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Virginia Beach Wedding Guide

Virginia Beach Weddings Guide

Last edited: April 11, 2017

If you're like many new brides-to-be, you may be wondering if a Virginia Beach wedding could be in your future. Many soon-to-be-married couples come to our beautiful shores to tie the knot. There's no better place for your special occasion! What better way to start your union than to use the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop?

Why choose VA Beach for your wedding?

  • Extremely romantic - Forget Vegas. If you're looking for a romantic setting for your wedding, not much beats the oceanfront.
  • Cost-effective - There are some incredibly cost-effective venues here at the beach that are memorable and easy on the budget.
  • Best views - Whether you're getting married at the oceanfront or one of our historic chapels, we have some amazing venues.
  • Easy for guests - It's easy to get to Virginia Beach, affordable, and there are many things to do before and after the wedding.
  • And so much more.

To ensure you've covered all the bases for your sandy nuptials, we've created a wedding guide that can assist you in choosing the right professionals for your special day.

 

If you're choosing Virginia Beach for your wedding, let us know and we'll see how we can help make your special day absolutely perfect.

 

 

Top Five TIps

Are you thinking about that amazing nothing-can-go-wrong dream wedding on the beach with warm sand between your toes, flowing light sea breezes, and the perfect temperature? Sounds good! But, things can go wrong if you don’t plan ahead and do your homework. Read our 5 best tips for weddings at Virginia Beach, and you’ll be much closer to the success of a dream wedding!

1.  Say “Yes” To The Right Dress

That ballroom princess gown won’t cut it for a beach wedding! Choose something airy and light for a beach wedding. As a bride, you won’t want to be worrying about ocean mists hitting your thousands of dollars worth dress. Pick something you can be carefree in all while looking elegant. Usually, these types of dresses will be cheaper which is also a huge plus!

2.  Don’t Sweat It

You don’t want to spend your special day looking like you just got out of the shower! The best tip for beating the heat is to pick a time of the year in either early summer or early fall. If you want a July or August wedding, it is best to pick an early or later time of day when the sun isn’t at full strength. This tip is EVERYTHING for a beach wedding. Trust us.

3.  Be In Tune With The Moon

The moon has every say in what the beach conditions will be like for a wedding day at the beach. Check with https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ to check out when high and low tides are. You don’t want to be crowded up on the beach because the tides are coming in higher. You also won’t want to have your ceremony while the tides are changing. This will save you and your guests from surprise waves ruining the ceremony.  You want a wedding, not a swimming party! Be aware of the tides, and plan accordingly.

4.  Get Creative

Remember where you are! Get beachy with centerpieces full of tropical flowers. Spread out pretty polished shells around tables. Even tastefully placing starfish or pearls into the bridal bouquet would be a beautiful marine touch. A good thing to keep in mind is that the wind doesn’t care how beautiful your decor is! Remember to weigh down your centerpieces, light tables, and any other items that aren’t heavy enough to support themselves.

5.  Hire Local

Having your chair rentals, tent rentals, and everything else that comes with the wedding being from local places, it is much easier to trust that all the items will be coming to you on time. If you are having a VA Beach wedding, you really are in luck. There are so many bridal shops, caterers, and party rentals stores available around the oceanfront. There are also great hair and nail salons that can help you look your best!

Speaking of hiring local, if you are not from the area, you can hire one of the many great professional wedding planners who specialize in Virginia Beach Weddings below:

Virginia Beach Wedding Venues

While it's definitely possible to get married just about anywhere, you undoubtedly want a venue for your ceremony that is beautiful, comfortable and accommodating (whether you have five guests or 300). The ceremony venues listed below are sure to exceed your needs and expectations. From a sumptuous resort ballroom to a lovely and intimate chapel, take a look below for the perfect spot to exchange your vows.

5700 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

(757) 428-7025

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If you're looking for help planning your Virginia Beach wedding and honeymoon, the Wyndham is ready to help you create a story-book wedding experience!  They can help with every facet of your oceanfront wedding and completely remove the stress associated with it.

Whether you're planning a simple ceremony on the sand or an extravagant ballroom affair, their team of professionals are standing by to provide exceptional advice and services.  They can also help with catering and all of your guest's hotel accommodations.

