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Carolina Event Design

Charlotte , NC
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Charlotte, NC 28204 US (map)

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704-541-9100

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With over 26 years combined experience in the wedding industry, Cortenay Matters and Heather Bryson are known as the 'go-to-gals' if you want a unique and stylish wedding that has every... Read more
With over 26 years combined experience in the wedding industry, Cortenay Matters and Heather Bryson are known as the 'go-to-gals' if you want a unique and stylish wedding that has every detail and logistic executed in advance. Read less
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What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

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Summer
Wedding:
11/15/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were married on November 15, 2014. Our guest list was growing by the minute and I was becoming overwhelmed. This is when I reached out for help, Heather was highly recommended by numerous individuals and vendors. She exceeded my expectations as a wedding planner and really listened to our needs for our special day. I love that she was willing to take risks and to find a way when I suggested something out of the ordinary. All of the vendors she introduced us to were very professional and followed through accordingly. When the big day approached I knew I was in good hands, I was totally blown away by her team and organization of the whole event. It is true that our wedding day was the best day of my life and I am so thankful it was so enjoyable and stress free. Heather created a wedding beyond my dreams and I will forever be grateful for that!
My husband and I were married on November 15, 2014. Our guest list was growing by the minute and I was becoming Read more...
My husband and I were married on November 15, 2014. Our guest list was growing by the minute and I was becoming overwhelmed. This is when I reached out for help, Heather was highly recommended by numerous individuals and vendors. She exceeded my expectations as a wedding planner and really listened to our needs for our special day. I love that she was willing to take risks and to find a way when I suggested something out of the ordinary. All of the vendors she introduced us to were very professional and followed through accordingly. When the big day approached I knew I was in good hands, I was totally blown away by her team and organization of the whole event. It is true that our wedding day was the best day of my life and I am so thankful it was so enjoyable and stress free. Heather created a wedding beyond my dreams and I will forever be grateful for that! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Carolina Event Design was the best choice I made for my Wedding. Everyone always prepares you that something will go wrong on your wedding day whether it is small or big it really doesn't matter because its your wedding day. I will say that I had a FLAWLESS wedding day from the start of the day to the end. This would not have been possible without the team at Carolina Event Design.
Carolina Event Design was the best choice I made for my Wedding. Everyone always prepares you that something will go wrong Read more...
Carolina Event Design was the best choice I made for my Wedding. Everyone always prepares you that something will go wrong on your wedding day whether it is small or big it really doesn't matter because its your wedding day. I will say that I had a FLAWLESS wedding day from the start of the day to the end. This would not have been possible without the team at Carolina Event Design. Read less
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Brenda
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Heather was the most amazing wedding planner. I came to her in April with nothing but a venue and a dress for an October wedding and she pulled off a miracle. Everyone who attended said it was one of the best and most beautiful weddings they have ever been to.
Heather was the most amazing wedding planner. I came to her in April with nothing but a venue and a dress for an October Read more...
Heather was the most amazing wedding planner. I came to her in April with nothing but a venue and a dress for an October wedding and she pulled off a miracle. Everyone who attended said it was one of the best and most beautiful weddings they have ever been to. Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
I couldn't possibly express all of our gratitude for Carolina Event Design in mere words but for the purposes of this review, I am going to try!

My initial contact with CED was with Cortenay. What impressed us from the moment of inquiry was how quickly CED responded to our initial interest. We got a response within hours from our inquiry, which stood out in comparison with other planners/companies we contacted - this really had a big impact on our decision because we were trying to plan a wedding from a different state. Courtney answered all of our questions with patience and was honest up front about general expectations for our big day with our budget, and because of this interaction, we knew we had found the right people to plan our wedding.

Our main planners were Erin and Heather - and from the initial interaction, we immediately loved working with them. They helped us stay on track with important deadlines and our budget throughout the entire process, helping us with their expert advice based on many years of experience in this industry. They got to know us well initially which really helped to incorporate our personalities and our tastes into the planning for the big day - we were so impressed by all of their recommendations for all the details of the big day, which told us that they really knew who we were and what we wanted. They were professional, maintained great communication and were honest and realistic.

