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.

Carly + Earl | Prestonwood Country Club Wedding | North Carolina Wedding Planner


Gold Invitation Suite

Carly was a classic beauty and timeless bride. She and her mother were such a delight to plan with throughout the process. It was important to both Carly and Earl that their marriage remain the center focus of their celebration. They wanted to incorporate details that were personal to them and their relationship. They chose Prestonwood Country club since Cary is where Carly grew up! She also has her new monogram embroidered into her gown for her walk down the aisle, which also happened to be in blue! In bringing Carly’s vision for her wedding day to life, she knew she wanted a classic and elegant theme, but wanted to bring the outdoors inside the reception. We were able to do this through gorgeous centerpieces, cool hedging, and warm amber uplighting to illuminate the space.

Classic Cap Sleeve Gown

Gown Monogram

Crystal Bouquet Accessories


The crystal detail added to her bouquet was just stunning. We wanted to maintain that timeline feel but add a surprise element of  old world glamour.

Bridal Preparations

Church of the Good Shepard Wedding

Raleigh Groom

Blush Bridal Party

Classic Bride North Carolina

Church of the Good Shepard Wedding

Raleigh Bride and Groom

Downtown Raleigh Wedding

Blush Bouquet

Downtown Raleigh Bride and Groom

Dressing up the ballroom at Prestonwood isn’t hard – it is such a beautiful space in it’s own rite. We chose a color palette that played on its classic style and enhanced it with a little bit of glamour. Partnering with Fresh Affairs we sprinkled the ballroom with alternating height centerpieces, creating dimension and flow throughout the space. Carly loved warm classic colors, tying in ivories, blush tones, and pops of champagne sparkle n the linens. Incorporation the fresh greenery, ruscus, into the centerpieces brought the essence of summer indoors and added a natural texture.

Prestonwood Country Club Wedding

Gold Rim Charger

Gold Place Setting

Carly selected calligraphy Myra Jestor of Well Addressed Calligraphy for all of her paperie. We wanted to highlight her pristine craftsmanship into the reception. We added classic floral place cards and custom bar signage created by Myra as well as a stunning mirrored seating chart displayed on hedging during cocktail hour.

Prestonwood Cake

Prestonwood Wedding

Prestonwood Ballroom

Live Wedding Painter

Carly + Earl were gifted with a live painter for their reception. Maggie was able to capture the gorgeous space and the couple’s first dance! What an amazing keepsake.

Prestonwood Country Club Decor

Custom Wedding Koozie

Prestonwood Ballroom Wedding

Sol Fusion definitely brought the party for Carly + Earl’s reception. Everyone was on the dance floor having the time of their life! We loved bringing in this classic black and white dance floor to jazz up the space.

Sol Fusion Band

Krispey Kreme Favor

Carly and Earl wanted to send their guests home with a classic Carolina treat – what could be more fitting than Cheerwine and fresh Krispey Kreme doughnuts, both born in NC!

Prestonwood Grand Exit

Southern Grand Exit

Raleigh Wedding Car Service

Thank you to an excellent team of vendors who assisted in creating the perfect wedding day for Carly + Earl!

Event Planning + Design – Erin McLean Events

Ceremony – Church of the Good Shepard

Reception – Prestonwood Country Club

Photography – Robyn Van Dyke Photography

Florals – Fresh Affairs

Rentals – CE Rental

Hedging – Classic Party Rentals

Specialty Bar – Themeworks 

Transportation – A Formal Affair 

Reception Music – Sol Fusion Band 

Lighting – Total Production Services 

Calligraphy + Signage – Well Addressed Calligraphy

Exit Transportation – Carolina Car Service 

Live Painting – Maggie Kuhn 




Terentia and Anthony’s Wedding at The Grandover | Erin McLean Events | Greensboro Wedding Planner

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Terentia and Anthony were such a fun couple to work with! They planned the entire wedding from Arizona and it was amazing to be at The Grandover in Greensboro, NC to make sure that all the plans went smoothly the day of the wedding. Terentia was calm and flexible when we had to move the ceremony inside due to rain. The ceremony turned out beautifully, with Terentia’s godmother officiating the ceremony.2013-05-18

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Thank you to the amazing team of vendors that helped make this event such a success!

Wedding Coordinator – Tia Jones of Erin McLean Events

Photographer – Dana Laymon

Venue – The Grandover

Videographer – Norris Greenlee

Florist – Jordan House

Baker – Maxie B’s

Ceremony Music – Winifred Garrett (Harpist)

Cocktail/ Dinner Music – Henry Dillard

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The couple chose to accent the room with purples, violets and indigos with a lavender uplighting which looked beautiful. The music was really unique at Terentia and Anthony’s wedding as an amazing jazz band played during the cocktail hour and the groom’s cousin DJ’ed the after-dinner dancing.

