DMV (DC, MD, VA) Brides and Weddings

posted 2 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 421
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

sunshineglam :  I like that you added a bit of color! I think ivory/white might have been a little too plain. However, I’m going with yellow, white, and green, so my colors are pretty loud. 🙂

I’m glad the fitting went well! My dress was also a sample. I bought it for $200, and alterations are $300 (mostly to hem 400″ of chiffon!). I was hoping to not have to pay more than $100, but oh well.

Post # 422
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155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

ecampbell :  I love yellow so much (my engagement ring is a yellow diamond), your colors are going to be beautiful!.  Yes, I have heard the hem is super expensive but at least you saved on your dress!  

Post # 423
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

sunshineglam :  lots of awesome updates, congrats on the house! Love your wedding colors! We are going with coral, blush and poppy red (hopefully lol) sorta like the below but on a budget lol

 

ecampbell :  now I’m nervous about alterations because I want to chop my train off lol. Sigh. 

Only updates that I have are that I moved in with FI last weekend so we are starting to donate a lot of his bachelor pad furniture (think 80s leather couches and laminate tv consoles lol). Our new stuff comes on Monday. My stepdad is also going to do our engagement photos in May. I’ve been trying to figure out what to wear. I want to be dressy but comfortable. 

Post # 424
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

jerzgrlnmd :  I love your colors, they are so bright and happy, it will look great!  And congrats on moving in with your fiancé, I’m looking forward to our house being complete and finally living with mine (hopefully in July). And yay to engagement photos, we obviously went formal with one of our outfits (my style skews on the formal side so it worked). But we also did a more casual suit in jeans at City Center, I just didn’t like those as much. Stay true to your own style, and it will be beautiful. Nothing worse than someone who obviously looks uncomfortable in their clothes.  

Post # 425
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

jerzgrlnmd :  I love your colors! 🙂 I wouldn’t have thought those all would go together, but your inspiration pictures are gorgeous. And congrats on moving in with your FI!

Keeping my train and bustling it actually would have been more expensive than just chopping it off because I needed to have it hemmed anyway. If your dress is the right length, maybe consider keeping the train and bustling it…or at last get quotes for doing both options.

I agree with sunshineglam  about staying true to your style for your engagement session. We went with the dressy side of normal for us, but we wanted those pictures to look like US.

Post # 426
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

sunshineglam :   ecampbell :  thanks for the tips on what to wear for the pictures. I was shocked that I liked these colors too but I knew I wanted coral and I’ve always liked red. We will probably have some cooper or gold in there too.

My dress is super long that I step on it in the front and it has a cathedral length train, I’m not a bustle kinda bride but I’ll get quotes for both. That’s a good idea. 

Post # 427
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65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Ladies… I am considering booking a videographer for our September wedding.  Does anyone have any recommendations?  Thisdayfwd is booked for our day 🙁

Post # 429
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

mrsbeaux2bee :  Just Hitched is a pretty affordable one, here are the ones that I contacted before booking ThisDayFwd:

 Monachetti Weddings Videography http://monachetti.com/about/
Paul Kwak Productions Videography http://www.paulkwak.com/
Ryan Gelderman Cinematography Videography http://www.ryangeldermann.com/
Shutter & Sound Videography http://www.shutterandsounddc.com
Clickspark Films Videography http://clicksparkfilms.com/
Lee Russell Films Videography http://www.leerussellfilms.com/
Just Hitched Wedding Films Videography http://www.justhitchedweddingfilms.com/
Chip Dizard Weddings Videography http://chipdizardweddings.com/
This Day Fwd Videography http://www.thisdayfwd.com/
Bowen Films Videography http://bowenfilms.net/
Wise Films Videography http://www.ethanwisefilms.com/

Post # 430
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

sunshineglam :   jerzgrlnmd :  Thanks so much for the recommendations!!!  I really appreciate them – it was a great way to start my search!  Like I suspected, most of these folks were out of my budget, but luckily there are options like InMotionVideo and Just Hitched!  I really liked their work.  THe tough part is I’m trying to stay under 2K for this (we are already spending so much on everything else, OMG) and we already have our photographer.  What criteria did you guys use to choose between videographers?  Did you care one way or the other about getting raw footage?  I want to make sure that my older relatives (like grandma!) get caputred the day of and I get to hear their voice, and overall the beauty of the cinematography… but I don’t know what else to consider! A lot of the companies I’m considering got their start pretty recently but those are the ones that work best for my budget but are a bit of a risk for that reason!  

Within my budget, these seem to be the best options:

1) To Tony Productions: https://vimeo.com/totonyproductions/videos  (gets great weddingwire reviews, seems to have been around for a while)

2) Ben Fordham Films: http://fordhamfilms.com/videos/ (looks like he shot with some other companies and is striking out on his own)

3) Riverlight Films: https://www.riverlightfilms.com/weddingshttps://vimeo.com/user61761892  (not a lot of videos up unfortunately, but the trailers look good)

4) Colorfield Media: http://www.colorfieldmedia.com/cinema.html

5) Blue Duck Weddings https://www.facebook.com/BlueDuckWeddings/  https://vimeo.com/blueduckweddings

(This guy has been very good with followup but seems to be a weekend warrior, but his quality looks great to me).

Blueduck Weddings and To Tony productsion seem to be the best “value” in terms of pricing…  and have been great in terms of communicating.  Blue Duck doesn’t provide raw footage an.  Ben Fordham seems to have the nicest quality but hasn’t been as quick to respond and is a touch pricier and I believe also doesn’t provide raw footage. Riverlight seems tough to judge but has been very communicative.   Which one do you guys think is the best  ?  How would you compare the quality?  

