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cynthia rose photo Vol. IX 2013 Edition Published by: NCCOAST Communications 201 N. 17th Street Morehead City, NC 28557 252.247.7442 • 800.525.1403 Fax: 1.877.247.1856 Sales Manager Jamie Bailey, 252.241.9485 ( Account Executives Jasa Lewis, 252.648.1272 Anne Riggs-Gillikin, 252.725.9114 Ashly Willis, 252.723.3350 Managing Editor Amanda Dagnino Staff Writer Joshua Lambert Creative Director Kim Moore Magazine Layout / Design Mimi Guthrie Graphics Kyle Dixon, Erin Pallotti Director of Operations Cristie Penland Prepress Corey Giesey Production Director Rudy J. Taitague Press Team Leader Dan “Skip” Hicks Press Room Allen Henry, Edd Moore, Anthony Stamper, Rudy D. Taitague, Johnny Walley, Jason Yates Distribution Dorrie Nicholson, Tina Best Accounting Georgia Lewis COVER PHOTO: Benji and Mimi Guthrie were married October 20, 2012. The couple resides in Morehead City. (Photo by Adrienne Kenyon) Entire contents, ad and graphic design elements copyright 2013 by NCCOAST Communications. Reproduction of any portion of this publication is strictly prohibited unless expressed written consent is obtained from the publisher. Produced annually, Bride & Groom is the only wedding event planner that is solely produced and printed on the Crystal Coast. Bride & Groom is distributed across five counties in bridal boutiques, jewelry stores, restaurants, florists, photography studios and more. To request additional copies, or to advertise in the 2014 edition, please call (252) 247-7442 before Nov. 1.

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dream s of a crys tal coas t w eddin g As a little girl your dreams varied … from running away on a big cruise liner and saying “I do” on an exotic island to planning a small intimate affair in your very own backyard with a few of your closest friends holding your hands every step of the way. While that perfect day evolves as we age, every woman has that ideal picture tucked away in her subconscious – the colors, the music, the food, the DRESS. Whether you are planning a small wedding with 20 guests on a shoestring budget or you have an unlimited checkbook and 300 invitations to send, there is a lot to take in to consideration when it comes to planning the day that little girl once imagined. From photographers and food to venues and bridesmaids gifts, putting all the pieces into place can be challenging for even the most dedicated organizer. Our goal at Bride & Groom is to make that task just a little bit easier for you. We’ve packed inside information on many of the elements that must come together seamlessly to create your special day. Learn all right the questions to ask when you interview potential photographers and find out where you can safely trim a little excess off the budget. Not sure where to start? Our planning check list will give you a guide for how far in advance you should begin the process. We will let you know that it’s a good idea to have a wedding day emergency kit and we’ll take a look at the idea of simply hopping on a plane and running away from it all for an exotic destination wedding. Likewise, the Crystal Coast has a lot to offer as a wedding destination for those looking for the ideal coastal site. If you’re coming to the coast for the wedding of your dreams, we have everything you need to make it a successful event. From a calendar of popular annual events to sites throughout the county that can host your wedding and accommodate your guests, we’ve compiled all the pieces you’ll need to make connections on the Crystal Coast and feel like you’re part of the family. Grab a binder, fill it with plenty of blank sheets of paper and let’s get started. Keep notes as you go; save colors, fabrics, pictures of that perfect dress. Keep us with you, too, so you can refer back when you have a question. We feel certain that together we can bring all your childhood dreams of a perfect wedding to reality. All it takes is a little planning!



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Table of Contents Planning

Style & Beauty



Wedding Planning 101


Wedding Dress Trends




Bride’s Checklist


Your Crowning Glory




On Location – Sites & Venues


The Wedding Day Face




Regional Events


Floral Scents





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50 Trending Now – mm digital photography

26 Beach Casual

Destination Weddings

From all-inclusive options on small island resorts to cruise weddings, more and more couples are opting for a planned elopement.

From shorts to linen, the beach brings a whole new set of fashion options.

40 A Wedding Story

From vendors and sites to why they chose the Crystal Coast for their nuptials, the Kennedy’s look back on planning their Crystal Coast wedding.

48 The Gift of Giving

Who gets one? How much should you spend? Know the etiquette surrounding wedding party gifts.

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58 App World

Wedding planning aids have moved from the web to our smart phones. Find a few apps to help you plan your big day.

59 The Perfect Toast

A few responsibilities come attached to the best man and maid of honor roles. Here are some pointers for making a toast that everyone will remember (for the right reasons).

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We ddin g p l a n n e r 101 Many couples who are getting married hire a wedding planner to handle all the details. This frees up their time for other things and makes the planning a little less chaotic. Considering the happy couple needs to choose locations for the ceremony and reception, handle caterers and menus, find flowers, cakes and photographers, the idea of handing these tasks over to a professional is quite liberating. Should you plan your own wedding or do you need the assistance of a hired professional to lend a helping hand and expertise? When planning almost anything, the process seems to run much smoother when someone is holding the reins. It is not uncommon to turn to friends and family to help with planning, but will they be able to enjoy the wedding if they are busy running around fixing decorations and searching for a safety pin for the bride’s dress at the last minute? Planners are the ultimate ambassadors for your big day, finding the perfect location, renting linens and locating and booking bands or DJs with plenty of wedding experience, among numerous other tasks. The planner uses their experience to allow the wedding to flow seamlessly, and by staying busy with the caterers and making sure everything is in its proper place, they give the family and friends the opportunity to enjoy the wedding stress-free. When choosing an ideal planner, much of the decision making process should be made by your own judgments and impressions toward the planners. Credentials, degrees and experience mean nothing if you don’t like their approach to the wedding or agree with their vision for your wedding. While it is always important to check the credentials and references, you should also go with your gut feeling. Is the planner friendly? Do they make you feel comfortable when discussing your dream day? Are their organizational skills up to par? Does their service fit within your budget, and can they


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promise to stick to said budget? The chances are if you answered yes to these questions, you will be left in good hands to guide you through the process. “We feel that it is important to really get to know our couples as much as possible. Our services are custom tailored to best fit the bride and groom’s needs. We do have packages, but they vary depending on the bride and grooms needs. Before we start our process, we ask each couple to fill out our information form, which helps us better understand their style and focus,” said Kathy Guzzo, owner and CEO of Southern Hospitality Concierge Service, Oriental. While there are many different methods planners use for fees, you will find that most planners offer packages that include both flat fee and percentage based packages with a variation of services that will suit your bridal needs. Generally speaking, if you are planning a large wedding with a budget exceeding the national average of $27,000, you will do better on a percentage fee based package. With flat fee packages, there are usually limitations as to how many hours are dedicated to a wedding and any hours over that amount are charged at an hourly rate. With percentage based packages there are usually an unlimited number of hours dedicated to this type of wedding and if it is a large wedding, it will be needed. There are many details to tend to. Smaller weddings should go with a flat fee service. There are not as many hours that are needed and a couple could save some money going this route. In most cases, the savings experienced by the couple through their wedding planner’s keen negotiating skills pays for the cost of hiring the planner, if not more. So in the end, the bride and groom are left with a beautifully orchestrated wedding, planned by a professional, with less stress and the ability to focus on the joy of the occasion.

When planning, brides and grooms have a variety of options for gathering much needed information. The following is a list of scheduled 2013 bridal fairs in the area, which bring together a variety of vendors under one roof. Browse wedding apparel, price caterers, look at the work of local photographers and discuss options with various vendors with ease and convenience during the annual fairs. If the date for the bridal fair has already passed for this year, chances are good it will be in the same place at the same time next year, so look ahead and plan for next year’s event. Be sure to check out for additional 2013 area bridal show dates as they become available. Jan. 18-19: Crystal Coast Wedding Salon, The Coral Bay Club and the NC Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores. 252-249-4992 or Jan. 12: Crystal Coast Bridal Fair, Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-247-3883, 252-240-3256. Jan. 20: New Bern Bridal Expo, New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 South Front St., New Bern, 252-637-1551. Feb. 24: Onslow Bridal Gala, Marston Pavilion, Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune, 252-671-6939,




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Whether you’re planning an intimate service for 50 of your closest friends or you’re expecting 200, there is a lot of planning that goes into making your big day perfect. If there was ever a time when being organized paid off, this would be it. Early planning is required to ensure that all the pieces come together seamlessly and our goal is to help point you in the right direction. Keep in mind that organizing a wedding along the Crystal Coast can require a little more planning than city weddings. Since the growth in popularity of destination weddings, it is important to plan early, especially when it comes to wedding and reception sites and hotel reservations. It always works best to keep your thoughts, color samples, pictures and numbers in one place. One of those inexpensive expandable folders with tabs works great, but in a pinch your old binder from college will work just fine, too. It helps to keep all your ideas in one place, separated by subject, so you can easily show your friends the dress you like or flower arrangements that caught your fancy. Now – just follow along with the list below, gathering information as you go, and we feel certain things will come together smoothly.

12 Months Before

6 Months Before

 Select wedding date and time.  Discuss the style and size of your wedding – whether formal or casual.  Determine which side of the family is paying for what so there is no squabbling down the road and set a wedding budget.  Determine and reserve your ceremony and reception location.  Select someone to officiate at the ceremony and book them.  Start compiling names and addresses of your guests in a first-pass list that includes all possible guests on both sides. Then whittle down the numbers you plan to invite with a second-pass guest list.  Choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen, including the best man and maid of honor, and ask them to commit.  Choose and hire a wedding planner if you intend to do so.  Choose wedding colors.  Begin shopping for a wedding dress, gathering photos as you go. Keep in mind that you will also need undergarments, shoes and a veil.  Put an engagement announcement in local papers if you plan to do so and start a wedding website to keep your wedding party up to date with arrangements.

8-10 Months Before  Choose and hire your photographer, band or DJ, caterer, baker, equipment rental company if applicable.  Begin discussing favors, decorations and flowers.  Choose and order save the date cards, invitations and thank you cards as applicable.  Choose bridesmaid dresses.  Start discussing honeymoon options.  Begin trying on wedding dresses.

 Send save the date cards and provide hotel information for out-oftown guests.  Choose and order your wedding gown.  Register for gifts.  Finalize contracts with all vendors.  Purchase your wedding gifts.  Begin planning the ceremony.

4 Months Before  Finalize ceremony details with officiant.  Finalize accommodations for out-of-town attendants or guests.  Order wedding cake.  Finalize menu with your caterer.  Choose music for ceremony and special moments.  Order tuxedos.

Six to Eight Weeks Before  Send invitations.  Finalize all decorations, favors, flowers.

One Month Before  Have a final fitting for your gown and bridal attendants’ gowns.  Have a formal bridal portrait made.  Get marriage license.  Purchase gifts for attendants.  Purchase fiancé’s gift, if gifts will be exchanged.  Have all accessories purchased, including goblets, ring pillow, garter, candles, etc.  Begin writing vows, if applicable.

