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.


The Oaks at Salem Wedding – North Carolina Wedding Planning

Stephanie and Ted were married at The Oaks of Salem on a warm, fall afternoon. The ceremony was under a willow tree next to a picturesque pond, it was the perfect setting for such a romantic and special occasion! With homemade caramel apples for all of the guests and a delectable dessert table, the guests were fueled to fill the dance floor! What a fun couple!

Thanks to Kevin Milz for the beautiful photos!

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Thank you to the great team of vendors that came together to make this event amazing!

Wedding Planner: Erin with Erin McLean Events

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Oaks at Salem

Photographer: Kevin Milz Photography

Clergy: Barbara Lodge

Caterer: Belle’s Catering

Florist: The English Garden

Dessert Bar: Erin McLean Events

Hair and Makeup:  Makeup For Your Day

DJ: KMDJ Company

Invitations: Cute Buttons

 

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Stephanie and Ted were such an amazing couple to work with! They  had so much to celebrate and great friends to celebrate with!  Their Oaks at Salem wedding turned out beautifully and I couldn’t be happier for them. Thank you again for letting me be a part of your special day – I wish you the best in your future endeavors!

Bridal Fashion: The Groom | By Erin McLean Events

The majority of people view a wedding as a formal event and think that men should wear a black tux. The truth is, the options for the groom are as vast as they are for the bride. You need to ask yourself: what is the feel of your wedding? Is it rustic, formal, classic, casual, traditional? From there you will know what kind of style would be appropriate, then you can accessorize!

Do you prefer ties, bowties, neither?

Do you like suspenders?

Do you want him to wear a vest?

You also need to think about your wedding theme and color scheme. If you haven’t picked your flower or decor, try to have an idea of what colors you will likely have the bouquet and boutonnieres, this is a good thing to factor in when choosing the color of the suit. Like what you see? Don’t forget to PIN IT for later!

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It is usually easier once you see photos to know what sort of look you like in terms of style, color, accessories and boutonnieres. Bridal fashion isn’t just for the ladies. It is just as important that the groom feels confident and well dressed on the special day too.

Don’t forget to check back next Monday for our the next instalment in our Bridal Fashion series. It is a post on bridal fashion for the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen!

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Inspire-Me Monday: Signature Cocktails

We hope that everyone had a wonderful and restful weekend. We thought we would start the week off with some inspiring signature cocktails! We love the amazing colors and ingredients that signature cocktails have. They can be a very unique part of any wedding reception.

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PhotoCredit: WeddingJewleryGifts, ChillWeddings, TrueWeddingEvents, BridalGuide, OneWed, WedBook, WeddingChicks, TimDuncanEvents, MyWeddingReceptionIdeas, EnchantedDreamWeddings, InspiredByThis, AppleBrides, ALowCountryWedding, StacyLynnDesign, UpBEventHall, Kootation and ImgFave

Did you, or would you have a signature cocktail at your wedding? What colors and flavours would you chose for your guests?

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DIY Friday: Mod Podge Frames

Happy DIY Friday!

Today we are going to make mod podge frames. This is a cheap, but chic way to decorate your house, or your wedding reception. By using scrapbooking paper, the options are limitless! There is such a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures that there is sure to be something that you love and can make into a beautiful frame.

What you will need:

– Wooden Frames

– Scrapbook Paper

– Mod Podge

– Pencil

– Ruler

– Scissors

– Sponge brush/ paint brush

– A flat item (such as a card from your wallet)

All of the supplies I already had, except the frames. They are available to purchase at Michaels or any other craft store.

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First, you will turn your paper over and trace the inner corner of the frame.

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I took a ruler and traced 1″ wider on each side so that I can wrap the paper around the frame to cover the edges as well. When you are finished, you should have something that looks liket this (see below).

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Next, you want to cut the inside and outside of the lines that you just traced.

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With foresight that the corners would hang over awkwardly, I placed the paper on the frame and cut from the outer corner of the paper to the outer corner of the frame. This small slit will help when wrapping the paper around the back.

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I then took a sponge brush and put one layer of mod podge around the front of the wooden frame.

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Then carefully place the paper on top of the mod podge and use your flat item to smooth out any air bubbles or bumps.

