How to Incorporate Your Comfort Foods to Your Wedding Menu

Your wedding menu is extremely important. However, that doesn’t mean you simply HAVE TO serve fancy foods. In fact, most guests will be more than happy with delicious comfort foods served at their wedding – and considering the fact that this is a huge trend at the moment, why wouldn’t you go for it too?

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We have gathered some great ideas to help you incorporate your favorite comfort foods into your wedding menu – so read on if you need some inspiration.

  • Mac’n’cheese DIY bar. Provide your guests with more than just food: provide them with entertainment too. Arrange a Mac’n’Cheese bar for them and allow them to choose their favorite toppings for the snack – they will be more than delighted!
  • Fancy burgers. If you want to strike the perfect balance between comfort food and fancy food, introduce burgers into your menu. Make them unique and add gourmet ingredients to them to make them truly special and your guests will absolutely love the idea.
  • Mini-snacks. You don’t have to serve comfort foods only. You can use them as late-night snacks (to keep the guests awake) or you can use them as snacks for your cocktail hour too. Mini-sandwiches, mini-tomato soup shots – all these things can be served as hors d’oeuvres before or after the main meal.
  • Comfort flavors. Sometimes, the comforting part is not about the actual food, as it is about the flavor surrounding it. For instance, if your future spouse is madly in love with chicken wings, but you don’t want to serve them at your wedding, you could talk to your caterer about creating something that has a flavor very similar to chicken wings.

Black Horse Inn is a wonderful wedding venue ready to accommodate a wide range of ideas. Give us a call, come visit us and book us for the Big Day – you will not regret it in any way!

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Things You Need to Know About Mailing Your Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations are the first thing your guests will come in contact with when it comes to the Big Day. Thus, you want everything to be flawless. And while choosing the perfect design can be quite difficult, actually mailing the invitations should be done the right way too. After all, you do want your invitations to reach their destination in one piece.

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What are some of the most important things you need to know about mailing your wedding invitations? Read on and find out more:

  • First and foremost, make sure your envelope contains everything it needs to: the invitation proper, the RSVP card and any other “extras” you may choose to send with your invitation (such as a guide to help guests find the venue).
  • Don’t forget to stamp the RSVPs too. This will make it easier for the guests to actually send back the RSVPs and you will lower the odds that anyone avoids doing this in due time.
  • Consider the option of having personalized stamps for the invitations. It’s a nice touch and it will bring a dash of personality and cuteness to your envelopes.
  • Measure and weigh your invitations. Postal offices can automatically process only a certain type of envelopes – and if yours are larger (or heavier) than the norm, they will have to be manually processed. Make sure you measure and weigh your envelopes (with everything in them) before you send them off to the postal office.

Black Horse Inn is a gorgeous wedding venue located in Virginia. If you are searching for a place full of history and elegance to have your wedding at, we are the answer you’ve been searching for. Contact us today, find out more about our venue and book us for a stunning wedding!

This Might Be the Most Gorgeous Equestrian-Inspired Wedding Ever

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When Chelsea Bowen’s husband Richard, who hails from the U.K., needed an extra groomsman to step in for his marriage across the pond, the couple called on someone they knew could pinch-hit in a crunch: Chelsea’s 12-year-old OTTB, Exeter (“Exy” for short). Although Chelsea (né Gammon) is already known to HC readers as the proud owner of a mustang named Folly, for her June 6th nuptials, Folly, for tameness issues, opted to sit out of the ceremony, but made an appearance for photos afterward (because #theresoneineveryfamily). Held in a barn in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, the wedding had all the necessary equestrian accoutrements, and that includes a horse tuxedo. Get ready to swoon.

“All three of my bridesmaids ride,” says Bowen. “My sister, Corinne (the brunette), had a horse of her own when we were growing up, but doesn’t ride much anymore. Caitie, my maid of honor (technically matron of honor), has been riding all her life, and now works at After the Races, an organization that rehabs and re-homes OTTBs. Amanda is an advanced level eventer and trainer.”

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Exy and the bridal party. (©Jennifer Green Photography/ Courtesy of Chelsea Bowen)

“I’ve had [Exeter] nine years and got him right off the track. He can be a very difficult horse under saddle (he bucked off my maid of honor once, but happily lets her son Logan do leadline on him), but is a gigantic puppy on the ground. I do hunters and jumpers on him, although he much prefers trail rides and hanging out with his girlfriend, Folly.”

