Trends come and go. Year after year we go out with the old and in with the new. One trend that hasn't ever gone out of style is the much coveted Saturday wedding. It's the perfect day, right? Smack dab in the middle of the weekend. Relaxed Friday night rehearsal and dinner and then the big day on Saturday. As we know it is an all day event! Then Sunday makes for the perfect rest and recovery day. So why all of a sudden are Sunday weddings all the rage? Many frown upon a Sunday wedding as it totally distrupts the whole Friday, Saturday, Sunday wedding weekend ritual. Many, on the other hand, look at these Sunday wedding opportunities as their saving grace! For starters, most venues offer a Sunday discount. For many on a budget that's huge! Other times the venue that the couple falls in love with may not have any availability for Saturday left on the calendar for the year. Some couples, believe it or not, had a Sunday wedding planned all along! Whatever the reason you may choose Sunday to celebrate this lifelong commitment to the one you love, keep a few things in mind. This is your day. Your friends and family will accomodate. Also you set the mood. If you want everyone to have a great time and dance the night away then kick off your shoes and they will too! Make memories that you and your guests will never forget. No matter what day of week you choose!
Style is important, right? Absolutely! So why would choose any other way to plan your biggest day than by adding your own unique stye?! First things first.....what is the style you wish to portray for your wedding day? Do you love the rustic barn theme or a romantic shabby chic with pink and lace? Maybe something simple and clean cut or even very elaborate with flowers galore and eye-catching decor in every spot is your thing. Maybe you always dreamed of a formal wedding complete with china and crystal. Whatever your dream is, however decorative or simple, knowing your style preference can make for a much easier planning experience. If you already know the style you wish to accomplish then choosing your venue, dress, flowers, cake, etc will be so much easier to narrow down (being there are way too many choices and not enough time!) if you know exactly if it will tie into the vision you've chosen for your wedding day. The sky is the limit so get out there and let your style fly!
Attention lovebirds!! Its almost that time again And that means Dellwood Valentine's dinners are back! Reserve your spot for a romantic evening for you and your special someone. Enjoy dinner by candlelight in the beautiful and historic Dellwood Manor House. Spots are limited. Call now to make your reservation and for dinner details. 804-712-6139
- We know that choosing all the right things for your wedding is a must. From the perfect venue to the best DJ and Photographer. And of course you must choose the most select caterer and the one and only bridal gown. Don't forget deciding which of the important people in your life will stand with you on your big day. So many decisions! So what do you do when the friend most important to you is.......your dog?? He's the one who has been the most faithful. The one who sat by your side to comfort after you lost your college sweetheart. The one who stayed up with you when you were the new girl in the big new city. The same one who doesn't care if your teeth are brushed or your hair is fixed. This is a dilemma for many believe it or not! So what do you do?? You give him a bath and put on a tux (or a tutu) and you show him off as you would anyone else! Don't overlook your furry friends as they tend to be the most loyal. Hey, he's already having to share you with the new love in your life so go ahead and give him time to shine. Woof!!
It's that time of year AGAIN?? Making a list and checking it twice, all the while you're wrapped up in lights!! So much to do for the big night, cooking and shopping oh what a fright!! While the holidays truly are wonderful for spending time with family and friends and making special memories, there is always so much to get done!! Let's take a moment and imagine that you are also planning a wedding in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Crazy!! I know, right??!! Here are a few ideas that may help ease your planning so that you don't become a Scrooge this holiday season.
2. Much of the work is already done so pat yourself on the back. You've made it this far.
3. Make sure you've contacted your vendors to finalize so that there are no suprises. Then let them do their job so you can focus on your own tasks and the holiday.
4. Remember......you are planning your big day. Spend time with your loved ones who want to help instead of worrying about what gifts to buy. Time spent is way more valuable than a gift purchased.
5. This is not the year to throw your annual holiday bash. Friends will understand. They will also understand that with all the planning you have to do there is no way you can make it to every party you are invited to. So don't beat yourself up! There will be many parties to enjoy with your new hubby in tow.
6. Lists are important. Make lists of everything from bridal party fittings to gift giving. And then follow thru.
7. Take some time for you. Soak in a hot bath, snuggle up with your favorite novel by the fire, or go get a relaxing massage. Whatever relieves your stress and clears your mind. Just do it. Things will all come together.
