5 things every Maid of Honor should do for the bride on her wedding day!

March 14, 2019. Category: advice, maid of honor, uncategorized

If you’ve been asked to be a maid of honor (or matron of honor) in your best friend or sister’s wedding this is not only a huge honor, but a role that should be taken seriously and with stride. Your main role is really to be the biggest supporter of the bride during the planning of her wedding and more importantly her wedding day.

Here are 5 things every Maid of Honor should do for the bride on her wedding day!

1. As a maid of honor be prepared to jump in and help with anything. Abby Grace Photography
2. Carry the brides cell phone! As the maid of honor hold onto the bride’s phone for her and take photos throughout the wedding so at the end of the night when the party is over, she can relive all of the special moments all over again!
Bonnie Sen Photography
3. Learn how to do the bride’s bustle or at least have the wedding planner show you, so you can assist if need be.
Patricia Lyons Photography
4. Always have a small emergency kit with Advil, bandaids, anything you can think of! We like the Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for Brides as they have everything you need in the most adorable little case that can easily fit in your clutch. Bonnie Sen Photography
5. Have your own dress ordered, altered and ready to go well before the wedding. Make sure that the other bridesmaids do the same, the bride should not have to be chasing everyone to make sure they have their dresses she has enough to worry about. Bonnie Sen Photography

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Wedding Budget: Where to Spend your Money and Why!

March 11, 2019. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, advice, anniversary, Luxury Weddings, uncategorized

You finally chose a wedding day and think you have found the perfect venue but now what? Before you start planning anything further, you need to put together a budget for your wedding day!

Do you care most about the photos you will keep or is it your dream to have a killer band for a rocking party?  Know that going into the budgeting process and allocate more money for those areas.  You also need to be prepared to scale back on the things you don’t care as much about!

Luxury wedding at the meridian house, entryway, Amaryllis Floral and Event Design, A. Dominick Events

Be realistic: Most weddings we see in the Washington DC area are $800-$1,200 per guest.  Don’t believe the “average” DC wedding budgets you see in magazines and on other blogs.  Unfortunately, you can’t have a wedding like you see in bridal magazines for $50,000 in this region. Period.

Wedding Guests: Your guest count is the biggest way to contain your budget (read: save money). Take a hard look at not only your guest list, but your parent’s list, and your groom’s parent’s guest lists to see how necessary each invite and plus one is. But hold on, your list isn’t safe either. Stop and think who you will still be friends with in 10 years. Those coworkers might not NEED to be included.

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Don’t forget the un-sexy items: Yes, you have to think about transportation, insurance, rain plan and lighting. These items might not appear in your Pinterest-fueled dreams, but they have to be a consideration in your budget.

Prepare for the Unexpected: Know that you will likely go over budget.  Most couples go over by about 20%.  Last minute add ons and upgrades tend to be the culprit here.

Prioritize: What are the items you care most about? Those items should get weighted more in your budget. What items do you care least about? You MUST choose some items to be less of a priority to get a realistic handle on your budget. In reality, your food and beverage will be the most expensive line item, but depending on your priorities, the band or floral and decor will likely be next in line.

Ask An Expert:  Hire a planner or at the very least talk to a friend who is recently married in a venue similar. They can outline the true costs of the type of wedding that you are thinking of having BEFORE you book a venue! We happen to know the best wedding planner(s) in DC!

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