local talent

by Brian Clarey

Kat Kestler and Kristin Turner — wedding planners

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These days, getting married entails a whole lot more than just getting together on the courthouse steps and picking a pig in your mama’s backyard. There are cakes to sample, caterers to audition, wardrobes to consider, invitations, seating arrangements, music…. The list is formidable. That’s why Kat Kestler and Kristin Turner started Merrymaking Events: to plan your wedding for you. “We’ll do everything from full-service, where we might have an out-of-town client who needs us to go to all the vendor appointments, to day-of-the-event coordinating, where we help direct the ceremony and reception,” Kat told Triad Weddings magazine. Find them at, where you can see photos and testimonials of their work, or call 336. 207.0041.