We are often asked about the protocol for sending out Thank You Cards, so why not chat about that a little here…..

Here’s a good timeline for thanks for all of for all your special occasions:

  • Engagement parties and showers, within two to three weeks of the festivities
  • Gifts sent to you before the wedding date, as soon as possible, but definitely before the wedding
  • gifts given on the day itself, within three months
  • gifts received after your wedding, within two to three weeks
  • Thank You cards for vendors, day of or within two weeks. (most of the time your wedding planner will pass these out for you if you hand them over
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A few other thoughts here:

The task of writing out all of these “Thank You’s” can be a daunting one…make it fun! Split the duties! Do a few every evening together! The easiest way to divvy up the responsibility is to have your groom acknowledge those gifts from his friends and family since he knows them best, and you write to those guests you are more familiar with. If the spouse doing the writing is the only one signing his or her name, remember to mention the other partner in the body of the note (“Luke and I really love the vase. with Love, Sara”).

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Don’t skimp out on your loved ones…a handwritten, personal message from you and your new spouse, including a reference to the specific gift, is the least you should offer your guests for their time and expense. No pre-printed cards please!

If you have it in your budget, you can get personalized Thank you Cards, photos, stamps, labels, all kinds of goodies!

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Thanking Vendors….

Each one of your vendors work very, very hard to make your special day just right. Everyone appreciates a Thank You for a job well done! Gratuity is never expected but ALWAYS appreciated. 15% of their fee is standard. Tuck a little treat in a nice hand written card and hand those to your planner on the day of, they will pass them out for you…and this is one less thing for you to have to worry with!

It is NEVER too late to say THANK YOU. 

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Have you seen the Celebration Cottage? If you haven’t, you are missing out!

In one word….AMAZING.

This is a brand new, Oceanfront venue in Atlantic Beach, NC. Designed by people in the industry, this venue is top to bottom perfection for events. Three different ceremony location options, inside accommodations for over 100, on site catering and alcohol, planning and coordination services….it is unlike any other!

Bluewater Weddings and Events is now Coordinating weddings here and we are so pumped about this partnership!

Here are a few photos from the past year at Celebration, our first year…first of MANY AMAZING YEARS to come here!

WE ARE SO EXCITED!!

Visit the website! http://celebrationcottageab.com/

Check us out on Facebook too! https://www.facebook.com/CelebrationCottageIG/

 

We have dates available for 2016 and 2017, call us today and let us show you around!

 

*photo credit given on celebrationcottageab.com or on individual photos.

This wedding was all about the Romance!! These two were so much in love and you could see it all over their faces! This is a local couple that wanted to relish in the beauty of our “home” on their BIG DAY! Jessica’s dress was amazing and all of the other details just helped to bring together the true beauty of this whole wedding. We had a great team of vendors here as well! Photos by Casey Futrell Photography.

Their wedding was chosen to be featured in Crystal Coast Bride Magazine, they were asked to tell their story, here is what they said:

“Jeremi and I met on a blind date set up by mutual friends. Within moments of meeting me, Jeremi said to his friend he would marry me. We both fell very hard and very fast for each other. I know it sounds cliché but we both just knew we had found our perfect person. Within the first month I knew I had met the man of my dreams and Jeremi knew he had met the woman of his. At the time I was living on Emerald Isle and we would spend the evenings walking on the beach together. Jeremi and I began thinking about our dream wedding during these walks. We envisioned a ceremony on the beach with the wind blowing in my hair and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. We admired all of the gorgeous beach homes and talked about which ones would be perfect for a wedding ceremony and reception. Just over 10 months after our first date, Jeremi proposed to me with his great-grandmother’s engagement ring at his family’s lake house in Georgia. As soon as we returned home, I set up appointments to view beach homes. We saw a few venues that were beautiful, but just did not seem to fit us. Then we saw Dream Maker. The moment we pulled up to the grey home and pink doors, Jeremi and I looked at each other and said “this is it.” Dream Maker gave us the best of both worlds and of our two worlds. We could have the beach wedding of our dreams (representing my coastal roots), followed by a tented reception with the country flare (representing Jeremi’s country roots). The property was private and secluded and seemed like a world all of its own. Walking the property with Zena, we began dreaming of our perfect wedding, our dream wedding. Jeremi and I found our dreams in each other and found this beautiful venue to be the perfect place to begin our lives and our dreams as husband and wife. With the help of our families and many talented vendors, these dreams came true at Dream Maker.”

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This Bride and Groom knew how to have a great time! This was a beautiful June day, the sun was shining bright! These two were so sweet and laid back. Faith Photography did a great job capturing their fun-loving spirits, take a look!

