Soft Sentimentality – Real Wedding of J + P

August 5, 2015

As we come upon August and the season of fall is finally arriving, we want to share a beautiful fall wedding with you!

Julia and Patrick’s wedding took place on a perfect fall day in Washington, D.C. Their ceremony was at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, where they tied the knot with grins on their faces and love in their eyes.

After the ceremony, guests made their way over to the reception. Shades of blush and champagne softly adorned the Mandarin Oriental, reflecting the elegance and charm of Julia and Patrick’s romance. The wedding was simple, which highlighted the exciting love that J + P share.

A highlight of the night was when the reception stopped and Patrick shared his surprise for Julia – a sweet song that he wrote for her. The night was filled with romantic gestures and the kind of joy that stems from two people in love.



Event Planner: Thy Parra, EVOKE | Design: Syzygy | Florist: Holly Chapple Flowers | Reception Location: Mandarin Oriental | Ceremony Location: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church | Rentals: DC Rental + Party Rental | Lighting Company: PSAV | Valet + Transportation: Avalon and American Eagle Limousine | Photographer: Dominique Fierro | Cake + Desserts: Maggie Austin Cakes | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Dandelion Patch | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Neo Kyma Entertainment | Room Blocks: Mandarin Oriental | Videographer: Stan Pe  | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Shoes: Louboutins


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Dos and Don’ts – Wedding Planning Style

August 4, 2015

When discussing weddings, it is easy for a bride to become easily shaken up about the planning process. Here are three short tips to staying calm while awaiting/planning your big day!

1. DO remember why you are under stress for the next few months or year or however long your engagement is. You are in LOVE.

2. DON’T think about what everyone else wants. Of course, this is a hard one to follow, but it is your wedding and ultimately, you have to plan it according to what you love.

3. DO get excited! There is nothing wrong with talking about your big day because, well, it’s YOUR big day!

District Weddings is here for you – as a resource, a guide, and a reminder that if you are planning your wedding, remember that this is for you. Celebrate just as you want to with limited stress!

Jennifer Domenick


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Monumental Monday – Event Planners

August 3, 2015

To our irreplaceable readers: we have a treat for you!

Maybe you’ve taken the weekend off from planning your wedding (does this ever really happen?) and Monday comes up faster than you imagined that it would. You may be feeling a lack of inspiration as you come back from a relaxing weekend. Not to fear – the DW team is here for you!

Monumental Mondays are going to be days where DW lists a number of the best resources in D.C. for you! Living in D.C., the Washington Monument is a reliable reference point to where you are in the city. This is exactly what District Weddings wants to do for you – be reliable, and be a point of reference for everything that you need while planning your wedding. That is why Monumental Mondays are being implemented: to be there for you in this amazing and exciting process!

Today, we are focusing on some amazing Event Planners that will make this whole event planning process stress-free for you.

Take a look! (Listed in alphabetical order – all planners are created equal.)

Please understand that we love and support all of our local event planners!

 A. Dominick Events


 Anne Book | Wedding and Social Event Planning


Atrendy Wedding and Event Company


Engaging Affairs

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 Events in the City


 Evoke DC


 Karson Butler Events


Lauryn Prattes Events


 Magnolia Bluebird Design & Events


 Roberts & Co Events


 Sara Muchnick Events


 Terri Bergman Events


With these amazing planners, you have absolutely nothing to stress about while planning your wedding/event. Check back next Monday for another list of our favorites!

Calling for Fall Wedding Submissions!

July 30, 2015

Hello DW readers! Today, we are asking for you to be a part of District Weddings!

If you consistently read our blog, you are familiar with Real Wedding Wednesdays. If you do not know what this is, it is the day out of the week where we focus on real weddings that have occurred in the D.C. or surrounding areas. We post these weddings based on the season that we are in, and this is what we want you to be a part of this fall!

Fall is a beautiful season, so naturally, there are plenty of lovely weddings. We want to see them and we want to share these weddings with everyone. If you have a fall wedding or if you know someone who has pictures from theirs, simply visit our Submissions page and show us your beautiful pictures.

