10 Tips for Subtle Wedding Day Sparkle

posted by Alex Hamilton

Love sparkle and shine and want to incorporate it into your wedding day? Afraid that your other half won’t be quite as excited as you about glitter everywhere? We have a list of some of the best, but also most subtle, ways to incorporate a little shimmer into your big day without going overboard. After all, we all know how glitter tends to stick around, and your partner might not appreciate picking it out of his or her hair for weeks to come. Choose one, choose all – it’s completely up to you two! These suggestions will satiate your craving for glitz without all the mess! We also love how our real DC area wedding couples have incorporated sparkle into their big day, so don’t forget to check those out as well.

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Sweet Pea Photography

1. Glitter Table Numbers – This is a great item that you can DIY! These will add a little glamour to your table-scape without looking too intense! Stick them in your centerpiece arrangements for a little added whimsy. Your guests won’t be able to miss these eye catching pieces when scanning the room for their place setting. Looking for a way to keep things tidy? Etsy Weddings has some great alternatives for pre-made sparkle table numbers!

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Annabelle Dando Photography

2. Fancy Footwear – We are pretty obsessed with unique wedding shoes and sparkly ones are our absolute favorites. There are so many different options out there for your feet on your wedding day, so why not add some shine? Whether you are going for heels, flats, or even sneakers, there is a shiny shoe out there for you! These make for amazing getting ready pictures, and if your groom opts for some special footwear as well, a couple shoe picture is in the cards. These little details can add so much personality to your big day!

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3. Cake – Adding a little shimmer to your wedding cake is the perfect way to add subtle nods to the glitzy! Our amazing DC area cake vendors are constantly coming up with unique designs that incorporate whatever your heart desires! We love a little gold foil, or gold icing. It just gives your cake a little bit of a boost and is sure to impress all of your friends and family in attendance!

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MISA ME Photography

4. Accessories – We all know that there are tons of accessories available that will make your wedding gown sparkle. From headbands to belts, earrings to bracelets, and everything in-between, we love when a simple gown is transformed by a little crystal and glitter! If you want to opt for a more traditional look for your ceremony but want to get the party started with a little bling at the reception, a belt or different headpiece is perfect! Take off your traditional veil after the processional and opt for a crystal headband, hairpin, or even a crown for your big entrance into the reception!

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5. Table Linens – Brighten up your cocktail hour with some fun accent tables. Cocktail tables are typically high tops that guests can mingle at while sipping on their favorite beverages. These tables stick around during the reception and are perfect for a dance break. Adding a glittery linen will liven up the space and make fun a nice treat for your guests who want a little glamour in their day! Don’t forget to include other ancillary tables like the cake table, guest book table, and gift table to your list for sparkle linens, too! Want to go bigger and bolder? Put a sparkle linen on all of your dinner tables for that extra wow factor!

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Wani Olatunde Photography

6. Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid’s Dresses – If you are looking for something non-traditional to wear on your wedding day, a sequined gown is the way to go! Although this suggestion may not exactly be “subtle” we couldn’t help but include it! We love adventurous brides who opt for the road less traveled when it comes to their big day and we think a floor length gold gown like the one above is absolutely stunning! Of course your wedding day is your time to shine, but why not let your girls have a little fun too? Choosing sparkly bridesmaid’s dresses makes for fun pictures and eye catching dance floor fun. We love when the bridesmaids choose their own glittery designs all in one color family so that they can be comfortable when standing beside you as you take the plunge!

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Greer G Photography

7. Rehearsal Dress – Not sure you want a gown that is all out sequins and crystals for your wedding day, but still craving a little sparkle in your wedding weekend? A sequin rehearsal gown is the perfect way to show off your sparkle! Not only will you look fab when practicing your walk down the aisle, you will turn heads at your rehearsal dinner and last night as a single gal! We love gold or silver sequins for this outfit!

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8. Manicure – A super subtle way to include some glitter into your day is through a fun manicure! A little glitter accent heart on your ring finger will just add to the sparkler that your honey has in store for you at the alter! Or opt for a light all over shimmer on your fingers. Feeling bold? Full on sparkle on all ten fingers would be perfect for you!

