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  • Who is Emily Weddings?

    Emily Weddings is an elite team of wedding and event planners. Although they are based in Coastal Virginia, they love to travel wherever their services are needed. They have over 40 years of combined experience and education in wedding planning and coordinating. The Emily Weddings & Events Team is not just an individual person but rather a brand, a quality and excellent standard of service each client receives. They have had the distinguished honor of winning many awards over the years for their dedication and level of service as well as having been featured in national forums. The Emily Weddings & Events Team is comprised of nine skilled and talented women who have a passion for their clients' celebrations. Each member of the team is essential in planning and executing a client's dream event.

    Emily Weddings & Events offers a variety of services ranging Event Planning, Day-Of Wedding Coordinating to Full Service Wedding Planning. Our company only takes a select number of weddings and events each year. We would love to meet with you, and get to know you a little bit better to determine if Emily Weddings & Events is the best fit for your event. Email us today at info@emilyweddings.com to receive more package details and to set up a face-to-face or Skype consultation. Our phone number is: 757.751.WeDo (751.9336)

    "I love the work that the ladies of Emily Weddings are doing. True creative souls at their best. Bravo! #GetFamiliar #SmallTownTalentWithBigVision"
    Celebrity Wedding Panner, Diann Valentine (planned for Usher, Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, and Toni Braxton to name a few)

    "I've been photographing weddings for 12 years and working with the Emily Weddings Team has been a highlight. They are such team players and really know how to run the most involved events! I can't wait to work with them again"
    Jose Villa - Voted one of the top-10 wedding photographers in the world

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  • Voted the knot Best Of Weddings 2010, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17
    Inducted into the Hall Of Fame for the knot Best Of Weddings in 2013
    Bride's Choice Award 2009, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17
    2013 Best of Virginia Beach Award
    A Crystal Clear Vision "People's Choice Award" 2015, '16
    A Crystal Clear Vision "Vendor Choice Award" 2016
    A Crystal Clear Vision Celebrity Planner "Diann Valentine's Choice Award" 2016
    Professional Bridal Consultant with the Association of Bridal Consultants
    As Seen in The Knot Magazine As Seen in The Knot Magazine
    Couples love us! See our reviews on The Knot.

With daylight savings just around the corner (it’s this Sunday, y’all!) , we are pulling out the flip flops and sunscreen….too soon? Well, ok, but it still has us dreaming about the upcoming months of wedding planning, warmer weather, and longer summer days. Sigh.

Sunset pictures are some of our favs. With the longer days, it’s easier to have a sunset ceremony! SO PRETTY! If you get married later on in the summer (because the days keep getting longer) then you can have your ceremony in the late afternoon, and the photographer can take you and your new spouse out right as the sun is setting for romantic pictures. Both options are gorgeous.

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Photography be Eleise Theuer Photography. Officiating by Susan Turner. Planning by Emily Weddings, Inc

With the longer summer days comes hotter weather. Always remember to keep your guests in mind when planning and outdoor ceremony or reception. A drink station at your ceremony site is always nice. Your guests can get a cool refreshment and break from the heat before the processional starts. Programs in the shape of fans can serve double duty for your big day and can look super cute. A basket of parasols are a creative option for shade if your ceremony location is in direct sunlight. You can even provide sunscreen in cute soap dispensers for guests.

Bugs and mosquitoes love the warmer weather just as much as we do, but, just like crazy Uncle Arnie, they are not invited to your wedding. To make sure they stay away, we recommend spraying the lawn before your big day. Some companies offer both an all-natural solution and a synthetic solution. The synthetic spray can last a few weeks while the all-natural spray has to be done several times a month. We love the idea of the all-natural solution, but make sure it is done just days before your event so you can get the full effect of warding those pests off.

Bugs in your food? ICK! No, thank you! Some great ways of getting around this is to definitely spray the lawn (but we already talked about that). Another option is adding herbs to your centerpieces for the food tables and guest tables. Basil, mint, lavender, rosemary, lemon balm, bay leaf, clove, tansy, and wormword are a few great herbs that help the flies and mosquitoes stay away. A must!

