Here in Southeastern, North Carolina a huge trend in weddings is to have a country chic affair. So when guests get invited they are all left with the burning question of “What am I to wear to a country wedding?” Well luckily Wilmington Weddings and Events is here to answer your question and provide you with many style options.

Gentlemen: We will start with the easiest person to dress for any occasion: the guys. For a country wedding, there is no need to wear a tuxedo, but simply a dressier version of casual wear.  Dress slacks, such as khakis or gray pants, with an ironed button up shirt and deck shoes will usually do the trick. This is a universal look for all seasons. Jeans and flip-flops, though, are a no-no unless specified on the invitation.

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Women:  Your look is a little more diverse then the gentlemen’s but that means more options to make your look unique!

  • Spring and Summer: Short dresses that hit at the knee, or a little above, are the way to go. They will allow you to look nice but also not sweat to death in the southern heat! Your dresses can either have short sleeves, be sleeveless, or have long billowy sleeves, but never be strapless. Strapless dresses belong more at a backyard affair than a wedding. The dresses can then be paired with ankle booties, sandals, or wedges. Keep in mind if you’ll be walking around on grass. You may want to avoid wearing heels!

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  • Fall and Winter: Here is where the most options come into play. You can do a long sleeve, short dress with tights and boots, for a simple pulled together look. Or you can wear a long dress with a pair of dress shoes. However, if dresses are not your style, you can always wear a long skirt and nice blouse combo. All these outfits can be put together with heels or boots, but no sandals or flip-flops during these cooler seasons.

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  • Jewelry, Hair, and Makeup: Since jewelry, hair, and makeup are universal for all seasons, they should be kept simple and polished. Your hair should either be tastefully down or in a simple up-do. You may be glad you wore your hair up, depending on the time of year it is! Jewelry can include statement pieces such as earrings, but the rest of the pieces should be kept minimal to compliment your look. Makeup should also be kept simple, especially in the warmer months due to the heat and humidity in the south. Live by the motto “Less is More”.

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With these simple style tips you are your date are ready to make your way to a country wedding. Simplicity is key to pulling off your look with ease.  If you are still left with any questions please feel free to reach out to us. Our website is  and we are a free wedding resource for brides getting married in the Wilmington, NC area.


One of the great things about living in Wilmington is the Historic Downtown area that it is full of amazing backdrops for stunning engagement photographs. Kristina and Christian began their engagement session at one of their favorite local breweries, Flytrap Brewing, located in the Brooklyn Arts District of Historic Downtown Wilmington. After beginning the session with one of their favorite brews, they took a stroll down the ivy lined streets, while Kate Supa Photography captured their love and laughter in the gorgeous photographs below.


Photographer//Kate Supa Photography 

Venue// Flytrap Brewing



A trend taking the wedding world by storm this year is planning a beautiful wedding on a budget. Brides want their wedding to look like a million bucks without the hefty price tag. With the average cost of a wedding in the United States costing over $35,000, it is easy to see why brides are looking to save money where ever possible. Wilmington Weddings and Events, along with some of our fabulous vendors, are here to help with some money-saving tips that will still leave you with a wedding that looks like it came straight out of a fairytale!

DRESS: Many brides are quick to realize your wedding dress can turn into a large budget item. However, did you know that many wedding dress boutiques have sample sales? A sample sale is where a boutique marks down their stock of dresses by a huge discount in order to make room for new stock. These dresses have been tried on before but are usually in very good condition. This route may take more time, as you will have to hunt to find a dress in your size and style, but if you find the dress to say “Yes” to, you can save a lot of money. One happening in the Wilmington, NC area soon is :

Wilmington Wedding Dress Sample Sale
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 1-4pm
Place: Wrightsville Manor
Boutiques: Camille’s of Wilmington, Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique, The Wedding Dress Shoppe

Image Credit: Coastal Knot Bridal 

FLOWERS: Flowers can be a huge expense at a wedding and most brides on a tight budget think they can’t afford flowers. However, this is not the case. These tips by June Sweeny, the owner of Beautiful Flowers by June, can help save brides money and still have beautiful flowers at their wedding.

