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beauty + health 75 catering 79 floral + dĂŠcor 81 fashion 87 home 93

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You’ve dreamt of your wedding day your whole life. Now that you’re engaged, you may be wondering where to begin. Perfect Wedding Guide is your comprehensive guide to wedding and honeymoon services in the Charlotte area. The wedding professionals listed in this book are some of the best in their fields. They are prepared to assist you in creating the wedding of your dreams. Be sure to visit us at perfectweddingguide.com to begin using our interactive planning tools, and to enter prize drawings for one of many fabulous honeymoons! Congratulations and best wishes from all of us at Perfect Wedding Guide! Best Wishes,

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Creating a Registry Top Traveling Tips Choosing A Photobooth Choosing Guest Favors Wedding Send Off Ideas Questions for a Wedding Planner Same Sex Wedding Etiquette Selecting your invitations Remembrance Ideas Questions to Ask About Venues Guide to Attending Wedding Shows


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WORKSHEE T: Refining Your Wedding Vision Styled Photo Shoot: Magical Wizardry Newlywed Cooking Men's Fashion Trends

50 TO-DO LIST: After the Wedding 61 Anatomy of a Thank You Card

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R e f i n i n g Yo u r

Wedding Vision

Not sure where to start with wedding planning? Let's start by choosing your priorities so you can focus on creating your to-do list and booking the vendors you need to create your perfect wedding!

RC L E YO U R P RI O RITIES G rab your pretty pen •• CC IRO S S O U T W H AT YOU DON 'T WAN T

WEDDING SIZE Large Party

Midsize Party

Small Gathering

SEASON Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

SETTING Indoor

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Outdoor

Both


WEDDING STYLE Rustic

Art Deco

Eco-Friendly

Military

Bohemian

Elegant

Minimalist

Simple

Budget

Fantasy

Modern

Shabby Chic

Casual

Feminine

Nautical

Southern

Classic

Formal

Offbeat

Themed

Coastal

Glamorous

Organic

Traditional

Country

Hippie

Preppy

Tropical

Cultural

Holiday

Religious

Vintage Whimsical

Destination

Indie

Retro

DIY

Industrial

Rock & Roll

Eclectic

Luxury

Romantic

Art Gallery

Country Club

Lakeside

Resort

Backyard

Desert

Library

Restaurant

Ballroom

Estate

Lodge

Rooftop

Barn

Event Venue

Loft

Tent

TYPE OF VENUE

Beach

Farm

Mansion

Villa

Bed & Breakfast

Garden

Mountain

Vineyard

Boat

Golf Course

Museum

Warehouse

Brewery

Greenhouse

Park

Waterfront

Castle

Historial Location

Plantation

Woodland

Church

Hotel

Private Residence

Yacht Club

City Hall

Island

Ranch

Zoo

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WEDDING PARTY Bridesmaids

Flower Girl

Miniature Groom

Groomsmen

Ring Bearer

Junior Bridesmaid

Maid/Matron of Honor

Guest Book Attendant

Junior Groomsmen

Best Man

Candlelighters

Personal Attendant

Ushers

Miniature Bride

VENDORS & SERVICES Baker

Musicians

Photographer

Florist

Wedding Planner

Videographer

Hair Services

Caterer

Makeup Services

Day-Of Coordinator

PRE/POST WEDDING EVENTS Rehearsal Dinner

Day-After Brunch

CEREMONY Live Musicians

Vocalist

Self-Written Vows

Playlist

Unity Ceremony

Special Readings

Special Songs

Religious

Receiving Line

Wedding Party Intro at Reception

Standard Vows

ACTIVITIES First Dance Dances with Parents

Garter Toss Bouquet Toss

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Toasts/Speeches Cake Cutting Grand Exit


FOOD Appetizers

Buffet

Wedding Cake

Seated Meal

Late-Night Snack

Groom's Cake

Food Stations

Dessert Bar

Cupcakes

BEVERAGES Cocktail Hour

Beer & Wine

Champagne Toast

Open Bar

Non alcoholic Beverages

Signature Drink

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT DJ

Playlist

Karaoke

Live Band

Photo Booth

Games

FLORALS Bridal Bouquet

Altar Arrangements

Bridesmaid Bouquets

Reception Centerpieces

Boutonnieres

Toss Bouquet

Family Corsages/Boutonnieres

Flower Crown

FAVORS DIY

Purchased

Plants

Edible

Charitable Donations

Personalized

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SEATING ARRANGEMENT Assigned Tables

Assigned Seats

Guest's Choice

RECEPTION TABLES Dinner Tables

Table Linens

Cocktail Tables

Chair Covers

Chairs

Table Runners

Candles

RENTALS Lighting

Dance Floor

Tent

Lounge Furniture

Decor

STATIONERY Save-the-Dates

Signage

Place Cards

Invitations

Seating Chart

Menus

Envelope Calligraphy

Escort Cards

Thank You Cards

Table Numbers

TRANSPORTATION Limo

Bus

Getaway Car

ACCOMMODATIONS Before the Wedding

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Wedding Night


Notes

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We’re looking at what’s hot now and what’s on the horizon in men’s wedding fashion. Whether you’re a groom or a guest, you’re sure to get inspired by this list. 20

Find more fashion trends at Head Over Heels.


1. Grooms in white.

Who says the bride is the only one who should wear white to the wedding? Today’s fashion experts urge grooms to do the same.

2. Facial hair.

Light facial hair or scruff has become quite fashionable for grooms and groomsmen.

3. Powder blue accents.

Powder blue has been one of the most popular accent colors for grooms. If you’re gravitating towards a powder blue suit, we recommend going with just the blue jacket and pairing it with black pants for a more timeless look.

4. Bow ties.

Bow ties have been a trend for a few years now and we don’t see that changing any time soon. This enduring neckwear offers either a formal or fun look depending on the fabric and pattern you choose.

5. Or no tie at all.

It has become more fashionable for grooms to forgo their neckties and wear collared shirts paired with vests or a jacket. This look is best suited to more casual weddings. Stick to ties for formal affairs.

6. Satin lapels.

In a nod to proms and formals of yesteryear, wedding fashion designers have introduced suits pairing more than one fabric, such as wool jackets with satin lapels.

7. Red!

Bright, popping red has also started trending. If you’re a groom who doesn’t want to be missed, this may be the accent color (or, if you’re really bold, the suit jacket color) for you!

