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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Not Your Mother’s Guestbook

September 29, 2017. Category: guest book, tips, wedding planner

A wedding guest book no longer needs to be a traditional lined book. Try to think of how you want to look back at who attended your wedding and how much guest book stuff you might want to move from future home, to future home.

This Gray Malin coffee table book is sure to be enjoyed and displayed for years to come. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

Photography: Sam hurd

This couple met while the groom was a lifeguard during the summer, so it was only fitting that they had a lifeguard booey as their guest book.

Photography: Jodi and Kurt

Capturing real moments of your guests along with a sweet message on your wedding day is  such a wonderful keepsake. How cute is this polaroid camera idea that this couple had at their wedding?

Photography: Katelyn James

Creating a one of kind piece of artwork as your guest book is a wonderful way to remember your wedding day and display somewhere special in your home. We love this one that this couple had made for their bright and colorful spring wedding.

 Photography: Jodi and Kurt

This lovely couple asked their guests a variety of questions from marriage advice and tips to even reasons why they were “perfect for each other” and had them put them in these beautiful glass jars for them to read together after their wedding was over.

Photography: Patricia Lyons

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5 Wedding Planning Myths

August 29, 2017. Category: advice, wedding planner, wedding tips

 Couples often feel that they have to do, or not do certain things at their wedding. Advice (mostly unsolicited) comes from many directions and prospectives when planning your big day.  Your wedding celebration should feel authentic to you and your partner. Unfortunately, you will never make everyone happy, all the time.

Here we have debunked 5 wedding planning myths. Hopefully, this will help you with your own planning and  alleviate some unnecessary stress!

Buffets are cheaper

Many people think that buffets are cheaper and that they will end up saving money if they opt for this option. What they don’t take into account, is that they will actually need a lot more food than if they had decided on the plated meal.  No one wants the last piece of chicken and it’s impossible to know what will be the most popular item, so you caterer will need to over order for the buffet food.

While your staffing costs may be a bit lower for the buffet, the higher food costs many times, will negate any savings.  Best to choose the format that you prefer and work with your caterer to maximize your budget.

Photography: Jodi and Kurt

You must have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen

You really do not need to have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. It is perfectly ok to have a groomsmen walk two bridesmaids or even have two bridesmaids walk up the the aisle together.

It is very important that the people who you are selecting are your very dearest friends and that they will all get along well with one another. One way to think about it is to ask yourself if you will still be close friends with this person in ten years.  If the answer is no, better to ask them to play another role in the wedding.  For example, they do you a reading in the ceremony.

 Also keep in mind, that you do not need to ask someone to be a bridesmaid just because you were a bridesmaid in their wedding. This is your special day and your friends and family will understand.

Photography: Bonnie Sen

DIY is always cheaper

Do It Yourself projects always seem like a great idea that will not only save you money, but  also be fun to do.

We have seen way too many times that these projects have become something that our couple’s wish they hadn’t done. Costs for supplies often mount up faster than expected and the time to do the project while planning a wedding can become a stressful nightmare.

If you really want to DYI an element of the wedding, make sure it is something that can be done well before the wedding, just in case you need a plan B.

Photography: Bonnie Sen

You must have a flower girl/ring bearer

Don’t feel like you have to include a flower girl or ring bearer at your wedding. Often times this can be a very stressful experience for, not only the child, but also for the parents of the child. If you have a niece that you adore or your best friend’s son would be perfect and enjoy the role, then great!  If not, no need to ask someone who’s parent you aren’t that close to.

If you do decide to include kids in your ceremony here are a few tips to make it easier.

  • Make sure the child is the appropriate age. We find 4 year olds to 7 year olds to be the best able to handle the long wedding process, but still young enough to be excited about it.
  • Have them come at the very last possible time to take photos. Better to keep them from be exhausted and have a meltdown at the end of your aisle.
  • Always have good readily available snacks that are not only child friendly but will also not mess or stain their clothes.
  • Remember that they are little and try not to ask too much of them on your day!

Photography: Katelyn James

You need to choose a “color” for your wedding

You really don’t need to have a specific color or theme for your wedding at the start of the planning process. Although it is helpful to have an overall aesthetic or look that you are thinking about when making design decisions, being locked into a specific color scheme might be problematic down the road if you become tired of it.

The colors and look of your wedding can certainly change as you go further into the planning process, so having your Save the dates be a bit more neutral is one a great way to allow your wedding to evolve over time.

Photography: Bonnie Sen


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Real Wedding – National Museum of Women in the Arts

August 11, 2017. Category: DC Wedding, real wedding, wedding inspiration, wedding planner

We always love when our clients decide on a venue that is quintessential DC and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, is one of them. As we head back there this weekend for our last wedding of the Summer we thought it would be fun to look back at one of our favorite weddings held there.

Erin and Dan first fell in love with the National Museum of Women in the Arts shortly after they started dating, so when Erin and Dan made a shortlist of wedding venues, it naturally made it’s way to the top. “The museum is both simultaneously grand and intimate,” the bride said. “The tall ceilings and gold accents throughout the space add a touch of glam while not being ostentatious.” They locked the space in for February 6, 2016 — a date that coincided with the Lunar New Year, so the couple happily included elements related to the Chinese New Year and the groom’s cultural heritage.

With the grand staircase at the NMWA in mind, Erin looked for a ball gown, and instantly lit up when she tried on this Hayley Paige strapless wedding dress, complete with a silk radzmir crossover bodice, a full tulle skirt with horsehair flounces, and a chapel-length train, it was exactly what she had wanted and would be perfect for when she walked down the staircase with her father.

Photography: Sam Hurd   Floral: Edge Floral

See more of this real wedding featured on BRIDES 

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Gone but Not Forgotten

July 31, 2017. Category: advice, tips, wedding planner

One of the hardest parts of a wedding celebration is not having your loved ones that have passed away by your side. Here are a few ways that couples can include those that they have lost, in their own special way.

Use their favorite flower in the ceremony – It is a known fact, that smell and sight are two of the most powerful senses that we have. They also have the power to bring us back to a moment or time that you cherish the most. By incorporating a favorite flower in your bouquet or flower arrangements or even wearing a scent that has that flower is a great way to honor a loved one that has passed.

Photography: Bonnie Sen 

Dance to their favorite song – There is something magical about music and even more so with a cherished song, that has the power to instantly transform you to a time or moment in your life. Dancing to their favorite song is a wonderful and touching way to remember a love one that can’t be with you. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, you can feel like they are dancing right there alongside you.

Photography: Jodi and Kurt

Have a small photo on your bouquet – We often see brides include a small photo on their bouquet as a way to remember someone. It is a very sweet gesture and almost feels like that person is with you, especially as you walk down the aisle.

Photography: Eric Kelley


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