Small Touches to Increase Guest’s Comfort at Your Wedding

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Your wedding day is all about you and your happiness. You won’t, however, be happy if your guests are unhappy and uncomfortable at your ceremony. It is usually a good idea to imagine yourself in your guest’s shoes at your wedding so that you ensure that you foresee all possible needs and meet them. Here at Hunt Country Celebrations, we have everything you need to make your wedding beautiful for you and your guests. We are located in the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Mountains in the heart of Northern Virginia’s Horse & Wine Country, and are only 40 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Here are a few tips on special things you could do to ensure your guest’s comfort at your wedding.

  • Guest comfort stations:

Again, the secret to being successful with this is putting yourself in your guest’s shoes on the day of your wedding. If it’s a hot summer wedding, your comfort station could include cold water, sunglasses and paper fans. A wedding reception happening in the fall should have blankets and other things to help your guests keep warm when the temperature drops in the evening. Another great idea is to have flip flops that your guests can change into, to relive their feet after your ceremony.

  • Personalize your wedding to include your guests:

From songs you share with them, to old photos that can come up if you choose to have a slide show, things like this are sure to make your guests feel warm and appreciated.

  • Stick to the schedule:

Try your best to stick to the schedule of your wedding. Guests are sure to be unhappy if you keep them waiting too long and you should keep this in mind, especially for your ceremony and dinner times. Dinner should be served at least 30 to 45 minutes after your reception has begun, and your guests should get their food quickly and efficiently. One of the strong reasons why people attend weddings is for free food, so getting it right where food is concerned is a sure way to keep them happy.

Our catering team at Hunt Country Celebrations is made up of professionals who will handle your event catering from setup to cleanup. We are also a perfect wedding location in Northern Virginia that provides exquisite services. Our premier wedding and reception services will cover all of your wedding details to ensure an unparalleled standard of excellence.

Your Northern Virginia Wedding

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Northern Virginia is known to be a combination of two worlds: the modern and the country. Our wedding locations at Hunt Country Celebrations also mirrors that. We’re 40 miles southwest of Washington DC and offer you from stately southern mansions to elegant vineyards.

The summers of Northern Virginia are quite humid and is also the time where the most rainfall is experienced. The winters can hit record lows, while the spring can hit both highs and the lows depending on the month.

Fall is also made of high and low temperatures but has much lower humidity than the summer. If you asked us to choose, we’d advise you to have a fall wedding.

  • Beauty

The fall foliage would be sure to enhance the beauty of your event and is at its peak in mid-October. You can save costs by making use of the natural beauty around you, plus fall weddings with dark themes are usually a beauty to behold.

  • Weather

During fall, the sweltering heat of the summer is gone and most of the high season tourists are gone with it. This means less traffic. It is wedding season though, so your costs might be on the high side. Fall weather is also perfect as it is usually peaceful with no sudden surprise weather changes.

  • Pictures

Talking about pictures, fall is the best time to get the most amazing pictures in Northern Virginia. Everything from the weather, to the lighting and the foliage, combines to produce memorable and beautiful photos.

  • Our Location

One of the best locations to take advantage of for your wedding in Northern Virginia is Hunt Country Celebrations. We can handle your small intimate wedding or your big wedding party, whichever you see fit. We have experienced professionals that can assist you with every bit of your wedding planning and our venues are excellent and unparalleled.

Take advantage of our all in one location for you and your guest’s convenience at Hunt Country Celebrations. We’ll be expecting your call. We promise to give you and your guests beautiful memories of your wedding day. If you’re looking for an amazing wedding venue in Northern Virginia, we are your best bet.

A Big Wedding or a Small Wedding

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A Big Wedding or a Small Wedding

Hunt Country Celebrations has a wealth of wonderful things ready for your wedding. We are an excellent wedding venue that can easily make any type of wedding look grand and fabulous, so your only focus should be on deciding what kind of wedding you want. If you’re unsure whether you want to have a big wedding or a small one, we’ve written this post to help you.

