About emw

I am Marques Wilkes (pronounced 'Marrrrcccuuusssss' as Eartha Kitt did in "Boomerang")...and I have heard it said that way since the movie came out in 1992...I was only 9 years old!  I am from Jacksonville, Florida...where Lil' Duval has really shown the world how we live our best lives.

I started my business in December 2015 from my passion in planning activities and facilitating etiquette workshops; and it has been growing and growing thanks to the God I serve and with whom I trust to continue guiding my path.

I love to laugh, joke and goof around...it brings a balance to a slightly stressful career. But, I wouldn't change a thing!

I'm a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a Bachelors in Economics and Georgia State University (Go Panthers!) with a Masters in Mathematics Education. In my spare time, I am the President-Elect of the University of Florida Association of  Black Alumni Jacksonville chapter.

I was married once and from that I had two amazing children, Savannah, 14 and Jonathan, 10. No, I did not plan nor did I decorate my wedding...I wasn't even into this in 2004!

I enjoy seeing my clients happy and taking the stresses away from them. If I could share one piece of advice to my followers, I would say, let your passion fulfill your purpose. Just do it!

I work with a team of vendors from photographers to venues to cake decorators and more. There isn't an industry that I don't have a contact to!

I can't wait to meet you and give you a hand crafted event filled with extraordinary experiences! 


Our Favorites

"Every detail was perfect! He even helped me narrow down the perfect dress for the perfect party. The night was nothing short of amazing!"


"When my husband and I walked into our shower it was absolute bliss seeing what we’d discuss come to fruition. I’d give him 10 out of 10 and recommend him to anyone for any type of celebration!"
Michael + Brandi


"All I had to do was focus on being a loving granddaughter and enjoy the day carefree. The memories we were able to make that day were truly priceless, and I’m eternally grateful for Marques."



I have had the opportunity to work with Events by Marques Wilkes on 2 occasions and each event turned out to be amazing. He made the process stress free by providing venue, food, cake and entertainment options tailored to fit our vision and within our budget. Marques is very professional and keeps an open line of communication throughout the planning process. His keen eye for detail is impeccable and I highly recommend him to anyone for their next event.


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