Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Richmond Wedding Expo

Congratulations on your engagement! Getting married is such an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. There are receptions to plan, cakes to choose, decorations, guest lists, the list goes on!

2012 July Expo 3Attending a bridal show is a smart way to spend a little time with a lot of vendors. Attending the Richmond Wedding Expo on Sunday, July 20th at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump may just be the best decision you make all year!

Here are some smart reasons to attend the Richmond Wedding Expo!

1) It’s the best show in town

And we’re not just saying that! Here’s what some of our past brides have said about the Richmond Wedding Expo:

“That was my first bridal show and I couldn’t have imagined it any better. There were so many vendors there! I have so many ideas since going and I was able to get a lot of planning done thanks to the show!”


“It was so fun and I got so much information! This was my first bridal show and it was even more than I ever expected!”



2) Meet Richmond wedding vendors

From cake makers to event planners to beautiful wedding gowns and photographers, you have the opportunity to speak directly to the people you will work with and learn more about all the amazing products and services they offer.  We will have over 80 vendors exhibiting, and you can find the list of those vendors here.


3) Get great deals

Show-only specials and discounts are offered by many wedding vendors at the Richmond Wedding Expo. One very special discount might be enough for you to afford the more expensive flowers you wanted for your wedding!

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4) Wedding ideas and tips

Creativity rules at the Richmond Wedding Expo, and this year is no exception. Looking for some delicious and beautiful dessert ideas? Looking for unique bridal attendee gifts? Want to have your own logo for the big event that you can also use as husband and wife? You’ll find all these amazing ideas for your wedding at the Expo.


2012 July Expo5) Free Gifts!

Every bride who comes to the show this Sunday will receive a FREE copy of Richmond Weddings magazine hot off the press!  Each bride will also have a chance to win a door prize (valued at $50 or more!) from one of our 80+ vendors.  That’s a lot of chances to win!

Remember, the show starts Sunday, July 20th at noon at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump! To see more details and to register, click here.

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5 Tips to Make Your Reception Flawless vs. Lawless

By Christy Clare Yeadon

Be Choosy

You were choosy about the guy who won your heart, be choosy about the band or DJ as well! This is another aspect of the wedding that requires thought, preparation and a bit of time. Thoughtfully choosing a DJ or band will leave you confident that you have entertainment that will provide you and your guests with an unforgettable fun celebration of love!

Be Budget-Conscious Early

Plan to invest in reception entertainment early in the planning process. Too often, brides and families wait until the last minute, realize they have only a few hundred dollars left for entertainment and regret that the college kid with an iPod had no experience creating a wedding reception. If you plan and budget ahead, you will be able to hire a better band and/or DJ at reasonable rates, and you’ll have the time of your life without wishing for a do-over!


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Vendor Spotlight: Black Iris Floral Event Co.

It's no secret that we love flowers around here!  Fresh flowers add so much beauty to wedding decor, and we are constantly amazed by what our florists come up with each and every weekend.  Todd Wadsworth, a partner at Black Iris Floral Event Co, recently sat down to answer all of questions about his experience and all of the ways flowers can change the entire mood of your wedding.

Tell us a little bit about your company!

Black Iris Floral Event Co. is a full service floral events company. At Black Iris Floral Events, we take a personal approach to create truly special occasions. From small dinner parties to lavish wedding ceremonies, flowers set the mood and give life to your event. Our designers will guide you through our vast selection of flowers and listen to the smallest details of your day to ensure that your vision becomes a reality. We buy only the freshest flowers ...

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Catering Trends

By Brian Thompson

In the wedding industry, trends are constantly evolving. New color combinations, floral arrangements and centerpieces seem to be continuously shifting in popularity. Catering trends are no different as new ways to cook, serve and present food are considered and explored. We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular catering trends to keep you in the know:

Homegrown Ingredients

Couples are more food savvy than ever before and want to have the best possible food served at their wedding. Organic, locally grown and seasonal ingredients are now being requested more often than not and most caterers are happy to oblige.

Family Style

As the name suggests, a family style meal is a great way to create a close, intimate feeling among guests and can be a great ice-breaker for those seated together that don’t know each other. No wonder it’s becoming more and more popular! If this doesn’t work for your reception, keep your rehearsal ...

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Vendor Spotlight: The Ward Center for Contemporary Art

An art gallery is such a cool and unique place to have your wedding.  All of the art, the colors . . . it's something your guests are sure to remember!  We recently chatted with Jessie Boyland, the wedding coordinator at our newest art gallery member, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art.

