Hampton Roads Wedding Guide

Their service directory offers a variety of ceremony sites and reception sites from beach weddings to unique wedding venues. The local wedding professionals featured on this site offer wedding photography, bridal portraiture, wedding videography, wedding and bridal flowers from bouquets to bridal tablescapes and wedding decorations to include chair covers and rentals, wedding cakes, groom cakes, catering to please any palette, wedding music from DJ’s to Bands to ceremony music, wedding invitations, and of course limousine services from vintage to horse drawn carriages to stretch limousines for the entire bridal party. Wedding planning made easy with the help of professional event planners and wedding coordinators. The bridal stores listed on this site are reputable bridal stores that will help you select the perfect wedding gown, bridal veil, and bridesmaid dresses for the entire bridal party. Many stores also carry tuxedo rentals for the groom and his groomsmen.

Their newest magazine will be available at the Two Rivers Country Club, Governor’s Land Wedding Show, July 27th from 2pm-5pm.

For more information about Hampton Roads Wedding Guide, visit http://www.hrweddingguide.com.

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Splendid Seating

Splendid Seating is owned and operated by Sharon and Gary Swisher. The Swishers have lived in Newport News for many years. They were intersted in finding a business that would allow them to work together and bring happiness to others. They quickly discovered the signficant difference that chair covers can make in a room. Both Sharon and Gary are committed to helping brides in the Tidewater area have the most beautiful and memorable wedding ceremonies and receptions possible by providing exceptional service and affordable prices.

Chair covers aren’t just for weddings though! Chair covers add that extra bit of elegance to any special occasion – banquets, galas, awards dinners, anniversaries, birthdays, holiday parties, etc. Let Splendid Seating help you make all of your special events as beautiful as they can be.

Visit them at http://www.splendidseating.com/

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Wedding etiquette: The gift registry

Congratulations on your engagement!
Before you start your wedding registry read these helpful tips on how to do it right.

Wedding gift

  1. Register early
    Keep in mind that bridal showers can take place month before your wedding. If you register early guests can take advantage of your registry up until your wedding.

  2. Register with a store that is convenient 
    If possible register with a company that has a brick and mortal store and is convenient for your friends and family to reach. Not everyone likes to shop online. You can even register at more than one location. 

  3. Register for gifts in every price range
    Give your guests the option to choose from a variety of gifts. As a rule of thumb: one third of your gifts should be under $50, one third between $50 and $150 and one third of the gifts can be over $150.

  4. Mix it up
    Register for some traditional items, like china, as well as non-traditonal items. Think about what gifts you would like to receive as a couple. This can include a wine registry or a honeymoon registry.

  5. Do not refer to your registry on the wedding invitation
    Avoid to mention your registry on your wedding invitation. It is acceptable though to include the registry on your wedding website or on shower invitations.

  6. Write thank you notes
    Thank your guests properly. Sending a handwritten thank you note within six weeks of receiving the gift is still the best way to do this. Mention the gift and how you will use it.

 

Today’s Deal: $5 Admits TWO To The Governor’s Land Wedding Show on July 27th

Visit GetMyPerks for tickets for this Sunday’s Wedding Show at Two Rivers Country Club.

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As you plan for your wedding, attending a bridal show is very helpful. Have your questions ready as you meet & greet many of Hampton Roads finest wedding professionals all in one area during one afternoon! Gather information, compare services, register for prizes, see the latest fashions, get great new ideas and just have fun!

The Governor’s Land Wedding Show will be held Sunday, July 27th, from 2-5pm at the Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg.

After the fashion show, The Grand Prize will be awarded as an All Inclusive Viva 2 Night Resort Vacation! This entitles you and your companion to enjoy 2 nights of accommodations in Mexico, Bahamas, or Dominion Republic!

Play Bridal BINGO with Ellasin’s Events in the Gazebo area. The word BINGO will be replaced with the word BRIDE, simply fill out the card with your information and play for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas. Ellasins Events transforms your experience into memorable ones! Five (5) lucky brides playing Bridal BINGO will win a Las Vegas getaway for two nights in a luxury tower of the Riviera Hotel Casino from casablancaexpress.com, with over $500 in discounts from vegasbitecard.com, plus a $100 gift card from restaurant.com.

Two Rivers Country Club1400 Two Rivers Road Williamsburg, VA 23185

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From casual to elegant or personal to business, Two Rivers Country Club provides an exquisite setting, raising any gathering to a truly extraordinary event. Whether you are celebrating a wedding, birthday, anniversary, graduation, hosting a social group or sponsoring a business meeting, your special event will make a lasting impression. Every moment is designed with your wishes in mind — from a bridesmaid luncheon and groomsmen golf outing to a rehearsal dinner or an outdoor wedding ceremony and elegant reception. Experience the magic of Two Rivers Country Club. For directions call (757) 258-4610 or to request more information on creating the Virginia wedding of your dreams, please use ext. 224 for Haley Hogan or email haley@tworiversclub.com.

