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Whether you are looking for a DIY wedding favor or having a military wedding and need some super cute Americana decor, these ribbon flags are a trifeca – budget friendly, easy to make and adorable! Be sure to consider making one, even if it is just to add to your home’s decor as you show your pride in the USA.

Patriotic DIY Wedding Favor as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog and Magazine - 4th of July, military, flag, ribbon flag, americana

Here is a list of what you will need for your own DIY wedding favor.

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When it comes to throwing a bridal shower or having a wedding or even a backyard BBQ, sometimes it’s fun to go the extra mile to do something special. That’s what our DIY silverware pouch is all about! I mean you COULD just stack up napkins and silverware for your guests, but why not create these inexpensive, adorable holders for your individual guests? Whether you lay them at each place setting or have folks get them while they are in line, these are just perfect for your event!

Custom DIY Silverware Pouches as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog for Events and Parties

We are going to start by making the patriotic DIY silverware pouch.

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Happy almost 4th of July! I truly hope you will be enjoying a relaxing day with friends and family, and I wanted to share some patriotic inspiration with you in the form of red, white and blue dress ideas. The BEST part? These are all rentable gowns from Rent the Runway, which means that whether you choose them for bridesmaids, a rehearsal dinner, a getaway or as a frock to wear as a wedding guest, these are all easy on the budget. Have fun perusing these ideas today!

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5 Red White and Blue Dress Ideas to Rent from Rent the Runway as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

Our red, white and blue dress ideas flow as you would read a book. Enjoy!

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Whether you choose to get together with your bridesmaids the day of the wedding or beforehand to celebrate, it’s nice to have an event to honor those ladies that hold a special place in our heart. A summer coastal bridesmaid luncheon is the perfect way to do so!

Coastal Bridesmaids Luncheon as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

Take a peek at our tips on how to create your own coastal bridesmaid luncheon.

  • Gather coastal elements for your own event. Scour thrift stores and vintage haunts for truly unique elements. Take note of the adorable mermaid figurine and the mermaid salt spoon. Adorable! Seashore themed new elements, such as the seahorse double bowl and glass serving tray are subtle yet high impact. Take special note of the white octopus figurine, and seashells, which are free from the ocean if you are willing to do some collecting. A silver crab bowl and the centerpiece of faux coral in aqua add a bit of panache to the event.
  • Here plates made of melamine (I didn’t even realize melamine came in such lovely patterns!) are paired with aqua plates and navy blue napkins to create an ocean vibe.
  • Use sisal and naturally woven pieces such as the placemats and runner as a base to create a beachy feel for a coastal bridesmaid luncheon.
  • Fresh flowers from a local farm add in extra pops of color – and don’t you just love the coconut? So cute!
  • Wondering what to serve? Our event had freshly cooked burger sliders topped with lettuce, crumbly cheese and avocado. Fresh watermelon and a salad of butter lettuce are a healthy choice, and a selection of cheeses with water crackers add in a bit of crunch.
  • The individually infused water tastes refreshing yet also looks lovely with a slice of lime nestled in the bottom of a stemless wine glass (secret: it’s a plastic glass).

Love these ideas? Then take a peek and create your own coastal bridesmaid luncheon. Your ladies will feel special and refreshed as they take a mini trip to the seaside.

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Looking for more bridesmaid luncheon inspiration? Check here for a fun cookie exchange idea!

Lavender is in bloom for just a short time, and that time is now here in Virginia, although it’s possible to obtain dried lavender all year round as you will see in this posting. Take a peek at all of our finds in our lavender bridal shower inspiration board today!

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Lavender Bridal Shower Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog - purple, favor, twine, natural

Our lavender bridal shower ideas flow clockwise starting from top left.

