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Event Planner Secret, Selecting Your Wedding Date

November 25, 2014

Event Planner Secret, Selecting Your Wedding Date

If you live in a city like Washington DC, a marathon, a protest march, a convention or even a cultural festival can wreak havoc on your wedding day.  Traffic can be a disaster; hotel rooms can sell out quickly; and airline seats will be at premium prices.  This is not only a nuisance, it can affect the number of wedding guests who decide to attend your wedding.

Before you secure your venue, run your wedding date by a representative at your local tourism board or your local chamber of commerce.  It's one thing to compete with another wedding; it's a completely different ballgame competing with a convention of 15,000.

If you are unsure how to reach your local convention and visitors bureau, check out this web site.  This site has a directory of convention and visitors bureaus throughout the United States and Canada.

This web site lists tourism offices worldwide.

Love & Soul Always, Kay

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A Sweet Ceremony Reading: It's You I Like

November 23, 2014

Couple in Love wearing Afros


by Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers)

It’s you I like,
It’s not the things you wear.
It’s not the way you do your hair,
But it’s you I like.

The way you are right now
The way down deep inside you
Not the things that hide you
Not your diplomas…
They’re just beside you.
But it’s you I like.

Every part of you,
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings,
Whether old or new.
I hope that you’ll remember
Even when you’re feeling blue,
That it’s you I like,
It’s you yourself, it’s you
It’s you I like!


Love & Soul Always, Kay

(Photo: Shutterstock)

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It's November -- Let's Shop Locally

November 11, 2014

Autumn Washington DC Jefferson Memorial


In the DC area, November is just the right month for shopping locally, taking in the arts, and enjoying the amazing cuisines that our city has to offer. Here are activities you and your loved one can participate in before the month of November comes and goes --

Honor a Veteran. Today is Veteran’s Day, and there are numerous Veteran’s Day activities taking place at memorials throughout the DC, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Navy Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.

Order Your Turkey from a Local Farm. If you've never enjoyed a Thanksgiving day turkey from a local farm, you may be thinking, “what’s the difference between a turkey from the grocery store and a locally-raised turkey?” Well, for one thing, a locally-raised turkey is fresh. It’s never been processed through some major factory, and it’s never been frozen. And, that will definitely translate into a better main entree on Thanksgiving day.  This site lists some local farms that can provide you with a Thanksgiving or Christmas day turkey

Trot Like a Turkey. This Thanksgiving holiday season is a great time to participate in one of the Turkey Trots in Washington, DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia. Some of the “trots” are for charity and some are just for fun — All of these races are great for burning some turkey-related calories

Shop Locally. Small Business Saturday — an American shopping holiday that encourages consumers to shop at small business on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. As a small business, we cannot emphasize the importance of participating in this day’s activities enough — This is a chance to rally together as a community and support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods in your community. So, this November 29, we encourage you to shop locally on Small Business Saturday -- Here is Business Insider's list of 20 of the Coolest Small Businesses in DC.

Become an Educated Giver. This is the time of year when you finally determine the charity of choice for your annual giving. Before you write the check, consider checking out Charity Navigator. This site posts charities’ actions and spending, and it rate the charities by accountability, results, and financial responsibility.

Partake in a New Menu. I had an opportunity to check out ZenTen’s new menu last Friday, and I have to tell you that it is fantastic! The Kale Salad was a great way to start the meal — Everything on the Robata Grill is perfection, but I would return every time for the Braised Pork Belly.

Walk Through the Georgetown Gallery Tour. Go beyond DC's national monuments and explore the upper Georgetown neighborhood. Learn why this neighborhood's residents, and artists were so influential in our national art education, Smithsonian Galleries, and monuments.

Happy November and Enjoy!

Love & Soul Always, Kay 

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday

November 8, 2014

An Engaged Couple Kissing in Alexandria Virginia


Good morning, and Happy Saturday!

May your weekend be filled with sweet kisses from the one you love most.

Have a great weekend!

Love & Soul Always, Kay

(Photo: Charlie Shin Photography)

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