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.

DIY Friday: Sprayed Gold Candle Holders

TGIF everyone! Today we wanted to share a quick, fun and cost-effective DIY with you. This craft is so simple and looks great. We think that this would work great for wedding centrepieces, or anywhere in the home!


What you will need:

– Glass or Candle Holders

– Spray Paint (whatever color you would like)

– Scissors

– Tape

– Plastic Bags

*The spray paint and candle holders were purchased at Michaels.

First, you will want to start cutting and wrapping the plastic around the parts of the glass that you would not like to have spray painted. Once you have the plastic in place, tape it so that it doesn’t move.

* We used a folded piece of paper for the tall candle holder to ensure there was a straight line.


I suggest that you take your pieces outside to spray your pieces to avoid getting the paint on your furniture, walls or carpet. Spray paint one layer and let it dry for a few minutes before you do a second layer. TIP: Wrap a plastic bag around the hand that is holding the piece when you are spraying it to avoid getting it all over your hands. 


Let your pieces dry for at least a half an hour. Then start carefully peeling off your plastic and tape.

Once you are finished, your final product should look like this…

We hope that you enjoyed this simple, cost-effective craft that only takes an hour! You can choose whatever colors or designs that you want. We think this craft would be perfect for wedding centerpieces. Use whatever colors are in your palette that would look good on your linens.

Make it pretty!




DIY Friday! Glitter Candle

Happy DIY Friday! With the holidays coming up in the next few weeks we turned simple pillar candles into a sparkly table decoration! We had red glitter on hand, but gold or brown would be great for Thanksgiving! You can easily use this same technique on a votive holder or any candle holder.

All you need is:
-Pillar candle

-Double sided tape


Place the tape around the candle in the design that you want, try to be careful to keep it even and straight.

Sprinkle some glitter on the tape wipe off the excess!

Make it pretty!

DIY Friday! Mini Cupcake Stands!!

Happy DIY Friday! Yesterday I had the complete pleasure to plan a bridal shower for the sweet Emily Ayer from Southern Weddings Magazine (more to come soon) at the fantastic Carolina Inn. Emily loves mini things, so I thought I would DIY some mini cupcake stands!

All you need is:
– Wooden candle holder

-Wood plaque

-Spray Paint

-Wood Glue

-Butter Knife


You will need to remove the metal center in the candle. Then add a medium coat of wood glue.

Attach and voila!

Of course you can use them for mini cupcakes and more! Kristin is using her for a soap holder!

Make it Pretty!

DIY Friday! Hurricane Candle Wrap

Happy DIY Friday everyone! We love adding candles to any table setting and party to add a soft glow. Candles are a cost-effective way to add flare (pun intended!) to any setting! We  added some pre-cut cardstock around hurricanes to make them extra special!

All you need is:

-Pre-cut cardstock or scrapbook paper

-double sided tape

-hurricane candle holder (and candle)

-scissors and a pencil

Double sided tape is a DIYer’s best friend!

Wrap the paper around the hurricane.

Mark along the height.

Cut to the correct height!

We wanted to keep the top nice and clean looking so we put the cut edge along the bottom.  Break out your double sided tape and stick on the paper.

Once you have taped along the first edge, put more tape on top of the paper.

These DIY’s make me realize I need a manicure! Wrap the paper around and secure to the tape.

We had some fly away pieces so we secured those with tape. You are all set to light! We love the pattern reflected on the wall!

Happy DIY Friday! Make it Pretty!

DIY Friday- Mercury Glass!

Happy DIY Friday! We  love Mercury glass and thought it would be fun to make our own!  These would make great centerpieces and you can apply this technique to any shape or size glassware! This turned out to be super quick and simple!

All you need is:

-Selected glass ware

-A spray bottle with half white vinegar and half warm water

– Sterling Silver Spray Enamel (we got ours at AC Moore)

-Gold Metallic Spray

Wipe out your container and get rid of any dust or debris. Spray down the inside of the vase with the vinegar water mixture and swirl around.

While it is still wet, spray the inside with a thin coat of the silver spray.

Immediately turn the vase upside down and let slot machines it dry, we used a few layers of paper to catch any excess.

We let it dry for a few hours and decided to add a thin layer of the gold metallic for depth of color, but since that was much thinner we left it right side up.

We repeated this on an identical vase and a larger one.  After allowing it to dry it was ready to use!

Happy Friday!



Duke Gardens Wedding

Shan & Sam’s wedding day paid homage to Shan’s heritage with Asian inspired touches appearing throughout their big day. Their Sarah P. Duke Gardens wedding ceremony and reception was filled with bright, colorful touches that really set this wedding apart. We hope you enjoy these images courtesy of Raleigh wedding photographer, Craig Carpenter of Luster Studios.

Images by Denise did the bridal party’s hair and make-up.

Bold colors and touches of bright blue were sprinkled throughout the wedding day, from Shan’s blue bridal shoes…

…To her sapphire blue necklace and the dainty blue touches on the trim of her veil.

Even Shan’s garter was this same stunning shade of blue.

The bridesmaids were not without their own elegant blue  apparel. Choosing bridal gowns of the same fabric but with different styles is a great way to let your bridesmaids pick styles that they’ll love and wear again without compromising a unifying bridal party look. Would you believe this bridal bouquet is actually made of silk flowers? The bride’s grandmother crafted silk flower bouquets for the bride and her bridal party.

String duos and trios are a wonderful addition to any outdoor ceremony. In an outdoor setting, these musicians help create an ambience in an open space. 

The bride, wanting to infuse elements of her Asian heritage, decided to use these handmade silk flowers centerpieces. Her grandmother in China made each flower individually!

These richly hued silk flowers perfectly complimented the floral pattern on these silk Asian linens.

Sugarland Bakery in Chapel Hill made this stunning cake. Look at the details in that cake topper!

Before the cake was cut, Durham catering company Sage & Swift provided a delicious dinner for the guests.

As a creative guest favor, the bride and groom used their couple nickname, Sham, and gave guests a sweet jar of “Sham Jam”. Personalized wedding favors are an easy way to incorporate elements that are unique to you as a couple.

Congratulations, Shan & Sam!