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Throwing rice as the newlyweds leave the reception is a thing of the past, but couples are still finding ways to make a splash during their grand exit. Brides and grooms are turning to more creative ways to make their exit memorable for both the couple and their guests. Here are eight creative wedding grand exit ideas.
Be sure to check with your reception venue before selecting a grand exit idea, as some will have restrictions on what is and isn’t acceptable.
1. Sparklers are one of the most popular send offs today, and that’s because they make for an exciting exit and provide for some truly amazing photo ops. Sparklers are glamorous, and add a sense of whimsy to the wedding day celebrations.
2. Eco-friendly confetti is biodegradable, so it’s easy on the environment! Give each guest a paper cone full of confetti or use typical poppers for a joyous exit.
3. Flower petals make for an exit that oozes romance. Let your guests shower your and your new husband in petals customized to match your wedding’s color scheme. Chat with your florist in advance to determine the best types of blooms available for tossing.
4. Bubbles are a classic send off favorite. They add a playful touch to your exit, but don’t leave any mess to clean up! Cute bubble bottles with a decorative ribbon can also double as favors.
5. Ribbon wands allow your guests to stay in party-mode. The streamers can be customized to match your wedding colors, and the vibrancy will make for exciting photo ops!
6. Noisemakers are perfect for a party crowd, and can be customized to fit your wedding style. Think kazoos, bells (a Southern tradition), horns, maracas, or whistles – a perfect loud and cheerful exit without any required clean up!
7. Pom pom exits are a great way to show your school spirit. If you and your beau have different sports allegiances, consider having poms representing both team’s colors and letting your guests pick a side.
8. Getaway vehicles spice up a grand exit. Think rickshaws, flashy vintage cars, horse drawn carriages, trollies or golf carts to really leave your big day in style.
If your wedding day dreams involve a totally unique, out-of-the-box venue, consider having your wedding ceremony or reception in one of NC’s beautiful museums! Whether they feature fine art, rich history, or a little something for the young at heart, museums are wonderful wedding venues — they offer beautiful ambiance, fabulous backdrops for photographs and portraits, and they can accommodate hundreds of guests in a variety of different event spaces. Give your guests a one-of-a-kind experience with exclusive access to art collections and exhibits in your very own Triangle NC museum wedding.
The Nasher Museum in Durham is an absolutely stunning venue for a wedding. The contemporary architecture and spacious atrium bring the outdoors inside while allowing guests a unique, upscale experience with exclusive gallery access. Events at Nasher are fully customizable to fit perfectly with your wedding day vision. For more information, check out The Nasher Museum’s Event Rental page.
The North Carolina Museum of History in Downtown Raleigh offers three unique spaces for events, and can accommodate weddings from the most intimate affairs to the most extravagant events with up to 500 guests. Walk down the grand staircase and into a different world with the museum’s beautiful exhibits featuring North Carolina’s rich history. For more information, head over to the North Carolina Museum of History Special Events page.
The North Carolina Museum of Art offers turnkey wedding packages, including rental and floral services, musician booking, catering and audiovisual coordination. Choose from the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces to find the perfect fit for your big day, whether you want to focus on the dynamic architecture, the museum’s extensive art collection or the beautiful green, manicured surroundings. For more information, go to the North Carolina Museum of Art Special Events page.
The Museum of Life & Science in Durham features an interactive science park, a butterfly conservatory, and over 80 acres of scenic North Carolina land. Say “I do” in the magical butterfly house, take a spin on the Ellerbe Creek Railway that runs through the museum’s Nature Park, and let your guests revel in the childlike joy the museum brings to life. For more information, check out the Museum of Life & Science Special Events page.
If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, but still want that unique museum vibe, consider the quaint historic town of New Bern. Tryon Palace and The North Carolina History Center are elegant, waterfront venues with details of the state’s rich colonial history. Whether you’re looking for distinctive architecture or stunning 18th-century gardens, New Bern has the perfect venue for any occasion. For more information, go to the Visit New Bern website.
Hosting your wedding at a venue that also has onsite accommodations is an absolutely fantastic option for both you and your guests. The entire wedding weekend becomes an event; you can reserve a block of rooms and have all of your friends and family together in one location!
Here in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, and its surrounding towns and destination locations, there are a ton of options for venues with onsite accommodations — especially hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts — so one is sure to fit your exact needs.
There’a reason hotels and B&Bs are some of the most popular choices for wedding venues — Triangle NC hotel weddings are convenient, cost-efficient and customizable.
