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Top Tips For Setting A Gorgeous Table

It’s no surprise we’re crazy about tables around these parts… gorgeous dinnerware, ornate patterning and fancy flatware, oh my! But putting it all together takes a bit of know-how. That’s where our pals at Casa de Perrin come in, curators of some of the prettiest tabletop rentals around. From chargers to glassware and everything in between, they’re dishing out tabletop tips that’ll wow your guests.

Setting A Gorgeous Table
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Tabletop rentals and tips: Casa de Perrin

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10 Ways to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding

While planning a bepsoke, style centric celebration is at the heart of SMP, so is crafting a wedding that makes the world a better place. Over the years we’ve been inspired by brides who put sustainability at the forefront of their festivities (see some of our faves here + here) and in honor of Earth Day we have Allison Beal of StyleSaint, and Rebekah Carey of A&B Creative here to share their tips for an eco-friendly “I do” from start to finish. Ashley Kelemen captured the bridal beach shoot they crafted with this very sentiment in mind, and there’s more moments to pin in the gallery.

1. FORAGE FLOWERS/GREENS + BUY LOCAL AND IN-SEASON

Foraging for greens to supplement your bouquet and centerpieces is a great way to be sustainable as well as save money. Fields, abandoned lots, and sides of roads are great places to go foraging. Try not to take more than 25% of any particular plant. If you’re buying flowers, farmer’s markets and local flower farms are great places to start. Try to always use what’s local and in season.

2. USE SILK SCRAPS AS FLOWER RIBBON

There is nothing more beautiful or personal that taking the scraps from your dress hem and adding it to your beautiful bouquet. Not only is the quality of fabric the best you could find, but it also adds a personal touch.

3. CHOOSE A REHEARSAL AND SHOWER DRESS YOU’LL WEAR AGAIN

Reserving your “wear once” purchase to only your wedding dress not only reduces wasteful spending but also ups your closet game. 

4. PICK DECOR ITEMS YOU’LL REUSE IN YOUR HOME OR GIFT TO OTHERS

If you aren’t renting, try to purchase used (i.e. vintage candle sticks) or ones that you can use again or give away. If you were to make your napkins for example, a great idea is to give them to friends and family as holiday gifts in packs along with a loaf of bread and jam.

5. CONSIDER LIVING CENTERPIECES THAT CAN BE PLANTED POST-WEDDING

Planted flowers and plants make beautiful centerpieces! In addition to being “green” they can double as favors for your guests and you can even plant some at home after to remember the special day.

6. SERVE LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD

As farm-to-table becomes more and more prominent, catering companies are more likely to have relationships with farms and vendors who can help them create a local, in-season menu for you.

7. ASK YOUR CATERING COMPANY TO COMPOST AND RECYLE

Feeding a group of people at a single time creates a lot of waste, simply having compost and recycling for your catering company can make a big difference.

8. PROVIDE HAND TOWELS IN YOUR BATHROOMS INSTEAD OF PAPER TOWELS

Providing beautiful hand towels for your guests in the bathrooms instead of paper towels not only reduces waste but feels more luxe. 

9. REDUCE PAPER IMPACT

We’re so lucky that today there are beautiful paper options that are also 100% post-consumer recycled. You can use less paper by having your maps, registry information, etc. available on your website as opposed to printed out and included with your invitation. Having a large program at your ceremony and a large menu at your reception also allows your guests to know what’s going on, but eliminates the need to have individual pieces for each of your guests.

10. RENT INSTEAD OF BUY WHEN IT COMES TO DECOR

Vintage rental companies and other niche rental outfits are such an amazing resource for decor. It limits last minute impulse buys and also frees up time that would otherwise be spent scouring Craigslist.

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Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Styling, Coordination And Floral Design: A&B Creative | Brides Dress: StyleSaint – Saint Celine | Bridesmaid Look: StyleSaint – Seafoam Lace | Model – Bride: Brooke Larson | Model – Bridesmaid: Joy Shivers  | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab

Modern DC Art Gallery Wedding

When the bride just so happens to be a graphic design extraordinaire PLUS mama to two of the cutest pups you ever did see, you’ve got a wedding that’s going to be one for the books. Designed with a decidedly modern flair planned by A. Dominick Events, it’s a total breath of fresh air with the most unexpected moments we’ve seen. (Read: a GoPro camera attached to Gatsby the frenchie’s bowtie collar to capture the ceremony!) More from Vicki Grafton right here.

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From The Bride…Jeff and I met about five years ago at work for a government contracting company. We kept our relationship kind of quiet at first, but after a year or so, it was hard to hide! Luckily, we work on different projects, so it was not an issue at all.

Jeff and I really wanted to have a wedding right in DC. I’m from the area and he’s a Detroit transplant, but we both really love the city and wanted to do something unique. We selected Long View Gallery because it provided us with almost a blank canvas to plan our event. I was actually an art major for my undergrad, so it was really cool that we could have our special day in a gallery that reminded me of college! As a Creative Director I’ve worked on a lot of website and graphic design and over the years, I’ve been a bridesmaid in 9 other weddings and put my talents to use for my friends designing wedding websites, invitations, programs, menus, etc. Needless to say, I was really excited to finally get to design my own wedding!

