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EYE featured on Borrowed & Blue

What a great start to our week!!! We are super excited to share our first feature in Borrowed & Blue

Click here to see our wedding feature and more images of this beautiful wedding through the eyes of such a fantastic couple!

{images via Grant & Deb Photography}

Thanks to an amazing wedding professional team!

Ceremony Venue | St. Peter’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue | Omni Richmond, Downtown

Photographer | Grant & Deb Photography

Florals | Zahara’s Events & Design

Cake | Appletree Cake Co.

Transportation | Richmond Trolley Company

Reception Entertainment – Bill Gilliam | Choice Entertainment

Rentals | Party Perfect

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The Perks of Hiring a Day-Of Coordinator

One of the best pieces of advice a bride can receive is to hire a “Day-of Coordinator,” yet most people don’t know that such a person exists! Akin to a fairy godmother with serious wedding skills, a Day-of Coordinator picks up where you should leave off, allowing you to enjoy the most magical of wedding days.

Day-of services are designed to combine all the freedom and fun of planning your wedding yourself with the reassurance and peace of mind that hiring a professional event manager brings. Instead of tracking the dozens of details you put into place on the day of the wedding, an experienced and skilled coordinator can act on your behalf to make your plans come to life.

Most brides don’t realize the level of logistical coordination that is required on the wedding day. Day-of Coordinators greet and organize vendors on arrival and ensure that your contract with each one is followed. If a crisis arises, a coordinator has the resources and experience to make adjustments that will keep your plans on track. If you have contributed personal details like décor, favors or other items to the design of your wedding, your coordinator will often set these up for you as well.

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Once guests arrive and during the ceremony and reception rituals, the Day-of Coordinator supports, or sometimes acts as, your Mistress of Ceremony. Roles may include releasing bridesmaids down the aisle, cueing flower girls and ring bearers and communicating with musicians to ensure smooth transitions. Coordinators often help direct guests and keep an eye on the tiny details, like whether or not guests are signing the guest book. They may also assist with finding family members for formal portraits.

At the reception, a coordinator will communicate with your caterer, entertainer, photographer, and staff to keep events running on time and confirming that important guests are present for each formality. The coordinator might help bustle your dress before your first dance or provide you with a quick fix when your shoes rub a little too painfully. Keeping you happy, fed and dancing are top priorities!

Charrsi and Dana

Finally, at the end of the event, a Day-of Coordinator will often pack up all of your personal items and either store them for pick-up the following day or transfer everything to a family car for easy departure.

If enjoying your meticulously planned wedding day is on the top of your to do list, hire a reputable, experienced Day-of Coordinator. Your investment will pay off in a stress-free, magical wedding day.

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Bridal Show Survival Tips

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Bridal Show Survival Tip #1… Be prepared to wait in line to register. Exercise patience! We know you are eager to see all the fabulousness that the vendors have to offer.

Bridal Show Survival Tip#2… Plan to spend a minimum of 3 to 4 hours in order to see all the creative design ideas and the fashion showings that will be sashaying your way throughout the showcase. Wear comfortable shoes because the majority of your time will be spent standing and talking to vendors.

Bridal Show Survival Tip #3… Pre-printed self-adhesive address labels are going to be your best buddy. You will be asked for your name, address, phone number, email and wedding date countless times before the show is over. The labels will save you lots of time as you peruse from vendor to vendor. 

Bridal Show Survival Tip #4… Don’t forget to carry your color swatches. This may very well prove helpful in getting suggestions from vendors, such as florists or the invitation specialists. One of the best things about the bridal show is that it gives you an opportunity to see what’s new and exciting; things you or your fiancé’ may not have thought of or considered.

Bridal Show Survival Tip #5… Don’t hesitate to ask lots of questions. The vendors know you’re beaming with excitement and they would LOVE to share in that with you. Every professional at the bridal show is happy to share what they know with you. First question you want to ask is… “Are you available on my wedding day?” If you get a “NO”, that saves you time and you can move right along.

Richmond Weddings Bridal Show Booth

Bridal Show Survival Tip #6… The best place to write notes about a vendor is right on the literature he or she gives you. It is very helpful to you after the show to keep the vendors from blending into one another. I’ve found that placing a few blank self-adhesive address labels in your purse actually come in handy. They can stick right on the brochure! And you can make a few good notes there!!

Bridal Show Survival Tip #7… Don’t expect to walk away from the show with a ton of signed contracts in your hand. If you speak with a vendor, and you are interested in them, I suggest making AND keeping the appointment with them. That way you can discuss your wedding in depth. Without being rushed or interrupted by other brides.

Bridal Show Survival Tip #8… If you are out of town, send your mother or your bestie to collect information on the services you and your fiancé need. You’d be surprised how much they will enjoy helping you with this part of the wedding planning process.

Bridal Show Survival Tip #9… Try to avoid bringing small children to the show. I know it’s sometimes tempting to bring your flower girl along to show her all the exciting happenings, but trust me, she is sure to tire quickly and detract from your mission of finding vendors and ideas for your wedding. Make a date with her at Sweet Frog instead. You’ll thank me later!

Bridal Show Survival Tip #10….Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!! This is the most exciting time of your life. ENJOY IT!!! The ladies at Elegantly Yours Events celebrate in your excitement and wish you a stress-free wedding planning process!!

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