Tips When Planning An Outside Wedding

Tips When Planning An Outside Wedding

Spring, Summer, and Fall are your seasons for an outdoor wedding. However, there are a lot of things to be aware of when planning one. Here are our 10 Tips for you when planning an outside wedding if you don’t hire a professional.

How to Navigate through the Drama of Creating a Guest List

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Yes, No, Maybe..

“Oh no, We’re over the Guest Count!”

Do you know what the hardest task is for all couples planning a wedding? You guessed it creating the guest list. From our recent and past couples, it normally takes about 2-3 months for them to complete this task. I know, I know….2 to 3 months you say. However, between you and your fiancé’s guest list and your parents guest list (yes, your parent’s list), this is why this task takes so long to complete. So we have put together some tips so this task won’t be so daunting.

  1. Start by compiling a list of everyone you would like to attend your wedding and I do mean everyone.

  2. Be sure to include your entire wedding party

    • the couple

    • bridesmaids (maid and matron of honor)

    • groomsmen (best man)

    • parents

    • grandparents

    • ushers

    • hostesses

    • flower girl

    • ring bearer/sign holder/bell ringer

    • officiant

    • vendors (photographer, videographer, dj, planner and assistant). This vendors will be there either all day or part of the day and need a meal.

  3. Cut, Cut, Cut…..(so who do I cut)

    • Missing in action family members (if you haven’t talked with them in years your wedding is not the event to reconnect, wait to do that at the family reunion)

    • Friends you haven’t spoken to years (we suggest if you haven’t spoken to them in a few years is okay not to invite them)

    • Work Friends ( you can’t invite everyone from work, we recommend inviting them to the showers that way they can celebrate this special occasion with you.

  4. Consider making your wedding an Adult Only event

A lot of times we over analyze “the list” but honestly this is your day. You shouldn’t be worried about what someone is going to say if they don’t get an invite. We hope these tips are helpful and help you through this process.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning Raleigh, New Bern, Wilson, and Greenville North Carolina. Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning owned and operated by Certified Wedding Planner Natosha Graham

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning offers Wedding Day Management Services formerly known as Day of Wedding Coordination, Partial Wedding Planning Services, Full Service Wedding Planning Services, and Event Design Services for all your Social Events.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning caters to Weddings and Events in Greenville North Carolina, Raleigh North Carolina, and surrounding Eastern North Carolina Wedding locations and Worldwide.

What a Ceremony!!

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We are officially official,lol!

We, Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning, finally became officially official on March 22, 2019 when we held our ribbon cutting ceremony at the Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce located downtown Kinston, NC. Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning, LLC was started in March of 2015. As with any small business starting we know its crucial to plan the first years with providing potential clients with information regarding who you are and what you can provide for them. Along with networking with industry professionals.

Exquisite Events would like to thank everyone who came out on our special day to celebrate with us, our team of volunteers who are always there to help, the Kinston-Lenoir Chamber Committee and Members, our past clients and our future clients, our wonderful industry professionals, family, and friends. We are excited to see what God has for us.

We offer wedding planning packages (coordination and full planning). Décor packages for social events (birthday, retirement, graduation parties and more. Be sure to contact us for your wedding or event at 252-624-9673 or email us at tosha@exquisiteeventsnc.com

Photo Credit: Brandon Davis-Kinston Lenoir Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director


Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning Raleigh, New Bern, Wilson, Goldsboro, and Greenville North Carolina.

 Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning owned and operated by Certified Wedding Planner Natosha Graham

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning offers Wedding Day Management Services formerly known as Day of Wedding Coordination, Partial Wedding Planning Services, Full Service Wedding Planning Services, and Event Design Services for all your Social Events.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning caters to Weddings and Events in Greenville North Carolina, Raleigh North Carolina, and surrounding Eastern North Carolina Wedding locations and Worldwide.

Be Inspired Young Women's Conference

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Be Inspired

Pouring into the hearts of young women is something our owner, Natosha Graham, has had a passion for and putting together a young women's conference seem to be a great way to do just that. 

