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Dresses and Attire Gifts

The Paisley Box – Unique Wedding Party Gifts

If you are looking for creative gift ideas and options for your bridal party then you’ll want to visit The Paisley Box.   They specialize in Bridesmaid Robes, or the Robes you wear as you get ready on your wedding day.  You’ll also find a variety of other Unique Gifts : Personalized Shawls, Socks, Tote Bags, Luggage Tags, and their growing collection of Graphic Tank Tops.

The Paisley Box continues to add to their Wedding Party gift collection with items such adorable Ring Bearer T-Shirts.   You’ll want to be sure to check their site often for newly added products and gift ideas!

Click on any of the pictures below to visit The Paisley Box website.

(This post contains links from “The Paisley Box”.  They are an affiliate/vendor on our website and Wedding Expo Online will be compensated when you make a purchase, after clicking the links provided.  To view the full disclosure, please check out Q&A #11 by clicking here.)

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Do's and Don'ts

2019 Pantones Color of the Year – Living Coral

Pantone has announced that its 2019 color of the year is….living coral.  So, what does this mean when it comes to your wedding?  If you do an image search on the internet for ‘coral color wedding’, you’ll notice that coral is and has been a popular color for weddings.  Pair it with navy, gold, lime green or turquoise and your guests are going to rave over the magnificent colors of your weddings for years to come.

Let’s dive into the meaning/definition of pantones living coral.  It is described as an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.  Vibrant yet mellow, the color experts say that the shade communicates a vibe that embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE living coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

‘Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 living coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 living coral embodies our desire for playful expression.’

Pantones living coral can accent any wedding theme, from your bridesmaids dresses, your bouquet, to table settings and linens.  If you are undecided on wedding colors….you can’t to wrong with coral!

 

 

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Other

Are You An Etsy Shop Owner?

 

Are you an Etsy shop owner that needs a little boost in your sales? Well, I’m here to give you some insight on what might improve your overall numbers on Etsy and what has worked for me. I have been an Etsy shop owner since 2011 and over the past several years Etsy has made some major changes to their website that have left some Etsy shop owners with declined sales and/or their products in the Etsy search almost obsolete. Being an Etsy shop owner myself, I found that the businesses that are in the wedding category just kind of get buried in the 1.98 million shops, and the over 50 million products that are listed on Etsy. These are Etsy’s statistics from August 6, 2018.

This is why I started Wedding Expo Online.   To read my full story, click here.

Now that Etsy has grown to a record number of Etsy shops, it’s time for Etsy shop owners to find new ways to get customers to their shops.  I am going to help you learn some of the tips I use to keep my Etsy store booming with sales. I want to help you achieve your sales goals and see your store booming with sales too.   For credibility and proof, you can visit my Etsy store to see my sales and feedback creatingapapermemory

If Etsy has been your main source of income and your sales are declining I DO NOT recommend that you close your shop. What I do recommend is that you take advantage of ways to market your Etsy shop outside of Etsy.   You, as an Etsy store owner, can only get so much advertising from within Etsy itself.  You need to venture outside of Etsy to get more people to your online store and it’s really simple.  Ranking higher in google means getting your store name and store products in front of as many online viewers as possible without spending a fortune to do it.  I rank in the top 1% of all Etsy sellers.

Check out my Etsy store ranking here.

Did you know the more your Etsy shop name and/or product links that show up around the internet that you will rank higher in Etsy’s and Google’s search results?   You don’t have to offer free shipping, or spend $100’s on advertising to do it.   Here is what I do to make my Etsy store successful . . .

Etsy does have the platform that you need to run a successful shop and I suggest that you take advantage of their tools to make sure you are giving your shop the most available visibility. Wedding Expo Online has also created a platform for you to successfully market your business to direct new customers to your Etsy shop and/or website outside of Etsy.  When you get done reading this article you will want to check out  the ‘How to successfully market your business on Wedding Expo Online’ article.

One of the things I chose to do was to open a Pattern website offered through Etsy.  The Pattern website costs about $14.00 a month and because it is a stand alone website I rank higher in google searches.  So now I’m getting search results within Etsy and also in the Google search engines.  Google gets more info from your stand alone website than from just your Etsy shop alone.  Every change I make in my Etsy store also gets changed immediately on my Pattern website. You can look here at my Etsy shop and here at my website to see how the two work together. Etsy takes all of my information from my Etsy shop and puts it on my website for me. I don’t have to do anything as far as layout, updating, etc on my Pattern website.  Anytime I change or update information on my Etsy page it automatically gets changed on my Pattern website. Such as: add products, update my about me page, update photos, updated descriptions, etc.

