Advice For (Or Not!) Having Children at Weddings

posted by julianne

Did you know that this week is unofficially “kids week” on the United With Love? We kicked it off yesterday with a pretty awesome free kids wedding activity book download. Now, it is time for some advice. We’ve all seen those cute pictures of kids at weddings, but not every wedding is a kid friendly event. Will you have an “adults only” wedding? Or, are you having kids at your wedding? If you are still debating the issue, we have you covered with one of the experts in the area, Lisa of Nannytainment.

Nannytainment offers wedding and event babysitting and child care in the Washington, DC area. As you try to decide about children on your wedding day, be sure to read below, because Lisa offers lots of advice that I would have never thought about! (And, I have two kids, myself!) Take it away, Lisa…

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Photo Credit: Amie Otto Photography  from Lindsay and Andrew’s wedding in Virginia

Envision how you want your wedding day; are flower girls, ring bearers, and other children in that picture? Or, do you worry about tantrums, tears, and things that could go wrong when kids are around?

If you don’t want children there, make it clear in the invitations, conversations, and other communication used for wedding planning and preparation.

If you do want children there, know that with proper coordination you can manage them. It begins with budgeting and the kids in mind.

#1 Choose a child friendly venue.

You can never predict how children will function. Parents do forget to keep track of their kids as they socialize and celebrate. Some settings carry potential liabilities, like water, historic homes, stairs, balconies, gardens, and windows. Some venue owners really don’t like children, so you must talk about kids when you go on site visits before booking and making a deposit.

If your venue is not kid friendly and you are dreaming of being married there, have an adult only wedding. Consider other locations nearby where the children can be safely kept.

#2 Choose a child friendly menu option.

Select tasty meals, snacks, and beverages that are familiar and formal wear friendly to children. Should they get hungry or dehydrated, it can impact their moods. Decide if you want plated meals for the kids, or when it comes to the buffet line have finger food for the children.

#3 Consider timeline with the children’s day in mind.

Kids sometimes need naps and early bedtimes. They might not wait late to have a dinner served to them. Children do need a chance to move around to burn off excess energy. Think about when you want them to be part of the festivities and when it’s better for them to be excluded. Boredom often leads to  undesired behavior. At Nannytainment, we often care for the kids from cocktail hour to through the completion of first dances after dinner.

#4 Contract a high-quality, insured childcare company.

Hired professional insured caregivers, like Nannytainment. (Venues require this.) Use an experienced company fully prepared with toys, games, crafts, and other activities of interest to all the children for the entire time they are in care. This is vital in creating the trust that the parents need to have in order to leave the children with people they have never met while they go off to relax and have fun at your wedding.

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Thank you so much, Lisa! So, what about you – are you having kids at your wedding or are you having an adults only wedding day?

For more info and even more advice for having children at weddings, be sure to check out Nannytainment. Their website and blog is full of loads of good tips and advice. And, if you are looking for a babysitter or child care entertainment for your wedding, be sure to check them out for that too!

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.

Flower Girl Dress Ideas

posted by julianne

There are many fun ways to dress your little ones at your wedding, but let’s be honest, the girls are the most fun! There are lots of cute and adorable flower girl dress ideas! From sashes to flowers to dresses that twirl, your littlest flower girls will love just getting dressed up. Here are some flower girls dress ideas from shops and locations around the Washington DC area.

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  • The ruffles on this flower girl dress are just adorable! The collection is available at Serendipity Bridal & Events in Maryland.

    via Jordan Sweet Beginnings

  • I just love the softness of this dress, it would be so cute on any flower girl.

    via Nordstrom

  • Light and fun, this flower girl dress would be perfect for a casual wedding on the beach or in a backyard.

    via Petite Lucette

  • This dress is such a bright pop of color and would look so cute on a little flower girl.

    via J. Crew

  • Now, this would be a unique "something blue" for the bride! This collection is available at Soliloquy Bridal in Virginia.

    via Elizabeth St. John Couture

  • The layers of lace on this dress make it look so pretty and vintage. BHLDN is opening in Georgetown very soon too!

    via BHLDN

  • I just love how simple and pretty this tulle skirt is on this flower girl dress. The collection is available at Serendipity Bridal & Events in Maryland.

    via Joan Calabrese for Mon Cheri

  • This white flower girl dress with a black belt is a chic as it is cute! This collection is available at Soliloquy Bridal in Virginia.

    via Lillie Couture

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.

