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Christmas wedding for Samantha & Mike

This couple embraced the beauty of the season for their Christmas wedding. The spring-like afternoon made for a pretty ceremony in the Rand-Bryan House sunroom. Then, the evening reception was “merry & bright” with candlelight, a Christmas tree, window candles and windows framed in icicle lights. Best wishes to Sam & Mike!

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Christmas parties at the Rand-Bryan House

It’s merry and bright in December at the Rand-Bryan House as we enjoy the holidays with lots of Christmas parties.  Whether you are planning a corporate holiday event or gathering family or a group of friends to celebrate the season, you’ll enjoy the spirit of Christmas at our historic venue.  With the house all decorated for Christmas, you won’t have to do much to make it festive.  Plan a weekday luncheon, a dinner or hors d’oeuvres with music/dancing….whatever suits your budget and is appealing to your guests. We are happy to suggest caterers and other vendors if needed. Here’s a message from one of our clients:

“We’ve had our company Christmas luncheon at the Rand-Bryan House for 3 years in a row. It’s easy to get to from downtown Raleigh and our employees have commented that it reminds them of “Christmas at Grandma’s.” Martha is a pleasure to work with and she was very helpful and gave us great recommendations for a caterer. We’ll continue to have our Christmas luncheon at the Rand-Bryan house!”


Perfect fall wedding

This bride wanted a wedding that highlighted the beauty of fall and, wow, did she get it! As she, her mom and planner visited in the months leading  up to the November 22 wedding day, it was exciting to see the dream become reality. This was a delightful way to end our fall wedding season with a wonderful couple, great parents of the bride and a super team of vendors. Kudos to Lynn at Happily Ever After,  Catering By Design, Ryan Midgett Photography and all the others!

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50th wedding anniversary celebration

Most of our events are “happily ever after begins here” kinds of days but on several occasions we have hosted special anniversary parties to celebrate  many years of happiness.  The beauty and comfort of the house is perfect for any style event—a casual meal, a formal dinner, a reception with dancing or a “drop in” for light refreshments.  The grounds offer lots of space for guests to stroll around and all those grandkids to run and play.  It was our pleasure recently to host Fred & Diane as they celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends and family from across the country.

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A tent for my wedding festivities?

Outdoor weddings are really popular, especially in the spring and fall months.  While we hope for a gorgeous day, we always encourage our couples to have a “plan B” in case of a rainy day.  Our beautiful sunroom offers a great back-up plan for ceremonies for less than 100 people. For larger events, we recommend a tent and offer suggestions on companies that will set them up.

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Marrying your Valentine?

With Valentine’s Day being the 2nd most popular engagement time (after the Christmas holidays), we’ll be looking forward to meeting lots of newly engaged couples in the coming weeks.  Here’s a glimpse at just a few of our newlyweds from 2014…..Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

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Planning your wedding for 2015-16

The weeks around Christmas and New Year’s are the top times for engagements and the first questions from friends and family are “when?” and “where?”  If at all possible, you should choose the “where” first so you’ll know it’s available for the date you choose.  We look forward to hearing from you so we can answer your questions and, hopefully, meet you for a tour of our beautiful house and grounds.  You’ll find we have some great options for the wedding of your dreams—summer, fall, spring or winter? casual or formal? inside or outside?

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Christmas weddings and holiday parties

We are so excited about the Christmas season at the Rand-Bryan House and all the wonderful events we will host this month! Our elves finished decorating just in time for us to kick off the holidays with the Creech Road Elementary staff yesterday and then the Raleigh Rescue Mission and Allied Telesis parties today & tonight. Next up…2 special couples will celebrate their weddings here this weekend. We hope you’ll get in touch with us to discuss your Christmas event for 2015.

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Sparkler exits for the bride & groom

Sparker exits create a bright & festive end to a wedding reception and provide a great photo opp! At the Rand-Bryan House, we have the perfect spot as the newlyweds exit our main door onto the front porch, then walk down the sidewalk with their friends and family lining the aisle, waving their sparklers. If you are choosing sparkers for your send-off, look online for those that are at least 20 inches long.  Standard sized ones just aren’t long enough to sparkle as long as you need for that dazzling get-away!

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