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Happy New Year!

Did you get engaged over the holidays? Congratulations! Ready for new adventures in wedding planning? Feeling overwhelmed? Let us share these helpful, locally-driven wedding resources that you can find here on our blog.

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  • Start here: our 4 part “Newly Engaged Starter Guide” series. Part 1 (Words of Wisdom),  Part 2 (the Big Picture), Part 3 (Money), and Part 4 (Keys to Success).
  • Looking for a venue in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia or Maryland? We updated our list of ceremony and reception venues, which we will share with you next week. In the mean time, check out last year’s list. To give you an idea how your wedding might look at these locations, we included links to Real Weddings held at these locations where possible. Our friends at United with Love is also a great resource.
  • Need wedding planning tips on topics like budgeting, seating arrangements, invitations? Check out our TIPS blog posts.
  • Have a question regarding etiquette, trends, logistics, or how to handle sensitive issues? Email us and we will attempt to answer them on this blog! You are probably not the only one thinking about the same issue.

Finally, want more helpful wedding planning tips, inspiration and the inside scoop on Washington DC area wedding professionals? Follow us everywhere, anywhere.

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Cheers! Vicky, Juanice, Megan, Jen

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New Year & Newly Engaged

At Event Accomplished, we are ready for new adventures in wedding planning in this new year with you!

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Did you get engaged over the holidays. Congratulations! When you are ready to start planning, let us share these helpful, locally-driven wedding resources that you can find here on our blog.

First things first: Want more helpful wedding planning tips, inspiration and the inside scoop on Washington DC area wedding professionals? Follow us everywhere, anywhere.

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  • Start here: our 4 part “Newly Engaged Starter Guide” series. Part 1 (Words of Wisdom),  Part 2 (the Big Picture), Part 3 (Money), and Part 4 (Keys to Success).
  • Looking for a venue? An update of our list of ceremony and reception venues in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and select Maryland locations will be coming soon but here is last year’s list. To give you an idea how your wedding might look at these locations, we included links to Real Weddings held at these locations where possible. Our friends at United with Love is also a great resource.
  • Have a question regarding etiquette, trends, logistics, or how to handle sensitive issues? Email us and we will attempt to answer them on this blog! You are probably not the only one thinking about the same issue.

Cheers! Vicky, Juanice, Megan, Jen

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year & Welcome Newly Engaged!

The start of a new year is always exciting, a time to push the restart button. We are recharged and refreshed and looking forward to the new adventures ahead with you!

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If you are like one of my assistant coordinators, you got engaged over the holidays. Congratulations! The new year will certainly be memorable! When you are ready to start planning your wedding, let us share these helpful resources that you can find here on our blog.

First things first: Want more helpful wedding planning tips, inspiration and the inside scoop on Washington DC area wedding professionals? Follow us everywhere, anywhere.

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  • While we will be sharing planning insights throughout the year, start by reading our 4 part “Newly Engaged Starter Guide” series. Part 1 (Words of Wisdom),  Part 2 (the Big Picture), Part 3 (Money), and Part 4 (Keys to Success).
  • Looking for a venue? An update of our list of ceremony and reception venues in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and select Maryland locations will be coming soon but here is last year’s list. To give you an idea how your wedding might look at these locations, we included links to Real Weddings held at these locations where possible. Our friends at Venue Safari is also a great resource.
  • Need help planning your rehearsal dinner? Check out a list of restaurants we have reviewed for rehearsal dinners in Washington, DC area so far.
  • Subscribe to United With Love blog, a DC-focused wedding blog, featuring a comprehensive Vendor Guide and a list of  Upcoming Events.
  • Have a question regarding etiquette, trends, logistics, or how to handle sensitive issues? Email us and we will attempt to answer them on this blog! You are probably not the only one thinking about the same issue.

Cheers! Vicky, Juanice, Megan, Arielle

 

 

 

 

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Welcome Newly Engaged to 2014!

Hello 2014! January is always an exciting time to push the restart button. We are recharged and refreshed and looking forward to the new adventures ahead with you!

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Congratulations to the recently engaged! The new year will certainly be memorable! When you are ready to start planning your wedding, let us share these helpful resources that you can find here on our blog.

First things first: Want more helpful wedding planning tips, inspiration and the inside scoop on Washington DC area wedding professionals? Follow us everywhere, anywhere.

