve had too many inquiries asking “Why are you so expensive?” or “Can you reduce your price?” And the answer is No, unfortunately I can not be your $1500 “Day Of” coordinator. And here’s why…

The phrase “Day of” is totally misleading. It makes me cringe every time I hear it because it is impossible to show up on the day of the wedding and manage it efficiently and effectively. Our Wedding Day Coordination aka Month of Services begins 6 weeks prior to the wedding. This includes meetings, conference calls, venue visit, confirming with vendors, reviewing contracts, creating schedules and timelines, 10+ hours on the wedding day – just to name a few. Most importantly it is my job to find the pitfalls in the wedding plans and resolve them weeks before with little to no stress. And I always find pitfalls! That “Day of” Coordinator, for $1500 or less, won’t get to address these issues until the day of or the day before your wedding.

Now let’s talk numbers! Say for instance you hire A Perfect Setting for Wedding Day Coordination. Here is a simple breakdown that may raise your eyebrows a bit.

$1500/6 weeks = $250 a week

$250/5 days = $50 a day

And I haven’t included the hourly pay rate for my trained coordination assistants to this equation. Would you work for less than $5o a day?

Team APSWE would LOVE to give you the opportunity to be a guest at your own wedding. However, we simply won’t offer a service that doesn’t allow us to do our job thoroughly. And it’s a myth to say a Coordinator can execute an entire event properly in ONE day. I hope you now understand the value of this service and why A Perfect Setting can’t be your $1500 Day of Coordinator.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Photo credit: Nick Carter Photography (1st and 3rd pic) + Windau Photography









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Custom Stationery: Glitz and Glam Wedding Invitations

Look what’s HOT off the printing press!!! My graphic designer and I have been working on this custom wedding invitation project with Melissa and Christopher for the past 9 weeks. And the end result is simply EXQUISITE!!!

If you’re thinking about having a glitz and glam wedding, this sparkly invitation is right up your alley. The best part is the glitter won’t come off and make a mess!

Are you having a difficult time finding the right invitation to set the tone for your wedding? Maybe customized invitations just aren’t for YOU! Give us a call to come into our Westchester studio. Together we can create the right configuration, paperie combination, and graphic design that reflects YOU and ONLY YOU!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones









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Real Wedding: Francis and Soye’s Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury Long Island

When Soye proposed to Francis, he knew they needed to enlist the services of a seasoned wedding planner. He immediately thought of A Perfect Setting thanks to a job well done for his Doctorate graduation party in 2009. Francis, on the other hand, didn’t think the investment was worth it until the planning journey started to unfold. Working with two, crazy in-love, New York City Department of Education psychologists for 14 months was a lot of fun. What I loved most was opening and closing our planning meetings with prayer!

Francis envisioned a glitz and glam wedding with a color palette of pale pink and blue. However, this color scheme was better fit for Spring. So I suggested we deepen the color palette to include burgundy, medium to dark shades of pink, platinum and charcoal grays for her November wedding.

The day began with a super early start at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Plainview, Long Island. Coordination assistant, Simone, and I handled getting ready at the hotel while Chandai oversaw set up for the ceremony and reception.


After Francis took a moment to take in her bridal transformation, Nick asked if we had time for a few bridal portraits (of course we did!). I gently closed the bedroom door to give Francis the peace she needed to relax and revel in the moment.

Francis looked absolutely exquisite in her Demetrios bridal gown. The addition of cap sleeves added a romantic and timeless touch. Her pink and ivory bridal bouquet was designed to perfection to coordinate with the style of her gown.

The bridal make-up was simply flawless! Can you tell Francis loves the color pink?

While planning the order of service details, I suggested Francis and Soye observe the sand unity ceremony with their sons to represent the union of a blended family. Judah and Jaydrien were so excited to participate.

When Francis and Soye entered the Emerald ballroom, they were astonished by the bold and dramatic Fall wedding decor (a last minute change due to Crest Hollow’s unexpected news of re-upholstered chairs. The new seat color totally clashed with the original linen decor).

After all the oooh’s and aaah’s, Francis said “This is so beautiful!” and started to cry. She loved how I inverted the wedding colors by styling the tables with burgundy linens and blue napkins to coordinate with the chairs.

Lush floral arrangements captivated with diamond crystal curtains surrounding an upside down champagne vase. For a decorative twist, an open rose was placed inside the vase on each table in alternating colors of pink and burgundy.

