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Learn how to plan your own wedding in an interactive day for creative brides, couples, and wedding party members. Hear tips and create DIY projects in workshops lead by local wedding experts. Leave equipped with tools, tips and resources to plan your wedding.

Join other DIY wedding enthusiasts for a delightful day of learning, fun, and food. 

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10:00 am – 4 pm

 Wedding Planning 101
Jasmine Smith - Just for the Day

Expert wedding planner, Jasmine Smith will take you through a crash course on where to start with planning your DIY wedding and advice on time lines, design, and how to stay organized. This session will cover the logistics of planning your wedding and what you need to know; vendor contacts, venues, day of coordination, and how to choose wedding colors.

 Wedding Workshop
Jasmine Smith - Just for the Day

Put all the knowledge that you learned in the wedding planning crash course to use as Jasmine Smith takes you through a planning workshop and digs into details. She will share her  tips, tricks, and budget cutting strategies. Be ready to ask questions and brainstorm with the other couples in small groups. Bring your wedding vision to life in this interactive session. Leave this session equipped to plan your own wedding.

Designing Your Reception Menu and Tasting
Eat and Smile Catering

In this interactive lunch tasting session you will learn from a local chef what to consider while choosing your reception menu and tips to know when attending to your catering tasting. As the chef takes you through the journey of creating a menu, you will taste a sample menu of a variety of items.

Hair and Makeup Tutorial
Sue Volans - Hairstylist
Tatiana Calderon - Makeup Artist

Get ready to get done up for your wedding. Professional hairstylist, Sue Volans, will demonstrate hairstyles that you can recreate on your own for your special day and tips to make your style last all day. Learn elegant and natural makeup styling tips from a professional makeup artist, Tatiana Caleron, who will teach you tips and tricks to create the perfect wedding look.

Design and Décor Workshop
Monique Smaby - Sweet Thymes

Monique Smaby, founder and stylist of Sweet Thymes, will take you through the process of designing and decorating your wedding.  In this workshop create your own decor items to take home. Monique will share her tips for working your theme and colors into your decor, and resources for budget friendly decorating.

Floral Design Workshop
Petals and Hedges

An expert floral designer will teach you how to create bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. You will be equipped with advice on budget friendly flowers and seasonal options for fall and spring. 

Cake and Wine Tutorial
Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Bluemont Vineyard

A local baker will give you advice on designing your wedding cake, cake vs. cupcakes, and budget friendly options as you taste delicious cake samples. Local Virginia winery, Bluemont Vineyard, give the couples advice on how to pair your wedding meal with the perfect wine.

Hannah Lane Photography will capture pictures throughout the day.