Social Pavilion Hosts NC Chapter of American Bride Consultants

Carolina Colours Social Pavilion hosted the North Carolina Chapter of American Bridal Consultants on Sunday September 13th.

Just to name a few of the speakers and topics were covered:

Destination Weddings

Lisa Light, wedding planner and CEO of Destination Bride, is a dynamic speaker and planner who has a lot to say about destination weddings, the fastest grown trend in the 125 billion dollar American Wedding Industry. Lisa came to wedding planning through her study of anthropology, and love of travel. She has built a prestigious wedding planning company, Destination Bride, and the $1 internet site dedicated to destination weddings

Lisa has written a book on destination weddings: Destination Bride: A complete Guide to Planning Your Wedding Anywhere in the World. Her company motto is “we make your wildest dreams come true…at home or abroad”.  Known for her energy, creativity, and ebullience, Lisa speaks with passion and experience about what it takes to guide dreams – in whatever exotic location – into reality.

Lisa spoke to all wedding vendors and planners about How to Plan a Destination Wedding and How to Enter into the Destination Wedding Market.

Ask Me About Destination Weddings

Hilary Lanzer, from Ask Me About Destination Weddings, presented how we can earn 10% in sponsor fees by booking our clients’ honeymoon and/or destination wedding travel. She explained how this program is one of the many benefits of being an ABC member!

Who’s Hiding In Your Address Book?

Mary Kurek’s system for organizing an ideal network has transformed thousands of business owners into “business celebrities,” and launched a unique networking club endorsed and produced by Chambers of Commerce. Her articles have appeared in NC business journals and Board of Realtors® magazines nationwide. Her 60-second networking and marketing tips are heard throughout eastern NC on WTKF and WJNC Radio.

Internet Marketing

Eric Hause is publisher of the Coastal Carolina Bride suite of magazines and web sites. Raised in eastern North Carolina, he has been involved in the region’s travel and tourism industry for over 25 years. In 2001, he put his experience in destination marketing to work to promote destination weddings on the North and South Carolina Coasts. He served as Director of Marketing for the Outer Banks Wedding Association for five years and published Outer Banks Bride Magazine. He also publishes Crystal Coast Bride Magazine and web site, Grand Strand Bride Magazine and web site,, and the upcoming and He is also a partner in Panache Events, LLC, which produces wedding showcases on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.

Linen Trends

Jodi Solomon of Connie Duglin Linens presented the newest linen trends in the industry. She also graciously donated all of the linens displayed at the event!
Kenneth Gerhardt
General Manager of Hospitality Carolina Colours