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As one of the most popular Charlotte wedding planners, this Carolina Wedding Design (CWD) blog will update you on the latest tips and trends we're seeing in the wedding industry. We'll also showcase different client stories along the way to show you what real brides and grooms are experiencing with us! We offer all types of packages to fit your planning/design needs, so feel free to contact us if you'd like...704.541.9100

Friday, January 29, 2010

Purple Inspiration Board | Charlotte Wedding Planner

Purple is the new Pink.

This year purple has saturated the wedding market.
Whether florals, gowns, shoes, linens, or cakes, purple is HOT HOT HOT.

Purple, as we know, looks great in an array of shades & hues,
and blends well with gold or silver accents.

Below is a quick inspiration board to give you some ideas of how to
incorporate purple in to your 2010 wedding!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Hayden Olivia Bridal

Class. Elegance. Style. Grace.
These words are perfect adjectives for the one and only, Hayden Olivia Bridal.

This salon, located in the heart of uptown Charlotte is the epitome of beauty. By appointment only, this experience will make you, the bride, the center of attention. You will not find a hectic team of new associates swirling around you in a hurry to rush you out the door. The Hayden Olivia experience is personal.

The exposed brick walls, steel rafters, floor to ceiling windows, and pure hardwood floors really help distinguish this bridal loft.

Looking for a couture designer? Check out a sampling of what Hayden Olivia carries...gowns start at only $1,200 and go to $10,000.
Don't just believe us, check it out yourself. This video will only tempt you to make an appointment.
Mention Carolina Wedding Design sent you and you will be sure to have a fabulous experience.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Welcome new CWD clients- Janice and Aric!

Welcome Janice Goss & Aric Almirola! With their December wedding date, this couple is "off to the races". Aric, a NASCAR driver, and Janice, also in the NASCAR industry, actually met on the racetrack. Janice's father, who is a pit crew chief for another team, introduced the two... obviously knowing they were a perfect match! Because that's what Dad's do, right?

Janice & Aric: I'm looking forward to meeting you this evening to start the
planning for your December wedding!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bride's Choice Awards 2010!

We are excited to announce that Carolina Wedding Design has been chosen to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2010. This award recognizes the top 5 percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service and professionalism.

The Bride’s Choice Awards™ are determined exclusively by recent newlyweds (brides and grooms) through extensive surveys and reviews, which means our past clients have spoken on our behalf and selected us to receive this honor. We are thrilled!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

NACE Annual Awards Gala!

We had an incredible evening at the NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) Charlotte Chapter Annual Awards Gala!

The 2009 awards winners were announced last evening which include:
Program of the Year: Ivy Robinson Presents Not Your Momma's Wedding
Location of the Year: AFR Event Furnishings
Primary Member of the Year: Marc Cassier, jr., cmp
Event Professional: Susan Hornsby, AFR Event Furnishings
Committee Member of the Year: Todd Crawford, Crawford & Co.
Rising Star Award: Heather Bryson and Kristen Prestwood
Mary Margaret Traxler Award: Erin Dennis

We were truly honored last night when our very own Heather Bryson won the 2009 Rising Star Award at the NACE Charlotte Chapter Annual Awards Gala! Congratulations Heather!

It was a great honor to serve as the NACE Charlotte Chapter President and I'm deeply grateful for your support these last two years! There are no limits to what active, committed members of NACE can do for themselves, for each other and for the advancement of the catering and events field.

We all have an amazing 2010 ahead of us!

-cm

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Jessica & Oteil.......our Jeremy Igo eSession

Thursday we met up with the talented Jeremy Igo for Jess & Oteil's engagement session.

This hot photographer bride of mine and her musician fiance' were so open
to ideas to create those shots that really captured their personalities. They are truly a beautiful couple inside and out, and I enjoy every minute I spend with them.

Their Moroccan/Indian themed wedding at Graylyn in April will be another
fantastic opportunity to showcase their beauty and Jeremy's keen eye.

Check out some examples of shots from Thursday....
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Ritz Carlton Charlotte - Eco-friendly and beautiful!

For all of the "Green" brides out there ... the Ritz Carlton Charlotte is the place to be!

With so many companies and people "going green" it's hard to know who is being eco-friendly for real. For buildings, however, there is only one way to be certain which is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. With strict guidelines which focus on construction and energy consumption, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, there are only 16 LEED hotels in the United States.

On October 1, 2009, the Ritz Carlton opened it's first ever LEED built property here in Charlotte! They expect to have final LEED certification within the next couple of months. They offer eco-friendly alternatives for your wedding. Check out their website to see their sustainable practices at the Ritz Carlton Charlotte in being eco-friendly. Very impressive!

The Ritz Carlton Charlotte, with 146 rooms, is located in the heart of Uptown and features dramatic views of the city. It is adjacent to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and the EpiCentre which provides entertainment of all sorts for your guests.

Not impressed yet? They have a whopping 13,000-square-foot wellness center and a truly impressive list of feel-good features and amenities, including:
-Sustainable organic cuisine
-Uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles
-Saline-treated swimming pool
-Complimentary valet parking for hybrid vehicles
-Bike valets
-Green roof with 18,000 plants to insulate the building
-Water purification/container system that will divert 73,000 plastic bottles from landfills, save more than 104 barrels of oil, and eliminate 49 tons of CO2 emissions

WOW! Check out the video below to see the beautiful Ritz Carlton Charlotte!
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Friday, January 8, 2010

Design Idea - Paper Floral Bouquet

Here is a cute idea we stumbled upon.

The ability to use paper as a super eco-friendly source to enhance your bouquet...or decoration in general for your wedding!

They are totally DIY....and if you want the instructions on how to create them or the link to where we found them, email us with 'PAPER BOUQUET' in the subject line!
We'll be happy to share =)



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Lounge at Phillips Place- a new Charlotte Venue located in South Park!

Wednesday, we met with Jennifer Basara over at a new venue in Southpark, The Lounge at Phillips Place. What a great modern & unique venue for events. It has such a dynamic layout which gives you so many options for a wedding reception, ceremony & wedding reception combo, rehearsal dinner, engagement party, etc.! It showcases lounge furniture provided by AFR Event Furnishings, which will continue to be a very hot trend this year.
The Lounge is located in Phillips Place with a variety of attractions at your fingertips. Hampton Inn & Suites Southpark is next door, retail shops and a movie theatre are within walking distance and the Southpark Mall is 2 blocks down the road. How convenient for your out-of-town guests!
We were back over there last night for the Bridal Showcase
networking event ... amazing time!

Here is a short video clip to give you a little tour of the venue...

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Reasons to hire a wedding planner...

Don't take our word for it - listen to one of our clients and her mother tell of a couple reasons they can't imagine their lives without it.

When asked, "tell other brides & grooms why you think hiring a wedding planner like Carolina Wedding Design is a must" this was their response...
they called us back this afternoon and said they 'had more to say' so we'll be sure to grab those clips and publish in the near future!.....=)

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Years!

Happy New Years!

We hope everyone stayed safe last night and had an amazing time! We sure did.

It excites us as we look forward to a great year filled with unforgettable weddings. Tons of new, unique, and unbelievable designs and ideas will all be blogged about as they are unveiled...

Our current clients are thrilled.....can we add you to our client list?

2010 here we come!