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9. Backdrops – Many couples decide to forgo the traditional church nuptials in favor for other ceremony venues, which allows for the greater design plan to be expanded to include all pieces of the wedding day. When this is done, the option of a backdrop for the ceremony space comes up. Do you want to get married in front of a screen, a building with some classic architecture, or possibly the rolling hills that are often found in the DMV area? If a backdrop is the way you choose to go, this would be the perfect place to add in a little sparkle. You have so many options for this such as hanging crystals, glitter fabric, or even the gold paillette ceremony backdrop that is featured in the photos above. These backdrops are great because they can be re-purposed for the reception as a fun background for the head table or photobooth photos!

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DuHon Photography

10. Table Texture – Layering in bits of sparkle on your tables is a great way to delicately add pops of shine to your wedding design. We love the individual champagne bottles that one of our couples DIY’d for their big day. These made a great favor for guests to take home and really added to the tablescape and overall decor! You can also add sparkly chargers or DIY your votives with a little glitter to match your design scheme or color palette.

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Jenna Lee Pictures via the knot

** Sparkle Send Off – We added this bonus idea because it’s not exactly subtle or mess free, but it sure is fun! Instead of sneaking off into the night with your new spouse, do a sparkle send-off where guests through glittery confetti in the air as you exit your venue at the end of the night. It looks great in pictures, so make sure your photographer will be there to document it! Also, be sure to check with the venue first to make sure this is something you can do. Sometimes they don’t have the ability to deal with the aftermath. If this is the case, opt for sparklers instead. You’ll get that glitter feel without the clean up!

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Fairmont Hotel Spring Wedding: Stephanie + Michael

posted by Tabitha

Happy Monday! We hope you had a fun (and we are sure, HOT!) weekend. We are starting this week off with another lovely Fairmont D.C wedding from Kurstin Roe Photography.  Michael and Stephanie met at Villanova University while volunteering as EMTs for the campus’ ambulance company. It was in 2011 they were living in New Jersey while Michael was attending medical school and Stephanie was working on her Master’s degree that their lives changed forever. Stephanie was hospitalized and ultimately diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurodegenerative disease. Never deterred from a challenge, and unwavering in his commitment, Michael proposed to Stephanie just four days after her diagnosis on Villanova’s campus and promised that they would always be a team, just as they always had been. The couple says that their secret is to never take life too seriously and to always have each other’s backs. Stephanie and Michael viewed their wedding day as a chance to celebrate not only their love, but the people who have supported their relationship through thick and thin. They planned their DC ceremony and reception to be a celebration surrounded by their closest friends and family starting at Western Presbyterian church before heading to the Georgetown hotel for dinner and dancing. We love the bright, cheery springtime florals coupled with the light filled glass atrium and colonnade at the Fairmont Hotel. Thank you to Kurstin Roe Photography for sharing this joyous wedding with us!

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Congratulations to Stephanie and Michael! Thank you for sharing your springtime DC Fairmont wedding with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Kurstin Roe Photography
Wedding Planner: Weddings and Events by Bliss
Ceremony Venue: Western Presbyterian Church DC
Reception Venue: Fairmont Hotel
Beauty Team: Alison Harper & Co.
Floral Design: Yellow Door
Ceremony Entertainment: Washington Virtuosi
Reception Band: Lloyd Dobbler Effect
Transportation: Sunny’s Limo
Rentals: Party Rental LTD

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

Photo Credits: Kurstin Roe Photography

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Happy Weekend!

posted by Alex Hamilton

We have shared quite a bit of lovely wedding inspiration in the form of  DC area real weddings with you this week and we wouldn’t have it any other way. From weddings and inspiration with bright pops of color to ones studded with tons of lush greenery, we really ran the gamut this week on the different styles of design and decor that our great UWL couples choose! Make sure to check out all of this weeks prettiness below, along with some additional content we think you will love!

