Saturday, June 19, 2010

Something for HIM

Well, we usually cover everything weddings for the Bride on these blogs and not a lot for the 'man of the hour', e.g. your GROOM. So, we thought we'd look through some interesting options for your groom and his groomsmen boutonnieres.
Most men don't fancy the thought of wearing a flower on their lapel and they do so because we as women insist they do so on their wedding day and don the traditional apparel and buttonholes to match.

Its not every day a groom
say's yippee...I get to wear a flower on my suit.
We've found some pretty clever options to the same old boring buttonhole boutonnieres as well as samples of some traditional ones with a slight twist as well.
You can find boutonnieres like this and more options on

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Dazzling Bouquets

A Charleston Event & Bridal Library have done countless amounts of weddings and seen an unusual amount of wedding bouquets over the years. None leave as many memories as those that are artistically created out of crystals and embellishments.
I have never grown tired of seeing these beautiful creations. I also remember early 2000 through 2004 it was almost a fad, trendy and the 'thing to do' to carry these 'treasures' down the aisle.

We used to order crystal bouquets for brides that wanted something unique and a bouquet they could have as a keepsake for a lifetime. Instead of preserving the traditional floral wedding bouquet, brides would order these exquisite pieces and feel like royalty on their wedding day.Crystal bouquets are a work of art. They take countless hours to create and no bouquet is like another. Each will be unique and can be customized to size, color and theme of the wedding. My most prominent memory of an exquisite bouquet was one that was created for one of our brides in 2005. Our bride was getting ready to walk down the aisle on her father's arm in the back of the church. As the doors of the church opened, the sun's rays flooded in and hit her bouquet. Around her, thousands of unbelievable prisms danced through the air and throughout the church as the bride walked down the aisle. You could hear the gasps from everyone in the church. (TRUE STORY!!!)

Another wonderful thing about crystal artists is that their talents do not stop at just creating beautiful bouquets. They can create tussie mussies for keepsake mother's bouquets, hair pieces and wonderful boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen to match the wedding theme.

As in this photo above by Crystal Bloom, making it a bridal event and having everyone match the theme, will truly create a unique and memorable day.

For more information on these and other gorgeous crystal creations, check out the sites of:
DC Handmade Vintage Wedding Bouquets and Crystal Bloom Bouquets & Accessories

Foot Jewelry

Want something new and unique for your beach wedding footwear? Why not consider this beautiful foot jewelry to add a bit of sparkle and bling to those perfectly manicured tootsies? Instead of walking barefoot in the sand, wear the sole-less shoes that will catch everyone's attention.
These are also great to take on your honeymoon to give you that added sexy look while walking on beaches or just lounging around the pool.
For more information on these wonderful designs and more, CLICK HERE

Green and White Palettes

For fresh summer colors, what could be more appealing than these lovely green and white colors? Of course Martha Stewart comes up with many great ideas, but using ribbon throughout the wedding theme is a clever idea indeed.

Check out the rest of the ideas for this color palette by clicking HERE

This color palette would also be great for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, showers and more.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Budget, budget, budget

Q: Since when has the word BUDGET become a "B" (BAD) word?
A: It's always been in everyone's vocabulary. Its just that nowadays so many more brides are becoming budget savvy and are looking for ways to save more money. The economy hasn't helped.

So many times we're asked about how brides can plan a wedding on a 'smaller budget'. My answer to that is that you can plan a wedding on 'any' budget so long as you are realistic about the expectations. For instance, you will not get the champagne and caviar flowing with the beautiful horse and carriage departure on a lower budget. However, you can have your cake and eat it too! Here's a couple of tips on making it happen.
  1. Hire an experienced wedding planner to get the biggest bang for your money. A good planner will save you more money than you realize and he/she will pay for herself in the savings you'll incur.
  2. Discuss EVERYTHING with your planner about what you are looking to achieve. Be HONEST. If you simply hate roses or lilies, let your planner know. If you are not a pink frilly person, let your planner know. And if you simply cannot stand the site of shrimp, let your planner know. There is no sense in planning anything with a planner unless you're all on the same page from the get-go.
  3. Be precise about your budget requirements. Do not tell your planner you only have X-amount to spend on the wedding if you truly do have more. Do not tell them you have more if you just 'think' you can borrow more or get family members to contribute. Be sure from the beginning.
  4. Decor does not have to mean 'Platinum theme'. Its amazing what you can do with glassware and candles today. Explore different possibilities with your planner. Planners usually have limitless resources that they can pull from to supply you with enough choices.
  5. When thinking about florals, remember that the more people you have in the wedding party, the higher the costs. A lot of brides today are opting for smaller bridal parties and some are even doing away with the traditional bridal party all together, preferring to just have their guests witness their wedding vows. The most important floral arrangement in the entire wedding is the Bride's Bouquet. It will be photographed the most that day, so splurge a little more on that.
  6. Instead of spending money in the hobby stores, solicit decorations from your family and friends. Perhaps you have a cousin or aunt that can sew. If you do, you've struck gold. Ask them if they would be willing to custom make some lovely runners for the cake table and guest seating. Perhaps Grandma has a collection of old cut glass she would be willing to lend for your cut flowers or glass jam jars that she may be looking to get rid of. Hanging these from trees with tea lights in them makes a beautiful backdrop for evening weddings.
  7. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Your planner will do so much or perhaps everything. But if you are not fortunate enough to find a planner in your area that will, then delegate things out to family and friends ahead of time. Its surprising how many people would love to help with some crafty things before the wedding.
  8. Do not be a Bridezilla. Contrary to what you see on TV, it is not a good thing to be known as a Bridezilla. In fact, its a downright shame and disrespectful to treat others like they need to be at your beckon call. Be precise and 'ASK' your attendants and family members if they would like to help you with some of the preparations. Do not assume they will and do not insist that they do so. Instead be a model bride and you'll have people lined up willing to help.
  9. Keep your menu options light and simple and when it comes to serving alcohol, consider having just wine or just signature drinks and soft drinks. Pretty drinks dispensers are everywhere now. Ask your caterer to fill with a non-alcoholic beverage to match the colors of your wedding. Practical and lovely for photos too.
  10. Think about hosting a wedding on a week day or in the morning. You'll be surprised at the reduction in venue and catering fees if you do.
When all else fails, remember that you will be marrying the person you have chosen to spend the rest of your life with. Its a celebration whether or not you have a grand wedding reception or not. Don't set yourself up for disappointment and stay focused on what's important to you both. All the little details will come together and you'll live happily ever after.

