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Your Wedding Day Has Arrived!

Plan Ahead So You Can Enjoy Your Special Day

You have spent the better part of a year or more planning a summer 2015 wedding. Now that the big day is almost here, you will want to be sure that everything goes as close to “exactly-as-planned” as possible. The following are a few reminders Clayton Center Wedding Aug 18 A.J. Dunlap Photography 13of last-minute things to consider. Having a plan in place to deal with these details will allow you to enjoy your day as much as your guests will.

The bride and groom will begin the day early, and you will each need to go over the following details. Is everyone’s clothing in place and ready? Are the flowers for boutonnieres and bouquets in place? Did someone in the wedding party (the best man, the maid or matron of honor) remember the rings? Is transportation arranged and ready to go? If the ceremony and reception are in different locations, does everyone have directions?

Many couples find that having a designated person, even if he or she is not a “wedding planner,” is a good idea to handle any last minute decisions, emergencies and/or contingencies that may crop up once the day begins. It’s a good idea for this point person to know who the primary contact is for the church or chapel, reception venue, florist, caterer and photographer/videographer.

Couples should pick someone they trust, and give them clear directions on how to resolve any conflicts. This might include having access to some cash or credit cards in case last minute, un-contracted or unexpected expenses pop up. The bride and groom will have extra peace of mind knowing that someone’s handling things, as they focus on having a fun and memorable wedding.

You also should consider how to end your day – your reception will not go on forever! You will want to be sure that your designated person or event planner has clear directions on how and when to bring the event to the end. You may want to have information available for rides for people who might have had too much to drink. You also want to have a ride at the ready to get bride and groom home safely. And don’t forget the gifts. Someone will need to make sure that the gift box/gift table is cleared, secured and ready to go home with the happy couple.

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Town Square Concert Series Opens This Evening

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The Town Square Concert Series, sponsored by the Clayton Downtown Development Association (CDDA), kicks off this Thursday evening, May 21, with a performance by Jack The Radio. Activities begin at 6 PM when opening act – local singer/songwriter Jacob Lutz – takes the stage. The series continues on the third Thursday of every month from […]


Johnston County Chorale Performs In Spring Concert On May 9


The Johnston County Chorale presents its 2015 spring concert on Saturday, May 9, at 7:00 PM at The Clayton Center. The theme of this year’s performance is Cinemagic — Hollywood’s Greatest Movie Classics. The show will feature a bluegrass band, the Johnston Community College Jazz Ensemble, West Johnston High School Chorus and Disney characters through […]


Scene Stealer Of The Year Recognized At Volunteer Appreciation Event

Kathy Ellen stole the show on Thursday evening when she was named The Clayton Center’s Scene Stealers Volunteer of the Year for 2015 during the Center’s annual Volunteer Appreciation get together held at Rainbow Lanes. Kathy was recognized for her volunteer efforts during the Palladian Series, The Clayton Center’s professional performing arts series. She has […]


Town of Clayton Customer Service Department Begins Office Renovation

If you have been to The Clayton Center to visit Town Hall in the past few days, you have probably noticed some new signs and traffic patterns inside the building. The Town of Clayton’s Customer Service Department has moved into temporary space on Floor G2 – that’s the floor that features the beautiful “Clayton Patchwork” […]


Dance Recitals, Concerts & More On The Schedule This Spring

New Season To Be Announced This Summer The 2014-15 Palladian Series closed last Saturday with an awesome performance by Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, topping off an exciting and successful season here at The Clayton Center. We are currently putting the finishing touches on next season – which will open with the incomparable […]


“Fabulous” Big Band To Close Palladian Series


Meet your next two best friends – Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson – along with their fiery hot big band, The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. All across America, audiences are falling in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentleman and the high-energy show that is Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and […]


Holiday Closing

The Clayton Center box office, as well as the offices of The Clayton Center and the Town of Clayton, will be closed on Friday, April 3, in observance of the Easter holiday. Tickets to upcoming events, including the April 11 concert by Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra and the May 9 spring concert […]


Art On Display

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and see the artwork on display in the Main Lobby gallery of The Clayton Center this month, there’s still time. The exhibit, presented by Clayton Visual Arts, will be open through Tuesday, March 31. The March display showcases the work of members of the Raleigh-Durham chapter […]


Relive Your Beatles Memories With “Yesterday & Today”

If you think you know all the words to every Beatles’ song, think again. You will be hard pressed to rival the McGuigan Brothers – Billy, Matt and Ryan. The McGuigans and their band spent six years rehearsing and perfecting the entire Beatles catalogue – all 230 songs – and they are prepared to perform […]