How to Welcome Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

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When it comes to your wedding in the Washington DC area, you probably have plenty of out-of-town guests travelling to the area for your celebration of love! What do you need to know about welcoming guests and heelping them navigate the city? Once again, we turned to some of the top wedding planners in the Washington DC area and asked for their advice. How can couples gjve their guests ideas of what to do and where to go? Here’s what they had to say…

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Photo Credit: Audra Wrisley Photography from Classic Summer Wedding in DC

Communicate with Your Guests

It’s a slippery slope between providing helpful information and positioning yourself as their personal tour guide. Be sure to direct questions and inquiries to others, e.g. hotel concierge, wedding planner, maid of honor/best man. — Elizabeth at Elizabeth Duncan Events

A wedding website can be a tremendous help for your out of town guests. The website may contain a page which speaks to hotel accommodations and local attractions. Another option is a “Welcome Basket.” This basket can be handed out to guests who stay in the hotel. It can contain brochures with information on local activities and also goodies for your guests to enjoy during their stay. — Shawn at TreBella Events

Wedding websites and wedding apps are great ways to help your guests plan their trip in advance, more fully enjoy all that DC has to offer, and quickly reference celebration locations on the go. — Ginger at Gingerwood Creative

Creating a wedding website that you distribute to guests (usually on the save the date!) with lots of great info regarding city attractions, hotels, restaurants, wedding info, etc. is a great way to help everyone from out of town plan their trip accordingly. — Jennifer of Elegantly Chic Events

Communication is key here! Include as much info as you can in either print, the web, or an e-mail message such as hotel info, directions, addresses, contact phone numbers too just in case they need to reach someone. — Courtney at A Sweet Soiree

Parking and Transportation

If you have a lot of guests staying at nearby hotels, arrange for shuttle buses to take them to and from the wedding so they don’t have to worry about renting cars, parking, etc. I know they will appreciate the gesture! — Jennifer of Elegantly Chic Events

Book a hotel where the parking isn’t insanely expensive if possible, and that’s close to a Metro stop so they can explore. Include a link to Uber on your wedding web site and explain how to download the app—you can even get a wedding code to give guests a free first ride! And, if you can afford it, please provide transportation for your guests. No, you don’t have to, but it just makes everyone’s lives so much easier if you know when everyone will show up!  — Rebecca at Blue Canary Events

Transportation is always important to mention. On welcome bag information cards, we typically suggest how to get there. Simply suggesting “cab or Uber,” “walkable from hotel,” “take the Orange Line to Clarendon” is easy for guests to help figure how to get around or at least give them somewhere to start. — Laura of Events in the City

If your wedding is in DC and some guests are driving, make sure they download the Parkmobile app as DC parking meters are set up with that app. In Montgomery county MobileNOW is another app to be downloaded for cars as their meters are connected to that app. Like Uber, these are not quick apps to download and should be communicated to guests ahead of time. — Katie at Elegance & Simplicity

The more information the better when it comes to transportation and driving instructions. Let guests know before they come to down if you will provide a shuttle, or if parking is difficult near your reception location. It will help them decide whether arrangements like a rental car make sense. — Ginger at Gingerwood Creative

Give up to date information on transportation in the welcome bags including how easy or not easy catching cabs or Uber times in the area will be. You don’t want guests to assume that they can catch a cab easily after the wedding, when in fact your reception venue is off the beaten path in D.C and cabs are not frequent. — Tabitha at Roberts and Co. Events

Creating a Wedding Weekend Timeline

If your wedding is in the city and your guests are from out of town, do yourself and your guests a favor, and put everything as close together as possible. Ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner. Getting around the city is hard enough for those of us who are experts—imagine your Aunt Ida from Paducah, Kentucky staring at Dupont Circle and just having NO idea what to do. — Rebecca at Blue Canary Events

Keeping the Expense Down 

Make sure that your “out of town guests” are well-informed of any potential expenses they might incur. Resort fees, valet parking fees, cash bars, and high city taxes can really blow your wedding guests’s budget if they are unaware of these additional expenses in advance.  — Kay at Howerton + Wooten Events

Accommodations

Always plan on guests wanting to stay for a mini vacation when booking your room block. Reserve rooms for a few days before and after the wedding as a courtesy so that they have the option of arriving on Thursday or leaving on Monday so that they can enjoy the city. — Tabitha at Roberts and Co. Events

