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!).

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#WeddingWednesday: Fall Outdoor Wedding Tips and Ideas!

Fall is just around the corner and that means bonfires, apple cider, pumpkins and yes...pie! Fall colors are gorgeous and make it a great season for an outdoor wedding. Here are some fun creative ways to incorporate some of your favorite fall festivities into your big day! I don't know about you but when I think Fall I think pumpkins and hayrides. Orange might not be your fist choice for decor so consider painting or even decorating pumpkins to add that fall feel to the scene. Switch things up a bit by getting rid of traditional ceremony seating and going instead with hay barrels. As beautiful as an outdoor wedding might be we all get a little chilly after a while. Help guest combat the cold by offering blankets to keep them warm. If you really want to heat things up bonfires are the way to go. They will get your guests warm in no time and can actually be quite romantic. And if you do choose to have a bonfire then its only right that you have s'mores! Pre-made kits make the cutest favors! If your venue doesn't allow open pits of fire or if you just don't have the extra space you can still have a s'mores bar. Just use small burners to roast the marshmallows. Its a great substitute for a sweets bar. Speaking of sweets; instead of going with the usual cake for dessert try offering up some fall flavored pumpkin and apple pie. painted pumpkin Hay seating

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Is It a Bad Idea to start a Business with my spouse?

STARTING A BUSINESS COMES WITH A LOT OF RISKS. BUT WHEN YOU STAND TO LOSE NOT ONLY YOUR LIVELIHOOD BUT YOUR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THE STAKES BECOME MUCH HIGHER. LEADERSHIP COACH LOLLY DASKAL IS HERE TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE WHAT COULD BE THE BEST OR WORST DECISION OF YOUR LIFE. Business-Couple "For better or worse, for richer or poorer," take on a whole new meaning when you consider all you have to gain and lose by starting a business with your spouse.

For the answer to this week's classic and potentially difficult reader question, we turned to leadership coach Lolly Daskal.

Hi, What are some considerations for starting a business with your spouse?

We know there are lots of successful couples with successful businesses. I'm guessing there are many that failed, along with the marriage, that we never hear about.

I once started a successful business with my best friend, which led to us splitting up after two years, never to speak to each other again. I don't want the same thing to happen with my wife.

We have a picture-perfect family: a great relationship and two kids--I feel there's a lot at stake if the business doesn't work out. Any advice?

Thanks, TC

Dear TC,

Everything in life is a gamble, although you’re correct that in this situation the stakes are quite high. The most important consideration at the outset is making sure you’re perfectly clear on your vision, values, roles, and purpose.

So begin by asking yourself these questions:

  1. Do you share the same values?
  2. Is your marriage more important than your business?
  3. Will you continue to work on your personal relationship?
  4. If you were not married, would you still want to go into business with this person?

If both of you can honestly answer “yes” to all four questions, you’re ready to work together on the next steps.

Creating a solid partnership in business involves many of the same areas as creating a solid marriage, just within a different context.

Create shared vision and values. Creating a shared vision based on shared values allows you to work together in a mutually agreed direction that minimizes conflict. When things go wrong--and they will--you’ll have a good foundation to keep you grounded.

Position strengths and skills. Know your personality types and position yourselves to take advantage of your strengths. Having an idea of what each of you is good at to maximize skill sets and avoid stepping on each others toes. Consider taking a personality assessment to figure out your individual strengths and how you can best work together.

Set roles and responsibilities. Write job descriptions for yourselves and set clear expectations about who will take on which tasks for the business.

If you continue forward, there are other issues that you’ll need to be mindful of in your day-to-day lives at work and at home:

Be mindful of boundaries. Focus on your own responsibilities, and let your spouse handle theirs without interference. Of course you can collaborate, but in most situations the best thing you can do is stay out of each other’s way.

Refrain from telling your spouse how to do what they do best. Let each other have some room and flexibility to work independently.

Keep communication open. Open and honest communication keeps minor issues from developing into major problems. Problems must be communicated, recognized, and worked through in a mutually agreed way.

Handle conflict with care. How you handle conflict is critically important to any business, but even more so when the partners are in a personal relationship. Put a time limit on disagreements and arguments, speak about them, deal with them, and move on.

