What’s a Groom’s cake?

What is a groom’s cake? Traditionally, it’s a gift from the bride to the groom that reflects his personality and interests in his favorite cake flavor. The groom’s cake is displayed next to the wedding cake. Clearly, you can’t go wrong with a chocolate or vanilla cake but, we are seeing more of groom’s cakes customized to the gent of honor’s favorite hobbies and flavors.

Here are some amazing cake designs and most popular themes from our very own Chicago Baker Elysia Root Cakes & others… Check them out!!

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Photo Credit: Heavenly Confections
Brides, Kenya’s Kakery

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Photo Credit: Southern Weddings

Happy Planning!

Antoinette Terry

Simply PerKfect Event Boutique is a full service wedding/event planning and design company where our focus is you “Making Dreams come True”. Please contact us at simplyperkfect@yahoo.com or (708)320-8053 to plan your wedding or special event. Book us at Simply Perkfect Event Boutique

Rustic Chic Wedding

Hello everyone, as I browsed the WWB looking at all the beautiful rustic chic cowboy wedding inspiration, I ran across some of the most beautiful photos by Cortney Smith Photography .She did an amazing job capturing this rustic look. I absolute love everything about this look from the cowboy boots to the ceremony. I can’t wait to have the opportunity one year to do a rustic cowboy wedding. Check out a few of the photos, enjoy!!

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Photo Credit: Cortney Smith Photography

Happy Planning!

Antoinette Terry

Simply PerKfect Event Boutique is a full service wedding/event planning and design company where our focus is you “Making Dreams come True”. Please contact us at simplyperkfect@yahoo.com or (708)320-8053 to plan your wedding or special event. Book us at Simply Perkfect Event Boutique

Should I Elope or Nah?

Is eloping for you? So many times in the wedding process, brides and grooms decide they want to elope because of the thousand’s of dollars they will spend in one day. But how important is that ONE day to the both of you? Before you decide to elope, you should carefully consider the pros and cons.

Reasons to Elope
Many couples who elope say that they want to save money. The cost of eloping is less than having a tradition wedding. And they don’t want to deal with the month to month planning. They may also be avoiding family arguments, especially if one partner’s parents disapprove of their choice of spouse, or if a divorced set of parents can’t stand to be in the same room together.

Reasons not to Elope
You’ll be missing out on celebrating with close friends and family and some may be very upset that you didn’t include them. You’ll also be missing out on the chance to fulfill your wedding dreams vision. You might miss the opportunity to reconnect with friends and loved ones who live far away, but would love to come for a wedding. And of course there are the pictures and memories you’ll miss instead of looking back on pictures of yourself in a beautiful setting surrounded by loved ones.

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Photo Credit: Savanahsmiles

Happy Planning!

Antoinette Terry

Simply PerKfect Event Boutique is a full service wedding/event planning and design company where our focus is you “Making Dreams come True”. Please contact us at simplyperkfect@yahoo.com or (708)320-8053 to plan your wedding or special event. Book us at Simply Perkfect Event Boutique

*We are a Certified Destination planner at Simply Perkfect Event Boutique If you need assistance book us at the link or at (708)320-8053 *

Food tasting tips

Food and food service are the most important elements of your wedding celebration. Most caterers offer clients tastings of their food, from hors d’oeuvers to main courses. Food tasting are very important it reflects the chef’s preparation. Here are some tips on things to look for during your tasting:

1. If you have hired a wedding planner, they will schedule the tasting with the company, most likely because they have a relationship with them. It’s the planners job to be the clear eyed troubleshooter and to make sure you get the service you want.

2. Look for signs of good quality food. Make sure food does not appear discolored or dry. Check your salad, vegetables and bread. Make sure the detail is what you like.

3. Notice the attentiveness of the staff. If you’re attending a buffet tasting, note weather food is allowed to sit out for long periods without being replenished. The caterer should have sufficient staff to keep presentation as fresh looking.