Looking for things to do after the big day?  Will you honeymoon here or will you be choosing another destination?  The specialize in helping you with everything.

Don't just have a Virginia Beach wedding, have a Wyndham wedding instead!

Bridal Shops in Virginia Beach

Let's be honest here: when you think of your wedding, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Your dress! When you attend a wedding, what do you want to see most? The bride's dress! "The dress" plays a huge part of any wedding. Plus, you're going to be looking at your wedding photos for decades to come. So are your children. And perhaps your grandchildren. You want to find a dress that you love. Absolutely love. One that makes you feel wonderful as you wear it. It also needs to fit your budget. That's why we've put together below a list of Virginia Beach bridal boutiques to help you find a shop that a) has your perfect dress and b) is the perfect dress that fits your budget.

1860 Laskin Rd. Suite 110, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

757-631-9810

Pure English Couture has offered brides a true boutique experience unique in Hampton Roads for 13 years. They opened our doors in 2001 with a simple philosophy of providing fresh, independent designer styles, in an intimate and completely private boutique setting. Then, as now, pure English Couture hand selects gowns from the best English, American and International bridal and accessories designers. Pure English couture has won numerous awards and gained a reputation for delivering exceptional service and unique and breathtaking bridal collections. It is our goal to use our experience and professionalism not just to sell you a dream, but deliver a reality that will far exceed your expectations. Our studio, located in the La Promenade Shoppes, features oversized private appointment suites and a calm and tranquil atmosphere with a culture of caring. Relax and allow yourself to be pampered with a selection of breathtaking gowns in fine silks and sumptuous satins that will leave you spoilt for choice.

401 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach

(757) 962-1466

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We believe that shopping for your bridal gown, maids and accessories should be fun and vibrant. Don’t expect any stuffiness here! Whether your wedding is in the country club or barefoot on the beach, your Ava Clara experience is tailored to your needs and desires. Our love of all things bridal allows us to offer you the very best of selection. We take great care in selecting designers who care as much about quality as you do. They have different collections of bridal gowns as well as bridesmaid dresses. And of course, there are tons of accessories! Coordinate matching earrings, necklaces, tiaras, and other finishing touches with their large selection of adorable accessories. Ava Clara Couture also offers events for the releases of new wedding collections. Ava Clara is the epitome of all things IN STYLE! Come here when you're searching for Virginia Beach bridal gowns. You'll love the friendly staff, the amazing service, and beautiful selection.

Wedding Cakes Virginia Beach

We once spoke with a wedding planner who told us, "If you're not going to have great food at your wedding, you might as well not invite guests." While that may be harsh, he had a point. Food is critical at your wedding. Whether you want a buffet or a sit-down affair, your guests deserve to eat great food. This includes your Virginia Beach wedding cake. Your cake should be beautiful as well as delicious! Whether you want a multi-tiered wonder to feed 200 or you need a small cake to feed 25, the Virginia Beach bakeries and confectioners listed below will create a beautiful wedding cake you and your guests will rave about.

Lynnhaven Mall Location & VB Town Center Location

757-368-CAKE

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From simple elegance to intricate creations, Bliss has your wedding cake. The Bliss Bakery will schedule a consultation with you and up to three guests where we will match your needs to the perfect wedding cake. They are confident that we can win your business so the consultation is absolutely free! Bring your ideas, pictures, color swatches and anything else you might want to share. The Bliss Bakery Products: Custom Wedding Cakes, Designer Cupcakes, and other bakery treats. There's more than just cake here! Try all of their delicious bakery items like Donuts, Cake Pops, Holiday Treats, Pies, and more. Special Diet Accommodation: The Bliss Bakery is aware of diet restrictions. That's why they offer delicious Gluten Free Cakes and Icings for those who suffer from Celiac's Disease. They also offer Sugar Free options. This Virginia Beach bridal / wedding bakery has two locations - one in Town Center and one at Lynnhaven. Address: Town Center location: 296 Constitution Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (Behind Bagels & More and Lenscrafters in the Barnes and Noble Parking Lot) Lynnhaven Mall location: 1401-A Lynnhaven Parkway Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (At the intersection with Primrose Lane in the Primrose Shopping Center)

 

2101 Schubert Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

757-499-4451

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For over twenty years, The Gourmet Bake Shoppe has been creating masterful bridal wedding cakes that are stunning pieces of edible art.  All of their creations are made completely from scratch.  Enjoy a 45-minute complimentary tour of their kitchen and look at their extensive portfolio of past cakes, along with a delicious sampling of their baking.

