Living in one of the most vibrant cities gives us a first hand look on beauty and diversity for all things weddings! All around us lie wedding venues designed for all events — big, small, romantic, unique — whatever you need we are sure to have it! This Tuesday we wanted to help you narrow down your venue shopping with our three favorite D.C. spots! Happy Tips Tuesday!
Don’t worry your pretty little head about putting together the group of around 10 companies who will create wedding magic on your big day, but instead grab a glass of wine and check out these questions to ask your vendors rather than stumbling around Wedding Wire! Don’t worry, we got you! Oh, and Happy Tips Tuesday!
Photo Courtesy of Rudney Novaes Photography
Navigating the world of relationships with your vendors can be tricky especially because you’ve probably never paid a group of 10 business to make magic on the most important day of your life! Well lucky for us, it’s Tips Tuesday and we are here to discuss tips and tricks of navigating your relationship with vendors!
Photo courtesy of Mark Thackeray
Consider the special gift of welcome bags to create an extra hug and smile for those out of town guests. This week on Tips Tuesday, we explore our favorite goodies for welcome bags!
Photo Courtesy of Pier 23 Photography
Happy Tips Tuesday readers! Are you currently staring at your RSVP list, guest count, and seat assignments? Are you regretting not inviting Aunt Martha or wishing you left the old frat brothers off the list? Events to a T is here with all the pros and cons you may need to decide whether big or small is the way to go.
Photo Courtesy of Pier 23 Photography
As summer warms up and you inch closer to your big day don’t let the three biggest bummers of summer steal your joy! Cross rain, heat, and critters off your guest list.
Photo courtesy of: Ethan Yang Photography
Allow your guests to explore your love story, finalize details, and even RSVP from the comfort of their couches. Wedding Websites, we think yes!
Photo courtesy of Underwood Photo
Happy Father’s Day! Happy Tips Tuesday! Grab a pen and get ready to jot down some ideas on ways to honor the dads in your life on your big day.
Pier 23 Photography
They left something out of the ole “something borrowed, something blue” list and that is a rain plan! Don’t nervously check the radar but instead take note of these tips straight from a planner.
Photo courtesy of Studio Juno Photography
This weeks Tips Tuesday explores all things desserts for your big day. We love to see something fun and creative, that shows off your style as a couple!
Tulle, lace, and bling, oh my! On this week’s Tip Tuesday we explore how to make dress shopping a little less scary and a lot more sweet.
Happy 7 year anniversary to J + J. They had to share their wedding excitement with the royal couple that year, but they certainly made their day their own. Much happiness to you both!
Please welcome Esther Turner to the Events to a T team! You may have seen her around at some point in the last several years. She has been working with me for quite some time off and on, but now that she is here in the DMV to stay, we are so excited to have her on the team!
Esther is an exuberant lover of life, mother and kick ass event planner. Over the course of a career now spanning two decades, Esther has played pivotal roles in nearly every aspect of the marketing and event planning industry, from multi-day conferences and book lectures to private fundraising dinners and black-tie galas. She handles site visits, facility rentals, hotel contracts, catering, permits, attendee registrations and correspondence, and provides travel arrangements when needed. Certified as a Tourism Ambassador by the Tourism Ambassador Institute, Esther also holds an Event Management Certification through George Washington University, a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Old Dominion University and a MBA in International Business from Southern New Hampshire University.
Robin and Ward love DC and their neighborhood and their community and they believe in supporting small businesses. So when they were planning their wedding they wanted to do exactly that. It was their goal to hire vendors local to their neighborhood and to support small business. It was such a lovely idea it drew me to them as people even more. And look what happens when you support small, local businesses...you get this gorgeous wedding!
We are flashing way back to 2011 on this one to one of the kindest, most lovely couples I ever had the privileged to work with (do I say that about most of my couples?). Somehow these lovely people and their wedding didn't get transfered over to our new site, so here they are today! I am so lucky! I really am lucky to get hired by wonderful people and then sometimes, get to stay in their lives in some small way (thanks social media)! When the world gets a little ugly, I remember that there are people like Lisa and Mark out there!
Suzanne & Brian's wedding forever holds a special place in my heart because they were married at the same place I got married! They had a spectacular brunch complete with those Tabard Inn donuts everyone loves. Wishing you many more years fill with many more donuts Suzanne and Ben!
Happy Anniversary to this lovely couple! I love and adore them and their sweet children. They are all anxiously awaiting the return of Sean from serving overseas for the past year! There is much to be celebrated!
I kind of have strong feelings about wedding favors! It is my opinion that nobody has ever gone to a wedding thinking "ohhhh, I can't wait to see what I get as a favor". But I will tell you what has happened a million times over...people have left favors that they didn't want to take home on their tables. I can not tell you how many favors I have packed up and sent back with couples. And then what did they do with all of those picture frames or candles or Andes Candies? I have no idea!
That is why I feel like you have a few options with favors...
1. Don't Do Them. Gasp! I know, very controversial. I realize, you must thank your guest and let them know you are grateful for them being there, many of them traveling and sharing in your important day. But there are so many ways you can do that and they don't need to involve a trinket.
2. Make it an experience. Photobooths are SO SO SO popular. Almost no events are planned these days from corporate events, to a church BBQ with out a photobooth. But that is because people love them! And they get a take away. That is a perfectly sufficient favor!
3. Make it edible. If your guests can enjoy your favorite cookie right then and there or take it home to their kids later, they like that. It is easy, it can be cute and they almost never ever get wasted!
4. Make it unusual, something people don't usually get as a favor and they will want it!
Last month District Bliss hosted the most fun Vendor Social at AR Workshop Alexandria. This was our second event at AR Workshop. We also hosted a DIY Workshop there in November. AR Workshop is a DIY boutique that provides the tools, materials and classes to help your pintrest dreams come true! At this Vendor Social not only did we get to mix and mingle with fellow creatives while noshing on sweets from My Sweet Array, we got to make wooden bobbles to decorate your tree or home. It was so fun and easy. Check out all the fun we had and hopefully join us at our next Vendor Social, which we will be announcing very soon!
Are "day after" photos still a thing? Remember trash the dress photo sessions? Some of them were kind of amazing. These session were designed for many reasons, sometimes because couples wanted photos they couldn't get on such a busy day, photos where they were more relaxed more themselves and sometimes brides just didn't know what to do with this dress and so they came up with something creative and kind of awesome. Either way, I think it is still a brilliant idea and I love looking back on this beautiful day after shoot from Studio Juno Photography.
All photos by Studio Juno Photography