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When the (wonderful) hustle and bustle of your wedding weekend sets in, take time out for a bridal luncheon to reconnect with—and thank—your gals

Photographs by Gayle Brooker; event design by Calder Clark; click here for additional vendors


July 6, 2017

Ladies Who Lunch
When the (wonderful) hustle and bustle of your wedding weekend sets in, take time out for a bridal luncheon to reconnect with—and thank—your gals


Written by Frances Bramsen

When we ask featured brides what they loved most about their weddings—aside from actually tying the knot with their beloved—they talk about the time spent with friends and family; it’s something they often say they wish they had indulged in more than just on the day itself. We’ve all fallen into the trap of getting caught up by to-do lists rather than catching up with loved ones during the final countdown. But that’s where a bridal luncheon comes in, creating an oasis of sentiment and sanity amid the melee. Typically (especially in the South) hosted by a bride as a thank-you to her wedding party, mother, mother of the groom, and close female relatives, the gathering is usually held the day before the nuptials.


For this warm-weather fête, we called on Charleston-based event guru Calder Clark—named one of the best planners in the world by Vogue, a top U.S. planner by Harper’s Bazaar, and one of the best planners in the country by Martha Stewart Weddings (accolades all from 2016, no less)—to craft a get-together at a hidden gem downtown: the Planters Inn courtyard, where the iconic Peninsula Grill caters stellar affairs. For the models, we enlisted a troupe of Charleston, Charleston Weddings, and Charleston Fashion Week® interns past, one mother of a former intern to pose as the MOB, and a fabulous wild-card MOG.


Calder says small outdoor parties like this are no-brainer winners. “I’m convinced we don’t do this enough,” she says. “Everyone loves a light breeze and a little nosh outdoors—it’s like an elevated picnic.”

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2017-07-06 00:00:00