Stephanie White Events
Stephanie White Events


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On Monday June 24, 2019 I drive over to IVY CITY in Washington, DC and went for a Site Visit at The City Winery!!  I have been hearing about this venue for months and had to go check it out! This 3 FLOOR VENUE has more character and space than what meets the eye!  The City Winery in Washington, DC is a concert venue that allows you the pleasure of ordering food and drinks while enjoying the sounds of music artists.  But as an Event Coordinator, I see so much more in this venue than just a Concert & Restaurant Space! The Potential: The 1st Floor consists of a large restaurant area, with a high-top bar area, a gift shop and a complimentary coat check area for guests.  This space or sections of this space, when reserved can be used for Wine Tastings, Bridal Shower gatherings and Birthday Dinners!  The 2nd Floor Space is where the Large Stage Area is located!  This is where all the concerts take place!  With the vast amount of tables and chairs located perfectly on this level, guests are able to enjoy the concert from every angle.  This space is complete with a projector, event lighting, another high-top bar section and a large amount of space.  This 2nd floor space has the potential for Girls and/or Guys Night-out events, fashions shows, award ceremony events, benefits and fundraisers.  The 3rd Floor Space is a more intimate space.  This space is complete with both a outside and inside area.  The outside terrace area is complete with a bar, greenery displays and plenty of space for a rooftop party or cocktail party.  High-top Cocktail tables would complete the look for this space with plenty of space for a photobooth and or buffet area. The inside area of the 3rd Floor space is complete with a smaller stage, a bar and plenty of tables and chairs for guests.  This space can be reserved for events and is more ideal for intimate gatherings opposed to the space on the 2nd and 3rd floor.  This space has the potential use for a music recital, a rehearsal dinner, a bridal shower, small wedding ceremonies and receptions, a birthday party, a fashion show, a bridal show, a vendor event, book signings and a CD release party.   THE CITY WINERY  in IVY CITY on Okie Street in Washington, DC is nestled right off of New York Ave and is a fantastic venue for Concerts and so much more!  Thank you to the wonderful staff at the City Winery for taking the time out of their schedule to show me their space!  For more from Stephanie White, The Savvy Event Guru see The Savvy Event Guru! 
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  On Friday June 21, 2019 I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the 8th Annual Richard Wright Black Tie Gala at the University of the District of Columbia.  I was invited by a wonderful friend and at the time I had no idea how important this event was. About the School The Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts is a public charter high school located in Washington, DC, that focuses on developing skills in journalism and media arts, real world application and having a focus in the community. (  The Richard Wright Public Charter High School enrolls students grades 8-12. Their aim is to transform their students into well-versed media contributors by providing a student-centered environment that connects them to a wide variety of clubs, sport activities and other opportunities that will richly enhance their lives and open up doors for them. ( I had no idea what I was in store for when I arrived at 5:30pm on Friday June 21. Location: The 8th Annual Richard Wright Black Tie Gala was held at the Student Center on the campus of The University of the District of Columbia.  With it's extravagant space this venue was a great choice for this type of event.  When I arrived I was greeted by a grand RED CAPET and STEP & REPEAT for the event.  The staff at the registration table were very attentive and professional.  The theme for the evening's event was "The New Orleans Experience" so when you checked in you were given the choice of picking up items, like the beads, headwear, fur, etc. Everything from the Bar Ticket stand, the Cash bar both outside and inside and the passed appetizers on the inside were great. The cocktail event took place in the lobby of the student center.  With the number of chairs and cocktail tables provided for the guest in this area, this was a great area for guests to hang out and listen to the entertainment. TIP When planning events it is always important that you consider the number of guests that will attend and consider and the ease of how guests can get to your event venue. Entertainment: The JukeBox Band from Atlanta, GA played during the cocktail event.  They were AMAZING!  This band played for about 2.5 hours.  They kept the crowd dancing, playing songs such as Love TKO, Casanova, Juicy Fruit and songs by artists such as Babyface, Luther Vandross and Biggie Smalls.  The singer, keyboardist, drummer and guitarist was a hit and really had amazing chemistry together. (See Stephanie White Events, instagram for video from the Juke Box band) The Comedian: Comedian Stacey Carver from New Jersey took the stage after the band and he was hilarious.   His jokes had you reminiscing and they had you holding your stomach because of too much laughing.  The entertainment for the Cocktail event was a real hit! TIP Entertainment is everything!!  As a host of an event you always want to consider how your guests could be entertainment.  How do you keep people engaged?  Great entertainment makes for a great event. Dinner: After all of the Cocktail Event festivities had finished we headed upstairs to the 2nd floor for dinner.  Guests had 3 choices for dinner; Chicken, Fish or Vegan. Excellent choice on how to handle guests and their food selection.  Each guest either received a Green coin, a Yellow coin or a Purple coin, depending on what their dinner choice was. The food was delicious!!!!  During dinner, there were several video presentations that were shown.  Each video was put together by the students from the Richard Wright Public Charter School.  The students did a phenomenal job!!!  The videos depicted real life situations that many youth encounter on a regular bases.  