American Dream Cakes, 1121 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville, 910-346-2347; 416 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, 910-526-6585, www.americandreamcakes.com. Family owned and operated bakery offering cookies, cakes, pies, tortes and more. Cakes for weddings, birthdays, military events and special occasions. Two locations to serve you.
Mrs. Vingerber's Sweets, 910-326-3997, Mrsvingerbersweets.com. Custom baker and decorator helping brides have the wedding cake of their dreams. Offering the best in pure, delicious sweets of all varieties – custom wedding cakes, special event cakes, dessert bars and cookies.
Sugarloaf Island Bakery, 1002 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-222-0443. The perfect sweets for your next special event featuring cakes for all occasions and tempting treats for every day.
Bistro by the Sea, 4031 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-247-2777, www.bistro-by-the-sea.com. Chef Tim Coyne and wife Libby Eaton take pride in everything that comes out of their professionally staffed kitchen. Let them bring a touch of elegance to your next event.
The Chelsea, 335 Middle St., New Bern, 252-637-5469, www.thechelsea.com. Wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and showers in our banquet facility or off-site.
Circa 81, 4650 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-648-8300, www.circa81.com. Event menus are customized to each client and their guests' needs – from intimate dinners to full-service catering and event set up. Restaurant is also available for private event rentals, weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, engagement parties and more.
Class Act Catering, 910-389-7498, Classactcateringnc.com. Our services include complete wedding consulting, custom menu design and equipment rentals.
Clawson’s & Aqua Restaurants, 425 Front St., Beaufort, 252-728-2133, Catering.clawsonsrestaurant.com. Private dining room overlooking the Beaufort Waterfront and Taylors Creek. On and off-site catering with custom menus, made-from-scratch kitchen, formal or casual.
Crab’s Claw, 201 W. Atlantic Beach Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 252-726-8222, www.crabsclaw.com. Creating the perfect menu for your magical day, specializing in off-premise events at the NC Aquarium, beach house, boat or beach. Private oceanfront deck for events. Planning services available.
Dank Burrito, 4135 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-499-9677; 300 Front St., Beaufort, 252-838-9396, Dankburrito.com. Offering unique personalized food for weddings, showers and rehearsal dinners, specializing in amazing tacos and burritos. Buffet, passed appetizers and plated dinner options available as well as full bartending services.
Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant & Catering, 400 Bridges St., Morehead City, 252-727-1921, www.floyds1921.com. Custom menus, finest ingredients and optimal quality with a professional and friendly staff for wedding events and various functions.
Seaside Sensations, 4050 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-342-3960, seasidesensations.com. Catering service on the Crystal Coast specializing in local seafood. Focused on catering to the client and their specific needs to help make their special event stand out.
Strange & Sons Catering, 2307 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, 252-636-3663, www.strangeandsons.com. With over 35 years experience in catering and event planning Strange & Sons knows exactly what it takes to make your special event perfectly decadent. Focusing on exquisite food, expert coordination and gracious service.
Avalon Event Floral, 2408 Arendell St., Morehead City, 910-381-6366, www.avalonflowers4events.com. Owner Carolyn brings 30 years of experience in the art of floral design to the table as she works one-on-one with each client to create arrangements that are perfect for their event.
Flowers & Designs by Ernest, 1402 Live Oak St., Beaufort, 252-728-7022, Designsbyernest.com. Wedding specialist and consultant for special occasions and events focusing on excellence in floral design.
Petal Pushers, 7803 Emerald Drive, Ste. B, Emerald Isle, 252-354-8787, www.petalpushersshop.com. We strive to make your wedding flowers complement your dream wedding, whether that means unique or classical. Always tasteful and always special.
Sandy's Flower Shoppe, 4702 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-247-3323, www.sandysflowershoppe.com. Your wedding florist at the beach, Sandy's offers a wide selection of bridal bouquets, wedding flowers, floral cake decorations and centerpieces to fit any budget.
Tildy Designs, 1111 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-259-4992, www.tildydesigns.com. We don’t just do flowers, we design your wedding day to be a spectacular reflection of your personality and your love. Let us make your day sparkle the Tildy way!
Classics Bridal, 715 Gum Branch Road Ste. 5-A, Jacksonville, 910-353-1647, www.classicsbridalandprom.com. Jacksonville's premier location for the widest selection of the finest bridal gowns and formal wear. A full service bridal shop locally owned and operated for more than 31 years. Also offering a wide selection of tuxedo sales and rentals.
Margolis Men’s Store, Westwood Village Shopping Center, 1140 Western Blvd., Jacksonville, 910-455-3797, www.margolismensstore.com. More than 106 years in business – the most experienced formal wear store for men in Jacksonville since 1912.
Sunshine Cleaners, 2505 Bridges St., Morehead City, 252-727-4444, 230-C Hwy 24, Morehead City, 252-727-4840. Specializing in formalwear dry cleaning for the entire party. We can press and steam your gown before the wedding and clean and preserve it after for safe keeping.
Thornbury Brides, 233 Middle St., New Bern, 252-631-5140, Thornburybrides.com. Staff members work one on one with brides to provide the fullest bridal experience possible. Open by appointment only so brides receive the attention they deserve.
GIFTS & SHOPPING
Edgewater Linen, 407-6D Atlantic Beach Cswy, Atlantic Beach, 252-726-1044, www.edgewaterlinen.com. Bridal registry, bath linens, robes and sleepwear, bedding and pillows, home accessories and more.
Churchwell's Jewelers, 7901 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, 252-354-7166, www.churchwells.com. Featuring nautical, equestrian and traditional jewelry. Custom design available.
DP Jewelry Designs, 1113 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-727-0550, www.dpjewelry.com. Contemporary custom jewelry with on-site design services for wedding sets, gifts and much more. Repairs and appraisals also available.
Beaufort Photography Co., 252-312-9130, www.beaufortphotographyco.com. Crystal Coast destination photography, wedding, engagement, lifestyle and portraits – bring a relaxed elegance to your wedding or every day.
Casey Futrell Photography, 252-764-2520, Caseyfutrellphotography.com. Natural light, on location wedding and portrait photography to capture your special day in timeless beauty. Engagement, bridal portraits, maternity and family – following you through all the stages of life.
Cynthia Rose Photography, 252-646-8277, www.cynthiarosephotography.com. Husband and wife, Cindy and Victor have photographed weddings, engagement sessions and bridal portraits with a classic, modern and creative style.
Ellen LeRoy Photography, 252-725-3262, www.ellenleroyphotography.com. While Ellen has been nationally recognized, she says her goal is to make sure brides have beautiful pictures of their special days. Along with bridal and wedding photography, she is available for family and individual portraits.
Promise Land Photography, 252-659-0253, www.promiselandphotography.com. Specializing in weddings, engagements, family and senior photos – always eager to capture the image that is uniquely you.
Party Perfection Wedding & Events, 325 Middle St. #11, New Bern, www.myperfectparty.net. Specializing in wedding planning, coordination and event design that is as personal as is it beautiful. Let Party Perfection bring your vision to life while helping you stay on budget.
Village Travel Shop, 3601 Front St. Ste 6, New Bern, www.villagetravelshop.com. Travel professionals matching you to help plan your perfect honeymoon or vacation, saving time and providing accurate travel information.
SUPPLIES & RENTALS
Country Aire Rentals, 5450 Hwy 70, Morehead City, 252-247-0117; 1400 Live Oak St., Beaufort, 252-728-2955; 779 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro, 910-326-8588; 1253 S. Glenburnie Road, New Bern, 252-638-6000, Countryairerental.com. 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, Crystalcoasteventrentals.com. Your one-stop event source in bridal and event planning, from equipment rentals to invitations and event planning to flowers.