Wedding Itinerary + Welcome Bags

Book a hotel where the parking isn’t insanely expensive if possible, and that’s close to a Metro stop so they can explore. Include a link to Uber on your wedding web site and explain how to download the app—you can even get a wedding code to give guests a free first ride! Include a map of the Smithsonians and monuments, a letter with your itinerary as well as your favorite coffee shop, cupcake or ice cream place, best places for lunch, where the closest drugstore is, etc. Leave copies with the concierge at the hotel.  — Rebecca at Blue Canary Events

Points of Interest: you can include a city’s visitors guide. What I like the most is when clients tell their guests their favorite restaurants and their favorite places to visit/activities. I think it personalizes it for your guests. One of my clients wrote out a few options for guests on “What to do on a Friday night in DC.” It was great! — Vicky at Event Accomplished

Think about what your guests might need during their stay and share information about where they can find it. Include contact information for a couple of good hair salons, a dry cleaner, a drugstore, emergency medical facilities, nearby restaurants, shopping malls, and any other businesses your guests may find interesting or useful. — Stephanie at Pretty Entertaining

Having a detailed wedding website that outlines your personal suggestions for how to handle attend your wedding is great for out of town guests. Providing a light itinerary and options for those who don’t know your city via the welcome bag is awesome. Don’t just throw in nine different maps and brochures. Make personalized suggestions and be thoughtful with a range in price as well. — Laura of Events in the City

I almost always recommend that guests come at least two days prior to the wedding to get acclamation to the area and check in. This way they have at least one evening to enjoy the city before the wedding day! DC has so much to offer. Families should definitely be made aware of how the majority of our museums are free…in most major cities around the world, museums have a fee to get in. For the museums that have fees and you know your particular guests might be interested in going (like the Newseum) Call those museums ahead of time to see if they have any discounts available for large groups! You know your guests best! — Katie at Elegance & Simplicity

For guests arriving at the hotel, a nice welcome bag to receive with some nice little personal gifts, or something that reflection of the couple, along with area tourist maps depending on the location. Tourist maps can be found at your local county visitor center or local tourism board. If you want to really customize, have your stationery designer to design custom maps of the area that will match with all of your other invitation stationery. – Tara at Perfect Planning Events

Always include a welcome note at the hotels either in a welcome bag or on its own. Be sure this has a schedule for the weekend and any attire and transportation. It should also list a few places to eat and the couples favorite attractions around town. — Courtney at A Sweet Soiree

Couples can order Washington D.C information Booklets from the D.C Tourism site for only the cost of shipping to include in guest welcome bags. This is a really useful tool for guests who are looking for unique opportunities in the city to site see around the wedding activities. — Tabitha at Roberts and Co. Events

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Laid-Back Rustic Wedding Reception in Maryland: Courtney + Tom

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Oh, my dear readers, get your Pinterest board ready because the second half of Courtney and Tom’s wedding in Maryland comes packed with plenty of steal-worthy (and DIY!) wedding ideas. From the mini pie dessert bar to the elegant simplicity of the center paces, it’s hard to choose a favorite! (Be sure to check out their outdoor wedding ceremony, too!) And the best part? Birds of a Feather Photography was on hand to capture every sweet moment.

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From Courtney: We wanted our wedding to be full of personal touches and moments that we would remember for a life time.

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Dessert stands made from thrift store candle stick holders and phonograph records (phonograph records are thicker than traditional vinyl and cost about $1 at a local antique store – when gluing, use heavy duty glue, not hot glue!

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Courtney’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

Don’t be afraid to plan everything yourself. There are so many tools on the internet that make is easy to do on your own. We decided on a long engagement of 18 months, and I used every minute. Waiting awhile to get married made it so that the vendors I wanted were available on the date we chose.

