Once the newly engaged bliss wears off, you’re promptly thrown into that overwhelming process we affectionately refer to as wedding planning. The goal of making your Pinterest wedding board a reality may seem like mission impossible, but the gals over at Here Comes The Guide can help! Not only do they have a great website that gives you all the nitty-gritty information you need on venues and vendors in the DC Metro area, they also have some practical tips for locking in your dream location and that all-star vendor team you’re looking for:
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1. Start researching and planning as early as possible. In the Washington, D.C. Metro Area (DC–VA–MD–WV), approximately 51% of weddings held last year were in the months of May, June, September and October. If you’re hoping to host your wedding during one of these popular party months, the best time to commit to a venue is NOW! Be flexible about the date and you’ll have an even better chance of getting the location you want.
2. Consider a Friday, Sunday or off-season wedding. If you skip Saturdays and those in-demand party months altogether, you’ll find that more venues and vendors are available.
3. Broaden your geographical area. Even if you live in DC proper, you can easily plan a wedding anywhere in the DC Metro Area. Vendors travel throughout the region, so feel free to consider a venue in, say, Maryland, invite your favorite DC florist and hire a photographer based in Northern Virginia. By expanding your boundaries, you’ll be more likely to find a location and event pros you love who also happen to be available on the date you’ve picked.
4. Bookmark HereComesTheGuide.com’s DC Metro Weddings page and refer to it often during your planning process. You can easily get to all of our recommended DC Metro wedding venues and our Certified By The Guide vendors from this centralized location. This page also highlights our super helpful lists of “Questions to Ask” potential venues and vendors, and provides details on the best wedding fairs and events in your area—like The Wedding Salon!
Happy planning…and booking!
We know you’ve been dying to get a peek inside our upcoming Washington DC showcase, and it’s finally time to satisfy that curiosity! If you’re familiar with Wedding Salon then you know we only provide the best of the best for our guests and this showcase is no different.
Considering a destination wedding or still seeking out the perfect honeymoon location? Our lineup of dream worthy destinations features Mexico Tourism Board, Aruba Tourism Authority, The Cove Atlantis Paradise Island and more! Preview gorgeous couture gowns from Ava Laurenne Bride, Cherry Blossom Bridal and Bella Bridesmaids; and let’s not forget something for the groom by Christopher Schafer Clothier. Stop to satisfy your sweet tooth with tastings from Charm City Cakes and get the scoop from Ben & Jerry’s at their very own ice cream bar! Afterwards, you can make your way over to Shaune Hayes Makeup + Hair Artists to get glamorized! When you’re done, snag a luxury gift bag featuring amazing products by Essie, Nivea and so much more!
Join these vendors and so many other on Monday September 8th, 2014, from 4:00-8:00PM at The Loews Madison Hotel. Take advantage of the opportunity to get inspired and interact with top wedding professionals before you say “I Do.” You won’t be disappointed!
So you’re trying to look amazing for the big day, huh? Well let me tell you a little secret, It Works. It Works is a company that delivers an extensive line of products that tighten, tone, and refine to ensure you look your absolute best on that big day. The best part? You won’t even break a sweat in the process.
From products that tone and contour that already gorgeous body to hydrating face masks that made our skin smooth as butter, It Works does it all to keep you glowing on your wedding day – inside and out! Our favorite part? All it takes is 45 minutes to start feeling more amazing! If you’re looking for results, here’s a company that lives up to its name – It Works!
All images via It Works!
As a paper- lover, I’m smiling from ear to ear for what we have carved out today. A fusion of elegant, stylish and fun, this company will perfectly reflect your style and needs! This oh so lovely company, that is full of sheer beauty, goes by the name of By Invitation Only Designs. For an extra bonus, take a look at the invitation timeline to help you with the planning process.
By Invitation Only Designs offers engraving, letterpress, embossing and much more. They also offer hand written calligraphy, assemblage of envelopes, and ideas for favors. They have the perfect selection for any type of soiree you might be celebrating.
All images via By Invitation Only Designs
I’m smiling from ear to ear today because we’re talking about a few of my favorite things: Customized gifts, bridesmaids and jewelry! So what do you get when you put all three together? An uber fabulous company that offers personalized jewelry fit for your bridesmaids!
Amanda Rudey Jewelry specifically designs accessories for your wedding party in mind. The designer uses birthstones, pearls and crystals to make her pieces colorful, sophisticated and simply timeless. And you know your girls will feel special wearing pieces that were featured on the ever popular Gossip Girl and 90210. Take it from the designer herself who “loves for her jewelry to make women feel happy, unique and beautiful.” Trust us when we say these pieces fit any girl’s wish list.
All Images via Amanda Rudey Jewelry
Our love for coastal weddings runs deep. It is impossible to go wrong with navy and white stripes if you’re the type that longs for that nautically chic feel. And when that ocean-side soiree is held at one of The Opal Collection resorts, let’s just say you’re in for a real treat. Featuring gorgeous grounds and stunning scenery, there’s simply nothing else like The Opal Collection!
Breathtaking views and incredible accommodations are just the beginning at The Opal Collection. The resorts feature gourmet dining, a world-class spa, impeccable pools and white sand beaches. And when it comes to planning your “I do”’s, The Opal Collection offers a special summer and wedding packages! Their top notch wedding coordinators walk you through the process of planning an unforgettable affair. They capture the spirit of their couples in the most sincere and effortless way.
Not looking to have a nautical soiree? Check out all of The Opal Collection’s locations (each one offers their own unique and special features).