Five Things Your Never Knew You Needed on Your Wedding Day

A veteran planner shares some expert advice for free: She’s telling us the five things brides need on their wedding day.

Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.

First: Lunch for the Bridal Party
Too many brides forget to make special arrangements to feed themselves and the bridal party on the wedding day. It’s important to pre-arrange more than just nibbles for your entire crew — especially if you aren’t primping in your own home. I vividly remember how resentful bridesmaids became at a wedding because the bride ordered only a platter of fruit and cheese for her six ‘maids — but she requested a sandwich for herself!

Second: Beauty Appointments for Everyone
While the bride is not required to pick up the tab for hair and makeup for your girlfriends, you should give them the opportunity to have their hair and makeup done. This is especially crucial if you’re hosting a destination wedding. Certainly make it “optional,” but it’s the bride’s obligation to make sure their girls are aware of options.

Third: A Break with Your New Husband
After an emotional ceremony followed by a slew of professional photos, having a short planned break with your groom before you make your grand entrance is an absolute necessity. It gives you both a chance to refresh your look and spend a minute alone together saying “OMG, did we really just get married?”

Fourth: A Game Plan for Wedding Toasts
Have you ever sat through what seemed like an endless line of guests with well wishes for the bride and groom at a wedding, thinking it would never end? Guests often misinterpret a “toast” to be a “speech” and they talk forever. The best way to make sure you don’t lose valuable dance and party time is to pre-plan the toasts with your wedding planner or MC. That will ensure the microphone is somewhat controlled and not just anybody can get up and babble. Also it’s an important tool for avoiding “roasts” by inebriated guests who should know better.

Fifth: Alone time
Too many brides plan to have a pack of friends with them from the moment they first open their eyes til they say “I do.” While it’s a great day to celebrate with the people whom you love the most, it can be emotionally overwhelming. Make sure you have someplace to escape — even just for a moment.


Another Successful Carl House Bridal Event!

With over 160 guests in attendance the Carl House Bridal Event on February 8, 2015 was a spectacular success thanks to our fabulous Wedding Professional partners, great turn out and superb weather.Our guests had the opportunity to visit with some of the best Wedding Professionals in the industry, tour Carl House, meet the Carl House Team, enjoy our chef’s culinary treats and win prizes!

The Perfect Day!

View More: sweethearts Maggie Carragher and Chris Maddox met at Georgia Tech and fell in love. After Chris proposed , he and Maggie began their search for the ideal wedding location. When they found Carl House they knew it was the perfect spot. On November 8, one day after Maggie’s birthday, they were married. Despite the cool November air, wedding guests enjoyed delicious food and everyone danced the night way until Maggie and Chris made their beautiful sparkler grand departure! “Our wedding at the Carl House was simply perfect! I would not have changed a thing. It was the wedding my husband and I pictured it to be!,” exclaimed Maggie.

Photography by Jacquie Rives Photography


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Holiday Luncheon for the Public & Corporate Holiday Dinner – December 4, 2014

Join us on Thursday, December 4, 2014 .  

Holiday Luncheon for the Public - 11:00am — 1:30pm. This annual Carl House event is perfect for organizations that want to thank their employees with a holiday luncheon or an opportunity for family and friends to come together for a holiday celebration. Enjoy a delicious menu of holiday treats and the ambiance of Carl House during the Holidays! $26.50/person, plus tax and service charge. Click the Public Events tab for more details or call 770.586.0095. RSVP by November 28 at 4:00pm.

Corporate Holiday Dinner - 6:30 – 8:30. Ideal for small companies that want to have an affordable holiday celebration with their employees or colleagues. Purchase a private table for your company and enjoy an elegant chef prepared buffet along with the ambiance and decor of Carl House for the Holidays! Limited time only! Table to 10 – $395.00.Click the Public Events tab for more details. To reserve your company table or for more details contact Lisa Meznar 770.586.0095. Contact us for parties larger than 10 guests.


Date Night at Carl House! – November 15th

Carl House is proud to announce our newest public offering, Date Night! Join us on Saturday, November 15th for the perfect night out with your special someone! This month we are traveling to SPAIN, visiting different regions and cuisines from the area.

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Macrae & Ryan 09-20-14

For the love of love!  It’s all in the moments, it’s all in the details. Congratulations to a beautiful couple!  Enjoy our video of some great memories! Click here to see the video.  






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Carl House is extending a ‘First Ever Promotion’ you won’t want to miss!

DSC_2376 smallerOn our wish list is more happy unions at Carl House…this year and next!

Are you a fit for our offer? Are you open to:

1.  Moving your wedding date up a bit to create the wedding of your dreams?

2. Taking advantage of our new lower minimums and packages by booking your wedding by September 30, 2014?

*lowered minimums apply through 3-14-15

Email us at or call Anna, our Wedding and Event Specialist, at 770.586.0095 or (cell) 706.654.0537, to learn more and to arrange a tour of our beautiful house and grounds.

