Venue Spotlight: Hollins University

Our students aren’t the only ones who start new lives at Hollins!

We have two indoor chapels, as well as several outdoor options, which can accommodate ceremonies from 25 – 600 and multiple reception spaces (both indoor and outdoor) which can accommodate from 25 – 350.

From the southern charm of the Green Drawing Room, the tall trees and meandering stream that define the Beale Garden, or the stately porches and lush foliage of the Front Quad, we have what you are looking for to make your wedding a memorable event for you and your guests.

Many people are surprised to learn that our students aren’t the only ones who start new lives at Hollins. In fact, we host a large number of weddings and special events each year.

In addition to our beautiful facilities and grounds, Hollins offers exclusive catering by Meriwether Godsey, as well as two unique lodging options for your bridal party and guests.  Whether you’re looking for a small, intimate space or a large, outdoor gathering, Hollins is the place to make your wedding unforgettable!

guest post: how to reduce stress on your wedding day

Written by Lissy Merenda of Santillane

Today’s tips are from one of our fabulous vendors, Santillane! Lissy’s great post is all about how brides can reduce their stress while getting ready for their wedding day! Here are her expert suggestions on how to stay sane for the big day.

Photo by Essential Sunshine Photography

Photo by Essential Sunshine Photography

  • It is all about expectations and communication.
  • The success is in the details.  If you don’t have a wedding director for your day, at least have a point person who can field questions, meet vendors and problem solve any issues that arise.
  • Have a planning meeting a week or two before with the major player (i.e. caterer, music accompanist, coordinator, proprietor of the venue, etc.) so you are all on the “same page.”
  • Divide and conquer.  Give family members and good friends a special role such as meeting and greeting guests, taking presents, passing out programs, pinning on corsages, etc.  They will feel included and special.
  • If you are having an outdoor ceremony and/or reception, have a plan “B” in case of rain.  Practice this plan for the ceremony during the rehearsal.
  • Consider having citronella candles or bug spray for an outdoor ceremony.
  • If it is a very hot day, provide bottled water for your guests as they arrive.
  • Pay attention to where the sun sets for outdoor weddings.  It might make a difference regarding where and how you set up your chairs or how photos can be taken.
  • Have any rentals delivered the day before your rehearsal.  That gives you an extra day to adjust any orders.
  • If you are using valet parkers, have them arrive an hour earlier than the beginning of your ceremony.  Guests tend to arrive early.
  • Consider signage to direct your guests to the aspects of your wedding.
  • Have a basket of emergency supplies i.e. aspirin, needle and thread, safety pins, lint roller, feminine products, etc. (Editor’s note: we suggest checking our our Emergency Bridal Kit here – and enter to win!)
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