  • There are so many lovely elements to this lavender bridal shower, and we’d love to share them with you! One of our favorites are these oh so useful milk glass containers… lovely! They are perfect for holding dried or fresh lavender, and they can be gifted to the bride or used in your own home later. Bottle Set from Beau Coup, $34.50/3
  • Stemless wine glasses are so easy to hold, and these are perfect for giving as a wedding or shower favor. They can be used at the event and taken home. Plus, the tiny sprig of lavender is a beautiful touch, especially when containing a purple drink. Personalized Glasses, $3-$11.50
  • For a rustic event, this Mr. and Mrs. wire cake topper is a subtle way to top your cake – even at a themed lavender bridal shower. What a sweet way to have something to use both at your shower and wedding! Cake Topper, $20
  • Ok, now on to the super important stuff for a lavender bridal shower… the lavender! Dried and billed as “rice” it makes a wonderful, scented item to use as your wedding toss in addition to utilizing the buds throughout your shower or wedding day decor. Lavender Wedding Rice, $30 per pound
  • Whether you are wrapping your lavender toss, favors or accenting your plates, this baker’s twine comes in a variety of colors for your wedding and shower needs. Baker’s Twine, $7
  • If you are searching for the perfect DIY favor, I’d suggest these syrups for a lavender bridal shower. The instructions for this cute how to are here. What a lovely post-shower gift!

Looking for more lavender inspiration? Just check here for lots more! And check here for a posting on local lavender farms!

 

When you’re planning your day, everything comes down to your wedding expenses. Whether it’s $5,000 or $50,000, most couples find that they don’t have the means to splurge on everything that they want at their wedding. At the same time, there are some things that you should consider spending extra to get the best quality. Read on for ideas on where to splurge and where to save.

Splurge vs. Save on Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

All photos by Kam Goodrich Photography, and view the full event here.

SPLURGE: Your photographer

In ten years, you won’t have much left from your wedding besides your marriage – and your wedding photos. The pictures that you take on your wedding day will become a forever keepsake, so it’s worth going the extra mile to ensure that they’re of the very best quality.

SAVE: Your photo booth

While these are certainly a hot commodity and now come bearing social media sharing qualities, those on a budget should save their money and skip the professional version. If a photo booth is a must-have, consider going the DIY route with a patterned background and some funky cut-out props on sticks.

Virginia Secret Garden Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride by Kam Goodrich Photography

SPLURGE: Your catering

Ask a bunch of wedding guests what the most memorable part of the event is and most will mention the quality of the food. Delicious food is a must at any wedding, plus the caterers that cost a bit more often come with more experience and are more adaptable in new situations. Some may even include certain rentals, which will save you more in the long run.

SAVE: Your cake

While the cake cutting is a major part of the wedding reception, the cake itself is sometimes seen as an after-thought. Guests have usually filled up on their dinner and will stick to only one piece of cake, especially if you have other desserts available. Consider having cupcakes in lieu of a cake, or get a small cake for the cutting and have your caterer serve a sheet cake to guests. Trust me – they won’t know the difference!

Virginia Secret Garden Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride by Kam Goodrich Photography

SPLURGE: Your DJ

On your wedding day, your DJ is responsible for keeping the flow of the event and making sure people are having a good time and getting on the dance floor. They also act as an MC, so you want to be sure your DJ is one who is personable and charismatic. Don’t cut your wedding expenses for a DJ who is lackluster and unexperienced!

SAVE: Alcohol

Alcohol can add up to be a major expenditure at weddings, especially if you plan on having an open bar. While a few drinks certainly liven up the dance floor, consider limiting the bar to beer and wine and perhaps a signature cocktail. While you’re at it, skip the champagne toast and stick with a drink-in-hand toast – your guests won’t mind! You can also save big by getting an ABC license for the day and purchasing your own alcohol. Anything that isn’t opened can even be returned after the wedding.

Virginia Secret Garden Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride by Kam Goodrich Photography

Planning a wedding is all about balance – find a happy medium between splurging and saving to ensure that you stick to your budget. Create a list of your priorities and wedding expenses and stick to it!

Amanda Zack is a wedding PR specialist with OFD Consulting, based in Richmond, VA. She also serves as a Public Relations adjunct professor at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Ok, we all know that weddings are… well, expensive. So, why not choose items that can do double duty, right? These reusable wedding planters are smart buys as you can use them at your ceremony or reception and then give them life in your new home. Plus, they are all sturdy and lovely. Enjoy our picks!

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Our reusable wedding planter ideas flow clockwise from lop left. Enjoy!