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With Terentia belonging to a sorority, during the reception all of the girls surrounded her and sang a sorority song. Then Anthony and the men from his fraterntiy did the same. At the end, Anthony got down on his knee and sang the last verse of the song solo to his new bride. By the end, she had tears in her eyes – it was a really sweet moment.View More:

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Thank you to Terentia and Anthony for letting us be a part of your special day. We want to wish you all the best in your marriage!

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Brimley Bash Success! – Raleigh Event Planner

What an amazing honor it was to plan an event with The Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Brimley Society! The Brimley Bash took place on April 26th and delivered “a feast for the senses: dazzling lights, musical performances, dancing, divine food and delectable libations” while celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Nature Research Center opening. A Living Red Carpet, Champagne Chandelier aerialists and a never-before-seen-in-Raleigh ice curtain, greeted guests! Entertainment throughout the night ranged from a jazz trio, one of Raleigh’s best party bands and a video DJ to close out the evening. Music wasn’t the only entertainment as a long list of heavy hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks were displayed and passed for attendees to enjoy and experience.  Museum Director, Emlyn Koster and Special Guest, Soames Summerhays addressed the crowd and mingled with Brimley goers. Décor was inspired by the SECU Daily Planet Theater’s shape and sparkled with purples, lime greens, crystals and candles. Special thanks to all the vendors and Brimley Society volunteers who worked with Erin McLean Events to make the Brimley Bash an event to remember!

Thank you to our vendors:

Rocktop Hospitality

Walters and Walters Photography 

CE Rentals

The Dickens Band

Ice Occasions

DJ Al-Ski Love


Total Productions Services


The English Garden

Mark Wells Jazz Trio

Nationwide Valet







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Sacred Heart Cathedral and Second Empire Tavern Wedding | Raleigh NC Wedding Planner

Ann Marie and Peter had a beautiful ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral with a reception at The Second Empire. Peter was deployed for a year before the wedding, so we planned remotely with him while he was overseas in Afghanistan serving our country. Ann Marie is in medical school.  They are the sweetest couple that love each other so much, and love to laugh! I am so happy to know this couple and bringing this special event together for this amazing couple.

A big thanks go to all of the wonderful vendors that helped make this such an amazing wedding!

Wedding Planning and Design: Erin with Erin McLean Events

Ceremony  Venue: Sacred Heart Cathedral

Reception Venue: Second Empire

Photographer: Lauren Mann Photography

Florist: Fleurtations Florist

Makeup: Patricia Love

Hair: Makeup for Your Day

DJ: KMDJ Company

Congratulations to Ann Marie and — it was so awesome working with you and I wish you all the best!

Make it pretty!

Cotton Room Wedding – Durham Wedding Planner
Lindsay and Kyle were married in a valentine’s inspired Cotton Room Wedding this February! It was such a romantic and magical night. I loved working with Lindsay to plan all of the details and design.  We filled the space with a romantic pink, white and red palette that looked so beautiful. They had the most gorgeous sprinkling of snow the morning of the wedding!

Thank you to the great team of vendors for coming together to make this event amazing!

Wedding Planning and Design: Erin with Erin McLean Events

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Cotton Room

Photographer: Story Photographers

Florist: The English Garden

Dessert Bar: The Cotton Room

Hair and Makeup: Posh the Salon

DJ: KMDJ Company


Lindsay and Kyle were such an incredible couple to work with. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day. I wish you all the best!

Make it pretty!


Planning your Wedding: Which Coordinator is Right for You?

When it comes time to plan your wedding, you will find that there are so many decisions to make. One of the biggest things to keep in mind in those preliminary planning stages is what, and who you need to help you throughout the process.

F8 Photo Studios

Day-Of Coordinator:

A day-of coordinator works for you. This is a great  option for the go-get er’ brides that want to plan their whole wedding, but be able to relax the day-of by handing over the reins to a experienced professional who can ensure everything happens according to plan.

Although a day-of coordinator helps less with the details in the planning stage, they will make sure that all of the details come to fruition in the execution stage. They will give you a personalized timeline for the day to make sure things go smoothly, and they will also be the point-of-contact for the vendors should anything go wrong. A dedicated day-of coordinator will be there long before the event to make sure that everything is getting set up on schedule. At the end of the event, the day-of coordinator will help pack up and make sure that all personal items have been collected.   

Kevin Milz Photography and Whitebox Weddings

Wedding Planner:

A wedding planner also works for you. The difference between a day-of coordinator and a planner is that a planner will help you with every aspect of the wedding. They will help you pick out a venue and suggest vendors based on your budget and your vision.

