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Alternative Wedding Songs

Alternative Wedding Songs Couples often ask us for recommendations for their wedding songs, and usually my answer is, ask your DJ! They are a wealth of information and probably have suggestions at the tip of their fingers. But after seeing 100+ weddings ourselves, we are happy to provide some alternative wedding songs to get you started!  My personal favorite wedding ceremony songs are the non-traditional ones, the movie scores or instrumental pop covers of songs that mean something to you as a couple! We have seen all of

Fall Whitewater Center Wedding

Fall Whitewater Center Wedding Burnt orange and powder blue. What perfect colors for an outdoor fall wedding, pulling from the natural colors of the changing leaves and the clear skies! Rebekah and Matt’s October wedding was chock full of autumn inspiration, with pumpkins, leaves, and sunflowers enhancing the natural fall beauty at the US National Whitewater Center. We absolutely loved seeing their plans come to life, and we didn't hate working in this beautiful space either! This was my first

Colorful Rainbow Wedding Full of Fandom Flair!

Eva & Emma Got Married!!!!! And it was full of rainbows, Harry Potter, and Disney!  This glorious colorful wedding was a special one, because Eva has been working with Emily Katherine Events since 2017! Three years later found us planning her own wedding, and in 2021 I had the immense privilege of seeing these two get hitched at The Cloth Mill in a fall rainbow wedding extravaganza! Planning with Eva and Emma was a ton of fun, from the in person meetings at coffee shops and

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Sneaky Bunnies

The one with the hidden bunnies. Casual, low-key, sneaky bunnies. That's the vibe Karen & Mark told me they were going for, but it turned into so much more! Local flowers. Pottery. A table full of pies. And so many bunnies, some hidden and some not so subtle. Not one guest in attendance could possibly have mistaken it for anyone else's wedding! It's the result of Mark and Karen deciding to do things their way, and to create a celebration that highlighted not only their love, but also

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What is a sustainable wedding?

What is a sustainable wedding? Written by Jervise Penton We all know how stressful preparing for a wedding can be. Planning a sustainable wedding can be even more challenging, especially if you don't know where to start.  A sustainable wedding is one where the couple ensures that everything from the decor to the venue is as eco-friendly as possible. It is no secret that the average wedding is seriously bad for the environment. According to reports, an average wedding produces 400 lbs of garbage and 63

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Farm Wedding

Eco-Friendly Farm Weddings Our environmental crisis is a global problem, a mess we've all made together and we must face the consequences of together. I'm not going to get on my soap box here, but lowering the waste generated by weddings is something we strive toward at Emily Katherine Events and we hope to inspire and educate both couples and other wedding professionals to work toward more eco-friendly weddings. And since we're all in this together, we wanted to share some thoughts from our friends across the pond about

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Winter Wedding, Seasonal Style

Raleigh Winter Wedding with Seasonal Flair When you’re thinking about having a more sustainable wedding, the two biggest areas of wedding waste are often food and flowers. One of the simplest ways to make your wedding a bit more eco-friendly is just to approach both of these areas with seasonal awareness and flexibility. This can be tricky (but not impossible) with a winter wedding. With catering, creating a seasonal menu will allow you (and your caterer) to work with local farmers to provide fresh ingredients without shipping these in

Woodsy Chapel Hill Wedding

Rustic Elegance at this Woodsy Chapel Hill Wedding Louise and Joel were married last summer at The Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, NC. They could not have asked for more perfect summer weather for their elegant, woodsy wedding! It’s always a bit of gamble planning for an outdoor wedding, and a North Carolina wedding in August runs the risk of extreme heat or thunderstorms (or both!). Well, we had gorgeous blue skies and relatively low heat (I mean it was still August, but it could have been much

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Bride at the Museum 2017

Magnolia & Pine- Bride at the Museum 2017 As this year's Bride at the Museum approaches, I'm reflecting on highlights from last year's event. Emily Katherine Events has had the pleasure of helping organize the North Carolina Museum of History's annual wedding showcase for the last few years. I love hosting weddings in non-traditional settings, and the Triangle has lots of fantastic options for this! Including of course, museums that offer event rental for weddings and other events.  The NC Museum of History is a perfect wedding venue for

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2017 Highlights

Happy 2018!!! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I took a leap of faith and went full time with Emily Katherine Events. When I dove in last year, I had about 5 weddings booked for the year (it was a serious leap). But working full time has allowed me to put 100% of my focus into the business and into my clients, and I ended up doing 18 weddings in 2017! One of my New Year's Resolutions.... more blog posts in 2018! I have so many beautiful