Thank you to all the wonderful couples we worked with in 2016! It was such a great year and we are looking forward to what 2017 has to offer!
I don’t know about you, but shopping for my girlfriends is a whole lot easier than for guys. You can’t go wrong with some cute stationary, wine glasses, personalized shirts or maybe just some flowers. So we can only imagine how difficult it will be for your man to get his groomsmen something that’s both unique and thoughtful. Have no fear! We have come up with a few gift ideas that are pretty popular go-to choices, but also some creative, personalized ones as well.
Guys need to keep in mind some of these boys (and/or family members) have been with you since little league or college. You chose the most important men in your life right now to stand next to you on the most important day of your life. You don’t have to give the same gift to all, give something useful that characterizes the parts of their personality you love about them.
– The Flask– Personally, it’s a little over done but a definite go-to gift for any man. Why not have it engraved for that extra personal touch!
– Personalized sterling silver money clip– We all know every guy needs some sort of wallet or at least a money clip. Can’t go wrong here!
– Personalized bottle opener– For the partier of the group (flask would be good for him too)
– Pocket knife– For the outdoorsman. But I’m sure almost every man would find plenty of use for this. Again, have it monogrammed!
– Sports Jersey– For the sports fanatic. Get each one a personalized jersey with their names on the back from their favorite sports team. Very creative and thoughtful!
– Pocket Compass/Pocket Watch – A timeless gift perfect for every guy. Always can be engraved for a more personal touch, and a great way to make sure they are on time for everything!
These last few we LOVE as gifts for the guys. Practical yet sophisticated and personal. All of these suggestions can be found right here in Charleston; We love to shop local!
– Oyster shucking knives– Every man who loves seafood can’t resist football, beer and an oyster roast. So why not get him a custom engraved oyster knife. You can find some at The Charleston Shucker Company. All items are made in the owners’ home in Charleston!
– Charleston Oyster Tie– Charleston Oyster Tie is a distinctive company where a mother produces these creations straight out of her home in Summerville. They wanted something unique that spoke about Charleston’s great qualities. All made from high quality, natural woven burlap. The company preferred burlap because oysters are sold in burlap bags; so it was only suiting to be the perfect material to blend the two styles together, something casual yet natural to Charleston.
– Brackish Bowties – Started in Charleston, by two young men looking to immolate a distinctive style and capture the spirit of the south. Created with all sorts of different feathers, each one is hand selected and no two are alike. “Brackish is redefining tradition while crafting memorable yet personal pieces for the modern man’s closet”.
We hope these are some fun, unique options for your Groomsmen gifts!!
Rachael and Steven
This day was a long time coming for this adorable couple. They first started dating in high school and in true, slow, southern fashion, 10 years later the wedding of their dreams came to life at Middleton Place. Rachael’s favorite color was pink and Steven gladly obliged looking so handsome in a classic suit with touches of pink. The bride stunned in a ruffled, white dress and had a bouquet filled with peonies, ranunculus, and roses. As if her Vera Wang dress wasn’t statement enough, Rachael added a beautiful floral headband with pink orchids and wax flower to her hair.
The ceremony took place in Butterfly lakes, which is a beautiful terrace style garden that overlooks two twin lakes shaped like a butterfly.
Flowers were very important to Rachael – she wanted lots of them and she wanted them everywhere! Hundreds of pink rose petals covered the entire 100′ long aisle.
Steven and Rachael couldn’t resist the opportunity to photograph with the adorable sheep that roam the plantation! Such a unique perk of booking at Middleton Place.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed refreshing sweet tea bourbon cocktails in the Sundial Garden. There were so many delicious southern treats being passed around. A local favorite being oysters on the half shell.
Guests made their way over to the Pavilion where they would find their table assignment hanging on vintage windows. Rachael and Steven named each table after one of their favorite foods and why it was their favorite. Such a creative way to tie in the couple’s personality! As guests found their seat there was a beautiful table setting with a menu card describing each course.
The elegant ruffled chair covers from Wildflower Linen made each table so charming.
The Engaging Events team draped the entire room from top to bottom, adding in statement chandeliers and lots of candles creating the romantic atmosphere Rachael and Steven had asked for.
Rachael could not have been happier walking into the room and seeing each table dripping with gorgeous flower arrangements.
With a glamorous seating area outside, guests were able to enjoy the evening dancing under the café lights and the stars.
The couple was very adamant about having Chick-Fil-A for a late night snack, because they do not have one where they live now! And who couldn’t resist milk and cookies and the end of the night.
As the two departed, they were showered with more pink rose petals. By the look on their faces we were confident that the couples’ vision of a classic, southern romantic wedding came to life that night.
Probably one of the most difficult tasks to handle during your wedding planning process is your guest list. This is something that your wedding planner unfortunately can not do for you. We had an opportunity to attend a luncheon in which Peggy Post was our speaker. This was a treat because Peggy is Emily Post’s great-granddaughter-in-law. She continues her work as director and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute in Vermont. So I turn to Peggy to help make this process as easy as possible for you. Here are some helpful suggestions.
