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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Blog Love

I have some other wedding planner friends across the globe, thanks to a great online community for wedding vendors! i-Wed has been a great tool for me -- not only to get creative new ideas but also to refresh and energize as a small business owner. Sometimes it's nice to know there's other people like you in the world.

Here are some magnificent blogs of other wedding planners who share my love of i-Wed:

Terrica writes The Wedding Planner's Blog from Jekyll Island, Georgia:Liene writes Blue Orchid Design's Blog from Scottsdale, Arizona:Mark writes Queen of Hearts Blog from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:Linnyette writes Confessions of the Wedding DIVA from Baltimore, Maryland:Kim writes Parisian Party from Paris, France:Saundra writes Planning.....Forever's Blog from Evansville, Indiana:


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

25% Off at Plum Party

Looking for some cute favors, gifts, or shower decor? Check out Plum Party! This cute little online boutique has some trendy things to make your bash spectacular. Here's some of my favorite goods:

Retro matchsticks:Pretty patterned paper plates for a posh party (yes, I tried hard on that one):Cute boxed shower invites with gumballs:Clear vinyl favor boxes:This week, use code DCPLUM at checkout for 25% off your order! Thanks, Daily Candy Deals!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Etsy highlight:

Adorable save-the-date cards from seller sisterlyadvice. You could probably DIY these, but at $1.75 each why not pay someone else to do them for you?


Monday, May 28, 2007

Congratulations, Ritu & Rohin!

Yesterday I had the honor of assisting at Ritu & Rohin's wedding at the Sheraton National hotel in Arlington. The bride and groom have been working with Mariah for quite a few months, but due to her pregnancy (twins due in October!), she needed an extra few hands to help lift boxes, run around, and stay through the end of the evening. We ended up working 17 straight hours at this event! Special thanks to Kaitlyn and Jessica, who were our right-hand ladies through the day.

Without further ado, here are some amazing photos from Regeti's Photography:
Rolled programs sit in a decorated basket:Bridesmaids welcome the groom and his family into the ceremony:Ritu & Rohin looked so in love with each other:Incense holders served multipurposes as placecards and favors:The Sheraton's renovated ballroom and Partyland's stage decorations:The cake's flowers were expertly placed by yours truly, with expert cheerleading by Jessica and Amy:The centerpieces incorporated peacock feathers, roses, and two types of orchids:Like any good Indian wedding, the party went until 2am:See more photographs from this wedding on the Regeti's blog!

Partyland Flowers & Event Decorators provided the flowers and decor, which were just stunning. Each centerpiece included a submersible LED light which illuminated the orchid and water the entire evening. They also created a beautiful mandap for the ceremony as well as a backdrop behind the couple for the reception. They really pulled off the 'peacock' theme! The cake was provided by Cakes in Style, and I must say the fresh strawberries between the layers were divine. Mmmm! I wish they didn't have so much left over but I didn't mind an extra piece. Blue Sky Films was pleasant as always...Tabitha and Tonya continually went out of their way to get great shots for the final video. Ceremony music was provided by the talented sitarist John Bell and his colleague while the DJ at the reception was a friend of the bride & groom's. Food for the luncheon was provided by Minerva restaurant and the dinner was from Aditi. Rodney from the Andre Chreky salon did the bride's airbrushed makeup and transformed her hair into an evening style for the reception.

The one disappointment was the quality of service at the venue. While their view of the Pentagon and select monuments is fantastic and the new renovations help the aging hotel look like new, there were multiple mishaps along the way. Our sales coordinator spent the entire evening with another wedding happening in the hotel, which I found somewhat surprising. We saw them for approximately one hour the entire day. They also scheduled another wedding ceremony to take place in a room next to our cocktail hour, so I'm very sure the chatter and music disrupted the other couple's vows. I felt badly but we had to look out for the best interests of our couple and their guests. We had a hard time finding the person who knew how to control the light panel in the ballroom, the bartenders were rude to guests when the bar was closed, and multiple other tiny experiences added up quickly. All in all the banquet staff was on top of things but I was constantly reminded of why this particular couple decided to hire us. I do recommend this hotel for the views and the convenience to the city but would definitely caution brides to be sure of their choice before putting down a deposit.

