Wedding Insurance: What It Is and Why You Need It

posted by julianne

We love the pretty pictures and the romantic stories as much as the next person, but you also know that we like to dish lots of wedding advice. We like to give you the scoop on planning a wedding in the Washington DC area that no one else will tell you. Today’s topic: wedding insurance. What is wedding insurance? Why do you need it? And, most importantly, where can you get it?!

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Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather Photography from Tracy and John’s Virginia wedding

Wedding insurance is special insurance coverage for your wedding that protects you from unforeseen circumstances. We are always talking about planning, planning and more planning when it comes to your wedding, but, sometimes things will happen that you just can’t plan in advance. This is where wedding insurance comes in. It gives you peace of mind for the unexpected wedding drama.

Here are some nightmare scenarios that have happened:

What do you do if one of your wedding vendors goes bankrupt a week before your wedding? Or worse, doesn’t show up? What if your photographer never sends you your photos after your wedding? What happens if someone crashes your wedding and steals your gifts? What if the weather is extreme (think hurricane or tornado) and you have to cancel your wedding? What if one of your guests causes damage to your venue or if one of your guests gets seriously hurt at your wedding?

What if, what if, what if! There are so many variables when having such a major event like your wedding. Having wedding insurance can help in these potentially scary situations.

So, now that you are officially freaked out, what should you do about it? Let me introduce you to Markel Event Insurance.

Markel offers event cancellation coverage, which includes protection against lost or damaged wedding gifts. Their coverage also includes protection from other wedding nightmares, such as if a vendor goes bankrupt or just doesn’t show up to your wedding. It covers damaged photography or even if a hurricane causes you to have to cancel or postpone your wedding.

Markel’s policies start as low as $130, and can be purchased up to 14 days prior to your wedding. Markel also offers event liability insurance coverage to help protect you if someone causes property damage to your wedding venue or if someone is injured at your event, for as little as $75.  If you purchase both event cancellation and event liability coverage, you can save up to 15%!

Not convinced yet? Visit Markel Event Insurance or call 1-855-480-9757 to get a quote and learn why you should protect your special day.  With policies starting at $75 (the actual price of your specific policy is based on location, the coverage you choose, and your total wedding budget), it is highly worth it!

Even though we love to plan, there are just some things we can never know about in advance!

This post was sponsored by Markel Event Insurance.

Multicultural Spring Wedding Reception in Baltimore: Erin + Devinder

posted by Ally Lopez

Are you ready for more from Erin and Devinder’s wedding in Maryland!? After their two wedding ceremonies, (Make sure you check out both of their multicultural wedding ceremonies first!), this adorable duo celebrated with their family and friends at the Legg Mason Tower at Harbor East which was dripping in purple and gold elegance, all beautifully captured by CINEMATICbyDavidM. And the number one detail that caught my eye? That henna inspired wedding cake—such an intricate design, I just love it!

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From Erin: The Indian and American wedding venues were located right next to each other in Harbor East – making it easy for our guests to walk to each event. We hired an Indian DJ so that we could have both American and Indian music at our formal reception. 

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We chose flowers, linens and decor that we thought reflected henna patterns, bright golds, beading and other Indian motifs. These decisions truly unified our events, and helped to create the multicultural wedding we envisioned.

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

When planning your own wedding, stick to what your vision is! My husband and I doubted our dream of two weddings in one day many times along the way, and lots of people suggested we could not pull it off, but ultimately, we did and it truly was spectacular!

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

Ceremony Venues: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel and Legg Mason Tower at Harbor East
Reception Venues: Legg Mason Tower at Harbor East
Photography: CINEMATICbyDavidM
Videography: Joel Salindong Video
Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Simply Created Events
Stationery: MLC Designs
Floral Design: Nature of Design with Janet Flowers
Bridal Attire: Jim Hjelm from Garnish Boutique
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Hair and Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Bridesmaids’ Attire: AriaDress
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Banks
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Cake: SugarBakers Cakes
Catering: Restaurant Associates at Legg Mason Tower at Harbor East
Linens: Table Toppers
Music and Lighting: DJ Raj Entertainment
Favors: Charm City Cook

Visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals, our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings!

Photo Credit: CINEMATICbyDavidM

Multicultural Spring Wedding Ceremonies in Baltimore: Erin + Devinder

posted by Ally Lopez

Do you know what’s better than one beautiful wedding? Two beautiful weddings! That’s right, two. Erin and Devinder had their hearts set on two celebrations in one day – a traditional Sikh ceremony, a traditional Christian ceremony and a lunch reception in between (in addition to an evening reception that you’ll see later this morning!). CINEMATICbyDavidM was on hand to capture the vibrant cultural touches and the modern elegance of their union that will have you swooning all morning! And make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom and watch their wedding video trailer from Joel Salindong Video.

