DC Area Brides: Win a Spa Soiree in Georgetown!

Venue Safari, Nectar Skin Bar, Pie Sisters and Hitched Bridal Couture are giving away an unbelievable prize! “Like” Venue Safari and Nectar Skin Bar on Facebook to enter, a winner will receive the following for yourself and 5 guests:

  • Use of Nectar Skin Bar’s patio for up to 4 hours
  • Manicures and Pedicures
  • Make-up application on the winner plus a lesson given to the other 5 attendees
  • An assortment of “cuppies” mini pies from Pie Sisters as well as non-alcoholic beverages
  • Each person will receive a gift bag with a gift from Hitched Bridal Couture and other contents from our giveaway partners
  • In addition, the winner will receive a $200 gift card to Nectar Skin Bar
Giveaway ends at midnight EST on January 16, 2012
Good luck!!!

By entering the giveaway you are agreeing that you have reviewed and agreed with the giveaway rules below:



SPONSOR: The contest is sponsored by VenueSafari, LLC (“Sponsor” or “VenueSafari”), a Virginia limited liability company with principal place of business at 3015 Aspen Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042.


VenueSafari Giveaway Promotion (the “Giveaway”) is open to residents of the 50 US states (including the District of Columbia) that are at least 18 years of age as of the date of their entry. Employees of VenueSafari and their immediate family members (mother, father, sibling, child) and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law. Users must have a Facebook account and LIKE VenueSafari AND Nectar Skin Bar to be eligible. Only one Facebook account per person is eligible.


One prize will be awarded. The prize will include (and may or may not be limited to):

– Use of Nectar Skin Bar’s patio for up to 4 hours for the winner plus 5 guests. Winner will be able to choose a Saturday or Sunday and must be redeemed in 2012. Date subject to availability.
– Manicures and Pedicures for the winner plus 5 guests.
– Make-up application demonstration on winner with lesson to other guests.
– Gift bags for winner plus 5 guests
– $200 gift card (can be used later at spa or used to add additional services on spa day –prices set by Nectar Skin Bar)
– Assortment of mini pies and non-alcoholic drinks from Pie Sisters
– One gift per person given by Hitched Bridal Couture

All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of winner.

3. DATES: The Giveaway will run from January 9 through January 16, 2012. One winner will be selected at the end of the time period.

4. ENTRY FOR DRAWING: Entries may be earned by selecting LIKE at the Facebook page of BOTH Venue Safari AND Nectar Skin Bar.

5. RANDOM DRAWING: Sponsor will select a winner randomly from among all eligible entries. Sponsors’ decisions as to the administration and operation of the Giveaway and the selection of the winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Giveaway.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION: The winner will be announced on the VenueSafari website and the VenueSafari Facebook page. If any winner announcement remains unanswered for more than forty-eight (48) hours, the prize will be forfeited in its entirety. It is the winner’s sole responsibility to contact Sponsor to collect the prize. Once winners have confirmed their status as an eligible winner, Once announced, winner will be responsible for providing VenueSafari with his or her full name, email address, and mailing address (P.O. Boxes are not permitted). Winners will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity release (where legal) within fourteen (14) days of notification attempt or the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected by random drawing. All prizes will be mailed out within fourteen (14) days of Giveaway close.

7. PUBLICITY: Participation in the Giveaway constitutes permission to use winners’ names, photographs, likenesses and geographical data for advertising and promotional purposes in any media throughout the world, without further notice, right of review, approval or compensation except where prohibited by law.

8. RELEASE: Participants agree to release and hold Sponsor and its respective officers, directors, employees and agents harmless from all liability, damage, losses or injury to person or property resulting from or incurred in connection with their acceptance, forfeiture or use of any prize or their participation in the sweepstakes. Entrants assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this promotion or use or redemption of any prize.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: VenueSafari is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer hardware or software or other technical failures, unauthorized human intervention, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic, including without limitation, the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information online regardless of cause.

10. GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing, the offering or the announcement of any prize or in the administration of the promotion. Multiple Facebook accounts are prohibited. Winners that are found to have multiple Facebook accounts will be disqualified. Any use of robotic; automatic, programmed or like entry methods will void all entries affected by such methods and be deemed tampering. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Giveaway, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Giveaway, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by an individual to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of this promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, VenueSafari reserves the right to seek damages from any such individual to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and the decisions of the judges. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing, the offering or the announcement of any prize or in the administration of the promotion.

11. NO ENDORSEMENT OR LIABILITY FOR PRIZES: Sponsor does not make any endorsement of the products or services provided as part of the prize associated with this Giveaway and hereby disclaims any and all liability associated with the same.

Cake Pops for DC Wedding Favors or Dessert!

One of my former clients filled me in about Baked by Yael. It’s ALLL about mini foods right now– cupcakes, sliders, pigs in a blanket and now cake pops! These look delicious! Looks like she makes lots of other delicious baked goods too. Great for out of towner gift bags, post wedding brunch or snacks for the bridal party while everyone is getting ready for the wedding. Enjoy!

Photograph via Baked by Yael

City Themed Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates

I blog about wedding venues not just because I love locations for weddings but because I also just love PLACES. Cities, skylines, rolling hills, ocean as far as the eye can see. When couples incorporate details (maps, unique favors, etc) related to the city, state or country where their wedding is taking place it adds a customization and uniqueness to the event. I love these Hello! Lucky city save the dates and invitations, I think they add an element of excitement for out of town guests anticipating your wedding day. Order a few extras for yourself because I promise when you look back at these a few years down the road, whether you live in the city where you were married or far away, it will always hold a special place in your heart! (wow, I know, I am getting cheesy! but I am serious)

This response set with the yellow and black checker cab is adorable.


Blog Sighting: Oh Lovely Day features Mix and Match Bridesmaids

This has to be my favorite mix and match bridesmaids dresses I have EVER see. It’s not easy to pull this off. If you are interested in doing this with your bridal party make sure you get everyone together and take some photographs (or as many bridesmaids as you can get in one place) to make sure it looks great prior to the big day.

Photograph via Oh Lovely Day