Wedding planning and florals done by A Charleston Event & Bridal Library

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Plan your wedding in one weekend

A Charleston Event invite you all to come see us at the upcoming A WONDERFUL WEDDING Bridal Show on July 11 in beautiful downtown historic Charleston.

We will be offering special show discounts and of course introducing our brides to some of our favorite and most trusted vendors who will be participating in the show. This will be a wedding planning experience of a lifetime.

We're also extending this special invitation for you to join our Charleston Wedding FAM. We are offering a special one-time introductory FAM price to show you the very best wedding venues in town on July 10. And if that's not all, a special cocktail reception at the conclusion of the day will allow you to compare notes and get to know other brides. Sip on champagne, mimosas and learn about wedding signature drinks at at the same time.

This will be a power-packed weekend starting on Saturday with a Charleston Wedding FAM to visit the best and most popular wedding sites in town, a cocktail reception Saturday evening to top off your day and then a fun-filled Bridal Show on Sunday to introduce you to the finest wedding vendors we work with. Planning your entire wedding in just one fun-filled weekend with over 30 years experience you can trust AND in a stress-free atmosphere is every bride's dream come true.

Space is extremely limited, so call Whitnie or Brigid to reserve your space now. Price includes transportation, weekend guide and wedding planning review book, entry fees to plantations and other historic sites, nibbly bits and treats along the way, cocktail reception on Saturday evening and a ticket into the Charleston Bridal Show on Sunday July 11. You'll also be entered into our Grand Prize Draw!

This special weekend FAM is being offered to help raise funds for our local charitable cause: GIVING BACK CHEER in support of Families Helping Families, an initiative of Palmetto Project.

Call our office for more information at 843-494-9501, email us at or visit our site to request your special code for this weekend offer. CHARLESTON WEDDING FAM

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fresh Spring & Summer Colors

When Mikey & Chris decided to hold their wedding in Charleston, the first choice they made was booking Charleston Wedding FAM. Along with 5 other couples, they toured Charleston's best wedding venues and obtained detailed information about each location all in one fun-filled weekend.

The venue they chose for their wedding day celebrations was the Governor Thomas Bennett House. The historic property lends itself to southern charm, a rich sense of culture and a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony and reception. A friend of the family offered to do their wedding cake and another friend created the cake table runner as a wedding gift for the couple. A Charleston Event chose to drape the cake table setting with romantic sheer ivory fabric to frame the special gifts. A simple but effective look.

Mikey chose ivory, golds, orange touches and her favorite navy blue colors for her wedding theme. She opted for a vintage look with white milk glass, wrought iron and ivory doilies scattered around the wedding site. We are awaiting the professional photos (due shortly from Heather Forsythe). However, here is a hint of colors that Mikey chose for her and Chris's BIG day.

See a short video clip of Mikey & Chris, by Hart to Heart Media.

Some of A Charleston Event's favorite wedding professionals that helped us create this pretty summer wedding were: A Charleston Event - Christy Roper (wedding planner), Snyder Event Rentals - (tenting, furniture rentals), Connie Duglin Linens (table linens), Iverson Catering (catering), ICE Box (bar), Techincal Event Company (lighting & ceiling treatment), Hart to Heart Media - (video), Charleston Florals (flowers & decor), Classical Charleston (ceremony musicians), and Permanent Vacation (reception Band that rocked the house all night long)! What a wonderful wedding.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pocket Invitations

Its never been easier to customize your invitations in your colors at an affordable price. Check out these chic invites from A Charleston Event's Invitation Center.

The best thing about using pockets (especially for destination weddings) is that you can incorporate the flow of events for the entire weekend. Your guests can bring their pockets along with them so they know exactly what's happening next.

For easy access to our search on Pocket Invitations, go to and click on Wedding Invitations. Once there, type in Pockets in the search bar. Have fun.......there's even a section to show you the different pouch/pocket card stock to choose from. We'll even help you upload your OWN image or Monogram.

SPECIAL OFFER: Mention you've found us on this BLOG and receive FREE printing on your envelopes with your order. Also a 10% Discount off your entire order. Good until July 31, 2010.