Wedding Planning in Wilmington, North Carolina

Wedding venues in Wilmington are numerous and varied, and with so many charming choices, it can be difficult narrowing it down to one location. For occasions both large and small, you and your significant other can decide between breathtakingly beautiful beaches, lush gardens, and private rooms in restaurants or historic homes downtown. At Kelley Event + Design, we help you create a wedding tailored specifically to you and your significant other. Let us handle the details so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your special day. We’ll take care of all that’s behind the scenes, so all you have do is say “I do.”

Full Wedding Planning Package

Quite often couples feel completely overwhelmed with the daunting task of planning a wedding. We understand it can be scary to share the reigns with someone else—but you won’t regret it. This is your day, and we will do everything in our power to make it custom to your personalities and visions. Starting off the process with a wedding planner will help put your mind at ease. Throughout our time together, we will provide you with all the tools you’ll need to be able to plan for your wedding—and enjoy your engagement.

We will handle each detail and task along the way to ensure your wedding planning is flawless and relaxing. Whether it’s scouting venues in Wilmington, curating precise timelines, or vetting the leading furnishings, florals, and lighting rentals, we focus on creativity and innovation while also remaining diligent about developing a seamless event flow. From budget management, vendor referrals and negotiations, to detail tracking and extensive timeline and floor plan creation, we’re here to be your guide, organizer, and right hand so you’re able to enjoy every step of the process.

Across your wedding weekend, Kelley Event + Design will ensure the logistics unfold as planned so you’re left to simply enjoy your significant other and loved ones. From the simple details of sorting seating cards, overseeing set-up of the Wilmington area venue and vendors, to making sure you, your fiancé, and wedding party are prompt and in the right location, we take the stress off your shoulders and troubleshoot as needed. We organize and execute your wedding so you focus on hosting your guests.

Our wedding planning services include (but are not limited to):

  • Unlimited consultations via phone, email, and face-to-face
  • Assistance with finding a wedding ceremony location and reception venue
  • Menu design and scheduling of food tastings
  • Helping with establishing a style for your wedding
  • Assistance with setting and keeping a budget
  • Research of vendors to match your unique style
  • Scheduling and attending vendor meetings
  • Negotiation of all vendor contracts
  • Research of accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Creation and management of wedding planning timeline
  • Creation of wedding day schedule for you, your family, and all vendors
  • Assistance with invitation and wedding etiquette
  • Coordination and ordering of rentals and linens
  • Organization and coordination of ceremony rehearsal
  • Full onsite assistance at ceremony and reception
  • Delivery of the final payments to your vendors

Wedding Venues in Wilmington

Famous for its Southern hospitality and charm, there’s no better place to host a wedding than Wilmington. But choosing your wedding venue can be a difficult decision—it’s one of the biggest decisions you will have to make throughout the entire planning process. Your venue determines the size of the event, the décor, and sometimes even the attire! Luckily, there are many stunning wedding venues in Wilmington and we won’t stop searching until we find the perfect fit.

128 South/Bakery 105

On the banks of Cape Fear River, 128 South offers a unique venue and reception space with spectacular views from the 128 South River View Deck. If your dream wedding includes both indoor/outdoor space at your venue, then you’ve come to the right place. Bakery 105 is located at the corner of Front St. and Orange St. in Historic Downtown Wilmington. The venue features exposed brick walls, charming wood ceiling beams, creeping vines, and crepe myrtle trees. For a large—yet cozy—wedding venue, both options provide charming gathering spaces that comfortably accommodate your guests.

Airlie Gardens

Immerse yourself and your guests in a one-of-a-kind space! Airlie Gardens’ picturesque grounds and versatile settings provide the ideal scenery for your wedding day. With formal gardens, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek, and a 467-year-old live oak, there are a tremendous number of locations for a wedding, including:

  • Airlie Oak Lawn
  • Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel
  • Bradley Creek Lawn
  • The Pergola Garden

The Atrium

Located in Wilmington’s Historic District, The Atrium is the ideal location to host both your ceremony and wedding reception. Sometimes called “Wilmington’s secret garden,” the venue is bursting with stunning natural elements, lush foliage, climbing vines, brick masonry, and water features—creating a truly photogenic, one-of-a-kind space you and your guests will love.

Bellamy Mansion

For an old-fashion southern feeling, the Bellamy Mansion is the ideal choice. With grand columns, brass chandeliers, magnificent gardens, ornate molding, wrap-around porches, and elaborate Victorian style carpet, this wedding venue truly creates a southern experience nestled in the heart of Wilmington. Shaded by 150-year old magnolia trees, there is no better place to say “I do.”

Wedding Planning in Wilmington, North Carolina

Kelley Event + Design is a distinct wedding planning firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina serving the Wilmington area. We are dedicated to creating bespoke experiences of the highest quality. We believe in a tailored and collaborative approach with each client, and our boutique sensibility allows for a greater attention to detail and specialized attention throughout the planning process. We will discuss your design, planning, and coordination needs, as well as your budget requirements. We will work together to customize a level of service that is ideal for you.

Every event we plan is unique—contact us to receive a custom wedding planning proposal for your special day in Wilmington.

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