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Awesome Advantages of Having a Winter Wedding

Choosing a date for your wedding can be stressful. A winter wedding has numerous benefits that you may be unaware of. It will stand out by being fun and different. Consider some awesome advantages to having a winter wedding before settling on a date.

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Greater Availability of Venues

Winter weddings provide the advantage of greater availability too much of the popular venues, vendors, and photographers. Winter weddings are less common which allows you a better chance of having your special day at your dream venue. Also, many venues offer reduced rates during the off-season saves you money.


Stunning Photo Opportunities

Simply step outdoors for unique wedding photos. Winter is a very romantic, unique and beautiful time of year. Winter provides plenty of spectacular photo opportunities such as snow blanketed landscapes and tree branches lightly dusted with frost, the opportunities are endless.


Reduced Stress

Stressing about the elements is reduced with winter weddings because they generally occur inside. The risks of wind and rain not only is stressful, but costlier as well when tents are needed. An outdoor wedding can be uncomfortable to your guests when exposed to heat as well. Stress is reduced for you, your family and friends, and your vendors when you do not need to consider Mother Nature. Also an indoor venue is convenient as you can also host

Less Expensive Travel and Accommodations

Travel and hotel expenses are most expensive during the summer months, while school is in recess and families vacation. You and your guests benefit with off-season pricing for hotels and travel with a winter wedding.


Extremely Romantic

Getting married to your soulmate in a sparkling winter wonderland outdoor wedding venue is extremely romantic. With luck, Mother Nature will oblige and give your special day a fresh white backdrop.


Best Time of Year for Black Tie Weddings

If you are considering a formal wedding, guests with black tie attire will be much more appreciative of a winter wedding. Tuxedos and gown were not designed for outdoor ceremonies in the sweltering summer but are ideal for indoor wedding recpetions


Decorated Venues

Pre-wedding events held during the holiday season can benefit from the gorgeous free decorations displayed this time of year. For example, bridal showers tend to take place approximately one month prior to the wedding. This means, bridal showers taking place during the holiday season are exquisitely decorated with garland, wreaths, and white sparkling lights giving a celebratory feel to any Wilmington NC wedding reception venue you choose.

The Hottest Wedding Trends of 2017

It may seem as though wedding trends are getting a little over the top. They are and people are loving it! The new rules for 2017, is there are no rules. You can keep your wedding traditional, or you can throw convention to the wind and do something that is new and different, and possibly trendsetting.

Couples are looking at their big day a little differently than in years past, and the dresses, food, and decorum are all following suit. There are some amazing wedding trends that are emerging as the hottest for the 2017 year. Here are some of the top trends:


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Everyone knows that people primarily go to and have weddings to show off and look at the fashion. This year metallic’s and loose silhouettes are the dresses of choice for the bride and their bridesmaids. From sparkly bridal gowns with metallic beading that twinkle in the light to formal evening gowns for bridesmaids made with flowing and soft fabrics that slink down the body, subtle and effortless is the key.




The traditional sit down and be served weddings are out this year, and food and drink stations and food trucks are in. Couples are able to provide their guest with a fun interactive experience that gives them a little more of a taste of who you are. Food trucks allow for the guest to choose the food they want to eat from the menu available, and with the fun food stations, they can choose how they want to eat their food like standing up or down, or be traditional or try something new. There are more options for your guest which is what people want to provide their guest.

Decorations and Decorum


People are getting the excitement for their wedding started from the beginning. Sending out beautiful invitations with various types of catchy trends like glow in the dark ink, foil stamping, or large bold envelopes with bright writing or special engravings. Color has made a comeback in 2017. Deep bold colors and various shades of green are the top wedding choices for 2017 which fits great in with the greenery and au naturale look and style of the wedding.




Photo booths are so 2016. In 2017, couples are thinking exceptional entertainment for their guests. Body painters, full and semi-choirs that sing only R&B and Pop songs, ballerinas and contortionist, and water performers and gymnast are all hot trends for keeping your guest entertained beyond looking at the unbridled love of the couple they are there to celebrate.

Contact the Coastline Convention Center today for a complimentary consultation with our onsite event planner!


Fall Wedding Trends in Wilmington, NC

If you are planning a wedding this Fall, you are in for a treat. This fall season is already centered around beautiful deep colors and the warm feeling of love and home. Of course, every person will have their own idea of what they want for their wedding, but adding these trends in could take your wedding from a night to remember, to an event people will never forget.


This season deep rich burgundies and plum’s are the Fall colors of choice and are the centerpiece of this year’s wedding color schemes. A neutral color or pastels are the colors most used to complement these deep colors. In the Fall, the typical spring hues are frosted over giving them more dimension. Together the dark hues give you the sense of earth and season, while the lighter colors add to the whimsicalness of the moment.  You can also add metallics for a little pop.