The paperie (menus, favor tags, and table numbers) was custom with graphic design elements from the invitation suite. My graphic designer/paper stylist exceeded my expectations, as usual. She’s super talented! Click here to see a close up photo of the paperie.

Blue uplighting was the finishing touch!

Knowing how much Francis loves glitz and glam, I splurged on the sweetheart table design. It was styled with high-end custom linens; a charcoal gray base with a platinum sequin overlay that sparkled like diamonds from every angle in the room.

During dinner, I whisked Francis and Soye out of the ballroom for a quick wardrobe change. On our way to the bridal suite, we stopped for a few pics outdoors. Thank God Chandai remembered to bring stylish umbrellas.

Francis’ second bridal look was understated elegance. She chose a strapless peplum bridal gown. Francis had the train cut and added a bejeweled beaded applique belt to take the look of the gown up a notch. The finishing touch to this look was a rhinestone hair comb to accent her side swept chignon. Soye’s second look was simple; a blue and gray neck tie with a solid blue pocket square.

Once Mr. and Mrs. Zaid-M were ready, guests experienced another riveting introduction by bilingual MC Edwin from Finer Touch Entertainment which segued into a turnt up dance set.

This Crest Hollow Country Club wedding was simply magical with a day filled with showers of blessings. The love Francis and Soye displayed for one another brought forth blue skies and sunshine to everyone that witnessed their day of commitment. I will forever be #TeamZaidM. My prayer is for God to protect this marriage each and every day.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Wedding Planning + Event Styling + Design + Day of Coordination: A Perfect Setting, Inc.

Bridal Gown #1: Demetrios via Macy’s Bridal by Demetrios

Bridal Gown #2: David’s Bridal

Bridal Gown Cleaning and Preservation: A Perfect Setting, Inc.

Bridal Hair: Styles by Stacy

Bridal Shoes: Nine West and Ivanka Trump

Bridesmaids dresses: Eden Bridals via Macy’s Bridal by Demetrios

Ceremony + Reception + Wedding cake: Crest Hollow Country Club

Cinematography: LJR Films

DJ: Finer Touch Entertainment

Groom + Groomsmen Tuxedos: San Marko

Hotel Accommodations + Rehearsal Dinner: Residence Inn by Marriott

Photography: Nick Carter Photography

Transportation: Tran-Star Executive Limo



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Fabulous Find: An Eyelash Extensions and Glue-on Lashes Alternative

Do you love thick and long eyelashes? Are you thinking about eyelash extensions or glue-on lashes for your wedding, quinceanera, sweet sixteen, or bat mitzvah? Well, I have a fabulous find that will transform your lashes from “OK” to “Oh, WOW!

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique is an eyelash duo mascara set with black transplanting gel and natural fibers. It improves the appearance of thickness and volume to your lashes while looking totally real and natural. The mascara is water resistant, yet easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser.

Not sold yet? Check out this photo that demonstrates the difference between regular mascara and 3D fiber lashes. After seeing the transformation with my own eyes, I bought the mascara and absolutely love it!

It’s only $29 and a top seller. Can you see why?

Eyelash extensions and glue-on lashes are extremely harsh and potentially very damaging. Now you can ditch the danger and order Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes TODAY! Place your order with Soraida Alma at LashOut3D. This is a glam purchase you won’t regret. I promise!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Real Event: Carolyn’s Retirement Party at The Radisson Hotel New Rochelle

It’s always an honor when a guest, from a previous event, calls to inquire about our event planning services. Carolyn thoroughly enjoyed Jonisha and Jason’s wedding experience. So when it was time to celebrate her retirement from the New York City Department of Education, she knew she had to have A Perfect Setting as a member of the retirement committee.

The color palette for the celebration was crimson, cream and gold.

65 guests were greeted with passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the Empire ballroom’s pre-function area with a beautifully appointed escort card table.

I designed the ballroom to have two different table settings illuminated with red uplighting. Half of the tables were styled with festive, textured taffeta linens while the others with understated, matte satin linens.

Since Carolyn treated herself to a retirement vacation in Paris, I thought it would be nice for guests to enjoy a Parisian treat – red velvet macarons packaged to perfection with layered custom favor tags.

I had gold acrylic table numbers and glitter votives handcrafted to add a little pizzazz to the table top.

Carolyn had the time of her life with family, friends, former co-workers and Sorority sisters. It brought great joy to see her revel in the moment while my assistant and I worked behind the scenes to create the perfect setting.

