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Bride’s Checklist Money Matters – Keeping the Budge in Check Please Take a Seat On Location – Crystal Coast Venues Venue Spotlight – Butterfly Kisses Pavilion Picture Perfect – Choosing the Right Photographer Wedding Invitation and Postage Tips Flower Power The Grooms Cake Makes a Comeback Choosing the Perfect Dress Wedding Tools to Make Planning Easier

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Planning Ahead 10-12 Months Before            

Select date and time. Begin a wedding planner notebook and Pinterest board. Discuss the style and size of your wedding. Set a budget. Reserve venues for ceremony and reception. Select someone to officiate. Select wedding party. Start compiling guest list. Choose and hire a wedding planner or day of coordinator. Choose wedding colors. Begin search for wedding dress and undergarments. Put an engagement announcement in local papers.

8-10 Months Before       

Choose and hire your photographer, band or DJ, caterer, baker and equipment rental company. Create a registry. Order save the date cards. Reserve block of hotel rooms for guests. Choose bridesmaid dresses. Start discussing honeymoon options. Order wedding dress.

6 Months Before          

Send save the date cards. Finalize contracts with vendors. Finalize guest list. Book florist. Purchase gifts for your wedding party. Begin planning the ceremony. Arrange transportation. Order invitations and thank you cards. Order bridesmaids dresses. Book your honeymoon.

4 Months Before     

Finalize ceremony details with officiant. Order wedding cake. Finalize menu with caterer. Choose special music selections. Reserve tuxedos.

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We know what they say about the best laid plans – but your wedding day is no time for idioms. Early planning can be the single most important factor in bringing your perfect day together without a hitch

1 Month Before         

Have a final fitting of gown. Schedule formal bridal portrait. Get marriage license. Mail rehearsal dinner invitations. Have all accessories purchased, including goblets, ring pillow, garter, candles, etc. Begin writing vows, if applicable. Create seating arrangements. Make plans for bridesmaids’ luncheon. Design and order wedding program.

1 Week Before          

Go over final details with all service providers. Arrange for someone to assist with last minute errands and to help you dress. Review final guest count with caterer. Send timeline to wedding party. Hold rehearsal dinner with all participants. Give photographer/videographer a list of shots desired. Pack suitcase for honeymoon. Break in your shoes. Compile an emergency kit with band aids, bobby pins and other random items that could be in demand on the day of the wedding. Put tips, payment in envelopes for vendors.

Wedding Day  Fix hair or have an appointment to have it done at least three

to four hours before the ceremony. Remember to wear a button down shirt.  Start dressing 1 to 1 ½ hours before the ceremony or earlier if pictures are being taken before.

Groom’s Wedding Day Checklist Allow plenty of time to get dressed and get to the ceremony location.  Give the best man the bride’s wedding ring.  Bring marriage license to ceremony. 

After the Ceremony   

Send announcement to newspapers. Write and mail thank you notes. Have wedding dress cleaned and preserved.

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Newly engaged couples may experience an array of emotions when they sit down to plan their weddings. Some couples can’t wait to jump into the planning process, while others may proceed with caution because they don’t know what to expect – particularly in regard to cost. Over the years, weddings have become a major financial commitment, in many instances ensuring a couple’s first task as man and wife will be paying off the mountain of bills they accrue with their dream wedding. Next to buying a home and having a child, weddings are one of the largest expenses a couple will incur. According to Wedding Wire’s 2018 report, the average wedding has 127 guests at a cost of $27,000 for the ceremony and reception. Add in the average engagement ring ($5,000) and the average cost for a honeymoon ($4,000) and the price tag climbs to $36,000. It reports that about 40 percent of all couples surveyed underestimated the cost of their nuptials. The Knot notes that 74 percent of couples go into debt to help pay for their wedding and that while 89 percent of brides and grooms create a budget, only 48 percent of them have a detailed list that breaks down costs. About half of all couples initially plan on spending less than $20,000, with 23 percent of those estimating they can spend less than $10,000, according to The Knot survey. But it’s easy to underestimate – for most people, wedding planning is a new experience and there’s no way to truly understand the cost involved until the planning begins. While it’s important to be aware of the costs, it’s equally as important to quickly discount your dream wedding. That fabulous wedding is still within reach. You may just have to make some difficult decisions to bring it to fruition. What is most important to you on your big day? And where can corners be cut to trim muchneeded dollars off the final bill. Is a formal rehearsal dinner a must? Or can your bridesmaids pitch in and pull together a great homecooked spaghetti dinner that everyone will appreciate? If having your dream wedding includes a high dollar venue, money can be saved in other areas to bring your dream to life. Be ever watchful of the small things. Large expenditures, like paying a flat $2,000 for a location, are easy to track. It’s often in the smaller costs that couples lose track of. Sure, linen tablecloths may only be $5 a piece to rent for the day, but if you’re renting 100 for two days, the cost can rise quickly without anyone realizing where the money is going. The same can be said for accessories, gifts, spa services, gratuities and more. Keep an ever watchful eye on the budget to avoid letting these things spin out of control. Here are a few other tips for keeping the budget in check: Limit the guest list. Inviting all friends and family members might be a nice gesture, but it’s also an expensive one. Cost-conscious couples can save a good deal of money by only inviting those friends and family members who are closest to them. Sit down as a couple and write out a list of people that you would both like to invite. Ask your parents to do the same – it’s only fair since parents generally have a financial stake in the wedding as well. Take into consideration who will bring a date or children with them. Switch from Saturday. Saturday weddings are not only the most

popular, but also the most expensive, according to reports. Couples with some flexibility can save money by moving their wedding to a Friday or Sunday. Couples in a tourist-driven economy like Eastern North Carolina can also stand to shave a little bit off the top by having their wedding during off-peak months. November through April are slower months for weddings, so many venues, caterers and other service providers offer lower rates. Trim back the flowers. Flowers for a wedding can prove very expensive, but couples can trim those costs by using more greenery in the floral displays and ordering less expensive, seasonal flowers. When discussing arrangements with the florist, explain your budget limitations clearly to make sure they are understood. Couples may also look at candles, shells and other decorative items that can help fill the space left by absent centerpieces. For those who are really creative – loose flowers in a tall slender vase can go a long way. Avoid a full meal service. Many couples feel they overspent more on food, drink and cake than any other aspect of their wedding. Save serious money by planning the reception for a time when guests will not need a full, seated meal. If your ceremony is between 1-3 in the afternoon, you can have a tea reception. Serve finger sandwiches, scones and mini pastries. For a reception starting at 4 or 5pm, have a cocktail reception. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres are all you need. Make it clear on your invitation – “Cocktail reception to follow.” Couples may also choose to limit beverage availability by having one or two drink options instead of a full bar. For those looking to have a much smaller bar tab at the end of the night – limiting the cash bar for guests is no longer the big etiquette no-no it once was. Opt for a DJ. Bands are wonderful for dancing the night away, but they are often limited in the scope of music they play. Having a DJ is both less expensive and more versatile. Day of support is both helpful and necessary. If you’re deciding to trim the budget by doing all the planning yourself, please consider having a wedding planner on hand for the day of the event. Look at a variety of venues. If you know anyone with a beautiful home or a large garden, consider the option of having your event there. Private venues may require hiring staff, paying for insurance and a variety of other incendiary costs that leave you wondering if maybe you should have just hit up the justice of the peace in his chambers. During those off-season weddings, don’t be ashamed to bargain a little bit. Venues that are booked every weekend all summer long are often sitting vacant come November – making it a great opportunity to get a little discount. Don’t overlook all-inclusive venues, such as resorts and hotels, which can hold the wedding and reception all in one place and make the event much easier for out-of-towners to navigate. Forgo a traditional honeymoon. While it’s certainly nice to fly off to the Caribbean and spend your first week as a married couple soaking up some sun, a more local getaway for a couple of days can be just as relaxing and save couples substantial amounts of money. Once the bills have been paid, couples can then enjoy a more traditional honeymoon, possibly in celebration on their first anniversary.