Reciprocate, respect, and reverence. Respect is another element that’s essential to both business and marriage. Cultivate a mindset that is appreciative of your spouse's talents, gifts, and insights, and then convey that respect by listening, by sharing, by appreciating.

Avoid second-guessing and micromanagement. The good news: working together allows you to achieve a higher level of trust, which in turn will strengthen your relationship. As it’s said, to be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.

Develop routines to keep your relationship and business separate. Keep a good balance by creating strategies for the transitions between work and home life. Make rituals to help you stay connected as a couple no matter what’s going on at work. As you spend more time with each other, business conversations tend to move to the dinner table and then into the bedroom. It is important to make time for your relationship.

Show appreciation and gratitude. Make a point to thank each other for a job well done, and be kind about how you approach constructive criticism. In a close relationship, it’s easy to forget these basic rules of business. Don’t take your partner or their contributions for granted.

At the end of the day, you are partners working together for something meaningful and purposeful. Remember you are in this together in business and in marriage.

Every marriage is already a partnership, one in which you work together, love together, create together, and support each other. With the right alignment and planning, and a commitment to making it work, sharing a business can be a meaningful extension of that partnership.

Good luck!


#TipTuesday: Five Tips You Need To Know About Choosing Wedding Music

band So now you’re engaged. You’ve taken the first step toward one of life’s most fulfilling relationships. Congratulations! Now that the initial announcement has been made and you’ve celebrated your big decision with family and friends, it’s time to start making those wedding plans. Elements like date, location, food, invitations, guest list, where to register, dresses, tuxes; it can all seem overwhelming.

But think about it, how many of these items will your guests remember in 10 years? They might remember the location and your dress, right? For all of the time, effort, and yes, emotion that goes into choosing the elements of your wedding, very few end up being long-term memories of your special day.

Other than the bride and groom themselves, of all the elements of a wedding, the music (good or bad) is one of the most memorable aspects of the day. So, it is too bad that music is often an afterthought in the planning process, sometimes being left until just a couple of weeks before the wedding day.

While music isn’t the focus of your wedding day, it does set the atmosphere of the day. An inspirational soloist or a really cooking band playing tunes hand-picked for you and your family make everyone happy. At the same time, a band that isn’t experienced at doing weddings, isn’t very good, or can’t adapt to special requests can be a real downer.

So to help you make the best possible choices for your wedding music, here are five things to remember:

1. Start planning your music early. As plans take shape, your wedding day will take on a character of its own. Including music at the beginning of the planning process will ensure a good fit with your vision for the day. It will also make sure that your wedding budget includes enough dollars to get you what you want.

2. Decide what type of music you want for yourselves and your family. There are probably hundreds of options in your community for wedding music. As you go to the marketplace, knowing what will make you and your family members happy will save you time, money and regret after you’re married.

3. One stop shop. You will save money and time by working with a musician or booking agency that offers a wide range of options. You may want a classical singer for the ceremony, a swing band for the dinner and family dances, and a rock and roll band for late night festivities. Booking these three types of musicians separately will probably cost you hundreds of dollars more than if you work with someone that has access to all three styles.

4. Always hear the bands you are considering, preferably live. It is surprising how many brides and grooms choose wedding musicians without ever hearing them perform. Reputable musicians and agents will readily offer you samples of their work, or even better, dates when you can hear them live. Avoid choosing musicians based solely on the recommendation of a friend, family member or through social media.

5. Ask questions. One of the main reasons music planning gets put off is brides and grooms feel intimidated talking to musicians. They feel they don’t know enough about music to make good choices. Any reputable musician or agent will be happy to answer any questions you have about choosing music. Always look for people who take the philosophy that “there is no such thing as a bad question.”

There you are, five tips that will help you get you exactly what you want in your wedding music. A little bit of concentrated effort early on in the planning process can make the long term memories of your wedding day especially sweet.


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Calling All Grooms! Tips for After You Say I Do.

So you just got married! Your wedding (planned by Favored by Yodit Events of course) is over. Cake tastings, tuxedo fittings and table settings are a thing of the past. Its now time to start your new life with your new wife! Here are some tips on how to insure a smooth transition into married life. Always remember boys, happy wife, happy life!

