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Dana Franklin of Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

How to travel now   Join our Publisher, Rebecca Barnes as she talks with Dana Franklin, Honeymoon and Wedding Specialist with Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons about travel in today’s world. Learn about safety protocol and what are the deals and hot destination right now! 703-282-8178 – office dana@divinedw.com www.divinedestinationweddings.com Featuring: Destination Weddings, Romance Travel, Fiji, Tahiti, Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe, Asia, Africa…we sell the world!

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Love Gone Viral

A group of Prince William/Manassas area wedding professionals have come together to give away a wedding in reaction to the COVID-19 crisis.  Their goal is to find a deserving couple who has been impacted by the pandemic and can’t have their “dream wedding” whether due to financial, emotional, or health-related setbacks. The DC Love Gone Viral giveaway launched on May 11th at http://dclovegoneviral.com . Couples have until August 1st to submit their stories and a photo. After collecting entries, the team will choose the winning couple and plan an upscale wedding for them, which will take place on Thursday, March 11th, 2021. Some limitations will be in place, such as a cap of 100 guests and set parameters for the types of services included and catering cuisine. However, the mission is to lend love a helping hand to make one …

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Wedding Stories by Tania

Tonia Hossain Photography

Limited time offer for Engaged Couples Our publisher, Rebecca Barnes speaks with Tania Hossain of Wedding Stories by Tania about her bookings, advice for brides, blogging, and her thoughts on the wedding industry. Mention Brides & Weddings Magazine when booking your 2020 or 2021 wedding for your 20% Discount by June 20, 2020. Welcome https://www.facebook.com/weddingstoriesbytania/

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On Celebrating Your Original Wedding Date

By: Tania Hossain of  Wedding Stories By Tania If you have had to delay your wedding date due to any reason out of your control, you are not alone, especially if your original wedding date was in the spring or summer of 2020.  Due to social distance notices to protect public health, staying 6 feet apart with only 10 people was hardly the wedding you had imagined or planned. After working closely with a dozen couples whose 2020 wedding dates were postponed to 2021, I know how much sadness, confusion, and utter sense of loss our couples felt as they worked to schedule their wedding team for their new date. There was a reason our couples had picked their wedding date, so I asked a few of them what they did to celebrate their original date.  I picked a few …

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Wedding Planning (or Re-Planning} Tasks Couples Can Tackle While at Home

by Lisa Beth Miller We get it! This is a crazy and stressful time to be planning a wedding. And re-planning an already planned wedding due to a worldwide pandemic is a tad anxiety-inducing. But on the same note, many are suddenly faced with a lot of free time at home. I talked to Amanda Levin of Forever Magnolia Events about what little tasks nervous brides can tackle during this extraordinary time at home. Amanda is an experienced wedding professional who offers month-of coordination as well as full wedding planning services. So, what tasks are doable for most couples? “If you’ve had to change your date to a different season, start thinking about if you should change your colors, flowers, and menu to reflect the new date. You could definitely use this time to really brainstorm and get new inspiration …

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How to Take a Break From Wedding Stress and Pamper Yourself at Home

by Lisa Beth Miller Times are stressful worldwide right now. Many are being asked to stay at home as we deal with a pandemic unlike anything we’ve seen before. Wedding planning (or for some, re-planning) can just add to the onslaught of anxiety. So, how can a girl deal with it all? Slow down and give yourself a break! I chatted with a fabulous local beauty expert for some amazing ideas! Hania Issa is a professional makeup artist, eyebrow designer, and licensed esthetician who has been in the business for over 15 years. Early in her career, she worked extensively in fashion and television, which was all about making women look their best in front of the camera. Those experiences provided a great foundation for working with bridal parties. Most women will never be photographed more than on their wedding …

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Celebrate in Lilly! Resort Whites for Your Bridal Celebrations (event tie-in)

by Lisa Beth Miller   Recently engaged? We love that! The ladies at Lilly Pulitzer at Tyson’s Galleria know that wedding planning can be a whirlwind of excitement, and honestly, a little overwhelming. So, of course, we are here to help! Here’s the juice. We are planning a fabulous White Dress Event just for you. On March 7, we will have wedding experts for you to meet, cocktails for you to sip, and LOTS of Lilly Pulitzer white dress options for you to consider for your upcoming events! Our designers have created our most extensive collection of white dresses ever, featuring flattering styles for all of our Lilly lovers! Need the perfect white dress for your engagement photo shoot? Go whimsical with our Resort White Jesse Scallop Romper. Or go for the ultimate bridal chic look with our beautiful Sharice …

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2020 Trend to Try: Recycling

by Lisa Beth Miller Showing kindness to Mother Earth is always stylish! Recycling and its longevity will obviously influence trends in everything including weddings. Sooo…why not create a wedding without waste? We are not, of course, just talking about gathering basic recyclables (like glass and cardboard). Experts are seeing trends in recycling other nuptial merchandise! From a recycling point of view, trendy florists worked with plants rather than cut flowers when possible. Also, when decorating large outdoor areas or tent structures, many kept roots attached to plants and sent them back to nurseries afterward. If you insist on traditional arrangements, at least donate them after the big day and brighten someone’s day (think nursing home, hospital, group home). Other ways to cut down on waste? Don’t buy frivolous favors that guests won’t take with them! Donate your dress after the …

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Charitable Gifts for your Wedding

By Lisa Beth Miller Couples who want to incorporate giving into their wedding celebrations have several options on how to do so. Here are a few ideas on how to be philanthropic for one of your first acts as a married couple. Incorporate specific charities into your registry: Allow guests to donate in your honor to a cause that is meaningful to you both. This is especially common for couples who have already established their home. Charities that have a local impact will resonate with guests. Here are a few of our favorites: Semper K9 Assistance Dogs – semperk9.org ACTS – actspwc.org Community Foundation of Northern Virginia – cfnova.org Give Back Prince William – givebackpw.org Habitat for Humanity Prince William County – habitatpwc.org Donate instead of giving favors: A charitable registry shows that a couple is philanthropically-minded, but a donation …

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Dessert Table Inspiration for Your Big Day

Cakes by Happy Eatery

By Amy Taylor Sponsored by Cakes by Happy Eatery The wedding cake has been the star of the reception for years. Now it’s time for cake to share the stage with some supporting actors on the dessert table. Victoria and Emily Wu of Cakes by Happy Eatery have seen wedding trends ebb and flow for years. Lately they’ve seen more orders for full dessert tables to accompany the traditional, decadent wedding cake. “A bountiful dessert table is visually memorable and unforgettable,” said Victoria Wu, General Manager of Cakes by Happy Eatery. “Creative looks and flavors mesmerize the guests, while reflecting the wedding couples’ personality.” Here are some sweet ideas to inspire your wedding dessert table! Choose a few or have them all. The more desserts, the merrier! Chocolate fountain with dippers – If you’re having an elegant celebration, what better …

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