Chair Swag: Every Seat is the Best Seat in the House

By Angela Smith

When it comes to wedding trends, being innovative and bucking tradition can be intimidating. Contemporary brides, however, pride themselves on taking fashion and fabulous to the next level! While many a couple has celebrated their reception in special chairs decked out for the guests of honor, we think that every seat should be the best in the house. Get to know your chair swag options and push your décor from safe to something to talk about!

Chair accents come in many different forms. Ties, sashes and runners are popular options. You can rent three-dimensional runners to span the back of each chair. Hang mason jars with floating candles or flowers from each one, or use gorgeous hand-painted signs to add some fun titles like “Mr./Mrs,” “Bride/Groom,” “His/Hers,” “I’m His/I’m Hers,” etc. You could also hang a first name or last name initial or your entire new monogram.

Dementi Studio

Dementi Studio

Sprucing up your seating doesn’t have to be expensive. Look for deals at your local craft store and stock up on ribbons during sale season. Hang them off the back of chairs at different lengths or basket weave them through Chivaris. Tie them asymmetrically on one side of a chair. Consult with your rental company in advance, and schedule a trial run so you know exactly how much ribbon you need for each chair.


Want to add swag to your ceremony without overwhelming your subtle, romantic look? Accent just the chairs along the aisle to prepare a grand bridal entrance that has simultaneous flair and subtlety.

Of course, for a really unique look, replace your chairs altogether. Opt instead for blankets, church pews, hay bales, couches, or mix various chairs of different styles for a perfectly home-spun, personalized vision that makes your wedding the ultimate in welcoming and intimate events!

Classic Party Rentals of Virginia is the premier Richmond party rental company, with offices conveniently located in Downtown and the West End. Visit today to ensure you reserve your freaking out for the dance floor.

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Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Capture Photography

We are proud to introduce Jenny McQueen & Allison Fiebert, the owners and photographers behind Capture Photography!  Read on, and you'll surely want to sit down for a meeting (or a coffee date) with these two!

Tell us a little bit about your company!

We are Jenny & Allison; two women who believe in the power of real memories filled with genuine emotion. We specialize in a professional yet low-key approach to wedding photography. Our photos are frequently described as “timeless” and “organic." We LOVE couples who are excited about their photos and hands-on with their wedding plans.

How did you get started in this business?

We were studying photography together at VCU when we were assigned to work in the studio together. Our project won a fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and went on to be exhibited at notable galleries. We decided that because we worked so well together, we would turn our collaboration into a ...

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Your Wedding Menu: Traditional or Something with Spice?

By Rob Wilhoite

There are many excuses to throw a party during the wedding planning process. You can throw an engagement celebration, bridal luncheon, bachelor/bachelorette party, or rehearsal dinner. Do you want the traditional party/meal foods or do you want something a little more unique? Is this your second marriage or perhaps the second wedding you’ve planned with a younger son or daughter? Maybe you want to have a little fun with the parties this time around.

If you’re looking for a wedding menu outside of the box, nothing says Southern more than a barbeque. Smoked meats, family recipe side dishes and desserts will steal the show! Maybe a suit and tie type of event is not your thing. Have an onsite-catered event with soul food favorites. It will be a more casual and fun celebration. Consider having a whole hog smoked onsite – now that’s something your guests will remember! Smoked meats cooking in the backyard ...

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Your Wedding Gone Viral

By Paula and Martin Ramirez

Your love is epic and the world should know it! In the age of the internet, when news is digital and headlines are generated at an unreal pace, why shouldn’t someone sitting in Gnome, Alaska, be inspired by your perfectly themed, elegantly crafted and expertly executed destination wedding? Blogs and online journals are dying for new content to share with their readers, and fame is within reach if you only know the secrets to making your wedding viral.

The first rule of creating a social media presence for your wedding is to understand who has rights to which images and how those images may be used. Many photographers offer unlimited pictures and personal use rights while others will retain all rights to their photos. Either way, nearly all photographers retain commercial rights and those require adherence and care. Before you submit your images to a media outlet, know how your photographer intends ...

