Bye Bye Winter! Hello Spring Wedding Planning

Josephine Butler Parks CenterDTR_9257 We've had a long, cold winter but for all of you spring & summer brides and grooms, your wedding day will be here before you know it! Favored by Yodit Events has a few summer dates left. Let us design the perfect planning package to assist in the beginning or final stretch of wedding planning. Contact us for your complimentary consultation today!

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Photo Credit: Phillip Warren Photography for our client's, Mahelet & Nate's Wedding!






PRESS: Yodit Gebreyes Talks Wedding Trends on EBS TV

The Helen Show - Wedding Trends Seg 4This month I had the pleasure of being asked to appear on EBS TV, an Ethiopian channel based in Silver Spring, Maryland that launched in 2008 with Arab Sat and Dish Network (www.ebstv.tv/). The Helen Show I was featured on alongside Hilina Kebede of Bliss Invite, spotlights successful African entrepreneurs, artists, and intellectuals in the Diaspora pursuing their dreams.

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The Helen Show - Wedding Trends Seg 2While on the show, I gave my insight on wedding trends, personal event details and what's most important when planning your big day! Special thanks to Favored Partner, Da Vinci Florals & Design for bringing the tablescape vision to life and allowing us to shoot in their beautiful showroom. Here are some close ups to the various table designs we featured on the segment.

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Feel free to watch the entire segment below and let me know what you think. And please continue to tune in to EBS TV and share the segment with others, especially recently engaged couples that may need my services. Enjoy!
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A Picture Perfect Graduation Party!

future-graduation-party Inspired by nostalgic moments & the promises of a bright future, Do Driver of Piggy Bank Parties styled this creative “Picture Your Future” Graduation Party with Polaroid & photo album decor! The adorable “yearbook” party favors and “Sweet Memories” photo garland are such great graduation party ideas… they get an A+!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute Polaroid inspired banner + tissue “graduation tassel” garland – “Yearbook” favor boxes filled with the graduate’s favorite chocolate treats – “Sweet Memories” photo banner and graduation “photo album” guestbook – Varsity letter brownies & Chalkboard inspired printables


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Graduation is often a time of reflection when photo albums and yearbooks from the past are reminisced over while dreams of what the future holds are ever present. This graduation party design was inspired by the magical Polaroid photographs of yesteryear and the slides you’d see projected on the white wall of your grandparents’ basement!

Favored Friday Spotlight: Great Gatsby Inspired Save The Date for the #BossWedding

  Boss Wedding                                            Watch Bambo + Janice Epic Wedding Trailer Here!

When I first heard Bambo and Janice story I completely loved how over the top these two were! The director reports that they were so open to ideas and excited about creating something that seemed impossible…

Some things you will see through out the trailer: They love Jay-Z. They love the trailer for The Great Gatsby. They have huge parties every year that they are know for throwing amongst their friends. They love to surprise people. They are more willing than most people that we know to step outside of their comfort zone in order to be creative!!! The keyword for this project was EPIC.

A little about Major Diamond Production...for the majority of the shooting it was just a crew of two.. Husband and wife team, Chris and Jennifer Mae. For the Club Scene. Jennifer Mae and Chris were able to shoot at Monroe in San Francisco.  The crew also reports that Janice and Bambo were incredibly dedicated and made it so much fun to create such a unique project together.

I love how Bambo and Janice wanted to create an experience for their guests leading up to their event. As a wedding planner and been through the process of planning lots of weddings, I know how difficult it is to do something different than everyone else so kudos to them for pulling it off!

Hope you can get some inspiration and enjoy their Epic Wedding Save the Date.

Source: http://bosswedding.com Video credit: Major Diamond Productions

RECAP: ZAAF Launch Event at Barcelona Wine Bar on Superbowl Sunday!

MDC_3550Favored by Yodit Events had the pleasure of planning the Official Launch event for ZAAF™, a new collection of luxury apparel and leather accessories produced by highly skilled artisans in Ethiopia. The event was helped at the NEW! Barcelona Wine Bar in Washington, D.C. and guest enjoyed complimentary cocktails, food & Georgetown Cupcakes! Congrats to Founder & CEO Abai on the new venture and continued success!





Barcelona's brunch cocktails, bellini's & mimosas and yummy mini empanadas were some of the tasty items on the event menu!





Guests loved the handbags!



How cute were these Georgetown Cupcakes with the ZAAF Logo???


Abai & I (Yodit)  take a quick picture in front of the ZAAF Step and Repeat! Love her!



Abai gives the ZAAF story and why she started the company to guests!




Ethiopian Artist Wayna & friends take a photo with Abai!

