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

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

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.

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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

Getting Hitched Wedding Guide Checklist

Planning and scheduling will allow you to enjoy being married on your special day. Majority of large planning takes 12 months or less to plan. Here is a guide to help you organize and plan for your day and to focus on the details of you and your fiance’ vision. Happy planning!!

10–12 Months To Go
•Work on your budget and establish your top priorities where to save/where to splurge.
•Find amazing Ideas, start browsing our blog, Pinterest, bridal blogs and magazines to identify your wedding style and color palette.
•Compile your guest list (you’ll need that guest count for food purposes!).
•Choose your wedding party
•Find a venue for your ceremony and reception, and reserve your date. Know what questions to ask when evaluating a wedding venue.
•Already feeling overwhelmed? Consider hiring a Wedding Planner.

6-8 months To Go
•Find Wedding Invitation designs you love and start working with your design company (Pick up to 3)
•Choose Favors and Thank You Cards.
•Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony.
•Reserve all your rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, etc.
•Choose cake style and schedule tastings with various bakers also order a grooms cake
•Select men’s formalwear and give information to groomsmen
•Book transportation to and from venues.
•Purchase wedding bands.

4-6 months To Go
•Purchase wedding bands
•Shop and Order bridemaids’ dresses
•Mail out invitations
•Finalize catering menu for reception
•Get confirmation from vendors
•Plan the rehearsal dinner

2 months To Go
•Give your caterer/venue the final guest count.
•Create seating and place cards.
•Pick up your gown!!
•Confirm arrival times and finalize the wedding timeline with vendors and the wedding party—make sure your wedding planner has a copy
•Put together your own Bridal Emergency Kit.
•Contact those who hasn’t RSVP’d yet.

1-2 weeks To Go
•Confirm lodging for out of town guests
•Create a master schedule and distribute to attendants and vendors
•Finalize vows if writing your own
•Give final guest count to ceremony and reception site
•Confirming all vendor delivery times and dates etc.
•Bachelor and Bachelorette party
•Your planning is complete…. and will be breathtaking!!!