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Barn Wedding Bliss

By Debora Gordon

Barn weddings give you so many great elements: a gorgeous outdoor space for the ceremony, romance, sweeping country views, and a charmingly rustic reception space that is gorgeous AND keeps the possibility of rain from being a huge concern. Barn weddings are the whole package for brides looking for a little something different. Now, finding a barn to use can seem pretty simple -- your grandparents or a neighbor may have a barn that they’re more than happy to let you transform into a fairytale wedding space! There are, however, some things you should consider before selecting just any barn for your wedding venue.

Is parking easily accessible and what are the options if it rains? A field full of cars could turn into a muddy mess! You might consider hiring a transportation company that can drop off and pick up guests at your chosen venue.

Does the property have ample electricity? Make sure your ...

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The Story Behind the Magazine

This year was the first year we put a TEAM page in Richmond Weddings Magazine.  Yes indeed, we finally allowed ourselves a little vanity.  We’re extremely proud of page 8 and I’ll tell you why.

We here at Richmond Weddings are celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year.  That’s right.  TWENTY-FIVE!  We are beyond proud of this milestone, and we couldn’t have done it without our little team and the best wedding vendors RVA has to offer.

For the past twenty-five years, Richmond Weddings has been a locally based and family-owned and operated Richmond company.  We keep it local from the magazine and website design to the printing of our magazine and paper goods.

You can find the story of how Amye’s mom, Mickie, started Richmond Weddings here.  You can read about how Amye & Scott bought the company from her and devoted themselves to making it bigger and better.  But the story goes on from there!

We ...

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Our Friend The DJ: 6 Tips to a Stress-Free Reception Celebration

By Christy Clare Yeadon

We know you want everything to go smoothly on your wedding day. Here is some friendly advice about choosing your DJ that we hope will help you have a successful, heartwarming, stress-free celebration, whether you hire a professional DJ company or a personal friend.

Get a signed contract  or, at least a detailed written agreement from your DJ.  You don’t want to get the phone call that the friend or DJ you hired took a higher paying booking, leaving you high and dry at the last minute.

Sound quality matters Ask about the quality of your friend’s sound system.  Will the speakers sit on the floor, or will they be elevated for greater sound delivery?  Is the system big enough for the room?  Will lots of wires be visible, taking away from the look of your reception?  Do they have backup equipment?  ...

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Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Make it Posh Events

Introducing Sarah Ntouskas, the owner and principal planner of Make it Posh Events!

Tell us a little bit about your company!

We are a boutique company, meaning you can expect to receive very personalized service. All of our pricing and services are tailored specifically for each bride’s needs, and personally managed and attended by our owner and principal coordinator. We are personal shoppers, therapists, girlfriends, and confidants. Most importantly, we are your advocate and have your best interests at heart. We get very attached to our clients and that relationship is the foundation of our success. Our goal is to provide event management for clients who want to take their event to the next creative level and want to Make it Posh.

How did you get started in this business?

Like my rather long-winded bio says, entertaining was something that was bred into me. I come from a traditional southern family who used every excuse to entertain. I was ...

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how to use a #hashtag for your #wedding

By Kate Franzen

If you spend any time on social media sites, you've probably seen or used hashtags. Often used to attach a funny comment to a post, they are also very useful for tagging and tracking information so that it can be easily found. When all of your guests start using the same one, you'll be able to find all of the fun posts related to your big day with one simple search!

The sooner you create your unique hashtag and start using it the better! Throughout the planning process there will be engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette weekends, and even your rehearsal dinner – endless opportunities to use your hashtag! Encourage your guests to use it on each post they write about your wedding events. This way, you’ll be able to see all of their photos and musings in one place. Include it on the invitations and signs at each event to remind guests to ...

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Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Betty Clicker Photography

She is just as adorable as the name implies -- it's Kate Thompson, the owner of Betty Clicker Photography!

Tell us a little bit about your company!

Betty Clicker Photography began with a Canon 6D, 35mm lens and my creative vision. My business is small, but rapidly growing! I tend to attract more alternative, creative brides with smaller weddings, but I have plenty of experience with both elopements and large weddings! I would describe my style as natural, candid, minimalist, and unscripted.

How did you get started in this business?

Photography has been a hobby for as long as I can remember. It began with my father teaching me the concepts of aperture and shutter speed with his old Nikon film cameras. Ever since, I have had a camera within my reach at all times. A few years ago, I began second-shooting alongside two professional photographers and traveled all around the USA to photograph weddings, primarily in Austin, Savannah, ...

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