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It’s that time of year! Things go bump in the night, pumpkins have glowing faces, and things generally get spooky. Boo! For those of you considering a wedding in the fall, Halloween is a great time to have fun, but you don’t need to focus on creepy spiders and evil-looking ghouls to get the job done. Take a peek at this styled shoot for elegant Halloween wedding ideas. Pinterest doesn’t have anything on the Halloween wedding cakes and gothic wedding dress in this stunning fall shoot!

Spooky Elegant Halloween Wedding Ideas On a Budget | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


  • Nailil - Wow, this is beautiful. From the dress to the cake to the makeup. Love it all.

  • Kenzi || Life of a Sister - These photos are stunning! I love the makeup and the hair, it’s so different and gorgeous! These are great tips!

  • Stephanie - Talk about some winning ideas for a Halloween ceremony. I love the idea of a spookier cake, some dark bridesmaids dresses, and “wicked” hair/makeup! These photos are also SO good!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - I never been to a Halloween theme wedding before but these ideas sound so great and cool!

  • Ashley Rollins - I am in LOVE with this entire look. The cake is incredible and I love the hair and makeup. I don’t know if I could ever pull those looks off, but I absolutely love it.

Ah! You’re engaged! Or maybe you know you that ring is coming soon, and you just want to scope things out as far as wedding planning and organizing. A bridal expo is a fabulous place to meet wedding expo vendors and get ideas all in one place, but sometimes they can be overwhelming! Having a few bridal show tips in hand will help you have a great day of planning and scoping out various bridal expo vendors.

What to Expect at a Bridal Expo | Bridal Show Tips | Lynchburg Virginia | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Stephanie - Right after I got engaged a few years back, I won tickets to a bridal expo, and it was SO much fun. I had zero clue what to expect, so I really did NONE of these things haha but looking back, I’m glad I went and enjoyed myself, even if I didn’t prep 100%.

  • Kileen - These are awesome tips and such a helpful post!! Definitely have a better idea of what to expect at a bridal show!

  • Ashley Rollins - These are such good tips! I wish I would have went to an expo before I started doing some wedding planning. I think it would have made my life a little bit easier, especially now as we’re getting to crunch time!

  • Denise Kokinis - I have always wanted to go to a bridal expo, yet I am still very, very single. I loved learning a bit more about what happens at one. Loved looking on from the outside.

  • Lily - I loved going to Bridal Expoโ€™s when I was engaged. So fun!

Autumn is such a lovely time for a wedding! The air turns crisp, the leaves start to change, and there is a change in mood as fall festivals take place. If you enjoy fall weddings, here is one of my favorite painted pumpkin ideas to use as wedding decor. You could even host a pumpkin painting party and have family and friends join in the fun of making painted pumpkins. The technique of marbling is high impact, yet oh so easy for the autumn season.

Painted Pumkin Ideas for Your Wedding Decor Fall Weddings Autumn | Pumpkin Decorating Ideas | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Lavenda Memory - Woah! These are so modern and fresh and pretty. Love!

  • Kileen - This is such a cute and fun idea!! My kids would absolutely love this, love the design as well!


  • Stephanie - What a great idea for weddings, and so many other occasions. I want to do painted pumpkins for my autumn stoop this year!

  • Ashley Rollins - What a cute and simple idea! I love it! It would even be perfect for your porch without a wedding!

  • roxy - Wowwwww that is so lovely! I do love the marbling effect. Hmm, maybe I will incorporate this idea into my Fall decor! And yes it would be ideal decoration for a Fall wedding too!

  • Amanda - This is such a beautiful painted pumpkin! I love the idea of incorporating the pumpkins into a fall wedding!

  • Azanique Rawl - I love that pretty pumpkin! Such a fun way to decorate for fall ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, DIY bride, this is for you! If you have been searching for a bridesmaids gift or want to add a bit of panache to your bridal look, then learning how to make earrings is a perfect fit. These DIY earrings are fairly easy to make, and the way they dangle is so lovely.

How to Make Earrings for Your Wedding Day | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Morgan Klein - Iโ€™m so glad I came across this because I am getting married in a few months! This is so awesome – thank you for sharing!!

