I Promise To…

March 21, 2018. Category: advice, ceremony, wedding tips

Have you and your fiancé decided to write your own vows? Are you unsure of where to start? You are in luck because we have a few helpful ideas to assist you in the creation of your meaningful vows.

The first place to start is with your fiancé. You both should chat about your respective expectations. Are you planning on keeping your vows under 2 minutes or under 1 minute? Are you going to type out your vows or write them down in a booklet? Are they ok with using humor? As you’re talking about your vows together, ask any question that comes to mind. Once you have a loose outline of what your vows will look like it will be easier to build out your personalized vows.

Photo: Lissa Ryan Photography

Next up is inspiration. Watch videos of the two of you together, or go back through photos of your relationship. Jot down what looking at those things make you feel. Try gathering inspiration from a favorite movie or book. Do you want to use a specific line from a movie the two of you enjoy? Do it! These vows are all about your relationship, and can be as unique and fun as you design them to be. Another place to find inspiration is the traditional wedding vows. For example, use the words “to love and to cherish” as a starting point. Use those words to point out specific ways you plan to go about loving and cherishing your partner. If you jot down what those words mean to you it will help you build your vows.

Photo: Eli Turner Photography

Don’t wait until the last minute to write your vows. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, you want to have plenty of time to practice reading your vows out loud. Don’t forget to leave time to make edits as well! Once read out loud it is easier to pick up what sentences don’t flow with one another, and what parts of your vows might be tongue twisters. Try practicing looking into a mirror as well. You want to be looking into the eyes of your partner while going through your vows!

Still stuck?  The pros at XO Juliet, can craft custom vows for you and your beloved and they offer a discount for A. Dominick brides! They can even help with toasts and hashtags if you are suffering from severe writer’s block.

 

Photo: Jodi & Kurt Photography

Writing your vows is a very special way to personalize your wedding ceremony. It’s an intimate view into your relationship, so be sure to take time to make this a meaningful experience for your partner, and your guests.

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Congratulations Robin and Jesse

March 18, 2018. Category: anniversary, real wedding

Robin and Jesse wanted to bring the outside in for their wine country inspired DC wedding!

Robin and Jesse…

Weaving together earthy tones with mixed metals and lush greenery created a wedding that was exactly what they wanted – natural, sophisticated, and elegant.

Happy First Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Dymond, we wish you a lifetime of love and laughter!

Photography: Bonnie Sen  Florist: Amaryllis

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

See more of this real wedding featured on United With Love

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A. Dominick Events Summer Internship

March 07, 2018. Category: internship

PLEASE NOTE: As of April 12th, 2018 our summer internship is full.

Are you obsessed with events, especially weddings?  Do your plan your friends’ birthdays and love looking at Pinterest and event planning blogs? A. Dominick Events, based in Chevy Chase DC, is one of the premier event planning companies in the area and can teach you how to turn that passion into a profession.

Photo Credit: Rachel May Photography

A. Dominick Events has a fast paced work environment and we seek talented interns who crave learning new skills and aren’t afraid to tackle big projects. As an intern you will get to work with our staff, while working on real projects that will teach you what event planning is really about.

Our ideal candidate is someone who is friendly and professional, someone who is obsessed with event planning and is creative and thoughtful when approaching assignments. He or she should also be ready to take great notes and open to learning the intricacies of planning high-end events.

What You Will Learn:

To create a high-end event from start to finish

To balance client expectations and budget constraints

To create and present a scale floor plan using Social Tables software

To brainstorm event details and design including creating inspiration boards

To build relationship with our online community by maintaining our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blog and other media accounts

To create proposals for prospective clients

To dress professionally and interact as an adult in a workplace

To design and set up a sample table presentation

Plenty of additional opportunities in related projects

Format for Learning and Future Benefits:

Our firm prides itself on the quality of its internship program and many of our former interns are now working in influential positions in event planning roles in Washington, DC and beyond. Our introductions and recommendations have helped our former interns to secure positions at many companies including; The Ritz Carlton, Hay Adams Hotel, Elan Artists, Amaryllis Inc, our own firm and many others.

We begin our internship with a full day of intensive training and provide each intern a comprehensive full training manual. Each day, interns are provided with varied tasks that are discussed in detail and overseen by their direct supervisor. At the conclusion of each day, the intern is required to recap their progress providing opportunity for supervisor feedback and learning.

At the mid-point of the semester a quiz and review are given to assess each interns’ progress and to establish a dialog to ensure that the interns’ goals are being reached.

At the conclusion of the semester, a final review is conducted to access the progress of the intern and to discuss the intern’s goals beyond the internship. At this time career advice, resume review and if appropriate, recommendations and introductions are made to possible future employers.

What We Are Looking For:

Background/studies in Event Planning, Marketing, Communication, Management or other related discipline is preferred but not required

Strong communication skills (both written and oral)

Proficiency in Word and Excel

Great organization skills with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments

Creativity and flexibility

Strong problem solving skills

Familiarity with social networking sites desired, but we will also train

Details:

The office internship program runs from mid-May to mid-August and you are expected to work 10 hours a week in the A. Dominick Events office.

To be eligible, you must be a current undergrad student.

This is a paid internship opportunity and you will be compensated at $12.50 per hour.

Questions?

For more information or to apply, please contact Christina Dean (christina@adominick.com or 202.216.9557). Please submit both a cover letter and resume for consideration.

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National Wedding Planning Day

March 01, 2018. Category: advice, wedding planner, wedding tips

Your fiancé surprised you and proposed – congratulations! You are thrilled, and can’t wait to get started planning your dream wedding. So what should you tackle first? Since today is National Wedding Planning Day we wanted to share our own wedding planning 101 to help you get started.

Know Your Budget. It is crucial to organize your budget as you can not make any decisions or hire any vendors without knowing what you want to spend. It is important for you to discuss what is financially realistic based on what you and your fiancé can contribute, along with your families. Use that number as a guideline throughout your planning process.

Eli Turner

Pick a Date. Begin to narrow down the dates that you would like to get married on. It’s helpful a few dates in mind as your venue may be already booked on one of your choices. If you are having a hard time picking specific dates, try to narrow it down to at least a season. You can then go over the spring season with your venue and different vendors to find out their availability.

Katelyn James

Choose the Style of your Wedding. Do you love the city? An urban style wedding may be the way to go for you. Is an outdoor wedding more your style? Maybe you have always dreamed of a formal wedding at your family’s country club. Have fun and be authentic with this one!

Bonnie Sen

Create your Guest List. Get your guests’ names down on paper instead of thinking that you know the amount of people you want to invite. You may be surprised how many people you write down after tackling your list with your fiancé and families.

Abby Jiu

Hire a Wedding Planner. Wedding planners are considered experts at what they do for a reason! Consider hiring a wedding planner as an investment in your sanity. As your planner, we promise to keep you organized and on schedule so that you have little to no stress leading up to your big day. We won’t make decisions for you, but rather, help you to make decisions. We have years of experience to help you along the way. Most of all, we want your wedding day to be more special than you could have ever imagined!

 

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