1. Use your bridesmaids bouquets as table arrangements. This way you get double the use out of them.
2. Have someone pick up your flowers instead of paying for delivery. This is an easy way to save!
3. If budget is extremely tight, I suggest not having any corsages and perhaps just one boutonniere for the groom only.  This way your floral money can be spent on your bouquet and centerpieces.

Image Credit: Beautiful Flowers By June

Image Credit: Beautiful Flowers By June

FOOD: Have you thought about a plated dinner at your reception? You might think it would be more expensive than a buffet style meal, but it can actually be cheaper and more convenient to you and your guests. According to, some of the pros to a plated dinner include:

1. Your caterer will know exactly how much food to purchase since the meal is preselected by your guests.
2. Everyone will get their food at the same time.
3. You can spread out activities (dances and toasts) between courses.

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DESSERT: With so many dessert options available, by a wide variety of caterers, there is a dessert option for every budget.

1. Tammy Hodge, Owner of Creative Cake Design by Tammy Hodge, recommends trying cupcakes instead! “For brides that are wanting to be sure to feed their guests a sweet treat but do not necessarily want the look of a traditional tiered cake, our Wedding Topper Cake and cupcakes are a fun and beautiful alternative.  Not to mention economical.  For example. a 100 serving traditional tiered cake can begin at $4.50 per serving and up to $7.00 per serving for more intricate looks ($450/$700).  Whereas, a topper cake, for the couple to cut, and 100 cupcakes are generally priced around $55-$75 for the topper plus $2.00 per cupcake, totaling approximately $255/$275 for wedding sweet treats.”
2. Cindy, Owner of Imaginary Cakes, recommends asking about “kitchen cakes” or “fake tiers”. “Kitchen Cakes are usually sheet cakes that are hidden in the back kitchen where none of your guests can see. They are sliced and plated in the kitchen and then brought out for serving. These cakes can be half the price per serving (or cheaper) than the tiered wedding cake on display and can save you tons. Especially if you have a very large guest list. And fake tiers are styrofoam tiers that are made into the wedding cake just like a real tier of cake and could potentially save you money if you need or want a bigger cake on a budget. Keep in mind that these fake tiers still need to be created just like the rest of the cake, so depending on the overall cake design, you may not save much money if there is intensive design time involved.”

Image Credit: Creative Cake Design by Tammy Hodge

Image: Anna Holcombe Photography, cake by Creative Cake Design by Tammy Hodge

Image: Cynthia Rose Photography, cake by Imaginary Cakes

Image: Imaginary Cakes

CENTER PIECES: We love Pinterest here and have boards filled with fabulous DIY center pieces for your budget needs. One of our favorites is the Mini Vase Sets by

1. All you need are some mini vases available at your local dollar store or Hobby Lobby, some modpodge, spray adhesive, and a little glitter!
2. After you gather your supplies, you just apply whatever design you want (dots, strips, etc..) to the vase with modpodge and cover with glitter.
3. After wiping the excess glitter off, seal with the spray adhesive and you’re finished! It’s that easy!

You can then put these in the center of your tables and add simple flowers in the vases for a finishing touch!

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We hope you find these DIY decorations and tips to save money helpful with planning your special day! Feel confident that with a little research and crafting, you can have the wedding of your dreams on you budget. If you have any questions, always feel free to reach out to us at


Congratulations on your engagement! Now the fun begins with planning your dream wedding day! Where many brides start in the planning process is the hunt for the perfect dress to compliment their special day. With most salons carrying hundreds of gowns by different designers and in many cuts, colors, and styles, the process can seem overwhelming. However, with a little knowledge going in and an excellent consultant, you will find the right dress to say “Yes” to!

With women coming in all shapes and sizes the wedding dress industry has a wide variety of dresses perfect for all body types. Here we will give you a quick overview of the most popular styles and what body type that they fit best. However, remember this is your special day and whatever dress you feel the most beautiful in is the perfect dress for you! And one thing we’ve learned is that the dress ALWAYS looks different on you than on the hanger, so it never hurts to try it on! The information provided below is from The Knot’s article “The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type” and The Bridal Guide “Wedding Gowns 101: Learn the Silhouettes”.

