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Bridal Buyer: Three Potato Four

Welcome to Bridal Buyer—an occasional feature that spotlights our favorite wedding resources. Up this week: a mom-and-pop e-boutique filled with rustic antiques and vintage-inspired accessories.

By Sarah Zlotnick >> Want to win a $50 gift card to Three Potato Four? Click here for details!

Part antiques emporium, part general store, Three Potato Four is, in some senses, the perfect fulfillment of our wedding-decor desires. Launched in Reston in September 2007 by Janet Morales and Stu Eli, the online housewares boutique started its wedding-centric section after receiving a large number of orders from brides and wedding planners this past spring. If you dream of a vintage-inspired reception, but don’t have the time to scour flea markets and antiques stores, consider this adorable shop a helpful intermediary.

Though Stu, Janet, and family (the couple is heavily inspired by their children Holly and Otis) moved to Philadelphia last week to try their hand at a brick-and mortar-store, their wares are still accessible to anyone with a mailing address. Keep Reading ...


Giveaway Alert! Win $50 to Three Potato Four

The online antiques shop with Reston roots has a special gift for Washingtonian.com’s brides-to-be.

By Sarah Zlotnick
Cheap lockets from elementary-school boyfriends. Pocket watches picked up in European flea markets. Heirloom china so old you’re afraid to take it out of the cabinet. We’ve all got keepsakes, and they more than likely all have a great story behind them. In celebration of all things sentimental, Three Potato Four—our most recent Bridal Buyer spotlight—is giving away the chance to shop the antiques of its online store.

Want a chance to win? Tell us the story behind your most sentimental object in the comments below, and be sure to leave an e-mail address for contact purposes. The reader with the best tale will be rewarded with a $50 gift certificate to the store. Contest ends Monday, July 26, at noon.

Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.


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Everything you need to know about getting married in Washington.

Recently engaged? Almost at the altar? Whatever your marital status, Washingtonian Bride & Groom is filled with gorgeous inspiration and helpful advice designed to make your Washington wedding a memorable one.  Our summer/fall issue—which hit stands yesterday—features the best in bridal fashion, interviews with local wedding experts, and a special section on ecofriendly wedding flowers. On top of all that, there's an extensive guide to the best wedding vendors in the area. Pick up a copy at your nearby bookstore, or sign up here to receive a free issue in the mail.    
Happy planning!

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Ask the Experts: The Hair Maestro

Celebrity stylist Ted Gibson gives brides wedding-day tips for hair, makeup, and more.

By Jill Hudson

Ted Gibson, owner and stylist
Ted Gibson salon & hela spa, Chevy Chase

Have brides begun to think of their wedding day as a red-carpet moment? Oh, absolutely. That’s why shows like Bridezilla and Say Yes to the Dress are so popular. It is an important day, so try to feel comfortable having everyone’s eyes on you. Confidence is a star’s greatest asset.

Should a bride consult her hairdresser about makeup and jewelry, too? It certainly can’t hurt. Anytime I’m doing wedding hair, I want to see the total package. Great special-occasion hair starts with the neckline of the dress. Makeup and jewelry have to work with the hair.

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Take Our Bridal Survey—and You Could Win a Free Honeymoon!

You read that right! Simpy take our quick and easy bridal survey right here, and you could win a free honeymoon from the fine folks at Sandals! 

After taking the survey, make sure to pick up a copy of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, on stands now. It has all the information you'll need to make your wedding a beautiful and memorable one. 

Washington Couples

Entering Marriage With Your Eyes Wide Open

A couples counselor weighs in on the topics to tackle now so that you’ll have a “happily ever after” later.

By Lynne Shallcross

Getting engaged is a heart-fluttering, knees-buckling, smile-till-it-hurts kind of experience. But there’s more than fancy dresses, pretty cakes, and sparkly rings to getting married—there’s the relationship you’re hoping will last forever.

“Often, the issues couples face during the intense period of their engagement later become the perpetual issues of the marriage,” says couples counselor Lori Gunnar Kolle, a social worker and clinical director at Jewish Social Service Agency in Rockville. “It’s an important time to note, for instance, how your partner handles stress and whether tensions arise within a bride or groom’s own family and among future in-laws.”

For more than two decades, Kolle’s been working with couples before, during, and even near the end of marriage. What’s one sure-fire way to give your marriage the chance it deserves? Talk before you tie the knot. Here’s Kolle’s premarital checklist of topics worth discussing sooner rather than later.

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Washington Couples

Planning a Wedding? Want to Blog About It?

The Bridal Party is in search of its newest blogger—could it be you?

By Lynne Shallcross

As much as we’ve loved following Eleni’s adventures in wedding planning over the past seven months, her wedding is fast approaching—and that means we’re on the hunt for her successor!

Are you engaged and planning a wedding? We want to hear from you. Do you want to share your lessons learned (and get advice from readers), your most—and least—favorite parts of wedding planning, and lots more with Washingtonians?

If you’re a bride-to-be (or groom-to-be!) who’s willing to share your story, send us an e-mail with why you think you’d make a great wedding blogger. 

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Wedding Innovator’s Design Challenge

A design challenge, a bridal show, and a benefit: three reasons for one great Saturday.

By Lynne Shallcross

UPDATE: We've got some sad news to report! DC Nearlyweds announced that they had to cancel this Saturday's show. Click here for an explanation. All those who purchased tickets through the show Web site will be automatically refunded. We'll keep you posted if we hear it's being rescheduled.


Got plans for Saturday? Now you do!

Our friends over at DC Nearlyweds are hosting the Wedding Innovator’s Design Challenge and Bridal Show on Saturday from 10 to 5. The show starts in Washington and will head to five other cities from here.

Head to the Liaison Capitol Hill (415 New Jersey Ave., NW) this weekend and catch this three-in-one event: a design challenge for event planners, a bridal show, and a silent auction benefitting Brides Against Breast Cancer.

Leading the panel of judges for the design challenge will be planner Diann Valentine, host of the new television show Wedding Day. The local vendor lineup for the bridal show includes Carine’s Bridal Atelier, Elegance and Simplicity, Blue Sky Films, and Fluffy Thoughts Cakes.

Need another reason to go? Washingtonian.com readers get a special discount! Take $5 off the $20 ticket price when you use the code TONIAN here.


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“Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled” Packed Them in at the Park-Hyatt

By Jill Hudson
Photo by Rodney Bailey.

Washingtonian Bride & Groom: Unveiled,” our inaugural bridal showcase, took place this past Sunday at the Park Hyatt Washington, and this editor is still recovering. Is there such a thing as a fabulousness hangover? No doubt our event’s keynote speaker, Hollywood wedding planner Mindy Weiss, keeps a special potion in her (very large) Goyard totebag for such occasions. The wedding showcase was held in the hotel’s ballrooms, which were transformed into a meeting space where the sold-out crowd networked among many of Washington’s best wedding vendors. For such a cold, blustery afternoon, the mood inside the beautifully decorated ballrooms was festive and warm. Free Champagne and an enormous gourmet buffet (courtesy of Blue Duck Tavern executive chef Brian McBride) will do that, of course.

>> See more photos of the event by Rodney Bailey

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