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2024 Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase

Reserve your Wedding Business’s Space Today! The 2024 Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase is gearing up to be the premier event for all things wedding-related in Loudoun County, and it’s an affair that no one in the wedding industry should miss. Scheduled for Sunday, March 10, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, this showcase promises to be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for engaged couples and wedding planners to explore the wealth of resources that Loudoun County has to offer when it comes to creating their dream wedding. Sponsored by Visit Loudoun and hosted at the elegant West Belmont Place within The National Conference Center, the Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase is a testament to the county’s dedication to making Loudoun the ultimate wedding destination. Loudoun County boasts a thriving community of wedding professionals and stunning venues that together, create an enchanting backdrop …

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Brides & Weddings Magazine Announces the Sweet Victory of the First Annual Cake-Off

Brides & Weddings Magazine is thrilled to announce the winners of its inaugural First Annual Cake-Off competition. This event has ignited the culinary passions of bakers and cake enthusiasts in the Washington Metro area. With a staggering array of talent on display, the competition was friendly, and the judges had the enviable but challenging task of selecting the top creations. Held at Briar Patch in Middleburg, Virginia, the Women’s Wedding Network members and three celebrity judges had lunch before tasting and voting on all of the cakes present. The winning cakes emerged as delightful masterpieces that showcased the bakers’ exceptional skill and celebrated the artistry and imagination that go into crafting the perfect wedding cake. The Participants of the 2023 Annual Cake-Off included:   Field and Main Restaurant     Cakebee     Bakingwithpaty     Sweet Tooth Bakery     Nothing Bundt Cakes Gainesville-Haymarket …

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Offical Rules

Competitors (defined as a cake bakery owners, operators, manager, or licensed cottage maker. ) must meet the following requirements: Be a baker, dessert creator, pastry chef or caterer that makes desserts for weddings. Be in business for more than one year. Be located in Washington DC Metro Area (VA, MD, DC) Be Over 18 years of age at the time of entry Be licensed and insured Brides & Weddings and Women’s Wedding Network staff and their family members, as well as judges at the Cake-Off, are not eligible.  Registration for the competition is available online at https://bridesandweddings.com/womens-wedding-network/cake-off and will remain open until all available places are taken. A valid registration will constitute acceptance by the competitor of all contest rules and regulations. Each competitor will be required to provide a descriptive narrative to the judges.  Categories:  Best Flavor Most Creative …

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How to Plan a Successful Virtual Bridal Shower

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings Signup for Bridal Buzz newsletter The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives, including how we celebrate. For brides-to-be, traditional bridal showers can now be enhanced or replaced with virtual celebrations. Planning a virtual bridal shower may seem daunting, but it can be a fun and meaningful way to celebrate with friends and family from all over the world. Here are some tips on how to plan a successful virtual bridal shower. Choose a Platform First and foremost, you will need to choose a platform to host your virtual bridal shower. There are many options available, including Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and FaceTime. Choose a platform that is easy to use and accessible for all guests. Test the platform before the event to ensure that everyone can join the call without any issues. …

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Top Romantic Destinations for Couples to Explore

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings Signup for Bridal Buzz newsletter  Traveling with a partner is a beautiful way to explore the world, make memories, and deepen your bond. Whether you’re newlyweds or have been together for years, countless destinations offer romance, adventure, and relaxation. Andrea Savich of Unique Travel Events shares some of her favorite destinations for couples. Paris, France  Known as the City of Love, Paris is a classic destination for couples. Paris has something for everyone, from the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the charming neighborhoods. Enjoy a romantic stroll along the Seine River, savor a croissant and coffee at a sidewalk cafe, and indulge in the city’s world-famous cuisine. Quote: “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn Santorini, Greece  With its stunning blue and white architecture and crystal-clear waters, Santorini is one …

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Wedding Bliss Luxury Wedding Showcase

Are you a bride-to-be looking to plan the wedding of your dreams? Look no further than the Wedding Bliss Luxury Wedding Showcase, presented by Wedding Bliss MD. On Sunday, April 19th, 2023, at the Brandywine Aquatic Complex in Brandywine, Maryland, this event is a must-attend for brides who want to connect with the best vendors in the business. Here’s what you can expect: A luxurious wedding showcase featuring top vendors in Maryland One-on-one consultations with vendors and wedding planners Inspiration and ideas for your big day Delicious food and drinks from top caterers and mixologists A chance to win amazing prizes and giveaways As a reader of Brides & Weddings magazine, we’re excited to promote Wedding Bliss Luxury Wedding Showcase tickets.  https://www.weddingblissmd.com/  This event is the perfect opportunity to get inspired, connect with vendors, and start planning the wedding of …

