20 Wedding Day Hacks Every Couple Should Know

Your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try out a few tricks to help make the day go a little smoother. We wanted to find out the best wedding hacks, so we asked a handful of event planners to share their favorite tricks of the trade with us. Grab a notepad and see what they said below:

1. Use baby wipes to remove deodorant marks or other stains on your attire.
2. Pour white wine on a red wine stain to help remove it.
3IMG_0840.JPG. Spritz hairspray (sparingly) on your veil to keep it from sticking to your face and/or wedding gown.
4. Hide a tissue or handkerchief in your bouquet wrap to have on hand for happy tears.
5. Ask your caterer to pack a to-go bag you can take at the end of the reception (so you and your spouse don’t leave feeling hungry!).
6. Print out two address labels per guest/couple you invite. Use one set of labels for the invitations and save the other for thank you notes after you receive gifts.
—Brian and Marisa Ferrell of So Eventful in Healdsburg, California

7. Use duct tape as a blotter to remove dirt from your wedding gown if it gets soiled during photos.
8. Use a fresh flower or two (borrow them from your centerpieces) to hide accidental finger marks or scrapes on your wedding cake.
9. Sprinkle unscented talcum powder in your shoes (especially high heels) to keep your feet fresh throughout the day.
10. Number the back of your RSVP cards before sending them out. Keep a corresponding list with the number for each guest you invite. If an RSVP card is returned without a name (or the handwriting is too difficult to read) you’ll know who it’s from.
11. Having an outdoor wedding? Spray bug repellent on your reception table and chair legs to keep pests away.
12. To pin a boutonniere, start from the back of the jacket lapel and insert the pin vertically into the head of the flower to keep it from becoming top heavy.
—Jean McGrury of After the Proposal Weddings & Events in Biloxi, Mississippi

1IMG_08433. Use loose face powder as a substitute for dry shampoo if you’re in a pinch.
14. Hairspray can double as static cling for long bridesmaid dresses.
15. Chill champagne quickly by filling a bucket with enough ice and water for the bottle to slush around (instead of filling it completely with ice). The cold water will chill the bottle faster than ice alone in about 5 minutes.
16. Extend the burn time of votive candles or tea lights by freezing them the night before.
17. Ask your florist if he or she would be willing to return at the end of the reception. Have them wrap up the flowers from your centerpieces/decor using butcher paper (farmer’s market style!) and give the bouquets to guests as they leave.
18. Votive candles can be used to light sparklers quickly for a send-off at the end of the night (instead of using standard lighters).
—Natasha Larsen and Sheena Kalso of The Invisible Hostess in Seattle, Washington

19. Dryer sheets can help keep bees and bugs away at outdoor weddings. Tuck them into your dress or suit, or even hide them in your centerpieces.
20. Ask members of the wedding party to take a low-dose allergy pill on the wedding day as a precaution. You never know when there could be an unexpected reaction to makeup, pollen or food.
—Shauna Karver and Nicole Schulmerich of J29 Events in Portland, Oregon

This article and others like it can be read at www.weddingwire.com



The Knot Pro Blog

BlogPost_RealWeddingsStudyAThe Knot 2015 Real Weddings Study surveyed nearly 18,000 U.S brides and grooms married in 2015 to get you the inside scoop on the style preferences and spending habits of today’s millennial couple! Get the details:

Couples are using their smartphone more than ever. 

  •  89% use smartphones for wedding planning activities (such as researching wedding vendors).
  • 58% of couples look up wedding inspiration and manage their wedding vendor information on their mobile device.

Couples create a unique personalized experience. 

  • Since 2009, the average guest list size has decreased from 149 to 139, yet spending has increased from $194 to $237 per guest.
  • 36% of couples report having custom guest entertainment–which has more than tripled (up from 11% in 2009)!  Trending details include cigar rolling stations, wine and liquor tastings, and live dance performers.

Couples wed far from home. 

  • 49% of couples are married 200 miles or more away from where they lived at…

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Christine & David: Wedding Highlight Video

We love highlight videos!!!

Christine and David were married in July 2014 at The Charles Mack Citizen Center. They used Alice’s Garden for their beautiful ceremony and had their stunning reception in the Moore, Burlington, Lowrance Rooms. We love this couple’s fun personality! It truly shines through in everything they did for their wedding.

Please head over and check out New Morning Weddings . A wedding video is one of the most precious gifts you can give yourself or to your loved ones getting married. It is something that you can cherish for years and years.


Charles Mack Citizen Center Real Wedding: Becky & Nelson Mooresville, NC

Because we have two beautiful outdoor gardens for outdoor wedding ceremonies, we don’t often get asked about putting wedding ceremonies inside of one of the banquet rooms. Sometimes inclement weather forces us to rearrange things at the last minute but at this wedding, Becky and Nelson wanted an indoor wedding ceremony. That was their plan all along. This couple put a lot of thought into the look of their ceremony and we think what they had was simply gorgeous! 