  1. What a statement these Plow & Hearth tall planters make! I can truly picture them at the very front of your wedding as you say your vows. Or how about at the beginning of your outdoor ceremony aisle to greet guests? Best thing? These reusable wedding planters can welcome visitors to your home. Beautiful, and they are available in several colors! Lexington Tall Planter $110
  2. If you adore tall planters, yet want something a bit more metallic, then these planters may just fit the bill. Would you believe that they are resin? And they come in three sizes to suit your needs. Lovely! Sussex Planter $40-$100
  3. These red half rounds are so lovely – your flowers can complete the circle. These are low and not obtrusive, yet they offer high impact and hold a lot of flowers. Coco liners are included with these, and they would be the perfect decor at your outdoor reception (or indoor, too!). Planters with Coco Liners $140/2
  4. Having a more rustic event? Then this root wheelbarrow is super cute – use two or more as reusable wedding planters. This is such a cute accessory to place into your front yard or outside of your apartment door to use long after the wedding. Perfect! Root Wheelbarrow Planter $125
  5. Boats are perfect for a nautical affair, and this recycled metal boat is oh so cute – and what a keepsake it would be after your wedding! So darling as one of your reusable wedding planters. Handmade Recycled Metal Planter $150

Such fun ideas, do you agree? It’s so smart to choose things that can do double duty. If you want favors that do double duty, check here. Happy planning!

If you want to have a wedding in Lynchburg, you may not immediately think of the popular coffee shop, The White Hart, but that is exactly what wedding designer Lauren of Max & Dexter Event Design did. You see, this wasn’t a traditional wedding planned over the span of a year or even months – this couple merely had a few days, and their heartwarming story follows. It’s a lengthy one, but I promise that if you read it all, you will be glad you did!

White Hart Wedding in Lynchburg as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

The following are Leigh’s own words about their wedding in Lynchburg.

It truly glorifies God how he has blessed us through our wedding in the hardest time. Santos and I have been dating since April our freshman year of college, almost 3 years, before finally getting married on March 8th. Our original wedding was planned for May 20th, which was planned to be a huge wedding, with over 250 guests on our list to extensively include all of our family and friends. I had already bought my dress, handwritten and printed 275 invitations that Santos and I designed together – and bought all the supplies and decor for the May wedding.

The past year has been very burdensome for us, as we have endured one trial after another. We have gone through the separation and divorce of my parents, Santos’s mother being diagnosed with leukemia, and then tragic and unexpected death of my father on February 13th, 2017. Santos picked me up from the hospital where I was in a clinical for nursing school, and we flew home to Georgia to grieve with family over the loss. This was 3 months before our wedding and my college graduation.

Heartbroken, the thought of celebrating our wedding without my dad, who I was extraordinarily close to, was just to hard to bear. Santos, supporting me wholeheartedly, ensured me it was fine with him if we cancelled or postponed our wedding because of the circumstances. After discussion we had decided to have a court/civil wedding to sign the papers and move into our apartment together for peace and quiet during the grieving period, but God intervened changing all our plans.

We wanted to still make our ceremony special, so I contacted my Theology Professor, Blake Harcup, from Liberty, to see if he could marry us instead of a Justice of the Peace. Unbeknownst to us, he had moved to Florida to plant a church in December of 2016. He informed us he was out of state, but was flying into Lynchburg for one night before leaving for a mission trip to Germany with the School of Divinity. That day, March 8th, happened to be the same day we had planned to go to the court to sign our marriage papers. He flew in at 4:00 PM, married us at our wedding in Lynchburg at 7:00 PM and left for Germany the next morning at 9:00 AM. God divinely set up everything so that he could be there with us, making the night seem even more incredible.

The owner of Sage Tryall Salon reached out to me, and offered to do my hair for the wedding for no charge. A close friend of Santos’s offered to pay the event fee to have our wedding at The White Hart where we had our first date 3 years ago. My roommate surprised me with a beautiful bouquet, payed for the beautiful decorations, bought me shoes and accessories, and dropped everything to help me get the wedding ready last minute. Our best friends payed for a hotel for the night of our wedding in Lynchburg and left roses, gifts, and cards waiting for us in the room. As if we had not been blessed enough, Lauren (Max & Dexter Event Design) and Leah (Gaudium Photography) happened to be there to save the night when our photographer was late due to camera issues,and was about to miss the whole ceremony.

My mom and brother could not make the ceremony due to dealing with legalities of my father’s death. Santos’s mom got sick and could not make it, nor could my maid-of-honor and long-time best friend. The majority of our close family and friends were not there, but being miraculously blessed with photos free of charge allowed our family and friends to still share in the joyful moments that happened that night. Taking over all financial responsibilities with the loss of financial support from my father had actually made it impossible for us to afford a photographer or take on any costs of a wedding that were all amazingly covered for us.