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How to Make Your Wedding Gift Opening Party Extra Special

Gift-opening parties have become increasingly popular among engaged couples to celebrate and enjoy the many thoughtful gifts they have received from family and friends. These parties are a great way to express gratitude and appreciation for the generosity of loved ones while also creating a fun and festive atmosphere. If you’re planning a gift-opening party for your wedding, here are some ideas to make the event even more special. Create a Theme One way to add some fun and creativity to your gift-opening party is to choose a theme. This could be something as simple as a color scheme, or as elaborate as a beach or garden party. Whatever theme you choose, make sure to incorporate it into the decorations, food, and drinks to create a cohesive and memorable experience. Invite Guests to Share a Story Another way to make …

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Savoring the Moment: The Importance of Menu Tastings for Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and the food you serve to your guests can make a big difference in the success of your celebration. Menu tastings are an essential part of the wedding planning process, allowing you to sample the food served on your special day and ensure that it meets your expectations. What is a Menu Tasting? A menu tasting is a scheduled appointment with your caterer or wedding venue where you get to sample the menu options that will be served on your wedding day. Typically, the caterer or venue will prepare several options for you to taste, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts. This allows you to get a feel for the quality of the food, the presentation, and the overall experience that your guests will have on your wedding …

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Capturing the Magic, Part 2: Tips for Choosing the Right Videography Style

Wedding videography is a beautiful way to capture and relive the special moments of your wedding day. With so many videography options available, it can be challenging to decide which one is right for you. Here are some wedding day videography options and tips on how to decide which one is best for you. Traditional Wedding Videography Traditional wedding videography is the most common option for capturing wedding day moments. It typically includes a highlight reel of the entire wedding day, including getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception. The videographer will use professional equipment to capture high-quality video and audio of the day’s events. Documentary-Style Wedding Videography If you’re looking for a more natural and unobtrusive way to capture your wedding day, consider documentary-style wedding videography. This style focuses on candid moments throughout the day, giving a more authentic …

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Post Wedding Brunch Planning

A post-wedding brunch is a great way to extend the wedding celebrations and say farewell to guests in a more casual setting. It’s an opportunity to thank your guests for attending your wedding and spending time with you. Here are some tips to help you plan the ultimate post-wedding brunch: Choose a venue Consider a venue that’s convenient for you and your guests. It could be at a restaurant, hotel, or even at a family member’s home. If you’re having a destination wedding, choose a venue close to the hotel where most of your guests are staying. Set a date and time Choose a date and time that works well for everyone, ideally the day after the wedding. A brunch time around 11 am or noon is perfect, giving your guests time to sleep in after the wedding festivities. Plan …

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Wedding Gown Trains: A Style Lesson

By Lisa Beth Miller Shopping for wedding gowns can be fun, but overwhelming, and selecting a train length is just one more decision that a bride will need to make. Brides can, however, breathe a sigh of relief. This decision is all about common sense and personal preference! Obviously, a longer, more regal train length equals a super-formal look. If that is truly the style of your wedding, go for a long train! Just be sure to have a plan regarding what to do with the long train later in the day (for instance, when you want to dance)! In most cases, a seamstress can add hooks to the gown to allow the train to be bustled, or lifted off the floor. There are a few different bustle styles, and an experienced seamstress should be able to guide you through …

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Why getting a prenup before you say “I do” is important

No one ever wants to go into a marriage thinking they will get a divorce. But the process of creating a prenup can actually HELP your marriage. It forces you to talk about things, understand your financial portfolio, and sets expectations of behavior during the marriage as well as the results of the ending of that marriage. A prenuptial agreement, or “prenup,” is a contract between two people who are about to be married. The prenup spells out each person’s financial rights and obligations during the marriage and what will happen to their property and assets if the marriage ends in divorce. Prenups are not just for the wealthy. Anyone who owns property has significant debt or expects to receive an inheritance, or other financial windfalls should seriously consider signing a prenup. If you’re considering a prenup, here are some …

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