In addition to their wedding cakes, The Gourmet Bake Shoppe has a full line of wedding cake stand rentals.  Why purchase these when you can rent them for your special day and save a lot of money?

Gourmet Bake Shoppe Hours

The Gourmet Bake Shoppe is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9-5.  They are closed Sunday and Monday.  Their availability is by appointment only.

Gourmet Bake Shoppe Wedding Cake Pictures

To view their portfolio of cakes, click here to see many of their wedding cakes.

With over twenty years of public service to the local community, you can't go wrong choosing The Gourmet Bake Shoppe.  

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Cakes by Liza, LLC is a licensed home-based cake making business that has been preparing delectable treats in Virginia Beach for years. She only uses fresh, all-natural ingredients in everything she makes. Cakes by Liza has a passion for traditionally prepared foods with those who appreciate fine baking. This commitment to quality is evident in every one of their delicious, hand-made creations. And her friendly, down-to-earth service is the icing on the cake! This Virginia Beach bridal cake enthusiast "takes the cake" for the Best Cake in Virginia Beach Tastings: Cake tastings are available by appointment. These cake tastings are only offered on special occasion cakes rather than all occasion cakes. Cake Types: Liza makes a ton of cakes for a ton of different occasions. At Cakes by Liza, you'll find cake pops, cupcakes, and much more. Here, get your birthday cake, cake to bring to a holiday party, and of course, your wedding cake! Contact Cakes by Liza for your cake today to see what she can do for you! Reaching her through E-mail is the best way to get in touch with her. E-mail: cakedesigner@cakesbyliza.com

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Virginia Beach Florist

Flowers can make any venue look gorgeous. Whether your wedding and reception will be in a sumptuous Virginia Beach resort's ballroom or in the church you've attended since you were 3 years old (with the reception in the basement), flowers will help make your wedding as beautiful as you've always dreamed it would. And, when it comes to your bridal bouquet, bouquets for your bridesmaids, boutonnieres for your groom and his groomsmen, and more, the fine Virginia Beach wedding florists listed below will be able to help you create arrangements perfect for your day and your budget. 

521 N. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

757-422-0415

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This traditional flower shop brings artistic floral design to your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower. Palette of Petals in VA Beach offers freshly cut flowers which are what you'll want for your special day. They have an array of gorgeous flowers to choose. Many brides trust Palette of Petals with their wedding and love the outcome of their elegant arrangements. They come highly recommended which you'll find through various online reviews. The Knot and WeddingWire are both great places to find online reviews of Palette of Petals. Many brides and wedding planners flock to these websites as trusty sources to find great information and feedback about venues for their wedding. What is truly helpful when it comes to a wedding day is for everything to be in place hours before the event. This is where Palette of Petals can come in handy! This Virginia Beach wedding florist delivers their beautiful arrangements right to your venue. When looking at Palette of Petals’ website, you’ll see that there are many types of bouquets and arrangements from which you can choose. Whether you want more formal and traditional flowers or eclectic and colorful, Palette of Petals has it all! To see more information about Palette of Petals, make sure to click the listing below for their hours, address, and more.

 

 

Accommodations

Whether you have a small wedding (of fewer than 50 guests) or you have the wedding blowout to end all blowouts with 200 or more guests, you're going to need a place for those coming from across the state or across the country to stay in while in town. From lovely bed and breakfasts to large, sumptuous resorts right on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, take a look below at the B and Bs, inns, motels, hotels, and resorts filled with staff members who are eager to provide your wedding guests with a night (or more) of comfort and lovely amenities. [link to hotel page]

