Top Non-Hotel Venues in DC

August 30, 2019. Category: advice, DC Wedding Planner, DC Wedding Venue, uncategorized, venue, wedding planner

Are you newly engaged and looking for the best wedding venues in DC? Well look no more, if you are a hotels aren’t for me kind of person. These are our top 6 non-hotel venues in the District.

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

The “Mellon” as some reference it, is a beautiful and grand open space with large capacities, high ceilings and incredible architectural details which can be transformed into almost anything.

If you are looking for the best non-hotel venue in DC for your wedding and have a large guest count, this is a wonderful option to consider for your “big day” This particular venue can accommodate 200-600 guests. If you plan on having both your wedding ceremony and reception here, then they recommend that the space can accompany 200-400 guests. However, if you plan on only having your wedding reception here, then a guest count of 200-600 is fine.

Andrew W. Mellon Wedding. A. Dominick Events. Abby Jiu Photography
Photography: Abby Jiu Florist: Amaryllis Floral & Event Design

For more inspiration for Andrew W. Mellon weddings click here and here.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts, located in Washington, D.C., is “the only major museum in the world solely dedicated” to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. When guests arrive at the museum they are greeted by a luxurious marble reception area which is accented with three beautiful crystal chandeliers, which in themselves are showstoppers! Though the real gems are all of the works of art from NMWA’s collection that grace the walls where your guests will be mingling and dancing the night away!

Grande marble staircases which sweep upward to the spacious Mezzanine make for the perfect entrance for the bride as she descends into the Great Hall.

The Great Hall and the Mezzanine can each seat 250 guests, this elegant event space is ideal for dinner and dancing. If a party is 250 guests or less, both of these areas may be used at different times throughout the event. A ceremony may be held in the Great Hall and dinner can be served in the Mezzanine.

For more inspiration for National Museum of Women in the Arts weddings click here and here.

Meridian House

A historical landmark, the Meridian House is a classic, timeless, intimate venue which holds up to 150 guests. The gorgeous architecture both inside and outside and luscious gardens almost make you feel like you are at someone’s grand estate.

The gardens are the perfect place for an outdoor ceremony, and if for some reason you have inclement weather the ballroom inside is just a beautiful and intimate.

Meridian House Wedding. Outdoor Ceremony. A. Dominick Events. Abby Jiu Photography

For more inspiration for Meridian House weddings click here

Dock 5

Located at Union Market, this unique space with flexible floor plans offers you an industrial blank-canvas for your special event. There’s more than 12,000 square feet of warehouse space and exceptionally high ceilings – a rare find in D.C! Dock 5 can accommodate up to 400 seated guests, which includes room for cocktails.

Decatur House

One of the oldest and most prestigious homes in Washington DC, the Decatur House has an undoubtedly magical atmosphere.

From an intimate gathering to a large celebration, the Decatur House has the abilities to transform your day into something spectacular. The Carriage House can accommodate 150 banquet style seating with dance floor. The bricked Courtyard is perfect for receptions and dinners, this space can be enjoyed tented or alfresco! 220 guests can be seated banquet style with dancing in the carriage house.

Decatur House Spring Wedding, Washington DC Wedding, A. Dominick Events. Jodi and Kurt Photography. Sweet Root Village
Photography: Jodi & Kurt Floral: Sweet Root Village

For more inspiration for Decatur House weddings click here and here

Union Station

The Presidential Suite at Union Station embodies the historic grandeur of old D.C. If you are looking for a truly magnificent and historical DC experience, then the Presidential Suite at Union Station is perfect for your wedding. It has recently undergone an expansive renovation and is currently available as a private event space in D.C. This uniquely historic room can accommodate up to 300 for cocktail receptions, 160 for a seated dinner and 130 with a dance floor.

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Washingtonian Weddings– DC Wedding Planner Top Vote Getter!

December 31, 2018. Category: Event Planner, uncategorized, wedding planner

We are thrilled to be named a top vote getter in the first ever issue of the new WASHINGTONIAN WEDDINGS  annual list of the best wedding professionals (and specifically best wedding planner list) in the Washington, Maryland, and Virginia area for 2019!

It is such an honor to be a part of such an incredible list and be voted the best wedding planner in DC among the company of so many of our amazing peers.

We love what we do and it wouldn’t be possible without our incredible clients who trust us to bring their vision for their weddings to life.

Such a wonderful way to end 2018!

Top vote getter. Best Wedding Planner Washingtonian Weddings 2018
Washingtonian Weddings Best Vendors Best Wedding Planner 2018

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Green With Envy

October 15, 2018. Category: green weddings, real wedding, Royal Wedding, trends, wedding inspiration, wedding invitations, wedding planner

Darker greens are having a moment this season and are definitely making a comeback in fashion, decor, and weddings. Which was evident at the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie, which took place at Windsor Castle over the weekend!