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Chelsea and Exy. (©Jennifer Green Photography/ Courtesy of Chelsea Bowen)

“Everything was held on our property and the neighbor’s in Glenmoore. The reception was in [the neighbors’] barn, which used to be owned by my grandparents.”

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The reception barn. (©Jennifer Green Photography/ Courtesy of Chelsea Bowen)

“We chose to have [Exy] as a groomsman instead of riding him because I had seen all that can go wrong when brides ride horses. This was definitely the drama-free choice.”

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Guests take pictures with Exy after the ceremony. Ring bearer Logan, seen here, has ridden Exy in a leadline class. (©Jennifer Green Photography/ Courtesy of Chelsea Bowen)

“I knew I wanted a horse tux for [Exy] since I got engaged two years ago, but had a hard time finding someone who would make one. A friend of mine, Meghan Bell, agreed to make me one, and it turned out so well!”

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(©Jennifer Green Photography/ Courtesy of Chelsea Bowen)

Buck Davidson and Andrea had [a saddle guestbook] at their wedding, and I thought it was a great idea when I saw the picture. [This] was one of my father’s old saddles from his riding days.” 

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The wedding “guestbook”. (©Jennifer Green Photography/ Courtesy of Chelsea Bowen)

“It was wonderful to have everything in one place, where I could get pictures taken with my horses and have Exy as part of the wedding (with the option to pop him back in the field if it got to be too much for him).”

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Inside the reception barn. (©Jennifer Green Photography/ Courtesy of Chelsea Bowen)

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Horseshoe table numbers Chelsea made herself. (©Jennifer Green Photography/ Courtesy of Chelsea Bowen)

“Folly is doing really well! She has started schooling cross country jumps, loves going for gallops along corn fields, and even gave her first pony ride! She loves trail rides, and is learning tricks (like the bowing she did in her Fourth of July picture with the flag). We’re taking things at her pace and enjoying the journey. It’s amazing how far she’s come in the past year.”

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Chelsea and Folly. (©Jennifer Green Photography/ Courtesy of Chelsea Bowen)

“[Richard] grew up with sisters who rode, so he’s happy to hop on and go on a trail ride with me every now and then.”

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Chelsea, Richard, and Exy. (©Jennifer Green Photography/ Courtesy of Chelsea Bowen)

“The wedding was on the day of the Belmont. In true horse-person fashion, we had the cake-cutting stopped because we just HAD to watch American Pharoah make his bid for the Triple Crown. Our wedding photographer says that the series of pictures she got of our reactions when he won is one of her favorite wedding moments.”

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How to Pick Your Bridesmaids’ Accessories

Picking your dress and accessories is obviously important for you – but considering how much your bridesmaids mean to you, picking their dress and accessories will be really important too. How to do it, though? How to pick your bridesmaids’ accessories – and make sure they are suitable for your wedding style?

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We have gathered some tips to help you with this – so read on if you want to find out more.

  • You can give your bridesmaids the freedom to choose the accessories themselves. However, if you do this, make sure you settle some basic guidelines they should follow (the same they would if you allowed them to choose their dresses too). Talk to your bridesmaids about the metals, colors, size and style you think would work best with your wedding style and with their dresses.
  • If you want to choose the accessories yourself, make sure they actually fit the bridesmaids’ dresses and your wedding in general. Also, don’t forget to choose a point of focus (the earrings or the necklace).
  • Keep in mind that you should make sure to choose accessories your bridesmaids will be actually able to afford paying for. Weddings are quite expensive for attendants too, so it would be nice of you to find accessories that are affordable for your bridesmaids. Even more, it would be even nicer if you chose accessories your bridesmaids can wear on other occasions too.

Here at Black Horse Inn, we host the most incredible weddings in all of Virginia. Beautiful, elegant and surrounded in an aura of history and grace, our wedding venue is ready to be a “home” for your Big Day too. Come visit us, take a look at what we can offer and you will surely be charmed by our wedding venue! Book us for a SUPERB wedding day and you will not regret it!

Become Husband and Wife at Black Horse Inn

Few moments are as full of emotion and grace as a wedding is. Here at Black Horse Inn, we love seeing couples tying the knot – and we love being part of their love story too. For this reason, we have created the kind of wedding venue that truly offers brides and grooms-to-be everything they need to feel at home and at peace in one of the most important days of their lives.