 “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” — Oscar Wilde (poet)

What You Say

What You Say

  1. Build a foundation of trust. Agree that if either of you ever say “do you promise” after a questions is asked that nothing but the truth will follow… no matter how tough the question is. You both need to agree that it’s okay to share even the hardest things with each other.
  2. Know the power of your words. The way you phrase things to her can make all the difference. Try to focus on the positive aspects of a difficult situation, and build from there.
  3. Make communication a conversation. Don’t just dump information on her. Be sure to provide opportunities for her to ask questions (ex. One of my co-workers mentioned something really interesting to me today…)
  4. Don’t talk like you’re placing an order. Phrase your communication in a way that not only tells her what you want, but does it in a way that also asks for her permission.
  5. Discuss the importance of time with friends. It’s healthy to have some relationships and activities that are not shared. Spending time with other people and doing other things helps you appreciate the time you do spend together.
  6. Share why you need some alone time. Make it VERY clear that you’re not making excuses to spend time apart from her. Before scheduling this kind of time, have a conversation about how important it is for both of you to have this, and the best way to ask for it.
  7. Never lie to avoid a fight. Doing this will just make you distant, and potentially create a future disagreement that gets blown way out of proportion due to unresolved feelings.
  8. Don’t just apologize after an argument. Instead of feeling good about being the bigger person just because you were the first one to say “I’m sorry”, try asking her why she was frustrated. Knowing this should help to alleviate everything instead of just sweeping it under the rug.
  9. Ask really good questions. Don’t just limit it to work, but include questions about what’s been on her mind. Make time for this every day.
  10. Discuss how to handle working with opposite sex co-workers. This includes working late hours, traveling or even working over lunch. These are all very common, so let your wife know when these activities will be happening. Also, talk about the steps you plan to take in order to keep it “strictly business”. This will build a lot of trust in the relationship.
  11. Share all your mistakes with her, and genuinely ask for forgiveness. This shows her that you can recognize and openly admit your faults, which will enable your relationship to continue in a positive direction.
  12. Establish your married relationship as a “new” family. Talk over the details together, and communicate your feelings right away with each of your parents. This will help establish necessary boundaries with them, and show how serious you are about making your relationship a top priority.
  13. Share what you’re in charge of managing. Be sure to share what you feel needs to be done to effectively manage each task, as well as including her when any major decisions need to be made.
  14. Talk each night. Each of you should take the time to share your day, what’s on your mind (especially the intimate details) and include some talk about a fun activity you will be doing together in the future. Try to do this when you first get home, or on a walk after dinner. It’s really important to reconnect this way.
  15. Maintain a healthy level of interest. If the interest level of the listener is fading, it’s probably because they don’t know the point of the conversation. If you both try to share the main point of your story first (then offer the supporting details), it should increase the listener’s level of interest.

What You Do

  1. Don’t be a coach or umpire; be her fan. Life is the big game, and being in the position to root her on will score you the biggest points. This will build her confidence, and at the same time put you in her cheering section and not the one calling the game (you know how people in those positions can make you mad).
  2. Just listen. Generally, she just wants someone to listen. If she does want advice, she’ll ask for it. By waiting for her to ask, your response will more than likely be appreciated. Just be sure to ask enough questions, so that you fully understand the situation before sharing your thoughts.
  3. Plan activities that build your friendship. The more interactive activities you do together, the more you’ll have to talk about.
  4. Hug your wife at least three times a day. While you do this, tell her how much you love her and how wonderful or beautiful she is. This should increase her emotional connection and deepen her level of trust with you.
  5. Make sure the timing is right. Certain times of day are going to be better for communication. If she’s not a morning person, let her initiate the conversation. If it’s an emotional topic, she may just need some time before she’s ready to open up.
  6. Focus on the issue during a fight. Don’t attack each other’s character. Instead, focus on the problem when venting your frustration. Try to see the other person’s point of view, and work from there to resolve everything.
  7. Agree that it’s okay to disagree. Acknowledging where she’s coming from doesn’t mean you agree with her. Just respect any differences you many have.
  8. Pick the right environment for an emotional conversation. If she’s comfortable, not threatened and in a private place… then the chance of your conversation going well drastically improves.
  9. Develop a plan for reconnecting. It’s hard to figure out what to do when you’re already feeling distant, so already having a plan in place will make it a lot easier to get close again.
  10. Be silly with each other. We all need to stay pretty serious at work, so it’s important to relax in this way with her.
  11. Pray for one another, as a couple, every day. Whether it’s part of your faith or not, this simple act will help you dedicate some time to really focusing your minds on each other – strengthening your marital bond.


