Once upon a time in Loudoun when the weather got warmer and the vines started to bud, couples chose to make that forever fairy-tale come true. There was a beautiful engagement and the bride and groom are ecstatic to take the next step in their relationship, but once the honeymoon phase of the engagement fades the reality hits, they actually have to plan a wedding! As much fun as it is, planning a wedding can also be a little stressful for couples and it’s hard to know where to start! Luckily, their fairy godmother is here with the six steps to having a perfect wedding in Loudoun:

The Venue: Selecting a venue is an important first step in wedding planning because some venues can book years in advance. Loudoun is a one stop shop for all kinds of brides and wedding themes. Whether you want a rustic chic wedding in a remodeled barn or the traditional church wedding, there is something that LoCo can offer you. Check out our Pinterest venue board to see the many other beautiful weddings and get inspired.

The Date: Loudoun is wedding ready all year round. You can have an autumn wedding as the leaves begin to turn against the Blue Ridge Mountains at Bluemont Vineyard WeddingBluemont Vineyard or a summer wedding when the flowers are in full bloom in the gardens of Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. The landscape in LoCo never gets old and would serve as the perfect backdrop to a ceremony throughout the year.

The Dress: Once the venue and date are set in stone, the dress moves to the top of the list! Whether you go with lace, satin, beading, tulle, colors, sleeves, straps or sleeveless there are shops in Loudoun like La Reve Bridal House where you can go to shop until you drop with the feeling that you found “the” dress. Of course, with the dress comes new bling so you shine on your wedding day. Take a day to stroll through designer shops at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets or through the downtown streets to see what one-of-a-kind piece you can find at our shopping destinations.

The Drinks: Picking drink options can always be a challenge. Do you go with beer, wine or maybe Breaux Vineyardssomething a little stronger? While the choice is up to you and your soon-to-be partner, just know that you can get it all in LoCo. With over 50 wineries, breweries and distilleries, there is no going wrong. Get some bottles of vino from Breaux Vineyard, grab some craft beer at  Ocelot Brewing Company or even cocktails from Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and hit the dance floor with your friends, family and loved ones.

The Food: After enjoying a refreshing drink, begin feasting on the delicious food your wedding will feature. Bring the culinary aspects of Loudoun to your wedding and choose a meal that will fit your taste palate and theme. Go casual with barbeque from Monk’s BBQ or choose from a destination restaurant like Magnolias at the Mill. You can find other options on our wedding vendors page.

The Stay: Sometimes the best part of the wedding is when it’s over and you can finally escape with your Comfort Suites Chocolate and Winenew partner in life to some beautiful resort for a night alone. In Loudoun, choose between a cozy bed and breakfast like Zion Springs Bed and Breakfast, a high-end resort such as Lansdowne Resort or the convenience of the Comfort Suites in downtown Leesburg. There are many options to finish off your wedding day on our accommodations page.

Of course, there are many more aspects to planning a wedding, so I invite you to check out our weddings page to take advantage of Visit Loudoun's complimentary services to ease the stresses of planning and ensure your special day is everything you dreamed of and our wedding Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration on how to host your big day in Loudoun.

If you have any ideas, tips, stories or photos about the wedding you had in LoCo, let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter . We hope that your wedding day ends happily ever after!