Convenience at it’s Finest
The coordination of a hotel wedding is incredibly simple. They typically have hosted their fair share of weddings, so they know what they’re doing! Hotels will have great vendor recommendations, because they’ve probably worked with just about every wedding pro in town. It’s also incredibly convenient for your guests — especially out-of-towners — because your ceremony, reception and accommodations are all in one location. There’s no need to worry about transportation, parking, or the logistics of having separate venues for your ceremony and reception.
Because hotels often have wedding packages, many of the vendors you would normally need to hire elsewhere are included. Most hotels and B&Bs will require you to use their catering service, so choose somewhere with terrific food and leave the meal planning to them! Many hotels also offer complimentary shuttle service, including airport pick-up and drop-off for your out of town guests to make the weekend go even smoother.
Unique & Customizable
Hotels and B&Bs usually have several options for event spaces. If you want to have your ceremony and reception at the hotel, you can either flip the space between events, or choose completely different locations — like hosting a garden ceremony followed by a ballroom reception. The venues normally have a variety of beautiful spaces — like ballrooms with elegant chandeliers, perfectly manicured gardens, and cozy, more intimate rooms for smaller weddings. You can add your own twists to the traditional hotel spaces by incorporating decorations, specialty lighting, and floral arrangements.
Renaissance Raleigh Hotel//Azul Photography
For wedding venues with on-site accommodations, check out SB&G’s Accommodations page or our Sortable Venue Guide.
We’re excited to announce this month’s upcoming Triangle Area & NC wedding shows and events! Be sure to attend bridal shows and wedding events throughout the year for an opportunity to meet local wedding experts and get a jumpstart on planning your big day. Here’s what’s going on in October…
Let’s Make a “Big Wig Out” Deal!
Friday, October 11th at The University Club
3100 Tower Blvd. #1700, Durham
Join us for a fabulous local fundraiser event this Friday! This is not a wedding event, but a fantastic local fundraiser that is open to all. Come support our Triangle Chapter of NACE (National Association of Catering & Events) and the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program at the Big Wig Out! The event is game-show themed, so it will be an evening full of fun games, surprises, and a silent auction, plus amazing food – both savory and sweet! Learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.
NC Vintage Glamour Bridal Show
Sunday, October 13th from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Next Sunday is the NC Vintage Glamour Bridal Show. Visit the beautiful Swan Manor in Monroe (right outside of Charlotte) for the NC debut of the Vintage Glamour Bridal Show, a national bridal event celebrating “Something Old Meets Something New” vintage inspiration for today’s bride. The show features a fashion show, incredibly professional vendors, and raffle prizes. If you don’t have a copy of Southern Bride & Groom, look for one at the show – they will be limited! The event is produced by SF Productions and is complimentary, but please register here.
Highgrove Open House
Saturday, October 19th from 10:00am – 1:00pm
Come out and explore the beautiful grounds of The Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina. Meet the wedding team, and ask all of your burning wedding-related questions!
Forever Bridal’s Triangle Bridal Showcase
Sunday, October 20th from 1:00 – 5:00pm
Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel
The newly-renovated Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel is the perfect setting for this annual bridal event. The Triangle Bridal Showcase evokes subtle elegance for the upscale bride. Attendees will be delighted by the attention to detail showcased by the wedding professionals from Durham and Chapel Hill, and as with all Forever Bridal events, you will be treated to our roaming bridal fashion previews. Come get inspired for your big day! Tickets are available here.
Sweet Life Studios
Check out the Southern Bride & Groom Wedding Shows page to stay up-to-date on all of the wedding-related events in the area!
Country clubs are one of the most popular choices for wedding venues here in the South, and it’s no coincidence — the Triangle NC country club wedding is the perfect combination of elegance and simplicity. Here in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, we have a wide range of clubs — from golf clubs to city clubs — that make for beautiful, classic and convenient wedding event spaces.
Clubs offer an upscale wedding experience for a wide range of budgets, with the added perk of ease throughout the wedding planning process — most clubs provide basic rental needs like tables, chairs, and linens with their wedding packages. Most importantly, the reception food — the most expensive part of every wedding event — is part of the package, which saves money and planning stress. The best news of all is that all of the SB&G clubs are top-notch when it comes to the dining experience!
The stand-out settings are yet another added appeal of a club wedding. Country clubs have beautiful ballrooms, clubhouses, and picturesque golf courses and grounds; while our area city clubs offer stunning sweeping views. All are able to host both wedding ceremonies and receptions, and most have additional smaller rooms that are perfect for other wedding events, such as bridal luncheons or rehearsal dinners.
Not a private club member? Not to worry, all of the SB&G clubs are open to non-members. Some have member sponsorship programs, but the club staff is happy to help coordinator on your behalf!