#ThrowbackThursday: Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie

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On August 14, 2013, Actress Hilary Duff celebrated three years of marriage to her Hockey Player beau Mike Comrie. She walked down the aisle is a beautiful lace Vera Wang gown in Montecito in Micheal Douglas' former home. From the pictures, the day seemed to be flawless but Hilary says her wedding day was a complete disaster!

During an interview with Chelsea Handler Hilary says, "First of all I lost my tooth ... I was eating a bagel," she explained. "You know you starve yourself before your wedding ... Well I was like I'm going to eat a bagel first thing, I'm getting married in the evening but I have been so good it's not going to stick between [now and the wedding]. So I'm just chowing down on a bagel, a nice soft bagel and I spit my tooth out in my hand." Luckily Hilary was able to get her tooth fixed before walking down the aisle but that wasn't the end of her wedding day woes. Since Hilary is a big star, paparazzi are expected to be there but here pastors reaction was completely unexpected. "[He] steps out from underneath the little flowered arbor thing, and holds up like a fake Uzi or like a big gun .... and starts [pretending to blast] at the paparazzi right in front of our guests!" Listening to the story now is funny, but i'm sure I would have been motified if i was her as well! Despite all of the disasters, the couple remains happily married and are now parents to a beautiful baby boy named Luca.





Source: Huffington Post

Our Favorite Summer Celebrity Weddings


Summer Nuptials We Didn’t See Coming

Keira Knightley and James Righton

Knightley wore a simple strapless tulle dress created by Chanel for her big day, which she paired with flat pumps and a cropped Chanel jacket. She wore a daisy chain garland as her headpiece. While her Klaxons’ keyboardist husband opted out for a navy blue suit, white shirt and skinny baby blue tie. This is a great wedding outfit inspiration for the simple yet edgy couples out there.

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler

The Laguna Beach star wed Chicago Bears quarterback on June 8th in Nashville, TN. Kristin wore a white strapless Monique Lhuillier gown. Her groom and 10 month old son wore gray suits with a white shirt and tie. Guests enjoyed Southern food at the reception which was held at the Houston Station in Nashville.

Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha

We didn’t see this one coming!  Our favorite TV show Scandal, star Kerry Washington surprised us with this one. She secretly married the 49ers cornerback husband Nnamdi on June 24th in Hailey, Idaho. The event was private with just close friends and family. We look forward to seeing wedding pictures soon.

Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez

The never aging Halle Berry and her French actor husband said, “I Do”, surrounded by close friends and family members on July 13th in Chateau de Vallery in France.

Tina Turner and Erwin Bach

What’s love got to do with it? EVERYTHING! After 27 years of being together the diva and her long time boyfriend tied the knot in a private ceremony in Switzerland.  Turner, meanwhile, broke from the traditional white gown and rocked a stunning black silk tulle and lime-green taffeta gown with Swarovski crystal embellishment by Giorgio Armani. This shows us it’s never too late to find love.



Throwback Thursday: Celebrity Couples- Nene and Gregg Leakes

nene-leakes-wedding-gregg-leakes Nene and Gregg met in 1996 while she was working as a stripper in Georgia. A year later the couple got married and had son Brentt in February of 1999. Unfortunately the world watched Nene and Gregg go through a very dramatic separation on Real Housewife's of Atlanta which finally lead to a divorce in 2010. On June 22, 2013 Nene and Gregg's love story had a fairy tale ending with the couple getting remarried at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel.

