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Wedding Wednesday: Jessica and Stephen | Charlotte Wedding Planner

Jessica and Stephen are such a sweet couple! Their story begins in their hometown of Charlotte, NC. The couple attended the same high school, but didn’t end up meeting until college. Once in college at NC State, the couple met officially at a Cinco de Mayo party! They both hit it off and started dating that November!

Stephen planned to propose to Jessica on their vacation out West. While on the trip he waited until the fourth day of the trip to pop the question, so it was the last thing Jessica was expecting. The couple went on a sunrise hike to the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park where Stephen planned to propose. However when they got there a bus full of loud tourists showed up and ruined the plan! They both did some exploring around the park and decided to make one final stop at the Skyline Arch. Stephen set up the tripod perfectly to make sure the moment would be captured. Next, he threw Jessica the clicker and had her run some test shots to make sure they were in a good spot for the camera. Then he tricked her by pointing to the landscape behind them and saying “I love this arch, look how the trees line the side over there” when she turned back Stephen was on his knee!

Jessica and Stephen’s wedding night was one for the books! The day took place at the club at Longview, where Jessica’s family are members. The ceremony was outside overlooking a pond on the golf course, it was absolutely stunning! During the ceremony, the last song of the prelude was I just can’t wait to be king from the Lion King, since Jessica was about to become Mrs. King! Afterwards, guests headed to cocktail hour where they were met by a solo guitarist outside on the patio, how fun is that?! Guests were dancing the night away thanks to Bunn DJ and all of the glo sticks that helped keep the party going! After the colorful glo stick send off the guests enjoyed a late night snack of mini pizzas and old-school glass coke bottles, which guests loved! The night couldn’t have gone better!

Congratulations Jessica and Stephen!

 

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration | Charlotte Wedding Planner

Thanksgiving is here! Who doesn’t love a relaxing day filled with binge eating, good company & a large glass (or glasses) of wine?! If you’re like us, you love to entertain & are already planning out your Thanksgiving table. We have put together a list of Thanksgiving tablescape essentials to spice things up this holiday!

Tablecloth

Setting your table shouldn’t be harder than cooking the meal! Keep your tablecloth simple, that way you have creative freedom when choosing plates & centerpieces; think of it as a blank canvas! If you want to add more dimensions, look into adding a textured table runner.

Centerpiece

Family holidays go hand in hand with traditions, but don’t let your dinner become a snooze fest. Add whimsical décor that will become a talking piece for your guests. We love the idea of incorporating natural elements like pumpkins, autumn florals & greenery to your centerpiece.

Candles

Set the mood & get cozy with the help of some candles… you can’t have too many! Try putting candles in a hurricane glass with festive elements like cranberries or pinecones. Or, if you want to keep it simple, just scatter them across your table with an assortment of heights.

Place Setting

Important things to include here beyond flatware, glassware & dishes include chargers & place cards. Live edge wooden chargers will add a rustic element to your tablescape or add a touch of unexpected metallic beauty for a modern glam look. Another fun idea is to personalize your place setting with small touches like a nametag attached to mini pumpkins or a sprig of rosemary in each napkin.

 

 

 

 

Wedding Wednesday: From University of Alabama to the Duke Mansion | Charlotte Wedding Planner

Michele & Kit’s story started seven years ago at Kit’s fraternity house at the University of Alabama. Michele showed up to the “Tour de Franzia party” & was introduced to Kit by his best friend, & the rest is history!

Kit’s proposal was everything Michele could have asked for! Michele had just gotten a new job & Kit wanted to celebrate after work that Friday; she didn’t think anything of it & went about her week as usual. The day of the proposal Michele’s boss told her she was free to leave work early to go get ready for her dinner with Kit, again she didn’t think anything of it (just that her boss was awesome for letting her leave early on a Friday) & headed home. Once Michele got home she found the entire apartment filled with candles & flowers with Kit on one knee! Michele says, “I instantly started crying & shut the door on him & cried in the hall. I opened the door & found him crying which made me cry harder & I shut the door on him again! Finally, he opened the door, pulled me into the apartment & proposed.” After the proposal Kit took Michele to 5 Church for dinner, & little did she know, both sets of parents were waiting there to celebrate the proposal!