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Newlywed Cooking Whether you are a master home cook or still finding your way, you'll want to have some essentials tools and ingredients on hand to whip up a meal.

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Tools

Knives Cutting board Whisk Mixing bowls Measuring cups Strainer Can opener Baking Sheet Casserole Dish Kitchen Towels Hot pads & pot holders Pots with lids: Stock pot, 2 quart pot and a small pot O Pans with lids: Each size will serve for different cooking needs. A good start is a 12", 9" and a 6" skillet. O Serving and Cooking Spoons: Regular & slotted spoons and a ladle O Spatulas: The flat & flipping kind. O O O O O O O O O O O O

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Pantry Essentials Milk Eggs Bread Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil Vegetable or Canola Oil Flour Sugar Baking Soda & Powder (They are NOT the same thing!) O Rice & Noodles O Canned Goods O O O O O O O O O

O A variety of spices including salt & pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, seasoned salt, cinnamon, vanilla, parsley, basil O Vegetables- Staples include lettuce, onions, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, celery O Variety of Fruits O Proteins such as chicken, pork, beef, bacon, lunchmeat, tofu, fish

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Cooking

Tips

Make a meal plan and know your budget before you shop. You don't need every kitchen appliance and gadget out there! Good knives are worth the extra cost. Meal prepping can simplify meals throughout the week Slow cookers are miracle workers: Throw in ingredients in the morning and come home to a hot meal! If you don't have fresh herbs, you can subsitute with dried: 1 tbsp fresh herbs = 1 tsp dried herbs 28


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Beautiful Ways to Remember Those No Longer With You at Your Wedding by Susan Southerland

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Weddings are joyous occasions, which can sometimes make it even more difficult when people we love can’t be there. If you ďŹ nd yourself in this position, there are some wonderful things you can do to honor those loved ones. Here are a few ideas: 40


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Reserve them a seat. Place a rose and photo of your loved one on the seat they would have taken if they were there.

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Sew fabric with their name(s) into your wedding attire. Have the fabric sewn inside your clothing near your heart so they’re with you symbolically throughout the day.

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Create a display with photos of your loved ones. Write a sweet and touching quote on a chalkboard.

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Set up a table at your ceremony or reception. Place framed photographs of your loved ones. You can decorate it with a pretty floral arrangement, maybe including sprigs of rosemary for remembrance.

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Make a donation in their name. Choose a charitable organization that has meaning to you or your loved one and make a donation. Add a note of the donation in your programs

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Dance for them. Choose a special song and have the DJ or emcee play it in their honor. Then do your best to get every guest out onto the dance floor. 41


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WEDDING SEND-OFF IDEAS YOU HAVEN’T CONSIDERED by Susan Southerland

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1. Sparklers

Okay, okay…we know sparklers are used all the time at weddings these days. But what you might not have considered about sparklers is that they’re one of only a few wedding send-off ideas that show up in photos in the dark. A couple of others are Chinese sky lanterns, LED balloons, and glow sticks.

2.Tambourines

3.Lavender.

4. Silly

5.Fairytale

Lacy tambourines played by your guests can make for a unique and musical send-off.

String

If you’re a couple who will always be young at heart, exiting your wedding to a deluge of Silly String might be perfect for you!

Dried scented herbs like lavender make a delightful send-off idea that’s friendly for the environment.

wands

What better way to send off the happy couple than by waving wands topped with colorful ribbons and tinkling bells? This looks beautiful in photos!

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Paper airplanes

During the reception, have guests write messages of love on specialty paper that they fold into airplanes and then toss during the big send-off. You can ask your Maid of Honor and Best Man to collect them so you can read them later.

Rainb� sprinkles prinkles

You know those whimsical colorful sprinkles that bakers use to top donuts or cupcakes? kes? They’d make a wonderfully original send-off off item for guests to toss.

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A red carpet

You’ll look and feel like celebrities if you exit along a red carpet with your guests snapping photos of you along the way.

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Noise makers

Exit to a festive serenade of noise makers. Use a variety of them, such as the ones ending in shiny tinsel and others that unroll into colorful tubes.

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by Ben Brammeier, owner of Fish Eye Fun

There are a wide variety of photo booth styles out there. Traditional enclosed booths, GIF kiosks, slow motion video, and “open air� setups with a photographer like Fish Eye Fun all have pros and cons. The style of booth you pick should be subjective to both your personal preference and budget. Regardless of the booth style you choose, there are a few less fun but very important things to consider when picking a photo booth company for your reception. 46


1. PRIMARY SERVICE

You’re more likely to have a better experience with a company that specializes in photo booths over a company that offers one as an add-on upgrade. Though there are companies that provide multiple high quality services, it’s hard to be the best at something and a jack-of-all-trades at the same time.

2. SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

Good photo booth companies will have a website and Facebook page with lots photos from previous events. Make sure the quality is not only good, but also consistent from one event to the next. You should also check places like the Perfect Wedding Guide website for reviews.

3. UNLIMITED PRINTS

When asking about “unlimited prints,” be sure to clarify how many prints the booth will print PER TURN. Will it make enough prints for each person in the photos to have their own copy or is it limited to two strips per turn with “unlimited turns?”

4. BACKUP EQUIPMENT

Every computer, printer and camera will fail eventually and will likely do so without any warning. Make sure the booth will have quality backup equipment ON-SITE. A backup printer doesn’t do much good if it’s stored at an office 45 minutes away.

5. BACKUP STAFF

Equipment is not the only thing to crap out at the last minute with no warning. What is the backup plan if the person scheduled to run the booth calls in sick or has a personal emergency? Finally, all things social media like GIFs, Instagram and live Facebook albums are awesome. We love it when someone makes a Fish Eye Fun photo their profile picture. But there is something special about a real print you can hold in your hand, put on your cubical wall, or share with Grandma and Grandpa. A print on your refrigerator will be visible a lot longer than a GIF on your timeline. 47


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After the Wedding

To Do List

10 THIN GS YOU’LL WANT TO DO AFTER THE VOWS

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S e nd t hank yo u no t es f o r weddi ng gif ts . Break it down & just do 10 per night. D o n ’ t f o rge t t o send t hank yous t o peo ple who h elped wi t h yo u r wed din g celebrat io n s.


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If yo u are c h angin g t o yo u r mar r i ed name, make a list o f all pl aces t hat wi l l need t o be c hanged. Th en do i t al l at once and mar k o f f yo ur l i st as yo u g o .

Ge t you r dress pro f essio nall y cl eaned. S t ore in a c o o l, dr y place.

