Recommended by 99%
Courtney · Married on 04/07/2018
Heather and her entire CED team are seriously the BEST in the industry. Heather and Hannah worked so hard to make every detail of my wedding so perfect. I couldn't have dreamt of a more perfect day. It was MAGICAL. It sounds so cliche, but it's seriously the truth. MAGICAL. Heather is so experienced and talented with design. I told her I wanted modern, chic, and upscale and she overdid herself with everything that I envisioned. It exceeded my expectations. They are so honest and patient with you, yet give their best knowledge and opinion about every aspect of your day. Heather knows how to work with a bride/family and make your day top notch. She coordinated, planned, and designed my entire day and I wouldn't have had it any other way. What I loved most about the Carolina Event Design team is they seriously became family throughout the wedding process. We left our wedding with the most amazing memories and new friends. If you are in search of a wedding/event planner, you won't regret the CED team. They are truly the best! I look forward to future events, showers, parties with them in the future! You will leave your wedding SO happy and SO grateful you chose them to help plan your day! I am forever thankful for Heather and her amazing team!
Robin · Married on 06/16/2018
Totally recommend Heather Bryson and her team. She was very through and used excellent vendors. Everyone was prompt, attentive and excellent to work with. The quality of flowers, decore and food was impeccable. Could not have been more pleased!!! Wonderful experience on our wedding day!
Martha · Married on 09/03/2016
Thanks to Heather and Gina, our daughter’s wedding at the Duke Mansion was amazing. Heather met with us a few times and listened to what we all wanted and expected. With so many out of town guests and family attending, we wanted to be sure everything was covered. I can’t say enough about her expert coordination of vendors during the “month-of” planning as well as the attention to detail during the rehearsal and especially on the day of the wedding! We didn’t have to worry about a thing – Heather’s competence shined through. When we asked a question – Heather had the right answer! Her “day of” timeline was concise and made the day go smoothly. From gathering groomsmen to helping the bride and bridesmaids get ready – Heather and Gina were there. They made sure we were always where we needed to be before, during, and after. We counted on their expertise to ensure the day went smoothly – ceremony and room setup, flowers, cake, photographers, dj, etc. – Heather had listened to us and made sure all was done right. I’ve had many compliments from guests who enjoyed the event from start to finish. And here’s a big shout-out to Heather and Gina for gathering all gifts, flowers, etc. and securing in a safe place post-wedding. Heather and Gina anticipated our every need. I would highly recommend Heather!!! It was the wedding celebration our daughter and husband dreamed of – thank you.
User6487833 · 2+ years ago
My wedding weekend was the most fun, special, exciting days of my life and I owe a lot of that to Heather! I was a bride that needed a lot of suggestions/ideas, help deciding on things and help getting things done/scheduled. I am not very creative, I had no preconceived notions on what I wanted and I have a full time job which all would have made it impossible to plan and execute a wedding on my own. I was so thrilled with the way everything turned out and I felt like I barely had to lift a finger throughout the process. I am still consistently getting compliments on my wedding and I know it is because everything was well-done, well-thought out and well-executed (all by Heather) and the guests could tell. My dad was very hyper-sensitive about the logistics of the day and had a few very specific ideas and Heather did a great job of going above and beyond to listen to his concerns/ideas, come up with solutions and follow through to make sure they were addressed and communicated well before wedding day. I have already and will continue to recommend Heather to all of my engaged friends. She made the most special day of my life up until this point just that - special!
Tara · Married on 12/05/2015
If you want to actually ENJOY your wedding planning process and not stress out through the entire journey, hire CED! These ladies are truly talented and I felt like I was their only client. It's by far the best money we spent and by the end of it all they felt like family! We're planning to get together for Thanksgiving. :) Do yourself a favor, make life easy on yourself and hire CED! You won't be disappointed!
Eneida · Married on 11/06/2015
Heather and Erin were absolutely AMAZING. They made sure everything ran smoothly. From the planning to the day of. They helped make our night perfect. We didn't have to worry about a thing. Carolina Event Design is perfect for any budget. They make it happen. I highly recommend them. Thank you ladies!
LeVar · Married on 11/06/2015
Being a vendor in the wedding industry for over 10 years, having a solid team to help plan our wedding was extremely important. Heather and Erin basically made our dream become our reality like I knew they would!! So many of our friends and family are saying that this is the best wedding that they have ever been to and this is largely due to the Carolina Event Design team!!!
