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5 Tips to an Engagement Party Everyone Will Remember

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Getting engaged is such a sweet and special moment in your life! Of course, you will want to celebrate this major milestone with a party that brings together smiles and tears of happiness – but how do you plan the kind of engagement party every single guest will remember?

We have gathered some of the basic tips you should know about this – so read on and find out more.

  • Make it intimate. Of course, you are free to plan an engagement party as small or as large as you want – but if you want your guests to feel like they are part of your story, a more intimate engagement party is what you are looking for. Keep in mind though: if you invite someone to the engagement party, you absolutely have to invite them to the wedding too!
  • Make it special. Choosing a theme for your engagement party is a really good idea because it will help you create a cohesive vibe and it will help you make this party more unique than the “standard” engagement party.
  • Make it fun. People love playing party games – and since your engagement party is likely to be quite small, you should take this opportunity and include some fun games. There are so many sweet and humorous games you can play with your guests at your engagement party!
  • Make it delicious. Food is always a crucial part of every party out there – and it’s not just because good food releases “happiness” hormones in our brains. It’s also because food tends to bring people together, creating a sense of closeness, intimacy, and coziness. You don’t have to serve a five course meal at your engagement party, though – more often than not, this is the kind of event where you can “get away” with snacks and sweet treats.
  • Make it yours. Don’t forget the very essence of why this party is happening: you have just gotten engaged and you are ready to get married to the one you love! Bring your story and your personality in this party – authenticity will definitely make it memorable!

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Bridal Shower Etiquette You MUST Know

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Pre-wedding events are very important – both for the bride and groom and for their closest friends and relatives, who will get a chance to know each other better and bond.

Obviously, bridal showers make no exception from this rule – and, like everything wedding related, they too are surrounded by etiquette rules you should definitely follow.

What are some of the most important bridal shower rules to follow? Read on and find out more.

  • The bridal shower is never planned by the bride herself. This is considered to be quite tacky because it is perceived as if the bride was asking for gifts. In general, the bridal shower should be planned by the maid of honor or another close friend of the bride – or a group of them, actually.
  • The bridal shower is paid by the host(s). Whoever plans or co-plans the bridal shower should also cover for its costs. Since you don’t want to put too much pressure on one person, you can allow all the participants in the planning of the bridal shower to chip in and cover the costs.
  • The bridal shower is generally much smaller than the wedding. This is supposed to be an intimate event, so it’s best if it is kept small. It can take place at home, or in any other location and it can actually follow all the rules of a party: it can have a theme, a color scheme, and so on.
  • Yes, you can ask for people to follow a dress code. This might be important for the entire vibe of the party, so why not? You can ask people to follow a specific color code, or you can simply ask people to dress a certain way – especially if the bridal shower will take place in an elegant location.
  • The bridal shower shouldn’t last for more than three hours. This is the perfect timing for this kind of gatherings – make it longer and people might start to feel bored. In the end, this should be about celebrating the bride – and three hours is just the sweet spot for people to have fun, have a nice bite of something, and shower the bride with their gifts.

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Pre-Wedding Planning Tips All Brides and Grooms Should Know

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Your wedding planning is going to be pretty difficult – we won’t lie. However, if you want to be prepared before you even start, do make sure you read (and apply!) the following tips, because we have gathered the absolute essentials all brides and grooms should know before proceeding on their wedding planning process.

  • Not setting any kind of wedding budget in place is a huge mistake. Yes, we know you want to jump right into the more interesting stuff, like the venue, or even the guest list. But before you even talk to someone and tell them you’re having a wedding, be sure you will have the budget to guide you through your choices.
  • You should definitely have a plan B, in case it rains. You cannot control the weather, so if you want to have an outdoor wedding (ceremony and/or reception), you should definitely have a “dry” option available for you and for the guests. Most often, a wedding tent or simply an indoor option will make do.
  • And speaking of 100% outdoor events – they might feel very fun, and yes, they are. However, keep in mind that they are not the cheapest ones. So, when creating the wedding budget, be sure to be realistic about it!
  • Once you have a daft guest list in place, proceed with the search for the right wedding venue. Keep in mind: it should fit not only you personally, but it should fit the number of your guests too. A wedding venue should not be too large because it will make it feel too spacious and cold. Likewise, it shouldn’t be too crammed either because it will just create an unusually party atmosphere.
  • Not providing guests with enough information. Tell your guests everything about the wedding: the names of the bride and groom, the names of the parents, how to reach the wedding venue (GPS coordinates, indications, maps, and so on). Also, be sure to tell guests have their accommodation options set in place as well – people will surely appreciate it if you handled this for them!

