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.


Lauren + Jeff | Classic Southern Summer Affair | Duke Gardens Wedding

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Talk about a classic Southern affair. This lovely Duke Gardens summer wedding was just perfect. Lauren + Jeff have immaculate taste. From the blush and gold reception details to the heirloom WWI cake cutting sword, this couple treated their guests to a gorgeous night of music and sparkling cocktails.  The weather was perfect and the bridal party was glowing in floor length blush gowns – perfect for summer. Jeff and Lauren, both Duke grads, chose to do the non-traditional first look on the campus where they first met. With their wedding party looking on, they got to share a sweet moment together before exchanging their vows.

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Lauren’s stunning solitaire was right at home in her new Mrs. Box.

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Lauren’s bouquet was a gorgeous mix of warm blush and ivories, a compilation of dahlias, garden roses, hydrangea, and ranunculus.

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Among all the pretty details were these custom bar signs created for the bride and groom. Guests were treated to Singapore & Stormy cocktails – an ode to the Groom’s upbringing in Singapore and Georgia Peaches for Lauren’s Southern roots.

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A big thank you to all the vendors who brought Lauren + Jeff’s day to life!

Wedding Planning – Carrington, Erin McLean Events

Photography – Callie Davis, Nancy Ray Photography

Venue – Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Catering + Cake – Catering Works

Videography – Twenty-One Films

Florals – Tre Bella Florist 

Ceremony Sound + Reception Music – Bunn DJ Company 

Ceremony Musicians – Justin Hoke Duo

Hair + Makeup – Makeup For Your Day 

Ceremony Officiant – Barbara Lodge

Rentals – CE Rental

Transportation – Carolina Livery 

Lighting / AV – Get Lit Special Event Lighting

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Alex + William | NC Planner| Erin McLean Events| Duke Chapel

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Combining their passions of art and North Carolina, it was no surprise that Alex and William chose the Nasher Museum of Art to celebrate their special day! When Alex told me her design inspiration was champagne, classic and fun. I knew we would get along just perfectly! The space was transformed into a walk down art history lane. The custom table names featured former and current artist to coincide with their love of art. When the guests found their seats they were greeted with individual bottles of Champagne. The intimate feel of ivory, navy and gold, aided in the couple’s vision of their dream wedding.

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Thank you to the following vendors for making Alex + William’s dream wedding a reality! Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Hudson!

Event Design- Erin McLean Events

Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Reception- Nasher Museum of Art

Florals- Tre Bella

Cake- Ashley Cakes

Rentals- CE Rentals

Photography- Siousca Photography

DJ- Allen Smith, Spin DJ

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Inspiration & a hint!

Hello ladies! We have all kinds of new and exciting changes in the works for EME…so many that we can’t share just quite yet, but make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter because there will be all kinds of fun things we want to share with you (and hint hint…we’re announcing a first of many giveaways next week, so make sure you’re following to enter!)

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It may be finally cooling down here in North Carolina, but my mind is already wandering to spring wedding trends (I was a March baby…I can’t help it!) I’m already blown away by next seasons lush florals, personality-packed cakes, and exquisite gowns… but one of my most favorite trends I’ve seen develop for Spring 14 is the watercolor wedding palette!

Romantic, soft, feminine, and a bit abstract, I’m finding a watercolor wedding palette to be such a  refined way to showcase a bride’s penchant for beauty, art, and femininity.

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Are you serious with these dip-dyed marshmallows? So simple yet soo pretty and sweet! I’m a little obsessed.

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I’m in LOVE with this watercolor invitation suite. Letterpress + peach watercolor=perfection. Bonus, this one includes a DIY tutorial!

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These metallic gold pennants from BHLDN would be the perfect compliment strung up over your macaron table, especially when your macarons are sprinkled with edible gold leaf.

So so pretty!

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Erin, Tia, Carrington, and I are practically bubbling over with excitement about what’s to come. We think you’ll be too, so stay tuned!

<3 Melissa

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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Wedding Tip Thursday!

Becca Jane and Todd Wedding-001You may have started thinking about what perfume you’d like to wear on your wedding. (And actually, if you haven’t, you may want to get some samples and test them out. I can promise you that the perfume you wear that day will always remind you of your wedding!) And you may have even thought about the fragrances you love in certain flowers. But don’t forget to think about the overall effect of scents at your ceremony and reception – specifically the abundance of fragrance that can quickly fill a space. You may love the scent of a lily…but consider how 100 of them will smell in a closed-in space. Or perhaps you are considering using scented candles to create a certain mood…but scented candles can be completely overwhelming when they adorn every single table. So, be cautious, talk to your florist and designer about flowers or scents to avoid and take their advice. If you really want to get fancy, you can actually hire a multiscensory marketing firm (yes, they do exist) to help create the perfect scent for your wedding day!

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Happy Holidays!

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We want to wish everybody happy holidays! Enjoy family, friends and blackjackcash food while you relax and recharge for 2013.

We will be returning January 2nd.

Happy New Years!

– The Team at Erin McLean Events

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo Credit: Best Home Decorators, Hostess with the Mostess, Just Weddings, Addicted 2 Decorating, Shelterness

 As we gather to give thanks this Holiday, it’s a great time to think about how you will show your gratitude to your Bridal Party. I have a great idea for saying thank you that gives back – instead of jewelry or monogrammed totes, why not give the gift of paying it forward? Take the time to find a charity organization that means something to each of your Bridesmaids and make a donation in their name. Make it personal – do they love children, animals, have a heart for the elderly or perhaps have been blessed by the care of a loved one by a Hospice volunteer? Present the “gift” with a thoughtful card explaining why you chose the charity and remind them of why you are thankful for them. If you’d like to include something more tangible, Dean & DeLuca has an adorable “Thank You” cookie tin that would be a sweet addition!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

DIY Friday! Burlap Table Runner

Happy DIY Friday! We made a burlap table runner that would work great for your Thanksgiving table! This could be used on its own or on top of another linen. It adds a pretty fall accent to any table setting!

All you need is:

-Burlap (we only needed 1 yard)

-Scissors

-Sewing machine and thread

-we used a large sewing ruler

Simply measure the length you want for your table and the width you need. We went with a casino online 14 inch width to allow for the edging. Cut your fabric in the rectangle you need.

Sew a simple stitch one inch in from the edge of the fabric. Do this on both sides and the ends. Then we simply pulled the burlap slowly to leave a fringed edge.  Iron and you are ready to set your table!

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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.

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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.   

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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