Happy Valentine’s Day, my dears! We hope that your day is filled with love, flowers, and candy! In addition to good tidings on this day of loooove, we are spreading a little helpful (and hopefully humorous) advice. When it comes to planning your local DC area wedding, you want to be creative, unique, and beautiful, right? Not each and every idea you come up with will be an amazing one, and that’s okay! Make sure that you aren’t including any of these good wedding ideas gone bad! Sometimes the best laid plans…
Rhinestone Bridal Shoes – I cannot tell you how many bride’s rhinestone studded shoes I have had to tape (yes, like scotch tape) over so that they don’t snag their beautiful dresses or fall over! I know, I know, those sparkly shoes are SO cute and look amazing in photos but they’re not super realistic. Not only will they cut up the insides of your gown, but they will catch with almost every step, creating a major tripping hazard. Would there be anything worse than tripping down the aisle?! We really don’t think so. Avoid this terrible incident (or even just the fear of it!) by skipping the diamond encrusted wedding shoes and opt for something equally as beautiful in a smoother material.
Break Between Ceremony & Reception – Lots of couples choose to have a ceremony in one place and a reception in another. We are totally not against having two venues for your wedding day! What we would advise against would be having a huge break in between these two parts of your day. But how do you ensure that all your guests make it to the reception on time if you don’t have a long break? Of course, your guests need time to get from one place to the other and traffic in DC can be unpredictable, BUT they don’t need hours to do so. We suggest having shuttles that will take your guests from point A to point B so that you can make sure they all get there on time and don’t stray… Do your research and build in buffer time for traffic and unforeseen circumstances.
Escort Cards Grouped by Table Number – While you might think that organizing your escort card display by table is a good idea, think again. This makes it extremely difficult for your guests. As they are unaware of the table that you placed them at, they will spend tons of time looking for the name, creating a major bottleneck at your display. Try putting them in alphabetical order instead. That way your family and friends can easily find their card and their place in your reception!
Children’s Play Area Without Childcare – It’s super considerate of you to include activities for the children that may be attending your wedding! We applaud you for that and it truly is a great idea to keep them entertained. Just make sure that, if you have a separate area for the kiddies, that you also include childcare. You don’t want your guests stuck in that area/room/space all night monitoring their kids and you don’t want kids running wild without adult supervision. Hire a nanny or two to monitor the kid’s play area so everyone can have a fun and relaxing night!
Rooftop Weddings with Hanging Decor/Unweighted Chuppahs – Rooftop weddings in DC are completely fabulous! With amazing views including the National Mall, various monuments, and the DC skyline, we are obsessed. Unfortunately, rooftop weddings can include wind hazards. If you have overhead hanging decor, paper goods on your dinner tables, or an unweighted Chuppah, you run the risk of flyaways! Make sure you take the wind into consideration when planning these various decor items. You wouldn’t want to lose anything important!
Over the Top Bathroom Baskets – Lately, a trend that we can get behind is the bathroom basket. For those of you who aren’t sure what this is, a bathroom basket is a little box or basket of some sort that includes items that every lady (or gent!) might need in the bathroom. These often include hairspray, breath mints, makeup wipes, band-aids, etc. Anything that guests might need on your wedding day! What you don’t want to do with these baskets is go overboard. You don’t need to include expensive perfumes, a million different hair products, tons of deodorant choices, etc. This can quickly become a waste of money, and odds are you will forget to take it home at the end of the night so it’s just money down the drain. All you need is a small basket with the bare necessities and your guests will be thankful!
Cathedral Veils on Grass – We are definitely big fans of cathedral length veils. They add so much drama to your wedding day attire. However, you need to take your venue into consideration when choosing your veil length. Since cathedral length veils trail behind you on the ground, they tend to get stuck on any surface that isn’t smooth. Grass, unfortunately, is not a smooth surface. If you plan to have your wedding ceremony outside on grass, opt for a shorter veil that does not trail on the ground. You don’t want it getting stuck and pulled off your head mid-aisle walk! Yikes!