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As we mentioned in our newsletter, Laura Hooper Leader has owned & operated Laura Hooper Calligraphy since 2002 serving clients with hand calligraphy & stationery needs for weddings, showers, events & more. In addition to custom wedding & event projects, Laura Hooper Calligraphy also offers a line of lifestyle & party goods featuring Laura’s lettering on a variety of items for everyday & special occasion use, including greeting cards, coasters, napkins, stir sticks, mugs & more. Here are our favorite items available from Laura Hooper Calligraphy… 


“Oyster Shell” Place Card 


“Drunk in Love” Napkins 


“Love Wood Laser Cut” Cake Topper


“Custom Save the Date Maps”


“Best Day Ever” Wood Stir Sticks

We sat down with our Vendor of the Month, Elan Artists, for a helpful tip session. We wanted to know what couples need to consider when choosing their wedding entertainment. Here’s what they had to say…

  1. Find a knowledgeable vendor that you trust, and let them know what kind of budget you’re working with for wedding entertainment.  Whether the sky is the limit or your budget is bare bones, that information will allow your music vendor to personalize their recommendations and make suggestions in the right price range.


  1. Consider a mix of live and recorded music.  This works well at all budget levels!  For example, a mid-range budget might be best served with a string trio for the ceremony, a solo guitarist for the cocktail hour, and a DJ for the reception.  A higher budget might include a full dance band for the 4 hour reception, and then rather than extending the band into overtime, shift gears to a DJ for the after party.  Sky’s the limit?  Add an amazing boutique jazz band for cocktail hour.


  1. If you’re not familiar with classical music, and stumped by choosing your ceremony selections, don’t worry! I recommend choosing the bridal processional first, and then building the rest of your ceremony selections around that.  You probably have more of an opinion about his than you might realize.  For example, do you want the traditional processional (Bridal Chorus by Wagner, “Here Comes the Bride”)?  Most brides have a strong opinion about this one way or another!  Try walking around your living room imagining walking down the aisle to this music—how does it feel?  Do you want to make a grand entrance, or a more romantic and subtle one?


  1. There are exceptions to this rule, but for the most part it’s best to let your musical friends & family members enjoy themselves as guests (rather than say, asking Aunt Bea to sing at your ceremony).


  1. When you or your wedding planner create your timeline for the reception, please be sure to include any announcements that you’d like the band or DJ to make, together with phonetic pronunciations for the names of those in your family and bridal party.  This will really help the evening go smoothly!

We had a blast chatting with our November Vendor of the Month, Atrendy Wedding! In our newsletter we described the amazing work that Atrendy Wedding does and the philosophy it lives by. However, we wanted to get a little more in depth information from the owner herself, Pam Barefoot. We sat down to discuss some of her top tips for clients as well as frequently asked questions.

Q: What drives your work?

A: Design! I love creating something special with my clients. I don’t believe in creating the same thing twice. I think about my clients wedding everywhere I go and get inspiration at every turn. I’m constantly thinking about how to create something unique and special for each couple based on the vision we create together. I love seeing my clients face when their wedding is reveled to them on their big day.

Q: What is the number one piece of advice you give brides?

A: Right before I cue the bride down the aisle and open the doors I tell them to take this moment in and remember it. They are about to walk to their future husband and share it with all their friends and family. The wedding day is full of memories but if you don’t take the time to stop and be present it flies by without you ever taking in the important moments.

Q: How do you suggest brides spread out their wedding budget (percentage wise)?

A: Every couple is completely different with their wants and needs. What is important to one couple wont necessary be important to the next to make their big day memorable. I get to know each one of my couples so their budget is a reflection of the wedding they want.

Q: What do you suggest to plan first?

A: The first thing couples should do is hire a wedding planner that they connect with and has experience in the area that they want to get married in. The rest will be simple when you have someone on your side that understands your wants and vision. A professional will make the process easy for you and keep you on track for the months to come.

Q: What is your favorite part to plan?

A: Each wedding should have a flow and feel right from the beginning to the end. I believe that when your guests leave your wedding they will say, “That was the best wedding we’ve ever been to” and they won’t even know why or be able to pinpoint a specific thing because what you created for them was an “experience” from the very beginning to the end.

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Washington D.C. Wedding Photography by Love Life Images

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