Fall 2015 Event Planning Internships

August 10, 2015. Category: experience, internship

UPDATE: A. Dominick Events has filled all of our Fall internship positions. We will be posting the Spring internship later this Fall.

Are you obsessed with events, especially weddings? Do your plan your friend’s 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. With more than 30 events per year, we are one of the busiest planning firms in the Mid-Atlantic.

Photo by: Bonnie Sen

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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, 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 position at many companies including: The Ritz Carlton, The 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 intern’s 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.

The office internship program runs from mid-August to mid-December and you are expected to work 15 hours a week in the A. Dominick Events office.

Class or work schedule preventing you from committing to 15 hours per week? A. Dominick Events offers a day of event internship to accommodate interns’ schedules. These interns work more limited office hours (approx. 8 hours per week) and assist the A. Dominick Events staff at all off-site events (typically 4 to 5 hours on evenings or weekends). The day of event internship allows you the opportunity to experience first hand what all of the planning results in and learn to manage high end events.


•    Background/studies in Event Planning, Marketing, Communication, Management or other related discipline is preferred but not require
•    Strong communication skills (both written and oral).
•    Proficiency in Word and Excel
•    Organized candidates 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.

For more information or to apply please contact Cindy Bastron (cindy@ffd.9fd.myftpupload.com or 202.216.9557).

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Outdoor Wedding Reception Games

June 25, 2015. Category: experience, inspiration, trends, weddings

A great way for you and your guests to have fun at your outdoor wedding reception is to offer a variety of lawn games and activities. Lawn games allow guests of all ages to mingle, get to know one another, and have some friendly competition as they celebrate you!

A few of our favorite games include Bocce Ball, Ring Toss to Cornhole.

Photography by: Abby Grace

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Top 4 Signature Cocktails

June 23, 2015. Category: bar, catering, experience, weddings

We love when Brides and Grooms opt to create or serve a special cocktail at their wedding! Below are Aimee’s top 4 all time favorite signature cocktails.

1. Pretty in Pink

For a recent wedding, a bride and groom’s favorite local bartender created a signature drinks.

The bride’s drink was made with:

2 oz vodka (does not have to be premium; Absolut will work just as well as Ketel/Goose etc.)

1 oz St. Germain

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Raspberry Puree

The groom’s drink was made with:

1/4 lb fresh Raspberries

2 tblspn Fine Sugar

2 tblspn Water

2 tblspn Fresh Lemon Juice

Fine strain to remove seeds via tea/coffee filter

Garnished with fresh mint


Photography by: Abby Jiu 

2. Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned

Room 11 in Washington DC boasts this delicious drink as their own creation. Great for a fall occasion, this drink is made with bourbon, caramelized sugar, and aromatic bitters.

To prepare the Burnt Sugar Syrup:

Cook 1/3 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, without stirring, until it begins to turn golden brown around the edges. Stir to incorporate melted sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until melted and a deep amber color. Remove from heat and, stirring constantly, gradually add ⅓ cup water (caramel will seize). Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a jar and chill.

This will be enough for 4 cocktails.

To assemble the drink: 

For each cocktail, combine 1½ oz. bourbon, ¾ oz. burnt sugar syrup, and a dash of Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters (or other aromatic bitters) in a rocks glass. Add a large ice cube and stir. Rub rim of glass with orange coin or twist before garnishing.

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Photo and recipe from Bon Appetit.

3. The Hayride 

Yet another delicious option for fall events comes from Occasions Catering and can best be described as an apple cider martini. To make this drink, combine Imported Pear Brandy and Kentucky Bourbon with homemade Spiced Cider. Shake with Ice, strain into a martini glass dusted with Cinnamon Sugar and garnish with a Pear Slice!

2 Ea Pear Brandy (0.5oz pp; 64 servings/liter)

2 Ea Bourbon (0.5oz pp; 64 servings/liter)

1 cup Cinnamon Sugar (1c/200)

1 Gal Mulled Cider (1oz pp; 1c/8)

25 Ea Pear (1ea/5; to be cut on site)

3 cup Lemon Juice (1tsp pp; 1c/50)


Photo from RachelCooks.com

Recipe from Occasions Caterers

4. Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

Susan Gage Catering makes a great Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail.

In a small sauce pan over medium low heat, dissolve 2 cups of sugar into 2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. In a heat safe container, pour the warm sugar water mixture over the rosemary sprigs and let it steep for at least 1 hour. The rosemary simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 10 days.

Then, in tall glass filled with ice combine:

2 oz vodka

1/2 oz rosemary simple syrup

4 oz grapefruit juice

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and serve!


Photo and recipe from tasteslovely.com

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Cozy up!

February 20, 2015. Category: bridesmaid gifts, experience, photographer, weddings

As we prepare for freezing weather this weekend we hope everyone has some place warm they can curl up and cuddle! In the meantime here are a few of our favorite ways to embrace the cold; who says February can’t be the new May?

If your wedding falls in the cooler months make sure you are happy with your venue or hotel’s indoor portrait options in case it is too chilly to take pictures outside. We always say if you love your plan b you won’t have to use it.

If you are going to venture out for pictures make sure you invest in pashminas for your ladies, you don’t want to look back in your album an only remember that your bridesmaids were shivering.

Custom cups and sleeves can spruce up a coffee or hot chocolate bar. And never underestimate the power of a cute fur shawl!

Photography: 1 & 2 Eric Kelley Photography | 3 & 4 Abby Jiu | 5 Lynne Brubaker Photography

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Pole Your Bridesmaids

February 02, 2015. Category: bachelorette, experience

Terrified of being dragged around town with a veil and a phallic straw? Looking for a unique activity to do with your bridesmaids?

Why not try pole dancing!

cream+-+d3Pole dancing is a fun way for you and your special ladies to try something different and have a great time together.

The Poling Place, located on Connecticut Avenue inside DC’s Epic Yoga, offers a variety of pole dancing party package deals for you and your bridal party to have fun and learn some new moves. You can sign up for your own group private party online on www.thepolingplace.com. For more information and exclusive offers you can also subscribe to their email list.

So pop a bottle and play around with The Poling Place! No veils (or straws) required

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