You're Invited: The New York Weddings Event From New York Magazine

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Meet all of your future wedding vendors and complete your wedding planning at ONE event! On Tuesday, March 28th at 5:00pm join 100 of New York’s most sought after wedding service providers. The list includes but not limited to accessories, cake designers, dresses, djs, event planners, and caters. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

You're Invited: Alexandria Wedding Showcase

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You're Invited: The Engaged! Event

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Combine date night with wedding planning at one of DC's premier wedding venues, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on March 3, 2017 for The Engaged! Event. “We are giving couples the opportunity to meet and greet the best of the best wedding vendors, establish a rapport and book appointments to further discuss wants and needs for the wedding day. The Engaged! Event will serve as your efficient introduction to the finest wedding professionals and services in one evening!”

For full details and to buy tickets, click here.

You're Invited: Burpees with Bae!

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Burpees with Bae

Spice up your Valentine's Day plans with a sexy workout with Bae! Join Master Trainer Deanna Jefferson and her Celebrity Chef beau JR Robinson on February 15th for a date night you will never forget. For full details and to buy tickets, click here.

You're Invited: African Fashion Pop Up Shop

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Are you on the hunt for unique pieces for the next big event in your life? Or a multicultural bride, looking for something new and different for upcoming wedding festivities? Then look no further than the African Pop Up Shop, featuring fashions by Obioma Fashion, the Hut Salud, and Noni. For full details and to reserve your spot, click here.

You're Invited: The Kendra Scott Bridal Collection

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Hey #FavoredFamily! You are Invited to The Kendra Scott Bridal Collection In Partnership with District Bliss. See below for more information.

Join District Bliss at Kendra Scott on Bethesda Row in celebration of the launch of the Kendra Scott Bridal Collection! The wedding collection will be available to the public on Friday, 9/23.

The the first 20 guests to RSVP to this exclusive event will get a first-look on Thursday, 9/22 at 11am AND a gift card, 15% off ALL Kendra Scott jewels, plus we'll be enjoying sips and yummy brunch bites! 

Don't miss out! Get on the list! RSVP to devin.carroll@kendrascott.com

Sips, brunch AND shopping? How could you pass this up?! BETHESDA ROW | 4835 Bethesda Ave  Bethesda, MD 20814

If you prefer to attend at one of the Kendra Scott Northern Virginia stores or if you don't make it onto the Bethesda RSVP list, please send an email to the address listed above!MOSAIC DISTRICT | 2920 District Ave, Suite 125, Fairfax, VA 22031RESTON TOWN CENTER | 11924 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190

Eliminate Wedding Ceremony Stress With This Guide

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When planning a wedding, there are many details. What flowers to get, what dress to wear and my personal favorite what food to eat. With all of the major details to work out, sometimes the small details fall through the cracks, like who should be in the ceremony processional, and it what order. Believe it or not, at almost all of our final client meetings, this is often the one thing our couples hadn’t thought about yet. While there is no right or wrong order, Perfect Wedding Guide  put together a great infographic to help you get started.

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Source: The Perfect Wedding Guide

#TravelThursday: Henry Howard Hotel, A newly renovated historic hotel in New Orleans!

5.26.16 HENRY HOWARD HOTEL NEW ORLEANS Happy #TravelThursday As an event planner Im always tasked with finding out the best places and vendors to refer to my clients. I came across The Henry Howard Hotel, a newly renovated historic hotel in the heart of the Garden District in New Orleans after searching for a fun place for a soon to be bride's bachelorette trip and soon learned that their offerings include luxury services and amenities with Southern hospitality. 

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This historic Greek Revival mansion is getting its star turn, reopening its doors as the Henry Howard Hotel, an 18-room boutique that’s every bit as graceful as you’d wish from a long weekend stay in the Big Easy. Make sure to check out more details at www.henryhowardhotel.com.

Credit - Tablet Hotels & Henry Howard Hotel by The Fitz Hotel Group Favored by Yodit Events - DC Best Wedding Planner

You're Invited: The Floral Experience at The Greenbrier

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Hey #FavoredFamily! You are Invited to The Floral Experience by Karen Tran at The Greenbrier. See below for more information.

