5 Things Newly Engaged Couples Need to Do First

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You’re engaged! Congrats. We at Hunt Country Celebrations are more than excited for you and wish you the very best. In your euphoria, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Not to worry, that’s why we’ve written this article. Grab a coffee cup and get cozy because we’ve laid out the five things you need to do first after you get engaged.

  • Celebrate First

Before jumping into the rigors of your wedding planning, take a moment to bask in the bliss of your engagement. It’ll only happen once in your relationship. And no, this is not the same as the engagement party, we mean a special time between you and your partner where you can savor your engagement before moving on to the next step.

  • Get Organized

Figure out an organizational system for your wedding planning next. You see, the more you go on in the planning process, the more ideas, checklists, side notes, and tips you’re going to encounter. You could end up mixing things up if you are not careful. Use your Google Drive, Evernote, a wedding binder, or a calendar app. The plan is to be able to keep track of all things wedding related.

  • Think of A Date Range

Based on the current situation of things, you might not know your exact wedding date for a while, but setting a general date range can be very helpful. You’ll be able to gear up with your wedding planning, and it will help give your plan some structure.

  • Set Your Budget

Have the money talk. You need to be sure that you and your partner are on the same page where your wedding spending is involved. Agree on your wedding size and then iron out where the finances are coming from. You should be able to come up with a ballpark range when you’re done.

  • Write Your Wedding Checklist

Based on the dates you’ve chosen above, is your timeline tight, or do you have lots of time? Piece together, a list that contains details and items necessary to you concerning your wedding. This will help you have a personalized and super focused guideline of what needs to be done and when.

Here at Hunt Country Celebrations, we offer you all that you’ll need for the success of your wedding. We’re like your fairy godmother when it comes to your wedding in Northern Virginia. Give us a chance to make your wedding wishes come true. Contact us today!

3 Wedding DJ Trends

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Wedding DJ’s have come a long way from what they once were, haven’t they? They’re now expert entertainers who change as often as trends do and make sweet music to entertain any type of crown in any kind of event, and your wedding reception is no exception.

A good DJ can really change the entire feel of an event. Hunt Country Celebrations from Northern Virginia would know, because we’ve seen our fair share of talented DJs over the years, and we never get tired of them!

We love the way DJ’s add life and fire to a wedding, and we love the way they mix and change things up to flow with the times. Trends are really important here, and any good DJ knows that. With that being said, here are five of the latest wedding DJ trends, so read them and tell us if DJs can’t add flair to your wedding.

  • Nonstop Playback

Most couples prefer to have their wedding DJ play at the wedding reception. This DJ will play right from when the gusts arrive all the way to cocktail hour-and even during the last dance at the end of the evening.

Achieving this means the DJ must be experienced enough to know when to keep the volume low and raise it back up when the guests are ready to slip on their dancing shoes. That same experience means he should be able to play different styles of music that will flow smoothly with each part of the event.

  • Dual Roles

Another thing is, many wedding DJs perform the role of the Master of Ceremony together with their role in playing the music. They announce any speeches to be made; when it’s time to dance; the cutting of the cake; even when it’s dinner time.

It is important that you always work with your DJ to choose suitable songs that you will love to hear throughout your event. You can then leave the DJ to do his/her job of building a beautiful playlist around the selected songs.

  • Themed Music

Themed music is the in thing now. When Your music matches the beauty and theme of your wedding, you need little else to make the big day a success. Most wedding DJs prefer to play themed music for a solid hour once or twice during the event than to play random, odd-themed tunes.

Music completes an event, true, but you’ll need a lot more than that to even make the event possible, right? You’ll need Hunt Country Celebrations!

Planning to host a wedding in Northern Virginia? Great! We’ll tend to your catering, rentals, find a suitable location for you, and numerous other aspects of planning your wedding. Give us a call today and we’ll tell you what we can do for you!

4 Steps to Get You Started on Your Wedding Planning

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So, you got engaged just before or during the lockdown, right? Well, congratulations! Yes, there may not be much cause for celebrations just yet but Hunt Country Celebrations advise that you take a while to bask in the glow of being engaged.

The problem now seems to be getting started on your wedding planning. Not to worry, with the following helpful tips from us, you’ll be planning your wedding efficiently and with less stress in no time at all. 

  • Stay Organized

The more organized you are about this, the less likely it is that you’ll make mistakes. Start by searching for and talking to amazing vendors like us about your wedding and then arrange your budget, guest list, and registry. You can even create a framework for your wedding day timeline to help you remember vendors and details that you might have left out.

  • Start Your Personalized Checklist

To do this, you have to decide on the time around which you want your wedding to happen. With that time in mind, you can then create a list of your to-dos and split them into a monthly and weekly basis. Deadlines might be unrealistic and too early to meet at this period.

  • Set Aside Weekly Time to Plan

Please select a day or 2 out of the week and set it aside for the planning of your wedding. It would be best if you also made plans with your partner and delegate responsibilities. Delegating will help you know what to do and eliminate confusion.

  • Details, Contracts, and Negotiations

Please read the fine print on all your vendor contracts before you sign them. Try to negotiate so that you get the best deals for the goods and services that you’ll use at your wedding. Make sure that your contract has everything spelled out correctly and avoid selling yourself short.

When it comes to your wedding in Northern Virginia, Hunt Country Celebrations has all that you need. From your location to your rentals, planning, and catering service. All of our members are tested and trusted and will go out of their way to ensure the success of your event. Contact us today!