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Fin d t h e Id e a l S p ot to S ay ‘I do ’ o n t h e C rys ta l C oas t Not that we like to brag – but the Crystal Coast is a wedding site just waiting to happen. OK, so maybe we do like to brag a little. But let’s face it, with gorgeous views from just about every vantage point, there isn’t a bad spot along the coast to choose for your nuptials. Water views come from the ocean, the sound or the variety of tributaries that empty into them. For people interested in holding a ceremony on the beach, make sure you check with the individual municipalities about rules and regulations. It’s also important to remember that it can be incredibly hot in the summer and the sound of crashing waves can overpower those speaking at the ceremony. A local tech company will be glad to help you out by supplying wireless microphones and speakers so everyone can hear loud and clear. If you choose an outdoor venue, 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


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already have a contingency plan in place, with room to move the festivities indoors in a pinch, while others do not. It’s certainly a good idea to check and see what is available at each location and browse for the ideal space. If your ideal location doesn’t offer an indoor option, having a rented tent on hand creates a great back up as well as provides a location for the reception. Today’s tents are customizable, allowing renters to create the setting they desire, including parquet dance floors, stages for entertainers, heating or air conditioning units, custom fabric liners or even ceiling fans. Any color scheme imaginable will look elegant against a wonderful white background. Add a group of friends and family decked out in their wedding best and you’re well on your way to a wonderful day. The size of the location needs to be reasonable for the number of guests you are expecting. Typically, about half to two-thirds of the invited guests will attend, so the location

should be large enough to accommodate this number of people, but small enough so that the atmosphere remains intimate. Some spots, like Fort Macon State Park, have permit requirements and stipulations on the number of chairs allowed. While planning, families will also want to ask what ABC licenses a site has in place and which may need to be obtained for the event at a cost. 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 and ready to greet your family. Here are some of our favorites: Beaufort Historic Site Step back in time in the historic hamlet of Beaufort, anchored by its historic site on Turner Street. Say your vows on the site’s expanse of lawn and have your portraits taken on the porches of the beautifully restored buildings. With room for a tent and indoor accommoda-

The Crystal Coast is also 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 Capt. Bill’s – 701 Evans St., Morehead City, 252-726-2166 Carteret County Home Bed & Breakfast – 299 Hwy 101, Beaufort, 252-728-4611 Country Club of the Crystal Coast – 152 Oakleaf Drive., Pine Knoll Shores, 252-726-1034 Chefs 105 – 105 S. 7th St., Morehead City, 252-240-1105 Crystal Coast Civic Center – 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City, 888-899-6088 Elks Lodge – 400 Miller Farm Road, Morehead City, 252-726-4472 The 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 Morehead City Train Depot – 1001 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-808-0440 Ocean Club – 1700 Salter Path Road, Indian Beach, 252-247-2035 Old Train Depot – 614 Broad St., Beaufort, 252-728-2141 The Sanitary Restaurant – 501 Evans St., Morehead City, 252-247-3111 Trinity Center – 618 Salter Path Road, Salter Path, 252-247-5600

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tions for wedding preparation, the site is a popular spot for weddings, reunions and parties. Check for a calendar of site’s major events and rental options. Details: 800575-SITE Butterfly Kisses Pavilion Folks looking for something a little more rustic may find themselves right at home at this new Newport venue. The bare wood barn/ pavilion is easy to dress up or dress down, depending on the feel of the wedding. Site is available for receptions only, although a small outdoor trellis provides the picture perfect place for a sunny wedding day. To learn more, call 910-409-6456. Front Street Village On the site of the former Beaufort Fisheries along Taylors Creek, Front Street Village is a planned community being developed 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. With expansive views and on-site planning and catering, the all-inclusive location can help take the worry out of wedding planning. Call 252-838-1524 or visit (continued on page 16)

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When planning a wedding at the beach, guests are often eager to branch out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the coast while they’re in the neighborhood. And some brides prefer to plan around a big event, allowing guests to turn their visit into a mini-vacation and giving them something to do in their down time. With a full slate of annual events, that’s not a hard task to achieve on the Crystal Coast. Here are a few of the area’s largest annual events: FEBRUARY Carolina Chocolate Festival. The event features chocolatiers from across the nation offering samples and sales of their tasty treats along with a variety of special events. Details: MARCH Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival. Features more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, food, clowns and static displays along with amusement rides, face painters and plenty of live entertainment. Details: 252-354-6350. APRIL Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend. Thrill your senses with this annual celebration of tantalizing food, wine and art through tastings, dinners, gala events and more. Details: www.


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Camp Albemarle On Hwy 24 on the Intracoastal Waterway, this summer camp site offers wide water views and has all the amenities for a great wedding site, full kitchen, seating of up to 144 people, adjacent bath houses and a beautifully-maintained stretch of lawn. For more information, visit 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. Park headquarters is located at the end of Island Road on Harkers Island and can provide logistical information. The site is available only by boat, however, water taxis on Harkers Island are happy to accommodate. The lighthouse is open for climbing on select days during the summer months and offers great views of the coastline. Call 252-728-2250 or visit www.nps. gov/calo. Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center Heritage is a vital thread to the Down East region of Carteret County and since its inception, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center has been at the center of gathering and protecting those ties that bind the communities – fishing, hunting, boatbuilding and decoy carving. 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 252-728-1500 or visit Crystal Coast Lady Licensed for 150 passengers, the Crystal Coast Lady has all ABC permits in place and is available for private parties of all types. The 75-foot vessel has covered decks and plenty of outdoor space. Say your vows while riding the waves, or jump on board afterwards for a unique reception. Visit www.crytalcoastlady. com for more information. Emerald Isle Beach & Pool Club On Coast Guard Road in Emerald Isle, this private club offers beach or garden weddings with ocean-view receptions as well as indoor space and private changing areas. Weekly membership is available. Visit.

Fort Macon State Park The brick and mortar of this historic gem can provide a perfect backdrop for the history buff, while the wide grassy knoll beside it and the stretch of beach that surrounds it can create the ideal wedding spot for just about anyone. 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.

e v e n t su p p l i e rs If you’re creating your perfect event, you’re going to need a little help – whether it’s rental linens or a fully-equipped tent. The following are area event suppliers ready to help you bring together a day you’ll never forget. Chair & Equipment Rentals Country-Aire Rental, Inc. Crystal Coast Tent & Event Rentals Island Essentials The History Place In downtown Morehead City, this museum by the Carteret County Historical and Genealogy Society includes auditorium space for 165 people, seated. With a focus on the rich, abundant history of this waterfront county, The History Place is chock full of regional artifacts, creating a unique setting for special events. The staff assists with set up and clean up, taking the stress off the wedding party. To learn more, call 252-247-7533, 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. Say your vows and enjoy your reception under the sea. Call 252-247-4003 or visit

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Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest. Celebrate North Carolina barbecue at the nation’s largest whole hog barbecue. Concession stands, rides, crafts, bake sales, live entertainment and plenty of barbecue. Details: MAY Beaufort Music Festival. The event takes over the waterfront streets of historic Beaufort for two nights, offering an eclectic collection of music on three stages. Details: Wooden Boat Show. More than 50 wooden boats are on exhibit each year, along with demonstrations and hands-on workshops for professional boat builders. Details: 252-728-7317. MCAS Cherry Point Air Show. MCAS Cherry Point in Havelock opens its gates to the public for this biennial air show that highlights the latest in Marine Corps war-fighting technology and military aviation along with thrilling acrobatics and historic demonstrations. Details: JUNE Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour. Explore beautifully-restored historic homes, glorious gardens, churches, artist studios and public buildings throughout Beaufort thanks to the Beaufort Historical Association. The program’s Antique Show & Sale runs concurrently at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Details: Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. The popular tournament, now more than 50 years old, brings fun and excitement to the Morehead City waterfront for one of the largest sport-fishing events in the country and a purse that tops $1 million. Details: JULY Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament. This NC Governor’s Cup Series tournament sets up base on the Beaufort waterfront with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Kid-friendly event offers low entry fees and supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. Details: AUGUST Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter’s Sand Sculpting Contest. Held at The Atlantis Lodge in Pine Knoll Shores, participants are invited to spend a day on


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the beach playing in the sand to raise money for wildlife rescue. Details: 252-240-1200. Beaufort Pirate Invasion. Marauding pirates recreate the historical invasion of Beaufort, complete with parades, costume contests, live music, demonstrations, food, grog and the trial that brought them to justice. Details: 252-728-5225. SEPTEMBER Crystal Coast Grand Prix. Jack’s Waterfront Bar in Morehead City plays host to this annual speed boat race in the waters around the NC State Port at Morehead City. Details: OCTOBER Carolina Kite Fest. Colorful kites take over the Circle in Atlantic Beach with activities for the whole family. Details: 252-247-7011, MumFest. New Bern blossoms with this chrysanthemum-based festival – a weekend celebration of flowers, entertainment, great food, amusement rides, vendors, and of course, good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Details: www. NC Seafood Festival. The second largest festival in the state draws visitors to Morehead City to celebrate its bountiful seafood. Enjoy vendors selling seafood specialties of every kind imaginable, arts and crafts, souvenirs, amusement rides and live entertainment. Details: DECEMBER Core Sound Decoy Festival. More than 90 exhibitors display and sell decoys and waterfowl artifacts at Harkers Island Elementary School on Harkers Island. Details: Waterfowl Weekend. The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center opens its doors with a full slate of traditional, down-home fun. Expect decoy carvers with their wares, educational exhibits, competitions, arts and crafts and plenty of food. Details: 252-728-1500. Holiday Flotillas. Each Christmas, the residents along the Crystal Coast celebrate the season with their own personal style. Boats decked out in Christmas finery participate in these floating parades in Swansboro and cruise past the Morehead City and Beaufort waterfronts at sunset.