The main goal of the event was to introduce fans to the brand, the founder and each piece which is made to exacting standards and showcases beautiful craftsmanship and natural resources unique to the region it draws its inspiration from. ZAAF™ is a word that means “tree” in the ancient and noble Amharic language. More information can be found on http://zaafcollection.com/.

Need help planning an event? Contact us at www.favoredbyyodit.com/contact. Let us take care of the details!

Photo credit: Malik Photography

#FavoredFriday Blog Post: Airplanes & Trains Styled Shoot from Tunji Sarumi Photography

wpid6501-007 I came across some gorgeous images from a styled shoot from last week's #Favored Spotlight Vendor, Photographer Tunji Sarumi. It seems to be a very small world because I know the dapper gentlemen in the shoot & fell in love with all of Leanne and Mekdim (a real married couple). You can see their engagement photos here and their wedding and traditional here and here. also shot by Tunji Sarumi Photography. The shoot was styled and planned by J Garner Events and shot at Fort Meade Flying Activity Club. Ready to take flight and fall in love!


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You're Invited: ZAAF's Official Launch Party at Barcelona Wine Bar

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We are excited to share some great client news! You're invited to the Official Launch Event for ZAAF™, a new collection of luxury apparel and leather accessories produced by highly skilled artisans in Ethiopia. We spotlighted them about a month ago and now we are planning their launch in Washington, D.C. Each piece is made to exact standards and showcases beautiful craftsmanship and natural resources unique to the region it draws its inspiration from. ZAAF™ is a word that means “tree” in the ancient and noble Amharic language. We hope you can join us in celebrating this great new business and support bringing economic development in Ethiopia!
Event: ZAAF Official Launch Event
Date: February 2nd 2014
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Place: NEW! Barcelona Wine Bar - 1622 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005
Attire: Brunch Chic 
Parking: Street Parking Available
Complimentary Cocktails & Passed Food for Guests
ZAAF Products will be on sale at the event with 20% off!
For more information: info@zaafcollection.com
Event Hashtag: #ZAAFLaunch
Social Media: @Zaafcollection (Instagram)

We're getting close to Labor Day. You know what that means...Party Time!

Labor day party ideas Labor Day is approaching fast. Take the day off, fire up the grill, and throw a party! Stars and Stripes or in!

Labor day table ideas

Setting a both beautiful and simple table like this allows for plenty of good conversation and fun. I love the look of blue napkins and plaid table !

Labor Day Firework Fans

How cute are these Fireworks Fans from Martha Stewart? These festive, easy-to-make fans are ideal for last-minute Labor Day entertaining. You can cluster a group of them in a bowl to create a celebratory centerpiece or place one on each place setting as a colorful and cooling party favor.

Watermelon Drink RecipeHere is a easy Labor Day Recipe for Ciroc Watermelon Punch!

  • In a blender put de-seeded watermelon chunks and a little ice.
  • Blend until liquefied.
  • Add in a few drops of Ciroc Vodka (Try the New Ciroc Amaretto Flavor!).
  • Mix well.
  • Pour into tall glasses.
  • Muddle in 1 or 2 fresh mint leaves.
  • Serve with ice cubes.

Ahhh...so refreshing & Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!!!


Instant Show Stopper, #DIY Hand Glittered Paper Lantern

glitter paper lanterns Wow all of your guests at your next big event with showstopping #DIY Glittered Paper Lanterns. So easy even a caveman could do it! : )


  • Paper Lanterns
  • Glitter in the color of your choice
  • Glue Spray


1. Cover the place where you will work with paper so you can reuse the glitter that will not stick on the ball again.

2. Cover the ball with the glue and immediately pour glitter on it.

3. When the first layer is dry, do another one to cover all the parts that are still appearing.

4. When you finish spray glue in the entire surface one more time to fix the glitter well.


Source: http://www.socreativethings.com/creative-paper-lantern-decorations/

Adam + Renee's Engagement Photos: Laughter Meets Love!

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Adam and Renee met in college at Salisbury University in the fall of 2003. Introduced by friends, the couple did not officially have their first date until February 2004. One thing I found so cute about their story was that Adam (being the jokester that he is) told Renee that he would fall in love with her because of her hair (which is gorgeous!!!) which she probably gets from being Chinese Jamaican. A great friendship grew and Adam continued to make Renee laugh and find more reasons to love her.

photo 5Since Renee is from Miami, the couple decided to make a trip and Adam made the necessary arrangements to pop the question! Adam found the perfect lighting + got down on one knee in front of Renee's family to propose. He said a few sweet things, she cried (a lot), her parents and brother screamed, and passersby clapped + cheered.

