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DC Wedding Coordinator | Winter Wedding Inspiration | National Gaylord Wedding in Washington DC | Simply Breathe Events | #dcweddingplanner

Photo Cred: Dyanna LaMora Photography

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ll be spending the next week detoxing from all the grains and sweets I happily devoured. While I know we have a few more weeks left until Winter Solstice, I can’t help but get excited about my favorite wedding season – Winter Weddings! We currently have three Winter Weddings on the book this season and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. Can you blame me? From Meaghan’s bridesmaid’s gold sequin gowns to Kai and Quinton’s snowflake gobo lights, the winter wedding inspiration has been so good to us! Check out some of our past faves plus what we’re looking forward to seeing this winter season below.

Past Wedding: Winter Wonderland, minus the Cheesiness

DC Wedding Coordinator | Winter Wedding Inspiration | Arena Stage Wedding in Washington DC #dcweddingplanner

Photo Cred: Photos by Steve & Jane

There’s a thin line between creating a full on snow globe wedding, and adding some winter components to your winter wedding. Kaisha + Quinton nailed this when it came to their Winter Wonderland wedding at Arena Stage. The snowflake gobo lights added the perfect touch to their ultra glam winter wedding.

Winter Wedding Inspiration: Biker Bridesmaids

DC Wedding Coordinator | Winter Wedding Inspiration | Biker Bridesmaids | Simply Breathe Events #dcweddingplanner

Photo Cred: Vanilla Photography

I’m so obsessed with this trend and hope it kicks fire with mulit-colored moto jackets as well! I love the combination of dainty bridesmaids dresses mixed with the masculinity of the the leather jackets. It adds the perfect touch of modern to winter weddings while still keeping your maids warm.

Past Wedding: Flannel Monogrammed Bridesmaid Button-ups 

DC Wedding Coordinator | Winter Wedding Inspiration | Flannel Bridesmaid Shirts | National Gaylord Wedding in Washington DC | Simply Breathe Events | #dcweddingplanner

Photo Cred: Dyanna LaMora Photography

Winter Weddings are the perfect time to have some fun with the cold weather! Instead of the traditional floral robes (which your maids will more than likely freeze in), how about these fun monogrammed flannel button-ups? They’re the perfect way to stay warm and stylish during those cold winter nuptials.

Winter Wedding Inspiration: Have fun with textures!

DC Wedding Coordinator | Winter Wedding Inspiration | Wedding Textures | Simply Breathe Events | #dcweddingplanner

Photo Cred: Aubrie Pick

This is the PERFECT time to experiment and play with lots of colors and textures. Velvets are the in-style trend for tablescapes to create a cozy feel. We’re seeing them in napkins, chairs, and even full on table linens. Treat your guests to a touch of luxury and style by adding velvet to your wedding palette.

I hope these ideas and inspirations gave you the space to be able to begin researching and adding final details to your winter wedding. Winter Weddings are the perfect time to have fun and embrace the season. For more wedding advice be sure to click here for the latest scoop!

Tiffany Rivera is a DC WEDDING PLANNER & DC EVENT PLANNER serving DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond!


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Photo Cred: Sarah Culver Photography

Bridget + Matt were married on May 29, 2016

Bridget + Matt’s wedding took place at Josephine Butler Parks Center in Washington, DC. This spring the DC area was plagued with rainy weather for about two months, so when it came time for their wedding we had to execute their rain plan for an indoor affair. Bridget was absolutely in love with JBPC’s french doors so it was a no brainer to have their ceremony repositioned under the 2nd floor’s chandelier as the rain came down. Add in environmentally friendly centerpieces (microgreens their guests could cut for their meal), and table numbers turned DC Music Venues, their wedding was one for the books!

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Vendor Team:

Photography: Sarah Culver Photography

Wedding Coordination: Simply Breathe Events

Venue: Josephine Butler Parks Center

Florals: Little Wild Things City Farm

Wedding Dress: BHLDN

Hair & Makeup: Style Me Bar

Catering: Main Event Catering

Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop

Band: Bachelor Boys Band

Tiffany Rivera is a DC WEDDING PLANNER & DC EVENT PLANNER serving DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond!


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When it comes to being on your feet all day, trust me when I say us Wedding Planners feel your pain! Being in uncomfortable shoes for 10+ hours won’t give you fond memories of your wedding day but when they’re a brand new pair of Badgley Mischka’s can we blame you? We get it! They’re fab and they make you feel like a million bucks! Besides us females are definitely not unfamiliar with strutting our stuff at the mercy of our toes, but why go through the pain if you don’t have to? Taken from the pages of our past weddings, here are a few wedding shoe tips our brides can’t live without! (How else do you think our bride Brittney wore these stunning pair of Brian Altman’s while prego?!)

