Tips on Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Weddings are amazing events in people’s lives and they truly stand for the most beautiful things out there: love, commitment, family and beauty. At the same time though, planning a wedding is not an easy task and anyone who has already gone through this can confirm.

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Picking the perfect wedding venue is one of the first steps you will have to make. To make this easier for you, we have gathered a series of tips that will help you settle for the best one out there. Read on and find out more.

  • Always go for a wedding venue that can provide you both with a ceremony site and with a reception venue. This will save you the trouble of having to waste your time in between the two parts of your wedding.
  • If you are planning for a destination wedding, it would be great if your venue could provide at least some of your guests with the accommodation as well. This will help you save lots of time you would have otherwise spent on finding accommodation for your guests.
  • It would also be excellent for your wedding venue to provide you with a bridal suite as well. This way, you will be able to take your time when getting ready for the big day. Even more than that, a bridal suite will be an amazing setting for pre-wedding photos too!
  • Look for a wedding venue surrounded by beautiful landscape. This will add a lot to your wedding pictures and it will also make you feel truly special on the most important moment of your life.
  • Generally speaking, try to search for a wedding venue that can help you with the other wedding-related services too. Even if they don’t provide them in-house, it would be amazing if they could recommend you some of the vendors they have already worked with.

Black Horse Inn is a historic venue that looks absolutely magnificent. Come take a look at our marvelous wedding sites and at our magnificent ballroom and you will definitely fall in love with them!

Fall Wedding Color Ideas – Dusty Blue and Cranberry

Your wedding has to be perfect – and from the moment you decide on your location to the moment you finally walk down the aisle, you will definitely feel nervous about the choices you have made. Everything can make the difference when it comes to how your wedding turns out and, considering the fact that there are about one million choices you have to make, it’s perfectly natural that you feel nervous about them.

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Choosing your wedding color theme can be a tricky thing to do. In the end, this will determine most of the other decisions you make with regards to your wedding, so you really want to pay attention to how you do it.

If you are planning a fall wedding and if you want it to be unique and beautiful, dusty blue and cranberry may provide you with a perfect color theme. How come? And even more than that, how do you incorporate that into your wedding? Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

  • Dusty blue and cranberry make for a wonderful choice especially because they are more special than the usual fall wedding colors (yellow, orange and so on). They are bright and full of life, but at the same time they really go well with the season as well.
  • Dusty blue and cranberry will look amazing on almost everything at your wedding. Your bouquet will definitely look splendid in these colors (especially when paired with a deep green) and your center pieces will look elegant in these colors too.
  • Your bridesmaids and your spouse-to-be’s groomsmen can also be dressed in these colors. You don’t necessarily have to choose something that looks the same on all of them, but you can give them these colors and allow them to “play” with them when it comes to their outfits.

Your imagination is the only limit you have when it comes to dusty blue and cranberry fall wedding decorations. Elegant, subtle, beautiful, feminine and romantic at the same time, these colors can really make for an unforgettable wedding indeed. Even more than that, they will work perfectly with the wedding venue we have prepared for you: Black Horse Inn. Come visit us and convince yourself that our ceremony site and reception hall really do fit into the fall background better than anything else out there!

 

10 Ways To Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony

Your wedding should be a very special day for you. Like every bride-to-be (or groom-to-be, for that matter), you want this day to be perfect from all points of view. But maybe even more than perfection, you aim at making this day reflect who you are and what the beautiful story behind your love is.