Princess Eugenie who is ninth in line to the thrown decided to forgo a veil, but she did chose to accessorize her wedding gown with the gorgeous Greville Emerald tiara (borrowed from her grandmother, the Queen)

Photo Credit: Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS

The newest Royal, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has also been rocking this elegant color in many outfits lately.  Very soon we expect the gorgeous color to flood your Pinterest and Instagram feeds.

Photo Credit: People Magazine

The beauty of using green is it’s ability to compliment a variety of color palattes and it can easily be incorporated into any type of florals or can stand along by itself!

Photo Credit: Abby Jiu

 The color can also make a big impact for a winter wedding as well. Using a richer shade such as emerald or hunter green, will defiantly make a bold statement for your holiday soirée.  From invitations to centerpieces, and even calligraphy have showcased these gorgeous deep greens. To top it off the color looked breathtaking on some of our bridesmaids.

Photo Credit: Kate Headley

Photo Credit: Rachel May Photography 

There are lots of ways you can incorporate the sophisticated color into your events.

Photo Credit: Love Life Images

Try adding some eye catching seating into your cocktail hour with a hunter green couch or chairs. Use a gorgeous green velvet tablecloth to captivate dinner guests and make a statement. Even adding some green goblets or vintage books will your bring event decor to the next level.

Goblets: Something Vintage

Chairs: Something Vintage 

Linens: La Tavola 

Books: Something Vintage 

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Sketchbook Series

May 02, 2018. Category: inspiration, wedding planner

Coming up with new ideas for clients is one of the very best parts of my job.  That said, it can be hard to communicate something visual, that doesn’t exist yet. How lush is the floral arch?  When I say asymmetric, are you thinking the same thing? How will the lining from your invite translate onto your cake?  The last thing we want, is to replicate something that has already been done, just because we can’t find a photo of it.

I have wanted to take a sketching class to better communicate with our clients, for ages and this year, I decided to take the leap and do it!  The Sketchbook Series lead by Very Mary Inspired was hosted at Paisley and Jade in Richmond.

The two day class was life changing.  I am only half joking.  I have become obsessed!  Not only am I making time everyday to practice for our clients but I have started drawing all kinds of random things that I see.  My husband is only slightly amused by the now constant bag of sketching pad, pencils and ruler I carry.

As a small business owner, I am always trying to find ways to improve and stay current.  I can’t wait to see how the sketches I am creating will translate to real life moments for our awesome clients!

Here is a sneak peek of some fun things we are working on.

Photography: Jessica Maida Photography

Stationary & Calligraphy:  The Idea Emporium

Custom Cakes & Desserts: Sweet Fix

Floral Designer – Floral Supplier: Photosynthesis Floral Design

Host Planner: Type A Society

Tabletop Decor: Something Vintage Rentals

Linens: Nuage Designs

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National Wedding Planning Day

March 01, 2018. Category: advice, wedding planner, wedding tips

Your fiancé surprised you and proposed – congratulations! You are thrilled, and can’t wait to get started planning your dream wedding. So what should you tackle first? Since today is National Wedding Planning Day we wanted to share our own wedding planning 101 to help you get started.

Know Your Budget. It is crucial to organize your budget as you can not make any decisions or hire any vendors without knowing what you want to spend. It is important for you to discuss what is financially realistic based on what you and your fiancé can contribute, along with your families. Use that number as a guideline throughout your planning process.

Eli Turner

Pick a Date. Begin to narrow down the dates that you would like to get married on. It’s helpful a few dates in mind as your venue may be already booked on one of your choices. If you are having a hard time picking specific dates, try to narrow it down to at least a season. You can then go over the spring season with your venue and different vendors to find out their availability.

Katelyn James

Choose the Style of your Wedding. Do you love the city? An urban style wedding may be the way to go for you. Is an outdoor wedding more your style? Maybe you have always dreamed of a formal wedding at your family’s country club. Have fun and be authentic with this one!

Bonnie Sen

Create your Guest List. Get your guests’ names down on paper instead of thinking that you know the amount of people you want to invite. You may be surprised how many people you write down after tackling your list with your fiancé and families.

Abby Jiu

Hire a Wedding Planner. Wedding planners are considered experts at what they do for a reason! Consider hiring a wedding planner as an investment in your sanity. As your planner, we promise to keep you organized and on schedule so that you have little to no stress leading up to your big day. We won’t make decisions for you, but rather, help you to make decisions. We have years of experience to help you along the way. Most of all, we want your wedding day to be more special than you could have ever imagined!

 

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