We can’t wait to see!

Jennifer Domenick


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Welcome Gift Wednesday: Week Five

July 29, 2015

Luxury Wedding Welcome Gifts

 by Jamie at Marigold & Grey

I’ve reserved the last week of our “Welcome Gift Wednesday” series for one of my absolute favorite topics…luxury welcome gifts! With gifts in this category, it’s all about creating an experience for guests, one that starts upon arrival and lasts throughout their stay and beyond. You might be wondering how something as simple as a gift can create an actual experience? Definitely read on! Here are ways to fancy-up your gifts and treat your guests to a welcome they will never forget.


Deluxe Packaging


Instead of the standard gift box or paper bag, this is an opportunity to let the packaging be a gift in itself. Choose something that is high-quality and will appeal to both male and female guests. I love these canvas Duck Bags by BAGGU. They hold a lot of items and guests will be thrilled to be able to take these home with them after the wedding. Another favorite is using an unfinished pine crate to hold your gift contents. They have a gorgeous, neutral aesthetic and can also be taken home and used for years to come.







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Amenity Items


Amenities such as Advil and breath mints are super useful in welcome gifts. To achieve a more luxe feel though, consider taking your convenience items to the next level. For example, I absolutely adore Rosebud Salve, packaged in an adorable vintage tin. For a beach-inspired event include high-end SPF and other sun relief items as well as a Turkish-T beach towel. Other options include earplugs and an accompanying eye mask for a good night sleep, a spa robe and bath salts to achieve a spa-like ambiance, or even hangover cures for the morning after aches and pains.

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Locally-Sourced Snacks


Choosing handcrafted, locally-sourced snacks is a great way to welcome your guests to the area and show off the best that the town has to offer. Is there a local bakery known for their tarts, pies or other sweet treats? If so, arrange to have them individually wrapped to include in your welcome gifts. Chances are, sweets like these come in unique and high-quality packaging that’s a natural fit for your gift design. Lately, I’ve fallen in love with these caramels from La Vache Microcreamery in Charlottesville, Virginia. These add a very made-from-scratch, yet high end, touch to any gift while also making a local statement.


Another idea is to include regular-size portions as opposed to snack-size. This way, the goodies last the entire weekend and keep guests satisfied.


Credit: La Vache



Custom Maps and Paper Goods


Custom maps are not only personal but beautiful and interesting to look at. They keep the guests engaged, help them get their bearings in a new city and even act as a keepsake that a guest may even want to frame one day. I love this one by Cink Art.

Considering using it as an oversized gift tag on the outside of the bag or even printed on a welcome letter or itinerary card inside the gift itself. The possibilities are endless with this and definitely make the end result incredibly special.

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Credit: Krista A. Jones Photography



Use of Calligraphy


Oh my goodness, I’m a calligraphy addict. I’ve actually tried doing it and am terrible at it which furthers my fascination with those who have mastered it! Adding calligraphy to any gift automatically takes it to another level of gorgeous. Your guests will appreciate the added touch that gives the gift instant polish. These examples by Poppy & Scooter.


Credit: Abby Jiu Photography


Credit: Abby Jiu Photography




Bubbly can, of course, be champagne or prosecco. Or, it can even be a lovely full-size bottle of sparkling water added to the gift in addition to the still water that everyone might expect. I love Voss because of the neutral grey/clear packaging but also adore San Pellegrino and Badoit for a touch of green! Either way, bubbles are elegant, festive and a fantastic way to add the sophistication factor.


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Fresh Florals


Last but definitely not least, florals are my absolute favorite way to take your gifts from ordinary to extraordinary. Opt for florals and/or greens that tend to keep for a long time since there will be a time lapse between when you send the gifts off and when your guests actually receive them. But if you time it right, you end up with absolute perfection. Your guests see attention to detail, thoughtfulness and as an added bonus, it makes their hotel room smell amazing too.

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Credit: Krista A. Jones Photography

Thanks again to Jamie and Marigold & Grey for five Wednesdays of great welcome gift tips!


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