So, my last post made me realize that I haven't posted any info about The State Club, where we're having our reception. I LOVE IT :) And since I graduated from NCSU along with lots of other members of my family, it's perfect!
The State Club shares the building with the NC State University Alumni Center. It is on NCSU's Centennial Campus in Raleigh and is on the edge of a lake. Here are a few pictures!
So, there are big fireplaces on either side of the ballroom at The State Club. I already know that I want to have lots of candles going around the room, but I think I want to have a pretty candle/flower display on the fireplace. The pic below was from another wedding while they were setting up. I want small candles placed uniformly around the room.
I think the mantle could be a cool spot to do something a little bit more modern than the rest of the flower decorations. So, right now I'm thinking of having lots of different size candles and glass holders; along with glass vases with peonies. I really like the picture below with the one floating peony... so elegant!
So, even though we haven't picked out a florist yet, I think we can do something like this!
So, we met with Joe Bunn yesterday of Joe Bunn DJ Company to talk about him DJing for our reception... and we are soooo excited! He seems like a really great guy and has a ton of experience. He was recommended to my mom by one of her friends and we're def. going to use him too!
He has a group of more than 20 DJs and they have really great online planning tools. You can pick out your songs online before the event and customize the playlist however you want. They also have a reception planner which kind of lays out how everything will go that night. He has done so many receptions and had a lot of great general party planning advice!!!
Set a date Book ceremony site Book The State Club for reception Photography Videography Create wedding website Hotel block(s) for guests Order/mail save the dates Register at BBB and Macys Find/order wedding gown Book wedding cake baker Order Bridesmaids' dresses Order Flower Girl dress Book DJ Pay deposit on honeymoon apt Get passports Book honeymoon flights Finalize guest list Transportation Order invitations Meet with Wendy at TSC Food tasting Decide on reception menu Decide on reception drink menu Book CE Rental: chairs, linens, etc Purchase/order wedding rings Book Hair/Makeup Jewelry Order Groom's Cake Book wedding night hotel Make DIY ceremony programs Buy/make program basket Decide on tuxes Order groomsmen attire/tuxes Select MOB & MOG dresses Cake server/knife Order garter from Etsy DIY place cards DIY menus Order favors Unity Candle Meet with officiant Write/plan ceremony Invitation envelope calligraphy Mail invitations in March Research activities in Paris Ballroom dancing lessons Purchase bridesmaids' gifts Guest book Create wedding day timeline Buy wedding shoes Wedding gown alterations Bridesmaids’ dresses alterations Buy candles for reception decor Create photo sharing website Aisle Runner OOT bags for hotel rooms Order sparklers for reception exit Bridal portraits Final meeting with DJ Joe Bunn Final meeting with Fresh Affairs Final meeting with Sweet Memories Order Groom's Cake Vistaprint photo sharing cards DIY card box Book Get Away Limo Reception seating chart Rehearsal Dinner invitations Rehearsal Dinner menu Get Marriage License Church/ceremony/officiant fees Thank you notes Final vendor payments Newspaper wedding announcement DIY Church Door wreaths