Autumn · Married on 10/10/2015
My husband and I were married in October of 2015 and looking back we were so blessed to have Heather as our wedding planner. Not only did she come in and rescue the planning from the original planner(which we fired) but she did so with such high professionalism and can do attitude, all the while in her third trimester! On top of that, we had an outdoor
wedding and it rained 4 inches on our special day! The wedding was such a huge success and we couldn’t of been happier! She is THE best planner and she amazed us with her team and positive attitude. We highly recommend her and wouldn’t think twice if we had to do it all over again
Neesha · Married on 09/19/2015
I am SO grateful to Heather Bryson and her team at Carolina Event Design. I had been planning our Indian/ American fusion wedding long distance for almost 6 months when I realized that I needed help. I found the CED website and filled out the online contact form assuming that I would not hear back for a couple of weeks. Much to my surprise a few hours later Heather Bryson was calling me on my cell phone! I immediately clicked with Heather over the phone. It felt like I was chatting about my wedding with one of my best girlfriends. I knew instantly that this was the team that I wanted to work with on my wedding...and let me tell you... BEST DECISION EVER. From the unique floral design, to our fusion Indian wedding altar, to the statement head table of my dreams....Heather and her team went above and beyond our expectations! And it doesn't end there! CED is the absolute best when it comes to wedding coordination. The month of the wedding, I was pretty much sitting back and just waiting for the big day to arrive. Our wedding was four months ago and our guests are still commenting on how beautiful the decor was and how smooth the entire day went! By the end of the wedding planning process my family and I were actually sad to say goodbye to Heather and her team! We miss you Heather! :)
Moral of the story: Hire Carolina Event Design. They will make all of your wedding day dreams come true!
Amber · Married on 09/05/2015
The moment I got engaged I knew that I needed to find the perfect wedding planner who could plan and execute the wedding I had been dreaming about since I was little. I contacted between 7 to 8 wedding planners and as soon as I talked to Heather, we connected right away. I soon realized how this was the best decision I made throughout the entire engagement season (with the exception of saying yes to my groom!) Heather made the entire process a DREAM. She was always available, set up and accompanied my mother and I to every vendor meeting with her incredible list of vendors and kept us excited, on budget and on target. I had a very short engagement and on top of that I wanted to have the wedding at my parents home, which complicated my wedding, but Heather and her team never complained and exceeded every expectation. I really cannot stress to future brides how extremely vital it is to have a wedding planner and how it made the entire process so precious and special. The day of the wedding was so relaxing knowing that Carolina Event Design was taking care of everything. The wedding was everything I ever wanted and more! Heather and her team even surprised my husband and I with sparkler cannons for our exit. Every time I talk about the wedding with anyone, I always rave about Carolina Event Design and their perfection, professionalism and posh style! I really can't say enough about this amazing team of people! Do yourself, your wedding, your budget, your fiance and your family a favor and hire Carolina Event Design for your wedding!
Cassie · Married on 08/08/2015
Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Design made my daughter's wedding a worry free occasion. My daughter lives out of town and I work a more than full time job. We knew that we would not have the time to plan a wedding and relied totally on Heather to guide us through the planning process. We also had a budget to work within and Heather provided us a beautiful wedding right on budget! We had a fabulous reception and even though the power went out while the band was playing we never knew it! Heather and staff had the power back before anyone realized it was ever out. All of the vendors that Carolina Event Design works with are awesome as well and strive to meet your vision for your special day.
Belinda · Married on 06/13/2015
Erin and the entire team of Carolina Event Design made my big day an absolute dream come true! Throughout the entire planning process, we felt like we were in great hands with their team of quality and experienced planners. Erin Hunter-Watters, my personal planner from CED, was one of the kindest, most hardworking people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She was responsive to any question or concern that I had and always sent emails and texts or set up personal meetings to let me know where we were in the planning process. We were sent monthly lists of items that we were to complete, both together and individually, and Erin did an amazing job of walking myself and my family though anything that we needed to do. CED also did an amazing job with helping us find the best vendors for our look and budget. We couldn't have been happier with who we used and it was all because of CED's experience and their stellar reputation. Their experience in the industry is evident in their execution both in the planning process and on our big day! Our wedding day was executed flawlessly and Erin along with the owner of CED, Heather, had everything running like a well-oiled machine. I couldn't be happier with our experience with Carolina Event Design and with our planner Erin. I would highly recommend them to anyone getting married! As a bride who was unsure if I needed a planner at first, I can say now that I don't know how I could have made it and had a fabulous wedding if it were not for Erin and CED. They took all the stress out of the planning process and allowed me and my family to have fun in the months leading up to the wedding in addition to our big day. I would recommend any level of planning, but for us, full planning was the best choice we ever made! Thank you to Erin and CED for all that they did to make my wedding the best day of my life! I will miss them and all of the fun of planning my big day!
