Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Language of Tuxedos

No matter how good the tuxedo looks on a hanger, just like the bride and bridesmaids, the groom and his attendants should select their formalwear based on style and comfort.  There also 6 keys points I'd like to bring to your attention about tuxedos and how "sexy" they can look on a man:

  1. When you are getting fitted for your tux, it should fit comfortably at the neck and shoulders.  So make sure to sit and stand at the fitting as well as button and unbutton the jacket.
  2. About 1/4 to 1/2 of the shirt's cuff should show below the jacket sleeve.
  3. Same as the jacket, the pants should fit comfortably and button easily.  Make sure to sit in the pants during your fitting.
  4. If wearing a vest, the buttons should line up with your jacket front and should button comfortably across the chest.
  5. Consider renting shoes from the formalwear location, make sure to try the shoes on later in the day, like after work in case your feet have a tendency to swell.  It's better to have loose shoes than tight-fitting shoes.
  6. Don't use clip-on ties!  If you are purchasing or renting a tie, make sure to try it on so that it fits sung around the collar.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit: gray tuxedo -; black tuxedo -; tuxedo w/ purple tie -; taupe tuxedo -

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tulle Rules!

Tulle has made its comeback, but in my opinion it never left.  You'll still see tulle used in veils, wedding gowns and ceremony aisle draping, but I've found some fun and playful ways to add tulle to your wedding day and not break the bank.  Let me know what you think.

Tulle used as chair ties to create a wedding veil affect
Tulle used as napkin ties with a small embellishment added

Flower girl wand created from tulle

Tulle used as an illusion wrap to enhance this beautiful invitation
Tulle pom-poms used as wall decor

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - napkin rings; chair ties; invitation; wall decor; flower girl wand)

Friday, October 26, 2012

...I Found It, You Pin It...Friday!

Who said the bride is the only one to wear white on wedding day?  Well after seeing this AMAZING...this STUNNING...this WOW FACTOR...this LUXE...this HAUTE tablescape design in all white..I say, yes the bride can wear white and so can the lush linens, tall and low centerpieces and napkins.  Yep, they all can wear white!

Until next time...PIN IT and WEDologize!

(photo credit:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Wedding Planners Debut Episode!

The Wedding Planners celebrate the first epsiode
TODAY IS THE DAY!!!  Today is the debut of The Wedding Planners Talk Show on!!!  I'm so excited to share with you that I'm one of three co-hosts for this awesome new talk show that discusses "all things weddings"!  Anthony Navarro (Liven It Up Events and Stand-Up), Claudia Antony Zompa (As You Wish Events and theBrideScoop), and me...Desiree Dent (Dejanae Events and WEDology Notebook) have over 20-years of combined experience and we want to share all the tips and tricks when it comes to planning a wedding.

Check out this inaugural episode as we discuss the current wedding trends, lighting and design and share some D.I.Y. projects from my former bride.

Follow the link to watch the show and "Watch the talk unfold. We are The Wedding Planners!"

Until next time...WATCH The Wedding Planners and WEDologize!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Perfectly Fit Wedding Gown

You will spend hours looking for the most perfect wedding gown to showcase your personal style and personality for the most exciting day of your life.  But once you have found your dream gown, there are alterations to consider.

When it comes to tailoring, make sure you budget at least $200-$500 for proper alterations and bustling.  And I'd suggest you allow the bridal salon's tailor to handle the fitting.  Once you remove the gown from the premises, it's yours to keep, and any "mishaps" from a non-professional tailor could have you looking for another gown.  Consider the brief timeline below for the perfect fit:
  • First Fitting - should occur approximately 3 months before the wedding.  Please bring your wedding day shoes and undergarments to this fitting so that the tailor can accurately pin the seems and hem.
  • Second Fitting - should occur approximately 1 month before the wedding.  If you have been dieting, make this the time goal date for your targeted weight because this is the last time the tailor can make any major alterations to your gown.
  • Third (Final) Fitting - should occur one week before the BIG DAY.  This is the visit for those last minute tweeks and final gown pressing.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Ven Sherrod Photography; Angelina Colarusso)

Friday, October 19, 2012

...I Found It, You Pin It...Friday!

When thinking of "something blue" for wedding day, brides tend to gravitate towards the wedding shoes, a garter and jewelry.  Or the newest "something blue" trend of nail polish on all the nails or just the ring finger.  But when I stumbled upon this absolutely stunning jeweled clutch, my mouth dropped!!!  Holding this in your hand next to a gorgeous wedding gown = WOW FACTOR at it's finest!!!  It's a STUNNING accessory!

Until next time...PIN IT and WEDologize!

(photo credit - Marry Me)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Now That The Wedding Is Over...

So the special day that you have been planning for months has come to an end.  What is there to do now that you have had the wedding of your dreams and returned from your honeymoon?  Check out the to-do-list below for some helpful tips:

  • Make sure all vendors have been paid.
  • Open gifts and cards and keep records including the item (or cash amount), the guest's name and mailing address.
  • Hand write personal thank you notes.
  • Have your wedding gown cleaned and preserved.
  • Have your wedding bouquet preserved.
  • Check in with the photographer and videographer regarding review dates.
  • Prepare and freeze top layer of your wedding cake to eat on your one year anniversary.  Curious how to package it properly, check out our blog on how to save the top tier.
  • Begin working on changing your last name.  Need to know where to begin, check out this blog post on going from Miss to Mrs.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit: personal camera of Dejanae Events)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Name That Reception Table

There is no hard fast rule on how you should seat yourselves and the wedding party during the reception.  Below are some suggestions of the most popular styles for seating the guests of honor during dinner.  But note, once the party gets started...the seats are left pretty much empty.