Hi Everyone! We're so excited to announce our upcoming Dellwood Plantation Fall Vendor Showcase event. All brides-to-be and their friends and family are welcome to visit the plantation on Saturday, November 19 from 11 AM - 3 PM to meet and greet with a whole host of vendors who can help make planning your wedding a breeze, whether you are getting married at Dellwood Plantation or not. And, that's not all - we'll also have food, wine and music to make it a great fall day at the plantation.
We hope you'll join us for what is sure to be a wonderful day to mix and mingle with vendors offering everything from: Catering, Sweets & Treats, Gifts, Flowers, Stationary, Photography and Videography services. You won't want to miss it!
Dellwood Plantation Fall Vendor Showcase
Saturday, November 19
11 AM - 3 PM
6100 Woodpecker Road
Chesterfield, VA 23838
RVSP today so we can expect you!
There's something about a June wedding at Dellwood that makes us smile from ear to ear! The weather is beautiful, the grass is green and the flowers are in full bloom. These two had one such beautiful day in June as they said their vows in front of family and friends. Enjoy these photos from Photography by Stacey.
We love spring weddings at Dellwood, and Emily and Michael's May wedding did not disappoint. Their wedding day was filled with lots of family & friends, joy & laughter, and PINK! We absolutely enjoyed the day at the plantation with Emily and Michael and hope you will too with these images from Photography by Stacey.
One of the hottest color trends for Weddings this Spring is Blush. And why not? It goes with everything and is the perfect color to embody the spring season. While blush can stand on its own, it plays very nicely with other colors as well to give your wedding day a sense of personality through a wide use of color. Looking for inspiration for how to use blush in your wedding? We've pulled together 4 wedding color combinations featuring blush that are sure to provide lots of wedding eye-candy.
Blush and Blue
Pantone sure knew what they were doing this year with their 2016 Color of the Year, or more accurately, colors of the year - rose quartz and serenity. These two colors together are absolutely perfect for a spring wedding. The pale blue pairs perfectly with the blush, adding just a touch of pink in the inspiration photos above. So, if you've never thought of yourself as a "pink person" you can still add it to your wedding day as an accent color.
Blush and Gold
Blush and gold is an elegant color combination that can work in any venue during spring - ballroom, outdoors, under a tent or in a barn. The color combination gives you plenty of opportunity to add an extra touch of glamour without being over the top.
Blush and Teal
If you're looking for a way to use a bit more punch in your color palette for your wedding, consider using blush and teal as your wedding colors. Blush softens the boldness of the teal, while offering a complimentary color. Plus, with all of the variations of the color teal, as you can see above, you can include various shades of teal and blush together to create beautiful details throughout your wedding day.
Blush and Grey
For brides looking for a softer theme for their big day, blush and grey combine to create a romantic feeling for your wedding. Think grey bridesmaid dresses, grey suits and dusty miller in bouquets.
At Dellwood Plantation, our serene gardens, stately manor house and reception tent goes perfectly with any color combination. Schedule a tour today - we'd love to host your wedding celebration.
It’s no secret that planning a wedding involves the coordination of so many things - from the big items like venue and guest list to the smaller details like programs and table numbers. While all of the details are important, one item that is often left to the last minute is planning the specifics of your wedding ceremony. Although you might be thinking “What? No way is that true,” chances are that you are not fully aware of all the decisions that you need to make regarding your wedding ceremony.
Below you’ll find a complete how-to guide for planning your wedding ceremony. We understand that not all wedding ceremonies will be created equal and there may be specific religious requirements, but we wanted to share a list of general guidelines for how to personalize your wedding ceremony.
Planning Your Wedding Ceremony - A How-To Guide
First, Hire an Officiant
Rabbi, priest, pastor, justice of the peace or friend who has been ordained online, no matter your preference, the first step to planning your wedding ceremony is to decide who is going to marry you. If you have a priest, pastor or rabbi from your church or synagogue, you may want to start there. However, if you don’t have anyone in mind or are getting married out of town, you’ll need to find someone to do the honors. Sites such as Borrowed and Blue and Thumbtack, or Richmond Weddings locally, provide listings of wedding officiants.
