4 Alternatives to Regular Bridesmaid Dresses

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Your bridesmaids are an important of your bridal train. They’ll most likely be your long-time friends and will support and help you with your wedding planning. Your bridesmaids will also feature in most of your wedding pictures and how they look goes a long way towards your wedding theme and style.

Most brides usually decide on the colors and styles that their bridesmaids will appear in a long time before the wedding. Choosing a perfect fit can often be difficult because you have to take everyone’s body and styles into account. That’s why we at Hunt Country Celebrations are here to help. In this article, we’ve put together 4 alternatives to the regular bridesmaid dresses that you can use for your wedding.

  • How About A Two-Piece

We’re thinking of a trendy combination of a feminine skirt and a lace crop top. The best part is that this combination could work well for your wedding dress too so you’ll still be coordinating with your bridesmaids. They’ll look and feel amazing walking down the aisle to announce your arrival in this.

  • A Denim Jacket

If you do not want to stray too much from tradition and you’re having, for example, a rustic wedding, asking your bridesmaids to add a personalized denim jacket on top of their dresses could be a great fit. It would especially go well with dresses made from flowy fabrics like organza. 

  • Powerful Pantsuits

There are many stylish modern pantsuit options that your bridesmaids could wear instead of the usual dresses. This option is comfortable and original and would give your bridal party a powerful look. All you have to do is find a fit that all your friends would love.

  • Go All Out and Have Them Dress in Tuxedos

It can be the usual black and white tuxedo, or something that fits with your wedding color theme and style. This kind of dressing will not only look original but will make a statement of empowerment. If you’re all about women-power, then this might just be the option for you.

 When it comes to your wedding in Northern Virginia, Hunt Country Celebrations has all that you need from your location to your rentals 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!

3 Ways to Decide If You Need A Wedding Planner or A Wedding Coordinator

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Unless you are a wedding professional, you might get these 2 confused. Sometimes, you might even know which is which but just have a hard time deciding which of them to use. That’s why we here at Hunt Country Celebrations have decided to help.

When it comes to your wedding, think of wedding planners like your best friends. They are the one professional who will be most involved when it comes to your wedding planning and execution. Wedding coordinators, on the other hand, are more concerned with making sure that everything goes smoothly on the wedding day itself. That’s why they are known as wedding day coordinators too. So, what are the best ways to decide which you’ll need for your wedding? Read on to find out.

  • What’s Your Budget Like?

Your wedding budget is a great start when it comes to deciding between a wedding coordinator and a wedding planner. Wedding planners tend to go for between 10 to 15% of your wedding’s total budget depending on what you need to be done. Wedding coordinators on the other hand usually have a flat rate. Use this to decide which best works for you.

  • How Much Free Time Do You Have?

If you have lots of free time on your hand and you are great when it comes to not just planning, but wedding planning, then a wedding coordinator might be the only one that you need. If you, however, have less than 3-5 hours a week to spend on your wedding and planning is not your strong point, please hire a wedding planner.

  • Do You Possess Great Decision-Making Skills?

At some point in your wedding planning, you are going to have to say no to people you love and stand by it. How good are you with that? If the answer is very good, then a coordinator would do just fine. If the answer is no, Get a wedding planner. It is easier for everyone involved to accept a decision when it comes to a wedding planner because they know that they are professionals and thus know what is best.

Here at Hunt Country Celebrations, you can get a wedding planner or a wedding coordinator from any of our 8 event planning member services. We also have great venues for your wedding in Northern Virginia. Have more questions? Contact us today!

Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips for Every Bride

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As the bride, you are the star of your wedding and we at Hunt Country Celebrations agree. You should look like a princess on your wedding day and that means glowing skin, great hair, inner happiness, and great mental health. We already have a couple of articles on how to relieve stress during your wedding planning and the use of our ever ready and efficient vendors to help with your wedding. You can check them further down. Reducing the stress and pressure that comes with wedding planning will help with your mental health. For glowing skin and great hair, here are a couple of tips from us for the bride to be.

  • Moisturize

To keep your skin glowing and youthful, you should cleanse, tone and moisturize regularly without fail. Use products that you are sure are great for your skin and avoid a drastic change in your skincare routine just before your wedding except necessary. You never know how your skin might react.

  • Exfoliate

Our fashion and beauty members advise exfoliating at least twice a week. You can then apply a mild face wash to get rid of the dead skin cells afterward.

  • Monthly Facials

Start having monthly facials at least 6 months before your wedding. If you have less than 6 months left, a twice a week gold facial could help.

  • Hair Spa/Treatment

Have a hair spa/treatment at least 3 times within the 6 months before your wedding. The result should be healthy and shiny looking hair.

  • Avoid A Crash Diet

You don’t want to end up listless and weak. Join a gym instead. A mild workout routine started at least two months before your wedding should do the trick.

  • Meditate

If you can meditate at least 10 minutes every day, it should help keep the stress and anxiety at bay.

  • Your Night Routine

Massage olive oil into your hands and feet before going to bed each night and most importantly get enough sleep. You do not want to go to your wedding with dark circles looking tired.

  • Our Members

Hunt Country Celebrations has you covered when it comes to beauty before your wedding too. Choose from 4 members who specialize in wedding day beauty tips, wedding makeup, advice and more. Just click on our Meet Our Members tab and then select Fashion & Beauty. You won’t be disappointed.

Hunt Country Celebrations is located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s Horse & Wine Country and is only 40 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. We have all you need when it comes to your wedding. We would also absolutely love to hear from you. Contact us today!

