Erin McLean Events is a boutique wedding planning + design team specializing in elevated design and exceptional service. Based in North Carolina, We create Southern couture events for the fanciful at heart. Our team of creatives orchestrate seamless and lovely occasions that are true to our clients.

Tuesday Shoesday!

Love these Stuart Weitzman Bridal Shoes!


Great Show today at the Carolina Inn!

It was so great to meet so many great brides today at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show!

Tia and I are so excited to set-up consultations this week!


DIY Friday! Heart Toppers

Happy DIY Friday! We are designing a photo shoot and making something similar. So we thought it would be fun to show you a simple idea for fun Valentine’s Day decor!

We love them for cupcakes, drink stirrers or straws, in a festive many ways! These are cute to put in drinks, desserts or flower arrangements! They super simple and quick to make!

All you need is:

– Some fun scrapbooking paper

-Sticks (we spray painted some bamboo skewers white)


-A heart cut out (we used a small Martha Stewart one) or something to trace in the shape of a heart (we used a cookie cutter)


Start punching out some hearts!

Next we cut out some larger hearts that we traced with a heart shaped cookie cutter.

We had some larger white sticks, but wanted some smaller ones for the punched out hearts. So we broke out the spray paint and bamboo skewers!

Glue the stick on one side and then glue the other heart on top.

Press them together and let them dry. You are all done!

Happy Friday!


High Point Wedding

Managing the Guest List – Tia's Wedding Thursday!

If you don’t fall into the category of a bride who either: a.) unlimited reception space or unlimited budget, or b.) gets to make 100% of the wedding decisions on her own, you’ll probably have to deal with setting a limit to your guest list. No matter how you slice it, the guest list can be difficult to create. In a perfect world you would the Bride and Groom should be able to decide.  But you’ll most likely find that all kinds of folks want to chime in on this decision. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Bridesmaids…they all may want to give opinions. Here’s my advice – you and the Groom decide how many people you want to invite (and my experience is that in general, about 80% of guests will attend). Deduct that number of guests from your overall limit and allocate the difference in equal numbers of spots to your family and to his family. And one other thing – you and the Groom absolutely DO get to decide and dictate if you would like children to attend. Make sure you inform the families of this tiny, but extremely important detail.

So for example, if you want/can afford to have 150 guests, you can invite about 190 people (That’s people, not couples – remember to include plus ones and spouses!). So let’s say you and the Groom list out your absolute must-have guests and you come up with 150 people. Then, you can tell your family and his family they both have 45 spots to fill with whoever they would like to invite. This helps reduce the emotional side of things – it’s about numbers. (And not about the fact that you really don’t think your Mom’s hairdresser counts as important enough to be invited. Or that your Groom’s father wants to invite his entire office staff. It’s simply a numeric equation.) Plus, it gives your families a feeling of being part of the decision-making process – they choose whoever they would like to fill their allocated spots. See how much power and control they have?! You can share the list you and the Groom have already created to avoid overlapping…but honestly, I wouldn’t. I would just let there be some overlapping and then you can invite more people to make up for it or just have fewer guests. Hopefully, this little tip will save lots headaches!

Best Wishes!


O'Henry Wedding – Greensboro Wedding Planner

Nikki and Damian were married this past October at this Greensboro Wedding at the gorgeous O’Henry Hotel! I loved working with this couple!

Nikki and Damian decided on doing a First Look. It was a perfect day!!

You might recognize the gorgeous Bridesmaid Elise on the left from her High Point Wedding!

I love this moment when I send the bride down the aisle!

Greensboro College is so gorgeous!

The  flower is one of my favorite flowers for boutonnieres.

The couple wanted low centerpieces. They were a perfect accent to the gorgeous Cognac Caprice linen.

The couple opted for delicious pies instead of the traditional wedding cake!


Photography: Sweet Life Photography
Wedding Planning and Design: Erin McLean Events
Ceremony: Finch Chapel at Greensboro College
Reception: O’Henry Hotel
DJ: KMDJ Company
Paper Products: Sealed with Appeal

Congratulations to a fantastic couple! I loved working with you!


Wedding Gown Wednesday!

Happy Wedding Gown Wednesday!! I so love how well this Amsale dress photographs (or any gown in this material!). I love it paired with this stunning Siri Bridesmaid Dress!


Tuesday Shoesday!!

How fun are these color blocked heels! I know Jessica Simpson shoes are so uncomforable, but maybe they are worth it?




High Point Wedding!! Triad Wedding Planner

Matt and Elise were married this gorgeous High Point Wedding!  I loved planning with them and their families.  They are a classic couple with great style and elegance. The bride is from North Carolina and when she and Matt got engaged in New York City, where they reside, she knew High Point Country Club was the perfect location for her wedding.

I presented the couple with some design ideas to choose from. They chose to go with a peacock blue, shades of pink, and silver palette. The ‘maids wore cocktail length dresses and carried lush bouquets of peonies and garden roses in varying shades of pink. Elise carried a cream and ivory version for her bouquet. It was the perfect complement to her gorgeous gown.

Matt and Elise read their personal vows in her family’s church in front of 350 of their family and friends. The altar was adorned with a white and cream floral runner that spanned the entire front of the church. It was highlighted by candlelight. It was a gorgeous complement to the bridesmaids colorful dresses and bouquets.

Guests arrived at the reception for a cocktail hour on the veranda. Here, guests enjoyed a variety of passed appetizers featuring some Indian flavors as a way to honor the Father of the Bride’s heritage.

The ballroom was stunningly decorated with a combination of table shapes and sizes. We had round tables with pewter crinkle linens, square tables with an ivory satin linen, and to tie the look together, rectangle tables that were dressed in an ivory satin and had a custom made pewter runner. Each table shape had its own styled centerpiece of lush flowers. Each place setting had a silver charger, ivory satin napkin, menu card, escort card, favor, and a pink rose.

After dinner and dancing, the band invited guests to go to the outdoor patio where we had lounge furniture set up. The guests were surprised by a 20-minute firework display that rivaled any July 4th celebration. It was a magical ending to a wonderful day!


Fantastic Vendors:

Photographer: Whitebox Weddings

Planner and Event Designer: Erin McLean of Erin McLean Events

Reception Venue: Highpoint Country Club

Flowers: English Garden

Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery

Rentals: CE Rentals

Videography: Heart Stone Films

Band: In the Pocket


Congratulations to you both!!!!




DIY Friday! Distressed Frames!

Happy DIY Friday! Distressed frames can add a rustic element to any wedding! They would be great for table numbers or displaying family pictures!

All you need is:

1. Wooden picture frame
2. Sand paper (we used 100 medium, with softer grit you can control the level of distressing better)
3. Paint brush
4. Candle
5. Regular paint in one color and white (you could easily add a second color in between the first color and white, just repeat the process of waxing and painting)

Paint the frame with your first color (pink for us). Make sure to sand your frame if it has a glossy finish so the paint will stick.

Allow paint to dry completely to the touch – about 25 minutes depending on the paint.

Liberally rub some candle wax on the frame. Do this especially where you would see heavy wear and tear over the years.  Don’t be shy with it!  Paint a second coat of your first color.

When the second coat of paint is dry, repeat the candle wax step. Then paint a coat of white and let dry.

Start scratching at the spots where you put the candle wax.. Fold the sand paper and make a sharp edge if you are using a sheet of sand paper.  Stop when you get to the pink (or your first color). You can distress as much or as little as you prefer!

We chose a subtle first color, but you could go bolder! Red and green could go under the white for a definite antique look!

How cute would these be with table numbers or your new house key? Happy Friday!