Second, Meet with the Officiant to Discuss Ceremony Options
Each faith and officiant conducts marriage ceremonies differently, although many of the basic components remain the same. Schedule a meeting with your officiant to have them talk you through the basic marriage ceremony that they perform. During this meeting and discussion, they will share the various things you can do to personalize the ceremony including music selection, adding a reading, special ceremonies, prayers, etc. as well as the order of events within the ceremony.
Third, Make Your Music Selections
While most couples think about their first dance song, there are MANY more songs to select for your wedding ceremony than you might think. Music can play a big part to set the tone for the type of ceremony you wish to have, from traditional to contemporary. Here’s a quick list of the songs you may need to select:
Prelude, light, ambient music that is played while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin.
Processional, music that is played to accompany the entrance of family, groom & groomsmen, bridal party and the bride. While it is ok for one song to be played for everyone, it is not uncommon to have a different song for each group. However, the most common is to have a single song for the seating of the mothers, entrance of the groom and bridal party, with a different song for the bride’s grand entrance.
Recessional, music played at the end of the ceremony while you make your exit together
In addition to the above song selections, some couples elect to have a musical selection performed live during the ceremony as well. It's really up to you to choose the music that best fits your style for your wedding!
Next, Choose Your Vows
While mostly all marriage ceremonies are pretty standard overall, some officiants give you the opportunity to choose which version of the marriage ceremony you want - formal, non-denominational, etc. And in some cases, you may elect to exchange your own personal vows. By working closely with your pastor, priest or officiant, you’ll be able to make the best choice for your ceremony that fits with your beliefs.
Then, Determine The Order of the Ceremony
This is an important step as it creates the schedule for the ceremony to ensure that everyone goes as planned. This is also where you choose if you’ll have a reading of a special verse or passage that is particularly meaningful to you both. In addition, a reading is a great way to involve a loved one that you have a special relationship with that you’d like to involve in the ceremony. You’ll want the order of ceremony determined a few weeks ahead of your wedding, especially if you are planning on printing physical programs to be distributed to guests. No matter if your ceremony is civil or religious, it will most likely follow the following order of events (with other items inserted in as necessary):
- Officiant’s Opening Remarks
- The Charge to the Couple
- Exchange of Vows
- Ring Exchange
- The Pronouncement of Marriage
- The Kiss
- Closing Remarks
Finally, Enjoy The Moment
One thing that most people don’t tell you is that the ceremony is one of the best parts of your wedding day. If you don’t decide to do a first look, for most couples, it is the first time you’ll see your significant other on the day of the wedding. While the rest of the wedding will go by in a blur, take the time to savor and enjoy the moment where you and your significant become husband and wife. Because after all, isn’t that what the day is about anyway?
Have any other advice or tips that we missed that would be helpful for planning a wedding ceremony? We’d love it if you shared them in the comments below!
When planning the details of your dream wedding, chances are that flowers are one of the main items you’ve considered for your list of items you need to complete your big day. It’s ok to admit that you’ve spent more than a few hours day-dreaming about your bouquet, centerpieces and ceremony floral arrangements. Wedding day flowers can be a key detail to complete the overall look for your wedding theme. However, we completely understand that if you’ve checked out Pinterest lately for inspiration and shared them with a florist (or have yet to do so!), you’ll quickly realize that your flower budget doesn’t actually align with your vision.
Don’t lose hope! We’re here to tell you that there are many ways to have flowers at your wedding without breaking the bank and going over your budget. With these tips, you’ll be able to navigate the appointment with your florist to best work together without sacrificing your vision.
Choose In-Season Blooms
If you are trying to keep things budget-friendly, choosing flowers that are currently in-season for your wedding date is a must. Why? Florists work directly with suppliers and flowers that are in bloom for the season and location of your wedding date will be more readily available vs. flowers that must be custom ordered from a specialty grower or another part of the country where they are in season. If something has to be custom ordered, it is a safe bet to assume it will be pricey. When starting to work with a florist on a quote for your wedding, make sure you ask for a list of flowers that will be in-season on your wedding date that will help to keep costs down.
Questions to Ask
- What flowers are in season on my wedding date?
