Monthly Archives:: October 2012

New Real Wedding – Jennifer & Ben

There’s a new Real Wedding on the SB&G website today! 

Jennifer and Ben met as students at UNC, and tied the knot in April at the Carolina Club! They used all local vendors (including many from the SB&G family!) and incorporated unique items to represent both of their families, making their big day a truly special one. It was a gorgeous wedding, and Neil Boyd Photography captured the sentiments of the day perfectly! For the full story and photo slideshow, check out the Jennifer and Ben Real Wedding page!

If you’d like to have your wedding featured on SB&G, submit it here

Let Elevate Provide Your Wedding Entertainment

Want to make your wedding unique and memorable for your guests? Let Elevate help!

Elevate is a performance and production company based in Raleigh that provides dancers and performers for all types of events, including weddings!

Stun your guests with stilt walkers, aerial champagne pourers or living statues — or, give your reception the wow factor with a coordinated flash mob, fire performers or break dancers! More options include choreographers (specializing in styles from ballet to hip hop), dessert Aphrodites, aerialists, hoop performers and country line dancers! Dance instructors are even available to teach your guests a number on-site.

Azul Photography

(left) Photography by Walters & Walters (right) Beth Jarvah Imagery

Dara Blakeley Photography

With an extensive costume collection and a cast of professional dancers, Elevate has options to fit every theme imaginable and make your wedding day the image of entertainment.

New Wedding Etiquette – Who Pays For What?

These days, the rules of who pays for what when it comes to a wedding are a little more in the grey area than in years past…for quick and easy reference, SB&G has provided a short and sweet list of new wedding etiquette so you know what to expect from whom!

Old Wedding Etiquette Rules: Wedding and reception expenses for a first marriage were traditionally the sole responsibility of the bride’s family. When paying, they get to determine the size and style of the wedding and reception. The groom’s family my offer to share in the cost of the reception, and the bride’s family may accept in order to accommodate a larger wedding.

New Wedding Etiquette Rules: Both families may divide the expenses as their budget allows, or each family can contribute a set amount to the total expenses. This may be supplemented by the bride and groom. As the average age of couples rises for marriage, many working duos today host and pay for their entire wedding and celebration themselves, and issue the invitation for their personalized wedding on their own. For encore weddings, the couple is always responsible for the costs.Who Pays for What in a Modern Wedding Engagement Ring photo by Jamie Blow
The Bride’s Family Pays for:

-Church and reception site rental
-Cake, catering and beverages for the reception
-Invitations, announcements and stationary
-Services of a wedding consultant
-The bridal attire and trousseau
-Photography for the engagements, bridal portraits, ceremony and reception
-Flowers for the church, reception and the bridesmaids
-Corsages for special helpers
-Music at the ceremony and reception
-Limousine for the bride and family to the church, and cars for transportation
-Lodging for out-of-town bridesmaids or arrangements with friends
-Security and insurance
-Wedding favors

The Groom or His Family Pay for:
-The bride’s engagement and wedding rings
-Marriage license
-Officiant’s fee and travel expenses
-Bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage
-Corsages for the mothers and grandmothers
-Boutonnieres, gloves and ties for the men of the wedding party
-Wedding gift for the bride
-Limousine expense leaving reception — or for the day
-Wedding night accommodations
-Honeymoon trip
-Gifts for the best man and groomsmen
-Shipment of the wedding gifts to the couple’s home
-Lodging or arrangements for out-of-town groomsmen
-Rehearsal dinner

The Bride:
-Groom’s wedding ring
-Groom’s gift
-Gifts for the bride’s attendants
-Thank you gift for parents
-Bridesmaid’s luncheon (optional event)

Other Expenses:
-Engagement parties may be hosted by each set of parents or friends
-Groom’s family or engaged couple may co-host or host the entire wedding event
-The groom’s family or friends usually give the bachelor dinner or partySouthern bride and Groom Modern NC wedding by Jamie Blow Photography

Who pays for what for a wedding might be just the first of many questions that come up when planning your day. Peruse our BLOG for other advice columns, and of course, lots of inspirational eye-candy!

If you are getting married in NC, we’d also love for you to check out our Preferred Vendors. SB&G has been the trusted wedding planning resource for our region for 30 years and has the most extensive VENUE GUIDE spanning from the NC Triad, across the Greater Triangle and to the Coast. Our region has great options for DESTINATION WEDDINGS too!

