Romance is in the Air! 7 Must-Have Elements of a Modern Virginia Wedding

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As the 2023 summer wedding season quickly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about what Virginia wedding trends you should incorporate into your big day! Summer weddings take on a special glow here in Virginia as the sun-kissed days are perfect for any romantic celebration.

With the right venue, décor, and menu, your Virginia wedding can be nothing short of magical.

Virginia Wedding Trends

Planning a wedding is as exciting as it is overwhelming. Although you are longing for this day that you have been waiting for, maybe for years, there are so many decisions that you need to make. 

The goal is to have a special and unique wedding that feels new and fresh to you and your guests.

Here are some trends that will see you to your dream wedding. 

1. Bright & Lively Color Palettes

Make sure to choose a color palette that not only speaks to you but also reflects the beauty and joy of your day.

Bright and lively colors like yellow, pink, orange, and green are great for a Virginia wedding. These colors will add vibrancy to your décor and create a joyful atmosphere for you and your guests.

Just make sure to pick hues that will blend well with one another, so the end result will be an eye-catching masterpiece.

Our brides tend to infuse Hokie colors: Burnt Orange and Chicago Maroon. After all, you can’t go wrong with celebrating your alma mater on your special day!

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2. Wall Writings

Can you imagine your new last name popping up in a pop-up light or a neon sign on the wall during the reception?  

This fun and unique trend is becoming increasingly popular among Virginia brides. The wall writings can be used in two ways: as an alternative to the classic Mr. and Mrs. sign or just as a fun way to add more décor to your wedding day. As if that is not enough, the sign will look perfect in your photos. 

The possibilities are endless with this trend, no matter what your décor vision is.

3. Going Device-Free

Sure, guests taking and sharing your wedding photos is a fun part of attending a wedding. Unfortunately, as fun as this may look, it may end up causing them to be disengaged from your special day.

For this reason, many Virginia brides are opting for device-free ceremonies to ensure their guests’ presence is completely focused on them.

This trend not only creates a more intimate atmosphere but also reduces distractions and prevents technological snafus during your ceremony. Guests can be given a chance to take photos at some point, after which all devices go off. 

4. Mid-Day Ceremonies

Tired of the traditional morning or evening ceremony? Mid-day ceremonies are quickly becoming a popular trend. It’s a great way to make your wedding stand out from the rest.

This trend is perfect for couples who would like a laid-back and laid-back atmosphere. The timing allows for a more relaxed meal with guests and leaves extra time to spend with your loved ones.

You can also work with your caterers to customize the meal and snacks. For example, serving a family-style dinner or brunch is an excellent way to make your ceremony unique. 

You can later invite your guests for a cocktail party and dessert in the evening, and you will have fully utilized all the hours of your wedding day. 

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5. Artisan Food Trucks

Food trucks have been all the rage for many years now, and more Virginia brides are beginning to incorporate this trend into their weddings.

Not only is it a unique and fun way to serve food, but it also helps to keep the costs of your wedding down. You can choose from a variety of food trucks, such as pizzas, tacos, ice cream, and more. The options are limitless! 

Make sure to research the area’s best artisan food trucks or even hire a local one to make your wedding even more special.

6. Furry Family Members Encouraged

Are you a dog parent, or do you have a furry family member? If yes, there is good news for you; you won’t be the odd one bringing a dog to your wedding. 

Bringing your best friend on this day when you have a high chance of losing your nerves can help you calm down. You can also make things cuter by designating the role of the ring bearer to your dog.

However, if your pup is still too young and has trouble socializing with people, you might want to reconsider this idea. 

7. Private Last Dance

There is no better way to end the most memorable day of your life than having a private last dance with your new spouse. If having a grand exit isn’t your thing, this could be a great way to end your day. 

Ask the DJ or MC to usher everyone outside and leave the newlyweds in the reception venue. You can then play your favorite music and enjoy your last dance of the day with your spouse. This will be a good chance to absorb all the day’s events. 

A Virginia Wedding You’ll Never Forget

Although you might want to borrow some ideas and traditions from your parents’ or grandparents’ wedding, you deserve a unique and special wedding in 2023.

By using the above trends in your Virginia wedding, you are on your way to having an affair to remember. It is also wise to seek advice from a professional wedding planner to help you make smart choices.

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