I was inspired by my Monique L’Huillier ‘Candy’ dress (in Blush) for the wedding invitations – the blind impression on the invitation itself mimics the decoration on my dress. I took a calligraphy class from Michele Hattie Fritz of Meant to Be Calligraphy and she encouraged me to use my own calligraphy for the printed materials. I found an awesome printer in Portland, Oregon to do the printing. The invitations were actually published on the Oh So Beautiful Paper blog too! I ended up designing all the paper products: programs, menus, escort cards, place cards, social media table tents to tell people about our hashtag on Facebook and Instagram, drink signs, guest book signs, favors, welcome bags and notes.

Based on my graphic design background and the fact that we were having it in an art gallery, we wanted to pull in color and design and ended up using Pantone colors for the table numbers. The colors featured several of the popular Pantone colors of the year: Radiant Orchid, Emerald, Tangerine Tango, etc. I had a crazy idea for these wood sculpture centerpieces that would be combining different shapes and sizes of wood and have tea lights on them to cast interesting shadows. Jeff and the groomsmen were able to cut out and assemble them all, then we stained and painted each one with different stripes of color to match the Pantone colors for each table. Our guest book was a Pantone writing journal that was actually a christmas gift from my boss. Each page had a few swatches of different colors and we invited guests to find their favorite color and leave us a note.

Also, we really wanted to make sure that our full family was included. Jeff’s two sons from his previous marriage, were Junior Groomsmen and did a reading during the wedding, “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. They practiced so much that they even had it mostly memorized! We also had our two dogs, Penelope, a Boston Terrier, and Gatsby, a French Bulldog, in the wedding. The boys walked the dogs down the aisle and Gatsby actually filmed the whole ceremony with a GoPro camera mounted on his harness. Penny had a custom made harness – we found a necklace from Anthropologie and my mom sewed it onto a black mesh harness for her! Guests who stayed in our room blocks also had a great surprise – Penny and Gatsby were featured on a custom tote bag I designed and had printed by CustomInk and the Welcome note too! My awesome sisters-in-laws, both named Jennifer, were very helpful during the whole event. They each did a reading, helped wrangle the dogs and Jennifer Frazier, married to my brother DJ, made 200 caramels that were packaged and included in the guest Welcome Bags.

Our entire event was so wonderful – so many family and friends were able to attend and all our vendors did an awesome job helping make everything perfect. The food, drinks and cake from Occasions was delicious and received rave reviews from all the guests. We had two signature cocktails that showcased both of our tastes – a sweet and light Watermelon Cooler for me and a refined pear Modern Old Fashioned for Jeff. The cake was almond with raspberry filling and had a beautiful gold-brushed buttercream effect at the top of each layer. There was also a late night snack for guests – mini hamburgers, fries and gelato cones. The flowers from Studio DBI were gorgeous, utilizing peonies which are one of my favorite flowers!

Our photographer, Vicki, was amazing. She has such vision and deals well with all the family onlookers. She actually took photos at my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding in November 2012 as well, which was how we knew she does such great work! Our wedding planners, Aimee and Cindy, were so helpful throughout the process. Everything ran so smoothly. We couldn’t have done any of this without them! They suggested most of our fabulous vendors, thought of things we never would have and helped us through the last minute things that popped up.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Event Planning: A. Dominick Events | Floral Design: Studio DBI | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Darling Press Stationers | Brides Shoes : Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Baublebar | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Hair & Makeup : Alison Harper And Co. | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | DJ: E2 Events | Ties: The Tie Bar | Grooms Attire: Alton Lane | Grooms Shoes: Cole Haan | Officiant: Rev. Marcia Hunstman | Wedding Venue: Long View Gallery | Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Monaco DC | Hair & Makup: Andre Chreky | Linens: La Tavola | Wedding Dress Shop: Carine's Bridal Atelier

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Watch Us on Meredith Vieira Today!

Girls (and boys). We have a little favor. Promise us that you’ll tune into the Meredith Vieria show today. Because A…we always get a little nervous when we go on TV but B…we’re talking Summer Wedding trends and some of our FAVORITE vendors including – Cheeky Details, Nine Cakes, Julie Song and BHLDN! From watercolor and gold to lace and lovely and we would just be so excited for you guys to tune in! Check here to find what time in your area!

From fabulous florals to watercolor invitation suites, we’re all about forecasting this seasons summer wedding trends. Inspired by our upcoming segment, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, but you’ll have to tune in today to see what ultimately made our on-air list!

Summer 2015 Wedding Trends
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Summer 2015 Wedding Trends
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Pssssst: You’re in luck because we’ve got our hands on the special web-only segment with more ways to get the luxe look for less!

Segment Credits: Floral Design: Cheeky Details | Invitations: Julie Song Ink | Wedding Dresses: BHLDN | Bridal Belt: BHLDN | Cake: Nine Cakes | Linens: La Tavola 

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