Saturday, December 31, 2011

Through the Looking Glass

It is December 31st – before we look ahead to 2012, let us reflect and say thank you to our clients who have made Splash so successful.  To you we say, thank you for being part of the Splash family, and we look forward to serving you again. 

Stephanie and Dale; Kelly and Rich; Melanie and Justin; Dawn and Ron; Caryl and Matthew; Brandi and Justin; Amanda and Patrick; Maggie; Jenny and Joel; Mindi and Philip; JoAnn; Brooke and Travis; Katie and Derek; Tracy and Brian; Kimberly and Dale; Nicki and Evan; Denise; Kendra and Brent; Kacey and Eric; Christian and Chris; Whitney and Dennis; Marjorie and Chris; Lauren and Steve; Page and Daniel; St. Matthew’s University; Kelly and Kyle …

May the new year bring all your dreams and wishes –

The Splash Team
Victoria, Martha, Julie, Lynn, Nikki, Marisa, Casey and Katie

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Etiquette 101: How to Properly Set a Table

Photo Credit: Emily Post Institute

It never hurts to have a refresher course on the proper way to set a table.  The above picture is for an informal, 3-course meal.

The dinner plate would go underneath the napkin which would be folded and placed on top.  Silverware is placed in the order you will use it, salad fork and the dinner fork on the left with the cutting edge facing towards the plate, soup spoon, teaspoon then the knife.  

The drinking glasses go to the right (as most people are right handed) above the knife and spoons.

A salad plate is place to the left of the forks.  A bread plate is place directly above the forks with the knife at an angle and the blade facing down.

And lastly the coffee cup and saucer are placed to the right of the knives and spoons.

To make an appointment with our resident etiquette expert, Victoria Wagner, please contact us through our contact form, call us at 703-888-8728, or email us at

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mexico Destination Weddings

If you are planning your honeymoon or wedding and haven't considered Mexico, we strongly encourage you to look into some of their beautiful cities, either for your honeymoon or destination wedding.  Did you know that there are 34,000 destination weddings in Mexico every year?

Most Popular Mexico Wedding Destinations
Riviera Maya 23%
Cancun 20%
Los Cabos 14%
Playa Del Carmen 13%
Puerto Vallerta 8%

For more information on Mexican honeymoons and destination weddings please visit or or give us a call at 703-888-8728 to discuss you upcoming wedding or honeymoon!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Receiving Line Etiquette

Receiving lines are becoming less and less common at weddings as couples are opting for the more casual option of going from table to table at the reception to greet their guests.  For the couple who does choose to do a receiving line, we wanted to share the proper standing order for a receiving line.  No one can say it more succinctly than the doyenne of etiquette herself, Emily Post:

"Whoever is hosting the wedding is the first in line. Traditionally, that’s the bride’s mother, followed by her father, the groom’s mother and father, the bride, the groom, the maid or matron of honor, and one or two bridesmaids (they can take turns and share the duty). But if Aunt Martha and Uncle Fred are hosting, Aunt Martha starts the line. Fathers aren’t required to stand in line; they can circulate, with the groomsmen, among the guests. However if one father participates, the other should also. In a military wedding, it’s protocol for a groom in uniform to stand before his bride."

-Emily Post's Etiquette

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kim and Dale Sneak Peak

Enjoy these photos we snapped at Kim and Dale's Fall wedding!

Lead Coordinator: Julie Daniel

Assistant Coordinator: Lynn Nelson

Ceremony Venue: Bethany United Methodist Church, Purcellville, VA

Reception Venue: Lost Creek Winery, Leesburg

Florist: Purcellville Flowers

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kelly and Kyle

Enjoy these beautiful photos from Kelly and Kyle's waterfront wedding!

Lead Planner:  Lynn Nelson

Assistant Planner: Julie Daniel

Photographer: Shoot Photo Inc

Florist: Great Falls Florist

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Alexandria, Virginia

Reception Venue: Sequoia Restaurant, Washington, DC