June 2, 2018 we had our first of many young women's conference held at The Community Council of the Arts located in Kinston, North Carolina. The conference is designed to give young women between the ages of 16-25 motivation and inspiration to be great as they venture down their path in life. As well as providing helpful information to help them along the way. This year's topic was Finding & Loving Yourself. We brought in speakers that spoke on natural hair care, make up tips and tricks, appropriate undergarments, and more. Our keynote speaker was Jasmine Armstrong (Ms. Black NC 2018) who is a nationally certified, and licensed Recreation Therapist who graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and she also owns Heart of the Matter.

"When I was around 14-15 years old, my mom left my dad, my brother, and I. I did not have a female presence in my life to teach me things that a young women should know, so I had to figure it out on my own," states Natosha. "I want young women to know that they can push forward and get through the obstacles they may face.

This conference will be an annual event and we will have a specific topic (dating, finances, single mothers, etc) each year. Let's support, encourage and motivate our youth as much as we can. They are our future!

 

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning Raleigh, New Bern, Wilson, and Greenville North Carolina.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning owned and operated by Certified Wedding Planner Natosha Graham

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning offers Wedding Day Management Services formerly known as Day of Wedding Coordination, Partial Wedding Planning Services, Full Service Wedding Planning Services, and Event Design Services for all your Social Events.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning caters to Weddings and Events in Greenville North Carolina, Raleigh North Carolina, and surroundingEastern North Carolina Wedding locations and Worldwide.

Let's talk Gifts for Groomsmen

One of the most difficult decisions a couple has to make is what gifts to give the wedding party attendees and usually the groomsmen gifts are the difficult. We went on a search to suggest just a few ideas to help you. We did have the pleasure of asking a past groom how did he go about choosing his gifts and he stated " I choose to pick different gifts for each of my groomsmen that was unique to their personality. I didn't want to get them all the same gifts because that seemed impersonal to me."

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Groomsmen Gift Ideas

1. Personalized Cigarette Lighter

2. Stainless Steel Personalized Mug

3. Personalized Duffle Bag

4. Personalized Socks

5. Personalized Pocket Knives

6. Personalized Men Essential Case

7. Personalized Yeti Tumblers

8. Personalized Wrist Watch

9. Personalized Beer Glass

10. Personalized Cufflinks

11. Personalized Dog Tags

12. Personalized Flask

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning Raleigh, New Bern, Wilson, and Greenville North Carolina.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning owned & operated by Certified Wedding Planner Natosha Graham

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning offers Wedding Day Management Services formerly known as Day of Wedding Coordination, Partial Wedding Planning Services, Full Service Wedding Planning Services, and Event Design Services for all your Social Events.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning caters to Weddings and Events in Greenville North Carolina, Raleigh North Carolina, and surrounding Eastern North Carolina Wedding locations and Worldwide.

"I'm Engaged!" Here are 5 tips on what to do next

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5 Tips on what to do next when you say, "Yes"

We are going to keep the blog short, sweet, and to the point.

1. Tell everyone!: It's your turn. Don't be shy and not share.

2. Talk to a planner: Whether you decide to hire a planner or not. A planner can educate you on many aspects of planning a wedding especially the cost. Planning a wedding is a lot bigger than planning a small event. 

2. Select a date: Every wedding professional you contact will ask this when you reach out to them.

3. Select a guest count: This will change many times, lol. Just set a max.

4. Select a style of wedding you would like to have.

5. Select a maximum cost you want to invest in your wedding

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Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning Raleigh, Garner New Bern, Wilson, and Greenville North Carolina.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning owned and operated by Certified Wedding Planner Natosha Graham

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning offers Wedding Day Management Services formerly known as Day of Wedding Coordination, Partial Wedding Planning Services, Full Service Wedding Planning Services, and Event Design Services for all your Social Events.


Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning caters to Weddings and Events
in Greenville North Carolina, Raleigh North Carolina, and surrounding

Eastern North Carolina Wedding locations and Worldwide

Deck the Halls

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Its the most wonderful time of year and it's time to deck those halls or at least your home.

We know that walking through the department stores Christmas section can be a little overwhelming. As well as what areas in your home to decorate. So we decided to give you a few tips to help you this holiday season.

What areas of your home to decorate? Now if you are one of the ladies or gentleman and Christmas is your favorite holiday you'll probably decorate your entire home (inside and out). But those of you who don't have a lot of time to, here are a list of areas we recommend. We recommend decorating your main living space, your dining room/kitchen table, and/or fireplace mantle.

Now we are going to give you a few tips/pointers for shopping, setting up your decorations, and storage.

  • Pick at least 3 colors for your decorations (this will keep you focused when out shopping)
  • Pick a theme (you don't have to have a theme, however having one will also keep you focused)
  • Use different size/finishes ornaments on your tree (glitter, matte finish, glossy, decorative ones, etc)
  • Use mesh and ribbon as garland (don't be scared to mix patterns)
  • Be creative with your tree topper (bows, floral picks, florals, etc),
  • Be sure to fluff your tree, wreaths, and garland so they look full once decorated (we love using pre-lit everything.)
  • Be creative (there is no right or wrong way)
  • Check the lights on everything before you start decorating
  • Make sure all decorations are secure (outside decor needs to withstand the elements)
  • Use electrical cords and lighting that specifies outside use.
  • When using a real christmas tree be sure to keep it watered. (Dry/Brittle tree becomes a fire hazard)
  • Use sturdy containers to store decor in (try to separate in categories)
  • Shop after the holiday season for the following year (you receive good discounts when the holiday is over)

These are some of the tips/pointers we felt would be helpful to you this holiday season and remember.....

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Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning Raleigh, New Bern, and Greenville North Carolina.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning owned and operated by Certified Wedding Planner Natosha Graham

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning offers Wedding Day Management Services formerly known as Day of Wedding Coordination, Partial Wedding Planning Services, Full Service Wedding Planning Services, and Event Design Services for all your Social Events.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning caters to Weddings and Events
in Greenville North Carolina, Raleigh North Carolina, and surrounding

Eastern North Carolina Wedding locations and Worldwide.

Journey to finding the perfect Bridal Gown

As we exit the peak wedding season and enter engagement season, I know all the engaged ladies are looking for the perfect dress. You've been flipping through countless magazines and searching the internet for "the dress". So we put together some tips to help you on your wedding dress journey.

  1. Schedule an appointment at the bridal shop. Most shops will have a consultant to help you try on dresses.
  2. Don't wear makeup. You will be trying on a lot of dress that day and most will go on over your head.
  3. Bring at least 2-4 people to help you make a decision. If you invite more you could get overwhelmed with everyones opinions.
  4. Bring some water. You will get tired,lol.
  5. Try on different styles. You will be surprised at what you may like once its on you.
  6. If the shop allows, take pictures. You may can't remember how you looked in dress once you leave.
  7. Don't rush making a decision. Visit other shops to see what other designers they may can offer you.
  8. Don't be afraid of color!! Try a blush or ivory wedding gown.
  9. When you feel you have "the one", let them jack you up!! Add the other accessories, your consultant should be able to pick the perfect accessories to go with your gown.
  10. HAVE FUN!!!!
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Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning Raleigh, New Bern, and Greenville North Carolina.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning owned and operated by Certified Wedding Planner Natosha Graham

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning offers Wedding Day Management Services formerly known as Day of Wedding Coordination, Partial Wedding Planning Services, Full Service Wedding Planning Services, and Event Design Services for all your Social Events.

Exquisite Events Wedding and Event Planning caters to Weddings and Events
in Greenville North Carolina, Raleigh North Carolina, and surrounding

Eastern North Carolina Wedding locations and Worldwide.