Please Take a Seat Receptions may be big or small, lavish or casual. But regardless of their size or style, receptions all share a common element: they require that couples establish at least a basic seating arrangement for guests. Even though assigned seating isn’t mandatory, selecting seats for a sitdown dinner makes things simpler and reduces confusion. Some reception venues may even require assigned seating so that catering staff can service tables accordingly. Seating guests can be tricky, but employing a few strategies can make the process go quickly and smoothly. A seating chart, whether it’s venue-specific or one couples make themselves, is essential. If you are using a self-made chart, chat with the venue about the shape of tables, how many guests each table can seat and the location of tables around the space. When making the chart, start with the wedding party and move out from there. Couples can ease themselves into the task of seating by doing the easy tables first. The primary one 16

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is the wedding party table. This traditionally can be a dais or a sweetheart table flanked by the wedding party. According to Martha Stewart Weddings, the table should be centrally located and the wedding couple should sit in the middle. A male-female pattern follows on either side of the couple, consisting of the ushers, bridesmaids, best man and maid of honor. If much of the wedding party is already married, couples may opt to have the wedding party sit with their spouses instead of at the dais. Tables for parents, grandparents and immediate family members of the bride and groom also are high priority. Both families can be combined at one table, or they can be separated into two tables. These tables should be the closest to the bride and groom. Be sure to consider mobility issues. Elderly guests may want to be away from the band, deejay or speakers. Guests in wheelchairs may need an accessible seat near the exit. Likewise, place guests who tend to be the life of the party close to the dance floor to encourage others to join in. When all else fails – get some help. Enlist the help of parents to seat their friends and extended family members. Parents will generally know best who gets along and who should be separated. There are a variety of apps available for the task and mock ups of seating charts are readily available online. Once set, be sure to create place cards or a central seating chart so guests can easily find their seat.

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Choosing a Venue for the Big Day With its beautiful ocean views, waterways, forests and hidden gems, Eastern North Carolina is a special event just waiting to happen. From rustic country barns to royal, beachfront elegance, there’s a venue to suit every taste and style. And with stunning views from just about vantage point, you can’t go wrong choosing to share your nuptials on the Crystal Coast. For brides looking at outdoor venues, professionals suggest having a back-up plan with a secondary inside location just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Some of the area’s venues already have a contingency plan in place, with room to move the festivities indoors in a pinch, while others do not. So make sure this important query is on your list of questions to ask while visiting sites in the area. The abundance of beach-front summer rentals can provide the ideal location for a wedding. Not only do they often provide access to the beach and serve as a hub for planning, but they can provide lodging for the wedding party, access to restroom facilities, plenty of room to get ready and an ideal site to hold the reception that follows. Many rental agencies offer wedding and event planning services on-site, making it easier than ever for the bride to enjoy a stress-free wedding. Whether you plan on getting married in the middle of tourist season, or during the quieter off-season months, most of the area’s favorite attractions are open year round and ready to greet your family. Here are some of the area’s most popular sites: Beaufort Historic Site – Located on Turner Street, the grounds of the Beaufort Historical Association provide a picturesque setting for special events. Say your vows on the site’s expanse of lawn and have your portraits taken on the porches of the beautifully restored buildings. Visit or call 252-728-5225. Butterfly Kisses Pavilion – This rustic barn-like setting located in Newport can easily be dressed up or down depending on the feel of the wedding. A small outdoor trellis provides a great location for the nuptials. To learn more, call 252-223-2766 or Celebration Cottage – This oceanfront event space in Atlantic Beach has a capacity of up to 240 guests, with room for 100 to sit and dine comfortably. Beach access and a stunning oceanfront deck provide a picturesque setting for any special event. Full coordination services available. Visit

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Cape Lookout National Seashore – For a true beach-front wedding, Cape Lookout National Seashore is a perfect blend of privacy and history. The 56-mile stretch of North Carolina’s Outer Banks

features a lighthouse and endless stretches of private beach. The site is available only by boat, however, passenger ferries on Harkers Island and Beaufort are happy to accommodate. Call 252-728-2250 or visit Copper Ridge on the Neuse – Vintage charm on the banks of the Neuse River in New Bern, this traditional barn features modern comforts and on-site coordination to help take the stress out of your special day. Visit Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center – Located at the end of Island Road, next to the National Park Service, this newly-completed facility has a large meeting space and plenty of picturesque settings for those all-important photos. Call 252-7281500 or visit Crystal Coast Civic Center – One of the largest venues in the area, this soundfront setting in Morehead City can accommodate groups up to 1,000 and comes with a full commercial kitchen. For more information, call 252-247-3883. Doubletree by Hilton – This oceanfront resort offers all-inclusive packages, taking the stress out of planning your special day. Rooms, on-site dining, pier, pool and beach access. Call 252-240-1155.

party. To learn more, call 252-247-7533. The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores – The former Clamdigger Inn features a full-service restaurant and all-waterfront rooms for guests. Space available for beach weddings as well as receptions. To learn more, call 800-338-1533. Isaac Taylor Garden – The historic, intimate setting of the 1792 Isaac Taylor home offers a wide expanse of lawn, brick patios and walkways and beautiful wrought iron work. Tables and chairs available for up to 100 guests. To learn more, visit The Jarvis at 220 – This New Bern bed and breakfast inn serves as a unique venue space and can accommodate up to 100 people amidst historic charm and welcoming outdoor space. Learn more by calling 252-631-1452 or visiting Morehead City Train Depot – The town’s historic train depot, located at 1001 Arendell St., features a catering kitchen and tables and chairs for about 75 people, making it ideal for a small intimate wedding or reception. Call 252-808-0440. (Continued on page 20)

Dream Maker Wedding Estates – With unique locations, these wedding specialists have a site to match just about everyone’s taste. Say your vows at the restored Palo Alto Plantation or the private soundside Watson House. To learn more, visit Emerald Isle Beach & Pool Club – On Coast Guard Road in Emerald Isle, this private club offers beach or garden weddings with ocean views as well as indoor space and private changing areas. Visit www. Fort Macon State Park – The park encompasses 385 acres of beach, dunes and maritime forest with the fort serving as the centerpiece. A beach access site offers a bath house and plenty of parking. For more information, call 252-726-3775. Front Street Village – On the site of the former Beaufort Fisheries along Taylors Creek, Front Street Village is a planned community under development at the end of Lennoxville Road. The beautiful waterfront boathouse and its top deck event space are complete and ready to host the perfect event. On-site planning and catering available. Call 252-838-1524 or visit Harborlight Guest House – Located along Bogue Sound, this small, private guest house features a peninsula with 500 feet of waterfront, perfect for a dream wedding. Stay on-site in one of six newly-remodeled rooms. For more information, call 252-393-6868. History Museum of Carteret County – In downtown Morehead City, this museum by the Carteret County Historical and Genealogy Society includes auditorium space for 165 people, seated. The staff assists with set up and clean up, taking the stress off the wedding