Island Essentials, 208 Bogue Inlet Drive, Emerald Isle, 252-354-8887, 888-398-8887, Islandessentials.com. Let us put the leisure back into your most important day. We have all the rental equipment you need to make your day leisurely and enjoyable.
Diamond Limousine Service, 1508 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-240-1680, www.adiamondlimousine.com. Available for rehearsals, dinners, bridesmaid luncheons, honeymoons & more. Wedding shuttle, party bus and limousines available.
Excel Limousine Service, 910-577-LIMO (5466), email@example.com, www.excellimousineservice.biz. Specializing in weddings, anniversaries, prom, birthdays, sporting events, designated driving, special events and concerts. Serving Onslow and Carteret counties for more than 18 years.
Copper Ridge on the Neuse, 2706 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern, 252-636-3663, www.copperridgeontheneuse.com. Historic New Bern and the beauty of the Neuse River combine to make this rustic barn-like venue the perfect spot for a vintage shabby chic or country wedding or rehearsal dinner. Accommodates up to 300 people. On-site coordinators available.
Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-247-3883. With more than 12,000 square feet of modifiable space, the civic center is the perfect venue for special events of any size. Every event is waterfront.
Havelock Tourist & Event Center, 201 Tourist Center Drive, Havelock, 252-444-4348, www.havelockevents.com. Ideal setting for business and social gatherings. The friendly staff will assist in making your event one to remember, whether you're planning a wedding, family or class reunion, business meeting or trade show.
History Museum of Carteret County, 1008 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-247-7533, www.carterethistory.org. Near the beach and close to the heart of Morehead City and its amenities – this private venue can seat up to 165 guests.
The Islander Hotel & Resort, 102 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle, 252-354-3464, www.islandernc.com. The Islander provides an array of activities under sun. Oceanfront resort offering suites and an oceanfront pool, fitness room, indoor/outdoor event space and more.
The Jarvis at 220, 220 Pollock St., New Bern, 252-631-1452, Thejarvisat220.com. This historic bed and breakfast inn offers flexible venue space for up to 100 people as well as on-site accommodations in four bedrooms. Tours by appointment.
Morehead City Country Club, 2900 Country Club Road, Morehead City, 252-726-4917, www.moreheadcitycc.com. Indoor/outdoor venues available at this established golf course along the Newport River. Capacity up to 200 guests. On-site services available.
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, 1 Roosevelt Drive, Pine Knoll Shores, 252-247-4003, www.ncaquariums.com. Celebrate by the sea – rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions – with catering kitchen, tables & chairs, housekeeping and event coordination.
Neuse Breeze, 2391 Temples Point Road, Havelock, 252-447-2937, www.neusebreeze.com. This 3.5 acre estate on the Neuse River provides a secluded countryside setting for weddings and special events. Modern catering kitchen and a luxurious two-bedroom cottage and honeymoon suite are among the many amenities.
Stanly Hall, 249 Craven St., New Bern, 252-637-2003, stanlyhallballroom.com. As historic as it is elegant, this fully restored ballroom provides an unforgettable backdrop for weddings, dinners and other special events. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown New Bern.
Swansboro Rotary Civic Center, 1104 Main St. Ext., Swansboro, 910-326-6175, Swansbororotary.com. Located in beautiful Swansboro and minutes to the pristine Crystal Coast beach, the civic center is the perfect location for your event. Can accommodate up to 450 people and is eager to help plan your event.
Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern, 252-639-3518, tryonpalace.org/weddings. Whether you're looking for the distinctive architecture and ambiance of the Governor's Palace, the quaintness of a historic home, stunning 18th century gardens or a waterfront reception at the North Carolina History Center, Tryon Palace is the ideal coastal wedding venue for your special day.
Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, 1099 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville, 910-347-3141, www.engagedonslow.org. Don't miss the annual Engaged Bridal Expo hosted by the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce on March 8-9, 2019. Visit local vendors for everything needed for the perfect wedding.