We are only one month away from welcoming Karen Tran and her exciting Floral Experience workshop to The Greenbrier! This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for floral designers and enthusiasts alike. Don’t miss the chance to secure your spot to learn from one of the industry’s leading experts!

This three day, hands-on workshop will offer participants the chance to fine-tune their business savvy, while experiencing and collaborating on the production of a high end event. The weekend will culminate in an extravagantly themed gala dinner where attendees can dine with new industry friends.

To learn more, please visit www.thefloralexperience.com and share this information with those on your team and within your professional circle! All are welcome to register! We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

You're Invited: Upcoming Bridal Shows

Bridal shows Future Brides! Bridal Shows are a great way to meet vendors and get ideas for your wedding. Be sure to check out bridalshowsandexpos.com for upcoming shows in the area and for more information.

You're Invited: The Malmaison Wedding Experience on April 3, 2016

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Malmaison in Georgetown is a loft style event space located right on the Potomac. On April 3rd they are partnering with DC Modern Luxury Magazine for a Wedding Event like no other! This will be so much more than an open house, with champagne cocktails, delicious food, runway shows and music!

Just for being apart of the #FavoredFamily, Malmaison is offering you 25% off of the ticket price! Just use promo code PLANNERBRIDE at checkout. For more information and to buy tickets, check out the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wedding-experience-tickets-22467758671

Enjoy!

#WeddingWednesday Cake Trends 2016

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Choosing your cake design is probably one of the most enjoyable tasks on your to do list. Probably because of the many cake tasting visits. As a caker, I would be shamed if I didn't share with you this year's cake trends! The world of cake has gone into new directions in cake design but has also gone back to a few classic traditions...a little something old and little something new! Here's a few of my top picks from The Knot's 15 Hot Wedding Cake Trends.

Metallic Cakes

The best part about metallics? They can adapt to any style; delicate embroidery in gold feels opulent while geometric shapes give off a fresh, modern feel. If an entire tier is too much glitz for you, consider adding a little sparkle all over. Fine edible glitter (think: pixie dust) can add a decorative sheen to your cake without overpowering the whole design. Gold leaf can also be added to give a touch of glam here and there on the cake.

Buttercream Cakes

Move over fondant, brides are starting to ask for more traditional cakes with a buttercream finish. "We get lots of requests for rustic iced buttercream layers with flecks of vanilla bean in the icing or textured piping that looks and tastes delicious, but isn't perfect," says Mary Maher of Cakegirls in Chicago. If you're going for a homespun, relaxed vibe, ask your baker to smother your wedding cake in delicious buttercream frosting. For the more polished version, opt for buttercream with a pleated, smooth finish.

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Naked Cakes

Yep, you read that right. With the deconstructed cake, you get to show off the inside. For a summertime wedding, berries work well; in winter and fall, ask your baker to fill the layers with seasonal fruits, like apples, pears, persimmons or even blood oranges. Not only are these cakes simple and effortless but also practical if you aren't a fan of a lot of icing. Naked cakes are perfect for rustic styled weddings.

Wedding Cake Trio and Quintet Tables

Inspired by dessert tables; cake trios, quartets and quintet tables come with a couple big benefits. Having more than one cake also makes it very easy to choose multiple cake flavors (so you don't have to decide between traditional vanilla, decadent chocolate or carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting). "Guests love to have a mini-bite of lots of different desserts," says Melody Brandon of Sweet and Saucy Shop in Newport, California. Give guests choices, but don't overwhelm them. "I recommend between two to four mini-desserts per person," says Brandon. "Try not to choose more than eight options of desserts—too many choices can overwhelm your guests."

 

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Painted Cakes

Marbleized cakes, stained-glass painted cakes, watercolor cakes and even Monet-inspired wedding cake designs. Pair those hand-painted tiers with solid-colored layers or even simple flower accents; like the one featured here. Quick tip: For a cake design that's so intricate, keep the tiers simple and stick to all one shape (either all classic round tiers or all square).

Illustrated Cakes

Did you know you can actually have anything you want printed onto your cake? It's true. Pick anything you like -- from the design on your invites to the quote from your first-dance song or even your wedding motif, like a bicycle, oak tree, or anemone flowers – to have showcased onto your cake tiers. First, the cake gets covered in fondant, then the design is hand-painted on the cake or printed on top sugar paper with edible ink.

