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Picture this. You’re getting married, and you are so excited to have a perfect day! But then – there is rain forecasted. What do you do? Wedding day rain plans can be stressful. It’s impossible to predict the weather far in advance because – unfortunately – there is always the possibility of a rain forecast. For wedding day plans you need to prepare for any type of precipitation (rain, sleet, snow, or hail). Here are our outdoor wedding rain plan ideas on how to prepare for poor weather on your rainy wedding day.

6 Outdoor Wedding Rain Plan Ideas to Save the Day | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Kristin Taylor - Ahhhh it was so nerve-wracking in April when I got married in Southern California. It was supposed to rain until 3 days before our wedding, and I was so worried it would happen but then it cleared up. I’m sure these tips will come in handy for someone not as lucky!

  • Jennifer - Oh my! You were lucky. So glad it turned out beautifully!!

  • Candace Hampton - This is so important. We can’t control the weather, so it’s important to have a backup plan. I asked my coordinator if they had a plan b and they did. Right before the wedding started raining, but fortunately, I didn’t have to use the plan b. Thanks for the tips!

  • Erin - I opted for indoors bc I was petrified of rain. These ideas are so good. I always love wedding photos when it’s raining too, they look so good.

  • Jennifer - So glad your day turned out perfectly!

  • Julia Comil - Rain during a wedding is definitely not pleasant so I love all these tips to make the best of it!

  • Nicole Flint - These are really great tips! It’s always great to have a backup plan!

  • Caitlin - When we got married on the beach we had no back up for rain – these are great tips!

  • Erin - Sometimes rainy wedding photos are the prettiest ones!

Many brides choose to have a build your own bouquet bar before their wedding, which is such a fun thing to do! But, why not switch things up and have a unique kind of DIY flower bar? Bridal showers are fun, and favors are often in order, so why not turn it into a flower arranging party? Not that flowers have to be the focus, but it can be such a great activity to have a flower bar.

DIY Flower Bar Bridal Shower | Build Your Own Bouquet Bar | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Carolyn - I’ve never heard of a DIY flower bar before, but I think it’s a fabulous thing. If I had known about it way back when I would have definitely done it!

  • Kileen - What a cute and fun idea! I want to make a flower bar for my house!

  • Stephanie - This has got to be one of the cutest and most creative ideas I’ve ever seen for a bridal shower! Honestly, I could see myself doing this for something entirely non-wedding related, just because it would be so fun. I’m sure my girlfriends would enjoy themselves thoroughly – and I know I would!

  • Morgan Tyner - This wedding bar looks absolutely amazing!! I love all the colors in this! So much vibrancy, pretty greens, and it’s so simple! This look has been brought together so perfectly!

  • Jennifer - Yes! I think it would be fun for a girls’ night in activity!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! The theme was lemons for an actual shower, so it really turned out well.

  • Candace Hampton - This is so cute! I love the idea of doing it myself. Honestly, I find that doing little things for the wedding is special. I made all the favors for my wedding and I enjoyed the whole process.

  • Nicole Flint - DIY projects are always fun when preparing for your big day!

  • Jennifer - Very true! I don’t think this would work well for a wedding (unless it was small), but it’s perfect for a shower. I’m glad you like to make things – I think it’s fun, too!

  • Delia Atenea - Oh my gosh I had never heard of this idea! A flower bar sounds so amazing! I think I need to use this for my next girls party! This is amazing!

  • Jennifer - Yes! I love that it has so many different applications.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul - How freaking fun!! I love this idea!!

  • Julia Comil - This flower bar is so cute! It is such a great idea! Your pictures are also so beautiful!

  • Azanique Rawl - What a fun way to create and celebrate together! 🙂

  • Whitney - Wow what a great idea! I never thought of doing this. Definitely have to keep this in mind for the next shower I help with 🙂

  • roxy - Super fun idea! I took floriculture classes in high school and they were so fun, I can see this being a really great bridal shower event too!!

  • Valerie - If you were doing this for a shower where would you order the flower so it would be inexpensive?

  • Jennifer - Valerie, hi! We purchased ours from Fiftyflowers. It was economical, yet we had SO many – it’s best to order a bit less than you think you need, but then again…who could complain about extra flowers? Ha! Here is a link to their site – Fiftyflowers.com.

Black wedding dresses may not be the norm, but if you are not afraid to venture out of your comfort zone, they can be so beautiful for a Halloween wedding. Flowers seem to pop against the dark backdrop of a gothic wedding dress, and a dark gown can truly make a statement for an autumn or winter wedding.

Gothic Wedding Dress Inspiration for Halloween | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Stephanie - I’ve got to say, this is one of the most unique wedding set-ups I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t personally imagine wearing a black dress for my wedding, but the decorations and styling are all beautiful and hauntingly romantic, which I appreciate!

  • Nataly - I have never seen a wedding like this before, but I have to say I am really loving all the colors! It is so romantic!!! Thanks for sharing this idea.

