NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS WEDDING FULL OF SOUTHERN CHARM

April 14, 2019. Category: anniversary, Luxury Weddings, Museum Wedding, uncategorized

Happy First Anniversary Amanda and Ben!

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This classic DC wedding was full of southern charm! Amanda grew up in the area so she knew she always wanted a DC wedding! Ben however, did not. Ben’s home state is Mississippi and the couple knew they wanted to include his southern roots in their wedding at The National Museum of Women in The Arts. To achieve this, they picked an iconic DC venue and brought in some elements of the outdoors and the south to make it feel (a little) more relaxed.

DC Wedding full of southern charm Edge Floral Design

They incorporated magnolia leaves into the bouquets by the bar, which is the state tree of Mississippi. Which was such a sweet nod to Ben’s home!

Magnolia Leaves DC Wedding A. Dominick Events

Amanda wanted neutral soft colors throughout the day so she chose a dusty pink for her bridesmaids and added in elements of light blue, grey, and white throughout. Maybe they were drawn to the blue because it is close to Columbia blue – their alma mater!

Blush Pink Bridesmaid Dresses A. Dominick Events

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One of the things that was most very important to couple was that even though they were having a black tie wedding, they didn’t want it to feel stuffy or uptight. They wanted people to just be able to relax and let loose since most of their guests were traveling to attend.

Luxury DC Wedding A. Dominick Events

The bride’s favorite memory was just dancing and singing the night away with her new husband and all the people they love most in the world!

Black Tie DC Wedding

Wishing you both a lifetime of love and laughter!

First Anniversary DC Wedding A. Dominick Events


Photography: Jodi and Kurt Photography | Ceremony Church: Holy Rosary Catholic Church |Floral Design: Edge Floral Designs | Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Paper Materials: Cheree Berry Paper | Save The Date: Serendipity Beyond Design | Catering & Cake: Occasions Caterers | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd & La Tavola Fine Linen | Music: Rhythm Collective – Elan Artists | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Videographer: Bowen Films

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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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