You’ve finally found the love of your life, your best friend, your person — and there’s no better feeling than taking the next step with them. We know how eager you are to plan the wedding of your dreams, but we certainly don’t want any of these big decisions keep you up at night! So, we’ve assembled a little guide to help make sure that you’re absolutely in love with every detail of your special day.
Before you walk down the aisle, check out these six steps to the perfect wedding in Loudoun County. You’ll find that Loudoun’s historic charm, craft culture and vibrant countryside make it the most romantic location to get married 💜 Congratulations!
1. The Venue 💒
Some wedding venues book up years in advance, so locking down all your celebration locations is great place to start. Whether you want an elegant wedding with winery views, rustic-chic nuptials in a remodeled barn or a traditional church ceremony, Loudoun’s got it all. Our venues offer the perfect setting for guest lists both intimate and infinite. Scroll through the gallery below for some inspo from real Loudoun weddings! 😍
2. The Date 📅
It’s always the “season of love” in Loudoun! Save the date for a spring or summer ceremony when the gardens are in full bloom at the Audubon Naturalist Society's Rust Manor. 💐 Alternatively, aim for an autumn wedding as the leaves begin to turn against the Blue Ridge Mountains at Breaux Vineyards. Or, why not wed in winter at Shadow Creek's “wow”-worthy barn? The evolving Loudoun landscape provides timeless beauty and serves as a stunning backdrop, no matter the month!
3. The Dress 👰
Once the venue and date are set in stone 💎, the dress moves to the top of the list. Whether you go lace or beaded, long-sleeved or sweetheart, mermaid or princess, the shops in Loudoun have got you covered. At The Middleburg Bride, you can shop ‘til you drop with the feeling that you found “the one”. After finding the dress, you’ll need new bling to keep up that wedding “glow” on your big day 💁♀️ Take a day to stroll through designer shops at the Leesburg Premium Outlets, or wander through Loudoun’s downtown streets to discover the one-of-a-kind piece that will complete your bridal vibe!
4. The Drinks 🍸
Picking drink options can often be a challenge… but, for Loudoun County weddings, it’s one of those “good-problem-to-have” challenges 😅 Do you go with beer, wine or maybe specialty cocktails? While the choice is up to you and your spouse-to-be, just know that the options are endless in Loudoun. We’re talking 40+ wineries, 30+ breweries and several distilleries. Then again, why choose? To us, the perfect combo is something like a few cases of vino from Stone Tower Winery 🍷, a keg from Bear Chase Brewing Company 🍻 and bottles from Catoctin Creek Distilling Company 🥃. Thanks to Loudoun’s craft beverage scene, you’ll be ready to hit the dance floor with your friends, family and loved ones!
5. The Food 🍽️
Of course, dancing up a storm means working up an appetite 🕺🔜😋 So, what kind of feasting do you want your wedding to feature? Luckily, Loudoun’s chefs to bring serious culinary chops to the table, whatever your palate prefers. Go casual with comfort food from Monk’s BBQ, or dine in decadence with a menu from Savoir Fare catering. If there’s a unique twist to your taste, try The Conche’s specialty treats. Check out our Vendors page to plan a mouthwatering wedding that will keep you full ‘til your first anniversary — bon appétit!
6. The Stay 📍
Your wedding day will be fun, but busy. (They don’t call it “your big day” for nothing!) So, planning your escape to a sweet oasis for two at the end of the night is maybe the most essential detail 😴 Take your pick of a cozy haven like The Manor at Airmont, a luxury resort like Lansdowne Resort or the convenience of Hampton Inn & Suites. No matter where you choose to crash, Loudoun’s amenities will keep you rested and relaxed in wedded bliss ✨
Hopefully this six-step wedding planning guide has you off on the right foot 😁 However, we also cordially invite you to check out our Weddings Page to take full advantage of Visit Loudoun's complimentary services. We can help ensure that your wedding is the best day of your life... and know it's just the beginning of your happily ever after 💜