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These two are getting married this weekend in Rivera Maya, Mexico and wish nothing but the best for this beautiful couple! Congrats :)

#Favored Facts:

Adam is a Wine Enthusiast + loves to cook (check his intagram @ad_renaissance)!

Renee loves dance + photography! 

Photo credit: CKJ Visuals 

You're Invited: Truckeroo is Back on Friday April 19th! Hire a Food Truck for Your Wedding!


Food trucks have been the latest hit in food trends in cities all over. And it seems that DC couples love the idea of a food truck at their weddings too! Truckeroo is a monthly festival held at Half and M Street, SE across from Navy Yard Metro Station. Over 20 food trucks take part of the event, so its the perfect place for a new couple to scout out some possible caterers for their upcoming wedding. Its also a great date night in the midst of the the stressful wedding planning process (when you don't hire Favored team lol!) with plenty of drinks at the bullpen, cornhole, and live music for the first truckeroo of the season.


If youre thinking of having something fresh instead of traditional catering, a food truck can provide another food option for your wedding – whether it’s as the main meal, some fun bites between the ceremony and reception or as a late night snack. Any foodie couple will love the idea of local, gourmet food options for their wedding. Who needs banquet food when you can have mobile grilled cheeses, tacos, burgers, ice cream and more delivered right to your wedding?


Food trucks might not be suitable for a traditional wedding, as guests might be expecting a sit-down meal, but they’re ideal for casual, outdoor celebrations. Some would say a food truck at a wedding is tacky, but I think not. You have so many gourmet options nowadays. Because many trucks are small businesses, they can personalize menus and customize the service, usually at a less expensive cost than traditional catering.

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Press: Desire to Aspire Event Makes the Washington Post Style Section!

Desire to Aspire WHM WashPostWe made the Washington Post Yippie! See More Photos Here

Thank you again to everyone who was able to attend our March Edition of The Desire to Aspire Brunch last week! It was refreshing to see the amount of attendees who truly appreciated the event program and networking opportunities with leaders who are ascending in their fields!

The event’s focus was to bring together young professional women and men from an array of industries across the D.C. area to honor three female leaders in their respective fields and commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Get to Know Our Amazing Honorees and Panelists:

Melanie Roussell, National Press Secretary, Democratic National Committee @MelanieDNC

Helena Andrews, Journalist and Author of Bitch Is The New Black @helena_andrews

Karen Richardson, Director, The White House Office on Public Engagement 

Special thanks to Favored by Yodit event partners, The Pesante Media GroupKNPR + Marketing

Our sponsors, Vita Coco, Organic Root Stimulator, The YFF & St. Gregory Hotel 



Touchdown Space: Everyone's Private Office, On-Demand

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As a Small Business Owner, I am always looking for new and creative ways to become more efficient and effective. Working from home is great, but not perfect for every event planner or entrepreneur.

Thats why I love the idea behind TouchdownSpace, a new platform to book a professional office or meeting space for entrepreneurs of all sizes, scales, and budgets. Check them out and browse their map and find great spaces close to you. Just remember not having an office is great… until you need one. If I ever need a meeting space for Favored Im definitely going to contact TouchdownSpace.

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Are You The {Color Wedding} Type?

Color Weddings: Favored By Yodit - Socially Designed Events Having a colorful wedding color palette is a good way to express all your creativity and to surprise your guests. Its perfect for couples who want to be daring yet fun and consider their wedding just a real big party!

If your looking to make light of the seriousness of marriage, incorporating fun colorful décor and design elements will make your special day a bit less formal than other weddings.

Can you imagine having a colorful wedding now?

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Welcome to the Favored Blog!

Favored by Yodit Logo I hope this blog can give inspiration to future couples, event planners, designers and lovers of all things #eventplanning #diy #weddings #trends and much more! Were always looking for new, fresh ideas so make sure to connect with Favored by Yodit on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram.

Special thank you to my amazing best friend, Andy who pushes me to follow my dreams even when I did not think my dream could be REAL! You are truly the reason why I am able to give so much love to everything I do! And for that I am eternally grateful! Love you baby.

To my parents, Rebecca & Birhanu, who always make me feel like a superstar & that I can take over the world. What you have sacrificed for me in these past 27 years of my life brings me to tears. God couldn't have blessed me more than to be birthed by the two most loving people on earth. In this age you don't find many couples that still dance, hug, or show affection like you both! Thanks to you, I know what real love looks like and for that I love you more than life!

And to all of you who are taking the time to read this blog right now. I simply say Thank You! Thank you for your time, thank you for your support & thank you for your referrals. Thanks to you I am able to do work that I love!

So please comment on posts, submit entries and always be Favored!

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