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

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NY WEddings

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.

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

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.

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!

#MCM Man Crush Monday - Tux Rentals from The Blk Tux

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Men, today is your day! Gone are the days of spending hours in a tux rental store trying on a suit that you will literally only see for 24 hours. The Blk Tux has completely taken all of the guess-work out of tux shopping and made the process easy and seamless. Not only is this amazing for grooms, but now brides can take one more thing OFF of their checklist. When I was first introduced to this service, I thought it was a great idea but was expecting it to be expensive. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the pricing was comparable to what you would find in your local and chain rental stores, possibly even cheaper if you include the shoes.

The Blx Tux promises three things, Quality, Convenience, and Value.

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Quality: We partnered directly with one of the world's finest suit-makers to create the greatest rental tux ever designed. The old tux shop is offering a worn out tux, with an outdated fit, at a higher cost.

Convenience: We ship anywhere in the continental US, and your order arrives a full week before your event date. Just send it back when you are done. Free shipping, both ways.

Value: We've cut out the middleman, and we're passing the savings to you. Their best $220 tux rental doesn't come close to our quality, and our prices start at $95.

Have you used The Blk Tux? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments below. For more information check out the website here: https://theblacktux.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Inspired Styled Shoot Model Call!

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Looking for beautiful models {both male + female} for our Spring Inspired Style Shoot in VA! If interested, please send a link to your headshot, a full body photo, measurements and a little blurb about yourself toyodit@favoredbyyodit.comP.s. If you reading this and aren't interested but know someone who might be, please tag them in a comment.

Wedding Wednesday: 14 Questions to Ask Photographers

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When planning your wedding, one of the most important vendors you will hire (outside of your wedding planner) is your photographer. When your first kiss as husband and wife is over, the cake is gone, and the flowers have wilted all you will have left are the pictures. Make sure that you hire someone that understands your vision and will be able to capture all of your once in a lifetime moments. How do you do that? Well I am glad you asked! Check out “14 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer” put together by WeddingWire.

How would you describe your style of photography and can I see examples?

You’ll likely hear words like “photojournalistic,” “traditional,” “formal,” “documentary,” or “creative” but frequently these mean different things to different people. Ask a photographer to walk you through his or her work to help illuminate a description.

Have you ever photographed a wedding in my venue before?

If the answer is yes, ask to see the images that were shot at your venue to make sure they mesh with your vision. If the answer is no, it’s certainly not a deal-breaker, but see if the photographer would be willing to “scout” or check out your location in advance of the wedding to pick backdrops, etc.

Will you be the one photographing my wedding?

If the photographer works solo, the answer would be an obvious yes. However, if you’re interviewing a photographer from a bigger company, make sure that the person you’re talking to will be the one who will show up on your wedding day.

What if you get sick or an emergency comes up and you can’t photographer my wedding?

A photographer who works alone should have a good back-up plan in case of emergency, one that makes you feel comfortable and secure.

Are you insured?

A professional photographer should have insurance in case their equipment breaks, is stolen, or an accident occurs.

Can I see the album from a full wedding?

Some photographers will just show you a collection of their best images, instead of the full set of images from a wedding, start to finish. You’ll want to see images from every part of a wedding – getting ready, the ceremony, first dance, etc. – not just the most creative or dreamy portraits.

For the full list check out:

http://mktg.weddingwire.com/Newsletter/14-Questions-Photographer/default.html?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=Photography+Lifecycle+Email

Source: WeddingWire.com

Blog Post: Top 10 Wedding Guest Complaints and How to Avoid Them

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Do you remember that time you went to a wedding expecting a full three course meal so you skipped lunch to fit into your dress and you got there and they were only serving light hors d'oeuvres? Or when you wore your new suede pumps to that wedding last August only to get there and find out that the ceremony is outside in the grass. As you sat there googling, “how to remove grass stains from suede” or digging in your purse praying that one of the M&Ms from the bag you bought yesterday dropped in the bottom of your bag you VOWED *see what I did there* that you would communicate better when it was your turn to get married. While you are making notes of all of the things you would do different, take a look at the top wedding guest complaints by BrideBox.

1. A difficult date: Everyone knows Christmas is your favorite holiday and a winter wonderland wedding with red and green accents would be the PERFECT backdrop for your special day. However, a wedding on Christmas Day or any other holiday could prove to be very difficult for your guests to attend. Travel plans for big holidays are often made months in advance, so if your heart is set on that date give your guests plenty of time to plan.

2. An uncomfortable climate: Having your wedding at noon outside in July was a great idea until the day of the wedding and it is 200 degrees outside. You don’t want your guests spending more time trying to redirect the sweat dripping from their forehead than paying attention to the ceremony. For moments where weather could affect your guests, get creative. Make your programs dual purpose by making them fans, or provide your guests a pashmina or blanket for chilly nights.

3. Disregarded dietary restrictions: As a new pescetarian this complaint is close to my heart. When selecting your menu, be sure to keep in mind those that have dietary restrictions. There is nothing worse than getting to a venue and the only options are chicken and steak with no vegetarian options. Be sure to ask if your guests have any special needs on the RSVP card so that they can be properly taken care at the reception.

For the full list of Top Wedding Guest Complaints, be sure to visit bridebox.com!

Source: http://www.bridebox.com/blog/top-wedding-guest-complaints/

RECAP 2015 Capital Bridal Affair - Photography by Rodney Bailey

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On March 1, 2015 Favored Owner Yodit Gebreyes and one of our Favored Brides attended the Capital Bridal Affair (CBA) and Fashion Show at The Mayflower DC. If you have never been there, it is a beautiful hotel located downtown near the White House and the perfect venue for a luxury wedding. In October, we have the privilege of planning a wedding there and the CBA was the perfect event to get our brides creative juices flowing.

