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.


Come and See Us at The Sutherland Bridal Showcase!

On Friday March 8th from 6:00PM-9:00PM, The Sutherland will be hosting their Sutherland Showcase. This show promises cocktails, great giveaways and the city’s top-notch vendors. You will find caterers, rental companies, bakers, florists, photographers – and us!

This is a great opportunity for brides to talk with vendors and get ideas and inspiration for their own weddings. We would love for you come and chat with us about your wedding plans and give you insight into the services that we offer.

Tickets are $10 per person and FREE of charge for all 2013/2014 Booked Sutherland Brides. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit InterAct of Wake County. You can purchase your ticket for The Sutherland Bridal Showcase here.

 If you are engaged with an upcoming wedding, take advantage of this great opportunity to meet vendors and kickstart the planning for your big day.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Come and See Us at The Carolina Inn Bridal Show!

What are you doing on Sunday? If you are newly engaged, or have a friend or family member who is, you should come to The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase. This showcase features 75 premiere vendors who will be able to answer any of your questions that can help with all aspects of your wedding planning.

Stop by and chat with photographers and view samples of their work, check out stationary for wedding invites, sample wedding cakes, view wedding decor and much more under one roof. Another great thing to check out is the runway show. At 1:30PM and 3:30PM there will be a runway show featuring the latest trends in bridal fashion including gowns, shoes and accessories.

Our table will be set up in the Chancellor’s Ballroom. Be sure to stop by, we would love to chat and answer any questions you might have about the planning process or about getting married in the city. See photos of past weddings we have done and find out what services we offer. Best of all, we have a great gift for all brides to be!

Tickets are $15 per person, and they are available to purchase here. We were able to nab some extra tickets to give away to a few lucky people who would like to attend. If you would like to have your name in the running for free tickets, simply share this article by clicking “Share” on the Facebook post that brought you here. The lucky winners will receive and inbox message saying that they have won 2 tickets!

In preparation for the showcase, you may want to have some specific things you are looking for, or specific questions for certain vendors. One of the questions we get most often is, “what should I do after I get engaged?” Besides attending this Bridal Showcase, here are some other things to focus on after getting engaged.

Get a Wedding Planner. You know yourself better than anyone. Are you organized and able to stay on top of things? Will you be able to balance work and planning? If you know exactly what you want and can handle all the planning, consider a day-of coordinator to take the reins and execute the details on the day of your wedding.

Nail down your personal style. This is the fun part! Grab bridal magazines, spend hours on Pinterest and get inspired. Do you see your wedding as traditional, eclectic, modern or vintage? Consider the smaller details such as the cake or centerpieces first and observe what sort of style you are drawn towards to get an idea of what this might be.

Register. Before the engagement party and bridal shower, go out with your fiancé and register at a few stores. That way people will know exactly what to buy you and can even buy your wedding gifts in advance when they are picking up your engagement/ bridal shower gifts.

Set a BudgetThis will most likely change, especially because you may underestimate some wedding costs. You will have to sit down with each set of parents and figure out exactly what everyone is contributing and think of a reasonable number to get what you want within reason and without breaking the bank. If you decide to hire a wedding planner then they will help you with this. If not, be very meticulous of recording ALL expenses and checking to make sure you are staying on track.

Book the venue. Once you have set the number of guest and have an idea of your budget, start visiting venues. Go to a variety of places and have a list of questions to ask at each one. Try to picture your big day there and find what you feel is a good fit.

Book the Photographer. One of the most important parts of the day is getting amazing photos to remember it by. Start doing research into different photographers and set up meetings. Are you looking for candid shots, traditional shots, artsy shots? Photographers are booked a year or more in advanced, so make sure you don’t wait too long to start looking and booking!

To see the full post on what you should do after you’re engaged, click here.

Make sure to put this date in your calendar, we would love to see you there!