How To Create Your Wedding Day Timeline

You have your sparkly ring, dreamy venue, and maybe even your perfect wedding dress. Wedding planning up to this point has been just magical, from day dreaming with your close friends to sharing emotional moments with your family. Then, all of the sudden, the questions start coming: What time does the wedding start? Where should I book a hotel? How many tables will you have? What time is cocktail hour?

My sweet Bride, you are now entering the uncharted territory of wedding logistics. Things that previously meant nothing to you (e.g. how much time you should allow for cake cutting) will now seem like a life or death decision about which your friends and family will have very hard opinions. Take a deep breath, because we are here to help. Hold tight to your fiancé and follow these tips on how to create a wedding timeline that will keep you sane and stress free on your big day.

Identify Your Values

When you think of your wedding day, what sticks out to you? A big, beautiful feast? The perfect music? Dancing the night away at your reception? There are so many traditional and non-traditional wedding activities, but unfortunately, you can’t fit them all into your 5-or-so hour event. Think about the parts of your wedding that you truly value and write them down. That way, when your friends and family start giving you well-meaning advice, you don’t lose sight of the big picture. Work your timeline around your values, not the other way around. Remember, this day is about celebrating your love and sharing your vision with the people who love you most.

Keep Your Guests in Mind

While your wedding day is all about you, the reality is that there are also 150 other people to consider when creating your wedding timeline. Keep the action moving and avoid long periods of no activity. Instead of having your guests wait for dinner while you take photos, provide a fun cocktail hour with delicious hors d’oeuvres and fun music. As you enjoy cake, entertain your guests with hilarious and heartfelt toasts from your Best Man and Maid of Honor. This strategy also helps you fit in as much fun as possible during your wedding!

Make Some Decisions (and stick with them)

The hardest part of wedding logistics is actually nailing down the details. Many brides make the mistake of waiting too long to make decisions, and the timeline becomes an overwhelming obstacle. For most brides, this is the first time they have had to make a wedding timeline, and they don’t know where to start. Below, we’ve provided a sample timeline just to give you a “jumping off” point.


Don’t let the stress of wedding logistics take away from your wedding planning experience. At Plantation on Sunnybrook, our wedding planners have done this a time or two. Whether you need a full wedding timeline or advice about how to get started, we are there for you. Call us at 540-561-0700 to book a tour and speak with us about bringing your dream wedding from words on a page to reality.

Our Favorite Things: Fall Weddings!

It’s finally here. Fall is in the air, and this week we are capturing our excitement over Fall Weddings. In the past few years, we have seen a rise in couples wanting to get married in September, October, and November. The changing leaves and crisp air almost gives the feeling of a second “new year,” and an anticipation of the future. Also- fall wedding colors are the BEST.

Fall Flowers

Can we just take a second to appreciate fall-inspired floral arrangements? The bold, bright colors stand out against the neutral tones of a traditional wedding. There is so much variety, and the flower options are so fun! Fall styles make even small arrangements pop in a huge way.

Fall Colors

Those deep reds and burgundies. Dark navy suits. Fiery trees in the background. From dresses to nature, fall colors are bold and unique. You can also complement them in so many unique ways. You can soften your wine red with a pale blush or dusty blue, or embolden it with a dark navy or bright orange.

Fall Weather

Unfortunately, we at the Plantation on Sunnybrook cannot take credit for the incredible weather that a southwest Virginia fall can offer. We can take advantage of it, though! Our outdoor spaces stay cool, but not too cool, and our indoor spaces can feel like a warm hug on a chilly day. And, if it gets too cold, we can pull out our outdoor heaters so you and your guests can keep on dancing on our covered veranda.

Are you planning a fall wedding? Our September & October 2018 dates are filling up fast! Call us at 540-561-0700 for a tour!

Our Favorite Things: Vintage Details!

It should come as no surprise that we LOVE everything vintage. And our 100-year-old historic plantation home is the perfect backdrop for our favorite vintage details!


Vintage Furniture

Over the years, we have scoured antique stores and estate sales collecting beautiful vintage furniture pieces. From couches to buffets, we carefully curate furniture that will add an extra charm to weddings and events at our venue. There is no better way to stand out from the crowd than incorporating unique details to your event.

Vintage China

Want to add some pizzazz to your guest seating tables? Vintage will take your décor to the next level. The best part? You can mix and match your china to create a fun and unique look. Vintage china is also a great way to honor your family members. We can mix your family china in with our collection. What is more special than eating your wedding dinner on the same china your great-grandmother used at her wedding?

