Planning Tips

Capturing the Moment

July 22, 2014

Our favorite wedding moments, are those captured when no one is expecting it. The unforgettable pictures are the ones that unforgettable moments created. Today we bring you some of our favorite snapshots of when a photographer caught a moment in lens that will now last a lifetime. Photographers have a large responsibility on a wedding day. We recommend hiring a second photographer or making sure yours brings along an assistant, so that the “must-haves” will be caught on film and  all the little moments in between. If you’re really up for some spontaneous shots, enlist the little ones for photography duty, and provide them with disposable cameras!

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Embracing Your Future Mother-in-Law

July 15, 2014

It’s important to remember you weren’t the first woman in your mans life. Embrace the idea of gaining a mother-in-law and use the planning process as a way to strengthen your relationship, without letting it stress you out!

1. Use Your Time Wisely; There are so many wedding activities that take place throughout the planning period. From bridal fittings, to tastings, to showers and celebrations, there are many opportunities for you to invite your future mother-in-law along for the excitement! Include her in as many decisions as you are willing, without letting it stress you out. Remember, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know her better, but don’t make it your number one priority to appease his mom!

2. Give Her Responsibilities; Everyone likes to feel as though they are needed. Delegate her “wedding responsibilities” so that she feels important enough for you to entrust her with wedding duties. A great area for her to oversee is the out of town guests. Make her the point of contact for traveling friends and family. She can make hotel arrangements, coordinate room blocks and answer any questions guests may have about traveling for your big day.

3. Plan the Rehearsal Dinner Together; Traditionally, it is the grooms side of the family that is responsible for planning and paying for the rehearsal dinner. Think of it as a fun and creative bonding experience for you and your future mother-in-law. Plan coffee dates to discuss details or have girls night to taste menu items and select wine!

4. Be Inspired by Her Talents + Interests; We all have our hidden talents, so take the opportunity to get to learn some of hers. Maybe she’s good at creating flower arrangements or paper and signage is her forte. Either way, take her on your floral meetings or have her tag along to your invitation design sessions. Who knows, you may learn a thing or two!

5. Give Her a Meaningful “Thank You” Gift; Let’s face it, that good-looking, successful man wouldn’t be here without her. Be sure to give her a special “thank you” present on the day of the wedding letting her know you appreciate all of her help and for simply raising the man of your dreams!

 

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Taking the First Steps

July 8, 2014

In same-sex weddings, question may arise as to how  the couple should enter their ceremony. The exciting thing is, it’s your big day and there are no rules on the “proper” way to walk down the aisle. Even though there will always be some sort of slated “traditional way,”  that doesn’t mean it is for you. Today, we have a few ideas to help you decide the best way for you and your significant other to approach the processional.

You can walk to the place of marriage at the same time coming from different directions

You can walk down the same aisle individually

You can walk down the same aisle holding hands 

You can process in individually behind your wedding party

You can process in with your parents

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Pre-Wedding Beauty Bliss

July 1, 2014

The question has been popped and before you know it, the tastings, linen looks and decision making begins! The planning process can be stressful and it is important you remember to take care of yourself. Don’t forget to take a deep breath, unwind and call up the girls for a much needed mani! This week we have 5 beauty tips that are sure to help you feel better about yourself leading up to the big day!

1. Schedule a Manicure Every Two Weeks - We don’t typically think of our nails as getting their own photo shoot; however, you will have more pictures taken of your hands on the day of your wedding than ever before. Photographers love to catch the sparkle in that beautiful diamond! Be sure to keep your nail beds healthy by scheduling an appointment every two weeks.

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2. Seek a Brow Specialist - Go ahead and splurge and consult a brow specialist. They will know best on the perfect shape for your structure. Begin going a few months out, but schedule your last one exactly one month before the wedding. That way, in case you have any areas that need to grow out, you will have plenty of time. You can always schedule a touch up a week before.

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3. Eat Healthier (and don’t forget the water!) – To avoid bloating and fatigue, stay away from sugar and processed foods. There is nothing better for your skin than to eat lots of vegetables and drink plenty of water. Eating healthier will not only make you look better, but you will be energized and motivated for all the wedding planning in store. Consider hiring a nutritionist to assist you in creating the best dietary plan for you!

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4. Do a Make Up Trial Run - It is important you feel comfortable with your make up artist. You don’t want the morning of the wedding to be the first time your artist does your makeup. Schedule a trial run in advance so that you can talk through any changes you hope to make for the big day.

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5. Prepare a Bridal Beauty Kit for Day Of - Through all of this experimenting and testing of new product, be sure to collect all of your favorites to have by your side. Assign someone to be in charge of your beauty kit. After lots of picture taking, and giving hugs and kisses, you will want to take a few minutes to freshen up. Don’t forget the new blush you bought that matches your perfectly pink new lipstick!

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Uber Weddings

June 4, 2014

As Uber grows, it just keeps getting better and better. Now, the company will create a customized promotional code  (apply here) to make it easy for a bride and groom to share the app with their guests and make a free ride a fun perk for those who have never tried Uber before the wedding weekend. They also give the bride and groom a free ride up to $40 as a thank you for choosing Uber. Sweet, huh!?

Haven’t tried Uber? Use the code DCWEDDING for a free ride up to $25 (not valid on TAXI, new users only). Check it out!

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