On the big day, Erin and Heather knew down to every minute what was supposed to be happening where. They were incredible and amazing and helped us stay on track with the big day's schedule, from the moment we woke up to even after the reception ended. They kept everything running smoothly throughout the whole day and our family and even our guests complimented their dedication and work ethic.

No more room in this review - but in short, we're blessed to have had the chance to work with CED!
I couldn't possibly express all of our gratitude for Carolina Event Design in mere words but for the purposes of this Read more...
I couldn't possibly express all of our gratitude for Carolina Event Design in mere words but for the purposes of this review, I am going to try!

My initial contact with CED was with Cortenay. What impressed us from the moment of inquiry was how quickly CED responded to our initial interest. We got a response within hours from our inquiry, which stood out in comparison with other planners/companies we contacted - this really had a big impact on our decision because we were trying to plan a wedding from a different state. Courtney answered all of our questions with patience and was honest up front about general expectations for our big day with our budget, and because of this interaction, we knew we had found the right people to plan our wedding.

Our main planners were Erin and Heather - and from the initial interaction, we immediately loved working with them. They helped us stay on track with important deadlines and our budget throughout the entire process, helping us with their expert advice based on many years of experience in this industry. They got to know us well initially which really helped to incorporate our personalities and our tastes into the planning for the big day - we were so impressed by all of their recommendations for all the details of the big day, which told us that they really knew who we were and what we wanted. They were professional, maintained great communication and were honest and realistic.

On the big day, Erin and Heather knew down to every minute what was supposed to be happening where. They were incredible and amazing and helped us stay on track with the big day's schedule, from the moment we woke up to even after the reception ended. They kept everything running smoothly throughout the whole day and our family and even our guests complimented their dedication and work ethic.