Open Houses for Two New NC Triangle Wedding Venues

Our friends at Triangle Catering, an excellent Raleigh wedding caterer since 1991, are no strangers to operating an event space. They own the fabulous urban-chic

Open House Invite

Open House Invite

Cotton Room, a restored cotton mill building in Durham’s Golden Belt District. It has quickly become one of Durham’s most popular wedding event spaces, and has been featured in SB&G numerous times – including being the site of our 2012 fashion shoot- check out the fashion section of our current magazine, or Watch the Behind the Scenes Video.

We are happy to announce that Triangle Catering is opening two new event spaces that will be perfect for wedding receptions! One of the new venues is right around the corner from The Cotton Room, by Durham’s historic train tracks, and is called Belt Line Station. The other is Cardinal Hall at the Wake County Shrine Club in Raleigh, which Triangle Catering has renovated and spruced up to be an elegant wedding venue.

The new Triangle NC event spaces are being celebrated with open house events. There will be an open house for Cardinal Hall in Raleigh THIS Sunday, Oct 28th, from 2-6pm, and one for Belt Line Station in Durham NEXT Sunday, November 4, from 2-6pm.

Come out to check out the venue nearest you, and taste some of Triangle Catering’s amazing dishes. Maybe you’ll book two of your most important wedding venues on the spot!

RSVP by Calling 919-530-83080

Hope to see you there!


Real NC E-Session – Amy & Matthew

The engagement session – or e-session as the industry likes to call it – is a wonderful opportunity for you and your fiancé to bond with your wedding photographer before the big day! Not to mention, the pictures make gorgeous keepsakes that will last a lifetime.

This e-session by Neil Boyd Photography is to-die-for beautiful…its vintage theme was dreamed up by the couple, who love the romance and style of the 1940s, and executed to a tee by Neil Boyd. Neil’s eye for creative and technical style makes his pictures not only unique and artistic, but also perfectly representative of the duo he’s shooting.

Amy & Matthew are getting married next June in Bora Bora (so exotic!), and have shared some of the photographs from their e-sesh with Neil. Check out these stunning images!

Bridal Show Recap and Winners


Fall Decor at SB&G’s Booth


Ashley & Ryan

Southern Bride & Groom was at the TBA Showcase yesterday. This is an annual bridal show that Forever Bridal throws each October. For the second year, it was at the Sheraton Chapel Hill, which is itself a great wedding and reception venue. Check out our fall decor that we put together using green pumpkins and dahlias from our Durham Farmer’s Market.

This particular show nice because it is a smaller show and brides really get to take the time to get to know the vendors they meet. We had a great time chatting with brides and getting feedback from many that they have been using our magazine and website for wedding planning. Always great to hear positive feedback and know that what we are doing counts. We spoke to several brides who are so newly engaged that they had not found their venue yet. Because I’m sure many of our blog readers are in the same boat, I wanted to point out what I told brides yesterday- the Venue Guide that we have in the back of our magazine is also now online. CLICK HERE to peruse Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and Eastern NC wedding venues and sort by stipulations such as area, capacity, whether there are accommodations, if outside catering is allowed, and if there is outdoor space. Once the results are narrowed down, you have a more streamlined list of venues that are more likely to fit your needs.

As always, SB&G had a special prize for yesterday’s show. We selected a winner today for our weekend stay at Sands Resort North Myrtle Beach. Congrats to Ashley and Ryan, a Cary couple who is getting married next year!

Host Your Wedding at The University Club

The University Club offers the best views in Durham, not to mention the delectable food, great service and awesome event space — it’s the perfect place to host your rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception!

Check out these beautiful photographs by Brian Mullins Photography of a style shoot at the club; Brian is one of SB&G’s family of photographers, and he has a great eye for artistic and technical photography. The beautiful cake is from Sugarland, and the lighting is by McSound Productions.


Trendspotting: Bridal Market 2012

We’ve just finished up Bridal Market 2012 in New York City! From October 12th to the 15th, wedding industry pros from all over the country converged upon the Big Apple to catch a glimpse of what’s to come in next season’s bridal world.

It’s like New York Fashion Week on bridal steroids, where all of the most glamourous wedding fashion designers get together and present their newest collections — from to-die-for gowns to sweet and sassy accessories.

