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.
I have received many congratulations through LinkedIn on my work anniversary. It is hard to believe that 5 years ago, I became the owner of A Charleston Event...and I haven't looked back. I have been in the industry for close to 15 years in some capacity of events - catering, venue rentals, banquets/receptions, award galas, fundraisers, etc - and it has all paid off to make me successful in living my dream.
I wholeheartedly believe that Everyday is a gift for it to be what you want. I am living my dream. Are you living yours?
The amazing Bob Snow - father of the bride aka BobEtsy - sent this to me yesterday and I just had to share.
His daughter Elizabeth was married to Jake Oster at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island on Halloween night. One of their guests staying at the Sanctuary filmed the sunrise for the couple and sent it to them as a gift. This is so thoughtful and touching...I know that they will enjoy many more sunrises. What a wonderful and thoughtful gesture.
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.
I am writing this today from the salon chair while I wait for my stylist to mix the solution that will soon hide the...well you know what she is going to hide.
As she walked away I said to her "I trust you."
She knows me. My personal style. Yet when I walk out of here, it may be 6 weeks until I sit in her chair again.
It takes a lot for me to use those words. Think about it. You trust someone with your kids, your livelihood, to ensure your safety on the roads, etc AND then you get engaged....
Of course you know the person that you are marrying and trust him with your heart and future but you now have to trust complete strangers with creating a day you have been anticipating for some time.
I tell my brides all of the time that you have to be comfortable with your decisions. You want to find someone that listens to you, is available to discuss your concerns, and is confident enough to offer solutions that work specifically for you.
This is a relationship that you are building!
Your planner, stylist, photographer, florist, DJ, limo company, caterer...they are all new to you. Make certain that you read reviews, schedule face time, ask questions, and choose professionals.
Your heart led you to the one you will marry and will also lead you to the right vendors.
As for my hair today, I leave the salon with a smile on my face and extremely excited that I again made the right choice.
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.
The wedding reception is a party centered on the commitment made between the bride and groom. By keeping guests relaxed and focused on this simple fact, a fun time will be had by all.
Despite the fact that the recent economic recession saw a downtrend in the wedding planning industry, it remains a multi-billion dollar business in the United States alone ($47.5 billion to be precise). And little wonder: with the seemingly endless stream of details involved, planning a wedding can be an overwhelming experience.
However, whether you are planning for a large or intimate wedding, in the middle of deciding about flowers and ice sculptures, it is best to remember that your wedding day should be about celebrating love and the beginning of a life together. Otherwise, it’s just another party.
Keep it Personal
In particular, the seating arrangement can be a cause of undue stress for the bride and groom. Seating Aunt Lydia next to Cousin Hank, who ran over her prize petunias in a summer long forgotten (except by Aunt Lydia), can be a recipe for disaster. However, random seating can be equally disastrous, with people shuffling around looking for open seats or accidentally taking someone else’s table.
One method of smoothing over potentially awkward or difficult moments among seating partners during the wedding reception is to give them something fun to do. Plan a table activity that will remind them that this day is about two people in love beginning their life together and not about a past best forgotten or at least set aside for the day.
Whenever possible, choose narrow rectangular tables over large round ones. A big round table discourages conversation with people on the opposite end. Seated along a narrow rectangular table however, your guests can talk to people on either side of them, the person in front of them, as well as the people on either side of this person. Be sure to seat your guests in comfortable, attractive seating like padded chiavari or banquet chairs. A wedding reception can last for three or four hours; that’s a long time to be fidgeting in an uncomfortable position.
A wedding reception is a special celebration. Keep it festive, keep it centered on the bride and groom, and keep your guests relaxed. There is no better way to end a long day and begin a new life together.
About the Author:
Beth is an Atlanta based writer who enjoys covering topics like event planning, home improvement, and pet care. She writes on behalf of Classroom Essentials Online, a family owned and operated business that offers a wide range of beautiful chiavari chairs for sale.
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.