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NC Maritime Museum This state run museum focuses on the area’s rich maritime history and its longstanding relationship with the sea. The past is researched, preserved and presented through exhibits, hands-on programs and field trips. Learn to sail, tour the port or just gather for lunch to talk about the wild Spanish Mustangs that dot the adjacent island. The museum features artifacts from the local shipwreck believed to be Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. To learn more, call 252-728-7317 or visit www.ncmaritimemuseums. com. The Ocean Club With accommodations, a spa, indoor and outdoor space, event planners and technical staff, the Ocean Club and OC Spa & Wellness Center can provide for just about everything a bridal party may need. With sound and ocean access, a pier and pavilion, the site offers a variety of photo options. Various meeting space is available. For details, visit Rental Homes The Crystal Coast’s abundance of beach-front summer rentals can provide the ideal location for a wedding. Not only does it provide access to the beach and a hub for planning, but it provides 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. Most agencies maintain a list of event-friendly home rentals. The Watson House & Gardens Located in Emerald Isle, the Watson House, with its grand views of Bogue Sound, sits on 7 acres. Boasting its European charm and Southern hospitality, the house features sweeping porches, a full catering kitchen, a patio perfect for dancing under the stars and plenty of open space for sound-side ceremonies. To learn more, visit

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vitations, accommodation cards and of course, invitations to the main event. PLANNING Brides may also want to order coordinating thank you cards with the invitations. Having thank you cards on hand makes it easier for the bride and groom to get a head start on sending out appreciation, which can become a daunting task considering how much thanks there is to give out with a guest list of 100. While the list is long, printing, fortunately for the bride and her family, is one of the more affordable pieces of the wedding budget and it gives the couple a great opportunity to let their creativity shine. Brides can choose from modern invitations that boast creative bright colors and unique designs, contemporary selections that reflect the ambiance of the wedding or classic white or elegant ecru invitations designed with traditional borders and simple elements. Recent trends have led brides and grooms to choose items that carry the wedding’s central theme, from seashells and boats to trees and flowers. Use a picture of Las Vegas to share your destination wedding or a cutout of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse to encourage attendance at your beach event. If you can imagine it, it can probably be done. To further accent invitations, choose embellishments such as ribbons, layers and jackets, embossed paper, foil or monograms. Design considerations can become overwhelming and it is best to seek assistance from a printing specialist to help regulate budget requirements while ensuring all printing materials are ordered. Some companies offer samples for a small fee and couples should order to ensure the quality is what they are expecting. Once you have selected the invitation, submit all text to the designer and order a proof prior to printing the entire order. cynthia rose photo Brides with a little patience, and a supportive bridal party who can help, also have the option of printing their own invitations. A variety of kits can be found in craft stores that require a home printer and some assembly of the invitation once printed. It requires some labor, but the results can look as polished as professionally printed invites. Whether you have them personalized or purchase them in a stationary store, make sure you don’t forget the thank you cards. It is important to let guests and vendors know how appreciative you are that they shared or assisted in your event. Couples should remember: Response time: Brides and grooms should wait no more than 6-8 weeks after the ceremony to send thank you cards. The contents: All thank you cards should be handwritten, body and Despite the global turn to electronic communication, there are still address. The basic formula to remember is to greet the guest, express a few things we prefer to do the old-fashioned way. And news of your gratitude, be specific about the gift and thank them for attending (or for wedding is certainly one of those occasions. Whether you’re planning a thinking of you if they could not attend). Include a specific reference to small affair with a limited guest list or are gearing up for a big blow out the gift such as how you plan to use the item. For monetary gifts, thank with everyone you’ve ever met – sending out those formal invitations in them for their generosity without mentioning a specific amount. Addressing: You should address each card to the individual who the mail adds a magical touch to your festivities. Items commonly printed include wedding announcements, engage- attended or the individual who signed your gift card. For families, you ment party invitations, save the date cards, bridal shower invitations, should address the envelope to “Mr. and Mrs.” In the body, mention your programs, menus, place cards, direction cards, post wedding brunch in- gratitude for all the family members who attended.

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It’s the day you have been dreaming about since that first crush in grade school and the dress is paramount to making it all you ever hoped it would be. Wedding gowns are as different as the brides who wear them – and they come in a similar variety of shapes, sizes and price ranges. Each fall, designers take to the stage in New York to show off their catalog for the upcoming year. And this year, color made a stunning show on the runways. Not just a subtle touch of color, but rather bursts of bold red, purple, pink, blue and prints. What designers refer to as the illusion neckline returned this year and seems to be picking up steam. While the gowns have the look of a strapless dress, ultra-sheer, almost transparent fabric creates a faux high neckline and gently covers skin that is otherwise left bare. Some contain intricate beadwork to draw attention to the layer, while others are so wispy thin they’re hardly visible. On the back side of things, the back is becoming more prominent than ever before. The bride may not be able to see it, but those attending the wedding certainly have a lengthy view of the backside of the gown and this year designers are taking notice of that fact. From keyholes and cutouts to drapes, backs are bared in a variety of ways in this year’s gowns, some with delicate beadwork that truly gives guests something to look at. Needless to say, many brides will be paying special attention to their backs this year as the big day draws near.


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Lace and tulle also seem to be making a statement in the 2013 offerings, from long layers to short skirts. Where stiff taffeta gave the bridal gowns of the past their fullness and femininity, today’s brides will find soft voluminous gathers, frothy ruffles and delicate ruching give dresses not only a softer shape, but are pleasing to the touch as well. The result is a feminine gown that every bride will feel like a princess in. Regardless of trends, keep in mind that traditional always works when it comes to wedding dresses. The basic cut and style, straight or with a princess skirt, is never out of style, despite the fact that designers break out a whole new set of ideas annually. Whether she’s fashion-forward or traditional, the most important thing is that the bride feels great in her dress. 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 with whom you shop 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 purchase your gown, shoes and hairpiece in one sitting. In order to make sure you can accommodate the ‘do 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 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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Make i t Beach C a s ua l There are many options and considerations to be aware of when choosing men’s beach wedding attire. Generally men are more willing to participate in the selection of their clothing for the big day if it is something they would actually enjoy wearing, if it’s comfortable and something they can wear again. Women may like to dress up, but most men would rather not wear a tie, much less a tuxedo. Luckily a beach wedding lends itself to much more relaxed attire for men, as well as the women. The formality of the wedding dress and the wedding dictate to a large degree the formality of the groom’s wedding attire. His choices should never be more formal than his bride’s, but not be overly casual if the bride is going for a more traditional look – the bridal couple should always resemble a pair. Knowing exactly where the ceremony and reception will take place also has an influence on a groom’s fashion. Will some part, or the entire wedding, take place on an actual beach, or just near a beach? If the wedding is simply beach-themed, then a groom should take his cue from the beach wedding outfits of the bride and bridal party. If the bride is wearing a ball gown, then perhaps a tux is not such a bad idea. If any part of the wedding will take place on an actual beach, then consider something a little less formal and a little more fun. Keep in mind that the temperatures are probably going to be warm on the beach, and the ceremony doesn’t always move as quickly as predicted. The groom may need to stand waiting in the hot sun, and if worried about perspiration marks, he should choose lightweight fabrics so it can go unnoticed.


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Since the wedding will be outdoors and most likely in the sun, one might also consider adding a hat to their men’s beach wedding outfit, whether they decide to wear a pair of surfing baggies or a tux. A cap might be overly informal, but a straw fedora hat, or the smaller version called a trilby, Panama hat or a pork pie hat might give even the most informal outfit a sophisticated old-world charm. When it comes to the actual outfit, start with the footwear; some people may think that going barefoot seems like the best option for a beach. This is entirely up to the bride and groom, and the decision can be printed in the invitation cards. If it’s a bit more formal, the groom could wear a nice pair of sandals or strap up sandals; he may want to go for a white or cream color to match the rest of his ensemble. Another important aspect of choosing a comfortable set of beach wedding wear is color. While it’s a nice idea to think about wearing a colorful, loudly patterned shirt to go with the laid-back beach setting, one might find it gets pretty hot after several hours and could possibly break the well-known rule of thumb of all wedding ceremonies – never upstage the bride on her special day. Instead, go for light colors like cream, beige and white; remember to wear complementing colors. There are two styles of clothing to choose from if one decides to keep their ceremony on the relaxed and informal side – the informal and smart-casual looks. These styles require very little preparation and keep the bride and groom feeling cool and calm throughout the marriage process. For a tropical, fun Hawaiian-themed

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wedding, the informal look could definitely complement the atmosphere of the special event. Light-colored, white cotton or linen drawstring pants together with and opennecked collarless shirt is perfect, and a small bunch of flowers can be pinned to the breast pocket for an added touch. However, the bride and groom may want to consider a smart-casual style of dress if the previous outfit seemed to be a little too informal. This is also a relaxed style of wedding attire, just more on the formal side. Try a dark pair of khakis paired with a white cotton or linen shirt, with the sleeves rolled up or down. A light colored T-shirt or vest may also be worn under the shirt to add an extra interesting edge. When it comes to the lower half, shorts may seem like the better choice for spending an extended amount of time on a warm sandy beach. They allow easy movement, are breathable and fit a very informal style of wedding – shorts would be great for a Hawaiian themed wedding. On the other hand, long pants have a smarter appeal. If wearing long pants, it is advisable to choose a pair that has quality, while still remaining comfortable, loose-fitting and breathable. Draw string pants and shorts are fine, but for a smarter casual look, try a pair of white linen or cotton pants with belt loops and pockets. The formality of the wedding is completely up to the bride and groom’s personal preference. Grooms have easy choices for beach wedding attire, yet with a little style and personal flare, they can accent even the simplest of outfits to add sophistication and class.

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If your hair is indeed your crowning glory, there has never been a day when you want it to be more glorious. Ideas abound for wedding day hair, but keep in mind that there are no set rules. Up, down or a combination of the both works just fine. The most important factor is that the bride feels like a million bucks no matter what the style.

If you don’t have a personal stylist, begin talking with friends and meeting with stylists early on. One of the last things you want to do is sit down with a stranger who knows nothing about your tastes on your wedding day. Talk to stylists early on and get a feel for their style, ideas and scheduling practices and if it doesn’t match what you’re looking for, move on to the next one. Make sure you ask the right questions. Do you have to go to her, or will she come to you? Are there other stylists available that can work with the bridesmaids as well? The web can be a great tool for browsing through styles. Print pictures and cut clips out of magazines and add them to your wedding folder to share with your hairdresser. While it may be prudent for an outdoor beach weekend, long, healthy hair may look just as formal if left down for indoor affairs. Share with your stylists what kind of feel you want to project and she should be full of advice on how you can achieve the desired effect.

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Certain tasks should occur at specific times during the planning process. If you dye your hair, the final color should be done at least two weeks before the wedding to allow for color blending. A final trim should be done around the same time so it doesn’t have that justsnipped look. Once you’ve decided on a style, schedule a rehearsal of your wedding day hairdo. Make sure you take your veil or hair piece with you so the hairdresser can work that into the style for the day. Not only will this help your stylist have a better understanding of how long it will take to get the style together, but it offers a great opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t. Nobody wants any surprises on the wedding day. Have the hairdresser or a friend take pictures from all angles to make sure you’re pleased with the finished product. Wear a button down shirt when the big day arrives so you can easily remove it and step into your wedding gown when the moment arrives.