Tell us a little bit about your company!

We love a good party and have an amazing event space! Our grand event hall is spacious and newly renovated with the old-world charm of restored wood floors, a grand staircase and elegant chandeliers within the modern setting of a beautiful art gallery. It is so unique! Brides love all the restored historic details, high ceilings, VIP loft area, and room for up to 500 guests. We are located in the picturesque downtown historic district of Petersburg, VA.

How did you get started in this business?

My passion for events came from my love of hosting parties myself. My ...

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Who Says “You Can’t Do THAT?”: Correcting Cake Myths

By Debby Morro

I really enjoy meeting with brides (and grooms!) and hearing about their wedding cake ideas. Sometimes, though, they tell me things that should be or have to be done a certain way when the reality is, they don’t. Here are 5 popular wedding cake myths and the truths behind them!

1. Wedding Cakes Have to be White

While white, off-white or ivory wedding cakes have traditionally been the most common, they certainly aren’t the only option. Your wedding colors can be incorporated into the cake as accents, such as a borders or pretty sugar flowers. Alternating colored cake tiers with the white cake tiers can be very striking and beautiful. A colorful cake can be understated, elegant and gorgeous -- think a pale, blush pink cake with pale pink and creamy white roses covering the top and cascading down the side -- timeless beauty! If your style is more bold, a colored cake can be ...

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Vendor Spotlight: First Colony Winery

Every weekend is the perfect weekend to visit a winery!  We are super excited to introduce our first winery member: Heather Spiess, one of the owners of First Colony Winery in Charlottesville, VA!

Tell us a little bit about your company!

We are a vineyard/winery in beautiful Albemarle County. We are open 7 days a week to the public, but we are tucked away off Route 20 and provide the perfect, peaceful setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and bridesmaids’ parties. Whatever kind of gathering you wish to have at First Colony Winery, we have the perfect venue for it.

How did you get started in this business?

It was a warm day in June a couple years ago when my husband, Bruce and I finally convinced my son, Austin, (a field hand at First Colony Winery at the time) that we should buy the winery. It was an even warmer day in August when we convinced ourselves ...

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Real RVA Wedding: Mary Katherine & Brooks

August 10, 2013

How They Met

Mary Katherine and Brooks met at Hillsdale College in Michigan when she was a freshman and he was a junior. Though she was close with his roommates, the two didn’t talk much during her first year there. The following summer, however, Mary Katherine drove from her home in Williamsburg to visit Brooks, who was working in D.C. She had secretly had a bit of a crush on him, and the two had a great time in the city. Just when Mary Katherine was hoping to spend more time with him, Brooks told her he would be studying abroad in Austria for a semester. While Brooks was visiting Hillsdale to say good-bye to their friends, Mary Katherine snuck a note into his suitcase asking him to keep in touch while he was away. The note worked! They e-mailed every day. When Brooks returned for Christmas, he drove to Hillsdale to ask Mary ...

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Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!  We hope that most of you are enjoying a lovely Monday off of work.  :)

We would like to take this day to thank all of the men & women who have and are currently serving in the armed forces.  It's not something we often think of each day unless we're prompted, but we strive to never forget to be grateful for all that you do and all that you have scarified.

Our hearts are with those who have paid the ultimate price today and every day.  Our job of creating a source for brides to turn to may make the world a little happier, but YOUR job of making the world a lot safer . . . well there aren't enough thank you's to express our gratitude, but we'll start with one.  Thank you.

This photo from Carrington & Finch: All Things Photography is a sneak peek of a wedding that we will ...

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RW’s Night Out: Wine & Design

You've probably heard of these "Paint Parties," but did you know you can have that kind of fun right here in RVA?  Last night, we took some of our hard-working wedding vendors to Wine & Design Richmond to prove just how talented our group is . . . and to drink wine.

If you're not familiar with the Wine & Design concept, here's a little summary: you get to bring your own wine, gather up a bunch of your friends and have an artist take you step-by-step through the painting process.  At the end of the night, you get to take home a beautiful piece of art.  As Layne, the owner of Wine & Design, says, "Every room needs a conversation piece."  What better conversation piece than a painting done by YOU?

Of course, by the end of the night our group of wedding professionals determined that Wine & Design is the best idea for bachelorette parties ...

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