RBH Wedding Packages: How To Simplify Your Planning

Starting a new year and a new wedding season is always exciting! Toward the end of last year, we did some reflecting and decided to revamp some of our services to offer additional wedding packages so that we can better help you! We are thrilled about these new options at the Rand-Bryan House and think you will be, too. Here’s why:

Streamline preparation by grouping items

Almost 10 years of experience in the wedding industry has taught us that the first few vendors you look at can be very exciting and a little overwhelming. When you start researching options, you hear countless questions: When do you want to get married? Where do you want to get married? What kind of food would you like? Will the meal be plated or buffet-style? Will you use china and glassware or disposables? There are so many decisions to make and each choice will likely influence other choices.

You may be a do-it-yourself couple who plans to borrow some white tablecloths from a friend, make your own centerpieces, and get a family member to cook up some barbecue…or you may want to let a vendor arrange every last detail for you. There are so many options that it can make your head spin!

We can’t answer all those questions because each couple has their own opinions and priorities–that’s the beauty of seeing each couple’s unique vision come to life! But we CAN help simplify the process and take a few things off of your plate (whether that plate is a functional, sturdy disposable one or a fancy china plate complete with a charger).

rustic wedding package place settings with light blue and wooden accents

Packages give you peace of mind

At the Rand-Bryan House we now offer wedding packages that include various combinations of items such as tables, chairs, tablecloths, and plates/flatware/glassware. When you arrive on your wedding day, setup of items will be complete. You won’t have to lift a finger or wonder when the rental company is stopping by to drop off your specialty chairs or beautiful table overlays. Setup time varies quite a bit based on the complexity of the decorations and place settings as well as the number of people involved in the decorating process. If you choose a package in which the bulk of your setup is done by vendors, then you and your close family and friends are free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the process of getting ready for the ceremony!

While you and your wedding party are getting ready, we will be working behind the scenes to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The Rand-Bryan House staff will help coordinate arrival of vendors such as your caterer, DJ, florist, etc. and make sure each vendor is aware of the floor plan you would like for your wedding and/or reception. We work with the fabulous DeeJay’s Rentals to ensure that your vision comes to life with personalized rentals that are set up in a timely manner.

wedding package place settings with cobalt napkins and ivory chargers

Make planning easier without losing flexibility

At the Rand-Bryan House, we’ve always valued flexibility and we strive to create an experience that reflects that belief. We want you to be able to create an event that is personal and really embodies your style as a couple. We absolutely love seeing the different ways people use our space! White chairs with pops of colorful flowers can create a completely different vibe than wooden chairs with greenery. We knew that having a “one size fits all” options for chairs, linens, and dishes would not be true to our values. We kept this in mind when designing our wedding packages and chose to partner with DeeJay’s Event Rentals so that you are able to choose from all of the wonderful options they offer.

wedding package place setting with gold chargers and rose goblets

We’d love to hear about your wedding vision and talk about how we can tailor a package to make that vision a reality! Let us help you with the logistics so you can enjoy the wedding planning process. Curious about creating a personalized package for your wedding day? Contact us to find out more!

Wedding Show in January

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to get engaged! We’ve enjoyed seeing all the sweet holiday engagement posts–Congrats to those of you who have recently gotten engaged!

As we settle into our post-holiday routines, the new year brings a chance for you to get a head start on your wedding planning by checking out tons of local wedding vendors at a one-stop shop: Forever Bridal’s Winter Wedding Show. We recommend making your wedding venue one of your first decisions, so you can confirm a date when choosing the rest of your vendors. Come chat with us to learn how our lovely house and grounds can bring to life your vision for your ceremony, reception, and/or rehearsal dinner.

Raleigh’s January wedding show runs from 11am-4pm on January 5 & 6 in the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. You can find more details regarding show specifics here.

If you’re at the show, keep an eye out for this vintage arbor–we’ll be nearby, ready to answer your questions and show you pictures of all our great gathering spaces. Look forward to seeing you there!

Rain on your wedding day? 5 tips to save the day.

How do you plan in case of rain on your wedding day? From March through mid-November, most of our couples choose to have outdoor weddings.  Our manicured grounds with colorful trees, shrubs and flowers set the stage for a beautiful outdoor ceremony and are surrounded by rolling hills of green grass and large evergreens.

When you plan on an outdoor ceremony at your wedding venue, you always need a “wedding rain plan”! At the Rand-Bryan House, you have 2 options:

  • As long as you have no more than approximately 100 guests, our sunroom provides a gorgeous alternative in case of rain on your wedding day. With the floor to ceiling windows, your indoor ceremony still looks out over the grounds so you almost feel you are outside (without the unpleasant weather elements).
  • For larger events, tents become the back up plan.

This past spring and summer, with quite a few damp and dreary days, resulted in several rain plans. See how pretty it can still be? Rain on your wedding day

If you are planning ahead for a 2019 outdoor wedding, we’ll review a plan for rain on your wedding day just in case it’s needed.  Here’s 5 quick tips to reduce weather-related stress:

  1. Develop an alternate location for your outdoor ceremony in case of rain.
  2. Choose decorations that will work well in primary and secondary ceremony locations (i.e., an arbor that can be set up outside or inside).
  3. Review alternative plans with vendors so everyone understands both plans and how they are impacted.
  4. Determine responsibilities for rain plan logistics (i.e., venue staff or caterer move tables and chairs between ceremony and reception).
  5. Buy some fun umbrellas! You’ll definitely want some outdoor photos in the rain.


Spring Wedding Featured on Bustld

NC Spring Wedding at Rand-Bryan House

We so enjoyed hosting Paige and Tyler’s recent spring wedding at the Rand-Bryan House.  With the help of a creative planner and valuable insight from Paige’s mom, Paige and Tyler planned a gorgeous ceremony that was executed beautifully with soft, romantic details.

Paige and Tyler’s April wedding at the Rand-Bryan House was recently featured on Bustld! Check out their sweet southern spring wedding to see their dreamy color scheme and beautiful use of one of our outdoor ceremony sites.

“For their wedding, Paige and Tyler knew they wanted an outdoor evening ceremony with a smaller, more intimate feel. The Rand-Bryan house, a historic home venue in Raleigh, North Carolina, was the perfect venue for them as it could both accommodate their guest count and offered a beautiful outdoor space for their ceremony. The venue was perfect for the romantic, classic, Southern wedding they were envisioning. They chose a color scheme of cornflower blue and blush, all which was captured perfectly by Johanna Dye Photography. Paige’s bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their off-the-shoulder blue gowns that featured thin straps and soft silhouettes. The bride was perfection in her halter-style embroidered gown that was full of sparkle and breathtaking detail.”

Read the full post on Bustld to learn more about Paige and Tyler’s story and the great team of vendors who helped them achieve the romantic southern vibe they envisioned!

Meet us at the Wedding Show

For all of you who just got engaged, here’s a chance to research lots of wedding info in one place! Your venue should be your first decision so stop by and talk with us about how our beautiful house and grounds might suit your vision for your ceremony and reception and/or for your rehearsal dinner.  Show times are 11-4:00 on January 6 & 7 at the Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Look for our booth on the 300 aisle in the middle of the show. You’ll find us hanging out around this vintage ceremony arbor with lots of pictures and answers to your questions.  Click here for show details. Hope to see you there!


Bridal Open House

Bridal Open House at the Rand-Bryan in Raleigh

Visit Raleigh’s Rand-Bryan House for a bridal open house Sunday, July 23rd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This is a special event for soon-to-be brides and grooms to discover every rustic, charming, and elegant quality the Rand-Bryan House has to offer.

Romantic indoor wedding ceremony in the Rand-Bryan House sunroomAn immaculately maintained 19th century home resting on 135 acres of stunning landscape, the Rand-Bryan House is the ideal wedding venue for couples in the Raleigh-Durham area. In preparation of your fall or spring wedding, come to our bridal open house this July, and keep in mind the following amenities that will be offered:

  • Complimentary attendance
  • Sample tastings of savory and sweet offerings
  • Tours of the house and surrounding grounds
  • Visits with some of our preferred vendors, including:
    • DeeJay’s Event Rentals
    • The Q Shack Catering Company
    • Florian Music
    • Edible Art Bakery and Dessert Cafe
    • Triple T Entertainment
    • Images by Amber Robinson
    • Edie Kaye
    • Jon Warlick Media
    • Katy Lynn Beauty
    • Victorian Seasons
    • Sweet T Designs

If you are planning a wedding in the Raleigh-Durham area, we invite you to visit our bridal open house at the Rand-Bryan this July. We cherish the opportunity to get to know you better as we work together to make your special day truly unforgettable.

Please RSVP by emailing info@standoutevents.org to let us know you’ll be there! RSVP appreciated by July 18th.

A Remarkable Wedding Venue

Every bride has the opportunity to make their dream wedding a reality at the Rand-Bryan House. Located in Garner on the outskirts of Raleigh, our beautiful wedding venue can fulfill the wishes of every type of wedding party. You can make the property your own, whether you are looking for a:

Although we have seen every type of personality and taste at the Rand-Bryan House, the beauty of its magic is that every couple leaves equally happy. The wedding venue of your dreams is right here in Raleigh. Come see it for yourself at our bridal open house this July 23rd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Ceremony on Rand-Bryan House front lawn

Sunshine on Ashley & Courtney’s outdoor ceremony

With bright sunshine warming the grounds of the Rand-Bryan House most of the day on this April Saturday, late afternoon heat brought on a brief shower just before wedding time for Ashley & Courtney.  Not to worry…..chairs toweled off and ready to go in time for “here comes the bride”!  Nature wasn’t done yet as she offered a rainbow and a bald eagle in flight during the outdoor ceremony.  A delightful cocktail hour followed as guests enjoyed the porch and grounds for drinks and hors d’oeuvres with string music in the background from Save the Date Music.  Catering by Design’s dishes beckoned guests inside for a delicious buffet dinner with dancing, cake and fellowship to follow. Wishing the new Mr. & Mrs. Evans lots of happiness!

Outdoor wedding ceremony & brunch reception on the perfect spring day for Theresa & Steve

We still have some ideal spring wedding dates open for 2017 and are enjoying meeting with couples planning their special days.  Hope all of them get a day like this one earlier this year! A late Sunday morning outdoor ceremony, mimosas on the porch, a delightful brunch reception by Unforgettable Food Affairs and kids of all ages enjoying the grounds—–it was the perfect day for Theresa & Steve’s wedding at the Rand-Bryan House.  Late April provided ideal temperatures for hanging out on the gorgeous grounds at our wedding venue surrounded by rolling green pastures and evergreens.  The bride’s talented sister-in-law led the plan for the elegant shabby chic decor which suited the historic farmhouse setting.  There were lots of special touches to make this event enjoyable for all, including a kids’ activity table on the front lawn.  The bride’s friend & officiant, Stephanie Shaffer, added another special, personal touch as she performed the ceremony. This was a beautiful start to what we hope will be a beautiful marriage!

Shabby Chic outdoor wedding for Samantha & Drew



Wedding festivities for Samantha & Drew started at the Rand-Bryan House with their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for their wedding party and family. The rehearsing was pretty quick so everyone could enjoy drinks followed by a casual cookout with some cornhole on the side.  Thankfully, on the wedding day, the rain showers we were hoping to avoid stayed away so everyone could enjoy the outdoor ceremony under blue skies.  After cocktails and yard games on the lawn, the guests were invited into the house for a delicious southern buffet catered by Backyard Bistro.  The historic country home was the perfect setting for the shabby chic decor that the bride had been crafting for months.  An evening of dancing and fun (including a visit from Mr. & Ms. Wuf) ended with a bubble exit and the newlyweds were off to their new life. We loved having you at the Rand-Bryan House, Mr. & Mrs. Gay!  Thanks for sharing pictures by Tee Wayne Photography.

Rashida & Malcolm’s rainy/lucky day wedding


This spring’s weather has required more than the usual amount of contingency planning.  With a strong rain forecast, Rashida & Malcolm and their planner, Jocelyn with A Paradigm Shift Events, decided on a tent for their outdoor ceremony.  On a day that saw showers on and off, it was never wet at the critical times—dry for the ceremony, the cocktail hour and for the sparkler departure. Some sprinkles during the indoor reception didn’t interfere with the fun. Sometimes gray days provide the backdrop for the colors to shine and that was the case on this day.  The bright greens, blues and purples of the wedding party attire, the flowers by Fallon’s, linens  and the surrounding landscape all blended for a beautiful visual inside and out!  After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the porch and lawn, guests were delighted to find City BBQ  and their buffet inside.  A great day culminated with dancing to the always entertaining Jason of Styus SE and a sparkler exit.  Rashida & Malcolm, we’re hoping that it’s true for you that rainy wedding days bring good luck! Thanks to One Vision Photography for sharing these wonderful pictures with us!