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NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores – Widely acclaimed across the state and around the country, the aquarium lets guests get up close and personal with shipwrecks without getting wet, stare down a 350-pound sand tiger shark, watch river otters play and touch a stingray. Popular for weddings and special events, the site has accommodations for groups of 130 up to 1,500. Call 252-247-4003. NC Maritime Museum – The beautiful Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center on Taylor Creek allows provides a perfect rustic waterfront location for weddings, receptions and more, plus the income directly benefits the museum’s ongoing efforts. Learn more at Neuse Breeze – Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, this scenic home is available for a variety of special events. One guest house is located on the property, indoor and outdoor settings available. Visit or call 252-447-2937. Stanly Hall – Built in 1874 and renovated in 2012, this historic New Bern ballroom features more than 3,500 square feet and comes complete with a caterer’s kitchen, sound system, bridal suite and more. Learn more at Tryon Palace – Located in New Bern, this centerpiece of the colonies was recreated in the 1950s and opened as a museum and historic site. From grand to casual, various locations on the grounds are available for special events. To learn more, visit www.tryonpalace. org.


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Eastern North Carolina is home to a variety of resorts, bed & breakfast inns and restaurants that have extra space to accommodate a wedding, reception or both. Special rental space can be found at: Beaufort Inn – 101 Ann St., Beaufort, 252-728-5347 Beaufort Grocery Co. – 117 Queen St., Beaufort, 252-728-3899 Bistro-by-the-Sea – 4031 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-247-2777 Channel Marker Restaurant – Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, 252-247-2344 Clawson’s 1905 – 425 Front St., Beaufort, 252-728-2133 Off the Hook – 105 S. 7th St., Morehead City, 252-499-9150 Country Club of the Crystal Coast – 152 Oakleaf Drive, Pine Knoll Shores, 252-726-1034 Elks Lodge – 400 Miller Farm Road, Morehead City, 252-726-4472 Havelock Tourist & Event Center – 201 Tourist Center Drive, Havelock, 252-444-4348 Islander Suites – 102 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle, 866-627-9340 Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center – 3820 Galantis Dr., Morehead City, 252-247-2626 Morehead City Country Club – 2900 Country Club Road, Morehead City, 252-726-6666 Oceanana – 700 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, 252-726-4111 Old Train Depot – 614 Broad St., Beaufort, 252-728-2141 The Sanitary Restaurant – 501 Evans St., Morehead City, 252-247-3111 Swansboro Rotary Civic Center – 1104 Main St. Ext., Swansboro, 910-326-6175 Trinity Center – 618 Salter Path Road, Salter Path, 252-247-5600

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While rustic has become a household word when it comes to decorating, the theme has also become a hot commodity in the wedding industry. From burlap draped tables to Pinterest-inspired centerpieces, the DIY trend has become a popular look with special events of all types. It’s exactly what Katrina Naylor was looking for when she began planning her nuptials. She was living in Wilmington at the time and was disappointed at the lack of venues that met her needs in Carteret County. Her parents, who own J&S Landscape and Design and J&S Nursery, had some excess property and the bride-to-be soon began thinking this might be the perfect place to say “I do.” “I looked into tent prices and as soon as we saw them my dad said he could build something for that price,” said Katrina. That’s exactly what he did. And in the process, he developed a new arm of the family business that his daughter would embrace and grow. That first structure was temporary – but within seven months of her own wedding date, Katrina had permits in hand and a permanent structure modeled after the beautiful scenes that had caught her attention while vacationing in Vermont. Butterfly Kisses Pavilion was born. With ample parking and outdoor wedding space as well as the barn-like Pavilion, the rustic space can be dressed up or down to suit just about any taste. Katrina notes that there are tables and chairs on-site and the site has relationships with a variety of vendors to help streamline the planning process. Jerome and Jessica Bacon found the venue while searching for locations near Emerald Isle that were not located on the beach. Jessica, who had a wedding outside on the grounds, said she was interested in having a more relaxed garden vibe for the décor but wanted to make sure there was also a structure in case weather put a wrench in their plans. “My favorite thing about the venue was the Pavilion itself,” she said. “The pavers inside are designed so well and make it feel more

elegant than just a barn. I love how the Pavilion protects you from the elements but also still allows you and your guests to feel as if you’re outside with its large windows that can be opened or closed depending on the weather. “ While the primary focus is on weddings, Katrina said the site hosts a variety of events through the year, including an annual dance for the West Carteret High School Band. In 2018, it hosted its first Marine Corps Ball, something she was exceptionally honored to do. In all, they see about 35-55 events annually, with numbers continuing to increase. “Every year we do improvements to the property,” she said. “For example, this year we added more Southern trees. Every year we try to focus on something different so we continue to improve the venue.” In addition, she is always striving to come up with new ideas and ways of bringing the wedding community together. In January 2019, Butterfly Kisses will be holding its first Southern Stroll venue tour. Couples will be chauffeured between two venues and the Pavilion, where an after-party will be held. Now a certified wedding planner, Katrina, who had previously worked at BB&T said she had no idea she would make such a drastic career change, but she’s certainly glad she did. As part of the family business she brought her first child to work with her every day … now she brings two. In the coming year, the venue plans to introduce all-inclusive small wedding packages for limited parties beginning at around $1,600 per couple for a party of 20. “Our goal is always to make the venue as accessible to everyone as possible, even those who are on a tight budget or just want a smaller wedding with close friends and family,” said Katrina. To learn more about Butterfly Kisses Pavilion, visit



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BRIDE & GROOM: Michaela Styron & Matthew LaChance WEDDING DATE: November 10, 2018 WEDDING LOCATION: Beaufort Proper RECEPTION LOCATION: Beaufort Proper COORDINATOR: Lisa Worcester CATERER: Fat Fellas CAKE: Cakes by Menzette PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah K. Photography EQUIPMENT RENTALS: Country Aire Rentals FLORAL DESIGN: Lisa Worcester/Beaufort Proper BAND/DJ: Tristan Berrini/DJ OFFICIANT: Pastor Jacob Snider HAIR: Bonnie Rose MAKEUP: Madison Smith @ The Hair Gallery BRIDAL GOWN:  David’s Bridal MEN’S FORMALWEAR: The Wedding Elf


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Q. How early did you start planning? We started planning our wedding right after we got engaged – July 29. We got engaged in July and were married on Nov. 10. In just three short months we were able to bring together a beautiful outdoor wedding. I wouldn’t have it any other way! Q. What factors did you take into consideration when choosing a venue? We both knew we wanted an outside wedding and a rustic setting to go with our fall theme. We wanted something simple – yet elegantWe were also eager to have out reception at the same location as our ceremony so guests didn’t have to travel to a separate venue. After our first visit to Beaufort Proper we knew that it was the place. It was exactly what we had imagined. Q. How did you add little touches of yourselves into your big day? One of the things that we wanted to do was recognize family members who have passed and wouldn’t be able to share our special day. So we placed pictures of them in a special spot so they could be a part of the wedding. We also had all of the groomsmen wear matching Carolina Panthers socks to recognize Matthew’s obsession with his favorite football team. It was fun because many of them like other teams. We also had a unity ceremony with sand – we poured orange and brown sand together, representing how two can become one and never be parted. Q. What were the biggest challenges in planning your wedding? Our biggest challenge was the weather. I have always wanted an outdoor wedding and I was determined that the weather would not interfere. I checked the weather every day the week before and Lisa at Beaufort Proper had a plan B just in case, which was so helpful. The weather turned out to be beautiful and the temperature was perfect for our fall wedding. Q. Are there things that you wish you knew ahead of time and didn’t? How fast the ceremony goes by! I was so nervous about the ceremony but it was literally over in the blink of an eye. I also wish that I had remembered to grab my bouquet before walking out and after being presented as husband and wife. I was so excited that I left my bouquet behind with the maid of honor. Q. What advice would you give to brides and grooms in the process of planning their special day? Our wedding had glitches – as I’m sure all weddings do. But I wouldn’t change a single thing. No matter how hard you try to make it ‘perfect’ something is bound to happen. Odds are though, that nobody will notice. Brides and grooms take a breath and relax – your day will be special no matter what!