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If yo u rec eived du pl i cat e o r unwant ed gif t s, re t u r n t o st o res as so o n as po ssi bl e.

C hec k yo ur t ax sit uat io n as a mar r i ed co uple. Yo u ma y n eed t o c hang e yo u r t a x deduct io n s fro m yo u r em pl oyer.

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F igure out your healt h insurance plans and discuss your needs/c hanges f or lif e insurance.

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Discuss your f inances. Should you ha ve a joint bank account? How/Who will pa y t he bills? What are your personal & joint pr ior ities f or sa vings?


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F inalize your wedding album and video. If your pho t ography pac kage did no t include an album, t ake t he time t o creat e one yourself. In t he future, you ’ll appreciat e a physical album and no t just a f older of images on your hard dr ive.

F ind a new passion project. N ow t hat t he big da y is over, t hink of all t he time you ’ll ha ve! Lear n a new hobby, volunt eer wit h a non-prof it, ge t out and en joy time as new l yweds.

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Inspiration to plan your perfect wedding Head Over Heels Wedding Blog is your daily source for planning ideas, tips and trends from the experts at Perfect Wedding Guide. Plus, you’ll find real wedding inspiration, DIY resources and fabulous giveaways to make your big day complete.

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By Samantha Crotty

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the acronym, LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Same-sex marriage is now legal in the U.S., which means you may attend a same-sex wedding or participate in one in the near future. How exciting! Here are some wedding etiquette tips and traditions that you should know:

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THANK YOU Card How to write a meaningful note for all the gifts and help you received for your wedding.

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What to Include

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Greeting

Address the person(s) you are writing to. Be sure to use the correct spelling.

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Acknowledgement

Begin with the most important words--Thank you. Specify the gift they gave to you.

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Thanks message

Elaborate on why the gift was meaningful or how you’ll use it. Make a personal connection with the giver.

Final Thanks Closing

Restate your thanks for the gift

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End with your regards and names. Choose what best fits for the recipient- Sincerely, With love, Many thanks, etc.

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Dear Uncle Tom and Aunt Lisa, Thank you for the beautiful set of wine glasses. We love the style of the glasses and are looking forward to using them when entertaining. We are touched by your thoughtfulness and it meant so much that you were able to celebrate with us. Thanks again for the wedding gift. Love, John & Amber

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If you received a gift card or cash, mention how you plan to use it. Split up writing the notes over multiple days. Set a goal like writing 10 per day. Stock up on return address labels or purchase a monogrammed stamp with your address and new initials.

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Who to Thank

tart by making a list of everyone that you need to thank. Begin with those that gave you wedding or shower gifts. Don’t forget to include those people that helped you with your wedding. Also you will want to send a special note to your wedding party members and parents for not only being a part of your big day, but also being an important part of your life.

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When to Send

t’s good etiquette to send wedding shower thank you cards within 2 weeks of the shower. You will want to send wedding thank you notes within 3 months following the wedding. Of course, if you can’t get them sent within those times frames, late is always better than never.

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The Insider’s Guide to

Wedding Shows Top tips for attending wedding shows

Wedding Shows are one of the best ways to get organized with your planning and meet a lot of vendors all in one day. You will see some of the current wedding trends, hot bridal fashions, taste food & cake samples and have the opportunity to book services at a discounted rate. Here’s a few tips to be prepared for show day:

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Pre-register for the show. This will save you time at check-in and often gives you a discounted ticket rate.

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Come prepared to book vendors at the show. Many vendors have show day specials so be sure to bring your credit card or cash to take advantage of deals.

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Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking & standing. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable while trying to make important decisions.


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Bring someone with you to help with decisions. Make it a fun day with your fiance, wedding party or family. It helps to have someone to sort out the options.

Most importantly, HAVE FUN! This is a day to get some of the wedding to-do’s checked off your list but be sure to enjoy the fashion show, discounts & freebies, test out photobooths and much more!

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Don’t bring anything that will be a hassle to carry with you all day--like your coat or a large handbag. You will want something to carry brochures and handouts.

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Bring pre-printed address labels to save time filling out info cards or drawing entries. Most vendors want to know your name, address, email and wedding date.

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The

n w o d w o g L n i p p i T on WEDDING VENDORS by Susan Southerland

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The vendors who work with you on your wedding assume most of the responsibility of making sure you and your future spouse have the most amazing day of your lives. They spend a lot of time before - and sometimes after - the wedding seeing that everything comes together perfectly for you. If you’d like to thank one or more of your wedding vendors for their hard work with a tip but you’re not sure how much or when to tip them, here’s a guide to help you:

• STYLING SERVICES.

It’s customary to tip your stylist or barber 15 to 20 percent of their fee, and the tip should be added to their payment at the time of service.

• OFFICIANT.

If you’re using an officiant at your house of worship, you would most commonly make a contribution to that place of worship ($100-$250 is average). If you’re using a private officiant, they’re usually paid a direct fee and tipping is optional. $50- $100 is the recommended range.

• WEDDING PLANNER.

If you’d like to recognize exceptional service by your wedding planner, either present the tip to him or her at the end of the wedding day or in a thank you note after your honeymoon. The recommended range is $100-$500 (depending on how long the wedding planner is working with you beforehand and on the big day). 69


• MUSICIANS.

If you have a band, the average tip is $25-$35 per musician. DJs and emcees average a tip of $50-$100. Tips are typically presented to them at the end of the reception.

• PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS.

Tips for vendors who work for themselves may vary from those who work for a big company (because the individuals tend to earn more per event). An average tip for individuals is $50-$100 and the average for employees is a little higher at $100-$200.

• CATERER AND SETUP TEAMS.

These behind-the-scenes staff members are typically tipped in the contracts you sign for them. Review all of your contracts to see which include gratuities and which don’t so you know whether or not to tip someone.


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CHARLOTTE.PWG.COM *PWG Cash holds no cash value - must be used by the end of the show. Some shows may not be included in this promotion

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beauty + health

diet & fitness dental & teeth whitening hair & makeup spas & salon tanning

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SMILE LABS CHARLOTTE

At Smile Labs Charlotte you will experience a cosmetic teeth whitening like no other! After just 15 minutes we hear, “oh wow.” After 30 minutes we hear, “that’s amazing.” After 45 minutes we hear “they look great, just as if I used the entire box of whitening strips at once!” The whitening results are immediate and the “Wow!” factor is huge.

