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Fully plan, design and manage your wedding from beginning to end, under an incredibly streamlined structure for the busy couples with limited time


Manage (coordinate) the wedding that you have diligently planned on your own but want our help towards the end of the journey so we can take care of the final logistics and event execution

Are you engaged?

Are you looking for exceptional services at a competitive investment?

Are you a believer in quality over quantity?


then we've got you!

A sister company of claire duran weddings & events

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Claire is the founder of Ceremonia and founder and creative director of luxury planning firm Claire Duran Weddings & Events. Claire's work has two pillars, one of which is the creation of what she calls "wedding art" throughout her designs, and the other is providing the experience of a successfully planned and executed event. Her signature style could be defined as classic elegance full of movement and textures, and she's a firm believer of valuing quality over quantity. In just the past 5 years her work has been featured over 70 times in prestigious national and international blogs and magazines like Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Sparrow, Magnolia Rouge and more. Claire is passionate about education and community, teaching her own workshops abroad about the Business Side of Wedding Planning, and having been a guest speaker at conferences like Intrigued Experience, FleurSociety Online Summit, Planner's Intensive, and Marketing Masters Symposium. Before turning into a full time wedding planner and designer, Claire used to work as a researcher, using her Doctorate in Public Policy in matters of governance and democracy in Latin America. 

Liz is the Event Director here at Ceremonia, as well as the Lead Event Coordinator and Director of Digital Design of the luxury planning firm Claire Duran Weddings & Events. An out and proud logistics nerd, Liz combines her extensive attention to detail with her passion for creative design to ensure that your vision for your wedding or event is expressed and delivered beautifully. From a young age, Liz has always had an overwhelming love for planning and design and she truly believes that the key to any successful event is all in the details! From stationery to place settings, each element contributes to the overall personality and character of the event. Having been in the event planning industry for the better part of a decade, Liz believes in pairing aesthetics with logistics to bring to life the unique vision of each and every event. Liz is also the graphics guru of the team, designing many digital brand elements for the CDWE and Ceremonia brands and many of our clients and couples alike. She happily blends her appreciation for beautiful things with her passion for planning to lighten your load and make your event vision a reality.

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We get it. These are incredibly difficult times. And for so many engaged couples the idea of planning an event in the middle and aftermath of a pandemic is quite scary. But that’s no reason to let one of the most important days in your life be less special. Marriage is a beautiful act, and one that will always be worthy of celebration. Hence, the new launch of CEREMONIA.

As a sister company of luxury wedding planning firm, Claire Duran Weddings & Events, CEREMONIA’s objective is to provide wedding planning, design and management services at a more competitive investment. CEREMONIA is perfect for couples who seek to have thoughtful events, full of style, yet for which they want to be more discerning and conservative with their wedding finances. We believe that an event can be grand no matter its scale. From elopements and intimate weddings, to large celebrations, we’ll approach it the same way, being intentional with the service we provide you all the step of the way, centered in responsiveness, transparency and a strong commitment to our ethics and values. And you can bet we’ll make it look incredibly stylish too!

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This is our most comprehensive package. It is perfect for the active and time-pressed couple looking for a dedicated yet streamlined planning, design and management service. This package includes most of what you can expect from a Full Service wedding planner, but in a much more intensive and less drawn-out way. We concentrate decision-making activities to specific day ranges, and we provide vendor options in a concise manner for an easier booking processs.

This service is designed for couples who have already planned their wedding and most of its components, but want our team to come in during the final two months to assist with all key logistics and act as their wedding-day organizers and liaisons. 

$12,000

$3,500

EXECUTIVE 
WEDDING PLANNING

Wedding Management

what we offer

We are here to assist you in two different ways

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upcoming dates for
all-inclusive intimate weddings

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tudor place
washington, dc

september 6, 2020

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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 with a high degree of customization to make it very yours!

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.

why this package?

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long view gallery
washington, dc

October 18, 2020

The mansion at STRATHMORE
north bethesda, md

september 5, 2020

WHAT IF WE WANT TO HAVE MORE THAN 20 GUESTS?

First and foremost, we want to keep you and yours safe. So we will be strictly abiding by the parameters of the CDC regarding size of gatherings. If celebrations of more than 20 people are allowed, then a per person fee will apply per additional guest beyond the first 20 and up to a maximum of 35. This per person fee will vary depending on the venue you select. 

CAN I PICK MY OWN VENDORS?

Our All-Inclusive Wedding packages are designed so that you have nothing to worry about, and that includes selecting your vendors. Under each date/venue combo we have listed the key lineup of vendors and creatives for each event, and we have very intentionally partnered ONLY with exceptional local vendors, whose services and products are up to the high standards of our brand. 

CAN I customize my celebration in any way?