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Colorful Southern Wedding Inspiration

posted by Tabitha

Oh how we love today’s colorful southern inspired wedding shoot by Abby Hudson Photography. The inspiration behind this fun shoot was created with spring in mind mixing an infusion of southern style florals, modern desserts, and the cutest model couple! We love the warmth of the colors, and more than anything, the trio of wedding cakes steal the show! We never shy away from color when we are looking for new inspiration to share with our readers, and this watercolor wedding invitation set really caught our eye. Using a bright color toned envelope and watercolor liner, taking a simple invitation and giving it the wow factor can really impress your guests. Invitations are the first look into the design of your wedding and can easily set the tone for the day to come! Thank you to Abby Hudson Photography for sharing this fun southern inspired shoot with us today!

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The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Abby Hudson Photography
Stylist: Daria and Dechele Events
Stationer: Rachel Kathryn Designs
Floral Designer: Love Blooms
Cakes: Cakes in Art
Signage: Carnahan Design Co
Beauty: Ave 42
Venue: Generals Ridge Vineyard

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

Photo Credits: Abby Hudson Photography

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Sweet Hay Adams DC Wedding: Allison + Doug

posted by Tabitha

In the spirit of full disclosure, we were hoping to unveil the newly redesigned United with Love Blog this past Monday but unfortunately all did not go as planned and, as readers might have noticed, we have had some technical glitches this week! Thank you for your patience as we resolved our issues, and we are so glad to say we are back to normal with another beautiful DC wedding that is sure to wow! (And have no fear a fresh new look is still coming soon!!!!)

When Doug and Allison were planning their DC wedding ceremony and reception, they knew they wanted to provide a unique, personal and above all, fun experience for their guests. Most of their guests were from outside of the D.C. area so they decided it was important to find a venue that would give the guests a true “DC experience” but with a unique perspective. After looking at several DC wedding venues, they immediately fell in love with Top of the Hay, at the Hay Adams Hotel. With its French doors leading to a wrap-around balcony with a commanding view of The White House, iconic Monuments, and the Potomac River, they knew it was the perfect spot for their reception. While their wedding was a black tie city affair, it was important to incorporate details from Bethany Beach, DE where the couple met and vacation. To bring the two ideas together, they worked with their planning team at A. Dominick Events to merge personal and fun details such as Doug’s old life-saving buoy as a unique guest book and the addition of popular food elements in Bethany such as late night passed burgers and fries in Boardwalk Fry cups and a candy cart with treats from Candy Kitchen. We love all of the romantic touches paired with personal notes from the couple which created such an experience for their guests! Thank you to Jody and Kurt Photography for sharing this delightful wedding with us today!

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Congratulations to Allison and Doug! Thank you for sharing your Washington DC Hay Adams wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Jodi and Kurt Photography
Wedding Planner: A. Dominick Events
Stationer: Cheree Berry Paper
Floral Designer: Edge Flowers
Hair and Makeup Team: Amie Decker Beauty
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids / Monique Lhuillier
Bridal Salon: Carine’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes: BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: Alton Lane
Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church
Reception Venue: Hay Adams Hotel
Rentals: DC Rentals
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Videographer: Bowen Films
Band: Hudson Project
Mirror Calligraphy: Meant to be Calligraphy / Invitation Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Wedding Cake: Kendalls Cakes

Antique Car: Regal Limo

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

Photo Credits: Jodi and Kurt Photography

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Modern Botanical Maryland Wedding: Elise + Devin

posted by Tabitha

This week we are sharing extra DC wedding inspiration with you, with not two but three amazing real weddings by some of our favorite UWL DC wedding vendor members! Today’s green and black affair at Woodend Sanctuary and Mansion is unique in that it is filled to the brim with lush textured plants and sleek modern lines. Elise and Devin worked with Katie Martin of Elegance and Simplicity to create a wedding of green foliage and plants that matched perfectly with the ambiance at the outdoor Sanctuary and Mansion. As a juxtaposition, the reception featured strong modern lines within the china, stemware, and sleek silver chairs. We love how the two elements played off of each other to create a truly unique wedding day! Thank you to Joe Foley Photography for sharing this modern beauty with us today!

