Archive for February, 2011

Planning a Washington Wedding

February 22, 2011

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming for many couples – especially if you’re trying to plan a wedding in a new city or on a budget. We asked local wedding planner Cara Collins for her favorite wedding planning tips and suggestions to help couples planning their big day.

How long in advance do you advise brides to begin scouting their wedding and reception venues?

I suggest brides begin researching wedding venues at least a year before their ideal wedding date. Most venues book up 9-12 months ahead of time, and once you’ve chosen your venue and finalized the date, you can begin booking your other wedding vendors. Photographers also book up well in advance so book your venue and photographer first thing!

What are some trends you’re seeing in weddings this year?

Vintage-themed weddings have been all the rage for the past year, and I don’t see that trend ending any time soon. Vintage weddings just seem to have a more intimate feel, and some of the antiques can be borrowed from your guests, making everything more personal and inexpensive!

Another new trend that’s catching on is a monochromatic color scheme in white, ivory, or neutrals. Brides are even choosing these colors for the bridesmaids’ dresses, which is very modern, and a look I adore. An all-white wedding looks so fresh, ethereal, and elegant.

What’s your best tip for staying in budget?

Choose your top three most important pieces of your wedding. Try not to skimp on those, and find ways to budget with everything else! There are so many wonderful DIY projects out there which not only save you money and add personality to your wedding, but these projects can also be a fun thing to do with your husband-to-be or bridesmaids!

Also, choosing a venue (like a hotel) that has their own tableware, linens, chairs, etc. will save you a lot of money compared to choosing a tent or an empty hall. While tenting on a property can be very beautiful, you need to rent EVERYTHING so it is not exactly budget friendly. Another trend that saves money is opting out of a traditional formal sit-down dinner and choosing to have an informal cocktail party or a backyard BBQ style dinner. Everyone loves a mac and cheese or mashed potato bar, and food like this can save you a bundle!

If you could tell brides one thing, what would it be?

Enjoy your wedding day and don’t stress about the little things. This is one of the most exciting days of your life, and a day to spend with your most cherished family, friends, and of course – your new husband. Hire a planner to take care of the details so you can relax, get married, and dance!

Ready to start planning?

The Hamilton Crowne Plaza is a great wedding venue – for a wedding ceremony, a destination wedding reception, a place to host your wedding guests or for your wedding night stay. Contact us to start making your plans.


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