I also found out that since I started writing articles on Wedding Expo Online and sharing the articles on my social media sites that I also receive more views to my Etsy shop.  Other viewers that read my articles can share the articles as well. (If you choose to join Wedding Expo Online engaged couples and other vendors will share your articles on their social media sites too.  Wedding Expo Online will automatically share your articles when you post them to our site.)  So, what Etsy shop owners need to realize is that they can’t rely on just Etsy alone to bring them views and sales.   You have to use other tools available to get your website, Etsy store name, etc. out there on the internet.

Other perks for joining Wedding Expo Online:
1. A place where you can write your articles/blogs and viewers can share them on social media sites.
2. Join forums where Etsy isn’t monitoring.  You’ll be able to brainstorm with other Etsy sellers to make your Etsy store the best it can be.
3. Post on our Center Stage page live and connect with engaged couples and other vendors.  You’ll be able to share your products and wedding business directly with other members.
4. Etc.   You can learn more on the Vendors Lounge Page.

Another trick I learned with Etsy is NOT to use the option where you can have different variations when it comes to quantity and price.  When that first came out I used it and my sales tanked.   Once I took that variation off and made listings for each quantity I sold, my sales continued to be consistently high.  For example:  My invitation sets I will make one listing for 50 invitations sets which include the invitation, RSVP’s and inserts along with envelopes and stickers. If a buyer buys that listing they will be receiving 50 invitation sets of that theme.  Then in the description I will put quantity 1 = 50 invitation sets, quantity 2 = 100 invitation sets, quantity 3 = 150 invitation sets.   I bet your asking yourself, “What if someone wants 125 invitation sets?”. I also put in the description that if they are wanting a different quantity I can make a separate listing for them.  It has been working great.   Here is the invitation set listing so you can see how I listed them without using variations for price or quantity.  click here to view the listing. 

Adding sales and coupons to your Etsy listings:  I always run a sale.  Normally it’s a 10% sale that runs all of the time and during holidays I will run a 20% sale.   When you get the emails that Etsy sends out that mention sales to run for the upcoming holiday make sure you take advantage of that.   They will let you know which days the sale will run.  Normally Etsy will run a lot of ads for major holidays during the year throughout the internet.

Shipping: I tried Etsy’s free shipping with $35 or more and it really hurt my sales for the weeks I was doing it.   Customers that come to Etsy already expect to pay shipping.   If you list your products so that it’s easy for the customer to understand, they understand what they are getting, and if you have great customer service you won’t need free shipping.  I pick and choose which items I can offer with free shipping if I choose to offer it.

After a customer buys an item from me on Etsy I always message them to thank them for the purchase and to let them know when I will be either emailing them a proof or shipping their item.   I always congratulate them on their wedding too.  Certain little things you do in your Etsy shop will give you the constant 5 star reviews.   I’ve maintained five star reviews constantly in my Etsy store and about 10% of my sales are from repeat customers.

Do you have a product that can be used for a wedding?  With more options and ideas available to brides each year, basically any product can be considered a wedding item or gift.   Do you offer jewelry, stationery, supplies, décor, gifts, clothing, etc.?  When you add the word wedding to your title you now have a wedding product, whether they can use it at the wedding or maybe as a gift.  The wedding industry is booming with more and more people getting married each year.   You can boost your sales and views on your Etsy store by becoming a vendor member on Wedding Expo Online by utilizing the marketing options we have available.  I started this website to help other store owners in the wedding industry to reach their potential by offering another tool necessary to achieve their sales goals.  If you don’t think your products are for weddings just message me and I can give you some ideas to boost your item description and offer suggestions to you as to how your product can be considered a wedding product.

As more engaged couples become members of Wedding Expo Online you’ll be able to connect directly with them. As a Vendor member of Wedding Expo Online you can write articles about your business and/or products, submit portfolios of your products, be part of our live online expo on Center Stage and be a part of our online Groups, etc. You’ll be able to complete your profile page with all of the information the engaged couples will need to learn about your wedding business.  Wedding Expo Online will help share your articles, your portfolio, your links to your Etsy store, etc. so that you can experience more views and sales.

