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A New Take on a Specialty Drink

Add some “flavor” to your wedding with an inspiring specialty drink!  I always love to surprise guests to unexpected treats…like a mug of warm cider as they arrive to a ceremony on a chilly spring day… or cool sip of tart limeade on a warm summer evening.

I love special touches like this that personalize your big day! Happy weekend!

Photo Credit: Meg Runion

How to Create an Inspiration Board

When I am working with a bride on her wedding, one of the first questions that I like to ask is “what is your personal style?”.  I try to find out where she likes to shop for clothes, for her home, where she find gifts – really anything.  Immediately, I can zoom in on her taste.

I always say that you want your wedding to feel like “you”!  So, it is super important that everyone involved in the planning – from your florist to caterer to your stationery designer  - to have a common visual reference…I call this an “inspiration board.”

To start your inspiration board, begin to pull pictures – you can look at Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot.  Of course, the pictures do not have to be wedding related – I love to check out Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, House Beautiful – there are so many options!

Try to find a bouquet, an invitation, a wedding favor, a groom’s tie or bow tie – the list goes on and on –  but the point is to find a variety of pictures that combine to create inspiration, not something that you will copy exactly.

Ask yourself, what themes you are seeing…Perhaps it is long tables, high centerpieces, modern lines…

This is the board that I created for Charlottesville Weddings…Can you see it?

Credits: Jose Villa; Pottery Barn; Patricia Lyons Photography; Erin Heart’s Court; Meg Runion Studios; Party Rental, Ltd; Simply Bloom Photography; iomoi

Watch out…this becomes addicting!  If anyone needs help, let me know!!

Wedding Websites by JoJo

Hello and happy December!

In addition to sharing loads of inspiration with you on Charlottesville Weddings, I also hope to answer all of your questions with fun planning tips!

Often, brides will ask me how and where to set up a wedding website.  These days, I really think that having a website is a must!  There are many great options out there but I am a HUGE fan of Wedding Jojo.  It is easy to navigate and has a sophisticated clean appearance, and can even help you share and collect information with and from guests.

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