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Why would you become husband and wife at Black Horse Inn? Here are some of the reasons couples have chosen us again and again:

  • Our location is absolutely superb. If you want your wedding photos to look as if they have been torn out of a glossy magazine, Warrenton, VA is the place to be at. Embraced by the beauty of nature around us, our wedding venue will offer a unique setting for your Big Day.
  • Our services are exquisite. We like to do things old-school. We like to go above and beyond to make sure our clients are happy with our services. We like to prove that hospitality is more than just words – and that it extends from the moment you set foot on our grounds to the moment the last guest leaves the venue.
  • We are unique. And we mean it. From horseback riding to planning a charming, genuine vintage wedding, we have them all. And we take pride in how we do things here at Black Horse Inn!

If you are searching for a venue that will accommodate your wedding ideas with success and if you want your Big Day to be unique and unforgettable, come visit Black Horse Inn. There’s no way not to love the stunning venue we have prepared for you and your guests!

 

Why You Should Not Second-Guess Your Wedding Decisions

Wedding planning can feel like a rollercoaster – especially when you want everything to be flawless. What happens when you feel like second-guessing almost every single wedding planning-related decision you take? Even more, why is it that you shouldn’t do this? Here are some tips to make wedding planning easier on you:

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  • Second-guessing your wedding decisions is not good for you – and it’s not good for your wedding either. Remember, you took these decisions for a reason, so it’s more than likely that you’re second-guessing them now just because you are stressed-out.
  • Obsessing too much over every single detail of your wedding is not healthy from any point of view. Eventually, this is precisely what leads to second-guessing and changing your mind – and it can lead to even more chaos and anxiety too. Therefore, you should avoid doing stressing over the details and you should focus more on looking at the big picture. Nobody’s going to notice the color of your napkins and nobody’s going to dislike your wedding if your centerpiece candles are not champagne-colored, but ivory white.
  • Last, but not least, hiring a wedding planner will help a lot. It will help you trust your instinct, it will help you keep stress under control and, in the end, it will help you trust both yourself and your wedding vendors more. Working with a wedding planner may cost you a bit more (and some of you may even feel that it will stretch your budget too much), but the truth is that you will actually save time and money by doing it.

At the Black Horse Inn, we provide wedding planning as part of our package, but if you feel you need further services, you may want to hire a wedding planner. Contact us, come visit us and book us for the most beautiful day in your life!

5 Thing NOT to do When Having an Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor weddings are absolutely amazing – but they need to be planned out the right way if you want to make sure everything is perfect both for you and for your guests. Following, we have gathered some of the most important outdoor wedding don’ts – so read on if you want your Big Day to be flawless from all points of view.

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  • Don’t limit yourself to one type of location. When searching for the perfect venue, make sure you don’t limit yourself to one type of location only. There are so many outdoor venues to choose from! From vineyards to backyards and from large, opulent gardens to small family-owned outdoor venues, there’s a myriad of options to choose from and it would be a real pity not to take them into consideration.
  • Don’t allow your guests to be uncomfortable in any way. Provide them with insect repellents, water, shade and even sunglasses if you think it will be sunny outside. Even more, if you want a very casual affair, you can also provide them with comfy flip-flops – especially if you plan on having an outdoor beach wedding.
  • Don’t forget that timing is of the essence – both when it comes to the atmosphere you want to create at your wedding and when it comes to the photos. Time the Big Day right and the sunlight will be on your side!
  • Don’t be exaggeratedly formal. Outdoor weddings tend to be rather casual and informal and even if you do want an elegant wedding, you should still consider the fact that it will not be the same as a formal, indoor ballroom wedding would be.
  • Don’t allow your party to be crashed. Unless you are having your wedding in a more confined outdoor venue, it is likely that curious passersby will want to sneak in and party along – even if they don’t actually know you. Ask your bridesmaids, your groomsmen and your catering service providers to be on the lookout for anyone who appears to be a stranger so that you can politely invite them out if you don’t know them.

If you are searching for a magnificent wedding venue and if you want your Big Day to be flawless, come visit Black Horse Inn. Embraced by the marvelous nature of Savannah and by the amazing history behind our location, our venue is here to host your unforgettable wedding day! Come visit us and book us for a truly unique wedding!

