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.

Meredith Chapel & Stockroom Wedding – Raleigh Day of Coordinator

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Marissa & Wes were the picture perfect couple on their wedding day. We absolutely loved working with them! It was easy to tell that these two were the perfect match. Marissa was a very creative and DIY minded bride. She had a vision for her wedding day we were so excited when she brought us in to be her Day of Coordinator. She added the couple’s personal touch on each part of their wedding weekend.

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Marissa and Wes chose to have their ceremony at the beautiful Jones Chapel on the campus of her Alma Mater  – Meredith College adding sentimental pieces to their wedding weekend!

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Marissa enlisted the help of Themeworks Creative to bring in the perfect amount of lighting to dress up the Stockroom with just enough “glam” factor!

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The couple even took dance lessons and surprised their friends and family with a sweet waltz when they were introduced at the new Mr. & Mrs. Was Stephenson.

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How cute were these favors?! The bride wanted a complete “candy bar” for guests to chose from at the end of the evening.

1-6711-7481-7841-8251-826Thank you to all the lovely vendors who collaborated on this wedding! Ceremony: Meredith College, Jones Chapel Reception: The Stock Room at 230 Caterer: Rocky Top Catering Wedding Coordinator: Carrington, Erin McLean Events Florals + Lighting: Themeworks Creative Rentals: CE Rental Photography: Magnolia South Photography Cake: Sugarland DJ: Frank, Bunn DJ Company Transportation: The Raleigh Trolley Officiant: Rev. Barbara Lodgesignature

Castle Ladyhawke Wedding – North Carolina Wedding Planner
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Justin and Bernie were married on October 20th at Castle Ladyhawke in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. It was the perfect time of year for a gorgeous mountain-side ceremony and reception. All of the leaves were changing color, which was the perfect backdrop for such a romantic event.

It was a pleasure being able to work with Bernie and Justin on their wedding. They were so fun to work with! We never stopped laughing throughout the whole planning! Their wedding featured a wine-tasting cocktail hour and an incredible menu. And when it was time to dance, everybody was on the dance floor! You can just tell how much fun everyone was having and how they were enjoying themselves and celebrating with the newlyweds.

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How sweet is this ring bearer and flower girl?

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So happy when my couples love the finished product!

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I have a great team of vendors to thank for helping make this such an amazing day.

Wedding Planning and Event Design: Erin McLean Events

Photographer – Kevin Milz

Caterer – Belles Catering

Hair & Makeup – Makeup For Your Day

Florist – The English Garden

Cake – Tiffany’s Baking Company

Band – MVP

Linens: CE Rentals 

Papergoods: Cute Buttons

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Thank you Bernie and Justin for letting me be a part of planning your wedding!! You both are so perfect for each other!!



Why YOU need a Day of Wedding Coordinator

Why YOU need a Day of Wedding Coordinator

Every girl dreams of her fairytale wedding, and in those dreams the bride isn’t frantically running around setting up or calling the florist because the flowers are late. A true fairytale wedding usually consists of laughter, bubbles, golden rays of sunshine and moments that are so perfect that they seem to be happening in slow motion. That fairytale dream wedding can be the reality with a day-of wedding coordinator.

Mishaps and mistakes are inevitable, but with a day-of coordinator, they will remain invisible! We can handle any hiccups that may arise and swiftly step in and handle them. With a day-of coordinator you and your family can completely relax and enjoy the beautiful moments without having to sweat the small stuff. Besides us, nobody should feel like they are “working” at your wedding. It allows you, and everyone else to forget the details: it is our job to remember.

With all of the months of planning, you don’t want to leave everything up to chance on the big day. A day-of coordinator will provide the peace of mind that everything will stay on track and that if a problem arises that it will be dealt with on the spot.

We will create a personalized timeline for your day and ensure that things go smoothly, and we will be the liaison for your vendors. This is to guarantee everything goes off without a hitch while you are getting hitched! Vendors tend to have a lot of commitments, so if something is to go awry, we will handle it. Scheduling conflict? Delivery delay? You will never know. Having us around enables everyone to enjoy their time with the peace of mind that someone is taking care of things.

We will be there for set up when the anxiety is building and the butterflies are fluttering, and we will be there to pack up after the butterflies have flown and you’ve had the best night of your life as the new Mrs. We are here for you, behind the scenes to make sure that when you remember your special day, that you remember that it was perfect.

For more details about the difference between a venue coordinator, church coordinator, wedding planner and day-of coordinator, stay tuned for our next post!



Happy Tuesday Shoesday!

Happy Tuesday Shoesday! online casino I thought these BHLDN Spirit-Of-The-Moment Heels were so sweet!

Make it Pretty!!

Wedding Gown Wednesday!


I so love the neckline of this Pronovias Gown!

Maybe it is the model’s amazing bun (how do I get that?) or the lighting. Whatever it is, this is so feminine!

Love it or Leave it?

Make it Pretty!

Make it Pretty Monday!! Wedding Hairstyles!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It was super hot here in Raleigh, but it was a good excuse to get some pool time it!

My brides are always looking for ideas for their wedding hair. I pulled a few off of the Knot that I think are so pretty!




NC State Club Wedding – Raleigh Wedding Planner

Barbara and Scott were married this past summer in a gorgeous and fun NC State Club wedding! I truly enjoyed getting to know Barbara and Scott through the planning! They are a classic couple who know how to have a great time! I met Barbara through a past bride while she was successfully running for NC Supreme Court. Impressive, huh? I loved her style and ideas!

Check out this Tar Heel pride?

How cute is he?

Caught arranging programs!

I LOVED her gown!!

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Krispy Kreme favors. Yes, please!!

Steve kept the floor packed!!


Wedding Planning: Erin McLean Events

Reception: NC State Club

Photographer: f8 Photo Studios

Florist: Tre Bella

DJ: Steve Stowe with Bunn DJ Company

Hair and Makeup: Makeup for Your Day

Lighting: Simpsound

Cake: Edible Art


Congratulations Barbara and Scott!!! I loved working with you both!


Wedding Gown Wednesday!

So, I am obsessed with this gown since I saw it this weekend at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show. I was stunned how this just floated down the runway!

In Vera’s words:

If there is any one dress in my Spring 2012 collection that epitomizes the pageantry of the Paris Opera, it’s Hayley. The centerpiece of this dress, for me, is the absolutely stunning, theatrical cascade of organza petals in the skirt, all cut from the most delicate tissue organza. They just float on the dress like a spilling bouquet. I did the petals in two tones: first, in a soft sand color, and then a nude, so it just gives you a complex tonality that’s a little more special.

For even more movement and excitement in the skirt, I’ve also used pleated honeycomb tulle—it gives you a whole other texture and volume underneath that petal effect. You almost picture Hayley swirling across the stage in a Degas painting.

The dropped-waist bodice features softly draped illusion organza over a corset. That transparency effect—that play between “reveal” and “conceal”—is one of my favorite techniques.

I’ve used all the textures in this dress, particularly in the petals, to give Hayley a rich, luxurious look, instead of going with traditional bling. For me, it’s about using fabric manipulations to make things look new and modern. And it’s also all about the motion in the whole gown, not the static detail. I love being able to achieve slouch and ease in a gown, and I always do this very purposefully, with layer upon layer of organic elements, as you see in Hayley. Getting that stunning combination of seemingly effortless beauty that’s so perfect and strategic: that’s what brings a dress together for me.

I like my bridal collections to be filled with unexpected touches—everything is very deliberately mixed up, assembled together, and then taken apart again, until I’ve found that perfect balance between architecture and effortlessness.


Tuesday Shoesday!

Love these Stuart Weitzman Bridal Shoes!


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!