Here are the steps I suggest you take today to start seeing an increase in traffic to your Etsy shop:

  • The most successful stores on Etsy have over 400 products in their Etsy shop. For example: I have many themes I offer in my store. One of the products that I offer is favor tags, so I made a listing for each theme.  If you have 25 themes or colors and 20 products for each theme or color, your shop will start to fill up pretty fast.
  • Make sure your pictures look spectacular, cute and inviting.
  • The title of your items should have several key words in it so your product will show up better in the search results on Etsy and Google.
  • Get a Pattern website from Etsy if you don’t already have a stand alone website with your products.  Since Etsy made this tool so easy to use and created a way for me to get more Google views, I highly recommend it.
  • The one thing I quit doing was paying for promoted listings.   I used to pay over $3500 a year for promoted listings and found out that those promoted listing were for the Etsy search only.  Once I stopped using the promoted listings, opened a Pattern website through Etsy, and started writing articles my sales increased even more.
  • The busy wedding season starts in January so be sure to start your marketing campaign early so you’ll be ready for the wedding busy season.  Most successful wedding vendors will start planning for the new year in August or September.  So, take advantage now of the many marketing options for your business that Wedding Expo Online has to offer.
  • Become a member of Wedding Expo Online.  Wedding Expo Online will help share your articles, links, etc. so more brides and engaged couples can visit your online store.
  • Write articles on our site, submit a gallery, create groups, be active on our Center Stage community page, etc. The membership Wedding Expo Online offers is very affordable and will give you the tools you need to connect with engaged couples.  Be sure to include your Etsy shop URL when you submit content to our site.  The articles you write can be shared by others on Pinterest too!   Pinterest is a great way to attract more people to your Etsy store.
  • Check the Vendors Lounge for a full details on how Wedding Expo Online can help you with your marketing campaign and also connect you with engaged couples.
  • Don’t forget to also open a Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram account.  Those are some of the most popular places engaged couples go to find products/vendors for their wedding.
  • For those that join Wedding Expo Online and pay the annual discounted price will be included in the Wedding Expo Online quarterly magazine!

Please contact me anytime if you have questions or need help boosting your Etsy store.   I’m excited to see you on Wedding Expo Online!

Thanks,
Sandy Newcomb
Owner of Creating Paper Memories (Etsy store name: creatingapapermemory)  and Wedding Expo Online

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Invitations and Stationery

My Wedding Vendor Story

I am so excited to share with you my journey as a wedding industry vendor. I started back in 2004 as an Ebay Power Seller selling save the date cards. My passion for computer design led me to research what others were selling and I came across the wedding section of Ebay. Before 2004 I would have never thought I would be starting a business designing and selling wedding invitations and stationery. It’s the best decision I ever made!

I took my passion and ran with it. During my several months of researching on what items were selling the most I noticed a lot of other designers were selling the save the date magnets, but there were a lot of sellers selling them. The competition was high. So, I put my thinking cap on to find a way to create something new that engaged couples would love. One day in February of 2004 I released the save the date with the calendar stickers.

I was so excited at my new product and anxious to list as many themes as I could think of. Within hours of listing my save the dates I was getting sales. Back in 2004 when the ‘You Got Mail’ was popular every time you received an email, I made sure my speakers on my computer were turned up to max. Now that sound has been replaced with the Etsy ‘Cha-Ching’ sound. You can easily know who the Etsy sellers are in public if you’ve forgotten to turn down your volume on your phone. LOL!

As the sales of my save the dates were reaching higher than my anticipated goals, I thought to myself, “I just found my niche, I’m going to be selling save the dates for the rest of my life, this is going to be great!” As the months went by and I was busier than ever selling save the dates I started to receive emails from the brides that purchased from me. They asked me if I made invitations and other wedding stationery items that would match their save the dates. My eyes became wide and now my excitement went to a whole new level. I completely forgot about matching items!

At that time, I didn’t realize there were so many matching items I could offer. After receiving dozens and dozens of emails and messages about my customers wanting matching items I started adding new items to my Ebay store. Unfortunately, Ebay made a turn for the worse and it didn’t help the sellers, like myself, so we could maintain our sales. Ebay upped the fees and the search options were no longer supplying the revenue I was making.  I even ventured at opening my own local retail shop, but soon realized I was receiving more orders nation wide than I was locally.   My local retail shop only was open for 3 years when I returned back full time to selling online only.

