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Destination weddings remain extremely popular because they are exotic and provide a vacation for the newlyweds as well as the guests. The bride and groom can choose their favorite location, the one that gives them the most joy and comfort, to marry the love of their life. They also give insight to the guests as to their style, personality, and preferences by letting them see their preferred place of peace. 


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Scenery is one of the main positives to having a destination wedding. You get something that easily sets the mood and tone of the wedding that is impossible to get in your own home town and that can make or break your wedding.



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Most destination weddings take the guests to a tropical paradise complete with white sand beaches, crystal blue water, and mini umbrellas in every drink.



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Don’t feel like you have to stick with the setting of a beach for your destination wedding. If you and your significant other are more interested in other landscapes embrace that instead. It’s your wedding so make it what you love.



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One thing to take into consideration is how much your guests have gone through in order to attend your destination wedding. Travel costs, hotels, and even passports costs may be present and they will add up fast to your guests. Show your appreciation of their commitment to be there on your special day with Welcome Bags complete with things they may need in this faraway place.



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Because the cost can be great to your guests, it is often recommended to have only the most important people attending your wedding. If you aren’t willing to make the effort to go to a coworker’s destination wedding they probably feel the same way so a wedding announcement may be a better route.



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A destination wedding is a great opportunity to have fun with your dress. A shorter dress can be more appropriate than a bigger ballgown in this case so have fun with it. 


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At the beginning stages of wedding planning, most brides are excited about what lies ahead. Choosing the dress, venue and cake are all exciting moments leading up the big day. But what most brides don’t realize the first time around is how daunting of a task it is to plan such an important event as a wedding. Does this sound like you?

To encourage brides to consider how important wedding planners are, we’ve compiled a list of reasons we feel wedding planners are one of the most important choices before a wedding.

1. Wedding planners have some serious connections. They know who makes the best cakes in town and who can help in last minute emergencies. Plus, they may even be able to get you a discount on certain items as they’re good at negotiating with vendors and creating customized packages.

2. They’re paid to think creatively. Having experience with past weddings (including their own, possibly) has made them capable of thinking of all the possibilities. Because they have handled so many weddings, they may be able to think of ideas that you simply would have thought of as impossible.

3. Honestly, it’s tough to take care of yourself, your job, your wedding, your friends and family, and your friends and family’s lives. Wedding planners won’t be overwhelmed by all the people and schedules that have to be worked around.

4. A wedding planner is often a good mediator between you and your fiance. Often times, decisions can be difficult when there are disagreements about important elements of the wedding and it’s tough for couples to be impartial. Allow a wedding planner into the process and you’ll find some decision-making help.

5. Tense moments are bound to arise between either you, your fiance or family members. Instead of having to deal with these yourself, or hurting feelings of those you care about, allow a wedding planner to take charge. They’re used to mediating between unhappy guests and will be better able to politely tell a drunken loved one to leave than you will.

6. They’re used to sticking to established budgets. Brides often get so excited about the wedding process that they throw caution to the wind and begin racking up charges they’ll stress over later. Let the wedding planner be a strict voice of reason for both you and your wallet.

7. What will you do if it rains at your outdoor event? What if an unwelcome guest shows up to disrupt the wedding? Will you have time and patience to deal with a late food vendor? All of these are possible, and it’s better to let a wedding planner deal with issues than to let them ruin your day.

8. If you’re having a destination wedding, how are you going to visit venues, sort out the little details and still feel comfortable about the process? Wedding planners in other areas will be able to communicate with you about all the wedding planning to-dos that you may not have the time or funds to complete.

9. Whether you’re short on friends or short on creative friends, some wedding planners will even take care of the bachelor and bachelorette parties for you. You’ll be able to communicate with them about what you do and don’t want more than you could with a best friend who may be offended you don’t like her inappropriate theme.

10. While they cost money and add to your budget, wedding planners are more often than not worth the money. The amount of stress they save couples is significant in the months leading up the wedding, allowing couples to enjoy their day without a care in the world. And even better, some wedding planers save couples more money than they actually cost.

Consider using Danah Artis at My Wedding Bag as your planner today!

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With the lush Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, weddings at Trump Winery are truly an extraordinary, once in a lifetime moment. With a perfect eye for detail and a skilled events staff, a wedding at Trump Winery will be second to none.jason-keefer-photography-virginia-wedding-photographer-trump-vineyards-charlottesville_8


An impeccable ceremony and reception venue on 2,000 acres of stunning natural beauty, Trump Winery hosts weddings both large and small. From food to décor to carefully selected wine pairings, their dedicated staff provides a full suite of services and amenities to ensure that your special day is magical, memorable and flawless.



Featuring over 900 acres of breathtaking scenery, Trump Winery is situated on Trump Vineyard Estates, formerly the renowned Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Just a few miles from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Trump Winery follows Jefferson’s footsteps in making new world wines inspired by the French wine regions of Bordeaux and Champagne. With a deep sense of place, they aim to tie together terror and innovation.



Photo Credit(s): trumpwinery.com; weddingplanner.com; jasonkeefer.com; bigfolioblog.com

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The Inn at Willow Grove is a critically acclaimed property, now enjoying outstanding reviews from The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Departures Magazine, DC Magazine, and Washingtonian Magazine, among others.


