This chapel is gorgeous. No matter what time of day your pictures will turn out amazing (stay tuned for my photographer recommendation). If you're looking for a church feel but don't want the hassle of trying to find one that doesn't require membership then this is your place. Christy is a site coordinator and she so sweet. Very easy to work with, helpful, and responsive to your questions and concerns. Oh and the price - you won't be able to beat it! It's pretty affordable considering what a great space it is. We were so happy with the choice and I think anyone that has used this as their ceremony site has been nothing but happy with it.
Brenda is the owner and operator of this bakery out of Belmont, NC. She's the sweetest lady you'll ever meet and her cakes are delicious. I booked Brenda six months before my wedding. I made some changes in that six months and she was very flexible. Our guests raved about the cake. We had lemon pound cake and almond pound cake layers with butter cream frosting. She did a simple dot design on the cake and snail design at the base of each layer. It was a very classic look which was exactly what I was going for. Her prices are very reasonable for the Charlotte area and she delivered to most places so she knows the drill. You can't go wrong with her as your cake lady!
Another vendor that I absolutely loved! Pewter Rose is a great little restaurant in the South End area of Charlotte. It's close enough to uptown that you get the metro feel but far enough away that you don't have to pay for parking. They are on the second level of a restored historic building. They have a great balcony/patio and the décor of the restaurant is so eclectic and fun that minimal wedding decorations are needed. Spencer is the operations manager/event coordinator there is he's so great. He's flexible and can work within a budget. We were married on a Sunday so the food and drink minimum wasn't as much as it is on a Saturday. I think even their Saturday minimum is reasonable compared with other reception sites in the Charlotte area. The best part about this site is the food and the bar! The food is so delicious and they can basically do anything you want. The bar has everything anyone could ask for so you'll definitely have a lively crowd on the dance floor! It's a great space at a great price!
Is "5" the highest rating you can give a vendor??? It doesn't seem fair especially with regard to Cheyenne. She's BEYOND AMAZING! Believe me I'm not the only one singing her praises. Honestly no one really needs to say anything because her work speaks for itself. Her blog and website are the best I've seen and as a recently married lady that planned her wedding for over a year, I've seen TONS of photographer blogs and websites. She has a built in second shooter by the name of Geoff Schultz - the last name is no coincidence they are married :). This a photography team like you've never seen before. Their eye for the unique and gorgeous is unparalleled. If you do no other favors for yourself, just do yourself this one and book Cheyenne as your wedding photographer. If she's busy on your wedding date CHANGE YOUR WEDDING DATE people! Yeah she's that good! You will not be disappointed!!!
Lorie is the owner of Party Blooms and she's awesome. I went to meet with her eight months before my wedding and we had my whole floral scheme decided on before I left her home. It was great! She had wonderful pictures and even some of my actual ceremony site. She's very reasonably priced especially for the Charlotte area. She's very detailed oriented and she's been doing this for awhile so she's a professional. I really enjoyed her no non-sense approach and that she's willing to work within whatever budget you have. The best thing is that she allows you to make changes up to two weeks before you wedding and I certainly took advantage of that! You absolutely cannot go wrong if you choose Lorie. She will ensure your flowers are beautiful!
Charlotte, NC 28211
I can't say enough wonderful things about this vendor. We worked with Khristina Loving (she's a certified gemologist) and it was awesome. Khristina lived and worked in Baltimore and my then fiance purchased my engagement ring from her when she worked at a different store in MD. About a year later we moved and walked into Diamonds Direct and there she was! She had moved a few months before us and had been living and working in Charlotte! It was so great to be able to give her our business twice! We purchased wedding bands from her and we were beyond pleased. You absolutely cannot beat the pricing as it extremely competitive. They want your business! You absolutely cannot go wrong by making their store your go to for all wedding jewelry needs. Ask for Khristina when you go!!!
I found this vendor via The Knot message boards. They are actually located in Nebraska but I found it pretty easy to work with them despite the distance. Their website features many invitation designs and I think you can also design your own for a small fee. I chose one of their existing designs. I didn't have time to get a sample of the invite so they just sent me samples of the materials they would use so I could make sure I chose the right colors for everything. The invitations turned out beautifully. The only thing I will say is to make sure you keep records of everything you tell them (if you talk with them maybe follow up with an email detailing your phone call). There were some discrepancies in my order but it all worked out in the end. They also did programs and table signs for me and they were gorgeous. All in all a good vendor.
If I could give Olga a rating higher than 5 I would. This lady is amazing! What she does is truly an art form. I originally had my dress altered by someone in Charlotte but she absolutely RUINED the dress. I had to take my dress to Cary, NC so the famous Olga could save my gown. She did more than save it! She completely fixed my gown and made a gorgeous bustle that was completely and totally amazing. If you don't live near Cary I highly suggest you make the drive because it's completely worth it. If I had went to see Olga from the beginning I could have saved myself A LOT of trouble and worry. Your dress will be better than even you imagined if she does your alterations. Go see her!
I had a wonderful experience purchasing my bridesmaid dresses at this store. I worked with the manager there and her name was Shea. She was very thorough and extremely nice. She showed us lots of dresses but I had one style in mind which is what we ultimately decided on. The shop has many many styles of bridesmaid dresses and they had some gorgeous wedding gowns as well. They only take a couple of appointments for each time slot so it was not crazy in the store while we were there. It was a very relaxing and stress free process. I definitely recommend this shop for bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns.
Gastonia, NC 28054
This is a shop in Gastonia, North Carolina. They carry lots of prom dresses and tuxes but have a wonderful selection of bridal gowns. I bought my dress right off the rack here and at a great price. For brides they require you to call and make an appointment but if you're in the area and want to look there without an appointment I know they can accommodate you. The sales person assigned to me was so helpful and she was really sweet. They will absolutely let you take pictures and bring in people with you. They have a great dressing room area with private rooms for you to change in and then a large area right outside the private room with mirrors, etc. I highly recommend this shop because of it's wonderful selection, reasonable prices, and great customer service.