Saturday, December 31, 2016

Day #31 - Wedding Cake Inspiration


As 2016 comes to a close and we reflect on all the good and bad of the year, I thought it would be nice to end on a sweet, beautiful, delectable, yummy, delicious, gorgeous, masterpiece, artistic, tasty and stunning note.  Take a look at some of my favorite wedding cakes.  And if you know me personally, you know I tasted each and every one of them!!! #Happiness

Cake by Bittersweet Chicago
Cake by Delish Cakes
Cake by Delish Cakes
Cake by Delish Cakes

Cake by Delish Cakes
Cake by Amy Beck Cakes
Cake by Vanille Pastisserie

Until next time...Happy 2017 and WEDologize!

Photo credits - Rush Productions, Photography by Lauryn, George Street Photo, Robyn Photography, Image Makers Photography

Friday, December 30, 2016

Day #30 - The Groom's Timeline


I'm always writing timelines and information for the ladies.  Sorry men...please forgive me.  Below is a detailed timeline of what the GROOM needs to do in preparation for wedding day.

12 months before
Determine budget contribution, including any gifts from parents, family, friends, etc.
Choose attendants (Best Man, Groomsmen, Ushers, Ring Bearer) and invite them
    to be in the wedding
 
7 to 9 months before
Reserve rehearsal dinner location
Compile your friend/family guest list
 
4 to 6 months before
Reserve mens' formal wear
 
2 to 3 months before
Purchase meaningful gift for bride
Purchase gifts for your attendants and parents
Decide on rehearsal and rehearsal dinner attire
Order rehearsal dinner invitations
Choose song for mother/groom dance
 
6 to 8 weeks before
Confirm formal wear measurements
Confirm rehearsal dinner menu
 
1 month before
Send rehearsal dinner invitations
Tale care of business and legal affairs (inform car, home, renter's insurance of marriage
    Change beneficiary to fiancée for will and life insurance policy)
Attend bachelor party and any couple's showers
 
2 to 3 weeks before
Make appointments for hair, manicure, other grooming
Create wedding day schedule
 
1 week before
Confirm rehearsal dinner plans
Pack for honeymoon
Prepare speech and toast for reception
Write your vows
Order flowers to be delivered to bride, mother and mother-in-law
    on wedding morning
 
1 to 2 days before
Pick up tuxedo rentals
 
The wedding day
Give wedding rings and officiant's fee to best man
Give license to officiant
Give gift to bride
Relax and let it all sink in!
 
Until next time...WEDologize!

Photo credit - www.rushphotovideo.com
Timeline credit - http://dejanaeevents.carlsoncraft.com/

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Day #29 - You Are Engaged...Now What?






Time is going to start moving fast once you are engaged and have "set" the wedding date.  Below is a list of those intial to-do's to get the wedding planing process started:
  • Research and hire a wedding planner 
  • Set your wedding budget
  • Announce your engagement and prepare to have an intimate celebration
  • Select your wedding party
  • Start searching for your wedding ceremony and wedding reception venues
  • Start formulating your wedding guest list 
  • Start looking for your wedding gown
  • Visit a wedding show
Until next time...WEDologize!

Photo credit - George Street Photography

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Day #28 - Wedding Invitation Timeline

 
The wedding invitation is the first indication to your wedding guests of the type of wedding you are having.  It shares your wedding "style" on paper.  So make sure to make a great impression.  With that said, below is a simple stationery timeline for you to consider:
  • 1 year before the wedding - start working on the guest list and gather full addresses
  • 10 months before the wedding - start shopping for Save The Dates
  • 6-9 months before the wedding - finalize the mailing addresses and mail the Save The Dates
  • 4-6 months before the wedding - shop and order your wedding invitation suite and hire your calligraphist or digital printer to address the envelopes.  No labels, please.
  • 3 months before the wedding - mail your wedding invitations
  • 1 month before the wedding - contact via phone or e-mail the wedding guests that have not RSVP'd
Until next time...WEDologize!

Photo credit - http://dejanaeevents.carlsoncraft.com/

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Day #27 - Honeymoon Preparation


You are going to need a passport to visit any country outside of the United States except for the US Territories (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).  But honestly, I believe that is going to change soon for traveling within the United States.  With that said, I believe it's best to plan ahead and obtain your passport.

Do not wait until the last minute to apply for your passport.  It takes about 6 weeks to process.  Can you get it quicker than that...yes, but the expediting fees are pretty hefty.  When applying for your passport, you will need your original birth certificate, the passport application and a 2"x2" passport photo.

In order to actually travel, your full name must match on your passport and airline ticket.  Once you have returned from your honeymoon and have an original copy of your marriage license, you can then change the name on your passport.

For more information, please visit - https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

 
Until next time...WEDologize!

Photo credit - Jeremy Mann Photography

Monday, December 26, 2016

Day #26 - Catering Numbers



Planning for the meal you will be serving at your wedding reception is the 2nd most important process outside of booking the venue.  You need to have a budget in mind for your food and beverage and that is typically 40-50% of the overall wedding budget.  If you are going with a venue that requires you to hire an off-premise caterer, hire a company that is professional and has multiple menu options.

Below is a catering guide to follow for a 4-6 hour event:

Appetizers - 5-6 pieces per guest
Cocktail - 1.5 drinks per guest per hour
Cold drink - 1 drink per guest per hour
Entree - 1 serving per guest
Side dishes - 1.5 servings per guest
Wedding cake - 1 slice per guest
Cupcakes - 1.5 cupcake per guest
Cookies - 3 per guest
Candy - .5 cup per guest
Hot drink - 1 cup per guest
 
Until next time...WEDologize!

Photo credit - Rush Productions
Info from Today's Bride Akron/Canton

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Day #25 - Merry Christmas from DE


My Christmas Wish To YOU
By

If I could wish a wish for you,

it would be for peace, faith, and happiness
not only at Christmas,
but for the whole year through!

I wish that there always be food on your table.
That you always give to those less fortunate.
May you always take time to share,
and thank those who have blessed you.

I wish for time, so you may reflect
on the blessings that you have,
and that you express your love
to those who are dear to you.

May you never feel lonely,
because there are those who care.
That you realize: you are special,
you are unique, you make a difference,
not only at Christmas, but all year!

I wish for your thoughts to be positive ones,
that you never quit, that you never give up,
and that you continue to learn.

I wish for the love, and peace of God,
to be yours always.



From the Dejanae Events Team to you family and friends,
have a Merry Christmas and safe holiday season!!! xoxo

Until next time...WEDologize!

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