Between 2004 and 2010 I participated in my local wedding show each year at the expo center.   I also put ads in the local wedding publications and still realized more and more of my sales were not from my local area.   The online sales were still the way to go and by choosing to focus on my business at a national level has allowed my income to be where I want it to be.

In 2011, I discovered Etsy. I quickly added products to my store and my sales skyrocketed even higher than I was selling on Ebay. I continued to build my Etsy store along with the Pattern website that Etsy offers. Be sure to visit The Vendors Lounge for my free online courses about boosting your Etsy shop if you are an Etsy seller.

With Etsy filling up with so many sellers, the wedding businesses are getting buried deep in the pages and sales have declined. I want to help with boosting the wedding businesses that choose to join Wedding Expo Online, by offering a membership that will give them the opportunity for engaged couples to learn more about their wedding business and/or service and offer a way for both vendors and engaged couples to connect on an easier level.

After 14+ year working as a wedding industry vendor and being a vendor on other wedding websites trying to boost my sales, I noticed there wasn’t a way for vendors and engaged couples to connect at a faster rate. The ‘other’ wedding advertising websites would only let me market to my local area and because I sell my products nationally it wasn’t financially making sense why I was spending all that advertising money with them and not getting very many leads . It didn’t make sense financially for me to continue with their websites, especially since I couldn’t reach the engaged couples myself. I had to wait for engaged couples to contact me only from my profile page.

I have done a lot of research to find that there is no other platform designed just for weddings that will allow real time connections. So, that is when I knew Wedding Expo Online needed to happen. With my designing background and knowing the wedding industry like the back of my hand, I knew I needed to create a platform that was affordable for the vendors, and easy for engaged couples to find vendors and for vendors to display their wedding businesses. Wedding Expo Online allows vendors to submit articles, portfolios, events, be part of our live online wedding expo on center stage, and much more.

If you are a shop owner and need a little boost in your views and sales, Wedding Expo Online has what you need.  Be sure to click here for more information.

I’m so excited for you to be part of the Wedding Expo Online community! Check out the Engaged Couples Lounge if you are engaged/part of the wedding party/or even the mother of the bride, or the Vendors Lounge if you are a wedding vendor. The lounges are full of details on what you can do to participate on our site. Take your wedding planning or your wedding business to the next level and let’s fill up the expo. This will be the best decision you will ever make!

Sandy,
Owner of Creating Paper Memories and Wedding Expo Online

To check out my Etsy store: click here

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Wyoming Wedding Vendors

Wyoming Weddings

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Getting Married In Wyoming?
Information you might want to know if you are getting married in Wyoming.

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Wyoming State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of Wyoming is the beautiful Indian Paintbrush or Painted Cup.  (Pictured above)

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Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of Wyoming, you must first apply for a wedding license at the County Clerk’s office.

Marriage license fee: $30

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in Wyoming: Age 18
  • The County Clerk issues Wyoming marriage licenses, which can be used anywhere in the state. 
  • There is NO waiting period.
  • The wedding license is valid for 365 days.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • 2 Witnesses are required in the State of Wyoming.
  • Both parties need to be present to apply in person.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid form of I.D.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid Social Security number/card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

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Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

SUMMER
Summers can be quite hot at low elevations.  Average temperatures in July range from 85F to 90F, but cool off after dark.  Some regions of Wyoming are classified as deserts. 

WINTER
Winter is very cold in Wyoming, but it’s also a beautiful time of year.  The air is very dry, so when it snows it comes down as light fluffy powder.  Daytime highs rarely break the freezing mark between December and February.  Snow tends to stick around all season once it begins to pile up.

FALL
Fall tends to be very pleasant, but winter sets in fast and early snowstorms can roll through September and October in the high country.

SPRING
Spring isn’t the best time of year in Wyoming because the snow melts and creates muddy conditions in May and the temperatures remain chilly.  Most of the rain falls in late spring and early summer, which is also a windy time of year.

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Popular Wyoming Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in Wyoming choose bold colors for their wedding.
  • Indoor wedding venues are just as popular as outdoor venues.
  • Serving pie instead of cake is a Wyoming tradition that the guests love.
  • Tradition in Wyoming is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Cheyenne and Jackson Hole are the two most popular cities to get married.
  • Bride’s choose to include nature themes into their weddings to bring the Wyoming tradition atmosphere to their guests.
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Wisconsin Wedding Vendors

Wisconsin Weddings

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Getting Married In Wisconsin?
Information you might want to know if you are getting married in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of Wisconsin is the beautiful Wood Violet.  (Pictured above)
The blooming season is early spring and continue into early fall.