Classic designers like Vera Wang and JLM Couture wowed the audiences with their clean lines and stunning silhouettes, while others, like urban-chic designer Christos, found ways to impress with a signature twist on sophisticated style.

Since not all the truly wedding-obsessed were able to attend Bridal Market 2012, we’ve rounded up the top five trends for the 2013 fall collections. Get ready to drool (but really, y’all, these are amazing…)

1. Princess Poufs
The Princess Bride look is back! Designs from several collections, including favorites like JLM Couture (housing fab. designers like Lazaro and Jim Hjelm) and Amsale, embraced the full skirt. As Southerners, we’re thrilled that hoop skirts (or at least their more fashionable cousins) are back on the runway.

Marchesa (courtesy of Wedding Wire)

2. Ruffles on Ruffles on Ruffles
We couldn’t get enough of the layers this year! From structured strata to floating tiers, layers were all over the runway. Vera Wang stunned with a collection of gowns donned with extravagant ruffled skirts that moved effortlessly with the models.

Jim Hjelm (courtesy of Wedding Wire)

3. Sleeves and Illusion Necklines
Post Royal-Wedding collections have shown a skyrocket in more modest trends, like sleeves and illusion necklines. These demure details reflect a simpler time in the wedding industry, before couture, but current designers have amped up the wow factor with stunning embellishments, lace overlays and float-away sleeves.

Claire Pettibone (courtesy of Wedding Wire)

4. Lace
Nothing is more ladylike than lace, and it’s storming back into the world of bridal fashion — thanks, Kate Middleton! From classic Chantilly and Alencon lace to bolder, thicker patterns, it doesn’t get more romantic than floral lace fabrics on silhouettes from sexy sheaths to girly ball gowns.

Maggie Sottero (courtesy of Wedding Wire)

5. A Splash of Color
For the first time in two seasons, Vera Wang presented an all-white runway collection, but other designers showcased a rainbow of hues — from the normal ivory/white wedding spectrum to the extreme! Monique Lhuillier charmed with demure blush gowns, while Angel Sanchez designed a pale blue gown (perfect for one of your Somethings!), and Watters wowed with a black gown covered hem-t0-hem in sequins.

Angel Sanchez (courtesy of Wedding Wire)

SB&G’s family of bridal shops have a variety of dresses from many of the designers featured at Bridal Market 2012! Check out our website for a list of boutiques!

Trendspotting: First Look Photography

A new trend in wedding photography is the first look — an opportunity for the bride and groom to share a private moment before the ceremony and really drink in seeing each other for the first time in their wedding day duds. While some couples opt out of a first look to stick to tradition, many are taking to this trend with gusto and embracing the chance to share a quiet, romantic moment with their loved one before the hustle and bustle of the big day!

A first look is not only a special moment for the newlyweds-to-be, but also for their photographer, who is there to capture the roller coaster of emotions the couple experiences upon seeing each other for the first time.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the couples we’re featuring in the upcoming edition of Southern Bride & Groom — Caitlin and Chris, who’s stunning Bay 7 wedding was planned by Erin McLean Events. Check out these super sweet first look photos by Kevin Milz Photography taken after the bridal party got ready at The King’s Daughters Inn. Get excited for the full feature coming soon!

The Cookery is Ready to Host Your Event!

The Cookery boasts Downtown Durham’s newest catering concept — a rentable, full-service commercial kitchen. If you’re looking for an industrial-chic space for your wedding or reception without having to worry about accommodations for you caterer, look no further than The Cookery!

The Cookery’s new Front Room offers a beautiful site for your wedding or reception a 2,500 square foot space that charms up to 200 guests with exposed brick walls, 20-foot ceilings and salvaged metalwork. Book your event with owner Nick Hawthorne-Johnson and his wife, Rochelle Johnson, and let your selected caterer create delicious delicacies for your guests in The Cookery’s commercial kitchen, built to accommodate a caterer’s every need with top-of-the-line equipment, multiple cooking stations and secured food storage. There are even food-truck terminals for your favorite mobile vendors!

Check out these gorgeous bridal portraits by Riley MacLean Photography, taken at The Cookery in celebration of the event space’s opening! Thank you to Savvi for providing us with a beautiful bridal gown. One of our salons, Bella Trio, created our bride’s hair and makeup look.

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