Charita · Married on 05/16/2015
When our daughter got engaged, the first wedding decision we made proved to be the most important....we hired Heather Bryson and Carolina Event Design. Heather met with the couple to determine how they envisioned their wedding. Then she worked tireleslly to create that vision. Her experience allowed her to respond to the pros and cons of our ideas, handle all the contracts, and supply us with vendors and services which we would not have found on our own. Heather created a timeline and knew which "the best go fast" services needed to be booked early. She did not make any decisions without the couple's imput; when choices need to be made, Heather would recommend several vendors whose past work fit in the couple's vision and let them interview each to see which they preferred. As parents, we liked that Heather supplied us with a spreadsheet so we always knew where our wedding money was being spent. We had no harried, last minute decisons which had to be made. As a matter of fact, the last few weeks before the wedding, Heather was doing all the work and giving us daily updates. The day of the ceremony, one of Heather's associates was with the wedding party the whole day - keeping us on schedule - with Heather popping in occassionally with updates on how the wedding/reception venues were progressing. The venues were absolutely gorgeous, Heather wove together a variety of personal touches coordinating with all the vendors to give everything a polished, fluid look. We were relaxed and able to enjoy the moment. The father of the bride and I were extremely proud of giving our daughter and new son the perfect wedding to start their new life together....all thanks to the hard work of Heather.
User4079654 · 2+ years ago
My now-husband and I worked primarily with Heather Bryson at Carolina Event Design. As a bride who hasn't been dreaming of her wedding day since she was five, Heather gave us plenty of options and made sure we had a unique, personalized wedding day. Heather was both prompt and proactive, offering ideas, support, and solutions. Rather than asking us to do any research, Heather would narrow down the most appropriate vendors/designs based on the overall vision/theme and have us go from there. This made it so easy and greatly reduced our stress and pressure, because we really just had to go with our personal preference or instinct and I just had to create a halfway decent Pinterest board. I grew up in Charlotte but live in the Southwest now, so having the flexibility to schedule a lot of appointments over several weekend trips helped us so much. Heather also scheduled based on my husband's availability, since he wouldn't be able to come out on each trip given job constraints. We were so grateful that Heather went above and beyond to schedule with those factors in mind. Her relationships with vendors also helped significantly, because they were willing to accommodate us and our many redeye flights and seventy-two-hour trips. As for the day itself, our wedding was gorgeous and downright stunning. Heather and the Carolina Event Design team knocked it out of the park! We were blown away by how beautiful our venue looked, from the lighting to the place settings. It literally brought tears to my eyes. Without Heather and Carolina Event Design, we never could have had such a beautiful, memorable day. Brides and grooms, congratulations on your engagement. If you want your big day to be extra special, you can't go wrong with Carolina Event Design!
Ashley · Married on 01/10/2015
Working with Carolina Event Design, specifically Heather Bryson, was literally the best decision I made in my wedding planning process. Not only was Heather and her team worth every penny (seriously!), but they went above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of and that my wedding day was everything I hoped it would be and more!
I was one of those brides who thought I could do all the planning on my own, and ended up 6 weeks out and completely in over my head! I hired Heather late in the game and she TOTALLY saved the day! She was sensitive to my remaining budget and was able to work with what I had already planned, as well as bring new ideas to the table in a short time frame. Also, her extensive network/relationships with local vendors made everything so much easier. She knows the wedding industry inside and out! Once all the planning was done, Heather and her team executed everything during the wedding week! I didn't have to worry about anything other than just enjoying getting married. It was so great to sit back and know that everything was off my plate. Totally worth it!
I think the things I loved most about working with Heather was her fun personality, her honesty and her willingness to listen. She really cared about me, my fiance, and our dreams for the day, and that made it easy to trust her when making important (and expensive) decisions. It felt like planning a wedding with a true friend!
If you want a team of professionals who truly care and are committed to your day going off without a hitch, hire Carolina Event Design!! They are the BEST.
Summer · Married on 11/15/2014
My husband and I were married on November 15, 2014. Our guest list was growing by the minute and I was becoming overwhelmed. This is when I reached out for help, Heather was highly recommended by numerous individuals and vendors. She exceeded my expectations as a wedding planner and really listened to our needs for our special day. I love that she was willing to take risks and to find a way when I suggested something out of the ordinary. All of the vendors she introduced us to were very professional and followed through accordingly. When the big day approached I knew I was in good hands, I was totally blown away by her team and organization of the whole event. It is true that our wedding day was the best day of my life and I am so thankful it was so enjoyable and stress free. Heather created a wedding beyond my dreams and I will forever be grateful for that!