704-231-1976 9852 Rea Road, Studio 113 • Charlotte, NC 28277 smilelabscharlotte.com chris@smilelabscharlotte.com

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BECCA TILLEY, SR. DIRECTOR 23 YRS EXPERIENCE I welcome you & your bridal party to experience Mary Kay at a complimentary Beauty Experience. Together, we will create gorgeous lasting looks for you and your bridesmaids. Text “Beauty” to the number below for a FREE gift at your Beauty Experience. We will have you glowing on your Big Day!

704-562-2433 marykay.com/rtilley rtcamey@gmail.com

ERMC HAIRSTYLIST/VISIONARY MAKEUP BY ROSE We provide a picture-perfect finish to enhance your beauty on your special day. Give yourself, your bridal party and family a stress-free experience with on-location* hair and makeup services and customized group packages to fit your budget. *Locations over 20 miles from Charlotte are additional.

704-533-1323 roseplesz.com ermchairstylist.com mkrose2@carolina.rr.com

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GREATER LIFE CHIROPRACTIC Feeling stressed out? Get your nervous system checked with Greater Life Chiropractic. Learn how neurological chiropractic can help with anxiety, migraines, menstrual concerns, digestive issues, infertility, blood pressure and more. Let us find the root cause of your health concerns, allowing you to live your greater life.

704-770-8436 624 Tyvola Rd. Ste. 100 Charlotte, NC 28217 getgreaterlife.com info@getgreaterlife.com

IDEAL HEALTH MY WEIGH Ideal Protein offers a Sensible, Supervised Weight Loss Program and the Confidence to Maintain a Balanced Weight After Dieting. You have the potential to lose 25 lbs. or more in 12 Weeks! I'm here to help you, your family or friends to feel confident for the Big Day!

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704.301.1311 idealhealthmyweigh.com idealhealthmyweigh@gmail.com


catering

caterers cake & desserts wine & spirits

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STEP N' STYLE SPECIAL EVENTS & CATERING

Step 'N' Style Special Events is an Event Design, Event Management & Catering Company located in Charlotte, NC. We are your reliable and affordable special event needs company. If you want to WOW your guests and share everlasting life memories, look no further. We are your trusted, budgetable, and experienced industry professionals. Enjoy your event like your guests and we will take care of the REST.

704-953-6244 sns-fw.com info@sns-fw.com

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Floral+decor floral design floral preservation creative touches lighting design event decor rentals

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COOKE RENTALS

Make your next event unforgettable with Cooke Rentals. With our extensive event rental inventory we specialize in meeting every need and budget for your next party or event. Our staff is trained to create an exceptional event with our elegant tents, fine china, tables, chairs, and more. Our goal is to provide our customers with great service and dependable equipment. Thank you for considering Cooke Rentals for all your rental needs!

704-896-0553 18518 Statesville Rd. • Cornelius, NC 28031 cookerentals.com carrie@cookerentals.com

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PETALS FLORAL DESIGN AND EVENT DECOR

Petals Floral Design And Event Decor specializes in weddings and special events. We have experienced designers that will provide custom floral designs for your special day. Show us your inspiration we will make it reality. Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, and we would be honored to take part in this treasured event. To get started with us, schedule a consultation today.

704-796-5881 petalseventdecor.com petalsf loraldecor@gmail.com

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THE FLOWER DIVA

CRYSTAL STOKES PHOTOGRAPHY

We are a fun funky little flower shop located in historic downtown Pineville. We have been ROCKIN' the wedding industry in the Charlotte area for over 14 years. We take our specialty for creative and unique designs very seriously (not) and always stay up on the latest trends but still have the touch for the classics. We offer an array of dĂŠcor for rental and don't adhere to a minimum for special events. Every occasion deserves fabulous flowers from The Flower Diva, Inc. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest @flowerdiva33

704-889-3482 219 Main St. Unit C • Pineville, NC 28134 thef lowerdiva.com f lowerdiva@pinevilledsl.net

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ABBEY ROSE FLORAL ARTISTRY We are a studio based Florist, Mother-Daughter team who love Weddings! Our specialty is working within your budget. We have the ability to make suggestions based on seasonality and cost so that every bride has her dream wedding. We do not charge for consultations and would love to meet with you!

704-545-4900 P.O. Box 691014 • Charlotte, NC 28227 abbeyroseweddings.com abbeyrosef lorist@att.net

ARTISAN ICE SCULPTURES Artisan Ice Sculptures produces the highest quality ice sculptures in the Carolinas. We have a variety of wedding packages available based on your ice sculpture needs and desires for your special day. We have everything ranging from food displays, ice bars, luges for signature drinks, centerpieces, sculptures with your monogram, and much more. Contact us to order an ice sculpture and add that finishing touch to your wedding! We look forward to working with you!

704-569-9392 ArtisanIce.com sales@artisanicesculptures.com

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Find your vendors to create

your perfect wedding

perfectweddingguide.com

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fashion

attire & accessories formalwear preservation jewelry lingerie

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BEAUTIFUL 4 YOU JEWELRY

I'm an Independent Consultant with Paparazzi accessories. My job is to make shopping for accessories not only fun, but affordable. We have one of a kind designs that will match with almost anything you have! We have new designs that come out daily, you will quickly become addicted to our $5, all lead and nickel free, and very elegant accessories. You will fall even more in love with our $25 Zi Collection pieces that are even more of our biggest sellers! Contact me today to find out how you could host a paparazzi bridal shower and possibly earn ALL of your wedding accessories for FREE!!

803-752-0137 paparazziaccessories.com/beautiful4youjewelry danismarykay@outlook.com

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PAIGE & ELLIOTT BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

Bridal Boutique for the fun & awesome bride.

Tux & Suit Rentals for the dapper groom.

704-491-2197 16610 Old Statesville Rd., Suite B Huntersville, NC 28078 paigeandelliott.com info@paigeandelliott.com

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SET IT OFF JEWELRY

My business accessorize's women with beautiful nickel and lead free Paparazzi Jewelry. They are always fabulous, always fashionable, and always $5. New styles are added daily, and you can look like a million without breaking the bank! Step out of your comfort zone and try one of the hottest trends of the season - the choice is yours. Paparazzi gives you all you need to look and feel gorgeous and stay within a comfortable budget.