Traditional Head Table - Two-three 8-foot tables (or more depending on the size of the wedding party) are positioned together to create a long, straight line.  The wedding party will sit on one side of the table with the bride and groom in the middle overlooking the invited guests.

Alternative Head Table -At minimum, two 8-foot tables are positioned one in front of the other.  The wedding party will sit on BOTH sides of the tables, typically with the bride and groom positioned on the side of the table where they can see their wedding guests.

Family Table - This table is traditionally round and positioned among the guest tables to avoid feeling awkward and away from guests.

King's Table - Consists of square tables, similarly positioned like the "alternative head table" with bridal party members on both sides.  But the bride and groom actually sit at the head of the table like a king and queen holding court.

Sweetheart Table - A square, round or serpentine table that seats only the bride and groom.  This has become the most popular seating arrangement at the reception for the newlyweds.  It allows the bridal party members to be seated with their invited guest.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Ven Sherrod Photography, Adrian Burrows Photography, and the personal camera of Dejanae Events)

Friday, October 12, 2012

...I Found It, You Pin It...Friday!

What strikes me for today's Pin It Pic isn't the beautifully draped all white tent.  It's not the chandeliers positioned so perfectly on the ceiling.  It not even the stunning floral arrangements on this modern columns. But what stands out most are those FABULOUS and FRILLY champagne-colored covers on my favorite gold-toned chivari chairs!  What a BEAUTIFUL ceremony!  WOW FACTOR!!!

Until next time...PIN IT and WEDologize!

(Photo credit -

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bridal Show Survival Guide

Well it's that season again...Bridal Show Season!!!  If you are a bride or groom getting married, I suggest you visit at least one bridal show during your engagement.  You can really get a lot of ideas, meet some reputable vendors and taste some fab food and desserts.

But since these large (and small) shows can reek havoc on a person who does not like crowded spaces, I've inserted a survival guide below to help you through and make it an enjoyable experience:
  • Know your budget before visiting a bridal show
  • Pre-register for the show and make a list of those vendors you must meet.
  • Plan to spend several hours at the show visiting with vendors.  
  • So wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Bring a members of the your bridal party or family with you to the show
  • Bring a large bag or backpack to collect plenty of materials, magazines and samples from the show.
  • Collect information from every vendor even if you aren't sure you'll need it.
  • Bring a calendar to make appointments
  • Bring labels with your name, wedding date, contact information and e-mail address to put on the exhibitors registration sheets. This will save your hand :)
  • Arrive at least one hour before the bridal show to get a good seat.
  • Bring along your color swatches and photo ideas to reference when speaking with vendors.
  • ...and have fun!

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit: Memory Montage Photography)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wedding Rehearsal To-Do List

Typically the wedding rehearsal will happen a day or two before the wedding day.  Below I've listed a simplified to-do list for the practice of your wedding nuptials.
  1. Bring your wedding day items/props to the rehearsal.  Items such as the ring pillow, flower basket, guest book w/ pen, card book, etc. can be left at the ceremony site so that you won't forget them on wedding day. Or give them to your wedding planner...I know she or he will bring them and set them up for you on wedding day :)
  2. Have everyone in the bridal party take a tour of the venue and specifically note the changing rooms and restrooms.
  3. Plan to run through your processional and recessional at least 2 times to ensure that everyone is aware of their cues.
  4. Let the officiant you hire do their job.  You have spoken with them during the planning process.  Now allow them to facilitate the rehearsal as they'll be the one in charge on wedding day.
  5. Rehearsals shouldn't take any longer than one hour.  If you have tardy members in your party, tell them the rehearsal will begin 30 minutes before it actually will :)

Then once you have rehearsed and got it down pat...go off to your rehearsal dinner and celebrate!

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit:

Friday, October 5, 2012

...I Found It, You Pin It...Friday!

This Pin it Pic has the WHOLE package! Unique and fabulous centerpiece creating a lampshade of roses positioned on a mirrored raiser trimmed in BLING! OMG! And the mirrored table top with LUXE chargers showcasing the image of the crystals hanging from the centerpiece. A!MAZ!ING!!!

Until next time...PIN IT and WEDologize!

(photo credit - Ceremony Blog)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wedding Gown Bustle Glossary

When selecting your wedding gown, brides pay close attention to the length of the train.  But when it comes to dancing the night away at the reception, how do you plan to bustle all that delicate fabric?  Below are four options for "picking up" that gorgeous wedding gown train.

Pick-Up Bustle:
The simplest bustle style that typically requires one button or eyelet to create a slight lift

American Bustle:
This bustle is created by raising and securing the train to the waistline of the gown

French Bustle:
This underneath-style bustle is created by typing a series of ribbons underneath the gown's train to create a fold

Tufted Bustle:
This bustle is ideal for gowns with pick-ups as the bustle is designed to blend the train within those pick-ups.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credits: excerpts taken from The Knot Chicago Spring/Summer 2011;  American bustle; French bustle; Tufted bustle; Pick-up bustle)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Savvy Wedding Dessert Displays

If you have been following this blog, you know I'm a sweets, cake, cupcake and dessert junkie!  I've posted about the beauty of wedding cakes, exciting grooms cake, how to display wedding cakes and plenty more.  Well as I traveled the Internet this week, I found a few pretty cool ideas I'd like to share to spice up your dessert presentations.  Check them out:

Instead of having the cupcakes displayed on a tower, serve them to your guests
in wine glass with a personalized ribbon tied at the base.

Remove the plain white stick from your cake pops and add
WOW FACTOR by adding BLING sticks!

Really want to make those delish cupcakes and tasty treats
stand out in the crowd...or dessert table,
place them on these adorable pedestals!!! FABULOUS!

Until next time...WEDologize!

(Photo credit: black & white cupcake; bling sticks; pedestals)


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