Welcome to The Hampton Roads Wedding Guide Newsletter where you can plan the wedding of your dreams from start to finish. From inspiration to checklists and planning articles, to the best wedding professionals in Hampton Roads, it's all here!

July 2017 Newsletter
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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!

Granby Theater
Choosing the Perfect Vendor

It seems like every day there is another fantastic wedding vendor available for you to choose from. So how do you decide which vendor would be perfect for your wedding? A sure fire way to make sure you are picking an amazing wedding vendor is to read reviews! 

Reviews can be found in many places. Some couples decide to leave reviews on wedding websites like Wedding Wire or B orrowed and Blue. Usually you can find some Google reviews, though those are usually few. Most couples tend to leave reviews on the vendor's Facebook page.  

Make sure you find recent reviews and keep in mind that a vendor is not going to make everyone happy. There are going to be some reviews that aren't 5 stars. And that's ok! But find out why they didn't give that vendor 5 stars. Does this seem to be a trend? You can learn so much from a review!
Binaryflips Photography
How Much Does a Wedding Cost?

Congratulations on your engagement! By now you're probably starting to learn the different pricing for various vendors. But how do you know if the price a vendor offers you is a fair price? Really the answer to this is to shop around and get a few quotes. Don't settle on just one quote from one vendor. The important thing to keep in mind is what you're getting for that price. Does the quote from a photographer include an engagement session? How many hours of service does that price from the DJ get you? Compare, compare, compare. Of course you should pick the vendor that is going to give you an amazing quality, but also make sure you're getting the services you want for that cost. 

Hampton Roads Wedding Guide has a great budget calculator for you to follow! What we always recommend is to set a budget range, versus a hard and fast number. Having a range allows for incidentals you didn't prepare for so you're not hit with a last minute necessary purchase that throws you off budget. What if at the last minute you decide you just have to have a photo booth? Having that built in range allows for those things that could make your day even better!

Budget Calculator
Carolyn Celeste Weddings
Featured Vendor
Carlolyn Celeste is an incredible wedding planner!  Think of Carolyn as your wedding "coach" - getting you ready for "game day". Carolyn will help you stay on track as your wedding day approaches. She organizes your details in a custom document and creates a timeline just for you and your wedding. Carolyn also works with each of your vendors to review your details and timeline. Full coordination of your rehearsal, ceremony and reception are included.

Take a look at her Facebook page to see some of her most recent weddings. The decor, like this banquet table featured, is gorgeous! She really has an incredible eye for detail.

Real Weddings

When you have a bride that truly embraces the garden theme and you're an incredible floral designer, you create lavish, lush, floral arrangements including these amazing bouquets. Lily & Anthony's wedding day was absolutely gorgeous thanks to the amazing vendors listed below!

"What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life-to strength each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?" - George Eliot