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  • While we will be sharing planning insights throughout the year, start by reading our 4 part “Newly Engaged Starter Guide” series. Part 1 (Words of Wisdom),  Part 2 (the Big Picture), Part 3 (Money), and Part 4 (Keys to Success).
  • Looking for a venue? An update of our list of ceremony and reception venues in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and select Maryland locations will be coming soon but here is last year’s list. To give you an idea how your wedding might look at these locations, we included links to Real Weddings held at these locations where possible. Our friends at Venue Safari is also a great resource.
  • Need help planning your rehearsal dinner? We will continue our series on Rehearsal Dinners and Welcome Parties. Check out a list of restaurants we have reviewed for rehearsal dinners in Washington, DC area so far.
  • Subscribe to United With Love blog, a DC-focused wedding blog, featuring a comprehensive Vendor Guide and a list of  Upcoming Events.
  • Have a question regarding etiquette, trends, logistics, or how to handle sensitive issues? Email us and we will attempt to answer them on this blog! You are probably not the only one thinking about the same issue.

Cheers! Vicky, Juanice, Megan, Arielle

 

 

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What Money Can’t Buy in Creating a Memorable Wedding

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A recent Colin Cowie newsletter focused on such an important and timely message. So often, couples get caught up in how much they should spend to achieve the wedding they want when some of the most important elements are free! I agree with his first 2 aspects and wanted to add some of my own suggestions.

Energy & Flow
Colin addresses how having a wedding that flows naturally from one part to another can really make a party. I couldn’t agree more. Your guests should never be unsure of what to do or where to be next. Uncertainty makes your guests uncomfortable. Lulls should be minimized. While there are many timeline suggestions out there, every wedding is different because of the couple, the guests, and the circumstances. Talk with your wedding team to determine the best flow for your wedding.

A Family Heirloom
I really never thought about this until recently, until I saw a bride pin her Mom’s brooch on her bouquet, or a locket to her crinoline; or a groom with his grandfather’s cufflinks. They were just beautiful. Some used their parents’ cake topper which can be funny and nostalgic at the same time. I’m just not a sentimental kind of girl but as I get older, I have come to realize that it’s perfectly appropriate to hold those close to you on your important day. You can be a modern bride and still have pieces of your family with you.

Face Time
Nothing makes your guests happier than to spend some time with you. Make sure you personally speak to each guest and spend a few quality minutes with them. I know it’s a tall order but do whatever you have to acknowledge that they have given up their time to be with you. If that means you take photos before the ceremony so you can spend cocktail hour with your guests, do it. If that means you host an informal get together the day before, do it.

Be Present
From my own wedding experience and speaking to clients, the day of the wedding can seem like a blur, and even an out of body experience. Try to remember to be present and in the moment. It doesn’t matter how much money you spend on the wedding if you can’t remember it later. I know you’ll have beautiful photographs to look back at but try and also remember the conversations, the smell of flowers, the hug your grandmother gave you, or the taste of that first bite of food. Stealing from the Jewish wedding tradition of yichud, take a few minutes to step away from your guests to some place quiet to give yourselves a chance to take a breathe and to soak in what is happening around you. This might sound like some new age therapy but hopefully this will help you remember as much of this unforgettable event as possible before it is over.

Got other thoughts on this topic? Feel free to share. Cheers! Vicky

 

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Welcome Newly Engaged to 2013!

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Hello 2013! January is always an exciting time to see what the new year will bring; a chance to refresh. Congratulations to the recently engaged! What a great occasion to look forward to for the new year! When you are ready to start planning your wedding, we are excited to share these helpful resources that you can find here on our blog.

Cheers! Vicky, Juanice, Megan, Arielle

 

 

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New Year, Newly Engaged

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Welcome to 2012! If you recently got engaged, congratulations and what a great occasion to look forward to for the new year! When you are ready to start planning your wedding, here are some helpful resources that you can find here on our blog.

We are probably the only people that are willing to talk about your wedding 24/7! So if you have a question regarding anything like etiquette, trends, logistics, or how to handle sensitive issues, email us and we will attempt to answer them on this blog! You are probably not the only one thinking about the same issue. {}

Cheers! Vicky, Juanice, Megan, Arielle

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To the Newly Engaged, How to Get Started

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Congratulations! Now that you are newly engaged, take a deep breathe and enjoy that rock on your finger. It’s pretty, isn’t it (especially in the elevator where the lighting is great – extra sparkly)? When you are ready to start planning your wedding, we wanted to share with you some helpful reading material.

We are probably the only people that are willing to talk about your wedding 24/7! So if you have a question regarding anything like etiquette, trends, logistics, or how to handle sensitive issues, email us and we will attempt to answer them on this blog! You are probably not the only one thinking about the same issue. {}

Cheers! Vicky, Juanice, Megan, Arielle

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Newly Engaged Starter Guide Part 4: Keys to Success

Go back and read Part 1 (Words of Wisdom),  Part 2 (the Big Picture), and Part 3 (Money).

Maybe a better title for this post is How to Plan a Wedding without Killing Each Other? All jokes aside, weddings bring out the best and worst in people probably because everything about it is so emotionally charged.