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Anyone who has been recently been married will tell you it goes by in a flash. Think back to prom, graduation, your 21st birthday – a great deal of time is spent on the lead up and planning, but the event itself is here and gone before you know it. Weddings are certainly no different. Quickly gone are the memories of seeing family members you haven’t seen since Christmas, dancing with your father and laughing it up with college roommates. The only way to keep those memories fresh and readily available is through the photographs and video captured in the moment. It makes choosing the right photographer one of the most important decisions made during the planning process. A relationship must be forged early on and a clear understanding of exactly what you want to capture is imperative. Formal photos are a wonderful and important part of the wedding and few places provide as beautiful of a backdrop as the beach or historic sites like Fort Macon and Tryon Palace. By choosing a local photographer, brides can be sure to find the best spots for bridal portraits. You do, however, want to make sure you stick with a professional. There’s always a long-lost cousin or a friend who has dabbled in photography who is willing to provide the service as a gift, and while the addition of their photographs will make a nice addition to the album, it’s also important to have a professional on your side. If your friend is merely a hobbyist, take the leap and hire a wedding photographer with a strong portfolio of events just like yours to ensure that you’ll have images to last a lifetime.

While searching for the right photographer, don’t be embarrassed to let personality play a role. From getting ready for the ceremony through the end of the reception, the photographer will be a integral part of your wedding day – and it will be so much more pleasant for everyone if it’s someone whose personality gels with your own. No one wants to feel like they’re being stalked during one of the most important days of their lives! Here are a few other points to remember: ● Always ask to view a portfolio of event photographs. Often photographers have these posted to a website. If planning an outdoor event or wedding, ask about the photographer’s experience with outdoor venues like a sunset ceremony. ● Ask about rates. Does the photographer charge by the hour or charge a set fee? What type of camera is used and what is the policy should something go wrong with the photos? ● Ask to see the photographer’s shot list and compare it to all the images you want to capture. Most photographers are willing to get all the shots you want, as long as it’s within reason. ● Ask about set photo packages and if your selection options (photo sizes, etc.) can be customized, and if the photos can also be provided on DVD. Also ask for the rights to the images for reproduction – some photographers hand them over, and others may charge for this. ● Consider several photographers before making your choice. You may be impressed with the first photographer you meet; but you may be left speechless by the third.





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Q. How early did you start planning? We started planning almost a year in advance. We booked the band, photographer and event space about six months ahead of time. The process can be stressful depending on the time of year. Our wedding was at the peak of fall wedding season so we wanted to be sure to book vendors quickly. Q. What factors did you take into consideration when choosing a venue? There were two factors in choosing a venue – being able to have the ceremony and reception at the same place to make it easier for guests and the ability to accommodate over 300 guests in one space. Q. How did you add little touches of yourselves into your big day? I love gold. That was completely apparent in all aspects of the reception. My fiancé and I love music and we knew we wanted to have a great band to dance the night away to. Mo’Sol of Atlanta exceeded our expectations! Q. What were the biggest challenges in planning your wedding? Honestly, one of the biggest challenges for us was RSVP’s. I was never the type to RSVP to a wedding, I would just show up. Never again will I do that! It is imperative that you respond to invitations so the bride doesn’t have to call every individual and confirm when there are a million other things going on. We also worried about the weather. During hurricane season there is always a chance of adverse weather. Hurricane Matthew blew through just a couple of weeks before the wedding, which slowed a few things down – including the bridal gown, which wasn’t ready until the day before the wedding. Q. Are there things that you wish you knew ahead of time and didn’t? I think everyone knows the saying “time flies,” and it did just that! I kept thinking “Oh, I’ll do that later,” and before we knew it the day was here. Q. What advice would you give to brides and grooms in the process of planning their special day? First and foremost, don’t try to please everyone else. It is your day, stick to your plan because the actual event is over before you know it. Know what you want and book immediately – especially the caterer, band/DJ and photographer to ensure that you get your first choice and don’t have to go with your second or third option.



Wedding Invitation Postage Tips Whether a couple is planning a lavish wedding or a more low key affair, the wedding invitations are an essential part of keeping guests informed about the big day. While couples can now share details of their wedding through email or even digital invitations, many still prefer to go the traditional route and send paper invitations. In addition to the cost of the invitations themselves, couples need to factor postage into their wedding budgets. It may not seem like much, but keep in mind that you are providing both postage to the guest, and the cost of the RSVP return card as well, so the cost can add up quickly. The following are a few postage pointers for couples about to tie the knot. Choose envelopes wisely. The size of your envelopes contributes to the cost of the postage necessary to mail your invitations. Postal services have specific size and shape parameters that govern postage. Envelopes that are oddly shaped or fall outside of these strict measurements are usually susceptible to additional postage charges. That’s because the envelope cannot run through standard sorting machinery and must be hand-processed. Consider the weight. Mailings that exceed one ounce will require additional postage, even if they are in standard envelopes. Invitations, with their various components and thick card stock, typically weigh more than one ounce. Never purchase postage in advance, as you will not know what the invitation costs prior to mailing. Always weigh the invitation with all inserts included to get an accurate estimate of postage. Then purchase stamps accordingly. Get to know your local postal employee. Many postal employees, especially those who work at the smaller branches, grow accustomed to seeing the same customers over and over. They can be very helpful and good resources when it comes to saving money on postage. Strike up a conversation with the person behind the counter and ask advice on the best way to mail invitations and ensure they arrive looking beautiful. Choose an off-peak time so the postal employee can give you his or her full attention 40

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and will not feel rushed by a line forming behind you. The employee may suggest hand-canceling envelopes, which means the invitation will be processed by hand rather than run through machinery to avoid damage. Stamp the return envelope. Invitations typically include response cards that guests will send back to confirm if they will be attending the festivities. To facilitate the RSVP process, stamp the response card. Prep invitations at least eight weeks in advance. Invitations should be mailed nearly two months prior to the wedding. This allows guests to plan and respond accordingly. Double-check envelopes before sending. Ensure that postage is sticking well and that envelopes are well-sealed. In addition, verify that you have the most current addresses for recipients. If invitations get returned to sender, they can cost you even more time and money to resolve any issues. Consider custom postage. The post office should carry several attractive options for wedding invitation stamps. However, you also may be able to go online and purchase custom postage that features a graphic or an uploaded image to make the invitations even more special. Do a test run. You may want to send a complete invitation to yourself just to see how it arrives in the mail. This way you can check the level of damage and have an opportunity to make any changes, such as adding a piece of vellum to prevent ink from smudging or placing bows or adornments in another area. Give your mail carrier a heads-up. Let your assigned mail carrier know that response cards will be on the way. They tend to be small and can get lost in among other letters and mail. A small token of gratitude, such as a gift card, for your mail carrier may ensure all of your response cards arrive. A wedding just isn’t the same without the guests. Make sure friends and family are well informed about the wedding by sending out invitations in advance and ensuring the proper postage will get those invites where they need to go.

