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The Top Wedding Reception Venues of 2024: A Guide for Modern Couples

As we step into the second half of the year, the landscape of wedding reception venues continues to evolve, embracing diversity, personalization, and sustainability. This year, venues that combine breathtaking aesthetics with functionality are at the forefront, catering to the varied tastes and preferences of modern couples. A recent Brides & Weddings poll showcased the most popular wedding reception venues for 2024, showcasing trends that blend tradition with contemporary flair. Country Houses: Timeless Elegance Country houses remain a top choice for couples seeking a blend of luxury, history, and natural beauty. These venues often feature sprawling estates with manicured gardens, perfect for both outdoor ceremonies and elegant receptions. The stately interiors of these homes provide a backdrop of sophistication and charm that is hard to replicate. Castles: Fairy Tale Settings For those dreaming of a fairy tale wedding, castles are the go-to venue in 2024. Offering historic architecture, majestic ballrooms, and …

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Virginia Hotels: A Banner Year Ahead with Record Taxes and Wages Projected in 2024

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has unveiled state-by-state projections showing that America’s hotels are on track to hit unprecedented heights in tax revenue and employee compensation in 2024. This optimistic forecast signals a robust recovery and growth phase for the industry, with Virginia’s hotels playing a significant role in this national success story. Tax Revenue Surge: Hotels across the United States are projected to contribute nearly $83.4 billion in federal, state, and local taxes this year. Virginia’s share of this windfall is anticipated to exceed $1.3 billion, of which $541 million is expected from lodging taxes alone. This marks a significant financial contribution to public coffers, highlighting the industry’s pivotal role in supporting community services and infrastructure. Historic Compensation Levels: The AHLA’s projections also reveal that hotels are set to distribute a record $123.4 billion in wages, salaries, …

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2024 Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase

Reserve your Wedding Business’s Space Today! The 2024 Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase is gearing up to be the premier event for all things wedding-related in Loudoun County, and it’s an affair that no one in the wedding industry should miss. Scheduled for Sunday, March 10, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, this showcase promises to be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for engaged couples and wedding planners to explore the wealth of resources that Loudoun County has to offer when it comes to creating their dream wedding. Sponsored by Visit Loudoun and hosted at the elegant West Belmont Place within The National Conference Center, the Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase is a testament to the county’s dedication to making Loudoun the ultimate wedding destination. Loudoun County boasts a thriving community of wedding professionals and stunning venues that together, create an enchanting backdrop …

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Celebrating Excellence: The 2024 Brides & Weddings Weddy Award Winners

The wedding industry is a world of dreams, where every detail comes together to create unforgettable moments. In the heart of this enchanting world lies the Brides & Weddings Weddy Awards, a prestigious recognition of excellence in the wedding and event industry. As we embrace the year 2024, it’s time to celebrate the remarkable winners of the 2024 Weddy Awards, who have gone above and beyond to make couples’ dreams come true.

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🌟 Nominate Your Business for the 2024 Weddy Awards! 🌟

✨ Are you ready to celebrate the BEST in the wedding industry? It’s time for the prestigious 2024 Weddy Awards, brought to you by Brides & Weddings magazine! ✨ 🏆 Why Nominate? 🏆 Your voice matters! Nominate the wedding vendor who made your big day unforgettable. It’s your chance to shine the spotlight on those who excel in making dreams come true. 📅 Nominate Now Through November 15! 📅 Don’t wait! The nomination period is open until November 15. Here’s how to nominate: 💌 Vendor Requirements: More Than One Year in Business: Nominate vendors who have been spreading wedding joy for over a year. Located in the Washington DC Metro Area (VA, MD, DC): We’re celebrating the local gems! Recommended for Excellent Customer Service: Share your love for vendors who go above and beyond to make couples’ dreams come true. …

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🌟 Nominate Your Favorite Wedding Vendor for the 2024 Weddy Awards! 🌟

✨ Are you ready to celebrate the BEST in the wedding industry? It’s time for the prestigious 2024 Weddy Awards, brought to you by Brides & Weddings magazine! ✨ 🏆 Why Nominate? 🏆 Your voice matters! Nominate the wedding vendor who made your big day unforgettable. It’s your chance to shine the spotlight on those who excel in making dreams come true. 📅 Nominate Now Through November 15! 📅 Don’t wait! The nomination period is open until November 15. Here’s how to nominate: 💌 Vendor Requirements: More Than One Year in Business: Nominate vendors who have been spreading wedding joy for over a year. Located in the Washington DC Metro Area (VA, MD, DC): We’re celebrating the local gems! Recommended for Excellent Customer Service: Share your love for vendors who go above and beyond to make couples’ dreams come true. …

