Guest Post: The Real Details of Your Wedding Day

Image: The Happy Couple

What a weekend Romancers. Friday I got my hair did, saw the AMAZING Andrew McMahon at the Fillmore (and got a jack & coke dumped on me) and then prepped like CRAZY for the weekend – we threw Evie an early 2nd birthday party (and yes, of course I went crazy with the details/setup, because I literally can’t turn it off) and then we hosted family for Easter brunch. We also found some time to #resist at The Tax March. We are supposed to be de-cluttering our house to get it ready to be listed for sale, but we mostly just ended up with 800 more Peppa Pig-themed things :) ah life.

For today, we have the notorious Kelsey back to share the details of her wedding day – no, not the DIY crafts and group shots, the actual, real details of what her wedding day was like. Take it away!

The Marathon | Guest Post by Kelsey

I’m going to be honest with you, I have no idea what people mean when they say ‘it’s marathon, not a sprint’ because I despise running. I do pilates only because I can sit or lie down 90% of the time. But, I will say, on your wedding day, take your time. Remind yourself to take your time often; otherwise, it will be a sprint. So here we go.

I woke up for my wedding in my own bed. My groom and I live together in a one bedroom apartment. Sleeping anywhere other than my own bed the night before the biggest day of my life wasn’t going to happen, and that made two of us. So yes, we slept in the same bed the night before wedding. GASP. Judge all you want.

Moving on. I went over to my parents’ suite for a full day of hair and makeup. Have a wireless speaker/laptop and a playlist ready that will get you amped. And not just your getting ready mix because that maxes out at what, two hours? Right. This is a long day and you need to be at 100 for 16 hours. So take that playlist seriously.

Second most important thing to making sure you have at least 34 Pitbull songs on your day of playlist…eat. Make a point to eat. Food at your wedding is not guaranteed so pack it in now. On my big day I ordered hoagies because, hoagies. I also drank a ton of water. You know the saying, ‘maybe she’s born with it’? swap that in with ‘maybe she’s hydrated’ because it makes you look and feel a million dollars.

My groom and I planned to do a first look so we could spend cocktail hour with our friends and family. The first look was a really special hour that was the perfect reset button before a very busy evening. When we got to the wedding venue it was game faces and deep breaths.

From here, every wedding is so different so I can only share advice that helped me the most. Remember to savor every moment. Sure it sounds cliché but seriously, if you have any second where you’re like, ‘dang, I’m getting married,’ take it in. One of my favorite moments on my wedding day was going up to the balcony and watching all of our guests dance to Shout. It was the perfect snapshot to look down and think ‘wow, I did this’.

Also, Shout is a fantastic song and while I think Sweet Caroline can be retired, Shout is a musthave. Now get ready…

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Matt & Mel’s Beautifully Alternative & Personalized Virginia Wedding at the Barns at Wolftrap

Images: Ash Carr Photography

Our blog game is strong this week. We’re sharing one of our FAVORITE #CapRoWeddings of 2016: Matt & Mel’s super beautiful, alternative, rustic affair at the Barns at Wolftrap. So much love and personalization went into this wedding, and Mel’s dress is drop dead gorgeous — an all star vendor team (including our girl Kara!) and a ton of details from the couple, make this a perfect CapRo blog feature. Take it away!

When we started planning for the wedding we knew we wanted an indoor venue, as our wedding was going to be held toward the end of November when weather can be a bit unpredictable. We also knew we weren’t looking for a typical banquet hall or hotel location. We found the Barns at Wolftrap, which had all the rustic charm of a barn, but also nice modern amenities. They also had a great setup where we could do the ceremony and reception all in one venue. It was the first and only venue we saw in person and immediately decided that it was the one for us.

The first thing people would ask about the wedding was “what are your colors?” This was a hard one to answer, as we had chosen not to have a bridal party, so there were no bridesmaids to choose dresses for. Our wedding was a Fall wedding, but we were not too interested in a Fall theme. We also knew that we were interested in fairly neutral colored table linens for the reception. We figured we could use floral elements to represent the colors or our wedding. We decided to work with Emily at lovebloomsdc, to help us design floral décor for our ceremony and reception. We told her we loved succulents, billy balls, garden roses, and moss. She shared some options that included gorgeous tiny bud vases, which led us to choose long tables for part of the reception set up.

We consider ourselves to be pretty crafty and artistic people and knew we wanted to design a lot of our own décor, as well as our invitations.

What started as a joke sketch for an invitation design ended up being my guide for the actual invite design. We wanted the invites to be letterpressed. I contacted a letterpress shop about getting a quote, and I never heard back from them (their response had gone to spam, oops!), which lead me to start researching how to do letterpress at home. I sent my designs out to be printed on polymer plates, and using a store bought die-cut machine for scrapbooking, and a few extra parts, Matt and I were able to letterpress our entire invitation suite by hand.  We were exhausted from the process, but very happy with the outcome, and felt great about having had such a hands on involvement with our wedding invites. I ordered grey envelopes to match our table linens, and found super cute wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co. that very closely matched the colors of our flowers, which I hand cut and used as envelope liners, as well as belly bands to hold together the invitation suites. And since we’re extra crazy, I also hand addressed all of the envelopes after just learning the tiniest bit about how to do calligraphy.

