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It’s your day and you want it to be unique, to have meaning, and to leave a lasting impression for your guests. So why not shop local for all of those gifts, decorations, and must-haves that will make your day just right?

6 Easy Ways to Shop Local for Your Wedding | Hill City Bride Blog


  • Sara - I’m absolutely obsessed with this concept. I’m a huge supporter of shopping local, one reason because there are so many eco-friendly options (at least where I live). All of these ideas are wonderful. I particularly like the trinket bags and gifting local favors, like jam or honey. Thank you for sharing this! It’s really important to not always buy into corporate made items and support your local economy!

    Sara Kelley

  • Julia - This is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing all these tips! Shopping local is a very good idea. Your pictures are beautiful

  • Carolyn - I love the idea of supporting/shopping locally and supporting your town! We catered from a ma&pop shop for our wedding. That’s all we did though, sadly. Going back I would have utilized my local resources better. But we didn’t even have a cake when I got married haha!

  • Stephanie - I did a massive amount of my wedding shopping local. From my cake to my wedding signs to the photographer I hired, and more! My dress was “semi-local” (from Fredericksburg rather than Richmond haha). And I mostly asked friends and family to help with all the additional needs, so they’d be considered local as well, I guess! I never realized how much of my wedding was from RVA until now!

  • Deborah - Yes! I always try to shop local whenever I can and I certainly plan to do so for my wedding too!

  • Tara Fuller - it’s so incredibly important right now to support local small businesses. planning a wedding right now in the midst of all this has to be so stressful – but yes to local shopping!

  • Megan Elliott - I love these ideas!! Shopping local is so so important. Love supporting small businesses and other entrepreneurs 🙂

If you are looking for a fresh, yet classic palette, having a light blue and yellow wedding can be the way to go. Yellow often evokes feelings of happiness, and there is no better day of your life to convey that emotion than on your wedding day. Take a cue from this bride and groom and add a bit of cheer to your big day!

Light Blue and Yellow Wedding | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog


  • Lily - I would have never put these two colors together, but they work so well! Love how it turned out.

  • Kileen - These colors are so beautiful! What a cute ceremony as well!!

  • Stephanie - I absolutely love this color palette for a spring wedding. The colors are so bright and cheerful and fun! And they SCREAM “spring” – which is, I’m sure, what the bride was hoping for. Such a stunning wedding!

  • Deborah - This is such a gorgeous pairing of colors!

  • Carolyn - I love seeing this light blue and yellow wedding right now. It’s so dreary out and this provides some much-needed spring inspiration!

  • Julia - All these pictures are so beautiful! I love the theme of light blue and yellow!

  • Candace Hampton - This is so cute! I love the cake especially. These two colors together make everything look so fresh. Perfect for a spring wedding!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - Such a pretty color palette here! Yellow is one of my fav colors and would do use it for a wedding in the future!

  • Helena Marz - Wow these colours blue and yellow definitely did put together so well! I have never thought of those colours together. It looks like it was a beautiful wedding❤️

  • Sara - What a gorgeous color combination! My Fiancé and I have been discussing possible color combos for our wedding and haven’t decided on one just yet. The floral bouquets are GORGEOUS! The textures in the bouquets and displays are incredible. Thank you for sharing!

  • TianShanae - I love these color. They are so fresh and perfect for spring.

  • Megan Elliott - This is perfect for a beautiful spring wedding! Absolutely love the color combination for this time of year.

When we think of romantic bedroom ideas for couples to keep the bedroom atmosphere spicy and poised for passion, the first image that comes to mind probably isn’t the “great outdoors.”

But, consider this: what is the first thing you think of when you think “romantic getaway”? Your mind probably conjures up a tropical scene with you and your boo wrapped in soft white robes. You sip cocktails from your resort hotel room, watching palm trees sway through open French doors. Warm breezes carry scents of sea and spices as a tangerine sun dips into the ocean. Why not recreate this in your own home?

