So everyone knows you are engaged and they are ALL waiting for their invite to your wedding...is panic setting in yet? There are a few things that you need to consider before calling the printer and calligrapher.
For every guest you invite there is a price to consider. Nothing in this world is free and that holds more and more true when it comes to weddings. Each person represents:
The location you chose for the ceremony and the reception may also determine your guest count. In Charleston, you can find plenty of options that will lend themselves well for any size group. The question is...is it the right venue for you. While many will hold groups of 100+, there are some that may hold 30. You need to review the capacity of your venue with both the building coordination and your planner. Make certain that you also discuss the style of dinner you are considering. Sit down plated, buffet, food stations...all of these things require tables, chairs, and service staff which also takes up a foot print in the venue.
CREATE A LIST
We have all heard of creating an A/B list while making your guest list. Although the goal is to invite everyone to celebrate, the reality is that it isn't always possible. I encourage my brides to create an A/B/C (sometimes) list. When asked how I know which person to put in each category...this is how I respond.
"My A list are those that I can't live without...there is no hesitation...they have to be there."
Typically the A list are immediate family members and the closest of friends. No matter what the budget is, they would and always would be at the top of your list.
"My B list are those that I am close with an would be upset if they couldn't attend. They are the ones that I connect with throughout the year and are going to want to celebrate this wedding because they know we all have been anticipating it for some time."
For the B list, these would be close family members and friends that you socialize with. They can also be coworkers or associates that you have befriended. (they are more than just an acquaintence.
"My C list are those that I may wave to on a daily basis but I don't necessarily call when I am bored."
I say this because I think of a neighbor that I see each day but then again we don't necessarily call each other friends. Would it seem reasonable to invite them...yes....but is it necessary....no.
Your wedding day should be full of friends and family that will love, support, and be there for you after the wedding day. Don't worry about quantity...surround yourself with quality.
With the simple words "I Do", a family joins together as one. For Cate and Andrew, their family of three traveled from Virginia o elope at White Point Gardens at the Charleston Battery on March 8, 2014.
When Cate contacted A Charleston Event, she had one request - for her to enjoy this moment with her little family and to have no worries. We accepted the request - everything from the location, the florals, the photographer, a wedding cake, and dinner reservations.
We wish them much love and happiness on their marriage.
Right before I send any bride and groom on their way for the grand departure, they all seem to say the same thing. "It's already over? Wow, that went by so fast."
Your wedding day has the same amount of hours as any other day but for some reason it flies.
If you have it in the budget, think about adding a videographer to your vendor list. This is an excellent way of keeping the moment alive many years from now. It allows friends and family members that were unable to attend a glimpse into the festivities of the day. It is your diary of the most joyous day in your lives.
The video above was produced through FingerSnappin' Entertainment; located in Charleston SC. We hope you enjoy.
Questions to ask while interviewing a videographer.
At the end of a beautiful Lowndes Grove wedding, the bride came to me and said that she didn't want any of the centerpieces. "Take it all - I don't want to deal with it." Scanning the room all I could think of, "Is my car big enough to handle all of this?"
The next morning, I unpacked my car and my living room was full of mason jars. They were everywhere! Close to 30 cases and I had no plans of doing any canning...I don't know how but maybe I should learn.
I began doing calculations and approximately $450 + time + transport of mason jars were crowding my living room. That is quite a bit to throw away for just one night.
Most brides dispose of their centerpieces or pack their items in a box that goes into storage after the celebration. Vases, arbors, bows, card boxes, even dresses... you name it and it is either going to a landfill or into someones garage or closet.
So after a glass of wine or two, I created the Facebook Group: Charleston Weddings Recycled. It is a place where brides can buy, sell, swap, trade with other brides their gently used ceremony and reception items. Its a great place to find a deal!
The group is growing quickly and all you have to do is find us on Facebook. The more brides the merrier!!!
If there is one thing that makes my head hurt, it would be researching insurance. There is insurance for everything and I mean everything!
Adam Lambert insured his voice for $48M, Jennifer Love Hewitt's smile is insured for $10M, even Heidi Klum's legs are insured for over a $1M each.
Yes, we are making our way down the checklist and insuring your ring is something that should be on everyone's "to do" list. Better yet, you could put it on your honey's "honey do" list. This doesn't mean that your insurance agent has to be the first person you tell but he/she does need to be informed.
There are a few steps that you need to take to cover this investment:
Since you are going to have your ring for - a lifetime, you will want to have your ring appraised throughout the years. This would be for inflation purposes, you want to be sure that if something happened to your ring years down the road, that you are given a ring at its current value.
Hope this helped - time for me to go update some paperwork...where did that ring go?
As with all wedding planning sites, the first step always seems to be to get organized. If you are typically an unorganized person, well...you are going to have to change your ways.
I have found that the most helpful way of keeping organized is setting up a binder or folder specifically for your event. Even as a planner, I use this method and it is stuffed with wedding notes, contracts, floor plans, etc. All of the items are right at my fingertips. My file is a boring manilla folder but there are certainly other options out there for you.