704-777-0668 paparazziaccessories.com/77533 hainesre@gmail.com

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WINNIE COUTURE FLAGSHIP BRIDAL SALON

The Beverly Hills-based Winnie Couture is located in the heart of Myers Park, one of the most affluent and well-established neighborhoods in the city of Charlotte, NC. The breathtaking window display of dazzling gowns, touch of romantic pink and glistening chandeliers visible from Selwyn Ave. are just a taste of the magical experience Winnie Couture has to offer once inside.

704-496-9603 2909 Selwyn Avenue • Charlotte, NC 28209 winniecouture.com cbrides@winniecouture.com

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top tips

for creating a

registry

• Register at a minimum of 3 different stores. Make one of the locations, a nation-wide store so that out-oftown guests have a store nearby. • Break registering into multiple days. You can divide by areas of the home such as bedrooms and baths on one day and the kitchen on another day. • Vary the price points of the items you register for. You want guests to be able to purchase a gift you'll love within their budget. • Avoid registering for items in seasonal departments or limited time collections. These items may not be available when guests are shopping.

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• If you already have your home setup, try an alternate to the traditional wedding registry. Think a honeymoon fund or donations to your favorite charity. • Register with stores that offer perks such as a percentage off items after the wedding. • Don't feel obligated to register for every item on the suggested registry list. If you don't cook and have no interest in entertaining, you probably don't need fine china. Register for items that you love but fit your lifestyle. (Can we say dishwasher safe!)


home

financial & legal services first home

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704 DREAM HOMES GROUP OF COLDWELL BANKER

Rated as one of Coldwell Banker's Top Agents World Wide. I'm very passionate about what I do in Real-estate, I enjoy helping people with lots of different types of transactions. I definitely think outside of the box when I'm selling a property, and also when it is time to win a property for a buyer. Your Dream. SOLD!!! Is the Reality. Contact me for your next real-estate property or project.

980-217-9099 2424 W. Mallard Creek Church Rd. Charlotte, NC 28262 704dreamhomes.com 704dreamhomes@gmail.com

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JOSH PLYLER - KELLER WILLIAMS

I understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why my philosophy is simple: clients come first! Being a highly-seasoned real estate professional in providing exceptional, personalized service for my clients is always top of my priority! I take great pride in the relationships I build and always work relentlessly on your behalf to achieve your real estate goals! Start your journey today by contacting me to get your buying and selling 101 guide!

803-230-4189 901 Dave Gibson Blvd. • Fort Mill, SC 29708 sellingcarolinarealestate.com josh.plyler@kw.com

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top tips

traveling for

• Get travel insurance: If anything happens, you'll be prepared and won't lose any of the deposits. • Make sure that you have all the necessary travel documentation. This can include a passport, driver's license and birth certificate. Be sure to check with your travel agency or airline for exact documentation needed. • Be sure to read up on current travel rules. This can be one of the most

frustrating pieces of traveling. Knowing ahead of time what you will be dealing with can save a few headaches. • Reconfirm your itinerary with the airline and make sure you have transportation to the airport. • Be early: Having to rush around and feel stressed is not how you want to start your honeymoon. Give yourself plenty of time. You will enjoy this adventure together even more when you don't feel rushed. • This is not the time to go for the cheap hotel. Splurging on some luxuries is a must on your honeymoon.


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honeymoon accommodations bed & breakfast destination weddings

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PLATINUM KEY TRAVEL CONCIERGE

Platinum Key Travel Concierge is an award-winning boutique travel planning firm specializing in honeymoons and destination weddings. Our services does not suit everyone- just those who prefer dedicated personalized service. Schedule your personal consultation today.

866-566-7582 myplatinumkey.com weddings@myplatinumkey.com

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DREAM CRUISE TRAVEL Reaching for this dazzling sunset while trade winds gently surround you and romance. Book with Dream Cruise Travel

704-510-2142 • cell 704-904-5706 P.O. Box 620134 • Charlotte, NC 28262 dreamcruisetravel.net sj28208@aol.com

HOMEWOOD SUITES CHARLOTTE BALLANTYNE Located in the heart of Ballantyne, our beautiful all suites hotel blends contemporary luxury with traditional Southern Hospitality! Situated in Toringdon Circle, our hotel is within walking distance to boutique shops, restaurants, a sports bars, and so much more! Every guestroom comes with a Full Kitchen, sleeper sofa, and complimentary breakfast. Schedule your tour today!

704-544-7902 12030 Copper Way • Charlotte, NC 28277 charlotteballantynearea.homewoodsuites.com kiara.grant@hilton.com

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how to choose the right

Guest favors

• If hosting a more casual event, feel free to add tons of personality and style to your wedding favors. • Lots of couples like to DIY certain pieces of the wedding--favors

wedding? Do you already have more food than anyone could ever eat? Then try to avoid an edible favor. • Do you and your fiance have a shared passion? Are you the ecofriendly couple? Consider a small plant that guests can take home. • Use inspiration boards and visual images to get your creative juices flowing. • Remember: Your wedding favors

are a great place to start! Think

will remind your guests of your day

Pinterest, Etsy and other crafty

and can have a lasting impression.

websites for inspiration.

What do you want them to physically

• What else are you providing at the • Do you have a minimum order? Do you create custom designs? What is the fee? • Can you help with wording? Etiquette? • Am I able to receive a hard proof before I place the entire order? • What are the charges involved? (Paper grade/weight, envelope lettering, fonts, text colors, etc.) • How long will it take to print my items?

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take away from your day? • Do you offer other wedding stationery items? (thank you cards, table numbers, programs, etc.) • Do you have a bulk order discounted rate?

questions to ask when selecting your

invitations


invitations+gifts favors & bridal gifts stationery calligraphy

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SNS COMFORT SNS Comfort provides a unique product and service that will allow your special day to appear timeless. Our RollaSole kiosk vend flat shoes for your guests who prefer to dance the night away or can be a personalized gift that will bring comfort to your bridal party.

704-352-5512 or 704-968-8788 SNSComfort.com SNSComfort@gmail.com

Giveaways CHECK OUT THE

Enter to Win at

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music+entertainment

bands ceremony music disc jockeys entertainment

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CAROLINA DJ PROFESSIONALS

Carolina DJ Professionals is the premier DJ Service in Charlotte & the Carolinas, specializing in Weddings and Corporate Events for over 25 years. We believe proper planning, quality music, the right attitude, good energy…and inspiring people to bust out their air microphone or air guitar…make for a memorable event. Our MISSION is to build relationships with our clients. On one of life’s biggest days for you or your company, we want you to see us a trusted partner and not just a hired hand.

