Thursday, September 27, 2012

An Island Wedding on the Outer Banks

It was such a pleasure working with Sarah and Vince.  Thank you Kristi Midgette Photography for the beautiful pictures.

Beth Pallett 102 Cannon Gate Road Manteo, NC 27954 Phone: (252) 573-9109

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Kind Words

It is always so nice to hear from my brides and grooms after their weddings.  I wanted to share a thank note received last week.  It is kind words like these that warms my heart.

Courtesy of Matt Lusk Photography
Dear Beth,

I want to THANK YOU for your support along the way!  Your advice, input and suggestions were spot on and set the stage for a perfect wedding weekend!  Dan and I, hands down agree that May 18 – 20 was the best time of our lives.  We owe much thanks to you.  From our first rendezvous discussing details and looking at the sites to the end of the reception, your calm presence, insight, and detail oriented personality paved the way for an extraordinary series of wedding events!  The wedding day was seamless, and you, Jennifer and Christie had so much to do with that.  Behind the scenes, I am sure there was a lot going on, but looking at you and your staff, you would never know.  And one of the best things, is that on the wedding day you all took the planning pressure and coordination off of us and our families, so we truly got to focus on all the amazing moments.  Leading up to the ceremony it was nice having Jennifer right there, always close by; her calm demeanor was most appreciated and allowed me not to get soooo hyped up.  I also want to say thanks for your vendor recommendations; I wouldn’t change a single one of them!  I know it was business, but I do miss our check-ins and cracking up; what good times!

All the best,

Christy and Dan

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Engaging Events Welcomes Liz Myers to the Team

Engaging Events welcomes summer intern, Liz Myers. Liz is originally from Charlotte, NC and is currently a junior at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She is studying Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a concentration in Program Management and minoring in Business. Liz hopes to one day be an event planner at the Outer Banks and we are so happy to have her on board!

Beth Pallett 102 Cannon Gate Road Manteo, NC 27954 Phone: (252) 573-9109

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kids or No Kids…That is the Question

Photo by Julie Dreelin's Beach Productions
Having children at your wedding ceremony and reception has many points to consider.  By now you have gone over your guest list and know what it is going to cost per person to feed and accommodate each guest.  Second, how are the children on the list going to mix with your Dream Day?  You may not want to have kids at your destination wedding, but realize that your friends and family won’t be able to attend if they can't bring them.  Here are some great ideas to help with this dilemma.

Consider hiring professional sitters to look after the kids during the wedding and reception.  Make it fun for the kids by hosting a pizza party and movie night at a central beach house or hotel. Party favors for kids are a great idea too.  Even a small plastic pail filled with coloring books and fun activities can be quite the treat.

Photo by Rebecca Keeling Studios

Did you decide that your wedding wouldn't be complete without your nieces and nephews?  Make sure you talk with the caterer about a kids menu to save money and to keep kids happy.  Having a special kids table with fun things to do can keep them entertained at the reception.  A few special venues may even have additional packages to add on that will entertain your young guests. The NC Aquarium offers hands on programs for children and a local plantation offers candle dipping.

Let me help with these options, as well as, hiring professional sitters.

Beth Pallett 102 Cannon Gate Road Manteo, NC 27954 Phone: (252) 573-9109

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Who Said you Can't Play with Your Food?

Sweet Potato Fries in Paper Wrap
Photo courtesy of Beach Productions
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Photo courtesy of Beach Productions
You have put in a lot of thought in to the location of your wedding and reception. The décor and colors are all chosen and now it's time to start thinking about what food you are going to serve your guests. Choosing the menu is not as daunting as it may seem and can be quite fun. I recommend that couples choose cuisine that reflects the area and is meaningful to them.

You are having a destination wedding so consider local cuisine. When getting married on the Outer Banks you do not want to serve Maine lobster.  How about fresh caught tuna or seasonal local crab?  A shrimp and grit station is always a huge crowd pleaser.  There is abundance of locally fresh caught seafood that can make the perfect choice. Aren't seafood lovers?  Consider other Southern cuisine such as; North Carolina barbeque, fried green tomatoes, or sweet potato biscuits.

Individual Mac and Cheese
Photo courtesy of Beach Production
Another important consideration is to remember your own personal favorites. Just as the location has special meaning to you both, choose a menu that does the same. Love cheeseburger sliders and fries?  How about mac and cheese?  Don't think that would be appropriate for a wedding? You will be amazed how a great caterer can take a simple dish and turn it into a showstopper.

Have fun and play with your food ... your guests will love you for it.

Beth Pallett 102 Cannon Gate Road Manteo, NC 27954 Phone: (252) 573-9109

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Manteo to Manhattan

Photo courtesy of Basnight Photography
Looking back on the 2011 Dream Wedding, I have to say that the road trip to New York ‘s Kleinfeld followed by a photo shoot in Times Square was one of the highlights. Tamarra, winner of the 2011 Dream Wedding, was accompanied by myself, Michelle Bunce of Jennette’s Pier, Mary Basnight of Basnight Photography and Benny Baldwin of Baldwin Video.  The 2011 Dream Wedding prize package, valued for $43,000, included a gift certificate towards a wedding gown that was graciously given by Kleinfeld themselves.

Photo courtesy of Basnight Photography
Kleinfeld is nationally renowned for its bridal gowns, service, and of course home to TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress”. Tamarra was whisked away for her private consultation and presented to us in several beautiful gowns. I remember when she came out in the Maggie Sottero diamond A-line gown with sweetheart neckline and ruffles I was speechless. Tamarra was absolutely stunning, so much so, that I became choked up and teary eyed. All I could say to her was “Yes to the Dress!”

Beth Pallett 102 Cannon Gate Road Manteo, NC 27954 Phone: (252) 573-9109

Friday, January 27, 2012

Don’t be afraid of Color, wedding decor for the Outer Banks, NC

Weddings, it brings to mind white dresses, bouquets of white flowers, receptions decked out with white linens and fine white china and crystal goblets.  STOP – let’s back up. Why do we automatically think of white table linens and starched white napkins?  Who said everything had to be white?  Live it up.  Choose to be bold and throw some color into the mix, and no we’re not referring to colorful ornate centerpieces.  Ditch the white linens and go bold.  Choosing color linens can save money and really boost the look and feel of the reception venue.  Color sets the tone for the celebration; fun, formal, stylish, and uniquely you.

Photo courtesy of Coleman Shots
Not sure how to choose color linens for the reception?  Your professional wedding coordinator can share with you many ideas. You can use the season to add color.  Autumn weddings can use red and orange linens, winter weddings can use blue and silver to add sparkle, and so on.  When you use bold colors at the reception, it minimizes the need for big showy centerpieces. The tables become the part of the overall décor and can be quite stunning.  Add a few candles of varied heights and you have a beautiful table set.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Pullen Photography
Seasonal color choices don’t work for you? Color can be added into the mix by having a theme or celebrating something from one or both of the bride and groom’s heritage.  Maybe you love bright or strong patterns.  Patterns are another great way to liven up the tables and lessen the need for big expensive centerpieces.  Consider spicy colored table linens with vibrant silk toppers to remind you of India. By choosing a solid cloth and adding a topper with pattern you can really add your own personal style.  Your wedding coordinator is a great asset in the management and set up of décor, including the placement of favors and table design.

So be bold and leave white for the dress!

Beth Pallett 102 Cannon Gate Road Manteo, NC 27954 Phone: (252) 573-9109