Today we’re celebrating the good ol’ US of A—wedding style, of course! Whether you’re planning a summer wedding, an all-American inspired fête or a military celebration, we gathered some of our favorite red, white and blue wedding ideas to show you how fun (and easy!) it is to add a patriotic touch to your wedding. So, get out your sparklers and salute to this fine country!
For Allison and Dave's DC wedding, each table was named for a former commander-in-chief and featured a framed portrait along with autobiographies! It doesn't get any more patriotic than that, folks. Photo Credit: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Has planning your wedding in the Washington DC area got you down? Are you worried you won’t please everyone? We’ve given our advice on what to do if you hate wedding planning, but now it is time for some advice from the trenches. This time, we asked the real couples of the weddings in DC, MD or VA that we have featured on the blog. We have some great words of wisdom from couples who’ve been there; couples just like you who have gone through the arduous task of planning a wedding in the DMV. We asked them: ”Now that you are married, is there one thing that you wish you knew before you started your wedding planning process?” So, sit back, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy hearing from local couples who’ve totally been there!
Ginly + Rob: Do your research and then give yourself a limit on how many vendors from each category you will meet with. We ended up cake-tasting at eight different places and ended up with the first bakery we tried. Even though it was awesome tasting all the delicious cakes, I think it took some of the fun away. (See more of their Virginia wedding here!)
Tricia + David: I wish I had started earlier on some of the details. I had no idea how hectic things would be in the weeks leading up to the wedding. I was traveling a lot for work and we also decided to move into our new house a week before the wedding. I would have started finalizing details sooner so I could have enjoyed the days leading up to the wedding!
Melinda + Kevin: I wished that I had found my planners earlier. (see more of their Baltimore wedding here!)
Jessica + Ian: I wish I had known how much of my brain would be filled with all the details. We had a 15 month engagement and I know there were times when I was too distracted about the wedding to really enjoy being engaged. I allowed myself to get overwhelmed a time or two.
Kerrie + Mike: When it comes to vendors, trust your gut instinct. E-mail communication can definitely be reflective of how a vendor will work with you over the course of your planning and on the day of. The day really does go by so fast. Best piece of advice ever: someone told me to take a moment, stand at the door to your reception, and just take it all in. (See more of their wedding in Baltimore here!)
Annabel + Blake: How hard it is! It’s like a full time job. If you have the money in the budget for a planner, I highly recommend using one. In the end it was all worth it because we did everything so it was the way we wanted it!
Erin + Devinder: All of the hidden costs! There are truly a lot of extra expenses that come up when planning a wedding. We definitely did not realize this at first!
Keeping the Peace
Meg + Matt: There’s no pleasing everyone! I drove myself crazy trying to keep everyone happy and it’s just impossible. At some point, you just have to do tune everyone else out and follow your instincts. The expression “to each his own” should be everyone’s wedding mantra.
Laura + Aaron: We loved our wedding, but it is only one day. While the temptation can be to keep up with the “Joneses,” do only as much you, as a couple, deem important. (See more of their wedding in Virginia here!)
Mona + Chris: Make the wedding meaningful to you both and you can’t go wrong. (See more of their wedding in DC here!)
Layla + Mike: One thing that I wish that I knew earlier is that you cannot make everyone happy, Elizabeth had to keep reminding me about that as we went along in the planning process. (See more of their wedding in DC here!)
Orialys + Cristal: Wedding blues, someone should have warned us! After such a long time of planning and being focused on the wedding. Then an amazing weekend filled with love and such great memories with friends, going back home was hard and the wedding blues certainly kicked in. We were unprepared for that. (See more of their wedding in DC here!)
That’s about all the advice we can handle in one day! Don’t worry though, you can see it all right here in the real DC, MD and VA wedding gallery. And, who knows, we might just have to do a round two and pull even more advice together. Best of luck and happy planning!
Are you feeling the summer heat, or what!? We’ve got summer wedding inspiration on the mind, so if you’re getting married in the Washington DC area next summer, you’re in luck. (Here are some of our favorite summer weddings in the DC area!) Today we’re talking warm weather friendly bridal fashion—think flowy fabrics, simple silhouettes and short styles. Here are some of our favorite sophisticated summer bridal fashion looks. Which one is your favorite?
