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.
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… 😉