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NC Brides on a Budget can opt for Friday and Sunday Night Events at Local Wedding Venues
Big Saturday weddings are not likely to lose their luster anytime soon, but more couples are considering alternate days or months outside of spring or fall as a way to save money or make travel more attractive to visiting guests.
Such flexibility is essential if you are determined to have your wedding at the Carolina Club during football season. Event planner Elizabeth Rubio will pencil in a bride for a hoped-for fall Saturday with the option to switch to another date if it proves to be a UNC game day.
Photo: Neil Boyd Photography
“The rest of the year is easy, but we’re right next to Kenan Stadium so we can’t book private events until the football schedule comes out,” Rubio says, citing a practice used by other venues affiliated with college campuses. “Honestly, a lot of brides would rather be anywhere but Chapel Hill on a football Saturday. Traffic is terrible and it makes everything more expensive, including room rates – if you can even get rooms.”
Many venues offer a price break on Fridays and Sundays to make the choice more enticing. Prestonwood Country Club in Cary has lower food and beverage minimums those days, making a dreamy ballroom reception available to some brides who assumed it was a budget buster.
Sondra Johnstone, Prestonwood’s director of catering and sales, says Friday nights are increasingly popular with couples who want to be married in a Catholic church.and have their party immediately after. “Catholic churches usually do Saturday weddings only in the morning or early afternoon, but many will do a Friday ceremony in late afternoon, making it perfect for a Friday night reception,” Johnstone says.Photo: In His Image Photography
Choosing off months, including the heat of summer or chill of winter, typically helps if a couple is set on a Saturday wedding. But if your preferred venue is open-air, there are only so many temperate Saturdays. If you simply have to have one, planners say you need to inquire about that hoped-for date right away.
“A lot of our brides like getting married down by the lake, surrounded by the woods. It’s best when it’s not too hot or cold,” says Sarah Leach, coordinator for Angus Barn’s Pavilion event space. The rustic Raleigh banquet hall, built with the original stones from Fayetteville Street and timbers salvaged from Sherman’s March through the capitol during the Civil War, already was booked for several in-demand 2018 wedding dates by fall 2016.
“The majority of our brides are flexible about the day because they want to get married with us,” Leach adds, saying that Fridays can be an easy sell when a desired Saturday is already claimed. “Maybe they’ve been to a wedding here before or another event. It becomes the standard they want.”
Some couples opt to forego any semblance of traditional wedding standards by “flipping” their celebration. They’ll have a large rehearsal dinner with friends and family anight or more before the wedding, then opt for a more intimate reception following the ceremony.
Photo: Graham Terhune Photography
“We’re seeing a lot of Thursday rehearsal dinners for folks getting married elsewhere on Fridays,” says Jessie Koppenhaver of Bridge Club, Chef Ashley Christensen’s event space in downtown Raleigh. “On a Thursday, you can have your pick of bands, flowers, you name it.”
Dashi, Durham’s exceptional ramen house, typically does not make the restaurant available for private parties. However, its stylish upstairs bar, a Japanese gastropub setting known as an izakaya, is favored by food savvy couples who want to treat guests to an umami-rich, small-plate feast. If you want it on a Friday or Saturday, however, you’ll pay much more than what it costs earlier in the week.
“I think that renting Dashi’s izakaya is a steal and a wonderful experience for private celebrations,” says partner Rochelle Johnson, noting the bargain rental of $500 Monday-through-Wednesday compared to $900 for Thursdays or $1,200 on Fridays and Saturdays. The tempting bar menu features an exotic array of fried and grilled nibbles and snacks complemented by sake, sochu and especially creative cocktails. Distinctive settings like the izakaya also are hot for wedding after parties.
Photo: Joe Payne Photography
Carolina Club’s Elizabeth Rubio says she’s seeing an uptick in non-Saturday after parties for local couples who get married elsewhere; in the bride’s hometown, for example, or at a destination wedding.
“A lot of times, parents will throw them a second party so more friends can attend, or the couple might even do it themselves,” Rubio says. “Some are as elaborate as weddings while others are much more low key. Either way,” she adds, “the stress is off and everyone enjoys it more.”
So, if you’re looking to pinch some pennies, or perhaps redirect dollars for unimagined splurges, flexible scheduling could make your budget sufficient to realize the reception of your dreams.
Article contributed by Jill Warren Lucas
Whether you’re looking to add some last-minute details to your fall wedding or planning for an event next year, consider incorporating these trendy fall ideas and details shared by The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, which hosts hundreds of beautiful weddings each season.