University & City Clubs
The Carolina Club in Chapel Hill is a beautiful club located on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus. It can accommodate weddings from the most intimate to the most elaborate, and the team is experienced in helping couples plan the perfect wedding. The University Club, located in Durham’s tallest building, offers breathtaking views of Durham to Chapel Hill. The staff at the University Club will guide you from your first tasting with their fantastic culinary team all the way to your wedding day. The NC State University Club in Raleigh on NC State’s campus is a university club, but actually has a golf course as well, and is currently undergoing renovations to expand the venue and its offerings.
Brier Creek Country Club//Richard Barlow Photography
Country Clubs & Golf Clubs
The Triangle and its surrounding area is also home to many traditional country clubs. Governors Club in Chapel Hill is a secluded venue with beautiful ceremony and reception spaces, and an award-winning 27-hole golf course. Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh offers all-inclusive packages to make your wedding planning process a breeze, and has an absolutely picture-perfect landscape! Just outside Raleigh, in Cary, NC, is MacGregor Downs Country Club, which has stunning views of Lake MacGregor, and on-site event coordinators to assist you in creating a beautiful, customized event. Prestonwood Country Club, also in Cary, can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, and will certainly wow them with a dramatic staircase, crystal chandeliers and vaulted ceilings. In Durham, Croasdaile Country Club has been making wedding memories for over a decade. Their catering team works one-on-one with couples to craft the perfect menu. The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham is one of the city’s premiere wedding locations. With indoor and outdoor options, and a staff that handles every detail, the Inn offers an unforgettable wedding experience.
Pinehurst is a quaint destination town just an hour outside of the Triangle — perfect for a wedding weekend extravaganza, especially for any golf lovers! The Resort boasts more than 2,000 acres, multiple event locations, and a full-service spa. Even if you are planning an NC beach wedding, you can still have that country club vibe! There are several clubs on the Outer Banks — visit the Outer Banks Wedding Association for more details. And finally, one of our favorite venues in the state is the Shoals Club on Bald Head Island off the NC coast. This upscale venue is surrounded by ocean views, and is perfect for brides who love the beach, but don’t want to sacrifice the elegance of a country club wedding.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today’s new Chapel Hill, NC Real Wedding is Joy and Matthew’s sweet, preppy nuptials at Governors Club in May.
Joy and Matthew went to the same high school, but didn’t officially meet and begin dating until they both returned to their hometown after college! Matthew popped the question on a trip to New York City for Joy’s birthday, and the couple began planning their May 2013 wedding.
They fell in love with the beautiful property at Governors Club in Chapel Hill, and knew it was the perfect place to tie the knot. With a fun, preppy color scheme of hot pink, black and white, Joy and Matthew celebrated their wedding in style!
The couple used many members of the SB&G Family to make their big day a reality, including: Governors Club, Floral Dimensions, Neil Boyd Photography, Alexia’s Bridal, Tre Bella Bridal, Bernard’s Formalwear, Bella Trio Day Spa, and Sweet Memories!
Check out these photos from Beth Jarvah of Neil Boyd Photography, and get a feel for their beautiful wedding!
To read Joy and Matthew’s love story and see more beautiful photos of their wedding day, check out the Joy and Matthew Real Wedding page!
Want your wedding featured on SB&G? Submit it here.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today’s Real NC Wedding feature is especially close to my heart, because it’s my own! My husband, Austen, and I tied the knot at Fearrington Village in May. Enjoy this snippet of our love story and big day details, and a special thanks to Nancy Ray of Nancy Ray Photography for these beautiful photos, which capture our wedding day so perfectly!
Austen and I met during a summer class at the University of North Carolina when we were randomly paired up for a partner project. We’d definitely noticed each other in class, but hadn’t talked much. Little did I know that he’d called his mom earlier in the summer to tell her about a “pretty girl who wears sweatpants to class.”
A few weeks after the fall semester started, Austen got in touch with me to tease me about my favorite football team — I’m a Green Bay Packers fan, and he pulls for their conference rival, the Minnesota Vikings. After some banter back and forth, he finally asked me for my number. We went grocery shopping in his old red Jeep Wrangler on our first “date” and I was hooked!
After almost two years of dating, I had the feeling a proposal was on the horizon, but I wasn’t exactly sure when or how it was going to happen. Then, one cold January evening, Austen and I were watching a movie in his room. He kept joking that he had the ring already, but I didn’t believe him. I knew he’d want to follow tradition and ask my parents before proposing, and with his crazy work schedule, I didn’t think he’d had the time! Of course, I was wrong, and that same night, he got down on one knee beside his bed and asked me to marry him. The diamond in my engagement ring has been in my family for generations — it was the stone in my grandmother’s engagement ring, and she was married to her husband for over 50 years, so it made the moment even more special. The proposal was just so true to us — I was in my pajamas, with my hair piled in a bun on top of my head, on a quiet night at home. We both cried, and started calling our friends and family to share the news!