Romantic Bedroom Ideas for Couples | Hill City Bride | Tropical Bedroom Ideas


  • Helen - I LOVE using white noise or a sound machine. The best sleep I ever had was when I was in Belize and my bedroom was outside on a screened-in porch in the center of the jungle. I miss being there it was so tranquil, so I try to recreate that as much as possible.

  • Jennifer - Um, yes – I would totally try to recreate that, too. Sounds SO dreamy!!

  • Kileen - I love all of these ideas so much! I think ditching the electronics is so important!

  • Azanique Rawl - I love bedroom 2! The palm print on the wall is so cute. 🙂

  • Iféoluwa - I love the plant wall art! It’s so important to invest in a good mattress as it makes for a good night’s sleep.

  • Stephanie - Sounds like we’ve achieved every element you listed here, and that makes me quite proud. From soft lighting and essential oil diffusers, to making our bed daily, to gentle music playing and no work in bed! Fantastic tips!

  • Julia Corot - Love your ideas! It is really inspirational! It makes me want to redecorate my room!

  • Deborah - Good ideas, and perfect timing too because being stuck at home under quarantine can be so boring. Injecting some romance in the bedroom is a great idea for these times!

We all go through it. Being stumped. Having a mental block. And at a time when you are supposed to be creative, that can be difficult! You’re in the middle of planning a wedding. Sometimes all of the “to-do’s” can lead to overwhelm and leave you feeling uninspired. Believe it or not, creative inspiration is everywhere, so here are a few suggestions to get your mind in gear.

5 Surefire Ways to Find Creative Inspiration for Your Wedding | Hill City Bride


  • Helen - I love these ideas! I feel like walking through a museum would also be a great way to gain some inspiration!

  • Stephanie - Someone earlier today was asking me what I do when I’m facing a creative rut. I told them Pinterest is my first choice, and then I like going for a walk, meditating, journaling, and going somewhere new – so we had some similar suggestions! I love the concept of going through your own archives as well. That can definitely spur inspiration!

  • Lily - These are such great ideas…and things I honestly wouldn’t even think of doing. I often times go to Pinterest for help when I’m stuck…but going out in nature is another great one.

  • Kileen - These are great ways to find creative inspiration! Pinterest is definitely a powerhouse for endless inspo but I also love the idea of visiting an unusual place!

  • Deborah - Great ideas! I think I am in a bit of a creative rut but you’re right that inspiration is everywhere!

  • Carolyn - I love that these tips could apply to anything…not just planning a wedding! I find that when I take a break and shut my mind off, ideas come to me!

  • Candace Hampton - Using Pinterest for wedding ideas is a must! I use it in every day life for well…everything. I like to take the ideas from Pinterest and put my own twist on them. I will change the colors, patterns, or materials to make it my own. Love this post!

  • Megan Elliott - These are some awesome ideas! I feel like I could even use these tips to design a room. 🙂

  • Jennifer - Love that idea!!

  • Emily - I love these ideas. I agree with looking at other creatives for inspiration and going through your old photos!

Getting married is such an exciting time, and so much effort and planning go into making the big day special and unique. But, it’s good to look beyond the wedding to your life together. Take a bit of the mystery out of buying a home with our first time home buyer tips as you start your new life.

First Time Home Buyer Tips | First Time Home Buying Tips | Buying a Home for the First Time Home Buying 101 | Hill City Bride


  • Delia Atenea - These are all great tips! Shopping for a new home is such a fun experience and owning a home is a wonderful thing too! I love that you said not to be afraid of buying a diamond in the rough because remodeling a home and making it your style is so much fun!

  • Lily - These are all great tips for first time home buyers. My husband and I recently bought a house and it was a long process…because we waited for THE ONE! It was so worth it.

  • Taylor - These are some great tips!! Although I am a long ways away from buying my first home, I definitely agree with these especially waiting to find THE ONE. You don’t want to make a rushed decision.

  • Stephanie - I’m continuously researching on this topic, because while my husband and I have been living in a townhome since we got married, we will eventually want to purchase a house of our own, and I want to be as educated as possible going into that process. Thank you for sharing these pieces of advice!

