Sunday, September 25, 2016

Wedding Tasting Goals

 
Depending on your venue, catering will either come with the price of renting the reception space or you will need to outsource a caterer.  Regardless of your decision, you should taste the food prior to serving it on wedding day to your guests. 

But what should you expect and what will you discuss at a tasting?

Well first, a tasting is just that...a taste. Do not expect to be served a full meal.  You will see the full presentation of the soup, salad, entree and possibly the hors d'oevures.  You may even get to sample the wines that will be served during dinner and cake should the caterer be providing the wedding cake. 

Next, bringing your entire family and friends to a tasting is not appropriate.  Most tastings can only accommodate 4-6 guests (couple and each set of parents).  Plus all those extra opinions will truly dull the experience.

Also, be very honest about how the food tastes.  That is the purpose of this meeting.  So if you feel it needs extra salt, let the chef know.  There are no repeats in wedding planning so you want to make sure you have voiced your opinion especially during the tasting.

Last, during your tasting experience, consider some of these questions:
  • Do you like the look of the food presentation?
  • Are hot dishes served hot and cold dishes served cold? 
  • How's the plating of the entree?
  • Are the hors d'oevures easy for your guests to eat?  
  • Do the courses make sense for the season?
  • When is the latest date you can make a change to the menu?
Until next time...WEDologize!

(repost from 2013)

Monday, September 5, 2016

10 Forgotten Wedding Expenses



When planning your wedding, you are going to find many posts & lists regarding the wedding budget.  But many of those forget about setting aside funds for "miscellaneous" expenses such at those listed below:
  • Postage for save the dates, wedding invitations and response card, thank you cards for shower and wedding gifts 
  • Clothing for pre-wedding events
  • Alterations for wedding attire
  • Feeding and parking for vendors
  • Tips and gratuity
  • Marriage license
  • Accommodations the night before the wedding
  • Month-of coordinator
  • Hair and make-up trials
  • Officiant fees
Until next time...WEDologize!

(Photo credit - Alvarado Photography)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Launch of Grooms Matter Too





Grooms Matter Too launches today and I'm so excited about this amazing company created by my dear friend, Lenee Valentine CEO and founder of Lenee' Valentine, Inc.   Grooms Matter Too provides services so that men can experience the same pampering experiences as brides as they prepare for their wedding day.  Equally important, the company takes the stress out of men's responsibilities.

Grooms Matter Too Caters Solely To Men On Their Big Day
Event designer Lenee' Valentine launches company that provides wedding preparation services to grooms and their groomsmen.
  
The company focuses solely on all of the details for the groom’s big day such as assisting with:  surprise wedding proposals, styling services, organizing groomsmen outings and parties, spa and grooming services, rehearsal dinners, transportation services, gifts for parents and guests, and the list goes on.  With a knack for creativity and personalization, Valentine will delve into the core of each man to discover his interests and passions and bring them to life in each service offered.

Research shows that young adults are delaying marriage now more than ever.  This means that many of the financial responsibilities are left on the couple moreso than their parents.  As such, both the bride and groom should have the same exciting experiences when planning their nuptials.  

The services provided by Grooms Matter Too can also be rendered for men who are planning birthdays, retirement, anniversaries, red carpet events, and more.

Congratulations Doll and you are spot on...Grooms Matter Too!!!

Until next time...WEDologize!




CREDITS:
Grooms Matter Too – Owner|Creative Director Lenee’ Valentine @groomsmattertoo
Photographer - Chi-Chi Agbim - Two Twenty  @chichi_220

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Celebrating Dejanae Events Sweet Sixteen Birthday!

Each passing year amazes me as I celebrate another milestone in Dejanae Events.  I'm so grateful, no thankful, to say that I have sustained in the wedding and event planning industry for 16 years!!!  Yes, God is GOOD!

As I reflect on the year that has past, I'm honestly most grateful for bring able to endure the 2015 wedding season.  The year started out so great with dozens of client's wedding and events on the calendar.  But in May, I found out what had been troubling my body for over 2 years and I was in need of surgery.  I was told that I needed to have the surgery almost immediately, but in my mind...there was no way that is happening.  I'm thinking, "There are still almost 30 weddings and events on the calendar to plan and direct!"  And although I had a medical clause in my contract, I did not want to stop working.  Sitting still is not even in my bones or vocabulary. 

So I took a very strong, body altering medication during the summer.  And although it made me sick and pained my body, the DE Team held me down through all of our events and even the teaching of my wedding and event planning class at Triton College.  I cannot thank these ladies enough!  They hugged me, wiped the sweat from my forehead, allowed me to cry on their shoulders, fed me and smiled with me all the way through the 2015 wedding season and through the surgery I eventually had in November.  From the bottom of my heart...thank you Priscilla, Nikki, Didi, Vanessa, Kelly, Peggy, Holly, Angie and Angie!!!  The love and respect I have for you ladies can never be expressed in words!!!  It is because of you we hold The Best of Weddings by The Knot for 7 years and are apart of The Knot's Hall of Fame of Vendors.  It is because of you that we helped over 200 less fortunate men and women over the holidays and it's because of you that we moved into our first official office location in early 2016!!!

Yes, I said it early on that God is good!!!  My body is healed and my team...the DE team is a blessing!!!  I toast to these 16 years of business with each of the ladies and I'm excited about sharing year 17 with the DE Team and the clients who love us.

HAPPY SWEET SIXTEEN TO DEJANAE EVENTS!!!

The entire DE Team could not be present for this shoot. Didi, Kelly and Nikki are pictured.


Until next time...WEDologize!

Photo credit - www.BM-Photography.com

Monday, April 11, 2016

Really??? Postage Rates DECREASE!

Usually I'm writing a blog about postage rates increasing, but not this time.  As for 4/10/16, the First Class stamp has decreased from $.49 to $.47!!!  This is just in time for wedding season.  There have been a few additional changes.  Please see below:

The additional ounces of first-class letters will drop to $.2, from $.22.
International letters drop to $1.15, from $1.20.
Postcards drop from to $34, from $.35

Until next time...WEDologize!

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Knot Webinar - Reviews Think Tank


Registration


So what do you have planned on Wednesday, March 30th around 12:00pm CST?  Well clear your calendar because I am one of five The Knot Ambassadors that will be on a panel to discuss how to take your reviews to the next level and build a stellar online reputation, plus we will answer your burning questions.

You can register for this wedding industry webinar here or by clicking the registration link below the photo. 

Can't wait to meet some of you on Wednesday for what I know will be a very informative webinar.

Until next time...WEDologize!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Welcome Matrimony Monday 2016


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, we didn't blog as much in 2015 as we usually do because of the crazy value of weddings and events we had to handle.  But that "excuse" does not stop the substantive blogs we produce.  Now that you are engaged, where do you start?  Check out the links below to some of the blog posts we find to be most useful while planning your wedding:


Also, check out a few of our "Real Wedding" recaps for some "WEDspiration":


Until next time...WEDologize and Happy #MatrimonyMonday!

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