I had known that I wanted a sweet, Southern wedding at Fearrington Village for quite some time, so that was the first thing we officially booked. My soon-to-be Maid of Honor is completely obsessed with blogs, and she recommended Nancy Ray Photography to Austen and me. Nancy and her husband, Will, also got married at Fearrington, and as soon as we met with her and saw some of her beautiful work, we knew she was the perfect fit for us.
I came onboard with SB&G that June, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! I was immediately immersed in all things weddings, and was so inspired by the magazine and all of the wonderful local vendors…it made the rest of the planning process a total breeze, especially after we hired Erin McLean of Erin McLean Events as our coordinator! (Seriously, y’all, invest in a wedding planner — it is so, so very worth it!)
We chose a blush, peach and gold color palette for our wedding, because we wanted something soft, romantic and quintessentially Southern…the boys even wore blue seersucker suits and linen bow ties! Erin did an absolutely fantastic job transforming our vision into reality, and when I saw how the ceremony and reception spaces were decorated, I couldn’t hold back my tears.
Austen and I decided a first look would be a great way to ditch the pre-ceremony jitters and get the “ugly cries” out of the way. I honestly would recommend doing a first look to every couple — not only was it the perfect way to calm our nerves so we could really soak in the details of our day, it was also one of the only moments all day where it was just the two of us. And I’m so happy we decided to do a first look, because they’re some of the only photos we have outdoors from our wedding day, thanks to the crazy rainy weather!
We knew from the get-go that we wanted to write our own vows, and since Austen’s grandfather married us, we were able to completely customize our entire ceremony. We kept our vows secret from each other until the big day, and standing in front of all of our family members and friends, saying the words we’d written to each other was one of my absolute favorite moments of the entire day.
Despite the rain (it poured from the moment the ceremony started ’til the grand exit at the end of the night!), our wedding went off without a hitch, thanks to our wonderful vendors. Everyone really went above and beyond to make sure that everything went smoothly, and if something went wrong that day, I certainly never heard about it! Liquid Pleasure and SPIN kept our guests on the dance floor the entire night, and I truly think everyone had a wonderful time, which was very important to Austen and me!
Wedding Consultant: Erin McLean of Erin McLean Events
Bridal Luncheon: Weathervane at Southern Season
Rehearsal Dinner: Carolina Brewery
Ceremony & Reception: Fearrington Village
Minister: Buddy Blanford, groom’s grandfather
Caterer: Fearrington Village
Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography
Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay
Men’s Formalwear: Joseph A. Banks
Florist: Fearrington Village
Cake: Fearrington Village
Groom’s Cake: Simply Cakes
Invitations: The Green Kangaroo
Calligrapher: Calligraphy by Carrie
Hair & Makeup: MakeUpForYourDay
Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings
Reception Musicians: Liquid Pleasure and SPIN
Linens & China: CE Rental
Transportation: Carolina Livery
Wedding Favors: Shutterbooth photo strips and pie pops from Raleigh Cake Pops
Guest Accommodations: Aloft and The Franklin Hotel
The Carolina Inn is one of the most beloved wedding and event venues in Chapel Hill, NC, and is renowned as one of the favorite high-end destination hotels in the country. Each year, dozens of Carolina girls flock to this stunning property that holds childhood or college year memories to say their wedding vows. Its popularity is due not only to its exceptional service and delicious food, but the Inn’s ability to balance its grand Southern style with a very homey and comfortable vibe.
A couple of weeks ago, The Carolina Inn hosted a party to celebrate a major milestone in their history – the completion of a second and final phase of renovations. The four and a half year, $19 million project refreshed virtually the entire property, including the lobby, the Carolina Crossroads restaurant, the bar, all of the meeting and function rooms, the heating and cooling systems, the elevators, the landscaping, and all 185 guest rooms.
Since the Inn was established in 1924, it has undergone a total of six renovations, all keeping in touch with the original Colonial Revival style. The planning for the latest round of updates began in 2009 and placed a huge emphasis on the University of North Carolina’s history. The Inn’s corridors were divided into 12 sections and decorated according to different UNC departments or schools, and feature a total of about 1,000 historical images, including portraits of notable faculty and alumni, snippets from the student newspaper The Daily Tar Heel, and photos from athletic national championships.
