Introducing DIY Wednesdays

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Hi Everyone,

Before we posted something wedding-related today, I wanted to mention that from here on out, we plan to make Wednesdays, “DIY Wednesdays”.  Here we will feature DIY projects, DIY inspirations, or anything else that is DIY related.

If you did something DIY for your wedding – let us know! We would love to feature it on DIY Wednesdays.

Stay tuned for an awesome DIY project this afternoon.

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Local Finds: Willow Oak Flower & Herb Garden

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After my first day of advertising my blog, I received my very first email. Boy was I excited! I was then even more excited to read about this AWESOME place out in Severn, MD (near BWI) that is a small, family-run farm that is dedicated to gardening, flowers, and cut herbs.  The family-run business strives to offer old-fashioned favorites, and newer, top of the line gardening breeds to offer prospective buyers a wide range of displays

One look at the bios page of their website, and you will know you have found an absolutely amazing place to have your bouquets or centerpieces made. Martin & Maria obviously know how to have a good time, while doing something they not only enjoy, but are very passionate about. Heather is the talented artist behind all the wedding arrangements and is an absolute joy to chat with.

In addition to all the arrangements they offer, they also offer classes! When I read that, I instantly thought of how cool it would be to have a bridal shower out at the farm. In a more nontraditional fashion, guests could take classes, maybe even learn how to make some DIY centerpieces to be used in the wedding!

Local Deals: Alexandria Boutique Warehouse Sale

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Looking for a deal on some swank jewelry or accessories for your upcoming wedding, or friend’s wedding? Be sure to check out the Alexandria Boutique Warehouse Sale this Saturday, 5 February 2011 from 9am to 4pm in Alexandria.

The address is: George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria 22301.

The sale is great to not only snag a deal, but to support local designers like:

Let us know if you found any great deals!

A Date Night To Feel Good About!

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Looking to go out tonight? How about going to a restaurant that is donating a percentage of its proceeds to a GREAT cause. Three restaurants in Logan Circle, Commissary, Logan Tavern and The Heights (all part of EatWellDC) are promoting Monday, January 31st, 2011 as “It Gets Better” night and will donate 10% of their proceeds to help LGBT youth.

If you are in the DC-area (Logan Circle or Columbia Heights) then check it out! The restaurants plan to have some giveaways and a few shirts too!

So grab your partner and your appetite and make it out tonight to share some romance over some great food, with some great company, for a great cause.

For more on the It Gets Better Project, please go to their website.

Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: Alternative, Offbeat, & Modern Wedding Song Suggestions

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First: an observation:

For some couples, the music throughout your ceremony and reception that you pick for the main parts of the day (Ceremony Entrance Music, Candle Lighting Ceremony Music, First Dance, Father-Daughter Dance, etc) are extremely important. Some couples might be fine with the traditional Pachelbel’s Cannon and Unforgettable, and that’s great, but I also think that a lot of couples might use that music because they think “that is just what you are supposed to do”.  Take it from a girl that walked (shimmied) down the aisle to Hall & Oats’ “You’re Makin’ My Dreams Come True”, had a Flash Mob First Dance to Weezer’s “If You’re Wondering If I Want You To (I Want You To”), and danced with her father to Bodeans’ “Closer to Free”, your ceremony and reception music does not have to suck. Your music can be YOURS, a reflection of you and the type of ceremony/reception you want to have.  Music is a really big part of Andy’s and my life; so naturally, we wanted it to take center stage at our wedding too!

Second: a regular post:

Finding the perfect music for the different parts of the day was not always easy. Some songs we knew right away, others took lots of iPod shuffling and iTunes browsing.  For those that don’t have all the time to find unconventional songs for their wedding, The Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck post will be a regular spot to help! We will feature songs that we like and will take requests as well!

Third: our very first suggestion:

The other day I was listening to Jimmy Eat World’s newest album, Invented.  The song “Heart is Hard to Find” is awesome. It is mellow enough to be suitable for a ceremony, perhaps to walk down the aisle to, and the lyrics are about finding heart, and the instrumental section of the song is beautiful.  (*Warning*: the song does contain a choice word, an edited version would most likely need to be used) Enjoy some Jimmy and let us know what you think!

Welcome

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Welcome to Capitol Romance, the wedding blog that showcases all things nontraditional when it comes to real, authentic Washington, DC area weddings.

Here at Capitol Romance, we like to use words like nontraditional, unconventional, and unique. What these words really mean to us, is that couples found a way to throw a wedding that was a legitimate reflection of their personalities, inspirations, and the things they love most in life. It is important to remember that weddings aren’t a contest and they certainly shouldn’t all be the same. After all, if no two people are alike, then no two couples are alike, and if no two couples are alike, than no two weddings should be alike either.

So throwout everything you thought you knew about the typical Washington, DC wedding (including that on average it costs about $50,000 to get married in DC). We are here to show you how awesome and genuine weddings in our nation’s capitol really can be.

Hotel reception halls not your thing? Can’t see yourself in a strapless, floor-length wedding gown? Feel like you are more sneakers than heels or headbands than tiaras? Good. Then you are in the right place. Capitol Romance welcomes all DC area couples that pushed wedding traditions out the window, dared to be different, and endeavored to throw the most heartfelt wedding that their budget could allow.

Please stick with us as we work to bring you updated posts over these next few weeks as we get the blog up and running smoothly. In the meantime, please send all ideas, inspiration, and thoughts on non-conventional Washington DC weddings and vendors to CapitolRomance@gmail.com

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