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Cherry Blossom Ketubahs

Gorgeous versions of the Jewish marriage contract with a nod to DC’s favorite bloom

By Kim Forrest

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:

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1. Falling Blossoms Ketubah by Stephanie Caplan, $300, theketubah.com

2. Sprigs Canopy Ketubah by Jennifer Raichman, $200, etsy.com/jenniferraichman

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11 Wonderful Wedding Treats

Crush-worthy sparkle heels, cupcake wrappers, and custom bridal illustrations

By Sarah Zlotnick

A few of our favorite things:

1. These laser-cut cupcake wrappers dress up small desserts. Paper Orchid cupcake wrappers, $25 for 25

2. A timeless something blue from a DC designer. Mija Jewelry lapis and gold-plated earrings, $225

3. A colorful robe is perfect for a Caribbean honeymoon! Plum Pretty Sugar's "Darling Jardine" Robe, $78

4. These dresses look fresh and flirty on bridesmaids and wedding guests. Ivy & Aster Collection at Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Baltimore

5. A flash of glitter will be unexpected under a long white skirt. Kate Spade New York's "Charm" slingbacks, $325

6. This necklace from jewelry designer Elva Fields adds a vintage touch to a modern look. "Fancy Dress Finery" frosted glass-and-rhinestone necklace, $3,686. 

7. Comission an adorable sketch of your wedding gown from artist Inslee Haynes. inslee.net

8. A subtle, sweet pink shade every bride will love. Deborah Lippman's "Prelude to a Kiss" nail lacquer, $16

9. Illustrator Hanna Nation's cute, customizable notecards are the perfect bridesmaid gift. $48 for a set of 25 paper cards

10. A classic solitair gives this 18-karat yellow gold engagement ring an earthy feel. Avens Rough .75-carat diamond ring, $1,736

11. A cool wedding gift idea: H. Bloom will hand-deliver beautiful bouquets to the couple on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. washingtondc-flowers.hbloom.com 

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25 Most Popular Wedding Songs

Entertainment extraordinaire Andy Kushner shares his client's most frequently requested tunes, guaranteed to keep guests dancing 'til the sun comes up

By Jill Hudson
Illustration by Jacob Thomas

Andy Kushner Entertainment

“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.”

Click on the song titles for a 30-second preview in iTunes.

1. At Last by Etta James

2. Bad Romance by Lady Gaga

3. Billy Jean by Michael Jackson

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Wedding Announcements

We're switching it up—Friday Slice is taking on a new title. But don't worry, it's still full of the Web's best wedding stories. Enjoy!

By Sarah Zlotnick
Photograph by Kate Headley.

Notes to My Future Wife

Edward and Bella on their wedding night.  We're not ashamed we clicked.  

Camera cake, parasoles, more mismatched bridesmaid dresses, and wide open space.     

Honeymoon at Versailles.  Seriously. 

Do or don't? The ombre cake.   

How to Smile in Wedding Photos. [via Manolo for the Brides] 

Afraid you'll forget your vows? No sweat—just write them on the (chalkboard) aisle.

Mignonne Handmade makes a second appearance in this woodsy, filled-with-love fashion shoot

When celebs play bridesmaid

I'm on a boat. And a plane. 

Favorite discovery of the week: Ruffled wedding blog's Recycle Your Wedding section. Buy wedding dresses, decorations, etc. directly from brides who've already had their big day.   

You have through Monday to win $100 to personalized product site Daisy Days.  

Button and spindle dessert bar

Rustic Floral Save the Dates.

Former Lancome model Devon Aoki is engaged and expecting.  

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Unveiled 2010

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.  

>> A photo slide show from Unveiled 2010

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DC NACE Awards

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:

Best Catered Event
Nicole Tibbs, CPCE, CMP
Grand Hyatt Washington

Best Wedding
Alex Pare
Cherry Blossom Weddings & Events

Best Team Event
Columbia Country Club (venue), BBJ Linens (party rentals), and Something Fabulous (event design)

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A Washingtonian Wedding

Local Celebrity Wedding Registries

What do you get Michelle Rhee for her wedding this fall? A $265 sugar bowl, perhaps?

By Ann Limpert

Here's what a few boldface Washington names are registered for on WeddingChannel.com: 

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

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

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Time for Good Behavior (Part II)

Seven times it's okay to break wedding tradition

By Mary Clare Glover Photograph by Matt Mendelsohn.

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.

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Time for Good Behavior

Washingtonian staff writer Mary Clare Fleury examines which rules cannot be broken.

By Mary Clare Glover
Photograph by SOTA Dzine.

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:

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