It’s the start of wedding planning season in DC. That’d be the months leading up to Springtime when hotels and vendors pull out all the stops to woo brides-to-be in using their venues, catering, photography, event entertainment, hair and makeup, cake decorating, and basically everything else people do at weddings.
We headed to the Park Hyatt to see Washingtonian’s Bride and Groom Unveiled and were blown away by the glamorous event. Rooms upon rooms of chiffon, tulle, and lace greeted guests right as they walked into the swanky hotel’s basement, where event designers had transformed the space into a bridal extravaganza.
The event itself is a lot like a wedding. You are met with champagne cocktails and multiple bars. Waiters pass hors d’oeuvres and attendants serve you at dinner buffets. Musicians dot the exhibit space playing everything from classical to pop.
It can be a challenge to distinguish your wedding from everyone else’s, but several vendors offered up unique ideas I’ve never seen (and I average a wedding/weekend and three-four events/night during the season). IndAroma, a Virginia-based restaurant and catering company, served up Aam Palak Chaat, Indian street food that was colorful, spicy (though you could have it made sweet), and delicious. This would be an excellent and unexpected dinner option for weddings of all ethnicities–indeed, the owner mentioned almost half of her business is driven by interracial matrimonies.
Carola Myers, a celebrity makeup and hair artist, did my makeup, emphasizing that brides should look like the best version of themselves during their wedding and avoid heavy theme makeup or dramatic, unnatural colors. She should know: she’s got an impressive roster of politicians, high society women, and actors and actresses that have her on speed dial for last-minute appearances and photo shoots.
There were no shortage of cake options, with about 20 different styles and flavors in any given room. The most impressive was Cakelore’s “Grand Formal,” a towering cake gilded with gold ornaments, filigree, and baubles that were all edible.
The afternoon concluded with a fashion show. Saks Jandel teamed with Vera Wang to put on the runway show, which featured Wang’s signature elegant styles, long, kinky hair, and a nude makeup palette. Guests oohed and aahed over gowns and bridesmaids dresses, clinking champagne glasses and taking note of the upcoming trends. After a day of pampering, drinking, and consulting, it’s safe to say these brides will have plenty of options when it comes to planning their big day.