Thursday, February 28, 2013

Trivia Thursday | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Early American brides pinned a small pouch to their wedding petticoat containing a small piece of bread, cloth, wood, and a single one dollar bill. This ensured there would be enough food, clothes, shelter, and money for the future couple.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wedding Inspiration Wednesday {Pale Pink & White} | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Wednesday is becoming my very favorite day of the week. I love finding all of this great wedding inspiration and I hope that all you are enjoying it and finding some great new ideas!

If you have ideas that you would like to see featured on our blog, please email them to us at You can also follow us on Pinterest for even more inspiration!



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Fruit/Veggie Bars {A Healthy Alternative} | North Carolina Wedding Planner

I feel like it is necessary to preface this post by saying that I think each bride should choose the elements for their wedding that represent them and their future spouse best while considering how to keep their guests happy and comfortable.

With that said, I'm pretty sure if you only offer a fruit and veggie bar your guests will not be happy and will be searching for the dessert. However, I do think that a fruit and veggie bar would be awesome during cocktail hour. These bars are relatively inexpensive and simple to create (unless you choose to have the carved fruit which is really gorgeous!)

You're the only one that knows if this type of healthy alternative would go over with your crowd, but if you think it would check out some of our favorite fruit and veggie bar ideas. You can also follow us on Pinterest for even more great inspiration.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Design Element {Stripes} | North Carolina Wedding Planner

One wedding trend I'm crazy about right now is stripes! I’m seeing them a lot this year and hoping it will continue through 2013. I’d love to work with some stripes next year – who’s planning on using them?
Check out some of our favorite uses of stripes in weddings and don't forget to follow us on Pinterest for even more great ideas.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Best TV Weddings Part 2 | North Carolina Wedding Planner

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of our favorite tv weddings because I can't wait to share our top five with you today!!

BEWARE: Tearjerker alert!!! Grab a box of Kleenex before continuing...

5. Zach & Kelly - Saved By The Bell

4. Fran & Maxwell - The Nanny
3. Phoebe & Mike - Friends

2. Izzie & Alex - Grey's Anatomy

1. Chandler & Monica - Friends

Monday, February 18, 2013

Milk & Cookie Bar Ideas | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Milk and cookie bars are adorable. They add the perfect touch of whimsy to your special day and guests, young and old, enjoy them so much.
From oreos to your grandmother's top secret recipe chocolate chip cookies, they're all just a little bit better with a glass of milk.
Check out some of our favorite milk and cookie bars to give you some great ideas to create your own. You can also follow us on Pinterest for even more inspiration.

Are you looking to create one of the bar alternatives we've featured but aren't sure where to start? Give us a call or shoot us an email and we'll be happy to set up a complementary consultation to see how we can help you!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bouquet Toss Song Inspiration | North Carolina Wedding Planner

The bouquet toss is a big moment for the bride and choosing the right music will set the mood. You want to get all of the single ladies excited and ready to participate. Here are some of our favorites!

1. All The Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
3. It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
4. Wishin' & Hopin' - Dusty Springfield
5. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Best TV Weddings | North Carolina Wedding Planner

I absolutely love sitcoms (and even a few reality shows) and when you throw a wedding into one, I'm literally giddy about it! I thought today would be the perfect time to share some of my favorite tv weddings with y'all!

10. Nathan & Haley - One Tree Hill

9. Cory & Topanga - Boy Meets World
8. Jim & Pam - The Office
7. Pandora & Jason - RHOBH
6. Daphne & Niles - Frasier
Check back next week for our top 5 favorite tv weddings!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Trail Mix Bar Ideas | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Eco-friendly weddings are all the rage right now and I can't imagine a better favor idea than a trail mix bar for one. Trail mix has such a great earthy quality to it and it's so delicious.
Your guests will love being able to pick and choose what they want in their own custom trail mix. Be sure to provide small bags or boxes for your guests to take their treat home.
Check out some of our favorite trail mix bars and you can follow us on Pinterest for even more great ideas.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Bridesmaid 101 | North Carolina Wedding Planner

If you are currently in the process of planning your wedding, you know how much pressure and anxiety can come with planning your special day. Your bridesmaids (and a great wedding planner) can help ensure that everything goes smoothly. They will not only help you make arrangements during your engagment, but will also provide you with much needed moral support on your wedding day by getting ready with you, preceeding you down the aisle and standing by your side as you say your vows.
Did you know that it is believed that bridesmaids originate from old English folklore that states that a bride would surround herself with friends, dressed in identical outfits, to confuse evil spirits that might want to curse her happiness. While bridesmaids are no longer chosen for protection, your will play an important role on your big day. This means that you should choose them carefully.

Traditionally, the bride selects the sister nearest to her in age as her maid (or matron) of honor. Another sister, relative, or best friend is an equally acceptable choice. Recently some brides have even asked a male friend or relative to serve in this role as her man of honor or honor attendant. It's also acceptable to have have more than one maid of honor if you can't choose between two sisters or close friends. If your groom has sisters, it is not required, but it definitely makes for good family mojo (for lack of a better word) to invite at least one of them to be a bridesmaid.

The amount of attendants you choose is up to you. This will mainly depend on the size of your circle of friends, the size of your family, and the tone of your wedding. If you are planning a small, information wedding you may choose to ontly have a maid of honor while a large formal affair could have many more. Typically brides have four to six bridesmaids.

When choosing your attendants, you should consider how many attendants your groom will have and whether you want them to be evenly matched. If you decide to have uneven numbers, you can have ushers escort some of the bridesmaids or even let the ladies walk down the aisle together or single file.

If you have older girls in your family that are too old to be flower girls or too young to be a bridesmaid, but you would like to include them in your wedding consider making them junior bridesmaids. These ladies are generally between the ages of 8 to 14. Their only responsibility is to walk-in the processional.

I think the big question is, what are the responsibilities of your bridesmaid? A lot of this depends on you and what you want them to help you with. Do you want them to simply show up and walk down the aisle or do you want them to assist you every step of the way?

In the months leading up to your ceremony, the maid of honor should typically accompany you when you shop for your wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses. She may also plan and organize the bridal shower and/or bachelorette party. On your wedding day, she help keep the other bridesmaids on schedule and help you change into your gown.

Your bridesmaids may help shop for bridesmaids' dresses and co-host the bridal shower or bachelorette party. They may also help you put together favors or other DIY projects.

Be clear about which duties you expect your bridesmaids to perform when you asking them to get involved. This helps avoid any issues in your wedding plans, as wel as the awkwardness that could result from a bad experience. To give your potential bridesmaids plenty of time to prepare, try to contact them shortly after you announce your engagement.

You should try to extend the invitation in person, but if they live far away and this isn't possible, a phone call or a letter is acceptable. Generally email invitations, even when carefully worded, tend to be informal and impersonal. Many brides are even coming up with fun and creative ways to ask their bridesmaids. No matter how you choose to ask your attendants, make sure to provide them all with each other's contact information so that they can reach each other if they need to.