A Little R&R

July 21, 2017. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, vacation

After a wonderful spring and summer filled with weddings- it’s time for a little R&R!

 

 

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Intern Spotlight!

July 20, 2017. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Intern Spotlight

We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful intern spend her summer with us. Today  we are turning the spotlight on her, so you can all learn a little bit more about who she is and why she wanted to intern at A. Dominick Events.

Meet Carson Smith.

Where are you from: Yardley, Pennsylvania — about 30 minutes south of Philadelphia

Where are you at school: I am a senior in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University

Did you always want to be in the events industry: Growing up, I always had an interest in event planning and interior designing. I love the creative aspect of event planning and the diversity of it — no event is ever identical. Therefore, not a single day is ever the same (it’s not a cookie cutter job).

I started my time at Penn State in the Division of Undergraduate Studies and exploring major possibilities. I ended up in the business school (management information systems) with a minor in marketing. Although I will graduate with a business degree, I really see myself in the events industry once I graduate.

As the director of fundraising in my professional business fraternity at school, I am in charge of creating and orchestrating numerous events throughout my college experience. Obviously, they don’t come close to the events that A. Dominick Events create. But I am looking forward to returning to Penn State this upcoming fall and applying the skills I have learned this summer to my fundraising events.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far: This internship, without a doubt, has been the most rewarding, interesting and exciting job I have ever had. My favorite part is how active the position is. While I spend some days in the office, I often attend meetings and networking events with the team throughout the week at various different locations.

The team is also so hands on and really good at teaching me the ins and outs of the business throughout the meetings, events, and days in the office. Even if the information they’re giving me has nothing to do with the project i’m working on — or a project i’ll ever work on during my time here — they still teach me anyways.

Most of all, I have been incredibly taken back by the whole process. Aimee, Cindy and Ashley are all so talented at what they do. I am learning so much from the A. Dominick Events team — not only event planning skills but also life skills. Their taste, attention to detail, knowledge, and organization skills are exceptional. Not to mention the constant flow of communication they have with each other as well as countless vendors and clients at a given time is quite impressive.

What has been your favorite moment during your internship so far: I don’t think I can pinpoint just one moment — but I would say that being able to attend these events after working on them for weeks in the office is incredible. It’s remarkable seeing a portfolio of pages transform into a vibrant, beautiful event. It’s truly rewarding seeing everything come together. Especially that moment right before the guests start arriving — when all the people who have worked so hard to create the event can take in the finished product.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received texts saying, “I want your job”  after I have sent pictures of the events to my friends. Just being able to say “I love my internship” is the best thing in the world.

We love you Carson!!

 

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Washingtonian Bride & Groom Top Vote Getter 2017

July 11, 2017. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, wedding planner

It is always an honor to be recognized amongst our amazing peers.

Thank you so much for the award of Top Vote Getter in latest issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom on stands now.

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5 Topics All Couples Have to Discuss Before the Wedding Planning Begins

March 10, 2017. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, advice, wedding planner, wedding tips, weddings

Though she is often behind the scenes are thrilled to see our very own Aimee Dominick featured on BRIDES today with a set of five tried-and-true questions you’ll want to discuss as soon as possible that are guarenteed to make the whole wedding-planning process a little bit easier!

Photo: Megan Beth Photography

Whether you start planning your wedding the second you get engaged or opt to wait a few weeks as you practice introducing your boyfriend as your fiancé, there really is a right way to kick off the process—and it’s not by heading to the bridal salon to try on gowns! Instead, below are few questions you’ll need to answer together before you get down to the wedding details that will help set you up for success! {Below are her 5 tips as seen on BRIDES}

1. What is your budget?

“Whether or not you have a planner, you can’t make any decisions or hire any vendors without knowing what you want to spend,” says Dominick. Discuss what is realistic, based on what you’re able to contribute (as well as what any family members may be chipping in), and use that overall number to help guide you as you start to check off big-ticket items like venue rentals and catering.

2. What is your vision?

This is a fun one! “Compile images and inspiration that speak to the look you’re hoping to achieve,” Dominick suggests. These could be pictures from wedding websites, home-decor or fashion magazines, or destinations you really love. “We pride ourselves on creating an event that is authentic to the couple, so defining how you see your celebration early on will help dictate the details that are included throughout the planning process.”

3. What are your priorities?

In addition to how you want your wedding to look, you as a couple (and also as individuals within the couple) will have things you care about more than others. “Ask yourselves questions about what matters most, whether it’s a specific live band or photographer, as well as what matters less. Knowing where you’re comfortable spending less (such as choosing simple save-the-dates instead of an elaborate design) will allow you to budget more money for the things you really care about,” Dominick explains.

4. What are your family dynamics?

Though not directly related to the look of your wedding, having a grasp of your family dynamics will help you, your planner, and your vendors avoid causing any undue stress. For example, if your planner knows your parents are divorced and are not on good terms, she can make sure to seat them far enough apart, as well as help you figure out how to have planning conversations that won’t ruffle too many feathers.

5. Are you having a first look?

Discussing your first look before you start planning? Yup, it’s worth considering! “Knowing whether you’ll be taking photos before the ceremony or if you’re waiting to do them all once you’ve said ‘I do’ will impact the timing of your entire day,” says Dominick. It affects everything from how early your photographer should arrive to when your bouquet needs to be ready to when the first hair and makeup appointment should be scheduled. She makes a good point!

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2016. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, New Year
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