Make sure you chat with all of your wedding vendors and get their expert opinions on their services and the wonderful, summer heat. The baker will most likely recommend fondant (it can be SO good if you find an awesome baker!), The florist will have great flower recommendations so your flowers don’t wilt too quickly, the photographer will have great advice for sunlight and timing. With proper planning and experienced wedding vendors, your outdoor wedding can be simply outstanding!

There is SO much to love about summer: longer days, extra warmth, stunning sunsets! Make sure you can enjoy every moment of your outdoor ceremony and/or reception by following some of these simple steps. Happing planning!

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Photography by Zoe Grant. Cake by Jamie’s Bakeshop. Planning by Emily Weddings, Inc

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Photo by Echard Wheeler Photography. Planning by Emily Weddings, Inc

 

 

 

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Ceremony at Lesner Inn. Flowers by Palette of Petals. Lighting by Blue Steel Lighting Design. Echard Wheeler Photography took the professional photos for this day. check out his blog! Coordinating by Emily Weddings, Inc.

We would love to clear up any confusion regarding the roles of a venue coordinator and a day-of wedding coordinator so that you are fully informed for one of the biggest days of your life. We want to start off by saying that we LOVE working with venue coordinators. They are very much a part of your wedding vendor team, and they want to see your wedding day executed just as flawlessly as you do. With that said, the venue coordinator’s role in your wedding and a day-of coordinator’s role in your wedding are quite different.

A venue coordinator is there on your wedding day on the venue’s behalf. They want to make sure that the venue provides the venue’s contracted services – signed, sealed and delivered. They work to ensure that the food is presented correctly, that their venue is in perfect condition (no toilet paper to cling to shoes, not a dirty dish to be had), and that their staff is ready to go for your big day. All of their roles are extremely important and make a huge impact on your wedding day!

Day-of wedding coordinators are different and have more diverse roles. They take time to meet with you prior to the wedding day, sometimes as early as 4 weeks prior. They collect copies of all the contracts you have signed with your vendors to ensure that you receive all of the contracted services and items on your wedding day. They start communication with each vendor to coordinate timing for the day. For example: If you are having fresh flowers placed on your wedding cake, it is important for the baker and the florist to arrive around the same time, but definitely not before the linens have been placed. If this happens, both vendors will be standing around with nothing to do. A problem, as typically both the florist and the baker probably have several events that day and will need to be efficient with their time (running late when you have multiple cakes in a van is a no can do).  Heaven forbid that a wedding professional would have to call you and stress you out with details that should not cross your mind once on that day. It is the responsibility of your day-of coordinator to field those vendor phone calls, execute a flawless plan to remedy any mishaps, and communicate with all of the other wedding vendors that those mishaps may affect. These are important logistical details that a venue coordinator typically does not handle – passing the responsibility onto yourself or a family member. It is the role of your day-of wedding coordinator to create a detailed timeline (ours have even exceeded ten pages) that starts early in the morning of your wedding day and finishes up with all of the wedding items you purchased and your gifts to be packed in the designated vehicles. A skilled and professional day-of coordinator has the ability to be extremely type A in planning your wedding timeline, and then embodies an extremely flexible, problem solving, adrenaline thriving, joyful personality as they keep things running smoothly. Timing is key, and ours is down to the second precise.

Venue coordinators and their roles are so very important. We have seen a venue coordinator focused on a computer screen monitoring the impending weather moving over the area. She was able to stay informed so that she could wait to the last possible second before having to close the sides of the reception tent. She wanted the couple to enjoy every minute of the open tent on the water before the sides had to be closed. You want a venue coordinator for that. We have seen a venue coordinator move quickly as extra guests showed up at the wedding at the last minute. She was in the back communicating with the chef for extra meals, adding place settings, and extra chairs. That kept her very busy. You want a venue coordinator for that. We have seen a venue coordinator rush to the fire alarm as the venue’s kitchen caught on fire. He worked with the fire chief to get the venue reopened quickly for the couple’s reception. You want a venue coordinator for that. 