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Generally, people don’t think too much about how they decorate the wedding ceremony and they focus more on the reception proper. However, you should know that there are many ways in which you can personalize your ceremony as well. Here are our favorite 10 ones:

  1. Time travelling. Before the ceremony, write a letter to your spouse-to-be (and have him/her do the same). Place the letters in a bottle you will open many years from now, at your 5-year or 10-year anniversary.
  2. Flowers. Pick flowers that really speak about your personality and don’t be afraid to be creative when it comes to the arrangements.
  3. Backdrop. The backdrop of your wedding ceremony doesn’t have to be simplistic. Again, using your imagination can really go a long way when it comes to this.
  4. Your bridesmaids’ bouquets. You don’t have to go for the traditional bouquets for your bridesmaids. Have them hold candles, silk fans or fancy clutch purses and you’ll add a splash of originality to the ceremony.
  5. The aisle. The red aisle is, of course, quite classic. But if you want something special, go for an aisle made out of flowers or for one that comes in one of your favorite colors.
  6. The chairs. Decorate the chairs nicely and make sure you sprinkle everything with a bit of your own personality.
  7. The chair arrangement. If you want your ceremony to feel more intimate, arrange the chairs in a circle surrounding you and your spouse-to-be.
  8. Programs. Choose programs that are beautifully designed and make sure to personalize them as much as possible.
  9. Ceremony favors. There’s nothing that should stop you from offering your guests some tokens of gratitude before the ceremony as well. Sunglasses, silk fans, personalized water bottles – all these things work especially well with outdoor summer weddings.
  10. Drinks. You can also serve your guests with some drinks before the ceremony too. You can go for alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks – that’s entirely up to you. But if you want to make everything really unique, do make sure you choose some delicious signature drinks to impress your guests from the very beginning of the ceremony!

Black Horse Inn can provide you with a superb wedding ceremony site that’s easy to personalize – and even easier to fall in love with! Come visit us and convince yourself!

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The history of Black Horse Inn

The beautiful Black Horse Inn has a long history behind. Originally built in the 1850s (with some of the parts of the mansion added in the 1900s), the building still preserves many of its pre-Civil War features. There’s an overwhelming feeling of timeless comfort hovering over the entire place that makes it perfect for weddings and other special events in people’s lives.

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Recently restored, the nowadays’ Black Horse Inn features ten beautiful rooms, each with its own private bathroom. Jacuzzi bathtubs, canopy beds and many other great additions were made to ensure 100% comfort for our guests.

As for the name of our wedding venue, it is inspired by the Black Horse Cavalry, one of the most important local companies that fought in the Civil War. The Black Horse Cavalry won the First Battle of Manassas against the Union forces and it later on served as bodyguard for General Stonewall Jackson and for Joseph E. Johnston. Even more than that, many of the man in the Black Horse served as very important leaders of the Commonwealth following the Civil War as well.

Aside from the wonderful story behind our inn, there are many other reasons to absolutely love it:

  • We pride ourselves to bring together the comfort of a marvelous country setting and the elegance of a time when the belles and beaux of Virginia gracefully danced their way into love.
  • Our inn is surrounded by splendid landscapes. The beautiful boxwood gardens, the ample porches and the abundant wildlife will definitely make for the best wedding pictures ever!
  • We serve our breakfast in an idyllic setting, either in the main dining room or on the beautiful porch.
  • As for your event, we will be more than happy to arrange catering services to suit your taste, your wedding theme and your preferences as well.

Come and take a look at the gorgeous and full of history Black Horse Inn. We guarantee you will not regret it!

 

Wedding etiquette is important

Your wedding is yours alone and there’s nobody to tell you what to do and what not to do. At the same time though, weddings are formal events in one’s life and it is important to make sure that you follow the wedding etiquette – especially if you want to keep everything classy and elegant.

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  •  Believe it or not, wedding etiquette should not limit you from being creative or from having the wedding you have always dreamed of. You can do both of these things even when you follow the etiquette! Here are some of the most important wedding etiquette things to keep in mind:
  •  If you are planning a destination wedding, remember to send Save the Date cards at least 6 months before the actual wedding. This way, your guests will be able to take the days off well ahead of time.
  •  For Save the Date cards and for wedding invitations, it is very commonly encountered that brides include a RSVP with the card proper. Some of the guests will choose to not respond at all though, so make sure you are prepared for it. If you see some of them not replying at all, you are allowed to call them! After all, your reservations will depend on this!
  •  Also, if you are having a destination wedding, you should know that it is not absolutely necessary that you pay for your guests’ trip. Generally, they know that they should be doing this themselves. It would be nice to arrange accommodation for them and to offer them some welcome baskets too, though! Also, bear in mind that all of them should be invited to the rehearsal dinner and that it would be a great idea to offer them a free breakfast after the wedding too!

