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Everything the Officiant Does at Your Wedding

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For a couple getting married, you might be a little confused as to what your marriage officiant would be doing on the day of your wedding or even before. Hunt Country Celebrations has wedding and event professionals for every aspect of your wedding including the officiant that you’ll need. Apart from that, we’ve also decided to give you an idea of the role of your wedding officiant during your wedding planning, your ceremony and afterward so read on to find out.

  • The First Meeting

This is the first time you meet with your officiant to get a sense of what they are like. You also get to tell them how you want your ceremony to go and how you want them to fit into it. It usually lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Organizing Your Ceremony

This is where you and your officiant write down exactly how your wedding ceremony will go and what happens when. They will usually tell you the different kinds of ceremonies they’ve handled and how it goes so you can decide which you want if you already haven’t made up your mind on the kind that you want.

  • Helping with Your Vows

This is especially great when you’re personalizing your vows. Your officiant can act as a great third party for both you and your partner to share your vows with to make sure they match in length, intensity, and tone without exposing it to each other.

  • Helping Personalize Your Ceremony

Your officiant is the one person who can help you personalize your ceremony as much as you want. From choosing scriptures personal to you both (If you so choose) to omitting offensive slogans that usually come with other traditional wedding officiating.

  • The Legal Stuff

While you’re running around with all the other aspects of your wedding, your officiant handles the important legal part of your wedding. They make sure your marriage licenses are filled properly and ahead of time and your witnesses are the right ones too.

  • On Your Wedding Day

Your wedding officiant does everything from act as your ceremony MC, making sure you sign in the right places, confirming that you both sign the right things and even knows where to be so your first kiss picture does not have a head floating somewhere around in it.

  • After Your Ceremony

While you’re probably off on your honeymoon, your officiant is making sure to file all your documents with the right agencies to make sure that your marriage is recognized.

From Officiants to wedding venues, accommodation, planners, caterers and lots more, Hunt Country Celebrations has them all. We’re located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s Horse & Wine Country, and only 40 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. We’d love to handle all that concerns your wedding and give you peace of mind and a beautiful ceremony to remember. Contact us today!

Making Your Seating Arrangements Easy

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Seating arrangements can look like an easy part of your wedding planning until you’re smack dab in the middle of it and you suddenly don’t know if Caroline will mind sitting next to her ex-best friend Francine. You’ll suddenly start considering winging it and letting everyone sit wherever they want, but the chaos that comes with that is a whole different matter. How then do you solve this problem? Well, we at Hunt Country Celebrations are here with a few tips that might help.

Firstly, for your Northern Virginia wedding, a seating arrangement is necessary and important. It helps to maintain order at your wedding and your guests will feel more honored and appreciate the work you’ve put into it when they see their names on the place card.

Seating arrangements are important to the dynamics of your wedding and can even cause tension and unhappiness at your ceremony if not properly done. Read on to find out how you can make the seating arrangements part of your wedding planning easier.

  • What Shape and Table Sizes Do You Want?

You have to work in hand with your venue for this one. You could have options of oval, round or rectangular tables that seat 8-12 people or more. Deciding which to go for can then help you move to the next decision of who sits where.

  • Set Seats or Set Tables

What this means is that you should choose if you’ll have your guests know that they are to be seated at table 4 for example or table 4 seat 2. Set tables are easier because then everyone knows their table and can choose where to sit. With set seats, you might have to use name cards.

  • Where Is the Wedding Party Table?

Decide whether you will be seated up front where everyone can see you or you and your wedding party will be seated with everyone else. It is more common for this table to be in the middle these days so that the couple can interact with as many people as possible freely.

  • Get A Second Opinion

You don’t have to do your seating arrangement by yourself, do it with your partner because you’ll be having people coming from both sides of the family and then show it to one or two people afterward. They will help you point out any other obvious things that you might have missed.

Planning your wedding in Northern Virginia? Then let us at Hunt Country Celebrations help to make it a celebration to be remembered. We have everything you need for your wedding in one location and professionals to help with your wedding planning every step of the way. Contact us today!

These Wedding Hacks Will Save The Day

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Your wedding is at the top of the list of most planned events of your life. When it comes to weddings, most couples tend to look so much at the bigger picture that they forget that small things like the ones we’ll point out here are also important. Here at Hunt Country Celebrations, we like to feel like we have your back on everything concerned with your wedding in Northern Virginia, so here are some wedding hacks to help you have a successful wedding.

  • Umbrellas

Whatever your wedding date, umbrellas can play a great role at your wedding. They can be a cover from the rain, a shade from the sun or a nice wedding prop that makes your guests look cool. Providing them at your wedding can help to keep your guests comfortable and happy.

  • Handkerchiefs

Providing handkerchiefs for the guests at your wedding is quite thoughtful. It can come in handy with sweat and tears and can also double as a wedding favor for them to remember your event by.

  • Provide Entertainment

Whether you’re having a kid-friendly wedding or not, entertainment for your guests is a great idea. By entertainment, we mean aside from the regular wedding entertainment like music, drinks, and food. Go for fun out of the norm ideas like a bouncing castle.

  • Dancing Shoes

Having a station with thongs that your guests can take off their shoes for can be a great way to get everyone up and dancing at your wedding. One of the reasons most guests avoid dancing is because of hurting feet.