- Are there any flowers available in which price doesn’t change by the season?
Go For Similar Blooms
While there isn’t a bride alive who doesn’t love peonies, if you aren’t having a spring wedding, you will most likely be paying a premium per bloom. However, there are other flower varieties that can give a similar look and feel for less including certain varieties of garden roses and ranunculus to peonies for example. If you aren’t sure which varieties can give a similar look for less, work with your florist to help identify ways to reduce costs without sacrificing a look or style.
Question to Ask
- Which flowers are a good alternative to the blooms in my inspiration photos that can help reduce overall costs?
Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize!
If you are looking for ways to reduce costs within your flower budget, make a list of priorities. For example, perhaps you can splurge on your dream bridal bouquet with all of the exotic and pricey flowers you desire while reducing overall cost of bridesmaid bouquets by reducing blooms or selecting complimentary flowers that aren’t as pricey. Other ways to save on your flower budget is to reduce the total number of arrangements. Consider alternating floral centerpieces with candles or opting out of ceremony floral arrangements if your ceremony location doesn’t need much dressing up.
Questions to Ask
- How can I make the biggest impact with my wedding flower budget?
- Can you itemize each item on the quote so I can make decisions to fit my budget?
- Do you have any suggestions for how to best meet my flower budget?
Consider a Few DIY Projects
If you are really trying to reduce costs, are there some items you can do yourself for your big day that won’t have too big of an impact to your stress level or timeline. Most florists will allow you to purchase flowers by the stem and/or bunch based on quantity. So, if you have a plan to do simple centerpieces of bottles with a single bloom in each, that’s easily something that your wedding coordinator, mom or a friend of the family can put together the morning of the wedding. Pinterest is of course a great source of inspiration. However, a word of caution - don’t over extend yourself. There will be more details and last minute requests of your time and attention the week before and the morning of your wedding than you anticipate no matter how organized you think you will be. You want to be sure that you can enjoy the time leading up to your special day, so be sure to consider the time and effort it will take for DIY projects and if they are really essential to the day or worth the money saved in the long run. Also, be sure that you don’t offend your florist by insinuating that you can easily do her job. Do your best to explain that you are trying to cut costs and want her input on what projects you may be able to tackle yourself and get her advice along the way if needed.
Questions to Ask
- Do you sell individual flowers or bunches of baby’s breath?
- Do you think this is a project I can easily do myself?
- Do you have any tips for how to easily complete this project?
The most important thing when trying to reduce your budget when working with a florist is to be transparent and open about your budget and your expectations from the very beginning. Most florists will ask you for your budget during the initial consultation, so be honest when answering them to set expectations from the get-go. Understand that they are not asking to judge you or over-sell you (although there may be a few exceptions), but simply trying to understand if your budget aligns with their ability to meet it based on your desired vision and number of items required for your wedding day. You should view your chosen florist as your partner in creating your vision for your dream wedding, we promise it will pay off for everyone in the end.
At Dellwood Plantation, we love to work with a variety of vendors to help our couples create the wedding of their dreams at our venue. View our preferred vendors list for our recommended wedding vendors.
A common saying you may have already heard if you are planning your wedding is this “Their wedding, your marriage.” It is a common saying to help brides and grooms navigate the wedding planning process as it can often be challenging (to say the least!) with the various family, friends, etc. who want to have input in your wedding. You’ll never make everyone happy, so our advice? Brides and grooms should work together to plan the wedding of YOUR dreams - the wedding that will make the two of you happy and best reflect who you are as a couple.
Understanding that it is often easier said than done to ignore requests from key family members, we’ve pulled together a list of tips to help you plan YOUR dream wedding and (hopefully!) reducing the number of issues along the way.
Have a Clear Vision for Your Wedding Day
Once you get engaged, the questions will start immediately! When’s the big day? Where will you have it? Am I invited? As a couple, discuss your “have to haves” and “nice to haves” for your wedding to get on the same page prior to starting to look for a venue or location. Discuss particulars such as indoors our outdoors, tent or no tent, ballroom or barn, backyard or vineyard, mountains or beach.