More styles featured:

  • Ruffled Cake
  • Monogrammed Cake
  • White on White Cake
  • Lace Cake
  • Woodland Whimsical Cake
  • Geometric Shapes Cake
  • Rosette Cake
  • Sugar Flower Bouquet  Cake
  • Ombre Wedding Cake

The Top Photography Trends for 2016

0498 Your wedding photos are lasting memories of your wedding day. It's important that you put thought into who will capture your day and how you are going to do it. You want your photos to have not only a lasting impression but truly capture the emotion of every moment. If you aren't sure where to start, how about starting with this year's top photography trends! We’ve got you covered with Brides Magazine’s photography trends for 2016!

Aerial views are in!: Drones Photographer Manny Carabel of MTC Photography says that drones "gives you the vantage point of capturing images of things, people, and places you may not be able to get by standing in one spot". However, he does warn that the quality of the photos may not be as professional as handheld cameras.

10 Things You Should Know About Drone Wedding Photography

Back in time: Film Photography Remember when photos were developed instead of digitized on a computer? That’s the idea behind film photography. According to photographer Kristin La Voie, the "film renders light, color, and tones differently than digital images. Typically, they're softer, more flattering — and have a more painterly feel than the vivid, crisp digital photos." These images are achieved by developing the photos using analog cameras and negative film.

Fit for the stars!: Editorial Style Shots Who doesn’t want wedding photos that are fit for a spread in Vogue! As NewYork-based wedding photographer Amy Anaiz says, editorial shots "create portraits of the couple that have a visual impact because your eyes are drawn to their deep expressions and deliberate placement — similar to what you see in magazines." In order to accomplish these looks Amy says that the photos should capture beautiful and flattering light, pay close attention to detail, and be clean images.

Poof!: Smoke Bombs Smoke bombs are probably a new trend that you may not have heard of! According to photographer Jenevieve Purcell, who uses this cool photo effect, her clients are amazed with the process and its uniqueness.The cool effect is achieved by literally dropping colored smoke bombs in the shot! How cool is that!

Timeless: Black & White "With an increase in vintage-styled weddings over the last few years; black and white photos are predicted to increase alongside." Who doesn’t love the sleek and timeless appeal of a black and white photo? You cannot go wrong with incorporating a few black and white photos in your photo repertoire.

Oh so natural!: Less Filters “Thanks to Instagram, photography filters have been all the rage. However, in 2016, Brooklyn-based wedding, engagement, and family photographer Ben Deibert believes that brides will seek a more natural, real editing style of their photos, allowing their beauty to shine through with natural, simplistic editing and lighting.”

One last thing…. Well speaking of Instagram, while having filters for your photos may not be “in” this year; hashtags definitely are! Creating your own hashtag for your wedding events will allow your guests to further participate in your big day and it creates an online album of your wedding. You and your guests will be able to browse photos from the wedding simply by clicking on the hashtag. Be sure to come up with your own unique hashtag for your big day and encourage your guests to use it!

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Be Inspired: St. Patrick's Day Themed Wedding

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Do you want to incorporate a theme into your wedding but have no idea how to fit it in? If you are having a March wedding, naturally a St. Patrick's Day theme will fit perfectly and you can execute the theme without your wedding looking cheesy. Selecting an appropriate color palate is the easiest way to get creative with your theme. Emerald is a very popular shade of green this year and would perfectly accent any venue or you could really make things pop with a more neon green like our #FavoredCouple Salai and Matt.

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Another way to tie in the St. Patrick's Day Theme is by picking a signature cocktail. Guests can enjoy your delicious green or Irish inspired drink during Cocktail Hour or while dancing the night way at the Reception. Signature drinks are also a great way to save money on the bar. Offer guests beer, wine and a signature cocktail in lieu of a Full Bar to cut costs while still having a variety of drinks to chose from. Liquor.com has a great list of St. Patty's Day Drinks, but below are two of my favorites.