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Flower Power The ceremony surrounding the union of two people in marriage is steeped in tradition. From the “something blue” to the rings exchanged between the lucky couple, there is symbolism in each step we take. And the bouquet the bride carries down the aisle is no exception. For each flower there is a meaning, from fidelity and fertility to beauty and love and since ancient Rome they’ve been used to bring color, beauty and sweet scents to the wedding day. Where in the past, the type of flower used for an event was highly dependent upon the color scheme, today’s flowers come in all shapes, sizes and yes, colors, making just about anything possible and only adding to the decision making that comes along with picking the right one. So where do you begin? At the flower shop, of course. It’s recommended that you connect with your vendor about 5-6 months before the wedding for an initial consultation. And Ernest Chiles of Flowers & Design by Ernest, Beaufort, recommends that you arrive with at least an idea of what you like and what you don't. The internet can make that easier than ever. Even if you don't know the name of the flower, 44

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take photos of what you like and a floral designer will be able to identify the flower and let you know if it's available. Bouquets and arrangements have become increasingly loose and flowy, said Chiles, with lots of greenery as opposed to the tightly wound creations of the past. It leaves room for lots of flexibility and creativity. Greenery can include just about anything, but currently, he said, a lot of brides are turning to the versatility of silver dollar eucalyptus and succulents. Does he have a favorite flower currently? White freesia is at the top of his list. Slightly delicate but oh, so fragrant, the freesia can quickly dress up any arrangement. Hydrangeas are also popular year round at weddings, so are varieties of lilies, roses and bright Gerber daisies. If one pretty flower seems the same as another, pay close attention to how they smell. Aromatics like freesias, tea roses and jasmine are excellent choices. Some brides are adding rosemary, lavender and other herbs to their bouquets, giving them a natural aroma that will last as long as the bride.

For a little seasonal help, traditional Southern seasonal flowers include:


Dogwood, forsythia, foxglove, herbs, larkspur, magnolia, roses, sweet pea, tulips, wisteria


Aster, cosmos, hydrangea, roses, rosemary, sunflower, zinnia


Bittersweet, hydrangea, ornamental berries, roses, salvia, sassafras, sumac


Evergreens, hydrangea, roses

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Here’s a list of traditional flowers and their basic meanings to help with you choose the right flowers for your wedding.

Baby’s Breath – Innocence Bamboo – Strength, loyalty, steadfastness Bird of Paradise – Magnificence Bluebell – Humility, grief Buttercup – Childishness, ingratitude Calla Lily – Magnificent beauty Camellia – Gratitude, loneliness Carnation – Divine love, fascination Chrysanthemum – Cheerfulness, optimism Cloves – Dignity Cosmos – Modesty Crocus – Cheerfulness, gladness Dahlia – Instability, dignity Daisy – Innocence, loyal love Daylily – Coquetry Delphinium – Big hearted fun Dogwood – Durability Forget-Me-Not – True love Forsythia – Anticipation Foxglove – Insincerity Freesia – Innocence, thoughtfulness Gardenia – You’re lovely, secret love Gladiolus – Strength of character Holly – Foresight Honeysuckle – Bonds of love Hyacinth – Sport, play, rashness Iris – Wisdom Jasmine – Amiability, sensuality Jonquil – Sympathy Lavender – Devotion, happiness Lilac – Youthful, humility Lily – Majesty, wealth, innocence, purity Magnolia – Dignity, love of nature Morning Glory – I love you, affection Orchid – Rare beauty, love, refinement Pansy – Loyalty Petunia – Resentment, anger Primrose – Happiness, satisfaction Rose – Love, passion, perfection Tulip – Perfect lover Violet – Modesty Wisteria – Welcome Zinnia – Thoughts of absent friends

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With only so much time and so many arrangements, it can be hard to remember who needs what on the big day. The following is a handy listing of arrangements you’ll want to plan for: Bouquets: Bride, bridesmaids, maid of honor, flower girl, bride’s toss bouquet (nobody wants to give up the real thing). Boutonnieres: Groom, best man, ushers, bride’s father, groom’s father, grandfathers, ring bearer. Corsages: Mother of the bride, mother of the groom, grandmothers.

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Tips & Tricks for Your Big Day Start early – The better the planning, the more you will

be able to relax when the day arrives. A full 12 months is recommended to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. That doesn’t mean weddings haven’t been pulled together in a fraction of the time. But it also means that taking your time and slowly getting everything in order is far less stressful in the long run.


Remember that you can’t please everyone –

Someone is inevitably going to be unhappy with the menu or the seating chart or how warm the sun feels. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. Sure, you want your guests to be happy and comfortable but first and foremost the day is for the couple and should be designed based on their dreams and desires.

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Work together and enjoy each other through the process For some couples, this

may be first time they’ve tackled a large-scale task as a team. Be open to each other’s opinions and enjoy each other’s company as the planning process evolves.

Don’t sweat the small stuff – And it’s all small stuff, right? Prioritize what is most important to you and spend the mental energy where it counts. Perhaps the location and getting all your sisters together is more important than anything else. Make sure that happens and don’t sweat it if the roses you ordered a lighter pink than anticipated.



some flats just in case. We’ve all had those hellish shoe days where you find yourself wandering around work in your bare feet. Avoid that on your wedding day by spending plenty of time around the house stretching those new shoes to perfection. Keep flats, or even some sleek slippers, on hand as a just in case so blisters don’t put a damper on your mad dancing skills.


If you forgo the wedding planner, hire a day-of coordinator – If planning a large wedding,

a planner is really a must. They have the ability to bargain with vendors and have great tips and tricks that can save you a world of stress on the big day. If you’re determined to go at it alone, a day-of coordinator is great at managing the wedding day flow. From making sure everyone is exactly is where they need to be when they should be to prompting the band for the father-daughter dance, having a traffic cop on hand ensures that everything flows exactly as it should.


Take advantage of technology – From providing


directions to the wedding and reception location to listing local hotels for out of town guests, a wedding website is ideal for getting information out to both guests and members of the bridal party instead of repeating the information over and over to each person who asks. In turn, Google Docs and dropboxes are great for planning purposes. Want to share a couple of menu options with your parents or your maid of honor – simple create a document that is shared among the bridal party and they can check it regularly for updates.



Break in your shoes ahead of time – And pack

You can’t do it alone

– So don’t think you can. It takes a small army of dedicated folks to put together a wonderful wedding. Recruit your mom, you bridesmaids as well as your fiancé to get everything in place. From choosing the dress to addressing invitations, pull together help when you can to help alleviate stress.


emergency wedding kit on hand can help take the worry out of any problems just waiting to arise. Tampons, a mini-sewing kit, bleach pens, socks, deodorant, bug spray, hairspray and bobby pins, eye drops and bandages are just a few of the items you may want to consider.