Ball Gown
Definition: The “fairy tale” dress, with a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist with a full skirt
Looks Best On: This style looks best on average to taller sized brides since the full skirt can sometimes “swallow” a shorter bride. It also looks great on brides that have a “boyish figure”.

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Image: Anchored In Love

Definition:Fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee.
Looks Best On: This style looks best on brides with hourglass figures that like to show off their curves.

Image: Erin Costa Photography

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Image: Erin Costa Photography

Definition: Fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut is between a modified a-line and a mermaid cut.
Looks Best On: This style looks best on curvy brides who are looking for a formfitting dress that’s slightly easier to move in.

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Image: Erin Costa Photography

Definition:Fitted bodice through the waist and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase “A.”
Looks Best On: This style is super flattering on all body shapes.

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Image: Anchored In Love

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Image: Erin Costa Photography

Drop Waist
Definition:This silhouette is exactly as you would imagine—it drops and flares out slightly below the waistline around your hip area.
Looks Best On: Looks best on brides that like to flaunt their trim mid-sections.

Image: Erin Costa Photography

Image: Magnolia Photography

Image: Magnolia Photography


Definition:Skirt falls in between the ankle and the knee.
Looks Best On: This style is super flattering on all body shapes.

Image: The Knot

Image: The Knot

Image: The Knot

We hope you found this helpful! Wedding Dresses in these styles can be found at the following local Wilmington, NC boutiques: Coastal Knot Bridal, The Wedding Dress Shoppe, and Camille’s of Wilmington. What’s your favorite style of dress?


Wilmington Weddings and Events 1st Bridal Fashion Show took place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6p.m. at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The event showcased bridesmaid and wedding dresses from three dress boutiques in the surrounding area: Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique, The Wedding Dress Shoppe, and Camille’s of Wilmington. The gowns chosen for the models to wear highlighted the current trends in bridal wear for potential brides and other guests to aid in the planning of their nuptials. The photographs of these gowns have been provided by the talented Chris Brehmer Photography.

After the dress showcase concluded, guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle with the vendors who aided and showcased their talent in the Bridal Fashion Show. These included but not limited to sampling of hors d’oeuvres curtesy of Diamond Food Enterprises, the floral décor by Designs by Amber Lanier, and jewelry of Melissa Tyson Designs. Each guests of the fashion show left the show with a swag bag filled with information and goodies from Wilmington Weddings and Events preferred vendors and a wealth of knowledge going forth in their planning processes. Wilmington Weddings and Events 1st Bridal Fashion Show was a huge success and the team at Wilmington Weddings and Events are already looking forward to planning the next show!


Venue// Brooklyn Arts Center
Bridal Fashion// Coastal Knot Bridal BoutiqueThe Wedding Dress Shoppe, and Camille’s of Wilmington
Beauty// Silverceiling
Floral// Designs by Amber Lanier
Food + Drink// Diamond Food Enterprises
Jewelry// Melissa Tyson Designs
Lighting// Event Excellence
Music// DJ Brian Hood
Rentals// L&L Tent and Party Rentals
Photography// Chris Brehmer Photography
Transportation// Azalea Limousine Service


A trend in weddings is to incorporate the natural surroundings in which the ceremony is being held. In eastern North Carolina, specifically Wilmington, this means many weddings are coastal inspired. With touches of beautiful ocean colored hues, natural floral accents, and a ceremony on the serene ocean front in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Amy Barbera and Brian Walker provided a prime example of a coastal inspired Wilmington, NC wedding. They utilized local vendors in their wedding to establish the coastal community ties since both Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, NC have important significance to the couple. This lovely wedding was submitted to us by Tiffany Abruzzo Photography. Below, Tiffany gives us a bit of insight into Amy and Brian’s special day:

“Amy and Brian met as teenagers. Brian wanted to ask Amy out but was so nervous, so his friend left a message on Amy’s family answering machine pretending to be Brian, asking Amy on a date. Amy’s dad immediately said she was too young to date! Amy’s Mom worked her magic on her father, and the rest is history! Amy & Brian were wed at one of their favorite spots, Wrightsville Beach. The ceremony was followed by a gorgeous reception at downtown Wilmington’s Coastline Convention Center. Their decor featured ocean watercolor hues, succulents and beautiful floral arrangements by Design Perfection of Wilmington.”