  • Jennifer - You’re welcome! They are super easy to make. Check out the hair clips, too. Those are incredibly easy! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • roxy - They are SO pretty! I love the long drop and simple beads on the end. And they look like something even a klutz like me could successfully make. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kileen - These earrings are absolutely gorgeous babe! Loving this beautiful DIY!


  • Taylor Mobley - Oh my gosh how fun!!

  • Megan Elliott - These earrings are so beautiful and unique! Such a great idea!

  • Amanda - Such a special DIY– they came out so pretty! These would also be a great, unique gift for the bridal party as well!

  • Jennifer - I love the gift idea. So fun!!

  • Erin - Those are beautiful!!

Your wedding day should be one of the most beautiful days of your life. But unfortunately, it can also be a day with lots of waste and not-so-green practices. To help, weโ€™ve assembled 5 easy green wedding ideas for eco-friendly weddings.

Green Wedding Ideas for Eco-Friendly Weddings | Hill City Bride Virginia Blog Conflict Free Diamonds Lab Grown


  • Kileen - Love this post and all the small changes that make a big difference! Our mother Earth is the only one we have!

  • Taylor Mobley - I love the idea of donating flowers to a hospital or nursing home.

  • Stephanie - These aren’t things I had necessarily thought about during my wedding planning season, but looking back – we actually did a lot of them! It’s amazing what can be done very easily to keep a wedding green. Such great tips here!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - Thanks for sharing these ideas! Never through about these options before but so glad I came across your post.

  • Kristen - I love the idea of carpooling to the wedding. We did that with our wedding and used a shuttle to take everyone to and from the hotel. This allowed for us to also feel safe about having an open bar and no one driving.

  • Helen Chik - I’m loving some of these ideas hun! Especially think flowers should be recycled because its always such a waste otherwise!!

  • Lauryn Hock - What a sweet idea to donate the flowers afterwards!!!

  • Amanda - So many great eco-friendly ideas! I wish I had thought about these more for my own wedding this past summer.

  • Ashley Rollins - I love these tips! This is so important for me as I get ready for my wedding in December.

  • Caitlin - So many great ideas for anyone planning a wedding! We got married almost ten years ago and it was so hard to figure out a budget.

  • sharon wu - I need to share this post with my bf! We have been talking about marriage passively for the past couple years. Being eco-friendly during big celebrations like this is important to me! Since we love live plants around the home, we will probably go with flowers that can be replanted when the big day comes ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer - Such a good idea on the replanting! Greenery is so in – I can picture hanging baskets, ferns, and succulents. All would make your home lovely afterward! Let me know when he goes from BF to fiance!! <3

  • Denise Kokinis - I love this! I guess I never really thought of the environmental impact of a wedding, but I can see how it could be quite large! I have quite a few friends who are wedding planners, so definitely sharing this with them! SO many great tips.

  • Jennifer - Yay! So glad you have friends that will find it useful! <3

The wedding day can be overwhelming for some couples because of the expectation to visit each of your guests within a short period of time. What can you do when everyone tells you to enjoy your day but you spend most of it greeting guests? Of course, it is proper etiquette to greet and thank your guests for attending your big day with a wedding line up, but how can this be accomplished? We have creative receiving line alternatives to help you decide!

Creative Receiving Line Alternatives for Your Wedding Day | Hill City Bride Weddings Blog


  • Nailil - These are some great tips. I know planning a wedding call ones attention to SO many details.

  • Kileen - These are awesome tips babe! Love the idea of a pre-wedding party! Definitely makes it that much more manageable.

  • Carolyn - I like these alternatives! We culled our list and had a small wedding. It was nice to just have the people we knew best!

  • denni - gosh where were you ten years go ๐Ÿ™‚ hated to plan my wedding and i had zero experience in it, you are a pro, love how you thought about the smallest details

  • Taylor Mobley - We didn’t do a receiving line! We just went up to everyone during the reception.

  • Jennifer - Such a smart idea, Taylor! Thank you for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Taylor Aube - These are wonderful wedding planning tips! Greeting and thanking guests is so important, I love that small personalized detail

  • Riah - These are some awesome tips! I don’t think any of the weddings I’ve been to have had a traditional receiving line. I’m bookmarking this for the next time one of my friends gets married.

When it comes to choosing wedding colors, the world literally is at your fingertips! It’s always a good idea to start out with a neutral and build from there, and considering navy blue wedding schemes is a perfect base to build upon. Just take a peek and see how well it pairs with citrusy tones.