  • Helena Marz - Oh my goodness! This is the coolest wedding I have ever seen and so unique! You pulled it off so well girl in this black wedding dress❤️

  • Candace Hampton - I absolutely love out of the ordinary weddings! I think that they are so much fun. Loved the pictures. Everything looks amazing!

  • Keilara - This is so cool and so perfect for Halloween!! I love what you did with all of the decorations!! Way to go!! So impressive.

  • Taylor Mobley - If you got married in October – this would be PERFECT.

  • Deborah - What an interesting concept! I’ve never considered a gothic wedding but it looks so beautiful!

  • Jennifer - Very true!!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - This is so beautiful! I never seen a gothic wedding dress before but looks so great.

When it comes to Halloween – or spooky season as it’s now called – it’s fun to play with different looks. Whether it’s for your wedding, engagement session, or a party you are attending, these creepy Halloween makeup ideas are subtle with just the right amount of eeriness.

Creepy Halloween Makeup Ideas for Your Engagement Session or Wedding | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Kristen - These are the perfect spooky ideas. I have to pin this for later. My husband and I would love to try this. These images really capture the spooky perfection.

  • Denise Kokinis - Ahhhh this makeup and this whole photoshoot is just so perfect! The location is such a good backdrop and that bouquet really adds the perfect element. I wish I was this creative with makeup!

  • Tonya Morris - OMG this makeup is incredible and so is this photoshoot! I’m so inspired to create an awesome Halloween look this year!

  • Nataly - Oh wow! These shots all came out gorgeous! I love this spooky idea for a wedding.

  • Julia Comil - Love this Halloween editorial! It is so inspiring and I love the moody bouquet!

  • Lavenda L Memory - These are so creepy but fun! Great post 🙂

  • Stephanie - I absolutely love their sugar skull makeup. It’s so hauntingly beautiful and cool. These photos are definitely giving me some serious Twilight vibes, despite the makeup. I guess just the cliffs and the dark clothing. So fun, honestly!

  • Whitney - Wow these purple flowers are so stunning! Such an impressive arrangement. Loving the black dress too!

  • Megan Elliott - These makeup looks are incredible! I actually know someone who is getting married on Halloween and I’m sure they’d love to incorporate this!

  • Ashley Stephenson - These are so good! I wish I was talented to do something like this!

  • Carolyn - I see people do makeup like this and I just know I could never recreate it haha! I’m not that talented but it’s spooky cool!

  • Deborah - Ooh this is so interesting! I actually have friends who got married on Halloween and they were in costume for their wedding and encouraged guests to come in costume as well. I so wish I could go back and do this look! SO creepy but moody and cool as well!

  • Taylor Aube - I love this photo shoot and concept! And the mountains look incredible in the background. So obsessed!

  • Candace Hampton - I find this very artistic. I love all the details of this Halloween makeup. Hopefully, I’ll try it one day! I’m not that artsy, but it looks like a fun makeup.

  • Ashley Rollins - Halloween is one of my favorite times because everyone gets so creative. I love the look, the colors, and the moody florals. Such a good look!

  • Kristin Taylor - Wow! Those makeup looks are truly stunning, and I’m obsessed with the photography as well. So moody and spooky, but gorgeous at the same time.

  • Iféoluwa - The flowers are so pretty! Nice inspiration for Halloween lovers.

  • Lily - These are definitely creepy, but oh so good!

  • ravayna - Love a good Halloween makeup look!

Wedding cakes are one of the most concrete elements of a wedding. Just imagine all of the classic “cutting the cake” photos shared from weddings of your friends or family members, but you may be thinking, “I don’t want a wedding cake!” Some people don’t love cake, so couples are getting creative with their dessert options. Believe it or not, there are fun wedding cakes out there. Here are some favorite wedding cake alternatives.

No Wedding Cake | Alternatives to Having a Wedding Cake | Fun Wedding Cake Ideas | Wedding Cake Alternatives | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Candace Hampton - I like out of the ordinary weddings. Now we don’t have to stick to the traditional cake, there’s plenty of options that are yummy and cute at the same time. I’ve always like the idea of having doughnuts instead of cake! Thanks for sharing!

  • Tara Fuller - these are all so fun! i’m always down for anything sweet!

  • Megan Elliott - Oh my gosh, I love all of these!! Doughnuts and cinnamon rolls would be my top choice for sure. Oh, and macarons!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - These are great ideas! I love the macaron alternative.

  • Nicole Flint - I love when people do out of the ordinary things for their weddings! I’m so here for the cheese board idea!

  • Stephanie - One of my childhood friends got married about a month ago, and she and her husband cut a huge block of brie! It was such a laugh for all the guests. She and her husband are super goofy, so saying they were “cutting the cheese” was perfect for them! My husband and I did a tiny cake, but our real dessert was s’mores!

  • Kileen - What an awesome post! I love all the different ideas in place of wedding cake! There are so many unique and delicious ideas for dessert!

  • Amanda - Cinnamon roll cake? Sign me up! These are all such great alternative cake ideas… & now my sweet tooth is kicking in!