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Thank you so much Courtney and Tom for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Jefferson Patterson Park
Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Design: Violets Florist (e-mail)
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal
Shoes: ModCloth
Hair: Ashley Shepperd
Makeup: DIY
Catering: Maryland Country Caterers
Desserts: Lily Pie (e-mail)
Music: Sight and Sound Entertainment
Favors: Poptique Gourmet Popcorn

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Birds of a Feather Photography

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Laid-Back Rustic Wedding Ceremony in Maryland: Courtney + Tom

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Packed with a DIY punch, this laid-back wedding in Maryland comes with a touch of rustic elegance! Courtney and Tom wanted to celebrate their love with a casual fall wedding outdoors. The simple but stunning baby’s breath bouquet will have you running out and grabbing a bouquet for your desk. (Because that’s definitely what I’m doing this morning!) And check out those vinyl record ceremony programs made by the bride and her maid of honor – oh, the creativity! I love it. You can see all the pretty captured by Birds of a Feather Photography right here…

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From Courtney: My husband and I have been friends for well over ten years. We wanted our wedding to represent what is most important to us: our friends and family. We are not a formal couple, so we wanted our wedding to be casual and fun. Nothing fussy and nothing fancy. Just quality time with all of the people we love most.

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I let my bridesmaids pick out their own dresses so that in photographs, they look most like themselves and their dresses fit within their budgets. I told them to wear whatever shoes they wanted because comfort is key.

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 My maid of honor, Kara, and I made programs made from vinyl record 45’s, popsicle sticks and prints on Kraft paper from Staples for $0.07 a piece.

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Thank you so much Courtney and Tom for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Jefferson Patterson Park
Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Design: Violets Florist (e-mail)
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal
Shoes: ModCloth
Hair: Ashley Shepperd
Makeup: DIY
Catering: Maryland Country Caterers
Desserts: Lily Pie (e-mail)
Music: Sight and Sound Entertainment
Favors: Poptique Gourmet Popcorn

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Birds of a Feather Photography

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Romantic Garden Inspired Wedding Reception in Maryland: Sara + Chris

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Are you ready for even more summery goodness from Sara and Chris’ wedding in Maryland? (But before you go on, you will just have to check out their traditional wedding ceremony first!) Their classic summer wedding, captured by Melissa Tuck Photography, came with plenty of inspiration from the dreamy outdoor cocktail space to the simply stunning wedding cake. And their grand exit with golden pom-poms has the cheerleader in me jumping for joy!

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From Sara: Oxon Hill Manor is such a beautiful venue with lush gardens, elaborate rooms, and a huge terrace perfect for cocktails under the stars.

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We brought in elements that complimented the decor and setting of the venue, which really guided my vision for the whole event. The color palatte, mint green, peach and gold, were found in the wallpaper and trims of the rooms. Being August, I wanted to stick with colors and textures that were light and cool and airy. I think we accomplished that through the tone and fabric of the bridesmaids dresses, the ethereal floral arrangements, and billowy tent drapings.

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During the reception, we did a Coors Light toast in memory of my father (it was his favorite beverage of choice). Another fun personal touch was our signature cocktail – a Long Island Sweet Tea – which was a nod to our home states. Chris is from New York, and I grew up in North Carolina.

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Sara’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

The biggest planning hurdle for me was selecting the venue. Don’t overwhelm yourselves by viewing too many sites, or you’ll never be able to make a decision!

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Thank you so much Sara and Chris for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Western Presbyterian Church
Officiant: Rev. Jack Donahue
Reception Venue: Oxon Hill Manor
Photography: Melissa Tuck Photography
Wedding Planner: Kelley Cannon Events
Floral Design: Growing Wild Floral Company
Stationery: The Golden Fold
Bridal Attire: Martina Liana from Hannelore’s of Olde Town
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair: Fringe Hair Studio
Makeup: Blend
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Ann Taylor
Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Catering: Main Event Caterers
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Lighting: Fabrication Events
Reception Music: The Bachelor Boys Band
Photo Booth: Hot Dog! Photo Booth
Transportation: Limousines, Inc.

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Melissa Tuck Photography

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Romantic Garden Inspired Wedding Ceremony in Washington DC: Sara + Chris

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This summer wedding goodness from Kelley Cannon Events is everything a Monday morning needs. From the dreamy mint green and peach color palette to the lush floral design, it is seriously impossible to leave this gallery without a ton of inspiration and ideas. Sara and Chris’ wedding in Washington DC is truly a classic summer affair and you can see it all right here from Melissa Tuck Photography. Happy Monday, darlings!

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From Sara: I would describe our wedding as a romantic garden party with touches of traditional elements.