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Eat, Drink and Be Married!

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Top 10 Reasons Why Brides LOVE and Choose Carl House


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Photo by: Lemon Chic Photography

Another Carl House Bride and Groom Featured in Borrowed & Blue Athens Wedding Blog

Tiffany & Ben, March 15, 2014.

Oh how we love a mid-morning affair, and when you have a couple like Tiffany & Ben who pull it off so flawlessly, we have no choice but to share it with the world. Leslie West Photography caught all this wedding goodness so perfectly, and we are beside ourselves with all those special touches that have our hearts just fluttering today. From the breathtaking backdrop of the Carl House to the bride’s gorgeous bouquet, and everything in between, this wedding does Southern elegance to perfection. So grab a seat, and savor all this goodness just popping out of your screen, because this is one soirée you do not want to miss.

From the photographer….

Oh, I love a good southern wedding. Tiffany & Ben’s wedding had Southern charm written all over it: everything from the lace dress and pearls to playing corn hole on the front lawn. The bridesmaids were stunning in their pale pink dresses and the roomsmen kept me laughing the entire day. I never could resist a brunch wedding…especially when they are serving french toast!

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Carl House Wedding Featured in Borrowed & Blue Athens Weddings blog

Amanda & John, October 18, 2013.

Just when we thought Athens could not be any sweeter, we get this gem and are immediately reminded why we love this charming Southern town. This celebration is chock full of that certain allure that can only be found in Athens, and when you have a pair as lovely as Amanda & John, it makes any day that much better! We simply cannot get over the lovely shots by Noi Tran Photography of these two lovebirds strolling around the property with gorgeous sunlight streaming through the trees. Wedding days this lovely must be shared with the rest of the world, and we could not be any more excited to bring it to you today!

From Noi Tran Photography….

Amanda & John wanted to focus on celebrating with their family and friends. Many of their family members were from out of town, and their wedding was spectacular! There was nonstop fun on the dance floor! Their wedding definitely highlighted all the fun activities they shared with their guests. John’s exact words about the wedding was, “I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day.” And I would have to agree! Both Amanda & John were such a pleasure to capture.

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It’s Just Weather….Or is it? by BB Webb

APTOPIX Winter Weather GeorgiaIt comes and goes, doesn’t it?  Just as the jubilant times or travails in our life.  Wait awhile and we’re in a new mood.  Grieve a loss and a new gift appears in your life.  We’re all conditioned based on our experience.

When 2 inches of snow fell on Georgia in early February, our fine city of Atlanta became paralyzed.  Well, of course it did!  Having lived in many snowy states in New England and with family living in Montana, at first blush it all seemed ridiculous.

Here’s the rub.  If you were asked to conjugate a string of verbs but didn’t know the language, could you do it?  Well, of course not.  Though we’ve had some experience with sticky weather in Georgia, this was clearly an infrequent phenomenon, all of course which could have been better avoided with more thoughtful planning and coordination, yet inside all that icy, cold sunshine-with-god-grace-wallpaperhysteria, I found a gift.

Having been asked to speak to the group of Realtors way west in Dallas, GA, I made my early morning trek after speaking to my host presenter the night before and the morning of my talk.  She felt certain that the snows would come early afternoon, making my noon appearance in plenty of time to get back home the hour and half I had to travel.  However, we all witnessed the pretty white stuff with its delicate introduction around 10am.

Weather is just that way….a tad unpredictable despite all our advanced technology!

As predicted, my talk was hurried along as soon as the scant participants began arriving; clearly we Georgians are far from seasoned at navigating the white stuff, and, with massive exits from school, work and the emergency ‘milk, bread and egg runs’, the roads became swiftly clogged and impassable.

I was one of the lucky ones.  I traveled 20 miles of my 70 to get home in 5 hours.  Others slept in cars, bounced metal against metal with other wayfarers and worse, walked in cold, snowy slush to find shelter, restrooms and food.  A minor apocalypse or as the incident was fondly named, ‘snowpocalypse’.

Not one to be patient ‘sitting still’,  I weaved my car up and down icy backroads, slipping and sliding as I saw neighbors out Silver-lining-in-thunderstormpushing one another in heroic fashion.  I gratefully made it to a warm Hilton Hotel with folks piled warmly in the toasty lobby, mingling at the bar, serving themselves from the buffet.  The spirit of it all was heartwarming, people sharing stories, considering where they might sleep.  I befriended a kind woman who offered up the second bed in her room as all others were taken.

Each challenge we encounter can yield a greater good, and I’m not just putting on my ‘Pollyanna’, rose-colored glasses.  Certainly tough times hurt, but they’re like weather, they come and go.  Eventually, the snow melts, we go home and tell everyone about our adventures, help a few people along the way, and realize perhaps, how fortunate we really are, caught in a snow drift or receiving the kindness of strangers.

Click Here to listen to BB’s interview with Ken Coleman on The Ken Coleman Radio Show  recounting her Snowcalypse winter tale.


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