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WHO PARTICIPATES IN THE WEDDING CEREMONY There are two important roles at your wedding ceremony that need to be considered early on in your planning: who will be your wedding officiant and who will sign the marriage license. Often this […]

I wrote an update to this post in 2020, with all the Leesburg hotels for weddings. Leesburg, Virginia offers countless great wedding venues. From barns to vineyards to historic gardens, there is a lot to love in Loudoun county in […]

Not a super sexy Lessons Learned today, but important nonetheless. If you are going to have restroom trailers at your wedding or event, you likely will want to spruce them up a bit. You might want to put some nice […]

I frequently work with couples who have a family member or friend officiate their wedding. Sometimes this is done legally, and sometimes this is done for show. When it is done legally, I must always help them sign the marriage […]

I’ve got a two-for one Lessons Learned post for you today! I recently had a wedding where we told the florist during the planning that all the dinner tables were going to be 6′ round in size, because we were […]

I recently planned an exquisite wedding at DAR in Washington DC. We had amazing flowers, really cool custom rentals and a soft seating area on the terrace. Somehow I forgot flowers for the coffee tables that went with the soft […]

Often times a wedding reception table setting will include a charger plate, sometimes also called a base plate. If so, the first course will be set down on top of this plate. When guests are done eating the first course, […]

When you have a junior usher or program distributor or greeter, someone needs to tell him when he should go sit down before the ceremony processional begins. Adults will make this assumption as they see the processional lining up, a […]

Confirm with your caterer that you are getting a salad fork, salad knife, dinner fork and dinner knife (if you are serving a salad and entree seated, of course.) Using two salad forks and two salad knives is a silly […]

When picking a spot for your first look or for group portraits, make sure there is parking available if you will be arriving by a limo. There is nothing like a stretch limo stopping in the middle of a busy […]