The renovation also focused on sustainability. Eighty percent of the furniture was made in North Carolina, and all of the guest room carpet is 100% recyclable.
I was honored to be a guest at the Re-Launch party, which celebrated the completion of these exquisite renovations. Guests were able to tour through the many event spaces at the Inn and tour guest rooms. We enjoyed cuisine prepared by the fabulous on-site culinary team, and even got to preview a mock wedding ceremony set up (provided by Tre Bella Flowers – Rachael and Margo of the floral team are pictured below, with myself) in the courtyard. Here are a few photographs (courtesy of The Carolina Inn and Chapelboro.com) from this special event, including some of the Carolina Inn’s catering team, and a glimpse at the the refreshed look that the property now boasts.
In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we’ve got a beautiful Real Chapel Hill, NC Wedding to share with you all today! Brittany and Anthony tied the knot at The Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel in May. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Sweet Life Studios, and get inspired for your nuptials!
Brittany and Anthony met during their junior year of college at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, when they were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. Personality differences kept the duo from hitting it off immediately, but a few years later, the couple learned to cherish the differences and spend their lives together.
Anthony surprised Brittany with a special dinner with all of their family and friends — he told her it was just the two of them! — and popped the question in front of them all after singing Brittany a song he’d written himself.
The couple settled on “An Evening in Paris” as their wedding theme, and thought the space and vibes at The Sheraton Chapel Hill fit the bill perfectly. With a color palette of coral, ivory and gold, and the help of the talented Tracy Adams of Adams & Events, the hotel ballroom was transformed into a vintage Parisian paradise. Fresh Affairs brought the couple’s vision to life with absolutely stunning florals, and Brittany said “everyone who walked into the room was in awe at the magic Lyn (of Fresh Affairs) created!”
Brittany and Anthony used many members of the SB&G Family to make their dream of a Parisian wedding come to life, including: Adams & Events, The Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel, Bella Bridesmaid, Fresh Affairs, Sweet Memories Bakery, and ShutterBooth.
Enjoy the photos below, courtesy of Sweet Life Studios, and congrats Brittany and Anthony, your wedding was beautiful!
Wedding Consultant: Tracy Adams of Adams & Events
Rehearsal Dinner: Shula’s 347 Grill
Ceremony: Church of the Holy Family
Reception: Sheraton Chapel Hill
Photographer: Sweet Life Studios
Videographer: DZull Media
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Men’s Fomalwear: Men’s Warehouse
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery
Invitations: emDOTzee Designs
Ceremony and Reception Musicians: Collective Groove
Linens: Fresh Affairs
Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting
Transportation: Cowboy Limousine
Guest Accommodations: Sheraton Chapel Hill
Hair: All That Jazz Hair Salon
Makeup: In God’s Image Makeup Artistry
Wedding Favors: Shutterbooth
Bridal Registry: Bed Bath & Beyond
If you’re newly engaged, in the midst of wedding planning, or simply throwing a celebratory event, you need to get to know Rocky Top Catering!
Rocky Top is a multi-faceted business, with a full-service, off-site catering team, a free-standing wedding venue – 1705 Prime, and exclusive deals with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and UNC’s Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium.
As a long-standing member of the SB&G Family, Rocky Top is a trusted vendor that will go above and beyond to make your event truly special and unique – from customizing your menu to meet every taste, culture and theme, to experienced staff and licensed bartenders who are well-versed in the service industry.
Rocky Top provides off-site catering to any location throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – be it a rehearsal dinner, a wedding, a small celebration or a large corporate event. Since Rocky Top has been around for a while, their team has established excellent relationships with many of the area’s top venues, such as The Sutherland, The Grand Marquise Ballroom, Cobblestone Hall, Stockroom at 230 and The Museum of History, just to name a few!
Rocky Top also has an upscale wedding venue, 1705 Prime, located just outside of downtown Raleigh in a restored Southern home. The venue has a variety of rooms to fit your event’s needs – from intimate settings to grand spaces. There’s a built-in dance floor in the main room, in-house tables, chairs and chinaware, and an on-site kitchen for their team to create delicious delicacies. Rocky Top will even provide event design and vendor coordination upon request!
Rocky Top is the exclusive caterer at the NC Musuem of Natural Sciences and UNC’s Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium. The breathtaking Museum offers meeting and reception areas for 30-375 seated guests, and reception areas for up to 775 people! The Blue Zone is also ideal for anything from a small gathering to a grand event, with stunning views of UNC’s football field and surrounding campus. And with Rocky Top catering the event, you can guarantee the food will be out of this world!
So, if you’re planning a wedding or any type of get together, contact Rocky Top Catering to see what their talented team can do for you!