Q+A with Juli Valentine, Wedding Coordinator

Q+A with Juli Valentine, Marriage ceremony Coordinator

Alexandria Residing Journal is worked up to current the 2022 Alexandria Marriage ceremony Showcase, arising April 10 at The Alexandrian resort in Outdated City Alexandria.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with none aside from fashion knowledgeable Monte Durham of “Say Sure to the Costume – Atlanta” and Salon MONTE in Outdated City Alexandria.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 excellent marriage ceremony day!

ALM: What marriage ceremony developments are you trying ahead to seeing this marriage 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 mates who may not 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 women and ring bearers are at all times lovable, seeing how severely grown males take throwing flower petals at all times makes for a memorable opening to the ceremony.

ALM: Why is your online business a fantastic choice for {couples} in Alexandria and elsewhere? 

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

ALM: At what level within the marriage 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 is perhaps 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 strategy with any who e book us a yr or extra out and also can 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 will have any need-to-know recommendation for newly engaged {couples}?

Juli: Take pleasure in being engaged! Then, while you’re prepared, begin enthusiastic about the fashion and site of venue you wish to get married in since you do not actually have a marriage date till you will have a venue. Name us while you’re able to e book the remainder of your distributors (and even earlier than if you would like help with the venue search) so we are able to offer you referrals!

Q: What’s the most effective marriage 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 proper day, crammed with private touches and was what prompted me to get into marriage ceremony planning. My aim is to ensure each one among our {couples} has as nice a day as my husband and I had. The very 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 marriage ceremony events are usually a lot enjoyable to work with as a result of they know they will utterly chill out 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 among 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 any case!

ALM: Why is Alexandria a fantastic marriage ceremony vacation spot? 

Juli: Alexandria has the proper mixture of historical past, attraction and proximity to a wide range of marriage ceremony weekend actions to maintain your visitors and entertained. There’s loads 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, lodges, gardens, artwork galleries — so {couples} should have no hassle discovering the proper spot to get married.

ALM: What’s the most unusual work you’ve performed for a marriage? 

Juli: Every couple brings their very own distinctive view and persona to marriage 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 large and little issues that make their love sing. I’ll say having to trace down a groom’s cake that out of the blue went lacking (attributable to a well-meaning visitor wanting to ensure it was stored protected) is up there for most unusual 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 observe the confirmed course of we now have in place to ensure they’re profitable, which incorporates filling out types and answering quite a lot of questions. We are able to solely assist with the data we have been given so tell us something and every part you wish to occur in your day and we’ll get it performed. We offer limitless communication to all of our {couples} and once we say name, electronic mail or textual content us with any query, concern or execs 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.