Q. How early did you start planning? We started planning our wedding right after we got engaged – July 29. We got engaged in July and were married on Nov. 10. In just three short months we were able to bring together a beautiful outdoor wedding. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Whether a couple is planning a lavish wedding or a more low key affair, the wedding invitations are an essential part of keeping guests informed about the big day.

While rustic has become a household word when it comes to decorating, the theme has also become a hot commodity in the wedding industry. From burlap draped tables to Pinterest-inspired centerpieces, the DIY trend has become a popular look with special events of all types.

The historic Palo Alto Plantation near Maysville, circa 1836-1840, provides the ideal backdrop for a romantic antebellum wedding. Steeped in Civil War history, this childhood home of former Gov. Daniel Russell, Jr. (1845-1908) is offered as a venue by Dream Makers Wedding Estates. To illustr…

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.

Receptions may be big or small, lavish or casual. But regardless of their size or style, receptions all share a common element: they require that couples establish at least a basic seating arrangement for guests. Even though assigned seating isn't mandatory, selecting seats for a sit-down di…

With its beautiful ocean views, waterways, forests and hidden gems, Eastern North Carolina is a special event just waiting to happen. From rustic country barns to royal, beachfront elegance, there’s a venue to suit every taste and style. And with stunning views from just about vantage point,…

Newly engaged couples may experience an array of emotions when they sit down to plan their weddings. Some couples can't wait to jump into the planning process, while others may proceed with caution because they don't know what to expect – particularly in regard to cost. Over the years, weddi…

Ensuring an event goes on with minimal hiccups takes patience and thorough planning. This is especially true for weddings, when many elements must merge together for a memorable day. Today’s couples have a bevy of new resources at their disposal to facilitate wedding planning. The internet m…

Wedding planning isn't for the faint of heart – from contacting vendors to finding the perfect dress to sending out the invitations, there is a lot that goes into creating your dream wedding. Early planning can be the single most important factor to bringing it all together seamlessly.

BRIDE & GROOM'S FULL NAMES: Molly Elizabeth Andrews & Sean Timothy Thomas WilliamsWEDDING DATE: April 22, 2017WEDDING & RECEPTION LOCATION: Celebration Cottage, Atlantic BeachCOORDINATOR: Zena Underwood, Knot a Second Thought Event CoordinatorCATERER: Celebration CottageCAKE: Del…

Outdoor weddings are incredibly romantic and a growing number of couples are exchanging vows amid an expansive garden or with the splendor of the pounding surf providing a picturesque backdrop. Imagine the breeze catching the bride’s hair, barefoot bridesmaids and a beautiful sunset for thos…

Carolina Home and Garden on Highway 24 has been a go-to for gardeners for more than 20 years, but few realize that the site may also be the perfect place to go when searching for your perfect wedding venue. No, the garden center isn't for hire – but the owners' private home is.

There is a lot of wedding advice that will be doled out as you start planning for your big day, but sometimes the basics are overlooked. Here are a few simple tricks and tips to get the most out of your dream wedding.

Couples engaged to be married have a lot on their plates as they begin planning their weddings. Next to buying a home and having a child, weddings are one of the largest expenses a couple will incur. While tradition once called parents of the bride to for a couple's wedding, nowadays more an…

As guests' eyes are trained on couples come their wedding days, it is no surprise that both the bride and groom want to look flawless on their big days. Men and women will spend thousands of dollars on clothing, hairstyles, makeup, teeth whitening, fitness classes, and more to ensure they lo…

Whether it’s a four-tiered skyscraper or 200 cupcakes, odds are your guests will be looking forward to a bit of cake before your special day is over. But what kind of cake? How tall should it be? And what flavor should the filling and icing be? These are all important questions, but the most…

Engagement photos vary depending on the couple. Traditionally used for newspaper announcements and now frequently included on save-the-date cards and wedding websites, engagement photos can range from formal shoots in which couples are dressed to the nines to more laid back shots featuring c…

Registries are a wedding tradition, not unlike a couple's first dance or the best man/maid of honor toast. But as practical as wedding registries are, many couples approach their registries with a degree of hesitation, fearful that they might appear presumptuous or simply uncertain about wha…

While it's definitely a great honor there is a certain amount of pressure that comes with taking the role of best man or maid of honor – and the all-important toast is certainly one of the most nerve wracking. From picking formal wear to planning the menu, supporting those we are close to as…

Few things set the tone for a wedding ceremony and reception better than music. Music establishes ambience and serves to transition guests through the various components of the day. While the wedding itself is usually accompanied by music, it's the reception when guests and the wedding party…

    Looking for something a little bit different for your pending nuptials? Something small and intimate, yet elegant and exclusive? Adventure seekers Dan Meggitt and Kelly Gordon may have just what you're looking for at Everest Yacht Charters in Beaufort.

A couple's wedding day is the culmination of months and months of planning. For most, it is one of the most memorable, magical days of their lives, filled with fond moments of time spent with close friends and family.

While we’d like to think it’s all romance and lace that brings a couple together in matrimony – the long arm of the law actually calls them husband and wife. That means every couple must be armed with a license before saying their vows, and must register that license after the big day has occurred.