Getting on the same page about the type of venue and location will help set the stage for the rest of the wedding. Do you want an intimate wedding with only close friends or family, or do you want to have a big wedding celebration with extended family and lots of friends? Do you want an informal outdoor ceremony or an elaborate ceremony in your family church? Without a clear vision, it will be easier for others to try and insert themselves and their opinions for your wedding.
Create a Sense of Ownership for Key Family Members
If you are finding yourself with an overly opinionated mother or mother-in-law to be, try delegating specific tasks so they feel a sense of ownership over the decisions. For instance, tradition states that the groom’s parents host the rehearsal dinner. Why not turn over all of the planning to your future mother-in-law? Chances are that she’ll love the autonomy to make decisions but will most likely ask for input too. You can also engage other key family members and friends with specific tasks along the way such as key vendor appointments like cake or food tastings, or help with hotel welcome bags or favors. By delegating tasks or asking for specific assistance, you’ll give each person a purpose and focus, which means they will be less likely to focus on other details.
Get on the Same Page
During the wedding planning process, it is so important that as a couple, you are both on the same page about the details for your wedding day. This helps reduce misunderstandings among family and friends. So, when requests or questions come up, such as why can’t kids come to the wedding or can Mary bring her boyfriend of 2 weeks, either one of you will be able to answer decisively. However, if something comes up and you aren’t sure what to do, be sure to discuss it with your fiance.
Choose Your Battles
Sometimes a request or suggestion will be shared with you, and honestly you don’t really have a strong opinion either way about including it within your wedding day. In those cases, learning to compromise and go with the flow will go a long way to make a key family member or friend feel their opinion was heard. For example, if your mother thinks printed programs are an absolute MUST but you could go either way, it is probably easier to print programs and let her win that battle. That way, if you are strongly opposed to another suggestion in the future, you’ll have your ammo saved up to fight and win.
Hire a Wedding Planner
Hiring a wedding planner can be the an excellent way to to have an unbiased third party in the mix to help you make key decisions for your wedding day. A wedding planner is a professional with years of experience planning weddings, so they have most likely seen it all when it comes to dealing with difficult family members or delicate situations. Lean on your wedding planner to help with communication to invested parties as necessary - let them be the bad guy!
The bottom line? There is no “right way” or “wrong way” to plan the wedding of YOUR dreams, as your wedding should be as unique as you are as a couple. By having a clear vision for your day and plan to make it happen, all you have to do is stay firm in your must-haves and learn to choose your battles wisely to ensure a smooth wedding planning process for everyone involved.
With over 15 years of weddings under our belt, we know that it can sometimes be challenging to navigate family dynamics. We work with our brides and grooms to ensure a flawless wedding day. Contact us to schedule a tour of the plantation today.
With just a few weeks of winter left here in Virginia, we're thinking thoughts of spring. And, along with spring comes the start of wedding season. While we love all of the color combinations that make each wedding celebration unique, today we wanted to focus on a beautiful, classic color combination that makes us think of spring: green and white.
Before the flowers and trees bloom, spring is filled with fresh greenery all around. So, we've pulled together our favorites to inspire you to make use of the abundant greenery available for your spring wedding.
Spring Wedding Inspiration: Natural Greenery
Beautifully Natural Cakes
These cakes are stunningly beautiful in their natural simplicity. Who doesn't love the stark contrast of natural greenery against pristine white icing. And, the idea for small cakes in various designs and flavors is one to steal for certain.
Freshly Cut Blooms
A big trend in bridal bouquets for 2016 is LOTS of natural greenery. These example bridal bouquets show a variety of how to utilize natural greenery - from a focus on various green plants to the use of white florals with lots of green accents. One thing is for sure, the various colors and textures create a beautiful, fresh look for your spring wedding.
Natural Inspired Invitations
Adding natural greenery to your wedding stationary takes classic to new heights! The inspiration from these examples is endless as you incorporate these ideas into your wedding day!
Greenry Inspired Details
And, just because we LOVE the details (and thought you would too!) we wanted to share a few greenery inspired details to round out the theme for your spring wedding. Plus, can we just swoon over the flower girl with a crown of greens?!
So, have we inspired you to consider fresh greenery for an elegant spring wedding? Do you have any other inspiration to share? We'd love to hear it!