Vintage Photography

Have you ever seen those amazing vintage wedding photos? The ones where they separate the men and the women, and they snap straight-faced sepia-toned masterpieces? The Plantation on Sunnybrook is the perfect place to recreate some of those iconic images. Ask your wedding photographer if they are up for some non-traditional, traditional photos that will showcase your vintage style.

Talk to your wedding planner about the best ways to incorporate vintage style into your wedding to display your unique vision. We have some amazing pieces available for our brides to rent and enjoy!

How to Plan for Rain on your Wedding Day

You wake up the morning of your wedding, and look out the window. It’s raining. You take a deep breath and brace yourself for the next few hours full of people telling you “It’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day!” (NOT helpful, Aunt Carol). However, you are not worried about the weather! You followed these steps before hand to ensure your wedding day goes off without a hitch.

Have a Plan B before your Plan A.

Weather planning starts as soon as your venue search begins. Ask each venue about their back-up plan for inclement weather, and make sure you love it! There’s nothing worse than loving Plan A, and then feeling like you are compromising your vision for Plan B. Has your venue dealt with weather problems in the past? Ask them how they overcame the challenges. Make sure you are confident in your venue’s ability to be flexible when it comes to rain. Your peace of mind is at stake! Work with your venue and planner to create a Plan B that fits your needs. You may love Plan B so much, that it becomes your Plan A!

Coordinate your Vendors

Once you create your weather plan with your planner and venue, loop in your other vendors. Your photographer, videographer, and DJ should all be comfortable with your weather plans long before the big day. You may never even need to deploy Plan B, but coordinating your vendors ahead of time will make your wedding day run much smoother and save you a lot of stress!

Wait it Out

In many places, especially in Virginia, weather can change on a dime. On Monday, the Weather Channel app may forecast rain all day on Saturday. Resist the urge to change your whole wedding day plan right away. As hard as it is, wait the weather out for as long as possible. Discuss with your venue the “last possible moment” to make a call on executing your Plan B. Make sure you know all the vendor fees associated with last-minute changes. Because you have already coordinated your venue, planner, and other vendors, your event team should be able to seamlessly make changes in a timely manner and give you the wedding of your dreams.

When you spend a whole year planning for one day, changing plans due to weather can make you feel emotional and defeated. However, if you can be proactive by creating a weather plan that you love, you can navigate the weather in the least traumatic way possible. Rely on your venue, planner, and vendors to keep the event rolling so you can focus your attention on what matters most: marrying your true love and celebrating with the most important people in your life.

Company Picnic at EcoVillage

There's no better way to show your employees how much you appreciate their work than with a big party! Steel Dynamics has been celebrating their employees with a family picnic for many years, and we were so excited to partner with them to create an incredible event. 

We put on the Backyard Barbeque-themed picnic at EcoVillage in Floyd, VA. Guests were entertained with bingo, inflatables, carnival games, live entertainment, and even a petting zoo!

And let's not forget the food! We crafted a classic, yet creative Backyard Barbeque menu display that wowed the crowd. Along with lunch, we created and designed an ice cream station, chip bar, snow cone station, and an array of carnival treats. 

We have been planning and executing company picnics for nearly 20 years, and it is one of our favorite types of events. Something about a fun atmosphere, delicious foods, and exciting activities really gives us something to celebrate! 

Thinking about throwing a company picnic or corporate event? Call us at 540-561-0700 to hear how we can help!

The Janelle Terrace

Imagine: a covered outdoor veranda, a bubbling waterfall, beautiful flowers all around. The Janelle Terrace provides our couples with a great outdoor ceremony and reception space that surrounds them with natural beauty. The best part of this space is its versatility. From your ceremony to your dance floor, the Janelle Terrace has you covered.

After your ceremony, the Janelle Terrace can be transformed into the perfect party space. You and your guests can dance the night away!

Come out to the Plantation on Sunnybrook to check out the Janelle Terrace along with the entire venue!

The Boxwood Garden

There is nothing better than a beautiful, outdoor wedding. The Plantation on Sunnybrook has many different indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, and one of our favorites is the Boxwood Garden. The large space, beautiful greenery, and beautiful white pergola is the perfect backdrop as you marry the love of your life.

Add white drapery and flowers to the pergola to create an elegant and romantic look to your ceremony.

You can also use the Boxwood Garden to take unique photos with a luscious, green background in any season.

The Boxwood Garden can even be transformed into an amazing reception space!

It’s no secret why the Boxwood Garden is one of the Plantation on Sunnybrook’s most popular spaces. Contact us for a tour of our entire wedding venue!