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Eat, sleep, and be married like a Charleston local with the latest from these fabulous Lowcountry vendors

A planner in a box? You bet! Plus, The Carolina Girl yacht gets a makeover and Planters Inn revamps luxury suites in the best way. Images by Valorie Darling (left, The White Box) and Kristina Loughrey (top right, The Carolina Girl) and courtesy of the Planters Inn


September 14, 2017

The Inside Scoop
Eat, sleep, and be married like a Charleston local with the latest from these fabulous Lowcountry vendors



YOUR CUSTOM WEDDING AWAITS
Craving a super-stylish Big Day on a DIY budget? Check out The White Box , an e-planning service that uses a questionnaire and your Pinterest boards to create a custom design roadmap. Offerings range from a Venue Research Kit ($99) to The White Box ($299), which provides a budget breakdown, rental inspo board, signature drink recipe, and more. Need an endorsement? Wild Dunes Resort has named The White Box a preferred vendor; plus, the founders cut their planning teeth working with Charleston Wine & Food Festival.


FIT FOR A FOODIE
Workshop Charleston (843/996-4500)—the fancy food hall from the folks behind hipster eatery Butcher & Bee —opened doors this spring and is now welcoming private events for up to 300 people. The indoor-outdoor space, which hosts a revolving groups of chefs in a handsome modern setting, is primo for rehearsal dinners, receptions, and more.


NAMASTE BEFORE YOUR BIG DAY
Slay pre-ceremony stress with a private outdoor yoga session with your wedding party in one of Charleston’s lesser-known park gems (843/795-4386). Pick a site—we love the Lake House at Bulow and Olde Town Creek County Park and style (classes range from restorative to vinyasa flow); the mats and music are provided. Rates start at $150 per hour for up to 10 people.


WEDDINGS ON THE WANDO
Event guru Marianne Caldwell has been planning fabulous fêtes at her dreamy Awendaw home, RiverOaks Charleston (843/532-3288), for years. She recently retired from Big Day coordinating, but she and her husband, Kenny, have opened their picture-perfect riverside property to outside planners and up to seven weddings a year.


SUITE DIGS
Tucked away on Market Street in the heart of the Historic District, the 1844 boutique hotel Planters Inn (843/722-2345) just wrapped an extensive renovation, unveiling posh new digs like the St. Philip Suite (see above), a seriously stunning 1,460-square-foot pied-à-terre with a piazza entrance, full kitchen, and artfully designed dining space.


ALL ABOARD!
Another fresh face-lift? The Carolina Girl (843/818-2495)—Charleston’s 100-foot luxury yacht that’s hosted more than 450 weddings to date—has outfitted their (blissfully air-conditioned) middle decks with new teak floors. Stylishly dancing the night away as you sail through Charleston Harbor? Sounds like a dream!


SPECIAL TREATMENT
Whether you’re planning your bachelorette bash or destination nuptials, check out Stay Duvet (843/628-5327)—a locally based group that ups the service factor for home rentals (think a 24/7 concierge, shopping assistance, and more) and caters to wedding parties by showcasing private properties perfect for larger groups. While their listings might also appear on national home rental sites like Airbnb, the local group goes above and beyond to make sure guests, owners, and neighbors are happy. How very Charleston!


SHORESIDE CELEBRATION
After temporarily shutting its doors last May due to a fire, Isle of Palms’ The Citadel Beach Club (843/953-2665) is open again and ready to host your beachfront Big Day.


FEAST FOR YOUR EYES
Mercantile & Mash (843/793-2636), the catering arm of the Cigar Factory’s posh event space, The Cedar Room, is serving up way more than simply their delectable savory fare and spirits these days. For weddings, we love their whimsical cakes and oh-so Instagrammable character macaroons.




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2017-09-14 00:00:00