Guest Post: How to Figure Out Your Wedding Catering & Food

Image: Leo Druker

Rebecca is back today with another wedding planning guest post – bringing you the tips, tricks, insight, and advice on how to choose the type of food to serve at your wedding. You will spend THE BIGGEST part of your budget on food (most likely), so it’s certainly one of the biggest decisions and can sometimes be one of the hardest. Unless you are dead set on a specific type of cuisine, I remember thinking only, “I just want something good that isn’t horribly fancy or expensive”. Not all that specific. So Rebecca is here to help you decide what to serve at your wedding!

How to Figuring Out Food for Your Wedding | By: Rebecca

If you are anything like me, food is an essential part of your daily life. For me, the best part of any vacation, party, or special occasion is whenever there’s something truly fantastic and delicious to eat. When you’re lucky enough to live in a city like D.C., you have access to some of the best food in the world. Don’t just take my word for it – ask Bon Appetit, who named us the Restaurant City of the Year in 2016!

It makes sense that food was at the top of both me and my fiancee’s “must have” list. It was important to both of us that our wedding have tasty food and plenty of it. We also knew that food would be a major part of our somewhat limited budget, so we wanted to find a solution that was both delicious and economical.

Here are a few things to consider when crafting your wedding menu:

  • What do you like to eat? You are going to be allocating a fair bit of your wedding funds to food (a good rule of thumb is 30%-40% of your budget) – you need to make sure this is food you’ll enjoy eating! Don’t worry too much about what the “traditional” wedding menu should be – if you and your partner enjoy eating it or it’s meaningful to the both of you, your guests will enjoy it as well!
  • Consider venue and time of day – Your reception time is going to dictate what will work best for menu. If you’re considering getting married earlier in the day, a brunch or luncheon style menu might work better than five course meal. Conversely, if you’re getting married later in the evening, you might forgo a buffet and stick with a cocktail-style reception. Also, your venue lay-out might lend itself best to food stations versus a sit-down dinner or have a great space for food trucks to park and serve.
  • Think about what’s seasonal and local. You’ll ultimately have fresher food at a better price point if you consider what will be in season when you get married and what’s local to the region. Talk to your food vendor about what their most popular items are – if it’s something they make and prepare regularly, it’s likely going to be priced economically.
  • Find a caterer/restaurant/chef you trust. This is true of every vendor you work with for your wedding but especially for catering. Make sure you’re working with a food vendor who is upfront about costs (including rentals and staffing), is willing to work with you as a team to craft your event, and is approved by your venue. We chose our caterer primarily because they were the first to actually read our initial email and make suggestions based on what we wanted, not on what they were trying to sell us.
  • To cake or not to cake? For some people, cake is a non-negotiable part of a wedding – but it can also be a costly addition. If you are going to have cake and worried about the cost, consider using a smaller cake for the cake-cutting and a sheet cake for serving to guests. You might consider doing a mini-cake bar with a selection of smaller cakes from your grocery store or Costco, to allow for more variety at a lower cost. And don’t be afraid to ditch the cake. There are so many wonderful dessert alternatives out there and your caterer will likely be able to help you find something that fits your style. For our wedding, that means doughnuts (District Doughnuts, of course!) and gelato!

Jeff & Ali’s Super Adorable Proposal at Wayward Bar in Baltimore

Images: Sarah Price Photography

I‘m baaaaaaack. Did you miss me? Are you mostly just sick of my Iceland Instagrams? I am only a little sorry about that – Iceland is just so damn magical. If you haven’t been, GO and be on the lookout for an Iceland review coming to the blog SOON. But in the meantime, we’re getting back to the blogging schedule with this adorable, surprise proposal in Baltimore at a super cool looking bar. Here goes!

Ali and Jeff both attended the University of Delaware.  They were both athletes, sharing many mutual friends but somehow never met one another in college.  After graduating, Ali moved to Wilmington and Jeff to Baltimore. One weekend, Ali and her friends planned a weekend in Baltimore with a mutual friend of Jeff’s. Her friend invited Jeff and his friends to hang out.  While out at the  “Cowboys and Rednecks” bar in Fed Hill, Jeff was finally introduced to Ali.  He said hello, followed by, “Are you engaged?” after spotting a ring on her finger that her sister had given to her.  She said no, and they spent the rest of that night and the whole weekend dancing, laughing, and falling HARD for one another. They both knew they had found their person.

Lakshani & Aniket’s Multicultural, Modern Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Wedding

Images: Cynthia Shipp Photography

We’re bringing the beautiful today with a multicultural wedding that blends Hindi, Sri Lankan, and Westernized wedding details to result in one, gorgeous, affair. The couple kept some influences of their heritage, but wanted more “them” in the wedding day, so the combined a whole bunch of threads to make one, personalized, dream wedding day. Take it away guys!

Trying to balance a hindi/sri lankan/westernized wedding is as hard as it sounds! In my case it was so true that it was both families wedding to the fullest! We had some kinks along the way and even the day of but looking back at the day and what took place to lead it up to it, I wouldn’t change a thing. My husband and I did not want a typical Indian/Sri Lankan wedding, we wanted more of..US in there than our culture. We were able to combine a lot of culture and who we are to create our dream day!

Heena Shah is a henna artist from Virgina who did a beautiful job for my bridal henna. She uses all organic henna and has a million designs to show case. The amazing thing about her is that no design is the same. She creates a brand new design for you and only you and personalizes it for you and your husband. The tradition is, the night of your wedding, he must search in the design for the personalization before he gets the prize. (you)!

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