January 3, 2018
Happy New Year, Brides
Is 2018 your year to become a Mrs.? Congrats! January means Charleston Wedding Week events galore, so read on for those must-do’s, plus other month-long happenings especially for you
It’s the peak of engagement season (that’s Thanksgiving through Valentine’s) and we’re chasing all those holiday highs with loads of events for you newly minted fiancées. Top of the list? The second annual Charleston Wedding WeekTM presented by Diamonds Direct and Henri Daussi, January 24-27. From fashion-show fetes to helpful workshops with tips aplenty, we’ll get you going on the wedding of your dreams. Visit CharlestonWeddingWeek.com for tickets (plus the schedule) and read on for a list of what’s to come that week and throughout the month.
A brand new year calls for brand new dresses. Stop by Palmetto Bridal Boutique throughout January for new gowns from Beloved by Casablanca and Enchanting by Mon Cheri. Palmetto Bridal Boutique, 1604 Hwy. 17 N., (843) 330-3701, www.palmettobridalboutique.com
Want huge savings on your gown? Of course you do. Stop by Maddison Row throughout January to snag 15 percent off of their (already marked down) sample sale gowns. Designers include Monique Lhuillier, Lela Rose, Sareh Nouri, and Legends by Romona Keveza. Maddison Row, 189C St. Philip St., (843) 720-7979, http://www.maddisonrow.com
Let’s not forget about your Mr.-to-be. Charleston Tuxedo has a rent five-get-one-free tuxedo deal throughout January for grooms and their groomsmen. Charleston Tuxedo, 162 Wentworth St., (843) 974-5938, http://charlestontuxedo.com
Book it, people! UpDos For I Dos is offering half-price wedding hair trials to all brides who book with them before the first of April—no foolin’. Snag your slot now. UpDos For I Dos, 170 Meeting St., Ste. 110, http://www.updosforidos.com
Looking for plans this weekend? Try this on! From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., snack on light hors d’oeuvres while you shop gently used gowns (starting at $45), veils, and shoes at the second annual Bridal Boutique fundraiser hosted by The Junior League of Charleston at The Dewberry. Count us in! The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St., (843) 558-8000, www.thedewberrycharleston.com
Try on the newest stunners from the latest Lela Rose collection during this trunk show at Maddison Row. Purchase yours during the show and you’ll score 10 percent off. Maddison Row, 189C St. Philip St., (843) 720-7979, www.maddisonrow.com
Here’s a double whammy: Stop by Bella Bridesmaids to shop the Natalie Deayala trunk show and while there, take advantage of the shop’s sample sale (frocks start at $50), too. Bella Bridesmaids, 43 John St., (843) 425-8079, www.bellabridesmaids.com
In celebration of CWW 2018, pop into Charleston’s newest salon Verità Bridal for this trunk show of the newest Nicole Spose gowns. Buy your gown during the event to receive 10 percent off. Verità Bridal, 320 West Coleman Blvd., Unit J, (843) 388-7064, www.veritabridal.com
Bespoke designer Emily Kotarski will show her new collection on the CWW runway January 26. Get an up-close look at the gowns, which are inspired by ‘70s rock and roll, all week at Emily Kotarski Bridal. Not only will Fleetwood Mac be the soundtrack of the atelier this month, you’ll also get the VIP treatment there as Emily helps you create your perfect gown. Emily Kotarski Bridal, 263-D King St., (843) 619-7645, www.emilykotarski.com
The deals keep coming from Bella Bridesmaids This week only, snag an extra five percent off of all orders. Bella Bridesmaids, 43 John St., (843) 425-8079, www.bellabridesmaids.com
From 4-7 p.m., bring your bestie and enjoy handcrafted Italian cocktails at Karla Jean Studio. Brides who attend the cocktail hour and book any wedding service appointment for any time in 2018 will get a 15 percent discount. Karla Jean Studio, 1311 Ashley River Rd., (843) 872-6911, http://www.karlajeanstudio.com
Get set to sparkle. From 5:30-7 p.m., join us for baubles, bites, bubbles, and more at Diamonds Direct, where a beautiful pendant necklace from Henri Daussi will be raffled off to benefit CWW’s charitable partner, the Charleston Animal Society. And don't miss the pups in attendance—we hear there’s even going to be a four-legged wedding! Diamonds Direct, 119 Highway 17 N., (843) 606-2558, www.diamondsdirect.com
Wedding pros, this one’s for you. Join us at The Dewberry from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for the “Insider’s Guide to Branding & Marketing” workshop. We’ll visit with Ceci Johnson (Ceci New York), Jess Levin Conroy (Carats and Cake), and Lindsay Mann (Mark Ingram Atelier), Twirl New York about brand identity in the era of social media and how to rise above the masses with quality over quantity. Click here to purchase tickets.