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The Gin on Gin Julep

Ingredients:

  • .5 oz Rich Simple Syrup (two parts sugar, one part water)
  • 15 Large Mint Leaves
  • 1 oz Bols Genever
  • 1 oz Plymouth Gin
  • 1 splash Club Soda
  • Garnish: 1 Mint Sprig
  • Glass: Julep

Directions:

  • In a Julep cup, muddle the simple syrup and mint
  • Fill with crushed or pellet ice and add the genever and gin
  • Top with the club soda and stir until combined
  • Garnish with a mint sprig

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Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 cp White Rum
  • .75 cp Key Lime Juice
  • .5 cp Grapefruit Juice
  • .5 cp Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 tbsp. Simple Syrup
  • Garnish: 1 Lime Wheel
  • Glass: Wine

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and fill with ice
  • Cover and pulse the blender until the drink has a slushy consistency
  • Divide the contents of the blender between 8 wine glasses and garnish each with a lime wheel

#Cheers!

Wedding Wednesday: Cherelle + Donald

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In honor of Wedding Wednesday, I had to share this fabulous slide show from our favored couple Cherelle & Donald who got married on 12/18/15!! 
 
Such a stunning couple! So blessed to celebrate love all year long. 
 
Special thanks to Nessa K Photography for capturing their love and all of our details so perfectly.
 
Watch their wedding slide show and see their full gallery here: http://www.nessakphotography.com/slideshows/cherelledonald/

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Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday??

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Who's ready for Super Bowl Sunday?? Favored By Yodit Events Owner, Yodit (Gebreyes) Endale was recently interviewed by Insureon, the nation’s leading online provider of business insurance for small and micro businesses to lend her event planning tips for managing risk and reducing liquor liability on Super Bowl Sunday (or any day when patrons are likely to drink a lot and may become rowdy).
Whether your a venue owner, bartender or just getting ready to host your own Super Bowl Party at home this week check out "5 Ways to Reduce Liquor Liability Exposure at Your Bar or Restaurant on Super Bowl". Always plan ahead to make smart choices!
No matter if you are #TeamPanthers or #TeamBroncos make sure you are safe on Sunday!

Congrats Your Engaged! Why it's the perfect time to hire a Wedding Planner?

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Favored by Yodit Events has an Engagement Season Gift Just for You!

Did you know? 28% of proposals take place between December and February—making it the most popular time of year to get engaged. The winter holidays are filled with family and love, so it’s only natural that this time of year is among the most popular for engagements. If you’re a lucky couple who recently got engaged, congratulations! As an engagement gift to you, we’re going to share the first five steps you should take from here:

1. Let everyone know the big news. Don’t instantly announce your engagement on social media and let everyone find out that way. Instead, reach out personally to your friends and relatives to share the big news. This is also a great time to ask wedding attendants if they’ll stand up for you (if you already know who you want to ask). 2. Set the budget. The first big step of wedding planning is setting the budget. You can ask your parents if they intend to contribute anything to the wedding so you can include that money in the final amount. Once that number is set, don’t stray from it! 3. Finalize your guest list. Yes, we mean finalize. Before you know how much money you can afford to spend on any of your wedding services, you need to know how many guests you’ll have to feed. Pare that list down as much as possible to help stretch your budget. 4. Get a wedding planner. Whether you work with a professional planner or go the DIY route and hire a coordinator, stay organized and on a timeline to make the planning process as stress-free as possible. 5. Find a venue. It may seem more logical to set a date before selecting a venue, but being flexible on your wedding date can actually help you find the perfect venue because you’re willing to book your wedding when the venue is available. The venue may also offer discounts on certain days of the week or times of the day, so your flexibility can allow you to take advantage of those.

These five steps will kick-start your wedding planning. We hope that you enjoy this special time of being engaged. The big day will be here before you know it!

If you have questions about this or other wedding-related topics, please leave a comment or email yodit@favoredbyyodit.com so we can get back to you.

Source: Perfect Wedding Guide

Favored by Yodit Featured In Washingtonian Bride & Groom 2015 Best Wedding Vendor List

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We are pleased to announce that Washingtonian Bride & Groom has named Favored by Yodit as "Best Wedding Vendor 2015" in the category of event planners and designers. There are no words to describe how thankful and blessed we feel to be recognized by the magazine and to be among such a distinguished group of talented event planners and designers.

We love what we do and will continue to provide multicultural couples & clients event design, event planning and coordination services to infuse ethnic traditions and customs for all their unique life occasions. Thank you for all of the continued support from our clients, vendor community & Favored team.

Favored by Yodit Events is a luxe boutique event management & design company serving the Atlantic East Coast and International Destinations.

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