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All eyes, including the groom’s, will be on the bride as she comes walking down the aisle. And she undoubtedly wants to look her best as she takes her steps toward married life. Preparing for your wedding day face comes months in advance – with diet, skin care and moderate tanning. Nobody wants a break out or sunburn on their wedding day and the only way to avoid those pesky uninvited guests is to plan ahead. If you feel you need to be tan while saying your nuptials, enjoy small forays into the tanning booth or trips to the beach before hand, but pull the plug a week or more before the big day. Drink plenty of water to hydrate from the inside out and wash and exfoliate your face in the morning and evening to keep your luminous glow. Brides have options when it comes to makeup on the big day – she can take on the job herself or visit a spa or salon for a more polished, professional look. Women who traditionally do not wear a lot of makeup may be more comfortable using a few of her favorite cosmetics and saving the time a trip

to the salon takes. Brides who opt for a salon visit, should make their appointments early in order to ensure an opening is available. In some cases, hair and makeup can be done in one spot, making it much easier for the bridal party. For those going at it alone, plan a date with a few of your bridesmaids and have a trial run, just to make sure you’re achieving the look you hope with the products on hand. Ask bridesmaids to bring a few colors they like, grab a bottle of wine and have fun with it. Have them take a few snapshots and make sure your look is photographing as you hoped. Here are a few additional tips for putting your best face forward: • Waterproof it. Odds are there will be a few tears on your wedding day, and you’ll want to be prepared. • Be prepared for touch ups, with cotton swabs, concealer and powder on hand. • Use a lip liner, however light, to help hold your lip color in place. • If you plan to wax or bleach, do it at least

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five days prior to your wedding. No one wants to be surprised by an unsightly rash. • Invest in some blotting sheets. Perspiring under the summer sun is expected so be prepared to blot it away as it appears. • Avoid trying anything new and dynamic to make a statement. Instead, stick with a more classic, reliable look. • Keep eye shadow light to medium. Dark shades can look harsh in photos. Practice with different amounts and take test photos to see what looks washed out and what looks perfect on you. • If your wedding is early in the season, try out sunless tanning options months before the wedding to find which looks best and most natural. • Use eye drops prior to applying makeup to ensure that your eyes are bright and clear in photographs. • Wear sunscreen under your makeup. Hours pass like minutes in moments like these and nobody wants to begin their honeymoon with a sunburn.

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f lo r a l s c e n ts The wedding ceremony surrounding the union of two people in matrimony is itself a tradition. From “something blue” to the rings exchanged between the lucky couple, symbolism is present in each step taken, and the bride’s bouquet is no exception. Each flower holds meaning, from fidelity and fertility to beauty and love. Dating back to the times of ancient Rome, flowers have been used to bring beauty, color and a sweet scent to the atmosphere of the wedding ceremonies. Today’s flowers come in copious shapes, sizes and colors, making almost anything possible, instead of in the past where the type of flower used for an event was highly dependent upon the color scheme. This also adds to the decision making process that comes with choosing the right arrangements. The bride also needs to pay attention to trends and the seasons when choosing flowers. “I think you’re going to see a lot of vintage in 2013; a lot of burlap and lace and things of that nature being propelled in a way by sites like Pintrest,” said Rachel Deere, owner, coordinator and designer at Tildy Design, Morehead City. If you are wondering where to begin, start at the most logical place – the flower shop. It’s recommended that you connect with your vendor about five to six months before the wedding for an initial consultation. According to Deere, brides should come in for their first visit with an idea of what they like, bringing along photos and clippings to better guide the florist. Wedding magazines and wedding and floral websites are a great place to gather information and ideas. Certain flowers are popular year round, like Hydrangeas, varieties of lilies, roses and bright Gerber daisies. If one flower seems the same as another, pay closer attention to their


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smell. Freesias, tea roses and jasmine are excellent choices to add an aromatic undertone to the wedding. Some brides even choose to add lavender, rosemary and other herbs to their bouquets, adding a long-lasting, natural aroma. Color trends for 2013 range from pewter gray, cotton candy pink, purples and greens, with pewter gray becoming the new neutral background color, according to Deere. For a little seasonal help, traditional Southern seasonal flowers include: Spring – Dogwood, forsythia, foxglove, herbs, larkspur, magnolia, roses, sweet pea, tulips, wisteria Summer – Aster, cosmos, hydrangea, roses, rosemary, sunflower, zinnia Fall – Bittersweet, hydrangea, ornamental berries, roses, salvia, sassafras, sumac Winter – Evergreens, hydrangea, roses It can be hard to remember who needs what and which flowers go where on the big day, with only so much time and so many arrangements to make. The following is a handy listing of floral arrangements 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. Ceremony Flowers: Main alter, aisle or pew/chair decorations, trellis flowers or pots if held outside. Reception Flowers: Head table centerpiece, guest table centerpieces, buffet table centerpieces. Rehearsal Dinner: Table centerpieces.

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T h e E vo lu ti o n o f t h e Wedding Cake The wedding cake has evolved from the simple white cake to almost anything that comes to the imagination. It has become a work of art, gracing the reception hall for all to behold and enjoy. Historically, the cake started from the ancient Roman custom of tossing barley and wheat rolls at the couple, representing fertility and prosperity. This evolved to one single cake, from which the groom would take a bite and then break the remaining confection over his bride’s head. The medieval English would have the couple share a kiss over a mound of buns. When sugar became plentiful in the mid-16th century, the refined sugar could be used to create a white cake, and the more sugar used, the whiter the cake. This transformed into the foundation of the wedding cake we are familiar with today. The white not only alluded to the brides’ purity but it was also a status symbol, indicative of the families’ wealth. Today a wedding cake is only left to the budget and the imagination of the lucky couple. While some still prefer the white-tiered cake, many have developed cakes that are as individual as the couples themselves. Cake designs continue to become more and more outrageous and amazing; it is down to an imaginative cake decorator and collaboration with the wedding couple that creates such a cake. The cake may be adorned with anything the couple is enthused about, and cake-toppers have also evolved with the cake designs. The yellow and white cake is still a traditional favorite, but more and more couples are choosing to venture further out


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with their wedding cake. This sweet treat can be customized to personality, season and preferential taste. A bubbly bride may want a light airy cake; for a summer wedding, a tasty citrusy option may be perfect. If the flavor can’t be decided on, a variety of fillings and tastes may find their place in each individual layer. The couple should sit down with their baker and taste the different options available. According to Kim Arico, owner of K and S Cakes in Jacksonville, couples may visit her store and taste three of her 30 flavors for free, just to get an idea. The average couple will spend between $700 and $800 for their wedding cake. Although many catering halls or reception sites will include the wedding cake in a package deal, many couples choose to order their cake from a specialty bakery. A cake can be made small enough for 10 people or as large as requested. The cake’s cost is determined mainly by the frosting, how it is decorated, the size and the topper. The frosting can be the traditional butter cream or the more elaborate and expensive fondant and marzipan. The price of actual cake ingredients is often minimal. Some bakers think butter cream limits the decorations, but Arico prefers it. The taste of the fondant is very sweet while the butter cream is more subtle. While her cakes are frosted with butter cream frosting she can maintain the smooth cake top found with fondant. “The decorations stick to the butter cream much better. And I create a lot of specialty cakes, for which I need a month’s notice prior

to the wedding. But I have also been known to turn around a wedding cake in a day,” said Arico. When designing a larger cake, extensive thought must be put into stability of the cake. With large or complex cakes, there is always a risk of collapse, so extra time and measure goes into securing the cake. Some cakes are so fragile that they require assembly at the reception. The delivery and set up of these cakes could result in additional charges. Round and square shaped cakes are fairly status quo, and won’t influence the bottom line. A specially designed cake requires the baker to have the pan hand made prior to the making of the cake. Additionally, the cake topper is usually not included in the cake estimate. This can add up to an additional $100 to the final output. In today’s economy, a couple may be partial to a cake, but see it is out of reach when considering cost. Alternatives to this are to make part of the cake out of frosted and decorated Styrofoam rings while serving the guests a sheet cake carefully hidden in the kitchen. Of course, the top layer is an actual cake for the couple to take home for the first anniversary dinner. The wedding cake holds a position of importance at the reception. It catches the eye of all guests in attendance as they gain entrance to the reception area. Choosing the right cake for the right price can help make that special day even more memorable – and tastier.


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A D i n n e r to R e m e m b e r There are few things we are as proud of along the Crystal Coast as our variety of cuisine and the chefs and restaurants that provide it. It doesn’t matter what your tastes are, from contemporary to classic, brides will undoubtedly find the ideal caterer to provide exactly what they’re dreaming together. Eating together, whether it’s a five-course sit down meal or nibbles you can pick up with your fingers and eat on the go, celebrates the union just observed and brings a sense of communion and sharing to the festivities.

Years later, the food is one of the things people remember most about the reception. Food generally takes the largest chunk of the wedding budget, 40-50 percent. With that in mind, it’s vital that you do your research and give the process the amount of time it deserves. When having an event catered by a local restaurant, shop around, browse the menus and do your homework before jumping in. Restaurants will appreciate your interest and sometimes even offer a special rate or


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unique menu items if they know you’re planning a large event. Many restaurants have special items they prepare just for catering events, so make sure you let them know what you’re looking for instead of glancing at their regular menu. We suggest you spend some time with the prospective caterer, talking frankly about budget constraints, the style of catering desired, location requirements and the food choices you’re interested in. After narrowing choices down, request a private tasting to sample their dishes. It’s also important to get a feel for the caterer – their crab cakes may be to die for but if they can’t handle the stress on the wedding day and become crabby with guests, it won’t go over well at all. Don’t hesitate to ask for references and actually place a few calls. Those who loved the experience they had with the caterer won’t mind sharing at all – nor will those who had a less positive experience. Here are some other tips to remember: • Before you begin interviewing caterers know whether you would prefer a sit-down dinner, a buffet or simple passed hors d’oeuvres. • Be clear on your budget constraints and make sure that there are no hidden charges. No one likes surprises at the last minute. • Choose items people are familiar with. While some exotic offerings may be fun, make sure there is plenty for the less adventurous to enjoy. • A nice touch may be incorporating some of the bride and groom’s favorite foods. Or consider a touch of Eastern North Carolina by offering barbecue and the fixings or a clam bake. • Keep vegetarians in mind when planning the menu. • Know exactly when a final head count must be provided. Make sure you provide your band or DJ and other vendors that may be on-site during the reception. • Make plans ahead of time for your caterer to prepare a doggie basket for the bride and groom to take with them. It’s not uncommon for the happy to couple to go through their reception without having time to sit down and enjoy a meal. • Stay in touch with your caterer in advance of your big day. • Remember to include a tip for service staff, including bartenders and wait staff. No matter where you have your reception, or which caterer you choose, make sure you enjoy the event by planning ahead.

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Can we sample from a typical wedding menu? Make sure you know what it is you’ll be getting for your money. Take your spouse-to-be and a friend with you to the tasting so that you can get varied opinions. May I see photographs of your table displays? Most caterers include some décor among their food stations. Instead of asking what they use, ask for pictures so you know exactly what to expect. What does the price per person include? Is the cost strictly for food, or does it cover tables, chairs, linens, tableware, punch service, table displays, etc.?

