Club Theme Bat Mitzvah Richmond, Virginia

Venue: When you grow up going to the Carpenter Theatre, now the Dominion Energy Center,  with your mom and grandmother, it’s only natural you would host your bat mitzvah there.  This family opted for a full theatre takeover to maximize the space for their guests and the many fun features we had planned.  As guests…

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Wedding Venue Tour- The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design Richmond Va

  Architectural Museum Wedding Venue in Richmond Virginia  The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, most often, just The Branch Museum, is located on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue.  The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is a landmark wedding venue in Richmond, Virginia.  The architecture alone is stunning, but the secluded simplicity of the walled…

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10 Tips For Wedding Dress Alterations

1. Always assume you need alterations.  Even the most well-fitting gown will look better if it is tailored perfectly to your body.  2. Alterations can add up quickly.  The average alteration cost is between $100-$1000 depending on what you need to have done.  3. Get an estimate before you purchase the dress. Ask your dress boutique…

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Venue Tour: The Perry Belmont House Washington DC

A Beaux – Arts Wedding Venue in Washington DC  “The Perry Belmont House is possibly the finest, intact example of a Beaux-Arts style mansion in Washington, DC. Beaux-Arts translates as “beautiful art”, a style-prevalent from 1880-1920 – and is generally related to theatrical or monumental design employing classical details and proportions.” Perry Belmont was a…

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Venue Tour Charlottesville- Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

An Iconic Wedding Venue in Charlottesville Virginia  The mountains, vineyards, rolling hills, and exemplary service is what you will find at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Pippin Hill is an all-season, full-service venue designed to offer the essential elements of successful, effortless entertainment.  The venue is owned and designed by a top-rated…

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Indian Wedding Traditions

Indian/South Asian Wedding Traditions

Indian/South Asian Wedding Traditions India is the second-most populous country in the world. It was originally populated by varying forms of hunter-gatherers. Due to the nature of the hunter-gatherer, this area is highly diversified.  There are many sub-cultures and traditions throughout the country.  This makes planning an Indian/South Asian wedding both challenging but also very…

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Things to See and Do In Richmond Virginia

  In a city full of history, fabulous food scenes, and outdoor activities, Richmond is one of the best central areas to vacation in and around in Virginia. Whether you’re a diehard foodie or outdoorsy guru, there is literally something for everyone in the River City. There are great restaurants, a ton of breweries, an…

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How To Get Married In Virginia

After months of planning your wedding you are ready to walk down the aisle.  Your vendors are all secured, your design plan is amazing, and your planner has the timeline and logistics on lock.  Then is dawns on you, how do we actually get married?  What makes this a legal arrangement.  Well, the answer is…

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Hotel Room Blocks for Weddings and Events

If you are hosting an event and have invited out of town guests, setting up room blocks is a good idea.  It is a nice gesture for your guests, but it also helps organize transportation, after parties, brunches, and welcome bag drop-offs. Room blocks do make scheduling transportation easier.  We will know where the majority…

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The Masculinity of Florals- Dover Hall Richmond Virginia

The Masculinity of Florals at Dover Hall in Richmond Virginia  ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  Our editorial shoot is finally live and I can now share all of the dets.  This was a shoot that I had been thinking about for a while.  I ran through several concepts, watched several vendors, and edited, edited, edited. …

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Team Spotlight: Josie Miller

We have our official bios, but here are some fun facts about our team and some photos taken by Erika Lynn Photography   Josie joined our team in 2018 and I am so glad to have her as a member of Swoon Soiree.  She has a passion for art, design, and theatre, which has come…

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Team Spotlight: Lauren Purcell

We ask our clients and our vendors a TON of questions during the planning process.  I figured it was about time we started answering some of them ourselves. We are sharing a fun Q & A, and some photos taken by Erika Lynn Photography Lauren is the owner and lead designer/planner of Swoon Soiree. What’s…

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The Best Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

It’s almost the busy time for bridal boutiques.  Most bridal boutiques will really ramp up after the holidays when all of the new year’s gowns come in and the brides really start getting serious about dress shopping.   Here are some tried and true things to consider before heading out. 1. Wedding Dress sizes are…

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Groom’s Details

With all of the focus on the Bride and all of her details, it’s easy to overlook the Groom.   Groom’s details play a large part in telling the narrative of a wedding day.  They spend time curating their look and putting their details together too.  Those items should be showcased. Here is a list…

