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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Desert Destination – Palm Springs!

January 15, 2019. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, advice, bachelorette, destination wedding, inspiration, uncategorized

Here at A. Dominick Events we might be all about event planning, but we also enjoy getting out of the office from time to time and exploring! After a recent trip to Palm Springs, we would love to share our recommendations for this amazing destination – perfect for a fun weekend getaway, bachelorette location, or of course a desert oasis destination wedding!

Here are our recommendations for food, drinks, and fun activities!

Food:

We love the original Las Casulas for Mexican food, but be careful, the margaritas are strong!

Recommended Mexican food in Palm Springs
Yummy guacamole at Las Casulas!

Farm is such an adorable spot! Great for breakfast, but also a very romantic for dinner (think live music and twinkle lights). Be sure to get reservations!

Great breakfast, romantic dinner spot in Palm Springs
The perfect patio for brunch at Farm!

Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel. Totally the spot to run into celebrities in town from LA.

Pool side dining in Palm Springs
Purple Palm, the place to see and be seen!

Drinks:

Bootlegger Tiki – we love this tiny tiki lounge!

Intimate bar/lounge in Palm Springs
Fun and intimate drink spot – Bootlegger Tiki

4 Saints on the rooftop of the Rowan Hotel (which is also a great restaurant!). We stayed at this brand new Kimpton property and it was fabulous!

Recommended bar and restaurant in Palm Springs
See you at the 4 Saints bar!

Fun:

We went horseback riding at Smoke Tree Stables and LOVED it. The views are absolutely to die for and our guide taught us a ton about the desert.

Horseback riding in Palm Springs
The west is waiting for you at Smoke Tree Stables!

Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for some amazing views. Full disclosure, I needed a few drinks with my fear of heights, but there is a bar at the top.

Breathtaking views from Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Enjoy the view from the top on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway!

Take in the architecture of Palm Springs with The Modern Tour.

Modern architecture in Palm Springs
Visit the historic mid-century modern homes of Palm Springs

These are just a few of our recommendations for this amazing destination!

Where do you like to go in Palm Springs? Any suggestions for our next adventure?

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Happy Holidays!

December 18, 2018. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Happy Holidays, uncategorized

With only one week left until Christmas! We wanted to share what our favorite part of the holiday season is and some of our traditions that we do in our families. 

Happy Holidays! 

Aimee:

Favorite part of the holiday season: I mean, it’s me so food and decorating. I wish I could have Clark Griswold’s house with ALL the lights but we only have some deer, a Santa and a few lights on our bushes.  We do tons of baking, cookies, sticky buns and I have an awesome gingerbread cake with salted caramel buttercream recipe! 

Favorite holiday traditions: My family does an act of kindness every day for advent.  I am really trying to counteract the idea that the holidays are about getting (gifts/candy) but more about giving and finding joy and excitement in that.  Some acts are small, like sitting with someone new at lunch others are bigger, like playing bingo at a retirement home.

Aimee Dominick of A. Dominick Events Events holding a Gingerbread cake with salted caramel buttercream recipe.

Christina: 

Favorite part of the holiday season:  I absolutely love giving back during the holiday season with my family! My mom and dad always made it a point to teach my siblings and I that giving back to those less fortunate than us was simply a part of the Christmas season. It doesn’t have to be giving back in a big way – sometimes giving of your time makes a bigger difference than money!


Favorite holiday traditions: One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to Christmas Eve service at my church with my family. I love taking that part outside of the present portion of the holiday to focus on our faith and our family.

Debby: 

Favorite part of the holiday season:  My family always go to church on Christmas Eve and it is one of my favorite traditions that we do. There is something wonderful about being a part of something that is bigger than you. I always love how beautiful the churches are decorated and the songs that they sing. Now that I have a family of my own it is even more special. 

Favorite holiday traditions: My Family is the most important thing to me in the world, and there is nothing better than Christmas in Connecticut. My mom always decorates the house so beautifully, no detail in spared and she always has a different theme! This year her theme is around “The Grinch” as my 4 year old is just obsessed with him! We also love the message around the Grinch that Christmas “doesn’t come from a store, that Christmas, perhaps means a little bit more!” Spreading small acts of kindness and joy has always been a part of what the holidays mean to my family. So making sure my boys now do that during the holidays is a wonderful thing! 


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Be Thankful

November 22, 2018. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Thanksgiving

With the holiday season almost in full swing, it is hard to believe it is already Thanksgiving and that another year has almost come to an end!

This Thanksgiving we wanted to take a minute and share what we are all thankful for and of course it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if we didn’t sprinkle in a few of our favorite recipes or dishes!

Aimee: I am thankful for: My health. This is a big one for me this year. I feel we so often (as women) pick out our faults with our body, but I’m really trying to be grateful for all my body can do and how healthy I am. And of course, my family and our amazing clients!

Favorite recipe:  Alton Browns brined turkey  has been a staple for years and we added  Momofuku crack pie last year. This year, we are trying a few new/unconventional recipes: Thomas Keller’s leek bread pudding instead of stuffing and Pioneer Woman pumpkin cheesecake.

Christina:  My favorite part of Thanksgiving is gathering with family. My immediate family and I travel down to North Carolina every year to spend Thanksgiving with my dad’s side of our family. When my paternal grandmother was still with us she emphasized the importance of spending time with one another, so my dad and his siblings have rotated who hosts Thanksgiving and Christmas every year in her honor. That may sound like a big undertaking, but there are 6 siblings (plus all of their children!) to share in the fun and joy of hosting.

I’m grateful to have a family that makes it a priority to spend good, quality time together. It doesn’t hurt that we sincerely love each other too.

Favorite recipe: My favorite Thanksgiving dish is sweet potato pie! I think I love this pie specifically because it’s a recipe my mom learned from her grandfather and she has since passed it down to my sister and I. It’s super yummy, but also sentimental!

Debby: I am thankful for my amazing family, my two delicious, sweet and messy little boys, my dear friends and my wonderful co-workers. Life is very busy and hectic these days so I am really trying to be more present and live in the moment and I couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to be with my family all gathered together on Thanksgiving.

Favorite recipe: For those who know me well cooking is well, not my greatest skill but I do LOVE Pie, especially on Thanksgiving so my favorite dish would have to be Pecan Pie.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography      Floral Design: Amaryllis Floral & Event Design 

 

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10 things you may not know about Christina

October 23, 2018. Category: A. Dominick Events Team

We love learning interesting facts about our clients so we thought it would be fun to turn it around and share a few fun facts about Christina that you may not know!

Christina Dean- Event Coordinator, A. Dominick Events 

1. I am a proud Army brat! Both my mom and dad had long careers in the US military.

2. I was born in a military hospital right in Washington, DC.

3. I went to an all girls high school.

4. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy in college.

5. My favorite color is purple.

6. I grew up tap dancing.

7. I studied piano for 12 years.

8. I’m lactose intolerant.

9. I was the one and only high school intern at A. Dominick Events!

10. I can not go to sleep unless my closet doors are closed. Something about having the doors open freaks me out!

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