Visit the wedding aisle at your local bookstore and the organizational work is already done for you. Some binders have pockets, helpful sections, things to think about, etc. I will tell you that some are better than others so make certain to look through the book to see what works for you.
Of course, if you are a DIY kind of girl, there are plenty of brides pinning their ideas on Pinterest. To make your binder, just make certain you include some of these sections: Guest List, Timeline, Contracts, Venue, Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Reception, Decor, Photo, Music, Invitations, Transportation, Attire, etc.
No matter how you decide to get organized, ALWAYS ALWAYS keep a copy of all of your correspondence when it comes to your wedding. I keep a file of all email correspondence with my brides and all of the vendors servicing their event. This way, I am able to review every email (sometimes 500+) to make certain that nothing goes awry on the wedding day.
For some additional help to get organized, check out these sources.
Tomorrow, I tackle the next item on my "to do" list blog....considering my wedding style.
Ceremony and reception selection for your wedding day is one of the most difficult decisions. After all of the site visits, checking and double checking availability, anguishing over whether it fits the theme, and wrestling with sleepless nights...you finally breathe a sigh of release and make a decision. Or have you?
Take a look at your budget and rationalize what you have allocated for rentals, for catering, for florals, and other line items in your budget. Ask the site manager what is actually included with the venue. You will find that many of them provide the tables, the chairs, even the linen. These things will only add to your bottom line. You might pay a heftier price for the venue but in the end you are making up in savings.
Catering is something that you should also ask about. Do they have a required caterer for their property or are outside vendors allowed. Having a specified caterer can help because the vendor and their staff are familiar with the venue and know what works well. But before signing a contract with the venue, make certain that you review the caterer's menu and pricing as well. Does their selection fit your individual tastes, vision, and pricing?
There are many amazing venues in Charleston for your wedding. You will find the
Dating back to the Civil War, the Palmetto Rose has been a symbol of everlasting love and devotion. Before a lady's true love departed for war, they would weave this special rose from the leaves of the State's tree - the Palmetto. Soldiers would tuck them into their hats and ride off to battle with this token of devotion that was to keep them safe from harm
Here in Charleston, this beautiful creation is alive and well and can be seen downtown Charleston along the Market. While many visitors purchase these items as a memento of their visit, many brides are incorporating them into their wedding decor.
In centerpieces and bouquets to boutonnieres and party favors, these unique roses offer a touch of Charleston charm to any wedding.
The Palmetto Rose - a beautiful keepsake for your next event.
So this suggestion is not for everyone but it is definitely a way to save money while purchasing a dress. For myself, I have always been a little weary of purchasing anything online because I like to actually hold the item in my hands, try it on, and compare next to something else that I might like. What I have learned is that I am not like everyone else because there are some individuals that will shop online because they know what they want.
Recently, I worked with a bride that KNEW what she wanted and she had the best website for me to visit when it came to dresses. Of course, I never heard of the site but when I took a look at it, the dresses were beautiful AND the best part was that they were AFFORDABLE!
She and I had a long discussion about the "what if" it arrived and it wasn't as pretty as what she was seeing online or "what if" it didn't fit her the way that she had imagined. NOONE wants to have buyer's remorse because the dress is an important purchase.
Her reasoning was simple: the dresses were inexpensive enough that if she spent $150 and it didn't look the way she wanted it to look for her wedding, then she could sell it OR use it for something else. As far as the fitting, she knew that she would have to find a great seamstress to make the dress her own.
When the dress arrived, she was so right! The dress was beautiful and fit her perfectly on her wedding day. She chose a beautiful champagne color gown with a beaded bodice and sheer sheaves with beaded detail. She was absolutely stunning on her wedding day and she payed a fraction of the price.
The funny thing is, it wasn't part of the wedding dress line; it was part of the mother of the bride line which of course can come in white as well.
Remember to think outside the box when it comes to your wedding dress but to also pay attention to reviews if you decide to purchase from a store or even a website.
Flowers are absolutely beautiful...and can be pretty expensive. When you start factoring in the decor/floral for the ceremony, the wedding party, the reception hall it all starts to add up pretty quickly. Next thing you know, the budget is out the window.
Why not let the flowers do "double duty." As you can see within the photo, these aisle markers tied to the chair are in vases and ready for transport to the reception hall.
The wedding ceremony can be as long or as short as your vows allow and what a waste to see these beautiful flowers tossed when they can be used again.
At this ceremony, the bride and groom made use double use of the aisle markers, the floral attached to the white arbor where they said their vows and with the urns that flanked both sides of the alter.
When the ceremony concluded, A Charleston Event and the helpful staff of Rivertowne Country Club moved the florals into the reception hall. Because Keepsakes Florist planned ahead, the transition was simple. The aisle markers were quickly laid upon the cocktail tables, the floral urns were moved in front of the stage where the band played, and the florals attached to the arbor were placed within the buffet.
Special thanks to Photos by Glenna for sharing the image.