WEDDINGS


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In Southport, NC you can literally sail off into the sunset with your honey after a romantic sailboat wedding. Captain Carolyn Pryor of Sea/Side Ceremonies is an ordained minister who also captains her own sailboat. She can coordinate all the details for you as well. Or you can stage your wedding and your reception in the Southport Community Building, located at likely the loveliest spot in Southport, with gorgeous views of the Cape Fear River. You may prefer to hold your ceremony in an historic church or at one of the lovely and historic bed and breakfast inns scattered throughout Southport. Whatever choice you make, you will find everything you need to plan your wedding. Two excellent choices for catering are Coastal Catering and Events in Boiling Spring Lakes and Taylor Cuisine Cafe & Catering, Inc. on N. Howe Street. Both offer onsite and offsite catering as well as scrumptious food.

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Weddings on the beach are quite popular on Oak Island, NC and there is a local minister here who specializes in these. You will find caterers, photographers and a bakery for your wedding cake. Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering on E. Oak Island Drive will help you with planning your menu and will cater your event in their restaurant or at another location of your choice. Photographers Mike Boswell and Phyllis Allen both have their studios on Oak Island.  Why not tie the knot at your favorite vacation location? On Oak Island there are miles of beaches with numerous lovely locations for your wedding. Coastal Vacation Resorts Oak Island also has some stunning rental homes available for weddings. They will be happy to offer a group of rental houses for all your guests as well.

These are just a few of the companies that will be happy to assist you in making your special day everything you dream it will be. You can also find wedding cake bakers,  florists, music, rental equipment and more. Check out our site at http://www.insiderinfo.us.

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THINK OUTSIDE THE (VALENTINE) BOX

Valentine’s Day is nearly here and all the traditions prevail. The florists in Brunswick County, NC are swamped with orders for red roses and are frantically trying to fulfill them all. Restaurant reservations are nearly filled and a number of restaurants are offering special Valentine’s Day menus. The jewelry stores have seen an upswing in sales recently. Many of these sales include hearts on the necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. The shops are full of Valentine’s Day cards and candy in heart shaped boxes. This is all wonderful. However, if you are considering doing something special to celebrate, here are a few ideas:

Why not take to the air? High Tide Helicopters and Brunswick Air, both located at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC, offer tours of the area with a different – and beautiful – perspective. What a fun way to celebrate!

Instead of heading home after the festivities, why not book one of the historic and lovely Bed & Breakfasts. You can spend a cozy evening together and wake up to a scrumptious prepared breakfast the next morning. Even better, book it for the weekend!

If the ocean is your passion, you might consider booking a house on the beach. The winter rates are still in effect, and this is the time of the year when you can watch the sun rise and set over the ocean. Just imagine going to sleep with the sound of the sea as your lullaby!

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VALENTINES DAY

Valentines Day is nearly here and the florists are all in a flurry. When we think of this day we think of love, flowers, candy, special dinners out, gifts of jewelry – all the traditional things associated with it. In Brunswick County, NC you will find some of the restaurants will have special dinners to celebrate the occasion. There is no shortage of florists, jewelry stores and places to purchase Valentine candy either. But there is a number of other events to choose from as well – some of them not so traditional. Why not do something different this year – maybe something your special sweetheart has an interest in or something in which the whole family can participate.

If you have an interest in North Carolina history, you might want to think about heading to the Brunswick Town State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC. On February 14 and 15 there will be dramatic interpretations of the fall of Ft. Anderson to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that event. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/fort-anderson-civil-war-living-history/profile/)

If you like the fun and excitement of the Mardi Gras, you can head on over to Oak Island, NC for their three day event. Wouldn’t it be fun to spend Valentine’s evening in front of a bonfire on the beach? (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/mardi-gras-by-the-sea/profile/)

For a more traditional evening of dining and dancing, you can participate in The Golf Ball in Carolina Shores, NC where all proceeds benefit a good cause. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/the-golf-ball/profile/)

IT’S A WEDDING SHOW!

A new year. A new beginning. A new life. And Brunswick County, NC is quite a popular destination for weddings. There are so many lovely locations here in which to celebrate the bonding of new families and a wedding show is a great place to help you decide where, when and how to make your special event everything it can possibly be. Whether you are dreaming of an indoor wedding or an outdoor wedding, under a canopy or on the beach, you can find the perfect location right here. You will also be pleased with your choice of caterers, bakeries, florists, officiants, photographers, wedding planners and more.

Check out the Silver Coast Winery Bridal Show on Sunday, January 25, to see what I am talking about: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/wedding/show/the-silver-coast-bridal-show/profile/)

Obviously, not every option available will be represented at the show, so here are a couple of suggestions from us:

ART Catering & Events: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/wedding/caterers/art-catering-and-events/profile/)

C Britain Wedding and Event Rentals: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/wedding/rental-supplies/c-britain-wedding-and-event-rentals/profile/)