Overall, Ritu & Rohin have been a joy to work with. While Mariah has all the details on their relationship, I could definitely see the love between them and amongst their families. It's always refreshing to share in someone else's joy and we are truly blessed to have been a part of it.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

10% off at Wedding Paper Divas

On the market for wedding invitations or other fine paper wares? Check out Wedding Paper Divas! Their designs are a new twist on traditional and their handy calculator helps you see how much they'll cost before you type in all your personal information. Here's some cute examples:

Now through September 1st 2007, use coupon code TENOFF at checkout to get 10% off your total order! Shipping is free too, which is a nice perk for that heavy paper.


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Busy weekend!

Memorial Day weekend is always huge for weddings, since the weather is usually warm but not too hot and guests are more often able to travel over a 3-day weekend. That being said, we have 5 weddings going on this weekend! Today we have one bride getting married in Maui (unfortunately the hotel staff is taking over our duties there) and another in Alexandria. Tomorrow we've got Arlington, Vienna, and DC! Needless to say, we all have Monday off and will be sleeping in.

Congratulations Meredith & Patrick, Jodi & Luke, Ritu & Rohin, Marianna & Nathan, and Stephanie & Kenneth! Hopefully we'll have lots of wedding photos to show very soon.

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone!


Friday, May 25, 2007

Snarky E-cards

So these would never be appropriate to send to any normal engaged person, but I think they're hilarious anyway! Check out the wedding themed e-cards from have ones for baby, congratulations, sympathy, friendship, holiday, and just about every category you can think of. Take a look!


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Etsy highlight:

Gocco'd wedding invitations from heatherjeany, custom made for an Etsy user's Maui wedding. $170 for 30, including design and printing:

What? Haven't heard of Gocco yet? Read more about the cool at-home screenprinting press on WeddingBee. Rumor has it that you may start seeing them in US stores again soon (keeping fingers crossed) but for now you can usually find them on eBay.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bridesmaid Gift Idea

Same cute cosmetic bag, different adorable prints:All from Deadly Squire! Look at their selection of other products, from totes and ties to dog beds and oven mitts. Change out the pattern or get matchy matchy - everything can be customized with one of 6 prints.

The best part? Save 30% this week from Daily Candy Deals! Enter DEADLYDEAL in the sale code box on the front page.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

One of my favorite movie moments.....

Monday, May 21, 2007

$10 @ Shoebuy - TODAY ONLY!

Love shoes like I do? Check out! I actually ordered my own wedding shoes here, since they offer free shipping and free return shipping. I purchased about 6 pairs, tried them all on at home, then sent back the 5 rejected pairs. It was so much easier than shopping at a retail store, plus I saved a LOT of cash ($35 compared to the same $85 ones at the bridal store).

Today only, save $10 off your order with coupon code 52107CMMSN! If you sign up for membership (free), they'll give you another 10% off.

Happy shopping!


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Blah Venue? Here's some tips....

And there’s that carpet. “There must be one guy who picks all the carpeting [for hotels], and it’s always ugly,” says Brooks, who notes that most hotel ballrooms are created for corporate purposes, not weddings. As a result, you often don’t get much light or a good view.

Booked a venue that's not quite up to your decor standards? Check out this article that details some inexpensive (and expensive) ideas to dress up a drab space.


Saturday, May 19, 2007


If you live in the NoVA/DC area and haven't heard of Paperzest yet, you're in for a real treat! Christina Barbour creates these beautiful paper products, which are so vibrant with color and little details. If you're looking for a company to design your wedding invitations, programs, placecards, or just about anything else, look to Paperzest! Here are some examples from her website:

A traditional and formal invitation adds flair with a satin ribbon and textured belly band:
A fun font mixes well with tangerine and papaya colors:
Classic votive placecards take a new twist with pink text and a chocolate ribbon:
A custom map will help your guests find the ceremony and reception: