Sep 24, 2012

Move on over to...

We have added a blog for the Thomas Birkby House and would like you to join us there.

Thanks, the crew at

Dec 13, 2011

It's chilly out there. Think of moving inside for your ceremony.

If you are going to have a small ceremony in Loudoun this winter, think of the little chapel on Wirt Street NW, downtown Leesburg. These photos are courtesy of Paula Lockhart, Four Seasons Photography.

Coming down the steps at WoWS

Reception at a local restaurant
It's chilly out there. Think of moving inside for your ceremony. Call us for a tour.
We are just around the corner from the Loudoun Courthouse.


Nov 25, 2011

Leesburg in December

Holiday activities include a parade, a craft show and a Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony.

The town is always charming but even more so with the Christmas lights and the store decorations.  

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
December 17th, 12-3pm
Bring your receipt from any downtown business dated December 10-17th 2011 and get a FREE horse drawn carriage ride. Rides will be first come first served and will only run 12-3pm courtesy of the Leesburg Downtown Business Association.

And don’t forget First Friday and Girls’ Night Out:
First Friday
December 2, 6-9pm
Live music, shop specials, wine tastings, strolling carolers, and surprise Santa pop ins at the open shops and businesses.

Girls Night Out
December 15th 6-9pm
Enjoy secret Santa themed shopping night with shop and restaurant specials throughout the evening event.

Find Shopping information at

Weddings – on Vacation

Never one to miss a photo op, I saw this young bride and groom while touring Israel. Such a lovely, happy couple.

Oct 7, 2011

DIY # 6 How to Pin on a Boutonniere

The man’s boutonniere in pinned on the left side (over the heart). Most experts tell you to angle the boutonniere, have the flower in the middle and at the broadest part of the lapel, pin (start in the back of the lapel) usually from bottom up into the stem. Use a second pin if not secure. What you don’t want is to have it flop or move during the event.

As with all of life, practice, practice, practice. in the weeks before the event, practice on some willing friend.

Keep the flowers fresh. Put them in the refrigerator—chilling them before use will make sure they are good looking and long lasting.

An unusually look is the non-flower found at, shown in this photo, but the pinning will be the same (from

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Sep 23, 2011

DIY #5 Activities for Children attending a Wedding

For the most part, weddings are adult events. During the day itself, there is a lot of down time for the kids. But there are many ways to add some fun into the day for the children.

Remember their tastes as you choose food and drinks for the various meals that day.
One cute idea to provide some entertainment for the children is a coloring book customized to your wedding. See for a made-to-order book.

Most experts suggest individualized activity bags. You can go to a discount store and buy little paper bags, put the child’s name on each and add stickers, crayons, and other items of interest to the children.

If you have a separate room for the kids, decorate tables, add a TV with a DVD player and get some movies, bring in a Wii game, hire sitters who can help with games such as
Seeking Sitters, 703-662-3172,
White House Nannies, Inc. 703-838-2100,
Andy’s Parties, 703.757.2386,

Many web sites will provide you with great suggestions:

Here is one of the Birkby House’s Event Manager’s favorite stories about a ring bearer: As the little boy takes the rings up the aisle, every few steps he turns around, makes a ferocious face and growls at the crowd. The crowd laughs hysterically but no one understands. Later, when he's asked what he was doing, he seriously answers, "Being the ring bear!"

Sep 14, 2011

What's in a Number? 11 11 11

Special Offer for your Special Day
Friday, November 11, 2011
Weddings on Wirt Street, the small chapel located at 3 Wirt Street NW in Leesburg, is pleased to announce a special offer for ceremonies performed on November 11th. “Our goal is to perform eleven weddings that day,” said Suzanne Fox who manages the venue.

November 11, 2011 (11/11/11) is the next to last date with matching months, days and years until 12/12/12 and then it will be nearly a century until that sequence reoccurs (01/01/2101). Don’t want to wait a month and a year or a century to have a memorable wedding date? The lovely chapel will be available as early as 6AM and as late as 11PM at one-hour intervals for a special price of $111.11 (tax included but not including the charge for the officiant).

You will, of course, need a valid Virginia marriage license and an official to perform the ceremony. You may bring your own clergy or the Loudoun County Clerk of Courts can provide a list of licensed Civil Celebrants. The special is limited to 10 or fewer guests including the wedding couple. Longer and larger events can also be accommodated at a nominal additional charge.

Several restaurants in the historic district will provide gift certificates for post-ceremony meals or refreshments.

If you are interested in having an anniversary date you will never forget,  please contact Suzanne Fox, 703.777.2927 or for more information.
The Little Chapel on Wirt Street, Leesburg