The Wedding Salon

September 2, 2014

You know it is engagement season when industry professionals all over gear up to provide you with some pretty incredible wedding shows! Today, we are talking to you about the Wedding Salon. Tailored to the sophisticated couple, the Wedding Salon partners with The Knot, BRIDES Magazine, Wedding Wire, Charm City Cakes, Southern Maryland Wedding Guide and more for a night of cake tastings, cocktails, beauty makeovers, entertainment, the ultimate gift bag and more. The Wedding Salon hosts events in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Washington D.C. and Chicago.

The Wedding Salon is coming to our District, next week, on Monday, September 8th. So afterwork, grab your significant other and head on over to the Loews Madison Hotel from 4-8PM.


You will be able to… Indulge in cake tastings by Charm City Cakes, sip on cocktails, enjoy beauty makeovers by celebrity make-up artist like Shauné Hayes, try their luck at honeymoon giveaways and meet with top resorts and destinations such as Aruba Tourism Board and Tahiti Tourism, check out fantasy reception table designs, and preview couture gowns.


Special giveaway for District Wedding readers:

Two lucky winners will win one ticket each for them and a guest to experience a luxurious night.

All you have to do is tweet to @districtwedding + @weddingsalon and tell us why!

For any other engaged reader that’s want to join in on the fun, you can register at  + get a discount because of being an avid reader of District Weddings.

DW discount code: DW15P

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This post was sponsored by the Wedding Salon + approved by the District Weddings Team

The Wedding Ring

August 29, 2014

Calling all newlyweds! Exclusively Entertainment, a full-service company specializing in entertainment, lighting, and cinematography will be hosting an evening filled with some of our favorite DC wedding vendors (including two of our District Favorites, Hitched and Bridal Hair by Remona) on Thursday, September 18th from 5-9PM at their headquarters in Potomac, Maryland. You will be able to mingle with event professionals over hors d’oeurves and champagne while having all of your wedding questions answered. Book with as little or as many of the vendors as you wish, or just simply enjoy an evening indulged in all things wedding!  Visit The Wedding Ring or their Facebook Fan Page for more details!


Hyatt Experience

August 28, 2014

The Hyatt Experience hosted by the Michael Deltette, director of catering from the Park Hyatt Washington + the fabulous sales and catering team from the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay was the perfect bay-side experience. Situated on 400 acres along the banks of the Choptank River on the Eastern Shores of Maryland, sits a fabulous experience, what we like to call the Hyatt Experience. The Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina offers pampering, spa treatments, golf, sailing, fishing, swimming and outstanding dinning…all of which a few of the best planners in D.C. got to experience last week! To take you through the day, I thought the best and most appropriate way would be to provide you with a timeline; just how us planners do it!

9:45am: We arrive to the fabulous Park Hyatt Washington

9:50am: Several of us are puzzled over how the high-tech Nespresso maker works at the Park Hyatt, we resort to asking a kind young man for 6 black coffee’s instead.

10:00am: Greeted by the most remarkable Michael Deltette who does role call and leads us to our car for the day.

10:05am: We depart from Washington, D.C. — Destination: Chesapeake Bay!

[along the way, tons of laughs… cookies and chips for breakfast!]

11:30am: We arrive and are greeted by the warm catering and sales team from Hyatt, Chesapeake Bay.

Fresh lemonade + personalized flip flops with our day schedules are waiting for us in the lobby…We kicked off our D.C. heels and adapted right to resort time.

12:00pm: Tours around the resort + a cocktail hour at the breakwater pavilion. Bloody Mary’s + Oysters two-ways got us adjusted right away!

1:00pm: Next stop, more food, but this time, it was interactive! Georgia, oh the fabulous Georgia was peeling fresh crabs to make crab cakes with her trusted team of chefs. [Trust me when I say, these are the best crab cakes….EVER]

2:00pm: We each head to our selected activities for the afternoon. The Chesapeake Hyatt gave planners the option of experiencing their spa, pool or water activities.


Massages are relaxing our hardworking planners

 Jet ski races on the water help our planners create balance

Pool side conversations allow connections to create among each other

4:00pm: We depart back to D.C. with the most remarkable experience!

We can’t thank the team at Chesapeake Hyatt enough for a remarkable day. Check back soon on the DW Blog to see a tour of their property and more about their event spaces!


I leave you with this…WE the planners, can have fun TOO!













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“Hyatt Regency did a wonderful job entertaining select planners and friends in the industry. It was a the perfect day for great food, fun company and much needed relaxation.Hyatt can help couples create magical weddings that capture their individual styles by creating custom menus, florals and room designs and meticulous attention to details.   From the beginning to end and every aspect of the event,  Hyatt is committed to providing a memorable experience for the couple and their guests.   It is the personal touches and sincere sense of service that’s sets Hyatt apart.” - Michael Deltette

Photography Credit: Jacqui DePas Photography


A Closer View into A + G’s Wedding

August 27, 2014

Last week, the StandPe video probably made you shed a tear {or a millionm, like us}. Today, we are showing you a better look inside Alicia + Giovanni’s Wedding at the Hay Adams Hotel. Both A + G had twinkling eyes for each other, and it is beyond evident in the photos captured by Anne + Bill Holland. We knew we loved this wedding when we saw it, and it was probably because a very own District Favorite pulled it together. A boutique and traditional gathering overlooking D.C., eating fabulous culinary delights, and enjoying close company sounds like the most perfect and romantic evening. We wish Alicia + Giovanni a lifetime of happiness and love letters.





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Photographers: Holland Photo Arts | Venue + Catering: Hay Adams Hotel | Event Planner: Pam Barefoot, Atrendy Events | Videography: StanPe Films| Florist: Amaryllis| Make-Up: Beauty Mark | Hair: Alison Harper & Co | Invitations + Paper: The Dandelion Patch | Cake: Kendall’s Cake | Entertainment: Jump Band via EastCoast Entertainment| Paper + Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Rentals: Party Rental, Ltd.|

Same Sex Invitations

August 26, 2014

There is no rule book on how to script your wedding invitation. Often times same sex couples are paying for their wedding on their own. In such situations, it is completely appropriate for the wedding invitation to come from the two of you. For example; “Ryan Brennan and Drew Rouper cordially invite you to join them as they exchange vows in a celebration of marriage.”

If your parents are helping with the wedding process you can include them in the invitation by stating, “Together with their families, Megan Tinley and Sarah Owens invite you to celebrate the occasion of their wedding.”


The important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to present your invitation. Together decide how formal or informal you want your big day to be and choose your wording accordingly.

Photography {Scott Clark PhotoSugarB Studio}

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