  • Carolyn - We’ve bought two houses now and I think these are all really great tips! Especially the one about being willing to do a little DIY- because those are the type of houses we buy haha! We’ll be staying put for a while though now.

  • Morgan Tyner - This is such perfect timing! My husband and I just bought a house and we move in officially in a week! You’re so on point with your tips! It’s incredibly important to be very mindful of all the factors that play into purchasing a house. ✨Morgs*

  • Jennifer - Oh my goodness! Congrats, and I hope everything goes smoothly with your move. So fun!!

  • Deborah - Great tips! I was looking into buying a house once fiance and I were married but it’s good to start thinking about all these things now!

  • Megan Elliott - I’m actually in the process of buying a house right now and these are great tips!

  • Flint - These are such fab points – buying a home in the next few years, so thanks!

  • Nicole - These are great tips! I hope to be in the home buying process in the next 2-5 years!

Hosting a brunch party for your wedding is quickly becoming one of the most exciting and popular new ways to celebrate that most memorable day of your life! Imagine yourself saying your vows with the birds chirping outside and the sun shining through the trees. Then you can have the entire evening free with your newlywed boo! There are so many benefits of utilizing our wedding brunch ideas.

Brunch Ideas | Hosting a Brunch Party Menu | Large Group Breakfast Ideas


  • Jenn - Love a good brunch! Such a great idea for a wedding weekend too!

  • Helen - Hey Jenn! I love this post! While I’m not planning a wedding anytime soon, I think these tips are helpful for any brunch! I’d definitely going to be serving mimosas at my next boozy brunch get together! Thanks for sharing!

  • Delia Atenea - OK I’ve never really heard of a wedding brunch but it sounds like such a wonderful idea which I should have totally tried! All this food has such a beautiful presentation and it looks so yum!

  • Lily - Who doesn’t love brunch?! I think brunch for a wedding is a fabulous idea and I bet it’s more cost effective too.

  • Stephanie - I was lucky to have a fabulous brunch for my bridal shower and I loved every second of it! We had a mimosa bar where people could mix their choice of fruit juice with champagne, and even add fruit into the glass itself! And we had quiches as the main food, with several other fun snack-style options to go hand-in-hand. I will 100% recommend brunch as an excellent wedding option!

  • Caitlin - Brunch for a wedding is SO fun! I had a bridal brunch before my wedding and everyone enjoyed it!

  • Carolyn - Oh, this is such a fun and unique idea! I love the idea of doing “bars”…like mimosas! And having a good range of healthy food is so important for people these days!

Having a shades of blue wedding is perfect – especially when it’s an outdoor one. Blue is a color that is as comfortable outdoors against the green landscape as it is inside to lighten and brighten up a space. This event in Cape Charles is the perfect example! It is filled with sweet moments on the Virginia coastline.

Shades of Blue Wedding in Cape Charles | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


  • Stephanie - This wedding is so beautiful! It reminds me of springtime and sunshine and happiness. They made shades of blue look extra fantastic! I love they used it in so many beautiful ways. The bridesmaid dresses are swoon-worthy!

  • Carolyn - Wow! This “shades of blue” wedding is gorgeous! Perfect colors for the location. The blue looks so good next to the water and with all the greenery! The photographer is super good too!

  • Azanique Rawl - I love that each bridesmaid dress was unique and elegant in it’s own way! SO fun 🙂

  • Kathy Myers - The colors are for the location. The blue looks so good next to the water and with all the greenery!!

You’re engaged. Congratulations! Let the dress shopping, photographer hiring, and cake tastings commence. Getting ready for the big day is exciting, and – of course – you want your family and friends to be there to celebrate with you. From your save-the-dates to stunning wedding invitations, you need to ensure that your guests have a positive experience from the start. Part of that is keeping them informed. A Joy wedding website can accomplish that and so much more. 

Joy Wedding Website | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Stephanie - I have never ever heard of Joy, but it sounds fantastic for every engaged couple! There are so many fabulous features – and I think my favorite one is the matching element. It’s awesome that every aspect can blend together seamlessly!

