Still looking for a perfectly classic yet modern gown for your big day? Come on in to Hitched during their Amsale Trunk Show to see the latest collection of clean lined and sophisticated gowns that just stepped off the runway!
What: Amsale Bridal Trunk Show
When: Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th (by appointment only)
All the Details: At the trunk show, you'll get a sneak peek at Amsale's newest collection of gowns which haven't even hit stores yet, as well as many favorites from collections-past.
As an added bonus, they'll be offering special trunk show incentives all weekend long!
Ok, the Cicadas are coming and there is nothing we can do about it. In an attempt to help ease the stress or disgust these little critters will no doubt bring to many of us, a few of our favorite downtown restaurants and bars have gone about introducing Cicada inspired spirits.
Kramerbooks is offering an elixir of Jack Daniels, Amaretto and Cream garnished with two cleaned, candied cicadas on toothpicks.
Degrees Bar in Georgetown's Ritz Carlton combined Vodka, pineapple juice, a splash of Blue Curacao and a large red cherry resembling a cicada's an eye. The Lobby Lounge of the Fairmont Hotel is serving a “They’re Back Tini” consisting of Vodka, sour apple liqueur, Cointreau and fruit juice, served with a pair of earplugs. -personally, I think this would be the best value! And while we are naming drinks, "The Bug Juice Martini" at Helix Lounge is Bacardi Limon, cranberry juice, sour mix and Sprite, served with a sparkly plastic insect. A couple other fun facts, the last time we had the 17 year visitors, President Clinton was running for his second term and the Macarena was the number 1 song. Oh how times have changed!
A few weeks ago, our Engaging Affairs team co-hosted a "Tea with a View" with the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental D.C. hotel. It was a beautiful Spring day and the cherry blossoms were just beginning to pop out so our view of the Tidal Basin from the hotel suite was lovely. Lilypad Weddings created our pretty invitations and paper products!
Brides and their fiances or mothers joined us for a charming afternoon filled with sweet treats and even spa treatments!
The Mandarin Oriental's spacious suites have such fabulous light from so many windows (and great views)!
Guests enjoyed several varieties of tea as well as milk and freshly baked cookies (right from the suite's own gourmet kitchen). Delicious!
Cake designer extraordinaire Maggie Austin designed a cake with intricate carved icing that looked like marble. Maggie's cakes are so breathtaking and taste so amazing! Lucky guests of the tea were able to taste cake sample, as well.
Live painter Irina Koren painted the enchanting scene out the window of the hotel suite while guests looked on. Live painting is such a fun element to include at a wedding plus you get a lovely piece of art depicting your day.
When brides and their mothers weren't busy nibbling sweets and sipping tea, they were able to sample mini-treatments from the Mandarin Oriental spa. What a treat!!
After a fabulous afternoon, guests left with gift bags filled with treats and tokens from the participating wedding vendors. The tea was such a fabulous success and we had such a fabulous time chatting with brides-to-be!
Thank you to our amazing event partners. This event would not have happened without the amazing team at The Mandarin--Tracy, Bret and Amanda-- and their fabulous hotel and spa staff. We love working with them on weddings and this event together was just as much fun! Thanks to Mark Hamilton for the lovely images; Bill, Steve and Cassie with Edge for the gorgeous flowers; Maggie Austin for the breathtaking cake; Irina Koren for the beautiful painting and Lilypad Weddings for the pretty paper products!
As some of you may know, we have some serious dog-lovers here at Engaging Affairs. And we've had plenty of weddings with dogs as part of the wedding party! So here are some tips and tricks to including your favorite pooch in your wedding day.
-Know your dog's temperament and personality. Not all dogs are cut out for being in large groups of people.
-Make sure your venue is pet-friendly. Not all locations allow animals and some (restaurants, public buildings) have laws preventing it.
-Be sure to have a designated handler who knows your dog well.
-Determine what role you want your pooch to play. Will he be the ring-bearer (using fake rings, perhaps) and wear a special pillow tied around his neck? Will he be one of the wedding party and be escorted down the aisle (maybe is a collar that matches the wedding colors or is made of flowers)? The jury over here is out on doggie tuxes but I know Amanda, for one, is all for them.
-Decide how long your dog will stay. Just for the ceremony? For pictures? Will he be introduced into the reception? Make sure your designated handler has a place to take him when his role is over.
-Don't forget the doggie supplies. Water, treats, food, leash, etc. Whatever he needs to be comfortable. It is always a good idea to keep dogs on a leash in case any guests are allergic or afraid of canines.
- Consider wedding insurance. Never a bad idea but an even better one if you're including your dog.
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