  • A Busy Bag for Kids

Bags that contain interesting things like treats, toys, and activity bags are sure to keep the kids at your wedding occupied and give their parents some freedom to enjoy your wedding and party with you.

All of the above hacks are simple ways that can help keep your event fresh and memorable in the eyes of your guests. Our venues at Hunt Country Celebrations can further aid you with that. We’re located only 40 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and are the prime location for your dream wedding. Contact us today.

Two Most Frequently Asked Wedding Venue Questions

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Your wedding venue can make or mar your wedding. Before you book your venue, you must ask some important questions to be sure that you make the right decision. We understand this and would be delighted to answer whatever questions you might have about ours. Hunt Country Celebrations has the best locations for your wedding in Northern Virginia and here are some frequently asked questions that we’ve taken the liberty to give you answers to.

  • What Is Your Guest Capacity?

Most couples usually find problems when it comes to this. It is worse when it comes to trying to book a venue that turns out either smaller or larger. Most venues will give you a general ballpark of how many guests they can cater to, but we find that most couples always want to double-check their venue capacity. Here at Hunt Country Celebrations, we have 14 different venues that can handle anything from the intimate wedding you want to a bigger wedding. Just head on over to the venues tab on our home page and then select the venue that bests fits the wedding that you have in mind.

  • Do You Have A Wet-Weather Option?

A common mistake when it comes to factoring in the weather for your big day is remembering about wet weather options and not considering what to do if your bad weather instead turns out to be a 40+ degree day. This is particularly important if you’re hosting your wedding outside, it’s important to chat with your venue about what options they have for potential rain as well as a heatwave. It’s just as important to have an undercover spot for yourself and your guests if it’s raining as it is to have an indoor and airconditioned area for your wedding in the case of extreme heat. Our venues here at Hunt Country Celebrations have options that you can choose from depending on the time of the year and the weather.

When it comes to weddings, our venues represent some of the most romantic, practical and unexpected options. Why not find the one you love the most and book fast? We’re nestled in the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Mountains in the heart of Northern Virginia’s Horse & Wine Country, and only 40 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Contact us today.

The Five People Your Wedding Can’t Do Without

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A wedding has many skilled people behind the scenes: the couple, vendors, wedding planners, and guests. We at Hunt Country Celebrations offer you the best of everything when it comes to holding your wedding in Northern Virginia. From small intimate weddings to affairs of 3000 guests, we have everything that you need, so why not contact us today? In the meantime, here are 5 people that you can’t do without at your wedding.

  • An Officiant

If you want your marriage to be legal, you need an officiant. Whether he or she is a minister or a close friend who is licensed, officiants can really make a wedding. You also need two reliable witnesses over the age of 18 to be present.

  • An Amazing DJ/Wedding Band

A wedding entertainer is a must-have at your wedding. A good musician, band or DJ will entertain with music, read the crowd perfectly and match their needs throughout your ceremony.

  • A Wedding Day Coordinator

This is the superhero you need to make sure everything goes smoothly on that day. The wedding coordinator makes sure that your wedding experience is effortlessly enjoyable and will handle all the issues as they come up. They keep the cog spinning behind the scenes.

  • A Great Bartender

Investing in a good bartender instantly ensures a better wedding for you and your guests. From chatting with your guests, serving them drinks efficiently to giving them a soft drink or water instead, in a subtle inoffensive way where necessary. Wedding bartenders are important and should not be overlooked.

  • A Perfect Photographer

Pictures of your wedding will stay with you forever so you need the right photographer to take them. The photographer should know when to fit into the background and when to be the life of the party. They should not also be afraid to tell your guests to smile for a picture.

Hunt Country Celebrations is like your one-stop shop when it comes to the right venue and all of the above people. We are comprised of all the professionals that will make your wedding a success, right from it’s planning stages to the day after. Why not contact us today? We’ll be glad to hear from you.

Fun Wedding Send-Off Ideas

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In the day’s pasts, guests threw grains of rice at the end of the wedding ceremony as a symbol of fertility and good fortune to send off the couple for their new life together. These days, however, couples are choosing to go with much more creative ideas for wedding send-offs and we’ve chronicled some of them in this post.

  • Sparklers

Sparklers are a fun and cost-effective way to incorporate lots of your guests into your wedding send-off. This trend has been big for the past few years and is still going strong. Just be sure to tell your photographer ahead of time so that they can set up the right lighting for the darkened sky.

  • Fireworks

Fireworks are the perfect way to start your married life with a bang! Gather your guests together for a beautiful show to light up the sky and create a memorable send-off. You also have to give your photographer a heads up ahead of this one too so that they can properly position themselves to capture you and the spectacle.

  • Confetti

You can either use the traditional paper confetti or go with something more eco-friendly like flower petals. Just make sure to designate someone to give a countdown so that your guests are ready to shower you as you exit your reception.

  • The Sunset

If you don’t want to use any of the above props for your wedding send-off, why not try being gone with the sunset? Literally! A sunset backdrop will make for a soft and romantic way for your guests to bid you goodbye.

  • A Dance-Off

Another way to have your wedding send-off without using props, gather your wedding party and have them dance you off for a memorable, personal and fun memory to end your ceremony.

Hunt Country Celebrations is location 40 minutes Southwest of Washington DC and offers you great wedding packages. Why not give us a call today and let us discuss which of these creative send-offs you can incorporate into your wedding ceremony and show you our amazing choice of venues for your wedding? We’ll be waiting to hear from you.