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You want to leave each one to dry for at least 15 minutes before working on it again, because I did 3 at the same time, I was able to move right onto gluing the back of the first frame that had plenty of time to dry.

Paint the mod podge onto one side of the frame.

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Fold the access paper over and hold. It is tricky at first, but it will start to stick and then you can start smoothing out the edges. I also dabbed some mod podge on top before I moved onto the next side to ensure that it would stick.

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Once you are done all sides you will have flaps sticking out of all of the corners. You will be able to easily snip these and then dab mod podge to flatten the area.

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The finished frame at the back should look like this.

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Here are all three frames finished and drying.

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And the front!

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Now you are ready to pop in some family photos and hang them on the wall. We also love this idea for table numbers at a reception.

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Mark your Calendars: A Taste of Cobblestone Hall | Erin McLean Events | Raleigh Wedding Planner

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On Wednesday February 27, Cobblestone Hall will be holding a tasting event with drinks and hors d”oeuvres for guests to sample. Cobblestone Hall is a premiere event venue located in the City Market in Downtown Raleigh. This is a perfect place for brides to sample online casino foods from different caterers and to explore the venue that is conveniently located close to downtown Raleigh, hotels and shopping for any out-of-town guests.

The event is Wednesday February 27 from 5:00PM-8:00PM at Cobblestone Hall. (215 Wolfe Street Raleigh, NC 27601).

This event requires an RSVP to attend. If you are interested in stopping by, please RSVP to kbriggs@showtimeevents.net by 5PM on Monday.

For more information about Cobblestone Hall, check out their website.

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Shannon + Ryan’s Wedding at The Cotton Room | Erin McLean Events | Durham Wedding Planner

Shannon and Ryan were one of those dream couples to work with – laidback yet professional, quirky with perfect touches of tradition, laugh-out-loud funny and stunningly brilliant. They worked hard to give their guests little glimpses of their personality throughout the wedding. Their love story started at a Penguins hockey game, highlighted with a first dance to “My Penguin” by Christina Perri. Specialty drinks at the bar reflected where they grew up and were appropriately named “Southern Belle” and “Northern Gentleman”. No sparkling wine or champagne was served for the toast – instead, they chose to serve their favorite drink – chocolate milk! – complete with chocolate straws. And the gorgeous vows, so memorable and sweet, a true picture of their love. Every detail was special, purposeful, sentimental…quite simply, perfect. Truly a dream wedding for a dream couple!

Nancy Ray did an absolutely beautiful job on these photos.

There was such a great group of people working hard to make this wedding such a success!

Wedding Coordinator : Tia Jones at Erin McLean Events Erin McLean Events

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Cotton Room

Officiant: Reverend Kayelily Middleton

Cake Artist: Cakes by Faith

Caterer: Triangle Catering Company

Florist: Tre Bella Florist

Reception Band: Barbour and Hinton

Videographer: Heart Stone Films

Hair Stylist: Allure Salon

Stationary Suite: Printing Concepts

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jcrew

Calligraphy: LKM Calligraphy

Bridal Gown: White by Vera Wang

Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade

Gourmet Popcorn Bar: Chad’s Carolina Corn

Bridesmaid Clutches: ItsGeeGeeBaby

Linens: CE Rentals

Guest Transportation: Road Trip Transportation

Men’s Clothier: Bernard’s Formalwear

Thank you to Shannon and Ryan for letting me be a part of your special day. I enjoyed getting to know you and helping to plan your wedding. I wish you all the best!

 

Bridal Fashion: Here Comes the Bride!

Undoubtedly one of the ­most exciting parts of planning a wedding for the bride is picking out the perfect, fairytale gown. It is an amazing and unforgettable experience, and feeling, when you find the right one. Here are some dos and don’ts and some tips and tricks to help you pick your perfect gown. We’ve included lots of photos for inspiration. Don’t forget to pin, pin, pin!

1.    Don’t pick based off currently trends.

Just like fashion in general, bridal fashion has trends that come and go. When choosing your perfect dress it is important to remember don’t pick the dress because it is a trend, pick it because you love it.

