It is Independence Day weekend, and we have a wedding to share with you that perfectly celebrates the holiday!
Tanya and Clay knew that America had to be the theme of their wedding – after all, they met as they both worked on Capitol Hill and were engaged on the Speakers’ Balcony at the Capitol! The couple had family and friends from Utah and Colorado travel to D.C. to see the sights of the nation’s capital, which was a highlight of the wedding.
The couple’s save the dates looked like campaign flyers with candidate buttons, and their welcome bags were even complete with mini pocket constitutions and chocolate Capitol Domes! Talk about the most perfect American-themed wedding. Each of their table names at the reception were places in D.C. that were important to them. One table name was “The Jefferson Monument Table”, which represented where Clay first said “I love you” to Tanya. Another table name was “The Capitol Table”, which is where the couple met and Tanya said “yes!” On their exit from the wedding, their guests were given different-sized American flags to wave around.
Tanya commented on a favorite memory, “The favors we gave out were little jars of homemade raspberry jam. My Dad is famous for making jam out of the raspberries he grows in his garden in Colorado, so a few months before the wedding my Dad taught me and my bridesmaids his secret recipe and we made all the jam together!”
Another one of Tanya’s favorite memories to date is dancing with her father to “My Girl” at her wedding. The day was filled with special moments that celebrated the couple’s love for each other and the pride they have in America!
Marigold & Grey (who was featured yesterday because of their awesome wedding gift advice) has something new to share with us today! They submitted a styled shoot to us and we are in love. Read about some of their inspiration behind the shoot below!
District Weddings: Why is a Fourth of July shoot important to you?
Marigold & Grey: I love weddings held on holiday weekends because of the opportunity to show guests an extended good time, especially when they’re traveling in from out of town. Since 4th of July has FOREVER been my favorite holiday, I thought it would be fun to create an elegant, yet cozy, July 4th welcome dinner.
DW: What is the inspiration behind the setting of the shoot?
M&G: I’ve always been drawn to the hemlock grove at Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase and it ended up being the perfect backdrop for an intimate gathering in the woods. The table was set low to the ground with fluffy pillows for seating. This created a casual vibe while the décor was elegant and sophisticated. Love this contrast!
DW: What was special about the colors?
M&G: I loved the challenge of staying away from the traditional red, white and blue color palette and instead using deeper shades of red and blue along with tons of neutrals.
We love Marigold & Grey (as you can probably tell!) and are so excited that they showed off independence with such elegance.
District Weddings caught up with Jamie from Marigold & Grey to discuss the best possible welcome gifts for your wedding. Jamie is ready to dish all of her awesome advice to us, and we are so appreciative!
Part One: What to Include in Your Wedding Welcome Gifts
People often ask me for advice on what to include in their wedding welcome gifts. When designing gifts, I take into consideration many factors such as location, wedding style, budget, color palette and even the personalities and interests of the couple. But overall, the most important thing is to make sure the gift is well-balanced. For example, you don’t want to break the bank on a huge, fancy tote bag with a few tiny items inside. Nor do you want to fill a gift box full of salty items without room leftover for a beverage to quench your guests’ thirst.
Try and include one item from each of the below categories and you can’t go wrong! Worried about budget? Don’t fret! Simple items for each category are just fine. It’s thoughtfulness and balance that matter most.
This is a great opportunity to choose something local. Do you and your fiancé have a favorite bakery nearby? Maybe an individually-wrapped brownie or cookie from this establishment would be the perfect sweet (and meaningful!) snack. Are you having a seaside wedding? Salt water taffy is a great ocean-inspired option to satisfy your guests’ sugar cravings. If you want to tie in your wedding color palette into the gift, macarons are a fantastic way to show off your wedding colors. Or, perhaps you simply want to welcome your guests with a celebratory vibe. Champagne Gummy Bears or Champagne Bubbles by Sugarfina are always a Marigold & Grey favorite!
This is a great chance to help your guests balance out the sweet with some good old-fashioned salty! Some ideas we like include salted peanuts, flavorful crackers, bagel crisps, pita chips, trail mix, popcorn, gourmet potato chips or maybe even some high-quality beef jerky.
Let’s face it. It’s pretty annoying to check into a hotel and discover that water isn’t included in the room. Help your guests stay hydrated especially since they’ll be enjoying cocktails and dancing the night away at your reception! For an added touch, consider sparkling water. Mini San Pellegrino bottles always look nice. And my recent favorite? Perrier now makes a ‘Slim Can’ which fits nicely into welcome gifts and added bonus…it isn’t breakable! Also consider seasonally appropriate drinks such a gourmet hot chocolate for a winter wedding or a spring IPA beer from a local brewery. For example, Fordham & Dominion’s Cherry Blossom Lager is perfect for spring weddings in the DC area when the cherry blossoms are sure to be on your guests’ radar.
Chances are, you have all the particulars spelled out on your wedding website as well as the invitation suite you mailed out. But, once guests arrive in town, they may not have easy access to all the info. Make it easy for them by creating a weekend timeline along with any necessary maps to help them get to where they need to be. Also, don’t forget a heartfelt message thanking your guests for making the trip. It can be a simple letter on a 5×7 piece of cardstock. Or a step further… create a booklet of the “who’s who” of your wedding party or even the background into your love story. I really love this custom tri-fold designed by The Dandelion Patch for a Karson Butler Events wedding in Washington, DC!
This is a great chance to offer your guests the conveniences of home . You can keep it basic and include breath mints or gum, Advil packets, and Pepto Bismol. Or perhaps take it a step further and create a small amenities kit. Include such conveniences as Rosebud Salve lip balm, earplugs, Bandaids, hangover remedies, Kleenex, eye drops, hand sanitizer, bug spray, sunglasses, SPF, or even a beach towel. I really like this neutral drawstring bag to hold smaller items neatly within the welcome gift.
And now for the icing on the cake! If you still have room in the budget, including a meaningful keepsake is a fantastic way to leave your guests with something to remember your wedding by. I adore these city-specific cedar coasters from Neighborwoods. Or even a notecard set featuring artwork depicting landmarks of the city where you’re getting married. You can even let your gift packaging double as a keepsake by choosing a tote with a screenprinted map of the area. You can also highlight hobbies or interests that play a role in your relationship. Have fun and get creative!
Following the trend of tropical paradises for honeymoons, today we are featuring none other than Fiji! Fiji is a country in the South Pacific that almost looks fake in pictures because of how amazingly beautiful it is. The water is as blue as the skies, the white sand is sparkling, and the trees beckon you to spend time lying in their shade, taking a load off and spending time with your new spouse! Among the top resorts in Fiji are the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, and Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa. If you are planning your honeymoon, Fiji is definitely one of the top places you should look!