Michele & Kit’s wedding at the Duke Mansion was absolutely beautiful! The couple’s ceremony on the Barnhardt Terrace was a mix of Jewish & Catholic traditions, which was reflective of their mixed faiths. Traditional Jewish elements like the Chuppah (canopy over the couple) & the Ketubah (symbolic breaking of the glass) were incorporated into the ceremony. Afterward, the guests were escorted inside for a fun-filled night. Michele & Kit had a band that kept guests on the dance floor all night long. One of the highlights of the night was when Michele & Kit surprised their guests by serving Ted Drewes Frozen Custard that they had shipped all the way from the groom’s hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

Congratulations, Michele & Kit!

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Photos courtesy of: Angela Tucker Photography

 

Thank you to all the Charlotte wedding vendors who made this day possible:

Wedding Coordination: Something Perfect

Venue: Duke Mansion

Photographer: Angela Tucker

Beauty: Beauty Asylum

Cake: WOW Factor Cakes

Entertainment: Sam Hill Entertainment 

Floral: Lily Greenthumb’s

Dress: Ladies of Lineage

 

Paper Goods: Miscellaneous | Charlotte Wedding Planner

In this “Paper Goods” series we will address any & all types of paper goods you may want or need for your Charlotte wedding. Each post will include tips on what to include, when to print, etc. Don’t miss our previous feature, Paper Goods: Reception.

So you’ve picked out your invitations, figured out your seating chart, designed your menu cards… so what’s left? In this blog we have put together a list of the “other” paper goods. These fun little details will help personalize your wedding weekend!

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SIGNAGE

Signs are a huge help when it comes to directing your guests on your big day. Our rule of thumb is to assume guests know nothing & to over communicate! You’d be surprised how easily guests can get confused when there are no signs directing them what to do. Below we have created a list of sign ideas that will keep your wedding day running smoothly:

Guest Book: Couples tend to get creative when picking out a guest book. We’ve seen guest books as photo books, a wooden letter & even a painting of the couple. If you want guest to do something a certain way, tell them with a sign!

Favors: Some favors are self-explanatory (& maybe placed at guest’s seats) if you’re doing something more DIY like a candy bar or a hot dog station, it’s important to inform guest’s they’re allowed (& supposed) to take those treats. It also gives you the perfect excuse to come up with fun signage!

Hashtag & Snapchat: We love a good hashtag & Snapchat filter! If you choose to personalize a Snapchat filter, don’t let it go to waste! Make sure to tell your guests it’s out there.

 

DOOR HANGERS

Door hangers are another sweet detail you can use to personalize your wedding weekend. There are a ton of great options out there, so you can really get creative! Not to mention they’re a little keepsake for your friends & family to take home with them.

 

WELCOME BAGS

Welcome bags are a great way to start your wedding weekend off right! Most likely you won’t be greeting your guests upon arrival, so having a little something right off the bat will let your guests know you’re glad they are there! Some ideas for these can include a personalized welcome message, a printed map of the area, personalized stickers & personalized paper bags for local treats!

Wedding Advice From Our Team To You | Charlotte Wedding Planner

Now that the hustle and bustle of the fall season is winding down, our team sat down over some peppermint tea to chat about the past few months. We wanted to share advice about our personal wedding experiences in the hopes that it will help our future couples achieve their dream wedding!

Below each of our fabulous planners answered the question, what would you change about your wedding if you could? We hope these tips make your planning that much easier!

 

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Samie

Wedding Date: Aug. 2011

More alone time for the two of us! We were so ready to get to the party that we went straight into cocktail hour. I wish we’d taken 20-30 minutes to eat alone and be in the moment of just getting married. Or even enjoyed a private last dance. The day goes by so fast and everyone wants to talk to you so to have a few minutes dedicated to just the two of us is something I wish we had incorporated.

Lauren

Wedding Date: April 2015

I wish I had eaten the dessert! We had three different cake flavors and an entire display of mini desserts like brownie bites, parfaits and pies; and I didn’t eat any of it. I also would have planned more alone time for us. A few of my couples did a private last dance, and I love that idea. I also wish we had booked end of the night transportation for just the two of us. We had buses for all our guests and ended up in a car with a few other people. It would have been nice to enjoy some quiet time on the way back to the hotel.

Stephanie

Wedding Date: Sept. 2017

I don’t think there’s anything I would change about the actual day itself; I was really happy with all of our decisions. My advice to other brides would be to not get caught up in stressing over the little details in the planning process. All of these small things like centerpieces and flowers that can cause a lot of stress… really you wouldn’t know the difference on the day of. Decide what is really important to you and focus your energy on those things, and the rest will fall into place!

Amy

Wedding Date: Sept. 2013

I don’t think I would change anything about my wedding!! My advice would be to make sure you love your photographer! The photos are what you will keep forever. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff. Honestly, no one is going to remember what flowers you used in your centerpieces, or what appetizers you served. They will remember the overall impression they got. Was everyone happy and having a good time? That’s the important part!

 

Paper Goods: Reception | Charlotte Wedding Planner

In this “Paper Goods” series we will address any & all types of paper goods you may want or need for your Charlotte wedding. Each post will include tips on what to include, when to print, etc. Stay tuned for next weeks feature of Paper Goods: Other Paper Goods Don’t miss our previous feature, Paper Goods: Programs.

Most couples are familiar with basic paper goods needed for a wedding such as invitations and programs. However, smaller details like escort cards and menu cards can easily fall through the cracks. Below we have created a list of paper goods that will make your reception shine!

 

MENU CARDS

Menu cards are a decorative touch for each place setting. They are great for a seated dinner so guests know what will be served at each course. We also love them for stations so guests don’t miss out on stopping by their favorite station. For buffets, a great alternative is place cards at the buffet so guests know what is in each dish (especially for dietary restrictions!).

When to Print: Once the menu is finalized, typically 2-3 months prior to wedding day

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TABLE NUMBERS

If you choose to have a seating chart, table numbers are a necessity. Make sure to have each table number clear and visible so guests can easily find their seats. Options here include using a frame, a stand, corks, etc. Get creative!

When to Print: Once the guest count is finalized, typically 3-4 weeks prior to wedding day

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ESCORT CARDS

These are necessary if you choose to have assigned tables (or seats). For a seated dinner, escort cards are generally required to indicate the guest’s food preference. Escort cards are another great way to get creative and wow your guests.

When to Print: Once the guest count is finalized, typically 3-4 weeks prior to wedding day

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SEATING CHART

An alternative (or addition to escort cards), seating charts are fun and easy. There are a ton of great options out there to glam up your seating chart display!

When to Print: Once the guest count is finalized, typically 3-4 weeks prior to wedding day 

 

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Still debating assigned tables for your wedding? Read up on when and why we think these are important by clicking here.
Signs Galore

Informational signage, like directions, unplugged ceremony signs, memorial table signs or a guest book sign, can really help to guide your guests to where they need to go or to an action you want them to take. And you can’t go wrong with a cute decorative sign sharing your hashtag, favorite quote or a sweet Bible verse.

When to Print: These can be printed at any point in the planning process but aim to have them finished by a month out so they don’t get forgotten

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Guest Book

You want to have something to remember who all attended the wedding and their best wishes for you. Today, you can go the traditional guest book route or add a little bit of flair with an oversized picture frame, painting, monogram or photo book. The sky’s the limit!

When to Print or Buy: These can be printed or bought at any point in the planning process but aim to have them finished by a month out so they don’t get forgotten

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A Yacht Club Wedding | Charlotte Wedding Planner

Brett & Paul’s sweet wedding day was nothing short of perfection. The two originally met in college at UNC Chapel Hill & quickly bonded over a shared love of classical music.

Their happy ever after began Oct. 21 with a gorgeous ceremony at St. Peter’s Catholic Church followed by a stunning reception at The Peninsula Yacht Club, overlooking Lake Norman. The marsala, navy & gold colors were the perfect palette for their fall Charlotte wedding. Brett wore floral accents in her hair & the perfect marsala colored heels (which were replaced for adorable but more comfortable marsala Keds later in the evening!). The bride collected bottles & vases for months leading up to the wedding day & hand painted each gold. She filled the vases with marsala & peach stems alongside eucalyptus leaves.

The night included a delectable cupcake table from Maddy’s Fatty’s that had guests salivating all night. After the cake cutting, guests rushed the table trying to make sure they got their top flavor choice.

Brett chose to set the dance floor outside on the deck that way guests could dance the night away while watching the sun set over the lake—it was simply stunning. The night ended with an epic dance party and was filled with so many sweet memories for the newlyweds.

Congrats again, Brett and Paul!

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Thank you to all the Charlotte wedding vendors who made the day possible:

Wedding Coordination: Something Perfect

Venue: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Peninsula Yacht Club
Dessert: Maddy Fatty’s
Entertainment: ATG
Beauty: Eye Do
Photography: Photography by Angela Tucker

Personal Flowers: Jimmy Blooms

Transportation: Harris Limo

 

Wedding Week Checklist | Charlotte Wedding Planner

 

There’s a lot of excitement & anticipation during the days leading up to your wedding. Here are our ten tips on what to expect for wedding week…

 

  1. Make Sure You Break in Your Wedding Shoes

This goes for both of you! Don’t let blisters stop you from dancing the night away—break in your shoes by wearing them around the house to guarantee a seamless night!