4. Ask if it’s possible to meet the chef at your tasting. Be sure to thank the chef and offer positive feedback. Once you empower a chef with your attention and confidence, the results are amazing.

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Photo credit: Pure Kitchen Catering

Pure Kitchen Catering Is one of the best food catering companies in Chicago, ILL

Happy Planning!

Antoinette Terry

Simply PerKfect Event Boutique is a full service wedding/event planning and design company where our focus is you “Making Dreams come True”. Please contact us at simplyperkfect@yahoo.com or (708)320-8053 to plan your wedding or special event. Book us at Simply Perkfect Event Boutique

Finalizing your guest list

Your guest count will have a big impact on everything when planning your wedding (i.e invitations, cake, reception and more). The biggest cost factor is the guest list, because reception cost are the most expensive part of your wedding.

First you should start with your budget, make sure you know what you can afford and be realistic. Realize you have to make a choice to plan your guest list around the budget or make a list first and plan around that. Remember it’s YOUR wedding it’s okay to listen to your family and friends when trying to invite guest but your decision should be with yourself and fiancé’. Always remember your budget and the size of your reception play a big role on finalizing your guest list. Should you every get frustrated and need help pulling it all together hire a wedding planner. To book us visit Simply Perkfect Event Boutique

Here is a way to categorize the guest list:

First tier: Immediate family ( parents,siblings, grandparents, your own children)

Second tier: Extended family members ( aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews)

Third tier: Family friends ( parents close friends, longtime friends and neighbors, childhood friends and their parents of close friends)

Fourth tier: Bride and grooms friends in further tiers of closeness to you (childhood friends, high school and college friends, work friends, new friends)

Fifth tier: Parents colleagues ( associates, employees, employers)

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Photo credit: OneWed

Happy Planning!

Antoinette Terry

Simply PerKfect Event Boutique is a full service wedding/event planning and design company where our focus is you “Making Dreams come True”. Please contact us at simplyperkfect@yahoo.com or (708)320-8053 to plan your wedding or special event. Book us at Simply Perkfect Event Boutique

Chicago Wedding – Aya & Scott

When I first connected with Aya I knew she was something special, Aya is the most adorable person I have ever met. Aya is one of Chicago’s top Models at several bridal and fashion companies here in Chicago and Scott is a Marketing Director for a top marketing company here in Illinois. Once we met with Aya she made it her business to let us know that she loves her soon to be husband, family, friends and her model friends which were all her bridesmeids. She also only wanted to celebrate with their closest friends and family that traveled from as far as Aya’s hometown in Almaty Kazakhstan, Central Asia.

Please enjoy these full of love and fun photos from the awesome Yakov’s Studio!

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Wedding Planner: Simply Perkfect Event Boutique
Venue: Mirage Banquets
Florist: Design De Flores
photographer and videographer: Yakov’s Studio
Dress: Laurel Bridal
Entertainment: Alex Babiy
Invitations: Megnet Street
Brides makeup and hair: VIP Chicago Brides
& Arsova Salon
Bridesmaids Makeup and Hair: Glam Squad

Simply PerKfect Event Boutique is a full service wedding/event planning and design company where our focus is you “Making Dreams come True”. Please contact us at simplyperkfect@yahoo.com or (708)320-8053 to plan your wedding or special event. Book us at Simply Perkfect Event Boutique

The Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes are still the visual focal point of many receptions. The traditional cake is round or square, multi-tiered and frosted in white or pale pastels. But there’s no real limit on the size, shape, color, and style. Some couples skip the cake cutting and serve individual cakes to guest.

Color is everywhere in weddings today, and many couples incorporate their color themes into the design of the wedding cake. Colored floral, splashes of colored frosting or even design of her wedding dress. Some couples opt out on wedding cakes and choose a dessert table filled with pastries, fruits, cookies, mini desserts and many more. The vision is up to you when deciding on the look of your cake/dessert table.Cost of the cake will depend on the quantity required, cake size and elaborateness of the decorations. Because the simplicity of designing a cake takes time the expenses have increased. Usually the cost of a cake can range from $3 to $15 per serving.

