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.
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!!!
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.
In today's economy, majority of engaged couples are hoping to save money. Let's face it, getting married can be extremely expensive and sometimes you have to cut here or cut there in order to stay within the budget.
A budget line item that brides do not want to decrease is the wedding dress. Little girls dream of wearing a beautiful white dress on their wedding day and when the day finally comes that they are able to try on those dresses, the last thing we usually look at is the price tag. But when we finally do, many of us factor in that we are only going to wear the dress for a few hours and will rationalize the purchase. Some of us walk away from our dream dress and settle for something else that fits within the budget.
Ask yourself these questions: Would you be willing to sell your dress after your wedding if you knew you could? If you knew you would be able to recoup up to half of the price of the dress, would you do it?
I have always joked that when I get married, my dress will go on a mannequin in the corner of my bedroom so that I can always tell my husband that that was the woman you married. In my mind, this would give me freedom to walk around in sweatpants, chase the kids with my hair all frazzled, eat bon-bons, etc.
A wedding dress is an emotional purchase for brides, so I guess it all depends on your personality. Everyone's budget is different too so it will all depend on how much you are willing to spend. If you are interested in selling your dress, check out this article that I read from the Today Show website.