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Thank you so much Sara and Chris for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Western Presbyterian Church
Officiant: Rev. Jack Donahue
Reception Venue: Oxon Hill Manor
Photography: Melissa Tuck Photography
Wedding Planner: Kelley Cannon Events
Floral Design: Growing Wild Floral Company
Stationery: The Golden Fold
Bridal Attire: Martina Liana from Hannelore’s of Olde Town
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair: Fringe Hair Studio
Makeup: Blend
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Ann Taylor
Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Catering: Main Event Caterers
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Lighting: Fabrication Events
Reception Music: The Bachelor Boys Band
Photo Booth: Hot Dog! Photo Booth
Transportation: Limousines, Inc.

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Melissa Tuck Photography

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National Harbor Wedding Engagement Session: Shannon + Mark

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Hello my loves! With spring just around the corner, I have been keeping an eye out for a wedding engagement session that really gets me excited for the impending warm weather and longer, sunnier days. Shannon and Mark’s session captured by Nicole Barr Photography does just that and more! I love how the two incorporated so many wonderful things in the DMV—Old Town’s vintage romantic charm and the nautical, patriotic National Harbor. Mark proposed to Shannon while staying at the Gaylord National Harbor, so it is quite special to them!

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Congratulations Shannon and Mark!

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Photo Credits: Nicole Barr Photography

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Intimate and Styled Courthouse Wedding in Maryland: Lily + Freddy

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Picture this: a lovely intimate courthouse wedding in Maryland followed by a styled wedding portrait session in a dreamy greenhouse. It’s exactly what Lily and Freddy did and you can see it all right here captured by Lesli Escaño Photography! With Behnke Nurseries Co. serving as the dreamy backdrop, Lesli brought in the furniture and vintage china and styled a picture perfect session with these super cute lovebirds. Love, love, love!

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Thank you so much Lily and Freddy for sharing your wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Rockville Courthouse
Photography: Lesli Escaño Photography
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Jewelry: Macy’s
Groom’s Attire: K&G Fashion Superstore
Cake: Flowers Bakery

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Lesli Escaño Photography

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Best Questions to Ask Your Wedding Hair Stylist

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Let’s talk wedding day hair, shall we? When it comes to hiring the pros (in any part of your wedding planning really!), it’s always good to go into a meeting with the right questions! To make sure you look your best on your wedding day, we turned to some of the top DC-area wedding hair stylists to ask for their pro advice on what to ask before hiring a stylist, and we’ve got it all covered! Here is what some of the coordinators at these local venues had to say…(And be sure to tag us in your wedding planning photos on Instagram using the hashtag #loveunitedwithlove!)

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Photo Credit: Pier 23 Photography from Modern and Chic Washington DC

What you should know before hiring a hair stylist…

Find out what stylists are open on your wedding date. Once the company responds with open stylists, ask to see the stylist(s)’ work in particular if they have not sent this already. Many companies put work of multiple stylists on their website so it is nice to see individual work. Ask to see a full quote written out clearly if one has not been offered to you. Staying organized is not only helpful but keep you at ease knowing there are no surprises down the road. – Julie, owner of Jewel Hair Design

Your stylist should have liability insurance, this is important because it shows that you are working with a repeatable stylist or company and that they have experience working weddings. Not to mention it is for your benefit and safety, so make sure to ask! –Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

Be sure to ask for a copy of your contract to verify pricing and terms. – Barbara, owner of Bridal Artistry

You will want to make sure that your hair stylist has experience working with hair and is licensed to do so! The reason that this is an important question is because you will want to work with a hairstylist who has experience in the hair industry. They will know how to create an updo that just look beautiful but they can create an updo that will hold up nicely over the course of your wedding. –Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

Ask about the policies the companies has regarding changing the headcount (adding or taking away party members before the wedding) – Julie, owner of Jewel Hair Design

You will want to make sure that the amount you send your artists is being placed towards your balance. Though it is rare, some artists charge a fee for just “reserving the date.” This is incredibly rare, but you will want to know before you schedule a trial and find this out after you’re already committed! –Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

What to know about your trial session…

Ask what the hair trial includes and when/ where trials are generally held. Before the trial ask the stylist how they would prefer you prep your hair (one day old hair, just blow dried, naturally curly, etc.) If you are considering offering a trial to other party members, be sure to ask your stylist first as some companies only offer trials to brides. – Julie, owner of Jewel Hair Design

Make sure to ask based on your hair type if that particular style will hold for 10 hours. – Carolyn, owner of Modern Bridal Studio