Hoteliers, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Parcel 32, join Cindy Novotny, internationally renowned hospitality icon, motivational speaker, and founder of the marketing and service consulting group Master Connection Associates, for an unforgettable lunch. You'll learn insider tips and strategies to make your hotel the “it” property in its class for the wedding market, because, from booking hotel blocks to hosting rehearsal dinners, receptions, and going-away brunches, Big Days in Charleston are big business. Click here to purchase tickets.
Brides and lovers of high-fashion gowns, head to Cannon Green tonight, where, from 6-8 p.m., you’ll enjoy treats, sips, and an evening of runway shows from top area bridal shops in a chic cocktail party atmosphere. Presenting boutiques include: Bella Bridesmaid, Betty Bridal Atelier, Lovely Bride Charleston, Maddison Row, Southern Protocol Bridal, and Verità Bridal. Click here to purchase tickets.
Planners and other event designers, get set to get schooled by the stars of your field. From 10 a.m.-noon, join us at Cannon Green for the “Art of the Luxe” workshop. Glean expert insights—like the delicate balance between illusion and reality—in this two-part look into the art of designing ultra luxury events. First, David Beahm, Marcy Blum, and Lynn Easton give a peek behind the veil, sharing their secrets to elevating weddings to beyond memorable. After the panel, join world-renowned designer Colin Cowie to learn how he orchestrates one of his signature experiential events that entice the senses on every level. Afterward, join the speakers for a mix-and-mingle gathering. Click here to purchase tickets.
Hoteliers, ever wanted to hear frank talk from top event planners (with hotel and service industry experience, no less) about hosting weddings and ancillary events? From 12:30-2:30 p.m. Parcel 32 welcomes nationally lauded wedding industry luminaries and tastemakers Calder Clark and Tara Guérard who will share how offering boutique hotel amenities (and schooling your service staff) can create a tidal wave of repeat clients, from planners to couples and their many guests. Click here to purchase tickets.
From 3-5 p.m. at The Dewberry, join Darcy Miller, author, editor, crafter, confetti connoisseur, and consummate party person, for this intimate sip-‘n’-see tea where she shares the best takeaways from her book, Celebrate Everything! Plus, learn how to make any wedding a standout with personal touches. Ticket holders receive a copy of her book. Click here to purchase tickets.
From 6-9 p.m. network in fine Charleston fashion with the who’s who of the local and national wedding world, including many of the week’s luminaries. The evening begins with a private rooftop reception at the Dewberry Charleston. Then the party progresses to the Gibbes Museum of Art, where all are greeted with passed canapés and libations. Next, enjoy an intimate three-course seated dinner by Cru Catering amid the grandeur of the Gibbes Museum Rotunda. Click here to purchase tickets.