At Dellwood Plantation, we specialize in Spring Weddings! We would love to be your wedding venue. Contact us today to schedule a tour and experience all we have to offer!
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When planning a wedding, the bride has a very long list of to-dos. And, for the busy bride, sometimes it can all be a bit overwhelming! However, there is one very fun task that you get to do as a bride, and that is thanking the girls who will be by your side on your big day. Shopping for bridesmaid gifts is a task you should definitely not delegate. Why? This is one occasion where purchasing one for yourself is perfectly acceptable AND encouraged. Plus, who better to find gifts that your bridesmaids will love other than you? But, we know you are busy and stressed, so in efforts to be as helpful as possible, we've put together a list of bridesmaid gift ideas that your bridesmaids will LOVE.
What girl doesn't love a monogrammed gift? These jewelry dishes are the perfect gift for your bridesmaids as they are fun, colorful and the best part? Practical!
She'll love it... because its actually useful and reflects her unique personality.
You'll love it... because at $14, the price won't break the bank, even with large bridal parties!
Your bridesmaids will need something to tote around all of their makeup, accessories, shoes, champagne, etc. on your big day. Why not get them a cute, calligraphy tote bag showing them how much you love them?
She'll love it... because she can keep everything in one place.
You'll love it... because it fits with your unique sense of style. Plus, at $10 each, the price doesn't hurt either.
Things That Sparkle
Jewelry is a common gift for bridesmaids. But, why not up the ante on the traditional bulk jewelry purchase and go handmade, and local. Helena Noelle Couture is located right here in Richmond and offers the most stunning jewelry, bridal belts and headpieces for the bride who wants something to make a statement.
She'll love it... because its handmade and GORGEOUS!
You'll love it... because your girls will be stunning on your wedding day.
All Wrapped Up
While getting ready robes are nothing new, you may not have heard of Plum Pretty Sugar. They have robe sets for your bridesmaids in soft, comfy fabrics that your maids will be more than happy to wear again and again.
She'll love it... because she can wear it again and again.
You'll love it... because of the gorgeous getting ready photos you'll have with your maids!
Have any other ideas to add to our list? We hope we shared a bit of unique inspiration for gifts for your bridesmaids.
Did you know that we also offer space in our manor house for bridal showers? Let your bridesmaids know that we can help them host a southern bridal shower that will be the talk of the town. Request information on our availability and pricing today.
Love is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches in February. While Valentine's Day in Virginia is typically during the off season due to the winter months, there are plenty of reasons to consider a wedding on the most romantic day of the year. The possibilities of snowy backdrops, a hot chocolate bar and the possibility of cheaper rates from vendors during their typical slow season. Or, perhaps Valentine's Day has always held a special meaning to you and your significant other.
Whatever the reason, we thought we would pull together a few inspiration boards with various color palettes that include both the traditional and slightly updated Valentine's Day wedding inspiration. Enjoy!
Traditionally Modern: Red, Pink and Gold
While red and pink may be the traditional color combination for Valentine's Day, this modern and sophisticated update of Red, Pink and Gold is far from expected. Rich, bold florals come together to set the stage for an amazing seasonal celebration. And seriously, gold leaf detail on the cake? We swoon!
Elegant Romantic: Pink and Grey
A much softer and modern color palette choice, soft pink and cool grey is the perfect ultra chic color combination for a more sophisticated couple into clean lines. Add a blush wedding gown and soft, flowing bridesmaids dresses for a touch of elegance and romance to your Valentine's Day wedding.
Classically Bold: Black and Blush
What could possibly be more bold than a black wedding dress? Although not traditional, take classic black and add in blush pink and a touch of gold and you have a classic palette that is sure to remain timelessly in vogue. We just love the stark black contrast against the soft blush. Pure perfection!
Are you considering a Winter or Valentine's Day Wedding? Dellwood Plantation offers everything you need to have the wedding of your dreams - no matter the season! Contact us today to schedule a tour to see the beauty of the plantation in all seasons.
