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This elegant Virginia outdoor wedding took place at the childhood home of the bride for their intimate family-orientated wedding. The bride and the groom lived in Paris when they got engaged on the banks of the Seine last year, so the bride wanted to incorporate little details of her husband’s Parisian roots into their relaxed Southern affair. This elegant Virginia outdoor wedding speaks of romance and culture and has a sweet hometown sincerity about it, which we just love. Be sure to view the rest of the images in our real weddings gallery.
The bride describes the night below:
“Guests arrived to a glass of ’bienvenue bubbly’ served in vintage French champagne coupes, and following the ceremony moved into the garden for hors d’oeuvres and bluegrass music. Dinner was delicious southern fare prepared by Chef Michael Wood, and complemented by French wines. White hydrangeas and garden roses adorned the long table, and each charger was topped off with a small chocolate carré by Debauve & Gallais, famous Paris chocolatiers. After dinner, the champagne flowed down to the barn, where bales of hay set the stage for our Southern jazz band, and guests indulged in lemon pound cake and macaroons. My Dad and I danced to the theme from Casablanca. As a parting gift, guests received bags of Wedding Impérial tea by our favorite Paris tea house.”
Photography: Elisa B // Venue: Private Residence // Invitations: Minted.com // Calligraphy: Whoa Nelly Press @ Etsy // Program Fans: Six10designs @ Etsy // Bride’s dress: Celestina Agostino Couture // Shoes: Repetto Paris // Make-up artist: Jennifer Mantura // Groom’s suit: Cerruti // Groom’s accessories: Fratelli Rosetti // Catering: Have Food Will Travel // Cake: Westhampton Pastry Shop // Macaroons: Petites Bouchées // Band: Bellevue Rhythmaires // Rentals: Party Perfect // Favors: Mariage Frères Paris
When do I send out my wedding invitations?
- Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding.
- Start addressing the invitations 3 months before the wedding. If using a calligrapher, they might need 4 months prior.
When should the deadline be for RSVP’s?
- Make the deadline for RSVP’s for 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding.
Is it different for destination weddings?
- Send out wedding invitations three months ahead of time.
- Ask for RSVP’s 3-4 weeks before the departure date.
How do I estimate how many people will come to the wedding?
- If you send your invitations out 6 to 8 weeks in advance, the likelihood is that most of them will come. So estimate that 85% of them will attend. Don’t forget to account for plus ones, if you’ve invited them.
- Out of town acceptance rate is around 85% for family and 40% for friends. For most couples, a safe estimate of acceptance rate for out-of-town guests is 55%.
- (# of out of town guests * 65%) + (# of local guests * 90%) = total # estimated to attend.
- It’s a good idea to make an A list and a B list. Send your a list invitations out 8 weeks in advance. As you start to get acceptances and declines, you can start inviting some of the people from your B list.
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