Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Elopements, the affordable alternative

A beautiful, intimate day free of stress and high-cost. It's your day, your wedding day.

Intelligent, independent couples elope for many reasons. Some to create the wedding they want without any compromises, some to put their relationship ahead of a commercialized tradition. Some because the logistics of bring family together is difficult.

Today's elopements are on the rise and they are happy surprises. Eloping is the wedding day as it was before the advent of the circus wedding affair that included the 200 person guest list, and the $5000 bar bill. A wedding is a day, but a marriage is forever.

While elopements have traditionally been an exclusive affair consisting of only the Bride and Groom, they don't have to be. Just because you elope does not mean that family members or friends can't be with you. You can still have your father walk you down the aisle or your best friend witness your ceremony. The best part of eloping is that there are no rules!

Be happy about your decision to put your relationship and future first. Relish that your first steps in wedded bliss can be putting the down payment on a house, or an indulgent trip of a lifetime, not paying off the $28,800 the average wedding costs today. Your decision to elope is no longer outside of the norm, congratulations and welcome to the elopement community.

Is your family feeling a little blue about missing the magical moment of your ceremony? Consider hiring a videographer to record your ceremony. Then you can surprise your family with a special gift or play it during a post elopement party.

Since your looking at this I just bet you or someone you know is looking at the possibility of eloping right? Well, why not consider us here at the Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg Virginia. Remember “Virginia is for lovers”. and there is no more romantic place in Virginia to wed then Williamsburg.

Here at the Colonial Gardens B&B we offer several different options for a stress free wedding or elopement. Our most basic package includes simply a beautiful place and setting complete with an arbor dressing in white, ivory and flowers or simple flowers and vines which ever you choose. It also comes with a hand tied bridal bouquet and a grooms boutonniere in the color of your choice. Memorable photos on a disk and background ceremonial music along with a marriage commissioner to make it all legal which by the way is included in your package. All this for only $499 tax included.

Upgrade that package with an overnight stay in one of our beautiful rooms or suites & dinner at one of Williamsburg’s most romantic restaurants either Opus 9 or Le Yaca return to your room to find your turned down bed filled with rose petals and a chilled bottle of Champagne on ice and a real wedding cake to celebrate your nuptials. Sleep in till your late check out.

Her is some of the top reason to elope

Wedding Cost
Religion / Culture
Want to marry quickly
Marrying Again
Want a small wedding
Dislike attention

When Eloping here at the Colonial Gardens B&B, all you need to do is call, We will get the ball rolling for you, we take care of the details, The only thing you need to do is get your license and show up with your fiancĂ©’ Your can wear a formal dress or a sundress it’s your day! Call us today to let us help make your day special. 800-886-9715

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

So What Makes a Romantic Getaway Romantic?

First start with a great place. A bed and breakfast for example offers the perfect backdrop because it is likely to have the luxury linens with high tread counts that you should look for and they probably have been hand ironed with scents like lavender or rose. It may have a fireplace and unlike a stale, cookie cutter hotel it should have character and warmth. It will also have something no hotel can offer, an innkeeper who owns and operates the B&B thus giving it a personal touch.

Just as important as having the right backdrop for your romantic interlude is having the right frame of mind for it. Don’t go into it with an itinerary of what your going to do every moment of your romantic getaway, what’s romantic about that. Being able to linger after breakfast with a walk in the garden or share a glass of wine in front of the fireplace in your room before going to dinner makes for great romantic moments.

At many bed and breakfasts, the innkeepers provide a videocassette recorder or DVD player in your room. Some B&B’s also provide movies for you, most a no additional charge. A romantic movie is a great way to get the mood going, here are some of the most romantic movies out there:
1. Casablanca
From 1942, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
2. Gone With the Wind
From 1939, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.
3. West Side Story
From 1961, starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer.
4. Roman Holiday
From 1953, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
5. An Affair to Remember
From 1957, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
6. The Way We Were
From 1973, starring Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand.
7. Doctor Zhivago
From 1965, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie.
8. It's a Wonderful Life
From 1946, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
9. Love Story
From 1970, starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal.
10. City Lights
From 1931, starring Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill.

