Your wedding is the one time in your life when all the people you love gather together in one place, just for the two of you.
Our favorite celebrations, and some of the most challenging to plan, are beautifully hosted home parties. We specialize in private home and outdoor weddings, but no matter the venue, our events feel like effortless family gatherings. Unpretentious elegance, welcoming design, and thoughtful hospitality are the name of our game.
Working with us means actually enjoying the wedding planning process, even when faced with challenges like a short planning time frame, a destination wedding, or a full weekend of multiple events. We tackle complicated event logistics with grace, so your mind is at ease and your guests experience the party of a lifetime.
The oldest of five siblings, my Raleigh, NC childhood home was a revolving door of friends and family. My best memories are summertime dinner parties where no one took themselves too seriously, but everyone was well-taken care of. In the midst of making sure the herd of children had popsicles, my mother managed to remember to stock up on her friends’ favorite wine. This is the kind of atmosphere we create at our events. Every guest feels welcomed, surprised, and delighted. The little details are the big things.
Charleston, SC refined my hospitality, event, and design skills and will forever be my place of inspiration. Two College of Charleston degrees, Magnolias, the Renaissance Historic District, Mediterra Catering, and the Wickliffe House paved the way for my jump to the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau in North Carolina, and finally the birth of Gather Together in 2010. Today, with my incredible husband, two angelic boys, three mischievous hound dogs, and a home in charming Mebane, NC, my life is fast yet fulfilling and oh-so-full of celebration. My cup runneth over.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to get in touch!
+ Why should I hire a wedding planner?
An excellent full-service wedding planner can:
- Save you time and make planning more organized
- Make the most of your budget and manage it well
- Create a cohesive, beautiful, meaningful event design with unexpected delightful touches
- Guide your decision-making with expert advice
- Navigate differing opinions of our couples and their parents so that all parties are happy
- Provide insight when etiquette, protocol, and other situations arise
- Ensure you have nothing to worry about on your wedding day
+ Why should I hire Gather Together?
Gather Together is the only wedding design & planning company in the Southeast USA that creates delightfully beautiful and logistically perfect events that feel like elegant family gatherings. We are incredible listeners for couples in the midst of building their lives together who just need a calm, creative, guest-focused leader of the wedding planning & design process. We stand out in an era of planners who design for their online following and not for you. At the core of what we do is creating an unforgettable experience for you, your family and friends – the things that matter most in life.
Gather Together provides the most dedicated, attentive service to our clients, guiding you through every step of the wedding planning and design process. We work only with outstanding event partners and know how to source the most unique décor and services. Our designs focus on what is in vogue while keeping in mind what is timeless. Our planning process is well-organized so you're never left wondering about the next step. We manage the tiniest details so that on your wedding day, you can rest assured knowing you are there as a guest and will get to enjoy every second.
+ Where is Mebane? Where do you plan events?
Mebane (kinda rhymes with “heaven!”) is a small town in central North Carolina between Greensboro and Raleigh. We have planned events across NC, VA, SC and will travel anywhere.
+ Do you work with out of town clients?
Yes! A majority of our clients are planning from afar. We are accustomed to planning “local” destination weddings (you live here / most guests don’t) and “leisure” destination weddings (mountains, coast, other dream location). We love taking great care of guests who are traveling in for the wedding. Contact us today.
+ Do you plan other events, such as rehearsal dinners, welcome parties, etc.?
We adore creating a full weekend experience for you and your guests! We coordinate stationery, event décor, and activities to create a cohesive flow of wedding events. Hiring us for your entire weekend of events means a perfect flow of celebrations and activities your guests will never forget. Tell us what you have in mind.
+ Do you have an office where we will meet?
Time is the ultimate luxury, and because of this, we come to you. We love to meet at your home, your wedding venue, or your favorite place to have a beverage. Virtual meetings are another favorite; whatever method is best for your busy schedule. Let’s gather together!
+ We are considering a private property wedding at our home, farm, or family estate. Can you help?
Private property weddings are our greatest expertise. We know the ins and outs of the logistical challenges as well as how to best harness the special sense of place in your event design. There is nothing like starting your family tree where your roots run deep. We would love to see your property! Contact us to get started.
+ Is a private property wedding right for me?
Weddings at home are our very favorite, but there can be a lot of challenges. Fret not: you’ve come to the right place. However, the Gather Together team is the best for the job. We can make wedding magic happen in almost any setting! Read this article we wrote for Style Me Pretty to learn more. Contact us to talk things through!
