Q+A with Juli Valentine, Wedding Coordinator

Q+A with Juli Valentine, Marriage ceremony Coordinator

Alexandria Dwelling Journal is worked up to current the 2022 Alexandria Marriage ceremony Showcase, arising April 10 at The Alexandrian resort in Previous City Alexandria. The occasion begins off with a bang, with a VIP brunch with none aside from fashion knowledgeable Monte Durham of “Say Sure to the Costume – Atlanta” and Salon MONTE in Previous City Alexandria.

We’re sitting down with a few of our distributors, together with Juli Valentine of Fully Coordinated, to get the dish on all issues weddings. Come to the showcase and meet Juli and different distributors to plan your good wedding ceremony day!

ALM: What wedding ceremony developments are you trying ahead to seeing this wedding ceremony season? 

Juli: What we’re most trying ahead to is a return to greater occasions — we beloved the intimacy of 2020 and 2021 weddings, however cannot wait to see households and pals who won’t have seen one another the previous few years reuniting safely and having fun with one another’s firm. That, and extra flower guys! Whereas flower ladies and ring bearers are at all times cute, seeing how critically grown males take throwing flower petals at all times makes for a memorable opening to the ceremony.

ALM: Why is your corporation an important choice for {couples} in Alexandria and elsewhere? 

Juli: We offer planning providers at coordination costs! We perceive how a lot it prices to dwell and get married on this space, so we definitely do not wish to add to our {couples}’ budgets. In truth, we love to assist them discover methods to avoid wasting wherever potential. We’re based mostly in D.C., however our workforce is unfold out everywhere in the DMV so we are able to present referrals for all types of venues and distributors in Alexandria and the encircling space.

ALM: At what level within the wedding ceremony planning course of ought to {couples} begin working with you? 

Juli: As quickly as potential! The sooner we’re concerned within the course of, the sooner we are able to mitigate any issues that could be coming down the pike by reviewing contracts and making a preliminary timeline. That mentioned, we meet our {couples} wherever they’re so we are able to present a extra hands-on method with any who e-book us a 12 months or extra out and can even meet up with {couples} who’ve booked all their different distributors and simply want us to get them to the end line.

Q: Do you may have any need-to-know recommendation for newly engaged {couples}?

Juli: Get pleasure from being engaged! Then, while you’re prepared, begin fascinated about the fashion and placement of venue you want to get married in since you do not actually have a marriage date till you may have a venue. Name us while you’re able to e-book the remainder of your distributors (and even earlier than in order for you help with the venue search) so we are able to give you referrals!

Q: What’s the perfect wedding ceremony you’ve ever been to and what made it so nice? 

Juli: Is it too cliche to say my very own? It was truthfully the right day, full of private touches and was what prompted me to get into wedding ceremony planning. My purpose is to ensure each one in all our {couples} has as nice a day as my husband and I had. One of the best weddings we work are these the place the {couples} totally belief us and the method we have put into place to ensure their day goes easily. These {couples} and their wedding ceremony events are typically a lot enjoyable to work with as a result of they know they will fully loosen up and benefit from the day!

ALM: How do you get inspiration and new concepts? 

Juli: We’re at all times on the lookout for new inspiration and concepts on Instagram, in addition to from the artistic and proficient distributors that we work with. And truthfully, we’re at all times taking notes when one in all our {couples} comes up with one thing new and distinctive to have the ability to recommend it to future shoppers — imitation is the very best type of flattery, in spite of everything!

ALM: Why is Alexandria an important wedding ceremony vacation spot? 

Juli: Alexandria has the right mixture of historical past, attraction and proximity to quite a lot of wedding ceremony weekend actions to maintain your friends and entertained. There’s a lot to do in Alexandria itself, however you are additionally near D.C., Northern Virginia wineries and extra. Moreover, it has one thing for everybody so far as venues go — river views, metropolis views, historic mansions, motels, gardens, artwork galleries — so {couples} should have no hassle discovering the right spot to get married.

ALM: What’s the most original work you’ve accomplished for a marriage? 

Juli: Every couple brings their very own distinctive view and character to wedding ceremony planning and that is what we love about it a lot! No two weddings are precisely alike and we love serving to our {couples} showcase the massive and little issues that make their love sing. I’ll say having to trace down a groom’s cake that instantly went lacking (resulting from a well-meaning visitor wanting to ensure it was stored protected) is up there for most original challenges we have confronted these days!

ALM: How can {couples} put together to have an unbelievable expertise working with you? 

Juli: {Couples} ought to come into the Fully Coordinated expertise with a willingness to comply with the confirmed course of we’ve got in place to ensure they’re profitable, which incorporates filling out varieties and answering quite a lot of questions. We will solely assist with the knowledge we have been given so tell us something and all the things you wish to occur in your day and we’ll get it accomplished. We offer limitless communication to all of our {couples} and after we say name, e mail or textual content us with any query, concern or professionals and cons, we imply it! The worth of that service is what you get out of it, so take benefit!

ALM: The place can potential shoppers discover you?

Juli: Take a look at our web site, our Instagram or Fb, or our storefront on The Knot.