Big Weddings:

Big weddings depending on where you are from, might mean a guest list of 300 and above. The following are the pros and cons of a big wedding:

Pros

  • You will have no restrictions on your guest list. For your big wedding, you can invite any and everyone. There will be no squabbles or feeling left out where your guest list is concerned.
  • You will have more fun and partying. The more the merrier is the key here. The more people you have attending your event, the more fun it will be for you.
  • You also get more gifts. All those people you are inviting will not be coming empty-handed for your ceremony. You are sure to get lots of gifts.

Cons

  • You will certainly be breaking the bank for this one. Big weddings mean more cost per head, so be ready for it.
  • Less intimacy will be a problem. It is a wedding tradition for the bride and groom to spend some time welcoming each guest. This is unachievable with a big wedding due to the sheer number of people in attendance.
  • You will have a harder time planning it. Think of the seating arrangements, for example, you or your wedding planner will face a lot of work getting it right.

Small Weddings:

A wedding is considered small if the guests are less than 120 in number.

Pros

  • Your budget will be sufficient. If your wedding is small, it will go easy on your account and the quality of your occasion will be better are there are fewer people to cater for.
  • You can have intimacy. This is because you’ll be inviting only the family and friends closest to you. You can spend time personally welcoming your guests to the ceremony.
  • It is less stressful. A small wedding is easier to plan than a bigger wedding.

Cons

  • Your guest list will be restricted. You won’t be able to invite everyone and there’s sure to be a little friction over who gets to come and who doesn’t.
  • Your partying will be less. Yes, you’ll have fun, but not as much as you would, if you were having a big wedding.

Whether you choose a big wedding or a small one, Hunt Country Celebrations has a great wedding package for you. We are located only 40 miles Southwest of Washington DC. Why not choose us as your wedding location? Call us today!

Writing Your Wedding Vows

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Writing your wedding vows and speaking them during your ceremony is a way to go out of the norm with your wedding. It can be used to speak from the heart and reflect you and your spouse’s love journey. If you are trying to decide whether or not to write and speak your personal vows at your ceremony, this article can help.

Firstly, speak to your spouse about it. Sometimes, personal vows can turn into a sort of competition between the couple with guests trying to decide who won based on the length and content of their vows. Make sure you first agree with your spouse on whether you want to even personalize your vows or not. Also, make decisions on other things like the general content of the vow, whether or not to include personal experiences, etc.

Next, remember that time is quite important so keep your vows short. The best time for your vows is between 1 to 2 minutes. Plan way ahead of time, and you can also get a trusted friend to help you edit. It is usually best to keep the actual contents of your vow, away from your spouse before the wedding day.  That way, it is more heartfelt and is also a special gift from you to them on that day.

Then, make sure to include real promises in your wedding vows. Personalize your promises and try not to use cliché phrases. Do not promise perfect, because we all know, that that is impossible. It is okay to be specific because you will be saying your vows in front of family and friends who most likely already know your story. It is even okay if the story you include is a little weird.

Lastly, it is also okay to be a little cheesy. We implore that you try not to include too many details. Again, we’d like to remind you that 1 to 2 minutes tops is good. Don’t forget to read your speech out loud to help you correct grammatical errors and practice reading them over and over. When done, be sure to print your vows out on a presentable final format for your wedding and store them in a safe place.

Call us today at Hunt Country Celebrations. We promise to handle all aspects of your wedding to the best of our abilities and ensure that you have only fondest memories of the day. Our many years of experience is an assurance that you won’t be disappointed.

Much Ado about Wedding Favors

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Wedding favors are a great way to show appreciation to your guest for making time out to come to your event. You do not want to gift your guests with favors that will be put away and forgotten as soon as they get home, or even thrown out on the way home from your reception. So how do you decide on the best wedding favors for your ceremony? Here are a few tips that can help out.

Affordability

Yes, we know that you want your guest happy, but best believe that they would not be glad to find out that the wedding favors they received, are part of the reason why you are in huge debts after your wedding. Keep it affordable. If your wedding budget is limitless, then, by all means, go ahead and splurge. You can usually get away with small spending on each wedding guest when it comes to favors though.