Bridesmaids, Here Are Some Last Minute Things to Do Before You Walk Down the Aisle

Being a bridesmaid is a huge honor – but, like everything else in life, it comes with responsibilities too. What are the most important things you should not forget to do before you walk down the aisle as a bridesmaid? Read here and find out more:

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  • Make sure your feet are comfortable. It is very likely that blisters will start to appear during the ceremony – so you should do everything in your means to prevent this from happening. And if lining your shoes with Band-Aids is what it takes to avoid pain during your best friend’s big moment, then you should definitely do it.
  • Re-touch your makeup and lipstick. No matter how persistent your lipstick may be, re-touching it before walking down the aisle will be necessary because it will make you look refreshed and it will boost your self-confidence.
  • Help the bride relax. Her nerves are probably stretched at their maximum, so having someone there to simply be a friend, to offer her a sip of water and a tissue will be golden for her.
  • Put your phone on silent mode. Really, it’s pretty impolite when a guest leaves his/her phone on and it rings during the ceremony – but when a member of the bridal party does this, it is extremely rude and inconsiderate. Double-check and make sure your phone is muted before you make the first step on the aisle.

Here at Black Horse Inn, we love weddings – and you can see this from the way we treat all the couples who rent our venue for their Big Day. Come visit us, take a look at our beautiful historical venue and you will definitely love what you see!

4 Things Every Summer Bride Should Know Before Planning Her Wedding

With summer here in full force, many brides-to-be are eagerly looking forward to their weddings. What is it that every summer bride should know before planning her Big Day, though? We have gathered 4 of the most important tips – so read on if you want to find out more.

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  • Remember to keep yourself and your guests hydrated and shaded. The warm sunlight can be really nice, but it can be truly harmful as well. Prepare water bottles and/or ice tea for the ceremony and make sure you provide your guests with options to cool off as well (such as offering them paper fans instead of a traditional wedding program, for example).
  • Prepare your body for the heat too. Apply sunscreen on all skin areas that may be affected by the sun, use anti-perspirant for your feet and moisturize your hair with a spray that will prevent it from getting frizzy as a result of the humidity. Also, remind yourself to put some blotting papers in your purse as well because this will help you freshen up without ruining your makeup.
  • Talk to your wedding caterer about how they plan to keep the food fresh. It is important that you rest assured that they will only use fresh ingredients and that they will know how to preserve it so that it doesn’t go bad during the wedding.
  • Don’t forget to bring some of the most pleasant summer treats into your wedding too. For instance, serving your guests with delicious ice cream will be more than appreciated and it will be a unique idea that will make your wedding truly unforgettable!

Here at Black Horse Inn, we always go above and beyond to make sure our brides and grooms are happy with what our venue has provided them for the Big Day. Contact us, visit us and convince yourself that we are the very best option for you!

 

5 Looks to Inspire Brides

Considering the fact that your wedding is a truly once-in-a-lifetime event, you want to look drop-dead gorgeous – and that’s perfectly understandable. If you are searching for some gorgeous ideas to inspire your wedding look, make sure to read on because we have gathered the latest (and most glamorous) red carpet ideas.

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  1. Nina Dobrev’s look at the 2015 CFDA Awards. This year, Nina Dobrev wore two fabulous separates made out of a simple, elegant top and a long, feathery skirt that made her look truly unique.
  2. Reese Witherspoon’s look at the Hot Pursuit Mexico City Photocall. If you are looking for a more modern look, this is what you need. Reese’s short, asymmetrical, geometrical dress is absolutely perfect for an elegant and stylish city wedding!
  3. Selita Ebanks’ look at the Africa Gala and Runway Show. Somewhere in between “modern” and “princess-like”, Selita’s dress is a fabulous choice for a contemporary bride. The long dress comes in a very stylish, modern design, so it will be more than suitable for those of you who want to make a true fashion statement at your wedding.
  4. Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress. Now, this is probably one of the most fantastic wedding apparitions of the last decades – so it definitely receives a well-deserved place in our top. Stunning and unforgettable, Kim’s look will definitely inspire you to create a shockingly sophisticated look for your Big Day.
  5. Solange Knowles’ wedding look. Solange showed the world that style really runs in the Knowles family – and her wedding will inspire you to create a minimalist, stylish and truly unique look for the most beautiful day of your life.

If you are still searching for a wedding venue, come visit Black Horse Inn. We are surrounded by grace, natural beauty and fantastic history – so our venue will be more than suitable for an unforgettable Big Day! Contact us and find out more about us!