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From Erin: We wanted our wedding to reflect the blending of two cultures. Specifically, we wanted our wedding to feel like we were “one-family” coming together to celebrate. We continuously called our enormous wedding weekend a “multicultural affair” where we wanted both Indian and American traditions. We were convinced we could accomplish both weddings in the same day and we did just that!

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Our main priority was unifying our multiple events into one gigantic wedding weekend. To accomplish this, we had custom made invitations that had over five different inserts for each wedding event. It was truly like a puzzle to put them together!

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We had two weddings in one day! We started our morning off with a traditional Sikh Indian wedding. We had a baraat outside where my husband came in on a white horse surrounding by all our friends and family. We then had a traditional milni (exchange of garlands) and Sikh wedding ceremony.

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During our lunch reception, we had what we called a “costume change.” The entire bridal party changed outfits to prepare for the evening. Later that same day, we had a Christian ceremony followed by an American-style formal reception.

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My mother passed away several years ago. It was very important to me that we incorporate special touches at our wedding to honor her. I wore a special charm attached to my bridal bouquet. It had a picture of my own mother in her wedding dress from when my parents were married. I felt like she was with me the whole day whenever I looked at my bouquet. I am confident she was the guardian angel looking down upon us that day so that everything went perfectly!

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And see their wedding video trailer from Joel Salindong Video right here…

Thank you so much Erin and Devinder for sharing your wedding ceremonies with us! Come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venues: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel and Legg Mason Tower at Harbor East
Reception Venues: Legg Mason Tower at Harbor East
Photography: CINEMATICbyDavidM
Videography: Joel Salindong Video
Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Simply Created Events
Stationery: MLC Designs
Floral Design: Nature of Design with Janet Flowers
Bridal Attire: Jim Hjelm from Garnish Boutique
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Hair and Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Bridesmaids’ Attire: AriaDress
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Banks
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Cake: SugarBakers Cakes
Catering: Restaurant Associates at Legg Mason Tower at Harbor East
Linens: Table Toppers
Music and Lighting: DJ Raj Entertainment
Favors: Charm City Cook

Visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals, our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings!

Photo Credit: CINEMATICbyDavidM
Video Credit: Joel Salindong Video

Preppy and Elegant Wedding Reception in Annapolis: Shelby + Jonathan

posted by Ally Lopez

Chesapeake Bay weddings and nautical décor go together like two peas in a pod, just as it did with Shelby and Jonathan’s elegant summer wedding in Annapolis. (Before you go on, make sure to check out their classic wedding ceremony first!) With a yacht venue and a preppy punch of color, Shelby and Jonathan pulled off a nautical inspired fete styled in seaside perfection. And as a Maryland girl, I’m totally loving the mix of monkey knot and the crab pot escort cards! See it all captured beautifully by Mike B Photography right here…

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From Shelby: Our wedding was intimate, elegant, and a little bit casual. We had our wedding at the Annapolis Yacht Club, so I wanted to keep that in mind when thinking of the color pallet and design elements. We stuck with navy blue as the anchoring color and used accents of pink, silver, and green.

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One of my favorite details were the place cards, table numbers, and menus. My mom and I designed and printed the menus and table numbers, and I think that they brought in a nice touch. We used monkey knots to hold the place cards and table numbers which I think brought in another nautical element without being too much!

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

Hire the vendors you feel comfortable with – it makes a world of difference! For me, the first time I met our florist, I knew that she got the vision I had, and it made communicating with her so much easier. Having a vendor who understands you makes the whole process so much smoother. The weeks leading up to the wedding, I wasn’t stressed because I knew everyone understood what we wanted.

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

Ceremony Venue: St. John’s College
Reception Venue: Annapolis Yacht Club
Wedding Planner: Polly Bomstein
Photography: Mike B Photography
Flowers: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design
Bridal Attire: Watters from Love Couture Bridal
Hair: Bridal Concepts by Christy Aspinwall
Makeup: Nicole Palermo
Band: Encore
Cake: Fiona’s Cake

Visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals, our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings!

Photo Credit: Mike B Photography

Preppy and Elegant Wedding Ceremony in Annapolis: Shelby + Jonathan

posted by Ally Lopez

Happy Monday, my dear readers! Summer is officially in full swing, so over here at United With Love, naturally, we are basking in the sunshine-filled pretty that is DC-area weddings! That said, let’s jump right into today’s preppy chic wedding, shall we? Shelby and Jonathan’s Annapolis wedding ceremony, captured by Mike B Photography, is a breath of summery loveliness. Maybe it’s the pink peonies or maybe those navy blue Kate Spade heels, but I’m head over heels for this one, folks! Come back later this morning to see their nautical inspired yacht wedding reception.