Planners have one thing that most brides-to-be don’t. Wedding experience! Planners know the potential pitfalls of a wedding from start-to-finish. They will help you avoid them and steer you in a direction that can get you your dream wedding while staying on budget. This personalized one-on-one service means that if there is a question, or a problem arises, your planner can help. From start-to-finish, your planner will help with everything to make sure that your day is perfect.

Jagg Photography 

Venue Coordinator:

A venue coordinator works for the venue that you book. Their job consists of a variety of things including; selling the venue, giving a tour to potential clients and working on the details for the food service  setup, and arranging the menu. One of the most important things they will do for you is to ensure that the venue staff stays is ready to go, that the food service is excellent and that they venue is doing it’s best for you!

Venue coordinators love when the couple has a good wedding planner in place because it allows them to focus on what they need to do, which is oversee the venue staff during the event. 

Story Photographers

Church Coordinator:

A church coordinator is someone whose job consists of making sure that nothing in the wedding ceremony conflicts with the church schedule or belief system. They will schedule and attend the rehearsal, and also orchestrate the ceremony. However, they will not help with the reception after the ceremony. 

Emily Alane Photography

Erin McLean Events offers a variety of options to help you with your special day. We offer full service planning that will assist you with hiring vendors, negotiating contracts; and will also help with the overall design theme of the event. Erin McLean Events also offers day-of coordination.

One very special service that Erin McLean Events offers is Event Design Services. Tune in next Wednesday to see how you can benefit from Event Design Services.

Bay 7 Wedding- Durham Wedding Planner

Caitlin and Chris were married in March at this stunning Bay 7 wedding! I loved working with Caitlin! Such classic and elegant taste! The couple is based in DC and will be moving to London soon!











Caitlin and Chris were married under the Lucky Strike Tower. So cool!






Caitlin wanted it to feel as if it was a dinner party at her home. Because of the large guest count we mixed the table shapes and sizes, hung chandeliers and had a lot of candle light!










Chris and Caitlin are big foodies. Chris loves Enteman’s donut holes and Caitlin loves the cheese plate after dinner (my kind of girl!) So we brought both out after dinner. As guests left the reception they were greeted by the Only Burger truck. Delish!






The newlywed’s went on stage at the end of the night while Chris sang “You Shook Me All Night Long.” It was fantastic!! What a great celebration of such a great couple!



Wedding Planning and Design: Erin McLean Events

Photography: Kevin Milz Photography

Flowers: Tre Bella

Caterer: Durham Catering

Band: The Dickens

Lighting: Get Lit

Cake: Ashley Cakes

Rentals: CE Rentals

Food Truck: Only Burger

Invitations: EmDotZee

Getting Ready Location: King’s Daughter’s Inn


So happy to know you both!! Cheers to a wonderful marriage!!



Fearrington Wedding – Chapel Hill Wedding Planner

Rachelle and Chris are a special couple. If you haven’t heard their story you can learn more about them here.  This is couple is what it is all about.  I am so honored to have been their wedding planner. Some called the “Wedding of the Year!!”, I tend to agree! I had so much fun planning Rachelle and Chris’s Wedding!

Rachelle & Chris – feat. on CNN, Yahoo!, NBC’s TODAY SHOW. Chapel Hill, NC from Matt Davis on Vimeo.


I cannot begin to tell you how special this amazing day was!!!

This adorable couple featured on The Today Show!
















Photography: Martha Manning Photography

Music: DJ Steve Stowe with Joe Bundy DJ Company

Flowers, Cake, Food: Fearrington

Videographer: Life Stage Films

Make Up: Made-Up by Lindsay Morse

MC: Mike Morse

Invitations: Sherri Coyle


Don't get swamped with your To Do's!

What a great idea! Throughout the planning process, even the most organized bride can border on Bridezilla. Let’s face it, there is  a lot to do and it can be overwhelming! But the geniuses over at Whomi came up with these great To Do Pads! 

People want to help you with your planning but they often don’t know how. Can it get any easier?? 

Fall is here!!

I love Fall!!I grew up in PA, so I love when it gets chillier. I absolutely love Fall Weddings! I think it is because of the decor options. Weddings to me are all about texture and colors. In Fall, why not incorporate some crushed velvet, burlap, or twigs.

There are so many great ways to incorporate the season. I love reds, browns, oranges, golds, and green. But, you can also use softer colors. I am currently in love with grouping pale blues, pale pinks, light gold, and brown together. It is a elegant, classic, and simple.

I saw this cake on Martha Stewart and love it:

I love carrying over that look into the centerpieces, but the possibilities are endless.

I love this idea of using white pumpkins and gourds and white candles. How fun is this??

Play up fall produce in your food. Why not use a pumpkin soup and an apple orchard salad?

These are just a few thoughts about fall. There are so many unique and fabulous ideas!