Are You a Tech Savvy Bride/Groom?

There are quite a number of apps available for weddings that are pretty awesome!

The Wedding Dress Look Book App – This was created by the Knot for iphone users; its lets you search through thousands of dresses and provides a listing of stores that carry the dresses. When you go and try on the dresses, you can also take pictures and share your favorites with family and friends!

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The Tie Right App – The groom and groomsmen also need a bit of help with their ties. This app is offered by apple. According to apple, this app eliminates the need for a mirror and offers simple step by step illustrations on 6 of the most popular and handsome necktie knotes known to man. So men, don’t get frustrated trying to get the perfect knot!

Tie Right App

Wedding Song Planner App – This app makes the wedding song selection less stressful and fun. This app sorts songs by genre, songs can be previewed by just a click and users can make a list of favorites and share with their fiance, DJ, friends etc.

wedding song planner appThese are just a few of the many apps out there. Make sure you take advantage of them! These apps are downloadable on phones and tablets which make it easy for you to use at anytime while on the train, at home, on a lunch break etc.

Wedding Entertainment

There are so many fun things to do during a wedding reception to keep your guests entertained. Some guests don’t enjoy dancing and are looking for other forms of entertainment. Receptions can be become routine and boring (a.k.a snoozefest); but you can make it fun!

One of our couples and their bridal danced to Thriller by Michael Jackson; it was unexpected and guests loved it. The couple and bridal party also had a great time!

wedding entertainmentAnother couple played the shoe game; which was fun and allowed the guests to know a bit more about the coupleshoe gamecc Walpehotos

Other fun ideas include having a cool photo booth with props, lawn games during cocktail hour, a poet to perform, hiring an artist to draw silhouettes for guests or a live event artist, playing a game to give out the centerpiece on each table, hiring a celerbity impersonator, placing a picture jigsaw puzzle on each table for guests to figure out, finishing the reception with a bang (sparklers, fireworks, chinese lanterns, balloons etc.), having a tasting during cocktail hour for guests (cheese, cocktails, wine etc.), having a non-traditional first dance; the list is endless!

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Remember the key thing is to PLAN for it! Don’t overthink, just have fun and all everyone will have a great time!

Mother of the Bride Trunk Show!

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Mothers of the grand occasion are also very important!

“Recognized as the first in the wedding industry to make short dresses popular for bridesmaids, Siri is now known for truly, wear-again, fashionable bridesmaids and mother of the bride dresses for today’s stylish mothers who want chic, yet affordable dresses.”

The trunk show will be at Soliloquy Bridal Couture, Herndon VA from November 15 – 17, 2013. Receive 10% off purchases made at the show!

Make an appointment here – http://www.soliloquybridal.com/#!appointments/c1svf

 

First Look… Yay or Nay?

 

Many brides dream of their groom’s expression when he sees her for the first time in her wedding dress. More recently, First Look Photo Sessions have been a major topic of debate for the bride & groom, family & friends and even vendors. Some couples will not consider a First Look because of tradition, while others have stated that it was the best decision they made on their wedding day. There are benefits such as capturing the couple at prime time, not missing out on cocktail hour (yes, the bride & groom can actually enjoy cocktail hour with the guests) or having more time after the ceremony for photos with family & friends.

Last month, Lamide and Segun decided to go the non-traditional route by having a First Look Photo Session at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. The Willard’s imperial ambiance was the perfect setting for the couple’s personality. As Segun waited patiently with his groomsmen for his bride, Lamide was escorted by her bridesmaids to meet her groom. We will never forget the expression on Segun’s face when he first laid eyes on his flawless bride. The session lasted a few minutes, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Oke!!!! We can’t wait for the professional pictures; the picture below was taken with an S4.

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Other cool “first looks” below

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Engraved Wedding Rings

Looking for a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding bands? Engrave your wedding bands!

One of our beautiful couples engraved their rings and we absolutely love it!

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Hayley Page Wedding Dress Trunk Show!

Make an appointment at Lovely DC!

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Five Ways to Save on Your Wedding!

We love weddings!! We just want to admit that right off the bat.  The sheer excitement of the bride and her anticipation of a celebration of a lifetime! An event that’s a true reflection of who she and her groom are. Most brides we talk to want their wedding to be different from others; to be the one that people remember; to be the example of what “the wedding” should be like.  We at MP also want all these things for the bride.  However, one of the first questions we must ask a bride is the dreaded question: How much is your budget?wedding budgetsource

Many people think that this represents the beginning of the end of all their grandiose wedding plans but this does not have to be the case.  At MP we have a running joke: we want to make a $50,000 wedding look like a wedding for $500,000.  So today, we are sharing five lessons we have learned (amongst others) along the way to enable us accomplish this task.

