Even though D. and I are now leaning away from having our wedding in the Leesburg / Loudoun County, there are tons of small, local vendors in that area who are extremely helpful.

I Do Wedding Essentials: Located on King Street, in the heart of downtown Leesburg, I Do is a small shop specializing in all kinds of bridal accessories: favors, invitations, garters, candles, etc. Kristin, the owner, also has really nice cake stands and candy buffet glass containers available for rent. (The website only displays a sample of the rental items she has available.) She is very nice and willing to help any way she can; she has lots of information regarding vendors as well.

Affordable Arrangements: Carly Johnson, the designer at Affordable Arrangements, personally grows most of the flowers she uses in her arrangements. She specializes in seasonal flower arrangements, but roses, exotic, and out of season flowers are also available through her connections with local wholesalers. Affordable Arrangements is a home-based floral business, but I have heard wonderful things about their arrangements and pricing.

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, LTD: When D. and I were at the Leesburg Flower Show, we ran across Holly’s booth where she was tying up little nosegay bouquets on the fly to sell. She also grows some of her own flowers and reports that she is a preferred vendor for many of the area’s finest estates and restaurants.

Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association: The LCVA offers free wedding planning services. Susan Kitchen of the LCVA has been very helpful in providing potential ceremony and reception locations and has a lot of experience with event coordination. LCVA also offers assistance with reserving blocks of hotel rooms, and they provide welcome packets for your guests which include maps and brochures, so guests can explore the area.