Keep Two Pairs of Shoes On Hand – One formal pair for your ceremony and formal photos, and another more comfortable pair for the rest of the night. Whether it a cute pair of flats or sparkler pair of converse, you’ll want to select a 2nd shoe you won’t mind rocking on the dance floor, such as the ever popular Betsey Johnson studded flats.

Break Them In – Bought a brand new pair of shoes? That’s awesome! Just be sure to break them in! A couple weeks prior, take a walk around the house in your new shoes as you’re tiding up to help. This will help eliminate any  wedding day blisters as they’ve already adapted to the shape of your foot. Pro Tip: Shoe still feel a little snug? Throw on a pair of socks with them and turn your hairdryer on high. Tilt the hairdryer towards potential problem areas such as the back of your heal and near your pinky toe to help loosen the shoe and voila! Perfectly broken in shoes.

Take Your Shoes to your Fitting – This ensures your hem is accurate. Trying the shoe on with your actual dress is the only real way to be sure you’ll love them and the hem is just right.

Last but not least…

Be True to Yourself – Be sure to pick a shoe that complements your dress and your own style. After all, you’ll be seeing them in pictures and maybe even video for the rest of your life. Don’t choose a super high 6″ heal if you’ve never worn a heal past 3″. Wobbling out of your shoes is never a good look, and especially not on your wedding day.

 

Tiffany Rivera is a DC WEDDING PLANNER & DC EVENT PLANNER serving DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond!


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Your wedding day is right around the corner and the forecast is calling for thunderstorms with a 90% chance of rain – time to head into full panic mode! Your day is absolutely ruined! What about the dove release you so effortlessly planned or the sparkler send off at the end of the night? That surely won’t happen now! That is, unless you planned in advance for rain! Yes, planned for it! You actively took steps to still make it the best day of your life AND you had a smile on your face about it. Curious about what those things exactly are? Here’s how to survive a rainy day wedding!
 

Rule #1Stop checking the weather! Yes I know the forecast can seem daunting when your wedding day is rapidly approaching and it seems as though it’s going to rain. The thing about that is, it’s only a forecast. The weather is bound to change as you approach the actual day of your wedding. It is very possible that the weather can change for the better and you will have a gorgeous wedding day.
Talk with Your Vendors – It’s also very important to have a conversation with your wedding vendors. See if your Photographer has ever shot a wedding in the rain (odds are they have!) or if they have any fun ideas to incorporate into your wedding day. Be sure to have a discussion with your hair + makeup team, to ensure your look stunning all night long.
Embrace It – Now in the event it does rain, you’re going to have to embrace it. Meaning yes, if it’s just a slow drizzle you might still very much be able to utilize your ceremony garden and still have a breathtaking first look outside. Though you may need to include fun props such as clear umbrellas and fun rain boots into the mix. If it’s raining cat’s and dogs then it’s time to kick in that stellar Plan B plan for your wedding you already properly thought out with your planner 😉
 

Though not ideal, rain on a wedding can still be a very romantic and beautiful setting for your wedding. Have you ever seen wedding photos on a rainy day?? They are some of the most gorgeous photos I’ve ever seen!

 

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Photo cred: Erika Layne Photography

Remember…”Life is not so much about waiting for the storms to pass as it is about learning to dance in the rain.”


Tiffany Rivera is a DC WEDDING PLANNER & DC EVENT PLANNER serving DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond!


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After celebrating the union of an amazing couple, one of the best age old traditions is to send the couple off into the world in style as newlyweds. From sparklers to bubbles, couples are now putting unique twists on a grand sendoff that their guests are sure to never forget!

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Photo Cred: Michele Van Tine Photography

It is almost impossible to have a sparkler grand sendoff (night or day) and not be amazed by how beautiful it is. Not to mention it’s a great photo-op for the couple!

Photo Cred: Birds of a Feather Photography

Photo Cred: Birds of a Feather Photography

Bubbles are a great two-for-one idea, too! They double as a wedding favor and a sendoff that’s fun and unique.

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Sometimes wedding venues can be strict about sparklers, rice and even flowers being used for a grand exit. If that is the case, a ribbon wand, glow stick, or LED balloon exit would be amazing replacements. You can still have a magical exit that will dazzle your guest!

Confetti anyone? For a burst of color you can purchase explosive confetti poppers at your local party store if you are having an outside wedding, even opting for leaf confetti. Its great for the environment and doesn’t involve any cleanup! If leaves aren’t up your alley but you want confetti that is echo friendly you would definitely benefit from echofetti!

And for a tried and true classic there is always rice! This option is affordable and convenient for every wedding. Just don’t feed any to the birds!

A Grand Sendoff is a great way to cap the night in style. So from sparklers to rice, choose something that reflects you as a couple and have fun with it!

Latoria Williams is a Lead Wedding Planner for Simply Breathe Events

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