+ How many meetings, calls, or emails are included in your event planning packages?
We don’t put a limit on or provide a suggested amount of correspondence. We want to make sure you feel entirely comfortable throughout the planning process. Meetings, phone calls, and emails will vary based on your location, the wedding location, your needs, and your preferred method of communication.
+ Do you offer wedding day ("day-of") coordination?
We offer wedding day coordination booked within a limited time frame from the date of your event:
January: 12 months out
February: 12 months out
March: 12 months out
April: 6 months out
May: 6 months out
June: 6 months out
July: 12 months out
August: 12 months out
September: 6 months out
October: 6 months out
November: 12 months out
December: 12 months out
Our wedding day coordination services are the most comprehensive you will find. Paired with our years of experience in executing perfectly coordinated events, we make sure you have forgotten nothing in the planning process.
+ What is your pricing?
For pricing information, we need to know the preliminary details of your event. Contact us here, and we’ll send over our questionnaire.
+ Is there a minimum event budget you work with?
No, however, the events we plan (those you see in our portfolio) typically range from $500-$1200 per guest for all ceremony and reception related items. This is not a requirement. Unsure about your budget or what to expect your wedding to cost? We are expert budget creators and trackers.
+ When in the planning process should we hire you?
With or without a venue, anytime is a good time to get started, and the sooner, the better. We have planned events from start to finish in as little as six weeks up to as long as two years. We specialize in events on a short time frame and have a thick rolodex of connections to make the magic happen. Check our availability for your event.
+ What is required of us during the planning process?
1) Decision-making – we provide you options, expert advice, and any information you might need, but ultimately, decisions are yours when it comes to choosing food, décor, music, and any other wedding-related items.
2) Open communication – real honesty about likes/dislikes, budget, etiquette questions, and more is so important. Place your trust in our guidance and discretion – we are here for you!
3) Trust – you have hired us as experts to make your wedding dreams come true. Our experience and passion for quality work will efficiently and joyfully guide you through wedding planning.
+ I already have ABC Catering booked. Do you still work with them during the planning process?
For any vendors you already have booked, we will still work with them during the planning process.
+ Our friends have highly recommended XYZ Florist. Can we work with them?
Personal recommendations mean a lot these days, and people come forth with them left and right during wedding planning! Take caution, however, as we know from experience that any vendor can do it right once. We don’t work with the same wedding team every event, but we do know how to choose the best team for your style and budget. For this reason, while we will consider anyone, we have final discretion on vendor selections.
+ Do I need to talk directly with our vendors?
Occasionally. To be most efficient, we make the initial contact and work through contracts directly with the vendor, conveying your wishes and vision. If we find it necessary, we may schedule a meeting, but in general, we provide full service design. When it comes time to talk through photography, videography, and music preferences, we may put you in touch directly with the photographer/videographer/band leader. Depending on your schedule, we can do a mock-up to firm up design selections and give you a preview of the event design. We are your advocate and masters of design, and we only work with the best team for the job! Contact us today (the sooner, the better for availability) to begin building your wedding dream team.
+ Do your events have a signature look?
Custom is our standard. We have neither a rental inventory, nor a must-use list of event partners, because we believe in designing for our couples’ specific wants and needs. Our signature look is your look. We are inspired by travel, food and drink, interior design, and tradition, and guests at our couples’ weddings frequently comment, “This is SO them!”
+ How do we know when it’s time to meet with the caterer? Choose table linens? Give the band my song list? Etc…
We are the guides to your entire wedding planning process. Some companies claim “full service,” but they leave you wondering what you’re supposed to be doing. We take care of every detail related to the ceremony and reception. For anything that’s your responsibility, rather than giving you a checklist for the entire wedding – entirely overwhelming – we give you small task lists in a timely manner. We even include reminders for things like bridesmaid dress shopping, buying your wedding rings, and obtaining your marriage license. Rest assured, we will keep you on track with deadlines.
+ What will my wedding day be like?
To say “the best day of your life” is an understatement. You have one responsibility: being present for every beautiful moment. Rest assured on this day that all of the carefully laid plans are happening, and anything unexpected will be swiftly and easily handled by the Gather Together team. Our goal is that you would be a guest at your own wedding, carefree and delighted. Sound good? Let’s get started.
+ Do you offer wedding or event planning internships?