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Eat – It seems so simple, but you would be amazed how many brides and grooms spend the entire day without eating a real meal. Start the day with a high protein breakfast to boost your energy and make sure you take time during the ceremony to sit down and enjoy the great catering. You’ll be glad you did. Relax

– Once the business of the day is behind you, take time at the reception to put your feet up and take it all in. Odds are, in retrospect, the day will be a whirlwind of activity. Take the time to step back and look around you – smell the roses, enjoy the guests and revel in the magical day you have created.


Have boxes on hand to take everything home – You inevitably leave the wedding with a lot

more than you came with. Having some boxes on hand makes it easy to load up the gifts, flowers, centerpieces and any other items you have collected along the way – a task that usually falls to the best man and groomsmen. If you are leaving on your honeymoon immediately following the ceremony, make sure that someone has access to your home to deliver everything.

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Guests and well-wishers expect to see at least one cake at wedding receptions. But wedding guests should not be surprised if they attend a wedding and notice two cakes sharing the spotlight on the dessert table. Groom’s cakes have existed for generations but interest in the second cake at the ceremony has fallen in and out of vogue through the years. Most will remember the hilarity that came with the armadillo groom’s cake in “Steel Magnolias.” And while not all groom’s cakes are modeled after animals – they’re generally a humorous celebration of the groom. From cakes shaped like fish and tackle boxes to sports teams and beer bottles – no rules apply when creating a groom’s cake. A groom’s cake traditionally represents something masculine, providing a contrast to the oft-feminine features, such as floral bouquets and frilly gowns that dominate many weddings. Historically, groom’s cakes are chocolate, a sharp contrast to traditional wedding cakes, which tend to be vanilla and white. Tradition once called for single women at the wedding to take home a slice of the groom’s cake

to sleep with under their pillows. It was believed the cake would help them have sweet dreams of the man they would eventually marry. Women today are likely no longer snuggling up to fondant and mousse cake slices at night, and wedding cakes are no longer relegated to vanilla, which may account for the waning popularity of groom’s cakes. Yet with cake bakers showing off their creative prowess on television and their own artistic bakery displays, it’s no wonder that couples looking for something unique are once again embracing the tradition of groom’s cakes. Couples who are mulling whether or not to add a groom’s cake to their menus should consider the following tips. Make sure it is highly personal. Groom’s cakes typically reference hobbies, affiliations or interests of the groom. Some men may want their cake to showcase the logo of their favorite professional sports team, while others may want a cake inspired by a favorite superhero. Involve the groom in the process. Despite the name, groom’s cakes may not always involve the groom. A cake may be designed or selected by the groom’s bride-to-be or his mother. Some forward-thinking brides may want to encourage their grooms-to-be to select their own cakes and offer input on their designs. Find a bakery that has experience in whimsical cakes. Groom’s cakes are very often intricate structures and sculptures. The groom’s cake may be more labor-intensive than the traditional wedding cake, so couples may want to shop around for a cake chef with the experience to pull off the design they desire. Experiment with flavor combinations. Because the groom’s cake is all about that special guy, the flavor of the cake should be centered around what he would enjoy. The sky is the limit on flavors and can include traditional chocolate, candy bar-inspired flavors, coffee, coconut, or even a bacon-infused cake. Consider serving the groom’s cake at the rehearsal. Some couples prefer to serve the groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner rather than having two cakes at the wedding. Guests may not be able to fit two slices of cake after a large wedding meal, so serving the groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner may be the best of both worlds. The bride – and her cake – typically steal the show at the average wedding. Therefore, a groom’s cake can be a special touch that allows the groom to bask in his own wedding-day spotlight.


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FINDING THE PERFECT DRESS Ah, it’s finally here – it’s time to pick out the most important dress of your life. While exciting and romantic, the task can also be a little overwhelming. Dresses come in all shapes and sizes, just like the brides who wear them, and it can be so challenging to find the one that is ideal for your special day. It isn’t a job that can be rushed. Allow plenty of time to plan before shopping and be sure not to put a tight time limit on visiting dress shops. This is that moment you’ve dreamt about since you were a little girl – and there is so much to choose from. It’s helpful to understand the different dress silhouettes and arrive at the store with an idea of what you’re looking for. Designer websites and large dress sites are great for getting a feel for what’s available. Print out things you like and compile them in a notebook or create a wedding dress board on Pinterest so you can easily share your ideas with the staff at the bridal store. Blogs, magazines, online bridal resources and large retailers are full of dresses to browse. And they’re great for helping brides solidify a style that not only suites their figure but fits well into their wedding plans. Be sure to keep an open mind, though. Bridal stores see thousands of brides each year and the staff gains great insight along the way. Be open to suggestions and if a salesperson seems convinced that a dress will look absolutely perfect on you, they’re probably right. Making at appointment at the bridal store is the best way to ensure that you’ll get the attention you need and deserve. This is most likely the largest apparel purchase a woman will make and one that can’t be taken too lightly. When you arrive, be sure to share your budget and images or ideas of gowns you like. A knowledgeable salesperson will be able to take that information and guide you toward gowns that fit your style and financial constraints. Be sure you don’t discount comfort. If the gown is itchy or heavy during the brief time spent trying it on, odds are it will make for an uncomfortable wedding day. Not only should the bride feel like a million bucks when wearing her dream dress, but it should be

comfortable to wear as well. Keep in mind, you’ll be doing lots of stretching, hugging and, if you don’t have a second outfit during the reception, dancing. When dress shopping remember to: Wear a supportive, well constructed strapless bra or corset in your correct size. If you will be wearing a petticoat, also have the right size available. Go without face makeup when trying on gowns so they remain clean. Wear your hair up, so it’s out of the way and gives you an idea of what it may look like on your special day. Note that the size of the wedding gown you will wear is typically one to two sizes larger than your day-to-day clothes. Proper measurements can be matched to designers’ size charts. It’s best to limit the number of people shopping with you to 1 or 2 trusted friends or family members. An entourage can be confusing. It’s always better to order a slightly larger gown and leave room for alterations if you are between sizes. While it’s always mentioned when the gown is purchased, don’t feel pressured to buy your shoes and hairpiece in one sitting. In order to make sure you can accommodate the hairstyle of your choice, it may be best to work with your hairdresser to ensure that you pick the perfect veil or headpiece to match the day’s hairstyle. Shoes, of course, can be chosen at any juncture. Just make sure they’re comfortable and that you have them in hand when you go to have your dress fitted. Nobody wants to have a floor-sweeping dress up around their ankles, or, worse yet, trip over a too-long gown on their way down the aisle. For the sake of both style and safety, make sure you’re positive about what will be on your feet before you allow anyone near your dress with the scissors. Do remember to keep an eye on the length, especially if you’re having a beach wedding and dreaming of getting your feet wet. A shorter style, at the ankle or higher, is ideal for the beach, allowing you to frolic freely without worrying about your big investment.


