Wedding Trends for 2013

by Myrna 18. February 2013 04:51

So glad to be back and excited as high wedding season is approaching. Each  year weddings take place and many new ideas or trends pop up.  New ideas in wedding decor, invitations etc. are great, but do not be confused; tradition never gets replaced.  If you want a traditional wedding incorporating traditional elements there is nothing wrong with that!

For 2013 as you may have heard, emerald green is the go-to color. You may find this color to be a bit too colorful or strking for your taste, but little bits of it within the flowers or accessories can really be pretty.If you are a bit more daring, there are some beautiful dresses being shown for bridesmaids in the emerald green.While white and ivory remain favorites for wedding gowns, they  are being shown in colors, and touches of color are still popular in the shoes.  Of course, the floral decor carries the color scheme throughout the wedding.

Personalized weddings continue to be important to couples who are looking to include elements that have personal meaning to them. Their ceremonies and receptions can reflect multi-cultural  or inter-faith statements. Entertainment often reflects the cultural backgrounds of the couple and the use of monograms on their invitation or paper trousseau are still being used to reflect their heritage or their first names.

The internet plays an important role in wedding planning these days. High tech access is used for vendor selections, information sharing, gift registires, guest information and communications between wedding party members to name a few. Although some think that emailing invitations or replies is okay, it truly is not the correct or classy thing to do.

Look for 2013 to be the year where there are more weddings with different touches that step out of the box and possibly more casual venues being used. Stay tuned for more ideas.

Happy Planning!



Happy New Year

by Myrna 13. January 2013 09:33

A belated happy new year to all of you.  Sorry nothing has been posted in a month's time, but due to a death in the family, I have not been working.

I will be back very soon; so in the meantime, if you are planning a wedding, relax, have fun with it, and take one day at a time.  Put your priorities in order and all will get accomplished.

Be back soon with some good wedding tips and trends for the New Year!

Happy Planning !

Wedding Dont's

by Myrna 1. December 2012 10:13

There are so many details, rules  and wedding planning can become overwhelming. If things are kept in perspective and you have a relaxed attitude, everything will get done in a timely manner and you will have a very beautiful wedding.  It certianly is the biggest party you will ever plan, so make it uniquely yours. Remember, if you can sidestep some of these no-nos that we planners often suggest to our clients to avoid, then your planning will be a happy time.

You cannot be a superbride; you are only one person and you must accept the fact that you cannot and should not try to do it all and expect to be sane on your wedding day! You obviously will make most of the major decisions needing to be made, but don't get caught up in the minute details that demand your attention every waking hour. Don't brush away offers of help. If people offer to help, accept their offers Of course hiring a wedding planner to take care of the legion of details is a very wise move.

Do not have a cash bar! You have invited people to your party, so do not ask them to pay for their refreshments. There are many ways to watch your bar expenditures; You do not have to have top shelf brands, you can serve a specialty cocktail and offer only beer and wine. You can choose to have an open bar just for an hour and then serve wine at dinner. Always have soft beverages and juices available.

Gift registries are wonderful to have, but do not include the information about them on your invitations. Giving a wedding gift is not mandatroy, although most guests will send or bring a gift. The best way to let people know about the registry is word of mouth through your parents or bridal party, and you can always mention it if you have a wedding website.

Remember to be a friend to your brdiesmaids and not their boss. Their official function is to witness the solemn event at which you take your marriage vosw. They stand up for you, so try and take the "maid" portion out of their title. Of course they are willing to help  , but watch the demands you make on their time and pocketbooks. Let them know how much you appreciate their willingness to be part of your special day.

These are but a few of the Dont's to keep in mind while planning your big day.  Call us at FAO if you have questions about other areas where you might not be sure of how to act or what to do.  We would be happy to assist you.

Happy Planning!

There is NO Off Season

by Myrna 16. November 2012 15:44

Wedding season is technically over for us at FAO, but in reality, wedding season never ends!  Several clients ask me what happens to the wedding planners come December after the peak of wedding season dies down. My answer always is" there are always people getting married who may need assistance from a planner, no matter what the season.

In the past few weeks I have received several inquiries for weddings for the winter months as well as for the peak seasonal months of May, June, September and October. Many couples look to the winter months because they can get the venue that they want more easily,  and many times they receive better prices. Wedding venues tend not to be busiest in the months of January, February and March.  Same is true with most vendors.

So, if you are one of the lucky couples who will be getting engaged this holiday season, and you do not want a long engagement, there will be opportunities for you to have a great wedding during the winter months if your first choice venue is already booked for the height of the wedding season.

Remember, it is always a good idea to seek the assistance of a planner right from the beginning of your planning to avoid costly mistakes. Call us for your complimentary consultation!

Happy Planning.....

Busy Wedding Season

by Myrna 7. October 2012 10:31

I cannot believe that I have not posted to my blog in close to two months now.  Wedding season is in full swing this fall and it has kept me captured in meetings, detail after detail, and wedding weekends.

I hope that all of you who are thinking about a wedding date for next year realize that September, October, and even November, are the new June for weddings. So, start your planning early as the best of the best get booked very early on.  If you are looking to save a bit of money, the best months to perhaps be able to do better with negotiations , would be the winter months, especially March, and in the summer July and August when it is extremely hot.  If you are not considering an outdoor wedding, then summer can be an ideal time for a wedding.