Feather Bouquets and Boutonnieres
Not only is this a hot fall trend for bouquets and boutonnieres, it’s also a great idea for centerpieces! Feathers are completely affordable, can be done months in advance, and add a certain flair to all fall wedding décor.
Naked Wedding Cakes
Love it or hate it, the naked look is in. These very simple cakes are considered to be the hot thing these days. If you love a lot of frosting, perhaps these minimal cakes aren’t the way to go, but for now, they’re here to stay.
Photo: Crystal Stokes Photography
Better Off Wed
This website and all of its gold and swirly goodness very popular with the modern day bride. Whether you’re looking for a unique cake topper or divine table numbers, these swirly gold letters look beautiful in any setting and in photos too!
Photos: Better Off Wed (left) Tina-Albin-Lax (right)
Vow to be Chic
Most of us have 10-15 bridesmaid dresses that we have had to purchase for weddings over the years…and no matter how many times the brides says that she picked the dress so that we could wear it again…we all know that’s not usually the case.
Vow to be Chic has gotten on the bandwagon of the already successful Rent the Runway corporation and offers bridemaids rental dresses: Rent it, wear it, and return it for a fraction of the cost of a full dress purchase.
Photo: Dara Blakeley Photography
The top fall wedding colors…marsala and champagne gold…and let’s not forget about the sequins! Sequins are all in this fall – not only do they glam up your wedding reception design, they also add tons of interesting texture and shine.
Photos: Elisa Bricker via 100 Layer Cake
Brides really want their friends and family to feel as though they are having a restaurant quality dining experience at their wedding (even if there is 200 guests). Individual cheese boards, duet plates, intermezzos, etc…these three- and four-course meals with carefully chosen wines and spirits are all the rage right now. Gone are the days of the invite card where you just pick beef or fish.
Courtesy of The Carolina Inn
The language used in an LGBT wedding should be inclusive, not only welcoming to the couple, but also to the guests in attendance.
In the past, when same-sex marriages were not legal but were instead classified as “commitment ceremonies” or “holy unions,” there were differences in the scripts used in same-sex ceremonies, but all that changed in late June 2015 when gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states!While there is no longer a difference in the script itself, there are still decisions to be made about how the couple prefers to be addressed, and it is important that this language is inclusive. The standard, “We now pronounce you husband and wife,” needs respectful modification.
“In all my ceremonies, whether hetero couples or LGBT couples, I make sure that I don’t have any language that implies that marriage is only between a man and a woman,” says Reverend Kayelily Middleton. She uses the term “partner” when referring to the couple in a ceremony. “At the end of the ceremony when I make the pronouncement of marriage I say, “I pronounce you equal partners joined in marriage,’” she explains.Similarly, the only way Reverend Robin Renteria changes the language for an LGBT wedding is asking how the couple prefers to describe their marriage. Alternatives include, ‘I pronounce you a married couple’ or ‘partners for life’ or ‘husbands together’ or ‘wife and wife.’ “Each couple knows what they want and it’s up to the officiant to honor that,” Rev. Renteria says. It’s important to discuss your preferences ahead of time with the officiant and make sure he or she is willing to respect your requests.
Other people involved in the wedding, such as DJs, announcers (wedding planners), or family members, may also need to be reminded about what kind of inclusive language is preferred prior to the reception, as they may be in the position to make introductions or address the couple during toasts.
Photos (top to bottom): Riley MacLean Photography and Rev. Kayelily Middleton
The right lighting has the ability to completely transform and improve a space; it helps set the mood and tone of your wedding ceremony and reception. It’s important to choose lighting the suites your taste and your style, but that also works well within the venue you’ve chosen.
Lighting specialists, such as Get Lit Special Event Lighting, work with area brides and grooms to rent the lighting they require, or in many cases, create handmade custom works that are inspired by their vision.
We asked Get Lit about the latest trends and how to use event lighting and chandeliers to enhance modern Southern weddings. They also gave some tips on the most important factors to consider when planning your lighting needs. Get Lit handmade and designed the beautiful chandeliers pictured below.
Trendy Industrial Lighting
You’ve already likely noticed industrial design esthetic finding its way into wedding design. Get Lit fulfills many requests for barn shroud lighting, and the Edison bulb trend continues to be strong. “These items are not readily available in the event rental business, so brides and wedding planners come to specialty lighting businesses like us with an inspiration photo or general description and we create custom fixtures,” shares Terri Watson, co-owner of Get Lit. In addition to fitting traditional chandeliers with Edison bulbs, there is also interest in fixtures that are a combination of wood and metal and Edison bulbs, as brides pull inspiration from popular retailers like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
Get Lit also finds the use of traditional chandeliers in combination with other styles of lighting, such as a twinkle light ceiling lights or draping market lights, a popular trend at the moment.