Enhancing Your Reception Party Experience

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If you’ve gotten to the reception part of your wedding planning, then you’ve probably realized that the catering part is quite important, complex and a little confusing. To enhance your reception party, you should focus on the food but when it comes to wedding reception catering is where you encounter terms like food allergies, how much a person actually eats and so on. We at Hunt Country Celebrations understand and can help you when it comes to your wedding catering in Northern Virginia. The first step is to get a good wedding caterer and the following tips from us can help with that.

  • Their Attention to Detail

Wedding catering is much more than food. Some décor, table arrangements, and food presentation will come into play. The setting up, running and clearing up after all fall to the caterer so a good caterer must be good at paying attention to details.

  • Their Experience

When it comes to wedding food, experience matters a lot. No matter how beautiful the venue is, if the food is awful you and your guests will remember it forever. Your caterer should also be good with menu plans, safe preparation, reheating and transportation of large amounts of food.

  • Food Safety

A good caterer should be aware of and comply with the most up to date food and safety laws. Their staff should also be compliant. Ask them this during the initial interview to ascertain that they are.

  • Flexibility and Creativity

A good caterer must be flexible and creative. They may need to adjust a recipe on account of a food allergy or a dietary requirement.  An imaginative and adaptable caterer will be able to cope with this.

  • Customer Service

A good caterer is courteous, tactful and diplomatic where necessary. They should also have good communication skills and know how to relate to people. Here at Hunt Country Celebrations, we have 6 great catering services that you can choose from depending on your preferences. We also have wedding planners, venues, accommodations and everything that you’ll need to make your wedding a success in Northern Virginia.

Planning to have your wedding soon? Let us handle it here at Hunt Country Celebrations. You won’t be disappointed. Contact us today!

Choosing Wedding Accommodations for Your Guests

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Hunt Country Celebrations is all about the comfort of you and your guests on the day that will be the biggest and best day of your life yet- your wedding day. If you’ll be hosting a lot of out-of-towners for your wedding or you and your guests will be coming from outside Northern Virginia, then accommodations are an important part of your wedding planning.

It becomes your responsibility to research accommodations and if possible, book en masse for you and your guests. When doing your research, the following are some important details that you should pay attention to.

  • The Location

The distance from the accommodation to your wedding venue and reception venue should not be too far. The closer, the better. Narrow your search by choosing accommodations around your venue. Hunt Country Celebrations has both the wedding venues and accommodations that you’ll need on our Five-acre estate. We also have members that can handle the transportation of you and your guests.

  • The Budget

Some of your guests may be ready to spend big when it comes to hotel accommodations and some may not. Booking as a group is one way to get the best rates and you can also get rooms with a variety of prices thrown in when you book room blocks.

  • The Size

If the number of guests you’re expecting from out of town is much, go for hotels. Smaller inns and bed and breakfasts will do for fewer guests.

  • The Amenities

Cable TV, internet access and parking are must-haves when it comes to booking for your wedding accommodations. A swimming pool and room service are also great additions if they are available.

  • The Welcome Bag

If you plan on distributing a welcome bag for your guests, don’t forget to ask if your accommodation will hand them out as your guests’ check-in or you’ll have to do it yourself.

  • Our Location

Hunt Country Celebrations has all the services you’ll need when it comes to your wedding planning, wedding ceremony, reception, accommodation and lots more. Choose from between 3 inns, 1 bed and breakfast and a hotel all located quite close to our venues where you can host your wedding ceremony and reception.

Let us host you and your guests at your wedding in Northern Virginia. We’re Hunt Country Celebrations and our name is synonymous with celebrations that are remembered fondly for a lifetime. We look forward to hearing from you. Call us today! 

Tips for Planning an Amazing Rehearsal Dinner

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Your rehearsal dinner is your small evening of magic before your main wedding. Here at Hunt Country Celebrations, we have just the right vendors that can help you create a peaceful magical evening or whatever else you want your rehearsal dinner to be like.

The concept of the rehearsal dinner is getting together all the people important to you and spending time with them in the context of your wedding, just before your wedding. The wedding day is usually so stressful itself that you may not have more than 15 minutes to greet and interact with your guests and after the ceremony is a total no-no. Kick-off your Northern Virginia wedding weekend in a special way with a great rehearsal dinner, these tips from us should help.

  • Personalize It

Your rehearsal dinner shouldn’t eclipse your wedding, but there should be cohesion between the two. Try to get it to match with the overall vibe of your wedding.

  • It Should Be Light-Hearted

You will be inviting those closest to your heart so let the atmosphere be relaxation before the big event that is your wedding.

  • Pick A Theme

Again, you can correlate this one with your main wedding theme or you can decide to keep it separate. Themes make events easier to plan and execute.

  • Go Light on Décor

You do not want to usurp your wedding beauty. Going light is also a good way to save so you can spend more on your main wedding.

  • Choose Feel-Good Food

The best rehearsal dinner foods are those that are filling, healthy and delicious. You do not want those important to you falling ill or reacting badly to food just before your wedding.

  • Select an Easy Layout

When it comes to your rehearsal dinner, there should and will be lots of mingling so make sure that your layout allows for that.

  • Settle on Final Details

Is there anything you want your family and friends to know or do just before your ceremony, your rehearsal dinner is the time to communicate it.

  • Keep It Stress-Free

Like we’ve already said, your big wedding event is coming up and you need your family and friends active and energized for it. Don’t plan activities that will leave everyone feeling stressed and tired just before your wedding.

Hunt Country Celebrations is an all in one bus stop for everything that you need concerning your Northern Virginia wedding. Venues, planners, vendors, officiants, you name it, we’ve got it. We’re experienced and very good at what we do too. Contact us today!