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April 2018 Newsletter
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Finding the Perfect Wedding Coordinator

David Schwartz Photography, Carolyn Celeste Weddings

Planning a wedding can be very overwhelming. That's why some people make it their full time job- to plan the weddings of others- because it is a LOT of work and stress. While you can absolutely plan an incredible wedding all on your own, Hampton Roads has some amazing wedding coordinators that can help you bring everything together.

The term "wedding planner" is a bit misleading. A planner does so much more than just plan the event- they run the event! 

Some of the awesome wedding coordinators we have enjoyed working with and always recommend to our brides are:

Baxter's Creative Events
Carolyn Celeste Weddings
Ellasin's Events
Graceful Designs, LLC
Inspired Events by Kelly
Vivid Expressions, LLC

What Are Your Planning Options?

Ellasin's Events

Most wedding coordinators give you multiple planning options that can fit your budget and vision. Whether you're looking for a full service or just partial planning, check out the websites of the vendors you're interested in to see what they offer. 

Full Planning: From engagement to your final exit, a full planning experience will entail every detail you can think of. This package is perfect for the couple who doesn't have an interest in all the planning, needs help with contacting vendors and how to get what you want, or just doesn't have the time! 

Day-Of Coordination: Day-of coordination is a little bit of a misnomer. If someone came in just the day of to coordinate all the amazing work you did planning your wedding, it would be a bit chaotic. Instead, day-of planning is more like month-of planning. The coordinator comes in during the last month or so and puts together all the finishing touches, gets in touch with all your vendors to schedule drop offs and set-ups, and also organizes the day's events.

Graceful Designs, LLC
Questions to Ask Your Wedding Coordinator

The Knot has a great list of questions to ask a potential wedding coordinator. Here are some of our favorites:

Do you handle professional services, contracts and payment processing?

Are there specific pros you like to work with? 

How many people on your staff will be at the wedding?

What happens if you're sick or otherwise unable to be there on the day of our wedding?

Featured Vendor
Inspired Events by Kelly

Grant & Deb Photography

A great way to see the style of a wedding coordinator is to check out the styled shoots they have planned! Inspired Events by Kelly designed this amazing woodland styled shoot at the Mariner's Museum and it was such magical styling. Grant & Deb Photographers took the incredible photos.

The styled shoot focused on incredible florals and rich, luxurious colors.

Amazing vendors involved:

Venue: Mariner's Museum ⠀
Florals: Williamsburg Floral & Gifts ⠀
Vintage Furniture, China, Glass & Flatware: Chic Unique Vintage Rentals ⠀
Rentals (farm table): Big Top Events
Grant & Deb Photography

Real Weddings

When the incredible Sandra Baxter from Baxter's Creative Events planned this wedding, she did it with a little extra heart since it was her daughter's big day! They planned an incredible event with some awesome vendors that we absolutely love. Because they wanted to enjoy the day, they passed the torch of day-of coordination to Cherry Blossom Planning Factory!

Some of our amazing vendors were involved in this wedding:

Planning:  Baxter's Creative Events

Lighting: Stage Right Lighting
Hair Stylist - Darling & Dapper

Other incredible vendors include:  Caterer Chef by Design Catering Co.,  Florist Palette of Petals,  Cake Incredible Edibles Bakery,  Venue Back Bay Farms,  Day of Coordinator Cherry Blossom Planning Factory Crystal Salazar,  DJ - DJ  Bobby Buhr,  Photo Booth Snapqube,  Ice Sculpture Ice Art,  Videographer - Tom Carp Visuals,  Photographer Ross Costanza Photography,  Officiant - Rev.  Ken Lane,  Makeup Artist The Makeup School By Sarah Rillon,  Restroom Trailer - Spivey Event Rentals,  Valet Express Valet,  End Of Night Transportation Superior Executive Transportation, Inc,  Wedding Gown Hayley Paige  from  JLM Couture  in New York, NY,  Veil Bridal Impressions

We also have to give a shout-out to the amazing Ross Costanza Photography who photographed the big day and also took the amazing bridal portraits of bride Brooke.

Ross Costanza Photography

Photo_ Kirstyn Marie Photography
Check Out Our Latest Issue!

The latest issue of Hampton Roads Wedding Guide is available in  over 50 locations throughout  Hampton Roads as well as digitally on our website. For a complete list of where you can find a copy check out our website! 

In our latest issue you can learn more about all of the incredible vendors we have featured, from venues to photographers to delicious catering options. Plus, you can learn some great tips for your big day!

"I love that you are my person and I am yours, that whatever door we come to, we will open it together" -A.R. Asher