  • Taylor Mobley - These are amazing! I love these ideas.

  • Ashley Stephenson - Love the idea of having donuts instead of a wedding cake!

  • Deborah - These are interesting ideas! I went to a wedding where they had donuts instead of cake and I really liked that! I’m not a big cake person anyway.

  • Jennifer - Oh my gosh! I love the idea of cutting the cheese. LOL!!

  • Jerrieal Small - This is such a good idea, I didn’t have a wedding but have seen prices for it when my husband and I got engaged. Wedding cakes are crazy expensive – this is such a great alternative!

  • Morgan Tyner - I love love all these ideas!! For my husband and I’s wedding, we also had donut holes and apple fritter donuts, too! They were both definitely a huge hit!! It’s fun to change it up and add different ideas!
    Xx, Morgs*

Part of getting married is creating a home that perfectly suits you both, especially when it comes to romantic master bedroom ideas. Having your room be warm and cozy really helps to create a retreat for you both. Whether you are searching for large master bedroom ideas or have a tiny space and are in need of small bedroom ideas, these tips apply to rooms of all shapes and sizes! And if you need to know how to decorate a bedroom with no money…never fear. These modern bedroom ideas apply to all budgets.

Modern Bedroom Ideas for the Couple Who Wants to Keep it Cozy | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog Wedding


  • roxy - I love all of these ideas! As a newlywed I’m extra into romance right now, especially in the bedroom. That said unfortunately my husband and I have VERY different decorating styles in the master bedroom…he likes minimal (he doesn’t even want accent pillows!! TEARS) and as dark as possible, I want like 15 blankets, a mountain of pillows and bright and cheery every morning. We’ve compromised — he got to choose our boring comforter, I got to keep 3 accent pillows on the bed. Maybe I can show him this post and convince him more is better. 😉

  • Jennifer - Hi! I love that so much. I hope you get to make it cozier as you are married longer! 🙂

  • Deborah - These are great ideas! I feel like my bedroom could use an update and I love the idea of keeping it cozy with soft textures!

  • Stephanie - This is such a great post with so much inspiration. My husband and I love decorating and finding new ways to make our bedroom cozy. We’ve only been in our home for a year, but we’re still decorating our master. Thanks for these tips!

  • Carolyn - My head is in total makeover room mode right now as we sell this home and look for another! I’m thinking about how I want our master bedroom to feel cozy and these are really great ideas!

  • Kileen - This post filled me up with the inspiration to totally give my bedroom a makeover! There are so many fun and great ideas here!!

  • Ashley Rollins - I love this! We are in the process of remodeling our house, so I feel like I’m always searching for inspo on what I want to do and how I want the room to feel. These are such good tips! I’m keeping them all!

  • Tara Fuller - These are looking so dreamy! Bedrooms are my oasis, it’s meant to be however calming you need!

  • Morgan Tyner - Omgosh these DIY’s are fantastic!! I’m always trying to spice up my bedroom decor. Often, I just end up overthinking stuff and not much gets done. (I’m always like that with home decor haha). But, this post is so helpful! Thank you for sharing!! I’m going to bookmark it!
    Xx, Morgs*

  • Lily - I’m all about adding textures and different pillows to a bed. Makes it so cozy and pretty!

  • Taylor Mobley - We need to get a new cozy comforter!! Love these tips.

  • Caitlin - SO many comfy cozy bedrooms!

  • Iféoluwa - I love these tips! Adding layers to your bedroom gives it a soft and romantic vibe! This room is so gorgeous.

  • Megan Elliott - These are awesome ideas! All of this soft bedding looks sooo inviting.

  • TianShanae - I am loving these tips! I will definitely put them to good use as I am in the middle of updating our bedroom.

  • Nailil - I love some of these decor ideas. I’m all about minimal and modern decor. 🙂

    Xx, Nailil

  • Erin - Love the vibe in these spaces!

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.

  • Azanique Rawl - Oh my goodness, that cake, W O W! I pretty much now need to get married just to have this cake to enjoy. I love the darker vibes of the makeup 🙂

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 Expo’s when I was engaged. So fun!

  • Morgan Tyner - With the chaos that often accompanies wedding planning, am amazing post like this is so incredibly refreshing! This wedding post is jam-packed with amazing details, action steps, and advice! I’m bookmarking it to share with an amiga of mine who’s getting married in May! Thank you for this share!
    Xx, Morgs*

  • Erin - I regret never going to one when I was a bride-to-be!

  • Caitlin - Such a great post for anyone who has never been to a bridal expo. I was so overwhelmed the first time I went to one!

  • Megan Elliott - These are great tips! I’m sure it’s so much fun for bride-to-bes!

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 🙂

  • Nataly - I am so doing this next year for Fall! I just love it so much! Thanks for sharing!

  • Megan Elliott - Such a great way to incorporate pumpkins into a fall wedding! I love the marbled paint look. Fab!

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 - I’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! 🙂

  • 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. 🙂

  • 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!!