Secrets to Planning an Amazing Wedding in Williamsburg, Virginia

Content provided by Shafonne Myers, Making Your Event Special

Brides are inundated with shows like Whose Wedding is it Anyway? and Get Married. We have been trained to envy the glamour and glitz of these weddings-but why? Anyone can have an elegant and sophisticated wedding right here in Williamsburg!

Here are 7 secrets to an amazing Williamsburg wedding, sure to help any bride create an outstanding and lavish celebration.

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1. Make a budget.

No matter how big your budget is, you need to make sure that you make one. Even people who have an unlimited budget know what they are able to spend. Remember to keep track of what is going where, and start sooner than later! Before you even begin looking for photographers, reception sites, caterers or flowers, you need to know how much you can spend and how much you should be saving.

2. Date and time mean everything.

Formal weddings usually take place later in the day, while casual events are generally earlier. The later in the day the wedding, the heavier the food served. Earlier weddings may serve lighter hors d’oeuvres, while later weddings will host sit-down dinners. Spring and summer wedding are more popular, but tend to cost more for all of the vendors and venues. When deciding on your wedding date and time, take into consideration what type of wedding you want to have.

3. Visit more than one venue before making a decision.

The more places you visit, the more familiar you are with what you like and don’t like! Every venue is different, providing elements that make it stand out in unique ways. With so many venues here in Williamsburg, we encourage you to get out there and explore.

4. Pick a ceremony and reception site that will complement you and your fiancé.

A venue site can speak volumes about the newlyweds! You want your guests to leave your Williamsburg wedding feeling like they have experienced a celebration of your love for each other. This can be achieved by picking a venue that perfectly suits you and your fiancé.

5. Pick wedding vendors that you feel comfortable with, not that are the cheapest.

Any vendor that you pick is going to be working with you throughout this joyous process. A lot of people will go with the cheapest vendor out of the group, but you will want to consider someone that you feel comfortable talking to: someone who sees your vision and truly knows what you want, not what they want you to want!

6. What is important to you?

By the time you get well underway with wedding planning you will have learned that there are plenty of people that want to help you plan your wedding! Just keep in mind what is important to you. This is your wedding, so don’t be afraid to remind friends and family what you’re looking for.

7. Just relax.

This is definitely easier said than done. The mere thought of planning your wedding could cause you more stress than ever before! But if you make sure to take some time out of the day for it, even if it is only for a few minutes, it really can help.

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