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Home-Buying Advice for Newlyweds

Provided by Virginia Realty Partners Brides & Weddings recently sat down with real estate husband and wife combo Bill and Peggy Burke to get their advice for engaged or newly married couples when it comes to buying their first home together. Peggy gave us some great tips on buying your first home and even a little marriage advice. How long have you been a REALTOR? I was first licensed in NC in 1981….and licensed in VA in 1984. I have been a REALTOR for 36 years….33 years in Virginia. Bill has worked in and around development of real estate forever and has been a REALTOR forever too. What do you enjoy most about your job? The best thing about my job is that I get to meet a lot of different people from different places. They all have a different need. I assist people with the purchase of “home” and how to make …

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Seven Things to Consider When Selecting a Wedding Venue

If you close your eyes right now and picture your wedding, you probably see your fiance beaming at you, the ring slipping onto your finger and your loved ones happily gathering together. But where is all this merriment taking place? After the decision to get married, a location is usually the next big choice that newly engaged couples make. But even though selecting the venue is an early and important decision, that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one! Here is a list of things that you should consider when choosing a venue for your wedding. Capacity Space is a crucial consideration when selecting a wedding venue. Before you begin your search for the perfect venue, it’s a good idea to have an estimate of how many guests you plan to invite. This often means creating a rough draft of your guest list. If your guest list is …

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Your Guide to an Exceptional Event

By Michael Evans Putting together a great wedding doesn’t happen by accident. It takes careful planning and the enlistment of talented event professionals. Use the following tips to help plan your perfect day. Take some time and visualize your event: close your eyes and walk through it in as much detail as you can, from start to finish. This takes a little time, but you’ll find that it enhances creativity and helps you anticipate and avoid problems. Your site sets the tone for the experience: make sure your site fits the guest list — don’t try to squeeze too many people into the venue. And don’t pick a huge site that will make a small gathering feel uncomfortable. And remember, you’re not just choosing a site for an event — you’re also choosing a backdrop for your wedding photos. Be clear about your reception’s purpose: This helps you create the right setting, mood and format. For example, if …

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Double Platinum Events Meticulously Brings Weddings to Life

  From the first wedding they coordinated, Sedika Franklin and Angela Williams of Double Platinum Events established their professional reputation as meticulous planners who never overlook a detail. They’d received a call in early November for the December nuptials of a wedding coordinator who was getting married herself. They set up the initial consultation and used their comprehensive checklist to make sure the bride had covered every aspect up to that point. “We quickly discovered there were many elements that needed attention,” Franklin said. The bride was relying on family and friends for many key aspects of the event, including having a friend as DJ for the reception. So when that friend refused to serve as master of ceremonies at the reception, Franklin and Williams swung into action and moderated for the rest of the night. Four years later, the lessons …

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Choosing the Perfect Planner for YOU!

By Kashava Logan & Deborah Joy Block You’re planning the perfect event, but where do you start? From determining the perfect venue, selecting the decor and creating a seating chart, there are many elements to be planned. The first step is to choose from the selection of advisors – event consultants, coordinators and planners – to coach you through making your event memorable. Event Consultant For the client who wants an initial consultation, consider an event consultant. An event consultant will be your triage consultant, prioritizing your ideas and game plan. The consultant will meet with you for three sessions to specifically review and narrow your plans, wedding design, budget review, and connect you with the best vendors in the Virginia area. The event consultant helps to bring innovative ideas while acting as your temporary assistant. Event Coordinator For the …

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