DC Wedding Planner | How to Plan Your Wedding at Home during the Quarantine

April 17, 2020. Category: advice, COVID19, DC Wedding, DC Wedding Planner, how to, uncategorized

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.

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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!

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Destination Wedding Tips!

May 23, 2016. Category: destination wedding, how to, planning, weddings

Though getting married on a sandy beach in the Caribbean or at a French Chateau in the South of France sounds magical, planning a destination wedding can be very  overwhelming! Here are a few tips on how to make planning your destination wedding a little bit easier!

Amory Donelly and Sean McAndrew1. We often recommend that couples take the necessary steps to ensure that their wedding is legal when they return to the states. It is always a good idea to be aware of the local (foreign) laws

Venue: One and Only Ocean Club Resort Bahamas  Photography: Christian Oth Studio

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2. As most destination wedding ceremonies take place outside, you will want to make sure your guests are comfortable during the ceremony. A great option is providing a parasol or handheld fan which will keep your guests cool and is a nice keepsake!

Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas   Photography: James Christianson

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3. We find hair and make up to be one of the more challenging aspects of a destination wedding. Whenever possible it is best to do a trial with the local options early on in your planning process. Even if the exact hair style  or make up look changes closer to the wedding a trial early on will allow you to evaluate their skill set and decide if it is worth bringing someone in for the weekend. Unlike other vendors that have a lot of stuff, hair stylists and make up artists easily travel to any destination

Venue: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards   Photography: Sam Hurd

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4. Don’t honeymoon at the same resort as your wedding. Many of your guests will choose to extend their trip beyond your wedding weekend and while you love your family and friends you don’t want your honeymoon to feel like a family reunion. If you want to stay in the same destination at least consider switching resorts so you can enjoy some alone time as a married couple.

Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas   Photography: James Christianson

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Super Sunday without the Super Stress

February 04, 2016. Category: catering, cooking, details, diy, event, how to, uncategorized

With a die-hard Denver Broncos fan on our team in Cindy, we couldn’t let the Super Bowl Sunday go by without a blog post. We have pulled together a few of our favorite Super Bowl entertaining tips and put together a cute downloadable version of Cindy’s favorite Super Bowl predictions game for you to print out and play with your friends. So get cooking, drink up and Go Broncos!

(This post may or may not have been written by aforementioned die-hard Broncos fan)

These adorable and easy to make cutlery cans (see instructions here) are the perfect way to add a little football flare to your Super Spread.

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Aimee’s go to Super Bowl snack is the Barefoot Contessa’s caramelized onion dip (here). And who could forget the drinks! Consider calling in tired on Monday morning and making a crowd favorite Beer-Rita (here).

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Don’t forget to have activities for those that may not be the biggest football fans. Fun activities like our downloadable predictions game (click here to download printable version) are the perfect way to engage those there for the pigs in a blanket and not the pigskins.

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Hashtag Wedding, Hashtag couple

January 29, 2016. Category: event, how to, printed materials

We love a wedding hashtag to track your friend’s photos of your wedding in real time (or look at on your honeymoon with a Mai Tai in your hand). But what should your hashtag be?

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Here are a few tips:

  1. Keep it simple. A hashtag that is too long will lead to inaccurate posts.
  2. Consider your location.  Incorporating the city or state where are you getting hitched is a great idea.
  3. Be fun!  Your hashtag sets the tone for your party, so don’t be afraid to be silly or make fun of yourself a bit
  4. Check to see if it has been used. You may not be the first to think of your hashtag, so be sure there are no inappropriate grammars using your potential tag.  After all, you mom is on Instagram by now and will be looking!
  5. If you are really stumped, try out a hashtag generator. Wedding Hashtag Wall is a good way to start.
  6. Finally, don’t forget to tell your guests about your hashtag, we love the hashtag on signs and cocktail napkins.

 

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We have an App for that!

November 24, 2015. Category: how to, inspiration, planning

Preparing for your wedding can be a very busy and difficult process to keep everything organized.

Here are some of our favorite Wedding Apps that we love to use to help us prepare for weddings and even after!

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Dark Sky – Here’s an app that helps you predict when it may rain or snow at your precise locations to help you accommodate for any unexpected weather.

Sunset Calendar – You can never have too many calendar reminders to help you stay on task for your wedding. This app puts your most important information front and center. This app syncs with your Facebook and Google Calendars too!

PicTapGo – Do you ever wish you could transform your dull looking images into a sightly and eye-catching photo? PicTapGo is a fast and flexible app that can help you transform your images in seconds. It includes a variety of filters, a friendly crop tool, and even a reusable recipe.

Scannable – The most effortless and timeless way to scan all your papers. Whether it’s wedding related or not, this app is great to quickly scan your documents and upload them directly to your computer! Scans are immediately cropped and enhanced for the highest quality.

Packpoint Packing List Travel Companion – Going on vacation? Preparing for your honeymoon? Don’t know what to pack? This app is a great tool to help your determine and organize what items to pack based on the length of your vacation, weather, and any activities you may do.

Wedding Party – Collect and organize all your pictures from your engagement party to the wedding day, without having to bug your loved ones individually. It’s also a great way to keep your guests in the loop, from event schedule and directions to hotel and gift registries. Plus no one will get lost on the way to the reception!

Drizly – Congratulations! The wedding planning is done and your finally living the happily ever after. Drizly is a great app to reward yourself. Have some champagne or beers delivered straight to your doorstep within minutes!

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