Bride’s Head Revisited

Concerned that your big day will create big problems? Let’s travel into the psyche of the average bride and address those delicate nerves.

Write Makes Right
Don’t worry about reading the writing on the wall. Leave it to Lisa Ridgely of Pen & Ink Calligraphy. She’ll use perfect penmanship on whimsically creative envelopes, place cards, favor tags, and whatever else you might label. For cost cutters, she’ll happily hand-letter an original for copy purposes.

bound forever!

Memories Are Made of This
Go on. Get rip-roaringly drunk. You’ll still make each moment a memory with charming albums handcrafted with vintage maps, fabric, and wallpaper by Made by One Girl (Red Barn Mercantile, 113 South Columbus Street, Alexandria; 703-838-0355).

Ball of Stress
Get the weight off your shoulders with a signature Dreams treatments at plush new Lorien Spa. Each service uses aromatherapy to ease wedding-planning strains. Oh, and the place could easily host your bachelorette party. Go, team effort!

clutch it!

Baggy Eyes
Sure, they may hate their dresses and shack up with the groomsmen, but you still love them. Keep the ladies happy with BeeGee Bags from local designer Brooke Galardi. Get customized clutches to match the attire or opt for her pretty floral designs.

Bridesmaids Brutality
Don’t force your girls into hideous garb. Lela Rose’s new bridesmaid collection (Hitched, 1523 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-333-6162) of peppy cocktail-style frocks will keep them from cursing behind your back.

petal pusher!

Bed of Thorns
You’ve fallen in love over flowery sentiments but leave the real buds to Holly Heider Chapple Flowers. The florists will assemble sleek, refined arrangements to match any color scheme. The mossy floral ring-bearer’s pillow is the perfect setting for any sparkler.

tiers of joy!

Whipped for a Lifetime
The future may be a big question mark, but the immediate horizon looks sweet with SugaChef’s decadent desserts. Padua Player can customize any cake using beautiful floral designs and even take care of the party favors with minicakes or decorative cookies.

Looking for more? DailyCandy Weddings is full of all things old, new, borrowed, and blue for your big day.

1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
113 S Columbus St
Alexandria, VA 22314
1523 Wisconsin Ave NW
@ Volta Pl
Washington, DC 20007