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January 23, 2017

Many of you might have most details ironed out, but are starting to feel the anxiety of the day up ahead?

Not to worry, let me introduce you to etc. coordinators. They are your go-to-day-of-coordination firm. They offer a six-week coordination service that will help ease that anxiety. Their services include:

  • In-person kickoff meeting to review all event details
  • Regular follow up calls with your Event Coordinator
  • Site walkthrough with all pertinent vendors
  • Review of booked contracts and personal follow up with all vendors
  • Creation of the event master itinerary to be distributed to vendors
  • Management of the ceremony rehearsal
  • Eight hours of day-of event management by your event coordinator and event assistant

We can’t say enough great things about the event managers at etc coordinators, they are professional, and outstanding coordinators to have by your side on the most important day of your life!

Time to book them? Contact them HERE

Sweet Caroline + Ryan! – Classic Washington, DC Wedding

July 20, 2016

No better way than to start wedding Wednesday…this gorgeous classic wedding is just perfect and we love hearing about it directly from the bride…

Both of us knew right away that most importantly we wanted all our friends and family dancing all night. To do this we knew we needed to hire an amazing band and jump start the night early with something that would get everyone on their feet. After thinking for a while we decided that we would swap the father/daughter dance with the mother/son dance because Caroline and her Dad were planning on kicking into ‘Sweet Caroline’ half way through their song. Sweet Caroline is something Caroline and her Dad dance to at any family event where there is dancing and it is also the famous 7th inning stretch for the Boston Red Sox which is the home team for Ryan’s entire side of the guest list. That choice got everyone excited and onto the dance floor, where they stayed for the entire night! Success!

Favorite Details: After Ryan found the church, St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill, we had the idea of mimicking the starry ceiling from St. Joseph’s and projecting a starry night sky onto the ceiling at the Mellon.  We thought a starry night would really capture what that time of year is about! Our September Starry Night was everything we wanted and more!

Florals and Inspiration Behind the Big Day: Design wise we thought for a long time about what is a signature September look? Since early September still feels very much like summer we knew we wanted the wedding aesthetic to be classic and clean with a lot of creams, whites and crisp greens.

Aimee and Cindy from A. Dominick Events helped us form this ‘crisp and clean’ vision even further into the design for the floral, linens, place settings and more! Throughout the process they really understood what we had in mind and what we were trying to build.

When we stepped into the reception space we were blown away with how everything we wanted was translated perfectly at the Mellon.

Our September Starry Night was everything we wanted and more!

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

 

Event Planner: A. Dominick Events | Florist: Edge Floral Event Designers | Reception Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Washington DC |  Catering: Occasions Caterers | Ceremony Location: St. Joseph’s on Capital Hill Roman Catholic Church | Rentals: DC Rental & Fabrication Events & Perfect Settings | Lighting Company: Frost Lighting | Photographer: Connor Studios Michael Connor  | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Hair: Bridal Hair By Remona and Makeup: Kim Reyes | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Cheree Berry Paper | Entertainment Company: Andy Kushner Entertainment Sound Connection Band

Credits

  • Connor Studios
    Michael Connor

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.IMG_0035 IMG_0057

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Event Planner: Thy Parra, EVOKE | Design: Syzygy | Florist: Holly Chapple Flowers | Reception Location: Mandarin Oriental | Photographer: Dominique Fierro | Ceremony Location: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church | Rentals: DC Rental + Party Rental | Lighting Company: PSAV | Valet + Transportation: Avalon and American Eagle Limousine | | 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

Credits

  • Dominique Fierro

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

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 Anne Book | Wedding and Social Event Planning

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Atrendy Wedding and Event Company

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Engaging Affairs

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 Events in the City

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 Evoke DC

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 Karson Butler Events

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Lauryn Prattes Events

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 Magnolia Bluebird Design & Events

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 Roberts & Co Events

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 Sara Muchnick Events

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 Terri Bergman Events

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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!

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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Credit: Marigold & Grey

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.

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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.

 View More: http://kristaajones.pass.us/bags

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.

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Bubbly

 

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.

 

View More: http://kristaajones.pass.us/marigold

Credit: Krista A. Jones Photography

 

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!

Credits

  • Abby Jiu Photography
  • Krista Jones Photography
  • Marigold & Grey

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