Yes, we did it, we said the "B" word. And while its not THAT "B" word, some feel that a wedding budget is a bad word during the wedding planning process. However, when it comes to planning your wedding, you need to embrace your budget. Why? According to Borrowed and Blue, the average cost of a wedding in Richmond is $31,000, so you'll want to manage your budget and spending accordingly to stay sane during the planning process. Knowing that it can be difficult to discuss money, we've put together our top 5 tips to set and most importantly, KEEP, your wedding budget.
5 Tips to Set and Keep A Realistic Wedding Budget
1. Take Stock of Your Finances
If you and your fiancé are funding the entire wedding yourself, take a look at your current financial situation to determine what you can realistically afford for your wedding. If parents or other family are helping to finance the wedding, be sure to have a frank discussion about the budget and any expectations for the wedding.
2. Make an Initial Guest List
Nothing has a greater impact on your total budget like guest count. Why? Well, for starters, the bigger the guest count, the bigger the budget. All catering, plus cake, is all charged at a per person rate. And, only certain venues offer space for up to 250 guests, so you'll want to make sure you think through how many second cousins you put on the guest list.
3. Determine Your "Must Haves"
Once you've determined the amount you have for your wedding, the next step is to think about the "must-have" items on your list. Are you and your fiancé serious foodies? Have your eye on a couture wedding dress? Have you dreamt of a 7-tired cake confection? The items that are important to you and your fiancé should be appropriately prioritized within your wedding budget.
4. Consider Multiple Dates
Unless you are 100% set on a specific date, consider shopping for dates in what's typically considered the "off season" for many venues and vendors. The off season here on the east coast is typically January-March, with some dates in November, December and April that can be lower cost than the typical wedding season of May-October. There can be a lot of beauty in a winter wedding - just check out our winter wedding post for lots of great inspiration.
5. Resist the Urge to Splurge
It doesn't take more than a 5 minute look at "wedding inspiration" on Pinterest to see how easy it is to get caught up in all of the beauty available. Setting a realistic budget is the first step to keeping it.
The most important thing to keep in mind when planning your wedding is to remember what's absolutely needed to have the wedding of your dreams - not someone else's. Resist the urge to splurge on extras that no one will notice but you, and instead, spend time investing on a once-in-a-lifetime experience you and your fiancé will always remember, rather than remembering the debt and/or stress for the fancy getaway car or custom ice sculpture.
At Dellwood, we offer a variety of packages and pricing options to meet the needs of any wedding celebration and budget. Request information today and we'll send you our latest packages and availability.
Choosing your wedding venue is almost just as important as choosing the person you are going to marry. When you stop to think about it, your wedding venue is the place where you will say your vows and pledge to be husband and wife if you are not to be married in a church. Even if your ceremony will take place at a church or place of worship, your venue will be the place of the celebration of your new union with family and friends.
Because choosing a wedding venue is an important decision, you'll want to be prepared with questions for when you tour the location. However, before we get to the questions to ask on a tour, here are a few questions to discuss with your fiancé prior to choosing venues to tour.
Questions to Ask Your Fiancé Before Scheduling a Wedding Venue Tour
- What city do we want to get married?
- Do we want our wedding ceremony in a church or place of worship?
- Do we want our wedding ceremony outside or inside?
- What type of place do we want our ceremony and/or reception, i.e. a vineyard, plantation, hotel or barn?
- Do we want our reception in a ballroom, under a tent or open air outside?
- How many guests do we expect?
- What is our budget for the venue?
Questions to Ask on a Wedding Venue Tour
Once you've answered the above questions, you are ready to schedule wedding venue tours. You'll want to be sure that you tour venues that meet the requirements from the discussions with your Fiancé or your parents if they are also helping to pay for some of the wedding costs. Why? You'll want to be sure that you only tour venues that are true possibilities and fit your budget. Keeping all of your criteria in mind, here's a list of additional questions you'll want to ask while on your venue tour.
- How many guests does the venue accommodate?
- Is the venue available on the date(s) we are interested?
- What is the cost for the venue on those dates?
- Does the venue offer different prices and/or packages for different days of the week?
- What amenities are included with the venue fees?
- Are there any additional requirements of the venue?
- Is a security deposit required? If so, how much? How is it returned?
- Does the venue have a preferred vendor list and/or require use of an in-house caterer?
- How many hours are included in the venue rental?
- What additional rentals are required for the venue (ie. tables, chairs, etc.)?