Stop by Modern Trousseau to meet famed designer Callie Tein. All 2018 gown collections (from their three lines: Modern Trousseau, Muse, and Luna) will be in store throughout the weekend; and brides making purchases receive 10 percent off. See the gowns on the CWW runway, too, on January 6. Click here to purchase tickets. Modern Trousseau, 418 King St., (>843) 722-6300, www.moderntrousseau.com/charleston/
Wedding pros, take heed: Marketing these days is all about placing shoots and real-life weddings online, on social media, and in print. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in this two-part panel at The Cedar Room, decision-making editorial experts share their advice for crafting submissions perfect for their publications. In attendance: editors Lisa Gooder, Executive Director of BRIDES; Darcy Miller, Editor-at-Large of Martha Stewart Weddings; Ashley Rockman, Executive Relationships Editor at HuffPost; and Kimberly Fusaro, Contributing Editor, Glamour.com . For the second half of the talk, Carrie Goldberg, Travel & Weddings Editor of HarpersBAZAAR.com and photographer Corbin Gurkin talk about styling shoots. Click here to purchase tickets.
From 2-4:30 p.m. at Lance Hall, learn how to take your inspiration boards from concept to reality for the “Wedding Design & Styling: A Flower & Tabletop” workshop. The floral mavens from Gathering Events and Stems will talk you through the elements of design, from color palette to flowers, and schooled in the nuts and bolts of event production, from styling tools to rentals, and more. Plus, as you craft your own take-home centerpiece, you’ll glean hands-on tips and resources for DIY florals. Click here to purchase tickets.
Spend an elegant evening at Lowndes Grove Plantation (6-9 p.m.) with some of the country’s most luminous wedding gown designers. After the shows, visit with them in a luxurious setting to learn how they work, what inspires them, and more. Designers include: Emily Kotarski, Made with Love presented by Lovely Bride Charleston, Mason Hosker, and Modern Trousseau. Click here to purchase tickets.
Stop by Kate McDonald Bridal from 9-10:30 a.m. to celebrate the launch of The White Dress Destinations: The Definitive Guide to Planning the NEW Destination Wedding with co-authors Beth Chapman and Carla Ten Eyck. Kate McDonald Bridal, 82½ Spring St., (843) 805-7193, www.katemcdonaldbridal.com
During Friday and Saturday, shop the new Martin Thornburg collection at Gown Boutique of Charleston. The dream dresses bring gowns hand-beaded with Swarovski crystals within reach thanks to their affordable prices (hello!). Gown Boutique of Charleston, 664 Long Point Rd., (843) 856-2682, www.gownboutiqueofcharleston.com
Maddison Row invites you to try on new gowns from Sareh Nouri. If you say “Yes!” to a dress, you’ll receive 10 percent off of your purchase. Maddison Row, 189C St. Philip St., (843) 720 7979, http://www.maddisonrow.com
Today only, Emily Kotarski’s teams up with Wimberly Fair Designs for the best of all in-store happenings that marries Emily’s newest collection and samples of Wimberly’s wearable florals. (Book a floral service with Wimberly that day to receive 10 percent off.) Emily Kotarski Bridal, 263-D King St., (843) 619-7645, www.emilykotarski.com; Wimberly Fair Designs, (202) 744-0322, www.wimberlyfair.com
Get your perfect Big Day lined up with this progressive house party at The Gadsden House from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. With “House Party! Insider Tips & Takeaways to Having the Wedding of Your Dreams, Brought to You by Southern Protocol Bridal” you’ll move from room to room, each one hosted by a different expert (or experts) and featuring signature experience to help you be a happier bride…or an even better industry pro. See gowns from Southern Protocol Bridal, get invitation questions answered by Ceci New York, learn how to get picture-perfect makeup from ABP Makeup, and let Lisa Thomas of Ooh! Events walk you through tablescapes and florals (with budget tips galore), plus much more! Click here to purchase tickets.
After a week of wedding workshops and fashion, it is time to celebrate ... and discover fabulous finds at our curated pop-up party brimming with luxury wedding artisans. Join the fun at Halls Signature Events at 5 Faber from 5-10 p.m., and shop for everything from hostess gifts to Big Day décor, and even commission custom stationery at this gathering of bespoke vendors. Stay for dancing, drinks, and more as the event turns into one major finale party. Click here to purchase tickets.