(Closed) Metro DC: Share your vendors

posted 11 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 4
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Our wedding was in my husband’s hometown of Philadelphia, though for certain things, like our band, they are willing to travel to DC (and a year later, guests are STILL calling up and raving about how much they loved our band), so for vendors that can travel or places that are easy to drop in (loved our jeweler – he made customizing our rings a dream) I’ll include the info.

  • Wedding date: May 25, 2008
  • Venue: Philly (had we had  the wedding here, it would have been in the National Building Museum)
  • Caterer: Philly
  • Coordinator:none
  • Photographer: Jennifer Childress (Philly)
  • DJ: LIVE BAND – EBE Paris (Philly)
  • Florist: Philly
  • Cake: Philly
  • Officiant: Philly
  • Dress:Millersburg PA  (second choice was from Ellie’s in Alexandria)
  • Shoes: endless.com (my FAVORITE place to order shoes online)
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: Ann Taylor
  • Hair Stylist: Philly
  • Make-up artist: Philly
  • Invitations: custom designed and printed by me
  • Rings: Rosnov Jeweler (Philly)


Post # 5
18 posts
  • Wedding: March 2009

  • Wedding date:  March 28, 2009
  • Venue:  Torpedo Factory Arts Center, Alexandria
  • Caterer: STAR catering
  • Coordinator:  Forever Starts With One Day
  • Photographer:  Punam Bean (well I guess she’s an NYC vendor, but she’s fantastic)
  • DJ:  DJ PGee
  • Florist:  UltraViolet in D.C.
  • Cake: N/A
  • Officiant:  Steve Goldstein, Northern Virginia Ethical Society
  • Dress:  I Do I Do, Gaithersburg
  • Shoes:  Zappos.com
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress:  JCrew.com
  • Hair Stylist:  [email protected], Alexandria
  • Make-up artist:  N/A
  • Invitations:  Designed by someone on etsy.com, printed by Mercurio Brothers
  • Rings:  Benson’s Jewelry, D.C. (Metro Center)

Post # 6
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Wedding date: Oct. 17, 2009
Venue: The Rooftop at Rockville’s Town Center/VisArts
Caterer: The Knife & Fork
Photographer: Leslie Smith Jr. of LJSJ Photography (a good friend of mine with whom I used to work)
DJ: Voss DJ (he also sings and plays classical guitar!)
Florist; GreenWorks
Cake: The French Confection
Officiant: My stepbrother, who’s a minister
Dress: Carlisle Bridal (of Pittsburgh … long story)
Shoes: Zappos.com
Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses: They are picking their own
Hair: Oasis (Rockville)
Invitations: self created
Engagement Ring: Blue Nile
His ring: Haven’t got it yet

Post # 7
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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  • Wedding date: May 30, 2010
  • Venue: Glen Echo Park (MD)
  • Caterer: Matters of Taste
  • Coordinator: ?  
  • Photographer: jennifer/brooks photography
  • DJ: looking for a band
  • Florist:?
  • Cake: Rouge Catering, Baltimore (COMPLETELY nut-free!!!)
  • Officiant:?
  • Dress: either JCrew or etsy’s marryme (yes, I have 2…eek)
  • Shoes: JCrew 
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: they’re picking their own
  • Hair Stylist:  Aveda Georgetown
  • Make-up artist:  Missy at Bare Escentuals
  • Invitations: privately designed in Atlanta (but I love etsy’s April Ink!)
  • Rings:  e-ring-Ritani, wedding ring-Metropolitan Museum, his ring-?

Is anybody just wild about your florist?  That’s next on my list!

Post # 8
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Urban Leo–I like my florist (Conklyns), but I’m definitely not wild about them.  They were the best deal, and my dad has done a lot of business with them over 10 years, so I trust that they’ll deliver.  (We also pulled the "we’ve ordered how many flowers from you over how long?  And that’s the best you can do?" and they came down another 10%)

They don’t seem to do a lot of the stupid florist stuff that drives me nuts.  For example we have until Friday morning pedestals we’re renting for the bimah arrangements.  They know they’re not using them on Monday morning.

Post # 9
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Here’s mine, with quickie ratings in parentheses after each vendor. 

  • Wedding date: November 8, 2008
  • Wedding Venue: St. John’s Catholic Church in McLean, VA (B+)
  • Reception Venue/Catering: Normandie Farm Restaurant in Potomac, MD (B+)
  • Rehearsal Catering: Agape Catering (A)
  • Coordinator: a friend
  • Photographer: Elaine Studley Photography (A-)
  • Ceremony Music: Carmina chamber choir (A++)
  • Band: Tom Cunningham Orchestra (B)
  • Florist: DIY
  • Cake: The Sweet Life (B)
  • Officiant: Father McAfee at St. John’s (A)
  • Dress: M’Jourdelle in Towson, MD (A+++++)
  • Shoes: Saks Jandel in Friendship Heights, MD (A+)
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: David’s Bridal Rockville (B+)
  • Hair Stylist: DIY
  • Make-up artist: DIY
  • Invitations: DIY
  • Rings: Custom from engagementringsdirect.com (B+)
  • Limo: Regal Limo (A-)
  • Guest hotel rooms: Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner (C)

Photos are here: http://www.gregandanya.com/gallery2/v/wedding/estudley/


Let me know if you have questions about any of them! Happy to help.