Go for Useful Items

Go for wedding favors that will have use in the daily activities of your wedding guests such as key holders, bottle openers, candles, etc. The more useful it is after the wedding, the better appreciated you will be.

Avoid Monogramming

As much as your wedding guests really love you, they are not going to want to serve tea in a mug that still has your face on it 3 years after your event. You can personalize the packages and covers, but it is a great idea to leave the items themselves, free of any permanent personal touches.

DIY Favors

DIY wedding favors are usually cost-friendly and greatly treasured because your guests will value the time and preparation that went into each gift. Just to be certain, make sure that you first try out a few and know that you can handle it in the stipulated time period. You do not want to order items in bulk and discover after assembling the first 5 that you are not up to the task or completely dislike how they turn out.

Go With Your Wedding Theme

You can never go wrong with incorporating the elements of your wedding ceremony theme into your wedding favors. The colors of your favors do not necessarily have to be the same as your wedding colors, but they should complement it. A display of your wedding favors at the event should add beauty to your ceremony and not be a huge contrast.

Sweets and the Likes

If your wedding favors are edible, they are sure to find favor with your guests, especially if they are cookies, chocolates or candy. However, endeavor to remember that due to health choices, some people may not be able to participate in the activities. So, have a little something on the side for them, yeah?

Now, no matter what you finally decide on as your wedding favor, a piece of great advice is to always have extras for contingency sake. You do not want any of your guests to go home feeling unsatisfied or left out.

Looking for a truly special event management team for your Virginia wedding? Hunt Country Celebrations can handle all aspects of your wedding wonderfully. Contact us today and get ready for the best event ever!

3 Fantastic Bridesmaids Gifts

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Your wedding, no matter how small it is, will always require a lot of careful planning. Dozens, maybe even more than a hundred people, will be attending, so the flowers, the venue, the guest list, the food, the reception and the ceremony itself are all things that need to be included in the list of things you have to tend to.

Don’t allow yourself to get distracted by all the preparation because you still have to get gifts for your bridesmaids. They play a very important role in the wedding, don’t they? And beyond the celebration, they are some of the closest people to you too, aren’t they? So have a read below and decide which of these gifts will mean the most to your bridesmaids.

  • Charming Pearl Bracelet

The word ‘pearl’ evokes so many thoughts, doesn’t it? Rarity, exquisiteness, elegance and a host of other like words all pop into your head when you hear it. That’s why regardless of the kind of jewel a pearl dangles from, be it earrings, necklaces or even anklets, the jewel will always look so charming.

A pearl bracelet will do the same for your bridesmaids. Other than the design with pearls, this bracelet also has a round charm, and that’s where you can engrave the initials of the bridesmaids. Customized gifts are always the best, and when given to special people in your life, their value shoots through the roof. You’ll love how beautiful the bracelets make your bridesmaids on that grand day.

  • Customized Bridesmaid Coffee Mug

Coffee mugs are what we like to call, ‘all-round gifts’. They are great gifts for any kind of occasion or event, and weddings are no exception. The mugs are made of durable, high-quality ceramic, and they’re microwave oven and dishwater-safe.

But all those aren’t really the most important bits. What’s significant here is this: Each time your bridesmaids pick up these personalized coffee mugs, they’ll instantly remember you and your wedding day. The sentimental value the mugs hold is more significant than anything else.

  • Bridesmaids Gift Box

Why not just go all out and surprise your bridesmaids with gift boxes? Imagine how excited they’ll be when you give each of them a cute box wrapped in ribbons. They have no idea what will be inside it so that alone will add a bit more excitement to the exchange.

Great things you can put in the wooden gift box are a soy candle, personalized champagne flute and a bracelet with the engraving of the bridesmaid’s initials on it. The whole point is for you to give them things that they’ll remember you by. Gifts that will make them remember all the fun that was had and the memories that were made.

We can help with that last part. Call Hunt Country Celebrations and we’ll make your wedding so grand you’ll leave it with fond memories that will remain with you for as long as you live. We offer services that will tend to whatever you need to make your wedding beautiful. Reach out to us and we’ll handle everything.