- Is a tent rental required?
- If outdoors, what is the rain plan alternative?
- Is parking free and readily available?
- Does the venue provide parking attendants?
- Is there a bridal suite available? What time is the room available the day of the wedding?
- Will we be allowed early access to the venue to decorate?
- Does the venue offer a day-of-wedding coordinator or a facilities coordinator?
- Do I have to acquire my own ABC license to serve alcoholic beverages?
- Can we bring our own alcohol to the event? If so, does the venue offer a bartender?
- Do we have exclusive use of the property on the day of our wedding?
- What time of day can we start our wedding ceremony and/or reception?
- What time does the wedding reception have to end?
- Are there any local noise ordinances we should be aware of for music to end by?
- Does the venue offer overnight accommodations?
- How close is the nearest hotel for out of town guests?
- Does the venue offer a walk-through with the caterer and other key wedding vendors? If so, when is that typically scheduled?
- If we are interested in booking, what type of deposit is required to hold the venue for our date?
- When is the final balance due?
We hope that the above questions will be helpful to you as you tour potential wedding venues for your big day!
At Dellwood, we provide exceptional value to all of our couples. While most venues only offer an empty space, we provide a tent, tables, chairs and bridal suite with every package. Schedule a tour today - we'd be happy to answer all of your questions!
Congratulations to all of the newly engaged couples! The holiday season is a busy one for engagements. In fact, according to WeddingWire, over 30% of all engagements occur November through January. We understand that starting to plan a wedding can be a very overwhelming task - and it can be difficult to know where to begin. So, that's why we thought we'd pull together the best wedding websites out there for wedding planning advice for brides to be so you can find a great place to start planning the wedding of your dreams.
Top 5 Best Wedding Websites for Wedding Planning Advice
1. Wedding Wire
WeddingWire is a one-stop-shop for brides to be! This easy to use and navigate website includes helpful features including a master wedding checklist, budget tracker, guest list manager, plus lots of inspiration from real weddings. Brides can also search for reputable, local wedding vendors to pull together a dream team for your wedding.
Bonus Feature: The Hashtag Generator! Add in all of the pertinent information and hit submit to get your personalized wedding hashtag - a must for today's social savvy brides.
Just like their website says, you can truly plan your wedding from start to finish using TheKnot.com. They have a wedding checklist, budget planner tool, free wedding websites and a mobile app to help with planning on the go. You can also find local wedding vendors along with reviews from real brides.
Bonus Feature: Sign up for local offers and receive emails from local wedding vendors with special offers and discounts on services.
3. Borrowed & Blue
For local Richmond brides, Borrowed & Blue is an excellent resource for local vendors. In addition, they focus content on real weddings held right here in Richmond to give inspiration and help you find the right vendors to pull of your unique vision.
Bonus Feature: Sign up for their email list to get planning emails customized to you and your wedding date!
4. Style Me Pretty
If you are looking for mostly inspiration with a side of helpful, Style Me Pretty is an absolute must for this list of the best wedding websites. Style Me Pretty includes daily posts of inspiration from classic to modern and romanic to vintage - and everything in between for the modern bride to be.
Bonus Feature: The Vault! Think of Pinterest with only the most beautifully curated wedding inspiration photos and the vendors that made them possible.
5. Intimate Weddings
A new trend is emerging with weddings - intimate weddings of 75 guests or less. Couples looking for an intimate gathering with family and close friends are opting for smaller affairs. Intimate Weddings is the source for inspiration, venues, DIY projects and real wedding inspiration for brides to plan the intimate wedding that fits your vision.
Bonus Feature: The DIY project gallery features hundreds of projects and tutorials for the do-it-herself bride.
Do you have any other wedding websites to add to our best list? Let us know in the comments!
Crystal and Jeff had the most beautiful day this past Spring for their wedding here at Dellwood. The sun was shining and the trees were full of green on the plantation as these two said their vows and became man and wife! We just love their unique sense of style and how beautifully all of the details came together - just wait until you see the beautiful bride! You're just going to love these gorgeous images by Anna Filly Photography. Enjoy!
Congratulations you two! We're honored you chose Dellwood Plantation for your wedding. We wish you many years of joy and happiness together!