Staunton is a wonderful town to get married in. The only trouble was getting all the vendors we wanted! There's a little competition, so make sure you do stuff early - especially the DJ and photographer!! One of the best parts of the town is that if you have a lot of families traveling, many hotels are really close together, so it's possible for families to stay at different hotels and still hang out. Also, Staunton has just enough to do for a weekend visit (which encourages families to travel for the wedding - they can make it a mini-vacation!)
If I had to rate some of the best things about our particular wedding, I would say our photographer and Norb's food were definitely up there. If I could make a recommendation - I would say make your own favors! It saves SO MUCH cost, and if you (and some bridesmaids) are creative, you can think of something excellent. My sister and I made flavored chocolates shaped like a moon (a meaningful thing between my husband and I). It was so great to give a little something of us to our guests - and people really raved about them!
Danielle is AMAZING. Everyone told of how professional she was, she knew exactly what we wanted, the pictures were online within 1 day! They are so beautiful. I've been in many weddings, but THIS photographer has been the best!
Well, the cake was GORGEOUS. Aside from that, the prices were a little steep. But the biggest issue was they definitely gave us the wrong kind of cake. We ordered yellow cake (we specifically wanted a lighter cake for our outdoor reception), and they gave us their "special" cake, which cost a dollar more, and tasted mildly like cornbread. Our guests even asked us if it was! So it was a thick cake for a hot outdoor reception. Aside from the mistake (which we didn't even realize until the next day), the staff was very nice, the cake really was beautiful, and the bakery shop is adorable. Worth a visit to check out their stuff.
I'm sorry I do not have more contact information for Norb. I'm sure you can find him in a phone book - we knew him through family. NORB IS INCREDIBLE. I can NOT even describe the deliciousness of his food. He is incredibly generous and sweet, he gives you EXACTLY what you want and takes it to the next level. UNREAL.
Rask has been in business for years and they are the cream of the crop in Staunton. Perhaps their prices are a little steep, but that's because they are the best. The flowers were by FAR the most beautiful decoration of our ceremony. Unbelievably beautiful.
THIS HOTEL IS THE PLACE TO STAY. The groom's family stayed there, and it is the best. A little over a year old, the rooms are huge, they each have a microwave and fridge, a meeting room if needed to hang out. Walking distance restaurants.
We stayed here the wedding night. The room was perfect, but more expensive than it should have been. Still, if you want a nice experience, it's a gorgeous hotel.
If you want a Catholic ceremony, this is the place to be. The stained glass windows are all being remade, so they let in the most beautiful light.
The Pavilion is wonderful, but NOT a location to have if it's going to be very hot. Unfortunately for us, it was hot and humid and rainy, so we had a triple threat. But the rental cost is excellent, the restrictions are limited, and the Museum staff was great.
A very nice hotel if you're looking for a relatively inexpensive place to stay. The only missing part is that the hotel has no real "meeting room", and my traveling family is large, and wanted a place to gather and hang out.
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