Absolutely! You will be able to: a) customize your ceremony in full, b) choose the music to be performed by your musician, c) pick color variation and shape of your personal flowers (i.e, bouquet/boutonniere), d) choose your cake flavor, e) choose your linens (if applicable), f) select the design and wording of your wedding invitation, and e)specify all your photo groupings and general preferences.  For the overall look and feel of the day, we invite you to take a look at the Mood Boards that we have uploaded in each event's tab, which respond to the signature and style of CEREMONIA and its sister company, CLAIRE DURAN WEDDINGS & EVENTS.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP MY GUESTS SAFE?

We will be adhering to all pertinent and applicable recommendations presented by authorities regarding the best and required practices by the time of your event. All cleanup works will be done by a professional cleaning crew that will make sure that all vulnerable surfaces are cleaned in between events, and all serving ware will be reserved strictly for each event. Nothing is washed on site for reuse of a subsequent group. 

ARE YOU LGBTQ FRIENDLY?

Absolutely! We are here to serve and support any couple interested in planning a wedding day of their dreams! We are also dedicated to assisting our couples in finding a supportive team of vendors for their special day.

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HOW DOES THE ALL-INCLUSIVE FEE WORK?

This package fully streamlines the process for you. You will be signing one contract with Ceremonia that will detail all inclusions Your flat fee will be payable to Ceremonia for us to channel all services (as opposed to you engaging in separate transactions with more than 8 vendors). A deposit of US$3,000 will be required at the time of booking. The remaining balance of US$5,000 will be due one month before your celebration. For bookings of 30 days or less before the event day, 100% of the fee will be due at the time of signing. 

WHAT IF I WANT A LONGER / more intricate EVENT?

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY DATE arrives BUT THERE ARE COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE?

We have designed this package to be of up to 20 guests precisely with the intention of making it as resilient as possible to the current crisis and the possible future restriction on size gatherings. However, if your date rolls in and there are official restrictions in place that impedes your event of 20 guests from happening, your deposit will become fully refundable, minus a US$350 processing fee. 

WHAT DATES AND VENUES ARE AVAILABLE?

We currently have Tudor Place (Washington, DC) on Sunday, September 6th, The Mansion at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD) on Sunday, September 27th and Longview Gallery (Washington, DC) on Sunday, October 18th. All these dates have the time slots of 11AM-1PM,1-3PM, 3-5PM and 5-7PM available. Do stay alert to updates on our website for any further additions or changes.

WHAT IF WE WANT TO ADD-ON SERVICES/VENDORS TO OUR PACKAGE?

Similarly to the above, you can certainly add-on services or vendors to your package. For example, if you want to add a videographer, if you want to get professional hair and makeup services, or if you want printed invitations or ceremony programs, we will give you recommendations complimentary. For any vendor that you add that will take an active role during the two hours of your event (e.g., videographer), an additional management fee of US$300 per each vendor will apply. 

If you are interested in adding time to your event, or possibly adding catering service with an expanded bar or hors d'oeuvres, two time slots can be allocated towards your celebration for an added fee. Contact us for details and possibilities.

PHOTOGRAPHER

LISSA RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

FLORIST

wander & whimsy floral

CAKE

buttercream bakeshop

THe manSION at Strathmore

SAT september 5th, 2020 | north bethesda, md

Available Time Slots: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm

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Enjoy a beautiful celebration in the Portico and Garden of the gorgeous Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, home to an array of very prestigious artistic programs in the area. 

Your day will consist of a professionally officiated personalized ceremony (of around 20 minutes), serenaded by a wonderful soloist musician playing your selected tunes.You will then proceed to have a mini reception that will encompass your first dance, cake cutting and serving, and toasts with sparkling wine. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a 30 minutes portrait session with your photographer, which can also include portraits with your family and friends. You will be permitted up to 20 guests.

Your celebration will be photographed by heavily published fine art wedding photographer Lissa Ryan, from whom you will receive an online gallery with printing and posting rights. The planning by Claire Duran and Liz Theal of CEREMONIA and luxury planning firm Claire Duran Weddings & Events will entail coordinating a cohesive design between ceremony, reception and personal florals by talented Wander & Whimsy (on your preferred color/shape), the cake designed by Buttercream Bakeshop (on your preferred flavor)and rentals from Select Event Group. Moreover, CEREMONIA will be taking all reigns over vendors and logistics supervision so you don't have to worry about any little thing!

RENTALS

SELECT EVENT GROUP

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PHOTOGRAPHER

RUDNEY NOVAES PHOTOGRAPHY

FLORIST

wander & whimsy floral

CAKE

buttercream bakeshop

Tudor place

SUNDAY september 6, 2020 | washington, dc

Available Time Slots: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm

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for your all-inclusive booklet details
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RENTALS

SELECT EVENT GROUP

Enjoy a beautiful celebration in the Portico and gardens of gorgeous historic home Tudor Place, Historic House and Gardens in  Georgetown, Washington, DC. Tudor Place is one of America’s last intact urban estates from the Federal Period and its landscape is everything you wish to have as backdrop to your wedding. 