4 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Professional Wedding Video Company

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Your wedding is one of the most special moments in your life, so naturally, you want to preserve it in a medium where you can relive it again and again. Recording everything is the best medium at your disposal.

Photographs are good, but with videos, you’ll be able to capture more expressions and even the feel atmosphere at your wedding. But Hunt Country Celebrations advise that you have both photography and videography used to document of your wedding.

Now, although everyone has a smartphone and endless mobile, video editing apps, you can’t rely on your friends and family to capture your wedding the way professionals can. And if you do insist they take photos for you, that will rob them of the opportunity to take part in, and enjoy, your wedding too.

For more reasons why you should get a professional to capture your wedding event, read the following paragraphs that we’ve put together.

  • They Have the Right Equipment

You need the proper equipment to do an excellent job of capturing your wedding. Your friend or cousin with a smartphone will not have one. You can only get quality content at your wedding if it is captured with the perfect set of equipment.

  • They’re Experienced

They’ll know the right angles, lighting, and editing skills to bring out the best in your wedding videos. This is because they have experience and can handle any situation and make the best out of it. If you want quality video content from your wedding, professionals are the way to go.

  • They’ll Have Brilliant and Creative Ideas

They’ll be able to come up with a way to make the videos from your day look better and unforgettable. You’ll be amazed at the variety of options that you have, and you can tell them exactly which you want. Isn’t that more convenient?

  • You and Your Cousin Will Be Able to Enjoy Your Day

Your wedding day is a big day in your life. You can’t spend the whole day worrying whether cousin Mark has been getting the right angles with his iPhone or not. You’ll already have other things to worry about so why add to it? Hire a professional so you can have fun and enjoy the moment with your family and friends.

Here at Hunt Country Celebrations, we’ll gladly handle all your wedding services, starting from your wedding venue to your wedding videography. We’re located in Northern Virginia and would love it if you got in touch with us. Give us a call today.

4 Pros and Cons of Having A First Look at Your Wedding

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Having a first look at your wedding is one of the recent trends that has taken the wedding world by storm. But should you have one at yours? Well, we explore the pros and cons of having a first look at your wedding in the following paragraphs. So, if you’re still trying to make up your mind, this might help.

The Pros

  • Quiet Time

Your wedding day will be a whirlwind of emotions, noise, and movement. A few, quiet minutes with your partner before it all starts is not such a bad idea. It can help keep you both grounded throughout the day’s events and activities.

  • The Emotional Boost

For people who grow really nervous, spending time with the love of your life before you get started on your day can ease all the worry and tension. And it’ll give you a moment to connect with each other and catch your breath.

  • The Photos

It’s always such a wonderful feeling the first time you see your wedding photos. Any couple will attest to this. That being said, since you’ve already taken gorgeous pictures at your first look, save time and take fewer pictures for the rest of the event. That’ll even save you time. There’s also the fact that in the winter, the early morning period is excellent for natural light pictures. First looks generally happen quite early in the morning.

The Cons

  • A Ruined Moment

The moment the groom sees the bride for the first time as she walkes down the aisle is supposed to be something momentous. But first looks ruin it. If you’re big on having a traditional wedding, you should probably skip having a first look.

  • You Might Have to Wake Up Earlier

A first look means you’ll have to get ready much earlier that you might expect. If you’re not a morning person, you should probably skip this one too.

  •  Pressure

There are lots of pictures of first looks floating around. But not everyone will be able to express their emotions in the same way or manner. Few things can be as disappointing as your spouse-to-be not reacting the way you want in a particular situation. For example, the bride is expecting the groom to have a more emotional response, but his response is anything but that.

Take heed of this and we’ll handle the rest. Hunt Country Celebrations in Northern Virginia will tend to your wedding photography and host your events at some amazing locations. Contact us today!

6 Important Wedding Tasks to Do While in Quarantine

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In this time of uncertainty, safety is tantamount to anything else. But staying safe doesn’t mean neglecting your wedding plans. So yes, by all means, keep working on your wedding until we’re finally able to celebrate events that mean everything to us. In light of that, here are 7 important wedding tasks that you can do from home while we wait for the pandemic to end.

  • Create Your Wedding Website

If you do not already have a website for your wedding, get started on it right away! You can use it to keep in touch and share new information with your wedding guests.

  • Look at Your Guest List Again

This is a great time to work on your guest list and decide on who you’re inviting and who doesn’t get to come. Think about what size you’d want your wedding to be. Big or small?

  • Read Your Wedding Contracts

You have all the time to do it now, so why not go ahead and double-check your wedding contracts? Many vendors have been very flexible in this period but please do not sign anything if you do not fully understand it.

  • Send Out Your New Save-The-Dates

If you had to move your wedding date to a later one, don’t forget to update your family and friends. Tell them about the new date to avoid confusion. You can do this by email, an announcement card, or even a small video. 

  • Design Your Wedding Bands

Custom bands are cool and unique so now that you have the time, you can look into designing one for your wedding. Add personal touches to your wedding bands because on your wedding day, those bands will be things that add a little more of your character into your wedding.

  • Create A Wedding Countdown

With all the bad news pouring from pretty much every corner of the world, you and your loved ones deserve to have something exciting to look forward to. That thing is your wedding. Making a countdown is a perfect way to highlight this.

Here at Hunt Country Celebrations, we offer you all you’d need for your wedding in one place. Venues, vendors, experts, and more. We’re located in Northern Virginia and would be honored to host you and your guests. For more inquiries, contact us today.