Ceremony Venue//Wrightsville Beach Oceanfront
Reception Venue//Coastline Convention Center
Photographer//Tiffany Abruzzo Photography
Dress//David’s Bridal
Makeup//Meraki Beauty
Hair//Christie Drummond of Meraki Beauty
Flower//Design Perfection of Wilmington
Cake//Apple Annie’s
Catering//Hieronymus Seafood
Music//Jason of Absolute Best DJ Service


Happy New Year! We’re excited to feature more of your weddings this year! And we’re excited to share this beautiful downtown Wilmington, NC wedding from Belinda Keller Photography at 128 South. If you’d like to submit your wedding or session to us and see it featured on the blog, just click here!

“The day after Hurricane Matthew was breezy, cool, no humidity, sunny, pretty much perfect. After a week of watching and worrying, the day finally came and all was well. Almost. Due to the resulting flooding, the bride’s Maid of Honor was not able to get to town. But she Face Timed her speech anyway so in a way, she was as there as she could be. Several other family members were unable to attend as well, but the turn out was still a pretty full house! And the breeze I mentioned, oh what it did for her dress and her veil. What a lovely wedding this was. It was understated elegance mixed with a joyful vibe. Erik and Lauren have been soul mates since college. And on this day, it was made official. Lauren Mazzola and Erik Maasch became Mr. and Mrs. Maasch.”






































































Venue//128 South
Videography//Zachary Hutchinson
Officiant//Justin Smith
Lighting//High Performance Lighting
Flowers//Fiore Fine Flowers
DJ//Jason Aycock



You’re invited to Wilmington’s 1st Annual Bridal Fashion Show! Come see the latest fashions in bridesmaid and bridal dresses from Camille’s of Wilmington, Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique and The Wedding Dress Shoppe on January 24th at 6pm at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews.


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We’ll have vendors like DJ Brian Hood, Event Excellence Light & Sound, Chris Brehmer Photography, silverceiling and L&L Tent and Party Rentals creating a romantic runway experience for you. Grab your girls and come out for a night out of food, drinks and fashion!

Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door, and $20 for VIP tickets. All tickets include a swag bag, a copy of Focus on the Coast Weddings and more! This event will sell out so be sure to get them soon! Be sure to RSVP here. We can’t wait to see you there!


Cristy and Jay contacted us early this year about doing their wedding in September and we were thrilled. Not only are they the most handsome couple of the year, they are kind, caring and laid back. We are so lucky to have the most awesome couples this year!

We are honored to have been the first team in the brand new Brooklyn Arts Center Annex. This space is so unique and perfect for any bride wanting a classic downtown Wilmington wedding. There is plenty of space in the bridal suite for the bridal party to get ready as well as a separate groomsmen lounge for all the guys to get ready and relax. Also – the lighting throughout the new Annex is gorgeous! Every room has it’s own “Wilmington” touch.

Photography: Megan Dickerson Photography
Venue: The Annex, Brooklyn Arts Center
Makeup: Jamie Warzel
Wedding Planner: Social Butterfly Events LLC
Caterer: Milner’s Cafe & Catering
DJ: Active DJ Entertainment
Photo Booth: All Star Photo Booths
Decor: Design Perfection
Cake: One Belle Bakery


We love sharing real sessions and weddings with you from around Wilmington! Today we have an engagement session from Kelly at Anchored in Love and she talks to us about why this time of year is her favorite for engagement pictures.

“Winter time is actually a fabulous time to get your engagement photos, especially in a town as beautiful as Wilmington!  Aimee & Eric embraced a chilly day and we had a great time walking around Downtown Wilmington for the first half of their engagement and then timed our second half at sunset in Wrightsville Beach. One of Aimee’s must have shots was some of her and Eric with some pampas grass.  I had brought a plaid blanket for them to use and I love how cozy it made them for their beach shots!  I love to encourage our clients is to try to get their engagement photos taken in November or early December and that way they serve as Engagement photos, Save the Date Photos, and Christmas cards!  Don’t be afraid of the cold!  Put on a cute sweater and get cozy with your honey for your engagement this year!”












































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