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Area specialty rental companies have made things super simple for the super busy bride (and for out-of-towners planning from afar) with revamped websites. Polished! ( features their vintage china and crystal in tablescape galleries organized by palette. Te eclectic inventory at Ooh! Events ( is now cataloged online with a wish list option. You can create a style board to share on the EventHaus ( site. And besides efortless ordering, Snyder Event Rentals’ ( includes foorplans for 33 venues, tent planning guides, and oodles more.

Loads of venues have opened of late; here’s a handful of favorites: The Gadsden House, a 1798 restored mansion on East Bay Street; The Hyatt Place hotel, Upper King’s new gem (posh event hall included); the Hilton Garden Inn, which boasts a rooftop event space (45 Waterside on Lockwood) with the best new views of the Ashley River; The Spectator Hotel, a swank boutique hotel in the midst of the ever-bustling Market area; Mossy Oaks Farm, an Edisto Island plantation with its own manor house, stable, and horses; The Parsonage, a manse (one-time clergy quarters) on Hasell Street that’s now a haven for weddings; and 190 4th Avenue, a secluded, private residence on the water for rent in Mount Pleasant through Island Realty.

Sweet Lulu’s Bakery on Wheels (843/793- 7377; has moved into an adorable little white camper that sure would look swell at your reception. When booking, pre-order guest favors, like heart-shaped tarts flled with strawberries and Firefy Distillery’s Peach Cobbler liquor. Another new charmer on wheels? Te Little White Box Traveling Photo Booth (304/841-4370;, a pearly white VW bus that’s a photo booth on the go. Check it out for reception fun.

Te folks at the Summerville-based rental outft Ruth’s House ( and its sister online retail shop, RH Signature Co. ( have been busy prepping pretty fnds just for you. First, their hand-blown glass cake stands (Estelle, $98) are now ofered for purchase in new colors from yellow to blue and amethyst. And their rental catalog now includes a collection of reupholstered vintage and mid-century lounge seating in a rainbow of velvets ranging from jewel tones to pastels.

On the way to your next shower, stop by Out of Hand (843/856-3585; Shop. for the perfect hostess gift: custom-made letterpress coasters that the shop recently commissioned. With sayings like “Fill me up, Buttercup,” “Don’t Mind if I Do,” and “Yes, Darlin’,” the surceys are so very Charleston.

Diamonds Direct (843/606-2558; just opened a 6,500-square-foot showroom in Mount Pleasant where diamonds (loose and mounted) come straight from the Israeli Diamond Exchange; no middleman means you save. Other boons? Tacori, Henri Daussi, and more are in stock, too.

Want a reception sendoff that’s fabulously festive but is thoroughly eco-friendly, too? Hand out PushPops—available locally at The Silver Starfish (843/818- 4292; The little cannons shoot water-soluble confetti wherever each is aimed.