Picking the right Venue

April 14, 2016. Category: planning, venue

Picking the perfect venue for your wedding can be one of the most stressful tasks a couple faces when planning their wedding! So, to alleviate some of the angst we thought we would share some of our insights on how to get the most out of your relationship when working with a property in hopes that it will make the process a little bit easier!

Wedding Planner_Vicki Grafton1. “The venue representative see the same event over and over again. Ask your contact what they are excited about. Have they seen something that is a unique use of their space or in house items? Is there something they have always wanted to do in their space? Getting your contact interested and looking forward to your day will play to your favor as you work through the planning process.”

Venue: Corcoran Gallery   Photographer: Vicki Graphton

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

2. “Remember a venue contact is not a wedding planner. Be respectful of their role and they will treat you with the same level of respect throughout the planning process. The manager of a venue’s job is to protect their space and in a hotel setting to manage the catering team. They might send over the names of their favorite vendors or offer to set up your escort cards but their focus is on their property and their team on your wedding day. A wedding encompasses so much more than the venue details, a wedding planner will help pull all of those items together so your venue contact put their focus where it needs to be on the wedding day.”

Venue: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium    Photographer: Connor Studios 

 In house venue rentals_ Kathy Blanchard

3. “Make sure you keep the venue’s in house items in mind when crafting the plan for your day. We are not saying that every venue has chairs that you will like or go with your look but if your space has natural chiavaris don’t get your heart set on gold chairs. If your space offers 5.5′ round tables try to steer clear of the communal table look on Pinterest. Every in house item you use can be another dollar you can spend elsewhere in the wedding.”

Venue: Meridian House    Photographer: Kathy Blanchard 



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May Flowers

May 19, 2015. Category: details, Flowers, inspiration, venue

The sun is shining and flowers are blooming. Spring has finally graced us. Look at these ideas on how the new weather can influence your wedding day!

Rethink your floral arrangements

Succulents are this year’s hottest trend. They are a variation of the cactus. By nature, succulents are tough plants that can endure desert-like conditions.They come in variations of purple and green – sometimes even pink! They represent a timeless, strong love and can add a natural touch to any floral arrangement.

Photo Courtesy of: Belle the Magazine

Photo Courtesy : The Knot

Add a twist to your cocktails

We often suggest having a signature cocktail as it adds a personal touch to any drink menu – not to mention it’s the perfect way to celebrate a new marriage. Infusing your cocktails with floral notes or herbs can add a subtle brightness and depth in an unexpected way.

Check out these Infused Cocktails here!

Set the scene with Spring

Let mother nature be the backdrop! Venues like the Pippin Hill and King Family Vineyards offer breathtaking outdoor settings that will captivate your guests. Outdoor weddings offer a romantic and natural ambiance that can’t be replicated.

Venue: King Family Vineyards

Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

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Barns are Back

March 21, 2014. Category: venue

We thought the rustic look was nearing it’s end, but no ma’am.

It seems that every other bride is asking if there are barn venues near DC.  These are a few of our favorites

Barns at Wolf Trap

We love the proximity to DC that this venue offers, it is only 10 minutes from Tysons!

Be mindful, this is not the space for a large wedding.  We think 130-150 guests work best.


Early Mountain Vineyards

Image by Eric Kelley

I love this venue and they can hold a larger reception, up to 200.  It is gorgeous and you can bring in your own caterer, which gives you so much flexibility on budget and quality.  This venue is about an hour and a half from DC so you may need to think of this as a mini-destination wedding.


The Maples

Image by Jodi Miller

This venue is such a treasure.  It is a barn set on a private estate in Middleburg, only an hour from DC. The barn could accommodate 120 but you can tent for a larger wedding.

There are loads more, but you need a wedding planner to find one that is perfect for you!






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Capital City Classic at the Metropolitan Club

January 25, 2013. Category: decor, real wedding, venue, weddings

We were very honored to finally work with the amazing Kate Headley on this classically DC, fall wedding.  Her photos of Amaryllis‘ stunning flowers are just to die for… if we do say so ourselves.



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Gilt-y Pleasure

January 22, 2013. Category: cake, catering, decor, news, venue, weddings

We are very excited to announce our partnership with Gilt to offer a DC wedding-in-a-box!  If you are considering getting married in DC in 2013 or early 2014, Listen Up!!

The Hay Adams Hotel, Beehive Events, My DeeJay and Kendall’s Cakes along with  our team (A. Dominick Events) is going to sell an entire wedding for 110 guests on Gilt City for $49,000 40% off retail price (normally $82,500).  Don’t be late, THIS THURSDAY at 10am.  The package will go fast!

But wait, there’s more…

Image by Andrew Reilly

A room for your wedding night at the Hay Adams is included, along with a ceremony site, an hour of cocktails and passed hors ‘d’oeuvres, a five hour open bar and a four course dinner (with wine) is included

 Image by Ralph Alswang

Your ceremony, cocktail and dinner music is provided by My Deejay.  Your custom cake by Kendall’s cakes too.

It’s incredible, but your flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, escort card arrangement and dinner arrangements) from Beehive are all included too.

 Image by Sweet Tea Photography

Certainly, last but not least, A. Dominick Events will provide Full Service wedding planning to guide you through every step of the process.

Better check your credit care limit.  This is an incredible opportunity.




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