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• Slippers or a change of shoes

• Extra pairs of pantyhose

• Hairspray

• Pain reliever pills • Antacid

• Umbrellas • Hair pins

• Laundry detergent stick

• Names and phone numbers of all wedding vendors

• Bandages

• Static cling spray

• Powder

• Hair dryer

• Deodorant

• Contact lens solution/eye drops

• Double-sided tape • Black buttons • Sanitary pads • Mints/gum • Makeup for touch-ups • Extra cash

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Wedding Tools Make Planning Easier Ensuring an event goes on with minimal hiccups takes patience and thorough planning. This is especially true for weddings, when many elements must merge together for a memorable day. Today’s couples have a bevy of new resources at their disposal to facilitate wedding planning. The internet makes vetting vendors and reading reviews that much easier, but wedding-related apps can also simplify wedding planning. The following are some top picks as culled by Wedding Shoppe, Inc., The Knot and Lifehacker. Wedding Spot: Couples can search for their ideal wedding venue based on location, budget, styles and capacity. The website enables users to plan their ideal weddings and get cost estimates based on guest list and options. Users also can access discounts and exclusive deals. Wedding LookBook: This app lets couples to browse through thousands of dresses, accessories, jewelry and much more. The app will help customers find products in their area. Shutterfly: This photo, invitation and image-sharing tool can be an inexpensive place to create save-the-date stationery, invitations and photo memory books. Appy Couple: This app and website helps couples manage their


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budgets, timelines, wedding parties and seating charts, while also allowing them to share photos. There is a free version and basic packages that allow access to more features. AllSeated: This tool can help couples figure out seating arrangements by creating 3D floor plans of the event, and couples can pull contacts from email and social networks to establish a guest list. If floor plans are unavailable in their database, they can be drawn. The Knot’s Marketplace: With the click of a button, couples can search for wedding vendors in all different categories, read reviews, and directly connect with those businesses. HitchSwitch: Brides or grooms who may be changing their names can do so in one convenient place. Three different packages cater to various name-changing needs. Honeyfund: One of our favorites, this app/website allows well wishers to participate in funding the honeymoon, taking stress off the happy couple. Gift givers can pay for a night at a hotel, buy show tickets or pay for visits to tourist attractions. LadyMarry: This app offers a wedding checklist along with a variety of tips and tricks to make wedding planning flow just a little more smoothly.

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Vendor Guide CAKES American Dream Cakes 1121 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville 910-346-2347 416 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point 910-526-6585 Family owned and operated bakery offering cookies, cakes, pies, tortes and more. Cakes for weddings, birthdays, military events and special occasions. Two locations to serve you. Mrs. Vingerber’s Sweets 910-326-3997 Custom baker and decorator helping brides have the wedding cake of their dreams. Offering the best in pure, delicious sweets of all varieties – custom wedding cakes, special event cakes, dessert bars and cookies. Sugarloaf Island Bakery 1002 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-222-0443 The perfect sweets for your next special event featuring cakes for all occasions and tempting treats for every day.

CATERING Bistro by the Sea 4031 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-247-2777 Chef Tim Coyne and wife Libby Eaton take pride in everything that comes out of their professionally staffed kitchen. Let them bring a touch of elegance to your next event. The Chelsea 335 Middle St., New Bern 252-637-5469 Wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and showers in our banquet facility or off-site. Circa 81 4650 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-648-8300 Event menus are customized to each client and their guests’ needs – from intimate dinners to fullservice catering and event set up. Restaurant is also available for private event rentals, weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, engagement parties and more. Class Act Catering 910-389-7498 Our services include complete wedding consulting, custom menu design and equipment rentals. Clawson’s & Aqua Restaurants 425 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-2133 Private dining room overlooking the Beaufort Waterfront and Taylors Creek. On and off-site catering with custom menus, made-from-scratch kitchen, formal or casual. Crab’s Claw 201 W. Atlantic Beach Blvd., Atlantic Beach 252-726-8222


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Beaufort Photography Co. Creating the perfect menu for your magical day, specializing in off-premise events at the NC Aquarium, beach house, boat or beach. Private oceanfront deck for events. Planning services available. Owner Carolyn brings 30 years of experience in the art of floral design to the table as she works oneon-one with each client to create arrangements that are perfect for their event.

Dank Burrito 4135 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-499-9677 300 Front St., Beaufort 252-838-9396 Offering unique personalized food for weddings, showers and rehearsal dinners, specializing in amazing tacos and burritos. Buffet, passed appetizers and plated dinner options available as well as full bartending services.

Flowers & Designs by Ernest 1402 Live Oak St., Beaufort 252-728-7022 Wedding specialist and consultant for special occasions and events focusing on excellence in floral design.

Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant & Catering 400 Bridges St., Morehead City 252-727-1921 Custom menus, finest ingredients and optimal quality with a professional and friendly staff for wedding events and various functions. Seaside Sensations 4050 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-342-3960 Catering service on the Crystal Coast specializing in local seafood. Focused on catering to the client and their specific needs to help make their special event stand out. Strange & Sons Catering 2307 Neuse Blvd., New Bern 252-636-3663 With over 35 years experience in catering and event planning Strange & Sons knows exactly what it takes to make your special event perfectly decadent. Focusing on exquisite food, expert coordination and gracious service.

FLOWERS Avalon Event Floral 2408 Arendell St., Morehead City 910-381-6366

Petal Pushers 7803 Emerald Drive, Ste. B, Emerald Isle 252-354-8787 We strive to make your wedding flowers complement your dream wedding, whether that means unique or classical. Always tasteful and always special. Sandy’s Flower Shoppe 4702 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-247-3323 Your wedding florist at the beach, Sandy’s offers a wide selection of bridal bouquets, wedding flowers, floral cake decorations and centerpieces to fit any budget. Tildy Designs 1111 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-259-4992 We don’t just do flowers, we design your wedding day to be a spectacular reflection of your personality and your love. Let us make your day sparkle the Tildy way!

FORMALWEAR Classics Bridal 715 Gum Branch Road Ste. 5-A, Jacksonville 910-353-1647 Jacksonville’s premier location for the widest selection of the finest bridal gowns and formal wear. A full service bridal shop locally owned and

operated for more than 31 years. Also offering a wide selection of tuxedo sales and rentals. Margolis Men’s Store Westwood Village Shopping Center 1140 Western Blvd., Jacksonville 910-455-3797 More than 106 years in business – the most experienced formal wear store for men in Jacksonville since 1912. Sunshine Cleaners 2505 Bridges St., Morehead City 252-727-4444 230-C Hwy 24, Morehead City 252-727-4840 Specializing in formalwear dry cleaning for the entire party. We can press and steam your gown before the wedding and clean and preserve it after for safe keeping. Thornbury Brides 233 Middle St., New Bern 252-631-5140 Staff members work one on one with brides to provide the fullest bridal experience possible. Open by appointment only so brides receive the attention they deserve.

GIFTS & SHOPPING Edgewater Linen 407-6D Atlantic Beach Cswy, Atlantic Beach 252-726-1044 Bridal registry, bath linens, robes and sleepwear, bedding and pillows, home accessories and more.

JEWELRY Churchwell’s Jewelers 7901 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle 252-354-7166 Featuring nautical, equestrian and traditional jewelry. Custom design available. DP Jewelry Designs 1113 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-727-0550 Contemporary custom jewelry with on-site design services for wedding sets, gifts and much more. Repairs and appraisals also available.

PHOTOGRAPHERS Beaufort Photography Co. 252-312-9130 Crystal Coast destination photography, wedding, engagement, lifestyle and portraits – bring a relaxed elegance to your wedding or every day. Casey Futrell Photography 252-764-2520 Natural light, on location wedding and portrait photography to capture your special day in timeless beauty. Engagement, bridal portraits, maternity and family – following you through all the stages of life. Cynthia Rose Photography 252-646-8277 Husband and wife, Cindy and Victor photograph weddings, engagement sessions and bridal portraits with a classic, modern and creative style. Ellen LeRoy Photography 252-725-3262 While Ellen has been nationally recognized, she says her goal is to make sure brides have beautiful pictures of their special days. Along with bridal and wedding photography, she is available for family and individual portraits. Promise Land Photography 252-659-0253 Specializing in weddings, engagements, family and senior photos – always eager to capture the image that is uniquely you.