The first one hundred (100) will receive a Gift Card from symbolizeit.com. These beautiful Glass Impressions change the way you show your photos printed directly on glass using state of the art technology in remarkable color intensity.

During the fashion show, the following prizes will be awarded before 5pm close:

At least two will win a Married Name Change Gift Card with free online account from MissNowMrs.com, a premier web service for brides to simplify changing your last name process. Get the complete package from the name change experts
At least two will win Two Weddings Bands! You can choose any style in the Tungsten Carbide Timeless Collection from JVL Jewelry. Many sizes to choose from! Special sizes are available upon request.
After the fashion show, The Grand Prize will be awarded as an All Inclusive Viva 2 Night Resort Vacation! This entitles you and your companion to enjoy 2 nights of accommodations in Mexico, Bahamas, or Dominion Republic!

Play Bridal BINGO with Ellasin’s Events in the Gazebo area. The word BINGO will be replaced with the word BRIDE, simply fill out the card with your information and play for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas. #ellasinsevents transforms your experience into memorable ones! Five (5) lucky brides playing Bridal BINGO will win a Las Vegas getaway for two nights in a luxury tower of the Riviera Hotel Casino from casablancaexpress.com, with over $500 in discounts from vegasbitecard.com, plus a $100 gift card from restaurant.com.

How to plan a wedding and be relaxed

Happy weekend from Showbride to all brides and grooms out there! Here are some great tips on how to not get stressed when planning a wedding. 

1. Get a wedding planner
Hiring a professional wedding planner is the easiest way to avoid possible stress. Many brides are worried that a planner is not affordable, but there are some great planners who will work with your individual budget! 

2. Take a break from planning
It is easy to get all wrapped up in planning your special day with your groom. While wedding planning can be a fun thing for couples, make sure to spend some time where you are not talking about the wedding with your groom.
Go out on a date night, the word “wedding” is tabu =) 

3. Life isn’t perfect
While almost every bride dreams of the perfect wedding day, life isn’t perfect. Stay calm even when little details don’t work out. Remember, after all it is about two people in love. That alone is perfect =)

With these tips we hope all of our brides and grooms have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

 

 

Shopping for your wedding dress

Finding the perfect dress can be a fun and emotional experience for a bride, but it can also be a challenge. Here are some great tips that can help brides to make shopping for their wedding dress easy and enjoyable.

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1. Be prepared

Before you go dress shopping get inspired by reading through bridal magazines or searching online. Find out what dress style, shape, details and color you prefer. Another important part of getting started is to figure out who is paying for the dress and to set up a budget.
Also give yourself enough time to find your dress, if possible you should schedule your appointment no later than three to four month before your wedding day.

Tip: Most bridal salons are not as busy on weekdays and in the morning.

2. Plan a great shopping day

If you can take the day off and dedicate a whole day to shopping for a wedding dress. Usually appointments at bridal salons are about one and a half hours long. Avoid booking more than two to three appointments as this can be stressful and overwhelming. Also allow enough time between appointments for traveling to the salon as well as relaxing. Before you head out the door for your first appointment make sure to eat a healthy meal that will help keeping you going.

3. Your entourage

Finding your dress can be a great experience to share with close friends and family. A group of about three people is best when it comes to wedding dress shopping. Larger entourages can overwhelm a bride with different opinions and expectations. Invite people that are close to you and whose opinion you value. That can be your best friend, sister, mother or mother in law. Today even men (your brother, father, or a close friend) are invited to go dress shopping =) Including someone in the search for your dress is a sweet gesture and will make them feel really special.

4. What else to bring

When shopping for your dress you want to wear simple undergarments as well as a strapless bra. Also bring a hair clip to “fake” the look of an updo and wear a natural make up. If you already have accessories that you want to wear on your wedding day, make sure to bring them with you to your appointment to find a dress that will look great with it. Think of the type of shoe you want to wear on your wedding day and bring a pair of heels or flats.

Tip: To keep track of the dresses you try on bring your phone or a camera and ask a person in your entourage to take pictures.

5. You found your dress – what now?

You found the dress that makes your heart skip a beat? Congratulations! Now it is time to go over the details with your bridal consultant. This includes the price, name, color and style of the dress as well as delivery date and the salon’s cancellation policy. Bridal salons usually ask for a down payment of 50%. Also do not forget to schedule your fittings. Normally about three fittings are scheduled for alterations.

 

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