Virginia Beach Jewelers

Virginia Beach jewelers are plentiful. Though they are plentiful, there are some that are a cut above the rest. These jewelers you’ll find listed below are what we have found to be the best at the beach. Their customer service is friendly, prices are fair, and the selection is exquisite. These VA Beach jewelers offer quality jewels that will hold their beauty through a lifetime. Wedding and engagement rings many times go through phases. The latest trends of wedding and engagement rings, as of 2017, have a minimalist style. The rings that are most popular in the latest trends are modern romantic, vintage, and of gold color. There’s no doubt that rose gold is making a huge comeback on the hands of women in the USA. When coming to a Virginia Beach jeweler, don’t forget to pay attention to the four C’s of ring evaluation. Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat. Our advice to you is to do research before buying a ring to make sure you are buying the best of the best for your significant other. On a personal note, my husband and I visited Long Jewelers in Virginia Beach to do our engagement ring searching. The customer service was friendly, and the staff was knowledgeable. While looking through their large selection of rings, we sipped on (complimentary) mochas from their specialty coffee machine. We also were able to take home our navy blue Long Jewelers coffee cups as a keepsake. We decided on a Hearts on Fire engagement ring. Ever since I have had the ring from Long Jewelers on my hand, I receive compliments still to this day! We are able to take the ring to our favorite Virginia Beach Jewelers, Long Jewelers, to get it cleaned and inspected whenever we like to keep it looking beautiful and in perfect condition. Click the listings below to see the hours, location, and more about each VA Beach business to see which is right for your big decision!

5304 Providence Road Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-200-0609 Website

Since 1995, customers have been choosing Madison Jewelers as their primary jeweler in Virginia Beach. If you're looking for an engagement ring in VA Beach for your bride to be, don't forget to put Madison Jewelers on your shopping list. They have been rated "Best of Hampton Roads" for eight years by the Virginian Pilot, a local newspaper. In addition to selling diamonds, they also feature many other types of fine jewelry and a complete in-house service and maintenance department. They offer:

  • Rolex watches; new and used
  • Citizen watches
  • Cleaning of all jewelry types
  • Buy used diamonds, watches, gold, and silver
  • Much more...

Note: If you're looking to sell gold and want the most, definitely visit Beach Gold Assay. In our opinion, Charlie and his wife are the best of the best in the area when it comes to buying and selling precious metals.

 

 

Virginia Beach Limousines

Finding the right limo services for your Virginia Beach wedding could be a hassle, especially if you're not a local. We've decided to put together a list of known good options for all of your Virginia Beach transportation needs. Whether you're looking for a VIP pickup to/from the airport, or bachelor/bachorlette party designated drivers, or want to arrive at your wedding in style, choose from the following known good choices.

4213 Country Club Circle, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

(757) 424-6390

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Bay Breeze Limos in Virginia Beach offers full stretched size limos and Ford Excursions for your next special event.  Whether you need a limo for your VA Beach wedding, bachelor or bachelorette party, or want to take a group of fellow vacationers on a tour of some of the local attractions or festivals, their professional,  courteous, and extremely safety-minded drivers will be of incredible value.

 

DJs in Virginia Beach

Whether you want someone to sing Ave Maria during the ceremony, whether you want a string quartet to play the Bridal March as you walk down the aisle, whether you want a live swing band to play at your reception, or you'd prefer to have a DJ spin a mix of oldies-but-goodies with today's top hits so that your guests can really get their groove on during the reception, take a look at the musicians, bands and disc jockeys listed below as you search the music that will make your heart sing at your wedding and reception.

757-450-0411

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Strictly Bizzness is the #1 Virginia Beach wedding band! Consisting of eight of the area's most talented and professional entertainers that will make your wedding spectacular!

 

Virginia Beach Wedding Photographers

Sure, you can ask your friends to take wedding shots with their smartphones. (And you can be sure they will anyway.) But when it comes to your wedding photos - photographs that you, your parents, your own children and their children will be looking at for decades to come - you want them to be perfect, Choosing the right Virginia Beach wedding photographer who will deliver you those perfect photos at the perfect price can be a challenge. But it needn't be as you take a look through a listing of some of the finest wedding photographers below.

3519 Davies Ct, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

757-513-4030

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Wedding photography presents a unique way to connect with people in a meaningful and fulfilling way. Bryan sees the artistry in every moment. He's fast on his feet but also notices when the mood is slow and contemplative. He looks for the ways poetry can be written with light and shape. He delves into the personality and imagination of his clients and emerges with photographs that exceed expectations. He gets excited by every ceremony for which he is fortunate enough to be a part.