 Whatever date you might decide upon, set your budget, and try to stick to it!  Be practical and you will be able to have wonderful wedding planning experience.

 Remember, that we offer complimentary consultations, so do not hesitate to call 703-222-5912  or email us at We look forward to being able to assist in your planning needs.

Happy Planning!

Wedding Consultants are Necessary Advocates

by 10. August 2012 06:30

 I must share a conversation that I had with a bride-to -be just this morning.  She called to see if I would be available to coordinate her wedding which is less than 1 month from now. I asked why she waited this long to want to hire someone, and she went on to tell me that her venue adamantly told her mother at the first meeting,"You do not need anyone helping you; we do it all."

This particular bride, although very busy, planned the wedding , found vendors with the use of social media, and friend's experiences, but now, when it is time for all the little details, she called the venue"coordinator" and asked her to assist in something.  Guess what she was told.  "Oh, we don't do that for you." This young lady is now angry and devastated that she has no assistance at a crucial point in the planning process.  

Why some venues are intimadated by planners, is the biggest question . We are available to lend a hand, give assistance, and we take care of all the what-ifs and the unexpected.  We are an asset to any venue. They take care of their venue.  Yes, they will help the bride get down the aisle, but they will not be their personal advocctae the entire day until that last gift is in the car at the end of the evening.  They will not coordinate all your vendors.  They do not know every little detail about family dynamics or how to troubleshoot problems for you, like your own planner/coordinator will do without you even knowing about it. 

 Please, if nothing else when starting in the planning process for the biggest day in your life, talk to a planner. Most planners do offer complimentary consultatons so you can learn what they do compared to what a venue coordinator says they will be able to do for you.

Make your planning experience a good one and have peace of mind that you will be able to enjoy your wedding day because you have someone there to be your personal advocate.


Best wishes!



A Real DC Weddding

by 7. August 2012 09:23

 Thanks to photographer Luke Eshleman for posting this a while back. I have gotten so many inquiries about Eastern Market since then, that I thought I would share Melissa and Andrew's special day.  They were a delight to work with, and they enjoyed their wedding at Eastern Market.


Click the link below and enjoy!

A Real DC Weddding

by 7. August 2012 09:22

 Thanks to photographer Luke Eshleman for posting this a while back. I have gotten so many inquiries about Eastern Market since then, that I thought I would share Melissa and Andrew's special day.  They were a delight to work with, and they enjoyed their wedding at Eastern Market.


Click the link below and enjoy!

Bridal Gown Contest

by 30. July 2012 02:35



Hope you're having a great start to this week. I just got this email and thought I would share it with you.  Good luck!  Last week we launched our newest and most exciting giveaway to date - a FREE wedding dress courtesy of Kathy Ireland for Mon Cheri + up to 5 dresses for her bridal party from the Kathy Ireland for Mon Cheri Special Occasions collection.  We would love for you to spread the news about this contest to your clients or anyone you feel might be interested in winning a wedding dress.

Contest Details

The contest is a pinterest contest and will be open until the end of this week (August 3rd), then 20 semi-finalists will be able to invite their friends and families to vote for them on our facebook fanpage.  Bride with the most votes wins!

Click here for Entry Details

Entry Details

  • Brides must create a pinterest board named Munaluchi Style My Wedding Contest.  On this board, they must pin at least 3 images from and at least 3 pins from any Munaluchi Bride pinterest board and caption the pins with the hashtag #stylemywedding. The pins should visually describe their wedding style.
  • Head over to our facebook fanpage, where you'll complete the entry form and include a picture of you and your fiance, and the url to your pinterest board. 
  • On August 5th, 20 semi-finalists will be selected, then the voting begins.
  • Full entry details can be found here or on facebook at


Who Doesn't Love Free Stuff?

Share this image and contest details with your clients in a number of ways including your blogs, social media, and/or email.  When you blog, tweet or share on facebook, feel  free to use the contest logo (image) provided above.  The link to the full contest details and FAQ's is located at   We would greatly appreciate it:)


Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Best Regards!


Be A Good Guest

by Myrna 8. July 2012 06:50

 So many of us write about tips and articles to assist the bride and groom, so today I want to address the role of the guest.

Receivng an invitation to a wedding from a family member, a work colleague, or a friend is truly an honor. You have been slected to help those close to you celebrate a wonderful part of their life.

It is important to remember these few tips so you can be the ideal guest:


Please make sure that you respond in a timely manner to the invitation

Arrive to the ceremony at least 20 minutes before the ceremony is to begin

If you arrive late, do stand at the back of the church

Keep cellphones on silent

Have fun at the reception and partake in the dancing

Respect the couple's wishes even if they aren't what you would choose

Dress appropriately



Cancel and then show up anyway

Change your mind about attending; the guest count is confirmed and  the couple has had to pay for you

Sit in the first row.  It is intended for immediate family

Wear jeans unless the couple has requested that attire

Take ceremony or reception photos unless the couple approve

Get in the way of the professional photographer

Text or tweet during the ceremony


These tips seem so silly to you, I am sure, but after being in the wedding business for so long, I can tell you that I have seen all of these rude mannered items take place.

So, be honored if invited to the wedding , be a good guest ,and have a great time!


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