704-990-5622 6826 Windyrush Road • Charlotte, NC 28226 carolinadjprofessionals.com info@carolinadjprofessionals.com

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REMARKABLE RECEPTIONS

Remarkable Receptions is the Wedding MC and DJ Specialist - featuring the Southeast's #1 Master of Ceremonies for Weddings, DJ Rich Lange! Amazing Moments, Packed Dance Floors, and a Stress-Free Process. Lets Celebrate Your Story! Trust the Carolina's most in-demand Master of Ceremonies and Wedding DJ for your celebration. Expect Fun...expect Personal...expect Amazing...your celebration deserves nothing less! It's Your Love.....Celebrated! To Talk about your Amazing Wedding Celebration, Call, Text, or Email Today!

704-618-1709 Based in Charlotte, Serving Couples across North America remarkablereceptions.com rich@remarkablereceptions.com

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CHARLOTTE STRINGS FOR EVENTS A group of professional musicians providing beautiful and affordable string music for your wedding in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas. Our music highlights the most important moments of your ceremony and provides the perfect backdrop for a lively cocktail hour or an elegant dinner event. We perform traditional and contemporary music styles. String Quartet, String Trio, Violin Duo, or Solo Violin available.

704-277-2438 CharlotteStrings.com info@charlottestrings.com

ELITE ENTERTAINMENT Elite Entertainment creates Spectacular Weddings. Our goal is to make your wedding a reflection of you by creating unique moments. We have been covering both North & South Carolina for over 20 years successfully. We have a passion to make your dreams become a reality beyond your imagination. Let us produce an unbelievable night that everyone will be talking about for years.

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803-417-9453 elitedjsc.com kevin@elitedjsc.com


photo+video

photography photobooths videography

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JULIET PHOTOGRAPHY

Juliet Photography has been photographing weddings in and around Charlotte for the last 15 years. Our experience and unsurpassed reputation will ensure a flawless and fun wedding day! We know that your wedding photos are cherished memories and we take that responsibility very seriously. We even design custom storybook style wedding albums! From intimate engagement sessions to gala weddings, let us be your choice to make you look and feel your most beautiful.

704-243-3226 julietphotography.com julietphotos@aol.com

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SMILE LAUGH SHARE PHOTO BOOTH

Smile Laugh Share is the premiere photo booth experience that specializes in the art of having fun. We provide everything needed to make your next event a success from flattering photographic lighting, unique fashionable backdrops, premium props, and custom designed templates that are specifically crafted for you. This modern open-air booth is perfect for groups so invite all your besties to the party.

704-658-6976 smilelaughshare.com info@smilelaughshare.com

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BALLANTYNE BOOTH Capture your moments with Ballantyne Booth, a Premier Photo Booth Co. Ballantyne Booth is the perfect attraction for your upcoming event! Our New Mirror Me Photobooth is the perfect way to entertain guests and capture those special moments like no other. Your experience will be priceless, complete with your own special host, props and prints to keep the party going!

704-713-3325 ballantynebooth.com info@ballantynebooth.com

CAROLINA SOCIAL BOOTH Carolina Social Booth provides a custom photo booth experience perfect for any wedding. Guests can choose between a photo strip, animated GIF, or boomerang. Your photo booth experience can be sent directly to your phone or printed out. Wear It! Share It! Print It!

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980-494-3140 carolinasocialbooth.com info@carolinasocialbooth.com


GIOVANNI FILMS Giovanni Films captures the true essence of the moment, the energy of the day or the uniqueness of each couple, as you share the happiest day of your lives. We capture it all & re-tell your story in a format that is elegant & chic, warm & upbeat, stylish & artistic. We strive to produce a movie that captures the soul, spirit and ambience of each couple and fuse your style with ours. We're honored to tell your love story.

704-877-7305 giovannifilms.com john@giovannifilms.com

JHARDPHOTOGRAPHY JhardPhotography strives to provide quality wedding pictures at an affordable price. We create custom packages for each wedding and offer a wide variety of services including day of coverage, bridal, engagement, and boudoir sessions, as well as prints and photo books. Contact us to discuss coverage for your big day!

901-500-0030 jhardphotography.com jhardphotographs@gmail.com

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JUAN ZAMBRANO PHOTOGRAPHY Classic, Timeless and Elegant. Juan Zambrano Photography specializes in Weddings, Events and Portraits. Covering the Charlotte area and also out of state. We love what we do and we want to exceed your expectations.

704-912-7012 juanzambranophotography.com JuanZphotography@gmail.com

SHUTTERBOOTH ShutterBooth is the leader in studio-quality photo booth service, open-air experience, green screen technology, & slow motion video. ShutterBooth customizes each event specifically for your needs & offer the largest array of services in the industry, including logos, layouts, backdrops, memory books, instant social media sharing, video, paparazzi photography, animated GIFs, camera arrays, & light painting! Our focus is providing exemplary service & quality to each & every client. Contact us today so we can customize a unique & unforgettable experience!

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704-469-8420 shutterbooth.com/charlotte ted@shutterbooth.com


WHOLE HEART STUDIOS Whole Heart Studios provides wedding photography and videography that offers a traditional, yet fun style that captures special moments at your event. We capture footage to create amazing photographs & highlight films that convey both beauty & real life, while providing an enjoyable experience filled with excitement on your wedding day!

443-900-6056 wholeheartstudios.com hello@wholeheartstudios.com

Inspiration to plan your perfect wedding Head Over Heels Wedding Blog is your daily source for planning ideas, tips and trends from the experts at Perfect Wedding Guide. Plus, you’ll find real wedding inspiration, DIY resources and fabulous giveaways to make your big day complete.

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questions to ask when selecting a

wedding planner • What is your fee? Is that allinclusive or are there additional costs? Do you offer packages? • Do you have our preferred wedding date open? • Will you be onsite the day of our wedding? Will you have a team for additional help? What time will you arrive and how late will you stay? • Do you book multiple weddings on the same day? • How often do we typically meet during the planning process?

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• Will you accompany us to vendor meetings? • Have you planned a wedding at our preferred venue? • Are there aspects of planning that you do not service? • Do you have references? • Do you have a preferred communication method- in person, by phone or email? • Is wedding planning your full-time job? If it's part-time, what is your other job? • Be sure to ask yourself: Do we like this person? You will be spending a lot of time communicating with the planner leading up to the wedding-you need to like their personality.


planning

officiants wedding planners

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ELEGANCE SIMPLIFIED EVENTS

Elegance Simplified Events is a full-service wedding planning & production company. As an all-inclusive planning company, we can assist with design & dĂŠcor execution, invitation & stationary, monogrammed gifts, photo booth rental, men formal attire, and intimate catering affairs. We provide an environment where Elegance is produced and planning is Simplified!