No more room in this review - but in short, we're blessed to have had the chance to work with CED! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Without question, the best decision I made in planning my daughter's wedding was to use Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Design as our wedding planner. We could not have been happier with her ideas, recommendations, organization, and professionalism as well as her winning personality which made the process so much fun and stress free for both my daughter and myself. She has the upmost respect from the vendors in the community and from the beginning I was confident that our decision to have her plan our wedding was absolutely the right one. Not only did she deliver on all of her promises, she exceeded our expectations and created the most beautiful wedding we had ever seen while being respectful of our budget. We also greatly appreciated the great discounts from the vendors that she passed on to us! Without hesitation, I HIGHLY recommend Heather Bryson as a wedding planner who will do everything in her power to create a wedding of your dreams.
Without question, the best decision I made in planning my daughter's wedding was to use Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Read more...
Without question, the best decision I made in planning my daughter's wedding was to use Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Design as our wedding planner. We could not have been happier with her ideas, recommendations, organization, and professionalism as well as her winning personality which made the process so much fun and stress free for both my daughter and myself. She has the upmost respect from the vendors in the community and from the beginning I was confident that our decision to have her plan our wedding was absolutely the right one. Not only did she deliver on all of her promises, she exceeded our expectations and created the most beautiful wedding we had ever seen while being respectful of our budget. We also greatly appreciated the great discounts from the vendors that she passed on to us! Without hesitation, I HIGHLY recommend Heather Bryson as a wedding planner who will do everything in her power to create a wedding of your dreams. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
I will always remember my 9 months planning with Heather from CED. When Heather and I met for the first time to go over initial plans and vendors, she answered any questions and talked through any reservations I may have had. She always made sure to remind me that this was MY wedding and developed a design through our conversations, our senses of style, and a shared Pinterest board. As the weeks and months went on, Heather guided me through the planning process by setting up meetings with venders, giving me monthly to-do lists to keep me on track, and keeping all lines of communication open.While many brides get to the point when they can't wait for the planning to be over, Heather created a wedding planning experience that I never wanted to end. Heather really made me feel like a top priority. She would text with me late at night when I was tossing and turning over how I wanted my hair, scheduled her day around my 5 minute alterations appointment so I wouldn't be alone, and expressed such genuine excitement building up to wedding day. On my wedding week, there were forecasts for rain, and Heather immediately had a plan A, B, and C lined up for any weather scenario. While Mother Nature kept playing mind games with us, Heather always reassured us that the wedding would be beautiful no matter what plan had to be used. Now to talk about my wedding day. It is a day I can only describe as magical. Every vendor Heather recommended was incredible and went above and beyond all expectations. Getting ready felt like a spa day, with Heather constantly checking in and giving me little sneak peaks of what was being set up in the reception space. It was a dream I could have never dreamed up on my own. Not just for me, but for my husband, my family, and everyone in attendance.Heather was the perfect wedding planner and will always be a friend. Heather created magic that day; magic that I would wish upon any bride.
I will always remember my 9 months planning with Heather from CED. When Heather and I met for the first time to go over Read more...
I will always remember my 9 months planning with Heather from CED. When Heather and I met for the first time to go over initial plans and vendors, she answered any questions and talked through any reservations I may have had. She always made sure to remind me that this was MY wedding and developed a design through our conversations, our senses of style, and a shared Pinterest board. As the weeks and months went on, Heather guided me through the planning process by setting up meetings with venders, giving me monthly to-do lists to keep me on track, and keeping all lines of communication open.While many brides get to the point when they can't wait for the planning to be over, Heather created a wedding planning experience that I never wanted to end. Heather really made me feel like a top priority. She would text with me late at night when I was tossing and turning over how I wanted my hair, scheduled her day around my 5 minute alterations appointment so I wouldn't be alone, and expressed such genuine excitement building up to wedding day. On my wedding week, there were forecasts for rain, and Heather immediately had a plan A, B, and C lined up for any weather scenario. While Mother Nature kept playing mind games with us, Heather always reassured us that the wedding would be beautiful no matter what plan had to be used. Now to talk about my wedding day. It is a day I can only describe as magical. Every vendor Heather recommended was incredible and went above and beyond all expectations. Getting ready felt like a spa day, with Heather constantly checking in and giving me little sneak peaks of what was being set up in the reception space. It was a dream I could have never dreamed up on my own. Not just for me, but for my husband, my family, and everyone in attendance.Heather was the perfect wedding planner and will always be a friend. Heather created magic that day; magic that I would wish upon any bride. Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Hiring Heather Bryson was the single-best wedding planning decision I made. Here’s why:
Great Design: So fortunate that she has a great sense of style to help ensure my wedding was as beautiful! Heather assured me the draping color and fabric she recommended would be amazing and she didn't disappoint. So happy I trusted her vision. From linens, to floral arrangement, to wedding programs, she can see things in isolation and know how it fits into the overall vision. Extension of me: I trusted and felt confident that Heather would do a great job of representing me and my vision and most important, my price point. A month prior, I took the trip of a lifetime and my wedding was the last thing on my mind. I had no worries because Heather had it all under control. There were certain things my wedding venue agreed to only to later back out. Without worrying me, Heather went to the ends of the Earth to make sure they delivered on previous agreement at no extra cost. Collaborative: I threw a lot of things Heather's way, in addition to different personalities. My dad being one of them. Love him but he’s a bit of a challenge and Heather was great with him. Very patient and collaborative, both my father and I had ideas for the wedding and she was very helpful in brainstorming ways to incorporate our culture. Well respected: Heather has a reputation of executing w/ excellence. Whether it was the meal tasting or floral visit, all vendors had all positive things to say about Heather. It was said in a way that made it feel real and true. All spoke highly of her design aesthetic and her ability to get things done, and done well! Real friend:The most important quality is that by the end of the process, Heather and I became friends. She's been so great to work with, but also just have fun with. I enjoyed our chats about the crazy Real Housewives franchises and pure ratchetness! Planning a wedding can be a stressful time, but with Heather, every step of the way was enjoyable.
