The lazy days of summer have officially come to an end, but in the wedding world, that only means brides-to-be are in the thick of planning for winter and spring nuptial celebrations. Haven’t checked all of those must-haves off the to-do list yet? Never fear—Bride on a Budget has special Washingtonian Bride & Groom offers for nearly everything you still need to tackle.
(Unless otherwise mentioned, please refer to Bride & Groom when making your reservations, and book before October 31, 2013.)
Beauty and the Bride
Put your best face forward on the big day with the assistance of Brigid Wilson of Beauty by Brigid. The former MAC artist has experience preparing a wide variety of bridal looks, ranging from natural to sultry. Use her services for your big day, engagement shoot, or another special occasion, and save 15 percent on her standard services by mentioning Bride & Groom. Normally $180 for brides and $75 for bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party. This special offer excludes travel fees and is available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve, call 703-622-0354 or visit Brigid’s website.
Make sure you and your bridesmaids look your best on the big day with the custom hair services of Anna Fazio. Book a “hair party” for three or more guests, and get a per-person rate of $80 for updos and $40 for blowouts at your home or wedding venue—20 percent off Fazio’s normal rates. This special offer is for clients within 15 miles of Washington, DC, only; venues outside of that area may incur an additional travel fee. Reservations are subject to availability and must be made by October 31, 2013, but may be redeemed for 2013 and 2014 weddings and events. To view sample updos, visit Anna on Instagram, and to book an appointment, call her directly at 240-468-2759or e-mail email@example.com.
Everybody knows weddings aren’t cheap. But did you know the average couple drops a whopping $28,000 on their celebration? If an alarm just went off in your head, don’t worry—we are here to help eliminate unnecessary expenses without ruining your vision for a dream wedding. Read on for ten items you can cut from your budget and still have a party worthy of your love.
1) Expensive flowers
Peonies are our wedding flower of choice—but unless your wedding is in May, these flowers can cost up to $7 a stem. Pick florals that are in season and grown in the US to keep costs down.
2) Extra paper goods
While we encourage splurging on gorgeous wedding invitations (which first set the tone for your wedding), it’s unnecessary to leave a costly paper trail with elaborate paper menus, table numbers, escort cards, and other paper goods. Set up a chalkboard or a large sign announcing the menu options and the table chart, or spend a day with your girlfriends customizing the stationery yourself.
3) The full bar
A full open bar is a great way to get the party started. Unfortunately the bill can sometimes amount to several thousands of dollars depending on your party size. Limit drink choices to wine and beer, and serve a signature cocktail as a way to rein in the budget.
When it comes to wedding dresses, not all are created equal. Which is why we love trunk shows and all the wedding dress goodness they offer. Newly engaged and not up on bridal lingo? A trunk show is an opportunity for local bridal salons to introduce brides-to-be to designer gowns they otherwise might not carry in store. Usually only a few days long and by appointment only, trunk shows offer brides a chance to order straight-off-the-runway styles that the bridal salon will then make sure are properly tailored and promptly delivered for the big day.
Just in time for Carine’s Bridal Atelier’s ever-popular Monique Lhuillier trunk show (the wedding designer of choice for Reese Witherspoon and Carrie Underwood), we caught up with owner Carine Krawiec. Read on for the bridal guru’s five reasons to attend a trunk show as well as her cheat sheet for successfully navigating the bridal extravanganza.
1) To see the brand new collection.
Carine says: “At a bridal trunk show, a bride-to-be is getting to see a collection that is not available yet in stores or online. Seeing a collection for the first time is always exciting for both the bride and her guests.”
2) To get one-on-one time with designers.
Carine says: “Brides will get personal attention from the designer’s team at a trunk show. For example, during our upcoming Monique Lhuillier trunk show, brides-to-be will get to work with Monique Lhuillier’s vice-president of bridal, Lori Weil, while shopping for their Monique Lhuillier gown.”
3) To add personal touches to your wedding-day look.
Carine says: “Brides will get expert advice from the designer’s team and the store’s consultants on how they can customize and modify their own gown, making it that much more special.”
4) To receive perks.
Carine says: “Last-minute shopping for your wedding dress? During a trunk show, rush charges or special sizing fees may be waived by the designer. Also the designer might waive bridal gown customizations, such as extending a train or adding a sleeve. These are some great ways to save on your wedding gown.”
Do-it-yourself projects are all the rage for weddings these days. From invitations to flower arrangements, brides-to-be are getting crafty with decor and finishing touches. This week, as part of Bridal Party’s new DIY series, we dressed up classic Mason jars, transforming them with a cool metallic paint and festive glitter. Not only are these pretty containers perfect for holding flowers or candles, they can also do double duty as fun keepsakes for the guests to take home. Scroll down for our foolproof, three-step directions.
We’re headed into the dog days of summer, but the deals aren’t slowing down. Unless otherwise noted, all of the offers below are available until August 31, 2013; just mention Washingtonian Bride & Groom at booking or checkout.
You don’t have to be a DIY diva to host a picture-perfect event. Meet Katie Nguyen Wells, event stylist extraordinaire and the mastermind behind Petite Social. Specializing in smaller-scale events (and budgets of any size!) you’ll enjoy hands-on styling and event consultation services for weddings, bridal parties, engagement soirees, brunches, and rehearsal dinners alike. Take 15 percent off all services booked in July and August, redeemable between September 2013 and September 2014. To book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her online.