 

 Or should I spend more /splurge and go with someone more stablished like InMotion or Just Hitched?  I don’t really want to splurge because I’ve already “splurged” in a couple of areas of the wedding and I want to leave some money for other things — like transportation & rehearsal dinner!

 

 

Post # 431
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155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

mrsbeaux2bee :  I actually considered hiring ThisDayFwd a save for me as I really wanted Ryan Gelderman (but at $6k I couldn’t do it – our rentals are taking a huge chunk of our budget).  In the end photos and video are all you have left.  I would skimp on a rehersal dinner (we will probably do super casual – like a welcome happy hour) before I would skimp on photos or video.  But that is just me, it is your money and you should spend it in ways that make you happy.  I wish I could offer you some tips on the ones you posted but I really didn’t do any research on any companies outside of the ones I listed.  I just hired the next best thing that was under our $4k budget – we went with the highest package that ThisDayFwd offers (Ceremony/Reception/Getting Ready + Epic Cinema package), which includes the aerial footage, extended interviews, 2 shooters, etc.  In the end I think you should just go with whoever has the best reviews and shoots the way you love.

Post # 432
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155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Update time!  We’ve made a few other vendor selections:

Already booked:

  • Venue:  American Visionary Arts Museum
  • Planner:  Jillian Jenkins with Elle Ellinghaus Designs
  • Photographer:  Renee Hollingshead Photography
  • Videographer: ThisDayFwd
  • Hotel Blocks:  Royal Sonesta, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront & Homewood Suites
  • Wedding Website:  Appy Couple 
  • Dress: Vera Wang from Saks Jandel 
  • Shoes: Badgley Mischka from Lord & Taylor
  • Earrings: Nadri from Nordstrom Rack
  • Groomsmen Suits:  Men’s Warehouse
  • Catering – Rouge Fine Catering
  • Makeup – Glam Qui
  • Veil – Blanca Veils on Etsy
  • Save the Dates – Wedding Paper Divas
  • Grooms Attire – custom Joe suit from Men’s Warehouse
  • Room Draping & Lighting – GoEventPro
  • Invites – Wedding Paper Divas
  • Hair – Universal Tresses
  • Bridesmaid Dresses – Lulus
  • DJ – DJCurry
  • Bridal Gown Alerations – Anytime Alterations, Kensington, MD
  • Ceremony Harpist – Laura Stokes
  • Bridal Suite – Royal Sonesta Harbor Court
  • Florist – My Flower Box

Updates:

  • Officiant – My longtime friend’s father is going to marry us
  • Cake – Sweet Hearts Patisserie
  • Chair Rentals and Linens – Select Event Group
  • Candelabra Rental – White Glove Rentals

My FI went for his 2nd fitting of his suit last weekend, wanted it taken in a little more but it is looking good.  Decided we are doing a cake bar at the wedding and did 2 cake tastings, 1st one didn’t go well and the 2nd one was perfect so we signed that contract.  I also bought 192 additional candles for our ceremony and reception – we are already renting about 80 from the florist but you can never have too many candles.  My wedding planner and I also went to the linen rental location and picked out our linens, which will be all gray with different textures. 

Cake inspiration:

Linens:

Next up is deciding on the open bar, finding a rehersal dinner location since my FI thinks they are a waste so we will probably do something really casual.  We are big happy hour people so I am thinking just a welcome happy hour, trying to find something in the Federal Hill neighborhood.  After that we need to decide on our transporation, most likely will just use the same guest shuttle to get to the ceremony/reception as I don’t care about that.  I also decided to do laser cut names on the head table and mirrored table numbers so I have to order those from Etsy.  Also the aisle runner, cake topper and canvas print for our “guest book” (we are getting it from Costco).  All the little things are starting to add up lately!  Anyone else do anything fun lately?

Post # 433
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1122 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

sunshineglam :  Great progress! All the little things are so frustrating, haha.

I’ve made some progress as well. We already booked all of our vendors, so now we’re just working on the details. I literally just finished getting invitations together. I’m waiting on stamps; I ordered the cherry blossom ones because I love cherry blossoms…and we’re in the DMV! As soon as the stamps get here, I’ll be sending out the invitations. FI and I are also working out the playlists and timeline. We finalized the ceremony playlist, but we have a couple of things to figure out for the reception like the father/daughter and mother/son dance songs and the exact order of events. With our reception starting at 7:30, we’re thinking wedding party intro (5 minutes), first dance (5 minutes), dinner (40 minutes before toasts start), toasts (15-20 minutes–best man, maid of honor, my parents, his mom, us), father/daughter and mother/son dances (10 minutes), everyone on the dance floor (30 minutes), cake cutting/eating (10-15 minutes), more dancing until the night is over (about 1 hour).

Post # 434
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219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

sunshineglam :   ecampbell :  you two are movin right along. Hope you two post recaps.

We haven’t done much but we have until 5/2018 so just focused on remodeling our home right now. I still need an engagement pictures outfit which will be next month. Going to the mall this weekend. Also booked a makeup artist for the pics. 

Post # 435
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155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

ecampbell :  yay!  I ordered the stamps for our invites too, I got the limited edition Oscar de la Renta stamps because I’m a huge fashion lover and they were just too pretty to pass up! (We won’t be using the ones with his face, the pic is a little too close for comfort for me)

Good luck on the timeline!  Shockingly the little details are my favorite part, maybe it’s because I get to shop which I haven’t done in so long to try to save money for this wedding!  And since all I have left to buy for my wedding look is my clutch, it feels good to swipe the debit card for the little detailed stuff, lol! 

jerzgrlnmd :  yay for shopping, good luck!  We are still waiting for them to break ground on our house, I’ve been making decorating and furniture inspiration boards left and right, I’m ready to just move in!  Remodeling sounds like fun though!  Good luck! 

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