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Still looking for a wedding dress?  If you’re in Washington DC, Filene’s Basement is having their annual bridal gown/dress blowout event this friday the 3rd. It’s a great event to get a gorgeous dress for a bargain of a price since all dresses are either $249,$499 or $699…That’s it! I’ve seen $7000 Vera Wangs for $249. I’m not saying that’s the norm, but you get the idea.

Doors open at 8am, I suggest getting there early.

For a sampling of the fun, here’s video footage from CBS in Baltimore from the Filenes Basement event earlier in the month


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Yup, wedding stamps.  Artistic Postage is offering wedding stamps for you.  You doing to have to get stamps anyway, so make the envelope you spend hours picking out look even better with wedding stamps.  Their options include:

  • Monograms
  • Love Stamps
  • Wedding Hearts Stamps
  • Roses & Other Wedding Flowers
  • Standard Phrases (You’re Invited, Our Wedding, Our Special Day, Please Join Us, etc.)
  • Customizable Stamps – Add Your Own Wording

reebles, wedding registry, wedding registriesSo as many wedding gifts are duplicates of items from other guests or stuff you already own, why not register for money? is offering a gift registry just for money. Rather than worry about cash, checks, gift cards and the like, have your guests give you money online. Guests can give you money gifts at Reebles who will then wire or send you the money on your wedding day (which is great if you plan to use the money for your honeymoon) The only down side is they take 8%, but it doesn’t cost your guests anything. It could be worth knowing the money you receive is safe and readily available and you can link to their registry directly from your wedding website (or use the inserts they’ll send you). Have a look.

If anyone knows the value of a good insurance policy, it’s Romeo Lavarias.  As the director of emergency management operations for Miramar, Fla., Lavarias has seen his share of disasters. So it was a no-brainer when his fiancee, Stephanie Goldstein, suggested buying insurance for their wedding, set for July during the upcoming hurricane season.

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We all know photographs make the wedding last forever, so make sure you get all the right shots in. While most experienced wedding photographers should have this down, it can’t hurt to be equipped with the knowledge of which shots are standard and which to have fun with. So I made a list of needs and wants to help you ensure all the right shots have been taken:

The Bride
1. With flowers
2. Close-up
3. Full-length shot
4. Back of dress

The Groom
1. Close-up
2. Full-length shot

The Bride and her family
1. Bride & Mom
2. Bride & Dad
3. Bride & siblings
4. Family portrait

The Groom and his family
1. Groom & Mom
2. Groom & Dad
3. Groom & siblings
4. Family portrait

The Wedding Party (Be sure to get some fun shots in)
1. Maid of Honor (by herself & with the bride)
2. Best Man (by himself & with the groom)
3. Bridesmaids (as a group & with the bride)
4. Groomsmen (as a group & with the groom)
5. Flower girl(s) & Ring bearer(s) – themselves and with the couple

The Newlyweds
1. Full-length shot (I prefer outdoor shots, but don’t be afraid to be creative)
2. Waist-up shot (with and without flowers)
3. The couple with the priest or minister
4. The couples’ hands wearing their wedding rings (just hands and/or looking at your hands….give your best soap opera face)



The Church/Ceremony Venue – the exterior and an overall view of the interior when all the guests have arrived. If you can take this from a balcony, those are really nice pictures.

Arrival – if the bride arrives by limo, take a picture of her getting out.Anticipation – if you are able to, go behind the scenes and take pictures of the bride and groom (or anyone) as they are waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Musicians – if someone special is singing or playing an instrument, you will want to document that.

Lectors – if someone special is doing the readings or prayers, you will want to document that, too.

Procession – the bridesmaids & groomsmen walking in, etc.

Bride & Dad – walking in & lifting her veil.

Vows – the couple holding hands looking at each other.

Rings – the exchange of rings.

The First Kiss

Man & Wife – Oh have fun with this one, feel free to run towards the camera, come bursting out of the door of the ceremony venue,

Bubbles – Hey why not?

Limousine – Getting into and out of the getaway car

Reception Hall – Photograph the interior and the exterior, including any signs that indicate the location. If your names are on any signs, it’ll make for a great photo.

Table Settings & Centerpieces

Receiving Line

The Toast – Of course

Gift Table – Ask your reception venue to provide an elegant looking gift table if this is something you’ll want.

The Cake – Make sure this shot is taken before you eat it….tends to make a difference.

Father-Daughter Dance – This is traditionally the first dance. Daddy dances with his daughter and then her groom cuts in at the end of the song which leads to…

First Dance – as husband and wife.

General Dance Floor – Try to get as many embarrassing shots of guests as possible, but also shots of you two having fun with the group.

Garter/Bouquet Toss – From him pulling off the garter with his teeth to the moment the single women start fighting over the bouquet, keep that camera loaded and ready.

Departure – The goodbye and so long shot, or at least that what I like to call it.

wedding invitationsIt happens, I know. You’ve looked through magazines and photos of design ideas and you’re still not sold on anything. Well maybe this site can help. Elizabeth Allis and Company has lots of great ideas for stationary, ring pillows, guestbooks, favors and more. They have an online design studio to break down certain elements to help pick and choose what you want your designs to look like. Check out this site, it just may keep you sane… least for another week or two.

Elizabeth Allis and Company

wedding photographer, photographyFinding unbiased answers today is not easy to do, especially when someone has a vested interest. However, I can across this site for picking wedding photographers by wedding photographers and I must say it’s good information. There is a fairly complete set of FAQ’s and even sample contracts; information that is great to have when starting out in your search for a photographer.

Here is the link to the site. Check it out and leave comments about what you think back here!

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