The Corcoran Gallery of Art was filled with love on August 23, 2014 as Jie Shi and Dynne Sung tied the knot with family and friends standing by their side. The wedding had continuous music flowing throughout the night, performed by a harpist, an a cappella group, a quartet, and a pianist. Along with the music, the museum was so kind as to open up their downstairs galleries to the guests of the wedding.
Other features of the night included a surprise dessert bar, and as a party gift, guests were given impressionable art books published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Sparklers filled the air when the couple made their exit into a new life together.
The bride’s favorite parts of the night were when “the string quartet played two traditional Asian songs that we dedicated toour parents in honor of their respective cultures: Korean “Arirang” and Chinese “Jasmine.” Also, the wedding cake had four tiers of alternating flavors, banana nut and red velvet – each representative of our favorite childhood sweets.”
The groom’s favorite details were that “servers passed two specialty drinks, his “Jack Rose” and her “Fresh Start” – each representative of our own personalities and tastes. Also, we had the downstairs art galleries opened to our guests. It was a chance to see some amazing artwork at their own leisure and provided a breathtaking backdrop for pictures. The party favors were art books published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art so that guests could take the museum experience home with them.”
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!
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!
Have you ever had a place that means so much to you because of the special moments and memories you have there? For Kelly and Reed, Georgetown is this place; it is a representation of memories and love from the moment they met. Georgetown is not only the place they met, but also the place where Reed proposed, and finally, the place they spent their perfect wedding day.
After attending school at Georgetown University, they both attended graduate school in upstate New York. Yet, they knew that Georgetown was the place where their fondest memories remained, and they planned their wedding to be there.
Kelly comments on the location, “My favorite moment of the day was walking through the doors of the chapel into a place that meant so much to me and seeing all of the people we love from all phases in our lives in one room – an incredible feeling! – and especially seeing Reed at the other end.”
Their ceremony was at Dahlgren Chapel on Georgetown’s campus, and their reception was at the Colonnade Room at the Fairmont Hotel. “At the end of the night, we had buses to take everyone to The Tombs (a staple of our college experience) to continue the festivities. It was truly our perfect day,” Kelly said.
Maria and Joseph’s real wedding, which took place at the Fairmont Hotel, was a celebration of two lovebirds. The couple met at the University of Pennsylvania, where Maria was auditing an International Relations course that Joe happened to be the TA of. Coincidentally, a mutual friend was also auditing the course and introduced them, thus resulting in the two meeting and hitting it off!
A few of the couple’s favorite things from the wedding were coming back to DC for their wedding as well as their incredible band, which had their family and friends dancing all night long. Maria explains, “We also had some really touching speeches from my sister and Joe’s best man that we’ll never forget. Lastly, we loved sneaking out between family photos and the ceremony to get some photos of just the two of us in Old Town — that was hands down the best decision we made!”
The couple’s wedding had shades of purple and ivory and was filled with all sorts of different flowers that were perfect for their summertime nuptial. Pictures of the beautiful wedding are featured below for you to enjoy!