  • Nataly - I’ve never heard of this website before, but it sounds so fabulous. I wish we were able to collect our RSVPs online…that seems like a better option!

  • Candace Hampton - I will say that I didn’t have a wedding website, but I appreciate people that do it. I like to know exactly what I’m doing and where I’m going when I go to an event. A wedding website helps guests know all the details. Great advice!

  • Ifeoluwa - These are really great resources for weddings! I love the colors of invites. Going to bookmark this for when I’m wedding planning.

  • Lily - I love how there are so many awesome services nowadays. Back when I got married, there was no Pinterest and wedding websites were not anything like this!

  • Sara Kelley - I’m a web designer and newly-ish engaged. I have definitely heard of wedding invite sites before but it hasn’t been something I have deeply explored yet. This was eye-opening though and such a great resource. Being able to capture RSVP’s online is so much easier for tracking accepted invites too. Thank you for supplying all of this information and for sharing!

  • Deborah - Interesting – my fiance and I have been shopping around for wedding websites. We’ll have to check out Joy!

There’s something magical and enchanting about cold-weather weddings; the winter wonderland wedding with snow, the glitz of candlelight, the sparkle of newly settled frost. Outside it may be cold and dreary, but with the right wedding centerpiece ideas, you can add a slice of whimsical winter charm to every corner of your venue.

Winter Wedding Centerpiece Ideas | Winter Wedding Ideas | Winter Centerpieces | Hill City Bride


  • Delia Atenea - Those sugared fruit ones are so unique and creative! I wish I knew you when I was planning my wedding! Your weddings are always so beautiful!

  • Kileen - This is so beautiful! The lighting is so beautiful!!

  • Nataly - I am loving all these ideas! You are making me want to plan a wedding.

  • Stephanie - I never ever would’ve thought to do sugared fruit or succulents. I absolutely love how creative these ideas are! We did a combination of greenery, painted wine bottles with flowers in them, and candles!

  • Tara Fuller - All of these ideas are so gorgeous, I don’t know if I can pick a favorite! I really adore succulents! So so cute!

  • Caitlin - Wow, the sugared fruit really does make such a great difference!

  • Yamelia - Wow! It looks delicious and creative with sugared fruit. It looks healthy and vibrant. What a great idea of succulents! And those candles light up the whole table – looks so romantic and dreamy. Fab ideas!!

Dear brides, as much as I love you, today’s topic is actually on wedding advice for grooms. So, be sure to pass this along to your future hubby. He’s not alone if he’s been feeling a bit of the groom-to-be-blues. Maybe he is wondering what is the groom responsible for in a wedding or maybe he’s the groom too involved in wedding planning (is there such a thing?). Either way, it’s important to consider him, too.

Wedding Advice for Grooms | What is the Grooms Responsible for in a Wedding | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


  • grace ashi - Though I’m single this is very cute to read. 🙂

  • Taylor - Such great tips! I agree that everyone thinks of the wedding day as the bride’s day!

  • Stephanie - This is SUCH grand advice. I remember halfway through the planning process, having to tell my hubs that I definitely NEEDED his advice. He never wanted to “butt in” – yet that left me feeling like I was a mess with my emotions and confused with opinions. I was grateful when he finally realized this and began to share his input!

  • Jennifer - Yes! So many guys think they don’t have an opinion. But they do! I’m so glad your husband was helpful – what a sweetie!!

  • Kileen - This is such a sweet post! Great advice for grooms and love that this is for them, there aren’t a lot of posts for them!

  • Carolyn - My now hubby was amazing during the wedding process! Sure, he could have had more opinions, but 5 1/2 years later he’s still the same laidback guy. One of the things I love about him!

  • Delia Atenea - Wait…..so its their day too? Just kidding! its seems like we always focus more on it being the big day for the bride but men need some TLC that day too! These are great tips!

  • Ashley R - I wish I read this before I got married. Such a great post.