Sunday, September 28, 2014

The First Touch Before The Ceremony

Many modern, non-traditional couples are having a "First Look" before the wedding ceremony.  This is when the couple decides to see one another a few hours for the wedding and the photographer is there to capture the memorable scene.  Then it allows for the couple, their wedding party and family to take pictures prior to the ceremony so they all can enjoy the cocktail hour.  But what can a more traditional couple do?

The "First Touch" is a spin on the First Look.  This must be strategically planned because the premise behind the touch is not to see one another, but to have a brief conversation and/or say a prayer together before the ceremony.  With careful planning of the wedding coordinator, photographer and a door or wall to separate the couple, the moment can be even more meaningful because the element of surprise will still exist when the ceremony begins.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - my iPhone)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Groomsmen Sock Game

When considering the options for the groom and groomsmen, there isn't a whole bunch you can do with a rented tuxedo outside of a distinctive boutonniere, vest, bow tie and/or tie.  But let me retract that statement and say...there is one more fun thing the groom can do to stand out on his wedding day.

Socks play an important roll for the groom and his men on wedding day.  In order to wear those shiny shoes, or whichever style is selected, it's imperative that men wear socks!  Now consider spicing them up  with prints, words or a distinctive color for this once in a lifetime day!

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credits - Rush Photography & Videography and Ollie Photography)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Groom. The Super Hero.

I'm loving one of the newest trends of the groom and groomsmen having a "super hero" moment!  See, it doesn't always have to be about the bride! LOL!

Super hero cuff links based on the attendants personality...

...And the matching super hero t-shirt!

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Beth Rooney Photography)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Introducing the Reception

The introductions into your reception are what set the tone for your wedding guests!  Make sure to acknowledge those who played a role during the wedding ceremony such as grandparents, officiant, hostesses, ushers/escorts and any other key players by asking them to stand.  Then set the mood for the entrance of parents, wedding party and the newly married couple by dimming the lights and playing some fun upbeat music.  Tell the wedding party to shake it up and dance a little as they make their way to the dance floor.  And once it's time for you to enter, have the MC ask the guest to stand and clap in celebration.

Then ave fun with with.  Take a bow and enjoy yourself as you make your first entrance as Husband and Wife!

Until next time...WEDologize!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wedding Thank You Photo

After you have cut the wedding cake and your reception dinner has been served to your guests, ask your photographer to take a "thank you" picture or this can be done during your post-ceremony photos.  This picture can then be inserted into your wedding thank you cards or even designed as a post card to thank your guests for their attendance and gift.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credits -  Image Makers Photography | Singage by CT Designs)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WEDologyEDU - Winter 2014

I'm so excited to announce the official date for WEDologyEDU (formerly WEDology Experience) is Saturday, November 1st at Halsted Studio near downtown Chicago!  Yes, you requested the workshop in the city and I listened.  Registration is LIVE and the early-bird pricing has been extended to October 1st.

This intensive one-day workshop will cover the following topics:
  • The role of a wedding/event planner and the various hats they wear
  • How to turn your passion into a profitable business
  • The potential client approach and initial meeting
  • Contracts and how to receive compensation
  • Who's your ideal client
  • Marketing efforts and public relations for your wedding/event business
  • Benefits of social media and blogging
  • Expanding your wedding/event business offerings
I look forward to meeting, greeting and teaching budding and aspiring wedding and event planners on November 1st!!!  Visit our business website WEDology toolKIT for more dates and information about our WEBinars, NOTEbooks and MENTORing.

Until next time...WEDologize!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Real Wedding: Amaka and Hugh

On an sunny, gorgeous Saturday in September 2013, Amaka and Hugh were married in front of their family and friends on the beautiful campus of Loyola University Chicago.  The wedding color palette was tangerine, apple red and purple and balanced nicely off Lake Michigan and the amazing Chicago skyline.  Take a look at some of the wonderful photos of this wedding:

Gorgeous bride in her Enzoani wedding gown
Beautiful bride and her bridesmaids...two of which are her sisters
The groom's first glimpse of his soon-to-be Mrs. in the lobby of the Dana Hotel
Lake Michigan was the backdrop to this beautiful ceremony
on the Loyola University Chicago campus.
Bouquets by Juliet Tan Floral Design
Professional photography captured by
Rush Event Photography & Video Productions
Bouquets by Juliet Tan Floral Design
Custom designed escort cards by CT Designs, Inc.
The 95-person reception took place at Palm Court at Loyola University Chicago.
The reception decor was provided by Tablescapes Chicago, BBJ Linens and Rosemary's Garden

The Mr. & Mrs. First Dance to the sounds of DJ John Young
And they lived happily ever after...
You can also find this Real Wedding in the latest edition of
Wedding Guide Chicago

Until next time...WEDologize!


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