Rain Plan = Good Idea

by Jackie 28. June 2011 18:23

The weather in this area is sletchy enough as it is...throw in an outdoor ceremony and/or reception and you've put yourself "behind the eight ball" - so to speak. Make sure you aren't caught in the rain without shelter by having a Rain Plan. We have seen outdoor weddings done in a variety of different ways. The common demoninator is that all of them have had a Rain Plan.

During the months of May-September, the weather in our area can range from 100 degrees with 100% humidy (at least it feels that way) to rain that seems to be falling sideways! At one of our weddings - a number of years ago - the bride and groom, thankfully, chose to rent a tent which housed their reception dinner and dancing. The weather report said it would be 90 and sunny with no rain in sight...which was wrong in the end! The reception began with clear skies and a nice breeze. It was so nice that the new couple asked for the sides to be taken off of the tent. Staff at the vineyard were able to remove 3 sides of the tent but we decided to keep one up to block some of the sun coming into the main part of the tent. Unfortunately, just as quickly as the sides were takne down, the weather seemed to turn ugly. By the time dancing began, the rain had already begun coming down...and 3 songs into the first dance set the rain was falling...hard...and sideways!!

Try as we might, there was no way those tent sides were going back up. Thankfully the dance floor was in the center of the tent and none of the guests had a care in the world. No one really noticed the rain and the party continued on as planned. Had there been NO tent, though, the party would have been cut short and everyone would have had to go home early. The vineyard had no other facility to accommodate the number of guests had there not been a tent set-up.

Tents are a must have for any outdoor reception in the DC metro area for this time of year. If you need vendors who specialize in tent rentals, call us here at FAO Events at 703.222.5912 so you don't have to ask one of your guests if you can stand under their um-ber-ella, ella, ella... We can't wait to hear from you! 


Creative Photography

by Jackie 9. June 2011 08:20

When it comes to hiring a photographer, be sure to make your decision sooner as opposed to later. A good photographer is essential to capturing your wedding day. If you've heard the expression, "You can only make one first impression," then you can understand the need for excellent pictures. When you interview potential photographers, be sure to ask for examples from previous weddings. Certain photographers usually specialize in one type of photography.

If you want someone who isn't going to get in the way of you or your guests - then you should look for a photographer who specializes in photojournalism. These photographers are most likely to make cxreative use of the architecture and surroundings at your wedding and reception locations. They are very skilled at using outdoor lighting - sun, clouds, rain - to their advantage and making the most of any opportunity they see. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you want group photos with all of your immediate family, your extended family, your sorority sisters from college, your husband's fraternity brothers, your best friends from childhood...AND a picture of you with each one of them...individually...in the time span of an hour...then you really need to find a photographer who specializes in portraiture. These photographers can bring backdrops, lighting and can get family members in-and-out in a flash (no pun intended...ok, well, maybe it was).

If you're having trouble finding just the right photographer, call us here at FAO Events at 703.222.5912 and we can point you in the right direction. In our many years of experience, we have a number of photographers who will fit your style, personality and most importantly - your budget!! We can't wait to hear from you!


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The Big "D"

by Jackie 7. June 2011 09:43

That is right - we are talking about your DIAMOND!! Did you know that the giving and receiving of a diamond engagement ring didn't become popular in America until the 1930s?! There is no rule saying your ring MUST be a diamond, either. There are plenty of beautiful stones that, cut properly, could make a very unique engagement ring.

Is your favorite color red? Consider a ruby stone as the main focus of your ring. Are you an Aquarian? Flaunt a deep purple Amethyst for your left ring finger. If you really like the look of diamonds, you can always get them in the band of your ring or surrounding the main stone.

If you've already been proposed to - and said YES (which we're sure you did) - CONGRATULATIONS!! Call FAO Events at 703.222.5912 and we will begin planning one of the most memorable days of your life!

Special Touches

by Jackie 3. June 2011 08:25

'Tis the season for weddings - celebrities included! We here at FAO Events wanted to extend a heartfelt congratulations to newlyweds Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.

To make her wedding special, she decided to wear her mother's wedding gown. According to Lambert, her parents have had a long, successful marriage and she saw the dress as being a good luck charm. The only change that she made to the dress was the addition of straps and a short train on the back.

A lot of brides choose special touches to make their weddings unique. From wearing an heirloom piece of jewelry to carrying a small Bible or shawl, there are plenty of options you can incorporate into your wedding.

Are you planning on adding any special touches to your big day? If you're having trouble coming up with ideas, call FAO Events at 703.222.5912 for a consultation and we'd be happy to assist you!




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