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Launching Ceremonia and our All Inclusive Intimate Weddings in Washington, DC

After many years dreaming of creating a sister brand to serve a wider audience at a competitive investment, we have finally done it! We are so excited to introduce our new sister company, CEREMONIA.

CEREMONIA is a boutique event planning firm providing wedding planning, design and management services for couples in the Washington, DC area and across the United States. It is perfect for couples who seek to have thoughtful events, full of style, yet for which they want to be discerning with their wedding finances.

CEREMONIA clients are looking for one of three offerings:

  • An easy, all-inclusive, intimate customizable mini wedding to which they only have to show up and have a great customized celebration next to their dearest and nearest 

OR

  • A team to manage (coordinate) the wedding that they have diligently planned on their own and are wanting someone to take them across the finish line

OR

  • A team to fully plan, design and manage their wedding from beginning to end, under an incredibly streamlined structure (for the busy couples with limited time)

The latter two services had been previously offered under the Claire Duran Weddings & Event (CDWE) brand. Going forward, Claire Duran Weddings & Events will only accept Full Service clients. All other requests will be directed to CEREMONIA, where we will attend to their every need with the same degree of care and utmost quality that characterizes our main brand.

Having said that, considering the current context of the world in the middle of a pandemic, we want to discuss in depth our most novel initiative of all–our All-Inclusive Intimate Wedding packages. 

COVID-19 has brought us incredibly difficult times that have undoubtedly impacted weddings. But we are committed to helping your love find a way.  Through CEREMONIA’s mini weddings, we will bring you a beautiful, thoughtful and heartfelt celebration at a limited scale. In other words: It’s time to think small, but in a grand way. 

In our All-Inclusive Intimate Weddings we will partner each couple up with a pre-selected team of vendors to give them a well-styled wedding for up to 20 of their dearest guests by charging a cost-effective flat rate. And yes, while we will be achieving economies of scale by having you share your venue, date and vendors with other couples (note that each couple still gets its fully private event time), we will give you many opportunities to customize your wedding elements so you can make it 100% yours! 

Our All Inclusive Intimate Weddings could be good for you if:

  • You always wanted an intimate wedding but didn’t know where to start to make it all simple yet well-curated
  • You were planning your wedding around this time, the pandemic hurt your chances, and now you have decided to scratch your original plan and instead go small 
  • Your were planning your wedding around this time, the pandemic hurt your chances but you are still planning to have a big celebration once it is safe. However, you don’t really want to wait to get married, so this is an opportunity to do a small celebration to officially start married life in the presence of your closest loved ones, and you’ll party later with your larger group!

This upcoming season, we have three All-Inclusive Intimate Wedding date/venue combos for you to choose from. Keep reading on to learn more!

THE MANSION AT STRATHMORE

WHEN: Saturday September 5th, 2020 
TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE: 11 AM - 1 PM; 1 PM - 3 PM; 3 PM - 5 PM; 5 PM - 7 PM 
Strathmore wedding
VENDOR LINEUP:

Planning & Design: Ceremonia
Photography: Lissa Ryan
Flowers: Wander & Whimsy Floral & Event Styling
Rentals: Select Event Group
Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop
Invitation: Paperless Post

**Plus a professional officiant, soloist musician, 
service crew, and some fun surprises!

TUDOR PLACE

WHEN: Sunday September 6th, 2020 
TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE: 11 AM - 1 PM; 1 PM - 3 PM; 3 PM - 5 PM; 5 PM-7 PM (BOOKED)
tudor place wedding
VENDOR LINEUP:

Planning & Design: Ceremonia
Photography: Rudney Novaes
Flowers: Wander & Whimsy Floral & Event Styling
Rentals: Select Event Group
Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop
Invitation: Paperless Post

**Plus a professional officiant, soloist musician, 
service crew, and some fun surprises!

LONG VIEW GALLERY

WHEN: Sunday October 18th, 2020
TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE: 11 AM - 1 PM; 1 PM - 3 PM; 3 PM - 5 PM; 5 PM - 7 PM
longview gallery wedding
VENDOR LINEUP:

Planning & Design: Ceremonia
Photography: Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey
Flowers: EDGE Floral Event Designers
Rentals: Something Vintage
Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop
Invitation: Paperless Post

**Plus a professional officiant, soloist musician, 
service crew, and some fun surprises!

The mood boards below shows the design vision we have for each one of the events. From these starting points you’ll be able to make some specific selections to reflect your preferences, like size/shape of your personal flowers, your cake flavor, your invitation design and wording, your linens, if applicable, etc. And needless to say your ceremony script and music selection!

WHY CHOOSE THIS ALL-INCLUSIVE INTIMATE WEDDING PACKAGE?

  • Its small nature is more RESILIENT given current circumstances. 
  • It’s COST-SAVING since we achieve economies of scale with the sharing of your venue and vendors across a few couples, while still giving you a fully private event.
  • It’s QUALITY BOOSTING, as it allows you to hire absolutely premium vendors without having to commit to their bigger wedding packages.
  • It’s ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, as we can reuse some of your products across the different events happening the same day so you don’t have to feel bad about things only being used for less than 2 hours and then going to waste.
  • It’s WORRY FREE, as you know that with our many years of experience in the industry, we will give you our signature service, and put together an exquisite team of professionals that will join us into giving you the perfect celebration. Moreover, we will make sure to abide by the stricter standards possible of sanitation for your event, to keep you and your guests as safe as we can.

STILL HAVE DOUBTS OR QUESTIONS? Please visit our website to read through our FAQs.

Finally, if you are still not convinced that going the intimate wedding route is right for you, let us give you some final thoughts on why a small wedding could be a wonderful decision:

  • You get to celebrate one of the most important days of your life with the people who matter the most to YOU.
  • You get to SAVE money, and be able to start your wedding as a married couple without being out of budget.
  • You get to SPLURGE! Since you are saving by nature of your headcount, you can now make exquisite decisions on all the other things that matter to you. Maybe you get to hire that photographer you really admire, you get amazing florals, a fabulous attire, and the list goes on!
  • You can have a shorter event, as with less guests you have less of a timeline to fill.
  • You will spare feelings. When you are doing a mid to large size wedding, you have to make very difficult decisions about your list and it’s likely that in the way, you might hurt the feeling of some people who did not make the cut. By going intimate, you take this burden away.

Interested? Fabulous! For booking, fill the inquiry form on the CEREMONIA website or email us at hello@ceremonianbycd.com

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