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Congratulations to Elise and Devin! Thank you for sharing your modern Maryland wedding with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Joy Foley Photography
Wedding Planner + Flower Design: Elegance and Simplicity
Venue: Woodend Sanctuary and Mansion
Catering: Design Cuisine
Beauty Team: Alison Harper & Co.
Plant Rentals: Plants Alive
Ceremony Entertainment: Palm Strings
Officiant: Victoria Beckner Lemle / Family Member
Reception Band: Phoenix Band
Inflatable Decor: Astro Botanicals
Transportation: Reston Limo
Rentals: DC Rental

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

Photo Credits: Joe Foley Photography

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Elegant Country Club Virginia Wedding: Hayley + Matt

posted by Tabitha

Welcome to a new week with United with Love Blog! We are so excited to three amazing DC Real weddings with our readers this week! Look around after you have a chance to check out today’s beautiful Virginia country club wedding with Kristen Gardner Photography and Bright Occasions!

Hayley and Matt were married last fall at Riverbend Golf & Country Club with one of the most gorgeous color stories of rich berry and purples paired with old accents of mercury glass. The couple met for an intimate first look before being joined by their sweet pup Cooper for portraits. Even if only for a few moments, we love that more couples are choosing to include their fur babies into their wedding day celebrations. The couple were married in an outdoor pavilion surrounded by friends and family before moving inside for dinner and dancing. One element of inspiration we really enjoyed from this wedding was the greenery wrapped chandeliers over the dance floor. By bringing in rich textured elements such as floral chandeliers, the couples design choice helped to warm up the ballroom and make the space feel more intimate and personalized. Congratulations to Hayley and Matt and thank you to Kristen Gardner Photography for sharing this lovely day with us!

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Congratulations to Hayley and Matt!  Thank you for sharing your rich jewel toned country club wedding in Virginia with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photography: Kristen Gardner Photography
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Beauty: Amie Decker Beauty
Venue: Riverbend Golf and Country Club
Floral Designer: Petals by the Shore
Photobooth: Booth-O-Rama
Cake: Sweets by E
DJ & Lighting: Chris Laich Music
Officiant: Say I Do Your Way
Wedding day Paper: The Dandelion Patch
Rentals: Select Event Group

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

Photo Credits: Kristen Gardner Photography

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Say It With Video

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Happy Friday!

posted by Tabitha

We are giddy with excitement here (with fingers crossed) as we have a huge surprise for our readers come Monday morning! You might see a bit of downtime on the blog over the weekend, but don’t be alarmed, we have a full week of amazing wedding prettiness scheduled for next week with not one or two real weddings, but three beautiful DC real weddings and an inspiration shoot that is just to die for! We are also gearing up for a fall of fresh new content and would love to hear your suggestions and feedback on wedding DIY wedding printables, advice posts, and other things you would love to see on United with Love! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy a roundup of our favorite posts from around the web!

The Oak Maryland Wedding- Mike B Photography (29)

Oaks Waterfront Inn Maryland Wedding by Mike B Photography

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Oldies but Goodies

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Hey, Mr. DJ!

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Georgetown D.C. Elopement: Brandi + Mike

posted by Tabitha

Brandi and Mike knew that they wanted their DC wedding ceremony to be held in early May, and they planned alongside Deb Lindsey Photography to set a perfect plan. As everyone remembers, this spring was filled with non stop rain showers but the couple lucked into a small window of brilliant sun before the return of torrential downpours for their intimate elopement ceremony. The couple left it up to their DC area photographer to find them a spot for the ceremony and after a quick scouting of the area, it brought them to the Georgetown canals. Their ceremony was filled with tears and laughs and a small audience who respectfully kept their distance. We love that the couple wrote their own vows and they appeared so joyful when it was pronounced that they were officially married. Often it is easy to forget the real meaning of the wedding day, the joining of two people and today’s Georgetown Elopement joyfully reminded us of how wonderful the ceremony can be! Congratulations to the newlyweds and thank you to Deb Lindsey Photography for sharing it with us!

 

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Credit: Deb Lindsey Photography

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Details, Details!

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