Hiring Heather Bryson was the single-best wedding planning decision I made. Here’s why:
Great Design: So fortunate Read more...
Hiring Heather Bryson was the single-best wedding planning decision I made. Here’s why:
Great Design: So fortunate that she has a great sense of style to help ensure my wedding was as beautiful! Heather assured me the draping color and fabric she recommended would be amazing and she didn't disappoint. So happy I trusted her vision. From linens, to floral arrangement, to wedding programs, she can see things in isolation and know how it fits into the overall vision. Extension of me: I trusted and felt confident that Heather would do a great job of representing me and my vision and most important, my price point. A month prior, I took the trip of a lifetime and my wedding was the last thing on my mind. I had no worries because Heather had it all under control. There were certain things my wedding venue agreed to only to later back out. Without worrying me, Heather went to the ends of the Earth to make sure they delivered on previous agreement at no extra cost. Collaborative: I threw a lot of things Heather's way, in addition to different personalities. My dad being one of them. Love him but he’s a bit of a challenge and Heather was great with him. Very patient and collaborative, both my father and I had ideas for the wedding and she was very helpful in brainstorming ways to incorporate our culture. Well respected: Heather has a reputation of executing w/ excellence. Whether it was the meal tasting or floral visit, all vendors had all positive things to say about Heather. It was said in a way that made it feel real and true. All spoke highly of her design aesthetic and her ability to get things done, and done well! Real friend:The most important quality is that by the end of the process, Heather and I became friends. She's been so great to work with, but also just have fun with. I enjoyed our chats about the crazy Real Housewives franchises and pure ratchetness! Planning a wedding can be a stressful time, but with Heather, every step of the way was enjoyable. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
As Mother of the Bride, I can honestly say that the hardest thing I had to do to prepare for this gorgeous wedding was to find my dress. At our first meeting with Heather, she told us her goal was to have the wedding/reception so well planned and executed that we would feel like welcome guests at our daughter's wedding. She did not disappoint!! She took care of all of the MANY contracts that must be negotiated (and she was able to negotiate better prices!), she handled all the details of planning that cause tremendous stress to those of us without connections or experience, and she gave us and our daughter a beautiful wedding and amazing reception that our guests are still talking about. Just what we wanted!
As Mother of the Bride, I can honestly say that the hardest thing I had to do to prepare for this gorgeous wedding was to Read more...
As Mother of the Bride, I can honestly say that the hardest thing I had to do to prepare for this gorgeous wedding was to find my dress. At our first meeting with Heather, she told us her goal was to have the wedding/reception so well planned and executed that we would feel like welcome guests at our daughter's wedding. She did not disappoint!! She took care of all of the MANY contracts that must be negotiated (and she was able to negotiate better prices!), she handled all the details of planning that cause tremendous stress to those of us without connections or experience, and she gave us and our daughter a beautiful wedding and amazing reception that our guests are still talking about. Just what we wanted! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Wow! What a fantastic wedding! We're still in awe of the events of the past couple of weeks, but we can't say enough about how awesome and helpful CED (especially our gal, Erin) was in making this a memorable occasion. Our wedding was at a private family-owned property, and Erin & Co. foresaw potential issues (Plush Flushes are great!) we'd have and didn't miss a thing! They hooked us up with Best Impressions catering of Charlotte and the food was amazing - they have a lot of hook ups at CED (mad props to Lavar and Split Second Sound) and can really work with you in regard to what you want vs. what you can afford or what is available (very helpful mediating with the florist as the bride altered the color palette a little late). Erin made our wedding special by retaining the personal touches we wanted and adding the profession touches we needed. Erin also made sure I was hydrated the day of and intuitively took notice of the details that were important to us and our families. The wedding ceremony & rehearsal went flawlessly; Erin also made sure we were hydrated and having fun during our awesome reception. Everyone we spoke to said they had a fantastic time, from our friends to my (hard to please) 90 year old grandmother. I already miss Erin's to-do emails! Planning a wedding is easy with the ladies at Carolina Event Design - I (and my mother and now husband) recommend CED for your event or wedding design, hands down. Thank you CED!
- Erin & Joey Schumacher & their Families
Wow! What a fantastic wedding! We're still in awe of the events of the past couple of weeks, but we can't say enough about Read more...
Wow! What a fantastic wedding! We're still in awe of the events of the past couple of weeks, but we can't say enough about how awesome and helpful CED (especially our gal, Erin) was in making this a memorable occasion. Our wedding was at a private family-owned property, and Erin & Co. foresaw potential issues (Plush Flushes are great!) we'd have and didn't miss a thing! They hooked us up with Best Impressions catering of Charlotte and the food was amazing - they have a lot of hook ups at CED (mad props to Lavar and Split Second Sound) and can really work with you in regard to what you want vs. what you can afford or what is available (very helpful mediating with the florist as the bride altered the color palette a little late). Erin made our wedding special by retaining the personal touches we wanted and adding the profession touches we needed. Erin also made sure I was hydrated the day of and intuitively took notice of the details that were important to us and our families. The wedding ceremony & rehearsal went flawlessly; Erin also made sure we were hydrated and having fun during our awesome reception. Everyone we spoke to said they had a fantastic time, from our friends to my (hard to please) 90 year old grandmother. I already miss Erin's to-do emails! Planning a wedding is easy with the ladies at Carolina Event Design - I (and my mother and now husband) recommend CED for your event or wedding design, hands down. Thank you CED!
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Kristen
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
What I didn't know before I got married:

