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Yay! The big day is coming, and there is wedding planning to do. After the big day, there is a lot to think about, too – it’s an exciting time! Moving in together can present its own challenges as you try to settle on interior design. I want to encourage you to take your existing home decor items and blend them into an interior redesign.

Home Interior Redesign Ideas | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Amy-Jo Tatum/Bride Chic - I’m all for this and totally love the concept. Any creativity you have pent up will no doubt come to the forefront with a project like this . . .

  • Lauryn Hock - My husband and I have definitely had to compromise and blend our interests when it comes to decorating the house. Love these tips!

  • Ashley R - I love using what you have. It’s such a smart idea. I like my home simple and uncluttered so it is easy for me.

  • prowedding - Yes, re-integrating new designs with existing furniture can sometimes bring a different feel, even more suitable than new ones

  • Carolyn - My husband has no input on our home! Sometimes I don’t mind because then I can do whatever I want haha, but sometimes I wish he had an opinion! But all in all, I love our home and it feels cozy…which embodies us as homebodies!

  • Stephanie Whitman - I really love these tips! My husband and I actually had so much fun when we first moved into our space together and began to decorate our home. We hadn’t lived together prior to getting married, so it was definitely an adjustment, but over time, we’ve found our own style together – even though both of us have very different tastes on our own!

  • Taylor Mobley - This is so smart. I am just now starting to decorate my home and it’s very fun to find what works for you! Using what you have is so smart.

  • Deborah - This is something fiance and I have been dealing with since 2017! The problem is we both don’t really know how to define our own decor styles, but it’s still a work in progress!

  • Whitney - This is such a helpful post! My hubby and I definitely had to go through the same process once we got married. Thankfully most of my stuff got to stay LOL

  • Caitlin - There is no reason to start decorating from scratch after marriage! I love this post for explaining how to combine styles to decorate.

Bridal shower planning can be so fun! There are a plethora of fabulous ideas out there, but I’m totally in love with the adorable, lemony touches that these bridal shower decorations provide. From citrusy foods to hints of yellow throughout the big day, this event is full of adorable ideas!

Bridal Shower Decorations with a Lemony Twist | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


  • Stephanie Whitman - I appreciate how lemony touches also means just pops of cheery yellow throughout. So happy and fun, especially heading into spring!

  • Kileen - These accessories are so cute and so perfect! I would love to have used all of these!

  • Helena Marz - I definitely think themes are great to work with and it makes everything flow well with certain colours. Love the spring vibe theme, so fresh and lively!

  • Delia Atenea - Oh my gosh I wish I was getting married all over again!
    These lemon decorations are so beautiful! I love lemon in and of itself so I would of totally wanted something like this!

  • Renee || Getting Fit Fab - oh my gosh, how cute is this! I love that the lemons add a touch of color, this was so creative!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - I love the pops of yellow! I’m loving the lemon decorations it’s such a cute element to add for a bridal shower!

  • Yukti Agrawal - Wow all these decorations look very lovely and like a fairy tale wedding. I loved adding the color yellow to make the place more bright and lively.

It’s 2020, and we are finally back into the swing of things in the New Year. And with a new calendar year always comes a new Pantone color. This year it’s the timeless hue of Classic Blue. I scoured the blog looking for ways you can incorporate the Pantone Color of the Year 2020 into your wedding palette. Enjoy our selections and happy planning!



  • Deborah - I just got engaged last month and this post is perfect for me! I did think of having blue as one of our wedding colors so this was great inspiration!

  • Nataly - I just love this color! There are so many fun ways to incorporate blue into a wedding. I really love the vibrant cobalt blue the best.

  • Azanique Rawl - Classic blue is absolutely my favorite so I am SO here for this color of the year. I love the pops of blue in the floral arrangements and suits!

  • Kileen - This is so awesome! Blue is my favorite color because I feel like it can go with so many different outfits and other colors! And it is so easy on the eyes!!