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This was a FUN wedding! So many super sweet details and a great team of vendors made this wedding really stand out! Stunning colors, homemade wine for favors, a beautiful three tiered cake….Here are a few of our favorite photos from their BIG DAY. Photos courtesy of Blest Photography.

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Did you watch the Oscars last night? I LOVE the Oscars….I count down every year ’til the day I can watch all of the beautiful people dressed up in beautiful clothes walk across my tv screen. This year did not disappoint! There were so many amazing dresses in an array of lovely colors. Here are just a few of my favorites. These could easily be used for bridesmaid dress inspiration, or even bridal gowns….think outside of the box!

Let’s start with my favorite….Lupita! She seemed to float across the stage in this dress. The color was perfect and overall, this dress was killer!! Hands down my favorite of the night.

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Imagine this dress in Ivory…perfect Bridal gown! Sandra looked fabulous.

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This dress was…different. But, I really like it! I think for a Mother of the Bride look, this could be really great! Imagine it in a lavender or nude. Julia is always classic.

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Here is one more that could really be a perfect Bridal gown! I love the color and the style. Jenna looked fabulous in this dress.

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What did you think of the fashion at this years Oscars? Were you impressed? On a side note, I think Ellen is the best host of this kind of show. I am usually bored, but this year she kept me laughing!

Pinterest has come ALIVE with color! 2014 is set to be bold and bright in the wedding world! The pantone color of the year is…..orchid! And we are excited!! Blush, pale pinks and nudes are still set to be a popular choice, but we are loving the orchid palette! Here are a few of our favorite examples that we have stumbled upon on Pinterest! 

This reception setup is stunning! Love the little sparkle in the linen!

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This bouquet is to die for!!

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The subtle touch of color in the menu is a nice touch with the simple gold accent.

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How about this cake?

 

These details are all just so beautiful! We are very excited to see what our couple decide to do with this color palette! 

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What do you think about this color choice for 2014?

 

We LOVE a tented reception! There is just something about being out under the stars, able to feel the breeze on your skin but being able to be covered if needed for weather! The ambiance outside on a nice night is just so romantic on it’s own, but add in candles and paper lanterns and it morphs into something spectacular! Here are some photos of tented receptions we found while browsing Pinterest…that we just adore!

We have several venues where a tented reception is possible! Browse through our online galleries on our website and you can see some of our own examples!  http://www.bluewaternc.com/CrystalCoast/Weddings/WeddingGallery/

…in the meantime, here are some inspirational Pinterest finds!

 

The tent drape, the fabric liner that covers the poles, really makes a BIG statement! Just beautiful!!

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We love the twinkle lights draped like this! Isn’t it so pretty?

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Really cool idea!! A double tent, with the dance floor in the middle!!

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Love the flag/light combo here!

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This one is different, casual and has a great color scheme! Very relaxing!

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What do you think? Do you like a reception outside under a tent? Or an inside space like a banquet hall?

Gwen and Patrick tied the knot on the beach at The Islander Suites in Emerald Isle. This was such a fun, dancing group! These two were so sweet and in love!! The whole group burned up the dance floor! The simple and clean decor was light and refreshing on this hot summer day! Light blue, white and pops of yellow accent! Very nice! The bride’s mother surprised everyone with an Elvis impersonator, a childhood favorite of the bride’s! She LOVED it!! So fun!Image

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Bluewater Weddings & Events is a fabulous department that is within Bluewater Associates of Emerald Isle , a Property Management Company. Bluewater builds, insures,  manages and rents Vacation Rental properties as well as an Oceanfront Hotel in Emerald Isle and surrounding communities.

Bluewater Weddings offers beautiful venue options in the area as well as full service Coordination and Planning Services to help keep your event totally stress free! Check us out online!   www.BluewaterWeddingsandEvents.com

Now, let us introduce ourselves!

My name is Zena and I am the Event Director, I am originally from Emerald Isle. I have worked at Bluewater for over 6 years now, and I love my job! I love this industry because it is a happy time and I meet some of the best people!  My right hand, assistant, Mel is originally from Mississippi but spent most of her time growing up here in Eastern NC. She is very creative and has a great eye for design. We make a wonderful team! We really enjoy what we do and I think it shows when we are there on your special day. We get our jobs done, help make dreams become realities…and have fun while we do it!

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Amazing photos courtesy of Casey Futrell Photography, Common Dove Photography, Cynthia Rose Photography, Love by Serena, Chad Winstead Photography, Jim Colman Photography