In 2020, gifting is increasingly an opportunity to show not only appreciation or care for someone, but a way to keep in touch as we have all had to keep our distance. With the holiday season fast approaching and many people forced to keep their plans smaller and limited compared to normal years, gifts sent to family and friends are a great way to let the people who matter most know that you are thinking of them even when you aren’t together. For those of you who are lucky enough to have your family bubble close by, a host gift might be even more appreciated this year, given all of the added logistics to plan and keep everyone safe while gathering for the holidays.
Here are some of our favorite gift ideas from women-owned small businesses, to give you some ideas to kick start your holiday gifting!
Washington D.C. based florist, chef, and gardener, Sidra Forman creates custom care packages with favorite items for pick-up, local delivery, and nationwide shipping. Local packages might include food from Path Valley Amish Cooperative in Pennsylvania, seasonal vegetables, and floral arrangements. Packages for delivery can contain less perishable items from artisans such as notebooks, soaps, candles, and essential oils. Email Sidra and she will customize a gift for you!
Locally-sourced floral arrangements delivered twice a month to your doorstep. Club membership options include Bud level: 2 bud vases (pictured 5-7 stems in each) or Blooms level: 1 vase (12-15 stems). Delivery fees are included with the subscription which can be for two, three, six months, or one year.
Artisanal soft pretzels that are hand crafted with a traditional Bavarian style crust outside and light airy brioche on the inside. Pretzels are frozen for shipping and arrive defrosted, ready to heat and eat!
With so much uncertainty this year, many couples are finding that they want to move forward with their plans in the safest way possible; postponing the big celebration and throwing a micro wedding. Micro weddings allow couples the option to proceed with their plans to get married, abide by local regulations, and keep their guests safety a top priority.
We have had the joy of helping our clients plan micro weddings and would love to share some of our top tips from this experience!
Decide what “micro” means to you. Take into account local regulations and also your comfort level when it comes to creating your guest list. You can limit the size to your immediate family, or include more extended family and close friends, if that feels right to you.
Be flexible. Aside from adjusting the size of your celebration, being open to new locations and dates will make planning easier. Many couples choose to honor their original wedding date, but have the celebration at home, while others choose an entirely new date and location as an opportunity to differentiate this celebration from the postponed wedding they have already planned.
Choose 1-2 key elements to focus on. A smaller event can and should still be beautiful! Keep things manageable and pick a few focal elements that will be highlights of your event. A gorgeous floral arch frames your ceremony and can be used as a background for family portraits after.
Smaller guest count allows for lux table top choices. A table for 10 allows you the opportunity to go all out and make more elaborate choices for your guests.
Consider video and live stream options. Keeping the guest count small doesn’t mean you don’t want extended family and friends to participate in your celebration. Setting up a live stream so that your loved ones can join remotely, or a video that can be shared and enjoyed after the ceremony allows you to keep things safe, while including all of the guests you want to share in your day.
Planning a micro wedding that is meaningful and memorable can be a great way to celebrate your love and still allows you to have the big party with all of your family and friends when it is safe to do so!
This colorful and fun loving couple put their own twist on every aspect of their wedding day which took place on May 18th, 2019 at Union Market’s Dock 5 event space. An event planner herself, Emma knew that she wanted the wedding to be unique from all of the events she had planned and the blank industrial space at Dock 5 allowed them the freedom achieve a true transformation. Emma and Drew embraced a colorful mid-century-modern-chic theme in bright jewel tones with tropical touches. Personal touches could be found throughout the day including: the 2Pac/Biggie cuff links that Drew wore (an early present from Emma), Emma’s grandmother’s fabric for the chuppah (which her sister also used at her wedding), incorporating a Southern tradition to bury and dig up a bottle of bourbon at the wedding site to ensure good weather, and a dessert bar featuring Rancatore’s ice cream (owned by the bride’s uncle) and cakes from Baked and Wired (the couple’s favorite cupcake shop). Check out this amazing day below!
When your fiancé surprised you and got down on his knee to propose that day became one of the best days of your life! You were overjoyed and ready to start planning your absolute dream wedding. What you didn’t plan on though was having to plan your wedding during a pandemic – COVID 19.
How do you know what to do first? How do things change? We wanted to share our own wedding planning at home 101 to help.
Make a List. It’s helpful to jot down everything that needs to be completed throughout the wedding process. Here at A. Dominick Events we use an online project management tool called Trello. Trello allows us to keep track of what is coming down the pipeline for our clients. Our clients are also able to see our collaborative to-do list which is helpful for the bride, mother of the bride, groom and any other important family members.
Don’t Get Overwhelmed. Give yourself 3-4 tasks at a time to tackle. Try not to overwhelm yourself with the thought that everything must get done immediately. Be kind to yourself and give yourself breaks. It is important to have downtime and to remember to enjoy the beautiful engagement season that you are in with your fiancé.
New Digital World. It’s key to remember that even when we’re not in a pandemic much of wedding planning does not happen in person. It’s normal to plan most of your wedding via phone calls and emails. The current health situation makes video chats for floral and design consultations as the new norm, but just as useful as in person design meetings
Be Patient. Many hotels and restaurants are currently working on a skeleton crew which has caused some delays in their response. Be patient and persistent. Call, email or direct message your vendors, but make sure to remember that we are all navigating this new normal.
Communicate Clearly. Communication is key when wedding planning. Be clear when you reach out to your vendors about your expectations and what you are open to be flexible on.