  • Stephanie Whitman - I have been 100% crazy about this particular Pantone color, and the way you highlighted it within wedding culture is just spectacular. I liked that it wasn’t a forced thing – that the subtle touches were acceptable as well – but it also looks great as a bridesmaid dress or a groomsman suit. There’s so many fantastic ways to incorporate this beautiful color, and I think you found them all! Great ideas!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I think it’s a hue that is easy to incorporate, too. It’s a refreshing color for sure!

  • Tara Fuller - I love the blues – it’s always such a beautiful color and is so easy to incorporate into wedding colors. I really like the little ribbon addition, that’s so clever!

  • Ashley R - All of this is just gorgeous. I’m loving how the color pops. I love it so much!

  • Nicole Flint - I love blue in weddings! When I was in my brother’s wedding a couple of years ago, the bridesmaids wore blue gowns and the men wore blue ties. It was beautiful.

  • Taylor Mobley - This blue is SO beautiful!!!! I love it!

  • Megan Elliott - What a beautiful shade of blue! It goes so well with so many other colors too.

  • Lily - I was never really attracted to blues, but over the last couple of years it’s been a favorite. Especially navy blues, love them!

  • Caitlin - Gosh, I just ADORE this color! What a fab blue!

Winter is such an enjoyable, beautiful time to get married. It’s no wonder as the season is filled with fresh greenery and whimsical color palettes, which can add an extra element of fun. Whether you are sticking to traditional winter florals and hues for a winter wonderland wedding or are straying away from the ordinary with pops of color and unexpected flowers, here are a few ideas that won’t break your budget.

Unique DIY Winter Wedding Ideas | Winter Wonderland Wedding | Christmas Wedding on a Budget


  • Deborah - What great ideas – especially the warm drinks station! Mulled wine would be a perfect drink!

  • Stephanie Whitman - This makes me want to get married all over again, and do it in the winter rather than the autumn, because these ideas are just brilliant! I love the decor concepts, and the favor suggestions as well! So creative and beautiful.

  • Azanique Rawl - I love all pinecone decor in the winter! It is seriously my favorite 🙂

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  • Kileen - Love a Winter wedding. They are so beautiful and so dreamy. The decorations are always so stunning and love these DIY Winter wedding ideas!


  • Nataly - These are such good unique ideas for a winter wedding! I sometimes wish I decided to get married during the winter instead of spring!

  • Ashley r - I would never think to serve hot chocolate at a winter wedding but that’s so great!

  • Candace Hampton - Winter weddings are so magical. I love the mixture of greens, reds, and whites. Those pinecone place card holders are a nice detail. I love how elegant and affordable these ideas are!

  • Renee || Getting Fit Fab - My bestie is having a winter-ish wedding next year! The hot chocolate is such a great idea.

You’re planning the perfect day for you and your groom, and that day also includes your friends and family. Your wedding guests are a big part of your big day, and you try your best to calculate the average wedding attendance. Unfortunately, there is the possibility that you will have a few wedding no shows. As disappointing as that can be, how do you deal with last-minute wedding cancellations?

When Guests Go Rogue | Dealing with Wedding No Shows | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Advice


  • Carolyn - I have never heard of charging the no-shows for their expenses! Wow! I wonder how that goes over. Thankfully I never had a vendor go rogue!

  • Julia Comil - I love the tips! I need to send this to my friend who is getting married because it really helps to feel better about the no-show situation.

  • Stephanie - Honestly, I wish my husband and I hadn’t spent so much time stressing over our guest list. Yes, we wanted to make sure everyone important to us was there, and we wanted to have the space, but in the end, about a quarter of the people who RSVP’d didn’t even attend, and it drove us nuts that we’d gone out of our way to tell others no to their +1 or purchase extra chairs for the day. So while it’s kinda unavoidable to have these issues sometimes, it’s also better to just let it roll off your back if you can!

  • Jennifer - Honestly, I don’t think I’d have the guts to charge no-shows, either. I’d just take it as a loss for sure!

  • Nataly - Luckily, I didn’t have any guests who didn’t show up for our big day and wouldn’t have even thought about charging those who didn’t show! But, thank you for sharing this insight.

