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


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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Wedding Weekend Ideas

May 16, 2016. Category: planning, wedding weekend tips, weddings

With weddings now spanning entire weekends, you want to make sure that your guests feel taken care of and entertained but you also don’t want to add any additional stress to your day! Below are some of our suggestions.

1. A wonderful way to provide a unique and personal experience for all of your guests during a weekend wedding celebration is to have a welcome bag delivered or handed to them when they arrive at their hotels. Guests always appreciate them and since we love to include local treats and maps of fun activities they can take part in while they are there, this is a great way to ensure that your guests really feel at home.

Welcome Bag 2 - Jodi Miller Photography (1)Photography: Jodi and Kurt Photography

2. Welcome notes are a wonderful way to ensure that all of your guests are aware of all of the activities available that weekend and more importantly where they need to be and at what time, taking the guess work out of the weekend and allowing them to just relax, have fun and enjoy a weekend of celebration!

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3. A great way for you and your guests to have fun during your wedding weekend is to offer a variety of activities. From lawn games to pool parties to even a friendly golf tournament, these activities really allow guests of all ages to mingle, get to know one another, and have some friendly competition as they celebrate you!

View More: Abby Grace Photography

4. As many of your guests will be from out of town during a weekend wedding celebration, hosting a brunch the day after your wedding is a wonderful way to thank all of them for coming before they journey home. Although, in case some of your guests have early flights or do not make it to brunch having some morning treats will be much appreciated the next day- one of our favorites is gourmet Pop Tarts from Ted’s Bulletin in Washington DC!

Morning After Breakfast to go 1- Cassidy DuhonPhotography: Cassidy Duhon

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bites, bubbly & bidding for a great cause!

May 10, 2016. Category: charity, event, planning, weddings
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Picking the right Venue

April 14, 2016. Category: planning, venue

Picking the perfect venue for your wedding can be one of the most stressful tasks a couple faces when planning their wedding! So, to alleviate some of the angst we thought we would share some of our insights on how to get the most out of your relationship when working with a property in hopes that it will make the process a little bit easier!

Wedding Planner_Vicki Grafton1. “The venue representative see the same event over and over again. Ask your contact what they are excited about. Have they seen something that is a unique use of their space or in house items? Is there something they have always wanted to do in their space? Getting your contact interested and looking forward to your day will play to your favor as you work through the planning process.”

Venue: Corcoran Gallery   Photographer: Vicki Graphton

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

2. “Remember a venue contact is not a wedding planner. Be respectful of their role and they will treat you with the same level of respect throughout the planning process. The manager of a venue’s job is to protect their space and in a hotel setting to manage the catering team. They might send over the names of their favorite vendors or offer to set up your escort cards but their focus is on their property and their team on your wedding day. A wedding encompasses so much more than the venue details, a wedding planner will help pull all of those items together so your venue contact put their focus where it needs to be on the wedding day.”

Venue: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium    Photographer: Connor Studios 

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3. “Make sure you keep the venue’s in house items in mind when crafting the plan for your day. We are not saying that every venue has chairs that you will like or go with your look but if your space has natural chiavaris don’t get your heart set on gold chairs. If your space offers 5.5′ round tables try to steer clear of the communal table look on Pinterest. Every in house item you use can be another dollar you can spend elsewhere in the wedding.”

Venue: Meridian House    Photographer: Kathy Blanchard 



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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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