Congratulations to all our 2016 Sealed With A Kiss brides!

This year has been filled with fun, laughter and excitement thanks to all of the 2016 brides we had the pleasure of working with. We are so lucky to have met such amazing women, and we are so touched that they let us play a small part in making their big day wonderful. Here’s a quick review of some of our most memorable weddings this year!

Jenny and Stephen

Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Venue: Farmington Country Club
Photographer: Bessie Black Photography
Cinematographers: Whiddon Productions
Planner: Event Details by Edelina
Florist: Colonial Florist
Transportation: Camryn Limousine &
Central Virginia Wine Tours and Transportation

 

Alicia and Greg

Dress: Augusta Jones
Venue: Beech Spring Farm
Photographer: Gary Wilkinson Photography

Jessica and Patrick

Dress: Justin Alexander
Venue: The Mill at Fine Creek
Photographer: Mike Topham Photography

Amanda and Michael

Dress: Customized Justin Alexander
Venue: Grace Estate Winery
Planner: Anyvent
Rentals and Decor: MS Events
Cake: Pearl’s Bake Shop
Florist: Colonial Florist
Photographers: George Street Photo and Video

Jessica and Evan

Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Ceremony Venue: St Joseph’s Villa
Reception Venue: The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing
Photographer: Shannon Moffit Photography

 

Alinna and Stephen

Dress: Lillian West
Photographer: Sarah Cramer Shields

Amanda and Kyle

Dress: Watters
Venue: Swannanoa Plantation
Photographer: Lisa Mims Photography

Kerri and Paul

Dress: Justin Alexander Signature
Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation
Photographer: Macon Photography

Lindsay and Brian

Dress: Lillian West
Venue: Pharsalia
Photographers: Ashley Eiban Photography
Catering: Harvest Moon
Hair and Makeup: Lou Stevens Glam Squad
Cinematography: DeVries Productions
Florists: The Faded Poppy

Heather and Nick

Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Photographer: Amanda C Blake Photography
Venue: Pavilion on Lakeland Farm

Cameron and Will

Dress: Charlie Brear
Venue: Market at Grelen
Photographer: Lindsey Zovko Photography
Coordinator: Margaret Murray of Panorama Farms
Floral Design: Hedge Fine Blooms

 

Ask Pat: My dress got dirty during the wedding, how do I get it cleaned?

Dear Pat: I got married outdoors about a week ago, and the hem of my dress got quite muddy. I called my local cleaners and they seemed nervous about working with my dress because of the delicate fabric, so I was wondering how you advised I get my gown cleaned?

Good question! Most local cleaners don’t have experience cleaning delicate fabrics found on many high end wedding gowns, so we, like many bridal shops, work with a company who specializes in wedding gowns. Brides can bring the dress into our shop and we will go over the dress, marking any areas that became particularly dirty, and then we’ll send it off to the Wedding Gown Preservation Company to be cleaned. They clean each gown differently depending on the fabrics used, but each cleaning process is organic and is sure to make your gown look good as new. As their names suggests, they also handle preserving your wedding gown, which is a great way to protect and display your wedding gown. If you’re not near one of our locations, you can contact the Wedding Gown Preservation Company at http://www.gownpreservation.com/ and they can refer you to a local authorized retailer!

6 TIPS for PLANNING YOUR WEDDING

Why Hire a Wedding Coordinator? Arming the Bride and Groom with Knowledge and Professional Support

Question:

Now that you’ve said “I Will”, how do you prepare to say “I Do”?

Answer:

Hire a Professional Wedding Coordinator

Why, Who, When, Where, What and How

Why?

A Professional Wedding Coordinator can save you Time, Stress and Money!

The fee is often offset by the savings generated, during the Planning process.

  • No matter what the Budget or Wedding size,
  • Will allow you to look forward to your Special Day, versus, wishing it would be over
  • You can determine how much help you need with the safety net of a Professional

Today’s couples work hard and long hours, which leaves little time to devote to the numerous details required to plan an event as significant and of the magnitude of a Wedding.

Who?

Any Bridal couple, who doesn’t have the time or experience, to plan one of life’s most important occasion

When?

Hire a Professional Wedding Coordinator early in the Planning phase …when you have said “I Will” and before you spend a dime.

A Professional Wedding Coordinator

has experience, education, resources and often offers related services and products at a discount

knows money saving techniques

knows how to set and follow a budget

knows how to develop a theme, without going overboard

knows how to review contracts

knows how to manage other vendors

knows Wedding etiquette

A Professional Wedding Coordinator

will conduct a feasibility study to determine how to achieve your Dream Wedding

won’t take over, but will assist you to realize your Dreams

offers a variety of services plans to suit your unique needs

ensure that your wishes and best interest are fulfilled, throughout the Planning process through the ‘Day Of’ activities

Typical levels of service include, but are not limited to:

Consultant

Coordinator for Day Of, Partial or Complete service

or, whatever services you need

Selecting a Professional Wedding Coordinator, a Bride should

ask questions and rate how a potential Coordinator responds

feel comfortable with the Coordinator

have a sense the Coordinator is genuinely interested in fulfilling the Bride’s requests

ask for, and check references

The more questions asked, the more questions that are raised:

Why are you planning a Wedding?

Your reasons for having a public Wedding, versus elopement or civil ceremony

Celebrate

Religious

Dreams

Who are the key players?

Guests

Attendants – your wedding party

Vendors

Financier / decisions makers

Assumes what duties

When do you want your Wedding to take place?

Time of year

Seasonal Concerns / affect

Time of day

Competition

Proms, Holidays, Graduations, Sporting Events

Weather will impact on

Where

Ceremony and Reception sites

Indoors/outdoors – special needs

Home, Church, Rented Space, Hotel, Country Club

Geographic location- site availability and variety

What experience do you possess to organize an event of such magnitude?

Budget – financial resources available

Style

Society, Destination, Family & Friends

Food and Beverage Planning

Bar type

Music

Theme development

Floral needs

Photography style

Formality, Attire

Etiquette

How

To accomplish goals

To select Wedding Professionals for assistance

Hire or fire Wedding Professionals

To find venues

Locate Wedding Professionals

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Schedule your private Wedding Gown consultation at our Richmond and Charlottesville locations

Sealed With A Kiss – Richmond

201 Towne Center West Blvd. #713

Richmond, VA 23233

804-393-2041

Sealed With A Kiss – Charlottesville

505 E Main St

Charlottesville, VA 22902

434-979-5683

Writer’s Background:

Linda Vaughan

Special Affairs

Wedding Specialists / Event Planners

Since 1989

info@special-affairs.com

(540) 785-7508

International MBA (IMBA), Stratford University

Professional Event Management Certification, George Washington University’s School of Business’ Event Management Program

BS in Fashion Merchandising / Marketing, Pennsylvania State University

30 years’ experience in Marketing, Retail Sales and Management, Wedding Coordination, Event Management and Cosmetics Sales

Special Affairs

Coordinates Weddings of all types, sizes and budget

Coordinates Destination Weddings

Offers:

Consultation only services

Professional service with a Personal touch

In-home services

Complimentary consultation

Installment payments plan

Full services and products for your Wedding or Special Affair

Let Special Affairs customize a Wedding for you, to reflect your individual style and personality.

Contact Linda to schedule your Complimentary Consultation – info@special-affairs.com