Planning Tips

The Wedding Ring

August 29, 2014

Calling all newlyweds! Exclusively Entertainment, a full-service company specializing in entertainment, lighting, and cinematography will be hosting an evening filled with some of our favorite DC wedding vendors (including two of our District Favorites, Hitched and Bridal Hair by Remona) on Thursday, September 18th from 5-9PM at their headquarters in Potomac, Maryland. You will be able to mingle with event professionals over hors d’oeurves and champagne while having all of your wedding questions answered. Book with as little or as many of the vendors as you wish, or just simply enjoy an evening indulged in all things wedding!  Visit The Wedding Ring or their Facebook Fan Page for more details!

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Same Sex Invitations

August 26, 2014

There is no rule book on how to script your wedding invitation. Often times same sex couples are paying for their wedding on their own. In such situations, it is completely appropriate for the wedding invitation to come from the two of you. For example; “Ryan Brennan and Drew Rouper cordially invite you to join them as they exchange vows in a celebration of marriage.”

If your parents are helping with the wedding process you can include them in the invitation by stating, “Together with their families, Megan Tinley and Sarah Owens invite you to celebrate the occasion of their wedding.”

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The important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to present your invitation. Together decide how formal or informal you want your big day to be and choose your wording accordingly.

Photography {Scott Clark PhotoSugarB Studio}

Make It A Seating Success

August 12, 2014

Don’t let the blank spreadsheet waiting to be filled in with your seating arrangements cause unnecessary stress during the planning process. Follow these few easy tips and we’re sure you will have all of your guests placed in no time!

  • Consider the type of dinner you are having when deciding what style of tables you will use. Round tables work nicely with a traditional plated dinner. Long, rectangular tables create a relaxed, family style feeling for buffet dinners.
  • There are many different directions you can go when it comes to your head table. Traditionally, the head table would consist of the bride and groom, both sets of parents, the maid of honor and best man. If your family is non-traditional consider seating parents at separate tables with other family members and having a head table complete with the wedding party.
  • Often times, dinner service is the only time the two of you have to sit and reflect on all the excitement throughout the day. Sweetheart tables are intimate and give you the opportunity to spend time together.
  • Your guests will look forward to catching up with friends and family at your wedding. When assigning tables, group guests together from different stages of your life. For example, immediate family, college friends, colleagues, etc.
  • Don’t let the idea of creating seating arrangements bog you down too much. Remember, at the end of the day, everyone is delighted to just be celebrating with you!

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Nervous Nellie

August 7, 2014

Feeling fearful? Worried? Nervous? Not to worry…Today we are going to give you a few tips on how to tackle your wedding planning process + not get lost in the maze of Pinterest boards, family drama and the myriad minute details!

Step 1. Hire a planner

Just like you are the expert in your chosen field, these individuals are the experts in the events + wedding planning arena. They know everything from creative design to breaking down the math on your food + beverage minimum. And, the best tend to have a rolodex that connects them with every vendor under the sun.

We promise, if you hire one, your stress levels will be significantly reduced + better yet, you can actually ENJOY your day. Consider it from the start; no one likes walking into something they haven’t been a part of from the onset. Trust me, it will be your best investment.

Step 2. Make a to-do list

List out what is most important to you. If you categorize your thoughts in order of importance ahead of time, you will be able to focus your time + efforts on those items properly.

Step 3. Don’t get carried away on Pinterest

You can’t have all of it. After all, there’s a reason why you have so may “Pins.” Remember to focus on your season, likes and what is feasible. Create a look — not several of them. Trust me, it will lead to a more cohesive night + memories.

{Sorry, but Peonies aren’t in season every month}

Step 4. Remember what you have liked + disliked when attending weddings

Make the night an easy + fun experience for your guests, too. Ask yourself some important questions:

- Am I providing transportation?

- Is there a variety of food offered/a meal selection for my picky friends?

- Does the timeline allow for everyone to get from place to place in a clam and relaxed fashion? No one likes to rush! 

Step 5. Include your significant other + family members

If you can, incorporate a little something for each person; quell the drama before it begins. Make sure your partner is a part of the process. The wedding shouldn’t be a surprise to them. Allow them to feel included and “in the know.” Allow both sets of parents to have a role. This way, they can focus their efforts on something other than driving you nuts!

Step 6. HAVE FUN!

 

Good luck!

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Photography Credit: Abby Jiu Photography

the cuisine scene

August 5, 2014

Many would argue that the cuisine served at your wedding will make or break the party. It is imperative you schedule a tasting with your caterer to ask questions, taste the food and decide what you will serve throughout the evening. Be sure to incorporate your personal styles and favorites into your menu so that your guests get a taste of your personalities. Today we bring you a list of important discussion topics and questions that you should have all the answers to before leaving your tasting with your tummies full!

1. Will the food be presented the same way at the wedding as it was during the tasting?

2. Is there a balance of menu selections? Do you seem to have too much protein, too much asian inspired, or too many seafood options?

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3. If the dinner is plated, how long will dinner service last? If a buffet style is selected, how long will the buffet stay open?

4. Are all of the menu selections in season?

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5. Can you accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions? (Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, etc). Be sure to decide on specialty meals for these guests.

6. Will you have a champagne toast? If so, will the champagne be pre-set at the table?

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7. Confirm which dinner wines pair nicely with your menu.

8. Discuss flow of event. If a flip is required during cocktails, where will guest be directed? How long does the caterer need to ensure set up is complete?

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9. Do you provide wedding cakes? If so, is this included in the per-person meal price or is it extra? If we decide to use an outside cake-designer, do you charge a cake cutting fee?

10. Do you handle all rental equipment; such as, linens, glassware, china, flatware, etc?

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