  1. Think big picture: We’ve all watch platinum weddings and seen those million dollar weddings with the lighting, flowers, string quartet, band, DJ, personalized gifts for all the guests to mention a few fabulous items.  For your wedding, you want to focus on the things that are most important to you and the things guests will notice the most.  If you want really great food, music and décor, focus on those and have a light touch on the rest.  Guests will mainly notice the things they can see, feel, smell, and hear.  So focus on your presentation/ambiance, your treatment/service of the guests and the music.  A simple linen, place setting with nicely folded napkins and a simple centerpiece from your grocery store e.g. roses, hydrangeas, baby’s breath (low costs), complemented by lots of candles and lighting will make your wedding look beautiful at a lower cost to you than dramatic centerpieces, upgraded linen etc.  If you are into classical music, opt for a single player for the ceremony e.g. a violinist and a DJ for the reception.  Don’t spend all your money on everything; just on the few that matter.  Think about the last wedding you attended; what do you remember most about it.  Focus on that!wedding menu
  2. Be nice to your vendors:  Some brides (not you!) make the mistake of mistreating vendors by being extremely demanding and sometimes rude.  The truth is a vendor will do all they can for the client who is nice and respectful.  A simple please and thank you is the difference between receiving a discount and having your vendor go above and beyond and receiving the same level of service as everyone else.  Remember, vendors are people; honey works better than vinegar.
  3. Get the look for less: At MP, we are DIY masters.  If there’s a look you love and can’t afford it, we can usually find a way to recreate it for much less.  So hire us! J or find a friend or a relative with talents and ask them (nicely) to contribute their time to your wedding.  Or you can learn how to do something new for your wedding.  We’ve created everything from menu cards, to centerpieces, newsletters, to MC’ing an event where the MC was a no show and becoming calligraphers overnight.  There are so many templates online and videos on youtube to guide you through this.  Go to the dollar store, you’ll find the loveliest vases, frames, candles, candle holders there!  Items you’d rent from a decorator for $5 to $20, you can buy at $1 each.  Trust us, it adds up! Make sure you give yourself enough time to accomplish this and always take a picture of the finished product so you have an idea how your DIY masterpiece will look on camera. decorative frames
  4. Invest in a small menu – Food is a big part of celebrations. We often want to have lots of different types of foods so guests have lots of choices.  A smaller menu with very delicious food is more memorable than a large menu with not so tasty food.  So use this formula: comfort food for cocktails – think boneless wings, pigs in a blanket or if you’re Nigerian, sausage rolls, meatpies etc.  Foods which are inexpensive but familiar to guests which they love to eat.  About 3-4 different types is fine.  One appetizer and two choices for the entrée is more than sufficient. If you are having a buffett, three choices for meats and three choices for sides is sufficient as well.  We like to have dessert buffets that are only brought out when guests start dancing.  You can achieve this easily, depending on the restrictions of your location.  You should order fewer servings than your number of guests per item e.g. if you have 200 guests, order 50 – 100 of each item and have about 4 times. This gives guests variety at a low cost.  You can buy beautiful plates to display your desserts; plates from home or thrift stores are usually a great option.  There are also lots of wedding wholesalers online which sell these items.
  5. Hire a good wedding planner – A good planner will help you in a variety of ways.  First to prioritize – a planner will help you achieve your overall vision by guiding you to stay within your budget but also suggesting substitutes where you cannot afford the ideal product.  A planner will also likely have already established relationships with vendors and be able to get discounts for you for their services.  In addition, even for vendors where there was no prior relationship, vendors are still likely to offer a planner a discount because of the possibility of repeat business.beautiful bride paper doillie

 

 

 

Vendor Love: Mon Delice Cakes

We absolutely love cakes by Mon Delice.

Her cakes are extremely delicious and are very pretty.

Cakes from some of our events provided by Mon Delice are below.

Definitely check the Mon Delice site for more!

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Kleinfeld Blow Out Sale!

Great news on this beautiful Monday!

Hundreds of gowns up to 70% off! Hurry there, no appointments are necessary!

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Personalized Bathroom Signs

Cute signage to include on bathroom doors at weddings.
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