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!

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.


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

Until next time...WEDologize!

Photo credit -

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


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!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Real Wedding: Emilie and Terrence

On April18th, the DE Team had the honor of directing a wedding for an amazing couple - Emilie and Terrence.  Their 140 guests were warmly welcomed into Zhou B Art Center where the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception took place on this brisk spring day.  Kenmare Catering handled all of the food and signature beverages enjoyed by all.

Take a look at the wedding day details of Emilie and Terrence's grey, black, and yellow spring wedding:

Admiring the gown. Photography by Rush Productions.

Bouquets and all ceremony and reception decor by Juliet Tan Floral Design

The attire
She's ready to marry her sweetheart
The Kiss!
Bride, Groom and their squad

It's all in the details. Draping and lighting provided by Art of Imagination

Room shot as guests entered in the Spirit Gallery of Zhou B Art Center

A view from the square head table. Linens provided by BBJ Linens. Table and chairs provided by Halls.

Escort cards by Calligraphy by CT

Yummy guest favors of cheese and caramel popcorn from Mariano's

Congratulations Emilie and Terrence! xoxo

Until next time...WEDologize!

Photography by Rush Productions

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Real Wedding: Brooke and Patrick

On September 19th, the DE Team had the honor of directing a wedding for a fabulous couple- Brooke and Patrick.  Downtown Chicago was where the nuptials took place on this perfect September day.  St. James Cathedral invited their 150 guests to witness the ceremony and The Drake Chicago welcomed their guests for cocktails, dinner and dancing.

Take a look at the fun details of Brooke and Patrick's fall wedding:

Brooke's stunning Lazaro wedding gown
This southern beauty loves her boots!

Brooke's beautiful bouquet was provided by Ashland Addision Florist

Becoming Mr. & Mrs.
Classic wedding programs

Board Pass escort cards for the wedding guests
Photos with their wedding party in downtown Chicago

Every guest table was named a place Brooke and Patrick have traveled

Centerpieces from Ashland Addison and linens and chairs provided by The Drake

Their favorite cookie treat as a guest favor

Stunning and delicious wedding cake by Cake Chicago and the guests danced the night away to the Andrew Blake Band

Dancing shades for their wedding guests

It's all in the details!

Gorgeous room shot and preview for the bride and groom

Congratulations Brooke and Patrick! xo

Until next time...WEDologize!

Photography by George Street


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