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Are there any other fees? Are tips and taxes included in the price? Some caterers will charge a cake-cutting fee or corking fee for wines. Make sure you get all fees in writing up front. Do you offer cakes or work with a specific baker? Ask if your caterer offers wedding and groom’s cakes, and find out if they are included in the price. If not, most caterers have a baker they work well with. What are the payment arrangements? You need to find out how much of a deposit is required, and if it’s refundable or not. Ask when the final payment is due and what the caterer’s preferred form of payment is. When you finally settle on a caterer, make sure you have a written contract to sign. This guarantees they will provide the food, timelines and details you discussed.

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Matthew and Heather (Kennedy) Roberts June 2, 2012

Q. Where do you live year-round? A. Raleigh, North Carolina Q. How long have you been visiting the beach? A. I visited Crystal Coast beaches a few times as a child because some members of my distant family had a beach house in Emerald Isle. While attending NC State University I also went to Emerald Isle a few times with some friends who had homes on the beach. My husband is originally from Alexandria, La. and moved to Columbia, SC. when he was young. His first time visiting Emerald Isle was when we began our search for a wedding venue in the fall of 2011. Q. What made you decide to plan a beach wedding? A. As a child my grandparents had an RV. During the summer we went to North Myrtle Beach several times a month. I have many wonderful memories with my grandparents at the beach. After my grandfather passed a few years ago my grandmother sold the RV and bought a beach house in North Myrtle Beach and Matt and I try to visit some during the year.


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My parents’ home is only 45 minutes from Topsail Beach and an hour from Wrightsville, so frequenting the beach with friends during high school was a common occurrence. I love everything about the beach from the sound of the ocean waves crashing to the sand beneath my toes. As a child my husband’s family grew up going to Hilton Head and when he was attending the College of Charleston, he lived in Isle of Palms, one block from the beach. He would take his golden retriever, Josi, to the beach every day, even in the winter, and throw the ball with her. When it came time to plan our wedding we wanted something romantic and something a little different from the norm. We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of who we are and what we love, so the beach was the perfect choice as we both LOVE the beach. We chose Salter Path beach because it is three hours from our house and it is a much smaller and less commercial beach than Wrightsville and Myrtle. After looking at beach homes on the Crystal Coast we knew this was the perfect place to have our wedding. It wasn’t too far for our family and friends to drive and it was “just us.”

Q. What was most challenging about planning the wedding from a distance? A. Finding our vendors wasn’t too difficult, as we had a wonderful wedding planner that did most of this for us. However, once we had vendors in mind, it was important to set appointments to meet with them (ie… taste the food from the caterer, meet with the baker and get cake ideas). Equally as important was to find a hair stylist and make-up artist and I didn’t want my first meeting with them to be on the day of my bridal portraits. It is very difficult for vendors to meet on the weekends, as this is their busiest days, and it was very difficult for us to meet on weekdays due to our work schedules. All of our vendors were amazing, understanding and very willing to work with us to set up a time to meet. In two visits we were able to meet our caterer, baker, hair stylist, make-up artist and a florist. Q. And what did you find most helpful about planning? A. Early in our wedding planning stage, we knew that it was going to be extremely difficult to plan a destination wedding without some assistance. In July 2011, I called my college

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roommate to talk to her about how her wedding planning was coming, as she was getting married in November. During our conversation she told me about her wedding planner and raved about how wonderful she was. She gave me her contact information that night. Honestly, Matt and I didn’t think we could afford a wedding planner with our budget, but I decided to give it as try as I knew it was going to be extremely difficult to plan a beach wedding from three hours away. I contacted Katherine Wrenn of Posh Weddings and Events and set up a time to meet with her the following week. We “clicked” at our first meeting and she was very affordable. I could not have planned our wedding without her, and thanks to her our wedding day was everything I had always dreamt of and more. Hiring a wedding planner was the best decision I ever made.

Q. Did you plan any special events for family while you were here, group trips, dinners, beach days? A. We had our beach house rented out from May 27 to June 3. The “Dreammaker” home has seven bedrooms, a movie room, a billiard room, a pool, hot tub, indoor and out-

door bar and grill. The bridal party stayed at the house and most made a vacation of it by coming early in the week. We spent most days lying by the pool and most nights in the hot tub hanging out with friends we don’t see nearly enough. We made a shrimp boil one night for everyone and other nights we grilled out. It was a vacation for most, prior to the wedding, and it was one of the best weeks of our lives.

Q. Are there any things you wish you knew ahead of time and didn’t? A. I am very much a control freak and type A, so I had crossed all my t’s and dotted all my I’s several times. I went as far as calling the rental company a month out and asked about the number of linens in the house since almost 20 guests would be staying at the house during the week. After we arrived at the house, I checked all the outdoor light bulbs and when one was blown out, the owner came and turned off the sprinkler system and changed the bulb. I also had a wedding planner that had a backup plan for the back-up plan, so fortunately we knew almost everything imaginable ahead of time. (continued on page 42)

Wedding Location – Lawn of the Dream Maker House in Salter Path Reception Location – Dream Maker House, cocktail hour was held around the pool area and the reception was held in the yard Planner – Katherine Wrenn of Posh Weddings and Events, Raleigh Caterer – Class Act Catering Cake – Mrs. Vingerber’s Sweets, Stella Photography – MM Digital Photography (Owner: Ena Sellers) Rentals – Crystal Coast Tent and Event Rentals Floral Design – Flowers and Designs by Ernest, Beaufort Band – Barbour & Hinton Band Officiate – Dr. Tommy Green of Duluth First United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Ga. Hair – Just Hair, Emerald Isle Make-up – Stephanie Hunihan, New Visage, Morehead City Bridal Gown – Paloma Blanca from Traditions by Anna, Raleigh Bridesmaid Dresses – Lula Kate from Traditions by Anna, Raleigh Men’s Formalwear – Jos A. Bank Guest Accommodations – Hampton Inn, Emerald Isle & Pecan Tree Inn, Beaufort


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have changed about that day. The weather was absolutely gorgeous (sunny, but not too sunny and low 70s), the band sounded amazing, the flowers were perfect down to the smallest detail and I married my best friend. Every girl dreams of her wedding day where she looks like a Disney princess and walks down the aisle and marries her knight in shining armor. Just like every other girl I had that same dream and I can honestly say that our wedding surpassed any dreams I had ever had.

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Q. What advice would you give to brides and grooms in the process of planning a beach wedding now? A. When planning your wedding, don’t settle for just any location. Take your time and find the perfect beach house for you and your fiancée. When we were trying to find a place, we looked for several weeks and I was becoming frustrated and overwhelmed. We traveled to the Crystal Coast twice and I had spent several hours looking online. There was a particular house that I wasn’t in love with, but I almost settled for just because I wanted to move the process alone. I am so glad I continued my search because our venue was more than we could have ever imagined. Don’t stress out about the weather; there is nothing you can do about it. Have a backup plan, either a large tent or possibly an indoor location, and forget about the weather, you can’t change it.

Find a beach house close to public parking. I have heard many complaints from people that have attended a beach wedding on the Crystal Coast where they either had trouble finding parking or they had to park and ride a shuttle and the shuttle didn’t run frequently enough. We chose a house that was located adjacent to public parking and we had no issues. I have also heard complaints that public parking can be difficult in Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach due to beach goers, but if you find a smaller beach such as Salter Path or Indian Beach, parking isn’t a problem. It was extremely important to us to enjoy our wedding and spend time with our guests and not spend our wedding day posing for pictures. We found a wonderful photographer and communicated the importance of not spending an hour after the wedding taking pictures, but we of course wanted wonderful pictures. The photographer was very understanding. My advice to people planning a wedding is to make a list of exactly what pictures you want, give it to your photographer and discuss which pictures she can take before the wedding so you don’t spend so much time taking pictures after the ceremony. Our photographer took all of the groom’s pictures and detailed pictures before the wedding. She also took all the pictures of myself with the bridesmaids and some family pictures prior to the wedding. This saved us several minutes that we could enjoy with our guests after the ceremony.

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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


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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 Photographer Checklist • 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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T h e L e g ali t y o f i t All Although you’re married, and the ceremony you’ve been waiting for is over, the government still has the final say when pronouncing you husband and wife. Assure that you have everything in order on the big day with these helpful hints and reminders. Marriage licenses may be obtained at the register of deeds in each county. Current fees are $60 (cash only at Carteret and Craven counties; cash, credit or debit cards accepted in Onslow). All applicants must provide their Social Security card (or documentary proof, i.e. W-2 form, payroll stub) along with proper identification (certified copy of birth certificate accompanied by a driver’s license or picture ID, a passport or military ID). All applicants under 18 should contact the Register of Deeds Office at 252-728-8474 before applying. In Craven County, the couple must be present from 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday, with the exception of holidays. If either party is age 18-21, they must also present a certified copy of their birth certificate, unless they were born in Craven County. If either party is under 18, they should call the Craven Register of Deeds at 252-636-6617 for more details. Applicants divorced or widowed within six months preceding the application date must present a filed copy of their final divorce decree or a copy of the death certificate. Prior to completing the marriage license application, parties will need to know their parents’ full names including mother’s maiden name, state of birth and current address (if possible). Marriage licenses are good for 60 days and there is no waiting period after issuance. In Onslow County, both parties must be present between the hours 8am-4:30pm and have valid identification (driver’s license,


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military ID, birth certificate). Both parties must provide typed proof of their social security number. If either applicant is 16-17 years of age they must have at least one parent or legal guardian present (documentation of guardianship required). The license is valid for 60 days from the date of purchase and is only valid in the state of North Carolina. The magistrate’s office is open 24 hours a day, where no appointment is necessary but two witnesses are required. Marriage licenses in Carteret County may be obtained at the register of deeds, located at the Carteret County Courthouse, 302 Courthouse Square, Beaufort, 252-7288474. Marriage licenses in Craven County may be obtained at the register of deeds, located at the Craven County Courthouse, 406 Craven St. in New Bern, 252-636-6600. Marriage licenses in Onslow County may be obtained at the register of deeds, located at 4024 Richlands Hwy, Jacksonville, 910-3473451. Information is as accurate as possible at presstime. Please call the register of deeds for the most current information. When you decide to get married, many people feel it is important to merge their finances, and a vital step in the new marriage. However, this should not be done until you are actually married, since there are laws protecting married couples. Here are four basic steps you need to take when you merge your finances: Have an open discussion. You both should lay it all out on the table. This is a time when you list all of your current debts, mistakes that you have made with finances, savings and other financial situations that you may have. When you get married you are taking on each other’s debt and assets. It is important to begin

to look at the money as ‘ours’ instead of his or her money/debt. Plan out a budget. This budget should make a plan for every dollar that is made. It is important to allow each other spending money that you do not have to account to each other for. Depending on your situation, this amount may vary. Just be sure that you can meet your obligations, save money and get out of any debt as quickly as possible. Set goals together. These financial goals help you to communicate effectively about money. They will keep you focused and help you work through the tough times. Some common goals are to save $1 million for retirement, save a down payment for a house or to save enough to retire by a certain age. You may additionally want to think about whether or when you want to have children. If you plan on having one spouse staying home then you will need to adjust your finances now to accommodate that in the future. You may also want to prepare yourselves to begin saving for a college education. Open a new joint checking account. You can shop around for a bank that you both like or go to a credit union. You may decide that you want to keep one of your accounts and simply add the other spouse to this account. When you open a new joint account, you should close your other accounts. It is important to change your automatic drafts over to this account as well. No matter what, make sure you are treating each other equally and address concerns brought up by either the husband or wife. This will assure an easy transition into your new life as a couple.