At Black Horse Inn, we want to make sure your wedding turns out just as you have always dreamed it to be. Our superb venue will be able to accommodate all of your guests and it will definitely make for a day to remember for everyone invited!

Rustic wedding ideas and tips

Rustic weddings are increasingly popular out there – and even more so when the cold season approaches. There is something very romantic and beautiful about a wedding taking place in the middle of the nature, with stunning landscape guarding over the bridal couple and their guests.

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Because we know you might need them, we have put together some of the best tips on how to plan a rustic wedding. They will help you create a décor suitable for the background surrounding your venue and they will also contribute to making this day unforgettable for everyone invited.

  • “Rustic” does not necessarily have to mean shabby. Of course, rustic weddings usually go well with vintage-inspired and shabby chic décor as well, but if you want to lean more on the elegant part of things, you can do that as well. There are many creative ideas that blend the rustic theme and the elegant one in a harmonious way. For example, you can combine elegant white roses with burlap table runners and classy flatware too – and they can look marvelous together!
  • Choose colors that go well with the season and with the environment. Combining white with yellow shades, orange, red or even silver and gold can go really well with fall (and the last two colors will look exceptional in the winter as well).
  • Your centerpieces should go with the rustic theme as well. Don’t be afraid to be creative with this either and bring flowers, candles, twigs and even pine cones together for your centerpieces because these things really make the difference.

Visit Black Horse Inn for a wedding venue that is versatile and works well with just about any idea you may have in terms of décor. Surrounded by the stunning natural beauties of Virginia, this place is just what like those in your dreams!

How to avoid becoming a Bridezilla

There are moments in life when you just want everything to be perfect. Your wedding day is one of them. Your dress, your makeup, your flowers, the food on your tables – you want every single thing related to your wedding to be special, beautiful and flawless. And you’re not even to be blamed for it – after all, this is a very important day and you do deserve the very best.

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In between choosing a dress and choosing the cake frosting and in between choosing the shoes for your flower girl and choosing the right photographer, it is very easy to break down. Don’t worry, many brides go through the “bridezilla” phase – but they all eventually get the wedding they have been dreaming of since they were little girls.

Becoming a Bridezilla is more than avoidable if you keep in mind certain basic things. Believe it or not, the following pieces of advice work – and over the course of the years, we have seen many brides apply them and leave the tension behind.

  • Be organized and properly informed. It is better to start planning much ahead of time than to do it too late, so try to start out by putting everything you need on paper. Take it step-by-step and stay focused.
  • If you have any kind of disputes with your in-laws, future spouse or with anyone else with regards to what your wedding should be like, try to stay calm. We know it can be difficult, but if you explain them that this is your wedding (and not theirs), they will probably understand it sooner or later.
  • Don’t worry about every little thing that may not go as well as you wanted to. Chances are your guests will attend this great event to be there for you and they will not try to search for every single flaw your wedding may have. Most likely, they will not care about that one flower without a petal and they will not care that the stationery guys got the “R” wrong in your invitations.
  • When you feel that things are running out of control, get one or two days off from your wedding planning and watch a good bunch of movies, read a book, go to a spa, get a massage or do something that makes you feel good.

Don’t stress out when it comes to your wedding location either. Black Horse Inn has a fantastic option for you and we will be more than happy to ensure that your wedding turns out just as magical as you imagined it to be!