Photos by Robin Lin Photography
An outdoor garden, a modern museum or a church reception hall can all serve as a wonderful background for specialty light fixtures. Some settings truly benefit, dare we say need, the addition of beautiful hanging chandeliers. “Tents, for example, are often not appealing on their own and some brides see them as a necessary evil. The addition of decor elements help soften the look of all the hardware, and a chandelier can be a big part of the transformation in both creating a visual centerpiece for the space, as well as casting a soft romantic light on everything around it,” Watson shares.Photo by Get Lit
Customize to Fit Your Style
Chandeliers are easily customized to a bride’s/groom’s design preference. Begin by choosing the design of the chandelier itself, such as traditional, rustic or modern, which can be further defined by lighting elements.
Get Lit carries traditional crystal chandeliers with white, black and crystal bodies or European brass and black velvet. Traditional style with a whimsical flare can be achieved with its gold leaf and crystal chandelier, which looks right at home in a garden setting or a country club.
A “rustic” look may mean Get Lit creates handmade votive chandeliers with metal wrought oak leaves and rustic beam chandeliers in impressively sized 5-foot octagons topped with pillar candles, or it may be fisherman’s globe pendants.
The “modern” look can be achieved with hundreds of glass balls suspended with invisible filament or cube chandeliers handmade from extruded box steel, which can be painted in gold or other colors. Get Lit also has custom-painted barn shrouds in turquoise to create a modern industrial pendant hanging light. Art deco is modern again – a simple graduated rectangular design fits well in a variety of settings. Fabric and flowers can also be added to customize a look.
Photos by Get Lit
When planning for your lighting needs, there are a few important factors to take into consideration.
1. What does the event space already provide and how can this be complemented? Or, if you are not in love with the look it has, can it be changed or removed? “Some clients wish to accentuate the existing style of the space, or bring the style of nearby architecture into their reception space,” says Watson. “For example, we were recently asked to add art deco elements to a tent at The Biltmore Estate. In other cases, you can bring elegance into a barn.”
Keep in mind that lighting can completely change a space. If the venue is right for you in terms of location, budget, and availability, but is somewhat lacking in design, the right lighting elements have the ability to transform the space into your dream venue!
2. Size matters. “A fixture should be proportional to a space so it does not become lost or overwhelm the area,” Watson advises. For this reason, Get Lit has made a number of their chandeliers themselves so that they have fixtures large enough for large spaces. “We’ve taken traditional size and style elements and upsized them to be appropriate for different event venues,” she adds. Combining elements can also help visually enhance a venue in proportion appropriate to the space. Lighting elements should also be considered in context with the other decor elements being use.
3. Keep cost in mind. According to Get Lit, pricing for chandelier lighting fixtures ranges from $100 – $300, with additional installation/administration fees that vary based on the location of the venue and venue infrastructure. These fees can add anywhere from $200-$500 for a local job (this is not a per fixture rate as it’s rare they are hired to install only one or two chandeliers). “We typically provide additional lighting elements as well,” says Watson.Photo by Get Lit
Hello brides-to-be! I’m thrilled to be joining the team here at Southern Bride & Groom as lead blogger! In the coming months, you’ll be hearing more from me as I begin to post plenty of real weddings, style shoots, and inspiration to help you plan and prepare for your big day.
I’m a northern transplant from the Boston area embracing everything the South has to offer—including beautiful outdoor places from the mountains to the coast, delicious local cuisine, an energetic creative culture and a much warmer climate! I come to Southern Bride and Groom with a degree in English from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, a background in magazines and publishing, and experience running my own local food blog.
A few years ago, I married my high school sweetheart and planned everything from the outdoor garden ceremony to the reception and decorations to the food from one of our favorite local restaurants. I find weddings today to be a beautiful mix of traditional aspects incorporated with modern, unique personal touches and I’m excited to be a part of a team that helps brides bring their ideal wedding vision to life!
Pantone has officially announced the Color of the Year 2015, and the winner is Marsala! This gorgeous hue is a shade of earthy wine red with rusty brown undertones, which Pantone says is an “elegant, grounded statement color” that “embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”
The shade is a gorgeous hue that can be used on its own or as a strong accent color, and it pairs beautifully with just about any other color – from neutrals and metallic to bright, bold shades in the blue or yellow color families. Marsala’s flexibility and universal appeal make it perfect for weddings and events throughout every season of the year!