Free Printable Wedding Kids Activity Book

posted by Ally

This week we’re talking about a special group of wedding guests — the little ones! And, what better way to kick things off than with a free printable!? If you thought the idea of keeping children entertained may be a daunting task — think again. Michelle at City Bee Design created for us a free printable kids activity book and matching wedding crayon box cover to keep kids (and their parents!) happy and busy during your wedding reception. What makes this printable special for Washington DC area weddings is that it is full of local activities and coloring projects, making it perfect for any kid friendly wedding in the DMV!

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This wedding DIY project couldn’t be easier too – just print and cut. The kids do the decorating, so if you can use a printer, you can do this for your wedding! Here is what you’ll need and how to do it…

Supplies

Printable wedding kids activity book
8.5″ by 11″ paper
1-hole punch
Baker’s twine or ribbon
Printable wedding crayon box cover
Scissors
Tape
Crayon box, 8 count

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To Make

First, download the free wedding activity book printable and free wedding crayon box cover. Print it out on standard white paper.

For the activity book, two pages. You’ll need to print page one. Turn over and print page 2 on the backside. Then, on a new piece of paper, print page 3. Turn that over and print page 4 on the backside. This process will make the book two pages, double sided. Fold the pages in half, make sure the page numbers are in correct order, punch two holes along the edge and secure with colorful baker’s twine or ribbon — be sure to keep the knots loose so it will be easy to turn the pages.

For the crayon box cover, print out the download. Each sheet makes two crayon box wrappers. Cut out the box wrappers. Fold along edges and secure to crayon box with clear tape. A helpful hint, cut the crayon box wrappers a little longer than the guideline to make some overlap on the boxes. 

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The coloring book has already been tested by our editor, Juli’s, daughter. She had some fun coloring the book for us and she approves! Too cute!

The kiddos will love this! If you want to customize this booklet even more – maybe add your names and wedding date! – don’t hesitate to contact Michelle at City Bee Design.

If you liked this Washington DC-inspired printable, be sure to check out all of our other free wedding printables, or browse our DC wedding idea galleries. And, you can check out our DC area wedding vendor guide for all of the experts who can make it happen for your wedding.

Colorful End of Summer Wedding Reception in Tysons Corner: Vandana + Travis

posted by Ally

Give me a Washington DC area wedding with a vibrant color palette and I am one happy blogger! Vandana and Travis’ colorful wedding, captured beautifully by Timmester Photography, happens to be overflowing with just such a burst of purple beauty. And not to mention, a beautiful couple at the center. In other words, it’s pure pretty and you can see it all right here! Before you go through their reception, be sure to pop back and check out their Hindu wedding ceremony.

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

Venue: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
Photography: Timmester Photography
Wedding Planner: Working Brides
Floral Design: L’Ambiance
Hair and Makeup: Makeovers on Call
Catering: IndAroma
Lighting: Volcanik Entertainment

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: Timmester Photography

Colorful End of Summer Wedding Ceremony in Tysons Corner: Vandana + Travis

posted by Ally

It’s going to be a great Tuesday, folks! We’re completely devouring Vandana and Travis’ gorgeous multicultural Virginia wedding. This colorful celebration encompasses a Hindu wedding ceremony full of lovely traditions followed by an equally colorful Western wedding reception—be sure to come back later this morning to see more of that! But first, can we talk about how cute those flower girls are in their lenghas? Adorable! Timmester Photography captured all the love, and now my morning will officially be spent cozied up over all of the pretty details.

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From Vandana: We wanted a colorful wedding set during the end of summer. While we wanted an indoor wedding, we also wanted natural sunlight because we were having a daytime ceremony.

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My bridesmaids and I had two different outfits to represent the two different cultures of our wedding.

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Thank you so much Vandana and Travis for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Don’t forget to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
Photography: Timmester Photography
Wedding Planner: Working Brides
Floral Design: L’Ambiance
Hair and Makeup: Makeovers on Call
Catering: IndAroma
Lighting: Volcanik Entertainment

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: Timmester Photography

Sophisticated Wedding Reception in Baltimore: Nicole + Brian

posted by Ally

Well, hello again DC area wedding lovers and welcome to the second half of Nicole and Brian’s classic city wedding in Baltimore! (Did you see their sophisticated wedding ceremony? Be sure to check that out first!) Let me just warn you about one thing: seriously gorgeous wedding inspiration is about to unfold. This Baltimore wedding soiree, captured by tPoz Photography, is the prettiest blend of city elegance and sparkly glam beauty all wrapped into one perfect fall day.

