01.28
2015

We are so happy that Katy Murray sent us this wedding because we don’t always get to feature a Ketubah signing and bedeken ceremony on the Charlottesville Wedding Blog! These beautiful rituals are part of many Jewish weddings, along with the often recognized chuppah (Annika and Vincent’s is beautiful!). We’re making plans to go explore Meriwether Springs Vineyard after seeing this wedding!

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Vendors:
Photographer  – Katy Murray Photography
Venue – Meriwether Springs Vineyard
Wedding Planner – RGH Events
Catering and Rentals – Beggars Banquet
Videography – Mitchelle Bradley of Patriot Productions
Photography Assistant – Jami McDowell Photography



01.26
2015

Last week, we talked about the different kinds of wedding planners in which Charlottesville brides may be interested. But once you decide you are going to hire a planner, how to you pick the right planner for you?

1. Researching Charlottesville Wedding Planners

When we suggest that you do research, we don’t just mean googling “charlottesville wedding planner” and working down the list. These days, someone with fabulous SEO (search engine optimization) tactics might show up high in a google search even if they aren’t doing a significant amount of work in the area. We have three suggestions for doing research on wedding planners before you make your short list of people to contact.

First, consult some online vendor guides (may we suggest our sister site, One Sweet Wedding?). Not only will planners present themselves in these guides, their profiles will often include reviews from real Charlottesville brides.

Second, look at wedding blogs. Some brides get overwhelmed by all the inspiration on wedding blogs, but we think you should look up blog posts that feature Charlottesville weddings. Looking at their past weddings can help you understand which planners are involved with weddings that might be like yours in size and scope. You may also get a sense for how many events a planner takes on during a season (though be careful about this since some blogs feature weddings from several past seasons).

Third, get the word out! Word of mouth can be so helpful when there are many options to consider. Let everyone in your circle know that you are looking for a planner and see what information comes your way. You won’t only hear about the planners your  married friends used, you’ll hear about the ones they considered and why they hired their planner.

 

2. Interviewing Charlottesville Wedding Planners

Once you narrow down the list of Charlottesville Wedding Planners to the handful whose style and reputation interest you, you should set up informational interviews. Some planners may invite you to their office and others will suggest a meeting at a local coffee shop (this is so common that you can sometimes meet multiple planners in the same location in an afternoon!). We think you should go into the meeting with a list of questions about how the planner operates and also assess whether your personalities are a good match.

  • Does the planner show interest and enthusiasm for your vision?
  • Does this person have experience working with venues and vendors that interest you?
  • Can they cite examples of weddings they’ve planned that were similar in size, style, and budget to the one you envision?
  • Will this person ensure that your vendor contracts are executed properly so that you can truly enjoy your big day?
  • Does the planner have a support team of assistant who will help attend to the details at your wedding?
  • Does the idea of spending several months communicating with this person excite you?

You should also inquire about the number of events the planner will be overseeing while you plan your wedding and get a sense for how often your planner will be willing to meet/talk about your wedding. You’ll find that your need to communication will increase dramatically as your approach the big day and you want to make sure your planner will be available to you!

Bride blogger Claire’s planning check list for her Shindig wedding

3. Checking Charlottesville Wedding Planner References

Though we already mentioned getting suggestions for planners by word-0f-mouth, once you have whittled your list of potential planners down to two or three, you should asked for several recent references from each. We mention making sure you are contacting recent brides because a planner’s style and work load can change from season to season. You’ll want to here from the previous season’s brides or mothers-of-the-bride see hear the most up-to-date information about the planner.

 

4. Sign a Contract with your Charlottesville Wedding Planner

Once you select your planner, be sure to sign a contract that outlines the services you require, fees, and a payment schedule.

 

Happy Planning!

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01.22
2015

The best thing about Charlottesville weddings is the diversity of styles showcased in our little Blue Ridge Mountain town– and if you’re looking for elegance, you can’t get any more sophisticated and classic than Keswick Hall. The grounds of Keswick ooze romantic country glamour and Keswick Hall itself epitomizes traditional Virginia finery– all of which also describe Laura & Daniel’s wedding day! The couple embraced the aesthetic of Keswick with classic reception details, but infused the entire day with some personality through peacock feathers and bold colors.

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Vendors:
Photographer: David Abel Photography
Planner: Just a Little Ditty
Ceremony: Grace Episcopal Church
Reception: Keswick Hall
Gown Designer: Romona Keveza
Belt (with gown): Rosa Clara
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridal Gown Shop: The Wedding Shoppe
Flowers: Floral Images
Reception Music: Linden Trio
Ceremony Music: John D’Earth and Michael Lasko
Lighting: Blue Ridge AV + Lighting
Hair and Make Up: Serenity Spa
Rentals: Festive Fare



Do I Need a Wedding Planner for my Charlottesville Wedding?

by Stephanie MarieJanuary 19, 2015

The issue of having a wedding planner is often one where everyone has strong opinions: some people staunchly insist that you MUST have a wedding planner and your wedding CANNOT go on without one; others firmly believe that there’s no real point to having a wedding planner and that you and your friends and family […]

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Best of 2014: Ward Photography

by Jeannine SmithJanuary 16, 2015

The Best of 2014 series continues this morning with images from Wendy and Jason Ward of Ward Photography. We love that their favorites include a range of images, from emotional ones (just wait until you see their groom Colin) to sweet (we love flower girls!) to hilariously funny (Monaco the horse wanted to be in […]

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Greg and Kent’s Barboursville Wedding by Meg Runion Studios

by Jeannine SmithJanuary 14, 2015

Sometimes I’m struck by how beautifully a submission tells the story of a couple’s day. Meg Runion‘s images from Greg and Kent’s wedding do just that. From the pre-ceremony shots, to the sand blending ritual, to the procession of the guests from the Barboursville ruins to the reception, Meg puts us in a seat among […]

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Setting a Wedding Date in Charlottesville

by Jeannine SmithJanuary 12, 2015

As soon as you get engaged, people want to know two things: when and where. We’ll get to the where in future posts, but let’s talk about when! There are plenty of factors to consider when it comes to setting a date. Some are universal and some are specific to planning a Charlottesville wedding. Factors […]

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Best of 2014: Robert Radifera Photography

by Stephanie MarieJanuary 9, 2015

It’s that time of the year again– time for our favorite blog feature, the Charlottesville Wedding Blog Best Ofs! As we gear up for another year of fantastic local weddings, we ask some of our sweetest photographer friends to share a handful of their favorite images and memories from the wedding season past. It’s a […]

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Raennah & Stephen’s Whimsical Virginia Wedding by Pernmoot Photography

by Stephanie MarieJanuary 7, 2015

One of the loveliest characteristics of most Charlottesville weddings is their handmade feel. Even if the bride is decidedly un-DIY, each local wedding we see has that hint of well-worn, home-made love and personality infused into the details… and that’s a quality you can’t fake. Raennah & Stephen’s wedding is delightfully sweet, brought together by […]

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We’re Engaged! Now What Do I Do With This Ring?

by Stephanie MarieJanuary 6, 2015

Maybe it came as a surprise and maybe it didn’t– but one way or another, your partner dropped down on one knee, pulled a ring out of his or her pocket, and said those magic words: “Will you marry me?” And, after a tear or a squeal or a jump for joy, you said yes, […]

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