The video presentations were very informative and allowed guests a chance to see some of the students, though not in person, but on the screen. TIP When selecting food for your guest variety is good.  Remember to think about your guests and what they may or may not eat.  There are so many vegan, vegetarians and none pork eaters that attend events and it is always important to have a little something for each person to consume. Attendees: This event was attended by former Major Vincent Gray of Washington DC, several other council members, several media outlets including the Washington Informer.  Artist Singer & Songwriter Tonyaa also was on the scene that evening!  There were so many big name people in attendees, too many to name.  People arrived dressed in their finest gowns, dresses and tuxedos, all attending for a great cause!  By the time I left that evening I was in awe of all I experienced and all the wonderful people that I encountered.  A great time was had by all and a great event was planned and executed!!!! THE SAVVY EVENT GURU
PICTURE THIS; You've met the Man of your dreams, He has asked you to marry him, you moved to another state, you get a new job, you begin planning your wedding, you have the vendors you want picked out and then BOOM, you lose your job!!!!   WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE??????????   This type of situation has happen time and time again. And when this happens, Brides have to alter their wedding plans and make some big decisions about what to keep and what to let go!!   Take my Bride, who we will call Joy; She went through a similar situation last your for her June 2011 wedding.    After meeting in College and continuing their state to state relationship after College, Joy and Andre, were finally ready to take that Walk down the aisle.  Because of  much stricker Job obligations, Joy and Andre thought it was better that Joy move to Tampa Florida, than to have Andre quite his job and move to the DC Metropolitan Area.    Joy went ahead with the plan and left her job in Maryland and traveled the distance to Tampa Florida to be with her Fiance.  Thankfully Joy was able to find a job in the Tampa Florida area, prior to moving there.  Now Bride & Groom are ready to move forward with their wedding plans!!!   The Bride & Groom had decided to have their Wedding Event back in the DC Metropolitian Area.  An area in which the Bride was familiar with. A few weeks after locating to the Tampa Florida Area, Joy unexpectly lost her job.  This devastating event, SHOOK both Joy & Andre's Wedding Plans.   At this point in the Wedding Process Joy was faced with some BIG choices to make about her wedding vendors, etc.  This is a very hard decision for anyone who has mapped out how they would like their wedding to go! FLOWERS, CHAIR COVERS, DJ, etc!!!   As the Planner for my Client's wedding it was my job to make sure that Bride & Groom were still able to have the best wedding possible!!!   Joy stated that at the time when she lost her job, she had signed contracts already with the Florist, the Wedding planner, the  Wedding venue, the caterer and the photographer.   Joy also stated that she had to let go of a few extra items that she wanted to be included in her BIG DAY!!  Like for example, lounge funiture, which would be used to create a lounge scene for her & Andre's guest during their Cocktail Hour.   At this point Joy knew that it was important for her to look for alternative ways to execute the plans for her wedding.  Joy's Creative side had to kick in, immediately!!!  I then asked Joy what were some of the items and projects had she looked into doing on her own? Joy began the process of working on her.... -Save the dates - Wedding Invitations -Place cards for the Reception -Centerpieces for the Reception -Programs and favors for the guest -bar, Menu, and bathroom signage for the event -Card box -& a personalized Aisle runner     And might I add, each item that Joy worked on, was done with such a beauty, that you would have thought that they were done professionally by an outside vendor.   I asked Joy the question; What were some of the places you used to pull off these projects?     Joy mentioned that Michael's , Jo-Ann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby were amoungst some of the places that Joy found helpful to get the items she needed. The amount of time that Joy spent on the projects alone, was anywhere from days to weeks.  I should add that all of the preping and crafting was done in their Tampa Florida home.   Doing these projects at home, not only helped Joy tap into her creative side, but also helped her and Andre saved a ton of money!!   In times like these, We are thankful for Great Family and Friends. Joy and Andre's family pitched in and helped to make their Wedding day wonderful!!! Their family members stepped in and helped pull the event together, along with the Wedding Planner's help of course!! : )   When it was all said and done, I first asked Joy, "Would she had done anything differently?"  Joy's reply was "I definitely would not!!" "I learned so much about myself through the process, which has been a huge benefit to my career path". The last question I asked Joy was "What advice would you give to someone in your same situation? And Joy said "I would tell them to remain positive throughout each stage of planning and utilize all of your resources."  Ask family and friends about their special talents or skills or if they know anyone who does, ie, photography, flowers, etc. " Utilize the DIY wedding blogs such as Weddingbee or Project Wedding for great ideas and tutorials."  "And lastly, regardless of the situation you may be faced with, DO NOT LOSE sight of the most important factor.....YOUR NEW UNION!!!"   Joy and Andre, are now enjoying life together as husband and wife.  During this process, not only did Joy learn more about herself, but she also helped set the stage for future brides & grooms in a smiliar situation!!!   Look for More by Events...By Stephanie coming soon!!!     -



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Stephanie White

Event Coordinator


Serving Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia


(202) 780-5457


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