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Simply Southern Weddings - Making Southern Dreams Come True

Embark on a Blissful Journey to "I Do"! Let our expert wedding planners transform your dreams into reality, Stress Free!

Have you found the love of your life, but you're...

  • ​Feeling overwhelmed with advice?

  • Dealing with unsolicited opinions?

  • Unsure which details truly reflect your unique love story?

  • Burning the midnight oil with endless Pinterest and research?

  • Anxious about the big day?

  • Second-guessing your decisions?

  • Wishing for a planning framework?

  • In need of an online platform to stay organized?

  • Dreaming of a wedding planning BFF?

  • Juggling a busy life with work, college, or a high-stress job?

A romantic first kiss moment between a beautiful wedding couple at Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia, with the serene water as the backdrop.

Event by SSWE. Photo by W.Styron Photography

Does this sound like You?

Then your search for the perfect wedding planning team ends here! Simply Southern Weddings and Events is your trusted partner, ready to bring your dream wedding to life. Whether you opt for our full-service package or our wedding management service, we are dedicated to making your big day unforgettable!

Let's get this planning party started!

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Welcome friend!

At Simply Southern Weddings and Events (SSWE), we hold a deep affection for the enduring elegance of simplicity.


My personal passion is to guide every couple through the wedding planning journey with joy and minimal stress. As the founder of SSWE, I've carefully assembled a team of seasoned experts, and we are wholeheartedly dedicated to providing our SSWE couples with a comprehensive array of planning tools thoughtfully designed to simplify their unique wedding path.

Amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Virginia and beyond, the enchantment of a wedding day frequently finds its beginnings with Simply Southern Weddings. I work closely with each couple to truly understand their dreams and aspirations. Your vision is at the heart of everything we do, and our mission is to breathe life into it. Whether your dream wedding involves a serene beach backdrop, a far-off destination, or a meticulously coordinated celebration of your special day, it all commences with a complimentary wedding style consultation. This initial step enables us to align our services precisely with your budget and specific needs, ensuring a completely personalized and unforgettable experience.

Thank you for considering SSWE as your wedding planning partner. I look forward to the privilege of being part of your unforgettable journey.

ara Jones, the business owner of Simply Southern Weddings and Events in Chesapeake, Virginia.

timeless | elegant | unforgettable

Newly married couple proudly displaying their wedding rings at Half Moone venue in Norfolk, Virginia

Leave Stress Behind and Embrace Love

Picture yourself bathed in the warm, golden glow of a setting sun as you exchange your vows. All around you are the cherished faces of your loved ones, gathered to commemorate this profound moment. It's the day you've always imagined, marrying the man you adore, surrounded by those closest to your heart. You're enveloped in love, joy, excitement, and the assurance that everything will unfold seamlessly, without you needing to lift a finger.

Yet, crafting a wedding as sweet as your love story demands months of endless decisions—a task that may not have been part of your dream scenario. Overwhelm and stress have crept in, stealing away the joy that should accompany every couple during the wedding planning journey.


At SSWE, we are here to banish stress and decision fatigue from your path. Our mission is to help you savor the pure joy of celebrating your love at the luxury wedding you've always envisioned.

Event by SSWE. Photo by: Pog Media Photo and Video

How It  Works


Discover SSWE's World of Weddings

Embark on a journey with SSWE today! Schedule a free video chat to explore our bespoke weddings and wedding packages.


Collaborate with Tara to Transform Your Wedding Dreams into Reality. If you require additional support, our comprehensive full-service package could be the perfect fit for your needs.


Entrust the Details to Us, and We'll Craft the Laid-Back Luxury Wedding of Your Dreams.

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Elegant wedding cake with intricate design
Romantic wedding couple photo with stunning sunset over the water as a backdrop.

Success Stories

Hey Y'all, I'm Tara

Your Wedding Planning Companion

ara Jones, the business owner of Simply Southern Weddings and Events in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Hello there! I'm Tara, and I'm the proud owner of Simply Southern Weddings and Events. I'm absolutely thrilled that you've found your way to our corner of the wedding world. If you're anything like me, you've got weddings on your mind and a cup of coffee (or some sweet tea) in your hand. And hey, I'm right there with you – no judgment here!

Let me share a bit of my journey with you. In 2014, I took the plunge and turned my passion for weddings into a full-time endeavor. It all began as a hobby after my own wedding in 1999. Over the years, I've accumulated knowledge and experience, even shadowing a top planner in Raleigh, NC, to further enhance my skills. My mission was clear: to simplify the wedding planning process, minimizing stress, and maximizing the joy for couples like you. There's no greater satisfaction than seeing each couple live out their dream day, surrounded by the people they cherish most.

At Simply Southern Weddings and Events, we pride ourselves on putting our clients first. Whether we join you from the very start or step in when you need a helping hand, our commitment is unwavering. We're here to support you every step of the way. That's why we're more than happy to answer any questions you might have about our services before you officially become a part of the SSWE Family.

We're absolutely thrilled that you're considering us and can't wait to meet you. I look forward to becoming your trusted planning companion on this exciting journey.

Photo by: Fresh Look Photography

Think we'd be a match?

We're eager to get acquainted with both you and your fiancé! Love stories hold a special place in our hearts, and yours is truly unique. Allow us to demonstrate how we can make your wedding dreams a beautiful reality.

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