803-814-5118 elegancesimplified.com renee@elegancesimplified.com

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ERIN PADGETT EVENTS

Your wedding planning team of the Carolinas! Talented. Distinctive. Exceptional.

704-652-1319 erinpadgettevents.com erin@erinpadgettevents.com

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MAGNIFICENT MOMENTS WEDDINGS

Magnificent Moments Weddings focuses on helping you enjoy your wedding day, so you can celebrate your love and commitment! Our certified wedding planners take the wedding preparations off of your shoulders, but never out of your hands. We combine meticulous planning with impeccable attention to detail to plan the wedding of your dreams. This leaves you free to relax and enjoy the most important day of your lives!

919-946-1141 magnificentmomentsweddings.com amanda@magnificentmomentsweddings.com

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CELEBRATE EVENT PLANNING At Celebrate Event Planning, we create an entirely customized celebration for each client. We work hand in hand with our brides and grooms, attending to all the finest details, to turn to their wedding dreams into reality.

Contact Jennifer Duncan at 704-213-8564 celebrateeventplanning.com celebrateeventplanningcarolina@gmail.com

DISTINCTIVE MOMENTS EVENT PLANNING Your wedding should be a distinct moment set apart from all others. Your dream day will go smooth and perfectly, with Heather Short as your professional, experienced and certified planner. We are ready to create a budget friendly Distinct Moment that will be memorable for years to come.

980-292-0249 FB @distinctivemomentseventplanning distinctivemomentseventplanning@gmail.com

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questions to ask

venue

when selecting a

• Do you want the ceremony & reception in the same location? • Based on your guest list, what size of venue do you need? • Do you prefer an indoor or outdoor ceremony? • Do you want cocktail hour in a different location or room?

• What are the catering options? Do you have on-site catering? Can we use our own caterer, baker, etc? • What is included with the venue rental? Are there additional fees involved? • Is any decor included in the venue rental? • Are there special restrictions? (access to rooms, timeline, decorations, candles/flames, music level, etc.) If you have anything unique planned like elaborate decor, live animals, etc, be sure to discuss

• What amenities does the venue offer?

with the venue in advance.

(dressing rooms, dance floor, lighting,

• Be sure to get an itemized

wheelchair access, picturesque areas for family/group photos, on-site bar, kitchen facilites, etc.)

list of all fees. • What are the time limits? When will we have access to the rental space for decorating or clean up?

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venues

ceremony locations reception locations

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CAROLINA COUNTRY WEDDINGS

We believe your authentic love should shine above all else on your special day. The natural beauty of our venue is used as a tool to showcase your unique love story amongst rolling hills, woodlands and a romantic barn. With a friendly staff to accommodate your needs, you can relax and enjoy your day to the fullest. For the ultimate wedding experience on our serene property, contact us today!

980-349-5933 3721 Little Buffalo Creek Rd. Mt. Pleasant, NC 28124 carolinacountryweddings.com carolinacountryweddings@gmail.com

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CROWNE PLAZA CHARLOTTE EXECUTIVE PARK

Crowne Plaza® Charlotte Executive Park, conveniently located near the city’s most upscale and trendsetting neighborhoods, offers superior service and premium accommodations perfect for your special day. Our award winning banquet team is well equip to transform our elegant ballrooms into the unique, intimate spaces of your dream wedding. At the Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park you won’t just host your wedding, you’ll experience the day that your dreams came true.

704-527-9650 5700 Westpark Drive • Charlotte, NC 28217 crowneplaza.com/charlotteexec tammy.cameron@ihg.com

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FIRETHORNE COUNTRY CLUB

Ready to make your vision a reality? Let Firethorne Country Club make your “I do” dreams come true! Our experienced wedding planning professionals are on hand to help you every step of the way. With a beautiful clubhouse, stunning views and delicious cuisine, your wedding at Firethorne will be an unforgettable event with memories to last a lifetime! Our private events staff can help you plan and customize your dream wedding, as well as making sure you and your guests have an incredibly memorable and stress-free day.

704-243-2433 1108 Firethorne Club Drive • Marvin, NC 28173 firethornecountryclub.com pam.hart@clubcorp.com

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HAMPTON INN & SUITES CHARLOTTE/SOUTH PARK AT PHILLIPS PLACE

Located in the premiere area of SouthPark, our 124 room hotel stands as the focal point of a beautiful European style boutique village. Blending contemporary tones with classic elegance and southern hospitality, we strive to make your stay a truly exceptional experience. Our venue is committed to serving you and your guests in every way possible, a level of customer service that we refer to as our SouthPark Tradition of Excellence. This level of service and personableness is unmatched, and defines who we are as a hotel. Whether you are looking at reception space for your big day, or a comfortable and relaxing environment for your visit to Charlotte, our hotel can accommodate your every need.

704-319-5700 6700 Phillips Place Court • Charlotte, NC 28210 Erin.Dennis@hilton.com

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HILTON CHARLOTTE UNIVERSITY

Hilton Charlotte University Place is centrally located on the lake at Charlotte University Place and offers a beautiful location for your wedding and reception. No two weddings are exactly alike – but they all have love and joy in common. We will create your ideal event with special attention to detail to make your wedding all you deserve it to be. Our Wedding Specialists will help you to confirm your dates, plan the schedule of events, coordinate all food and beverage details from menus to linens and assist with other aspects of your special day.

704-547-7444 8629 JM Keynes Dr. • Charlotte, NC 28262 charlotteuniversityhilton.com hilton@charlotteweddinghotels.com

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MAGNOLIA ROOM

The Magnolia Room is nestled in Rock Hill's finest community, Laurel Creek. We are a multi-purpose event facility that affords you the opportunity to entertain your guests in the most elegant atmosphere. Our location is just three miles from I-77 which offers your out-of town as well as in-town guests easy accessibility. Our signature style of classic traditional evokes a timeless elegance for your special day with our grand chandeliers, stately mahogany bar, rich fabrics and fine woodwork.