  • Ashley R - I just got married and the way I see it, there’s leftover food that family can snack on after the wedding is over when people no show. It is such an annoyance though! One of my bridesmaids flew from Portland OR to Austin TX to be in my wedding. What a saint.

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - This was an interesting read. Didn’t realize all these things can happen at weddings. Sounds like so much stress that goes into just for a couple of hours in a day. Makes me not want to get married lol. Last minute cancellations should be charged for the inconvenience though.

  • Nailil - I had never given thought to this topic. But I assume there are plenty of no shows at a wedding just like any other event.

  • Jess - Great topic to discuss! I definitely think as long as your main people are there then you’ve got everyone you need, but it’s so good to have a plan and I love these tips!

No matter the time of year, skin can always benefit from a salt bath made with Epsom salt. Bath recipes with essential oils are especially soothing in the winter when skin tends to get drier. In the summer both mind and body can be soothed with a soak using therapeutic bath salts. Recipes are easy to make, and whether you need to make a bath salt recipe for stress or want to make a homemade bath soak, this recipe is perfect for both. DIY bath salts for gifts work perfect for favors, too! Your guests will be so delighted to take home something that will smell good, have skin benefits, and help them relax.

Epsom Salt Bath Recipes with Essential Oils | DIY Bath Salts | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


  • taylor aube - This is such an amazing gift idea for the holidays! I love this idea and you can’t go wrong with gifting a DIY project! Such a cute gift!

  • Helena Marz - I haven’t taken bath salts in ages and I remember using them – it made my skin feel so smooth! This sounds like an amazing product to try and perfect for a Christmas gift!

  • Stephanie - I love the idea of giving bath salts as a gift or favor of some kind. It’s the type of product you can make in large quantities, easing the process of gifting it. This particular combination sounds fantastic to me!

  • Ashley R - I am on a budget this year since I am getting married so this is such a big help.

  • Erin - What a unique but awesome idea!

  • Chloé Arnold - What an amazing idea!! This would be cute even or teachers gifts or mom gifts!!

  • Delia Atenea - This is such a great gift idea and I love that its so personal! The fact that it’s personally made, makes it so special!

  • Deborah - Wow, this is a great DIY! Holidays are so stressful and gifting bath salts are a great way to relieve some of that stress!

  • Sharon Wu - love me a good diy! this is such a great gift idea and sounds fun to make too!

  • Tara Fuller - I would love this as a gift!

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are approaching, lights are twinkling, Christmas music runs through our mind, and gift lists are formed. And, it’s also the time of year where we wonder what we are going to get the guy in our life. You may be looking for gifts for the impossible man, or if you stumble upon this at another time, you may be in a conundrum over finding unique birthday gifts for him. Why are guys so hard to buy for? That’s a mystery, but we’ve rounded up gift ideas for him that will make your shopping easier this year.

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Him | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Engagement Blog


  • Ashley R - That organization board is great! Idk that my husband would put his stuff on it. He would probably just throw everything next to it, LOL

  • Kileen - All of these gift ideas are so cute and so perfect! I especially loved the wooden watch idea!!

  • Stephanie - Honestly, I think my husband would like nearly all of these gifts. The organizational caddy at the top, especially – as well as the mug! Such great ideas for gifts.

  • Delia Atenea - These are seriously the BEST gift ideas for men! Such a lifesaver because I have both Christmas and hubby’s birthday’s this month!

  • Whitney - So many great gift ideas! I always have the hardest time figuring out what to buy my husband for Christmas.

Fall is in full swing, but who wants interior fall decorations that are a chore to store until next year? Decorating with pumpkins adds a cozy touch, yet real ones die and the plastic ones are too large to keep year after year. The solution? Test out our DIY fabric pumpkins! No sew is a big bonus, and just wait until you see what they are made out of. It may surprise you as you prepare for the fall season.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins No Sew Interior Fall Decorations | Hill City Bride Virgiina Weddings


  • Stephanie - Why have I never done these? They’re SO cute. Next autumn, I’m totally doing some serious DIY-ing and this will be first on my list!

