The Wedding Planner Magazine

Southern West Virginia 2-1

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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N ow is the time to bring your personali- ties and flair into your wedding. Begin by deciding the theme or feel you want your wedding and reception to have. Do you want an indoor or outdoor wedding? A church wedding, or a more contemporary setting? The wedding and reception at the same location, or a different venue for each? Do you want a fancy and formal reception, or a fun and casual environ- ment? These must be considered when picking venues for your big day. Don't forget about your budget and guest list as you consider venues. Some may be out of your range. Knowing how much you have to spend will also help guide you as you deciding on your set-up and decorations. Decisions, decisions Picking a venue is a big decision that can also be a lot of fun. Set appointments to look at those venues that interest you. If you have a planner, be sure to take him or her along. Make a list of ques- tions you want to ask. The venue you pick must fit your vision. Each venue will have its own set of guidelines. Some may have a list of approved vendors that you must use if you decide to host an event there. Be sure you are aware of all of the venue's require- ments before you make a final decision so that all expectations are met -- for you and the venue's management. Details, details Once your venues have been chosen, the fun begins. Now it is time to select the special details – like flowers, food, linens and décor -- that will make the day truly yours. Get with your planner and your family and let the creativity begin. As you draw ideas from pictures, magazines, friends, and the Internet, consider how you can add your own style to each detail. Are there hobbies you and your fiancé like to do together? Incorporate those in your plans. Do you share a common interest? Consider making that a theme and put a fun spin on it. If sports are your thing, incorporate your favorite team(s) and really make it your own. Weave your personalities into the day so that when your guests reflect on it, they remember the two of you, not just the venue. Tip! If you choose an outdoor wedding or reception, be sure to have a back-up plan in the event of inclement weather. This will help reduce your stress level the week of your wedding. Kelli Carrico Photography Kelli Carrico Photography Sarah Garland Photography

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