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When planning a wedding, the bride and groom tend to rely greatly on the members of the wedding party. In turn, tradition holds that the couple bestows gifts upon the wedding party for their hard work and support. The wedding party includes the groomsmen, best man, bridesmaids, maid of honor and any young members of the processional, such as the flower girls, ring bearers and junior bridesmaids and groomsmen. No matter how much or how little each member of the wedding party contributes, he or she deserves a gift. Most couples also give their parents a gift, expressing their gratitude. Generally, there is no set price for the gifts, but it should be about the same for each. Let the rest of the wedding be your guide to the price of gifts as well. The more expensive and elaborate the wedding, then more should be spent on the wedding party gifts. Most couples distribute their wedding party gifts during the wedding rehearsal dinner. This is the perfect time because everyone will be relaxing and the entire wedding party will be in attendance. The gifts should not be passed out at the wedding reception or after the wedding. The mother of the bride helps with so much of the wedding planning and is usually dealing with a high amount of stress. With a little assistance, the bride to be can put together a scrapbook spanning her life from birth until the wedding. There can even be space included for a layout minus the photos for the wedding, allowing the mother of the bride to choose photos from the wedding and complete her scrapbook. A wonderful relaxation gift idea that isn’t too


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expensive and comes with many choices is an aroma therapy set, or one could treat the mother of the bride with a day at the spa. The bridesmaids play such an important part of the bride’s life, and are an integral part of her special day. The wedding probably required a lot of time, planning, attention and financial obligation from the bridesmaids. Give thoughtful, personalized bridesmaids’ gifts to truly convey the appreciation felt for those ladies. Give the bridesmaids a night out that is tailored to each of their specific likes. One of the girls may love music and another may be into theater. Give each girl two tickets to an upcoming show that would fit their style and interests. Go antiquing and pick out a vintage pennant or broach for each bridesmaid, reminiscent of each girl, such as a flower for the gardener or a seashell for the beach lover. If the bridesmaid loves to entertain, give her a pair of beautiful silver serving spoons, serving tongs or a complete serving set. To cover all the girls, buy each a bottle of their favorite alcoholic beverage with a beautiful pewter flasks and have each girl’s initials engraved onto the front. Tie each flask to the corresponding liquor bottle with a ribbon. This can also work for the groom to give to his groomsmen, sans the ribbon. Groomsmen are a group of close friends that stand with a groom as he makes his matrimonial vows. It is often customary to give these men one or more gifts as a thank you for standing with the groom on his wedding day. These gifts can be simple or extravagant, depending on personal preference and budget. Cigars can be a classic gift for any grooms-

man and can be given separately or in a box of several. They can be used as celebratory items at the reception after the wedding, or reserved for a future occasion. Groomsmen often must dress in matching attire, which usually means wearing identical cuff links. Reusable, matching cuff links that are inscribed with the initials of each groomsman can accomplish a matching party as well as provide a gift for each man. These decorative accessories can also be engraved with the date of the wedding to memorialize the event or with the initials of each individual groomsman. A nice money clip or wallet is always a great choice for the guys as well. The best man and maid of honor stand out from the rest of the wedding party, as being the ones who have shown that they are worthy of the honor. Despite the sea of great groomsmen gifts out there, the groom should choose something that stands out just a little from the rest – just like the best man. A great way to do this is to choose the groomsmen gifts first, and then choose a slightly embellished version for the best man. This is also the case for the maid of honor. However, the bride and groom may choose to get something completely separate for their best man and maid of honor. Giving gifts is a wedding tradition, and with all the help and support given by the bridal party, it is tradition and respectful to honor them with a gift. These gifts don’t have to break the bank; think outside the box if need be and come up with something unique and original.



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Trending Now: Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are weddings held in a vacation location away from the couple’s home town or country, and have gained popularity in recent years. Today, this hip alternative allows a couple to combine the best of an adventurous honeymoon with a more traditional ceremony, and sometimes save money in the process. Some destination weddings involve only the eloping couple, others include a few close friends and family and there are still those that are full blown affairs with multiple parties over a long wedding weekend. Resorts and tourism organizations have seen the revenue stream and dollar signs behind this trend, so they work hard to keep any destination wedding simple and stress-free. As part of a package deal, many destination wedding locations offer complimentary services of their on-site wedding consultant who can help coordinate all of the ceremony essentials, including the marriage license, cake, officiant and everything in between. For most destination weddings, all the bride and groom have to do is show up for the event. “I see more and more couples that are starting to do the destination weddings,” said Sandra Hardesty of Accent Travel & Cruises, Morehead City. “They have definitely started to increase in popularity, because today’s couples want to eliminate a lot of the stress.” Spending a luxurious wedding weekend in a romantic spot can often cost less than a seated dinner at a nice location. Destination wedding etiquette calls for the bride and groom to pay for the hotel rooms, food and most of the guests’ expenses, while the guests pay their way to the destination. If money is an issue, look to domestic locations or countries with a favorable exchange rate, and consider keeping the guest list small. With a smaller invitation list, one can avoid feeling forced to invite the cousin they can’t


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stand, or the in-law that doesn’t get along with anyone. Just invite close friends and family to the intimate ceremony and celebration, or keep it romantic and don’t invite anyone – they can always just look at the pictures. A destination wedding can take place anywhere in the world, but there are locations that are certainly more popular than others, and each place is unique and ideal for a variety of reasons. The majority of destination weddings take place in warm, tropical climates often against a beach or seaside setting. Being away from the everyday stresses of life, on a secluded white sand beach, bathed by clear turquoise waters and enjoying the tropic with all the senses will make a difference at any dream wedding. There are, however, many great destinations all around the world that could prove to be a fun and relaxing getaway for the lucky couple and their guests. The couple may want to talk to their wedding coordinator about organizing activities for guests, such as sightseeing, scuba diving or snorkeling excursions, sports or shopping. If the resort has a spa on-site, give the guests gift certificates for spa services to help them really enjoy their stays. Apart from the setting, another important aspect to take into account when finding the perfect destination wedding is whether the ceremony will be religious in nature or a nonreligious, civil ceremony. The country chosen could possibly make all the difference, as not every destination offers the same religious services. So, make sure the destination and the all-inclusive resort or hotel offer the correct services when deciding on the right location to assure the wedding can take place just as desired. A study conducted by websites theknot. com and the named Florida, California and Nevada the most

popular domestic locations for destination weddings. The islands of the Caribbean, Mexico, Baja and Hawaii top the list of the favorites outside the continental states. If getting married abroad, make sure the United States will recognize the marriage. Local officials may need to notarize paperwork, such as birth certificate, passports and marriage licenses. This may require submitting blood test and immunization records in some cases. While the wedding coordinator should be able to provide all these details, ask to ensure that all documents are in order. The US State Dept. has specific information about getting married in foreign countries. If the couple would like their destination wedding on the beach or in an upscale allinclusive resort, they might look for a Caribbean destination. These destinations boast some of the most desirable sceneries of landscapes and vibrant blue ocean waters offered anywhere in the world. “The only real drawback, and this needs to be known, is that a lot of people visit the Caribbean Islands for their destination wedding and they don’t leave the Caribbean with a marriage certificate that they can take to get their information changed,” explained Hardesty. “It takes about six to eight weeks for the paperwork from the Caribbean to come in so they can finalize everything.” In countries such as the Dominican Republic, one of the major attractions is its Colonial City, where the bride and groom can mix the magic spell of the city with the beauty of the nearby beaches and all-inclusive resorts. Here, one will also find the popular Casa de Campo Resort, a

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Caribbean spot where luxury, beauty and exclusiveness are combined to offer an exceptional leisure experience. Many destination wedding locations are found in Mexico as well, a vast country with copious variety that offers a little something for everyone. The Mayan Riviera has miles of secluded virgin beaches with clear turquoise waters bordered by one of the largest coral reefs in the world on one side and a tropical jungle on the other, making it a perfect location for that special event. Soak up the sun on any one of Mexico’s beautiful beaches or go snorkeling and check out some of the best coral reefs in the world in Cozumel. Go shopping at one of the street markets in Merida or peruse the high-end shops in Cancun. Hawaii offers a marvelous tropical oasis if the bride and groom are looking to find a destination wedding location in an exotic part of the world. All of the main islands offer unique opportunities, so no matter what the lucky couple or their guests are looking for, be it the party life, jungles, volcanoes, waterfalls or surfing, they will be able to find it there, making it a top wedding destination. To find a destination wedding location with magnificent architecture and romantic churches in one of the oldest of the world’s great cities, Italy is an ideal place. If the desire is to get married in a fabulous romantic city, Paris is another great option. By combining the wedding and honeymoon, the couple can afford to visit that dream honeymoon locale instead of spending their honeymoon at a bed-and-breakfast close to home. They can have the wedding of their dreams and the trip of a lifetime all in one glamorous location. This also gives the married couple an excuse to visit that special place on anniversaries for years to come. Common courtesy says that the bride and groom should give guests as much notice as possible so they can make plans to be in attendance. Inform those that are chosen to be in the wedding party about the decision before actually asking them to be in the wedding. This ensures they do not feel obligated to come when they cannot really afford the trip. Arrive several days before your wedding to get settled in and finalize details. To customize the look of any destination wedding, wedding planners suggest shipping specialty linens and paper items such as menu cards, welcome letters and escort cards, adding personal flare to an already unique wedding. “I would suggest people start planning a year or more prior to the wedding, because this is something that really needs planning. Planning is the key, as well as working with a professional that has done destination weddings,” said Hardesty. “They should deal with a local travel agent that is willing to help them fulfill that wedding dream.”


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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.



Emerald Isle Realty 877-423-6480 Real estate rentals, wedding and event planning, ceremony and reception sites and accommodations for your entire bridal party.

Baking From the Heart 226 Chatham St., Newport 252-223-0250 Find us on Facebook Unique and traditional cakes, cupcakes, homemade desserts, cakes and treats for any occasion.

Hampton Inn 4035 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-240-2300 Accommodations overlooking Bogue Sound – 118 rooms, outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast, fitness center, wireless internet.


Bistro by the Sea 4031 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-247-2777 Specializing in intimate weddings and receptions, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons, on-site banquet room with private seating for 175 guests.

Hampton Inn 118 Salter Path Road, Pine Knoll Shores 252-247-5118 A hot breakfast on the house, meeting room and golf packages available. All rooms are studio suites across the street from a public beach access.