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Alabama State Fruit

Do you want to use the state fruit in your wedding dessert?
State Fruit:  Blackberry
State Tree Fruit: Peach

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Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of Wisconsin, you must first apply for a wedding license at the County Clerk’s office in the county one of the parties has resided in for at least 30 days prior to making application.

Marriage license fee: Fees vary by each county in the state of Wisconsin for a marriage license.  Marriage license fees are required at the time of application.

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in Wisconsin: Age 18
  • The marriage license can be used in any county in the State of Wisconsin.
  • There is a 6-day waiting period.
  • The wedding license is valid 30 days.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • 2 Witnesses are required in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Both parties need to be present to apply in person.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid form of I.D.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid Social Security number/card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

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Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

SUMMER
A few places in Wisconsin get much hotter than the upper 80F’s during the peak of summer between June and August.  Thunderstorms are common most weeks.  There are a few weeks in the summer where the temperatures reach over 90F.  The humidity levels are pretty high.

WINTER
Winter is a rough season in Wisconsin.  Between December and February the daytime rarely top 30F, and the night lows dip well below freezing.  Wisconsin get a lot of snow, with an average of 40 inches in the south and to 160 inches in the north.

FALL
September is a great month in terms of weather, with highs in the 70F’s and not too much precipitation.   October even gets better as the trees turn color and the weather cools off.

SPRING
Spring is a mixture of weather, with frequent rain but plenty of beautiful weather.  May temperatures are back to the mid 60F’s.

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Popular Wisconsin Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in Wisconsin choose to have a vintage theme wedding.
  • Indoor wedding venues are just as popular as outdoor venues.
  • Backyard weddings are a popular trend in Wisconsin.
  • Tradition in Wisconsin is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Milwaukee and Madison are the two most popular cities to get married.
  • Bride’s tend to keep things simple when it comes to wedding planning.  The mismatched colors and rustic feel of the wedding will surely be memorable for all wedding guests.
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West Virginia Wedding Vendors

West Virginia Weddings

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Getting Married In West Virginia?
Information you might want to know if you are getting married in West Virginia.

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West Virginia State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of West Virginia is the beautiful Rhododendron.  (Pictured above)
The peak blooming period of Rhododendrons is mid-July.

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West Virginia State Fruit

Do you want to use the state fruit in your wedding dessert?
State Fruit:  Golden Delicious Apple

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Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of West Virginia, you must first apply for a wedding license at the County Clerk’s office found in all counties.

Marriage license fee: $56

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in West Virginia: Age 16
  • There is NO waiting period, unless you are under 18, in which case there is a 3 day waiting period.
  • The wedding license is valid for 60 days.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • Witnesses are not required in the State of West Virginia.
  • Both parties need to be present to apply in person.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid form of I.D.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid Social Security number/card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

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Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

SUMMER
Summer can get very hot and temperatures are known to be in the upper 90F’s, but they generally average in the low 80F’s.  The weather is hot and humid.

WINTER
Winter weather can get as low as 18F.

FALL
Fall time in West Virginia are busy with weddings.   The beautiful fall colors perfect temperatures make great timing for outdoor weddings.

SPRING
Springtime is the least favorited in West Virginia.  You might find great deals on hotels for out of town guests, but May and June are known for flooding which can make a big muddy mess.

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Popular West Virginia Wedding Traditions

  • Engaged couples in West Virginia love the idea of having a wedding in one of the states historic churches.
  • Indoor wedding venues are just as popular as outdoor venues.
  • Rustic weddings are still popular in West Virginia, whether it’s in a log cabin or a farmhouse.
  • Tradition in West Virginia is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Charleston and Morgantown are the two most popular cities to get married.
  • Engaged couples choose the ‘togetherness’ of their friends and family over the look and perfection of their wedding when they say, “I Do”.
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Washington D.C. Wedding Vendors

Washington D.C. Weddings

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Getting Married In Washington D.C.?
Information you might want to know if you are getting married in Washington D.C.

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Washington D.C. State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of Washington D.C is the beautiful American Beauty Rose.  (Pictured above)

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Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of Washington D.C., you must first apply for a wedding license at the Marriage Bureau.

