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April 2019 Newsletter
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Choosing the Perfect Wedding Coordinator

Baxter's Creative Events

As you get into the thick of wedding planning, the sheer amount of details and tasks involved can start to feel overwhelming. Enter: an amazing wedding planner who can take care of every detail for you. Wedding planners/coordinators often offer several different types of services, from full event planning to month of coordination. No matter where you are in the wedding planning process, a skilled professional who knows the business inside and out will be able to take over and relieve some of the stress of planning. 

When choosing a wedding coordinator, make sure you pick someone who knows the wedding industry well- someone who is familiar with vendors in the area. We love the list of wedding coordinators below:

Baxter's Creative Events
Ellasin's Events
Inspired Events by Kelly
The Main Event by Emily
Vivid Expressions, LLC
Where Should You Have Your Ceremony

Holly Walsh Photography, Hilton Garden Inn Oceanfront

Are you wondering if you should have your ceremony in a place of worship or the same venue as your reception? There are pros and cons to both choices! 

A church, synagogue, or temple ceremony offers a traditional service for your ceremony. For some brides, a ceremony in the place of worship of your family holds a very personal meaning and allows for traditions such as holding mass. A place of worship is also typically set up for a ceremony with pews or chairs, so there is less set up. 

The cons of having a religious venue for your ceremony is that you will have to travel from the ceremony site to the reception site. But you can make this fun by hiring a fun means of transportation like a trolley for your entire bridal party! Another con is that some places of worship do not allow for certain decorations such as flowers or candles, though this can also be seen as a plus sense it will save on costs!

We have some amazing venues as preferred vendors that are great spaces for both your ceremony and your reception. 

Rentals- Lights, Chairs, and Linens, Galore!
Classy Event Rentals

After you've chosen your wedding venue, you'll need to consider what rentals you'll need. A lot of venues have the basic needs: chairs, tables, and dishes. But you will most likely need to hire a rental company for linens and extras like beautiful lighting and decor.

You also may need to rent a tent if you're planning an outdoor ceremony and your venue doesn't have an indoor option. 

Hampton Roads Event Rentals

Here are some of our favorite rental companies:

Featured Vendor
Ellasin's Events

Cherish the Moments Photography, wedding coordinated by Ellasin Events

Ellasin's Events is run by the amazing Ellasin Allen, a pro in the wedding planning industry. With an amazing team of event coordinators, Ellasin transforms spaces into the perfect wedding venue for her clients. Not only are they experts in wedding planning and coordination, but they are also amazing floral designers, creating some of the most beautiful work in Hampton Roads.

Dragon Studio, wedding coordinated by Ellasin Events
Real Weddings
Jessie Walker Photography

Jessie Walker Photography
Jessie Walker Photography

Jessie Walker Photography
Jessie Walker Photography

Photographer:  Jessie Walker Photography
Wedding Coordinator:  Sunkissed Events
Linens/Napkins:  Waterford Event Rentals, LLC
Chairs/Long Tables/Extra Tents: Affordable & Luxury Event Rentals
Flowers/Centerpieces: Fluttering Flowers
Draping/Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design
Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery
Band: Adrian Duke
Hair/Makeup: Kim Wadsworth
Transportation: Sand Shark Limos
Pianist: Steve Kolb

David Schwartz 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!

"Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day."
-Barbara de Angelis