3.    Bring a camera.

There are some places that won’t allow it, but if they do, have a friend or family member snap some photos so that you can see what the dress looks like in photos from a variety of angles. Plus, if you are having a hard time making up your mind, you can take the pictures home and continue to look at the options until you reach a decision.

4.    Ask lots of questions.

Make sure you ask all of the important questions, not necessarily to the person helping you, but to yourself. Does the dress fit well? Will you have to get it altered? Is it the style you like? Will it look good in photos? Does it make you feel beautiful? Can you dance in it? Before you go, make sure you know what is most important to you so that you can choose the perfect dress.

 5.    Don’t bring too many people.

Trying on dresses is really exciting, and it is fun to have all of your pals there. Make sure the people you are bringing are supportive and positive. With so many different tastes and contradicting opinions, it may be difficult to “fall in love” with anything.

6.    Be open-minded.

Something that doesn’t look so good on the hanger can look amazing once you put it on! Even if you are set on a strapless ball gown, try on other styles and fits. You never know what you will love until you try!

7.    Take your time.

Wedding mode means that everything is on a deadline, but don’t rush in making a decision about your dress. If you are uncertain, be sure to take the time that you need to decide.

8.    Choose the right shade of white.

Believe it or not, there are many shades of white – and some shades look better on certain skin tones than others.

Stark White ­– This is the whitest white that you can get. This really bright white tends to look good on darker skin tones. This white tends to wash out lighter skin tones.

Natural White – Natural white is one of the most commonly purchased shades of white. It tends to be more of an eggshell shade of white. The eye perceives it as white and it looks white in photos, it is just softer than the stark white.

Ivory – This shade has yellow undertones. Depending on the fabric, this dress still looks white. If you choose a dress with satin, then you will see more yellow than you would in lace or tulle.

Champagne – This shade of white has pink undertones. This color tends to look great on olive skin tones.

What style do you love? If you see something that you like, PIN it for later!

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 Don’t forget to check back next Monday for the next Bridal Fashion post of the series. It is all about the Groom! We will share some tips, tricks and picts for the man on the big day.

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Inspire-Me Monday: A Blush Pink Palette

Happy Monday Everyone!

Valentine’s Day may be over, but we can still swoon over the romance of blush pink palettes. It is the perfect color for your bridesmaids, flowers, stationary, place settings – anything! It is a versatile color that is feminine and romantic.

PhotoCredit: StyleMePretty, ProjectWedding, AprilFlowersSlo, WeddingChicks, BeautifulBridalBlogspot and BelleTheMagazine

Do you love this pretty in pink palette, or would you prefer something bolder?

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DIY Friday: Vintage Brooch Place Cards!

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When we were looking for some DIY inspiration, we came across this adorable craft done by Intimate Weddings. It is a great way for a little personal touch with a vintage twist. Start visiting flea markets, yard sales and antique shops to collect your brooches, that way you will have enough when the time comes.

What you will need:

– Brooches

– Card Stock

– Labels

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Cut your card stock to the desired size (if it is not already).

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Add a brooch.

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Print names onto labels, and adhere the labels to the cardstock.

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Don’t they look amazing?!

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Thank you so much Intimate Weddings for the awesome DIY craft! We absolutely love it!

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Bridal Fashion: A Series of Posts and Inspiration for your Wedding!

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Bridal fashion is a really exciting part of the wedding industry that continues to evolve and inspire. Bridal Fashion week in the fall of 2012 went viral on Pinterest and dominated social media for days.

We are going to do a series of posts on bridal fashion. The dos, the don’ts and of course, lots of photos for inspiration. This will be a series of 5 posts that will upload to our blog every Monday. First, we will cover the bride and give photos and information about dresses, shoes, veils and other accessories. Then we will move onto groom’s fashion dissecting color choices, ties or bowties and more. Next, we will look at bridesmaids and groomsmen. With pictures we will look at successful color combinations and just how matchy people need to be (or not to be). Then we will focus our next post on the mother-of-the-bride. Usually the mother-of-the-bride has some difficulty deciding what to wear and we will give a variety of options to inspire. Lastly, we will finish off with some cute ideas for flower girls and ring bearers.

Like what you see? Don’t forget to PIN to your PINTEREST boards to keep the inspiration handy for later.

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Don’t forget to check back on Monday for our first post!

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