With an expansive range of venues, including the Hall, the Barn and Ruins, the Inn at Willow Grove is the perfect place for weddings of every style and size, from chic to rustic and from 20 to 200 guests.

The Inn only hosts one wedding per weekend, guaranteeing that your event will be top priority!


The Hall: A brand new space with coffered ceilings, a stone clad gas fireplace and 360 views through French doors that overlook the surrounding countryside and manicured gardens. The Hall offers everything you need for elegant intimate parties for up to 50 guests, including zinc and glass tables, leather dining chairs, and Fortessa china.



The Barn & Ruins: The big red barn is our modern, elegant version of a rustic fantasy. The brand new space offers vaulted wood beam ceilings, a stone clad gas fireplace, automated temperature controls, dedicated restrooms and a warming kitchen.


The Ruins are an added outdoor bonus, they are the enchanting stone foundation of antique bank barn that remain tented through the Spring, Summer and Fall.


Together these spaces can accommodate up to 250 guests.

The Boxwood Gardens: The perfect ceremony space, the gardens are shaded by giant trees, surrounded by blooming shrubs and edged with 100-year-old boxwood. With fountains tucked away and brick pathways leading to the custom pergola, the gardens are a magical setting for celebrations of any size and can accommodate up to 180 guests.


In the restaurant, Vintage, guests will find fine wines and culinary masterpieces infused with the same contemporary flair found in The Inn.


Photo Credits: theinnatwillowgrove.com; weddingchannel.com; weddings.com

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Since 1895, The Jefferson Hotel has been recognized as Richmond’s grandest hotel and one of the finest in America. Known for its genuinely friendly service, luxurious guest rooms, breathtaking architecture and elegant décor, The Jefferson Hotel offers a uniquely Richmond travel experience.


Centrally located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Virginia, The Jefferson Hotel is just blocks from the state capital, historic Shockoe Slip, the Richmond Convention Center and Richmond’s financial district. All of Richmond’s most popular shopping, entertainment venues, museums and restaurants can be reached using the hotel’s complimentary transportation.


Wedding Cakes at The Jefferson

The Jefferson Hotel is pleased to offer customized wedding cake creations for all wedding couples. Their talented Pastry Chef will meet with you and your Catering Manager to sample cake flavors and discuss what you have envisioned.


Not only can you be confident that your cake will be spectacular but you also won’t have to worry about coordinating cake delivery or the fees associated with that, nor will you incur a cake-cutting fee.


Blooms at The Jefferson

Blooms at The Jefferson has worked with several churches and wedding venues in the area and can assist with flowers for all of your wedding events.



The Salon at The Jefferson

The Salon at The Jefferson offers a unique combination of convenience and luxury. Located off the Rotunda lobby, its chic décor and calming environment provide the perfect atmosphere for pampering and relaxation on your big day.


Your stylist will help you determine whether a classic, dramatic, romantic or natural style will best complement your gown and then will create three different styles for you so that you can make the perfect selection for the big event.

Photo Credit(s): jefferonhotel.com; weddingchannel.com

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 On February 18, 2012, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine published the winners of their annual Best of Readers Choice Awards. Keswick Vineyards won several of their awards including Best Winery in Central Virginia, Best White Wine, and Best Dessert Wine to name a few.


Keswick Vineyards of Keswick, Virginia sits on a 400-acre Edgewood Estate within a valley of rolling farmland surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. After 100 years, the owners have allowed the property to be used for special events with up to a 200 guest maximum.


You will have access to the entire estate since there is only one event held at a time. Whether on the lawn, by the pool, or under a tent, the pristine grounds lend itself as the perfect backdrop for your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception or corporate event.


Conveniently located a short distance from Charlottesville, your guests will have access to numerous hotel options, restaurants and historical locations such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland and the University of Virginia. 


Photo Credit(s): keswickvinyards.com; weddingchannel.com; tomsandersonphotography.com; vinespot.blogspot.com; zvents.com; charlottesvilleweddingblog.com

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The Westin is defined by modern design, gracious service and a deeply relaxing atmosphere. In 2010, Westin Hotels & Resorts celebrated its 80th birthday, proving that intuitive service and luxurious comfort are never out of style. The Westin name graces more than 160 hotels in 37 countries and continues to drive new ideas and innovative services across the hospitality industry.



Tiffjones 81from WeddingPlanner.com said, “The Westin was amazing! I am so happy that I chose this location for my wedding and ceremony. Everything was classy from the service, the food, and the decor. If I had to do it all over again I would not have chosen another place because no other place in this area can top The Westin’s true elegance!”

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At the Westin you will discover a feeling of wellbeing that touches all the senses, including the scent of White Tea lightly perfuming the air, the sound of local music drifting through the lobby, the exhilaration felt after a rejuvenating workout, or the nourishing sweetness of fresh blueberries and raspberries.



Whether an intimate affair for 10 or a gala for 600, The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center delivers a level of service that is truly above all else.


Photo Credit(s): westin.com; weddingplanner.com; scotthayneblog.com’ keithcephus.com

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