The ideal guest list consists of a magical number of family and friends that:
-Suits the size of your ceremony and reception sites.
-Corresponds with the level of intimacy you would like you wedding to have.
-Can be accommodated within your wedding budget-an important reality.
Establish neutral dividing lines
-Divide the list into equal thirds with the couple, the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents each inviting one third of the guests.
-The bride and groom reserve half the list for themselves, with the other half divided equally between their parents.
Categorizing the guest list
-First Tier: Immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents, the couple’s own children)
-Second Tier: Extended family members (aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews)
-Third Tier: Family friends (parents’ close friends, long time friends and neighbors, childhood friends and their parents, if close to you)
-Fourth Tier: Bride and Groom’s friends, broken into subgroups (childhood friends, high school and college friends, work friends, new friends)
-Fifth Tier: Parents’ or couple’s colleagues (associates, employers, employees)
Today’s etiquette says that you should invite the spouse, partner, fiancé, or significant other of any guests in a serious or exclusive relationship, even if you don’t know or care for this person. After that, it’s up to the hosts to decide if singles may have the option of inviting a guest. Some of the plus-one considerations involve deciding just how many your budget can handle.
*For more helpful etiquette information, www.emilypost.com*
Your soon to be hubby just popped the question and you said yes! You’re engaged!! So what’s next? Choosing which of your friends and loved ones to stand up there with you on your big day. Proposals have become more extravagant these days so of course asking your girlfriend to be your bridesmaid needs to be up there too.
Sonali Lamba, co-founder of brideside.com, summed it up best: “Being a bridesmaid can be a large time and financial commitment. We think it’s so important to show these girls how much they mean to you- and how much you appreciate their willingness to help you.” It’s undeniable how much time you’ll be spending together before and on your wedding day, so it’s a thoughtful gesture to spoil them with a sweet invitation and gift. Here are a few memorable ways to “pop the question” in style for your girls.
Just recently one of my best friends got engaged and sent me THE cutest bridesmaid “proposal”. It came in a beautiful gold package, filled inside with fun tissue paper and gold confetti. Then wrapped up was a sweet gold and white Kate Spade card, inside her hand written note, and the most awesome hot pink tank top-with an inside joke on the front and #Bridesmaid with the date on the back. It was such a cute, personalized gift that had meaning to not only her but us as well.
You can go as simple as a personalized koozie or a small box filled with pictures of the two of you and a note etc… Or if you want to go with funny and stylish try a silly note promising NO bows on the butt or an ugly dress and send it with a bottle of wine dressed up with a personalized label. And you both know you’ll be enjoying that bottle together very soon! Then there’s always DIY picture frames with names painted on them, to cookies and cupcakes, balloons and much more.
No matter how silly your gift may be just remember to keep it personable. Whether it’s alcohol, edibles, a box full of mementos, or a sweet hand-written note, all of these “proposal” ideas will forever be associated with your big day and how they were asked to be a part of it. You can’t forget your bridesmaids can be your voice of reason when things get crazy on the big day. So make sure when you “pop the question” it’s meaningful and inevitable they will say YES!
Autumn and Philip’s vintage inspired wedding at the Veranda at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has been featured! We love all the unique details the couple included such as the typewritter for guests to write words of wisdom to the newlyweds, the globe for guests to sign, and the vintage books that we placed around the reception.
If you are the type of bride that has an interest in history then the Legare Waring House is a perfect fit for you! This beautiful home was built in the 1840s. In the 1930’s, Ferdinanda Izlar Legare Backer Waring became the sole owner of Old Town Plantation and the last of nine families to own the property. Moving into the house by the 1950’s, she and her husband Joseph Loor Waring transformed the house into an elegant early representation of an antebellum plantation home. Expanding it to three times its original size, it became a quaint home and an entertainers dream. Today the home is now part of a state park, thanks to former Governor Mark Sanford. The home was used by previous Governors as their Lowcountry Home but, since Mark Sanford was from the area and did not need use of the home, it became available for rent by the public. We love this property for many reasons; the beautiful gardens, the exquisite old plantation home, the lawn that overlooks the crystal lagoons, but the best thing by far is the majestic avenue of oaks.
There are multiple options for a ceremony location; the wedding garden, the wedding tree, the lagoon, however, the avenue of oaks is usually what seals the deal. It is a picturesque backdrop for your ceremony where the oaks are dripping in Spanish moss. No matter which location you choose you are sure to have a beautiful setting. With this venue your guests get a true feel for the beauty of the south.
You could hold your reception on the patio of the house or under the oaks. We have seen both options many times. Some prefer to dress it up a little bit with a beautifully draped tent, chandeliers, and a plated dinner with a fun china pattern on the table. While others love the rustic open air feel with café lights hanging above farm tables filled with wildflowers. This venue can accommodate any style and still add that touch of southern charm you are looking for.