Ask your Innkeeper if your B&B provides a music player in your room if not, bring one along with some romantic and sensual music. The Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg VA provides a CD, MP3 player in all of their rooms. They also have a “Love Songs” CD, that can be purchased and playing in your room or suite when you check-in for only $10. If your B&B dose not provide these here are some examples of the most loved love songs of our era:

"Someone to Watch Over Me"

George and Ira Gershwin, 1926

The birthplace of this lovely and moody number was an otherwise light and frothy Broadway musical called "Oh, Kay." The song was originally fast-paced, but soon moved to the ballad form.

"Night and Day"
by Cole Porter, 1932

Written for the play, "Gay Divorce," and also appearing in the film, "The Gay Divorcee," this may be the most famous of Porter's 800+ songs

"Unchained Melody"

Alex North and Hy Zaret, 1936

William Stirrat was 16 and too shy to approach the girl of his dreams, so he wrote one of the world's most beautiful tales of love and longing (using Zaret as his pen name). The breathtaking melody was by Alex North (who went on to compose scores for "Spartacus," "Cleopatra," and many other films).

"First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

by Ewan MacColl, 1957

A long, slowly-building flame is how some people describe the version sung by Roberta Flack, which created a sensation when it appeared in Clint Eastwood's 1971 directorial debut, "Play Misty for Me."

by Terry Kirkman, 1966

Kirkman reportedly wrote this lovely song in a half-hour while he was the keyboard player in the overlooked Los Angeles-based band The Association. Featuring wonderfully expressive vocal harmonies

"God Only Knows"
by Brian Wilson, 1966

Although it begins with the line, "I may not always love you," the rest of the song is as assertive about undying love as anything ever written.

"Your Song"
by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, 1967

It is said that the original lyric sheet has coffee stains on it because Taupin wrote the song at breakfast one morning at the home of John's parents.

"I Will Always Love You"
by Dolly Parton, 1974

When Dolly Parton ended her professional songwriting relationship with Porter Wagoner, she wrote this heartfelt breakup song even though they were not romantically involved.

by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams, 1983

Written for the thankfully forgotten 1983 film "A Night in Heaven," the song also appeared on Adams' "Reckless" album the following year and hit number one.

"In Your Eyes"
by Peter Gabriel, 1986

This track from Gabriel's "So" album has been called the most beautiful love song ever recorded.

Now that you have your Backdrop and atmosphere covered make sure to ask your innkeeper for recommendations to the most romantic restaurants in town. Any good innkeeper goes out to dinner often enough to make sure they know what is going on around town and who is offering the best steak or crab cakes. I call it research and development, well at least that’s how I justify it with my husband.

Don’t forget the candles, chocolates and Champagne! Most innkeepers will be able to provide these things for you at a reasonable charge and trust me they will definitely add to romantic experience but none more than a decadent and delicious Breakfast served in bed. Some B&B’s offer this as an add-on service here at the Colonial Gardens B&B we offer Breakfast in bed with many of our romantic packages.

With all these things considered your search for the perfect romantic interlude should be a lot easier. And remember, when looking for the perfect romantic getaway in Williamsburg Virginia, Look no further then the Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast and one of their romantic packages. 800-886-9715

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Romantic Colonial Williamsburg Wedding

Once again we hosted a successful Williamsburg wedding and helped two very nice families come together and begin supporting the lovely couple Jason and Heidi. The couple and their respective families hailed from New Jersey and got here just in time to avoid the latest northeast winter blast.

The family stayed at the Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg Virginia for 2 nights. The wedding took place in the living room under beautiful flowing white and ivory sheers and white roses. The bride stood on white rose petals.

James Gilley, a Williamsburg marriage commissioner, officiated the wedding nuptials. The bride wore ivory and carried a beautiful hand tied bridal bouquet made by the floral design team at Colonial Gardens B&B, It consisted of large white Akito roses with lily grass, flat fern and white stock. The maid of honor, her sister, wore black and carried deep red Black Magic red and white roses.

The family went on after the vows to the Opus 9 Steakhouse where they were seated to a private dinner in the Mozart room to enjoy their meal, cake and champagne.

The group awoke the next morning to enjoy cream cheese filed croissants’ lightly backed with a homemade grand Marnier sauce drizzled on top with backed eggs on cream and crisp bacon. Needless to say, this family did not go home hungry!

Looking for the perfect Williamsburg Location for you intimate Williamsburg wedding? Look to us then at Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast where romance and comfort are second to none in the Virginia lodging department.