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Whatever time of day you choose, there are options of menus in every price range.

Wedding ceremonies held before noon may appropriately be followed by a brunch or luncheon served sitdown or buffet, which takes place in late morning or early afternoon. If afternoon activities are not planned for most of the wedding guests and a dance is to be held in the evening, dinner prior to the dance is the general rule.

Afternoon weddings work well with either an appetizer/cocktail buffet reception or a sitdown or buffet dinner reception.

Evening weddings generally require a dinner to be served at the reception - unless guests are notified that dinner will not be served.

IMPORTANT: When you order invitations, talk about the wording of the information regarding the serving of food at your wedding - this is an important point, so don't make your guests wonder whether or not they should eat before they come. Generally a reception card or a notation at the bottom of your invitation will give your guests the necessary information: 'Dinner and dance follows...' 'a noon buffet luncheon will be held ...', 'a 5-o'clock hors d'oeuvre buffet and social hour will follow the ceremony at ...'.


    Bridal Fashion Shows


Sunday, October 19, 2014
Special Occasion Show
Smithfield Center, 220 N. Church Street, Smithfield
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Featured vendors will exhibit their talents that could help make your event extraordinary. An afternoon of food tastings, prizes and fun. Information: (757) 356-9939

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Autumn Spectacular Bridal Event
Location: Kiln Creek Resort Golf Club
1003 Brick Kiln Blvd. * Newport News
Time: 2:00 - 5:oo pm
Tickets: $5 online - $10 at the doorRegister:


Sunday, November 16, 2014
The Receptin Line!
Dash from Venue to Venue While The Bridal Dish Dishes on Everything Wedding! The Reception Line! is the first traveling wedding show of its kind in Hampton Roads. Attendees will ride in style as they dash from venue to venue and enjoy touring the mock reception designs created (at each venue) by the Preferred Vendors of The Bridal Dish!
Time: 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tour: Venture Bus Tours
Venues: Seven Venues' Harrison Opera House, Chrysler Hall, and the Virginia Beach Convention Center
Tickets: $20.00 pp and available through eventbrite, search key words: The Reception Line or visit

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Fall Fashion Wedding Show
Location: Founders Inn and Spa
5641 Indian River Road * Virginia Beach
Time: 2:00 - 5:oo pm
Tickets: $5 online - $10 at the doorRegister:

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Sunday, January 11, 2015
Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase Location: Scope Exhibit Hall, Downtown Norfolk
Time: Doors open at 11:00am
Tickets: Brides are FREE, guest $10.00
Proceeds from the door are donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Smell the roses, taste the cake, see the most fabulous fashions...Join us for the most spectacular bridal event of the year. Visit over 150 vendors exhibiting their talents to make your special day even more memorable. See the latest bridal designs from the area's top bridal stores. Food and dink available for your pleasure.

Sunday, January 18 2015
A Bridal Affair
Location: Grand Affairs 2036 Pleasure House Road, Virginia Beach
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Join us for continuous fashion shows, tastings of the hottest reception cuisine, over 30 bridal specialist including photographers, florist, honeymoon specialists, caterers, and unique decorating displays.
Tickets: Brides and Grooms FREE, Guest $5 Register:

Sunday, January 25, 2015
The Grand and The Pearl Bridal Expo
Location: Newport News Marriott at City Center
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Tickets: $5 online - $10 at the door. Register: www/

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Sunday, February 1, 2015
The Wedding Corner presents The D.I.Y. Bridal Show
Location: Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel. 425 Waters St., Portsmouth
Time 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Register:

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Modern Bridal Showcase
Location: Chesapeake Conference Center
Time: 12 -4:00 pm
Tickets: $10 available through Eventbrite. Register:
Experience the Best Wedding Professionals, Taste Cuisine, Watch a Fabulous Show, Chance to win Great Door Prizes.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
The 15th Annual VOW Bridal Show
Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Couture Runway Show - Tastings - Prizes - Inspiration

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