Jewish marriage contracts, or ketubahs, are usually signed before the wedding ceremony, but they are meant to hang in a couple’s home for years to follow—so it’s important to find one that truly fits your style. Since we have a feeling some of you may be incorporating cherry blossoms into your wedding décor, we scoured the Web for the loveliest cherry-blossom-themed ketubahs we could find. Even if you’re not Jewish, many of these can be translated into English and used as a memento of your wedding day:
“Creating a good song list is more than just picking your favorite songs. You should choose music that will build and maintain the energy level throughout the event. Also, think about the demographics of the crowd who’ll be dancing. Try not to scandalize your older relatives, though that’s becoming harder to do since people are less put off by risque language than they used to be. The most important thing is to choose music that reflects your personal story or the overall feeling you want to convey.”
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Photos and videos from Unveiled 2010, Washingtonian Bride & Groom's second annual premiere wedding showcase.
Love was in the air January 24, 2010, at the second annual "Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled" bridal showcase. Brides- and grooms-to-be packed the mezzanine of the Mandarin Oriental hotel to see an exclusive Amsale Abera bridal fashion show and participate in one-on-one consultations with the area's best wedding vendors, including photographers, caterers, event planners, and more. TLC's What Not to Wear hairstylist Ted Gibson—of the Ted Gibson Salon in New York and Ted Gibson Spa in Chevy Chase—was also on hand to share wedding-day hair tips and celebrity trends. Guests sipped Champagne, enjoyed delicious catering and wedding-cake samples, and walked away with fabulous party favors plus everything they needed to know about planning the wedding of their dreams in Washington. Scroll down to see photos and videos from the event.
The National Association of Catering Executives honors the best in Washington food service and event planning.
Stylist Heather Wright and Gala Co-Chair Danielle Couick.
On Sunday, November 7, The Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives—the area’s oldest and largest association of caterers and event planners—honored local industry professionals in its first annual DC NACE Awards. The ceremony, conducted as part of the tenth annual NACE Capital Style Gala, was held at the Photogroup offices in Silver Spring. The event, dubbed Under the Big Top, had a vintage-circus theme.
Not sure who to hire for your big day? Here’s a look at the winners, selected by the people who know best—event-industry professionals:
Here's what a few boldface Washington names are registered for on WeddingChannel.com:
QUINN BRADLEE Author and disability advocate, offspring of power couple Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn Significant other: Pary Anbaz-Williamson. Private yoga instructor, personal trainer Where they're registered: Williams-Sonoma What they want:Star Wars sandwich cutters, two juicers, $700 VitaMix blender, and 14 bottles of hand and dish soap Most expensive item: 15-piece set of All-Clad stainless-steel cookware, $1,790 What stragglers will be left with: $325 Wüsthof electric knife sharpener
MICHELLE RHEE Departing DC schools chancellor Significant other: Kevin Johnson. Mayor of Sacramento Where they're registered: Michael C. Fina What they want: 16 stemless wine glasses and Haviland Clair de Lune Uni porcelain sugar bowl ($265) and sauceboat ($311) Most expensive item: $368 Haviland porcelain platter What stragglers will be left with: Probably the sugar bowl
Feeling the need to do your nuptials, as Frank Sinatra once sang, your way? These seven wedding customs can be molded to suit your style:
1. The bride's family pays for (nearly) everything. This should be considered on a "case-by-case basis," says DC event planner Jodi Moraru. "It all depends on the financial situation of the bride and groom and their families, the number of guests each side wants to invite, and the relationship between the two families."
2. Immediate family members cannot host the bridal shower. Once considered taboo because it looked like a grab for gifts, a bride's mother, sister, or close relative can feel free to throw a shower. Immediate family members are often the most convenient and willing hosts, and this old-fashioned rule is rarely followed.
3. Second-time brides should not wear white. "It's perfectly okay," says Anna Post. "You're marrying the person you love and it's not diminished because you've done this before." However, brides also should not feel obliged to wear white if they don't want to. Planner Michelle Hodges has had clients wear navy, yellow, and even, for a New Year's Eve wedding, a dark cocktail dress.
Say the words "wedding etiquette" and a few images come to mind. Demure, white wedding gowns. Formal receiving lines. Champagne toasts.
But today's brides don't have to be outdated to be polite. Traditional rituals like tossing the bouquet, performing a first dance, or cutting the cake have become optional, and many wedding customs have disappeared entirely.
"Sometimes couples forget that their wedding is a celebration of the two of them," says planner Sara Bauleke of Arlington's Bella Notte. "If it's something you would not normally do, don't feel pressure to do it on your wedding day."
Certain rules have survived the test of time—and for good reason, says DC planner Jodi Moraru. "Etiquette today is about treating your guests with respect."
With that in mind, here are five etiquette rules that experts say should never be broken: