Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2012
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

All the best wishes to you and yours from me in 2013.  It’s a new year.  Let’s hope it brings out the best in everyone.  And if you just got engaged, congratulations!

Season’s Greetings

December 24th, 2012

floral-2For those who celebrate holidays right around now, I’d like to offer my best wishes for your holidays.  May all your dreams come true!

DIY Weddings: Dessert

December 17th, 2012
The homemade sweet table can be both pretty and tasty.

The homemade sweet table can be both pretty and tasty.

Here’s another good DIY idea:  Dessert!  While I strongly recommend that you do not cater your own wedding, dessert is a completely different matter for doing it yourself.  Better yet, get other people to do it for you.

I’m not talking here about making your own wedding cake.  While I’ve seen cakes made by talented friends and family members, that’s a job that is probably best left to professionals.  I’m talking about sweet tables.

We all know people who make fabulous cookies or pies or cupcakes.  You can take advantage of this by asking people–instead of bringing gifts–to bake for your wedding reception.

DIY sweet tables, like all DIY projects, do require a little more advance planning and coordination.  You’ll need to ask people to bake enough in advance that they will have time.  Your caterer will need to be alerted to the DIY nature of dessert.  People who bake will need to drop off their baked goods at a specified time.  (Your coordinator and caterer will help determine the right time.)  You’ll probably want to coordinate your bakers so that you have some variety.  And you’ll have to be sure the quantity is sufficient.

If you feel like you can handle all these things, the DIY sweet table is definitely an option.  It might not be as fancy as a sweet table from a bakery, but it can save money and be a way to have your friends and family closely involved with your reception.

Vendors I Know: Magical Moments Photography

December 10th, 2012
A photo by Howard Kier of Magical Moments Photography.

A photo by Howard Kier of Magical Moments Photography.

I think there are more wedding photographers in the Chicago area than any other type of wedding vendor.  One that stands out from the crowd in my book is Howard Kier of Magical Moments.

I’ve worked with Howard more than once and have been quite satisfied with the experience and with the results of his work.  His photographic style is straightforward and unpretentious.  His working style is easygoing and fun.  You can see some of his work in my photo galleries.