Southern Hospitality Weddings & Events based in Corolla is a wedding planning company with a keen eye for detail. Their goal is to follow the vision of your big day perfectly, making sure that you can sit back and relax. The skilled professionals at Southern Hospitality Weddings & Events are devoted to planning a memorable event never short on the southern hospitality.
Southern Hospitality Weddings & Events offers a variety of services, sure to completely put your mind at ease on your big day. Offering everything from budget analysis to timelines, planning every detail of your wedding with precision and care. Additional services include:
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Ashley · Married on 09/02/2016
If you're reading this, you very well might be on the fence about picking a wedding planner in the OBX area. Maybe you're even unsure if you need a wedding planner, thinking you could possibly do it yourself. I originally thought a wedding planner was a frivolous luxury but boy was i wrong. My wedding would have been a complete disaster without Ashley!
Ashley completely understands what brides need: thinking, at times, of things I hadn't even considered. Not only did she give all of my vendors a timeline the week before the wedding, she reached out to each one to explain the game plan. As my day-of coordinator, she worked with me to create the timeline (from what time the speeches started to who walks in the ceremony). She even created a cheat sheet with everyone's cell phone numbers and what time they'd be arriving.
Day of, she ensured my dessert table was flawless, staged my centerpieces impeccably, and arranged my personal items (i.e. favors, guestbook, and card table). Our wedding was set to place outside, and Ashley approached me when the weather didn't look like it would be cooperating with the timeline. She asked my husband and I what we'd like to do (stick with the outdoor plan in a light drizzle or go with the indoors backup plan). We opted to do it in the rain: Ashley went to the closest store and purchased umbrellas for our guests! She explained to our guests what was happening and handled everything! She gently kept us informed of the timeline throughout the night, all while being completely flexible. She's always cool, calm, and collected (while in control).
Ashley has connections in the OBX area and eats, breathes, and sleeps weddings! Planning from 7 hours away, I know our big day (and big investment!) was in good hands with Ashley. Book her! Ashley is a goddess in the OBX wedding world; she takes pride in her events and I'm still pinching myself that our paths crossed!
Cori Falls · Married on 10/28/2018
Having a wedding planner for the day of is so worth it! Ashley was amazing! Everything went smoothly on the day of the wedding and turned out perfectly! Ashley goes above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect for her clients and you can tell she really loves what she does. She was so nice to work with and very responsive to any questions or concerns that I had. I would highly recommend her to anyone planning an OBX wedding!!
Jacque · Married on 10/26/2018
Hiring Ashley is the BEST wedding planning decision we made!!
In two words.....HIRE ASHLEY!
As a detail-oriented, i-dotting and t-crossing, decor-loving researcher and mother-of-the-bride, I would have needed to read further......hopefully by the time you get to the end of this, you will come to the same excellent decision we did!!!!
After our daughter's engagement last Christmas Eve, our daughter held firm on her desire of many years....she wanted to get married in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, our home away from home! We were overwhelmed thinking about the multitude of details associated with planning a wedding from afar (we live in Maryland, the bride and groom live in Wisconsin). We recognized we would need some expertise and guidance. After researching and talking with multiple planners, Ashley of Southern Hospitality Weddings and Events is the first vendor we hired and the best wedding decision we made!!!!
During our first planning meeting, Ashley asked excellent questions, listened carefully to our responses, helped us hone our likes and dislikes, and professionally presented numerous vendor options with detailed descriptions of each. Her knowledge of wedding planning and the various vendor options in the Outer Banks are extraordinary. She gave objective descriptions of each vendor, providing us with insight for making informed decisions. Ashley continued to provide knowledgeable guidance throughout our wedding planning journey. She was always only a phone call, email or text away, and was extremely responsive every step of the way!
Thankfully, we hired Ashley prior to the January Outer Banks Wedding Expo, and her value immediately became apparent. Our next priority was wedding venue, as that would drive many of our other needs and choices. Choosing a venue in the OBX was difficult given our expectation of 150+ guests. We discussed multiple options with Ashley prior to the Expo weekend and toured properties with her our first day down. Our last venue option, the Whalehead at Historic Corolla, was the obvious winner when the bride cried as she walked along the scenic boardwalk on the Curritck Sound (aka, the bride's "aisle").
With venue decision made, Ashley helped us prioritize our trek around the overwhelming Expo, helping us focus on first needs first. This made the expo an extremely productive visit, especially important given the "blank canvas" of the Whalehead Club (i.e., lots of vendor decisions to make) and the limited time we would have in the Outer Banks prior to the wedding in October. During the Expo we booked several vendors, including:
~our wedding cake (Just Desserts-look no further-we've never tasted a better cake anywhere and Melinda is a doll!),
~our photographer (Matt Lusk Photography-what an amazing eye and ability to capture precious moments - even during a Nor'easter),
~our videographer (Swell Productions-Chris and Chris are great to work with & we can't wait to see the finished product),
~narrowed our catering choice to two (Lone Cedar-our ultimate excellent choice-how did they deliver 170 delicious meals out of a catering tent during that storm?? Thank you Victoria and ALL) and Black Pelican-another great option),
~met with both Metro Rentals (ultimate fabulous and flexible choice - that storm necessitated a lot of last minute rental flexibility by Rob, Holly & team!!) and Ocean Atlantic Rentals (another great option- loved Leah!) and ~chatted with a number of floral designers.
It was an amazingly organized and productive Expo weekend, mostly due to Ashley's expertise and guidance.
From that weekend forward, Ashley was there for us as advisor, therapist, mediator, friend, organizer, scheduler, liaison, and work horse. She kept us on track and on schedule with everything! She advised on everything from:
~housing (Jenna Scarborough at Twiddy was so helpful), to
~hair and make-up (Lovie's Ladies are incredibly talented and genuinely care about their clients),
~rehearsal dinner venues (the Sanderling Resort - Kimball's Kitchen did a beautiful job),
~to stationery, to decor ideas,
~to officiant (Tony Joseph, IDOOBX - we were thrilled with his professional and fabulous officiating),
~to catering recommendations for other events during the week (thank you Lighthouse Bagels and La Dolce Vita-would also be a great rehearsal dinner venue!!!),
~to transportation options (Sean with Corolla Trolley was delightful and timely), and more!
In the days leading up to the wedding, it became apparent that the looming Nor'easter would have an impact on numerous aspects of our wedding day plans. Ashley was there to research and calmly advise us regarding our options. She diligently worked through all necessary changes with vendors so that we could enjoy our time with friends and family as they arrived in town. She pulled everything together and made things happen!!
Last, but certainly not least, Ashley is a delightful human being and a pleasure to work with!!!!
Obviously, we would highly recommend Ashley and Southern Hospitality Weddings and Events to anyone for their special day!! Happy planning!!
When we see Ashley with Southern Hospitality on site for a wedding, we know it's going to be smooth sailing! She is professional, fun, has great crowd control skills, and totally organized. The weddings she plans always look like a total success.
The gals go out of their way to make sure every single detail is covered!! You will never know if there is any hiccup as they will have it fixed before it's even there!! Professional and easy to work with, love them!!!
Ashley is always a pleasure to work with as a caterer. Very professional and knows how to handle the pressures of a wedding day. Every wedding needs an Ashley on-site