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Important Elements to Include in Your Wedding Ceremony Checklist

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Your wedding ceremony might not be long – but believe us when we say that it’s going to be one of the most magical memories of your life. From the moment you make your first step down the aisle to the moment you make your grand exit, showered with flower petals, every single second of this special event will be truly amazing.

How to make sure your ceremony goes smoothly?

Here are some checklist items you should make sure not to forget about.

  • The officiant. This is the person who will actually marry you, so it’s important to choose someone you actually like and whose values are compatible with yours. It can be a religious officiant (such as a priest or a rabbi), it can be a civil officiant, or it can even be a good friend who has been given the right to marry couples. No matter what you choose, be sure to have an actual discussion with this person beforehand, so that you check their compatibility.
  • The marriage license. This is probably the least romantic think you have to consider – but keep in mind that without a marriage license, you are planning a wedding without…actual marriage. Yes, you DO need to go through the ordeal of getting your marriage license beforehand, so plan this (and make sure not to forget it at home!).
  • Choose the ushers. You need a couple of friends to guide guests to their seats when they enter the ceremony (especially if you are very keen on having your parents and very close relatives stand in the front row, on the most important seats).
  • Create your playlist. The wedding ceremony should be 100% musical. Most of the times, the music will be dimmed down, so that it can only complement the magic of the moment with more grace and beauty. But for those very special moments, such as the processional and the recessional, you should definitely provide the DJ with your favorite songs. This will create such a unique moment – just perfect to mirror your own love story!

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You Should Definitely Consider Insuring the Big Day

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There’s something really special about your Big Day – it’s the magic, the love, the dreams you have for this amazing event in your life.

Sometimes, though, no matter how much you plan and no matter how attentive you are with every single detail, bad things can happen.

And in those situations, you want to make sure you are fully covered and that you will not have to meet extra expenses.

What is wedding insurance for and how will it help you make sure your finances are not completely blown out if something bad happens?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Wedding insurance policies exist to protect you in case your wedding turns out more complicated than originally planned. For instance, if you have to cancel or postpone the event, wedding insurance will cover this for you. Likewise, if you plan on having your wedding in a location that is more sensitive (e.g. a museum) and someone accidentally breaks something, wedding insurance can cover this liability for you too. Keep in mind though: same as with all insurance, not all wedding insurance policies are created the same – and this means that you have to make sure you carefully read every single line in your contract (and the fine print!) to make sure you are covered.
  • Some couples think wedding insurance is just another cost they don’t have to handle. However, this is not necessarily true. Wedding insurance can save you tons of money (if any of the aforementioned situations appear) – and it costs so little that it would be a real pity not to cover yourself. In fact, wedding insurance policy is said to cost less than a third of a wedding cake – which, considering the benefits, is really not much.
  • In the end, wedding insurance is all about your stress levels and managing everything better. Knowing that you are covered if you have to meet extra, unforeseen and unplanned for expenses can give you the peace of mind you need to actually enjoy your engagement.

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How Do You Plan the Big Day When Your Parents Are Divorced?

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A lot of things in your life are more complicated when you come from a family where your parents have decided to part ways – but that doesn’t mean you cannot all enjoy the special moments in your life.

For instance, if you are planning your wedding, you will want to do everything in your power to have both your mom and your dad there (and make sure they don’t end up fighting or feeling awkward too).

How do you do it? What are some of the essential tips you should know if your parents are divorced?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Walking down the aisle. If you find yourself in the situation of having to pick between your father and your stepfather to walk you down the aisle, you have several solutions. You can either ask both of them to walk you down the aisle (e.g. both at the same time or to have your stepfather walk you down the aisle for half of it and then have your father do the same from there on), or you can walk down the aisle alone (or with your mom).
  • The seating chart you create is very important. If your divorced parents don’t get along very well, you might want to consider the option of splitting them. Traditionally, the parents sit in the front row during the ceremony, but in your case, you could seat the parent closest to your heart in the front row and the other one in the back (second, third, or fourth row).
  • If your future spouse will have a special dance with his mom, you shouldn’t feel obliged to have the same with your dad if you feel that you don’t get along that well. Special parent dances are nice and sweet, but if both you and your father feel awkward about it, you will not feel OK dancing with them during the wedding. It’s probably best for everyone to skip this tradition altogether!

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