The official photographer was Rodney Bailey who has been voted the “Top Wedding Photojournalist” by Washingtonian Magazine since 1999. For more on Rodney Bailey and to see more of his amazing work, check out his website here: http://www.rodneybailey.com/index2.html#intro/home

 

 

 

Win a Wedding at The National Harbor!

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Are you a bride that has always dreamed about having a wedding at the National Harbor but aren't quite sure how to pull it off? Well today is your lucky day! The National Harbor, the WeddingWire and 94.7 Fresh FM have an incredible contest going on where you can WIN your rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception.

Enter to win the romantic, waterfront wedding of your dreams at National Harbor. National Harbor is partnering with WeddingWire and 94.7 Fresh FM to bring one lucky couple from the greater Maryland, DC, and Virginia area an amazing spring wedding, right on the Potomac.

With help from our team of professionals, we’ll take care of the dress, rehearsal brunch cruise, wedding ceremony and reception.

After the winning couple is announced on April 16, they’ll meet with the National Harbor team to get ready for the big day, Sunday, April 26, 2015!

Contest ends on March 30th.

Among many prizes, the package includes:

  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties at Bobby McKey’s
  • Rehearsal brunch cruise onboard the National Elite
  • Wedding gown, jewelry, veil, and groom’s tuxedo provided by House of JonLei Atelier
  • Professional photographs and album by WEPS
  • Hair and makeup for the bride
  • Wedding and cocktail reception at The Sunset Room by Wolfgang Puck
  • Wedding reception on The Pier by several National Harbor restaurants
  • One-night stay in the Suite at AC Hotels by Marriott at National Harbor

For more details and to enter: http://www.nationalharbor.com/destinationwedding/?utm_source=FacebookContent&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=DestinationWeddingEntryPeriod

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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Valentine's Day Is in Less than a Month Away. Better Make Plans Now!

Call me Cupid because I think Valentine's day might be my favorite holiday! It’s that time of year again.Time to spring into action for Valentine’s Day and plan a special moment for those you love.

Whether you want to plan a cute activity day for your kids, book the best table and have a romantic time on the town think if you could use a hand. Here are some fun ideas to bring your vision to life!

 

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Have a Be My Valentine Party at Home It's time to start planning your parties and gifts! Be sure to check out Tom Kat's Valentine's Day Collection Use code BEMINE15 at checkout for 15% off your entire purchase in the Valentine's Day section.

 

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Kickoff Valentine’s Day Early with Sweets and Sips at Bourbon Steak

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Win A Charming Affair In New York! Try your luck in love with The Alexi and Ani + FWx Sweepstakes. Enter here for your chance to win a weekend for two in New York City! Contest enters at 11:59 PM ET on 01/25/15.

If you would like to setup a consultation to bring your vision to life please contact us here.

Wishing you a love-filled Valentine's Day!

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Seven Wedding Details Not to Share Before Your Big Day

Tiffany & Keith's October Wedding | Emerald & Gold wedding | Josephine Butler Park Center Washington, DC | Favored by Yodit Events | Wedding Coordination | DC Wedding | Black Bride | Bridal Party Photography by Danielle Real You’re probably bursting with excitement over your upcoming wedding – and want to shout your plans from the rooftops! But take our advice – hold back. Of course, it’s okay to share some of your wedding details with your nearest and dearest but there should be an element of surprise on your big day, especially when it comes to these things.

The Dress and Attire We’re telling you now: Everyone will want to see a picture of what you’re planning on wearing. But we recommend keeping your attire a secret from the majority of your guests until the big day. You want the gasps of delight when you first walk down the aisle to be genuine, and you never know – some Debbie Downer might say something negative about your ensemble before the big day that may make you doubt your decision.

Hair and Makeup Choices “How are you wearing your hair?” is a common question, and like your dress, there’s no need to tell everyone about your intended hairstyle or makeup choices. Everyone will likely have an opinion about how you should look on your wedding day – but in the end, it’s up to you (with the help of your hair stylist and makeup artist) to decide.  Simply say “I haven’t figured it out yet” to change the subject.

Color Scheme and Decor Again with the element of surprise. You don’t want your guests to walk into your wedding and know exactly what the room is going to look like beforehand – a little anticipation is much more fun. There’s no reason you need to tell them every detail about your décor in advance, and if they press you for answers, just say “We want you to be surprised!”

First Dance Song Your first dance song is a very personal choice, and not all of your guests will “get it.” But that doesn’t matter. Even if you’re picking a more traditional song, there’s no need to share it in advance with everyone. You may pick up some unwanted comments or even criticism (“Oh really? That’s a weird choice.”) – and who needs that? 

Guest List Details Try to avoid divulging too much information about your wedding guest list to others. You may get a lot of questions about why certain people were or weren’t invited, and it can turn into a sticky situation. Of course, your close family members should be aware of the invite list, but there’s no need to take it too far beyond that. And related to that, it’s best to keep the reception seating arrangements private as well!

The Favors Think of your wedding favors as a gift to your guests – and most of the time, you don’t tell people about gifts (whether it’s birthday, holiday, whatever) in advance.  So any favors or giveaways should be kept private, except for anyone who is helping to assemble or purchase your favors.

The Surprises Whether you’re doing a fun sparkler sendoff, having a photobooth, or you and your dad are performing a wacky dance together, don’t ruin your wedding-day surprises by spilling the beans! Even if you just tell one person (and swear them to secrecy), you run the risk of your entire guest list finding out about that thing that’s going to make your wedding totally unique. So keep any surprise wedding elements to yourself (and your future spouse and wedding planner, of course!).

Source: Wedding Wire.com