Category Archives: Wedding Planning Chicago


The Wedding Sessions, Why A Tasting?
September 4, 2012

In this final clip from, ‘The Wedding Sessions’, Wendy Pashman, owner of Entertaining Company, and Anthony Navarro, owner of Liven It Up Events, discuss why we have tastings for your wedding menu!  Watch the clip to learn the reasons why!! 

Watch for what will be coming up on our blog in the coming weeks!  The big reveal will be Thursday, September 6th!  Stay tuned!




The Wedding Sessions, Variety & Options
August 28, 2012

In this episode of “The Wedding Sessions” you will hear Wendy Pashman with Entertaining Company & myself, Anthony Navarro with Liven It Up Events chat about variety and options of food for a wedding!  Watch and learn more about how to customize your wedding menu!

Watch next month for new wedding sessions!




The Wedding Sessions, The First Run!
June 21, 2012

Well that was an exciting couple of weeks listening to Wendy & I talk a little about some thoughts on wedding planning!  Just in case you missed any of the episodes here are them all for you to see!




The Wedding Sessions, Why A Planner?
June 19, 2012

In this final round of webisodes, Wendy & I talk about the importance of what a planner brings to the table!  Take a look and hear us explain what planners really do!




The Wedding Sessions, Why A Tasting
June 14, 2012

In this webisode, you again here my buddy, Wendy Pashman, Founder and Creative Mind at Entertaining Company, talk about the purpose of a tasting.  Wendy sure brings up some points that you should be paying attention to when you think about scheduling a tasting with a caterer!  Take a look at what she has to say!




The Wedding Sessions, Variety & Options with Menu Planning
June 12, 2012

Take a look at the webisode of the Wedding Sessions with Wendy Pashman from Entertaining Company explaining to me, Anthony from Liven It Up Events some of her creative ways to serve a large group of people and making it fun and exciting, yet interesting and creative!

Blooper Alert:  Wendy kept looking at the camera after we were finished taping and she was not supposed to!  Watch how I crack up when she does that at the end of the webisode!




Just A Thought on Your Planning Thoughts
May 29, 2012

This is something that I find to be so interesting.  Just like in everyday life, we all have instincts or feelings on what we should do or what we should not do.  Some of these feelings are for smaller everyday things like what to wear, how to prepare your schedule for the day, or what dessert to bring to a dinner party.  And then we have instincts for larger things that happen in our lives like knowing whether or not to accept an offer for a new job, to move homes, buying a new car, or to decide to marry the person you love.

Just like trusting your instincts for your everyday life and for your more important decisions in life, you should trust your instincts on planning your wedding.  When you walk into the room and you just know that you found the right space, go with it!  When you meet with the right vendors and you just know that she or he is he right fit, book them!  When you see the table linen, the flowers, the china, the lighting, the chairs and you know it’s right, go with it!  It helps so much to just trust the little voice inside.   

Photo Courtesy of Garret Photography

This is a couple who I had the pleasure of working with and believe me.  They hand picked everything and everyone for their wedding and when they knew something was right for them, they did it.  When something was not right for them, they moved on!  And believe me, they had a fantastic wedding!

When you know something is right in your everyday life, you do it.  Same thing should be for planning your wedding.  When you know, you know!




Wedding Planning Tips, What Are The Options of A Plated Dinner at a Wedding
April 10, 2012

This week we are talking about how to serve your guests at your wedding a plated, sit down dinner. The Tweet came from Wendy Pashman, the owner of The Entertaining Company , and asked me to talk about the importance of giving options to the guests when you decide to serve a plated, sit down dinner. Great topic to talk about Wendy!

You can see my thoughts above in the video, but in short, if you are serving a plated dinner, I think the best way to do this is to offer your guests a choice of entree or you have to offer them a duo plate to accommodate as many palates as possible! Check out my thoughts on this in the video!

I also had to share this photo as this was from a tasting I was at last week at The Entertaining Company. It was so delicious, I could not pass it up to post it! Monk Fish in a Butter Saffron Sauce, Smoked Corn Souffle, Medley of Sauteed Wild Mushrooms!! It was outstanding!!

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Thanks so much for watching and check back every week for new video posts!




Wedding Planning Tips, What Makes The Guests Have a Good Time at the Wedding
April 2, 2012

This question came in from one of our Facebook followers who is also one of my brides! She asked what are some of the essential things that you should do in order to have the guests have a good time at the wedding. Here were my thoughts!

  1. 1. Provide transportation they do not have to worry about getting themselves to and from the hotel. This might be a reach on the budget, but it does help make it more enjoyable for people to not have to worry about going to and from the wedding. If you decide not to provide transport, which is OKAY TOO, make sure you tell the guests how to get around to and from your venue!
  2. 2. If the wedding is in a unique venue, you should still “sprinkle a little wedding” into the evening. What I mean by that if your venue is so unique and so non-hotel or club like, you should make sure that there are familiar wedding elements like toasts, first dance, cake cutting, things like that that will make people be reminded that even though they are in a really unique space, that they are still at a wedding.
  3. 3. If you have great food, a fully stocked bar, and rockin music, they will have a great time no matter what!

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Thanks again for watching!




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