The Orange Wedding Tour

Tomorrow, I have the pleasure of road tripping it with some of the OFD for the inaugural Orange Wedding Tour-a collaboration between the top wedding pros of Orange, Virginia, with McBride Events.

Needless to say, we’re getting rather excited- a little dining, wining and tour of beautiful venues? Yes please. 🙂

See below for more more information- looking forwarding to recapping it upon my return!


ORANGE, VA—Over thirty Orange area wedding professionals are joining forces this May 17 and 18 to present the Orange Wedding Tour to leading wedding professionals from across Virginia. Designed with the goal of building awareness, as well as connecting influential wedding professionals to Orange County, the Orange Wedding Tour boasts two full days of wining and dining as attendees make their way through venues and bed and breakfasts throughout the county.

“I’ve had the opportunity to produce events throughout the state,” explains veteran wedding planner Jennifer McBride of Richmond based McBride Events, “but have always been attracted to Orange County as a convenient destination location for my brides. Collaborating on the Tour to put Orange on the map made perfect sense.”

The initial concept of the tour evolved from a chance meeting between McBride and Jay Billie, Innkeeper at the Inn of Westwood Farm last winter.

With a shared purpose to showcase Orange’s wedding offerings, Billie and McBride quickly began planning the two day tour. The guest list includes some of the top wedding professionals statewide as well as representatives from the wedding media. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to not only tour Orange area venues, but sample food, décor and music from area wedding professionals. In total, thirty Orange area wedding  vendors have donated more than $45,000 in services for the Orange Wedding Tour.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase what we do best!” says Billie.  “Orange County’s tranquil setting is ideal for weddings and the variety of settings is unsurpassed. There are very, very few places where you have wedding venue choices that include a presidential home, a award winning winery and acclaimed bed and breakfasts.  We look forward to welcoming our guests to the area.”

Meghan Ely is the owner of wedding marketing and wedding pr firm OFD Consulting. She is the exclusive wedding pr columnist to wedding marketing journal WedLock magazine and is a highly sought after speaker in the wedding industry. She loves ruffle table runners and Royal Wedding Tchotchkes. To learn how OFD Consulting can assist you with your wedding marketing and wedding pr, please contact us today.

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Meghan Ely

Regarded as one of the leading wedding publicists in the US, Meghan Ely combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR. She has earned coverage for her clients with the New York Times, People, Brides, Bridal Guide, The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, CNN Money, and more. She is a WeddingPro Expert and long-time contributor to and