When you strip away all the materialistic aspects of your wedding (perfect dress, gorgeous flowers, delicious food), you’re left with the most important part: the vows.
Invite all your loved ones with help from local stationer Saima Khan of Saima Says Design, who offers custom letterpress and engraved invitations, as well as place cards and programs (2121 Wisconsin Avenue NW, suite 320; 202-370-6381).
In Sickness and in Health
Rest assured that your guests will be full and healthy with food from Gail’s Vegetarian Catering. Create a personalized, seasonal menu made of local, organic ingredients. And take note: They make a mean vegan wedding cake (301-949-7602).
For Richer or for Poorer
Hopefully it will be the former, in which case head to Carine’s Bridal Atelier. The recently opened shop carries dresses by Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra, Angel Sanchez, and Melissa Sweet. Plus, a portion of profits from every sale is donated to leukemia/lymphoma research (1726 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 2nd floor; 202-965-4696).
For Better or for Worse
You and your bridesmaids want to look stunning, right? So plan a bridal party with stylists from Cristophe; they’ll do cuts, color, and styling while you and the maids sip champagne (1125 18th Street NW; 202-785-2222).
To Love and to Cherish
Well, in your pictures at least — when you borrow exquisite baubles from the Tiny Jewel Box (1147 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-393-2747) through the Four Seasons’s Something Borrowed jewelry lending program (202-944-2014).
To Have and to Hold
Bloom Fresh Flowers will create a perfect bouquet for you to carry down the aisle. The family-run floral shop specializes in free and loose English garden bouquets and arrangements (625 South Washington Street, Alexandria; 703-299-9929).
With This Ring
Make it official with rings from estate jeweler Landon Lanier. Shop during private appointments and pick from dazzlers like an Edwardian cushion-cut diamond ring and an art deco platinum diamond and sapphire ring (202-518-6639).
You’re sure to be happy with your wedding as long as you both shall live.
For more ways to make the big day memorable, check out our fall 2006 wedding guide.