Schedule a appointment with the baker four to five months before the wedding. Most reputable bakers offer tastings of cake, fillings and icings. Always sample a bakers work before signing a contract. And remember to bring pictures of the look your wanting and or draw out the cake of your dreams. Take a moment and view some of the cakes from our previous weddings and some of the bakers on our vendor list.

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Happy Planning!!

Antoinette Terry

Simply PerKfect Events Boutique is a full service wedding/event planning and design company where our focus is you “Making Dreams come True”. Please contact us at simplyperkfect@yahoo.com or (708)320-8053 to plan your wedding or special event. Book us at http://www.speventboutique.com

Instagram your wedding

More and more people are social when they attend beautiful weddings for family or friends. Instagram is becoming more popular and your wedding absolutely has to have a #hashtag to do this. This let’s guest help you capture your special day from their perspective. Start by coming up with a unique #hashtag. But don’t forget to tell all your guest to make sure they record your special day with Instagram. Here are other ways to inform your guests of your wedding #hashtag. You can add the info to your ceremony program, you can add a framed sign to your gift table. Think about including your Instagram name on your cards so that just in case your guests don’t follow you already, they can easily find you and tag you in the picture as well. What option will be best for your wedding?

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Happy Planning!!

Antoinette Terry

Simply PerKfect Events Boutique is a full service wedding/event planning and design company where our focus is you “Making Dreams come True”. Please contact us at simplyperkfect@yahoo.com or (708)320-8053 to plan your wedding or special event. Book us at http://www.speventboutique.com

The Perfect Venue

Finding the perfect venue is the very most important thing you should look for first when planning your wedding. Once you have determined the size, budget, location and style you will better have an idea as to the look of the venue you would like. Most venues require a deposit the day you reserve and a cancellation fee. So be sure you absolutely love the venue of your choice. Keep in mind hiring a full time wedding planner can help you determine which venues would be best because they work close with preferred vendors. Here are a few important considerations to keep in mind when selecting the perfect place.

Size- Choose a location that’s great for the size of your guest count. Do not choose a spacious venue if your guest count is smaller because you will have more to decorate and the tables will be far apart from each other. Make your guest feel comfortable.

Layout- Make sure your layout is correct so that you can easily set up chairs and tables, cake table,bridal table, food table (If having a buffet style), gift table etc.

Travel- When picking the perfect venue ask yourself is the destination accessible, how long does it take your guest to get from ceremony to reception if not in the same location. If within budget consider hiring a bus transportation to transport you guest to the reception and back. You don’t want to loose your guest because of the distance that they may have to travel.

Formality- The level of formality is very important because it sets the time and day of your wedding. If your having a morning or afternoon reception you can be more informal or formal as you want, but if it’s in the evening it’s usually a more formal reception which requires a more formal venue.

Before you sign a contract with the venue be sure to have a tour to make sure all your needs are meet. Check for all the important things. Ask what are their restrictions for you and your vendors. Make sure theirs parking for your guest. And most important make sure it is what you want.

Mirage Banquets
(Photo credit Yakov’s Studio)

Happy Planning!!

Antoinette

Simply PerKfect Events Boutique is a full service wedding/event planning and design company where our focus is you “Making Dreams come True”. Please contact us at simplyperkfect@yahoo.com or (708)320-8053 to plan your wedding or special event. Book us at http://www.speventboutique.com

Exit in style!

After you’ve had all the fun on your wedding day one thing you definitely don’t want to forget… The exit! Right before it’s time to send you off to what will be a fun unforgettable evening, why not continue the fun. Here are some fun and unique ways to exit with love and not to mention a great photo of all your guest saying ‘FUN Night’…. Enjoy!!

Confetti Poppers
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Ribbon Wands
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Sparkle
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Rose Petals
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Confetti
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Birdseeds
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Happy Planning!!

Antoinette

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