Channel Marker 718 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach 252-247-2344 On and off-site catering with formal or casual cuisine, on-site rental available for up to 250 guests.


American Dream Cakes 1121 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville

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. Clawson’s Restaurant 425 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-2133 Private dining room overlooking beautiful Taylors Creek. Off-site catering is also available for any event. Crab’s Claw 201 W. Atlantic Beach Blvd., Atlantic Beach 252-726-8222 Creating the perfect menu for your magical day, specializing in off-premise events at the NC Aquarium, beach house, boat or beach. Planning services available. 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. Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar 8002 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle

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252-354-6200, 252-241-4922 Complete catering services at your venue featuring first class service and delectable cuisine. Available for weddings, graduations, anniversaries, birthday parties, business lunches, small dinner parties and more. Seaside Sensations 2408 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-342-3960 Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties, luncheons and brunches.


DJ Mack 116 Southwinds Drive, Swansboro 252-393-2523, 252-646-2295 DJ & karaoke services for weddings, parties, special events – your local entertainer.

Equipment Rentals

Chair & Equipment Rentals 121 Industrial Drive, Morehead City 252-726-6219 Tents, tent accessories, tables & chairs, linens, china, glassware, flatware, stages & dance floors, sound equipment, moonwalks, concessions and more. Country Aire Rental 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 Free delivery on the Crystal Coast. Event rentals include tents, tables & chairs, benches, arbors, linens, floral arrangements. Certified event planners on staff. Island Essentials 208 Bogue Inlet Drive, Emerald Isle 252-354-8887, 888-398-8887 Let us put the leisure back into your day – tent and event rentals, tables & chairs, linens, arbors and more. Free pick-up and delivery.


Albert’s on the Beach 1560 Salter Path Road, Salter Path 252-222-3800

directory Let Albert’s on the Beach plan your ideal beach wedding. We provide fresh flowers and designed bouquets offering tropical, nautical, military, romantic beach and a variety of themes. Avalon Event Floral 2408 Arendell St., Morehead City 910-381-6366 Specialized and unique floral services for special events designed especially for your wedding or any occasion. Coastal Petals 416 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point 252-764-2761 From intimate to extravagant, we can design the perfect floral arrangement, sure to exceed your expectations. Flowers 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. (continued on page 54)

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Country Aire Rental, Inc. Tents  China  Glassware  Linens  Wedding Arches  Candelabra  Tables & Chairs 1253 S GLENBURNIE RD NEW BERN, NC 252.638.6000

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Wide variety of wedding gowns, bridesmaid & flower girl dresses, mother of the bride, tuxedo rentals and more.

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Petal Pushers 7803 Emerald Drive, Ste. B, Emerald Isle 252-354-8787 Floral arrangements for all occasions – plants, unique gifts, local art, wedding flowers. Sandy’s Flower Shoppe 4702 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-247-3323, 888-300-8177 Bringing the color to your special day. Bridal consults and all occasion flowers – fresh and silk available.


Cameo Bridal & Formalwear 104 S. Water St., Swansboro 910-326-4208 Full service bridal shop providing in-store alterations, bridesmaids dresses, tuxedo rentals and sales, veils and accessories. Prom, evening, dressy and casual. Classics Bridal & Formal Wear 715 Gum Branch Road, Ste. 5-A, Jacksonville 910-353-1647

Margolis Men’s Store Westwood Village Shopping Center 1140 Western Blvd., Jacksonville 910-455-3797 More than 100 years in business – the most experienced formal wear store for men in Jacksonville since 1912. Essentials for the bed, bath and interior, window treatments, indoor/outdoor rugs, bridal registry available. ICW Gift & Monogram Co. 4426 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-808-3008 Custom T-shirts, embroidery, bridal registry and specialty gifts to help create the most special day possible. Tassels 4426 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-247-SHOE Footwear, clothing, jewelry, scarves, purses, wallets and invitations – a variety of gifts perfect for the bridal party.

Sunshine Cleaners 2505 Bridges St., Morehead City 252-727-4444 2300 Hwy 24, Morehead City 252-727-4840 Specializing in formalwear dry cleaning for the entire party. Same day service, alterations and repairs, pressing, steaming and gown preservation.


Gifts & Shopping

Dee Gee’s Gifts & Books 508 Evans St., Morehead City 252-726-3314 Bridal registry, invitations and gifts for the entire wedding party. Edgewater Linen 407-D Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach 252-726-1044

Diamond Shoal Jewelers 4737 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-726-9582 129 Turner St., Beaufort 252-728-3527 Buyers and sellers of estate, designer jewelry featuring Slane, John Hardy, Scott Kay, Tacori, Pandora and more. J.R. Dunn Jewelers Cypress Bay Plaza, Morehead City 252-726-8700 Emerald Plantation, Emerald Isle

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252-354-5074 Full collection of diamonds, gemstones, pearls, bracelets and watches, repair work, including watch repair. Stamper’s Jewelry 435 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-4967 Diamonds, genuine stones, platinum, 14k & 10k gold, silver, watches, repairs and engraving on premises.


Coastal Image Photography 3009 Old Gate Road, Morehead City 252-726-7488 Portrait and wedding packages – traditional, modern, outdoor location photography. Imago Photography by Chalice Mills 252-422-3061 Over 10 years experience with a fine balance between creativity and technical knowledge. Let us turn your wedding day into a fairy tale. Magnolia Design & Photography 910-840-4639 Providing a fun and relaxing photography experience on your wedding day. Serving all of Eastern North Carolina.

Portraits by Angelo 228 Middle St., New Bern 252-633-3755 Specializing in weddings in New Bern, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle and the surrounding areas.


Cynthia Rose Photography 252-646-8277 Husband and wife, Cindy and Victor have photographed weddings, engagement sessions and bridal portraits with a classic, modern and creative style.

Crystal Coast Tent & Event Rentals 416 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point 252-764-2761 Free delivery on the Crystal Coast. Event rentals include tents, tables & chairs, benches, arbors, linens, floral arrangements. Certified event planners on staff.

Planning Services

Emerald Isle Realty 877-423-6480 Real estate rentals, wedding and event planning, ceremony and reception sites, accommodations.

Bluewater 200 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle 252-622-1574, 866-966-1857 Start to finish event planning and coordination, event setup, decoration and cleanup, assistance with accommodations, all-inclusive wedding packages. Bridal by the Sea 208 N. 6th St., Morehead City 252-259-4992 Unique wedding design and coordination with an eye for details, taking the stress out of your special day.

Just Bring the Dress 2408 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-732-0110 Wedding and event center for all your wedding needs – catering services, photography, limousine, officiant, florist, cakes & sweets, tents & equipment rentals, hair stylist, boutique and DJ services. (continued on page 56)

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252-247-4297 Our Nexslim program offers a weight loss option for safe and healthy results. Includes medical evaluation, personal nutrition plan, FDA approved medications and more.

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The Party Place 4737-A Arendell St., Morehead City 252-222-0320 Invitations, tableware, toasting glasses, wedding accessories, balloons and napkin imprinting.

Just Hair 8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle 252-354-3302 Full service salon for women and men offering the latest haircuts, foil highlighting, perms, color, facial waxing, braiding & wedding hair styles. Walk-ins welcome!

Total Package Events 524 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point 252-354-9500 Providing your wedding planning needs with support, guidance, full coordination and in-depth local knowledge. Let us create the wedding you’ve always imagined.

The Look Hair Studio 5270-C Hwy 70, Morehead City 252-444-5665 A Paul Mitchell Focus salon specializing in weddings, offering styling, cuts, color, shines, treatments, makeup and more.

Village Travel Shop 3601 Trent Road, New Bern 252-636-3034 Travel professionals – your one source for all vacation planning needs.

Style & Beauty

Carteret Ob-Gyn 3511 John Platt Drive, Morehead City

Making Faces 118-A E. Chatham St., Newport 252-223-2800 On-site makeup services, facials & waxing, eyelash extensions, permanent makeup, chemical peels, glominerals & glotherapeutics and micro needling. The Palms Hair Studio 407 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach 252-222-7667

Wedding packages available – call to book your private bridal party. Hair, makeup, color services, waxing, up do’s along with professional hair care products. Strandz Hair Salon 5053 Executive Drive, Ste. E, Morehead City 252-808-2887 Complete hair care with designers on staff to create that perfect look. Full-service hair salon specializing in color, foil highlights and color corrections as well as facial waxing, manicures and pedicures. Book your bridal party now.


Diamond Limousine Service 603 Bridges St., Morehead City 252-240-1680 Available for rehearsals, dinners, bridesmaid luncheons, honeymoons & more. Wedding shuttle, party bus and limousines available.


Bluewater 200 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle 252-622-1574, 866-966-1857 Start to finish event planning and coordination, event setup, decoration and cleanup, assistance with accommodations, all-inclusive wedding packages.

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directory The Boathouse at Front Street Village 2400 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort 252-838-1524 Spectacular waterfront location in historic Beaufort offering panoramic views of Shackleford Banks, the Carrot Island ponies and amazing sunset views over Taylors Creek. Personalized service from your first phone call. Country Club of the Crystal Coast 152 Oakleaf Drive, Pine Knoll Shores 252-726-1034 Beautiful waterfront location for weddings, receptions and golf outings located along Bogue Sound. Full dining facility with delectable menu. Crystal Coast Lady 412 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-8687, 252-728-7827 Specializing in romantic and unforgettable weddings, rehearsal dinners and receptions at sea. Sail into the sunset as you say your vows and raise a glass of champagne to toast to your new life together. DoubleTree by Hilton 100 Middle St., New Bern 252-638-3585 Located in historic downtown New Bern with a number of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces for up to 300 guests. Full catering available. Dream Maker Wedding Estates 252-342-6077 Offering you an exceptional experience on magnificent estates. Wedding venues situated on more than 2 acres of landscaping, each with unique style and charm. Make your destination wedding unique.

The Doubletree by Hilton New Bern/Riverfront is the perfect setting for the destination wedding of your dreams. Located in historic downtown New Bern, the Doubletree by Hilton is situated on the banks of the Trent River with stunning water views in every direction.

Emerald Isle Realty 877-423-6480 Real estate rentals, wedding and event planning, ceremony and reception sites, accommodations.

Choose from a number of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces for up to 300 of your wedding guest. We offer 171 modern and luxurious rooms for your out-of-town guest.

Fish Tales 232 W. Beaufort Road, Beaufort 252-504-7263 Waterfront dining, rehearsal dinners, bridal parties, corporate/office parties, birthday & anniversary parties.

Our full service catering staff can create a menu of your dreams, and our onsite professional wedding coordinator can help you pull all the details together. Call us today and start planing the destination wedding of your dreams!