Marriage license fee: $45

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in Washington D.C.: Age 18
  • There is NO waiting period.
  • The wedding license does not expire.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • Witnesses are not required in Washington D.C.
  • Both parties need to be present to apply in person.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid form of I.D.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid Social Security number/card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

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Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

SUMMER
The warmest summer temperatures during the summer are felt along the coast, with July temperatures between 70F and 85F.  Summertime is the most popular time for weddings in Virginia.   The beaches get crowded so be sure to plan well in advance if you having a beachside wedding in the nearby states.

WINTER
January temperatures average between 19F to 42F.  Plan on snow during the winter months.

FALL
Fall season has the perfect weather.   Not too hot, not too cold.

SPRING
The sunny weather of the spring means postcard perfect pictures.

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Popular Washington D.C. Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in Washington D.C. choose to have a semi-formal wedding.
  • Indoor wedding venues are just as popular as outdoor venues.
  • Washington D.C. engaged couples choose a church for their indoor weddings.
  • Tradition in Washington D.C. is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Vineyards and public parks are popular for engaged couples when they say, “I Do”.
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Washington Wedding Vendors

Washington Weddings

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Getting Married In Washington?
Information you might want to know if you are getting married in Washington.

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Washington State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of Washington is the beautiful Coast Rhododendron.  (Pictured above)
Coast Rhododendron flower blooming period is May through June.

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Washington State Fruit

Do you want to use the state fruit in your wedding dessert?
State Fruit:  Apple

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Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of Washington, you must first apply for a wedding license from any county seat County Auditors office.

Marriage license fee: Fees vary by each county in the state of Washington for a marriage license.  Marriage license fees are required at the time of application.

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in Washington: Age 18
  • There is 3-day waiting period.
  • The wedding license is valid for 60 days.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • Witnesses are required in the State of Washington at the ceremony.
  • Both parties need to be present to apply in person.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid form of I.D.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid Social Security number/card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

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Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

SUMMER
July and August are the only two months in the year when it probably won’t rain.  The temperatures are normally in the 70F’s and blue skies make it popular for summer weddings.  Summer temperatures can sore into the upper 80F’s and 90F’s in late August.  

WINTER
December and January receives the most rain.  Late fall and early winter brings temperatures into the low 50F’s.    The snowfall accumulates the most in the mountains in the winter months.

FALL
September will still have clear skies.   Summer normally ends in early October and fall sets in with lower temperatures and rain.

SPRING
April showers sure do bring May flowers and more May rain.   With all the rain that is falling on Washington during the spring months the green scenery is amazing to see during the early summer months.

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Popular Washington Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in Washington choose to have an outdoor wedding.
  • Golf courses in Washington are a perfect choice for outdoor venues.
  • With the many mountains and volcanoes, your guests will surely enjoy some site seeing the days before or after the wedding.
  • Tradition in Washington is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Seattle and Spokane are the two most popular cities to get married.
  • Summer beachside weddings are popular for many engaged couples in Washington.
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Virginia Wedding Vendors

Virginia Weddings

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Getting Married In Virginia?
Information you might want to know if you are getting married in Virginia.

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Virginia State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of Virginia is the beautiful American Dogwood.  (Pictured above)
American Dogwood blooms in late April and early May.

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Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of Virginia, you must first apply for a wedding license that is issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.  

Marriage license fee: $30

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in Virginia: Age 16
  • Engaged couples may go to any circuit court in Virginia to obtain this license.
  • There is NO waiting period.
  • The wedding license is valid for 60 days.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • Witnesses are not required in the State of Virginia.
  • Both parties need to be present to apply in person.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid form of I.D.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid Social Security number/card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

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Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

SUMMER
The warmest summer temperatures during the summer are felt along the coast, with July temperatures between 70F to 85F.  Summertime is the most popular time for weddings in Virginia.  The beaches get crowded so be sure to plan well in advance if you are having a beachside wedding.

WINTER
The southwest and west are dominated by the Blue Ridge Mountains, which bring snow in the winter.  January temperatures average between 19F to 42F.   

FALL
Fall season has the perfect weather.  Not too hot, not too cold.

SPRING
The sunny weather of the spring means postcard perfect pictures.

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Popular Virginia Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in Virginia choose an outdoor wedding.
  • Indoor wedding venues are perfect for the after parties.
  • Photo’s are a popular trend in front of the ‘love’ letters that can be seen all over the state.
  • Tradition in Virginia is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Richmond and Charlottesville are the most popular cities to get married.
  • Fall weddings are popular in Virginia.
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