Give your out-of-towners a taste of Washington with these local goodies.
Photography by Astrid Photography.
If guests are traveling to attend your wedding, you can go ahead and assume they’ve put in a lot of effort to get there—scheduling around conflicts, buying plane tickets, booking hotel rooms, and more—all to see you on the happiest day of your life. Welcome bags for these long-distance attendees are a wonderful way to say “thank you.”
Washington is rich with local-made gift items, so welcome bags are also an opportunity for you to show your guests a bit of DC flavor—but whether that flavor happens to be in the form of gin or crab seasoning we'll leave up to you. To get you started putting together some fabulous bags, here’s 14 finds that will say “Welcome to Washington,” loud and clear.
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Everything you need to avoid a beauty blunder on your big day.
Photograph courtesy of Hollywood Fashion Secrets.
Every bride-to-be has a checklist of “to dos” before the day she says “I do.” But there is always something you can’t plan for. So for every unforeseen wedding-day mishap, the makers of Hollywood’s Fashion Secrets have you covered with an emergency kit full of practical items. From straws to keep your lipstick intact to stain-removing wipes to blister pads for those never-before-worn wedding shoes, all your beauty solutions come packed in a satin minaudière—in white, of course.
The kit ($24.99) is available at the following local stores; you can also find it at Ulta.
1631 Rockville Pike
Fair City Mall
9600-U Main St.
22000 Dulles Retail Center
Village at Leesburg
1606 Village Market Blvd.
Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center
15000 Potomac Town Place
Hunt Valley Towne Centre
118 Shawan Rd.
Hunt Valley, MD
Downtown Silver Spring
914 Ellsworth Dr.
Fair Lakes Center
13048-A Fair Lakes Center
8241 Gateway Overlook Dr.
Bull Run Plaza
10640 Sudley Manor Dr.
The Shops at Waldorf Center
2945 Festival Way
The Avenue at White Marsh
8165-C Honeygo Blvd.
Crossroads Center at Baileys
5860 Leesburg Pike
Best Buy Center
6575 Frontier Dr.
Waugh Chapel Towne Centre
1410 S. Main Chapel Way
7310 Guilford Dr.
Annapolis Harbour Center
2566 Solomons Island Rd.
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Cookies are making a comeback as wedding dessert favorites.
The wedding cake cookie is one of many designs Kalorama Cookie Company offers. All photographs courtesy of Kalorama Cookie Company.
Last spring, after years of baking cookies for friends and family, native Washingtonian Patti Greenstein decided it was time to take the leap and turn her hobby into a business. “Brides are always looking for the next new thing, and I thought cookies have a lot to offer,” she says.
It turns out she was onto something. Kalorama Cookie Company, a gourmet bakeshop specializing in custom-designed sugar cookies, has spent the last year turning out delicious creations for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings. From brides looking for elegant cake designs to add to favor bags to grooms requesting sports-themed baked goods for their bachelor parties, Greenstein works with every client individually to design the cookie they envision.
We chatted with Greenstein about custom designs, flavors, and creative ways to include cookies on your big day.
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Guy gifts for your men of honor.
While the bride and groom are—and should be—the focus of the wedding day, you can’t
forget the other men in the wedding party: the groomsmen and best man. Treat them
to something they’ll not only appreciate but actually use, well past your first wedding
anniversary. Whether your party is made up of sci-fi fans or whiskey connoisseurs,
we have 15 great gifts for every personality type.
Treat your bridal party to something special with these adorable picks.
We know how much you love your bridesmaids, but do they? Show them your gratitude and appreciation by giving them one of these pretty and personal items, most of which they’ll be able to use and cherish long after you’ve set off on your honeymoon. And best of all, they won’t break your bridal budget. From dainty jewelry to useful beauty products, check out our foolproof guide to 15 gifts that will let your ’maids know how grateful you are for them.
An old-school favorite provides a new twist on the typical wedding dessert.
Sweet treats from Sugar Magnolia. All photographs courtesy of Sugar Magnolia.
This summer seems like one never-ending heatwave, and while the Fro-Zen-Yo on M Street has been getting more play from our offices than we’d like to admit, it also got us thinking: What similarly cool treat could couples serve their wedding guests, especially during nuptials that take place during this sweltering time of year?
Enter Alison Reed, pastry chef at Ripple in Cleveland Park and the mastermind behind sister store Sugar Magnolia’s creative and tasty ice cream sandwiches. In variations such as maple-bacon pressed gently between homemade waffle cookies, or coffee ice cream surrounded by delicate and flavorful macaroons, her sweetly packaged, innovative desserts are the perfect after-dinner treat to impress, and cool down, party-goers. We caught up with Reed to chat about wedding desserts and what’s new at Sugar Magnolia.
You’re not quite known for doing weddings . . . yet. What can a bride expect if she wants Sugar Magnolia treats served at her wedding?
I would probably try to follow a theme. I can do a smaller cake, we could do a couple of flavors of ice cream sandwiches, sugar cookies with piped initials, and personalized fortune cookies. My recipes that are a little more homey would be well-suited for a dessert bar.
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