Find out when and where the trial session is. This may be an important question if you have a busy schedule. Each artist and team has varying policies regarding their trial services. Some only provide services for a trial in their studio during specific times. You just want to be careful not to plan on working with someone who wouldn’t be able to accommodate your trial needs. –Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

What to know about your stylist and your hair…

Ask what are some accessory options for this hairstyle. – Carolyn, owner of Modern Bridal Studio

Websites should give you a feel for the versatility, quality and professionalism of the stylists or artists. For example, if you have a wedding party with mixed ethnicities, it will be important to know if the hairstylist works with all textures/types of hair. – Barbara, owner of Bridal Artistry

A professional stylist will use professional high end product lines such as Sebastian, Redken, Paul Mitchell, Privana, Aveda, etc. Always be weary of a stylist using drugstore products. This can be the sign of an inexperienced stylist or someone who has little to no hair styling experience. –Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

What to know for your wedding day…

​An experienced stylist will have a solid backup plan in case of an emergency. Emergencies happen, the only thing your artists can do it have a safe backup plan just in case. Some individual stylists partner with another stylist to be their backup or in a larger company like my own we build it into our structure. If they are a professional, they will understand when you ask. It’s always smarter to be safe than sorry! –Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

Ask to see a timeline written out. These professionals work at weddings every weekend and have their personal timing down to a science. Before you waste your time making a schedule that actually won’t work for the stylist/team ask them first.  – Julie, owner of Jewel Hair Design

Ask how long they will need to work with your entire bridal party. This is an important question if you have more than 4-5 ladies hoping for hair/makeup services. If you are working with an individual hair stylist or makeup artist they may need 45 minutes to 1 hour per person, with additional time to set up and break down. If you have a larger party of 7 or 8 girls your hair stylist might need 8 or 9 hours. –Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

If we have more than X among of ladies being styled on the wedding day, will you have another stylist helping you?  Is that an additional charge to us? – Barbara, owner of Bridal Artistry

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Timeless and Elegant Wedding Reception in Washington DC: Jessica + Brian

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Welcome back to the second half of Jessica and Brian’s classic wedding in Washington DC. Their blush and gold ballroom reception was chocked full of pink peonies galore and it’s my wedding blogger duty to make sure we swoon over each gorgeous photo brought you to by DuHon Photography. From the romantic fabric draped dance floor to the sweet calligraphy on drink flags at cocktail hour, this classic wedding planned by Kelley Cannon Events is going straight to my “Dream Wedding” Pinterest board—no shame!

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From Jessica: We envisioned our ceremony and reception to be a celebration of our love and we wanted our guests to truly enjoy themselves. So, as our family and friends arrived, they were greeted by the charming St. Regis staff and a champagne cocktail topped with a glittery, candied rim.

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Not only do I love peonies because of their beauty, but they also represent a “happy marriage,” so in addition to the beautiful blooms being a focus during the ceremony, they were in all of the centerpieces and we also included gold peony napkin rings to complete the place settings.

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After finishing a delicious dinner in the beautiful Astor Ballroom, guests were ushered back out to the terrace, which had been completely transformed. Lounge furniture was brought in from AFR and above the dance floor hung a canopy of twinkling lights and draping, which set the tone for everyone to dance the night away under the stars. If I had to choose two elements that stood out, it would be the florals and the transformation of the terrace.

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Sliders and mini milkshakes were served to our guests during the reception for a surprise, late-night snacks!

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Jessica’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

I stressed out WAY too much during the planning process. It goes by so fast and it only happens once, so enjoy it!

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Thank you so much Jessica and Brian for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: The St. Regis Hotel
Officiant: Harold Bartlett (Father of the Groom)
Photography: DuHon Photography
Videography: Bowen Films
Wedding Planner: Kelley Cannon Events
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Floral Design: Toulies en Fleur
Bridal Attire: Junko Yoshioka from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Shoes: Kate Spade
Jewelry: Boone & Sons Jewelers
Hair: Hair by Shana Dee
Makeup: Carl Ray
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff
Bridesmaids’ Accessories: Kate Spade
Groom + Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Music: Bialek’s Music
Rentals: AFR Furniture Rental
Catering: The St. Regis Hotel
Linens: La Tavola
Lighting: Fabrication Events, Inc.
Reception Music: Chris Laich Music Services

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Photo Credits: DuHon Photography

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