PLANNING SERVICES Party Perfection Wedding & Events 325 Middle St. #11, New Bern Specializing in wedding planning, coordination and event design that is as personal as is it beautiful. Let Party Perfection bring your vision to life while helping you stay on budget. Village Travel Shop 3601 Front St. Ste 6, New Bern Travel professionals matching you to help plan your perfect honeymoon or vacation, saving time and providing accurate travel information. (Continued on page 58)

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SUPPLIES & RENTALS Country Aire Rentals 5450 Hwy 70, Morehead City 252-247-0117 1400 Live Oak St., Beaufort 252-728-2955 779 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro 910-326-8588 1253 S. Glenburnie Road, New Bern 252-638-6000 Tents, china, glassware, linens, wedding arches, candelabra, tables, chairs & more to help create your perfect wedding. Crystal Coast Tent & Event Rentals 416 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point 252-764-2761 Your one-stop event source in bridal and event planning, from equipment rentals to invitations and event planning to flowers. Island Essentials 208 Bogue Inlet Drive, Emerald Isle 252-354-8887, 888-398-8887 Let us put the leisure back into your most important day. We have all the rental equipment you need to make your day leisurely and enjoyable.


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Diamond Limousine Service 1508 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-240-1680 Available for rehearsals, dinners, bridesmaid luncheons, honeymoons & more. Wedding shuttle, party bus and limousines available. Excel Limousine Service 910-577-LIMO (5466) Specializing in weddings, anniversaries, prom, birthdays, sporting events, designated driving, special events and concerts. Serving Onslow and Carteret counties for more than 18 years.


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Copper Ridge on the Neuse 2706 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern 252-636-3663 Historic New Bern and the beauty of the Neuse River combine to make this rustic barn-like venue the perfect spot for a vintage shabby chic or country wedding or rehearsal dinner. Accommodates up to 300 people. On-site coordinators available. Crystal Coast Civic Center 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-247-3883 With more than 12,000 square feet of modifiable space, the civic center is the perfect venue for special events of any size. Every event is waterfront. Havelock Tourist & Event Center 201 Tourist Center Drive, Havelock 252-444-4348 Ideal setting for business and social gatherings. The friendly staff will assist in making your event one to remember, whether you’re planning a wedding, family or class reunion, business meeting, trade show or a corpoate celebration.

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History Museum of Carteret County 1008 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-247-7533 Near the beach and close to the heart of Morehead City and its amenities – this private venue can seat up to 165 guests.

As historic as it is elegant, this fully restored ballroom provides an unforgettable backdrop for weddings, dinners and other special events. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown New Bern.

The Islander Hotel & Resort 102 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle 252-354-3464 The Islander provides an array of activities under sun. Oceanfront resort offering suites and an oceanfront pool, fitness room, indoor/outdoor event space and more.

Swansboro Rotary Civic Center 1104 Main St. Ext., Swansboro 910-326-6175 Located in beautiful Swansboro and minutes to the pristine Crystal Coast beach, the civic center is the perfect location for your event. Can accommodate up to 450 people.

The Jarvis at 220 220 Pollock St., New Bern 252-631-1452 This historic bed and breakfast inn offers flexible venue space for up to 100 people as well as onsite accommodations in four bedrooms. Tours by appointment. Morehead City Country Club 2900 Country Club Road, Morehead City 252-726-4917 Indoor/outdoor venues available at this established golf course along the Newport River. Capacity up to 200 guests. On-site services available. NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores 1 Roosevelt Drive, Pine Knoll Shores 252-247-4003 Celebrate by the sea – rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions – with catering kitchen, tables & chairs, housekeeping and event coordination.

Casey Futrell Photography Neuse Breeze 2391 Temples Point Road, Havelock 252-447-2937 This 3.5 acre estate on the Neuse River provides a secluded countryside setting for weddings and special events. Modern catering kitchen and a luxurious two-bedroom cottage and honeymoon suite are among the many amenities. Stanly Hall 249 Craven St., New Bern 252-637-2003

Tryon Palace 529 S. Front St., New Bern 252-639-3518 Whether you’re looking for the distinctive architecture and ambiance of the Governor’s Palace, the quaintness of a historic home, stunning 18th century gardens or a waterfront reception at the North Carolina History Center, Tryon Palace is the ideal coastal wedding venue for your special day.

OTHER Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce 1099 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville 910-347-3141 Don’t miss the annual Engaged Bridal Expo hosted by the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce on March 8-9, 2019. Visit local vendors for everything needed for the perfect wedding.



hether it’s an iconic Palace, a historic home, scenic gardens, or riverfront views, Tryon Palace welcomes you to a premier southern destination for your luxury wedding.

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ACCOMMODATIONS The Islander........................................................ 29 The Jarvis at 220................................................ 62 CAKES & CATERING American Dream Cakes...................................... 61 Bistro by the Sea ................................................. 3 The Chelsea Restaurant ..................................... 53 Circa 81............................................................. 22 Class Act Catering.............................................. 31 Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant ............................... 59 Crab’s Claw........................................................ 33 Dank Burrito....................................................... 23 Mrs. Vingerber’s Sweets..................................... 29 Seaside Sensations............................................ 46 Strange & Sons Catering.................................... 12 Sugarloaf Bakery................................................. 53 FORMALWEAR Classics Bridal & Formalwear............................... 7 Margolis Men’s Store......................................... 31 Thornbury Brides................................................ 32 FLOWERS Avalon Event Floral............................................. 46

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Beaufort Photography Co.

The following is an alphabetical listing of 2019 Bride & Groom advertisers and the page number of their advertisements. And make sure to let these fine area businesses know you saw them in Bride & Groom.

Flowers & Designs by Ernest.............................. 42 Petal Pushers...................................................... 31 Sandy’s Flowers................................................... 4 Tildy Designs...................................................... 17 JEWELRY Churchwell’s Jewelers........................................ 29 DP Jewelry Design..........................46, Back Cover TRANSPORTATION Diamond Limousine Service ................................ 6 Excel Limousine................................................. 41 PLANNING SERVICES Just Bring the Dress........................................... 47 Party Perfection Wedding & Events..................... 37 Village Travel Shop............................................. 55 PHOTOGRAPHY Beaufort Photography Co...................................... 9 Cynthia Rose Photography.................................... 6 Promise Land Photography................................. 11 SHOPPING & GIFTS Edgewater Linen................................................. 31

SUPPLIES & RENTALS Country Aire Rentals........................................... 41 Crystal Coast Tent & Event Rentals........................ 6 Island Essentials................................................. 63 VENUES Copper Ridge on the Neuse................................ 13 Crystal Coast Civic Center ................................... 2 Havelock Tourist & Event Center......................... 55 History Museum of Carteret County.................... 31 The Islander........................................................ 29 The Jarvis at 220................................................ 62 Morehead City Country Club............................... 30 NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores........................ 5 Neuse Breeze...................................................... 21 Stanly Hall.......................................................... 12 Swansboro Civic Center...................................... 43 Tryon Palace....................................................... 60 OTHER Jacksonville/Onslow Chamber of Commerce........................................................ 9 Sunshine Cleaners.............................................. 42


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