Andrew Morrell Photography, Wedding Joy, Light & Laughter

Andrew Morrell Photography, Wedding Joy, Light & Laughter! I am not sure which I like more, Andrew Morrell's incredible artistic talent or his clients who let their inner light shine for his camera. This photographer is truly unique, he is a master at making his...

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Wedding Industry Kickbacks & Hidden Fees

Wedding Industry Kickbacks & Hidden Fees Are Busting Your Budget! 56,000 couples will get married in Virginia each year, just one state! The average wedding budget is $29,000, this means the wedding industry in VA alone produces an estimated 1.6 billion dollars...

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Could Your Wedding Venue Get Shut Down?

Could Your Wedding Venue Get Shut Down? What every wedding venue should know before they start booking clients, touring couples or hosting events. Could Your Wedding Venue Get Shut Down? MAYBE? Sorry folks, that is as clear an answer as I could provide. Some venues...

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Didi Russell, Wedding Nerd, Official BIO

Didi Russell, Wedding Nerd, Official BIO I am the CEO & founder of both VAWENetwork.com and WeddingIndustryInsider.com. I have a career background that includes over 20 years of experience in advertising, marketing and networking solutions for small business...

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Wedding Review, Bogus or Legit? Floods & High Hills

Wedding Review, Bogus or Legit? Floods & High Hills An essential part of my daily duties as a wedding nerd is viewing the incredible weddings that happened over the weekend. I love seeing what the couples chose, reading about the unexpected issues that came up and...

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Is That Your REAL Job?

Is That Your REAL Job? #askdidi #weddingnerd Do not call any work menial until you have watched a proud person do it. ~Robert Brault The cover image on this blog is a picture of me (Didi Russell, wedding nerd) holding my sleeping child. This was during the incredibly...

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Dream A Little Dream Wedding Officiant

Dream A Little Dream Wedding Officiant Kimberly Farmer is one of the most in demand wedding officiants from Charlottesville VA to Washington DC region and beyond. Couples book her services as much as 2 years in advance and rave about her warm and sincere ceremony...

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Meet Lance Grey, Epic Sounds Entertainment

Meet Lance Grey, Epic Sounds Entertainment Lance Gray of Epic Sounds Entertainment participated in a wedding give away this weekend at The Pavilion on Lakeland Farm. Last year VAWE Network and The Pavilion on Lakeland Farm teamed up to provide a wedding give away....

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Wedding Connection Ice Breakers

Wedding Connection Ice Breakers Do you want to network to grow your business but you are having trouble getting connected? You know you have value to offer but how do you convey that over the phone or in a quick message? How do you get a colleague connection started...

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Business Mooch

Business Mooch WHAT COMES FIRST THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG? Paying the cost of doing business first or trying to book clients so you can afford to invest in basic business requirements? Below is a conversation I have had over and over with many different business owners....

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