We can’t wait to see what designers, planners, and of course, brides, do with this fantastic, hearty new color! Here’s some gorgeous Pantone Color of the Year 2015 — Marsala inspiration to get you started.
The NotWedding has made a huge splash with their alternative bridal show. As opposed to the typical trade show format, The NotWedding takes the form of a big, fake wedding where brides and grooms-to-be get to be “wedding guests” for the evening! The event will be in Charleston this weekend (it’s sold out but don’t fret, they’ll return in April), in Charlotte in February, and super exciting for our local brides, they are planning their first-ever Raleigh event in 2015! The NotWedding is changing its name to The Big Fake Wedding later this month, and they’ll be coming to a whole list of new cities! Check out The Big Fake Wedding website for more events near you.
The NotWedding team designed a gorgeous, rustic winter style shoot that took place at Harborside East in Charleston, SC. The shoot featured classic, fashionable elements, winter hues, and a slew of unique, ornate details. One of SB&G’s Preferred Florists, Blossom Artistry, designed the stunning bouquet and boutonniere.
The photographer, Emily Millay, said, “the inspiration for the shoot was to weave together iconic midwest elements with southern culture. We chose to use pinecones and antlers to represent the midwest, and wove in southern decor such as lace, soft hues, and Charleston’s iconic greenery and brick. We expanded our inspiration by developing a story of a midwest boy meeting his southern belle. The concept was to incorporate decor, elements and styles from both of their cultures. We finished off the style by incorporating cozy, warm winter elements including the bride’s fur wrap, candles and deep emerald hues.”
Enjoy this gorgeous winter wedding inspiration by The NotWedding Charleston Team, courtesy of Emily Millay Photography! This shoot was put together by vendors who participated in The NotWedding Charleston — to see a full list of these vendors and to learn more about them, check out The NotWedding’s website.
Event: The Charleston NotWedding
Venue: Harborside East
Photography and Styling: Emily Millay Photography
Paper Goods and Styling: Amanda Day Rose
Planning and Styling: Palmetto Weddings (Aly Howard)
Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Charleston
Hair and Makeup: Lava Salon (Jackie Inman)
Floral: Blossom Floral Artistry
Macaroons and Cookies: Christophe Chocolatier
Accessories and Jewelry: Miranda’s Vintage Bridal
All week we have been sharing our favorite looks, designers, and exclusive photography by Riley MacLean from our trip to New York Bridal Market last month. Today we are introducing you to the Modern Trousseau Fall 2015 collection, which we previewed in their New York Showroom.
Modern Trousseau is run by husband and wife team, Callie and David Tein, and based in New York and Charleston. The sophisticated, romantic look of Callie’s designs is perfect for Southern brides. Also appealing is the versatility of the collection that allows brides mix and match styles, skirt shapes, color accents, veils and jackets, to create a personalized look.
If you like what you see, be sure to look for some of the gowns from this collection at one of our local NC bridal boutiques, Tre Bella Bridal in Durham. Several Modern Trousseau gowns will also be gracing the pages of our 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom!
Another high-low dress just like Honor, Pride is also in Italian silk. Her signature jacket features with mink pockets for a “Game of Thrones” vibe, and when the jacket is removed, Grace Kelly is evoked. What a finale!
At NY Bridal Market last month, we were treated to a preview of the fall 2015 line by one of my favorite bridal gown designers. The new Amy Kuschel Peace and Love Collection has her signature classic yet contemporary feel, with a focus on flattering fits and comfort. This charming collection with its nod to the 60’s & 70’s flower child ear is particularly hip, but as always, Amy uses the finest fabrics from beaded French lace to embroidered organza.
Today we are sharing a preview of some of our favorite new looks from the new collection, photographed by Riley MacLean Photography who documented our time at New York Bridal Fashion Week. The best part? Amy Kuschel is carried by one of our local NC bridal boutiques, Lana Addison Bridal in downtown Cary, NC!
The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a fake wedding where brides and grooms-to-be get to be “guests” for the evening and witness the talent of the local vendors first-hand. The first ever NotWedding in Charlotte took place at the Levine Museum of the New South on August 7, and today we’re sharing some of the gorgeous pictures from the event, which was themed for a wedding between winter and spring with a soft, natural color palette and garden feel.
For a full list of the vendors involved, check out the NotWedding website!
Photos 1, 2a, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13a, 14, and 15 by Caroline Lima Photography // Photos 2b, 4, 7, 8, and 12 by LaCross Photography // Photos 5 and 13b by Nicole Caudle Photography