Those of us that grew up in Charleston, South Carolina have a special place in our hearts for Folly Beach. When Alissa and Michael contacted A Charleston Event and said that they planned to take their vows barefoot on the sands of Folly, I jumped at the chance to work with them.
You could not have asked for a more beautiful couple. They truly are in love and wanted to make this day special for themselves and their families. Alissa and Michael included personal touches throughout the entire event that would later be incorporated into their lives together as a married couple - the monogrammed corn hold boards, live plants as centerpieces that would later be planted in their yard, handmade wooden crates that they could use within their home. It truly was a wedding built around them both.
I appreciated working with all of the vendors that came together to create this day.
Thanks again to The Knot for publishing this wedding and to the talented Annie Gannon Kaufman with Photo by Gannon for these beautiful images. We hope you enjoy the read.
A Charleston Event's TOP 5 Reasons to Unplug for the Wedding Ceremony (in the voice over that they use on David Letterman)
#5 The bride just tripped over your tripod!
#4 "I was hoping to see the live version but your phone is in the way. Oh well, at least you have a big enough screen."
#3 "Who am I supposed to smile at?" (says the wedding party while everyone is telling them to "look here - look here!"
#2 "Click, click, click, click, click, click, click...I can't hear the vows"
#1 reason...The wedding party wants to get to happy hour!
Let's face it, we ALL have cameras right at our fingertips. Nowadays, it seems that if it is portable well then it should have a camera in it. I think all of us have spent a pretty penny on a camera just hoping that we could be the next Ansel Adams (hasn't happened for me yet).
A wedding ceremony is a joyous occasion and of course you want to document the moment. But as an invited guest to the ceremony, the bride and groom want you to enjoy and relish in the occasion. So much time and preparation has gone in to choosing the right vendors...especially the photographer and I think it is time that we leave the "clicking" to them.
Take a look at some of the recent articles on the web on this issue. I hope you enjoy.
"You Might Want to Consider an Unplugged Wedding"
"Forever Hold Your Tweets"
"Unplugged Weddings: Why You Should Put Away Your Phone at Nuptials"
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!!!
Nestled in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, SC is a gem of a location for wedding ceremonies and receptions - Alhambra Hall; located at 131 Middle Street.
This space has it all with the lush green lawn, a magnificent view of the Charleston Harbor, and an old oak tree that is perfect for ceremonies. The main building on premise is two stories but it is the 2nd floor that hosts the reception. The space is approximately 3200 sq. feet (40x80) of open hardwood floors and exposed wood beams. Two fireplaces are centered on both side and there are windows that surround the space so that you are able to enjoy the outdoor views. Many guests enjoy the wraparound porch that surrounds majority of the ballroom. If you are worried about space, you can also utilize this porch for bar service, cocktail tables, etc.
There are many great reasons to take a look at Alhambra Hall:
With many of my clients we always try to utilize as much of the property as possible - ceremony outside followed by cocktail hour and then dinner and dancing indoors. Of course with Charleston, the weather is never predictable and a concern for brides would be what to do in case of inclement weather. Depending on the guest count, you could always use the indoor space for both OR there is always the option of renting a tent.
Regardless of your event - rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, after wedding brunch - Alhambra Hall is a must see.
Give us a call if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Choosing your wedding venue is extremely difficult especially when there are SO MANY wonderful venues in the Charleston locale.
One of my favorite locations is the South Carolina Aquarium located at 100 Aquarium Wharf. It could be because I spent 3.5 years as their Special Events Sales Manager but I really believe its because it is UNIQUE. A favorite saying while showing this venue was "less is more when it comes to decor" because the venue itself has so much life.
The Carolina Seas, a main focal point in the Great Hall, lends itself beautifully as the backdrop for wedding cakes, sweet heart tables, and food stations. The Great Ocean Tank room has been used for many wedding ceremonies and dancing. The deep ocean view of the Great Ocean tank (pictured above) is wonderful for food displays and stealing kisses. The Riverside Terrace overlooking the Charleston Harbor and the Yorktown is fantastic for an outdoor ceremony or even a cocktail hour.
