Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello Matrimony Monday 2015

Well first...congrats on your engagement!!!  What does Matrimony Monday mean?  Well with the most engagements happening between the Christmas and New Year holiday, the Monday after New Year's Day is believed to be the most popular planning day for newly engaged couples.  So of course, I need to be apart of the planning and education :)

If you follow our blog, during the entire month of December 2014, I wrote a blog everyday as I shared all things wedding and inspiration.  Below is the link to all 31 blog posts of #31Days of Blogging that I know will help you as you start to navigate through planning your wedding.
  1. Pop of Color for the Bouquet
  2. Photography After the Ceremony
  3. Popular Low Centerpiece Options
  4. Uncooperative Wedding Day Weather
  5. Photographing Wedding Rings
  6. Right Before You Walk Down the Aisle
  7. Along Time on Wedding Day
  8. Father of The Groom and Wedding Planning
  9. It's All On The Menu
  10. The Mirrored Effect Partyscape
  11. The First Look
  12. Toasting The Happy Couple
  13. Taking Care of Your Jewelry
  14. Color of the Year 2015
  15. Frosting Your Wedding Cake
  16. Guest RSVPing and Food Allergies
  17. Do Not Eliminate Your Gift Registry
  18. Dancing With Your Sweetheart
  19. Holiday Gifts for Newlyweds
  20. Changing Your Name
  21. How To Handle Wedding Programs
  22. Wedding Morning Formula
  23. "Pick a Seat" Ceremony
  24. Out of State Wedding Party
  25. Happy Holidays!
  26. Reception Bar Basics
  27. Lounge Furniture 101
  28. Receiving Line of Not
  29. An Untouched Ceremony Aisle
  30. Table Number Misconception
  31. Best of 2014 Dejanae Events Style
Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Robyn Photography)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Best of 2014 Dejanae Events Style (Day #31)

I'm so thankful for the wonderful 2014 wedding and event season!!!  I have worked with some of the most amazing Chicago and national vendors.  Now having been in business 14 1/2 years, I'd like to say I've seen and done almost everything, but that wouldn't be the case because every couple leaves me open to learning more. 

I am so honored to have been asked by newspapers, blogs and magazines for articles, quotes and even to bring my Partyscape vision to life.  I'm honored to have worked with Diann Valentine for 6-weeks of the summer as the Lead Event Producer on one of her fabulous weddings and to be the Transportation and Logistics Manager of Nike's World Basketball Festival.  I am so honored to now hold Best of Weddings by The Knot in the wedding coordinator category for 6 years and to be apart of their Hall of Fame.  Wow!  And last I'm honored to have the most amazing team of professionals who have had my back.

To my past and 2014 my vendor friends...and to my amazing family, I toast to you as this year and series of blog post comes to an end.  The year 2014 was great BUT 2015 will be EPIC!!!

Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Table Number Misconception (Day #30)

Honestly, in my opinion, it is not an option to opt out of having tables numbers on your reception tables.  They are soooooooooo important for the organization and seating of your wedding guests.  But every now and then, I get the very creative couples that want to name their wedding tables in place of using actual numbers.  Now although the idea truly adds a signature style to your wedding theme, it does make it a little difficult for your wedding planner, caterer and sometimes even your guests to locate their seats.

Picture this...the reception room is dimly lit with candles and/or up lighting and you have 100+ guests trying to find a table name written in a fancy font.  It's going to take a bit longer than if you used a number.  Plus numbers are what the caterers see most often so it makes the service run smoother.  But should you desire a table name, consider adding a number just below (or above) the name to avoid any confusion.

Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

(photo credit -; table number by

Monday, December 29, 2014

An Untouched Ceremony Aisle (Day #29)

I'm big on not allowing wedding guests to walk down the ceremony aisle as they enter the venue.  There isn't a steadfast rule about the aisle, I just find it to set the stage for the wedding party and I feel it should be untouched prior to the start of the ceremony.  And that is especially the case should the aisle runner be pre-laid, if there is elaborate decor or candles positioned down the center aisle.

That is why I will rope off or ribbon off the center aisle and have the hostesses and/or ushers to ask guests to use the side aisles for seating.  Then I will remove the "barrier" just a few moments before the start of the ceremony.  Again, this is just my opinion and please know this entire blog post will be mute if their is no center aisle at the ceremony venue :)
Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

To Receiving Line Or Not (Day #28)

Is the "receiving line" a dinosaur??? My personal opinion is YES!  It's rare to see the newly married couple, their bridal party and parents in front of the church quickly greeting guests as they make their way through the line.  Not saying you shouldn't have one, but understand the receiving line does take a long time and can cut into your photography time and reception time if not planned properly.  So what are some alternatives to replace the receiving line:

  • Actually schedule ample time for photographs between the ceremony and reception, approximately 2-3 hours. This will then allow you to be apart of your cocktail hour and greet guests at the reception venue.
  • Have the DJ make an announcement that the couple will walk around to each table and greet guests individually.
  • Plan with the photographer to walk around to each individual table and take photos with you and your guests.
Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

(Photo credit -

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Lounge Furniture 101 (Day #27)

I love the addition of lounge furniture to the reception space.  Typically done around the dance floor, in a corner sectioned off in the venue, or a separate room, this look can give the most traditional reception ballroom a splash of contemporary flair.  But as you know, it could certainly be an expensive addition to your already tapped budget. Consider the following ideas to get that look you've dreamt about.

Speak with the venue about using their "waiting" furniture, especially if you are the only event in the space. See if they will allow you to move the furniture into the ballroom or rearrange it's placement in the foyer. And don't forget to tip the "movers" because this would be an additional job for the reception location.

Create your color palette with the furniture on location by adding some pillows in your color scheme to the chairs and couches. Or add a throw for a big punch of color to the unsightly furniture (or stain) to make it blend with your idea.

Should you not be able to rent furniture, consider renting tables and ottoman's. They are not as heavy and would be less expensive the move. Then you could blend them or place them within the furniture that is already at the reception venue.

Also, check out your local stores like Target and Walmart around "Back-to-School" season. College dorm furniture and tables have that simple look that could be easily decorated with some fabric touches and pillows. But the best benefit, it's on sale ;)

Last, ask the venue if they have any older furniture on location that they'd be willing to bring out of storage...or course for a fee :)

Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

(Photo credit -

Friday, December 26, 2014

Reception Bar Basics (Day #26)

Although many venues offer a bar package with your meal service, should you be planning your wedding reception at a location that will allow you to stock the bar, how much of "everything" would you need?  Well below are some useful suggestions from Clever Parties that might help in determining quantities:

On average, expect guests to drink 2 beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic during the reception and possibly more during warmer months.  If you are serving wine during dinner, plan 1 bottle for every 3-4 guests (standard size) and 1 bottle for every 6-8 guests (larger size).
Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Ven Sherrod Photography)


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