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Venue Tour: Burlington Plantation

There is a new venue in town, and it’s a looker. Burlington Plantation is technically located out in Charles, City, but I’m pretty sure we can group that in with Richmond Venues.  This venue is gorgeous.  The stables have been converted into a gorgeous ballroom.  High ceilings, natural light, chandeliers, I could go on.  There…

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Faberge Egg Ballet Wedding at The VMFA Richmond Virginia

A Romantic Ballet Inspired Wedding at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  The creative process is such a funny thing.  When I started conceptualizing this shoot, I didn’t have a certain venue in mind.  As the design started falling into place, and I realized what size room I needed, and…

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How To Choose The Perfect Venue:

There is so much that goes into wedding planning.  So much. However, nothing can be done without a venue.  The venue will determine your date, create an atmosphere, and will set the pace for the rest of the budget.  Figure out the basics: When you start planning your wedding you should have a general idea…

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Real Wedding: Becca and Kevin The Market at Grelen Charlottesville, Virginia

  Chic Garden Inspired Wedding in Charlottesville Virginia at The Market at Grelen ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  I can’t tell you how long I sat staring at these photos.  There were SO MANY special moments, gorgeous details, and beautiful scenery. Charlottesville, Virginia is such a pretty location for weddings.  I knew I couldn’t share…

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Wedding Planner, Wedding Coordinator, Wedding Designer, Venue Coordinator. What is the difference?

There are many overlapping career titles within the wedding industry. It’s no wonder couples aren’t sure which one will fit their needs.  Although there is some overlap with each description, there are some key differences. Wedding planning is time-consuming and time-sensitive work.  Make sure you know what you are getting when you hire your professional.…

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Bachelorette Parties in your 20s vs 30s: Girls Night Out at Quirk Hotel

  ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  It’s wedding season. Which means, not only are you trying to figure out if you were tagged in someones photo wearing the same dress you are planning to wear to the next wedding, but you have bachelorette parties. I have been to my fair share of bachelorette parties.  I…

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Venue Tour: Linden Row Inn

Linden Row Inn is an historic urban hotel that focuses on the “True Richmond” experience. It has a European style and a great history. It was originally called Linden Square, named after the linden trees that are in the garden.  The Linden Row Inn was originally seven row houses that were built in the mid-1800s. …

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Venue Tour: The Valentine

The Valentine is a historical museum in the heart of downtown Richmond. It acts as a vault and a source of interpretation for Richmond’s rich history. The museum is broken out into several permanent exhibits that cover different topics, such as Richmond’s history, culture and government.  In addition to the several permanent exhibits there are several…

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Venue Tour: Independence Golf Club

This venue is definitely a classic.  It is located right in the middle of Midlothian, Virginia which makes is such an easy venue to get to for both vendors and your guests.  There is ample space and parking.  The architecture of the building mirrors the iconic Jeffersonian style that Virginia loves so much.  When you…

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Venue Tour: Tuckahoe Plantation

Tuckahoe plantation is the perfect venue to highlight the beauty and history of Richmond. Whether you have your ceremony downtown, or on site your guest will get to experience the city, its history, and its charm.  Classical elegance and southern hospitality is what you will get with Tuckahoe Plantation.  Built in 1733 The 2-story colonial…

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How to Chose Your Bride Tribe

Choosing your wedding party is not an easy feat.  There are so many things to think about.  Do you ask your family members, your best friends, your college roommates, your childhood bff?  Ugh, it’s impossible to choose.  The good news is that there are trends moving toward having smaller wedding parties, or not even having…

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Venue Tour: The Jefferson Hotel

Oh The Jefferson.  The cornerstone of Richmond Va.  The Jefferson has been hosting luxury weddings since 1895.  With the gorgeous Rotunda for cocktail hours, the sprawling staircase for a grand entrance and portraits, and the recently renovated ballrooms, this is a venue that makes a statement.   The Jefferson is managed by a team of…

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Venue Tour: The Jefferson Hotel

Oh The Jefferson.  The cornerstone of Richmond Va.  The Jefferson has been hosting luxury weddings since 1895.  With the gorgeous Rotunda for cocktail hours, the sprawling staircase for a grand entrance and portraits, and the recently renovated ballrooms, this is a venue that makes a statement.   The Jefferson is managed by a team of…

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Wedding Dress Code Deciphered

