Last week, I was able to break away from my wedding planning whirlwind (I know you guys have missed me), to attend the NACE Gala at the NACE National Experience! Conference being held in Baltimore, MD
Our chapter was recognized at the awards gala for our 2013 half day workshop, “Photography for Event Professionals”.
This workshop won the award for 2013 Chapter Education Program of the Year for chapters with fewer than 100 members!!
This is a HUGE honor, and our first ever chapter award.
Some of our Richmond NACE Chapter members at the NACE Experience! in Baltimore, MD
Click here to see more images from the August workshop taken by our Photography Sponsor - J&D Photography
Join us as we take a small wedding planning “break”, to wish an amazing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the creator of Elegantly Yours Events!
We hope your birthday celebration brings you plenty of champagne toasts and lots and lots of dancing…. on tables!!!!
We are thrilled (and so Thankful) to have our client’s wedding featured as Editor’s Pick on The Knot!!!
This beautiful outdoor ceremony took place at Maymont Gardens.
~~Many thanks to such an awesome vendor team!!~~
Venue | Maymont Gardens
Photography | Meagan Abell Photography
Caterer | A Sharper Palate
Florist | Vogue Flowers
Baker | Cakes by Graham
Custom Stationery | Dionisa’s Designs
Lesli and Mark – Sheraton Park South
Thanks to an amazing vendor team!
Venue | Sheraton Park South
Photographer | Mike Topham Photography
Videographer | Drop To Design
Florist | Vogue Flowers
Cake | The Buttercream Bee, LLC
Makeup | Tammy Hargrove
Reception Entertainment - Eric Cunningham | Choice Entertainment
Rentals | Taylor Rentals/Party Plus
Having out of town guests attend your wedding celebration does not need to add stress to your wedding weekend. Certainly, when friends and relatives make that special effort to attend from out of town, you’ll want to do everything you can to make them feel welcome. So, how do you accomplish that? How do you give them the attention they need and deserve on top of everything else that you are busy with?
You’ll want to do something special for them since they have made an extraordinary effort to attend. However, they will be understanding of your situation and realize that undivided attention is not a possibility because of the many last minute details that will demand your time. With a little advance planning your guests will feel well cared for and you will be worry free. Make all arrangements and reservations at least 6 months ahead.
Talk to several hotels in the area and choose the one that meets your needs. The hotel should offer the special features that your guests will need and a favorable rate based upon reserving a block of rooms. Contact the hotel’s sales staff and ask them to explain the special benefits they may have that will accommodate your friends and relatives. You may want to arrange for a hospitality room where all your guests can congregate.
Welcome gifts are one of the best ways to make them feel special and it can be prepared well ahead of time. There are several companies that will make up personalized gift baskets for your guests or you can prepare something yourself. In either case you should include a handwritten note thanking them for attending and for traveling so far. Most times, its best to include a map to the ceremony and reception since they may be unfamiliar with the local area. A schedule of events with contact names and phone numbers would be also beneficial.
Other items to consider are: Virginia Peanuts, cookies, specialty soaps and lotions from local artists, gourmet coffees & teas from your favorite cafe, candies, and fruit. You should have your gift or baskets dropped off at the hotel ahead of your guests’ arrival with instructions for the hotel staff.