100 Middle Street / New Bern, NC 28560

Havelock Tourist & Event Center 201 Tourist Center Drive, Havelock 252-444-4348 Ideal setting for business and social gatherings. Our friendly staff will assist in making your event one to remember, whether you’re planning a wedding, family or class reunion, business meeting or trade show. 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. (continued on page 60)


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First we had the computer to help us plan, with sites like, which allows you to build your own website, and, which allows you to invite your friends and family members to help build your honeymoon cash flow. Now, with just about everyone touting a smart phone, our access to information is even greater and our demand for data on the go has likewise increased. From checking the bank balance to browsing through online photos of our friends, our phone has become our link to the rest of the world. So why not use it to aid in the wedding planning process? People demanded it and software writers have been quick to respond. Today there are a variety of smart phone applications to help make wedding planning easier. From balancing your budget to sharing photos, there is an app to do just about everything, making it easier than ever to carry important information with you. Here are a few to try: MyRegistry (free) allows the happy couple to shop from any store and maintain a registry in one place with a universal barcode scanner. Whether you’re shopping at Belk, Bed Bath & Beyond or a small, local boutique, all gifts are listed in one spot making it easier than ever for brides and grooms to add exactly what they want and for guests to purchase gifts in their area. Track your spending and see graphics on where the money is going with Wedding Budget (free-$2.99). The detailed app allows you to break down each aspect of your reception or clothing budget and helps keeps the focus on the bottom line. Browse dresses on your lunch break or just about anywhere, anytime with Brides Wedding Genius (iPhone only). The app puts all the styles,


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H a n d designers and trends right at tips of your fingers and allows you save stores close by so you can revisit their inventory whenever you want.

Appy Couple (free) lets guests track wedding events, from the bachelorette party to the bridesmaid’s luncheon, view registries, browse pictures, stay in touch with the wedding day schedule and meet the wedding party all in one place. Only those that are involved with certain events get updates for those special events. The app is facebook compatible just in case the couple wishes to pull or add images, and has a customizable interface. Visit to create an account. Manage your guest list, browse dresses, explore color schemes and search for vendors in your area with The Knot’s Ultimate Wedding Planner or Wedding Dress Look Book (both free). The app comes complete with a checklist of to do’s. Want to show those who couldn’t attend just how much fun you had? Started by a Raleighbased start-up, WedPics (free) allows the happy couple to create an album for guests to share and view photos of your special day. Like most social media applications, guests can leave comments and “love” photos that really move them.

Giving the Perfect Toast

One of the greatest honors is being asked to be someone’s best man or maid of honor, and it should be cherished and taken seriously. These honors mean that a small toast is called for at the reception, honoring the bride and groom and sharing how much they mean to the person. When it comes time to actually sit down and write the toast, however, many best men and maids of honor are in the dark. After all, giving a wedding toast to commemorate your best friend’s marriage is not an everyday event, and for many it will be a one-time experience, if even at all. Although a certain amount of pressure comes with the responsibility of giving a toast, keeping a few ideas in mind when giving a toast can make this daunting task move along much more smoothly, leaving you with a great, simple speech sure to remain in the minds of the lucky couple. Stand up! Stand up when delivering a wedding toast. Sitting down won’t command the guests’ attention, and your voice likely won’t carry as well if you’re sitting down. Thank the guests. A good way to break the ice when giving a toast is to thank the guests for attending the ceremony and reception. Be sure to thank the hosts as well. Traditionally, the hosts are the bride’s parents. However, thanks to the escalating costs of weddings, many are now financed by both the bride and groom’s parents, and oftentimes by the bride and groom themselves. Therefore, simply thank the parents of the bride and groom after thanking the guests for joining in the festivities to avoid stepping on any toes. Introduce yourself. Although the lucky couple probably knows who you are, chances are many of the guests do not. Many weddings boast guest lists with more than 100 people, so introduce yourself at the beginning of the toast. When doing so, you can explain your relationship to the bride or groom (older/younger sibling, college roommate, etc.). Keep things light. While jokes should remain appropriate, as every wedding has kids in attendance, keeping the toast jovial is a good way

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to keep the festive mood of the day moving. While it’s important to get across how much you cherish being the best man or maid of honor, a lighthearted approach to doing so will be enjoyed by all, and the lucky couple will still receive your message. Add an anecdote. The best man or maid of honor most likely has numerous funny anecdotes to tell about the bride or groom. Add a lighthearted anecdote that illustrates your relationship to the bride or groom and how much they mean to you. An older brother, for instance, might tell a tale of the innocent horseplay and joking brothers partake in, while a younger sister might spin a funny yarn about how she once wore some of her older sister’s clothes and ruined them. Just make sure the anecdote is appropriate for everyone in the audience. Raise a glass, but do so after the toast, and not before. While everyone knows to raise a glass at the end of the toast, the best man or maid of honor sometimes raise too many glasses themselves before it’s time to give their toast. Don’t drink to excess before it’s time for you to give your toast, or you’ll risk being the talk of the reception for all the wrong reasons. Practice beforehand. Very few people can survive “winging” a wedding toast. Practice the toast beforehand so you’re comfortable with what you’re going to say before the moment arrives. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Weddings are typically laid-back and fun affairs, so don’t stress about giving the perfect toast. If the toast comes off as genuine and stays appropriate, it’s a good toast.

Keep these few things in mind on that special day so your friend knows he or she made the right choice in you for the best man or maid of honor. Keep it simple, keep it light and keep it sober. Get the toast just how you want it and try it on some other friends or family to see how they react; it may need some tweaking. Practice the toast and deliver it with confidence; you may only get one shot at this.



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Summer Winds 1505 Salter Path Road, Indian Beach 252-247-2080 Perfect place for beach weddings or poolside reception – heated pool, condo & penthouse rentals, honeymoon getaways, three outdoor pools.

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 Make plans for bridesmaids’ luncheon.  Design and order wedding program.

One Week Before  Go over final details with all professional service providers. Inform them of any last-minute changes.  Arrange for someone to assist with last minute errands and to help you dress.  Review details and final guest count with caterer.  Make sure vows are written, and practice (if you are writing your own).  Hold rehearsal dinner with all participants.  Give photographer/videographer a list of photos/shots desired.  Pack suitcase for honeymoon.  Check all wedding attire has been rented or bought and fits correctly.

On the 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 one to one-and-a-half hours before the ceremony or earlier if pictures are being taken before ceremony.

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.  Place the officiant’s fee in a sealed envelope and give to the best man to present after the ceremony.  Bring marriage license to ceremony or have the best man bring it.

After the Ceremony  Send announcement and wedding picture to newspapers.  Write and mail “thank you” notes.  Have wedding dress cleaned and preserved.


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Whaler Inn 323 Salter Path Road, Pine Knoll Shores 252-247-4169 Time shares, oceanfront rentals, indoor and oceanfront weddings, indoor banquet hall, outdoor lawn area for 100+ guests. White Oak River Bistro 206 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro 910-326-1696 Offering beautiful waterfront weddings and receptions and off-site catering. Indoor seating for 150 with full-service event planning.


Nancy’s Nannies 3407 Taylor St., Morehead City 252-726-6575 Over 21 years in business, offering placements in central and Eastern North Carolina. Sitters come to your home, beach house, church, etc. Village Travel Shop 3601 Front St., Ste 4, New Bern Travel professionals matching you to help plan your perfect honeymoon or vacation, saving time and providing accurate travel information. cynthia rose photo


Doubletree by Hilton.................................... 43 Hampton Inn – Atlantic Beach..................... 62


American Dream Cakes............................... 35 Baking from the Heart.................................. 35 Bistro by the Sea ........................................... 5 Channel Marker Waterfront Restaurant....... 25 Chelsea Restaurant....................................... 43 Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant............................ 6 Crab’s Claw.................................................. 62 Fish Tales...................................................... 56 Floyd’s 1921................................................... 9 Kathryn’s...................................................... 39 Seaside Sensations........................................ 19 Whaler Inn.................................................... 51 White Oak River Bistro................................ 37


Cameo Bridal................................................ 13 Classics........................................................... 7 Margolis Men’s Store................................... 23


Albert’s Florist.............................................. 31 Avalon Event Floral...................................... 31 Coastal Petals................................................ 36 Flowers & Designs by Ernest......................... 6

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The following is an alphabetical listing of 2013 Bride & Groom Coastal Event Planner advertisers and the page number of their advertisements. Make sure to let these fine area businesses know you saw them in Bride & Groom.

Petal Pushers................................................. 31 Sandy’s Flower Shop.................................... 55


Just Hair........................................................ 29 The Look Hair Studio................................... 28 Making Faces................................................ 28 The Palms Hair Studio................................. 29 Strandz Hair Salon........................................ 27


Diamond Shoal Jewelers................................ 2 JR Dunn.......................................................... 6 Stamper’s Jewelers....................................... 52


Coastal Carolina Regional Airport............... 21 Diamond Limousine Service........................ 47 Twilight Limousine Co................................. 15


Bridal by the Sea...........................................11 Total Package Events.................................... 35 Village Travel Shop...................................... 51


Coastal Image Photography......................... 45 Cynthia Rose Photography........................... 45 Portraits by Angelo....................................... 45


DeeGee’s Gifts & Books.............................. 23 ICW Monogramming & Gifts...................... 49 Tassels Shoes, Gifts & Accessories ............ 49


Bluewater Rentals.......................... Back Cover The Boathouse.............................................. 32 Chair & Equipment Rentals......................... 15 Country Aire Rentals.................................... 53 Country Club of the Crystal Coast............... 17 Crystal Coast Civic Center............................. 2 Crystal Coast Lady....................................... 47 Crystal Coast Tent & Event Rentals............ 36 Dream Maker Wedding Estates.................... 24 Emerald Isle Realty..................................... 33 Havelock Tourist & Event Center................ 13 Island Essentials........................................... 63 NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores............... 3 Party Place...................................................... 6 Summer Winds Condominiums................... 37


Carteret OB-GYN........................................ 54 DJ Mack........................................................ 57 Nancy’s Nannies Childcare Service............. 49 Sunshine Cleaners........................................ 23


Creating the perfect menu for your Magical Day

The Crabs Claw Oceanfront Fine Caribbean Cuisine Specializing in off premise events at NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores, on the beach, at your beach house, on your boat or wherever you celebrate. Complementary Wedding Planning Services Available with Booking

252-726-8222 Oceanfront Facility on the Boardwalk in Atlantic Beach

Experience the Crystal Coast

Hampton Inn & Suites Atlantic Beach 118 Salter Path Rd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 Tel: 1-252-247-5118 Fax: 1-252-247-5705 Dine at the Country Club of the Crystal Coast under the Hampton Inn & Suites Membership. On the House Hot Breakfast, Meeting room & Golf Packages available, all rooms are Studio Suites, visit our website for various across the street from public beach access.

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Bride and Groom 2013

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Let us put the Leisure back into your most important day! Visit our showroom at 8002-E Emerald Drive 252-354-8887

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NCCoast Bride & Groom