When it comes to planning a wedding, you want to make it one of the most special days of your life. You also want to make it meaningful to you and your fiancé. A wedding can be personalized through theme, decorations, venue and more. Some couples choose to add in meaning with ideas and items that relate to a memorable time in their lives. They remember a connection to a special time in their lives together. One of my favorite wedding themes is making the day reflect the couple’s hometown, favorite place or their current city/state. Since we live in North Carolina, below are some ideas on how you can have a uniquely NC wedding.
Venue: North Carolina has the best of both words – mountains on the west and the coast on the east. The Tar Heel state has urban cities and rural country towns. Also, there are historic museums, houses and vineyards. When making your wedding NC-related, one of the first things to start with is the venue. Do you want a wedding at the Outer Banks or a backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains? Think about a place that is special for you and your fiancé. It might be your own hometown or the place you met or had your first date. In addition, consider venues that represent NC and its culture and history to tie into your theme. Some popular venues in our home state include the Outer Banks, the museums in Raleigh, Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, The Millennium Center in Winston-Salem, wineries in the Yadkin Valley, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and the Sugar Mountain Resort in Banner Elk.
Decorations: Add some NC flare to your wedding through your decorations. The ideas are limitless. One option is choosing decorations that match your venue. If you are having your ceremony and reception in a mountain lodge, you may decide to go more rustic. For some venues, let the building’s structure and character enhance your decorations. Another way to add in your personality is by using NC-related designs. For example, if you went to Chapel Hill, one of your colors might be Carolina blue. If you love Winston-Salem, you might use items that resemble the Camel City such as the skyline, various attractions from the city and more. State symbols are often good go-to garnishes for state-themed weddings. Our state’s flower is the flowering dogwood. You can incorporate this plant into your flower designs. The Fraser fir, pine tree and Carolina lily are other popular NC plants. In addition, more state symbols to include are the cardinal bird, southern Appalachian brook trout (food option idea for your attendees), the emerald stone and Seagrove pottery.
Food: Speaking of state symbols, we are a state known for our food. Barbeque, slaw, hushpuppies, Cheerwine, Krispy Kreme, Texas Pete – the list goes on and on. Combine the flavors of NC into your menu. This is a great way to introduce out-of-town guests to our culture with traditional foods. For welcome bags and favors, make the items depict the venue and/or city of your wedding. If you are welcoming guests to your special day in Winston-Salem, fill the bag with Moravian cookies, gift cards to Krispy Kreme, small glass bottles of Cheerwine, cheese straws from Dewey’s or Salem Kitchen, and Buck O’Hairen’s Legendary Sunshine drink. Think about items that are made in a certain city or area that could be used in your cuisine.
Themes: If you want to have a true, uniquely NC wedding, create a NC theme. Your theme could be about a movie filmed or a book written in the state. Also, you could center your wedding on the story and time period of a historic site. For movies, if possible, have the venue be the movie’s filming location. For example, if you love The Hunger Games, pick somewhere in Asheville or if you’re a fan of Dirty Dancing, choose Lake Lure. As for books, you can’t go wrong with anything Nicholas Sparks. Lastly, throw a themed wedding around a historic site, such as a 1920s wedding at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.
A uniquely NC wedding is one that you and your guests will remember forever. Be sure to personalize the day to you and your fiancé. After all, your wedding day is all about the two of you.