by Christie A. Brogan {5.12.17}

Some might argue the topic of “why hire a planner?” should have come up earlier in these discussions. The truth is…right about now…couples start to realize just how much they could use a little professional help. No mistaking brides plan their own weddings every day and the events are, by all accounts, a success. In hindsight though, most tell a tale of how the details and planning took over their lives and in the end…the money would have been well spent on a seasoned professional. Really, there are lots of reasons why you should hire a wedding planner, but for our purposes today, we asked a local pro we know to weigh-in on the topic.

Meet Charyl Williams of Social Butterfly Events. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Charyl on numerous weddings over the past seven years and we think couples who have the question “Do I really need a wedding planner?” will find their answer here…

Do I need a wedding planner?
Charyl: Absolutely yes of course you need a wedding planner!  The question should be how much help do I want from a wedding planner. A wedding planner can save you money, they can take hours upon hours of work off of you, they can suggest vendors that you may not know about that can bring your design vision to reality.  Wedding planners are researchers, negotiators, mediators, sounding boards as well as the supervisor of your wedding to ensure that your day goes off without a hitch.  Instead of putting all of these responsibilities onto your family and friends, allow them to enjoy this time with you while hiring a professional to do the work for you.
How do you pick a wedding planner?
Charyl: Picking your wedding planner has a lot to do with your budget, your design, the level of service that you are looking for but most importantly it should be about chemistry which should come into play with all of your vendors.  This person that you hire is the person who is responsible for making your dream day come true so there needs to be a comfort level that builds between the two of you while you work together on planning your perfect day.  Finding this person is easy when you take the referrals given to you by your venue or other vendors.  We are all in the business of putting on incredible weddings so we refer the best of the best to help achieve that common goal for our clients!  Having a stellar group of vendors working on your wedding makes executing the perfect day a lot easier.
 Here are some beautiful photos (courtesy of Eric Bonseke photography) featuring one of Charyl’s weddings at 128 South. Kaylah & Greg’s day was pure magic…starting with the bridal party preparations at The Cottage on Orange Street. Following the “first look” photos, the ceremony was held at one of our favorite hidden downtown treasures, The Atrium by Ligon FLynn. This urban garden is a short walk from the 128 South (and Bakery 105) providing a lovely and convenient ceremony locale with picturesque photo ops on the way to the reception that no photographer could resist. Festivities began with cocktail hour and introductions on the 128 South Riverview deck, dinner, cake cutting and toasts inside 128 South, and dancing under the tent in the crisp Spring air. What a night to remember!


Wedding Pros

Wedding Planner & Design: Social Butterfly Events
Photography: Eric Boneske Photography
Bridal Suite: The Cottage on Orange Street
Ceremony: The Atrium by Ligon Flynn
Reception: 128 South
Flowers: Eco Chic Blossoms
Lighting: High Performance Lighting
Catering: 128 South Events & Catering
Rentals: Party Suppliers
DJ: Active Entertainment
Cake: One Belle Bakery
Ceremony Music: Maura Kropke Violinist
Hair & Makeup: Meraki Beauty
Officiant: David Holt


Christie Brogan {Co-Owner & Partner – 128 South and Bakery 105 in Wilmington, NC. Entrepreneur, Event Planner, Wedding Geek, Writer, Business Innovator, Idea Maker, Boot Camp Betty, Yoga Nut, Animal Lover, Avid Reader}