November 30,2009

Designer Bridal Gown Blowout Sample Sale!

Sample Sale Event on Sunday, December 6th from 12pm to 3pm

Designer Bridal Gowns For As Low As $999 This Weekend Only!

Up to 75% off sample wedding gowns by Carolina Herrera, Melissa Sweet, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Platinum Collection and more!

Carine’s Bridal Atelier of Georgetown is hosting their annual end of year Sample Sale Event on Sunday, December 6th from 12pm to 3pm. Sample wedding gowns by top designers will be on sale for up to 75% off retail prices—a fantastic savings for brides! Gowns will be priced as low as $999 to $1899marked down from original retail prices of $3000-$9000. Gowns sold on a first come, first serve basis.

“Sample gowns are a great option for brides on a budget or on a short wedding timeline,” says Carine Krawiec, Owner of Carine’s Bridal Atelier. Sample dresses are in great condition and must be sold to make room for new gowns. Sample gowns are a bridal size 8 or 10 and can always be altered to fit a smaller body size. Carine’s Bridal Atelier offers custom alterations onsite in their Georgetown boutique.

Brides can preview a selection of sample sale gowns online at These gowns, plus MORE, will be priced to sell between $999 – $1899 at the Sample Sale Event.

Special Event Details

Date & Time: Sunday, December 6, 2009 (12pm–3pm)

Location: Carine’s Bridal Atelier, 1726 Wisconsin Ave NW, 2nd Fl., Washington, DC 20007

Phone: (202) 965-4696

Additional Important Information

  • Sale is first come, first serve
  • Line starts directly outside the boutique
  • No appointments taken
  • No merchandise hold policy
  • Designer labels include Angel Sanchez, Carolina Herrera, Junko Yoshioka, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Pool, Melissa Sweet, Monique Lhuillier, Platinum Collection, Reem Acra, Rivini, Rosa Clara, St. Pucchi, and The Vineyard Collection
  • All shopping and “try-ons’s” are self-service
  • Sales consultants will be available to answer questions and provide assistance as needed
  • All gowns size 8 or 10
  • Entire boutique will serve as an open dressing room; brides welcome to try-on gowns anywhere there is available space
  • All brides are recommended to wear bras, lingerie, shorts, and underwear to try on gowns as entire boutique will become a dressing room
  • All sales are final (no returns allowed); gowns are sold “As-Is”
  • Cash and Mastercard, Visa, American Express accepted. NO Discover card. NO checks allowed.
  • Street parking is limited.

For More Information

Contact Carine’s Bridal Atelier by phone 202.965.4696 or email or visit

November 26,2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

The ladies at Engaging Affairs wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for our amazing clients, our fabulous industry friends and our devoted blog readers. You all make it easy for us to love weddings and love our jobs.

The Thanksgiving montage above is courtesy of Manolo for the Brides and, aside from the paper squirrels (creepy), I’m loving it! Happy Turkey Day!

November 25,2009

Chic Comfort Food

Before we all head off to indulge in way too much Thanksgiving dinner, I thought it would be fun to visit the idea of comfort foods as elegant wedding fare. Some of my favorite wedding hors d’oeuvres are luxe versions of childhood favorites: mini grilled cheese sandwiches with shots of tomato soup, mac and cheese (I love DC caterer Occasions’ version with lobster), pigs in blankets, french fries in paper cones, petite Philly cheesesteaks and sliders.

Mashed potato bars with do-it-yourself toppings have been big for years and we’ve done the same with risotto and grits. For one holiday wedding, we did a very popular sweet potato bar with yummy add-ins like candied pecans and caramelized onions.

And I love our own Sara’s idea to serve breakfast for dinner at her wedding on Saturday (more about her amazing wedding later). The French toast station during cocktails was a huge hit and so yummy. Talk about comfort food!

So before you get caught up in the idea that you have to serve oh-so-elegant filet with a few artfully arranged stalks of asparagus think of the foods you truly love and crave. I’ll bet your guests would love them, too!


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November 24,2009

Chalkboard Details from Etsy!

