This week we’re taking some time off to celebrate the holiday with our families and get some rest before coming back strong in 2012.  We’re revisiting some of our favorite content from 2011 – including tips and advice from local DC-area wedding professionals!  We had a jammed packed year of advice on everything from selecting a dress to how to make your makeup natural to our rehearsal dinner series last week.  For today’s installment, I’ve highlighted some of the top tips to help you plan your wedding.

Ahh, photography week!  This was such a special week on the blog this year.  We’ve come across some of the most talented and generous photographers who call the DC area home, and being able to share their work is a true joy for us each day.  We also know that selecting just one photographer to document your wedding is down right impossible.  We polled all of the top photographers in the DC area and put together enough advice to educate you and help make your selection easier.

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Photo Credit:  Love Life Images

Here is a list of what we covered during photography week:

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Photo Credit:  Michelle Lindsay Photography

Another highlight in the advice category this year came from one of our bride readers.  Liz shared her venue search story and provided tips based on what she learned searching for the perfect venue for her wedding.  We’ve heard time and time again that finding the right venue is no small feat in the DC area.  (Check out our guide here for a complete list of DC area venues or our virtual venue tours.)  Liz’s advice is spot-on and undoubtedly helped lots of couples in the same venue search boat!

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Photo Credit:  Paired Images Photography

The timeline is a difficult part of planning a wedding, because on paper everything seems so simple.  Until you get to your wedding day and the disasters just start flowing!  This past year we had a great two-part series from Paul at The DJ Connection about time management.  He describes a real-life wedding that happened while he was DJing, and then provides the solution for how all of these issues could have been avoided with proper time management.  A must-read for couples planning a wedding in the DC area!

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Photo Credit: Sweet Tea Photography

Last but not least, a two-parter from Janice of Bellwether Events.  This was a very popular post this past year, enjoying quite substantial traffic.  No doubt because of its practical, honest advice about when to hire a wedding planner and when not to hire a wedding planner.  Sometimes knowing the reasons not to do something can be the most helpful!  After reading Janice’s advice, you’ll know for-sure if hiring a planner is the right fit for you.

So, there you have it!  Hope you enjoyed this round-up advice from the past year on the blog.  (And, just one more because I can’t help myself, be sure to check out this post on avoiding disasters; it’s a good one!)

This past year is going to be hard to top, but we are looking forward to much more advice and tips from the wedding professionals in the DC area in 2012!  As always, you can find all of these tips and much more on our advice page.

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