Post # 10
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

  • Wedding date:Sept 4, 2009
  • Venue: Prince Georges Ballroom
  • Caterer: St. Germaine Catering
  • Coordinator:City Affairs DC
  • Photographer:Wanakhavi Wakisi/ http://www.wanaimage.com
  • DJ:DJ Premonition
  • Florist:DIY/Fiftyflowers.com
  • Cake:DIY/Shopper’s cupcakes!
  • Officiant:a friend
  • Dress:tekay designs (tk-designs.com)
  • Shoes:bcbg
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress:alfred angelo
  • Hair Stylist: a friend
  • Make-up artist: MAC artist (don’t know which one yet)
  • Invitations: Target/DIY
  • Rings:e-ring-DeWexler bands-overstock.com

Post # 11
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

So far I have LOVED all of my vendors!  I haven’t had any problems with anyone yet…hopefully I’m not jinxing myself!  They all came to me VERY highly recommended.  If anyone has any questions about anyone feel free to PM me!

Post # 12
11 posts
  • Wedding: December 2009

I haven’t gotten too far into my planning yet but I’ve felt really lucky with the vendors that we’ve worked with so far so I thought I’d post and get their names out there.

  • Wedding date: December 18, 2009
  • Venue: Belmont Country Club
  • Caterer:Belmont Country Club
  • Coordinator: none
  • Photographer: Casey Templeton (he has been SO GREAT and everyone has the best things to say about him! Definitely consider him if you need a photographer! Caseytempleton.com)
  • DJ: Haven’t gotten that far in my planning…
  • Florist:Working with Shelley’s Floral Enterprise in Marshall, VA but haven’t made it definite.. (So far she has been so helpful and great to work with!)
  • Cake: Family Friend
  • Officiant: My Uncle
  • Dress: David’s
  • Shoes: Don’t know yet.
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: David’s
  • Invitations: DIY
  • Rings: Tiffany’s

Post # 13
1 posts
  • Wedding date: September 4, 2009
  • Venue: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (Vienna, VA)
  • Caterer:The Knife and Fork
  • Coordinator: N/A
  • Photographer: Maria Vicencio Photography (SO awesome)!
  • DJ:Premier DJ Services/Dan Huynh
  • Florist:Petal’s Edge
  • Cake:Connie’s Cake Creation
  • Officiant:Pastor Craig Muffley (from St Paul UMC in Woodbridge)
  • Dress: Lea Ann Belter (purchased from the now defunct Promise…for a Savy Bride in Bethesda)
  • Shoes: DSW
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: JCrew
  • Hair Stylist: I need one–any suggestions!?!
  • Make-up artist: Laura Bateman
  • Invitations: Betsy White Stationary (online company–really nice and more affordable than what I saw in stores)
  • Rings: Charleston Alexander in Falls Church
  • Post # 14
    405 posts
    Helper bee

    • Wedding date: 9-5-09
    • Venue: ThorpeWood
    • Caterer: Canapes (MUST use if you get married at ThorpeWood)
    • Coordinator: Julie Parlaman (she’s the Event Co-ordinator at ThorpeWood)
    • Photographer: Barb at Studio 11
    • DJ: Soundsations
    • Florist: A-Bloom
    • Cake: Canapes
    • Officiant: Brian Vaughan
    • Dress: uniquevintage.com
    • Shoes: Rocket Dog/Etnies
    • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: n/a
    • Hair Stylist: n/a
    • Make-up artist: n/a
    • Invitations: Gartner Studios – Michael’s on CLEARANCE!!!!!
    • Rings: Zales in the FSK mall

    I love ALL of our vendors!

    Post # 15
    38 posts
    • Wedding: July 2008
  • Wedding date: 7-19-08
  • Venue: private venue
  • Photographer: Turn the Page Photography, B-, price was right
  • Florist: Twinbrook florist, C
  • Cake: made it myself!
  • Officiant: Georgiana Atkins-Havill-A++++ the best
  • Dress: Leesburg Bridal, A
  • Shoes: Zappos.com, A
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: Leesburg Bridal, A
  • Hair Stylist Tish Donolan, A ++
  • Invitations:Cards n pocket for materials, made them myself
  • Rings: Nupin Jewlers, Fairfax, VA, A+
  • I’m happy to share more information if you have any questions.


    Post # 16
    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    • Wedding date: August 29, 2009
    • Venue: Belmont Country Club
    • Caterer: Belmont Country Club
    • Coordinator: Janice Carnevale of Bellwether Events
    • Photographer: Genevieve Leiper
    • DJ: Kirkabee’s – Ron Gray
    • Florist: Occasional Flowers – Tanya
    • Cake: A Piece of Cake
    • Officiant: Cantor Jinny Marsh & Cousin
    • Dress: Anjoulique
    • Shoes: Liz Claiborne
    • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: Jasmine B2
    • Hair Stylist: Hair by Remona (Red Door Spa)
    • Make-up artist: Victoria Stiles
    • Invitations: Envelopments – Designed by me!
    • Rings: Martin Flyer (hers) – Can’t remember designer name! From Mervis (his)

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