Venue Tour|Childress Vineyards|Lexington, NC|Katrina McCullum. Wedding Planner

Childress Vineyards

Childress Vineyards

In August I had the pleasure of visiting a local vineyard, only 30 minutes from my home. I was invited to a local meetup of a group of travelers. I knew there were vineyards in my area but never really gave it much thought.

Although I was not there for any wedding related activites, I couldn’t help but think…. Oh this is such a great spot for a wedding and started seeking out the event room. 11914883_747079905396276_5813440119313715176_n

Can you say breathtaking. Not just the room but the whole property was just amazing. So much space. So many photos opps.


I can just imagine some beautiful photographs just using this walkway.
This would be a great idea for a bridal shower or engagement party. Pair it with the wine tours and tastings and you are gold. We were able to do both and have an amazing lunch at the end. Fantastic view, fun activity, learn about wine, have some samples and enjoy the food. A perfect evening. 11953025_10207265296849012_2106068768481304113_n
So if you have a theme wedding that includes Winery, Italian, Rustic, Greek, Enchanted Garden, Tuscan, California, Outdoor, Destination or just want to have an awesome location. Childress Vineyards is the way to go. If you are not in NC and you can’t have a Destionation wedding check out your local winery or one nearby.

Schedule a tour or stop by for some lunch but you will not be disappointed by this Winery. Oh! While you are there; check out the wine slushies and have a chocolate shot. 😉

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Photo from Childress Vineyard Website.

Photo from Childress Vineyard Website.

Oh! While you are there, check out the wine slushies and have a chocolate shot. 😉

Happy Planning!


Jacksonville Weddings~Michelle and Jennifer


Jennifer and Michelle renewed their vows of their legal wedding at the Garden Club of Jacksonville, FL on October 21, 2012. It was a short sweet ceremony followed by a great reception. I especially loved the flower “ladies” (shown in the short platinum dresses above),


Divine Design Indulgence Cakes made the cupcakes you see about. In several assorted flavors, sure to please everyone. image


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Jennifer and Michelle’s main concern for their reception was the food and beverage. They did not want their guest waiting or hungry. Upon arrival the guest were greeted with passed appetizers and open bar. Guest were then ushered into the courtyard for the ceremony.
Once the ceremony was over, more food and drinks were served. Once the Brides and the wedding party arrived and the first dances were over… several food stations were open so guest would not have to wait, and had different types of food to choose from. They even had a coffee bar to party throughout the night.

The vendors

How To Pick the Perfect Venue!

There are a few basic things to consider when selecting a wedding venue.

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First, pick locations that can accommodate your guests comfortably. If you plan on having 100 people attend your wedding, don’t choose a location that can only fit 75 people, or one that can fit 100 people with no room for other wedding activities.

Research any location requirements.

Some venues require separately held event insurance or private security to be on site. Many locations outlaw certain decorating practices, or allow beer and wine to be served but not hard liquor.

Do your homework to avoid any last minute surprises about your venue. Review all contracts thoroughly and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Failure to follow all contract policies can cause you to lose any event deposits or receive additional bills. Organize your entire wedding budget before shopping around for a venue. Don’t tour locations that you cannot afford. Put deposit and full payment due dates on your calendar. Missing a payment date may result in losing your venue late in the game, or incurring costly late fees.

Book your wedding and reception venues early. Most venues suggest booking their space nine months to one year in advance. The closer you are to your wedding date the harder it is to find a suitable venue. Research venue locations online to read any site reviews. Consider writing your own review after your event to assist other people planning their weddings in the future.

Here’s a list of questions you may want to ask. These questions are often overlooked and forgotten.

What is your maximum capacity for a seated event?

Do you allow music and alcohol on the premises? Are there any restrictions?

Are tables and chairs available at the venue?

Do you require us to work with your preferred vendors?

What time will we gain access to the location? When do we need to be out?

Is the location available the evening before to set up?

Are there any additional insurance requirements?

Do you allow additional décor? Are there any restrictions?

What initial deposit is required?

When is the balance due?

Following these guidelines can help you choose your venue a little easier.

Happy Planning

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