The Wedding cost a reported $1.8 million with not one detail overlooked for the "very rich" actress. The star studded affair was attended by 400 guests including several of her RHOA cast mates. Nene wore a $50,000 Baracci dress for the ceremony and changed into a $20,000 Pnina Tornai dress for the reception. All of her bridesmaids wore white gowns by Gabriella Arango. From the few pictures that have been released so far the wedding looked absolutely gorgeous! I love the simple elegance of the all white Old Hollywood theme. I cant wait to see all of the details this fall on Nene's wedding special "I Dream of Nene" which will air on Bravo. Congrats to Nene and Gregg! We love to see a couple fall back in love and wish them many more years of love together. Check out a few pictures for the wedding below.



#ThrowbackThursday: Celebrity Couples- Denzel Washington and Pauletta Pearson

'Safe House' World Premiere After five years of courtship, on June 25, 1983, Denzel Washington married the love of his life Pauletta Pearson. From the marriage came 4 children: John David, Katia, Olivia and Malcolm. The couple renewed their vows in South Africa in 1995, and in a few days they will be celebrating 30 years of marriage! Denzel says the secret to a long lasting relationship is comprised of two things. "Do whatever my wife says, and keep my mouth shut!" Take notes fellas lol. In the midst of seeing marriages fall apart left and right in Hollywood, its nice to see a couple that was able to make it work. Congrats to Denzel and Pauletta!!

Throwback Thursday: Celebrity Weddings- Michael Jordan


At 50 years young, basketball legend Michael Jordan has not lost his zeal for love or marriage. Although his first attempt at marriage failed, Jordan decided to try again with now wife, model Yvette Prieto. This week we are going to throw it back to Michael’s first marriage and recap his wedding last week.

In 1989 Michael Jordan married Juanita Vanoy and had three beautiful children before divorcing in 2006. Juanita received the largest celebrity divorce settlement at that time in the amount of $168 million.


Two years later, Jordan met Yvette in a Miami night club and proposed in 2011. Last week, the couple got married in Palm Beach, Florida in front of 500 of their closest friends and family. Although many of the intimate details of the wedding have not been revealed, we do know the bride wore a custom dress created by J’Aton Couture and that Usher and Robin Thicke serenaded the couple during the reception. In case you wanted to duplicate the sneaker kings nuptials, get ready to sell your first born child and put their first born on layaway. The largest tent wedding ever, 40,000 square feet, cost an estimated $10 million. We hope the second time is the charm for Jordan. Congrats to the beautiful couple!




Throwback Thursday: Celebrity Couples- Will and Jada

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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith met on the set of Fresh Prince of Bel Air in 1990. In 1995 they decide to take their friendship to the next level and began dating. Two short years later they married in Jada's hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. The couple has two kids together and Jada is step-mom to Will's son from a previous marriage. Despite all of the rumors of a open relationship and separation, the couple remains happy and will be celebrating their 16th anniversary this year.

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The Smith Family in the early years!

Let Favored Help Plan The Perfect Marriage Proposal


Do you plan on proposing or know someone who is? Contact Favored by Yodit Event Planning to help with exclusive proposal planning.

Did you know that six million people planned or expected a marriage proposal on Valentine's Day in 2013, which is up from four million people in 2012? Or that 75% of women are disappointed with thier marriage proposal? Preparing to pop the question to the woman you love can be a very overwhelming experience. You want the moment to be perfect and one that she will be dying to tell her friends and family. If you aren't sure where to start or have an idea that you need help executing, we can help with all of the details. Whether you want a nice intimate proposal with just the two of you, or a flash mob with your entire family, no proposal is too small or too big for Favored.

Happy April Fools! Check out this Marriage Proposal Prank!

April Fools Prank Proposal

Have you been tricked yet today? It is April Fools' Day so get ready for a few laughs or cries!

Our Favored team loves planning a good wedding proposal! But in the spirit of today we have been finding some great pranks and this one is definitely the best we've seen. The guy calls out his girlfriend to let her see a marriage proposal ... All part of a April Fools prank. Not only was it a fake proposal but he also made her scream like she was on fire! Im sure she was pretty upset but that is a small price to pay for this reaction!

Watch the full video here

Happy April Fools!

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