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!!!
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
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.
We all know that Charleston has many, many, many beautiful settings for weddings. Why not make the most of what these locations have to offer? Whether it is the Carolina Seas saltwater tank at the South Carolina Aquarium or the grandeur of the old oak trees at Middleton Place, there is a unique charm that can be added to your wedding day.
Keep things simple and take advantage of the natural beauty of the venue. Position chairs, tables, ceremony, dance floor around these areas and keep the focus on what the venue HAS to offer and how it can ENHANCE your event.
Take a look at our page of other amazing Charleston, SC venues.