There are so many big and little details that go into a wedding. Every decision feels huge because it's your one and only wedding, and you want it to be perfect. And after you make all your decisions, you have to coordinate 15 different vendors who only see you as just another bride so maybe they'll call you back in a couple weeks, maybe in a month. Sometimes you get so exhausted that you just want to give up on trying to get exactly what you want for every part of the wedding. And that's just the prep. The wedding day itself has it's own set of details and timelines and must-dos.

If you just want to enjoy the fun planning stuff (flowers, colors, etc.) then you have to have someone else handle all the un-fun stuff like what time the groomsmen have to be dressed and whether the venue is going to let you stake the tent to the ground instead of making you use ugly water barrels to keep it from blowing away.

Once we realized the stress of planning was making it more un-fun than fun, we hired Cortenay with Carolina Event Design. I can say without a doubt that she is the reason we had a spectacular wedding day that was stress-free and beautiful. The first time you meet with her you'll realize she knows what she's doing, you don't, and that you would be lost without her.

Just hire Cortenay. It will be the best money you spend on your wedding. You'll be able to look back and remember how much fun you had and how you didn't have a care in the world that day. And after the honeymoon, when you hear stories about how the venue manager was being difficult, you'll realize if you didn't have Cortenay, it would have been you standing there in your beautiful wedding dress fighting about tent stakes.

Seriously getting a little teary just writing this review... that's how perfect our wedding was and how grateful I am for Cortenay.

Kristen Martin
Married to Kirk in June 2014
What I didn't know before I got married:

There are so many big and little details that go into a wedding. Every Read more...
What I didn't know before I got married:

There are so many big and little details that go into a wedding. Every decision feels huge because it's your one and only wedding, and you want it to be perfect. And after you make all your decisions, you have to coordinate 15 different vendors who only see you as just another bride so maybe they'll call you back in a couple weeks, maybe in a month. Sometimes you get so exhausted that you just want to give up on trying to get exactly what you want for every part of the wedding. And that's just the prep. The wedding day itself has it's own set of details and timelines and must-dos.

If you just want to enjoy the fun planning stuff (flowers, colors, etc.) then you have to have someone else handle all the un-fun stuff like what time the groomsmen have to be dressed and whether the venue is going to let you stake the tent to the ground instead of making you use ugly water barrels to keep it from blowing away.

Once we realized the stress of planning was making it more un-fun than fun, we hired Cortenay with Carolina Event Design. I can say without a doubt that she is the reason we had a spectacular wedding day that was stress-free and beautiful. The first time you meet with her you'll realize she knows what she's doing, you don't, and that you would be lost without her.

Just hire Cortenay. It will be the best money you spend on your wedding. You'll be able to look back and remember how much fun you had and how you didn't have a care in the world that day. And after the honeymoon, when you hear stories about how the venue manager was being difficult, you'll realize if you didn't have Cortenay, it would have been you standing there in your beautiful wedding dress fighting about tent stakes.

Seriously getting a little teary just writing this review... that's how perfect our wedding was and how grateful I am for Cortenay.

Kristen Martin
Married to Kirk in June 2014 Read less
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