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This couple chose to go with the beautiful ladder back chiavari chairs we have available for rent. They also added the black/white damask backdrop with white sway and uplighting. They added their own special fuchsia touches with the flower balls at the ends of the rows and the pink rose petals lining the aisle.

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While one side of the room was for the ceremony, the couple tied the entire room together by adding black/white damask table clothes with pintuck fuchsia runners.

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Congratulations Becky & Nelson. Your wedding was stunning! Thank you for choosing The Charles Mack Citizen Center!

Wedding Fail Wednesday Part 3

As I look through videos to see which ones I want to share with you guys, I’m so happy that I am not seeing The Charles Mack Citizen Center turn up on any of these videos. That must be because having your wedding at our venue in Mooresville means that the sun is always shining and everything happens according to plan…… right???

I hope you enjoy these funny clips from our last Wedding Fail Wednesday. Next week we will begin a new series of wedding videos. Stay tuned and thank’s for stopping by!


In Case You Were Wondering: The Cost of Catering

When people start planning parties, weddings, or meetings they will come to me and ask the million dollar question: How much is everything going to cost? I get asked this question a lot.

The most important thing to remember here is that no two events are the same. Each will have different needs and be in different situations. The second most important thing to remember is to set your budget to be in line with your expectations.

If you are dreaming of a full service sit down meal, don’t budget for a buffet. Both are great and will feed your guests, but a lot more is entailed in a full service meal.

I asked our friends over at Creative Catering & Events to shed some light on the whole catering thing!

Jill Crosby, Director of Catering Sales & Support says the amount that people should budget per person depends on variables such as buffet vs plated, beverage & bar services, china vs upscale disposables, and staffing.

Buffet vs Plated

Typically for a buffet, our clients tend to want to provide at least 2 protein options for their guests.  This runs $24.95 per person unless there is an upgrade (seafood, expensive beef cut, etc.)  That would include salad, 2 proteins, starch, veggie, rolls & butter.  The most economic option we have is our Down Home Southern Picnic for $16.95 ~ Pulled Pork Barbeque, Creamy Coleslaw, Macaroni and Cheese and Cornbread or Rolls with Butter, and for an additional $2.00 you can add Grilled Chicken.

Buffet usually serves the most guests the most expeditiously.  With plated, clients would need to choose between 2-3 main entrees, usually a chicken, beef or seafood, and a vegetarian option, which they make their guests aware of their options when they mail out invitations.  Guests would make their entree selection with their RSVP so we know how much of each to prepare.  This is less per person because you are only providing one entree per guest ($20.95), but where you save in food, is replaced by expense in servers as it takes far more servers to operate a plated dinner, which is usually China rather than disposables, which also requires more man power to handle the dishes behind the scenes.  So where staff may cost you $450 for 100 guests for a buffet, it would double for plated, plus a Chef’s fee of $200 to be on site to plate each entree.

 So, a buffet reception for 100 guests with 3 beverage options, upscale disposables, 3 servers and us handling their cake cutting, it averages out to about $37.35 per person.  For a plated reception for 100 guests, 3 beverage options, China that we have in-house, 6 servers and us handling the cake cutting, est $40.95, plus bar services if you choose.

Beverages & Bar Services

Beverages are $1.95 for 2 options, $2.95 for 3 options, and $3.95 for 4 options (sweet tea, unsweetened tea, lemonade and water or infused water).

To add bar services would be an additional $14.95 per person for Beer & Wine for 4 hours; OR $22.95 per person for Liquor Well for 3 hours (includes Beer & Wine Bar, plus 5 Liquors and all mixers) OR $26.95 per person Liquor Call for 3 hours ~ (includes Beer & Wine Bar, plus 5 Name Brand Liquors and all mixers), plus a bartender for $200.  One bartender is usually able to handle about 100 guests, we can add bartenders for a larger size group.

 China vs Upscale Disposables

China rentals run an average of $5.95 per person. Disposables run $1.95 for a Chinet equivalent, $2.95 for black round disposables, and $3.95 for an upscale disposable that are square and come in black, cream or white, with silver plastic cutlery.


According to Jill, staffing is usually one of the elements that surprises people because many times they think of it as more of a delivery rather than catering. For corporate events or if it is truly just delivery, that price is included in the delivery fee. But for a wedding, it takes several sets of hands to make your very special day run smoothly, look nice and elegant, maintain the integrity of the food, bus tables, and host an upscale event for your guests.

Thank you to Jill Crosby for sharing this information with us and our renters!

Thank you to Jill Crosby for sharing this information with us and our renters!

So what are your biggest questions when it comes to catering?

Add your questions below!