Some of the loveliest flowers in the garden are none other than the Virginia bluebells! The Washington DC area is in full bloom right now and the sun never seems to stop shining. Simplicity Events by Johanna, along with Lelia Marie Photography, were absolutely in love with Virginia’s signature bluebell flowers that cover the ground and used it as inspiration for a round up of stunning Virginia wedding beauty! Talk about a perfect “something blue”! To compliment the blue, they used a pop of yellow with gorgeous daffodils. While it may be difficult to get your whole wedding party to a field of bluebells, your wedding engagement or bridal session just may work!.
The following Washington DC area wedding vendors put this wedding inspiration shoot together:
When you have a breathtaking wedding location like the Historic Rosemont Manor to work with, beautiful things can happen. Need proof? Laura and Aaron’s intimate Virginia wedding reception combines rustic elegance and romantic fall hues in the most beautiful of ways! (But first, did you see their intimate wedding ceremony from this morning!?) With Drew Bird Photography on hand to capture it all, their fall-inspired celebration is the definition of pretty.
From Laura: In addition to being a beautiful setting, we choose The Historic Rosemont Manor because of my initial conversation with the head caterer, David. He was completely flexible and willing to follow my lead to create an original menu. We are mostly vegetarian, so we had fun in creating dishes such as blackberry soup shooters, butternut squash bread pudding, and Israeli couscous curry salad.
Aaron and I also had a lot of fun designing and printing the menus, for which we used a country-modern theme with silver embossing.
As party favors, we found someone on Etsy to make some delicious fall inspired jams with custom labels.
Laura’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
We loved our wedding, but it is only one day. While the temptation can be to keep up with the “Jones,” do only as much you, as a couple, deem important.
Thank you so much Laura and Aaron for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
I may not be the most “outdoorsy” of gals, but when I see an amazing outdoor wedding like this one, I can’t help but swoon! Especially when they are as charming as this intimate ceremony beautifully captured by Drew Bird Photography, a day rich in autumn hues and incredible DIY wedding stationery (by the groom!). You may even remember Laura and Aaron from their colorful garden wedding engagement! Don’t forget to come back later this morning and see their brunch wedding reception.
From Lauren: We wanted a relaxed, outdoor, fall wedding. We decided on brunch in order have more outdoor time with our guests. In terms of the color palette, we selected two, based mostly on some of the autumnal foods we wanted featured: persimmon and pomegranate, with a light modern grey for balance.
Our ceremony was by no means traditional. We had a family friend as our officiant, we had our best friends offer a blessing, other good friends sang, and Aaron and I processed and recessed to the Beatles with both of our parents on our arms. We wrote our own vows and it was lovely to see that there weren’t too many dry eyes in the audience.
Thank you so much Laura and Aaron 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:
From Courtney: Our big splurges were for the band and photographer and videographer. We knew we wanted to have a great party and we wanted to capture the best moments of that party to have forever!
I remember looking around the dance floor and realizing that everyone who loved us from every stage of our lives was there to celebrate with us! It was quite overwhelming to realize that there is no other reason for all these people to be in one place together.
Courtney’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
Don’t get bogged down in the details, make a plan and stick to it. When your wedding day comes around, just go with the flow – you’re marrying the man or woman of your dreams and nothing else matters.
Thank you so much Courtney and Jonathan for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Filled to the brim with pretty and overflowing with inspiration for your Monday morning, this gorgeous Washington DC wedding day captured by Moshe Zusman Photography Studio might just be the best way to start your day! Modern with the prettiest pops of purple, Courtney and Jonathan’s chic fête planned by A. Dominick Events is inspiring to say the very least. Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see their sweet wedding video trailer, too! We’ll see you back here later this morning for their grand wedding reception with purple and silver galore!
From Courtney: I was going for a classic, contemporary theme.
Our chuppah was hand made. It was a “tree of life” design and each leaf had the name of a family member who had passed away – we wanted our relatives to be with us in spirit. My aunt and uncle, who are rabbis married to each other, performed the ceremony.
Thank you so much Courtney and Jonathan 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:
Did you have a good week? More importantly, do you have any fun weekend plans? I’m not quite sure what I’m going to be up to this weekend, but I am looking forward to the beautiful weather we’ll be having this weekend! Whatever you do, I hope that you and yours have an awesome weekend! We’ll see you back here on Monday for more wedding goodness!