Karen Clark, a Durham native, is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the UNC- Chapel Hill. Her desire to pursue a career in broadcast led her to a 4-year stint in commercial radio. Karen’s experience included on-air work G-105 (WDCG) and K97.5 (WQOK) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Karen’s radio experience led her to a Promotions Manager position with Columbia Records. While working with Columbia, Karen promoted and marketed albums for national recording artists such as Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Beyonce, Wyclef Jean and many others. This promotions position was Karen’s first foray into event planning, allowing her to coordinate parties, autograph signings, performances and regional itineraries for dozens of artists. After three years with Columbia Records, Karen landed a position with West Coast based Capitol Records. Capitol Records boasts an impressive roster of artists including The Beatles, Coldplay, Corrine Bailey Rae and Snoop Dogg.
After seven years in the music industry, Karen, along with her mother, started Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a nationally-recognized wedding and event planning company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Karen’s events have been seen on the Style Network shows Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? and Married Away. She has been a featured contributor for InStyle Weddings, The Knot and various local news programs and publications
Karen is currently the Midday On-Air Personality at Foxy 107.1/104.3 (WFXC/WFXK.) She enjoys cooking, working out, playing with her young son and volunteering in the community.
So, you have the ring and you’re super excited and you can’t wait to start planning.
Most people would tell you to start selecting your save-the-dates. Before you start working on that, let’s analyze some things:
-Are you doing a destination wedding that will require your guests to travel a long distance and spend a good amount of money to get there?
-Are you getting married during a holiday weekend?
-Are you getting married during a three-day weekend?
If you said yes to any of these situations, then you should probably send a save-the date.
But, if you’re getting married in your home-town and people are driving an hour or two in order to attend your wedding, then you can hold off on the save-the-date. It’s really not necessary. The tradition of sending the save-the-dates was really to give guests a heads up that you were planning, for example, a wedding in Hawaii that would require them to save their money AND make travel arrangements far in advance of the date.
In addition, you may not want EVERYONE to save the date for your wedding. As a planner, I’ve seen multiple brides say, “Well, we really only want to have 100 people at the wedding, so maybe lots of the people on our guest list won’t come.” Read More