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Brides & Weddings Magazine Announces the Sweet Victory of the First Annual Cake-Off

Brides & Weddings Magazine is thrilled to announce the winners of its inaugural First Annual Cake-Off competition. This event has ignited the culinary passions of bakers and cake enthusiasts in the Washington Metro area. With a staggering array of talent on display, the competition was friendly, and the judges had the enviable but challenging task of selecting the top creations. Held at Briar Patch in Middleburg, Virginia, the Women’s Wedding Network members and three celebrity judges had lunch before tasting and voting on all of the cakes present. The winning cakes emerged as delightful masterpieces that showcased the bakers’ exceptional skill and celebrated the artistry and imagination that go into crafting the perfect wedding cake. The Participants of the 2023 Annual Cake-Off included:   Field and Main Restaurant     Cakebee     Bakingwithpaty     Sweet Tooth Bakery     Nothing Bundt Cakes Gainesville-Haymarket …

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Offical Rules

Competitors (defined as a cake bakery owners, operators, manager, or licensed cottage maker. ) must meet the following requirements: Be a baker, dessert creator, pastry chef or caterer that makes desserts for weddings. Be in business for more than one year. Be located in Washington DC Metro Area (VA, MD, DC) Be Over 18 years of age at the time of entry Be licensed and insured Brides & Weddings and Women’s Wedding Network staff and their family members, as well as judges at the Cake-Off, are not eligible.  Registration for the competition is available online at https://bridesandweddings.com/womens-wedding-network/cake-off and will remain open until all available places are taken. A valid registration will constitute acceptance by the competitor of all contest rules and regulations. Each competitor will be required to provide a descriptive narrative to the judges.  Categories:  Best Flavor Most Creative …

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10 Essential Questions to Ask When Touring Wedding Venues

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings Signup for Bridal Buzz newsletter  Touring a venue is an exciting part of the wedding planning process but can also be overwhelming. With so many options, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you’re looking for and the questions you need to ask before making a decision. Here are some tips to help you navigate your venue tour: Schedule the tour in advance Schedule the venue tour in advance to ensure it meets all of your needs. Be sure to see if the venue is available on your desired date. Take note of the venue’s location  Consider the venue’s location and whether it’s easily accessible for your guests. Also, think about the availability of parking and transportation options. Consider the size of the venue Ensure that the venue accommodates the …

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10 Trending Wedding Ideas to Make Your Big Day Stand Out

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings Signup for Bridal Buzz newsletter  Weddings are one of the most important and memorable events in a couple’s life. It’s a day when they promise to love and cherish each other forever, surrounded by their loved ones. But with so many weddings happening every year, it’s important to make yours stand out. Here are some trendy wedding ideas to make your special day unforgettable. Non-traditional venues  Couples are now opting for non-traditional wedding venues, such as libraries, museums, and art galleries. These unique spaces provide a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your wedding and can save you money on decorations. Interactive food stations  Interactive food stations are a fun and unique way to serve food at your wedding. For example, consider having a make-your-own taco bar, a sushi rolling station, or a dessert station …

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How to Plan a Successful Virtual Bridal Shower

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings Signup for Bridal Buzz newsletter The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives, including how we celebrate. For brides-to-be, traditional bridal showers can now be enhanced or replaced with virtual celebrations. Planning a virtual bridal shower may seem daunting, but it can be a fun and meaningful way to celebrate with friends and family from all over the world. Here are some tips on how to plan a successful virtual bridal shower. Choose a Platform First and foremost, you will need to choose a platform to host your virtual bridal shower. There are many options available, including Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and FaceTime. Choose a platform that is easy to use and accessible for all guests. Test the platform before the event to ensure that everyone can join the call without any issues. …

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The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Tipping

Who to Tip and How Much By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings Signup for Bridal Buzz newsletter Weddings can be expensive, and while tipping vendors is not mandatory, it’s a great way to show appreciation for their hard work and dedication to making your big day special. However, knowing who to tip and how much is appropriate can be hard. Here is a breakdown of industry norms for tipping wedding vendors. Officiant Most clergy in a house of worship will ask for a donation of $200 to $500 or more, depending on your house of worship. If you are getting married in a less traditional setting, the officiant should be tipped $50 to $100. Wedding Coordinator A typical gratuity for an event coordinator is 15% of their bill. Hair and Makeup Artists On average, this should be about …

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