It’s one of the first things an engaged couple does that really defines the tone of their big day—setting the date. Some brides dream of a winter wedding with snow and a fur coat, while others want to dance outside on a summer night with family and friends.

With so many changing styles and trends between seasons, Central Virginia Bridal Guide wanted to set a new date as well. We are very excited to release this first ever Spring/Summer Edition. Our goal is to help brides-to-be have the most pertinent, current and seasonal information as they plan their perfect event.

In this issue, we are tackling another major decision for a couple—the venue.

Before you fall in love with a location or sign a contract, you will want to read about the 10 questions you should ask first on page 9. Getting these answers will help you make a more informed decision and save you some headaches down the road.

We are also helping you with perhaps the next big item on a bride and groom’s list—the photos. The Knot did a survey and found that 9 out of 10 couples hire a professional and the amount they are willing to spend is going up each year. So make sure you get your money’s worth! On page 19, check out advice from local brides on how to make sure you capture those “best moments.”

If you like to keep your style with what’s trending, get inspiration from our photo feature starting on page 25. Our gorgeous models show off some of the top looks from Ashley Grace Bridal at Bedford Columns. You can also find some popular flower ideas there as well as on page 17 where we take a look at your top options for spring and summer.

But on the flipside, we are also looking at another bride “trend”… to be different.

Millennial brides are changing the wedding industry with their bold choices and courage to try new or untraditional things. Local wedding planners and others weigh in on this new generation of brides on page 36.

Trendy or traditional, winter or summer—remember that aside from all the choices
you make about your special wedding day, you already made the best choice possible…
the day you said “yes.”

Congratulations and I wish you all the best!

Shelley Basinger, Managing Editor
Shelley@lynchburgmag.com

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