User3784028 · 2+ years ago
Carolina Event Design was the best choice I made for my Wedding. Everyone always prepares you that something will go wrong on your wedding day whether it is small or big it really doesn't matter because its your wedding day. I will say that I had a FLAWLESS wedding day from the start of the day to the end. This would not have been possible without the team at Carolina Event Design.
Brenda · Married on 10/12/2014
Heather was the most amazing wedding planner. I came to her in April with nothing but a venue and a dress for an October wedding and she pulled off a miracle. Everyone who attended said it was one of the best and most beautiful weddings they have ever been to.
Lisa · Married on 09/27/2014
I couldn't possibly express all of our gratitude for Carolina Event Design in mere words but for the purposes of this review, I am going to try!
My initial contact with CED was with Cortenay. What impressed us from the moment of inquiry was how quickly CED responded to our initial interest. We got a response within hours from our inquiry, which stood out in comparison with other planners/companies we contacted - this really had a big impact on our decision because we were trying to plan a wedding from a different state. Courtney answered all of our questions with patience and was honest up front about general expectations for our big day with our budget, and because of this interaction, we knew we had found the right people to plan our wedding.
Our main planners were Erin and Heather - and from the initial interaction, we immediately loved working with them. They helped us stay on track with important deadlines and our budget throughout the entire process, helping us with their expert advice based on many years of experience in this industry. They got to know us well initially which really helped to incorporate our personalities and our tastes into the planning for the big day - we were so impressed by all of their recommendations for all the details of the big day, which told us that they really knew who we were and what we wanted. They were professional, maintained great communication and were honest and realistic.
On the big day, Erin and Heather knew down to every minute what was supposed to be happening where. They were incredible and amazing and helped us stay on track with the big day's schedule, from the moment we woke up to even after the reception ended. They kept everything running smoothly throughout the whole day and our family and even our guests complimented their dedication and work ethic.
No more room in this review - but in short, we're blessed to have had the chance to work with CED!
User4416679 · 2+ years ago
Without question, the best decision I made in planning my daughter's wedding was to use Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Design as our wedding planner. We could not have been happier with her ideas, recommendations, organization, and professionalism as well as her winning personality which made the process so much fun and stress free for both my daughter and myself. She has the upmost respect from the vendors in the community and from the beginning I was confident that our decision to have her plan our wedding was absolutely the right one. Not only did she deliver on all of her promises, she exceeded our expectations and created the most beautiful wedding we had ever seen while being respectful of our budget. We also greatly appreciated the great discounts from the vendors that she passed on to us! Without hesitation, I HIGHLY recommend Heather Bryson as a wedding planner who will do everything in her power to create a wedding of your dreams.
Jennifer · Married on 09/13/2014
I will always remember my 9 months planning with Heather from CED. When Heather and I met for the first time to go over initial plans and vendors, she answered any questions and talked through any reservations I may have had. She always made sure to remind me that this was MY wedding and developed a design through our conversations, our senses of style, and a shared Pinterest board. As the weeks and months went on, Heather guided me through the planning process by setting up meetings with venders, giving me monthly to-do lists to keep me on track, and keeping all lines of communication open.While many brides get to the point when they can't wait for the planning to be over, Heather created a wedding planning experience that I never wanted to end. Heather really made me feel like a top priority. She would text with me late at night when I was tossing and turning over how I wanted my hair, scheduled her day around my 5 minute alterations appointment so I wouldn't be alone, and expressed such genuine excitement building up to wedding day. On my wedding week, there were forecasts for rain, and Heather immediately had a plan A, B, and C lined up for any weather scenario. While Mother Nature kept playing mind games with us, Heather always reassured us that the wedding would be beautiful no matter what plan had to be used. Now to talk about my wedding day. It is a day I can only describe as magical. Every vendor Heather recommended was incredible and went above and beyond all expectations. Getting ready felt like a spa day, with Heather constantly checking in and giving me little sneak peaks of what was being set up in the reception space. It was a dream I could have never dreamed up on my own. Not just for me, but for my husband, my family, and everyone in attendance.Heather was the perfect wedding planner and will always be a friend. Heather created magic that day; magic that I would wish upon any bride.
