The Planning Timeline

November 27, 2015

The wedding planning timeline is a rough guide on how far in advance you should begin checking things off your list – Of course, it differs a little for everyone + there are LOTS of details in between, but below is a helpful guide to get you started!

9-12 Months Before

Start a Wedding Folder

Hire a Wedding Planner

Book Your Date + Venue

Select Your Wedding Party

Make Your Wedding Website

8 Months Before

Begin Booking Vendors

Have an Initial Meeting with Your Preferred Caterer

Create a Room Block for Your Out-of-Town Guests

Buy Your Dress

6-7 Months Before

Send Your Save the Dates (if not sooner)

Look Into Honeymoon Destinations

Order Invitation Suite + Stamps

Arrange for all Day-of Transportation

4-5 Months Before

Finalize Rehearsal + Rehearsal Dinner Plans

Begin Hair + Makeup Trials

Update Your Wedding Website with New Details + Arrangements

Set Decor Meeting with Your Florist

Have Your Cake Tasting

3 Months Before

Finalize Your Menu with Your Caterer

Finalize Ceremony Program

Purchase + Wrap Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Gifts

Purchase Your Wedding Rings

2 Months Before

Start Working on a Shot List for Your Photographer

Send Invitations (8 Weeks Out)

Review Playlist with Band or DJ

Purchase Welcome Bag Contents

1 Month Before

Begin Recording Your RSVPs

Get Your Marriage License

Send Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Have Your Last Dress Fitting

Start Working on Seating Arrangements

1 Week Out

Pack for Honeymoon

Confirm all Final Details with Your Planner

Pick Up Your Dress

Break in Your Shoes

Day Before


The Perfect Portion – Thanksgiving edition

November 25, 2015

 Carlene Thomas is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and the voice behind the lifestyle blog and company Healthfully Ever After LLC. She recently stopped by DW to talk to us about how to prepare a perfectly healthy thanksgiving meal.

For all of our engaged readers, before you say ‘I Do,’ you are probably considering becoming a healthier you. That’s where Carlene can help! She’ll coach you right through that process, while preventing anxiety and providing you with passion + patience, along the way!

Today’s post will inspire you to become healthier + gather knowledge on how to transform your wellness!

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Can you explain why these items are much heather than what you would  find on a traditional Thanksgiving buffet table?

These items mirror some of the ones you might find on your table next week, but let’s take a look at their shapes and flavorings. Brussels sprouts may not be appealing to those who know them from their childhood of being little over-cooked cabbages. By choosing shredded sprouts, you see them as something new and fun. Tossing them in a simple vinaigrette turns the flavor up and the calories down.

For the butternut squash, or a sweet potato, it may be tempting to mash them, but that means you’ll need to add butter and cream. By cubing them and tossing in olive oil and spices for a quick roast, you bring out the natural sweetness instead of having to rely on high fat items.

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How do we get started?

Work with the ‘chef’ in your family to brainstorm fun spins on tradition. Sometimes we just keep making things because it’s how they’ve always been done. Please know that everything fits into a healthy lifestyle that is already on your table! It’s about how you enjoy it and how much of it is on your plate.

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Don’t be guilted into eating bad corn pudding by your aunt if you hate it. It’s not worth the calories. Skip it. Fill it half with colorful veggies first and then add in the ‘extras’ like stuffing or rolls.


After all… “It’s all about being healthier and happier, before and beyond ‘I do’.

Nutritionist: Carlene Thomas, Healthyfully Ever After  | Design: Jeannette Tavares, District Weddings | Photography Credit: Abby Jiu Photography | Rentals: DC Rental | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy  | Florals: Holly Chapple Flowers 




from fall flavors to winter wonders

November 24, 2015

With only a few days left until Thanksgiving, it will be time to start thinking about the Christmas season before we know it, which means a lot of entertaining! The transition from Fall to Winter does not have to be as difficult as you think. Start by choosing similar color palettes, so you can re-use a lot of the same staple pieces + then design some gorgeous new centerpieces and table top arrangements. We love using “Winter White” all year long!

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New Bride Sofia Vergara

November 23, 2015

We couldn’t stop refreshing our instagram last night. We truly fell in love with our favorite Sofia Vergara’s Wedding! Here are just a few show stopping images we came across! rs_600x600-151123091527-600-sofia-vergara-wedding-joe-mangianello sofia-vergara-1-600x800

We love the detachable skirt on her Zuhair Mura gown. Vergara worked closely with Zuhair Murad — the designer behind some of her most famous red carpet moments including the green sequin mermaid-style design she wore to the Emmys!


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