A day-of coordinator’s complete focus is YOU.  Our roles are different. We have sewn a bridal gown back together after a family member stepped on it and ripped it. You want a day-of coordinator for that. We have removed red wine spilled down the back on a bride’s gown in just minutes before her announcement into the reception. You want a day-of coordinator for that. We have fixed problems like the wrong rental items being dropped off, a lost transportation company or even a lost guest, the marriage officiant not showing up on time because he stayed too late at his prior event, change of venue or day-of plans because a hurricane decided to be a guest at the wedding, a missing bouquet, wedding party attire missing, a wedding vendor in a car accident with a quick call to replace that vendor before the reception even started. You want a day-of coordinator for that. Our day-of coordinating team has driven to stores to purchase extra items before the ceremony, steam a pile of dresses, wipe chairs down after a rainstorm from the night before (we have been known to bring a leaf blower and clean up your ceremony after a stormy night), we make sure important family members haven’t stepped outside or excused themselves to the bathroom before an important event like cake cutting. You want a day-of coordinator for that. Our day-of coordinating team communicates with the photographer and emcee at the same time to make sure a lens doesn’t need to be changed before the first dance,  we help pack away all of your things at the end of the night so that your family and friends aren’t doing it. (We can also clean up much quicker because of our years of experience and number of staff. This allows your family to leave much earlier than they would otherwise be able to after the wedding). You want a day-of coordinator for that.  To expect your venue coordinator to carry out the roles that a day-of coordinator performs, would not be realistic given all the tasks they need to tend to on the venue’s behalf…you want a day-of coordinator for YOU. (Better yet, we recommend you involve them as a wedding planner early on in the planning process, but for now, this blog is about day-of coordinators vs venue coordinators so we will stick with that.)

You see, both the venue coordinator and the day-of coordinator are necessary and, more often than not, an extension of one huge team working together for YOUR big day. Both roles are crucial. We would even be bold enough to say that if you asked any venue coordinator in Hampton Roads if a day-of coordinator is necessary, we’re certain that they would say YES! We truly believe that Emily Weddings would be an asset to the day you have always dreamed of, and have confidence that a venue coordinator would agree. So if you want a leaf blowing, dress sewing, spill cleaning, advocate for YOU on your wedding day, consider a day-of coordinator to make sure it’s as flawless as you always pictured.

Our very own Meghan Roberson is featured on the Hampton Roads wedding blog Tidewater & Tulle today!  She discusses the history of wedding traditions and how couples are changing, modifying, altering, and adding to them in order to create a wedding that reflects their individual personalities and interests.

Also featured in the article are beautiful photographs by Meghan’s wedding photographer, Macon Photography, and an amazing video created by The Girl Tyler which features Meghan’s non-traditional father-daughter dance: a karaoke version of Bohemian Rhapsody!

You won’t want to miss this party!

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Photo by Macon Photography.

Hello wedding world! We just wanted to share these freebies we found today on Wedding Chicks… a slew of free wedding printables!

Beautiful watercolor save the dates…

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Check out this tandem bike invitation suite!

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And this awesome sign!

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The free downloads range from wedding invitations and save the dates to custom signs and artwork for your home or office.

Happy Wednesday!

Love, The Emily Weddings Team

We stumbled upon this unexpected bouquet on Pinterest earlier today. Ivory anemones paired with muted peachy roses and a deep navy silhouette on top, whispers vintage elegance.

Via A Garden Party, Photo by Joseph Clementi Photography

Intrigued by this breathtaking combination, we went searching for other inspired ways to pair these two show stealing blooms…

Enter the “Enchanted Garden Wedding” centerpiece. This whimsical piece marries dreamy coral roses with geometric purple succulents- a gorgeously unexpected mix. It’s then topped off with airy white anemones and presented in a romantic copper vase. We can’t help but feel like we’ve stepped into a fairy tale…

 

 

 

Via Wedding Chicks, Flowers by Layers of Lovely, Photo by Weddings by Scott and Dana.

Happy Floral Friday!

-The Emily Weddings Team

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