Internships are available from time to time for students completing them for course credit only. Contact us or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Internship Request” for more information.
+ How many planners/designers are on your team?
Chelsey is the lead planner/designer for all Gather Together events, ensuring the highest quality and consistently beautiful work. Our event producers assist with planning and logistics (checking band availability, scheduling transportation, etc.) and carry out much of the behind-the-scenes work. Event assistants help Chelsey and the event producers on the wedding day so that your every need is taken care of, and no detail is left untouched. Meet Chelsey here.
+ What are some of your favorite things?
In no particular order…
- Good champagne
- Loren Hope jewelry
- Local food scenes
- Palm Beach style
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
- Dave Matthews Band
- Surprise snow days
- Gardening on a hot day
- Party hats
- Smocked baby outfits
- Grand Marnier, neat
- Blue seersucker
- Duke basketball
- Oyster roasts
- Mottahedeh tobacco leaf
- Dior J’Adore
- Sleeping late
- Fun wallpaper
- Running outdoors
- Father-daughter & mother-son dances
- Cooking for a crowd
- Letterpress stationery
- Coral charm peonies
- Decorating for Christmas
- Mots français
- Cook Out milkshakes
- Justin, Eason & Sully
- Really amazing events
+ Where We've Gathered Together
Asheville - Biltmore, The Ridge, The Venue
Banner Elk - Private Home
Greensboro - O.Henry Hotel
High Point - High Point Friends Meeting, The Lofts at Union Square
Winston-Salem - Graylyn Estate, Old Town Club, Wait Chapel
Bahama - Private Home
Bear Creek - The Barn at Woodlake Meadows
Cary - Mayton Inn, Prestonwood Country Club
Chapel Hill - The Barn of Chapel Hill, The Carolina Club, The Carolina Inn, Crunkleton, Forest Theater, The Great Room at Top of the Hill, Rigmor House, Rock Quarry Farm
Durham - Bay 7 at American Tobacco, The Cookery, Durham Armory, Duke Chapel, Historic Durham Athletic Park, King’s Daughters Inn, Levin Jewish Community Center, Museum of Life & Science, Tobacco Road Sports Café, The Rickhouse, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Garner - The Hall and Gardens at Landmark, Rand-Bryan House
Hillsborough - The Cloth Mill at Eno River
Hurdle Mills - Private Home
Mebane, NC - Private Home
New Hill - The Bradford
Pittsboro - Fearrington
Raleigh - All Saints Chapel, Angus Barn Pavilion, Art Space, Jiddi at Sitti, North Ridge Country Club, Merrimon-Wynne, Private Home, Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh Rose Garden, St. Marys Chapel, The Stockroom at 230
Rougemont - Private Home
Saxapahaw - Haw River Ballroom
Siler City - Celebrity Dairy
Clayton - Portofino
Selma - Private Home
Wendell - Private Home
Wilson - Private Home
Belhaven - River Forest Manor and Marina
Wilmington - The Atrium, Brooklyn Arts Center, Brunswick Town, City Club of Wilmington, Marker 137
Charlotte, NC - The Duke Mansion
Charleston, SC - The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, The Palmer Home
Danville, VA - Gentry Farm
Galax, VA - Private Home
Where We’ve Visited and Loved (Take Us With You!)
Charlottesville, VA - Clifton Inn, Keswick Hall, King Family Vineyards, Montalto at Monticello, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Trump Winery
Asheville, NC - Claxton Farm, Omni Grove Park Inn
Cashiers/Highlands/Sapphire, NC - High Hampton Inn, Lonesome Valley, Old Edwards Inn
Wilmington, NC - 128 South, Bakery 105, Country Club of Landfall
Cary, NC - The Umstead
Amelia Island, FL - Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
Palm Beach, FL - The Breakers, Eau Palm Beach, Flagler Museum / Whitehall
Bermuda - Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Fairmont Southampton, The Reefs
Raleigh, NC - Carolina Country Club, Renaissance North Hills
Charleston, SC - Belmond Charleston Place, Boone Hall Plantation, Cannon Green, The Cedar Room, Creek Club at I’On, The Gadsden House, Historic Rice Mill, Lowndes Grove , Middleton Place, Wickliffe House, William Aiken House
Washington, DC - Hotel Monaco
Trinity, NC - Adaumont Farm
Greensboro, NC - Proximity Hotel
Elon, NC - Addison Farm
Banner Elk, NC - Overlook Barn