The Wedding Rehearsal

Although wedding rehearsal are very standard its easy to forget the details that go into planning. Add some excitement to all the nervousness involved in planning a big day. It is important that all of the wedding party be fully involved in the rehearsal. It’s even more important that they pay close attention when the service is nontraditional or unfamiliar. Below are some guidelines to consider for a traditional wedding rehearsal:

Who attends?
Bride and groom
Best man and the maid and matron of honor
Bridesmaids
Groomsmen and ushers
Ring bearer
Flower Girl
Parents of the bride and groom (Typically the rooms parents have no active part of ceremony they don’t need to be present)
Officiant
Anyone speaking or preforming in the ceremony
Musicians, DJ, audio technicians who are handling the music and the sound system during the ceremony.
Photographer and Videographer

What should they wear?
Clothing that’s acceptable for the house of worship.

When is the rehearsal held?
Typically the rehearsal is held one week before the wedding or two days before. The closer to the wedding rehearsal takes place the better chances that all will go smoothly.

What happens during the rehearsal?
At the rehearsal, the wedding planner or officiant reviews the order with the couple. The officiant might ask the couple to recite one verse so they can find the right tone and volume.If there is an aisle runner, use the timing and signals for placing the runner once the brides mother has been seated The organist plays the processional so that the pace and spacing can be practiced. The order of procession is established and the attendants walk up the aisle two or three times until all goes smoothly. Everyone makes sure things are comfortable and that the order looks symmetrical. The maid of honor then learns when to take the brides bouquet and how to arrange the brides train with out attracting attention to herself. The officiant will explain when the veil if worn should be turned back and a decision is made on who will do so. After the kiss the bride and her party will follow her then the guest.
Then off to greet bride and groom and party or meet at the reception hall.

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Until next time, Blessings and 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

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All about Tent Weddings

When considering using an outdoor tent for your ceremony or reception, there is a list of options to choose from. Many tents today run from simple to palatial. There are bridges and pathways, arched entryways, parquet floors, stained – glass panels and chandeliers. You can also have colored tent that matches your wedding colors. keep in mind that depending on the weather you will need generators for heating or cooling and ceiling fans to keep air circulating.
There is various choices to choose from so keep in mind to have a reputable supplier that know how to measure your tent, that will accommodate your guest and all vendors involved. This is very important and plays a crucial part in your budget. Simply Perkfect Event Boutique works with the best companies and can help you execute your vision while keeping your budget in mind.
In general you will need at least 60×60 or 40×100 tent per 200 people for dancing and dinner. If you want restrooms or plan on having a cocktail hour you will need extra footage. Also consider a generator backup, sound system hook up, permits required by local ordinance and other personal information for tent installation and maintenance.

FYI: Don’t order a tent over the phone, go in person to see what you are paying for.

Below are some photos of beautiful tent weddings… Enjoy!!!

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(Photo Credit: Belle The Magazine, Estate Weddings & Events ,Jacqueline Chapelle )

Until next time, Blessings and 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

Personalize your wedding envelope

Adding personalized stamps to your wedding envelope is becoming a popular trend. Many clients and myself love to have the clients details throughout the entire wedding process. Invitations and postage normally set the tone for your clients, they then will get an idea what type of wedding there will be. The overall color and theme.

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Photo credit: Gourmet Invitations

Follow the link to order your personalized stamps: Zazzle

Until next time, Blessings and 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

All About Contracts

When planning a wedding with or without a wedding planner and designer, you should be expecting to sign a contract with every supplier, from the venue to the stationer to the florist all the way down to the limousine services. Every single detail should be covered in writing in the contract including dates, payment plans, cancellation fees, taxes, gratuities, delivery schedules, refund policy etc. ALWAYS take the time to read every contract thoroughly and if you don’t have an understanding about something ask questions until you do. NEVER sign a contract under pressure. Make sure that you also have a clear understanding on how and when bills are to be paid.

Now if things get overwhelming book you a wedding planner & designer to handle all the stress for you. That’s what we’re here for, to ease the stress so that you can be the life of your memorable event. To book us or have more questions visit us at
Simply Perkfect Event Boutique

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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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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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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