  • Jasmine Vargas - These are unique. I love them so much!!

  • Delia Atenea - This is such a cute idea! I love the pumpkin with the plaid material! So chic and goes perfect for the holidays!

  • Ashley R - This is such a cute idea. You always have such creative DIY’s!

  • Julia Comil - Love this DIY fabric pumpkin! It is totally new to me and love the idea. It looks so great and it seems easy to achieve thanks to explanation!

  • Chloé Arnold - What an amazing idea! I love how easy these are!! This would be fun to make with my son!

  • Deborah - This is such a cute idea!! What a great and cost-effective way to make autumn/winter decor!

Do you love the idea of a rustic bohemian wedding theme, but don’t want to fully commit to macrame and flower crowns? Well, you can have all of the boho elements you crave while still having a classic wedding as Rob and Lauren did. Best of all, Lauren’s boho wedding dress is reminiscent of the 1970s with its bell sleeves and lacy pattern. It’s a gorgeous example of the bohemian wedding dress style!

Boho Chic Wedding Dresses | Rustic Bohemian Wedding Theme | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


  • Stephanie - This wedding was such a perfect mixture of classic and elegant, along with bohemian and ethereal. I love every element – especially the DRESS!

  • Taylor Aube - These photos are so lovely! I am so in love with the styling and the aesthetic of this wedding. Super simple and outside in nature. The brides dress is stunning too!

  • Lavenda Memory - The rustic boho vibes are so timeless and beautiful! They rocked that wedding venue too! Beautiful photos and styling.

  • Ashley Rollins - I love everything about this. I tend to lean towards anything old. I am an old soul and I swear I was born in the wrong decade.

  • Kileen - What a beautiful place for a wedding! It looks like a perfect ceremony!!

  • Lauren (the bride!) - Thank you for all these kind words and the lovely feature! This was such a passion project and it’s so fun to have others enjoy it. I cannot say it enough: bury the bourbon. You just wouldn’t believe how gorgeous this day was— in mid June no less!!

  • Jennifer - Lauren, I wish my daughter had done that. They got married in October 2018, and it was literally like the only rainy day that month – beautiful both of the days before and after her wedding. I love that it worked for you!! 🙂

The days are growing chilly and the holidays are ahead, and that calls for warm, comfort foods. But what about drinks? Hot beverages such as apple cider, hot chocolate, and mulled white wine can be so soothing as they warm up your insides. Check out this spiced wine recipe with mulling spices that is great for picnics and tailgate parties all season long!

Spiced Wine Recipe with Mulling Spices | Mulled Wine Recipe | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


  • Delia Atenea - This sounds way too yum and perfect for a cold weather wedding! The photos are from a day wedding I believe but would totally use this at night! I think I need to make one for myself!

  • Carolyn - I’ve never had mulled wine before but this post is making me want to try it! I’m all about the warm, cozy drinks this time of year and this looks like something I could easily make!

  • Erin - I feel like I can smell it from here. What a great fall tradition for VA.

  • Stephanie - I sure wish there was a way to enjoy mulled wine without apples. I truly hate being allergic to apples during this season. They are so delicious and make every recipe just a little tastier. Enjoy this for me, please!!

  • Candace Hampton - I’ve never heard of a mulled wine before. It sure sounds interesting! I love wine, so I’m more than willing to try this lol I love the touch of cinnamon or apple for added flavor.

  • Amanda - Mmmmm this sounds perfect for the fall season!

  • Megan Elliott - I always forget about making mulled wine!! I’ve had it at holiday parties and it’s so delicious. I’m totally going to make it this year!

  • Azanique Rawl - I have never tried German Christmas wine but it sounds so yummy! I love mulled wine in the Fall and deep, spicy red wines in the winter. 🙂

  • Julia Comil - The perfect recipe for the holiday period! It sounds so yummy. A must try!

  • Lily - Yummo! This sounds like something totally up my alley!

  • kileen - I need to try out your recipe! looks delicious!

  • Nicole Flint - Yummy! Sounds delicious and perfect for fall!