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From Nicole: I skipped little things like welcome bags, favors, menu cards. I made a very special donation to the American Cancer Society to honor family members as well as the SIDS foundations to honor my best friend Jamie and her angel baby Tehya who wasn’t able to be with us. You find creative ways to represent important things without having to spend a lot of money.

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Nicole’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples: Enjoy the planning process – I know everyone says it but now that its all over I really miss it… even the stressful parts. Take your time and really think about what you and your fiancé want to have in that day for you= take some time to just take in every moment because it fly by!

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

Venue: The Walters Art Museum
Officiant: Pastor Andy
Photography: tPoz Photography
Videographer: Black Tie Video
Wedding Planner: Lemon and Lime Event Design
Floral Design: Ann’s Garden
Bridal Attire: Kenneth Pool Angelic from Betsey Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Hair: Caroline Kesslinger
Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Catering: Simply Elegant Catering
Cake: SugarBakers Cakes
Music: Ray Der
Linens: Table Toppers

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: tPoz Photography

Sophisticated Wedding Ceremony in Baltimore: Nicole + Brian

posted by Ally

Something tells me that this stunning and traditional Baltimore wedding ceremony is just what the doctor ordered for your Monday morning! Nicole and Brian’s classic city affair is the perfect combination of breathtaking scenery and lush florals – it’s the epitome of classic Washington DC area weddings with a dash of glam thrown in for good measure! Nicole and Brian’s stunner by tPoz Photography will have your smiling all morning!

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From Nicole: My vision for my wedding was a classic black and white with a hint of light pink to add a romantic feel. I went with the saying “less is better,” I wanted a very simple clean yet classy feel for our day. I have a very out-going personality so I let my dress add the bling and glam!

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My mom had a heart locket sewed into the inside of my dress to have close to my heart, I put a pendant around my bouquet that was from my grandmother as well as wore a ring of hers that was her great grandmother’s.

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Thank you so much Nicole and Brian for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Don’t forget to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: The Walters Art Museum
Officiant: Pastor Andy
Photography: tPoz Photography
Videographer: Black Tie Video
Wedding Planner: Lemon and Lime Event Design
Floral Design: Ann’s Garden
Bridal Attire: Kenneth Pool Angelic from Betsey Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Hair: Caroline Kesslinger
Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Catering: Simply Elegant Catering
Cake: SugarBakers Cakes
Music: Ray Der
Linens: Table Toppers

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: tPoz Photography

Sunday Brunch: Studio DBI

posted by Kate Oczypok

Good morning, DC! Whether your eating pancakes or sipping a steaming cup of coffee this morning, we at United With Love hope you enjoy this week’s Sunday brunch. We are featuring Studio DBI, an event design company that specializes in space transformation, flowers and logistical assistance.

If you want your wedding to have suspended floral chandeliers or fabric poppies, Studio DBI makes it happen. The company sees weddings as celebrations of a lifetime. Studio DBI is known for their garden arrangements that reflect a sense of curated nature. Whether its extensive decor inventory, draping and lighting teams or fantastic vendor relationships, Studio DBI is your go-to event wedding planning company for all of your event needs. You can see more of Studio DBI Events on their website and you can see all their past features on United With Love.

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Photography Credit: Leo Druker

I hope that you’ll check out DBI Events for your wedding 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.

A Year Ago This Week…

posted by Ally

I had so much fun this week look at back at everything we did this time last year in Washington DC area weddings. Look at all of these fun posts!

River Farm Virginia Wedding Reception

Photo Credits: Love Life Images

  • DIY Outdoor Spring Virginia Wedding :: This time last year we celebrated the beginning of spring with this spring-hued affair in Virginia. Cristina and Brock’s wedding palette included yellows, aqua and hints of pink, along with beautiful DIY floral prints and elements.

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Photo Credits: Maggie Winters Photography

Hill Country BBQ Rehearsal Dinner

Photo Credits: k. thompson photography

Has it been a year already!? What was your favorite thing that you missed? If you are looking for more wedding fun this weekend, you can browse our guide full of the best wedding vendors in the Washington DC area, look for more tips and advice from the local DC area wedding pros!