Wedding Cakes

There is a new trend for the Fall season when it comes to wedding cakes. Instead of adorning a cake with thick design frosting and sugar flowers, the couple is choosing cakes with a more textured look dressed up with real, small bunches of flowers, greenery, or a combination of both. ‘Naked Cakes’ are also growing in popularity. Nude cakes are cakes with a thin layer of frosting so some of the cake shows through. Then it is dressed up with caramel or ganache drizzle, and some foliage.


There is always a place for a traditional dress, no matter the season, but this year’s trend is leading brides and grooms down a less traditional path. Two piece wedding dress sets are this year’s bridal dress trend, and that doesn’t mean you have to bare a lot of skin. Some brides are paring cashmere sweaters with luxurious full-length skirts, or lace long sleeve turtleneck crop tops with exaggerated high wasted gown skirts. You can really express your own style.


Wild looking bouquets containing freshly picked flowers and greenery is leading in the Floral department for Fall weddings. The arrangement is more leafy and green, and fewer delicate flowers. And, for this season, forget a long stem. Vines, thistle, berries, bushes, and small leafy twigs are catching the eye of many people having weddings.

Food and Drink

Creativity is the name of the game, and food and drink stations are all the rave. The eating portion of the wedding is way more fun than getting served a plate. Build your own tacos, barbeque stations, and even a sushi bar is how people are choosing to feed their guest. And just in case you were wondering, an open bar is always on trend.

Contact us today for a complimentary tour of our outdoor wedding venue in Wilmington, NC.

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Wedding Favors That Will Impress Your Guests

Wedding favors are the proverbial icing on the cake for your wedding reception. It is a fabulous way to thank them for participating in your love and special day. It also allows them to have a keepsake and lasting memory of your wedding. There are so many things you could give to your guest, but whatever you give it should come from the bottom of your heart.

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Personalize It

Personalized wedding favors have grown in popularity because it makes people feel like you took the time to honor them and their presence at your event on a very personal level. So, if you are going to give your guest wedding favors make sure that you have personalized them, and watch your guess be impressed.

Give Them A Snack

Little chocolates, mints, and even nuts are a great wedding favor to send your guests home with. They will have eaten quite a bit at your wedding so this may actually be something that they keep longer than some other wedding favors. Whether they enjoy it now or enjoy the treats later, it is something sweet for them to remember the moment by.

Make it Useful

A cognac glass, coasters, a plate; these are all items that a person can use once the wedding is over. Bottle cap openers and candle holders are all gifts that keep on giving. They can last forever; which is as long as the bride and groom plan to be together.

Go Unisex

It can get tedious when you are trying to determine how many wedding favors do you need for the men, and how many do you need for the women. If you choose a unisex gift then you can generally get the same thing for everyone. This will save you a lot of time and possibly a lot of money.

Get Creative

Almost anything can be a wedding favor regardless of how big or how small. You simply have to decide how much money you have to spend on the favors. Whether you spend a little or spend a lot you can give or make something that is very unique. You also give something that is decorative that people could put on their wall or on a coffee table. Yes, everyone’s taste is different but you can find something that is tasteful and that most of your guests would enjoy.

The Best Wedding Songs

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The Best Wedding Songs

There are many tasks that go into planning a wedding, and the playlist is one of the more fun tasks that you will take part in. However, it can be difficult to know how to make the best playlist. Here are some tips that might help you through the process. (more…)

Where to Begin When Planning a Wedding

where to begin when planning a wedding

Congratulations, you’re engaged!  You can’t stop smiling.  You’ve been sharing the news with friends all over social media with pictures of the ring you can’t take your eyes off of.  After the initial shock and elation of this momentous occasion starts to wear off, you’re suddenly struck with a realization: you have to start planning a wedding.  While you may have been to a wedding or two in the past, your wedding is uniquely yours, and you may not have any idea where to start.  Here are a few tips to get you going. (more…)

Reasons to Plan a Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding

Your wedding is an important event in your life. It is a celebration of you and your significant other joining together to become one on a new adventure in your lives. As such, it should be done in a way that celebrates the two of you. You are unique, and your wedding should be, too. If you want to do something a little bit different and out of the ordinary, why not consider a destination wedding? (more…)

Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter is well underway, and although we live in sunny, warm Wilmington – that doesn’t mean you can’t host a beautiful, snow-filled winter wedding at our Coastline Convention Center. Weddings are often hosted this time of year and themed appropriately. Winter is associated with purity and elegance. In this post, we’ll describe some of our favorite winter wedding ideas to turn any boring ol’ wedding into a true winter wonderland. (more…)

Coastal Themed Wedding Ideas

When you look at all Wilmington has to offer, it becomes clear why it’s such a popular choice to host a coastal themed wedding. The Coastline Conference and Event Center is ready equip to host weddings of all kinds. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of our favorite coastal themed wedding ideas.


Seasonal Colors for a Wedding

Choosing a wedding date is one of the largest decisions a bride could make. But one of the most important details that wedding patrons may fail to realize is the choice of seasonal colors incorporated into the wedding itself. In this blog we’ll explore some of the reigning color themes of today’s weddings.


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