Alright.  You have sent in your RSVP, booked your accommodations, and now you are staring at the fine print on the invitation that states the dress code.  White Tie, Black Tie, Black Tie Optional, Creative Black Tie, Cocktail Attire, Festive, Dress to Impress, Beach Attire, Garden Party Attire, the list goes one.  With so many options…

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My Favorite Wedding Trends for 2017

Weddings are tough, and it’s hard to not get mixed up in what is popular and trendy. This is the first social event you are hosting as a couple and it should be something that feels like you.  You don’t want to attend several weddings in the same year and realize that all of your…

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Venue Tour: Altria Theatre

The recently renovated Altria Theater Ballroom is one of the largest venues in Richmond Va.  It has hosted numerous gala’s, after parties for the concerts at the Richmond Coliseum, and they are booking weddings.  They have the capacity for approximately 1,000 standing and a seated capacity for about 900.  If you wanted a dance floor…

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Venue Tour: Dover Hall Estate

“I want a ballroom where I can entertain 300 of my closest friends” joked Dennis Pryor when he met with Architect Mark Spangler. The Pryors wanted a house that they could entertain in.  They requested a two floor library like the one at the Biltmore House in North Carolina.  The gothic architecture was inspired by…

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Venue Tour: Fairview Farms

Photographer Jennifer Milota and I went on a venue your to Fairview Farms in Powhatan Virginia. This venue is so turn-key that it can save a couple a boatload if rustic chic is what they are looking for.  When you book with Fairview Farm you have complete access to the full estate.  Fairview Farm can…

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Venue Tour: Bandit’s Ridge

If you are looking for southern hospitality and a rustic venue, then you should check out Bandit’s Ridge.  The farm is located on 25 acres out in Louisa Virginia.  It is located right between Richmond and Charlottesville.  They have hay fields, a barn, a main house with a pool, and horses. At Bandit’s Ridge you…

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Venue Tour: Agecroft Hall

I have to start out and say that this is not an actual wedding venue.  You won’t be able to host a party or a wedding here.  However, they do accommodate non-profit organizations.  I toured this venue because people are always asking where they can get their engagement pictures done, their bridal portraits, where they…

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RSVP means Fucking Respond

I know that I just said what everyone is thinking. You’re welcome.  For anyone who has ever planned an event, whether it be a birthday party or a full size wedding, you know the struggle.  People just don’t respond to RSVP’s anymore.  As our culture moves toward more casual interactions, RSVPs are being caught in…

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Venue Tour: Quirk Hotel

This hotel is super fun.  I mean seriously who doesn’t love an art focused, pink hotel, that was built in a converted luxury department store?  There are several fun art pieces on each floor, the rooms are modern, and the beds are made from refurbished wood.  Quirk even has it’s own custom blend coffee, you…

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Venue Tour: The Mill at Fine Creek

This 10-acre site has everything you need to make your day perfect.  The grounds have gorgeous gardens, trees, pathways, and a babbling granite creek.  The old mill ruins offer a truly unique and historic site for your ceremony.  The large gray stone of the old mill is covered with greenery and makes for a gorgeous…

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Venue Tour: The John Marshall Ballrooms

Elegant, Grand, Classic. “The Finest Hotel in the South.”  These are all words used to describe The John Marshall Ballrooms.  Your guests will be awestruck by the lobby space with it’s classic black and tan decor and it’s inviting lounge furniture.  As your guests arrive, this is a great space for some pre-ceremony cocktails and…

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Venue Tour: Historic Tredegar

With the city of Richmond as your backdrop and the James River streaming by this is the perfect blend of history, city, and nature.  The Historic Tredegar was built on a prime location near water power, working coal mines, and the railroad.  Originally the Tredegar was used to make locomotives, sugar mill factory pieces, and…

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Venue Tour: The Hippodrome

Welcome to the Hipp!  Those are Ron Stallings famous words as he escorts you into the grandeur theatre that we know as The Hippodrome.  The Hippodrome is located in historic Jackson Ward right off of Second Street.  The Hippodrome was originally opened in 1914 as an entertainment venue for African Americans.  It quickly became a…

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Venue Tour: Seven Springs

I am not only a wedding planner, but I am also a match maker. You come to me as a resource. I need to know what venues will fit your budget and style, what vendors will help create the perfect atmosphere, and what will make your event spectacular. As your wedding match maker I conducted…

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