  1. Make Sure You Have Your Marriage License

You are getting married after all & this is the only way to make it official!

  1. Double (& Triple) Check You Have Everything Packed

Packing for wedding week is crucial—this goes for dropping off all wedding day décor to your venue & packing your honeymoon bag. The last thing you want to worry about is showing up to your honeymoon with no bikini!

  1. Plan For Your Wedding Day Meals

Eat a good breakfast & think about having a catered or prepared lunch for you & your bridesmaids (same goes for your fiancé & groomsmen!) It is so easy to get swept up in hair, makeup & photos but the last thing you want is to pass out at the altar.

  1. Update Your Floor Plan Based on Your Final Guest Count

Having too many seats or not enough can get a little awkward, keep your planner in the know & don’t forget to send him/her an update!

  1. Spend Time With Your Bridesmaids

Do some pre-wedding pampering together! Make sure to plan some time with your girls for manis, pedis & maybe even massages.

  1. Sort Out Tips & Final Payments

If you plan on tipping your vendors, have labeled envelopes ready to go before your wedding day. This goes for any day-of payments as well.

  1. Try On Your Dress

Because why not?!

  1. Write Your Groom a Love Letter

Take some time to write something special for your guy to open the day of!

  1. Contact Your Planner

It’s important to touch base the week of your wedding to do a walk through, discuss details & make last minute changes (we also would just love to see ya!).

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Wedding Events Etiquette: Rehearsal Dinners | Charlotte Wedding Planner

When it comes to weddings, it’s not just the wedding ceremony & reception you have to look forward to. There’s all the pre-wedding events leading up to the big day – Engagement party, Bachelorette, Bridal Shower, Rehearsal & Rehearsal Dinner. In this series, we break down each event & what you need to worry about! And don’t miss our Rehearsal feature!

 

Rehearsal dinners are the perfect way to kickstart the wedding weekend celebrations with your closest friends & family. But who plans it, where should you do it & who is invited? We are here to help!

 

When

These typically take place right after your rehearsal (of course!). That being said, if you need to have an early morning rehearsal or rehearsal on an alternative day due to venue scheduling, you can certainly choose a more convenient time for all your guests to host the rehearsal dinner.

 

Where

Rehearsal dinners can be anything from laid back to formal & certainly don’t need to have the same feel as the wedding day. This means you can host it anywhere from your home to your favorite brewery (like Olde Mecklenburg), or your favorite restaurant (like Aria) to local venues (like The Duke Mansion). Remember, the event should be a reflection of you as a couple!

 

Who

As far as who plans, etiquette states the rehearsal dinner is the groom’s family’s domain. This means they typically plan & pay for the event. Today, we are certainly seeing that change as the couple &/or bride’s family may step in to pay.

 

For attendees, the list typically includes your wedding party, their dates plus both sets of parents, siblings & grandparents. Pending budget & space, you can always extend the list to extended family, out of town guests or the entire guest list. However, don’t feel obligated to make the rehearsal dinner a “second wedding,” instead consider hosting a welcome party post-dinner for everyone to drop in & say hi before the big day.

 

How

The night typically kicks off with a cocktail hour followed by dinner. Many people also include toasts – typically, the parents of the groom (& night’s host) at a minimum. Although since the toasts can be longer & more spontaneous some couples also open it up to other close friends & family members. The couple may also choose to say something (& thank their hosts!). A special photo slideshow or video presentation of the couple is always a nice touch as well – anything from childhood or their relationship. And of course, don’t forget to thank those who have supported you including your ‘maids & groomsmen with a presentation of their gifts.

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What You Need to Know About Your Marriage License | Charlotte Wedding Planner

We know you are all wondering how to get your marriage license & what you need to do with it, so here are the answers!

The process is fairly simple. First, you need to locate your county’s clerk office & schedule a time to go. Both you & your fiancé should plan to go together. Different states have different time requirements. For your Charlotte wedding, the marriage license is valid for 60 days, once issued. So plan to go within 60 days of your wedding.

Be sure you read the requirements of your state, but be prepared to bring a valid form of I.D., a form of payment – $60 in Charlotte – & an application.

On your wedding day, your officiant should take the lead with your license. Usually, immediately following your ceremony you &/or your witnesses will sign your license to make things officially official! Then, your officiant will take the license with them to mail back in on your behalf.

After your wedding, be sure to follow up with the clerk’s office to request your additional copies. It is always a good idea to have a few extra copies at home!

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