Proper way to Greet Your Guests

These days, respecting the wedding etiquette is less practiced than it used to be. And even so, there are many couples who choose to remain traditional when it comes to their big day. If you are among them, you will definitely want to greet your guests the proper way – the way in which wedding etiquette dictates it:

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  • Traditionally, there should be a short receiving line that greets every guest. Since the mother of the bride is the hostess (at least traditionally) she will have to go first in the receiving line. The following persons in line are the mother of the groom, then the bride and the groom themselves.
  • Sometimes, the father of the bride may choose to join the line too – but bear in mind that this means that the father of the groom should do it as well! However, if they don’t want to do this, they can simply mingle with the crowd and entertain the guests.
  • Some couples choose to have their maid of honor, best man and bridesmaids join the line too. In this case, they would follow after the groom (maid of honor first, bridal party afterwards and then the best man).
  • Keep in mind the fact that there may be situations where your common sense has to be used and where etiquette may have to be left aside for a bit. For example, if your parents (or the groom’s parents) are divorced, the line may have to include only the mothers so that there is no tension in the air there.
  • The mother of the bride will have to greet the guests first and then she will be followed by the bride and groom who will thank them for coming.
  • Receiving your guests the proper way can take quite some time (especially if you have a lot of guests and a lot of people in the line), so try to make sure that you entertain the people who are still waiting in line. You can have your waiters serve them drinks or snacks, for example.

At Black Horse Inn we can provide you with a venue that is simply perfect for every kind of wedding – etiquette-focused or not! Visit our website, take a look and contact us because you will not regret it in any way!

Preparing Your Flower Girl for Her Role, and Calming the Jitters

A flower girl is always a welcome addition to a wedding ceremony and has a special connection to the bride and groom. She follows behind the bridesmaids (sometimes before and sometimes after the maid of honor) with a basket of flowers, scattering them down the aisle. For some of you, the choice will be obvious. Others may have to worry about choosing between several possible candidates. There’s no reason why you can’t have two or even three flower girls – it will add to their confidence and ups the cuteness quotient. Seat her parents on the aisle, near the front so that she can see them when she walks down the aisle and during the ceremony itself. Ask a bridesmaid to be her “buddy” and make sure she uses the restroom before the ceremony. Most of all don’t be too nervous that she will make a mistake. If she dumps all her petals at the start of the aisle, runs instead of walks, or even starts to cry, guests will think it’s cute.

 

This little cutie is going to be a Flower Girl in an upcoming wedding for Sarah & Mitch on September 27th, 2014.

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Is it tacky to have more than one reception?

Without any trace of doubt, weddings are not the easiest thing to organize. In fact, it can be downright difficult to bring together many people, to satisfy all their tastes in matters of food and style and to make sure you don’t make any kind of compromise on your own dreams and tastes either.

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Organizing a wedding reception is almost a “must” when it comes to such a huge event, but there are many people who choose to organize two receptions instead of just one. Some may do this because they want to bring all the friends together at one reception and all the family members at another one. Others may choose to do this because they want a “larger” reception and then something smaller, according to their budget. Before you settle for this option though, take into consideration the following things:

  • It is way more complicated to organize two receptions than to organize just one (even if one of them is smaller and more intimate). Just think of the fact that you will have to go through all the things reception-related (drinks, location, and so on) twice, not just once!
  • Some people’s feelings can get seriously hurt. It is not OK to invite them to the ceremony and then close the door behind you and tell them that you’ll see them later at the “small reception”. No matter with how much grace you handle this, there will still be people who will feel at least slightly offended.
  • A reception does not have to be very expensive if you cannot afford it and if this is the main reason you want to throw two separate parties. In fact, a reception’s purpose is that you “receive” your guests and thank them for being there for you on such an important moment of your life. If your reception doesn’t fall during a meal hour, it is OK to serve just refreshments and maybe some snacks.

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If you haven’t found your perfect wedding venue yet, make sure to check out with Black Horse Inn. We’ve got everything you need for a wedding torn out of fairytales and both you and your guests will just love our location!