Tiffany · Married on 07/19/2014
Hiring Heather Bryson was the single-best wedding planning decision I made. Here’s why:
Great Design: So fortunate that she has a great sense of style to help ensure my wedding was as beautiful! Heather assured me the draping color and fabric she recommended would be amazing and she didn't disappoint. So happy I trusted her vision. From linens, to floral arrangement, to wedding programs, she can see things in isolation and know how it fits into the overall vision. Extension of me: I trusted and felt confident that Heather would do a great job of representing me and my vision and most important, my price point. A month prior, I took the trip of a lifetime and my wedding was the last thing on my mind. I had no worries because Heather had it all under control. There were certain things my wedding venue agreed to only to later back out. Without worrying me, Heather went to the ends of the Earth to make sure they delivered on previous agreement at no extra cost. Collaborative: I threw a lot of things Heather's way, in addition to different personalities. My dad being one of them. Love him but he’s a bit of a challenge and Heather was great with him. Very patient and collaborative, both my father and I had ideas for the wedding and she was very helpful in brainstorming ways to incorporate our culture. Well respected: Heather has a reputation of executing w/ excellence. Whether it was the meal tasting or floral visit, all vendors had all positive things to say about Heather. It was said in a way that made it feel real and true. All spoke highly of her design aesthetic and her ability to get things done, and done well! Real friend:The most important quality is that by the end of the process, Heather and I became friends. She's been so great to work with, but also just have fun with. I enjoyed our chats about the crazy Real Housewives franchises and pure ratchetness! Planning a wedding can be a stressful time, but with Heather, every step of the way was enjoyable.
Amy · Married on 06/14/2014
As Mother of the Bride, I can honestly say that the hardest thing I had to do to prepare for this gorgeous wedding was to find my dress. At our first meeting with Heather, she told us her goal was to have the wedding/reception so well planned and executed that we would feel like welcome guests at our daughter's wedding. She did not disappoint!! She took care of all of the MANY contracts that must be negotiated (and she was able to negotiate better prices!), she handled all the details of planning that cause tremendous stress to those of us without connections or experience, and she gave us and our daughter a beautiful wedding and amazing reception that our guests are still talking about. Just what we wanted!
Erin · Married on 06/14/2014
Wow! What a fantastic wedding! We're still in awe of the events of the past couple of weeks, but we can't say enough about how awesome and helpful CED (especially our gal, Erin) was in making this a memorable occasion. Our wedding was at a private family-owned property, and Erin & Co. foresaw potential issues (Plush Flushes are great!) we'd have and didn't miss a thing! They hooked us up with Best Impressions catering of Charlotte and the food was amazing - they have a lot of hook ups at CED (mad props to Lavar and Split Second Sound) and can really work with you in regard to what you want vs. what you can afford or what is available (very helpful mediating with the florist as the bride altered the color palette a little late). Erin made our wedding special by retaining the personal touches we wanted and adding the profession touches we needed. Erin also made sure I was hydrated the day of and intuitively took notice of the details that were important to us and our families. The wedding ceremony & rehearsal went flawlessly; Erin also made sure we were hydrated and having fun during our awesome reception. Everyone we spoke to said they had a fantastic time, from our friends to my (hard to please) 90 year old grandmother. I already miss Erin's to-do emails! Planning a wedding is easy with the ladies at Carolina Event Design - I (and my mother and now husband) recommend CED for your event or wedding design, hands down. Thank you CED!
- Erin & Joey Schumacher & their Families
Kristen · Married on 06/07/2014
What I didn't know before I got married:
There are so many big and little details that go into a wedding. Every decision feels huge because it's your one and only wedding, and you want it to be perfect. And after you make all your decisions, you have to coordinate 15 different vendors who only see you as just another bride so maybe they'll call you back in a couple weeks, maybe in a month. Sometimes you get so exhausted that you just want to give up on trying to get exactly what you want for every part of the wedding. And that's just the prep. The wedding day itself has it's own set of details and timelines and must-dos.
If you just want to enjoy the fun planning stuff (flowers, colors, etc.) then you have to have someone else handle all the un-fun stuff like what time the groomsmen have to be dressed and whether the venue is going to let you stake the tent to the ground instead of making you use ugly water barrels to keep it from blowing away.
Once we realized the stress of planning was making it more un-fun than fun, we hired Cortenay with Carolina Event Design. I can say without a doubt that she is the reason we had a spectacular wedding day that was stress-free and beautiful. The first time you meet with her you'll realize she knows what she's doing, you don't, and that you would be lost without her.
Just hire Cortenay. It will be the best money you spend on your wedding. You'll be able to look back and remember how much fun you had and how you didn't have a care in the world that day. And after the honeymoon, when you hear stories about how the venue manager was being difficult, you'll realize if you didn't have Cortenay, it would have been you standing there in your beautiful wedding dress fighting about tent stakes.
Seriously getting a little teary just writing this review... that's how perfect our wedding was and how grateful I am for Cortenay.
Married to Kirk in June 2014