Asheville Destination Wedding Planning – Free Stuff ROCKS!

This is why I’m seriously in love with Asheville, North Carolina.

In the very first wedding magazine I bought, I saw an ad for MyWeddinginAsheville.com.  It was a two page spread all about Asheville weddings and all the reasons Vince and I fell inlove with the town.  This ad spoke to me, hell, it might as well have been written FOR me.

And it was a vanity URL which re-directs to the wedding section of ExploreAsheville.com.

I’m super familiar with ExploreAsheville, since it was key to helping me plan our 5 year anniversary trip.  So of course I went to the website, and saw the first free and most awesome item in helping plan an Asheville destination wedding: a big, red button to “Request a Free Wedding Planning Guide.”

So, like any other woman who would like to plan her destination wedding in Asheville, I clicked the button and emailed a pretty, pretty please to whoever receives such requests. I figured one day I’d get something in the mail.

One week later, I got THIS:

Please excuse my 'tired' look.

I was expecting a little brochure or maybe a small leaflet with the same information as the ExploreAsheville.com website, but this little book actually packs a punch and has LOTS of other venues and information that isn’t included on the website.

It’s 28 pages, full of quotes from other couples, photos of other weddings, and organized by B&B’s, event facilities, hotels, beauty and spa, cakes, caterers, music, florists, and photographers.  I dove in with an awesome precise V5 pen and went to town thinking I just got a big, FREE, leg-up with planning a destination wedding in Asheville.

And then, two days later, Kinsay from ExploreAsheville.com emailed me and asked if I needed any help finding hotel rates for our guests – a totally complimentary service if I just filled out a little form.

Again, I expected to get standard stuff from all the big chain hotels, nothing customized. But again, ExploreAsheville.com came through. The same afternoon Kinsay got my returned form (today, because I’m a slacker), I received two responses (holla!).

So if you’re looking for information on planning a wedding in Asheville, North Carolina – get over to this site and send ‘em an email. They make good on their promise and over deliver! Thank you, ExploreAsheville.com and Kinsay!

And to those of you who planned weddings elsewhere, did you get anything like this from, well, anyone? Or is this southern hospitality at its finest?

Either way – free stuff ROCKS! Especially free stuff that makes me less overwhelmed and less terrified of this whole process.

Speaking of which, anyone have any good wedding planning books to recommend? So far I have an excel spreadsheet, an old UCF spiral notebook, and a free wedding planning guide from ExploreAsheville.com… ;)

Comments

  1. Paula says

    Free stuff from people? Umm…that would be a no. But then again, I got married in Sin City, and the only thing free there is drinks while you're gambling and possibly love. ;-)They did plan everything for me though. I just picked the time of my wedding and they set everything up. And I mean, EVERYTHING. So, it was nice.Oh, when my wedding was planned for the O-Town area, I did get a big ole box of free cakes to sample from our caterer. So, free fat on my ass. Thanks Puff n Stuff.

  2. Crown'd Vic says

    Ohhh awesome! Well done, lady!My favorite wedding planning book was "STOP! Don't plan a wedding without this Book!" In fact, can I please pass it on to you… like give it to you so I can be done with wedding planning after my wedding?! :D

  3. Anna says

    Hello! I found your website (it came up a few times actually) while researching my own Asheville wedding. My fiancé and I picked Homewood for our ceremony and reception and are thinking about Caroline Allured for our caterer. Would it be possible for us to get in contact so I can ask you a few questions and get your opinion on your experience?! I would appreciate it so much. Your blog is beautiful… and so helpful! My best…

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