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June 19, 2018

Today I want to spotlight one of my favorite venues, as I’ll be doing over the next couple of weeks. The DC War Memorial is an incredible historic site, but that’s part of what makes it such a cool space for a wedding! Only steps away from the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, the venue […]

June 14, 2018

We’ve talked before about the do’s and don’ts of etiquette for the wording on your wedding invitations before, but how do you actually address them? And what about the envelopes? If you want them to be properly addressed, there are a few rules to follow, so here’s an easy chart for you to keep up […]

June 12, 2018

It happens all the time…couples are dressed and ready, everyone’s excited, and it’s only a few minutes until the ceremony begins, when all of a sudden, someone realizes that something has been forgotten. Best case scenario: You hired a wedding planner and they either have a backup or an alternative to whatever it was you forgot. […]

June 7, 2018

Starting your wedding registry is something you’ll probably do early in your engagement. This part is always fun because you’re registering for all those household items you get to start your married life with, but it can also be a little overwhelming. There are so many things to remember to add, and so many different […]

June 5, 2018

The majority of newly engaged couples have never planned a wedding before. Even if you have, every wedding is different, and sometimes it’s hard to know what questions to ask and expectations to have when you’re out of your element. Many vendors will schedule consultations or phone calls with you prior to you booking them, […]

May 31, 2018

One thing that doesn’t get talked about enough in wedding planning is wedding insurance. Don’t think it’s a necessity? Not sure exactly what wedding insurance is? We’re going to chat about a few quick tips on why your wedding needs insurance. There are typically two types of wedding insurance: Cancellation insurance and Liability insurance. Cancellation […]

May 29, 2018

I’ve already talked about how to set your budget, but now I want to talk about how to cut costs and make room in your budget. You’ve figured out your budget with your sweetheart and family, and you’ve got a rough draft of the guest list, so what happens when you realize that you don’t […]

May 24, 2018

It’s official! The ceremony is complete, you’re happily married, the pictures have been taken, and now it’s time to get the party started. You’re about to walk in to your reception…what are you playing? Your grand entrance music will be an indicator to your guests for what they can expect the rest of the night, […]

May 22, 2018

If you’ve never planned a wedding before, knowing how much to tip your wedding vendors probably isn’t common knowledge to you. Is it like tipping at a restaurant? Do I tip all of them or just certain ones? These are the questions couples everywhere are asking and that I hope we’ll answer for you today. […]

May 21, 2018

There are tons of articles and tips that tell you what’s trending now and what proper wedding etiquette is, but you rarely here about the things you shouldn’t do when planning a wedding. Here are 5 lesser known items that you definitely shouldn’t do!   1. Don’t send e-invites. Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong […]