From Miss to Mrs.

From Miss to Mrs.

Ladies....The big day has come and gone. You've returned from your honeymoon as Mrs and you realize that you have to legally change your last name. You were caught up with planning and the big day you never looked into what do I need to do to change my name. We've put together a view steps to help you.

Things to consider before saying "yes" to being a bridesmaid

You meet your best girlfriend out for lunch and she gives you the best news,"OMG, I'm getting married!" As you two scream with excitement and you congratulate her she asks you,"Will you be a bridesmaid?" Before you give her an answer you may want to consider what comes along with that role.

With the help of a few of our past and present brides, we give you 5 things to consider before saying yes.


1. Time: You are going to share your time. Dress shopping, putting together wedding favors and invitations, running wedding day errands, attending bridal showers and more.

2. Expenses: Dress, shoes, jewelry, makeup, hair, nails, bridal shower, bachelorette party, bridal party apparel, and possible out of town expenses.

3. Meeting all deadlines: You may not understand why you have to purchase your dress 6 months prior to the wedding but trust us there is a reason why. Most bridal salons will tell you bridesmaid dresses need to be ordered 3 to 4 months prior to the wedding date. There are a lot of factors in this reasoning ( colors, season, is it a popular dress, etc.).  Also keep in mind to allow time for any alterations.

4. Being a Team Player: It's the bride's big day! Give opinions and suggestions when asked. Don't get upset if the bride decides on something that you don't agree with. Try not to push back when asked to do certain things like wear a particular hairstyle, cover any tattoos, and more.

5. Offering Support: There is nothing like having support from your friends. 

Let's face it when asked you are super excited and honored. However, you must consider if you will be able to do everything that's asked of you. No one knows your life better than you. It's okay to say, "I will not be able to be a bridesmaid in your wedding but don't forget to send me my invitation."

The bride is usually your best friend, friend, or family member and its ok to decline. I'm sure the bride will understand.

Now, if you say. "Yes, count me in!" Remember its the bride's day so try not to add an additional stress that isn't necessary.


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Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning owned and operated byCertified Wedding Planner Natosha Graham

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Are you planning a nautical theme wedding?

Photo from company website

Photo from company website

This past month we had the pleasure of touring 4 amazing venues located in Beaufort, NC and New Bern, NC. From spectacular views of the water to the hardwood floors and chandeliers, I'm sure one will fit your wedding day vision.  We all know the second decision you make for your wedding is the wedding and reception venue, you know after you've hired your wedding planner first of course. So today we will be blogging on The Boathouse at Front Street Village.

We had the pleasure of touring this amazing waterfront venue with Annette Jacocks. This venue offers a panoramic view of Shackleford Banks for your guest to enjoy when arriving for your wedding. It also offers the convenience of have the wedding ceremony and reception at the same place because they have an amazing chef and staff to prepare the menu of your choice. They also have a covered deck on the second floor in case it rains so no need to reserve a tent for your Plan B. Oh, we forgot to mention they also include nautical decorations if you would like to use. From golf carts to trolleys to transport guest, you can't go wrong with this venue. For more information visit their website at or contact Annette Jacocks at 252-838-1524.

Stay tuned for our next venue blog post!

Who Pays? The Bride's Family or the Groom's Family?

In today's society more couples are choosing to pay for their own wedding. Not that they don't want any help from there parents but some couples want to make sure they get what the want for their wedding, some couples are a little older, or it may be the second time around. However, ever now and again, we get a bride who asks, "Who pays for what? His family or mine?"

So here is the TRADITlONAL breakdown of who pays for what when planning a wedding:


  • Groom's wedding ring
  • Gift for the groom on wedding day
  • Bridesmaids gifts and hostesses


  • Bride's engagement ring and wedding rings
  • Gift for bride
  • Fee for the marriage license
  • Bride's Bouquet
  • Corsages for the groom's and bride's mom
  • Boutonnieres for the groomsmen
  • Gifts for the best man, groomsmen, and ushers
  • Honeymoon
  • Officiant(fee)
  • Your wedding attire

Groomsmen and Bridesmaids:

  • Your own wedding attire
  • Your own travel expenses
  • Wedding gift for the couple
  • Bachelor and Bachelorette Party/getaway

Bride's Parents:

  • Bridesmaids bouquets
  • Bride's wedding dress and veil
  • Ceremony Venue and Reception Venue
  • Flowers and decorations for the ceremony and reception venue
  • Food and Beverage for the reception
  • Gift for the couple
  • Wedding invitations and announcements including postage
  • Musicians
  • Photographer and/or videographer
  • Services for the wedding planner/coordinator
  • Tent if its on outdoor wedding or reception
  • Wedding Cake
  • Your own wedding attire

Grooms Parents:

  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Gifts for the couple
  • Your own wedding attire