Do you envision a stylish milestone celebration like Carolyn? I would love to hear from you.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Event Planning + Event Styling + Design + Coordination: A Perfect Setting, Inc.

Venue: Radisson Hotel New Rochelle

Decor Photography: Nick Carter Photography




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Something Blue: 5 Ways to IncorporateThis Wedding Tradition

One of the most well known wedding traditions around is a bride must where something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Here are 5 ways to incorporate something blue for your wedding.

1. Wedding Shoes

Add a whimsical pop of color with your shoes in any shade blue like our bride Tina.  You have a variety of shades of blue from pastel to navy.

2. Wedding Gown Label Tagwestchester-wedding-planner-and-designer-a-perfect-setting-weddingsPurchase an embroidered wedding gown label tag in blue like our bride Michelle. Your seamstress will gladly sew it to the hem of the gown.  Don’t forget to let your photographer know about this hidden detail!

3. Bridal Bouquet

Add a touch of blue to your bridal bouquet like our bride Nadia did for her wedding re-shoot. Or have your bouquet wrapped with blue fabric.

4. Bridal Accessories

I know diamonds are a girl’s best friend but add a touch of blue with sapphires. They are symbolic of fidelity, truth, sincerity among other things. Rent fine jewelry with Adorn.

5. Cheeky Underwear

Make the groom blush, after the reception, with these cheeky something blue underwear.

There are many more ways to add something blue for your wedding. However you incorporate this wedding tradition, it will be a fun detail that will reflect YOU!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones



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Pumptastic: Oscar de la Renta Ambria Metallic Beaded Lace Sandal

I guess this week is all about Fashion! Look what I found…a sparkly lace beaded sandal by Oscar de la Renta. All I can say is GORGEOUS!

For more shoe glam, click here.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones


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The Stylist Picks: Ines Di Santo Madrid Bridal Gown

I can’t stop swooning over this drop dead gorgeous Ines Di Santo bridal gown!!!  It screams COUTURE for the stylish and discerning bride. I call this look Vintage-Mod. Vintage and a touch modern fused together.

Chantilly lace is so romantic and timeless rendering a vintage look.  But the scalloped plunging V neckline with illusion sleeves finished with lace cuff gives this sheath silhouette a modern flair that’s simply breathtaking. A simple cathedral veil would be the perfect finishing touch.

Check out more fabulous gowns by Ines Di Santo here.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Real Wedding: Francis and Soye’s Crest Hollow Country Club Wedding Trailer by LJR Films

Happy Friday!!! Check out this amazing cinematic wedding trailer from our friends at LJR Films. Lesean Rowe is super talented with a creative eye. Oh to the MG!!! I can’t stop watching this video. I just love everything about it; the music he selected for the trailer, the couple, the gorgeous fall wedding decor by yours truly (wink wink), guests having a great time on the dance floor and the list goes on and on.

Video is the dynamic element that allows a couple to relive the magical moments of the wedding day just as they occurred. I’m so glad Francis and Soye changed their minds and added cinematography to the wedding budget. The additional cost was well worth the investment and I knew they would be in great hands with LJR Films.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Destination Wednesday: Sandals Emerald Bay

2 weeks ago I shared my experience at Sandals Grande Antigua. Today I want to share the second property I toured on the FAM trip -  Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas known as the “Ultimate Golf & Spa Resort.” The airport transfer is only 10 minutes away from the George Town airport. The resort is sophisticated just like Sandals Grande Antigua but secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine 1 1/2 mile powder sand beach and seven exceptional restaurants.

Here’s a sneak peek at the Beach House Oceanview One Bedroom Walkout Butler Suite.

Just imagine romantic walks with the love of your life on this beach. The sand really feels like powder under your feet!

If you are about that Pub life, there’s one on the property to enjoy!

Here are a few peeks of another suite; The Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Butler Villa. It’s truly  home away from home with a Butler waiting for your arrival.

Your very own walk-in closet!

Enjoy reading a great novel in this seating area as you listen to the ebb and flow of the ocean.

If you or your fiance(e) are into golf, this is definitely a great property for consideration. You will enjoy the Greg Norman designed champion golf course. Golf is included for select room categories. As a Certified Sandals Specialist, I would love to tell you more about this amazing, low-key yet luxurious get away. Call me TODAY at 800-451-2951 or click here to go to my Sandals website!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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