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From Shelby: I loved my dress. It was traditional with a little bit of quirky, which is totally my personality!

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Walking down the aisle was exciting and a little overwhelming. I wasn’t expecting to react the way I did to seeing Jonathan at the end of the aisle and know that the months of planning were all leading up to this!

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Thank you so much Shelby and John for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. John’s College
Reception Venue: Annapolis Yacht Club
Wedding Planner: Polly Bomstein
Photography: Mike B Photography
Flowers: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design
Bridal Attire: Watters from Love Couture Bridal
Hair: Bridal Concepts by Christy Aspinwall
Makeup: Nicole Palermo
Band: Encore
Cake: Fiona’s Cake

Visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals, our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings!

Photo Credit: Mike B Photography

Sunday Brunch: Holly Chapple Flowers

posted by Kate Oczypok

Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Get ready to relax and read up on a wonderful sponsor of ours, Holly Chapple Flowers! Holly’s business grew from humble beginnings—she started her floral design studio in her kitchen sink as a means to stay home with her two young children. Little did she know, her business saw her through five more children, her husband joining the company, and clientele all over the world! She is now an internationally recognized floral and event design studio known for their quality and commitment to each client. They provide their customers with an excellent experience and utilize the best flowers available from around the world – even some from their own gardens! In addition to providing superior flowers for weddings and working with different couples to create their ideal arrangements, they also provide event design and management services as well as lighting and drape to help complete any event. For more from Holly Chapple Flowers, be sure to check out their website or check out all of their past features on United With Love.

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 Photography Credit: Katie Stoops Photography

We hope that you’ll check out Holly Chapple Flowers for your wedding floral design needs in the Washington DC area. Join us again next weekend for Sunday brunch with another fantastic supporter of United With Love! We’ll see you back here bright and early Monday morning! If you are interested in joining us for brunch on United With Love, please send us an email.

Happy Weekend!

posted by Ally Lopez

I am still obsessed with this escort card display from Tricia and David’s wedding! It’s simply stunning. Did you check out our email blast this week? We’re talking about kids at weddings! And if you aren’t on the list, be sure to get yourself on right here. On that note, I hope that you had a great week and that you have an even better weekend! Don’t forget to come back and visit us this weekend – we have a few fun things planned for your weekend wedding planning!

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Some links for your weekend…

…and what you missed this week!

Photo Credit: k. thompson photography

Kalorama Park Wedding Engagement Session: Lauren + Bryan

posted by Kate Oczypok

Aren’t picnics just the perfect summertime activity? Have them at sunrise and you have lighting soft and beautiful like this Washington DC engagement session. Lauren and Bryan thew a blanket on the grass in Kalorama Park over the morning dew and enjoyed the beautiful silence of a DC morning. Bryan snuck bites of a McDonald’s breakfast (his reward for agreeing to such an early session!) while Nessa K Photography snapped photos of the happy couple. Don’t morning engagement sessions just make life feel so right? Simply gorgeous, Lauren and Bryan!

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Congratulations Lauren and Bryan!

Looking for more on engagements? Check out other local DC-area engagement photography sessions, or find out what to wear for your engagement and how to do your make-up for your engagement session!

Photo Credit: Nessa K Photography

Inspiration and Ideas: Confetti

posted by Ally Lopez

At the heart of every wedding is a ton of fun! It’s a celebration of love after all—how much more fun does it get than that!? I don’t know about you, but the word “celebration” brings to mind one thing: confetti! These fun little bits o’paper can often get lost in wedding planning or are limited to wedding exits. Scatter your big day with some of our favorite confetti-inspired wedding ideas from paper pretties to DIY reception décor.

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Photo Credit:  Eli Weddings from Farm Wedding Inspiration

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  • Who said confetti is limited to New Year's Eve weddings!? Plus, these confetti poppers could not be any easier to put together. Photo Credit: Rachel May Photography

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  • Forget flower girls! Can you imagine glitter girls? It's my dream to walk down an aisle of sequins or confetti! Photo Credit: Max Wanger Photography

    via 100 Layer Cake

  • This confetti save-the-date project is a great way to kick off your wedding celebration!

    via Ruffled

  • Don't forget about those signature drinks for your cocktail hour! Dress up the drinks with these gumball drink stirrers.

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  • Dress up your sweetheart table chairs with these fun (and easy DIY!) confetti chair garlands. Follow the link for the DIY tutorial.

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  • Guests will certainly be ready to celebrate when they head over to pick these modern and colorful confetti-inspired escort cards!

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  • I'm a total cake girl, so when I saw this wedding cake dripping in gold confetti I just about fell in love! Photo Credit: Brosnan Photographic

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  • Let your guests create their own mix of confetti to toss after you say your "I Do's" with a confetti bar! Photo Credit: Carina Skrobecki Photography

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Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.