Navy Blue Wedding with Citrus Tones - Pink Fuschia Gold Peach Blush


  • Stephanie - Talk about one truly breathtaking wedding! I absolutely loved reading their adorable story and seeing how dreamy their wedding and reception were. The navy blue was an excellent choice. And the bride is stunning!

  • Kileen - These photos are absolutely beautiful and I am loving their color palette choice. So stunning!!


  • Ashley Rollins - I cannot get over the details of this wedding! That dress is absolutely stunning and her ring, I love it! Sourcing so much inspo for my own upcoming wedding!

  • Azanique Rawl - I love all these creative and non-traditional pictures! The one in the tree is so precious ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin - How absolutely stunning!!!

  • Megan Elliott - Wow wow wow! What an absolutely stunning wedding! I love these colors together.

  • Lily - I am obsessed with NAVY, so I love everything about this. The fun citrus pops are stunning.

  • Yukti Agrawal - Wow, what a beautiful wedding color co-ordination. This navy blue wedding really look like a royal wedding in perfect setting.

  • Deborah - WOW what a beautiful and dreamy wedding! The details are planned so perfectly!

  • Nailil - All the details are so lovely. I just love that dress.

  • Erin - I love the pictures and what a great story! Loved learning more about the couple!

The weather is starting to change as the new season approaches. You step outside your front door in the morning and notice that there is a chill in the air. Itโ€™s time for sweater season: all things cozy and wonderful. For fall wedding ideas, however, comes a shift to vibrant jewel tones, nostalgic notions, and autumn wedding trends.

Unique Fall Wedding Ideas Autumn | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


Ok, DIY bride…it’s almost your big day! Are you wondering how to make hair accessories for weddings? You have your style all sorted out, but you just need a little something extra as far as DIY hair accessories. Ideas can be hard to come by, but I promise that these handmade accessories are super easy to make. Take a peek at this DIY hair clips tutorial below!

Tutorial on How to Make DIY Hair Clips | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog copy


  • Delia Atenea - OK honestly I’m just completely in love with that leaf detail. It’s so romantic! Love that! And a glue gun is totally a girl’s best friend when wedding planning!

  • Kileen - This is such a gorgeous DIY!! They turned out so pretty!!

  • Ashley Rollins - This is such a good idea. I’ve been looking at pieces for my wedding and I have to say, they are so super pricey! But these are such an adorable way to add a bit of bling to your hair.

  • Jerrieal Lumar - I haven’t tried any hair clips this summer but these are gorgeous! love the way your DIY project turned out!

  • Stephanie - I wish I’d known about this ahead of time! The clips are such a great idea – though they weren’t quite as popular last year during my wedding season. I was originally going to do flowers in my hair – but I had a braid crown instead, which I loved!

  • Nailil - Those clips are the perfect detail. I love how simple yet elegant they look.

You may be wondering, “Are jewel tones coming back?” The short answer is that they never went away! Whether you are considering a jewel tone wedding color palette or want elegant engagement party ideas, this styled shoot will inspire your own jewel tones wedding or event.

 Jewel Tone Wedding Color Palette | Engagement Party Ideas in Jewely Tones | Hill City Bride VA Wedding Blog Weddings


  • Ashley Stephenson - This is such a gorgeous Engagement Party! I am definitely loving the colors! Those drinks are so pretty!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - WOW so beautiful. The jewel tones sure do make photos pop. I love the decor and everything. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  • Carolyn - Even though I mostly stick to neutrals, jewel tones feel really rich and luxe to me! Just like all the photos in this post!

  • Ifรฉoluwa - The love the idea of using gemstones as a theme! The table set up looks amazing! Love the satin/silk look of the colors.

  • Lauryn Hock - WOW! I love this color palette! Way to be bold with your choices!

  • roxy - What a beautiful color palette! Jewel tones automatically lend a sophisticated and regal vibe to any party. I love all of the themed drinks!!

  • Taylor Mobley - How fun!! I never did an engagement party – just a bridal shower – but these colors are stunning!

  • Deborah - WOW, I would have never thought about using colors like this for any party! So beautiful!

  • Nicole Flint - I love all of the jeweled tones! Super fabulous.

  • Lily - Oh wow…such beautiful colors! Loving these pictures.