803-366-8226 4017 Laurel Creek Drive • Rock Hill, SC 29732 magnoliaroom.com info@magnoliaroom.com

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RENAISSANCE CHARLOTTE SOUTHPARK

Say “I do” to the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark hotel. Our Charlotte hotel venue space offers the perfect mix of elegance and luxury. Not only do we offer luminous ballrooms that can be staged to fit your needs we also feature a romantic outdoor courtyard space. Let our wedding professional help your wedding dreams become a reality.

704-501-2513 5501 Carnegie Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28209 marriott.com samuel.futcher@renaissancehotels.com

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SOUTH CHARLOTTE BANQUET CENTER

Located in beautiful Ballantyne of South Charlotte, it is custom designed to accommodate a variety of events. Our 3500 square foot main ballroom, adjacent lounge and gorgeous and private 2400 square foot patio is the perfect setting for any ceremony or reception. When you have something worth celebrating, we understand what needs to happen to make your event picture perfect and worry free.

704-341-3312 9009 Bryant Farms Rd. • Charlotte, NC 28277 southcharlottebanquetcenter.com arobb@southcharlottebanquetcenter.com

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BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Make the iconic Bechtler Museum of Modern Art the backdrop of your upcoming rehearsal dinner, engagement party, bridal shower, wedding ceremony and/or reception! With four distinct event spaces, we offer a variety of rental options for a unique and non-traditional wedding. Book the Bechtler today!

704-353-9228 420 South Tryon St. • Charlotte, NC 28202 bechtler.org events@bechtler.org

PINE LAKE COUNTRY CLUB Pine Lake Country Club, founded in 1952, is a private club located only twelve miles from Uptown Charlotte in Mint Hill, NC. Open to members, and non-members alike for parties, receptions, and weddings. PLCC is the perfect place to host groups of all sizes! At Pine Lake Country Club, you’re more than a client; you’re part of the family!

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704-409-3163 5504 Lebanon Rd. • Charlotte, NC 28227 pinelakecountryclub.com kaitlyn@pinelakecountryclub.com


wedding shows

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PWG BRIDAL SHOW

Trotter Photo

Trotter Photo

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beauty+health..................................... 75

BECCA TILLEY, SR. DIRECTOR 23 YRS EXPERIENCE................................... 77 ERMC HAIRSTYLIST/VISIONARY MAKEUP BY ROSE.................................. 77 GREATER LIFE CHIROPRACTIC.. ............................................................................78 IDEAL HEALTH MY WEIGH.......................................................................................78 MEGAN OLIVERI.. ......................................................................................................... 23 SMILE LABS CHARLOTTE.........................................................................................76 WHO'S THE FAIREST? BRIDAL BEAUTY SERVICES.. ................................... 65

catering................................................79

CHEESECAKE ETC.. ........................................................................................................ 2 STEP N' STYLE SPECIAL EVENTS & CATERING.. .......................................... 80

floral+decor........................................ 81

ABBEY ROSE FLORAL ARTISTRY......................................................................... 85 ARTISAN ICE SCULPTURES.................................................................................... 85 CE RENTAL..................................................................................................................... 60 COOKE RENTALS.. ....................................................................................................... 82 PETALS FLORAL DESIGN AND EVENT DECOR.. ............................................ 83 THE FLOWER DIVA..................................................................................................... 84


fashion.................................................87

BEAUTIFUL 4 YOU JEWELRY................................................................................. 88 PAIGE & ELLIOTT BRIDAL BOUTIQUE................................................................ 89 SET IT OFF JEWELRY................................................................................................. 90 WINNIE COUTURE FLAGSHIP BRIDAL SALON.. ............................................. 91

home................................................... 93

704 DREAM HOMES GROUP OF COLDWELL BANKER.. ............................ 94 JOSH PLYLER - KELLER WILLIAMS.................................................................... 95 KITCHEN CHARM......................................................................................................... 29

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honeymoon+travel..............................97

DREAM CRUISE TRAVEL.......................................................................................... 99 HOMEWOOD SUITES CHARLOTTE BALLANTYNE...................................... 99 MANN TRAVEL.. ............................................................................................................... 7 PLATINUM KEY TRAVEL CONCIERGE.. .............................................................. 98

invitations+gifts................................101

SNS COMFORT............................................................................................................ 102


music+entertainment........................ 103 CAROLINA DJ PROFESSIONALS......................................................................... 104 CHARLOTTE STRINGS FOR EVENTS.. .............................................................. 106 ELITE ENTERTAINMENT......................................................................................... 106 REMARKABLE RECEPTIONS................................................................................ 105

photo+video...................................... 107

BALLANTYNE BOOTH..............................................................................................110 CAROLINA SOCIAL BOOTH.. ..................................................................................110 GIOVANNI FILMS......................................................................................................... 111 JHARDPHOTOGRAPHY............................................................................................. 111 JUAN ZAMBRANO PHOTOGRAPHY................................................................... 112 JULIET PHOTOGRAPHY.......................................................................................... 108 SHUTTERBOOTH........................................................................................................ 112 SMILE LAUGH SHARE PHOTO BOOTH............................................................ 109 WHOLE HEART STUDIOS....................................................................................... 113


planning.............................................. 115

CELEBRATE EVENT PLANNING........................................................................... 119 DISTINCTIVE MOMENTS EVENT PLANNING................................................ 119 ELEGANCE SIMPLIFIED EVENTS........................................................................ 116 ERIN PADGETT EVENTS.. ........................................................................................ 117 MAGNIFICENT MOMENTS WEDDINGS............................................................ 118

venues................................................ 121

BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART......................................................... 130 CAROLINA COUNTRY WEDDINGS.................................................................... 122 CROWNE PLAZA CHARLOTTE EXECUTIVE PARK.. .................................... 123 FIRETHORNE COUNTRY CLUB............................................................................124 HAMPTON INN & SUITES CHARLOTTE/SOUTH PARK AT PHILLIPS PLACE..............................................................................................................................125 HILTON CHARLOTTE UNIVERSITY.................................................................... 126 MAGNOLIA ROOM......................................................................................................127 PINE LAKE COUNTRY CLUB................................................................................. 130 RENAISSANCE CHARLOTTE SOUTHPARK.................................................... 128 SOUTH CHARLOTTE BANQUET CENTER....................................................... 129

wedding shows................................... 131

PWG BRIDAL SHOW.. ............................................................................................... 132


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September 30, 2018

12:00 - 4:00 pm Hilton Charlotte University Place Charlotte, NC

March 24, 2019

12:00 - 4:00 pm Hilton Charlotte University Place Charlotte, NC

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Perfect Wedding Guide Charlotte Fall/Winter 2018  

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