Virginia Wedding

Lauren & Ryan | Morais Vineyards Virginia Wedding | Virginia Wedding Planner

What a wedding this one was! I can't believe it was 6 months ago already. Lauren & Ryan had the most beautiful day, with the clouds clearing hours before the ceremony even though it was calling for storms all afternoon. 

I had so much fun planning with these two and their families. They feel like friends I have had forever at this point. Several meetings over margaritas, texts about the Lilly Pulitzer Swell bottle release, and three sets of Mickey Mouse ears later, they are married. I love reliving this day through the amazing photos from Leah Adkins, and the video from Nugen...SWOON. 

I truly admire the love these two have, not only for each other, but for their family and friends as well. Lauren & Ryan let their loved ones know how special they are to them, and we felt so warm and welcome into their group. Lauren's mom even made me a cape and gave me a wand to represent the nickname I had been given- their Fairy Godmother. The feeling of sadness and excitement the day after a wedding is always there, as newlyweds partake on a great adventure but the planning has ended, it's been bittersweet ever since! 

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Milligan! Thank you for trusting us to be your wedding planners! It's a day we will never forget <3 

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One thing we always try to include in the timeline is a reception sneak peak, when everything is setup but untouched by guests. The perfect time for a spin around the dance floor! 

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Personalize Your Wedding: Escort Cards & Place Cards (And The Difference Between The Two!)

This week in the personalize your wedding series we are talking about escort cards and place cards. Before we get into how you can personalize these, let’s go over the difference between the two. Are you thinking “wait, there is a difference?” you are definitely in the majority. Most people don’t realize they are separate things and serve different purposes. There are a few reasons you should have both, and also reasons where you don’t need one of them. 

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Place cards are for the table setting. These are generally found on or around the seat where the guest should be sitting. Place cards are a way to indicate the meal a person should receive, and/or where they should be sitting. 

Escort cards are most often found all together on an escort table or in an escort area. They are used to guide each guest to their table. 

A few occasions when you should have both:

- If you have a large guest count it’s nice to make sure couples will be sitting directly next to each other. Sometimes a few people will sit down at a table and not pay attention to the single chairs on either side. This can be avoided by having both types of cards. 

- Plated meal with more than one meal option. Did you have guests select which meal they would like to have? This is when that will come into play. Place cards will help the servers know who ordered which specific meal. 

When is it okay to just have one? Which one should you have?

I always recommend having escort cards. Even with a small number of guests it helps the reception stay organized and be ready quickly. When there isn’t a seating chart you may end up with chairs moved around, some guests not comfortable with where they need to sit, or even running out of space. By creating a seating chart beforehand and then creating escort cards you are saving yourself, your vendors and your guests the trouble of doing the guess work. 

Now lets get to the fun part…how to show off your personality with either option. 

Escort cards and seating cards can really add to your wedding day theme and be a reflection of your personality. Pinterest has endless ideas, (check out our escort & place card board here!) but try thinking outside of the box a little bit.

Is there something small that has been a symbol of your relationship? 

Did you meet in Georgia? What about having a calligrapher write on peaches? We once used oranges with calligraphy and it was adorable!

Do the both of you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee? A mini jar with coffee grounds and a calligraphy tag with a table number is a sweet idea. 

For the nautical hearts like ours, we love including beachy details. Beach glass place cards, or oyster shell escort cards. There are so many options when it comes to nautical themes. 

Some other fun ideas are candles with personalized labels for a romantic wedding, a small herb with a wooden stick as the table number for a couple that loves to garden together, or even back to simple and have a calligrapher write your escort cards in colors to match your wedding. 

Did you know the difference between escort and place cards? Which of these ideas is your favorite? 

Kaitlin & Chris | Clifton, Virginia Wedding

We had the honor of being along for the ride with Kaitlin and Chris as they prepared for their wedding day at Trummer's on Main in Clifton, Virginia. From the first conversation over the phone until the end of the wedding as the boarded their shuttle, we loved working with this couple. They wanted the special touches of their wedding day to shine through and to celebrate their marriage with loved ones all night long. 

With an amazing musician like Matt Waller singing during cocktail hour, guests were dancing from before dinner until the shuttles were pulling away. Kaitlin and Chris had the BEST friends and family around them. The laugher was endless, the drinks were flowing and the night was beautiful. With a group of people like this surrounding you on your wedding day, you are bound to have a lovely future. 

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clifton virginia wedding Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography Enchanting Events And Design
clifton virginia wedding Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography Enchanting Events And Design
clifton virginia wedding Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography Enchanting Events And Design
clifton virginia wedding Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography Enchanting Events And Design
clifton virginia wedding Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography Enchanting Events And Design
clifton virginia wedding Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography Enchanting Events And Design
clifton virginia wedding Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography Enchanting Events And Design