It is also important to keep your family in the loop. If you should need to change dates or locations, let your family know asap.
Have Fun. This is an exciting time for you and fiancé – embrace it! Take the extra time at home together to pull design inspiration photos. Make your “wedding” Pinterest board. Order swatches online. Not only are these things fun, but they also are very helpful when it comes to floral and design meetings.
Having things to look at visually is invaluable. Modern means different things to each person, but if you have photos to share of what modern means to you that will make for a more productive meeting with your planner and/or florist.
Don’t forget to take breaks and step away from your to-do list. Don’t get so bogged down in your to-do’s that you aren’t having fun doing non-wedding things.
Read your contracts. Be sure you understand the cancellation and postponement terms in all of your contracts. If it isn’t clear ask questions and get everything in writing.
Choose a season-less style for Your Wedding. Embrace a design that could transition from one season to another, should you need to move your wedding date. Move away from planning your wedding for the season instead plan a wedding that is timeless and is easily transferable to any season. For example, cherry blossoms are only available in the spring and should you need to move to the fall they wouldn’t be available.
Hire a Wedding Planner. Consider hiring a wedding planner to help guide you through the unknown. Our A. Dominick Events team promises to help you every step of the way, keep you organized, and keep you sane. We promise to use our experience to guide you and not make decisions for you. Above all, we want your wedding day to be above and beyond what you’ve always dreamed!
When it comes to deciding on your wedding venue, it can feel very overwhelming! So we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of our top hotel wedding venues in Washington DC in hopes that it will make your decision a little but easier and less stressful!
Originally designed and built as a residential hotel in the 1920s, The Hay-Adams of today offers a historic location with a legacy of service and excellence. This unique Washington, D.C. venue features 6,350 square feet of elegant, bright and airy event space perfect for a wedding of up to 200 guests.
Most notably is the crown jewel of The Hay-Adams, known as Top of the Hay which boasts panoramic views, including the best view of the White House and DC.
One of the top rooftop wedding locations in DC, this unique event space features French doors and trellis-like lattices under vaulted skylights, the perfect location for grand or intimate DC wedding.
For more inspiration for weddings at The Hay Adams click here and here
Ideally situated on K Street, just two blocks from the White House, The St. Regis is another wonderful option for a luxury wedding in Washington, D.C.
The St. Regis is a unique venue, not only does it have a ballroom that is not in the basement of the hotel but it also has an adjoining outdoor terrace which makes the venue almost feel twice the size. Known as the Astor Terrace at the St. Regis, it offers an urban oasis for exceptional outdoor ceremonies and receptions. This versatile venue can be used for weddings of up to 200 guests or use for cocktail hours and receptions.
Palladian windows and crystal chandeliers adorn The Astor Ballroom, creating the feeling of old world glamour. The 2,508-square-foot ballroom comfortably accommodates up to 200 for weddings.
Conveniently located in the West End and within walking distance of downtown and Dupont Circle, The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. features a 10,586 square-foot luxury Grand Ballroom, perfect for a large wedding (easily accommodating 350 for ceremony and reception) that can be transformed into almost anything for your DC wedding.
The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom features molded wood wall panels that are painted in a light French grey with cream accents, 14.5-foot ceilings and six breathtaking chandeliers, providing a modern look and a soft glow.
For more Ritz-Carlton Washington DC Weddings click here and here
Right in the heart of bustling Georgetown, the Four Seasons Hotel offers the ideal setting for intimate weddings, family gatherings, celebrations and galas. The expansive, Corcoran pillarless ballroom is 4602 sq. ft. and can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe their ballrooms in natural light, and their private, covered patio can be tented for events year round and is the perfect spot for wedding portraits.
From outdoor terraces to banquet-ready ballrooms, the Four Seasons Hotel offers a sophisticated choice for your wedding celebration.
For more Four Seasons Washington DC Wedding inspiration click here and here
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. magnificent Fahrenheit Ballroom features floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed brick offering a contemporary venue of dramatic and rustic proportions.
For couples wishing to exchange their vows al fresco, The Yard offers a romantic oasis within a terraced garden shaded by a lush canopy of trees. Tailored made for the most intimate of experiences, The Chimney Stack sits at the base of the iconic 130 foot smokestack boasting a soaring ceiling and modern, industrial décor which can accommodate up to 100 guests.
For more Ritz Carlton Georgetown Wedding inspiration click here
Known for its contemporary luxury, historic charm, sophisticated style, and first-class service, The Willard InterContinental is one of Washington’s most prestigious venues. The Willard InterContinental’s 19 distinctive spaces provides a distinguished setting for both intimate and grand weddings.
The Crystal Room provides a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable event. Exuding spectacular opulence, the Crystal Room’s design motif includes mottled green columns, crystal-dripping chandeliers, ornate hand-carved gold leaf crown molding, and antique drapery and can hold up to 200 guests.
The Willard Room, whose intricate design and exquisite oak paneling, brass and bronze chandeliers, and dark green marble columns reflects the craftsmanship of a bygone era, offers a distinguished setting for up to 200 guests
Originally located on the top floor of The Willard, the Grand Ballroom was relocated to the hotel’s lower level during the restoration of The Willard in the mid-1980s. Featuring 4,736 square feet, with an additional 2,176 square feet in the ballroom’s separate entrance foyer, the Grand Ballroom is one of Washington’s most notable venues for up to 350 guests.
For more Willard InterContinental Wedding inspiration click here