It has been a season of life filled with pain, but also with faith. God has walked us through every step of this hard journey, comforting us with his presence and giving us more opportunities to share his goodness with others through all that he has done for us. His word says in Romans 8:28 that he works all things together for good, and we have truly experienced that over the last month. More than anything we can testify to the verse, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” It is absolutely true.

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Isn’t that lovely? If you are having a wedding in Lynchburg, be sure to check out this inspiration here.

The wedding day! It’s such a fun day, but sometimes we aren’t prepared for the emotions that will occur between the father of the bride and his daughter. Brides spend so much time planning the details and the budget and making sure that things are just so – have you ever thought about how you’ll actually FEEL? So much happiness and love goes around at your wedding.

But there are also some bittersweet moments as well, and one of those is between a father and a daughter. You’ve been his little girl all your life, and now he’s letting another man step in – it’s happy and sad at the same time as the proverbial torch is passed. Today, in honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, I wanted to share a few emotional father of the bride moments with you from past events on our blog.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there and enjoy these father of the bride moments!

How emotional is this shot? Both the bride and her dad tear up and get emotional about the big day. It’s something both daddy and his little girl dream about, and it is such a meaningful time.

See this lovely winery wedding in full by Allison Maxwell Photography here.

A secret garden wedding was accompanied by a sweet, secluded moment between the father of the bride and his daughter. I love it when a bride makes a special effort to be with her dad on her big day – small moments that will reign big in the mind of her father as you will see in this full wedding here.

Photo by Kam Goodrich Photography

This next one is so touching! A father covering his face due to seeing how lovely his daughter is in her gown. How fun is this look of surprise and awe – and I can see the emotion is his eyes!

Chic Hotel Wedding as seen on Hill CIty Bride Wedding Blog - father of the bridee

See this chic hotel wedding photographed by Vness Photography in full here.

This next bride chose to give her dad a special gift always confirming that she would be his little girl. It’s a photo frame with a sentiment and one of her bridal portraits. What a thoughtful gift for the father of the bride!

View this full wedding by Jason Jarvis Photography here.

Last, but not least, is this adorable photo of a dad in surprise at how gorgeous his daughter is! A sense of overwhelm is followed by a loving hug between a dad and his daughter. How touching!

See this full wedding by Rebecca Keeling Studios here.

Wow! Lots of emotion, right? I love them all! If you are looking for gifts for your dad on the big day check here, and we also have a father/daughter dance playlist.

Green is such a lovely hue! Some colors are reminiscent of nature, and others are bright and bold. No matter your color palette, enjoy our suggestions for green bridesmaid dress inspiration. The best thing? All of these gowns are under $130 (and one is under $100).

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Green Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

Our green bridesmaid dress looks go clockwise starting with top right.

  • Craving something other than a solid color? The detailing at the top of this emerald green bridesmaid dress is lacy and lovely to break up the earthy hue. Gorgeous! Kate Dress by Azazie $109
  • This gorgeous gown has a tinge of a blueish hue as you will see in this one. An almost strapless look is covered by a sheer halter piece that makes this style so classy as a green bridesmaid dress. Beautiful! Kailyn Dress $119
  • Lime green is such a happy color, and it’s definitely a bold choice for your attendants. But for a green bridesmaid dress, it’s a color you can’t go wrong with as you will see in this dress. With the dress itself being short with a lovely strappy halter neckline, the bodice gets a lot of attention. Isn’t it lovely? Adriana Dress $99
  • If you’ll notice – three of our looks all have criss cross styling in the front – did you notice? Different lengths, colors and necklines give each green bridesmaid dress it’s own unique look. Dusty sage green makes an appearance in this lovely look, complete with spaghetti straps. Haleigh Dress by Azazie $129
  • This sage dress is such a lovely color for the spring or summer. It’s soft and beautiful! Complete with a side slit and unique pleating, this is both gorgeous and high impact! Lindsey Dress $119
  • This criss cross halter dress is long and luxurious. Dark green is such a classic choice and would fit a variety of seasons. Lovely! Kaleigh Dress $129

Is green not your thing? Well, each of these styles is available in dozens of colors, and shop by color here. Love green but not necessarily these hues or styles? Check here. If you are looking for greenery wedding inspiration see our greenery inspiration board. It’s a beautiful color to use!

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