A couple of months ago when I was searching for the perfect chalkboard for my outdoor October wedding, I came across artist Garth Fouts on Etsy. I loved the fact that he would create a chalkboard for me to my specifications because I needed something huge! I ended up getting a 6 foot tall black chalkboard that Garth hinged for me (which made it so much easier to transport and you couldn’t even tell once it was unfolded). It looked so cool at the wedding; everyone commented on it!

Since I have several brides who are schoolteachers, the idea of using chalkboards has come up again and again. When I mentioned this to Garth, he sent me some other chalkboard ideas he came up with for weddings. I love the idea of chalkboard place cards and chalkboard tags.

I adore the idea of hanging chalkboard tags off the backs of each chair for table numbers instead of the traditional number stand on the table. The place cards could be used for signs on buffets, dessert displays or favor tables. I’ve even gotten a bee in my bonnet about having a children’s table with a chalkboard topper so the kids could draw while they eat.

What fun ideas can you come up with for these chalkboard details?

November 23,2009

Oo la la! Oscar de la Renta Trunk Show at Hitched!

‘Tis the season for giving, and the Hitched gals have teamed up with one of the most spectacular designers to give you the greatest bridal gift of all ~ an Oscar de la Renta trunk show on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th!

As one of the most respected and established designers in the world, Oscar de la Renta is known for his use of exquisite detail and luxe fabrics. His stunning bridal collection is no exception and has received praise over and over again for its couture (yet classic) look and feel. These dresses are unlike anything you’ve seen and will be the perfect match for brides looking for a truly exquisite gown!

Since Hitched is one of only two dozen stores internationally to showcase the Oscar de la Renta bridal collection, this is one of their most anticipated trunk shows of the year. Be sure to book an appointment today by calling 202-333-6162 or emailing

Have fun!

November 20,2009

Made in the Shade: Vintage Wedding Umbrellas by Bella Umbrella

I’ve developed a slight obsession with the fabulous vintage umbrellas by Bella Umbrella (and the fact that you can rent these little numbers and have them shipped right to your door). As a wedding planner, I already have a trunk full of umbrellas (you have to be prepared!) but none are as swanky as Bella’s. Each umbrella is an original from the 1930’s to the 1950’s and each is unique.

I love mixing and matching the colors and patterns for a whimsical feel.

Going tone-on-tone gives a more sophisticated look.

You don’t need rain to use umbrellas at a wedding. They provide instant shade for outdoor summer ceremonies and are the perfect accessory for a fun portrait session. So bop on over to Bella and check out all the cool styles. Enjoy!

November 19,2009

A Sneak Peek {Kendall and Nick}

My wedding this past weekend was absolutely gorgeous and, although, I don’t have all the photos yet, here are a few shots from the bride and groom’s monument shoot between the ceremony and reception. I had been worried that it would get too dark for good shots but I love the deep indigo sky and the dramatic lighting of the monuments behind them. Thank you to Juan Carlos of Fotobriceno for sharing these beautiful images!

Stay tuned for more fabulous detail shots of this Fall-themed wedding at The Willard!

November 18,2009

New Year’s Eve Weddings!

It may be a ways off from New Year’s Eve but for those planning a wedding on this iconic evening, it is right around the corner. I am working on a fun eco-friendly wedding at The Hotel Monaco for the big night and can’t wait! Here are some inspiring images to get you in a party mood.

Gotta love this uber-glam dress. Perfect for a dancing dress after the ceremony!

It’s all about time on New Year’s Eve!

Photos from top to bottom: Bella M Events, Grazier Photography, Grazier Photography, Jessica Claire Photography

November 17,2009

Amsale Trunk Show at Hitched!

Your best gals have been there for you through it all ~ so what better way to repay them than by outfitting them in fabulously chic, far from frumpy dresses to wear on your big day! Gather up your girls and come out for the Amsale Bridesmaid Trunk Show on Saturday, November 28th at Hitched.

With so many colors, fabrics, and styles to choose from, the Amsale bridesmaid collection features options that are appropriate for every type of wedding ~ from a garden party to a fancy hotel soiree.

At the trunk show, they’ll be showcasing the brand new colors and styles from Amsale’s fun and sophisticated line of crinkle chiffon gowns, along with gorgeous new taffeta and jersey silhouettes. As an added bonus, any Amsale bridesmaid dresses purchased that day will be 15% off (yup, bonus!).

To make an appointment, please call 202-333-6162, or email