Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Colonial Thanksgiving Success

Why, you ask, am I talking about Thanksgiving in April? Well, because it was the focus of my final project to earn my wedding coordination certificate, and…I AM DONE!

Can you tell I’m excited? Last night, we presented our project, which was to plan a complete mock wedding in the DC area, providing a budget breakdown, vendor roster, timeline, venue selection, couple's story, program text, invitation wording, menu outline and more, based upon the guidelines we randomly drew at the start of the class.

My project had to feature a Thanksgiving theme, cost less than $5,000 for the entire wedding, and prioritize décor. If you know anything about how expensive the DC area is, this certainly wasn’t easy, but the challenge was actually a great way to get creative and think outside the box.

Working with Stephen, who awesomely took the class with me in preparation for assisting with my upcoming client weddings, we crafted a day that was simple and family-focused, with lots of laughter and joy, along with a décor scheme that celebrated the Thanksgiving harvest and the colonial history of Alexandria, Virginia, by using candles, magnolia leaves, pumpkins and more. From finding an affordable clubroom reception site to finding a vendor who could offer a luncheon of turkey cranberry sandwiches, we had fun working together and finding solutions that worked.  

And the best part? After months of hard work, I’m graduating from the program confident in my ability to work with my clients to bring their visions to life. I’m excited, proud and definitely ready to put my knowledge to good use!

What’s a major accomplishment you’ve achieved that just made you feel ecstatic?

(Photo Credits: Personal Library & Google Images)


  1. That's SO awesome to hear!!
    Congratulations on your wonderful accomplishments! <3

  2. Aww, good for you! The decor is warm and beautiful, and turkey-cranberry sandwiches are my favorite! Not too many huge accomplishments lately, but I did pull off an entire Easter dinner for 10 from scratch, and everything was great :)

  3. Congratulations! You have a nice hubby to go with you and be interested!

  4. That's fantastic! Congratulations, sounds you planned out a great event.

  5. Congrats on the certificate and what a great project - $5000 in DC (does that even pay for the photographer?)

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  6. Congrats on finishing! Sounds like you did a great job! :)

  7. congratulations to you! hooray :)

  8. Yay! Congrats. And I'm just going to say that Thanskgiving themed wedding sounds like a lot of fun, even if it was make believe.

  9. coongratulations! those sandwiches look and sound delish! That's such a great accomplishment!