Thursday, September 15, 2011

Potter's Mark Wedding Registry

Looking to add some creative flare to your wedding registry? How about dinnerware from Asheville's own artists?

The Potter’s Mark studio does a limited number of wedding registrations for dinnerware sets, featuring hand crafted stoneware pottery.
A couple who registers, can select from a large variety of dinnerware and serving pieces made especially for them. They also receive an exclusively designed web page so they can show their pottery choices.
Check out the website; or visit them at their studio in Asheville’s River Arts District (122 Riverside Dr.)

To register for dinnerware, please call Eileen at:828 252 9122

Alternative and More Affordable Wedding Venues in Western North Carolina

Great post from Asheville Indie Weddings blog on some affordable and unique wedding venues that you may not have thought of.

Kiersa Holy, of Events by Kiersa, gave lot’s of advice, which Asheville Indie Weddings shares on their blog:

1.A new, historically renovated, green certified theatre, The Altamont, located in the heart of downtown Asheville, is available to rent for weddings with a few added extras (professional lighting and sound) that you won't find at many other venues, which helps bring your cost down.

2. WNC summer camps can be more affordable and they also have dining halls (so you cut the cost of needing a tent).

3. City parks and county parks. For example, UNCA Botanical Gardens is available for ceremonies and receptions at a great rate.

4. Restaurants, on their closed day, often rent their space for a flat fee. Local places to check: Avenue M, Fiores and Limones.

5. Local wine bars are a great option for wedding receptions.

6. Rent a private home for an event. Kiersa passed along two websites where you can research a broad range of mountain rental properties: or

7. Private homes, or your own home, are options for elegant and simple affairs. Start your life where you’ll live! But one thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want to turn into a host, working at your own wedding! With that in mind, it’s a good idea to hire a wedding planner for homespun weddings. Keep in mind, private homes aren’t set up for weddings, so a coordinator can help you understand surprising costs if you choose this route.

8. Check out local Bed and Breakfast options. Here are a few to begin with: Hawk and Ivy and Bella Luna Inn (connected to Black Eyed Susan Catering).

Kiersa also said that when planning a wedding, the first thing to do is to define your budget, number of guests and the ideal venue. Once these three elements are in harmony your have the best foundation to move forward.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Asheville Wedding Venue: Yesterday Spaces

Yesterday Spaces is a 70 acre family farm located in Leicester, just minutes from downtown Asheville N.C. They have just completed a beautiful, very rustic, and yet very comfortable barn with a large conditioned loft space for year round use.

This space is available for social, business, and educational events including:

* Weddings
* Receptions
* Rehearsal dinners
* Reunions
* Retreats
* Meetings and Seminars

"Our farm is deeply rooted in history and we feel blessed to be able to preserve another important piece of productive farmland here in Western North Carolina. We are farming with sustainable agricultural techniques and maintain a reverence for the land…” - Owners Mike & Chris Grier

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wedding Decor from The Drygoods Shop

Looking for someone to style your event? Check out these unique wedding decor ideas from a recent WNC wedding styled by Leigh of The Drygoods Shop in west Asheville.

Get in touch with Leigh at The Drygoods shop in west Asheville, 474 Haywood Road. Or give her a ring: (828) 505-8595. You can also check out her blog.

Original Photos for Asheville Indie Weddings by Jennifer Callahan