Not only do your guests get to enjoy your wedding and reception, they also have the opportunity to view the many exhibits of the South Carolina Aquarium. This is added entertainment that you can't get at any other location.
Events are scheduled to begin at 7pm and run til 11pm. Their current pricing structure is as follows:
A $500 refundable damage deposit is also required.
It truly is a magnificent venue that you and your guests will never forget.
Interested in seeing the space? Let me know.
Edisto Beach, South Carolina - Small private wedding.
Now ladies, this is something you have to actually discuss with your fiancé since it has to be "our" wedding style. Some guys will actually leave all of the planning up to you but it is good for the relationship to at least ask. Hehehe!
So with the wedding style, what you are trying to do is figure out colors, theme, the vibe, possible location...that sort of thing. Having an idea of how you want your wedding to actually be will work in your favor when you begin meeting with vendors - caterer, venue, florist, dress designer, etc...
Don't feel that you have to lock yourself into anything at this time. You may find your inspiration at the time that you secure your venue. Online tools, such as TheKnot and WeddingWire, offer inspiration boards that can help you build your vision. Magazines are a great tool as well - rip out the pages of things that strike your fancy and put in your Wedding Binder (you should have one if you followed step one - LOL) You could always take a quiz -
I always ask my brides to visit Pinterest. Yes, it can be overwhelming at times but what I ask brides to do is create a wedding board where they pin everything they like. Yes - everything! After enough researching online and pinning left and right, you will find upon review of the board that your actual "style" will show itself. Maybe you pin a ton of images of couples getting married on the beach or maybe your board is full of bridal bouquets filled with bold colors What I am saying is that if you pin it, it will come. Just give it time and don't stress.
It usually takes 2-3 bottles of wine to get all of the answers you are seeking. (This does not mean 2-3 bottles in one night...pace yourself!) Take a few nights to sit down with your fiancé and work together on your dream wedding.
Happy Planning...I'm off to insure my ring. (Check out tomorrow's blog)
After the "I Dos," it is usually the wedding officiant or the planner that says - "let's go make this legal." There's a reason for that, because it is just a big party without it. Just kidding...but not really. What we are referring to is the signing of the marriage license.
In order to get married in SC, you must have a SC marriage license. Makes sense. But to get the license, you must apply for it together at the Court House. Remember to bring proper documentation - a valid driver's license, a passport, your original birth certificate, etc.
There is also a $70 CASH filing fee that is to be paid at the time of applying. A blood test is not required in SC but you do have to wait 24 hours after filing the application.
The 24 hour waiting period is very important to remember because many couples come to Charleston thinking they can just pick up the license on the same day. Every State is different so knowing this could save you a ton of frustration. I always encourage couples to apply for the license at least a month or two in advance. If you are a destination bride, plan on both you and your fiancé arriving on Thursday if your wedding is scheduled for Saturday. The Court House is NOT open on the weekends.
Once the 24 hours has passed, you are free to pick up the marriage license at the Court House and only one of you has to be present. While there, take a moment to review and make any changes/revisions necessary. They should be able to accommodate any requests.
On the day of the wedding, make certain to bring all three copies to the ceremony. Your wedding officiant will guide you through the signing process and make certain that all copies get to where they need to be.
Now go and enjoy the reception!
For complete information of applying for your SC Marriage
During a wedding, many couples like to include a unity ceremony as part of the program. The unity candle and the blending of sand have been extremely popular throughout the years. Many couples are very familiar with these options so they always ask: "Is there something unique and different to do instead?"
A few years ago, I was introduced to the Unity Cross and thought it was one of the most beautiful additions to a wedding ceremony that I had ever seen. Not only is the cross elegant and an actual work of art, but its the explanation and interaction of the bride and groom during this time that is memorable.
Take a moment and review the video to see if the Unity Cross is what you would like to include in your wedding ceremony.