Your day will consist of a professionally officiated personalized ceremony (of around 20 minutes), serenaded by a wonderful soloist musician, playing for selected tunes.You will then proceed to have a mini reception that will encompass your first dance, cake cutting and serving, and toasts with sparkling wine. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a 30 minutes portrait session with your photographer, which can also include portraits with your family and friends. You will be permitted up to 20 guests. Your event will be photographed by heavily published fine art wedding photographer Rudney Novaes, from whom you will receive an online gallery with printing and posting rights. 

The planning by Claire Duran and Liz Theal of CEREMONIA and luxury planning firm Claire Duran Weddings & Events will entail coordinating a cohesive design between ceremony, reception and personal florals by talented Wander & Whimsy (on your preferred color/shape), the cake by Buttercream Bakeshop (on your preferred flavor), and rentals from Select Event Group. Moreover, CEREMONIA will be taking all reigns over vendors and logistics supervision so you don't have to worry about any little thing!

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BOOKED

BOOKED

PHOTOGRAPHER

wedding photojournalism by Rodney Bailey

FLORIST

EDGE FLORAL EVENT DESIGNERS

CAKE

buttercream bakeshop

Long view gallery

Sunday October 18, 2020 | washington, dc

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Enjoy a beautiful and modern/industrial feel celebration at Long View Gallery in the heart of Shaw, in Washington, DC.

Your day will consist of a professionally officiated personalized ceremony (of around 20 minutes), serenaded by a wonderful soloist musician playing your selected tunes.You will then proceed to have a mini reception that will encompass your first dance, cake cutting and serving, and toasts with sparkling wine. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a 30 minutes portrait session with your photographer, which can also include portraits with your family and friends. You will be permitted up to 20 guests.

Your ceremony and mini reception will be photographed by legendary DC photography team of Rodney Bailey from whom you will receive an online gallery with printing and posting rights. 

The planning by Claire Duran and Liz Theal of CEREMONIA and luxury planning firm Claire Duran Weddings & Events will entail coordinating a cohesive design between ceremony, reception and personal florals by the talented EDGE team (on your preferred colors/shape), the cake designed by Buttercream Bakeshop (on your preferred flavor) and rentals from Select Event Group. Moreover, CEREMONIA will be taking all reigns over vendors and logistics supervision so you don't have to worry about any little thing!

Available Time Slots: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm

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PHOTOGRAPHER

benjamin mclean photography

FLORIST

TBD

CAKE

maliha creations

the market at grelen

FALL 2020 | charlottesville, va

Date and Available Time Slots Announced Soon

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Enjoy a beautiful celebration at sought after wedding venue The Market at Grelen in Charlottesville, Virginia. Grelen has the perfect mix between rural simplicity and luxury.

Your day will consist of a professionally officiated ceremony (of around 20 minutes), serenaded by a wonderful soloist musician. You will then proceed to have a mini reception that will encompass your first dance, cake cutting and serving, and toasts with sparkling wine. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a 30 minutes portrait session with your photographer, which can also include portraits with your family and friends. You will be permitted up to 20 guests. Your event will be photographed by uber talented photographer Benjamin Mclean, from whom you will receive an online gallery with printing and posting rights. 

The planning by Claire Duran and Liz Theal of CEREMONIA and luxury planning firm Claire Duran Weddings & Events will entail coordinating a cohesive design between ceremony, reception and personal florals, the cake and rentals. Moreover, CEREMONIA will be taking all reigns over vendors and logistics supervision so you don't have to worry about any little thing!

Claire and Liz were the reason why so many of my guests told me how calm I seemed! Everything ran smoothly, any hiccups were addressed without my knowing and we even ran ahead of schedule. They were attentive and professional throughout the entire night, and even helped fix my hair after an hour on the dance floor for the exit pictures. Claire and Liz are incredibly responsive in the months leading up to the wedding, and answer any questions thoroughly and quickly.
- Taylor, Bride

I truly cannot begin to imagine my wedding day, or the weeks leading up to my wedding, without Claire and Liz. With the two of them, not a SINGLE detail of my wedding day went overlooked. I took comfort in the fact that I was able to truly just relax and enjoy the weeks leading up to our special day, because they were taking that pressure off of us.
- Bailey, Bride

Claire and Liz are a rock star team! From the very beginning they put me to ease with their responsiveness and flexibility around what I needed. They offered so much wonderful advice along the way and helped the actually wedding day run smoothly. They coordinated with all my vendors to ensure they arrived on time, kept us right on schedule, and always made sure my family and bridal party and I had everything we needed. Highly recommend Claire & Liz!
- Grace, Bride

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"Make it simple, but significant"

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