Here are my Top 5 Keys to Successful Wedding Planning:

  1. Prioritize. We talked about prioritizing when discussing the wedding budget and assigning more budget to those items that are on the top of your list. It does not stop with budgeting money. Prioritizing also applies to your time – so spending more time on planning your higher priority items and less time, if any at all, on those you don’t care as much about. On the less important items, trust the professionals that you hired and let them handle it. The bottom line here is that you don’t have a limitless budget and you don’t have a lot of time and you are not the Energizer Bunny. You want to make your budget and time work as efficiently for you as possible.
  2. Compromise. It takes two to be in a marriage and that begins when you start planning your wedding. There are two of you, two opinions and two sets of priorities. Chances are you will not agree on everything. Be ready to pick your battles.
  3. Organize. Planning a wedding is a big project with many pieces. It can all get out of control really quickly so it is crucial that you get organized and stay organized. Whether you do it electronically or using binder/folder system, select a method that will help you corral all the information packages, proposals and contracts you will be receiving. Set up a separate email account for wedding related emails to keep them from being mixed up with your other emails. When you purchase items for your wedding, designate a box/area/room for these items.
  4. Communicate. Communication is extremely important, not only with each other but with your family, friends and the wedding professionals you hire. Your vendors will appreciate you expressing your expectations and concerns. It allows us to do our job better and to provide you with better service. As a wedding planner, I get phone calls frequently from brides and grooms alike venting about each other or about a family member, and I find myself ending many of those conversations with “have you told this person what you just told me?” If you try to communicate and you hit an impasse, you might need to seek an impartial third party to help. I have had clients who attend pre-martial or couples counseling while planning their weddings and they have all said that those sessions were helpful.
  5. Perspective. Constantly remind yourselves what this wedding is all about. Like it or not, it is not about finding that perfect favor to give to your guests. Amidst all the planning, you can easily lose yourselves. I suggest having date nights or even weekend getaways where you are forbidden to talk about the wedding and decompress a bit.

Now that you are all prepared to plan your wedding, be sure to subscribe to our blog for more helpful tips. Looking for practical information? Want to read about the behind the scenes at read weddings? Want to know the truth about a vendor? Be sure to read our series of Real Weddings. As always, we are here to help so contact us!

Have fun! Vicky

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Wedding First Dance and your Marriage

Hi friends, I promise that I will conclude the Newly Engaged Starter Guide this week! If you just can’t wait, take a break from shoveling snow and go back and read Part 1 (Words of wisdom), Part 2 (The Big Picture), and Part 3 (Money).  Today’s post is about learning to do your wedding first dance and its implications on the wedding planning process and your marriage. How? Read on.

My friend Amy Jean of The Relentless Bride fame is getting married next month and is taking dance lesson with her fiancé for their first dance with Deborah Joy Block at The Wedding Dance Specialists. She is writing a “she said, he said” style series on their experiences learning their first dance on her blog, each describing his/her own perspective.

I love this series because I am a firm believer that ballroom dancing lessons, regardless of whether you are taking them to learn your first dance, are like marriage counseling. There is a reason it’s called partner dancing and I try to encourage all engaged couples to try it. They offer insights, a microcosm even, into how relationships work.

Give and Take. I am a control freak, worsened by the fact that I’ve danced ballet since I was 4 and ballroom since college. So when we started lessons, I always wanted to lead and became very frustrated when John couldn’t pick up the steps fast enough. But I soon realized that if I wanted him to dance with me until we’re 90 years old, I’m going to have to grow some patience, bite my tongue and keep encouraging him. I tell him he’s doing great when he makes even the slightest improvement and even when he’s not.  He has never done instructional dancing before and being the man, he has to learn how to lead me besides figuring out his footwork. After a while, John gained more confidence about his ability to lead and to master his own steps that he was more proud of himself and wanted to show off to his friends! The point is – you give a little and you take a little in your relationship.

Teamwork & Communication. You learn how to work together to conquer a difficult task. When challenged with a new and seemingly daunting combination, we like to ignore the music and break down each step very slowly until we get it right. Then we do it to music. As we try to work out the dance moves, he tells me to take bigger steps and I tell him to not lift his arm so high. We try to communicate what each of us need the other to do in a neutral tone so that together, the steps feel right and look good. We each have our own good days and bad days and some days, he has to help me and other days I have to help him. The point is – communicate.

Date Night.  Thursday night is our standing date night when we have our ballroom class and we never practice outside of class. Since we don’t intend on entering any competitions anytime soon, we keep it fun for ourselves and not take it so seriously. When life gets hectic, especially when planning a wedding, we could count on having one night where we were doing something together. You learn to just be in the moment, focus on each other, enjoy some rockin’ music, and forget about the world. We started ballroom lessons 10 years ago, several years before we actually got married, and we are still dancing.

Doing our wedding first dance - a rumba to Al Green's Let's Stay Together.

Go try it! Vicky

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