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 to handle commercial rights.

Attracting attention to your wedding requires some skill, some finesse and a lot of strength as you might find that your wedding doesn’t fit your first target media outlets. Fear not. Editors are looking for certain characteristics and unique experiences. While your favorite magazine might not feel the love, another is bound to see what you see in your Big Day. Keep up your publicity-seeking efforts with enough perseverance and you may become the cover girl you always wanted to be!

Our cover couple, Claire & Jon! Photo by Stephanie Yonce Photography

Our cover couple, Claire & Jon!
Photo by Stephanie Yonce Photography

Make generous use of social media tools when seeking viral publicity. Hashtags (those #multiwordlabels that people add to many tweets and posts) make it easier for wedding researchers to find what they are looking for among all the bustle and noise. Twitter, Facebook and many wedding-specific websites offer free accounts that you can use to help get your wedding images noticed. Sites like YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram are user-friendly and high-profile hubs where anyone interested in your style and secrets can seek out your contributions and resources. You can even ask a mobile-wizard friend or two to live-tweet your wedding!

Carrington & Finch: All Things Photography

Carrington & Finch: All Things Photography

It is more convenient than ever to pursue attention for the hard work you invested in your wedding planning and the beautiful event that resulted. A little elbow grease, some internet savvy and a dash of patience are all you need to make your wedding a viral sensation!

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, an award-winning wedding resort just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate with Brides, Grooms & their Families.

 

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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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The Perks of Hiring a Day-Of Coordinator

By Dana Y. Briggs

One of the best pieces of advice a bride can receive is to hire a “Day-of Coordinator,” yet most people don’t know that such a person exists! Akin to a fairy godmother with serious wedding skills, a Day-of Coordinator picks up where you should leave off, allowing you to enjoy the most magical of wedding days.

Day-of services are designed to combine all the freedom and fun of planning your wedding yourself with the reassurance and peace of mind that hiring a professional event manager brings. Instead of tracking the dozens of details you put into place on the day of the wedding, an experienced and skilled coordinator can act on your behalf to make your plans come to life.

Most brides don’t realize the level of logistical coordination that is required on the wedding day. Day-of Coordinators greet and organize vendors on arrival and ensure that your contract with each one is followed. ...

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Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Urban Set Bride

Richmond is a mecca for brides who are looking for something a bit unique for their wedding day.  Christine Haines, the owner of Urban Set Bride, has made it her mission to give RVA brides the perfect wedding gown shopping experience, no matter what style they're looking for!

Tell us a little bit about your company!

My mom and I opened our boutique in March 2014, so we are still very new and very excited to serve Richmond-area brides! Our goal was to create a no-pressure, cozy bridal shopping experience for women looking for anything from a classic silhouette to an off-beat gown option. And of course, everything in between!

How did you get started in this business?

I started out as a wedding planner through my company, Wood Grain & Lace Events, and kept hearing the same complaints from my clients: “There is nowhere in Richmond to find an affordable, unique wedding gown that isn’t $3,000!” So a ...

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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!

Attending 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!"

-Amanda

"It was so ...

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