A Spectacular Soiree
A good wedding planner can transform even the simplest event into an affair to remember. From event concept design to day-of coordination, the team at District Fete does it all. Mention Bride & Groom and receive $1,000 off the cost of wedding planning services, as well as complimentary planning for bridal showers and a complimentary bouquet for the bride. To book, contact Ken Issac at email@example.com or visit the website for more information.
From jewels and gems to dresses for your bridal party, here is a hand-picked selection of fabulous deals, just in time to save your summer bridal budget. Unless otherwise noted, please mention Washingtonian Bride & Groom at the time of purchase or reservation between June 7 and June 30 to receive the deal.
Fashion-forward designer destination Urban Chic is known for its frocks by names such as Shoshanna, Diane Von Furstenberg, and more. But stylish brides-to-be know that the store, which has locations in Georgetown and Baltimore’s trendy Harbor East, also offers some of the best bridesmaid, bridal event, and honeymoon wear in the area. Mention Washingtonian Bride & Groom at checkout to take $50 off your $150 purchase or $100 off your $400 purchase. This offer is valid on full-price items only and may not be combined with other promotions. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 202-338-5398; 801 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, 410-685-1601.
This month, we have a slew of deals for brides-to-be, perfect for every couple navigating the sometimes pricey waters of wedding planning. Unless otherwise noted, please mention Washingtonian Bride & Groom at the time of purchase or reservation between May 1 and 31 to receive the deal.
Beautiful at Bella Bethesda
Bella Bethesda Salon’s award-winning bridal team offers a full range of bridal services to make that perfect wedding-day look a reality. Take your favorite updo and makeup palette for a test run with this special: Receive a free makeup trial when booked this month with a hair trial, as well as 20 percent off any makeup purchase. 4733 Elm St., Second Floor, Bethesda; 301-718-9111.
Bridal Style For ’Maids and More
Local boutique Periwinkle is known for its fashion-forward yet prettily preppy frocks, accessories, and fun goods for the home. Now through June 30, readers can receive 25 percent off any full-price dress. With lines such as Shoshanna, Trina Turk, Yoana Baraschi, and more, this shop has the perfect outfit for bridesmaids, wedding guests, and the bride-to-be’s big events—showers, engagement shoots, and everything in between. 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, 703-519-5242; 4150 Campbell Ave., #104, Shirlington, 703-379-5252.
Attention, brides-to-be: Just in time for wedding season, Gilt Groupe, the seriously fashionable sample sale site, is launching its much-anticipated discount event aimed at meeting every bride’s wedding-day needs.
Kicking off today at noon, with additional steals and deals rolling out on the site tomorrow, this biannual bridal extravaganza features heavily discounted designer wedding dresses, accessories, jewelry, decor, and lingerie from the likes of BHLDN, Marchesa, Reem Acra, and Badgley Mischka.
Brides on a budget will appreciate this month’s special discounts, from honeymoon getaways to delectable favors. Unless otherwise noted, mention Washingtonian Bride & Groom when booking.
Sail Away for Your Wedding Reception
Entertainment Cruises specializes in elegant events aboard its luxe ships. Receive a 15 percent discount on receptions with 50 or more guests aboard the flagship boat, the Odyssey, when you reserve by March 30. Mention the magazine when you enter your information online, or call 866-306-2469.
Caribbean Destination Wedding Locations Galore
Starwood Hotels’ Caribbean properties are offering a special reader treat. Book a destination wedding at any of Starwood’s six hotels—the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island, Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino, the Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba, and the Westin St. John Resorts & Villas—and enjoy a special Washingtonian add-on. Readers will receive a complimentary upgrade to the largest available suite at the hotel for their wedding night, as well as breakfast in bed the next morning. Reservations must be made by March 31 and are valid only for weddings held in 2013. To book, contact the I DO Destination Wedding Team at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-796-8515.
Whether you are newly engaged or immersed in the planning process, our Bride on a Budget column offers exclusive reader deals to make your wedding and honeymoon planning experience that much sweeter. Thinking about a destination getaway? On the hunt for the perfect rehearsal dinner spot? Have to grab some last-minute guest favors? We’re happy to say we have a deal for you. Unless otherwise noted, these offers are available for purchase in the months of January and February—just mention Washingtonian Bride & Groom at the time of purchase or reservation.
Party Hearty, Texas Style
Couples are increasingly turning to events that reflect who they are as a couple, for receptions and rehearsals alike. Welcome family and friends to town or host a casual yet fun post-wedding bash in true Texas style at Hill Country Barbecue in Penn Quarter. Bride & Groom readers enjoy an upgrade to the full premium open bar option when they purchase the basic beer and wine package (a 60 percent savings). The offer must be reserved by the end of February, but can be redeemed anytime in 2013. To reserve, please contact Rachael Carney in the special events and catering office at 202-556-2044 or e-mail email@example.com and mention the magazine.
Making Married Life Easier
Maryland-based company Miss Now Mrs. has a unique twist on the wedding market. The online company works like TurboTax for new brides, helping them process all of their online and legal name changes in one fell swoop. The affordable service ($29.95) helps brides complete forms for new Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, and more. Readers can use code BUDGET13 to save $5 on the service, a 15 percent savings. This code is valid through June 30, 2013.